Canadian Journal of Bioethics Revue canadienne de bioéthique

Managing editor(s): Bryn Williams-Jones (Éditeur en chef) Aliya Affdal (Directrice scienfitique) Charles Dupras (Éditeur exécutif) Vincent Couture (Éditeur exécutif) /

Journal preceded by BioéthiqueOnline

About

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics is a peer-reviewed, bilingual (French and English), international, open access academic journal that publishes theoretical, conceptual and empirical research in bioethics. The aim of the journal is to provide a space for the publication of high quality and thought provoking bioethics scholarship of diverse forms (e.g., articles, commentaries, book reviews, editorials, debate pieces, case studies) and from across the full range of specialties in the field (e.g., clinical ethics, research ethics, public health ethics, technology ethics, professional ethics). The journal welcomes submissions that might not otherwise be publishable in US or European bioethics journals because of the language (e.g., in French), jurisdictional context (e.g., specific national issues or cases), form or subject matter (e.g., using diverse theoretical frameworks or applying novel methods).

Formerly published as BioéthiqueOnline (archives 2012-2017), BO remains the social media arm of the journal (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).

The journal is a collaborative endeavour between the Bioethics Program and the Bioethics Student Association (AÉBiUM) at the School of Public Health of the Université de Montréal; it uses a completely online platform to bring together scholarly and professional resources to help foster the development of a robust, collaborative and bilingual bioethics community in Montreal and across Quebec, but also more generally in Canada and internationally.

Contact

Programmes de bioéthique, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, École de santé publique de l'Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville, Montréal, QC, Canada H3C 3J7

Principal Contact
Bryn Williams-Jones, Full Professor
School of Public Health, Université de Montréal
Phone 514-343-6111 #4881; bryn.williams-jones@umontreal.ca

Support Contact
Aliya Affdal, Scientific Director
oulaya.affdal@umontreal.ca

 

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Editorial policy and ethics

Review Process
Manuscripts will be evaluated (open, non-blinded) by two members of the Editorial Board (a section editor and another member of the Board), and if necessary, by the Executive Committee. Article submissions will also be peer-reviewed.

To ensure full transparency, the evaluating editors will be named on all publications. Manuscripts will be evaluated for originality, academic merit, pertinence and innovation, according to a standardized marking grid (which will be provided to authors). Manuscripts will then be accepted with minor or major revisions, or rejected if they do not meet the standards of the journal. The editors will work with authors, to the extent that is reasonable, to help arrive at publications of the highest quality. The editors will respect requests from authors that a particular editor not review their submission, if these are well reasoned and practicable. When revisions are requested prior to final decision, revised papers must be received within 1 month. Should an author be dissatisfied with an editorial decision, they may submit an appeal to the Executive Committee, who will meet to review all pertinent documentation (manuscript, emails, evaluations, etc.) and render a final decision within 1 month.

Publishing Fees

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics is an open access non-profit journal dedicated to furthering the advancement of open discussion concerning bioethics. Authors will never be asked to pay any fees associated with the publication of their articles.

Copyright

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License to all its publications. Authors therefore retain copyright of their publication, e.g., they can reuse their publication, link to it on their home page or institutional website, deposit a PDF in a public repository such as PubMed Central. However, the authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy their publication, so long as the original authors and source are cited:

Authors. Year. Canadian Journal of Bioethics / Revue canadienne de bioéthique, volume(issue) (www.cjb-rcb.ca/vol/issue)

Prior Publication

Manuscripts are considered provided they have not been previously published or are not concurrently under review elsewhere for publication. The Editorial Board will nonetheless consider propositions for the inclusion of previously published material (assuming permission from the copyright holder has been obtained) in thematic sections of the website. Figures or tables that have been published elsewhere must be identified, and permission of the copyright holder must be provided.

Errata

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics will publish corrections for errors, made by the journal or authors, of a scientific nature that do not alter the overall basic results or conclusions; a note to this effect, with a label CORRECTION, will be added to a revised PDF of the publication. Corrections or errors linked to non-scientific content such as minor typographic errors, the correspondence information, etc. will not be published as errata. The Canadian Journal of Bioethics will publish retractions for major errors that may call into question the source of the data or the validity of the results and conclusions of a publication. In the event that the validity of the entire paper is called into question, this may result in retraction and possible investigation. Errata are published at the discretion of the editors and appear as formal online notices in the journal.

The editors follow the recommendations and procedures outlined in the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Specifically, the editors will work to ensure the highest ethical standards of publication, including: the identification and management of conflicts of interest (for editors and for authors), the fair evaluation of manuscripts, and the publication of manuscripts that meet the journal’s standards of excellence. All work should be free of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism as defined by the Canadian Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct Of Research. Where editors detect possible misconduct with regards to a submission, they are ethically obliged to act, first by seeking a response from the corresponding author and if not satisfied, by following-up with the relevant employer or institution. Editors should make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a proper investigation into alleged misconduct is conducted.

Authorship

Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed substantially to the work. The corresponding author must have obtained permission from all authors for the submission of the manuscript and for any change in authorship. The corresponding author is the formal guarantorof the manuscript, and thus the individual identified as accountable for the integrity of the content, including data and results if applicable, reported in the paper. The corresponding author is responsible for replying to e-mails associated with the review of their manuscript. All authors share part of the responsibility for any manuscript they coauthor, and as such, must ensure (to the best of their knowledge) that the paper is an accurate, verifiable report of the research. While all coauthors may not be experts in all aspects of the research presented in their paper, they should have in place an appropriate process for reviewing the accuracy of the reported results.

Conflict of Interest

Authors

All authors and editors must disclose any association that poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. As described in the 2nd edition of the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, a conflict of interest may arise when activities or situations place an individual or institution in a real, potential or perceived conflict between the duties or responsibilities related to research, and personal, institutional or other interests. In the context of publication, examples of possible or potential conflicts of interest include a close personal friendship or family relationship with members on the Editorial Board, certain funding sources, or particular ideological, political or religious beliefs. Many interests of this sort will be managed effectively through disclosure, either in the text (e.g., one’s personal political or religious perspective) on in a declaration of interests (e.g., a funder) at the top of the publication. Authors should disclose relevant conflicts of interest to the editor, and work to manage those conflicts that cannot be avoided.

Editors

Members of the Editorial Board – including the Editor-in-chief and the Executive – will publish in the journal. To mitigate as much as possible this real and apparent conflict of interest, editors will not be involved in the review of their own manuscripts, or those in the section for which they are responsible. The evaluators of editor-authored manuscripts will follow the same principle as applied to non-editor authored manuscripts, namely, working to ensure that the final paper meets the highest standards of quality and academic excellence. To ensure full transparency, a note will be included at the top of any editor-authored paper stating that the author is also an editor at the journal, and enumerating any other conflicts of interest. Further, the names of the editors who evaluate a manuscript will always be named on the final publication, as is the case for all publications. The biographies of the editorial board will list all relevant interests (financial, academic, etc.) and will be regularly updated (at least annually).

Advertising and Commercial Interests

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics is a not-for-profit journal and run entirely on a volunteer basis; as such, editors are not remunerated for their journal related activities. The Editorial Board may on occasion decide to publicise certain events or activities on the journal website, but no paid advertising or sponsorship will be solicited or accepted.

Human Participants

Research involving human participants must have been approved by the author's institutional research ethics board (REB/IRB). Authors must include in their Methods section a brief statement identifying the institutional and/or licensing committee approving the research. Authors must also include a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from all human participants. Research must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humansor similar international policies on research ethics (e.g., Declaration of Helsinki).

Materials and Data Availability

To allow others to replicate and build on work published in BioéthiqueOnline, authors must make materials, data, and associated protocols available to readers. Authors must disclose upon submission of the manuscript any restrictions on the availability of materials or information. Data not shown and personal communications should be of limited use to support claims in the work. Certain data or information can be kept confidential for ethical reasons (such as identifying information of participants). Any other reasons for concealing data or material must be justified. Authors are encouraged to deposit as much of their data as possible in publicly accessible databases. As for material banks, researchers are strongly encouraged to share material after publication to promote sharing within the scientific community.

Privacy Policy

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics will retain personal author information (e.g., contact details), solely with the objective of fulfilling the journal’s mandate and ensuring an efficient and ethical publication process. Personal information will be protected by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.


Instruction pour les auteurs

Submissions

Submission Preparation Checklist

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 OpenOffice or Microsoft Word.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and references are in Vancouver style.

Author Guidelines

Submission Process

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics accepts papers written in either French or English. Papers are published free of charge and in the language of submission. The journal welcomes manuscripts of the following types:

Articles (3500-15000 words; peer-reviewed): original empirical, theoretical or conceptual research; review articles

Critical commentaries (2000-3000 words; peer-reviewed): timely critical reflection on current issues; clear and concise

“Response to” commentaries (1000-2000 words): well-articulated reflections on the perspectives or arguments advanced in published manuscripts

Reviews (750-1200 words): books, conferences, events

Case studies (750-1200 words)

Art, Culture & Creative Works: Artistic/creative works and essays of significance to bioethics (all mediums that can be presented online will be considered)

Letter to the Editor (250-500 words)

Other types of manuscript that do not fall into the above mentioned categories will be considered by the Executive Board.

Structure

Text should be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) or Real Text Format (.rtf).

Title: Titles should be no more than three typeset lines (generally 135 characters including spaces) and should be comprehensible to a broad audience.

Author affiliation: Include department, institution and complete address, for each author. Use superscripts to match authors with institutions.

Corresponding author and guarantor: The name, complete address, and e-mail address of the author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent.

Abstract: For articles, please provide a 250 word abstract. For all other submissions (e.g., commentaries, case studies, book reviews), please provide a 1-2 sentence summary. Abstracts should explain to the general reader the major contributions of the article. References are not necessary in the abstract.

Keywords: Please provide 5-8 keywords

Headings & Sub-headings: Use headings and subheadings (i.e., Introduction, major headings, Conclusion) where appropriate to structure your text.

Citations: Use Numbered reference style for in-text citations – e.g., [1]  – and place references at end of text in List of References. Do not use footnotes or endnotes for referencing.

References: Use a numbered List of References, in order of appearance in text, following the Vancouver system citation style. Give complete reference information, i.e., all author names and full journal name. Provide inclusive page ranges for journal articles and book chapters. Where possible, add static links to documents that are publicly accessible online. Cite databases in the text. Only published or in-press papers and books may be cited in the reference list. Unpublished abstracts of papers presented at meetings or references to "data not shown" are not permitted.

Footnotes: Use (numbered) footnotes sparingly, and only to provide clarifying information that does not fit in the main text.

Tables/Figures: Tables and Figures should be embedded in the body of the text, with a brief Title and legend.

Acknowledgments: List acknowledgments and all funding sources.

Conflicts of Interest: Disclose any association that poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. Authors must acknowledge all funding sources supporting the work.

Research Ethics

Research involving human participants must have been approved by the author's institutional research ethics board (REB/IRB). Authors must include in their Methods section a brief statement identifying the institutional and/or licensing committee approving the research. Authors must also include a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from all human participants. Research must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans or similar international policies on research ethics (e.g., Declaration of Helsinki).

Language-Editing Services

Prior to submission, authors who believe their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use a language-editing service. The journal reserves the right to demand language correction of a manuscript, if necessary. Manuscripts not meeting academic standards of French or English will not be accepted for publication.

Digital Figures

File types with extensions JPG, PNG, TIFF, EPS, and high-resolution PDF will be permitted for inclusion in the online journal.

Movies: Supply Audio Video Interleave (avi), Quicktime (mov), Windows Media (wmv), Animated GIF (gif), or MPEG files and submit a brief legend for each movie in a Word or RTF file.

Still images: Authors must provide a still image from each video file. Supply TIFF, EPS, high-resolution PDF, JPEG, or GIF files.

Appendices: Authors should submit individual source files to ensure readability. If this is not possible, supply a single PDF file that contains all of the supporting information associated with the manuscript. This file type will be published in raw format and will not be edited or composed.

Copyright Notice

The Canadian Journal of Bioethics applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License to all its publications. Authors therefore retain copyright of their publication, e.g., they can reuse their publication, link to it on their home page or institutional website, deposit a PDF in a public repository such as PubMed Central. However, the authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy their publication, so long as the original authors and source are cited (Authors. Year. Canadian Journal of Bioethics / Revue canadienne de bioéthique, volume(issue):pages

Editorial board

Editor-in-Chief

Executive Editors

Scientific Director

  • Aliya Affdal, MA, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada

Section Editors

Editors

Production team

Artist in Residence