Instructions for Authors
 

Aims and scopes


Medicine and Public Health journal is an international, multidisciplinary publication that will consider any original contribution that facilitates progress in medicine and health sciences. We seek to publish articles that address the important biological, social, environmental, and political factors that influence both public and individual health. Articles focused on the integrity and ethics of medical practice and healthcare are welcomed. Our journal also comprises high quality reviews aimed at health professionals in general.

General Information


The Journal publishes the following types of peer-reviewed articles:
  • original research papers,
  • review articles,
  • meta-analyses,
  • short reports,
  • case reports,
  • drug reports.

The Journal also publishes editorials (commissioned), comments, and correspondence.

There are no submission or processing charges.

Medicine and Public Health publishes fully open access articles, which are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication, completely free of charge.

At the moment of manuscript submission, authors commit (undertake) to transfer free of charge to the publisher all copyrights allowing publication and dissemination of the submitted materials in all available forms and fields of exploitation. A Copyright Transfer Agreement must be signed by all authors and sent to the Publisher immediately after manuscript acceptance.

Ethical Issues and Conduct


Medicine and Public Health follows the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE Recommendations). The Publisher strongly encourages all authors, reviewers, and editors to adhere to the principles of publication and scientific research ethics.

Only original manuscripts that have neither been previously published or submitted in other journals, nor considered to be published elsewhere will be admitted to publishing in Medicine and Public Health.

All individuals who have significantly contributed to the manuscript and met all four criteria for authorship in the ICMJE Recommendations are considered co-authors.

All co-authors are obliged to indicate their contribution to the publication (design, performance, analysis, and reporting of the work etc.) and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work. One co-author may indicate more than one type of contribution and the same type of contribution may be indicated by more than one co-author.

Authors should properly acknowledge the contribution of others, such as provision of reagents or analytical tools etc. Any forms of help which do not fulfil the authorship criteria should be disclosed in the “Acknowledgements” section.

We abide by the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and aim to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

All acts of ethical misconduct including guest authorship, ghost writing, data manipulation, multiple, redundant, or concurrent publications etc. will be dealt according to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Medicine and Public Health pursue alleged cases following the COPE flowcharts where applicable.

Authors at the moment of manuscript submission must disclose any conflicts of interest that might influence the results or their interpretation. All sources of financial support should be disclosed in the manuscript (including the grant number or identification of other funding sources).

Medicine and Public Health uses Conflict of Interest form created by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors available at: http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/

All research involving human subjects or animal experimentation must be approved by the relevant local ethics committee and the text of the article must contain relevant information. Medicine and Public Health expect all research involving human subjects to have been carried out in accordance with the principles set out in the Declaration of Helsinki and informed consent must be obtained from all participants. All research involving animal experimentation should have been conducted in accordance with the Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Education issued by the New York Academy of Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Animal Research. The Journal Editors encourage authors to follow best ethical practice in scientific research.

Peer Review/Publication Process


Initial evaluation:

  • Verification of manuscript completeness and compliance with editorial guidelines and instructions for authors.
  • Initial linguistic assessment of submitted paper by an English proof-reader.
  • Check the manuscript’s suitability for the journal. Comparison with Medicine and Public Health Journal’s aims and scopes.
  • Manuscripts that are incomplete and/or do not comply with the Journal’s house style or aims and scopes are rejected without further review.
  • Authors of manuscripts rejected at the initial assessment stage will normally be informed within 10 business days of receipt.

Peer-review process:

  • Double-blind review is applied to all Medicine and Public Health manuscript submissions. Identities of both the referee and the author remain anonymous throughout the whole process. At the beginning of each year, the journal publishes a list of referees employed in the review process over the past year.
  • Two independent reviewers are appointed according to their expertise.
  • Selected reviewers are asked to disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
  • The manuscript is sent to reviewers, typically within 1 week of initial evaluation.
  • According to the Journal’s Policy, reviews should be completed in three weeks.
  • The manuscript is accepted for publication upon favourable opinions of both reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief.
  • The Editorial Board may actively participate in the peer-review process and provide advice in the case of ambiguous opinions on the reviewed manuscript.
  • The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to request the opinion of a third reviewer if needed.
  • If revision is needed, the manuscript is sent back to the author. The author will have one week in the case of minor changes and two weeks for major changes to prepare a revision, unless otherwise stated by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • The last word on acceptance of manuscripts belongs to the Editor-in-Chief.

Publishing process:

  • Immediately after receiving information on an article accepted for publication, authors must complete, sign, and send:
    • Author statement form
    • Declaration of interest form
    • Copyright transfer agreement
  • Editor’s comments are sent to the author.
  • Authors have 48 hours for incorporation of corrections and preparation of the final version of manuscript.
  • The article will be posted as a final version online within one week of finalization of the proofs and will be included in the next online issue.


Manuscript preparation


Medicine and Public Health follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommendations for manuscripts. Full text available at: http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf

The text must be submitted electronically through the Medicine and Public Health submission system.

Manuscripts should be written in clear, grammatical English (British spelling).

Due to the double-blind review, the authors should avoid in the text information which may compromise their anonymity.

The text of the original works should be divided into sections: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions.

Review article should include: Introduction, Titles of sections, Summary of the discussed issues, Conclusion. We recommend following PRISMA Guidelines on preparing systematic reviews and meta-analyses. A PRISMA Flow Diagram serving as graphical representation of the flow of citations reviewed in the course of a Systematic Review may be created with the use of a generator available at: http://prisma.thetacollaborative.ca

The text of the article should be typed with 12 point Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing; all pages must be numbered.

Foreign words and phrases should be written in italics.

Do not use bold or emphasis.

All abbreviations must be explained.

Footnotes are not allowed.

For description of diseases, please use the full name of the disease as well as the ICD-10 or DSM codes. Note that not all readers of our Journal are familiar with these systems.

Maximum work volume and other requirements are presented in the table below.

Article types: Structured abstractWord count* TablesArtwork ReferencesStructured
Originalyes/250 words50008440yes
Original (randomized clinical trial)yes/300 words55008440yes
Reviews & meta-analysesyes/250 words60004360yes
Case Reportyes/200 words15002125yes
Short Reportyes/200 words12001125yes
Drug Reportyes/200 words10002125yes
Commentno7501110no
Correspondenceno5000010no
Image of the issue (clinical picture) + comment**no200015no
Editorialno6000115no
* Word count – excluding abstract, references, table and/or image descriptions.
** Each image can have a 200-word comment.

Medicine and Public Health requires all authors to use Vancouver reference style.

In the text and bibliography, references need to be numbered in order to appear in the manuscript.

Example:
Barczyński M, Gołkowski F, Nawrot I. The current status of intraoperative iPTH assay in surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism. Gland Surg. 2015 Feb;4:36-43.

Articles that do not meet these criteria will be declined without further assessment.