Focus and Scope

"Ophthalmologic vedomosti" is a scientific peer-reviewed medical journal of Ophthalmological Society published quarterly since 2008 under supervision of professor Yuri Sergeevich Astakhov, MD, PhD, Head Ophthalmologist of St.Petersburg Public Health Committee.

The journal publishes original papers reporting fundamental, medical experimental and clinical research, literature reviews, lectures, case reports, and information on all relevant issues of ophthalmology and eye surgery and allied disciplines. 

The journal focuses on key problems of ophthalmology such as etiology and pathogenesis of eye diseases, epidemiology, clinical manifestation, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques as well as treatment and prevention of acute and late complications of diabetes and associated conditions.

The journal is aimed at researchers, physicians, educators of medical academic institutions, ophthalmologists, eye surgeon, and all specialists in related fields of medicine including residents, research fellows, and medical students.

Our mission:

  1. Integrate Russian scientific efforts and vast clinical experience in treatment and prevention of eye diseases with international science and create international space for discussion and opinion sharing in the field of ophthalmology and eye surgery.
  2. Provide physicians with high-quality scientific evidence on current advances in treatment and prevention of eye diseases.

 

Section Policies

Original researches

The journal accepts manuscript containing results of international and local clinical and experimental studies, and meta-analyzes in the area of ophthalmology and related specialties.

The journal is welcome for manuscripts with human subjects studies results, as well as for results of experimental studies in vitro and animal studies.

Editorial board will select for publication only manuscropts of clinical and experimental studies which were conducted in accordance with international biomedical ethics and deontology principles. Editorial board asks authors to describe that presented study was conducted in accordance with the international GCP standards: voluntary signing of an informed consent by all of participants; approval of the study protocol by the local ethics committee (the distinct name of ethics committee, the meeting date and protocol number that should be indicated in a manuscript), etc.

The detailed study protocol should be presented in the manuscript. Authors should give as many details of a study protocol as it is neededfor its full replaying. In the case of meta-analyze authors should describe  the procedure of information search in details: names of databases, filters and keywords, as well as any additional search settings for primary sources collecting.

In compliance with the ethics policy editorial board asks authors to indicate the source of funding of their work (study preparation, writing and publishing of the manuscript, etc.), and declare of apparent or potential conflicts of interests. Please note that the presence of obvious or potential conflict of interest (including the financial interest of the authors) or affiliation of any organization (public or private) with conduction of the research is not a reason for a manuscript rejection. Rather, it gives additional advantages of manuscript under evaluation by reviewers and will cause more interest and trust from readers.

The original researches can be assigned to more narrow topics (at the discretion of the editorial):

  • Questions of ophthalmic pharmacology – research articles (both original and review) on the latest drugs used in ophthalmology and clinical trials drugs.
  • Sections – articles on specific areas of ophthalmology (optometry, phthisioophthalmology, oncology, etc.).
  • New in ophthalmology – original articles on new methods of diagnosis and treatment, the equipment has a wide application in practical ophthalmology.
  • Write the young – original article young authors, graduate students who have not reached 40 years of age and have no academic degree.

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Review

The journal publishes literature reviews, including systematic reviews of clinical trials in different directions of eye diseases and related areas.

The main purpose of the review manuscript should be a discussion of actual data or presentation of the original author's view on a problem. It shouldn't be a simple enumeration of the previously published data. Thus, the discussion is a mandatory part of the review manuscript (it can be isolated in a separate section or place systematically throughout the text).

Authors should indicate all sources of primary information in the manuscript (names of the full-text and references databases, keywords and other search settings).

The manuscript of literature review should be structured into sections and contain graphic materials.

The review articles can be assigned to more narrow topics (at the discretion of the editorial):

  • Questions of ophthalmic pharmacology – articles on the latest drugs used in ophthalmology and clinical trials drugs.
  • Sections – articles on specific areas of ophthalmology (optometry, phthisioophthalmology, oncology, etc.).
  • New in ophthalmology – articles on new methods of diagnosis and treatment, the equipment has a wide application in practical ophthalmology.
  • Write the young – articles from young authors, graduate students who have not reached 40 years of age and have no academic degree.
  • History of medicine.

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Lectures for doctors

Articles submitted in this category must be designed in accordance with the rules for authors and contain detailed consideration of the current state of any problem relevant to practicing ophthalmologists. Under the heading "Lectures for doctors heading of an article by professors from major eye care centers, considering the theoretical basis of modern standards of treatment. Under the heading  “In ophthalmology practitioners” publishes reviews and analytical articles with discussion of the latest techniques of diagnosis and treatment used in the leading hospitals of Russia.

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Clinical case

The journal is looking for manuscripts with clinical case and discuss the treatment of such patients. The structure of the article is similar to the original, but in the description of a clinical case review of the manuscript should be minimal, welcome illustrations and tables. Discussion presents data highly desirable. Materials in this section are all shown atstages of the review.

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Peer Review Process

A double-blind peer review method is mandatory for processing of all scientific manuscripts submitted to the editorial stuff of  “Ophthalmologic vedomosti”. This implies that neither the reviewer is aware of the authorship of the manuscript, nor the author maintains any contact with the reviewer.

  • Members of the editorial board and leading Russian and international experts in corresponding areas of life sciences, invited as independent readers, perform peer reviews. Editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief or science editor choose readers for peer review. We aim to limit the review process to 2-4 weeks, though in some cases the schedule may be adjusted at the reviewer’s request.
  • Reviewer has an option to abnegate the assessment should any conflict of interests arise that may affect perception or interpretation of the manuscript. Upon the scrutiny, the reviewer is expected to present the editorial board with one of the following recommendations: to accept the paper in its present state; to invited the author to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before final decision is reached; that final decision be reached following further reviewing by another specialist; to reject the manuscript outright.
  • If the reviewer has recommended any refinements, the editorial staff would suggest the author either to implement the corrections, or to dispute them reasonably. Authors are kindly required to limit their revision to 2 months and resubmit the adapted manuscript within this period for final evaluation.
  • We politely request that the editor be notified verbally or in writing should the author decide to refuse from publishing the manuscript. In case the author fails to do so within 3 months since receiving a copy of the initial review, the editorial board takes the manuscript off the register and notifies the author accordingly.
  • If author and reviewers meet insoluble contradictions regarding revision of the manuscript, the editor-in-chief resolves the conflict by his own authority.
  • The editorial board reaches final decision to reject a manuscript on the hearing according to reviewers’ recommendations, and duly notifies the authors of their decision via e-mail. The board does not accept previously rejected manuscripts for re-evaluation.
  • Upon the decision to accept the manuscript for publishing, the editorial staff notifies the authors of the scheduled date of publication.
  • Kindly note that positive review does not guarantee the acceptance, as final decision in all cases lies with the editorial board. By his authority, editor-in-chief rules final solution of every conflict.
  • Original reviews of submitted manuscripts remain deposited permanently (not less than 5 years).
Manuscript reviews are not published. Reviews can be sent to the Ministry of Education and Sciense of Russian Federation in case of query.

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published quarterly. Circulation scores 1500 copies. Each issue contain 100-120 pages.

The publication order depends on a final version of manuscript submission data considering reviewers and Editor-in-Cheif opinion.

 

Indexing

Articles in "Ophthalmologic vedomosti" journal are indexed by several systems:

 

Publishing Ethics

The ethic policy of "Ophthalmologic vedomosti" journal is based on recomendations from international commettees:

Reporting standarts

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial opinion works should be clearly identified as such.

Data Access and Retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

Plagiarism takes many forms, from passing off another paper as the author(s) own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another(s) paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Only original works are acceptable for publication in "Ophthalmologic vedomosti" journal. The journal does not allow any forms of plagiarism.

If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

The journal is using "ANTIPLAGIAT" (free edition) software for plagiarism detection in all Russian-language manuscripts. The Google Scholar is used for English-language manuscripts. Papers will be rejected from any stage of the publication process(even if the article were published already) if plagiarism will be fined.

Papers will be rejected from any stage of the publication process (even if the article were publishedalready) if plagiarism will be fined.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (eg, clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication. Further detail on acceptable forms of secondary publication can be found at http://www.icmje.org/

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the authors obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learn from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

 

Publication Fee

Publication in "Ophthalmologic vedomosti" journal is free for all authors.

The "Ophthalmologic vedomosti" journal charge no publication fees for authors - including those of peer-review management, manuscript processing, journal production, Open-Access, online hosting and archiving.