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Author Guidelines

«Kazan Medical Journal» accepts for publication original articles and reviews in all fields of fundamental and clinical medicine that have not been published previously or accepted for publication in other printed or electronic media. All manuscripts submitted to the journal and compliant with these guidelines are subject to peer review.

1. General statements

The manuscript should be submitted in electronic form to the following e-mail address: kazmedj@mail.ru. The authors will be notified by email of paper acceptance or rejection due to non-compliance with the topic or journal’s requirements. By submitting a manuscript to “Kazan Medical Journal”, the author guarantees that:

  • submitted manuscript has not been published previously and at the moment of submission to “Kazan Medical Journal”is not being considered for publication elsewhere;
  • submitted manuscript presents the results of authors' original research; if the data received and published by other authors are presented, the reference list contain bibliographic data of these authors' research and there is a reference citation in text;
  • the author's employer has consented to publish presented data or the author can confirm it on request;
  • in case of the research of novel medications and treatment methods or invasive diagnostic procedures involving human subjects or animals, Ethics Committee approval is provided;
  • permits to use the manuscript and his/her personal data for publishing on the website of «Kazan Medical Journal» (www.kazan-medjournal.ru), distribution and making available to the public, processing and ordering, as well as inclusion in databases and information systems;
  • all co-authors have seen have seen the final version of the paper and agree to publication;
  • the author agrees with the requirements of the journal, submitted manuscript fully complies with them.

2. Publication fee

Manuscripts approved by reviewers and editorial board are published on a fee-paying basis.
A typeset page constitutes a charge unit:
A4 page, Times New Roman style, font size 12, double-spaced.
Margins: Top, Bottom, Left: 2.5 cm; right: 1.5 cm.

Page charges are 800 rubles per page.
The editorial board reserves the right to offer discounts upon authors' written requests.
Article submitted by postgraduate and postdoctoral students of Russian educational institutions are published free of charge in case of providing supporting documents.
Page charges for advertising article is 1600 rubles per typeset page.

3. Preparation of manuscripts

All text materials should be prepared in electronic form in MS Word format. When typing and designing the manuscript, it is necessary to use the standard Cyrillic TrueType Fonts (TTF), preferably Times New Roman Cyr, should be used with 12pt font size. The space between the lines should be double-spaced. Bold, italic and underlined styles, as well as complex text formatting should not be used unless necessary. The paper should be written in A4 size with margins of 2.5 cm on left, top and bottom sides and 1.5 cm on right side. The pages of the manuscript should be numbered (including title page, pages with tables and figures).

Original research (excluding title page and figures), literature reviews and lectures should not exceed 12-15 typewritten pages; brief communications, letters to the editor and other types of articles should not exceed 3-5 pages.

4. Manuscript structure of the original article

The manuscript should contain the following elements in such order: title page, abstract page, main body with a reference list, tables and figures.

4.1. Title page

Title page should contain the following elements:

  • Title of the article, briefly and accurately capturing its idea; not exceeding 200 characters including spaces. Abbreviations are unacceptable in the title.
  • Family name, given name and patronymic (in full) of all authors and place of work of each of them (organization, institution, company, etc.) with the address.
  • Complete contact details (mailing address, work and home phone numbers with area code, mobile phone number, fax and e-mail) for the corresponding author.
  • It is desirable to specify the last name, first and patronymic names (in full) of two potential reviewers, their position, place of work, phone number with area code, and e-mail. The editors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to submit the article for review to these individuals or others.

4.2. Abstract page

Abstract page should contain the following elements:

  • Title of article (according to the title page).
  • Names and Patronymics of all authors.
  • Place of work of each author.

Abstract should present main ideas of the manuscript in a brief and comprehensible form. The abstract should necessarily have four structured fragments: aim, methods, results and conclusion. Abbreviations are unacceptable in the abstract. The length restriction for the abstract is 200-250 words.

Keywords should not exceed 5-7 words and/or short phrases reflecting the essence of the work. Accurate translation into English of the title, authors' surnames and initials, their places of work, and keywords is necessary. Whole abstract in English is desirable.

Sample abstract can be found in any recent issue of "Kazan Medical Journal" or on the website www.kazan-medjournal.ru.

4.3. Main body of the article

Main body should be simple and clear, without a long historical introduction, unreasonable repetitions, neologisms and scientific jargon. Generic names should be used when referring to medications; in order to clarify the name of the medication you can use website www.grls.rosminzdrav.ru. Try to avoid a large number of abbreviations in the text. All abbreviations should be preceded by the full name of the original term with the abbreviation in brackets, e.g. "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)". In general, the text of the article should not contain more than 5-7 abbreviations. Abbreviations met in the text once or twice are unnecessary.

Authors are encouraged to keep the presentation concise, and the results obtained by authors should be clearly differentiated from the relevant literature data and their interpretation. The following order is recommended: a) introduction; b) materials and methods; c) results and discussion; d) conclusion; e) conflict of interest; f) acknowledgements and funding sources (if applicable); g) reference list.

In the introduction it is necessary to briefly describe the problem addressed and rationale for the investigation, to state an objective and to justify the need for the research or observation. Only the studies directly relevant to the topic should be mentioned excluding data and conclusions presented in the article itself.

Describing materials and methods of research detailed information should be given about:

  1. type of study: literature review, experimental, descriptive, analytic (case-control or cohort), or cross-sectional study (single point in time), a case report, etc.;
  2. time of the study, its duration;
  3. method of selecting patients or experimental animals for observation and experiments (including those for control groups), their age, gender and other relevant characteristics;
  4. description of the methods, apparatus (with its manufacturing company and country or city) and all procedures in sufficient detail to allow other investigators to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, their dosage and administration routes. Trade name of a drug and a manufacturer can be identified in this section in brackets after a generic name of the drug.
  5. statistical methods; all statistical criteria used should be mentioned (e.g. Student’s t test for independent sample, Pearson correlation coefficient), statistical abbreviations should be expanded, e.g. Me (median), etc.;
  6. compliance of procedures presented by authors with ethical principles with the name of Ethics Committee who approved the research (when studying treatment methods, invasive diagnostic procedures involving human subjects or animals).

Results of the research should be presented in the text, tables and figures following the logical sequence and avoiding repeating in the text information presented in tables or figures, only important observations should be emphasized or summarized. All Tables and Figures must be referred to in the main body of the text. Title of a table should reflect its content.

Statistical significance of obtained results should be reported. When presenting the results (in part) standard error and confidence interval are required. Reporting the results only as arithmetic mean or median is not enough! Level of significance is recommended to be reported rounded to the thousandth place: e.g., p=0.023 instead of p<0.05. Mathematical formulas should be constructed using standard tools of MS Word, scrutinized and placed in the text. Units of measure should be given in SI units, temperature – in Celsius, blood pressure - in mmHg.

In discussion section novel and important aspects of this study, possibilities for the implementation of obtained results, also in further studies, as well as their limitations should be emphasized. Results of the study should be critically compared with other studies in this field. Explaining of the obtained results by authors is encouraged.

Conclusion should be linked with the objectives of the study, and try to avoid unfounded statements not confirmed by the facts.

Conflict of interest

All authors must disclose (declare in the relevant section) any financial or other actual or potential conflict of interest that may be perceived as influencing the results or conclusions presented in the manuscript.

Conflict of interest: sample disclosure statements.

1) Authors report no potential conflict of interest related to the manuscript.
2) Authors report conflict of interest related to, e.g.:

  • receiving grant money to conduct research or for writing a manuscript;
  • any relationship (employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) with organizations with direct interest in the subject of the study or review;
  • patent applications/registrations on the research results (copyright, etc.)
  • financial support for the conduct of any step of the research or preparation of the article (including grants and other financial support).

Information about conflict of interest reported by the authors of the manuscript is not provided to the reviewers and is available only to editorial board when making a decision on publication. Information about conflict of interest is published in the full text article.

Authors can express gratitude to natural persons or legal entities who helped authors of the manuscript at different stages of its preparation and identify who provided financial support for the research.

4.4. Reference list

Reference list should be placed at the end of the main body of the manuscript

Reference list should include articles published predominantly in the last 10-15 years in peer-reviewed journals, as well as monographs and patents, avoiding citation of abstracts and theses, manuals, articles from the collections of papers, abstracts and conferences, congresses and symposia.

  • Number of references should be limited to 50-60 in reviews and 12-15 in other cases.
  • Reference list should follow the standard reference style of the journal (sample references are shown below)
  • References in reference list are numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the paper, not in alphabetical order.
  • Citation in the text of the manuscript should be given as a number in square brackets [5].
  • All references in Russian should be transliterated into Latin and translated into English (sample formatting is shown below).
  • If a journal article has a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), it should be included in the end of the reference.

The author is responsible for the accuracy of cited references.

Transliteration and translation of the reference

Transliteration standards BGN should be used. Tools for transliteration from Russian: http://ru.translit.net/?account=bgn

Reference to Russian articles includes Russian part and translated part in square brackets.

Journal article

English part includes transliterated authors' names, translation of the article title, transliterated full journal title, issue details, original language. If the title of the article has an official translation into English, it should be used. DOI is included after square brackets.

Example
Амиров А.Н., Абдулаева Э.А., Минхузина Э.Л. Диабетический макулярный отёк: эпидемиология, патогенез, диагностика, клиническая картина, лечение. Казанский мед. ж. 2015; 96 (1): 70–76. [Amirov A.N., Abdulaeva E.A., Minkhuzina E.L. Diabetic macular edema: epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, clinical features, treatment. Kazanskiy meditsinskiy zhurnal. 2015; 96 (1): 70–76. (In Russ.)] DOI: 10.17750/KMJ2015-070

A book

When transliterating a book citation, translated part includes transliterated authors' names, transliterated book title, translated book title, city, transliterated publisher name, year, pages.

Example
Радзинский В.Е., Оразмурадов А.А. Ранние сроки беременности. Изд. 2-е, испр. и доп. М.: Медиабюро. Статус презенс. 2009; 480с. [Radzinskiy V.E., Orazmuradov A.A. Rannie sroki beremennosti. (Early pregnancy.) 2nd ed. Moscow: Mediabyuro. Status prezens. 2009; 480 p. (In Russ.)]

Sample reference list

1. Krok K.L., Lichtenshstein G.R. Colorectal cancer in inflammatory bowel disease. Curr. Opin. Gastroenterol. 2004; 20: 43–48. DOI: 10.1097/00001574-200401000-00009.

2. Киркин Б.В., Капуллер Л.Л., Маят К.Е. и др. Рак толстой кишки у больных неспецифическим язвенным колитом. Клин. мед. 1988; 66 (9): 108–113. [Kirkin B.V., Kapuller L.L., Mayat K.E. et al. Colon cancer in patients with non specific ulcerative colitis. Klinicheskaya meditsina. 1988; 66 (9): 108–113. (InRuss.)] DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-921032.

3. Кулеш С.Д. Мозговой инсульт: комплексный анализ региональных эпидемиологических данных и современные подходы к снижению заболеваемости, инвалидности и смертности. Гродно: Изд-во ГГМУ. 2012; 204 с. [Kulesh S.D. Mozgovoy insul’t: kompleksnyy analiz regional’nykh epidemiologicheskikh dannykh i sovremennye podkhody k snizheniyu zabolevaemosti, invalidnosti i smertnosti. (Brain stroke: a comprehensive analysis of epidemiological data and modern approaches to the morbidity, disability and mortality reduction.) Grodno: GGMU Publ. 2012; 204 p. (In Russ.)]

4. Воробьёв Г.И., Михайлова Т.Л., Костенко Н.В. Достижимы ли удовлетворительные результаты хирургического лечения язвенного колита? Образование: исследовано в мире. Междунар. науч. пед. интернет-журн. http://www.oim.ru/reader.asp?nomer= 366 (дата обращения: 19.01.2017). [Vorob'ev G.I., Mikhaylova T.L., Kostenko N.V. Are satisfactory results of surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis achievable? Obrazovanie: issledovano v mire. Mezhdunarodnyj nauchnyj pedagogicheskij internet-zhurnal. http://www.oim.ru/reader.asp?nomer= 366 (access date: 19.01.2017).]

5. Barouk L.S. Forefoot reconstruction. 2nd ed. Paris: Springer-Verlag. 2005; 388р. DOI: 10.1007/2-287-28937-2.

6. Корниловский И.М., Бурцев А.А., Султанова А.И. и др. Способ фоторефракционной абляции роговицы. Патент на изобретение РФ №2578388. Бюлл. от 21.10.2014. [Kornilovskiy I.M., Burtsev A.A., Sultanova A.I. et al. The method of photorefractive keratectomy. Patent for invention RF №2578388. Bulletin issued at 21.10.2014. (In Russ.)]

4.5. Tables

Tables should be illustrative and compact and contain statistically processed data. Total number of tables should not exceed three. If the authors prove the need for more tables, after approval of editorial board it is possible for additional charge. In order to create tables, standard tools of MS Word or Excel should be used. Each table should be typed with a double spacing on a separate page and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Each table should have a short name, and each column in it - a short title (abbreviations expanded in a footnote can be used). All explanations should be placed in a footnote, but not in the name of the table. You should specify which Statistical parameters used for representing the variability in the data should be specified, e.g. standard deviation and standard error of the mean. As an alternative for tables with a lot of data graphs are recommended. The name of the table, its data and footnotes should be sufficient to understand the information presented in the table without reading the text of the article.

4.6. Figures and charts.

4.6.1. Figures presented in the text and in separate files should meet the following requirements:

  • file format * .tif or * .jpg;
  • width 70 to 140 mm, height not exceeding 200 mm.
  • minimum resolution of 300 dpi (pixels per inch);
  • scanned image should be cut and dust and scratches should be removed.

Total number of figures should not exceed 3-5. If the authors prove the need for more figures, after approval of editorial board it is possible for additional charge.

Each figure should be accompanied by a short legend, which along with figure content should be sufficient to understand the information presented in the figure without reading the text of the article.

Photos of potentially recognizable people should be presented with the use of de-identification methods.

All figures should be original. Publication of unoriginal images is possible only after receiving copyright permission.

4.6.2. Charts and graphs should be editable. In histograms alternating solid color (black, white, gray) and pattern (hatching, diamonds, etc.) is recommended, in the charts use of clearly distinguishable markers and dotted lines is recommended. All digital data and footnotes should be well distinguishable. Each figure should be accompanied by a short legend, which along with figure content should be sufficient to understand the information presented in the figure without reading the text of the article.

Each chart and graph should be accompanied by a short legend, which along with chart and graph content should be sufficient to understand the information presented in the figure without reading the text of the article.

Charts and graphs should be presented both in the text and in separate files in the format of the program they were created in.

5. Structure features of other types of manuscripts

In general, authors should follow the rules given above during preparation of manuscripts taking into account the following features. Abstracts of review articles and lectures may be presented without dividing them into fragments. Other types of publications (letters to the editor, reviews of monographs, conference information, jubilees, etc.) may be submitted without abstracts. Keywords should be given in all cases.

6. Review rules

Articles submitted for publication in «Kazan Medical Journal» are obligatorily peer-reviewed. Review procedure includes the following steps.

6.1. Expertise of the article. Within 5 working days from receipt of the manuscript its initial assessment for compliance with the topic and requirements of the Journal is performed. If any discrepancies to the requirements are found, author(s) will be notified about the fact and the reasons for the rejection. Articles rejected at this stage are not reviewed.

6.2. External and internal review. External review: if the manuscript is considered relevant to the topic of the Journal and its requirements, it is sent for review to one or two external reviewers. Internal review is performed by the editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief and science editor (6.2.1.).
6.2.1. The decision on assignment of an external reviewer is made by the editor-in-chief or deputy editor-in-chief.
6.2.2. External review is performed by recognized experts of the relevant field, who have a degree and report the scientific, financial or any other relationship with the authors and editors of the journal. Review of the articles is performed on a voluntary and gratuitous basis.
6.2.3. The manuscript is sent to external reviewers without mentioning authors and their organizations («blind» review).
6.2.4. Reviewers are informed that manuscripts sent to them are the property of authors and are classified as confidential information. Reviewers must refrain from illegal use (including copying) of the materials sent to them for review.
6.2.5. Within 21 days from receipt of the manuscript reviewers should render a reasoned opinion on the possibility of its publication in the present form, and in the presence of claims to the manuscript - present them in writing form.

The review highlights consistency of the article content with the topic stated in the title, article consistency with the modern achievements of science and theoretical knowledge, evaluates language, style, arrangement of the material, clarity and informativeness of tables, charts, figures and formulas, completeness and correctness of literature citations, advantages and disadvantages of the article; indicates which corrections and additions should be made by the author. Reviewer's conclusion:

  • the article can be published and does not require revision;
  • the article can be published after minor revision by authors;
  • the article cannot be published due to poor quality, inconsistency with the requirements of article design or topic of the journal, ethical violations, signs of falsification of results or other reasons.

6.2.6. In case of positive opinion of the reviewers' about the possibility of manuscript publication in the journal author(s) will be notified via e-mail and the manuscript is being prepared for publication.
6.2.7. If the review contains an indication for the need of manuscript corrections, it is sent to the author for revision with the review attached and proposal to take into account reviewer's comments when preparing a new version of the manuscript. Author(s) must provide responses to all reviewer's questions, comments and suggestions. In case of disagreement with the reviewer's opinion author(s) should clearly justify their point of view. Response of the author(s) to a review must be submitted to the editor within 4 weeks from receipt of the review. In case of absence of authors’ response to a review during this time the manuscript is considered withdrawn by the authors. Manuscript revised by author(s) and response to a review are sent to reviewers for inspection.
6.2.8. Text of the negative review is sent to the author via e-mail for information.

6.3. Evaluation by the editorial board is performed for articles which are being prepared for publication in the next issue of the journal. Editorial Board meetings are held once every 2 months. The editorial board approves the list of articles to be published in the current issue of the Journal. It has the right to reject externally peer-reviewed article or to send it for additional external review. The decision of the editorial board is registered in the record of the meeting.
6.4. Final decision on the possibility of manuscript publication is made by the editor-in-chief or deputy editor-in-chief. All manuscripts received the approval of the editor-in-chief or deputy editor-in-chief, are sent to the scientific and literary preparing, makeup and publication. The editors reserve the right to edit (including reduction) submitted articles and their titles.
6.5. Before putting any issue to bed made-up article in *.pdf format is sent to corresponding author for detecting misprints in the text, tables, and figures. Within 48 hours from sending him e-mail with an attached made-up article, the author should send a response to the Journal editorial. Authors’ nonresponse is interpreted as acceptance of the sent variant of the article.
6.6. Reviews are kept in the editorial office for 5 (five) years.
6.7. The editors send to the authors of submitted manuscripts copies of reviews or reasoned rejection, and also assures to send copies of reviews to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation upon receiving a relevant request.

7. Manuscripts will be rejected if:

  • not designed in accordance with the requirements and authors refuse to revise the manuscript;
  • the authors do not follow reviewer and editor’s constructive instructions or do not meet them with counterarguments.

Rejected articles after revising by the authors can be re-submitted to the editor, they are treated according to the standard procedure.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Submitted manuscript has not been published previously and at the moment of submission to “Kazan Medical Journal”is not being considered for publication elsewhere;
  • Submitted manuscript presents the results of authors' original research; if the data received and published by other authors are presented, the reference list contain bibliographic data of these authors' research and there is a reference citation in text;
  • The author's employer has consented to publish presented data or the author can confirm it on request;
  • In case of the research of novel medications and treatment methods or invasive diagnostic procedures involving human subjects or animals, Ethics Committee approval is provided;
  • All co-authors have seen have seen the final version of the paper and agree to publication.
 

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

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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  3. 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).

 

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