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Health Problems of Civilization Physical activity: diseases and issues recognised by the WHO
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The mission of the Health Problems of Civilization journal

Health Problems of Civilization (quarterly) is the continuation of Human and Health (ISSN 2082-7288), issued in the years 2010-2013. The journal is published exclusively in English; the abstracts, titles and keywords are also provided in Polish.
The mission of our journal is to popularize knowledge of people’s health problems in the light of the dynamic development of civilization, industrialization, urbanization and environmental changes that greatly affect modern life, often in a negative way. To explore this theme, the journal has been divided into three sections: Part I: Diseases and Problems Distinguished by the WHO and FAO; Part II: Physical Activity of Social and Professional Groups; Part III: Other. Accordingly, the articles cover topics such as biomedical aspects of health, modern diseases, physical activity or health-related behaviours. The journal also welcomes submissions on topics from the area of interest that is currently the focus of research in the scientific community such as Lyme disease, tuberculosis or obesity.

Journal’s title and its thematic scope

Epidemiological data indicate that civilization diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, overweight, obesity and cancer are significantly increasing. Over the past 20 years, more than 30 new highly infectious diseases have been identified worldwide. Consequently, research studies and national programs are being launched to educate the society how to avoid health risks and also to inform about early diagnosis and therapy. By covering the abovementioned topics, Health Problems of Civilization provides an opportunity to publish articles on current issues, including prophylaxis of diseases 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 and 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: Santander Bank Polska S.A., 45 1500 1331 1213 3001 7949 0000; payment from other countries: Santander Bank Polska S.A., 45 1500 1331 1213 3001 7949 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. Each manuscript submitted to “Health Problems of Civilization” is checked for the 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)
• Keywords (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)
• Keywords (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)
• Keywords (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

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

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:
Kalman M, Inchley J, Sigmundova D, Iannotti RJ, Tynjälä JA, Hamrik Z, et al. Secular trends in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in 32 countries from 2002 to 2010: a cross-national perspective. The European Journal of Public Health. 2015; 25(Suppl. 2): 37-40.

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.

Book:
Biddle SJ, Mutrie N. Psychology of physical activity: determinants, well-being, and interventions. 2th edition. London: Routledge; 2008.

Chapter from a book:
Hung Chih Yu A. Exploring motivation for leisure-based physical activity: a case study of college students. In: Burns R, Robinson K., editors. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Newtown Square: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station; 2006. p. 342-349.

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

Materials published in a language other than English:
Wielkoszyński T. [Modified, spectrophotometric method of silicon determination in biological material]. Diagn Lab. 2000; 36(3): 377–385 (in Polish).

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 of Higher Education in Biała Podlaska / Państwowa Szkoła Wyższa im. Papieża Jana Pawła II w Białej Podlaskiej, Sidorska 95/97, 21-500 Biała Podlaska, Polska/Poland,
e-mail: a.maksymiuk@pswbp.pl
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