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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • We prefer that text is single-spaced, uses a 12-point font (preferably Arial or Calibri), and employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Please email submissions to editor@voicesinbioethics.org

Voices in Bioethics operates on a continuous publication model, aiming for one to three weeks from submission to approval. Voices accepts submissions in two categories, Op-Eds and Features:

  • Op-Eds are expected to address current issues and must present novel arguments or analysis. Topics are wide-ranging from clinical ethics to environmental policies.

    Op-Eds should be approximately 750–2000 words.

    Op-Ed editors aim to maintain the author’s personal writing style and perspective on the issues.

    Op-Eds should cite scholarly journals and may cite mainstream media when appropriate.

  • Features should be approximately 1500–4500 words on topics ranging from philosophy or history of bioethics to current clinical issues. Any bioethics topic is welcome. Surveys and overviews will not to be published.

    Features must predominantly cite scholarly papers and research (academic journals, ethics journals, books, law reviews, and medical journals) but may also include citations to mainstream media.

    Feature editors will focus on the submission’s structure, analysis, depth, argument, and readability.

    Features are academic pieces and must be rigorously supported by citations.

Format of Submissions

Include an email with:

  • Contact information for each author, including email and phone number;

  • Please categorize your submission as an Op-Ed or Feature;

  • Please state that your submission material has not been published previously elsewhere;

  • Please indicate whether you have any conflict of interest with respect to the manuscript;

  • Please indicate whether you are affiliated with the Columbia University MS in Bioethics program or with Columbia University’s other departments / areas of study and in what capacity.

  • Please do not attach a cover letter or a cover page. 

Please submit your document attached as Microsoft Word document (not .pdf):


  • While it is not preferred, Voices in Bioethics can accommodate authors wishing to provide an associated picture or image; please attach the preferred image as a JPEG.

  • Editors retain the right not to publish any images deemed inappropriate or otherwise not suitable.

  • Please include the source information and appropriate credits for the image, as Voices in Bioethics is not authorized to publish images without appropriate credit/sourcing.

Author integrity — by submitting any material for online publication in Voices in Bioethics, the author(s) warrant that:

  • They are the sole author(s) of that information, and that all authors have been included.

  • They agree to have their content published online.

  • Author attests the manuscript submitted was not previously published elsewhere and author will attribute the work to Voices in future distributions.

  • Author understands that Voices in Bioethics is open access, free, and available to the public.

  • The content does not infringe upon the rights of others (including but not limited to privacy rights, particularly patient privacy rights under HIPAA, copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights); that any material used is properly cited and credited; and that the submitted content does not contain unlawful, libelous, or slanderous statements.

  • Publication of the submitted content will not result in any harm or injury to any individuals or entities. Further, authors should disclose in the cover email whether there are any financial or other relationships that might result in a conflict of interest.

  • Plagiarism, data fabrication, and image manipulation are not tolerated. Reuse of text that is copied from another source must be between quotes and the original source must be cited. If a specific work, idea, concept, or topic is inspired by previous works, these works must be explicitly cited.

  • If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may publish a correction or retract the paper.

  • Voices in Bioethics will never charge a submission fee.

Send an email with the manuscript attached as a Microsoft Word document to the following email address: editor@voicesinbioethics.org

Quality control and peer-review:

  • We employ a peer review process in which two individual peer reviewers read submitted articles.

  • An initial revisions editor, two manuscript editors, and usually one proofreader send back comments and edits via Microsoft Word’s track changes feature.

  • Special attention is given to the author’s accurate portrayal of data and ideas and the context from which the language was taken.

  • Editors address the framing and presentation of arguments, caliber of sources, writing style, and grammar.

  • All submissions are subject to revision. The journal reserves the right to edit documents for publication.

  • Authors will have the opportunity to review and revise at each stage of the editing process and to approve the final document prior to publication.