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Reumatologia/Rheumatology
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The bi-monthly journal Reumatologia accepts for publication original articles, reviews and case reports in the field of rheumatology and on related subjects. The journal also publishes reports from national and international meetings and conferences, book reviews, commentaries, personal remembrances and letters to the editor. The journal publishes editorial articles which are written upon special invitation of the editorial board and thus are not subject to review. Postdoctoral (habilitation) theses in the form of a supplement to the journal can also be published – at the author’s expense. Articles must be prepared in English. Authors for whom English is not their first language should seek the advice of an expert to make sure that their submission is linguistically and stylistically correct.
The journal is published in the paper original version as well as in electronic format on the website at http:/spartanska.pl (tab: Pion naukowy/Redakcja Reumatologii) and http://www.termedia.pl/Czasopismo/Reumatologia. Articles in the journal are published open access (OA).

SUBMISSION
Manuscripts should be sent electronically after logging in and setting up an account at http:// www.editorialsystem.com/reum. Text requirements: 12 pt font, spacing of 1.5 cm between the lines, margins of 2.5 cm. The text should not be formatted. Tables and figures should not be placed in the text. Instead, appropriate information should be provided in the place proposed by the author, such as Table I, Fig. 3, etc.
The type of work, the authors and their affiliations, as well as the title, abstract and key words should be entered in appropriate fields in the electronic submission panel. Please do not provide data on the authors (personal information and affiliations) in the work content file. Tables and figures (photographs) should be attached in separate files (maximum number of tables and figures – 6).

PARTICULAR INSTRUCTIONS
The title of the paper should be given in English and Polish.
Abstracts (in English and Polish) should consist of a minimum 250 words and a maximum of 300 words for original papers and from 100 to 150 words for reviews and case studies. An abstract of an original paper should be structured to include the aim, material and methods, results and conclusions.
Key words (3–4) in English and in Polish, according to Index Medicus (Medical Subject Headings).
Text:
• original works should include an introduction and aim, material, methods (or material and methods), results, discussion/debate, conclusions;
• review articles may have a free-form layout;
• case reports should include an introduction (why the case is interesting), description of the case, discussion of characteristic symptoms, results of treatment, etc.
Acknowledgements and statements should be placed at the end of the article.
References: works cited in the text should be numbered in the order of their citation; references in the text should be placed in square brackets; the last names of the first three authors should be provided (if there are more authors, the abbreviation “et al.” should be added), and the title of the work and the abbreviated name of the journal (as per Index Medicus) should be given. The number of references should not exceed 30 for original articles and case reports, and 60 for review articles.
The total volume of manuscripts including tables, figures, references and abstracts, may not exceed:
• for original articles and reviews – 15 pages;
• for case reports – 8 pages;
• personal remembrances – 3 pages.
A standard manuscript page contains 1800 characters.
Tables should be numbered using Roman numerals in the order in which they appear in the work. Information contained in tables should not be repeated in the body of the text. Explanations for tables, e.g. full forms of abbreviations, should be provided in footnotes below tables.
Figures and photographs should be numbered using Arabic numerals and attached in separate files. Figures should be saved in one of the following formats: .cdr, .tif, .jpg, .ai, .bmp or .eps. Photographs should have a resolution of 300 dpi and .tif or .jpg format. Please do not embed drawings and photographs in MS Office documents. The dimensions of figures (photographs) together with designations and legend should not exceed 16 cm × 12 cm.
Figures and photographs are placed in the article in the form in which they are supplied, so please make sure that they are prepared carefully. If a figure (photograph) has been published before, then its source should be provided, and written consent should be obtained from the copyright holder to publish it again. The editorial board also accepts coloured figures and photographs. In order to publish photographs using the image of people (patients), the author of the article should obtain the consent of the subject and the author of the photographs.
Abbreviations should always be explained when used for the first time in the text (this rule also applies to abstracts). Abbreviations should not be used in the title of the manuscript.
Results of laboratory tests, as well as relevant norms and standard deviations, should be expressed in units adopted by the International System of Units (Systéme International d’Unités).

STATEMENTS
On the transfer of copyrights, conflicts of interest and funding of research
Each manuscript submitted to the editorial board should be accompanied by a statement signed by all authors transferring all copyrights and publishing rights to the Institute of Rheumatology, and stating that the work has not been published before or submitted concurrently for publication in any other journal. It is also required to submit a statement on the absence or existence of a conflict of interest and, if such a conflict exists, indicate its nature and identify sources of funding for publication (grants, scientific research institution, association, other entity), or a lack thereof. Templates for statements are available on the website of the journal at http:/spartanska.pl (tab: Pion naukowy/Redakcja Reumatologii) and in the submission panel http://editorialsystem.com/reum. After completing and signing the statements, they must be appended (in the form of a scan) when uploading the article in the electronic submission system.
At the same time, the editorial board assumes the obligation to ensure impartiality in qualifying the submission for publication.

Scope of work of the authors
The journal applies procedures ensuring the originality of scientific publications in accordance with ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and WAME (World Association of Medical Editors) criteria. Therefore, it is also necessary to provide information on the scope of contribution made by each author to the publication, i.e. specify the author of the concept of the study, assumptions, methods, study protocol, and the like, as well as the affiliation of each of the authors. A template for the statement on the scope of work is available on the website of the journal at http:/spartanska.pl (after opening the tab: Pion naukowy/Redakcja Reumatologii) and in the submission panel at http://editorialsystem.com/reum.
The editorial board observes the highest standards of scientific publication and the cooperation with authors is based on the transparency of information on the actual contribution of persons/institutions to the development of the publication. All cases of ghostwriting and guest authorship will be liable for customary penalty as an indication of scientific negligence.

Consent of the Commission on Ethics in Science
Such consent is required for works presenting results of studies involving patients or volunteers. The authors’ conduct must comply with the Declaration of Helsinki in its current version (currently 2008). The authors should obtain the consent of an appropriate Committee on Ethics in Science to conduct the study, and signed informed consent of each person involved in the study. Consent of the bioethics committee is also required for works on human biological material (also in retrospective studies). This information should be provided in the section “Material and methods”. Authors of works are obliged not to disclose personal information about the described patients.

MANUSCRIPT REVIEW
Manuscripts submitted to the editorial board are assessed by reviewers. The editorial board selects reviewers based on the subject of the submitted manuscript. The rules of review are presented in detail on the website of the journal (http:/spartanska.pl in the tab: Pion naukowy/Redakcja Reumatologii); the rules are in conformity with the guidelines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (www.nauka.gov.pl).

FINAL REMARKS
The authors do not receive any fees for works published in the Reumatologia bi-monthly.
The editorial board reserves the right to make language corrections without consulting the author. Other changes are consulted with the authors. The editorial board sends manuscripts to their authors for authorization with a request to return them within three days.
Compliance with the requirements presented above is a prerequisite for article publication in the journal. Articles that do not meet formal requirements cannot be reviewed and published.
Every year, the best original articles of Polish authors published during a given calendar year will receive awards granted by the Polish Society of Rheumatology.




ETHICAL STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES
Termedia Publishing House is committed to 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.

AUTHORSHIP CRITERIA AND/OR WHO SHOULD BE LISTED AS A CONTRIBUTOR
Termedia Publishing House in the matter of authorship criteria and/or who should be listed as a contributor, respects standards recommended by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). Detailed information about those criteria you can find in COPE Report publicationethics.org/files/2003pdf12_0.pdf.

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.






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