Instructions for Authors
Online Manuscript Submission
Monash Bioethics Review utilises Editorial Manager – Springer’s fully web-enabled online manuscript
submission and review system. Authors should submit their manuscripts via this system and they can use
the system to check the progress of their submission(s) in the review process.
Editorial Manager offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission procedures. In case you
encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript online, please get in touch with the
responsible Editorial Assistant by clicking on “CONTACT US” from the toolbar.
Manuscripts should be submitted to:
Manuscripts submitted to Monash Bioethics Review should not have been published elsewhere and
should not be under consideration by another publisher. Monash Bioethics Review employs a doubleblind
reviewing procedure. Authors are asked to anonymise their manuscripts before submitting them
(including removing their name from the head of the document and removing all self-identifying citations
and references). Authors are responsible for reinserting these into accepted articles when manuscripts
are prepared for final submission.
The language of the journal is English; authors should consistently use either British English or American
Submissions should include a Title Page, in a separate file containing the following information:
- running head (shortened title)
- full address for correspondence, including telephone and e-mail address
A Cover Letter can also be uploaded as a separate file.
Types of papers
Original Article: 4,000 to 13,000 words
Commentaries: 1,000 to 3,000
Case Study: 1,000 to 1,500
Case Study Response: 500 to 1,500
Review Essay: 2,000 to 4,000
Book Review: 500 to 1,500
Please include an abstract of 250 words.
Please provide 5 to 10 key words or short phrases in alphabetical order.
All Articles Open for Commentary
Monash Bioethics Review welcomes submissions of 1,000 to 3,000 word commentaries on any articles
(or commentaries) previously published in the Journal. Such commentaries will be peer reviewed. Those
accepted will be published in hard copy and online--with links to/from the relevant article and/or other
If your paper is a commentary on an earlier paper or commentary published in the Journal (e.g., as per
the Journal's Special Feature, "All Articles Open for Commentary”,
see: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/40592), please indicate this and
provide full reference details for the earlier paper upon submission (i.e., in the cover letter/submission
Additional Promotion of Ongoing Discussion in the Journal
Whether or not your submission is a commentary you are encouraged to include discussion, mention,
and/or citation of relevant papers on the same topic previously published in the Journal, because
Monash Bioethics Review aims to promote ongoing conversation of issues.
Authors are required to obtain all permissions. Written permissions should be obtained for any quotations
from unpublished material, for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total
from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of any figures, tables or poems from unpublished or
Manuscripts should be presented in a word-processing package such as MS Word; please do not submit
manuscripts as PDF files.
The page format should be A4,double-spaced, with wide margins (at least 1 inch) on all sides.
Monash Bioethics Review (usually) employs a double-blind reviewing procedure. Authors are required to
anonymise their articles before submitting them (including removing their name from the head of the
article and removing all self-identifying citations and references). Authors are responsible for reinserting
these into accepted articles when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.
Quotations of more than forty words should be offset clearly within the text, by indenting the left hand
margin. Single quotation marks should be used to indicate quotations; double quotation marks should be
used only for quotations within quotations.
Pages should be numbered consecutively from the first page.
Footnotes should be used, rather than endnotes.
Acknowledgments, for instance of people, institutions and research grants, should be located in a
separate section immediately preceding the references.
Citations in the text should give the author’s name and publication date, e.g. Hudson (2003),
Fitzpatrick (2001: 73), or (Arrigo et al. 2000).
References at the end of the text should be as follows.
1. Journal article:
Barlow, D. H. & Lehman, C. L. (1996). Advances in the psychosocial treatment of anxiety
disorders. Archives of General Psychiatry, 53, 727-735
2. Book chapter:
Cutrona, C. E. & Russell, D. (1990). Type of social support and specific stress: Towards a theory
of optimum matching. (In I.G. Sarason, B. R. Sarason, & G. Pierce (Eds.), Social support: An
interactional view (pp. 341-366). New York: Wiley.)
3. Book, authored:
Capland, G. (1964). Principles of preventive psychiatry. (New York: Basic Books)
4. Book, edited:
Felner, R. D., Jason, L. A., Moritsugu, J. N. & Farber, S. S. (Eds.) (1983). Preventive psychology:
Theory, research and practice. (New York: Pergamon Press)
5. Paper presented at a conference:
Phelan, J. C., Link, B. G., Stueve, A. &Pescosolido, B. A. (1996, November). Have public
conceptions of mental health changed in the past half century? Does it matter? (Paper presented
at the 124th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, New York)
Name and date of patent are optional
Norman, L. O. (1998) Lightning rods. US Patent 4,379,752, 9 Sept 1998
Trent, J.W. (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation, University of California
8. Published and In press articles with or without DOI:
a. In press: Wilson, M., et al. (2006).References. In: Wilson, Mm (ed) Style manual.
Springer. (Berlin Heidelberg New York: Springer) (in press)
b. Article by DOI (with page numbers): Slifka, M. K.&Whitton, J. L. (2000). Clinical
implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular Medicine 78,74–80.
c. Article by DOI (before issue publication with page numbers): Slifka, M. K. &Whitton, J, L,
(2000), Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular
Medicine (in press). DOI 10.1007/s001090000086
d. Article in electronic journal by DOI (no paginated version): Slifka, M. K.&Whitton, J. L.
(2000). Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production.Journal of Molecular
Medicine. DOI 10.1007/s801090000086
9. Internet publication/Online document
a. Internet articles based on a print source: VandenBos, G., Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001).
Role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates
[Electronic version]. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123. VandenBos, G.,
Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001). Role of reference elements in the selection of resources by
psychology undergraduates. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123. Retrieved
October 13, 2001, from http://jbr.org/articles.html
b. Article in an Internet-only journal Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive
emotions to optimize health and wellbeing. Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0001a.
Retrieved November 20, 2000, from
c. Article in an Internet-only newsletter: Glueckauf, R. L., Whitton, J., Baxter, J., Kain, J.,
Vogelgesang, S., Hudson, M., et al. (1998, July).Videocounseling for families of rural
teens with epilepsy -- Project update.Telehealth News,2(2). Retrieved from
d. Stand-alone document, no author identified, no date: GVU's 8th WWW user survey.(n.d.).
Retrieved August 8, 2000, from http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/usersurveys/survey1997-
e. Document available on university program or department Web site: Chou, L., McClintock,
R., Moretti, F., Nix, D. H. (1993). Technology and education: New wine in new bottles:
Choosing pasts and imagining educational futures. Retrieved August 24, 2000, from
Columbia University, Institute for Learning Technologies Web site:
http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/publications/papers/newwine1.html Other Electronic Sources
f. Electronic copy of a journal article, three to five authors, retrieved from database: Borman,
W. C., Hanson, M. A., Oppler, S. H., Pulakos, E. D., & White, L. A. (1993). Role of early
supervisory experience in supervisor performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78,
443-449. Retrieved October 23, 2000, from PsycARTICLES database
Figures and Tables
All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as a 'Figure' and they should be numbered
consecutively (1, 2, etc.). Multi-part figures should be labelled with lower case letters (a, b, etc.). Please
insert keys and scale bars directly in the figures. Relatively small text and great variation in text sizes
within figures should be avoided as figures are often reduced in size. Figures may be sized to fit
approximately within the column(s) of the journal. Provide a detailed legend (without abbreviations) to
each figure, refer to the figure in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Please place the
legends in the manuscript after the references.
Each table should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). In tables, footnotes are preferable to long
explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by
superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table. Please provide a caption (without
abbreviations) to each table, refer to the table in the text and note its approximate location in the margin.
Finally, please place the tables after the figure legends in the manuscript.
Electronic versions of your figures must be supplied. For vector graphics, EPS is the preferred format. For
bitmapped graphics, TIFF is the preferred format. The following resolutions are optimal: line figures - 600
- 1200 dpi; photographs - 300 dpi; screen dumps - leave as is. Color figures can be submitted in the RGB
color system. Font-related problems can be avoided by using standard fonts such as Times Roman,
Courier and Helvetica.
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by email and will need to be returned within 72 hours.
Authors will be given advance warning of when proofs will be sent, so that arrangements can be made if
return within 72 hours will not be possible.
The corresponding author will automatically receive a free electronic offprint (PDF file) of the article.
Authors will be asked, upon acceptance of an article, to transfer copyright of the article to the Publisher.
This will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information under copyright laws.
Additional information can be obtained from:
Michael J. Selgelid (Co-Editor)
Monash University, Australia
Justin Oakley (Co-Editor)
Monash University, Australia
Editor, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Australia & New Zealand