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A forum for responsible and ethical research publishing – Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
Types of articles
Preamble The content of the Journal falls into two large categories:
A – articles that respect the classic format of medical papers (1-7);
B – opinion-based articles (8-15), expressing mostly authors' own opinions/comments upon medical subjects.
1. ORIGINAL PAPERS: CLINICAL OR BASIC RESEARCH
This section includes original articles that respect the editing rules described in the section called Instructions for authors.
2. BRIEF REPORTS
Authors are encouraged to bring to the public attention original studies shortly described, which represent promising outcomes of a personal initiative. The communication of these results announces the publication in extenso in the near future. Studies described in short format may also be included. They will also respect the general format presented in the section called Instructions for authors.
3. CASE REPORTS
Peculiar cases which deserve to be made public will be presented. The authors of these presentations ought to give arguments for theInitial motivation for choosing the case and prepare a description for Clinical and paraclinical presentation; Positive diagnosis; differential diagnosis; Treatment; Comments; Conclusions. It is widely known that this type of article is a starting point in editing medical papers and that its strong point is not necessarily uniqueness but its educational value. This report may bring back into attention an issue already tackled in the past. Most case reports deal with one of the following aspects: unexpected association between a disease and certain symptoms, discoveries which shed new light on the pathology of a disease or a side effect, unique or rare characteristics of a disease, new therapeutic approaches.
4. IMAGES IN MEDICINE
This section will include the presentation of one of the types of imagery used in medicine (ultrasound, CT, IRM, scintigraphy etc.) structured as follows: Clinical information, Imagistic diagnosis, Imagery differential diagnosis, Final clinical comments.
Recent diagnostic and therapeutic progress in a domain of medicine (controversial or not) need special attention, therefore one editorial will ensure that the specialists hear about them without delay.
Editorials represent the scientific synthesis of a medical issue and will comply with the following editing plan: Background, Content, Comments, Conclusion. They may be written by a member of the Editorial Board or by a personality of the medical world which does not belong to the council. The same rules apply to the State-of-the-art articles.
7. COMMENTS ON CLINICAL TRIALS
This section hosts comments upon the relevance of recently published clinical trials.
8. EDITORIAL COMMENTS
This section presents comments written by someone from the editorial board or by another personality upon a relevant article published in the journal, regularly in that issue and seldom in the previous one.
This section presents letters from the readers, which express their comments about the articles published in the journal. The authors of the articles will be granted the right to opinion.
10. UPDATES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE
This section will present a summary of important scientific events for different specialties published in main medical journals in the last few months.