Instructions for authors publishing in Newslab magazine
Newslab brings the latest insights from science and research in laboratory medicine.
Peer review procedure in the Newslab journal and reviewers’ duties
- Every accepted text is first evaluated by the Editorial Board that will assess the suitability and quality of the work.
- The author shall be informed by email whether his or her text was advanced to the peer review procedure. Should the Editorial Board reject the text, the author shall be provided a brief statement explaining the reasons for such rejection.
- After approval of the text by the Editorial Board, the article shall be evaluated by an independent reviewer appointed by the Editorial Board. The reviewer must be a professional in the field of medicine to which the respective article relates.
- The reviewer evaluates the article in anonymity, without any information about the author’s name. Should the reviewer feel unable to maintain anonymity or he/she does not feel competent to review the text, he/she will inform the Editor of the journal and will reject elaboration of peer review.
- The reviewer must maintain confidentiality of all information related to the reviewing procedure with regards to any third party.
- The reviewer is obliged to adopt a professional and independent attitude to the text considering maximum quality of the final article. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.
- The reviewer must evaluate the text in an objective manner. Comprehensive analysis of the contribution particularly from the scientific perspective is of maximum importance. Formal aspect of the text is also considered (i.e. clear and comprehensive processing, easy orientation, compliance with all the instructions for authors published at www.newslab.sk.)
- The author of the text shall receive a statement from the reviewer. Based on this statement, the reviewer shall recommend to the Editorial Board to publish the text, or possibly to incorporate some changes or he/she will propose rejection of the text. Should the author incorporate the proposed comments, the amended text is sent again to the reviewer for checking. Should the author fail to adjust his/her manuscript in time or reject the adjustment, the text shall not be recommended for publishing.
- The reviewer shall inform the Editor, should he/she find out during the review process that the text has already been published in another journal, is available online, the author has breached copyrights of a third party or has committed an act of plagiarism.
- The reviewer must not use the previously unpublished data contained in the submitted article for his/her own research unless he/she obtained a written consent of the author/authors of the article.
- The Board of Editors supervises the compliance with the above duties and obligations of reviewers within the framework of peer review procedure.
The code of conduct in relation to publishing in Newslab, the scientific journal
Newslab endorses the generally applicable rules of responsible and ethical publishing. All members of the collective of authors (“the authors”) declare that the list of authors is full and complete and that the authors contributed to execution of the scientific research described in the submitted manuscript (“text”), data collection, data analysis and/or elaboration of the text itself. Authors declare that they have read and approved the text of the paper before submitting it.
Authors hereby declare that they are authors of the submitted text.
Authors agree that the individual who is the corresponding author (“corresponding author”) represents the contact person for the peer review process by the journal and any further editing process. The corresponding author is responsible for provision of information to other co-authors about the review process and its results as well as the editing process. Together with other co-authors, the corresponding author is also responsible for preparation and sending of revision and approval of the final version of the text.
UNIQUENESS OF THE ARTICLE AND AUTHORS’ RESPONSIBILITY
Authors bear the responsibility for correct labelling of their work and the content of the text (namely, that the text does not breach the copyright of any third party). Equally, they are responsible for the results of their research that will be published in the Newslab journal.
Authors hereby declare that their work, any of its parts, or the work as a whole has never been published and it has not been sent for publishing or review procedure to any other journal or magazine. Authors are responsible for the truthfulness of the data in the submitted text.
Authors agree to participate in the peer review process and cooperate in case the text needs to be edited. Authors posses the right for final proof reading of the text, however, they must prepare this final editing of the text in the time frame specified by the magazine editor to avoid increasing of the costs related to publishing of the magazine.
ETHICAL RESEARCH AND PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION
Authors hereby declare to comply with all ethical requirements of scientific research.
Authors also declare that their work does not breach any third party rights, including human rights and rights for protection of personal data. Authors hereby undertake to comply with ethical conduct when dealing with persons and parties participating in the research including obtaining of informed consent or full anonymisation of persons in the work (text and non-text data, photos, pictures etc.) disabling identification of these persons.
The authors are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Act no. 185/2015 of the collection of laws – the Copyright Act as amended (“Copyright Act”). Firstly, they must not commit any act of plagiarism. The presented work must be original, and any parts taken over from other works must comply with the rules of correct citation. Instructions on correct citation can be found in www.newslab.sk. At the end of the text, the authors shall attach bibliographic list of literature used when elaborating the text of the article. This bibliography must be complete and simultaneously, it must not include citations that are not used in the text.
TRANSPARENCY AND CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
In the text, authors must indicate financial or any other conflicts of interests that could influence the results of research or their interpretation in their contribution. All sources of financial support must be indicated in the article.
INDICATION OF SPECIFIC GRANT SUPPORT
If the work was elaborated thanks to funding by some of the available granting schemes (or from EU structural funds), the authors are obliged to provide this information in the article.
LICENCE TO THE WORK
By sending of the text to the editorial office of Newslab journal, authors grant MEDIREX GROUP ACADEMY n. o., the journal publisher, an exclusive licence in unlimited territorial and subject-matter scope for all known methods of using the work as laid down in the Copyright Act at the time of granting of the licence and after its acceptance for publishing – both in the journal and on the journal website at www.newslab.sk. The work or some of its parts may be sent to scientific databases in order to be indexed and made accessible to the general public. The text will be freely available (“open access”) at www.newslab.sk.
OTHER RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF AUTHORS
Authors are obliged to respect the general instructions for authors related to the text, extent.
Maximum length is 6 pages (font size 12, spacing 1.5) with the maximum of 6 pictures (graphs, tables). In case a more extensive topic is processed, the paper may be divided into several parts following an agreement with the editorial staff. Division: abstract in Slovak and English language, introduction, the material and methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, bibliography
Maximum length is 6 pages with the maximum of 6 pictures.
Maximum length is 5 pages. Division: abstract in Slovak and English language, introduction, the case, discussion, conclusion, bibliography.
Reactions to articles or study results, reports from attendance at important congresses, news from research, reports from professional events. Maximum length: 2 pages.
Each article shall be subject to professional peer-review and proof reading.
- Write the text using the full width of the page (use ENTER only at the end of paragraphs).
- Use the Times New Roman font, size 12, spacing 1.5.
- Do not process the text into columns – do not edit the page, place the tables at the end of the text.
- Break down the text into shorter paragraphs that are easy to process, you may include sub-headers to provide better orientation.
- Always use round brackets ( ).
- Make sure you differentiate the numbers 1 and 0 as well as the letters I and O.
- Always explain the abbreviations upon he first use.
- The article needs to feature a portrait photography of the author.
THE TEXT NEEDS TO CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING:
Apt and suitable title/header, names and surnames of the authors, including their academic titles and workplaces. The address of the first author including the phone number and e-mail address.
Summary/abstract – a brief summary of the content not exceeding 10 lines.
Key words – maximum of 5 key expressions or words.
English translation – title of the paper/article, summary, key words.
The text itself – should you insert photos or pictures in the document, send us the original files in the .jpg format. Create the graphs in MS Excel and send the original files. In case of photographic documentation, only send quality originals. Label each attachment with a number under which its is also featured in the text.
In case of additional editing of photos/pictures or graphs – perform the editing in the original file and send the edited file to the editorial staff.
Used literature – adjust the bibliographic citations according to the JAMA/AMA standards.
Citations are labelled chronologically in bold, references in the text are labelled with the number of the citation in round brackets. Use no more than 20 citations.
- Webb MJ. Chirurgia v gynekologickej onkológii – včera, dnes a zajtra. Gynekol prax 2003; 1(1): 29-34.
- Shaheen NJ, Crosby NA, Bozymski EM, et al. Is there publication bias in the reporting cancer risk in Barrett´s esophagus? Gastroenterology 2000; 119: 333-338.
- Kistner RW. Gynecology. Principles and Practice. 3rd Ed. Chicago: Year Book Medical Publisher 1979. 823p.
- Osborne BE. The electrocardiogram of the rat. In: Budden R, Detweiler DK, Zbinden G. The rat electrocardiogram in pharmacology and toxicology. Oxford: Pergamon Press 1981: 15-27.
- Rodička a novorodenec 2000. Zdravotnická statistika, ÚZIS ČR 2001. 127.
In the citations, no dot is used after the first name of the author. The author’s name is followed by a dot, not a colon. The year of publishing is followed by a semicolon, the specific pages are preceded by a colon. If there is a single author as well as two or three authors, all authors are to be indicated. In case of more than three authors, the first three are indicated followed by the phrase “et al“, in Slovak and Czech language citations by the phrase “a spol.”.
The editorial team reserves the right to carry out minor stylistic changes to the text. In case the text needs to be shortened, the author shall be contacted to provide consent. All the articles are peer-reviewed in two stages.
All the published articles are rewarded.
Only original papers are accepted that have not been published previously nor submitted for publishing to any other magazine or journal.
The publisher shall not be held responsible for the data and opinions of the authors in the respective articles or ads.