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Scope and Policy of Military Medical Science Letters

 

Military Medical Science Letters (Vojenské Zdravotnické Listy) is a national professional journal of military doctors, pharmacists and veterinary doctors with a long tradition. It is the oldest military journal in the Czech Republic, first issue of which was published in April 1925. The journal is mainly aimed at military doctors of all specializations, military pharmacists, veterinary doctors, researchers, members of the integrated rescue system units and other qualified personnel.

 

The journal informs about research results in the field of military health care. It presents results about preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic activities. Last but not least, it is a significant resource of experience from the practice of the Czech Armed Forces Medical Service. Not only does the content inform readers about professional practice in times of peace, but also readers have a possibility to look into war zone practice.

 

Contributions from all medical branches, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, medicinal chemistry, the nursing field and other areas, focused mainly on military health care, are welcome to be published in Military Medical Science Letters. All submissions undergo a regular review procedure. Manuscripts are accepted in English or in Czech/Slovak language.

 

Manuscripts are reviewed by independent reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief. They are subjected to a preliminary peer review process to determine their suitability for publication, provided they fulfill the requirements of the journal as described in the Instructions to authors. After the review, manuscripts are returned for revision along with the reviewer’s and/or editor’s comments within 30 days.

 

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted directly to the Editor-in-Chief as an e-mail attachment at jan.korabecny@unob.cz or mmsl@unob.cz. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

 

Conflict of Interest

At the end of the submission, the authors must disclose under the subheading "Conflict of Interest Statement"any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) published work. Examples of such conflicts include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony and patent applications/registrations. If there are no conflicts of interest, the authors should state that there are none. Investigators should disclose potential conflicts to participants in clinical trials and other studies and should state in the manuscript whether they have done so.

 

Copyright

By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright of their article is transferred to the publishers if and when the article is accepted for publication. Requests for reproduction should be sent to the publishers.

 

Preparation of Manuscript

Language


Manuscript should be written in good and clear Czech, Slovak or English/spell checked and grammar checked. American or British English is accepted, but not a mixture of these.

 

Cover Letter

Each manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter containing a short statement describing the novelty and importance of the research.

 

Reviewers


The authors should provide 2-3 potential reviewers. Kindly provide reviewers‘ full names, addresses and e-mail addresses.

This journal uses double-blind review, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa.

 

Types of Papers

Book Review should cover an overview of the contents of the book as well as a critical account of the book. Length of text should be around 1 400 -1 800 words.

 

Case Report is report of a case of a disease, usually with an unexpected presentation, which typically describes the findings, clinical course, and prognosis of the case, often accompanied by a review of other cases previously reported in the biomedical literature to put the reported case in context. The text is limited to 600 words, with two tables or figures and up to 30 references.

 

Letters to Editor should be submitted in response to an article published in our journal in the previous nine months (three published issues). The text is limited to 300 words, with one table or figure and up to 15 references.

 

Original Research Articles are scientific reports of the results of original biomedical research. The text should be divided into the following sections: an abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, and up to 100 references.

 

Review Article on topics of current interest in biomedicine research will be published.

 

Short Communication is limited  to 1 000 words and is not subdivided. The paper should contain an abstract, main body and references, and contain no more than 2 figures or tables, combined. The abstract is limited to 100 words. This type of an article is for rapid publication of concise presentations of clinical or technical results, or preliminary results in biomedical sciences.

 

Manuscript Organization

Submit the manuscript (including table and figure legends) using Times New Roman font size of 12 with 1,5 spacing.

Ensure that the following items are present:

  • The manuscript is complete.
  • The full names of all authors are provided (first name and family name).
  • Authors’ affiliations are complete, include the name and e-mail of the corresponding author.
  • Running title of the article is provided.
  • Abstract, descriptive Key words (3-10), Tables and Figures are included.
  • All abbreviations must be explained.
  • References (format VANCOUVER) are in the correct format and cited sequentially in the text.
  • Ethical approval has been obtained and mentioned in the text, if applicable.
  • Registration of Clinical Trials is stated.
  • Authors’ conflict of interest declaration is included.
  • A cover letter containing a brief statement highlighting the value and significance of the work.
  • Numbers have decimal commas, no  points, also in Tables and Figures.

Abstract

The abstract should be structured and not exceed 250 words.

 

Tables and Figures

Tables and illustrations should be numbered in Arabic numerals and submitted on separate pages. For the reproduction of illustrations, only high resolution figures will be accepted (color art 300 dpi, grayscale art 600 dpi, black and white line 1200 dpi). Only black and white illustrations are reproduced in printed form. Color illustrations can be reproduced free of charge in PDF form.

 

Nomenclature and Abbreviations

Abbreviations should be defined the first time they are used in the text. Where possible, nomenclature and abbreviations should be in accordance with internationally agreed rules. Official names of drugs are preferred to trade names. If trade names are used, they should be capitalized and the trade mark included.

 

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements and details of non-financial support must be included at the end of the text before References. Please note that declarations regarding conflicts of interest should be given separately.

 

Author Contributions

This information must be included in your manuscript.

 

Conflict of Interest Statement

This information must be included in your manuscript before the References in this format:
CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT:The authors state that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this article. If you have no declaration to make, please write: None declared.

 

Ethical Standards

 

Use of Animals in Experimental Studies

All animal experiments should comply with the permission of and under the supervision of the national/local ethics committee/ Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). These rules generally follow ARRIVE guidelines with the U.K. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and associated guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments, or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of Laboratory animals (NIH Publications No. 8023, revised 1978). The authors should clearly indicate in the manuscript (Material and Methods Section) that such guidelines have been followed.

 

Use of Humans, Human Tissues, and Clinical Trials

Work with human subjects should conform to the standards in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki; 64th WMA General Assembly, Fortaleza, Brazil, October 2013). All original articles published in MMSL  must contain, in the section Material and Methods, statements indicating that informed consent has been obtained, that studies have been performed according to the Declaration of Helsinki, and that the procedures have been approved by the local ethics committee/Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Support documentation may also be requested by the journal or its editorial board.

 

References

Adhere strictly to the reference style VANCOUVER. All references listed at the end of the paper, must be mentioned in the text, and vice versa. List and number the references consecutively in the order that they appear in the text, including the Tables and Figures. In the text, identify references by using superscript Arabic numerals: 1, 2 in round brackets.
Formatting samples are given below (http://www.citethisforme.com/guides/vancouver/how-to-cite-a-journal):

 

Article in Journal

Aziz H, Zia A, Anwer A, Aziz M, Fatima S, Faheem M. Zika virus: Global health challenge, threat and current situation.

Journal of Medical Virology. 2017;89(6):943-951.

 

Book

Mettler N. Argentine hemorrhagic fever: current knowledge. Washington: Pan American Health Organization; 1969.

 

Chapter in a Book

Cabal J, Marek J. Novel detergents. In: Bajgar J, ed. by Nerve agent antidotes. 1st ed. London: Academic Press; 1987.p. 56-68.

 

Conference Paper

Bista M, Hanna J. Zika virus. 6th European Conference on Travel Medicine. Prague: 2016.p. 33-34.

 

Journal Article on the Internet

World Health Organisation. Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals.

 

Footnotes

Author affiliations should be indicated in superscript letters: 1, 2, 3,.

 

Proofs

Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 24 hours.

 

Reprints

PDF version of the article is sent to the corresponding author for free.