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Instructions to Authors

  • General Guidelines
    Korean Journal of Medical Ethics is the official journal of The Korean Society for Medical Ethics. The requirements of the Journal are in accordance with 『Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Ann Intern Med 1997 ; 126 : 36-47.)』 issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, except as indicated otherwise in the instructions below.

  • 1. Types of Articles
    Korean Journal of Medical Ethics publishes articles concerning medical ethics or medical ethics education. We restrict submitting authors to the members of the Society; however, there can be an exception with approval of the Editors. The types of articles acceptable for publication are limited to research papers, commentaries, reports and brief reports covering the topics of medical ethics or medical ethics education, as well as manuscripts submitted in response to invitation by the Editors.

    2. Overlapping Publications
    Any manuscript published in other journals or periodicals cannot be submitted, containing the same contents and in the same language. At the same time the manuscripts published in the Journal should not be contributed for another publication without permission. Duplicate publication can be approved in case that the article may need to reach the different readers in another language, or that it conforms to requirements of Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

    3. IRB deliberation
    The author has to submit an IRB certification or exemption confirmation of deliberation when submitting a manuscript.

    4. Submission Procedure
    When submitting a manuscript, the author should upload it in the Society homepage; [http://www.mekorea.org]. The author cannot arbitrarily change the contents of the once submitted manuscript.
    To: The Editors of the Korean Society for Medical Ethics
    Department of Medical Humanities, Dong-A University College of Medicine, 32, Daesingongwon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan 49201, Korea
    Tel: +82-51-240-2642 Fax: +82-2-313-3292
    E-mail: kjmedicalethics@gmail.com
    5. Publication
    The Journal is published four times a year on March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31, and the Editors will receive a manuscript in any time of the year. When submitting a manuscript, the author should check its conformity with the requirements and enclose the author's checklist signed by the representative of the authors. The manuscript that fails to conform to the requirements, deviates substantially from the accepted format, or is poorly spelled will be rejected and we will notify the authors of the rejection. The accepted manuscript will be assigned a receipt number, which will be sent to the corresponding author by mail or e-mail. You can download Author's Checklist on the Society homepage; [http://www.mekorea.org].

    6. Manuscript review process
    Submitted manuscripts will undergo a peer review by the Korean Society for Medical Ethics' regulation of review. In sending manuscripts for peer review, the authors and their affiliations will remain anonymous to reviewers.

    7. Article-processing charges
    The Journal revies an article-processing charge of 200,000 KRW per article accepted for publication from the submitting authors. For the article that is supported by research fund, 300,000 KRW will be charged. The Society will pay the cost of printing and cover-binding. The authors have to pay the article processing charge (include the charge of free copies) to the Society during the proofreading period (before completion of proofreading). And free copies will be distributed to the submitting authors after the payment. However, this fee is waived for the author who submits a paper in response to invitation by the Editors.
    Transfer the charge to the below account:
    Account number: 100-021-780130
    Bank name: Shinhan Bank
    Account holder: The Korean Society for Medical Ethics
    8. The Role of the Editors
    The author is able to contact the Editors for information about submission and edition of the manuscript. The Editors can decide to make revisions on the phrases and style of the manuscript without changing its content, if necessary. Any submitted manuscript cannot be returned to the author.

    9. Copyright
    The Society has all the copyrights of publication involving the content, tables and figures of the article.


  • Detailed Instructions

    1. Typography
    The manuscript should be typed double-spaced using Hangul or Word Process, with 25 mm margins on all sides on A4 paper. The manuscript should be written in Korean or English. In manuscript written in Korean, the Chinese letters or original languages can be indicated right behind Korean using round brackets. The original language can be indicated in case there is no compatible Korean word with the original one. If the foreign language is used out of necessity, the use of capitalization should be appropriate; the basic rule is that the first letters of proper nouns and names of places and people are capitalized and that other letters are to be written in small letters.

    2. Nomenclature
    With respect to medical terminology, the Journal will follow the latest edition of Medical Terminology published by Korea Medical Association. Names of people and places, and other proper nouns should be written in Korean and original languages can be inserted in parentheses on the first appearance. Birth and death date can also be provided in parentheses, if necessary. Arabic numerals should be used for numbers and all units of measurement should be reported in International System of Units (SI). Mark all the pages consecutively beginning with the title page by using Arabic numerals and place page numbers at the center of the bottom.

    3. Manuscript organization
    The manuscript should be arranged in the following order; 1) title, 2) summary (in Korean), 3) key words in Korean (no more than six words), 4) text, 5) references, 6) abstract in English, and 7) key words in English (no more than six words). Key words should be selected among terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus, and their first letters should be capitalized.

    4. Title page
    Title pages should include the title of the article, the full names of authors and their institutional affiliations, written in both Korean and English. If there are more than two authors, the names of authors will be arranged according to their contributions to conducting research and drafting the article, and separated by comma. In addition, degrees such as MD or PhD after English names are added without period (HONG Kil- Dong, MD). In the lower part of the page, there should be indicated the name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. And the statements can be included regarding financial support, previous presentation and acknowledgements, etc, if necessary.

    5. Title and Abstract
    The title of the article, the authors' names and their affiliations should be arranged in the center. The title should be informative and as brief as possible, avoiding the use of abbreviations or redundant phrases such as "study" or "observation." The abstract should be written in English without using ambiguous expressions, and structured in a single paragraph without changing lines even in stating different items. The whole length of the abstract in English and summary in Korean should not exceed 250 words. Include no more than six key words in English at the bottom of the abstract.

    6. Text
    The contents of the text usually consist of four major sections; introduction, method and material, results, and discussion. The instruction section should state a purpose and background for the study concisely and clearly. The method and material should be described in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. The result section should not include the author's comment, questions or explanations other than presentation of objective data. And the discussion section should briefly present contents linked with the goals or results of the study, the author's comment, and statements needed to make conclusions.

    7. References
    1. ① References should be listed at the end of the article in the order of their citations in the text. As for the authors' names, give the full name for Koreans and for foreign names, give the last name first followed by initials of the first name without adding a period. And supply the names of up to three authors and if there are more than three, name only three authors. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus.
    2. ② In citing a journal as reference, arrange the information in the following order; author's name, title of the article, title of the journal, date of publication, number of volumes, and page numbers. In case of citing a book, the entry will be as follows : author's name, title of the book, edition used, place of publication, name of the publisher, and date of publication. When citing foreign journals, abbreviate titles of journals consulting the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, and if the journal is not registered in Index Medicus, give an abbreviation or a title the journal provides. If the journal has no abbreviation, give the full title of the journal.
    3. ③ When you cite reference in the text, write the number of the reference in the bracket, [ ]. Use '&' for more than two authors, and add write 'et al.' after the lead author's name for more than three authors.

    Ex) [Text]
    Previous atudies of the reliability of cardiorespiratory fitness assessments in patients with TBI have included the 20-m shuttle walk-run test [1,2] and the 6-min walk test [3]. Both of these rathers simple methods demonstrated high reliability coefficients. A recent study by Bhambhani et al. [4] examined the reliability of peak cardiorespiratory responses to bicycle ergometry in patients with…….

    [Bibliography]
    1. Rossi C, Sullivan SJ. Motor firness in children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1996 ; 77(10) : 1062-1065.
    2. Vitale AE, Jankowski LW, Sullivan SJ. Reliability of a walk/run test to estimate aerobic capacity in a braininjured population. Brain Inj 1997 ; 11(1) : 67-76.
    3. Mossberg KA. Reliability of a timed walk test in persons with acquired brain injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003 ; 82(5) : 385-390.
    4. Bhambhani Y, Rowland G, Farag M. Reliability of peak cardiorespiratory responses in patients with moderate to serve traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2003 ; 84(11) : 1629-1636.
    Styles for different types of citations are as follows:

    [Whole issue of journal]
    Teno J, Lynn J, Phillips RS, et al. Do formal advance directives affect resucitation decisions and the use of resources for seriously ill patients? J Clin Ethics 1994 ; 5(1) : 23-61.

    [Complete book]
    Skegg PDG. Law, Ethics, and Medicine. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1988.

    [Article within a book]
    Bayer R. AIDS: Public-Health Issues. ed by Reich WT. Encyclopedia of Bioethics (2nd ed). Vol. I. New York : MacMillan, 1995 : 108-113.

    8. Figure(s) and Tables
    1. ① Figure(s) and tables must be created concisely and clearly, and cited in the text. Explain all abbreviations at the bottom of the tables and add explanatory statements to help understand the tables without referring to the text. Spell out the words and numbers each time they appear even if they are repeated right in the next lines, not using phrase like "the same as above".
    2. ② For figure(s), send three copies of each figure(s) in color (3×5 inches) separately with the paper, and type arrows (↑) on the photos. Be sure that no paper sticks to the photos. The color figure(s) will be converted into the black-and-white ones unless the author's request is specified. If authors want to publish the figure(s) in color, contact the Editors. In this case, the authors have to pay the extra cost of color printing.
    3. ③ For tables, use English and Arabic numerals, and supply a brief title in a phrase or clause for each table. Capitalize the first letters of nouns and adjectives in each title, and those of the first words in the statements. Do not use vertical lines and explain all abbreviations at the bottom of each table. For marks, use the symbols such as *, †, ‡, §, ∥, ¶, ** in sequence and explain them in foot notes. For numbers, use the Romans, Ⅰ., Ⅱ., Ⅲ., Ⅳ., … in sequence.


    9. Others
    Other details which are not outlined in these instructions should follow the decision of the Editors.



The Korean Journal of Medical Ethics (KJME) is the official journal of The Korean Society for Medical Ethics(KSME), which publishes papers about theoretical research results in bioethics, analyses of ethical issues arising in medical practices, and subjects related to the education of medical ethics. ......