Manuscript preparation

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The manuscript should be prepared in A4 format, employing commonly used word processing programs (Word). 12 point font size, 2.5 cm margins and 1.5 line spacing are recommended. Do not put spaces or tabs at the beginning of paragraphs.
The manuscript should have the following layout:
1) title page
2) abstract in Polish, key words in Polish (3–10, separated by commas)
3) abstract in English, key words in English (3–10, separated by commas)
4) manuscript text with tables and figures pasted in appropriate places
5) acknowledgments and information about financing and grants
6) references.
Pages should be numbered consecutively, starting from the title page. Abbreviations with an explanation should be given in parenthesis when an abbreviation is used in the text for the first time. Authors should avoid abbreviations not accepted by international groups of experts.
Original papers should have the following structure:

Title page. It should contain starting from the top:
1) full names of all authors*
2) the name(s) of institution(s) the manuscript is from
3) full title of the work (Polish and English)
4) running title (Polish and English; maximum 40 characters including spaces)
5) correspondence address including academic title and full name of the author responsible for correspondence with the Editorial Office, name and address (city and street) of institution, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address.
* NOTE: In the case of the co-existence of several authors of a manuscript (this applies to all types of articles such as overviews, original works, case descriptions, etc.), the contribution of individual authors to the creation of the work (with information regarding who the author is of the concept, assumptions, utlilized method, who conducted the research, data analysis, wrote the manuscript, etc.) should be stated.
All cases of scientific misconduct, including the so-called phenomenon "Ghostwriting" and "guest authorship" will be exposed, including notifying the relevant authorities (institutions employing the authors, societies, associations, scientific editors, etc.).
The phenomenon of "ghostwriting" is understood as when someone has made a substantial contribution to the work, but his/her participation has not been disclosed as one of the authors or stated in the acknowledgements. "Guest authorship" is understood as a situation in which an author's participation is minimal or even non-existent, and yet he/she is stated as the author/co-author of the publication.
The editors are required to document any form of scientific misconduct, especially concerning violations and breaches of rules of ethics in force in science. Abstract (in Polish and English). It should contain no more than 250 words and it should be divided into four sections entitled: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

Key words (in Polish and English). 3 to 10 key words or key phrases should be placed under the abstract (in Polish and English, respectively), corresponding as much as possible to the Medicus Medical Subject Headings Index.

Text. Original papers should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions. Review articles should be divided differently. Manuscripts should not exceed the following sizes: original paper – 3000 words, review paper – 6000 words, case description – 2000 words, letter – 1000 words. The given word limits exclude the abstract, tables and references. Tables and figures should be pasted in the appropriate places within the text.
The employed statistical methods should be described in sufficient detail so that a reader with access to the source data and statistical knowledge should able to verify the reported results. Wherever possible, use quantitative descriptions with appropriate measurements of error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Avoid relying solely on the level of probability (p-value) calculated during statistical hypothesis testing, which omits vital information about the scale of the observed effect.

References. Should be arranged according to the order they appear in the text.

Journals. Citations should include: position number, authors’ surnames and initials (if there are no more than 7 authors, all the names should be given, otherwise only three of them followed by “et al.”), paper title, journal title (journal title abbreviations according to Medicus Index ), year, volume (Arabic numerals), number of first and last page. Do not use statements: ”in press”, ”in preparation”, ”oral information” – in substantiated cases, such statements can be placed in appropriate places in the text.
Example: Eliasson M., Jansson J., Nilsson P., Asplund K. Increased levels of tissue plasmi¬nogen activator antigen in essential hyperten¬sion. A population-based study in Sweden. J. Hypertens. 1997; 15: 349–356.
Books. Citations should include: position number, authors’ surnames and initials, title, publisher, place and year of publication. Reference to a chapter should include: author’s surname, initials, chapter title, pages, surname of the book’s author (editor), initials, book title, publisher, place and year of publication.
Example, when author and editor are different persons: Rosen M.R. Principles of cardiac elec-trophysiology. W: Kelley W.N. red. Internal Medicine J.B. Lipipincott Company, Philadelphia 1992: 90–95.
Example, when the author is the editor: Braunwald E. Heart Disease. W.B. Saunders Compa¬ny, Philadelphia 1992: 393–418.
Tables, figures, photographs. They should be in black and white, numbered (tables with Roman numerals, figures with Arabic numerals) and described in Polish and English below. Previously published illustrations should be accompanied by written consent from the Publisher for reprint.
The minimum resolution of bitmaps should not be not lower than 300 dpi at 100% size (height and width).