Editorial Policies

Aims and Scope

Quarterly scientific journal "Journal of Volgograd State Medical University" ("Journal of VolgSMU") (certificate PI № 9-006 from 27.04.2004 ) is included in the list of leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and publications, which should be published by a major scientific results thesis for the degree of doctor of medical and biological sciences.

All published papers are peer–review and comply topics of main scientific directions of the organizations represented by the authors, that subscribed in a license agreement.




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Peer Review Process

editing and reviewing articles submitted to be published in the Journal of Volgograd State Medical University

  1. General Provisions
    1. Articles based on completed planned research work of research institutions and higher educational establishments which conform with the journal profile (medical and biological sciences) can be accepted to be published in the Journal of Volgograd State Medical University. The papers are to present original research being of significant value for the corresponding field of science. A letter of the organization the author is affiliated with and its head’s recommendation report are to be attached to them. All submitted papers which are to be signed by their authors. The information about authors (their full names, science degrees, academic titles and positions) is to be attached to their papers. The mail address, telephone number and e-mail of one of the authors must be provided. Two hard copies as well as an electronic version of the article are to be submitted. Correspondence with authors is carried on by e-mail; the article cannot be resubmitted by fax after it has been emendated considering the reviewers’ critique.
    2. Authors can submit their articles either in person or send them by mail. When received, articles are registered in the journal database where the date of their arrival is stated.
    3. All the submitted articles are to go through the three-stage review process, its conclusions are forwarded to the editorial committee so that a final decision about the article’s publication in a certain section may be made.
  2. Editorial and Peer Review Policy for Papers Submitted to the Journal of Volgograd State Medical University
  1. The submitted articles undergo a three-stage review process, which includes the drafting (technical) reviewing, general scientific and special reviewing.
    In the first stage, the editor of the publishing house carries out the assessment of the conformity of the submitted manuscripts to the editorial requirements. If the manuscript fails to meet the requirements, it is returned to the authors requiring corrections. Particular attention is paid to the presence of signatures of all authors, the recommendation letter from the head of the institution or his Deputy for Research (for external authors), the signature of the head of the Department, the format, the presence of UDC identifier, abstract and key words in Russian and English, the length of the article and the number of illustrations, the chronology and accuracy of the used references. Resubmission of the manuscript by e-mail followed by submission of a properly formatted hard copy is allowed. The duration of this stage should not exceed a week.
    In the second stage, the editor of the journal writes a general scientific review of the article focusing on the substantiation of the relevance of the conducted research, conformity of its title to its content, relevance of its conclusions to its goals and objectives, the use of statistical methods and quality of statistically processed data, the quality and informative value of the illustrative material. The article is evaluated to fit into one of these sections: Lecture, Review, Guide for Medical Practitioners, History and Medicine, Didactic Issues, as well as Original Articles in Morphology, Physiology and Pathology; Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Medical Chemistry; Ecology, Hygiene and Public Health; Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics; Therapy; Surgery; Dentistry).
    In the third stage, according to the decision of the Editorial Board, the article is reviewed by a leading expert in the corresponding scientific sphere. In addition to the members of the Editorial Board, Volgograd State Medical University researchers, healthcare professionals from Volgograd and other medical educational establishments of the country may make a review. Both a hard copy of the review and its electronic version are submitted to the science editor (in case of an external review; the reviewer’s signature is to be certified). In addition to the optionally formatted review, the reviewer completes a form which scores the submitted manuscript (attached).
    The original version of the review is kept in the editorial file for each article. The stage duration should not exceed two months, one month for initial and one for subsequent review correspondingly.
  2. The science editor summarizes the results of all the three stages of the review process. Considering all the critique he makes a comprehensive review (2 copies) which is sent to the author both by mail and e-mail with a request for receipt notification. If the review is not received by the author, it is sent again.
  3. The total duration of all the stages of reviewing should not exceed three months. The author is requested to notify the editor of the receipt of the review and present a new text of the article with highlighted corrections and reply to the reviewer in case of disagreement with the criticism. The author's response is sent to the reviewer along with the amended version of the article for re-review. If the corrected version of the article and the author's comments are approved by the reviewer, the paper is sent to the publishing editor for the final editing.
    In case of disapproval of the corrected version by the reviewer, the case will be addressed to the Editorial Board meeting, where the reviewer substantiates his criticism to the manuscript. The Editorial Board makes a decision on the matter. The author may be asked to revise the text of the article taking into account the comments of the reviewers. The Editorial Board may also appoint one more reviewer from another department of Volgograd State Medical University, as well as an external reviewer. Re-review and the author's response to it are also provided for consideration to the Editorial Board. In case of divergence of opinions among the members of the Editorial Board, the final decision is made by the Editor in Chief.
  4. To reply to the reviewer and provide a revised version of the article the author is given not more than a month and a half since receiving the review. If the author's response is not received within the designated time, the article is rejected.
  5. The progress of the article through the stages of reviewing is reflected in the corresponding database of the Journal. The date of receipt of the final version of the text is considered to be the date of the article receipt. Within two weeks after receipt of the final version of the article a license agreement is sent to the author. Upon receipt of the signed license agreement the article is deemed accepted, and is submitted to the journal for the final editing.
  6. After editing and typesetting, the pre-printed version of the article is sent to the author by e-mail for approval. The author reports his consent to the publication format by e-mail. Rejected articles are not reviewed or sent back.
  7. Publications in the Journal of Volgograd State Medical University are free and without any compensation. The authors’ signatures confirm their agreement to the Editorial Board’s terms of publishing an article, originality of the information provided in the article, compliance with international and Russian legal norms in experimental, preclinical and clinical studies, as well as their consent to assign the rights to publish and translate this article to the Publishing house of Volgograd State Medical University. The authors’ copies are not given back to the authors.
  8. The editorial office keeps the editorial file for each manuscript for five years.


Publication Frequency

Frequency - 1 time in 3 months.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Articles in journal are indexed by several systems:

  • Russian Scientific Citation Index (RSCI) – a database, accumulating information on papers by Russian scientists, published in native and foreign titles. The RSCI project is under development since 2005 by “Electronic Scientific Library” foundation (elibrary.ru).
  • Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. The Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America's largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals.
  • WorldCat
  • Ulrichsweb (Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory)


Publication Ethics

The journal "Journal of Volgograd State Medical University" publishes manuscripts that meet international standards of publication ethics in biomedical journals.

The manuscript will be retracted from publication if at any stage of consideration or prepress editorial Board found a violation of the requirements of publication ethics.

If such a violation is found by readers after the publication of the article, it will be rertracted. This will also entail a one-year ban on future publications in our journal for members of the authors team.

Violations of publication ethics include:

  • plagiarism;
  • simultaneous submission of manuscripts to several journals;
  • concealment of conflict of interest;
  • assessment of professional qualities of reviewers;
  • illegal co-authorship.


Plagiarism can take many forms, from presenting someone else's work as an author's work, to copying or rephrasing essential parts of someone else's work (without attribution), or to claiming ownership of someone else's research. Plagiarism in all forms is unethical and unacceptable.

The manuscript authors should submit entirely original work. References to the results of the works of other authors should be accompanied by references to the relevant primary sources (which should be included in the list of references).

Citation of the text, previously published somewhere, should be framed as a DIRECT SPEECH (the text should be enclosed in quotation marks) with the obligatory indication of the source. The inclusion of large fragments of borrowed text in the manuscript is unacceptable.

The contribution of others to the study should always be recognized. Authors should refer to publications that were of great importance in the performance of scientific work covered in the manuscript.

Data obtained informally (e.g. during a conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties) should not be used or presented without the written permission of the original source.

Information obtained from confidential sources (for example, grant for research) should not be mentioned in the manuscript without the Express written permission of the author of the manuscript, who is directly related to these confidential sources.

Identification of plagiarism is carried out:

  • in the process of the peer review;
  • using the ANTIPLAGIAT software;
  • after the publication of manuscripts-upon the treatment of readers with the relevant statements.

In establishing the fact of plagiarism of the data (results of scientific work) or ideas, the manuscript (article) will be withdrawn and rejected from publication, even if it has already been published. An official notice will be posted on the journal's website.

Simultaneous submission of a manuscript to several journals or submission of already published data under a different title

Identification of the fact of submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time will be regarded as a violation of publication ethics. The manuscript will be rejected.

Publication of a certain type of articles (for example, translated articles) in some cases is permissible under certain conditions. When submitting a manuscript for secondary publication, the authors should notify the Editorial Board and justify the expediency of such publication in detail. In the case of a secondary publication, the resolution of issues related to copyright for publication is decided on a case-by-case basis. The General rules of the manuscript for the "secondary" publication are:

  • full bibliographic reference to the primary publication;
  • preservation of the original bibliography of the primary work.

More information on acceptable forms of secondary (repeated) publications can be found on the ICMJE page.

Concealing a conflict of interest

All authors are required to disclose (declare in the relevant section of the manuscript) financial or other obvious or potential conflicts of interest that may be perceived as having an impact on the results or conclusions presented in the work.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest to be disclosed:

  • receiving financial reward for participation in research or writing a manuscript;
  • any connection (work under the contract, consulting, availability of joint-stock property, receipt of fees, provision of expert opinions) with organizations that have a direct interest in the subject of research or review;
  • patent application or registration of a patent for the results of research (copyright, etc.);
  • obtaining financial support for any stage of research or manuscript writing (including grants and other financial support).

Information on conflicts of interest received from the authors of the manuscripts will be available only to the Editorial Board when deciding on the publication of the manuscript. Also, information about conflicts of interest is published in the full text of the article.

Assessment of the reviewer's competence

Evaluation of professional qualities of the reviewer is the exclusive prerogative of the Editorial Board.

Attempts by authors to assess the competence of reviewers will lead to rejection of the manuscript.

Unfairly co-authorship.

The authors of the publication can be only those persons who have made a significant contribution to the formation of the idea of the work, development, execution and/or interpretation of the results of the study, as well as to the process of writing the manuscript (including conducting scientific and stylistic editing and design in accordance with the requirements of the journal).

Authors should ensure that:

  • all participants who have made a significant contribution to the study are presented as co-Authors;
  • those who did not participate in the study are not listed as co-Authors.

Access and storage of raw data

The editors reserve the right to request the Authors of the original (raw) data of the study, including for reviewers and editors. The authors should be ready to provide this kind of information to the editorial staff (according to ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases (link)), as well as to store this data.

Significant errors in published works

In case of significant errors or inaccuracies in the publication, the author should inform the Editorial Board or the Publisher and interact with the Editorial Board in order to remove the publication or correct errors as soon as possible. If the editorial Board or publisher has received reasonable information from a third party that the publication contains significant errors, the author is obliged to withdraw the work or correct errors as soon as possible or to refute the statement of errors by submitting the necessary evidence to the editor.


Publication Fees

Articles in the journal are published free of charge for all authors.

The editorial Board does not charge the authors for placing articles in open access, reviewing, preparing the journal for publication, as well as the content of the site and electronic depositing of manuscripts.


Self-archiving, preprint and postprint policy

The journal is compliant with Platinum Open Access mode for articles distribution.

Terms and definitions

We use the following terms and definitions:

  • Preprint: An early version of an article prior to the version submitted for publication in a journal. Theses and dissertations are considered to be preprints.
  • SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review): The version of the article that is under formal review for inclusion in the journal.
  • AM (Accepted Manuscript): The version of the article that has been accepted for publication. This version may include revisions resulting from peer review but may be subject to further modification by Eco-Vector (for example, copyediting and typesetting).
  • VoR (Version of Record): The version that is formally published. This not includes any Online First article that is formally identified as being published online before the compilation of a journal issue. The VoR includes any post-publication corrections.
  • Personal webpage: Web pages created by you, about you and your research which are hosted on a non-commercial website (such as your institute’s website). Personal profile pages in commercial sharing sites (such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Facebook) are not considered to be personal web pages.
  • Department or institutional repository: Web pages hosted by an academic or research institute or department to provide access to the work to promote and the activities of the institute or department, at all times operating for a non-commercial purpose.
  • Subject repository: Web pages hosted by an organization to provide access to the work from researchers working in a subject or range of subjects, at all times operating for a non-commercial purpose.
  • Commercial and non-commercialCommercial means any activity for direct or indirect financial gain. When considering whether a use is commercial or non-commercial, we look at the nature of the activity rather than the nature of the site or organization performing the activity.

What can be self-archived, where and when



web page

Department or institutional repository

Non-commercial subject repository
(e.g. PubMed Central)

Commercial repository or social media site
(e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu, SSRN)


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Plan S compliance

Our Platinum OA policy is compatible with Plan S, and our License to Publish agreements with authors may not conflict with authors' agreements with their cOAlition S funders. 

Creative Commons and other end-user licenses

Preprints and SMURs can be made publicly accessible under any license terms the authors choose. We recommend a Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0) or a more restrictive license.

Accepted Manuscripts can be made accessible under a CC BY 4.0 license or equivalent.

Third-party material

Before posting articles online, authors should ensure they have the appropriate permission to include any third party content. When posting articles under a Creative Commons license, the permission should allow the third-party material to be included either (i) under the Creative Commons license or (ii) clearly indicated as being protected by third party copyright, with a clear notice that it cannot be reused without further permissions clearance from the identified third-party rights holder.

Posting content in repositories

We require repositories to include:

  • If an article has not yet been published, a clear statement that the material has been accepted for publication in a revised form, with a link to the journal’s site on https://journals.eco-vector.com/1994-9480 .
  • For all published articles, a link to the article’s Version of Record in https://journals.eco-vector.com/1994-9480 – for example, via a DOI-based link.
  • A clear statement about the license terms under which the posted version of the article is deposited.

Example statements are:

  • This article has been published in a revised form in "Bioethics" [http://doi.org/XXX]. his version is published under a CC BY 4.0 license. Commercial re-distribution and re-use do not allowed. Derivative works can not be distributed. © Authors.
  • This article has been published in a revised form in "Bioethics" [http://doi.org/XXX]. This version is published under a CC BY 4.0 license. Commercial re-distribution and re-use do not allowed. Derivative works can not be distributed. © Authors.

Citing content in repositories

When citing an Accepted Manuscript or an earlier version of an article, we request that readers also cite the Version of Record with a DOI link, for example: Subsequently published in revised form in "Bioethics" [http://doi.org/XXX].


Adverticement and reprint policy

Our advertising policy is consistent with the principles mentioned in the Recommendations on Publication Ethics Policies for Medical Journals which issued by the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).


  1. The Journal of Volgograd State Medical University journal can generate revenue from advertising to it's Publisher (Volgograd state medical university), which creates a potential conflict of interest. Editors’ decisions do not depend on the cost of advertising or producing reprints. Advertisers and sponsors have no influence over the editor’s decisions, regardless of the terms of advertising or other agreements.
  2. All advertisements are subject to the approval of the Publisher’s staff, which reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertisement at any time.
  3. The functions of editors in Bioethics journal and advertising managers in Volgograd state medical university are separate.
  4. In Journal of Volgograd State Medical University journal professional (physician-directed) publications and web sites, the intentional placement of advertising adjacent to articles discussing the company or product that is the subject of the advertisement is prohibited. Advertising content must be distinguished from editorial and other materials so that the difference between them is obvious.
  5. Publisher will not publish “advertorial” content, and sponsored supplements must be clearly indicated as such. If a supplement did not undergo peer review or underwent a peer review-process different from the rest of the journal that should be explicitly stated.
  6. Journal of Volgograd State Medical University journal's editors have the right to refuse any advertisement that, in its sole discretion, is incompatible with its mission or inconsistent with the values of members, the publication/web site or the organization as a whole, and to stop accepting any advertisement previously accepted. Advertisements are subject to review by the editors and others at the Publisher. In no case shall separate agreements with the Publisher or its subsidiaries supersede this policy.
  7. Once an advertisement has been deployed online, it will be withdrawn from the journal site at any time if the Editor(s)-in-Chief or Publisher’s staff request its removal.
  8. Advertising for the following categories is prohibited:
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco
    • Weapons, firearms, ammunition
    • Fireworks
    • Gambling and lottery
    • Pornography or related themes
    • Political and religious advertisements
    • Advertisements that claim to have a “miracle” cure or method
    • Advertisements that make unsubstantiated health claims for the products advertised
    • Advertisements directed at children
  9. Advertisements may not be deceptive or misleading, and must be verifiable. Advertisements should clearly identify the advertiser and the product or service being offered. Exaggerated or extravagantly worded copy will not be allowed. Advertisements will not be accepted if they appear to be indecent or offensive in either text or artwork, or if they relate to content of a personal, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious nature.
  10. All advertisements are accepted and published by Publisher on the warranty of the advertisement agency and advertiser that both are authorized to publish the entire contents and subject matter of the advertisement.
  11. In consideration of publication of an advertisement, the advertiser and the advertisement agency, jointly and severally, agree to indemnify and hold harmless Publisher, its officers, agents and employees against expenses (including legal fees) and losses resulting from the publication of the contents of the advertisement, including, without limitation, claims or suits for libel, violation of privacy, copyright infringement, or plagiarism.
  12. Any references to the Publisher or its products or services in advertisements, promotional material, or merchandising by the advertiser or agency is subject to Publisher’s written approval for such use.
  13. All advertisements for drug-specific campaigns must comply with the relevant Russian legislation that regulates advertising. Advertisers should make available to Publisher the marketing authorization and summary of product characteristics when submitting their advertisement. In the case of drug advertisements, proprietary names of pharmaceutical products must be accompanied by the chemical, generic, or official name; the quantity of all active substances must be stated along with the recommended dosage. Each page of an advertisement for a prescription-only medicine should be clearly labeled as intended for health professionals.
  14. Advertisements for products not approved by the FDA or the Ministry of Health of Russian Federation that make any kind of health claims must carry the following disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and/or the Ministry of Health of Russian Federation. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
  15. While Journal of Volgograd State Medical University journal welcomes and encourages information-rich advertising, advertisements, advertising icons and advertiser logos must be clearly distinguishable from editorial content and may require special labeling to distinguish them as such. All advertisements must clearly and prominently identify the advertiser by trademark or signature.
  16. Reprints should be published only in the form in which they were originally published in the journal (including subsequent corrections), so there should be no additions or changes in them.
  17. Publisher is not responsible for incidental or consequential damage for errors in displaying or printing an advertisement.
  18. Advertisements may not imply endorsement by the Journal of Volgograd State Medical University journal or its publications/web sites except as may be provided for under a separate agreement — in which case advertising must be pre-approved to ensure adherence to the letter and spirit of that separate agreement.
  19. The full rules for any market research or promotion associated with an advertisement must be displayed in the advertisement or available via a prominent link.
  20. The following online advertising formats are prohibited:
    • Pop-ups and floating advertisements.
    • Advertisements that collect personally identifiable information from visitors without their knowledge or permission.
    • Advertisements that extend across or down the page without the visitor having clicked or rolled-over the advertisement.
    • Advertisements that send visitors to another site without the visitor having clicked the advertisement.

Journal of Volgograd State Medical University journal published advertising policies are not exhaustive and are subject to change at any time without notice.

We partner with third-party advertising companies to serve ads and/or collect certain information when you visit our website. These companies may use cookies or web beacons to collect non-personally identifiable information [not including your name, address, email address or telephone number] during your visit to this website to help show advertisements on other websites also likely to be of interest to you.

For contact with the Advertisement department of the Publisher, please, follow the link https://journals.eco-vector.com/1994-9480/about/contact 

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