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Author Guidelines

The «Eastern Ukrainian Medical Journal» (EUMJ) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal in the fields of medicine and biomedicine.

The issues are published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. The Journal is funded and published at Sumy State University. The Journal welcomes submissions in English and Ukrainian from researchers working in medicine and allied fields of science.

The aim of the EUMJ is to help authors from Ukraine and other countries formulate and structure their hypotheses, plan their research studies, and consider related aspects of research and publication ethics. The journal editors will promote the published works through available open-access platforms and social media channels to attract the attention of the global readership.

The scope of the journal suggests a broad cross-disciplinary platform for exchanging ideas and experience and to bring together different categories of readers, such as practitioners, researchers, university teachers, students, and professionals from other related fields in Ukraine and all over the world. The Editorial Board welcomes articles on the impact of medical, demographic, and socio-economic factors on the health of the residents of the eastern regions of Ukraine. EUMJ also publishes original research papers under postgraduate and doctoral programs.

The Journal’s editorial team consists of highly skilled researchers and research managers, who are ready to help their authors publish valuable and potentially impactful articles.

The responsible editors will try their best to closely cooperate with global indexing services and relevant professional societies to increase the visibility of the published works.

 Article Types

The Journal publishes the following types of articles: systematic reviews, expert opinions, original research, case studies with extensive literature reviews (case-based reviews), interviews with experts, meeting reports.

The Journal editors encourage the authors to familiarize themselves with the following documents prior to the submission of their manuscripts:

 Language, Preparation and Formatting of Manuscripts

The EUMJ publishes articles in two languages – Ukrainian and English. However, well-edited submissions in English are strongly encouraged to attract the attention of researchers from other countries and strengthen their research and academic collaboration.

A mixture of the language styles in a single article is unacceptable. It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their manuscripts are substantively edited and corrected. The Journal editors will check the readability of the submissions; they may suggest either editing by the authors/their editors prior to sending to the reviewers or reject outright based on poor readability.

While editing their manuscripts, the authors should avoid copying any sentences or larger passages of text and graphics from published works. They should also ensure referring to highly relevant literature items, primarily those retrieved from multidisciplinary bibliographic databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science. Referring to each scientific fact requires at least one reference. At the same time, multiple examples of similar references (more than 3) are not acceptable. Referring to primary rather than secondary literature sources is advisable.

The authors are advised to adhere to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

The Journal requires citing and referencing in line with the Vancouver style and guidance of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The following tips on citing are also helpful. The terms should be given according to the anatomical and histological nomenclatures; diseases – according to the current International Classification of Diseases; drug names – according to the International Nonproprietary Names (INN).

 Technical Specifications. The manuscript should be typed in MS WORD using А4. Use Times New Roman, 12 pts font size, 1.5 line spacing; margins: top, bottom, and left – 1.5; right – 2.0. Original articles (apart from the title page, tables, figures, and references) should not exceed 12 printed pages, reviews of literature – 15–20 printed pages, clinical cases and correspondence – 7 printed pages.

Applicants shall submit:

  1. Manuscript in Ukrainian or English;
  2. Copyright Agreement (printed copy or photocopy of the Copyright agreement signed by the authors).

Manuscript Structure

  1. Title Page
  2. Abstract in English, Keywords
  3. Abstract in Ukrainian, Keywords
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Introduction
  6. Materials and Methods
  7. Results
  8. Discussion
  9. Conclusions
  10. Perspectives for Future Research
  11. Acknowledgments/Author Contributions (according to ICMJE 4 authorship criteria)
  12. Funding
  13. Conflict of Interest Disclosure
  14. References
  15. Tables
  16. Figures
  17. Information About the Authors

AbstractUkrainian and English abstracts should be no less than 1.800 characters (250 words), including keywords. It should contain Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Each abstract should be preceded by the title of the manuscript, full names of authors, their ORCID identifiers and affiliations, as well as contact details of the corresponding author, all being indicated in the corresponding language.

Keywords. The list of keywords should contain 5–10 words maximum, separated by commas. We suggest that keywords differ from those used in the title. The structured keywords may be retrieved at MeSH in PubMed.

Download a sample of abstract

We draw authors’ particular attention to the importance of carefully preparing title, keywords, and abstract, as these elements are indicators of the manuscript content in the bibliographic database and search engines. Besides, authors should take care to indicate their affiliations and personal information correctly as it affects further indexing.

 Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be defined on their first citation in the text, except for the units of measurement. Avoid generally unacceptable abbreviations. Do not use abbreviations in the title and abstract.

Acknowledgments. This section should describe sources of funding (either an institution or individual person) that have supported the work. If you mention a grant, please indicate the fund, grant name, and/or grant number. Acknowledgments of personal assistance may be also provided here (for example, people who contributed to the work, but do not fit the authorship criteria). 

References. To increase the number of citations no less than 50% of references should be followed by DOI. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the data provided in the bibliography. References to unpublished work or materials as a manuscript (dissertations, reports) are not allowed. The list of references should include only the publications cited in the text. References should be arranged and numbered consecutively in the order that they first appear in the text. Thus, they should be assigned Arabic numerals and given in brackets, e.g. [18]. Multiple citations within a single set of brackets should be separated by a comma. The authors should provide abbreviations of journal titles according to the standards of Index Medicus.

Download the sample of references.

Tables. Please provide each table on a separate page of the manuscript after the references. Tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and referred to in the text by number, e.g. (Table 3). Each table should have an explanatory caption which should be as concise as possible. Write explanations essential to the understanding of the table at the bottom of the table. Identify statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean where appropriate. Footnotes may be used to explain abbreviations but should not include detailed descriptions of the experiment. Tips on Table Formatting.

Figures. Please provide each figure on a separate page of the manuscript after the references and tables. Number the figures according to their sequence in the text. The text should include references to all figures. Graphs and figures should be in black/white or colored, with high resolution (at least 300 dpi). Each figure legend should provide enough information so that the figure is understandable without frequent reference to the text. The legend should be succinct while still explaining all symbols and abbreviations. Tips on Figure Formatting.

All graphs and formulas are set up in MS OFFICE applications.

Information About the Authors. Please indicate the full names of the authors, their ORCID identifiers, academic degree, affiliations and positions, contact details, including e-mail, work phone, etc.

Research Reporting Guidelines

While structuring the manuscripts, the authors are supposed to consult the following main research reporting guidelines:

PRISMA

STROBE

CARE

ARRIVE

 Editorial Recommendations 

The editors of the Journal regularly consult recommendations of the global editorial associations to revise their Journal editorial policies. The authors are also advised to familiarize with the following recommendations for improving the quality of the manuscripts and adhering to the updated ethical standards:

ICMJE recommendations

CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications

Core practices (COPE)

 Internal and External Peer Review Policy

All submissions are checked by the Editor-in-Chief, scientific consultant, and at least 2 external reviewers prior to a publication decision. Reviewers are invited by the Editor-in-Chief based on their previous academic contributions and other characteristics. The reviewers should consider the following ethical guidelines.

The Journal operates a double-blind peer review model (reviewer and author identities are blinded). The 1st round of the peer review lasts approximately 2 weeks.

Research Ethics

The authors are required to report in the Methods section of their original research papers ethics approval protocol number, date, and name of the approving institution.

 A statement about written informed consent should accompany any study involving humans. The ethics approval of a longitudinal and archival study should be dated prior to the start of the research. Studies involving human subjects should meet the requirements of the WMA Declaration of Helsinki. The privacy of human subjects involved in the research studies should be observed. Case studies of patients should not disclose their identity. Animal experimentation requires adherence to globally recognized guidelines.

 Authorship Criteria and Authors’ Contribution Details

The Journal editors endorse principles of integrity and visibility of pre- and post-publication communications presented by the Sarajevo Declaration on Integrity and Visibility of Scholarly Publications. In line with the Declaration, the authors are advised to register freely with the Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID) and list their informative ORCID iDs in their submissions.

The following authorship criteria endorsed by the ICMJE are acceptable:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Non-author contributions, particularly external language editing support and statistical analyses, require acknowledgments.

Conflicts of Interest Disclosures

The authors are responsible for full disclosures of any financial and non-financial conflicts of interest that may compromise the trustworthiness of their manuscripts. Related disclosure should appear before References. The authors should familiarize themselves with the ICMJE statement on conflict of interest and submit along with the manuscript the filled conflict of interest forms for all co-authors.

Funding

The authors should provide full information about any related sponsorship or funding of their research and reviews papers.

 Plagiarism and Related Preventive Procedures

The Eastern Ukrainian Medical Journal does not allow any form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered serious scientific misconduct. Incidents of plagiarism in a manuscript will be dealt with under the following Plagiarism Policy.

The editors check all submissions for text and graphics plagiarism using the following online platforms: StrikePlagiarism, Grammarly, Google images. The authors have to make sure that their manuscripts do not contain copied texts, graphics or drawings, and add a notice stating that no part of the manuscript was copied or published in another source.

If plagiarism is detected in a published article, the editors send a notice to the author that the article is to be retracted.

In case repeated plagiarism is detected in an article of the author previously convicted of plagiarism, the editors reject the manuscript and ban the author from further submission of manuscripts to the Eastern Ukrainian Medical Journal as author or co-author.

PLEASE NOTE: THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY REJECT A MANUSCRIPT IF IT CONTAINS MANY STYLISTIC, ORTHOGRAPHIC, AND GRAMMAR MISTAKES, OR IF THE MANUSCRIPT DOES NOT MEET GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR WRITING

 Ethical Considerations for Duplicate and Secondary Publications And Retractions

Submission of articles already published in whole or in part elsewhere is unacceptable. The editors may consider secondary (ethical) publication of highly valuable articles of great interest to the Journal readership (with official permissions of primary and secondary document publishers); the adherence to related guidance of global editorial associations will be considered

Corrections will be published by the editors in the case of detecting minor mistakes in the published articles. Major errors, lack of ethics approval for original research, substantive plagiarism, research misconduct, and other violations of research and publication ethics will require retractions in line with the retraction guidelines of the COPE.

 Copyright and Distribution Licenses

The authors of the Journal retain copyright and allow the publisher to publish their manuscript. All the published articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits freely copying and redistributing the material in any medium or format, remix, transform, and build upon the material for commercial and non-commercial purposes. The authors may share and distribute their works provided a proper reference is given to the primary publication.

 Open-access Publication and Charges

The Journal editors adhere to the latest recommendations on transparency and best practice open-access publishing.

The following document is consulted on a regular basis for updating the journal website and editorial policies: Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (updated January 2018).

The following declarations are followed by the editors of the journal:

Promotion via Social Networks

The authors are encouraged to reposit their published articles on Research Gate and share related information through social networks, particularly Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.