Instructions to Authors
New for 2010 – Please note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online
The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy is a forum for the exploration of philosophical issues raised by the health care professions and the biomedical sciences. The Journal addresses moral theory and practice in biomedicine, as well as explorations of the nature of medical explanation, including such cardinal concepts as health and disease. The Journal’s scope thus embraces the field of bioethics, as well as the place of bioethics within value theory, epistemology, and metaphysics.
Ensure that the use of abbreviations is clear, and each one is defined in the text at its first mention only.
Acknowledgements and details of support must be included at the end of the text before references and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.
The authorship of the paper should be confined to those who have made a significant contribution to the design and execution of the work described.
Publishers submitting books for review should send them to the Managing Editor, address below. Reviewers should include full publishing details including the ISBN and publisher/location.
The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy expects that authors will observe high standards with respect to publication ethics. For example, the following practices are unacceptable: (1) falsification or fabrication of data, (2) plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors' own work, in whole or in part without proper citation, (3) misappropriation of the work of others, such as the intentional exclusion of the name of an author, or (4) the intentional exclusion of information regarding financial support that would be viewed as a conflict of interest. Prior to publication, authors are required to sign a publication agreement, which, in part, indicates that they have complied with the Journal’s ethics policy. Allegations of unethical conduct will be discussed initially with the corresponding author. In the event of continued dispute, the matter will be referred to the author's institution and funding agencies for investigation and adjudication.
Review process: all manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy are submitted to double-blind peer review.
The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy expects that reviewers will observe high standards with respect to publication ethics. Reviewers who have a financial conflict of interest with respect to a particular article are asked to notify the Journal’s editorial office. When the review is finally complete, reviewers should destroy all copies of the manuscript. Allegations of unethical conduct will be discussed initially with the reviewer. In the event of continued dispute the matter will be referred to the reviewer’s institution for investigation and adjudication.
Oxford Journals, publisher of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and the Journal strives to adhere to the COPE code of conduct and guidelines. For further information see http://www.publicationethics.org.uk.
Figures and illustrations
General guidance on the preparation of figures and illustrations for publication can be found by clicking here.
Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.
Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.
The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.
Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
•Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
•Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)
Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.
OA Charges Information
You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:
Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1138
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries
Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.
Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.
3rd-Party Content in Open Access Papers
If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access license but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:
Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]
This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons license of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.
Please click here to view full details for preparing your manuscript for publication in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.
Offprints and reprints
Printed offprints may be purchased in multiples of 50, 100, 150, and 200. Rates are indicated on the order form which must be returned with the proofs.
Reprints can be ordered by authors after an issue has been published. They are twice the cost of offprints.
Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the EU, we will assume that the service is provided for business purposes, please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.
Permissions for illustrations and figures
Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS and similar licencing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see Guidelines for Authors at http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/rights_permissions.html. Information on permissions contacts for a number of main galleries and museums can also be provided. Should you require copies of this then please contact the editorial office of the Journal or the Oxford Journals Rights department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors are sent page proofs by email. These should be checked immediately and returned to the publishers by annotated PDF, email or fax (further details are supplied with the proof). It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly.
Full references should be provided in accordance with the style of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Please see Manuscript preparation for further details.
For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.
Please see Manuscript preparation for full details on the style used in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.
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Submissions should be e-mailed to the Managing Editor or saved on a CD and sent to the editorial office by post. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts via email. The manuscript should be prepared using MS Word or as an already blinded PDF and should be clearly labeled with the authors’ names.
All tables should be on separate pages and accompanied by a title, and footnotes where necessary. The tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Units in which results are expressed should be given in parentheses at the top of each column and not repeated in each line of the table. Ditto signs are not used. Avoid overcrowding the tables and the excessive use of words. The format of tables should be in keeping with that normally used by the journal; in particular, vertical lines should not be drawn. Please be certain that the data given in tables are correct.
Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge.
For orders from the rest of the EU, we will assume that the service is provided for business purposes, please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.
Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources in the manuscript. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.
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