Via practica

Via practica

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Via practica

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about journal

Via practica is a specialized journal for primary care physicians, including general practitioners and internists, as well as the broader medical community. The journal undergoes peer review and focuses on providing practically processed current topics that are applicable in physicians' day-to-day practice and offer an overview of developments in various medical disciplines. It aims to offer independent information based on evidence-based medicine (EBM), presenting the latest knowledge in disease prevention, diagnosis, and therapy. Additionally, Via practica has an educational character, primarily aimed at general practitioners and internists, and its autodidactic test is accredited by the Slovak Medical Chamber and guaranteed by the Slovak Society of General Practice.

The journal is published in cooperation with:

  • The Slovak Society of General Practice
  • Department of General Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava
  • Obesitology Section of Slovakian Diabetes Society

Chairman of the editorial board:

prof. MUDr. Katarína Gazdíková, PhD., MHA, MPH

Editorial board:

MUDr. Táňa Bulíková, PhD.
MUDr. Katarína Dostálová, PhD., MPH
doc. MUDr. Ľuboš Drgoňa, CSc.
doc. MUDr. Ľubomíra Fábryová, PhD., MPH
doc. MUDr. Štefan Farský, CSc., FESC
prof. MUDr. Ján Gajdošík, PhD.
MUDr. Ján Hencel, MSc
doc. MUDr. Martin Hrubiško, PhD.
doc. JUDr. MUDr. Peter Kováč, PhD.
doc. MUDr. Ladislav Kužela, CSc.
doc. MUDr. Eva Máderová, CSc.
MUDr. Peter Makara, MPH
MUDr. Peter Marko, MPH
prof. MUDr. Peter Mitro, PhD.
MUDr. Imrich Mucska
prof. MUDr. Juraj Payer, CSc.
prof. MUDr. Peter Valkovič, PhD.

Control of Autodidactic Tests:

doc. MUDr. Jozef Kalužay, PhD.

SOLEN, s. r. o.

Ambrova 5
831 01 Bratislava

Editor in charge:

Michaela Malová

Mobile phone no.: +421 903 463 286
e-mail: malova@solen.sk

Marek Popaďák

Mobile phone no.: +421 902 170 347
Phone: +421 2 5465 0647
e-mail: popadak@solen.sk

Ján Kopčok

e-mail: kopcok@solen.sk

instructions for authors

Manuscript must be submitted in electronic format via email to: malova@solen.sk and redakcia@solen.sk. Submission of a printed manuscript is not required.

The Editorial team reserves the right to make minor stylistic adjustments to the text without consulting the author, who will be informed during the proofreading process. The editorial team also reserves the right to reject texts that do not align with the journal's concept or have not been approved through the peer review process. If necessary, the author's consent will be sought to shorten the manuscript. In case of any formal deficiencies, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

The editors team reserve the right to self-manage the inclusion of unsolicited manuscripts that have passed the peer review process. Given the journal's practical focus, manuscripts should be written in a clear manner, emphasizing the practical application of the provided information in clinical practice.

Authors and co-authors are required to familiarize themselves with the rules of publication ethics, available in full on the journal's website. When submitting an article for publication, the main author must send a written declaration to the editorial office stating that the entire authorial collective is aware of the publication ethics rules and that there are no impediments to publishing the article. Legal relationships between the publisher and the author are governed by the provisions of the Copyright Act.

  • Review Articles
    The latest knowledge and findings in the field of etiology, pathogenesis, diagnostics and therapy of illnesses and groups of diseases. Avoid to general and theoretic information. The maximum range is 8 pages with 10 figures (graphs) at maximum. In the case of processing a larger topic, it is possible to split the contribution into several parts upon agreement with the editorial staff.
    Structure of a review article: abstract, key words, introduction, internal division into smaller sections or subsections, conclusion, references.
    Article to be written with the emphasis on their utilization in first-line specialist`s clinical practice.

  • Drugs & Drug Groups Current information on pharmacotherapy options (drug profiles of new molecules, expanded indications, contraindications, side effects, dosage, interactions…) Article length: maximum of 5 pages.

  • Interdisciplinary Counsil An overview article by authors from other medical fields and the topic which might address also the first line doctors and specialists. General recommendations and suggestions to be stated at the end of the article. The maximum range is 8 pages.

  • General medicine Section is focused to support the general practitioner`s publication activities. Range 4 – 6 pages.

  • Original Articles & Case Reports
    Practical experiences, own observations, and specific treatment procedures presented in the form of a publication. Article length: maximum of 6 pages (original article), 4 pages (case report), including attachments and cited literature.
    Structure of an Original Article: abstract, keywords, introduction, material and methods or patient cohort and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references.
    Structure of a Case Report: abstract, keywords, introduction, description of the individual case (case report), discussion, conclusion, references. The article should include information on why the case report deserves publication.

  • Information and Comments Reactions to the review articles, news from the fields of diagnostics, therapy, interesting news from international press and other professional information, contributions about ethical and social issues. in the maximum range of 2 – 3 pages of the original text.

  • Professional Events Reports from congresses, conferences, seminars, within a maximum length of 3 – 4 pages.

  • Paragraph Legal issues – their impact on therapeutic practice, current legal regulations. Maximum length is 2 pages depending on the nature of the contribution.

  • Under the microscope News in medicine – about related health legislation, important social events or patients and professional associations and institutes. Maximum length of 2 pages.

  • Online supplement

Articles undergo professional peer review and language editing.
Articles and reviews are not remunerated.
Articles are provided for review to advertising partners.

  • Title of the paper in Slovak and English A concise title capturing the essence of the article in up to 10 words.
  • Name of the main author with titles, affiliation, complete address including telephone and email contact.
  • Names of co-authors with titles and their affiliations.
  • Brief summary: For review articles, original papers, and case reports, a summary of 200-300 words in both Slovak and English, along with approximately 5 keywords in both languages.
  • In original papers and case reports, the summary should be divided into these sections: Purpose; Materials and Methods or Patients and Methods (original paper); Case (case report); Results (original paper); Conclusion.
    The English summary follows a similar structure as for the Slovak language: Purpose; Materials and methods or Patients and methods; Case; Results; Conclusion.
  • The structure of the summary should be adapted to the nature of the article. The main text should be divided into these sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods or Patients and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion.

  • Text + tables or graphs and images should be included as separate attachments in the highest possible quality, with precise captions (up to 5 tables and 5 images clearly indicated in the text).

  • The article should conclude with concise conclusions, recommendations, and procedures.

  • List of cited literature, with a maximum of 20 citations, referenced and numbered chronologically in the text. Avoid references to abstracts, unpublished observations, personal communications. Prefer contemporary citations (from the last 3 years).
  • Autodidactic test: Create 3-4 questions related to the article, each with 4 answer choices, of which only 1 answer can be correct. The questions should be posed in a way that the answers are unambiguous and can be found directly in the article.
  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12, line spacing 1.5,
  • The total number of pages depending on the type of contribution.
  • Divide the article into smaller and more readable sections, and use subheadings and simple divisions if necessary. For original articles and case reports, adhere to the required structure described in manuscript requirements.
  • All abbreviations must be explained at their first use.
  • Parenthesis should always be round ().
  • Domesticated foreign expressions should be written either in accordance with the rules of Slovak orthography or in their original Latin form.
  • In the text, clearly indicate references to all graphical representations, tables, or charts, which should be created using MS Word or MS Excel.
  • For all types of contributions (reviews, original articles, and case reports), please ensure that the text adheres to the general rules of formal Slovak language appropriate for professional publications. For instance, when describing a case in a case report, use complete sentences with full verbs, not in a bullet-point or list format as in laboratory test results. Texts intended for review must be grammatically and stylistically correct.

Bibliographic references in the text should be indicated by numbers in round brackets and in the order they are first cited (not alphabetically). Subsequent references to the same source are indicated by the same number as the first mention. When listing references at the end of the text, include up to 3 authors' names. For more than 3 authors, list the first 3 authors followed by the abbreviation et al.

When citing authors in the text itself (e.g., Culine et al. compared...), unify the abbreviation et al. throughout the text and in the reference list. Also, include a reference to the reference list after the cited author (Culine et al. (15) compared...). Avoid references to abstracts, unpublished observations, and personal communications. Prefer recent citations (from the last 3 years). The formatting of bibliographic references should adhere to the citation style used in the MEDLINE/PUBMED databases. The editorial board recommends citing Slovak and Czech papers that address the relevant topic and including citations of articles published in the journal Via practica.

Examples of Citation a Monograph

  • Prochotský A. Karcinóm hrubého čreva a konečníka. Bratislava, Slovakia: Litera Medica, 2006: 652 s.
  • DeVita VT Jr, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, et al. CANCER. Principles & Practice of Oncology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011.

Examples of Citation a Chapter in a Book or a Contribution in a Conference Proceedings:

  • Nenutil R. Standardizace histopatologické diagnostiky kolorektálního karcinomu. In: Vyzula R, Žaloudík J, eds. Rakovina tlustého střeva a konečníku. Praha, Czech Republic: Maxdorf, 2007. 96-102 s.
  • Enzinger FM, Weiss SW. Ischemic fasciitis (Atypical decubital fibroplasia). In: Sharon WW, John RG, eds. Soft Tissue Tumors. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby; 2001: 276-278 p.

Example of Citation an Electronic Article:

  • Wong KP, Lang BH. The role of prophylactic central neck dissection in differentiaded thyroid carcinoma: Issues and controversies [online]. J Oncol. 2011. Available from: <http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jo/2011/127929/>. Accessed June 18, 2011.
  • A portrait photograph of the author (if there are multiple co-authors, only the main author, or the author whose contact will be provided at the end of the article).
  • A statement declaring that the article has not been published or offered for publication in any other journal.
  • A statement confirming that the author and co-authors have familiarized themselves with the publication ethics guidelines (available in full on the journal's website) and that there are no obstacles to the publication of the article.
  • A declaration of any potential conflicts of interest by the author.
publication ethics

The following text expresses standards of ethical behavior of all parties participating in the process of publishing articles in Solen, s.r.o. journals: the author, the editor, the editorial board, the reviewer, the publisher.

The basis for these guidelines is the already existing policy of Elsevier publishing company and The Best Practice Guidlines for Journal Editors issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Decision-making regarding publishing of articles: The editor of the Solen company journals is responsible for decisions on which of the accepted articles will be published. The final decision on publication lies with the editorial board based on independent, double-blind review reports. The editor acts in compliance with the policy of the editorial board of the journal and with the legislation that comes into effect in the case of libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may consult their decisions with the editorial board or with the reviewers.

Fair play: The editor evaluates the manuscript according to its intellectual content regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnical origin, citizenship and nationality, or the authors` philosophies.

Discrecy/secrecy: Neither the editor nor any member of the editorial board is allowed to disclose any information on the received manuscript to anyone else than to the respective author, the reviewer, potential reviewers, other editorial advisors and to the publisher.

Review reports: A double-blind review process helps to increase the scientific quality of the articles and helps the editor in making decisions on inclusion of the article for publication.

The reviewer`s eligibility: The reviewer should notify the editor if they do not feel sufficiently qualified for the article evaluation, and thus excuse themselves from the review process.

Discrecy/secrecy: Every manuscript received for a review must be regarded as a confidential document and must not be shown nor discussed with persons not involved in the publishing process.

Objectivity: Reviews must be carried out objectively. Personal critical statements against the author`s personality are not acceptable. The reviewers are to state their opinions clearly and back them up with relevant arguments.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Information or ideas and thoughts attained from the reviews must be regarded as confidential and must not be used for personal benefit. The reviewers should not evaluate a manuscript in which a conflict of interest occurs, rising from competitivness, created in cooperation or other relationship or connections with the author, company, or institutions connected with the article.

Quality of the article: Each article must include detailed information and references that enable the reader to replicate the data. An article based on a research must include an exact record of the presented piece of work as well as an objective discussion of its significance. The condition for publishing clinical research is that the methods used must comply with the ethical principles of the Declaration of Helsinki and are approved by a relevant ethical committee. The same rules must be respected also by a work based on experiments on animals. Improper or knowingly inaccurate statements mean unethical behavior and are not acceptable.

Originality and plagiarism: Only original works and articles, which have not been published anywhere else yet, nor have they been sent for publication to any other journal, are accepted for publication. If the author uses a work or words of any other author, this must be properly cited. If a picture documentation published anywhere else is re-printed, the original source must be cited and a written consent of the owner of the exclusive rights must be properly presented. Any form of plagiarism represents unethical publication behavior and will not be acceptable.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: Generally speaking, the author should not publish a manuscript describing the same research in more than one journal or an original publication. Accepting the same manuscript into more than one journal shows unethical behavior and is not acceptable.

Acknowledgment of sources: Authors should cite those publications that might be significant for determining the nature of the article. Information gained on a personal basis, eg. in a conversation, correspondence, in a discussion with third parties, cannot be used or published without the statement (written consent) of the source.

Authorship of the article: The authorship should only relate to those who significantly contributed to the concept, design, execution, or interpretation of the presented study or article. All those who contributed to the article or study should be cited as co-authors. Those who participated in partial and important aspects of the particular project (research, article) should be cited or recorded as contributors. The author will ensure that all suitable co-authors are included in the article and that they have approved the final version and agreed on its submission for publication.

Conflicts of interest: In their manuscript, the authors must state all the financial or other significant conflicts of interest that could be interpreted as impacting the results or interpretation of the manuscript. All the resources of the financial support must be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: If the author finds a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, it is their duty to notify the fact to the editor immediately and to become involved in removal or correction of the article.