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INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS

The Polish Journal of Pathology is the official journal of the Polish Society of Pathologists, an organization whose mission is to represent the interests of patients, the public, and pathologists by fostering excellence in the practice of pathology. The Polish Journal of Pathology is published quarterly.
Manuscripts are published in five categories:
• Review articles
• Original articles
• Case reports
• Short reports/commentaries including letters to the editor
• Quizzes

The Polish Journal of Pathology publishes original, peer-reviewed articles for pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists.
The journal actively pursues articles that focus on new and/or complex technologies/disciplines, such as molecular pathology, cytogenetics, HLA, cytometry, informatics, and the science of medical laboratory management.The Polish Journal of Pathology also publishes accepted manuscripts on its web site, which is available without charge (see: www.pjp.termedia.pl)

Manuscript Checklist for Authors
1. Carefully read the instructions before submission.
2. Make sure that the original double-spaced typed manuscript, with abstract (if required), references, legends, tables, cover letter and figures, is submitted.
3. Leave the right-hand margin unjustified.
4. Provide Systeme International (SI) units for all scientific measurements.
5. Put references in the order they appear in the text, making sure that all are cited.
6. Provide an unstructured abstract (when required).
7. Include a completed authorship declaration that includes the title of the manuscript, signatures for copyright, authorship responsibility, and a financial interest statement from all authors.
8. Include written permission from each person identified in the text as a source for personal communication or unpublished data.
9. Designate a corresponding author and provide telephone, and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

Authors are obliged to pay for the publication of an article (excluding short reports and quizzes). The payment (950 PLN for authors from Poland; 250 EUR for foreign authors) – should be transferred to the following bank account:

ZG PTP ul. Grzegorzecka 16
31-531 Krakow
Bank Millenium S.A.
Oddz. nr 254 Kraków, ul. Królewska 90
85 1160 2202 0000 0000 3066 4272

Each author will receive free copy.

10. Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that they have not been published previously in print or electronic format and are not under consideration by another publication or electronic medium.

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted online at:
PL: www.pjp.termedia.pl/panel
EN: www.pjp.termedia.pl/editorialsystem

Review Process
The Editor within 7 days will determine whether the submitted manuscript covers the field of interest of the journal.
Accepted papers are sent to independent experts for evaluation. The process of evaluation will not take more than 21 days.
If the author is obliged to correct his work he should complete the corrections within 14 days. If additional research is needed the author will be granted 60 days extra to perform it.

Cover Letter
The cover letter should provide the full names, highest academic degree, and affiliation of all authors. If an author's affiliation has changed since the work was done, also indicate the new affiliation.
The editorial office reserves the right to review the number of authors on all submissions.
All co-authors should have contributed to the study and manuscript preparation. They should be thoroughly familiar with the substance of the final manuscript and be able to defend its conclusions.
Designate a corresponding author and provide a complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address for this author. Specify the address to which requests for reprints should be sent. If the manuscript was presented at a meeting or conference, specify the complete name of the meeting (spell out association names), the city where it was held, and the exact date on which the paper was presented. Briefly acknowledge financial support provided to the authors for the research presented in the manuscript. Provide the name and affiliation of any statistical reviewer consulted.
Upon acceptance all authors must complete and sign the copyright, authorship responsibility, and financial interest statements on the accompanying authorship declaration. Manuscripts cannot be accepted until the declaration is submitted (fax, scan, post).

Copyright Transfer
Authors are obliged to transfer all the rights to the Editor without any charge. They also resign at all times from their fee both in the case of paper text and photographic documentation.

Informed Consent
If the manuscript reports the results of an experimental investigation of human subjects, state formally that consent was obtained from the subjects after the nature of the procedure(s) was fully explained.

Ethical Requirements
For human or animal experimental investigations, specify in the Methods section of the manuscript what protocols were followed, e.g. Institutional guidelines regarding animal experimentation were followed. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed and this should be explicitly stated in the Methods section.

Manuscript Preparation
Manuscripts should be submitted in 12 pts. font, with double line spacing and ample margins of 2.5 cm. The text should not be formatted. Each section of the paper should begin on a new page. The text should be submitted as .rtf, .doc, .docx format.

The title page must include:
• a concise title accurately reflecting the findings of the work;
• full first and last names of all authors;
• department, institution and address where the research wasperformed;
• sources of support and grant numbers;
• name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail of the corresponding author.
If an author changes employment after the study was performed, the new affiliation information for that author should be included as a footnote. Any affiliations (e.g. employment, consultations, stock ownership, honoraria, expert testimony) with any organization or entity having a direct financial or personal interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the article should also be clearly stated. The abstract should be unstructured and contain no more than 200 words for original and review articles and no more than 100 words for case reports. The purpose of the work, main procedures, findings and principal conclusions should be presented concisely in the abstract.
Up to 5 key-words should be supplied with articles in which an abstract is demanded.

The text should include an Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, and Acknowledgments in the case of original articles and case reports. To clarify the content of long articles subheadings may be used within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion). Define abbreviations at their first appearance in the text.
Each table should be titled and numbered (Roman numerals) in the order of its citation in the text. If a table must be continued, repeat the title on a second page, followed by 'cont.'. Abbreviations used in the table should be listed in a key below the table.

Figures and photographs should be numbered with Arabic numerals and attached as separate printouts (in the electronic version, as separate files). Figures should be saved in one of the following formats: .jpg, .bmp or .tif. Photographs sent electronically should be of the resolution of 300 dpi and in the .tif or .jpg format. Do not embed figures and photographs in MS Office files. Figures and photographs are placed in the paper in the form delivered, so they must be prepared carefully. Please indicate where they should be placed in the text. Each figure should be supplied in a form of a separate file and, if wanted, additionally in a form of file of multiple panel consisting of maximally 8 images per page.

Figure legends should be submitted as part of the manuscript and should state the staining method and magnification. If the exact scale is critical, scale bars should be used on the photograph and specified in the legend.

The authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. Number references in the order they are first mentioned in the text. In text, tables, and legends, identify references with Arabic numerals in square parentheses. Submit a preprint for references cited as in press. Abbreviate names of journals according to Index Medicus. If there are more than three authors, name only the first three authors and than use et al.

Examples:
Journals: Cecena G, Wen F, Cardiff RD, et al. Differential sensitivity of mouse epithelial tissues to the polyomavirus middle T oncogene. Am J Pathol 2006; 168: 310-320.
Books and monographs: Fishman AP. Pulmonary Hypertension and Cor Pulmonale. Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders. Fishman AP (ed.). McGraw-Hill, New York 1988; 999-1048.
Chapter in a book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. Laragh JH, Brenner BM (eds). 2nd ed. Raven Press, New York 1995; 465-478.
Web sites: Include the name of the institution sponsoring the web site, URL address with direct linkage to the referenced information, and date of access.Submitted papers/unpublished data: Cite in text only.

Personal communications should appear in the text only; they should not be listed as a reference.
The full name and academic degree of the person as well as the date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text.
Authors who cite personal communications must obtain written permission from the person and must include a copy of the permission letter with the manuscript.

Editing
All accepted manuscripts will be pre-edited and returned with proofs to the corresponding author for approval. The authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including all changes made by the copy editor and authorized by the corresponding author. Submitting the manuscript to the Editor is treated as simultaneous agreement for authorization of the paper by the Editor-in-Chief in cases in which it is impossible for the author/s to send proofs (illness, absence).

Specific Requirements
• Original papers should not exceed 20 double-spaced text pages.
• Review articles should not exceed 25 double-spaced text pages.
• Case reports should not exceed 8 double-spaced text pages.
• Short reports/commentaries should not exceed 2 double-spaced textpages.
• Quizzes should not exceed 1 double-spaced text page and up to4 figures.
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