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Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne
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Ethical Standards and Procedures

Publication instruction

• The quarterly “Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne” accepts for publication in English original papers, review, devoted to medicine and related areas: psychology, ethics, and history of medicine.
• All original papers must fulfil the requirements of the Helsinki Declaration from 1989. In justified cases in formation must be attached about the consent of the Bioethical Commission concerning the investigation, or relevant information should be sent. In the original papers it is forbidden to provide personal data, unless the patient consciously gives his or her consent, e.g. for the publication of photos.

Preparation of the manuscript (typescript)
The typescript of the paper should be prepared in A4 format. The text written in 12 pt font, with preservation of the following margin space: 2 cm for top and bottom, 3 cm for the left one, and 4 cm for the right one. There should be about 30 rows on the page of the print, each row containing about 60 characters, including spaces between rows (line spacing) – at least 24 pt.

Title page
• The title of the paper (in Polish and English).
• Given name (names) and surname(s) of the author(s).
• The institution(s), from which the paper originated.

Summary (in Polish and English) is to have, for original papers, from 200 to 250 words in the following layout: aim of the research, material and methods, results and conclusions, for review, up to 200 words without division into sections;

Key words. 3–5 index terms or key words (in Polish and English) describing the subject of the paper (if possible, according to the Index Medicus Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)).

The text of the paper. Depending on the type, the paper should be divided into the following:
– original paper – preface (introduction to the subject, description of the problem and assumptions), the aim(s) of the research, material and methods (a description of the scientific research project and the location), results (if possible, they can be partly presented in a table layout), discussion (against the background of current literature), and conclusions (they should not be a repetition of the results of the research);
– review paper – preface, development of the subject matter (issue), conclusions, references.

The volume of an original paper should not exceed 14 pages of normalised typescript, and that of a review paper 18 pages including references. In certain cases, papers may exceed the volume limit with the consent of the Editorial Committee.

Abbreviations used in the text should always be explained the very first time a term appears; abbreviations should not be used in the title of the paper. Statistical terminology, abbreviations and symbols should be clearly defined.
International names of medicine should be used regardless of the subject at hand in the text.
Laboratory research results and appropriate standards and standard deviations should be expressed in units adopted by the International System of Units (SI).
Tables should be prepared in A4 format. All abbreviations used need to be explained underneath a table.
Tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals.
Figures should be produced using computer techniques, in Microsoft Excel or Word software, in a black and white version. All abbreviations used require, each time, an explanation underneath a figure. Figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals.
Pictures (in a resolution usable for print: 300 dpi) should form separate sets – the recommended formats are: *tif, *jpg.
Acknowledgments. These regard people or institutions who have contributed to the paper’s creation, including financial sources owing to which the paper came into existence. The people mentioned in the acknowledgements must give consent to the disclosure of their names. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain such a consent.
References should be placed at the end of the paper – written using the same font as the text. The layout of the references must adhere to the Vancouver standard, that is according to the order of quotation in the paper. The surname, first letters of the given name(s), the title of the paper, abbreviation of the title of the journal without fullstops (consistent with the current list of journals indexed in the Index Medicus, available, amongst others, at the following address: http://images.webofknowledge.com/WOK46/help/WOS/A_abrvjt.html), the year, volume and the initial and final pages. You are required to place/listing the names of all co authors of the article. Up to 40 entries should be included in original and review papers. Each publication should be placed at the beginning of a new row, and the number of the entry should be given in square brackets. Examples of correct references, in accordance with the Vancouver/ICMJE convention, used, amongst others, by MEDLINE:http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/tutorials/citing/vancouver.html.

An article:
Vant RM, Vrijland WW, Lange JF, Hop WC, Jeekel J, Bonjer HJ. Mesh repair of incisional hernia: comparison of laparoscopic and open repair. Eur J Surg 2002; 168: 684-689.

An article in the electronic version:
Keisch M, Arthur D, Patel R, Rivard M, Vicini F; American Brachytherapy Society Breast Brachytherapy Task Group; http://www.americanbrachytherapy.org/guidelines/abs_breast_brachytherapy_taskgroup.pdf.

An article in the electronic version before printed publication/DOI citation:
Kanis J, McCloskey EV, Johansson H, Cooper C, Rizzoli R, Reginster JY; European guidance for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Osteopor Int 2012; doi: 10.1007/s00 198-012-2074-y.

A book:
Franklin MA. Thoracoscopy. MTP Press. Lancaster, UK 1986.

A chapter in a book:
Bron JD. Early events in the infection of the arthopod gut by pathogenic insect viruses. In: Invertebrate Immunity. Ed. K Maramorosch, RE Shope. Academic Press. New York, San Francisco, Londyn 1976; 80–111.
Orkiszewska A. Badania u chorych chirurgicznych. W: Chirurgia dla pielęgniarek. Red. W Rowiński, A Dziak, Wydawnictwo Lekarskie PZWL, Warszawa 1999; 4: 48-72.
Links to Internet publications are only acceptable in a situation where adequate data is not present in literature published in print.

Clinical trials
Medical Studies is published in accordance with ICMJE policies and recommendations. The ICMJE requires - and recommends that all medical journal editors require - registration of clinical trials in a public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrollment as a condition of consideration for article publication.
The ICMJE defines a clinical trial as any research project that prospectively assigns people or a group of people to an intervention, with or without concurrent comparison or control groups, to study the relationship between a health-related intervention and a health outcome. Health-related interventions are those used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome; examples include drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioural treatments, educational programs, dietary interventions, quality improvement interventions, and process-of-care changes. Health outcomes are any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events.

The ICMJE accepts publicly accessible registration in any registry that is a primary register of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) that includes the minimum acceptable 24-item trial registration data set or in ClinicalTrials.gov, which is a data provider to the WHO ICTRP.

In accordance with the ICMJE recommendations, the Editors of Medical Studies require authors to provide all necessary information regarding the registered study when submitting the article for publication: name of the register, Main ID, Public Title, Date of Registration. The data provided by the author are verified by the editors.

More information on this can be found here www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html

Source: ICMJE, Clinical Trials, www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html

Correspondence address. The author’s address, telephone number, fax and email must be included at the end of the paper.

Statement. A statement should be attached to the paper that it was not published before and that it was not submitted for print to any other journal, and that the author gives consent to publish the paper on-line.
All the authors are equally charged with legal and substantive responsibility for any incorrectness connected with preparation of the paper.

Editorial revision
All papers are reviewed in accordance with modern requirements of assessment of such types of works. Papers are assessed anonymously by reviewers, and the author receives a notification from the editorial department about the acceptance or rejection of the paper. The author may provide names of people who (in their opinion) should not review the article. Text correction is performed by the first author or one of the co-authors. The Editorial Department returns papers not qualified for print on demand only.
• The publisher acquires exclusive copyrights to the printed papers, including the rights to publish in print, on electronic and other carriers and on the Internet.

Publication charges
This is to let you know that a fee of EURO 200 (900 PLN) will be charged for publication of an article in the “Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne”. This only applies to articles which are first registered via our editorial system on or after 1 March 2022.
Payments should be made on receipt of information that an article has been accepted for publication. An invoice will be issued after the payment has been credited to our account.

Authors Statement:
Authors Statement - Medical Studies-1.pdf

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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