Focus and Scope

“Russian family doctor” is a scientific academic journal published four times a year since 1997. The Editor-in-Chief is O.Y. Kuznetsova. The journal publishes original papers reporting fundamental, medical experimental and clinical research, literature reviews, case studies, and information on all relevant issues of family medicine. The journal publishes scientific papers that greatly advance the field of family medicine and increase the effectiveness of primary care.

The target audience of the journal is primary care physicians, specialists in related fields of medicine, and faculty members of Higher medical schools.

 

Section Policies

Lectures

Лекции для практикующих врачей, студентов и преподавателей медицинских вузов, содержащие систематизированные обобщенные данные по актуальным вопросам клинической медицины, основанные на современных клинических рекомендациях, построенных на принципах научно доказательной медицины, по различным разделам специальности «Общая врачебная практика (семейная медицина)».

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Reviews

Обзорные работы, в том числе систематические обзоры, посвященные актуальным вопросам клинической медицины, современным методам диагностики и лечения заболеваний в условиях первичной медико-санитарной помощи.

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Original studies

Результаты собственных научных исследований в области внутренних болезней, кардиологии, педиатрии, инфекционных болезней, ревматологии, пульмонологии, геронтологии и гериатрии, а также эпидемиологии, гигиены, общественного здоровья и здравоохранения.

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Case reports

Описание клинических случаев, представляющих интерес для практикующих врачей первичного звена здравоохранения с точки зрения подходов к диагностике и лечению, сложных клинических случаев или проявлений редких заболеваний.

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Medical Education

Статьи, в которых рассматриваются вопросы медицинского образования на различных уровнях, актуальные проблемы современной высшей медицинской школы и последипломного образования, инновационные методы преподавания, а также представлены результаты исследований, посвященных эффективности различных методов обучения студентов медицинских вузов и врачей

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Chronicle

Информация о значимых событиях в области семейной медицины и медицинской науки в целом, обзоры российских и международных научных и научно-практических конференций, конгрессов, форумов и т.д.

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to the Editorial Board of the journal are subject to mandatory double-blind peer review (reviewer does not receive information about the authors of the manuscript, the authors of the manuscript do not receive information about the reviewers).

Review of manuscripts is carried out by members of the Editorial Board and the Editorial Council, as well as by invited reviewers — leading experts in the relevant field. The decision on the choice of a reviewer for the examination of the article is made by the editor-in-chief, Deputy editor-in-chief, Executive Secretary. The mandatory review period is not exceed 2 weeks, but at the request of the reviewer it can be extended.

Each reviewer has the right to refuse the review in case of a clear conflict of interest affecting the perception and interpretation of the manuscript. Following the review of the manuscript, the reviewer gives recommendations on the future of the manuscript (each decision of the reviewer must be justified):

  • to accept the manuscript for publication in the present form;
  • to accept the manuscript for publication after correcting the shortcomings noted by the reviewer;
  • to reject the manuscript;
  • to submit the manuscript to the journal of another profile.

The editorial Board of the journal sends the text of reviews to the author. If there are recommendations for revision of the manuscript, the editorial Board proposes to take them into account when preparing a new version of the manuscript.

In case of disagreement with any recommendations (comments) in the response letter to the reviewers, the authors need to clearly argue the reason for the refusal to make the appropriate corrections (additions).

Revision of the article should not take more than two months from the date of sending an electronic message to the authors about the need to make changes. The manuscript modified by the author will be re-sent for review.

The authors make out the answers to the reviewers in separate files and upload them to the site as additional ones on the "summary" tab at the User page. In the case of absence of such a file, further work with the manuscript is suspended, and the authors are notified accordingly.

In case of refusal of the authors to finalize the materials, they must notify the editorial Board in writing of their refusal to publish the article. If the authors do not return the revised version after three months from the date of sending the review, the editorial Board removes it from the account even in the absence of information from the authors with the refusal to finalize the article. In such situations, the authors will be notified of the withdrawal of the manuscript from registration in connection with the expiration of the period allotted for revision.

The editorial Board conducts no more than three rounds of review for each manuscript. If after double revision of the manuscript the reviewers or the editorial Board still have significant comments, the editorial Board rejects the manuscript and removes it from registration. In this case, the authors are notified accordingly.

If the author and reviewers have any unsolvable contradictions regarding the manuscript, the editorial Board has the right to send the manuscript for additional review.

The decision to refuse to publish the manuscript is made at a meeting of the editorial Board in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewers. The message about refusal in the publication goes to the author by e-mail, in the letter reviews and the bases for refusal in the publication are given. The manuscript, not recommended by the decision of the editorial Board for publication, is not accepted for re-consideration.

The presence of a positive review is not a sufficient basis for the publication of the article. The final decision on the publication is made by the editorial Board. In conflict situations, the decision is made by the editor-in-chief.

After the editorial Board of the journal decides on the admission of the manuscript for publication, the editorial Board informs the author and indicates the date of publication.

Originals of reviews are kept in editorial office not less than 5 years.

Reviews of manuscripts are not published in the public domain and are used only in the internal document circulation of the editorial Board, as well as in communication with the authors.

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published regular issues quarterly (four issues annualy). The journal can publish supplement issues with conference proceedings.

 

Open Access Policy

The publications in the Journal are available to all interested from the moment of publication. So, this journal provides immediate Gold Open Access (in accordance with Budapest Open Access Initiative) to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Also the editorial board belives that it provides free public access to the results of research and contributes to the advancement of science and medicine.

Free Full-text access to all articles can be observed via several websites (www.journals.eco-vector.com/rfdwww.elibrary.ruwww.cyberleninka.ru) and mobile applications for iOS® (available in AppStore). All accepted articles publish with the Creative Commons International license (CC BY NC ND) for more freely distribution and usage worlwide.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Also, the journal makes full-text archives on the Russian Science Electronic Library (http://elibrary.ru/) and Cyberleninka platforms.

 

Indexing

The “Russian family doctor” Journal is included into the “List of leading scientific journals under review, where principal data of applicants for scientific degree has to be published”, as decreed by State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles and revised in 2015.

The journal is indexed in the following international databases and directory editions:

  • SCIENCE INDEX - Russian Scientific Citation Index is a database, accumulating information on papers by Russian scientists, published in native and foreign titles. The SCIENCE INDEX project is under development since 2005 by “Electronic Scientific Library” foundation (elibrary.ru).
  • Google Scholar
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory
  • WorldCat

 

Publishing Standards and Ethics

The Ethic policy of "Russian Family Doctor" journal is based on recomendations from international commettees: 

Reporting standarts

The Russian Family Doctor journal editorial team ask authors of reports of original research to 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.

Authorship clarified

The Journal and Publisher assume all authors agreed with the content and that all gave explicit consent to submit and that they obtained consent from the responsible authorities at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.

The Publisher does not prescribe the kinds of contributions that warrant authorship. It is recommended that authors adhere to the guidelines for authorship that are applicable in their specific research field. In absence of specific guidelines it is recommended to adhere to the following guidelines (based on ICMJE guidelines):

All authors whose names appear on the submission:

  1. made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software used in the work AND
  2. drafted the work or revised it critically for important intellectual content AND
  3. approved the version to be published AND
  4. agree 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.

Anyone who contributed to the research or manuscript preparation, but is not an author, should be acknowledged with their permission.

Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be considered.

Research Ethics and Patient Consent (Statement of Human and Animal Rights)

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. 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.

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

Hazards for 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 authors 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.

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

Research involving human embryos, gametes, and stem cells

Manuscripts that report experiments involving the use of human embryos and gametes, human embryonic stem cells and related materials, and clinical applications of stem cells must include confirmation that all experiments were performed in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations (See also Research involving human participants and/or animals)

The manuscript should include an ethics statement identifying the institutional and/or national research ethics committee (including the name of the ethics committee) approving the experiments and describing any relevant details. Authors should confirm that informed consent (See also Informed consent) was obtained from all recipients and/or donors of cells or tissues, where necessary, and describe the conditions of donation of materials for research, such as human embryos or gametes. Copies of approval and redacted consent documents may be requested by the Journal.

We encourage authors to follow the principles laid out in the 2016 ISSCR Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation.

In deciding whether to publish papers describing modifications of the human germline, the Journal is guided by safety considerations, compliance with applicable regulations, as well as the status of the societal debate on the implications of such modifications for future generations. In case of concerns regarding a particular type of study the Journal may seek the advice from the Springer Nature Research Integrity Group.

The decision to publish a paper is the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.

Use of inclusive language

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Articles should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of race, sex, culture or any other characteristic, and should use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, for instance by using 'he or she', 'his/her' instead of 'he' or 'his', and by making use of job titles that are free of stereotyping (e.g. 'chairperson' instead of 'chairman' and 'flight attendant' instead of 'stewardess').

Conflicts of Interest

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to: patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Conflicts include the following:

  • Financial — funding and other payments, goods and services received or expected by the authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work;
  • Affiliations — being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work;
  • Intellectual property — patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization;
  • Personal — friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections;
  • Ideology — beliefs or activism, for example, political or religious, relevant to the work;
  • Academic — competitors or someone whose work is critiqued.

For more information on conflicts of interest, see the guidance from the ICMJE and WAME.

Funding and Acknowledgement of Sources

Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature: https://www.crossref.org/services/funder-registry/  

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.

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 "Russian Family Doctor" journal. The journal does not allow any forms of plagiarism. Authors must not use the words, figures, or ideas of others without attribution. All sources must be cited at Russian Family Doctor journal take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. All the submitted articles are evaluated with plagiarism-checking software (Antiplagiat). Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to:

  • publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction);
  • retracting the article;
  • taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies;
  • or taking appropriate legal action.

Also you can see ORI Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing

Duplicate Submission and Redundant Publication

Russian Family Doctor journal consider only original content, i.e. articles that have not been previously published, including in a language other than English. Articles based on content previously made public only on a preprint server, institutional repository, or in a thesis will be considered.

Manuscripts submitted to Russian Family Doctor journal must not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration and must be withdrawn before being submitted elsewhere. Authors whose articles are found to have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere may incur sanctions.

If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they must cite the previous articles and indicate how their submitted manuscript differs from their previous work. Reuse of the authors’ own words outside the Methods should be attributed or quoted in the text. Reuse of the authors’ own figures or substantial amounts of wording may require permission from the copyright holder and the authors are responsible for obtaining this.

Russian Family Doctor journal will consider extended versions of articles published at conferences provided this is declared in the cover letter, the previous version is clearly cited and discussed, there is significant new content, and any necessary permissions are obtained.

Redundant publication, the inappropriate division of study outcomes into more than one article (also known as salami slicing), may result in rejection or a request to merge submitted manuscripts, and the correction of published articles. Duplicate publication of the same, or a very similar, article may result in the retraction of the later article and the authors may incur sanctions.

Citation Manipulation

Authors whose submitted manuscripts are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, may incur sanctions.

Editors and reviewers must not ask authors to include references merely to increase citations to their own or an associate’s work, to the journal, or to another journal they are associated with.

Fundamental errors in published works, Corrections and Retractions

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.

When errors are identified in published articles, the publisher will consider what action is required and may consult the editors and the authors’ institution(s). 

Errors by the authors may be corrected by a corrigendum, and errors by the publisher — by an erratum (see more).

If there are errors that significantly affect the conclusions or there is evidence of misconduct, this may require retraction or an expression of concern following the COPE Retraction Guidelines. All authors will be asked to agree to the content of the appropriate notice.

Sanctions

If Russian Family Doctor journal becomes aware of breaches of our publication ethics policies, the following sanctions may be applied:

  • Rejection of the manuscript and any other manuscripts submitted by the author(s).
  • Not allowing submission for 1–3 years.
  • Prohibition from acting as an editor or reviewer.

Russian Family Doctor journal may apply additional sanctions for severe ethical violations.

 

Publication Fee

Publication in "Russian family doctor" journal is free for all authors.

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


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