Publication policies

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 Editorial Advisory Board. 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.


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. Title. Canadian Journal of Bioethics/Revue canadienne de bioéthique. Year;volume(issue):pages

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.


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