Manuscript Submission and Review
The Hastings Center Report welcomes manuscript submissions that address ethical concerns in medicine and the life sciences. Prospective contributions should be clearly written and of interest to a broad readership. They may take many forms: articles that explore philosophical and ethical issues in medicine, health care, technology, medical research, the use of human subjects in research, and the environment; reports or reviews of empirical studies that implicate relevant philosophical and ethical questions; short, provocative essays; case studies (which may be accompanied by commentary on the case); personal narratives about receiving or providing health care; and brief commentary on relevant events in the news.
Most articles and empirical reviews accepted for publication are no longer than 6,000 words, and short essays no longer than 2,400 words. Shorter work is encouraged. Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum. References should be restricted to the most pertinent, up-to-date sources; heavily referenced manuscripts are not preferred. For case studies, descriptions should be about 400 words, and commentaries should be no more than 650 words. Brief commentaries should be no longer than 800 words. Book reviews are usually commissioned, but unsolicited manuscripts will be considered and should be no longer than 1,600 words.
In matters of grammar and usage, the Report refers to the Chicago Manual of Style (although for purposes of review, manuscripts need not conform to this). Authors' instructions for formatting endnotes are available below.
How to Submit
Manuscripts should be submitted by email. Please submit electronic copies in either *.rtf (rich text format) or *.doc (MS Word Document format) to email@example.com. Please specify that the manuscript is being submitted to the Hastings Center Report. Names and contact information for the author(s) should appear only on an accompanying cover sheet. Contact information should include mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address. In addition to this cover sheet, all manuscripts submitted for consideration should also include: a signed Conflict of Interest form for each author (available below); an abstract of no more than 150 words; and four to six key words for indexing purposes.
Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt. Feature articles, all reports and reviews of empirical work, and many short essays recommended for consideration by the editor will also be reviewed by an independent reader. Manuscripts recommended after this second review will be presented to the Report's Editorial Board for final disposition. Authors will be notified of a decision by email.
Conflict of Interest
The Hastings Center Report expects all prospective contributors and reviewers to declare any potential conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest include any personal or professional affiliations, any financial interests, and/or any past, present, or anticipated activities that may compromise the quality or objectivity of a manuscript or review. The rough test that we ask authors and reviewers to employ is: Is there anything would likely cause readers to second-guess your objectivity if it were to emerge after publication?
Please include a completed Conflict of Interest Form (PDF) for each author when a manuscript is submitted for consideration to the Report.
Authors' Instructions for Formatting References
The Report prefers to keep references to a minimum. Our style avoids discursive notes wherever possible, and we ask that citations be restricted to the most important or useful sources.
For questions on any formatting issue not specified below, please see the guidelines set out in the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.
1. S. Hauerwas, Naming the Silences: God, Medicine, and the Problem of Suffering (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 1990), 64. Emphasis added. [page numbers needed if passages appear in the article]
2. R.R. Faden and T. L. Beauchamp, A History and Theory of Informed Consent (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986).
3. Hauerwas, Naming the Silences, p. 64.
More than three authors: D. Schneider et al.,… [no comma before "et al."]. Second reference: Schneider et al.,…
Omit "Publishing Company," "Co.," "Inc.," "Ltd.," etc.
Page numbers: When inclusive page numbers begin with a multiple of 100, all three digits of the second number are used (200-234). In all other instances use only the last two digits of the second number (70-77; 205-34). More complete rules are found in the Chicago Manual of Style.
4. G.J. Annas, "Whose Waste Is It Anyway? The Case of John Moore," Hastings Center Report 18, no. 5 (1988): 37-39, at 38.
5. See T. A. Shannon and A.B. Wolter, "Reflections on the Moral Status of the Pre-Embryo," Theological Studies 51 (1990): 603-26.
6. Annas, "Whose Waste?" 38.
A reference that immediately follows another reference to the same work is placed in the text and consists only of page numbers in parentheses, i.e., "(p. 64)" or "(p. 64, emphasis added)."
Omit The in journal titles.
List issue number (or month, if there is no issue number) if necessary to disambiguate the reference. For example, no issue number is needed for the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, which use a single set of consecutive page numbers throughout a volume.
The titles of all journals should be spelled out in full.
Editor as Author:
7. E.F. Kittay and D.T. Myers, eds., Women and Moral Theory (Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1987), 234.
8. Kittay and Meyers, Women and Moral Theory, 200-234.
Article in an Anthology:
9. B. Steinbock, "The Moral Status of Extracorporeal Embryos," in Ethics and Biotechnology, ed. A. Dyson and J. Harris (London, U.K.: Routledge, 1994), 79-82, at 80. [The clause "at 80" is needed if the citation is giving the location of a quotation.]
10. J. Cohen and R.L. Hotz, "Toward Policies regarding Assisted Reproductive Technologies," in Setting Allocation Priorities: Genetic and Reproductive Technologies, ed. R.H. Blank and A. Bonnicksen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1992), 228-29.
11. Steinbock, "Moral Status," 82
12. B. Steinway, "On the Stem Cell Debate," in Setting Allocation Priorities, ed. Blank and Bonnicksen, 230-40.
In note 9, ed. means "edited by" and thus is not eds.
13. U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Neonatal Intensive Care for Low Birthweight Infants: Costs and Effectiveness (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, December 1987), 21.
14. Families USA, "One in Three: Non-Elderly Americans Without Health Insurance, 2002-2003," June 2004, at http://www.familiesusa.org/site/DocServer/
15. P.B. Ginsburg, "Can Hospitals and Physicians Shift the Effects of Cuts in Medicare Reimbursement to Private Payers?" Web exclusive, Health Affairs (2003): 473, at http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/reprint/hlthaff.w3.472v1.pdf.
Please note that access dates are omitted from both these references. Access dates are only necessary if the site is likely to have substantive changes and the citation carries no publication date.