The Linacre Quarterly shares in the mission and purposes of the Catholic Medical Association. The journal strives to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine and to assist the Church in the work of communicating Catholic medical ethics to the medical profession and society at large.
An article submitted to The Linacre Quarterly may not have been submitted for publication or previously published in another print or electronic journal at the time of submission to The Linacre Quarterly. Articles previously published online, and not copyrighted, may be considered for publication in The Linacre Quarterly, but the author must inform the editor that the article submitted has been previously published online. There are no restrictions on papers previously presented at a meeting as long as they have not been published as noted above. The author(s) should indicate in a footnote the meeting at which the paper was presented.
Authors must disclose whether or not there are any financial or other conflicts of interest in their submission cover letter or email for their article, to be eligible for review. The editor reserves the right to include conflict of interest information in the footnotes to the article if it is accepted for publication.
Any clinical studies submitted to The Linacre Quarterly must have been reviewed by an institutional review board/ethics committee and the appropriate regulatory agencies. Information confirming IRB/EC/regulatory agency approval must be included within the “methods” section of such articles.
Please include an abstract with all submissions (except book reviews and letters to the editor). Also include 3–5 keywords pertaining to the manuscript to facilitate entry into online databases. Several different formats for articles will be considered for publication in The Linacre Quarterly. The organization below is suggested but not required
- Medical ethics articles: introduction, thesis (or theses with titles for each section), and conclusions.
- Systematic reviews: introduction, sources, study selection criteria, results, and conclusions.
- Case reports: introduction, case(s), and comments.
- Reports of original research: introduction, materials and methods, results, and discussion.
- Theological or philosophical reflections: introduction, reflection, and conclusions.
- Book reviews: introduction, review, and conclusions.
Articles that are co-authored by physicians/scientists and ethicists/moral theologians are encouraged. The Linacre Quarterly adheres to the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals,” http://www.icmje.org. The Linacre Quarterly utilizes The Chicago Manual of Style. When preparing your manuscript, please follow the citation format noted in The Chicago Manual of Style, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html.
Manuscripts will initially be evaluated for suitability by the editor and will be returned to the author(s) if they are found to be unsuitable or contrary to the mission of The Linacre Quarterly. Following initial review, suitable manuscripts will be sent for peer review. The editor will then communicate to the author(s) the reviewer comments, along with a decision to: i) accept; ii) accept with minor revisions; iii) accept with major revisions; iv) revise manuscript and resubmit for review; or v) reject. Upon acceptance of the final manuscript, the author(s) will be sent the page proofs for review.