Publishing regulations in “Acta Balneologica”

(Previously known as “Balneologia Polska”)

“Acta Balneologica” (“Balneologia Polska”) is an official magazine of the Polish Association of Balneology and Physical Medicine and the only scientific and educational journal in Poland and CEE countries dedicated exclusively to health resort treatment. The Board of Editors accept for publication original previously reviewed research-, opinion- and case study papers concerning balneology, bioclimatology, physical medicine, physiotherapy, cryotherapy, kinezytheraphy, pressure therapy and rehabilitation, as well as reviews of books and administrative and organizational accounts from health resorts. “Acta Balneologica” publishes also reports and materials from scientific conferences, information about future congresses, seminars, editorials, and other congresses. The Board of Editors endorse the principles embodied
in The Declaration of Helsinki and The Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education issued by the New York Academy Research. All human- and animal-related studies should be conducted according to ethical rules.

REVIEW PROCESS
Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis whether they present new insights to the investigation topic, are likely to contribute overall research process or whether they provide a change in clinical practice. Preliminary evaluation is conducted by the Board of Editors. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected promptly. Incomplete manuscripts or those not prepared in the advised style are sent back to their authors without scientific review. Accepted manuscripts are registered and sent to independent experts for evaluation. Submitted papers are accepted for publication after a positive opinion passed by independent reviewers.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Authors of research articles should disclose at the time of submission any financial arrangement they may have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review processes and will not influence the editorial decision.

PERMISSIONS
Papers accepted for publication need to be accompanied by a written statement that it has not been published before. In case materials have been published before elsewhere, they must be accompanied by a written statement from both the author and the previous publisher giving permission to the “Acta Balneologica” for reproduction. If it is possible to identify a patient from a case report, there should also be given a written permission for publishing on an illustration or in a paper.

DISCLAIMER
Every effort is made by the Publisher and the Board of Editors that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement is published in “Acta Balneologica”. However, they wish to make it clearthat some data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the responsibility of the contributor, sponsor, or advertiser.
The Editors reserve the right to correct and abbreviate the text.

PREPARATION FOR MANUSCRIPT
Guidelines for submission are in accordance with Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Biomedical Journals (N. Eng. J. Med. 1997; 336:309-315).

ORIGINAL PAPERS SHOULD INCLUDE
A title page should include a full title of the article in Polish, English and Russian (the latter is provided by the Publisher), academic titles, first names and second names of the author(s), and the name of the institution. Following the references, information concerning Additionally, there should be information about the first and second name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the academic responsible for the correspondence concerning manuscripts. Source(s) of support in the form of the grant and the present job information of the authors should be also included.

SUMMARY
A summary in Polish, English and Russian (the latter is provided by the Publisher) should consist of 150-250 words. In the original paper the following parts should be distinguished: background, materials and methods, results, conclusions. Below the summary there should be 3-10 key words in Polish, English and Russian (the latter is provided by the Publisher), used as advised in the Medical Subject Headings Index Medicus.

TEXT
Original papers should be divided into paragraphs labeled: background, material and method, results, discussion, conclusions, and the text should be divided into passages containing compact content. Opinion papers can be divided in a different way. The suggested volume of the article cannot be exceeded: original and clinical papers – 10 pages (standard typescript) including tables and figures, object papers – 12 pages (standard typescript) including tables and figures. These limits do not apply to summaries and bibliographies.

RE FERE NCES
References must be numbered consecutively as they are cited isn the text, not in the alphabetic order. The abbreviations of the journal titles should be used according to the Index Medicus. Each item started from the new verse should be numbered and should contain: the name(s) and the initials of the author(s) name, the title of the article, the name of the journal where it was published (the abbreviations of the papers should be compliant with the Index Medicus, the edition year, the volume number in Arabic numerals, the number of a copy, the opening- and last-page number. If there are more than seven authors, the name of the first three should be given followed by an “et al.” annotation. The references within the text should be in Arabic numerals and in brackets. In case of quotation there should be stated: thefollowing number of position, the author, the title, the publisher, the place and the year of edition. Referring to the content of a chapter in the book, the following information should be given: the name of the author, their initials, the title of a paragraph, the name of the author/editor, name initials, the title of the book, the publisher, place and year of edition, number of pages.

DIAGRAMS, FIGURE S, SLIDES, BLACK&WHITE AND COLOR PH OTOGRAPHS
They should be numbered. Their descriptions should be given on a separate piece of paper with table numbers in Arabic numerals. Photographs should be accompanied by a written agreement for republishing.

TABLES
Tables should be placed each on a separate page should be numbered in Roman numerals and preceded by adequate titles above corresponding tables.Descriptions of the tables need to be printed on a separate page with their numbers in Roman numerals.

DELIVERING ARTICLES TO THE PUBLISHER
Articles meant for publication should be sent via email to barbadom@wp.pl. Electronic mailprogrammes should allow for attaching files. It is advised that particular parts of the article (text, graphics, tables, photos, etc.) should constitute their own files. To facilitate the process of data sending, it is required to compress files into the .zip format and include the following information:
1. The Paper has neither been published before, nor has been subject to duplicate publication or submission elsewhere
2. The Paper is approved by all the co-authors and managers of the centres from which they originate
3. The author accept automatic and free-ofcharge transfer of copyrights once the materials are accepted for publication
4. All sources of financing have been revealed
5. The authors have an access to necessary information, know and accept the rules of publishing materials and will obey them. The article and the review both become a resource of the Publisher.