Editorial Policies

Aims and Scope

The goal is the development of bioethics in Russia as a science and regulator of practical activities.


  • presentation of the results of basic research in the field of bioethics - philosophical, sociological, medical;
  • development of regulations for the ethics of living based on the complementarity of biomedical ethics and medical law;
  • analysis and discussion of specific situations of ethical conflicts in relation to living objects

Target audience: health professionals and patients, researchers working in the field of natural sciences, teachers of humanities, students, media workers.



Theoretical bioethics

Bioethics in this section qualifies as a science. Publications on the philosophical problems of bioethics. These problems are being actively developed, but so far the methodological base of bioethics is insufficient, therefore the purpose of the section is to develop it. Historical and philosophical research, questions of the relationship between truths and values ​​in bioethics, topics of philosophical anthropology and medical anthropology, discussion of the principles of bioethics, discussion of social bioethics - these are examples of the actual topics of this section. Only theoretical articles are published. The selection principle is scientific novelty and problematic. This section contains the largest number of rejected articles due to insufficient philosophical qualifications of the authors and / or lack of scientific novelty. The section is addressed mainly to scientists.

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Practical bioethics

In the materials of this section, bioethics acts as a normative discipline. The field of application of its norms and principles is considered, the development of new regulatory documents and modifications of existing ones are proposed. The effectiveness of the application of bioethics norms is evaluated. The main topics: the relationship between doctor and patient, protection of the rights of patients, subjects and medical workers, ethical and legal regulations for the use of new biotechnologies. Cases from the authors' personal practice and those discussed on the pages of other publications are analyzed. The problems of the work of ethics committees are highlighted. The materials of the section are addressed to practical workers - specialists in the field of natural sciences and medicine.

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Applied Bioethics

This section examines specific cases from practice and gives their ethical assessment. In the materials of this section, sociological methods are widely used: a narrative approach, case studies, questionnaires.

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The final block of the journal's materials reports on past and upcoming events in the bioethical community, and publishes messages from authors participating in international events.

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Peer Review Process

Criteria for the selection of manuscripts:

  • scientific originality and compliance with the journal;
  • the scientific validity of the reported results (an exception may be made for materials on theological bioethics);
  • practical recommendations or methods of their development are obligatory;
  • strict adherence to the rules of scientific ethics.


Publication Frequency

The journal publish issues 2 limes a year - semiannually. 


Author Self-Archiving

This journal does not permit authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories.


Delayed Open Access

The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 12 month(s) after an issue is published.

The journal distribute in Print and Electronic form under subscription. All Articles and issues will automatically Open for readers 1 year after publication.

To subscribe to the journal, please, contact with Editorial team.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Also, the journal makes full-text archives on the Russian Science Electronic Library (http://elibrary.ru/).



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Publication Ethics

The journal "Bioethics" publishes manuscripts that meet international standards of publication ethics in biomedical journals.

The manuscript will be retracted from publication if at any stage of consideration or prepress editorial Board found a violation of the requirements of publication ethics.

If such a violation is found by readers after the publication of the article, it will be rertracted. This will also entail a one-year ban on future publications in our journal for members of the authors team.

Violations of publication ethics include:

  • plagiarism;
  • simultaneous submission of manuscripts to several journals;
  • concealment of conflict of interest;
  • assessment of professional qualities of reviewers;
  • illegal co-authorship.


Plagiarism can take many forms, from presenting someone else's work as an author's work, to copying or rephrasing essential parts of someone else's work (without attribution), or to claiming ownership of someone else's research. Plagiarism in all forms is unethical and unacceptable.

The manuscript authors should submit entirely original work. References to the results of the works of other authors should be accompanied by references to the relevant primary sources (which should be included in the list of references).

Citation of the text, previously published somewhere, should be framed as a DIRECT SPEECH (the text should be enclosed in quotation marks) with the obligatory indication of the source. The inclusion of large fragments of borrowed text in the manuscript is unacceptable.

The contribution of others to the study should always be recognized. Authors should refer to publications that were of great importance in the performance of scientific work covered in the manuscript.

Data obtained informally (e.g. during a conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties) should not be used or presented without the written permission of the original source.

Information obtained from confidential sources (for example, grant for research) should not be mentioned in the manuscript without the Express written permission of the author of the manuscript, who is directly related to these confidential sources.

Identification of plagiarism is carried out:

  • in the process of the peer review;
  • using the ANTIPLAGIAT software;
  • after the publication of manuscripts-upon the treatment of readers with the relevant statements.

In establishing the fact of plagiarism of the data (results of scientific work) or ideas, the manuscript (article) will be withdrawn and rejected from publication, even if it has already been published. An official notice will be posted on the journal's website.

Simultaneous submission of a manuscript to several journals or submission of already published data under a different title

Identification of the fact of submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time will be regarded as a violation of publication ethics. The manuscript will be rejected.

Publication of a certain type of articles (for example, translated articles) in some cases is permissible under certain conditions. When submitting a manuscript for secondary publication, the authors should notify the Editorial Board and justify the expediency of such publication in detail. In the case of a secondary publication, the resolution of issues related to copyright for publication is decided on a case-by-case basis. The General rules of the manuscript for the "secondary" publication are:

  • full bibliographic reference to the primary publication;
  • preservation of the original bibliography of the primary work.

More information on acceptable forms of secondary (repeated) publications can be found on the ICMJE page.

Concealing a conflict of interest

All authors are required to disclose (declare in the relevant section of the manuscript) financial or other obvious or potential conflicts of interest that may be perceived as having an impact on the results or conclusions presented in the work.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest to be disclosed:

  • receiving financial reward for participation in research or writing a manuscript;
  • any connection (work under the contract, consulting, availability of joint-stock property, receipt of fees, provision of expert opinions) with organizations that have a direct interest in the subject of research or review;
  • patent application or registration of a patent for the results of research (copyright, etc.);
  • obtaining financial support for any stage of research or manuscript writing (including grants and other financial support).

Information on conflicts of interest received from the authors of the manuscripts will be available only to the Editorial Board when deciding on the publication of the manuscript. Also, information about conflicts of interest is published in the full text of the article.

Assessment of the reviewer's competence

Evaluation of professional qualities of the reviewer is the exclusive prerogative of the Editorial Board.

Attempts by authors to assess the competence of reviewers will lead to rejection of the manuscript.

Unfairly co-authorship.

The authors of the publication can be only those persons who have made a significant contribution to the formation of the idea of the work, development, execution and/or interpretation of the results of the study, as well as to the process of writing the manuscript (including conducting scientific and stylistic editing and design in accordance with the requirements of the journal).

Authors should ensure 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.

Access and storage of raw data

The editors reserve the right to request the Authors of the original (raw) data of the study, including for reviewers and editors. The authors should be ready to provide this kind of information to the editorial staff (according to ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases (link)), as well as to store this data.

Significant errors in published works

In case of significant errors or inaccuracies in the publication, the author should inform the Editorial Board or the Publisher and interact with the Editorial Board in order to remove the publication or correct errors as soon as possible. If the editorial Board or publisher has received reasonable information from a third party that the publication contains significant errors, the author is obliged to withdraw the work or correct errors as soon as possible or to refute the statement of errors by submitting the necessary evidence to the editor.


Publication Fees

Articles in the journal are published free of charge for all authors.

The editorial Board does not charge the authors for placing articles in open access, reviewing, preparing the journal for publication, as well as the content of the site and electronic depositing of manuscripts.

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