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HIV & AIDS Review. International Journal of HIV-Related Problems
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AIMS AND SCOPE
HIV & AIDS Review is the official journal of the Polish AIDS Research Society (PTN AIDS). It is published quarterly. HIV & AIDS Review publishes several types of paper: original papers, preliminary communications, epidemiology - population studies, psychological and socio-medical aspects of HIV and AIDS, educational aspects, patient-physician relationship, conference or workshop summaries, product investigations - scientific evaluations on medical and pharmaceutical products, case reports, letters to the Editor, reviews and special reports. A limited number of articles either by invitation or following your suggestions will be of a more "tutorial" format written by experts for scientists seeking introduction into or clarification on some important issues in HIV-related research areas.

All article accepted for publications are published free of charge.

CRITERIA FOR MANUSCRIPTS

The Editorial Board of HIV & AIDS Review takes under consideration for publication original articles with the understanding that neither the manuscript nor any part of its essential substance, tables or figures have been published previously in print form or electronically and are not under consideration by any other publication or electronic medium. This restriction does not apply to abstracts or press reports published in connection with scientific meetings. Copies of any closely related manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor along with the manuscript that is to be considered by HIV & AIDS Review.

HIV & AIDS Review discourages the submission of more than one article dealing with related aspects of the same study.

Each submission should include the statement signed by the first author that the work has not been published previously or submitted elsewhere for review and a copyright transfer.

CATEGEORIES OF ARTICLES

Accepted papers are published in the following journal sections:
original papers (not more than 10 pages)
review articles (not more than 8 pages)
preliminary communications for rapid communication of preliminary data (not more than 4 pages)
technical notes ( not more than 2 pages)
letters to the Editor for comments on recent articles (not more than 1 page)
case reports (not more than 8 pages)

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 consent is required for publication.
Papers describing animal experiments can be accepted for publication only if the experiment conforms to the legal requirements in Poland as well as with the European Communities Council Directive of November 24, 1986 or the National Institute of Health Guide (National Institute of Health Publications No. 80-23, Revised 1978) for the care and use of Laboratory Animals for experimental procedure. Authors must provide a full description of their anesthetics and surgical procedures.

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) 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.

CONTRIBUTORS

Each author is required to declare his or her individual contribution to the article: all authors must have materially participated in the research and/or article preparation, so roles for all authors should be described. The statement that all authors have approved the final article should be true and included in the disclosure.

REVIEW PROCESS

Received manuscripts are first examined by the HIV & AIDS Review editors. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected promptly. The registered manuscripts are sent to 2-3 independent experts for scientific evaluation.
HIV & AIDS Review 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. Submitted papers are accepted for publication after a positive opinion of the 2-3 independent reviewers. The evaluation process usually takes 1-3 weeks.

MENUSCRIPT PREPARATION

Submission to HIV & AIDS Review proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files. The system automatically converts your files to a single PDF file, which is used in the peer-review process.

Article structure
Original papers should be organized in a standard form with separate:
• Title Key words
• Summary (200-250 words, structured)
• Background
• Material and methods
• Results
• Discussion
• Conclusions
• Disclosures and acknowledgements
• References.

Case studies should be divided to the following sections:
• Title
• Key words
• Summary (150-200 words, structured)
• Introduction
• Case description
• Conclusions
• References.

Review papers should be divided to the following sections:
• Title
• Key words
• Summary (200-250 words)
• Introduction
• Aim of the work
• Brief description of the status of knowledge
• Conclusions
• References.

Abstract
Abstracts for Original Articles should be structured, structured words and should consist of five paragraphs labeled: Aim, Background, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion. Each section should begin on a new line and briefly describe, respectively, the purpose of the study, how the investigation was performed, the most important results and the principal conclusion that authors draw from the results.

Keywords
Author need to provide a maximum of 5 keywords from the Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] catalogue of the Index Medicus.

Abbreviations
Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page
of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first
mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Footnotes
Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word
processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case,
indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the
end of the article.

Tables
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.

Illustrations
- The desired position of the figures and tables in the text should be indicated in the left margin.
- When possible, group several illustrations on one block for reproduction; figures and photographs should be attached as separate printouts (in the electronic version, as separate files); figures should be saved in one of the following formats: .cdr, .tif, .jpg, .ai, .bmp or .eps. Photographs sent in the electronic form should be of the resolution of 300 dpi and in .tif or .jpg format. Do not place figures and photographs in MS Office files. Like all other figures, block should be prepared within a rectangular frame to fit within a single or double column width of 84 and 174 mm, respectively, and a maximum page height of 226 mm.
- Each figure should include scale magnification bar; do not use magnification factors in the figure legends.
- All figures, whether photographs, graphs or diagrams, should be numbered consecutively throughout.

References
Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Web references
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any
further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.),
should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a
different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

References in a special issue
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in
the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Reference formatting
There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. If you do wish to format the references yourself they should be arranged according to the following examples:
Reference style
Text: Indicate references by superscript numbers in the text. The actual authors can be referred to,
but the reference number(s) must always be given.
List: Number the references in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.

Examples:
Reference to a journal publication:
[1] A. Ken, M.J. Smith, M.J. Cowling, Optimizing optical port size on underwater marine instruments
to maximize biofouling resistance, Materials and Design 24 (4) (2003) 247–53
Reference to a book:
W. Strunk, E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
G.R. Mettam, L.B. Adams, in: B.S. Jones, R.Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age, EPublishing,
Inc. New York, 2009, pp. 281-304.
Reference to a conference:
[4] J. Heidemann, W. Ye, J. Wills, A. Syed, Research challenges and applications for underwater sensor networking, in: Proc. IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conf., 2006.
Note shortened form for last page number. e.g., 51–9, and that for more than 6 authors the first
6 should be listed followed by 'et al.' For further details you are referred to 'Uniform Requirements
for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals' (J Am Med Assoc 1997;277:927–34) (see also
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html).

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.

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 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.


Copyright: © 2016 Polish AIDS Society. This is an Open Access journal, all articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/), allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
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