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Editorial Policy

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, by e-mail to address: z5dl.red@cyfronet.pl. All submissions should be accompanied by a brief covering letter, sent by traditional mail, including a statement of possible conflict of interests; a declaration that the paper is not concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere; information concerning sources of financing and financial interests (“financial disclosure”). The corresponding author must have obtained permission from all authors for the conditions of publication (a sample the covering letter can be found at www.diagnostykalaboratoryjna.eu).

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). Each co-author may indicate more than one type of contribution and the same type of contribution may be indicated by more than one co-author (a sample statement can be found at www.diagnostykalaboratoryjna.eu). 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” (not disclosing identity of actual author) or “guest authorship” (indicating author(s) who had no or little to do with submitted paper). Author in charge of correspondence is responsible for securing other contributors approvals for consecutive versions of paper and for any changes of the list of authors.

The article should be free of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism (more information at ori.hhs.gov/handling-misconduct).

All research involving humans and animals as well as clinical experimental studies must be accepted by respective Ethics Committee. This should be acknowledged in section Materials and methods. Editors adhere to guidelines set in Helsinki Declaration and expects that all studies involving humans are performed in accordance with this document. Editors expect, that all research involving animals are compliant with guidance set by Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Education, New York Academy of Sciences’ Adhoc Committee on Animal Research). Information about adherence to these guidelines should be included in the manuscript.

Authors who used materials or data from other sources must attach written authorization for us by it’s authors/editors/copyright owners.

Signing Cover letter the authors confirm that they automatically transfer to the Editors, free of charge, any copyright allowing publication and dissemination of the submitted materials. 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.

Authors do not receive any fees or copies of the published papers.

The manuscripts submitted to Diagnostyka Laboratoryjna that do not satisfy the requirements contained in the Editorial policy, 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.

Review process

All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the editors. Manuscripts considered to be unsuitable for the journal will be rejected without peer review. Manuscripts deemed to have sufficient priority and quality will be forwarded to our external referees for peer review. Those accepted by editors will be 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.

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 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.

The article should be written in a concise form, stylistically correct, with principles of grammar and the orthography of Polish/American English and the current terminology. The Editors` revisions are discussed with the Authors only if they concern factual matters, otherwise, such revisions are made arbitrarily.

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, liter, etc.) Results of hematological 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 parentheses.

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.

DO NOT embed figures, tables or any other non-textual features in the main text. Figures and tables may be added at the end of the manuscript text or as separate, supplementary files.

Structure of Manuscript

The text of original papers and brief communications should be structured as follows: 1) title page; 2) abstract; 3) key words; 4) main text (introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion); 5) acknowledgments (if applicable); 6) references; 7) tables and 8) figure legends. Figures are to be attached

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

Title page

The title page should include the following elements: 1) the title of the article (in Polish and in American English); 2) full names of the Authors; 3) a list of affiliations; 4) details of the corresponding author, including full name, academic degrees, the name and address of an institution (in Polish in the case of Polish authors), telephone number with area and country codes, and an e-mail address; and 5) conflict of interest statement (Please indicate if there is no potential conflict of interest: ”Conflict of interest: non declared”).

Abstract and Key Words

The Abstracts, in Polish and in American English, spaced one above the other, should be placed on the another 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.

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. Personal communications, unpublished data, or manuscripts submitted for publication should not be listed in the reference list; such data may be cited as “unpublished work” or “data not shown” in parentheses in the text only. If more references are cited, they should be arranged in the increasing order and separated by a coma and space combination. References must be listed at the end of the manuscript using the mod­ified Vancouver style of citation. 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 (in the case of more than 4 authors the surnames of the first three authors should be provided and 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/monographs, 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. See below for examples:

Journal articles:

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.

Vogeser M, Kratzsch J, Bae Y, et al. Multicenter performance evaluation of a second generation cortisol assay. Clin Chem Lab Med. 2017; 55(6): 826-835.

Martinez-Lopez J, Sanchez-Vega B, Barrio S, et al. Analytical and clinical validation of a novel in-house deep-sequencing method for minimal residual disease monitoring in a phase II trial for multiple myeloma. Leukemia. 2017; 31(6): 1446–1449, doi:10.1038/leu.2017.58

Book chapters:

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

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 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 (Arabic numbers) should be placed on a separate page, at the end of the manuscript, after References.

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
31-001 Kraków, ul.
Garncarska 11

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