Thanatology Review

Electronic Journal

Guide to Authors

The mission of Kharon · A Review of Thanatology is to disseminate the latest advances in thanatology, the study of the practical and theoretical aspects of death, dying and mourning. Our aim is to publish original, unpublished works of authors from Hungary, as well as Hungarian translations of works by foreign authors already published elsewhere; in the fields of medicine, psychology, philosophy, theology, art, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and bioethics.

Review process

Please keep in mind the following when preparing your manuscript to be submitted:

  1. Manuscripts are to be submitted in electronic format as an email attachment. We strongly prefer that manuscripts be prepared using Microsoft Word, and we request that the manuscripts be formatted in adherence to the journal’s style guide. (E.g. paragraph breaks should only be used if each paragraph forms a conceptual unit of its own.)
  2. The title page should include the title of the paper in Hungarian and in English, as well as a 10 to 20 line abstract of the paper (in Hungarian and in English). The electronic copy of the manuscript should contain the following in a single file: the title page, the manuscript proper, the list of references, and finally, the full name, position and affiliation of the author(s), as well as the postal address, telephone number and email address of the corresponding authors. Graphs and charts may be submitted as separate files.
  3. We request that manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages (Times New Roman CE font, one-and-half line spacing, 12pt). The length of the manuscript should correspond to its genre (original research paper, review article, essay, interview, case study, book review, open letter etc.).
  4. In-text references should be given in parentheses, e.g.: (Kübler-Ross, 1988). Works published within the same year by the same author should be differentiated by way of letters a, b, c etc. following the year of publication. In case of verbatim quotes, page numbers should also be provided, e.g.: Kübler-Ross, 1988: 259.
  5. The list of references should be given at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, using the following format:
    • Books: KÜBLER-ROSS, E. (1988): A halál és a hozzá vezető út. (transl.: Blasszauer Béla) Budapest, Gondolat Kiadó
    • Studies published in edited volumes: POLCZ A. (1994): A beteg és családtagjai halállal kapcsolatos problémái. In: HEGEDŰS KATALIN (ed.): Halálközelben. A haldokló és a halál méltóságáért. Budapest, Magyar Hospice Alapítvány, 19-34.
    • Journal articles: TEMESVÁRY B. (1996): A halálfélelem néhány sajátos aspektusa. Orvosi Hetilap 137 (26): 1419-1425. The title of the journal should be in italics.
    • Web addresses: Túry Ferenc: A bulimia - modern szenvedély? Date of access: 2008. november 21.
    Only works that are indeed cited within the text should be listed in the list of references.
    If a work has more than three authors, only the name of the first three authors should be spelled out, followed by et al.
  6. The position of figures, charts and graphs should by indicated within the manuscript by way of numbering.
  7. Manuscripts should be sent to the Hungarian Hospice-Palliative Association:

Submitted manuscripts undergo a review process. First, an editor reviews the manuscript for adherence with formal requirements, and then two independent and anonymous reviewers review the manuscript with regard to scientific quality and publishability. The review process is typically 2 to 3 months long. Reviewers are selected by the editors so as to preclude any conflict of interest and potential bias. Reviewers are obliged to indicate if the authors fail to refer to relevant pieces of literature. Manuscripts are treated confidentially both by reviewers and editors.

The review process and the publication of papers if free of charge for authors.

Publication ethics

The publishers and editors of Kharon do everything within their power to avoid the publishing of manuscripts during the preparation of which research ethics have been breached. Manuscripts should adhere to the spirit of the Helsinki Declaration and authors should declare any relevant research ethics permit numbers. If the publishers or editors of Kharon become aware of any signs of a potential breach of research ethics, they will immediately launch the necessary proceedings to investigate.

Kharon’s regards the following as grounds for the rectification or retraction of published manuscripts:

The required corrections, rectifications, retractions and apologies will always be published by Kharon.

Author declaration

By submitting their manuscript, the authors declare their readiness to participate in the anonymous review process and declare that each author has substantially contributed to the preparation of the manuscripts. Also, the authors declare their willingness to rectify any errors found in a published manuscript and also their willingness to retract the paper in case of serious errors or breaches.

The authors declare that the list of references contains all the works they relied upon while preparing their manuscripts. The authors also declare that all sources of financial support (e.g. institutions and grants) have been declared in the manuscripts.

The authors declare that the results published in the manuscript have not been published before, neither are they at present under review at another journal.

Copyright and access

The copyright of the manuscript remains with the authors until the publishing of the manuscript. By virtue of publishing, the copyright is automatically transferred to the editorial board, unless the authors declared otherwise when submitting the manuscript.

From 1997 to 2007, Kharon appeared in print. Since 2008, Kharon has been published electronically only. Due to the generous help of the Hungarian Hospice-Palliative Association, the entire archives of Kharon are available through our homepage. All the papers published in Kharon are accessible free of charge (registration is required). Each year, four issues are published.


The contents of Kharon are archived within the Electronic Periodicals Archive and Database maintained by the National Széchényi Library of Hungary:

We are looking forward to receiving your manuscripts.

The Editors.