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Author Guidelines

The journal of Bioethics publishes scientific article materials which correspond to the journal profile. The basic headings of the scientific journal are as follows:

  • Theoretical problems of bioethics;
  • Ethical issues of the implementation of the “Health” national project;
  • Bioethics and medical law;
  • Sociological research in bioethics;
  • Ethical problems of clinical research and trials;
  • International documents in the field of bioethics and medical law;
  • Bioethics in the world;
  • Practical course of biomedical ethics;
  • Work experience of ethical committees;
  • Aid for those studying biomedical ethics.

The article materials submitted for publication in Journal of Bioethics must meet the following requirements:

  1. Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word or RTF format, and be typed with one-and-a-half line spacing on one side with font size 14, Times New Roman on an A4 paper. References should be cited in numeric order by order of mention in the text. Articles should include an abstract in Russian and English. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 000 characters.
  2. The first page must contain a unique case identifier, the main title of a paper, the name(s) of authors(s), and the affiliated institution(s) and address(es) in Russian and English. This should be followed by an abstract of the article with keywords both in Russian and English.
  3. Heading must be typed in semi-bold. Authors and affiliations should be followed after the title of paper. The author(s) name should be italic and semi-bold. The author’s name, title / university degree, affiliation, work address, home address and e-mail address as well as the reviewer’s name, degree, and affiliation should be provided at the end of the article on a blank page.
  4. The name(s) of author(s) in calls for conferences, workshops and seminars should be italic and semi-bold. Author(s) information should be provided at the end of the article.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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

  • Absence of plagiarism.  The authors guarantee that this article has not been published in whole or in part, and is not under consideration or in the process of publication in another publication.

  • Correct manuscript format. Manuscript file format is Microsoft Word (has the extension *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf). The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  • Illustrations. Tables and figures were placed within the text of the manuscript and have their titles.

  • Bibliography. The list of references is formatted in accordance with the requirements. All the cited sources were checked for DOI.

  • Supplementary files. The authors have prepared for transfer to the editor

    • Cover letter;
    • Copyright transfer agreement;
    • Graphic files (photos, satellite images, graphics, etc.).

    The authors are ready to upload these files to the journal website in Step 4 during the manuscript submission process.

  • The authors confirm that:

    • all participants who have made a significant contribution to the study are presented as co-Authors;
    • those who did not participate in the study are not listed as co-Authors;
    • all co-Authors have seen and approved the final version of the work and agreed to submit it for publication.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the Publisher right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licensee (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

All the Copyright statements for authors are present in the standart Publishing Agreement (Public Offer) to Publish an Article in an Academic Periodical 'Bioethics'.

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Publishing Agreement (Public Offer) to Publish an Article in an Academic Periodical 'Bioethics'

Volgograd State Medical University, acting on the basis of the Charter (hereinafter referred to as the Publisher), on the one hand, offers an indefinite circle of persons (hereinafter referred to as the Author), and on the other hand, hereinafter jointly referred to as the parties, to execute this agreement (hereinafter referred to as the Agreement) on the publication of scientific materials (hereinafter referred to as the Article) in a scientific journal “Bioethics” (further — the Journal) in accordance with the conditions stated below.

1. General Provisions

  • This Agreement, in accordance with clause 2 of Article 437 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, is a public offer (hereinafter referred to as the Offer) requiring full and unconditional acceptance (Acceptance), which, in accordance with Article 438 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, means the sending by the Author of his/her materials by way of uploading the same to the online electronic system designed to accept manuscripts for consideration, and subsequently posted in the corresponding section of the Journal’s website on the Internet information and telecommunications network (hereinafter referred to as the Internet).
  • In accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation regarding the observance of copyright on electronic information resources, all materials found in the website, including submitted electronic journals, may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form (electronic or printed) without the prior written consent of the Publisher. Prior consent can be given by publishing an article in the open access and expressing the appropriate permission, which is in the form of an open Creative Commons license in the designated section of the journal’s website (where the published materials are placed) on the Internet. The journal requires license users to reference the original source, i.e., the publication, if the Author permits use of the public materials in the context of other documents.

2. Terms used in the Agreement

  • “Author” refers to an individual (or individuals) whose creative work has led to the creation of the manuscript of a scientific article.
  • “Manuscript” of the article in the journal is the result of conducting fundamental and applied scientific research in the form of scientific material, review of a scientific material, a scientific report, a bibliographic review on certain topics of scientific research, and a historical reference devoted to figures of Russian and foreign science, which is then submitted by the author for publication in the journal.
  • “Offer” is the document (an offer to the author) for the publication of an article by posting it on the journal’s website on the Internet.
  • “Publication” is the placement of an article in the journal.
  • “Article” is the manuscript of the article that has passed the reviewing, editorial and publishing process.
  • “Acceptance of the offer” refers to the full and unconditional acceptance of the offer on the terms specified in paragraph 3 of this agreement (the author accepts offer by sending a Submission to the publisher, uploading the manuscript of the article, along with accompanying materials, to the online electronic system designed to accept articles for consideration, which is then posted in the corresponding section of the journal’s website on the Internet).
  • “Journal” is a scientific peer-reviewed journal registered as a mass media entity in the Roskomnadzor register.
  • “Submission” is an electronic appeal of the author to the publisher for the publication of an article in the journal by uploading the manuscript and accompanying materials to the online electronic system designated for accepting articles for consideration, and subsequently posting them in the corresponding section of the journal’s website on the Internet).
  • “Publisher” refers to Volgograd State Medical University, which is the founder and publisher of the journal. Article metadata includes the materials in Russian and English that are intended for inclusion in International Scientific Databases (ISD), namely the following:
    • title of the article
    • information about each of the authors (surname and first name; patronymic; place of work with the postal address indicated, contact information (e-mail), scan of identification card from the Ministry of Internal Affairs for each author
    • abstract
    • keywords
    • thematic rubricator: UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) or other library and bibliographic classification and subject indexes
    • bibliographic list (list of references).
  • “Editorial board” is the creative team that prepares the journal for publication.
  • “Editorial Council” is an advisory body under the editorial board of the journal.
  • “Parties” refers to the author and the publisher.
  • “Author Guidelines” are the requirements for materials published in the journal, posted in the authors section of the journal’s website on the Internet.

3. Subject of the Agreement (Offer)

Under this agreement, the Author grants the Publisher, free of charge for the entire period of validity in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, a non-exclusive license to use the Article created by the former for publication in the Journal, as well as the rights to use the article in the following ways:

  • Reproduction of the Article or its sections or parts, as well as the metadata of the Article in Russian or other languages, in any material form, including on paper and electronic media, as a separate work in journals and/or databases (local or in the Internet) of the Publisher and/or other persons, at the discretion of the Publisher;
  • Distribution of the Article or its sections or parts, as well as the metadata of the Article in Russian or other languages, on any medium. as part of the Journal and/or databases of the Publisher or other persons, at the discretion of the Publisher, or as an independent work around the world whether on Open-Access terms or for a fee without remuneration to the Author;
  • Making the Article or any of its sections or parts, as well as the Article’s metadata in Russian or other languages, publicly available in such a way that any person can access the Article from any place, including via the Internet, and at any time of their own choosing;
  • Granting permission/s for the use of the Article or its individual parts, as well as its metadata in Russian or other languages, to third parties with notice to the Author made by posting relevant information on the Journal’s website, without paying remuneration to the Author;
  • Processing the Article, including by translating it to other languages, and by using the revised (translated) articles in the aforementioned ways.
    • Other rights not directly transferred to the Publisher under this Agreement, including patent rights to any process, method etc., described by the Author in the Article, as well as trademark rights, are reserved for the Author.
    • The territory where the rights to the Article are allowed to be used is the whole world.
    • The validity of this Agreement commences from the moment the Author sends a Submission to the Journal by uploading the manuscript of an Article and supplementary materials to the online electronic system designed to accept articles for consideration, and subsequently posted in the corresponding section of the Journal’s website on the Internet.
    • The rights are granted by the Author to the Publisher free of charge; the publication of the Article in the Journal does not entail any financial deductions to the Author.
    • If the Publisher decides to reject the Submission or refuse to publish the Article in the Journal, this Agreement becomes invalid. The decision to refuse publication will be sent to the Author at the e-mail address specified in the Submission.
    • The Publisher undertakes to provide the Author with the necessary services related to the publication of the Article on the Journal’s website during the term of the agreement.

4. General Provisions of Rendering the Services

The Publisher will provide services to the Author only if the following conditions are met:

  • The parties have concluded a corresponding service agreement.
  • The Author has uploaded to the site all the materials necessary to enable the provision of services.
  • The Author has paid for the services in full.

Services are provided to the Author on a paid basis after executing the appropriate contracts (for Fast-track editorial evaluation of a manuscript and prior-to-schedule publication in case of its acceptance, for publication of the article in open access, etc.).

If the materials are provided by the Author in violation of the guidelines and requirements of this offer, the Publisher reserves the right to reject the Submission and refuse to provide services if it has been found that the provided materials violate any of the guidelines and requirements of this offer.

The Publisher will not be held responsible for the unauthorized use by third parties of the data provided by the Author during the term of the agreement.

5. Rights and Duties of the Parties

The Author guarantees that:

  • S/he holds the copyright the exclusive rights to the materials transferred as part of the manuscript of the Article.
  • The rights granted to the Publisher under this agreement have not been previously transferred and will not be transferred to third parties in the future during the duration of the Agreement.
  • The manuscript contains all references to the cited authors and/or publications (materials) provided for under the current copyright legislation.
  • The Author has obtained all the necessary permissions for all information and other materials s/he holds no copyright to and that are used in the manuscript of the Article.
  • The Article manuscript contains only materials permitted to be published in the open press in accordance with the current legislative acts of the Russian Federation, and its publication and distribution will not lead to the disclosure of secret (confidential) information (including state secrets).
  • The Author has informed co-authors about the terms of this Agreement and has received their consent to execute this Agreement under the terms provided for in the Agreement. The Author carries certain obligations under the terms of the Agreement.
  • S/he should submit the manuscript of the Article in accordance with the Author Guidelines listed on the Journal’s website;
  • The author should not use an electronic copy of the Article for commercial purposes and in other journal publications without the consent of the Publisher;
  • In the process of preparing a manuscript for publication, the Author is obligated to undertake the following:
    • Make corrections to the text of the manuscript that have been marked by the reviewers and accepted by the editorial board, and/or as necessary, upon the request of the Publisher and the editorial board, finalize the manuscript of the Article;
    • Review and accept of reject the proofreading of the manuscript of the article under the terms stipulated by the publication schedule of the Journal;
    • Make only the minimum of corrections to the proofreading of manuscript, which usually entails correcting and/or making factual and conjecture changes.

The Author has the following rights and duties:

  • Use preprint or prior-to publication versions of an unpublished article in the form and content accepted by the Publisher for publication in the Journal. Such prior-to-publish versions can be placed as electronic files on the personal websites of the Author (co-authors) or on the protected external websites of the employers of the Author; however, the Author cannot use the unpublished version(s) for commercial sale or for systematic external distribution by a third party (i.e. post on social media). The author or co-authors must, in turn, carry out certain duties, namely:
    • Include the following warning in the prior-to-publish version: “This is prior-to-publish version of the article accepted for publication in (Journal’s name), ©, copyright (year), copyright owner specified in the Journal)”;
    • Provide the corresponding electronic link to the Publisher’s website at and/or via the DOI.
  • Copy or transfer a copy of the published article in whole or in part to colleagues free of charge for their personal or professional use, for the promotion of academic or scientific research, or for informational purposes of the Author’s employer.
  • Use materials from a published article in a book written by one of the co-authors.
  • Use individual figures, tables and text excerpts from the Article for his or her (or co-authors’ own training purposes or to include them in other published works in printed or electronic format) by a third party, or to submit them in electronic format on an internal computer network or on the public website of the Author (co-authors) or his/her employer.
  • Include the Article in educational collections for use in the classroom, either for free distribution to the Author’s (co-authors’) students or in electronic format on a local server for access by students as part of the training course, as well as for internal training programs at the institution of the Author’s employer.

The Publisher, for its part, is obliged to:

  • Publish the Author’s article in the Journal in printed and electronic form in accordance with the terms of this Agreement;
  • If necessary as so decided by the Journal’s editorial board, provide the Author with the proofreading of the manuscript and make a reasonable edit of the Author’s work;
  • Provide the Author with an electronic copy of the published Article to the Author’s e-mail address within 15 working days from the date of publication of the relevant Journal issue;
  • Comply with the Author’s rights as provided for by the current legislation, as well as protect them and take all necessary measures to prevent copyright infringement by third parties.

The Publisher has a right to:

  • Carry out technical and literary editing of the Article manuscript without altering the main content;
  • Conduct an expert evaluation of the manuscript and invite the Author to make the necessary changes, if any, of which until such time the article will not yet be published in the Journal;
  • In any subsequent authorized use by the Author (and/or other persons) of the Journal and/or Article (including any separate part or fragment thereof), require that a link to the Journal, Publisher, Author or other copyright holders, the title of the Article, the Journal number, and the year of publication be specified in the Journal;
  • Post preliminary and/or advertising information about the upcoming publication of the Article in the media and other information sources;
  • Establish the guidelines for accepting and publishing materials in the Journal;
  • Temporarily suspend the provision of services to the Author when technical, technological or other issues that prevent the smooth provision of such services are encountered, until such that the issues are eliminated;
  • Make changes to the offer in accordance with the procedure established by the offer.

The editorial board of the Journal, headed by the editor-in-chief, has the exclusive rights to select and/or reject materials sent to the Journal editorial office for publications purposes. The manuscript sent by the Author to the Journal editorial office is not subject to return. The editorial board of the Journal does not enter into correspondence about rejection of submissions.

In all cases not stipulated and not provided for in this agreement, the parties are obliged to be guided by the relevant current laws of the Russian Federation.

6. Acceptance of the Offer and Execution of the Agreement. Terms of the Agreement

  • This Agreement comes into force from the moment of its execution, when the Author accepts the offer by submitting the manuscript to the Publisher, and is valid for the duration of the exclusive rights to the Article.
  • Acceptance of the offer by the author creates an Agreement in writing (Articles 438 and 1286.1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation) on the terms of the offer.
  • Transfer of the exclusive right to an Article (alienated) by the Author to a third party, does not terminate this agreement.

7. Procedure for changing and terminating the Agreement

  • The Publisher has the right to unilaterally change the terms of this Agreement, in advance, at least 10 (ten) calendar days before the entry into force of the intended relevant changes, but with notice to the Author through the Journal’s website or by e-mail to the Author’s e-mail address specified in the Author’s Submission. The changes will take effect from the date specified in the relevant notification.
  • If the Author rejects the changes to the terms of this Agreement, s/he has the right to notify the Publisher by sending a written notification through the online electronic system designed for accepting articles for consideration, making sure that the same is posted in the corresponding section of the Journal’s website on the Internet, or to the official e-mail address of the editorial office on the Internet.
  • This Agreement may be terminated prematurely, either by agreement of the parties at any time, or on other grounds provided for in this Agreement.
  • The Author has the right to unilaterally withdraw from the execution of this Agreement by sending the Publisher a corresponding notification in writing at least 60 (sixty) calendar days in advance before the expected date of publication of the Article in the Journal.
  • Termination of the Agreement for any reason does not release the parties from liability for any violation of the terms of the Agreement that occurred during the validity period.

8. Responsibility

  • The parties are responsible for non-fulfillment or improper fulfillment of their obligations under the Agreement in accordance with the current relevant legislation of the Russian Federation.
  • All information provided by the Author must be reliable. The Author is expected to provide accurate and complete the information to the Publisher. When using false information received from the Author, the Publisher is not responsible for the negative consequences caused by his actions on the basis of the false information provided.
  • With regard to the content of the Article, the Author is solely responsible for compliance with the requirements of the laws of the Russian Federation pertaining to advertising, copyright and related rights’ protection, protection of trademarks and service marks, and the protection of consumer rights.
  • The Publisher does not bear any responsibility under the agreement:
    • for any actions that are a direct or indirect result of Author’s illegal actions
    • for any loss incurred by the Author, regardless of whether the Publisher could have foreseen the possibility of such losses or not.
  • The Publisher is released from liability for violation of the terms of the Agreement if such violation is caused by force majeure, including actions of state authorities (including the adoption of legal acts), fire, flood, earthquake, other natural disasters, lack of electricity and/or computer network failures, strikes, civil unrest, riots, etc.

9. Dispute resolution

  • Disputes and disagreements will be resolved by the parties through negotiations, and in case of failure to reach an Agreement they will strive to seek resolution in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation.
  • If there are unresolved disagreements, the parties agree to resolve the disputes in court at the jurisdiction covered by the Publisher’s location in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation.

10. Miscellaneous

  • All notifications, messages, requests, etc. (with the exception of documents that must be sent as originals in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation) are considered received by the Author if they were transmitted (sent) by the Publisher through the Journal’s website (including by publication), fax, e-mail based on the address specified in the Submission, and other communication channels. The parties recognize the legal force of notifications, messages, requests, etc., transmitted (sent) by the above methods.
  • In the event of claims against the Publisher related to the violation of the exclusive copyright and other intellectual property rights of third parties when creating an article or in connection with the execution of this Agreement by the Author, as well as in connection with the use of the Article by the Publisher in accordance with the Agreement, the author undertakes:
    • To immediately take measures to resolve disputes with third parties soon after receiving Publisher’s notification, and if necessary, enter into legal proceedings on the Publisher’s side and take all appropriate actions needed to exclude the Publisher from the list of defendants;
    • To reimburse the publisher for the legal costs incurred and expenses and losses caused by the application of measures to secure the claim and execute a court decision, and the money paid to a third party for the violation of exclusive copyright and other intellectual property rights, as well as other losses incurred by the Publisher in connection with the Author’s non-compliance with the guarantees provided by them under this Agreement.

11. Legal address and details of the Publisher

Volgograd State Medical University.
Address: 1, Pl. Pavshikh Bortsov Square, Volgograd, 400131, Russia
TIN: 3444048472; KPP: 344401001; OGRN: 1023403441380.


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The editorial Board of the journal and the administration of the website of the journal do not transfer personal information in any way specified by the users when working with the website of the journal to third parties, except for those cases and to the extent specified in the terms of the copyright agreement.

The affiliation work and e-mail address of the authors of the manuscript accepted for publication will be published in the section "information about the authors" of the printed version of the journal and in the section "about the authors" on the page of the article on the website of the journal.

The phone number of the corresponding author will be known only to the editorial Board Secretariat and will only be used in cases of emergency.


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