Attention Authors: Submit Your Manuscripts Below

Please review the Editorial Policy and Scope of Issues in Law and Medicine which follow before submitting your manuscript.


Issues in Law & Medicine is a peer‐reviewed journal published two times per year by the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled, Inc… Issues in Law & Medicine is devoted to providing technical and informational assistance to attorneys, health care professionals, bioethicists, educators, and administrators concerned with the broad range of legal, medical, and ethical issues arising from the provision of health care services.


Submission of manuscript is accomplished via Scholar One online. Please click here to submit your manuscript.  You will be directed to the Scholar One Portal for Issues in Law and Medicine.   If you already have a Scholar One account, then simply log in.    If you do not yet have a Scholar One account, please go to the “Create an Account” which is the third tab at the top of the login page and proceed to create your account.   All communications regarding your manuscript will normally take place through the Scholar One manuscript management system, so creation of an account is necessary for processing your manuscript.

FORM OF MANUSCRIPT FOR UPLOADING: The manuscript should be submitted as a Word document:  double‐spaced with at least a 1‐inch margin on all sides.  Please follow the directions on the Scholar One site for details of how to submit your manuscript.

AUTHOR IDENTIFICATION: Please follow directions on the Scholar One website.

COPYRIGHT: In view of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, when submitting a manuscript for publication by Issues in Law & Medicine, the author(s) will be asked to sign an Author’s Agreement conveying all copyright ownership to the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled, Inc.

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Submissions are welcome from professors, attorneys, health care professionals, and students. Manuscripts must demonstrate critical analysis of current literature and/or court decisions, original thought and logical development of the author’s point of view, with relevant general and pinpoint citations. Manuscript text and endnotes must be double-spaced.

Topics of particular interest include abortion law and ethics, implications for women’s health, premature births, and disability; anencephaly and the ethics of organ transplantation; assisted suicide; brain death guidelines for children and adults; treatment decisions for persons who are comatose, in a persistent vegetative state, or otherwise incompetent; conscience clauses for health care personnel; discrimination against persons who are disabled in medical treatment decision making; ethics committees and their role in treatment decisions; euthanasia and decisions to terminate life-sustaining care; genetic counseling; cloning, embryonic stem cell research, adult stem cell research, genetic research and its implication for people with disabilities; genetic testing and screening; genetic therapy; health care ethics; health care allocation and rationing; the human genome project; infanticide and decisions to withhold life- preserving treatment; informed consent and informed refusal of treatment for the incompetent patient; advantages and disadvantages of living wills; ethics of human experimentation and organ transplantation; autonomy and paternalism in physician/patient relationships; quality of life as a standard for treatment decision making; withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment; withholding and withdrawal of nutrition and hydration; and suicide.

Issues in Law & Medicine is the peer-reviewed publication of the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled, Inc. The National Legal Center is a not-for-profit national support center for persons who are medically dependent or disabled. Issues is devoted to providing technical and informational assistance to attorneys, health care professionals, educators, and administrators concerned with severely disabled persons of all ages who may be subjected to discrimination in the delivery of medical care. Issues is listed in 25 periodical services, including the Index of Legal Periodicals and Index Medicus.

If online submission is not possible, then the manuscript and curriculum vitae should be sent to Barry A. Bostrom, J.D., Editor-in-Chief, Issues in Law & Medicine, 7700 N. 37th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47805, or emailed to   Note that paper manuscript processing will be significantly delayed and we recommend submission online. (see above for link)


Submitted papers are reviewed by experts in the area of the papers’ content, and papers should conform to the highest professional standards, consistent with the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.