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The mission of the Health Problems of Civilization journal

Health Problems of Civilization (quarterly) is a continuation of the Human and Health journal (ISSN 2082-7288), published in the years 2010-2013. The journal is exclusively published in the English language (abstract, title and keywords in Polish). The articles concerns several theme areas covering topics such as biomedical aspects of health, new diseases, physical activity or health-related behaviours.
The mission of our journal is to popularize knowledge in the field of human health in the face of the dynamic changes in modern life caused by the development of civilization, industrialization, urbanization and environmental change. The accelerated progress in civilization (mainly industrialization, urbanization and environmental changes, new trends in diet and lifestyle as well as improvement in the quality of life) often affects human health negatively.
Accordingly, the journal publishes articles divided into three thematic sections: "Diseases and problems distinguished by the WHO and FAO", "Physical activity of social and professional groups" and "Other". The journal also welcomes submissions on one selected issue in a thematically chosen area, such as Lyme disease, tuberculosis, physical activity or obesity, if it becomes a current focus in the scientific community.

Journal’s title and its thematic scope

Epidemiological data indicate an increase in diseases classified as civilization. These include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, overweight, obesity and cancer. In the face of growing health risks, both national programs and research programs are being launched to address such aspects as prevention and education of the public with a view to avoiding risk factors, early diagnosis and consequently therapy. Over the past 20 years, more than 30 new highly infectious diseases have been identified worldwide. Therefore, the Health Problems of Civilization journal provides an opportunity to publish articles on current issues, prophylaxis and health education as well as adverse health outcomes.

Papers should be submitted to the Editorial Office on-line via: Editorial System

Prior to the beginning of the publication process the author or authors of submitted articles are obliged to payment of the fee in the amount: PLN 150. Before payment, please contact Editorial Board in order to establish appropriate payment form and invoice details. In case the Editorial Office receives an article in Polish, it will not bear the costs related to its translation into English. The cost of such translation service is PLN 45/ EUR 10 per translation page; that is per 1800 characters including spaces. In case the Editorial Office receives an article in English and it requires language improvement (after language editor assessment), Editorial Office will send the article for language correction, cost of such correction will be covered by authors. Cost of such service is PLN 30 / EUR 7 per correction page, that is per 1800 characters including spaces. The translations/corrections are conducted by a translator which presently cooperates with the editorial office. The article will be passed on for its translation/correction by the Editorial Office post a positive review and final approval of a given article for publishing. Having obtained the information from the Editorial Office regarding a positive review of a given article as well as the final cost of the translation/correction, the Author will be obliged to transfer the indicated amount to the bank account of Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biała Podlaska / Państwowa Szkoła Wyższa im Papieża Jana Pawła II w Białej Podlaskiej: payment from Poland: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., 11 1500 1331 1213 3004 3528 0000; payment from other countries: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., 11 1500 1331 1213 3004 3528 0000, SWIFT Code: WBKPPLPP. The author is next obliged to provide the Editorial Office with a transfer confirmation (i.e. in electronic form to the email address).

Ethical requirements
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (concerning the ethical principles for the medical community and forbidding releasing the name of the patient, initials or the hospital evidence number) and with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national). The authors presenting case studies are obligated not to disclose patients' personal data. Regarding photographs, in case of any doubt that the picture inadequately protects the patient's anonymity his/her consent is required for publication.

Conflict of interest

Authors are expected to describe sources of the research funding, a role of the potential sponsor in planning, executing and analysis of the study, and the influence (bias) which the funding organization had on the content of the article. Other relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) providing potential sources of conflict of interest in relation to the submitted article should also be revealed.

Ghostwriting, guest authorship and plagiarism policy
“Health Problems of Civilization” has procedures in place to prevent ghostwriting, guest authorship, and plagiarism.

Preparation of manuscripts
The paper should be written in English and be communicative, clear and concise, while maintaining the classic layout.

Work layout
The texts of the submitted articles should not exceed:
• In original papers and in review papers, 4400 words including tables and references – about 20 sheets, typewritten, double-spaced, 11 point font, 30 items of literature;
• In case studies, 1000 words including tables and references – about 7 sheets, typewritten, double-spaced, 11 point font, 10 items of literature;
• In editorial, 1500 words excluding references – about 10 sheets, double-spaced, 11 point font, 15 items of literature, without summary and key words, tables and figures can be included, sections can be included;
• In book reviews, 750 words, without sections, summary and key words.

Papers exceeding the required length or the number of items of literature will be individually considered by the Editor-in-Chief.

Original papers should be organized in a standard form with separate:
• Title (in Polish and English)
• Key words (from the Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] catalogue of the Index Medicus; in Polish and English)
• Summary (150-250 words; in Polish and English, structured)
• Introduction
• Material and methods
• Results
• Discussion
• Conclusions
• Disclosures and acknowledgements
• References.

Case studies should be divided to the following sections:
• Title (in Polish and English)
• Key words (from the Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] catalogue of the Index Medicus; in Polish and English)
• Summary (150-200 words; in Polish and English, structured)
• Introduction
• Case description
• Conclusions
• References.

Review papers should be divided to the following sections:
• Title (in Polish and English)
• Key words (from the Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] catalogue of the Index Medicus; in Polish and English)
• Summary (150-250 words; in Polish and English)
• Introduction
• Aim of the work
• Brief description of the status of knowledge
• Conclusions
• References.

Tables should be numbered according to their sequence in the text. The text should include references to all tables.
Each table should be provided in a separate file.

Each figure should be provided in a separate file, not included in the text.
Figures should preferably be provided in the TIF or EPS format. JPG is also acceptable.
All figures, whether photographs, graphs or diagrams, should be numbered consecutively throughout.

Citation and references
References should be quoted in square brackets in order of citation.
The reference list should be arranged in the order in which the citations appear in the text. If the number of authors exceed 6, after the sixth name “et al.” should be written. If the article has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, please enter it at the end of the bibliographic record as a full link, e.g. https://doi.org/10.5114/hpc.2017.70524

Journal citation:
Tomao P, Ciceroni L, D’Ovidio MC, De Rosa M, Vonesch N, Iavicoli S, et al. Prevalence and incidence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi and to tick-borne encephalitis virus in agricultural and forestry workers from Tuscany, Italy. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2005; 24(7): 457–463.

Journal with a supplement number:
Zajkowska J. Lyme borreliosis – guidelines of treatment and expectations of patients. Przegl Epidemiol. 2008; 62(Suppl.1): 142–151 (in Polish).

Journal volume with part number:
Abend SM, Kulish N. The psychoanalytic method from an epistemological viewpoint. Int J Psychoanal. 2002;83(Pt 2):491-5.

Journal issue with part number:
Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Price RE, Wright KC. Development of a large animal model for lung tumors. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2002;13(9 Pt 1):923-8.

Online journal citation:
Zhang M, Holman CD, Price SD, Sanfilippo FM, Preen DB, Bulsara MK. Comorbidity and repeat admission to hospital for adverse drug reactions in older adults: retrospective cohort study. BMJ. 2009 Jan 7;338:a2752. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2752

Electronic Publish Ahead of Print:
Yu WM, Hawley TS, Hawley RG, Qu CK. Immortalization of yolk sac-derived precursor cells. Blood. 2002 Nov 15;100(10):3828-31. Epub 2002 Jul 5.

Biernat E. Aktywność fizyczna mieszkańców Warszawy. Na przykładzie wybranych grup zawodowych. Warszawa: Oficyna Wydawnicza SGH; 2011 (in Polish).

Chapter from a book:
Piątkowska M. Uczestnictwo Polaków w aktywności fizycznej w porównaniu do innych krajów Unii Europejskiej. In: Buśko K, Charzewska J, Kaczanowski K., editors. Współczesne metody badań aktywności, sprawności i wydolności fizycznej człowieka. Warszawa: Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego w Warszawie; 2010. p. 38-57 (in Polish).

Forthcoming/In press:
Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Forthcoming 2002.

Materials published online without DOI number:
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12]; 102(6): [about 1 p.]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htmArticle

The Publisher acquires all copyrights, on an exclusive basis, to manuscripts published, including the right to publish them in print, using electronic carriers or others, and on the Internet. Abstracts may be published without the Publisher’s permission.

Ethical Standards and Procedures

Termedia Publishing House is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements.

Review Process
The registered manuscripts are sent to 2-3 independent experts for scientific evaluation. Submitted papers are accepted for publication after a positive opinion of the independent reviewers. Health Problems of Civilization uses a double-blind review process in which authors do not know the identity of their reviewers, nor do the reviewers know the identities of the authors. The evaluation process usually takes 2-4 months.

Duties and responsibilities of authors
The author is obliged to prepare and send the article in accordance with the requirements set out in the journal Editor. Moreover the author is obliged to submit editorial complemented by a statement which will be included: a statement about the originality of the content of the article (work not yet published anywhere), the integrity of the copyrights of others, no conflict of interest or its application, as well as the superior permission to publish an article in the journal. Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work.

Duties and responsibilities of reviewers
Articles are selected for publication in double blind selection system and published in open access system. Reviewer shall review by the electronic system on the basis of questions prepared for a specific title. Reviewer is also possible to send individual comments to be published in the article content.

Duties and responsibilities of editors
Editors are responsible for deciding which of the articles are accepted for publication. Editors act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.

Correspondence address:
Pope John Paul II State School In Higher Education in Biała Podlaska / Państwowa Szkoła Wyższa im. Papieża Jana Pawła II w Białej Podlaskiej, Sidorska 95/97, room 334, 21-500 Biała Podlaska, Polska/Poland, e-mail: p.rynkiewicz@pswbp.pl
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