About the Journal

Aim and Scope

“Galician Medical Journal” is an open access, double-blinded peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes articles in the fields of medicine.
The aim of the journal is to provide scientific communication, share experience and presentation of scientific results and clinical observations among members of the global medical community.
The journal publishes original research articles, clinical case reports, letters to the editor, literature review in pathology, internal medicine, dentistry, and new trends in medical education.

ISSN 2414-1518 (English ed. Online) ISSN 2306-4285 (Ukrainian ed. Print)

Last revision: May 4, 2022

The Editorial Team supports the Sustainable Development Goals to accelerate the pace of progress in achieving the target goals in "Good Health and Well-Being" according to the aim and scope of the journal. Aiming to reach these goals, the Editorial Team adheres to the strategy of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion to prevent any unlawful discrimination defined in C4DISC Principles. We respect everyone and provide our readers, authors, referees, editorial board members, and other stakeholders with equal opportunities to contribute to the development of medicine and medical science via the Galician Medical Journal.

Citations

Authors must cite timely and verified (peer-reviewed) scientific literature, relevant to the article, to prove any hypothesis or claims in the article.

At the same time, authors must avoid inappropriate, excessive, and not-relevant citation (including self-citation) or citation manipulation.

We suggest become familiar with COPE guidelines about citation manipulation (https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.3.1)


Peer Review Process

"Galician Medical Journal" is a double-blinded peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

The manuscripts submitted to "Galician Medical Journal" will be reviewed for possible publication to understand that they have been submitted only to "Galician Medical Journal" and have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Once a manuscript is submitted, it is assessed by the Editor for originality of work, serious scientific drawbacks, and plagiarism. Editors adhere to COPE guidelines while dealing with issues of plagiarism. Then the manuscript is reviewed by independent external reviewers who will give the necessary recommendations according to which the article is published unaltered or is sent back to the author for corrections as advised by the reviewers, or rejected. The author is informed about decision.

Editors periodically review peer review practices periodically to see if improvement is possible; provide appropriate peer reviewer training, inform them of the latest guidelines, recommendations, technological advances, and actual data in peer review.

When appointing reviewers, editors require them to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission. After that, editors provide the appointed reviewers with access to all the materials that may be relevant to the manuscript evaluation. If necessary, at the reviewers’ request, editors request a statistical analysis of trial data from the authors.


Guidelines for Reviewers

Peer reviewing is a form of collaboration between authors, journal editors, and other experts in a research field. Reviewer feedback is of critical importance for evaluating a manuscript. At the same time, such form of collaboration helps in improving the manuscript.

Being a peer reviewer means providing comments, suggestions, and recommendations, as well as getting involved in journal community, which allows you to keep track of the latest research trends and improve your skills in academic writing.

The Galician Medical Journal uses double-blind review, which means that both authors and referees are kept anonymous. However, there are several options to get the recognition for your review efforts (registering in Publons - https://publons.com/benefits/reviewers/how, downloading the “Certificate of Reviewing”, and attaching it to your CV).

Rigorous peer review is a vital part of the publishing process at the Galician Medical Journal. To assist reviewers, the Editorial Office staff collects useful sources at https://ifnmujournal.com/gmj/resources#Reviewers

The review process includes several stages. First, the editors assign the referees and send request emails with links, due dates (the response due date is 1 week, the review due date is 2 weeks; the Editorial Office may extend deadlines if there is a review deadline extension request), title of the paper and abstract. Using these links, potential reviewers are than redirected to the Journal website to accept or decline a request to review. Before accepting an invitation, reviewers are asked to disclose any competing interests (if a competing interest exists, it will be handled by the editor according to the COPE guidelines, if applicable). If the invitation is accepted, reviewers are redirected to Stage 2 (general guidelines). Stage 3 provides access to all necessary files and contains a survey aimed to help the reviewer in focusing on evaluation report depending on the type of manuscript (research, review, case report, letter to editor), and comment fields. After submitting reviewer feedback, reviewers are redirected to Stage 4 where they can download the “Certificate of Reviewing” and the editor sends acknowledgements to reviewers via email.

If you have any technical issues with submitting the reviewer report, please contact the Editorial Office (editor@ifnmujournal.com) or the editor who requested a review.

If you feel inspired to become a member of our reviewer community, please fill in the form: https://forms.office.com/r/cgnwyijXm8

Last revision: May 27, 2022


Plagiarism

Authors must avoid plagiarism. Any data, illustrations, materials, ideas, text taken from any materials should be cited.

Plagiarism includes direct copying text, with/without paraphrasing a source without proper citation, self-plagiarism (reusing your own work, including its translation; salami-publication), patchwork plagiarism.

The Editorial Team of "Galician Medical Journal" use Crossref Similarity Check Powered by iThenticate.

Each manuscript is checked for plagiarism before the (independent) peer-review stage. Editors may resubmit a manuscript for similarity check at any peer-review or production stage, if required.

Similarity check report is analyzed individually for each manuscript using the COPE flowcharts, if applicable. If plagiarism/self-plagiarism is found, the authors will be informed.

Overlapping can be not considered as plagiarism in the Methods section, if method description is common for such kind of research.

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Publication Frequency

  • No1 - March
  • No2 - June
  • No3 - September
  • No4 - December

Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Preservation and Deposit

Galician Medical Journal is currently archived in Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine and PKP Preservation Network.

Authors are allowed to deposit the submitted version, accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript) and the published version (VoR) in any institutional or other repository, share in social media, without any embargo (additional information - see Resources for Authors).


Publication Ethics Statement

Authors wishing to publish their papers in Galician Medical Journal are asked to abide to the following rules:

  • Authorship and authors' contributions to the paper need to be fully and accurately disclosed (see here).
  • Any facts that might be perceived as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) need to be disclosed in the paper prior to submission (Conflict of Interest Statement see here).
  • All funding of the research needs to be precisely disclosed.
  • Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their findings.
  • Data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the paper, so that other researchers can replicate the work.
  • Plagiarism, data fabrication and image manipulation are not tolerated. Simultaneous submission of manuscripts to more than one journal is not tolerated.
  • Republishing content is not tolerated (including an English translation of a paper that is already published in another language is not tolerated).
  • If errors and inaccuracies are found by the authors after publication of their paper, those need to be promptly communicated to the editors of this journal, so that editors can issue a correction, updates or retraction of the paper.

Authorship

All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following:

  • the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  • drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  • final approval of the version to be submitted.

Authorship needs to be disclosed in the "Title page" file.

Conflict of interest

The editorial board of the journal provides authors with the highest quality review service by a team of peer reviewers who are able to judge the quality of the manuscript being fully independent of disqualifying conflicts of interest.

All authors are requested to disclose any conflicts of interest, including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

We, the editorial board of the journal, respect and support the request of the authors not to involve some reviewers for consideration of the manuscript if these requests are well-grounded and reasonable. If misconduct by reviewers is suspected we adhere to COPE guidelines and terminate the cooperation with the reviewers providing us with poor-quality and untimely reviews.

All reviewers are requested to declare any potential conflicts of interest to the journal editor before undertaking any peer review. If questions being not under consideration by COPE guidelines arise or new types of research misconduct are suspected the editorial board of the journal appeals to the COPE.

All conflicts of interest should be indicated by authors in the "Title page" file. 

If no conflicts of interest exist, please state this: “Conflicts of interest: none” in the "Title page".

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

All research, submitted for consideration for possible publication, must have been conducted according to ethical principles stated in the international and local guidelines.

When submitting the manuscript to Galician Medical Journal for consideration, authors should indicate whether human subjects research was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and according to the WMA DECLARATION OF HELSINKI – ETHICAL PRINCIPLES FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS.

When authors report research experiments on animals, it should be declared whether the research was conducted according to the institutional and national Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

This information should be indicated in the "Title page" file.

Data Availability Policy

Availability of datasets underlying the results provides a wide range of benefits to the scientific community. This promotes cooperation, time reduction, research reproducibility, results verification, and the effectiveness of further studies in the field. The Galician Medical Journal encourages authors to share the primary data (but not limited to raw data, supporting metadata, and dictionaries) upon reasonable request or making them publicly available (by hosting on institutional repositories, special services like figshare [https://figshare.com/] or Zenodo [https://zenodo.org/]).

Authors should declare the data availability in the "Title page" file according to data sharing model they prefer.

If the data are available via data sharing platform, the URL or persistent identifier should be provided. Authors should cite their publicly available dataset in Methods section of the manuscript alongside with "Data Availability Statement". Another option of data availability is hosting supplementary files (see Instructions for Authors, section “Supplementary Material”).

In case of "data sharing upon request", authors should disclose details "to whom" and "what" data will be shared, for what purpose the data can be obtained, third-party restrictions, time frame or embargo period (if any), if there are any additional data (study protocols, methods, algorithms, analysis plan) available.

For studies involving human subjects, shared data should be de-identified and authors should prevent public availability of any sensitive data.

If there are no underlying data or no new data generated, authors should state "Data sharing not applicable".

The editors will not consider manuscripts without “Data Availability Statement” ("Title page" file) or reasonable explanation of data access restriction.

Article-processing charges (APC) and fees

There are no APC/fees for Galician Medical Journal. At present the publication costs are covered by Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University, so authors do not need to pay any charges.


Complaints Process

In case of disagree with reviewer comments, it is required to provide evidence and/or information in response to comments via opening discussion at peer-review stage.

If authors want to submit a complaint, or if they have any questions, please feel free to write us:

Principal Contact
Oksana Popadynets, professor
Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University
Email: glvisnyk@ifnmu.edu.ua

Support Contact
Taras Kotyk, associate professor
Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University
Email: tkotyk@ifnmu.edu.ua

Sponsors

The Sponsoring Organization of Galician Medical Journal is Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University

The Partners:

  • Open Science in Ukraine (Crossref Sponsors)
  • Scientific Society of Anatomists, Histologists, Embryologists and Topography Anatomists of Ukraine

Sources of Support

Taras Kotyk (tkotyk@ifnmu.edu.ua)

Last revision: September 13, 2022