Focus and Scope

Scientific and practical peer-reviewed medical journal Moscow Medicine has been published every two months since 2014.

The journal is founded by Moscow Healthcare Department.

The journal publishes original articles on the conducted clinical, clinical and experimental and basic research, scientific reviews, lectures, clinical cases, as well as supporting materials on all relevant questions of city healthcare.

The main topics are focused on key issues of city healthcare organization and clinical practice of Moscow physicians.

The target audience is healthcare officials, doctors, scientists and medical universities lecturers.

Since 2016 the journal has been indexed in RSCI.

The mission

  • to provide officials and practitioners of healthcare system (first of all Russian speaking) with up-to-date and high-quality scientific and practical information about the most modern and effective management and organizational decisions in the field of city healthcare and clinical practice of Moscow physicians.
  • to provide a platform for publishing research results, generalizing work experience and expressing opinions of Moscow physicians on topics relevant to city healthcare.

 

Section Policies

Reviews

The main purpose of a review is to discuss the accumulated material and present a fresh view on the previously proved facts, review them and search for new approaches to their interpretation. Simple enumeration of statements and current situation description are prohibited.  Thus, a discussion is an obligatory part of a manuscript review (it can be included into a separate section or it can be carried out systematically through the entire text).

In the manuscript review it is necessary to indicate all sources of primary information used (full text and reference databases), have a detailed description of the search procedure: database names, filters and keywords, mention all additional conditions for the primary sources selection.

The manuscript review should be structured into sections, and also contain all the necessary graphic material to facilitate the perception of the text.

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Original Studies

Clinical and experimental studies described in manuscripts should be conducted in accordance with the accepted international principles of ethics and deontology. The editorial board requests that the manuscripts should emphasize the fact that the study was conducted in accordance with the international GCP standards (All participants of the study voluntary sign the informed consent, the study protocol is considered by the ethics committee, the name of the committee, the date, the protocol number, etc. are indicated).

The work description must almost fully correspond to the protocol of the study: so that every detail can be reproduced. Presenting meta-analysis to the editor, the searching procedure for information resources should be separately described and include database names, filters and keywords and additional selection conditions for the primary sources.

In accordance with ethics requirements, the editors request to indicate the source of funding for the work (conducting research, writing and publishing articles, etc.), as well as to declare the presence or absence of obvious or potential conflicts of interest with the authors. Please note that the presence of an explicit or potential conflict of interest (including the financial interest of the authors) or the participation of any organizations (public or private) in conducting research and writing the work is not a reason for refusing to publish the manuscript. On the contrary, this information will speak about the openness of the authors and the reliability of the results, which will give manuscripts additional advantages at the reviewers' evaluation stage and will cause more interest and confidence of readers.

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Conferences Proseedings

Abstracts of reports, reviews of conferences, seminars, forums, clinical and anatomical conferences on topics related to issues of organization of healthcare at the city level and on various clinical specialties related to the work of the healthcare system and the experience of Moscow physicians.

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Short communications

The journal accepts the publication of clinical cases, articles on the history of medicine and reports on important events in Moscow medicine. The editorial staff also accepts manuscripts for publication with feedback, comments and discussions regarding published articles.

Manuscripts for this section are evaluated by reviewers only from the perspective of relevance and compliance with the objectives of the journal.

The text of a short message can be structured into sections and parts at the discretion of the authors.

When describing a clinical case, the review part of the manuscript should be minimal, illustrations and tables are welcome. Discussion of the submitted data is highly desirable.

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Peer Review Process

Content Selection

When considering the received author's materials the editorial Board is guided by the following documents:

Preferably the journal publishes the results of studies conducted in accordance with the standard GCP (Good Clinical Practice).

Authors of manuscripts that do not meet our requirements receive a template email without detailing the claims.

If the manuscript is received again and again does not meet all the requirements for registration, it will be rejected without consideration.

After deciding on the proper design of the manuscript to all the requirements, the editorial Board decides on compliance or non-compliance of the manuscript to the profile of the journal.

The accepted manuscript will be sent to reviewers.

Publication of the article is possible only after receiving positive reviews.

Authors who have decided that their research meets the profile of the journal and agree with the policy of the editorial Board should prepare a manuscript in accordance with all the "requirements for manuscripts" and submit the manuscript to the editor through the electronic system of submission of articles on the journal's website.

Reviewing

A double-blind peer review method is mandatory for processing of all scientific manuscripts submitted to the editorial stuff of “Moscow Medicine”. This implies that neither the reviewer is aware of the authorship of the manuscript, nor the author maintains any contact with the reviewer.

  1. Members of the editorial board and leading international experts in corresponding areas of life sciences, invited as independent readers, perform peer reviews (3 to 5 per manuscript). Editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief or science editor choose experts for peer review. We use Publonsto search and recognize our reviewers. We aim to limit the review process to 2 weeks, though in some cases the schedule may be adjusted at the reviewer’s request.
  2. Reviewer has an option to abnegate the assessment should any conflict of interests arise that may affect perception or interpretation of the manuscript. Upon the scrutiny, the reviewer is expected to present the editorial board with one of the following recommendations:
     
    • to accept the paper in its present state;
    • to invited the author to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before final decision is reached;
    • that final decision be reached following further reviewing by another specialist;
    • to reject the manuscript outright.
  3. If the reviewer has recommended any refinements, the editorial staff would suggest the author either to implement the corrections, or to dispute them reasonably. Authors are kindly required to limit their revision to 2 months and resubmit the adapted manuscript within this period for final evaluation.
  4. We politely request that the editor be notified verbally or in writing should the author decide to refuse from publishing the manuscript. In case the author fails to do so within 3 months since receiving a copy of the initial review, the editorial board takes the manuscript off the register and notifies the author accordingly.
  5. If author and reviewers meet insoluble contradictions regarding revision of the manuscript, the editor-in-chief resolves the conflict by his own authority.
  6. The editorial board reaches final decision to reject a manuscript on the hearing according to reviewers’ recommendations, and duly notifies the authors of their decision via e-mail. The board does not accept previously rejected manuscripts for re-evaluation.
  7. Upon the decision to accept the manuscript for publishing, the editorial staff notifies the authors of the scheduled date of publication.
  8. Kindly note that positive review does not guarantee the acceptance, as final decision in all cases lies with the editorial board. By his authority, editor-in-chief rules final solution of every conflict.
  9. Original reviews of submitted manuscripts remain deposited permanently (not less than 5 years).
  10. Manuscript reviews are not published. Reviews can be sent to the Ministry of Education and Scienсe of Russian Federation in case of query

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published bimonthly (6 times per year). The publication order depends on a final version of manuscript submission data considering reviewers and Editor-in-Cheif opinion.

 

Open Access Policy

The articles in this journal are available to everyone since the publication that provides free and open access to research for the advancement of science and medicine.

 

Indexation

The journal is indexed in:

  • Google Schoolar
  • Ulrich's Perodicals Directory
  • WorldCat

 

Publishing Ethics

The journal "Moscow Medicine" publishes manuscripts that meet international standards of publication ethics in biomedical journals.

The manuscript will be retracted from publication if at any stage of consideration or prepress editorial Board found a violation of the requirements of publication ethics.

If such a violation is found by readers after the publication of the article, it will be rertracted. This will also entail a one-year ban on future publications in our journal for members of the authors team.

Violations of publication ethics include:

  • plagiarism;
  • simultaneous submission of manuscripts to several journals;
  • concealment of conflict of interest;
  • illegal co-authorship.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism can take many forms, from presenting someone else's work as an author's work, to copying or rephrasing essential parts of someone else's work (without attribution), or to claiming ownership of someone else's research. Plagiarism in all forms is unethical and unacceptable.

The manuscript authors should submit entirely original work. References to the results of the works of other authors should be accompanied by references to the relevant primary sources (which should be included in the list of references).

Citation of the text, previously published somewhere, should be framed as a DIRECT SPEECH (the text should be enclosed in quotation marks) with the obligatory indication of the source. The inclusion of large fragments of borrowed text in the manuscript is unacceptable.

The contribution of others to the study should always be recognized. Authors should refer to publications that were of great importance in the performance of scientific work covered in the manuscript.

Data obtained informally (e.g. during a conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties) should not be used or presented without the written permission of the original source.

Information obtained from confidential sources (for example, grant for research) should not be mentioned in the manuscript without the Express written permission of the author of the manuscript, who is directly related to these confidential sources.

Identification of plagiarism is carried out:

  • in the process of the peer review;
  • using the ANTIPLAGIAT software;
  • after the publication of manuscripts-upon the treatment of readers with the relevant statements.

In establishing the fact of plagiarism of the data (results of scientific work) or ideas, the manuscript (article) will be withdrawn and rejected from publication, even if it has already been published. An official notice will be posted on the journal's website.

Simultaneous submission of a manuscript to several journals or submission of already published data under a different title

Identification of the fact of submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time will be regarded as a violation of publication ethics. The manuscript will be rejected.

Publication of a certain type of articles (for example, translated articles) in some cases is permissible under certain conditions. When submitting a manuscript for secondary publication, the authors should notify the Editorial Board and justify the expediency of such publication in detail. In the case of a secondary publication, the resolution of issues related to copyright for publication is decided on a case-by-case basis. The General rules of the manuscript for the "secondary" publication are:

  • full bibliographic reference to the primary publication;
  • preservation of the original bibliography of the primary work.

More information on acceptable forms of secondary (repeated) publications can be found on the ICMJE page.

Concealing a conflict of interest

All authors are required to disclose (declare in the relevant section of the manuscript) financial or other obvious or potential conflicts of interest that may be perceived as having an impact on the results or conclusions presented in the work.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest to be disclosed:

  • receiving financial reward for participation in research or writing a manuscript;
  • any connection (work under the contract, consulting, availability of joint-stock property, receipt of fees, provision of expert opinions) with organizations that have a direct interest in the subject of research or review;
  • patent application or registration of a patent for the results of research (copyright, etc.);
  • obtaining financial support for any stage of research or manuscript writing (including grants and other financial support).

Information on conflicts of interest received from the authors of the manuscripts will be available only to the Editorial Board when deciding on the publication of the manuscript. Also, information about conflicts of interest is published in the full text of the article.

Unfairly co-authorship

The authors of the publication can be only those persons who have made a significant contribution to the formation of the idea of the work, development, execution and/or interpretation of the results of the study, as well as to the process of writing the manuscript (including conducting scientific and stylistic editing and design in accordance with the requirements of the journal).

Authors should ensure that:

  • all participants who have made a significant contribution to the study are presented as co-Authors;
  • those who did not participate in the study are not listed as co-Authors.

Access and storage of raw data

The editors reserve the right to request the Authors of the original (raw) data of the study, including for reviewers and editors. The authors should be ready to provide this kind of information to the editorial staff (according to ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases (link)), as well as to store this data.

Significant errors in published works

In case of significant errors or inaccuracies in the publication, the author should inform the Editorial Board or the Publisher and interact with the Editorial Board in order to remove the publication or correct errors as soon as possible. If the editorial Board or publisher has received reasonable information from a third party that the publication contains significant errors, the author is obliged to withdraw the work or correct errors as soon as possible or to refute the statement of errors by submitting the necessary evidence to the editor.

 

Publication Fee

Articles in the journal "Moscow Medicine" are published free of charge for all authors.

The editorial Board does not charge the authors for placing articles in open access, reviewing, preparing the journal for publication, as well as the content of the site and electronic depositing of manuscripts.

 

Editorial team