Terms of publishing

1. Articles are published in Ukrainian, Russian or English.

2. Article should be related to establishment with recommendation for publishing, expert resolution, signatures of scientific advisor and/or manager of the establishment, certified with seal. Signatures of the authors should be below the text (name, patronymic surname, position, scientific degree of the authors, address, phone number/fax, and e-mail for contact should be indicated separately).

3. Author’s original consists of 2 (one printed, and one electronic) copies. Article is printed on paper A4 (210×297 mm), interval 2 (28-30 lines on the page, 60-65 symbols in a row). Electronic copy should be delivered on a disc or by e-mail. Files are to be saved in format Microsoft Word 2003-2007 (*.doc, *.docx). Tables and figures to article should be included in the same file with the text, and scanned pictures should be additionally submitted in separate files in format *.jpg (size not less 300 dpi).

4. Size of the original article, including figures, literature, abstract should not exceed 10 pages; literature review, lectures – 12 pages; short messages, opinions – 5 pages; other messages (jubilees, events) – 2 pages.

5. Structure of the basic text should meet the requirements of generally accepted structure of scientific articles. UDC, title of article, surname, first letters of name and patronymic, establishment where authors work (in case when authors work in different establishments, relation to certain establishment is indicated after author’s surname, for example, A1, B2), and key words are indicated on the first page.

  • Original investigations must contain the following parts: introduction, materials and methods, results of investigation, discussion of results, conclusion, and references. Each part of the text should be separated.
  • Headline of the article should contain UDC, place of occupation in capital letters, surname and first letters of name and patronymic of the authors, establishment, where the research has been done.
  • All indications of measures, physical units, digital data of clinical and laboratory investigations should be submitted according to international system of units (CI).

6. Ethical issues

Authorship. All persons designated as “authors” have to meet the criteria of this concept. Participation in the work of each participant should be sufficient to take responsibility for its content. The right of authorship is based on significant contributions to the conception and design of the study or to the analysis and interpretation of data, preparation of the text of the article or making fundamental changes, final approval of the version submitted for publication.
Participation only in providing the funding or selection of material for the paper does not justify the inclusion to the authors’ group. General management of the research team is also not considered sufficient for an authorship.
The order in which the authors are listed is defined by their joint decision.
All team members who do not meet the criteria of authorship should be listed with their consent in “Acknowledgements” section.
Editors have a right to enquire the authors for the contribution of each of them in paper writing and this information may be published.
Conflict of interests. A conflict of interest regarding a particular manuscript occurs when one of the participants of the review or publication process i.e. author, reviewer, or editor – has a commitment/obligation which could affect his or her opinion (even if it’s absent) through scientific competition, and intellectual preferences, personal or financial relationships.
All persons and organizations that promote the implementation of research (financial support, financial or other contribution to the collection, analysis and interpretation of data) should be referred to in the manuscript.
Participants of the review and publication process must disclose all conflicts of interest. Authors should indicate the names of those to whom in their opinion the manuscript should not be sent for reviewing usually due to the professional conflict of interests. Authors when submitting a manuscript are responsible for the disclosure of their financial and other conflicts of interest that can affect the work.
Reviewers must notify the editorial board of any conflicts of interest that may affect their opinion about the manuscript, and they have to refuse from reviewing of a specific article if consider it appropriate. In turn, the editorial board should be able to evaluate the objectivity of the reviews and decide whether or not it is necessary to refuse from the services of the reviewer.
Editors may use the information provided in the reports on the presence of conflicts of interest and financial interest as a basis for making editorial decisions.
The editors who make decisions about manuscripts must have no personal, professional or financial interest/participation in any matter they can be addressed.

Observance of rights and privacy of patients. Patients have a right to privacy (i.e. maintenance of confidentiality) that can not be disclosed without their consent.
Information that makes possible the person identification, including the names of patients, initials, numbers of hospitals and case records should not be published in a form of written descriptions, photographs and pedigrees unless the information is of great scientific value, or if the patient (or parent or guardian) will give (provide) a written consent to publication. Authors should inform the patient whether there is a probability that personally identifiable data after the publication will be available over the Internet. Authors should submit to editor a written informed consent of the patient to disseminate information and report it to the article.

Protection of humans and animals within scientific research. If there is a description of experiments involving human/people in the article the authors should specify whether they were carried out in accordance with the ethical standards of a committee responsible for experiments involving human/people (a national one or within the staff of institution) and the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 and its revised version of 2000. In doubtful cases the authors must submit the substantiation of study approaches and evidence that the advisory council of the institution had approved the research aspects that are questionable. In describing of experiments involving animals the authors must indicate whether the requirements of “Rules of the work on the use of experimental animals” and rules of the institution for the management and use of laboratory animals are met.

Publication of negative results. Many studies showing negative results are in fact incomplete/inconclusive. Possibility to publish the inconclusive research results is reviewed by editorial board in a special manner, as such papers often are of no not biomedical value.

Multiple publications. Editorial board does not accept the manuscripts submitted simultaneously for publication to other journals, as well as works that are foremost already published as articles or are a part of another paper, provided or accepted for publication in other printed source or electronic medium. This does not preclude the reviewing of articles not accepted for publication by another journal, or a complete description provided after the publication of the preliminary results, i.e. abstracts or poster presentations presented at scientific conferences.

Editors reserve the right for literary and scientific editing of papers.

Articles not meeting the specified requirements will not be accepted.

Authors are sent the author’s copies of Collection of Papers.

References on a separate sheet of paper should be added to the article. List of literature is written in order of reference in the text (regardless of original language):

  • in case of several authors (less than four), all authors are indicated. In works of more authors, surnames of first three are indicated, the rest are written – &”;та ін.”, &”;и др.”, &”;et al.”;
  • scheme of description of a book: authors, title (subtitle) / information about scientific editor, translator, other responsible people or establishments. – number of edition:, revised editions and supplements (if exist). – place of edition: publishing house, year of publishing. – pages;
  • scheme of description of a part (chapter) of a book or article in compilation: authors, title of material // authors of the book (editor), title of the book. – place of edition, year of edition. – pages containing the material;
  • scheme of description of the article from a periodic publication: authors, title of article // title of edition. – year. – volume (edition, number), – pages containing the article;
  • scheme of description of author’s abstracts of dissertation researches: author, full title of the theme: type of scientific degree obtaining and the branch of author’s abstracts, – place of edition, – year of edition. – number of pages.

7. Abstract (not exceeding 1/3 of page) in Ukrainian or Russian and English (abstract in English – 3000-3200 printed symbols) should be added to the article. Abstract should be written according to the following scheme: UDC, title of research, surnames of the authors, key words, basic text.

8.Order of criticizing of the articles.

All materials given to printing are criticized and come into question an editorial college. After a discussion and estimation of the presented materials, article two anonymous reviewers head for criticizing (minimum, setting comes true for consideration of editorial college of magazine. On the basis of the got reviews a corresponding decision comports scientific advice of magazine about possibility of publication of work :

to accept to printing in the release of author;
to accept to printing with minimum changes and corrections with a concordance with the author of work;
to accept to printing after a complete revision and making alteration by the author of work;
to say no works in a publication.
Criticizing of the presented articles lasts 1 month from the day of message to the reviewer.

The editors have the right to edit articles, to refuse publications which do not correspond to profile of the journal and rules of execution. Honorarium to authors is not paid. Authors will receive prints of publications, manuscripts are not returned.

Articles should be submitted to address:

Editorial office of the journal “Hepatology”,

Danylo Halytskyi Lviv National Medical University,

Department of infectious diseases,

79010, Lviv, 54 Pekarska Str.

E-mail: hepatology@i.ua