Focus and Scope
Advances in Respiratory Medicine (ARM) is the official bimonthly journal of the Polish Respiratory Society and the National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease covering broad spectrum of topics in respiratory medicine and therapeutic interventions, aiming to advance the knowledge and science of this systematically evolving field. It publishes peer-reviewed research papers, review articles, editorials, guidelines, short communications, clinical vignettes, quizzes and images in respiratory medicine, letters to the Editor and commentaries, exclusively in English language.
Peer Review Process
The Journal is committed to prompt evaluation and publication of submitted articles. All manuscripts together with supplementary files (if applicable) should be submitted online via the journal web page. The submission and review process is fully electronic and submissions by e-mail or postal mail will not be accepted. Please follow the manuscript preparation directions presented. Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal are evaluated as to whether they present new insights into the announced topic and are likely to contribute to progress in research or to changes in medical practice. Received manuscripts are initially examined by the Journal editors. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected immediately to allow the authors to recognize deficiencies and submit the paper to another journal or resubmit a revised version. Incomplete submissions or manuscripts not prepared in the required style are sent back to the authors without scientific review.
If manuscript is accepted for review, the authors will be notified in the electronic way only with the reference to the article ID number in the electronic system. Articles are evaluated by at least two outside referees who are contacted before being sent a paper and asked to return comments within time period indicated by Editors. Authors are encouraged to suggest possible reviewers, however the final selection is performed by the Editorial Board.
All submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents, and reviewers are instructed to treat manuscripts as such. This journal uses double-blind review, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Referees are asked to provide a written review together with recommendation of acceptance, requirement for revision or rejection of the article.
Authors are notified of decisions by e-mail only. Selected papers are edited to improve accuracy and clarity and for length. Criteria for acceptance of manuscripts or review forms are available at the Journal web page. Names of reviewers of individual manuscripts or journal issues are not revealed; the list of reviewers cooperating with the Journal is announced once a year. In cases author(s) of manuscripts and reviewers are no more anonymous, reviewers are asked to confirm in writing no conflict of interests, i.e. no direct personal relationships (first- and second-degree kinship, legal ties, relationship by marriage), superior/subordinate professional relations or direct scientific cooperation within the two years preceding the review. Papers submitted to ‘ARM’ but not accepted for publication may, in some cases, be eligible for publication in other journals of the Publisher.
Reviewers’ criteria for manuscripts qualification
- Title reflects the subject undertaken
- Assumptions are proper
- Work of practical nature
- Work of educational nature
- Aims are clearly defined
- Appropriate methodology*
- Ethical criteria fulfilled*
- Research-based work*
- Results are adequately presented*
- Statistical analysis is reliable*
- Discussion refers to results*
- Conclusions based on study findings*
- Conclusions refer to aims*
- Suitably chosen, proper number and up to date references
- Proper length
- All figures and tables are required
- Standard of written English acceptable
* criteria exclusively for research papers
Manuscripts authored by Editors or members of Editorial Board are treated no differently to any other manuscript submitted to Advances in Respiratory Medicine. All possible measures are undertaken to avoid any potential conflict of interest in handling of such manuscripts at all the stages including allocation of handling Editor, selection of reviewers, decision making and, if required, processing for publication.
Editors or Editorial Board members may submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in The Journal occasionally, but they are completely excluded from peer–review process and publication decisions when they are authors or co–authors of a manuscript. Manuscripts authored by a member of a journal’s editorial team (editors, Editorial Board members) are independently peer–reviewed and the peer review process is managed by the alternative members of the Editorial Board.
Open Access Policy
Articles published on-line in the Journal are available in open access immediately after publication and are published under Creative Common Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) allowing to download articles and share them with others as long as they credit the authors and the publisher, but without permission to change them in any way or use them commercially.
Via Medica (Publisher) self-archiving policy establishes that authors can archive only accepted manuscripts including final PDF version and/or 'ahead of print' in any repository. In details, the author may only post their version provided acknowledgment is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Via Medica (Publisher) website. Apart from the link mentioned above, the acknowledgment should be provided with the full bibliographic record with DOI number .
Advances in Respiratory Medicine (ARM) will accept advertising for services and products that are of value to readers in their professions. Distinction between advertising and editorial content should be easy. ARM does not allow advertising to influence editorial decisions. Online advertising or sponsorship should not impede users’ access to editorial content. Journal accepts advertising from competitors. Advertisements or sponsorship related to tobacco products will not be accepted. Advertisements and sponsorship must be legal, trustworthy and comply with the relevant industry codes, laws and regulations.
Complaint Handling Policy
This policy applies to complaints on policies, procedures and actions of ARM editorial staff and as a rule is regarded as an opportunity for improvement. Complaints will be dealt with by members of the editorial staff, escalating (if required) to editor-in-chief, whose decision is regarded as final. Complaints should be directly emailed to a person indicated as a support contact at the Journal’s contact panel. All complaints will be acknowledged within three working days and, if possible, a full response will be made within three weeks. If this is not possible an interim response will be given within this timeframe. Further responses will be provided until the issue is resolved.
If authors are convinced that the article they submitted was rejected wrongly, they should send rebuttal letter via ARM’s support contact rather than submitting a revised article at this stage. If the editors agree to such appeal, authors may be asked to submit a revised version of the article in question which will enter again into ARM’s review process. The rebuttal letter should be detailed and include responses to comments from external reviewers and from Journal’s editors. Only one appeal per article will be considered. An invitation for resubmission after appealing is by itself not a guarantee of acceptance.
Informed Consent for Publication
To secure release from the responsibilities to the third parties, corresponding author is required to return to the Publisher a singed copy of the ‘Authors' statement together with the manuscript (the Authors' statement form is available via link in Submissions section of these guidelines. All authors must agree to the conditions of publication, however the final responsibility for this information lays on the author submitting the manuscript.
This publication is intended for doctors and students of medicine. Every effort has been made to provide actual information, especially on medicine dosage, however, it is advisable that doctors make final decisions on their usage. This publication is not meant to replace a proper medical diagnosis or therapy. Responsibility taken by authors is suitable for this kind of publication and is not tantamount to responsibility for an individual medical advice.
Every effort is made by the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and the Publisher to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement appear in Advances in Respiratory Medicine (ARM). However, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the responsibility of the contributor, sponsor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and the Publisher accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate of misleading data, opinion or statement. Every effort is made to ensure that drug doses and other quantities are presented accurately. Nevertheless, readers are advised that methods and techniques involving drug usage and other treatments described in ARM, should only be followed in conjunction with the drug or treatment manufacturer's own published literature in the readers own country.
Sharing Research Data
The Journal encourages you to share data that supports your research publication where appropriate. Research data refers to the results of observations or experimentation that validate research findings. If you are sharing data, you are encouraged to cite the data in your manuscript and reference list.
If you have made your research data available in a data repository, you can link your article directly to the dataset thus giving readers access to underlying data that gives them a better understanding of the research described. There are different ways to link your datasets to your article. When available, you can directly link your dataset to your article by providing the relevant information in the submission system.
Via Medica recommends the use of Mendeley Data, which enables you to deposit any research data (including raw and processed data, video, code, software, algorithms, protocols, and methods) associated with your manuscript in a free-to-use, open access repository.
Author Rights for Scholarly Purposes
Authors retain Author Rights and no rights in patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights are transferred to the Copyright Owner. The Author Rights include the right to use the Preprint, Accepted Manuscript and the Published Article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and for Scholarly Sharing. In the case of the Accepted Manuscript and the Published Journal Article the Author Rights exclude Commercial Use other than use by the author in a subsequent compilation of the author’s works or to extend the Article to book length form or re-use by the author of portions or excerpts in other works (with full acknowledgment of the original publication of the Article).
The Accepted Manuscript should not be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the Published Journal Article. The Accepted Manuscript should include a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI and should bear a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license.
Internal Institutional Use
Use by the author's institution for classroom teaching at the institution and for internal training purposes (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic, and use in course packs and courseware programs, but not in MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses) and inclusion of the Article in applications for grant funding or for patent applications. For authors employed by companies, the use by that company for internal training purposes.
Personal Use - use by an author in the author’s classroom teaching (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic) or presentation by an author at a meeting or conference (including distribution of copies to the delegates attending such meeting), distribution of copies (including through e-mail) to known research colleagues for their personal use, use in a subsequent compilation of the author’s works, inclusion in a thesis or dissertation, preparation of other derivative works such as extending the Article to book-length form, or otherwise using or re-using portions or excerpts in other works (with full acknowledgment of the original publication of the Article).
Preprint - Author’s own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer reviewed, nor had any other value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy editing, technical enhancements, and the like). Preprints should not be added to or enhanced in any way in order to appear more like, or to substitute for, the Published Journal Article.
Published Journal Article - the definitive final record of published research that appears or will appear in the journal and embodies all value-adding publisher activities including peer review co-ordination, copy-editing, formatting, (if relevant) pagination, and online enrichment.
Preprint: Sharing of Preprints by an author on any website or repository at any time. When the Article is accepted, the author is encouraged to include a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI.
Accepted Manuscript: immediately on acceptance: sharing of the Accepted Manuscript by an author via the author’s non-commercial personal homepage or blog, also via the author’s research institute or institutional repository for Internal Institutional Use or as part of an invitation-only research collaboration work-group.
Published Journal Article: the author may share a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI or may share the Published Journal Article privately with students or colleagues for their personal use, or privately as part of an invitation-only work group on commercial sites with which the publisher has a hosting agreement. Additionally theses and dissertations which contain embedded Published Journal Articles as part of the formal submission may be hosted publicly by the awarding institution with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI. Any other sharing of Published Journal Articles is by agreement with the Publisher only.
Reversion of rights
Articles may sometimes be accepted for publication but later rejected in the publication process. In such cases all rights will revert to the author.