"Polish Balneology" Journal

Publishing regulations in "Balneologia Polska"

"Balneologia Polska" is an official magazine of the Polish Association of Balneology and Physical Medicine and the only scientific and educational periodical devoted exclusively to health resort treatment. The Board of Editors accept for publication original previously reviewed research-, opinion- and case study papers concerning balneology, bioclimatology, physical medicine, physiotherapy, cryotherapy, kinezytheraphy, pressure therapy and rehabilitation, as well as reviews of books and administrative and organizational accounts from health resorts. "Balneologia Polska" publishes also reports and materials from scientific conferences, information about future congresses, seminars, editorials, and other congresses.

The Board of Editors endorse the principles embodied in The Declaration of Helsinki and The Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education issued by the New York Academy Research. All human- and animal-related studies should be conducted according to ethical rules.

Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis whether they present new insights to the investigation topic, are likely to contribute overall research process or whther they provide a change in clinical practice. Preliminary evaluation is conducted by the Board of Editors. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected promptly. Incomplete manuscripts or those not prepared in the advised style are sent back to their authors without scientific review. Accepted manuscripts are registered and sent to independent experts for evaluation. Submitted papers are accepted for publication after a positive opinion passed by independent reviewers.

Authors of research articles should disclose at the time of submission any financial arrangement they may have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review processes and will not influence the editorial decision.

Papers accepted for publication need to be accompanied by a written statement that it has not been published before. In case materials have been published before elsewhere, they must be accompanied by a written statement from both the author and the previous publisher giving permission to the "Balenologia Polska" for reproduction. If it is possible to identify a patient from a case report, there should also be given a written permission for publishing on an illustration or in a paper.

Every effort is made by the Publisher and the Board of Editors that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement is published in "Balneologia Polska". However, they wish to make it clear that some data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the responsibility of the contributor, sponsor, or advertiser. The Editors reserve the right to correct and abbreviate the text.

Guidelines for submission are in accordance with Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Biomedical Journals (N. Eng. J. Med. 1997; 336:309-315). Computer printouts are to be sent to the Editors in two copies. The manuscript should be typewritten on A4 white paper, double-spaced. Margins should not be smaller that 3cm at top, bottom, right and left, and a page should not include more that 30 lines. Each part of the manuscript should include: a title page, a summary page (Polish, English and Russian), key words (Polish, English and Russian), acknowledgements, references, tables and figures. The pages must be numbered, including the title page. The full term for which an abbreviation stands for should be given in brackets when it is use in the text for the first time. Abbreviations not accepted by international groups of experts should be avoided.

A title page should include a full title of the article in Polish, English and Russian, academic titles, first names and second names of the author(s), and the name of the institution, the first name and second name with academic degree of the person with whom the paper originates from. Following the references, information concerning Additionally, there should be information about the first and second name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the academic responsible for the correspondence concerning manuscripts. Source(s) of support in the form of the grant and the present job information of the authors should be also included.

A summary in Polish, English and Russian should consist of 150-250 words. In the original paper the following parts should be distinguished: background, materials and methods, results, conclusions. Below the summary there should be 3-10 key words in Polish, English and Russian, used as advised in the Medical Subject Headings Index Medicus.

Original papers should be divided into paragraphs labeled: background, material and method, results, discussion, conclusions, and the text should be divided into passages containing compact content. Opinion papers can be divided in a different way. The suggested volume of the article cannot be exceeded. Original papers should be 3000 words long, opinion papers - 6000, case studies - 2000, and letters - 1000. The above mentioned limits do not include summary, tables, references. Additional information and acknowledgements can be placed at the end of the text, before the references. The original papers must be approved by the academic who is responsible for the research.

References must be numbered consecutively as they are cited in the text, not in the alphabetic order. The abbreviations of the journal titles should be used according to the Index Medicus. Each item started from the new verse should be numbered and should contain: the name(s) and the initials of the author(s) name, the title of the article, the name of the journal where it was published (the abbreviations of the papers should be compliant with the Index Medicus, the edition year, the volume number in Arabic numerals, the number of a copy, the opening- and last-page number. If there are more than seven authors, the name of the first three should be given followed by an "et al." annotation. The references within the text should be in Arabic numerals and in brackets. In case of quotation there should be stated: the following number of position, the author, the title, the publisher, the place and the year of edition. Referring to the content of a chapter in the book, the following information should be given: the name of the author, their initials, the title of a paragraph, the name of the author/editor, name initials, the title of the book, the publisher, place and year of edition, number of pages.

They should be provided in a separate envelope, numbered, printed and labeled with the name and second name of the author, also with the title of the article with indication "up," "down." Their descriptions should be given on a separate piece of paper with table numbers in Arabic numerals. Photographs should be glossy prints of high quality allowing for resizing, within the range from 13cm x 18cm to 15cm x 20cm. Photographs should be accompanied by a written agreement for republishing.

Tables should be placed each on a separate page should be numbered in Roman numerals and preceded by adequate titles above corresponding tables. Descriptions of the tables need to be printed on a separate page with their numbers in Roman numerals.

Computer printouts should be accompanied by a data carrier. The Board of Editors accept CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs. The description on the data carrier should contain the name and second name of the author and the exact title of the article. Texts and graphics should constitute their own files. Pasting pictures, graphs, slides, charts, photographs, and other graphics to the text files is not allowed. The Editor recommends the following text editors: Star Office, Word, and Word Perfect. The photographs should be coded in JPG format, pictures, charts, and tables in Microsoft Excel or EPS. The preferred resolution of tographs is 300 DPI. In case of scanning small elements the resolution should be higher (preferred 600 DPI). It is advisable to use 12-point fonts.

The authors are requested to send two copies of the manuscript to the Editor. The author should send the required number of copies of the manuscript in a heavy paper envelope, enclosing the copies and figures in cardboard if necessary to prevent photographs from being bent. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter signed by all the authors.

The cover letter must clearly state that:

1. Paper has neither been published before, nor has been subject to duplicate publication or submission elsewhere
2. Paper is approved by all the co-authors and managers of the centers from which they originate
3. Requirements for authorship are accepted by all the authors
4. All source of financing have been revealed
5. The authors(s) have an access to necessary information know and accept the rules of publication and will obey them

Articles can be sent via e-mail to bd@medi-press.pl.
Attachments are accepted. It is advised that all parts of the article (text, illustration, tables, photographs, etc.) be sent as separate files. To speed up data transfer please compress the files if possible using *zip format.
The material sent in with the review, remain among the documentation with the Board of Editors. The Publisher purchases, on the basis of exclusiveness, copyrights for the published papers (including e.g. CD-ROMs and in the Internet). Reprinting summaries is allowed without written permission from the Editor.