Instructions for Authors
Carefully read the submission guidelines as it follows:
- The Editor accepts scientific, original papers, not published anywhere before, on various aspects of medical, biomedical, and biological sciences.
- Only papers of depth, rigor, originality and high- quality are accepted for publication with reference to the scope of the journal.
- Only papers written in English are accepted.
- By submitting a paper, the author agrees to accept the Editor’s procedures of qualifying papers for publication and the ‘Instructions On Submitting And Preparing Articles’
- The paper is subject to a two-step qualification procedure: (1) formal internal assessment, performed by the Editor-in-Chief and the editorial team (verification of the article compliance with the journal’s profile and technical requirements); (2) external review – performed by two independent reviewers, appointed by the Editor-in-Chief. In addition, empirical papers in which statistical methods were applied undergo verification by a statistical editor.
- Reviewers are senior academic staff members or academics at least with the scientific degree of a doctor, competent within the merits of the paper. Reviewers are independent, not affiliated in the same research unit as the author of the publication.
- Papers are accepted for publication after being reviewed favorably by two independent reviewers. If the reviews are contradictory, the third reviewer is appointed, whose opinion becomes decisive.
- Reviews are drawn up in writing, in a review sheet, which obliges the reviewer to formulate an unequivocal conclusion about accepting the paper for publication or rejecting it.
- The author and the reviewer remain anonymous to each other (double blind review process).
- The author is informed about the review results and the reviewers’ comments, so that they can correct the paper in accordance with the provided directions.
- The Editor reserves the right to introduce corrections in the paper. An article that does not follow the guidelines can be returned to the author for adjustments.
- The Editor reserves the right to reject a paper which is not consistent with the journal profile; does not meet the requirements imposed on scientific papers; has received two negative scientific reviews; does not follow the ‘Instructions On Submitting And Preparing Articles’; has not been corrected in accordance with the directions of the Editor or the reviewers; bears attributes of plagiarism.
- The final decision on accepting a paper for publication or rejecting it is always taken by the Editor-in-Chief.
- The author is obliged to provide a statement concerning the ethical procedures effective in scientific research, and to reveal the input of particular authors in the creation of the paper (giving their affiliations and contribution, i.e. information about the authorship of the concept, assumptions, methods, protocol etc. employed in the preparation of the article); the main responsibility rests with the author submitting the paper.
- Manuscripts containing information related to human use should clearly state that the research has complied with all relevant national regulations and institutional policies and has been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee. The editors reserve the right to seek additional information or guidance from reviewers on any cases in which concerns arise.
- All investigation with human subjects must have been conducted by following the tenets of the Helsinki Declaration. Authors must provide a statement indicating the approval of the research and experiments conducted in the study.
- Manuscripts containing information related to animals use should clearly state that the research has complied with all relevant national regulations and institutional policies and has been approved by the authors’ institutional review board or equivalent committee. The editors reserve the right to seek additional information or guidance from reviewers on any cases in which concerns arise.
- The research using animal subjects should be conducted according to the Principles of Laboratory Animal Care and similar documents (e.g. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/olaw.htm). For manuscripts reporting experiments on live vertebrates or higher invertebrates, authors must identify the committee approving the experiments, and must confirm that all experiments were performed in accordance with relevant regulations.
- Author is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material used in their manuscripts that is protected by copyright.
- A person who performed statistical calculations only, prepared solely the bibliographic list, or merely organized or funded the research cannot be referred to as author.
- The author accepts that a submitted manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized will incur plagiarism sanctions: immediate rejection of the submitted manuscript or published article, prohibition of any new submissions.
- The authors are obliged to provide the sources of financing the paper, as well as any input of research and development institutions, associations, or other entities (financial disclosure).
- The author accepts the responsibility to introduce the corrections resulting from the review and send the paper back within one week.
- In the case of a significant delay in the appointed deadline for introducing corrections by the author, the Editor reserves the right to reschedule the paper to the subsequent issue.
Instructions for Submitting and Preparing Articles
- The manuscript should only be written in English. Manuscripts sent in other languages will not be accepted. English text verification before submission is strongly suggested for non-native English authors.
- The Editor accepts solely papers submitted via the electronic Editorial System. The paper registration proceeds according to the System guidelines. The management of the editorial stages and contacting the author take place via the Editorial System exclusively. The author’s e-mail address is used to confirm the reception of the paper by the Editor and to provide information about the editorial process stages.
- The papers have to be anonymous for the reviewers; therefore, all information identifying the authors of the article within the text, references, footnotes, and bibliography should be removed.
- Together with the abstract, figures, and tables, an empirical article should not exceed 20 A4 pages (1800 characters including spaces per page), and a review article – 30 pages.
- The paper should be prepared in the Microsoft Word text editor and respect the following standards:
- font: Times New Roman, 12 points;
- line spacing: 1,5;
- text alignment: justified;
- title alignment: centred.
- The title page (separate) should include: the article full title, abbreviated title (up to 60 characters including spaces), the first name and surname of the author/authors, ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID), the affiliation of the author/authors (university name, city, country), the main author’s correspondence address (department/ institution, country, and e-mail address), and the e-mail addresses of all co-authors;
- The article text should include:
- The article full title;
- Abstract (up to 250 words), divided into the following sections (in experimental papers): Purpose, Study Design, Subject/Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions;
- 3–6 keywords in English (the keywords must not duplicate the paper title);
- The main text.
The main text of an experimental paper should include the following sections:
Here, the author presents the article subject, as well as describes its aim, its hypotheses, and the existing research (literature review).
- Subjects And Methods
This section is to clearly describe the research material (if human subjects participate in the experiment, their number, age, sex, and other characteristic features should be provided), conditions, time, methods, and the equipment used (including the producer’s name and address). The measurement procedures need to be provided in sufficient detail in order to allow for their reproducibility. If a method is being used for the first time, the author should describe it in special detail, presenting its validity and reliability (reproducibility). If the existing methods are modified, the changes must be discussed and justified. All experiments employing human or animal subjects must obtain approval of an appropriate research ethics committee or the National Ethics Committee on Animal Experiments on implementing the methods suggested by the author in the experiment (a copy of the approval document must be attached to the paper). Statistical methods should be described in a way allowing to assess their correctness. In the case of a review article, methods of searching for and selecting the material should also be provided. The protection of privacy is a legal right that must not be breached without individual informed consent. In cases where the identification of personal information is necessary for scientific reasons, authors should obtain full documentation of informed consent, including written permission from the patient prior to inclusion in the study.
Informed consent: Informed consent has been obtained from all individuals included in this study.
Ethical approval: The research related to human use has been complied with all the relevant national regulations, institutional policies and in accordance the tenets of the Helsinki Declaration, and has been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee.
Ethical approval: The research related to animals use has been complied with all the relevant national regulations and institutional policies for the care and use of animals.
If the manuscript does not contain any study that requires human or animal ethical approval, the following statement should be included in the Methods section:Ethical approval: The conducted research is not related to either human or animals use.
- Results and Discussion
Results, closely tied with the data included in the tables and figures, should be presented logically and consistently. In this section, the author should discuss the obtained results and refer them to the outcomes described in literature (other than those mentioned in the introduction), emphasizing new and significant aspects of their paper.
- Conclusion and Suggestion
It is important to bear in mind the original aim of the paper and the formulated hypotheses. Vague statements and those unsupported by the research results should be avoided. Putting forward new hypotheses must be clearly emphasized.
Here, the author enumerates the people and institutions that contributed to the preparation of the paper, served as consultants, or provided financial or technical support.
Conflict of Interest
The authors of the article are obliged to report an actual or potential conflict of interest that prevents the pursuit of the scientific truth. A conflict of interest arises when at least one of the authors is – either directly or through immediate family – associated with any organization or entity: financially (e.g. by royalties, scientific grants, membership, employment, consultations, ownership rights or other equity and expert testimonies or license agreements on patents) or non-financially (e.g. by affinity, legal ties, professional dependence, membership, knowledge or beliefs regarding the subject or materials covered by the article). If a conflict of interest is suspected, the author is obliged to report this in the cover letter sent to the Editor, indicate it in a footnote to the publication (e.g. by specifying the sources of the financial support and other financial and personal ties with the article), and attach a relevant statement.
Mention the parties (institutions or individuals) that funded carrying out the study.
Use APA Sixth Edition Referencing Style
Instructions concerning tables, figures, and photographs:
– They should be provided with numbers and captions;
- they should be placed within the text;
- in addition, figures and photographs must be attached as separate xls, stg, pdf, cdr, eps, tif or jpg files (minimum resolution of 300 dpi);
- the same results should not be repeated in tables and figures;
- the illustrative material should be prepared in black and white or in grayscale (the journal is printed in black and white);
- symbols, e.g. arrows or stars, as well as abbreviations used in tables or figures should be clearly explained in a legend so that they are legible and comprehensible irrespective of the paper text.
- All the quotations included in the paper must be accompanied by bibliographic information, including numbers of the source pages.
- If a figure or table has been developed on the basis of some other figure or table, the source should be provided. In the case of reprinting a table or figure from another publication, obtaining the publisher’s permission is necessary.
Prior to printing, the author will receive their paper for acceptance in a PDF file format. The author is obliged to immediately inform the Editor accepting the paper for print. At this stage, only minor corrections will be accepted.
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