Focus and Scope

Journal of Medical Science (JMS) is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that publishes original research articles and reviews which cover all aspects of clinical and basic science research. The journal particularly encourages submissions on the latest achievements of world medicine and related disciplines. JMS is published quarterly by Poznan University of Medical Sciences. The Journal is free of charge for Authors.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief or one of the members of the Editorial Board, who may decide to reject the paper or send it for external peer review. Manuscripts accepted for peer review will be blind reviewed by at least two experts in the field. After peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will study the paper together with reviewer comments to make one of the following decisions: accept, accept pending minor revision, accept pending major revision, or reject. Authors will receive comments on the manuscript regardless of the decision. In the event that a manuscript is accepted pending revision, the author will be responsible for completing the revision within 60 days.

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.

All published articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) . This permits anyone to copy, redistribute, remix, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited (see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/).

 

Ethics

Guidelines on the Ethics of Journal Publishing 
This section is designed to help everyone engaged in the journal publication process; namely, editors, authors, and manuscript reviewers and referees.  

We are confident that unambiguous and consistent guidelines will enhance the quality of published research, and ensure a process is in place to respond to a situation where ethics may have been transgressed.  

Ethical guidelines
The Journal of Medical Science applies the ethical principles and procedures recommended by COPE (Committee on Conduct Ethics), contained in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, Peer Reviewers and Authors available on the COPE website: https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines

Editors  

We ask editors to make every reasonable effort to ensure the following criteria are taken into account for those submitted manuscripts they deem worthy of consideration by peer review.

  • Unbiased consideration should be given to each manuscript, judging each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author.
  • Manuscripts should be dealt with and processed with reasonable speed and efficiency.
  • Editors have sole responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. While an editor may seek guidance via peer review, she or he may reject a manuscript without review if considered inappropriate for the journal.
  • The peer-review process must be confidential and rendered anonymous.
  • Conflicts of interest must be declared.
  • If an editor receives a challenge to the authenticity of a published article, she or he will consult with Informa, and where appropriate members of the editorial board, in confidence. Where the editor and Informa subsequently secure evidence that authenticity has been compromised, in any of the following ways – the main substance of a published article is erroneous; the article contains material which has not been properly acknowledged or cited; the article's authorship is incorrect or incomplete; or the article contains a libel – the editor and Informa will facilitate publication of an appropriate correction, a Statement of Retraction, or, in extremis, the withdrawal and removal of the article.

 Authors  

  • Authors must present an accurate account of the research performed, and offer an objective discussion of its significance.
  • The article must contain sufficient detail and reference to public sources of information to permit the author's peers to repeat the work.
  • Authors must cite all relevant references.
  • Authors must identify any hazards inherent in conducting the research.
  • Authors must declare conflicts of interest.
  • Authors must avoid fragmenting research to maximize the number of articles submitted.
  • Authors must not submit the same or similar articles to any other journal or publication medium.
  • While an experimental or theoretical study may sometimes justify criticism of the work of another scientist, in no circumstances is personal criticism appropriate.
  • "Co-authors" are defined as any person who has made a significant scientific contribution to the work reported, and who shares responsibility and accountability for the results.  

    We require that, prior to publication, authors sign a set of warranties to these effects via a License Form. If appropriate, authors should also ensure that patient consent is sort and granted.  

Referees and Peer Reviewers 

We ask referees and peer reviewers to make every reasonable effort to ensure the following criteria are taken into account for those submitted manuscripts they have agreed to peer review:

  • Unbiased consideration should be given to each manuscript, judging each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author.
  • Manuscripts should be dealt with and processed with reasonable speed and efficiency.
  • The quality of the manuscript, and its experimental and theoretical work, its interpretations, and its exposition, will be judged objectively.
  • The peer-review process will be kept confidential.
  • Conflicts of interest must be declared.
  • Referees' judgments must be explained and supported. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported must be accompanied by the relevant citation, and unsupported assertions must be avoided.
  • While the review of a manuscript may justify criticism, even severe criticism, under no circumstances is personal or malicious criticism of the author appropriate or acceptable.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

In case of biomedical or medical articles, editors of journal adhere to best practices and ethical standards recomended by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). All the authors are encouraged to read the recomendations at http://www.icmje.org

Journal History

The Medical News ("Nowiny Lekarskie"), one of the eldest scientific journals dealing with medical subjects in Poland, originally edited by the Poznan Society of Friends in Sciences had the original full title of "Medical News, the Organ of Medical Faculty in Poznan Society of Friends in Sciences". Its first issue appeared in January, 1889, opening with the article devoted to life of Karol Marcinkowski (entitled "The legacy of spirit"). The joumal, publishing also results of foreign authors, played a significant role as a medium of scientific information.

Apart from the scrupulousness related to scientific merits a particular attention was paid to the level of the used Polish language, which is worth stressing considering the fact that the Medical News were appearing in the period of a pronounced germanization. With the pause in the war period, the journal appeared till 1950 when by the order of central authorities it was liquidated.

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of thej ournal in 1989 a jubilee issue appeared an due to efforts of professor Antoni Pruszewicz the journal was reactivated as a bi-monthly and it has been appearing till today, edited by the Scientific Editions of Poznan University of Medical Sciences (earlier Medical Academy).

Till 2001, the function of main editor was fulfilled by professor Jan Hasik. After his death the function has been taken by professor Marian Grzymislawski.

Beginning at January, 2014 the journal is edited as a quarterly under an altered name of the Journal of Medical Science.