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Informations for Authors

Diagnostyka Laboratoryjna is the peer reviewed official journal of Polish Society of Laboratory Diagnostics. The Journal invites for publication articles in the field of clinical biochemistry, laboratory diagnostics and related disciplines (among others - diagnostic aspects of hematology, medical microbiology, bacteriology, immunology, pathomorphology, molecular biology etc.)

The Journal appears quarterly, in print and in the e-version.

Diagnostyka Laboratoryjna  publishes solicited  articles, original papers (laboratory - clinical and experimental  as well as concerning methodic issues), review papers (mostly from centers specializing in a given field), brief communications on preliminary results of studies, assessment of reagents, measurement apparatuses, recommendations of scientific societies and expert groups, letters to the Editors,  information on the activity of the Polish Society of Laboratory Diagnostics,  world literature review, information on the use of the Internet in laboratory diagnostics, instructional materials, comments on the published papers, reviews of books, and announcements.

 Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts – in the Polish or English language – should be submitted electronically. Each manuscript has to be accompanied by a cover letter, sent by traditional mail, including a statement of possible conflict of interests and a declaration that the paper is not concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere (a sample statement can be found at www.diagnostykalaboratoryjna.eu). The Authors are expected to describe the way their project is financed, the role of the sponsor, if applicable, and the influence of the financing institution on the article content (“financial disclosure”). The statement should be signed by all the Authors.

The manuscripts submitted to Diagnostyka Laboratoryjna that do not satisfy the requirements contained in the Information for Authors, will not be accepted for further editorial processing.

A revised version may be resubmitted. If preliminarily accepted, the manuscript is registered and given a reference number to be used by the corresponding author in further correspondence.

The Editors communicate with the Authors by electronic mail only.

When the manuscript is accepted, the corresponding Author should inform the Editor of the respective co-authors` credit in the publication (among others, who is the author of the conception and design, assumptions, methods, protocol, used at preparing for publication). The Editors, in accordance with the current regulations in force, are responsible for documenting any cases of academic fraud, especially of violating the principles of ethics in research work (“ghostwriting”, “guest authorship”).

All the preliminarily accepted manuscripts are reviewed by two independent reviewers considered to be known specialists in a given field and, in some specified cases, also by a statistics consultant. The anonymous reviews are then sent to Authors.

Editors accept manuscripts for print unconditionally if both reviewers agree that the manuscript is suitable for publication as is. If the reviewers` opinions differ or they think that the manuscript needs revisions, the Editors return the manuscript to the Authors for revision. The final decision regarding acceptance for print, sending for further review or rejecting a manuscript, is the Editors right and the Editors need not present any justification of such decision.

The Editors notify the Authors of their decision to accept the manuscript for publication.

The proofs for checking will be sent to the corresponding Author by electronic mail in a pdf format.    Author` s corrections should be limited to printing errors. No changes in the contents of the paper, introducing new words or sentences are allowed. The Editors can make revisions prior to sending the manuscript to the Author. The corrected proofs (text, tables, figures) should be sent back to the Editors by e-mail or fax, within 3 working days. Corrections sent at the later date will not be considered.

Authors do not receive any fees or copies of the published papers. Manuscripts are available on the Journal` s web page.

The manuscripts accepted for publication in Diagnostyka Laboratoryjna become the Editors` property and cannot be published, either in full or in part, in any other journals, without obtaining the Editors` written consent.

General notes

The manuscripts should be prepared in compliance with the principles developed by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/urm_main.html). 

The article should be written in a concise form, stylistically correct, with consideration to the current Polish terminology. The Editors` revisions are discussed with the Authors only if they concern factual matters, otherwise, such revisions are made arbitrarily.

The manuscripts should be prepared in Word (doc. format), with 1.5 spacing and pagination and written using justification and 11 Arial fonts. All margins should be 2.5 cm and there should be no indenting used.

Abbreviations cannot be used in the title and in abstracts. Abbreviations must be explained when they first appear in the text, with the exception of standard measurement units.

The length, height, weight and volume measurement results should be given in metric units ( e.g. meter, kilogram litre etc.) Results of haematological and biochemical tests should be presented in metric system (SI) Alternative units that do not belong to this System can be given, if necessary, in parantheses.

Statistical methods should be accurately described in the end of the methods section.

All information included in the tables and figures should not be repeated in the text, whereas it is advisable to sum up and highlight the most important ones.

Title page

The title page should carry, in separate lines, in a sequence, 1/ the title of the article (in Polish and in English); 2/ full names of the Authors; 3/ the name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed; 4/ address for correspondence containing full name and academic degree, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address of the Author responsible for correspondence as well as the name and phone number of the centre for which the Author works.

Abstract and Key Words

The Abstracts, in Polish and in English, spaced one above the other, should be placed on the second page and should not contain more than 250 words each. The Abstract in original papers and brief communications, should be structured and state the most important facts: 1/ introduction; 2/ objectives; 3/ material and methods; 4/ results; 5/ conclusions. All abbreviations used should be explained.

In abstracts of review papers the above structure is not required.

Indexed Key Words (3-10 words) in Polish and English, selected according to the MeSH System (Medical Subject Headings, Index Medicus, Medline) should be placed below the abstract in the alphabetical order.

The Editors are not responsible for the adequacy of translation.

Structure of Manuscript

The text of original papers and brief communications should be structured as follows: 1/  title page; 2/ abstract; 3/ introduction; 5/ materials and methods; 6/ results; 7/ discussion; 8/ acknowledgements; 9/ references; 10/ tables; 11/ figure legends ; 12/ figures.

Sections 1 through 11 should be contained in one text file. Figures are to be attached as separate files.

In review papers, sections relating to different aspects of the problem discussed, should be headed by subtitles. Abstract and key words are also required.

References

References, limited only to those most significant, preferably from the last 5-10 years, should be placed on a separate page, numbered, consecutively, in the order they are first mentioned in the text. References should be identified in the text by Arabic numerals in square brackets. If more references are cited, they should be arranged in the increasing order and separated by a coma and space combination. “Unpublished” data and “oral information” do not belong to the References but may be cited in the text. Each reference item should be written in a new line  and contain the following data in a sequence: 1/ surnames and initials of the Authors of the cited work (if the number of Authors exceeds three, the first three names should be followed by et al.); 2/ full title of the publication; 3/ abbreviated name of periodical basing on the formats used in Index Medicus/Index Copernicus without dots, if the journal does not appear in Index Medicus or Index Copernicus full name should be given; 4/  year, volume, first and last page. When citing handbooks/monographies, surnames and name initials of authors, title of the cited chapter, title of the handbook; initial of names and full surnames of editors, name of publishing house, place and year of publishing, pages of the cited chapter should be given. When providing bibliographic data, a dot, a comma and other characters should be followed by a single space. For example:

- Article in a journal: Rychlik U, Tarapacz J, Jaszczyński J et al. Skompleksowany PSA w diagnostyce chorych na raka stercza o stężeniu całkowitego PSA w granicach 2-20 ng/ml. Diagn Lab 2009; 45: 41-48.

- Chapter in a handbook: Botham KN, Mayes PA. Bioenergetyka; rola ATP. In: Murray RK, Granner DK, RodwellVW, eds. Biochemia Harpera. Wyd Lek PZWL, Warszawa 2008; 111-117.

- Article published in the electronic form: Ranta JK, Marttala J, Laitinen P, et al. First trimester biochemistry at different maternal ages. Clin Chem Lab Med 2011, DOI: 10.1515/CCLM.2011.785.

- Citing web pages:  Rekomendacje European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing EUCAST, Version 2.0, 2012, www.eucast.org

Tables

Tables (font 10pt., Arial, space 1.0), each on a separate page, should be clear and not contain an excessive number of data. Tables should be marked with Roman numbers, in the sequence of their appearance in the text. Tables should not contain any vertical or – except for separation of column headings and table closing – horizontal lines. All abbreviations should be explained outside the table, in alphabetical order. The heading, in the Polish language, should be placed above the table.

Figures

Figures should be possibly of the best quality, recorded in separate files using cdr, tif, jpg, bmp or eps formats. Photographs should be, at least, 300 dpi. Figures and photographs of poor quality will not be accepted. Figures from other publications can be published in Diagnostyka Laboratoryjna only when Authors describe their origin and submit to the Editors the written consent of copyright holder for them to be used in the Journal. Colour figures can be printed only in exceptional, well justified, cases.

Captions under figures, in the Polish language (Arabic numbers) should be placed on a separate page, at the end of the manuscript, after References/Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgements

Information on financial support, including the number of research project from which the study was financed, and acknowledgements of the help of persons whose contribution to the paper was substantial but not justifying authorship, should be placed before the References section.

Peer review  policy and  template are available at www.diagnostykalaboratoryjna.eu

Address for correspondence:

Redakcja Diagnostyki Laboratoryjnej
Zakład Analityki i Biochemii Klinicznej
Centrum Onkologii Oddział w Krakowie
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Garncarska 11

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