Focus and Scope

The International Maritime Health will publish original papers on medical and health problems of seafarers, fishermen, divers, dockers, shipyard workers and other maritime workers, as well as papers on tropical medicine, travel medicine, epidemiology, and other related topics.

Peer Review Process

Journal follows editorial recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (available at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/).

Via Medica strongly recommends journal editors to adhere to the principles of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), particularly to deal with acts of ethical misconduct. For more information Authors, Readers and Editors may visit the COPE website: http://publicationethics.org/.

All papers will be double blind peer-reviewed. The comments made by the referees will be sent to authors, and their criticism and proposed amendments should be taken into consideration by authors submitting revised texts.


Review articles on specific topics, exposures, preventive interventions, and on the national maritime health services will also be considered for publication. Their length will be from 1000 to 4000 words, including tables, figures and references.

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  
Publication Frequency

International Maritime Health is published quarterly (the first issue not later than March 31, the second issue not later than June 30, the third issue not later than September 3, the fourth issue not later than December 31).

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

The statement is based upon the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers and Editors (available at www. publicationethics.org).

The Editor is responsible for everything published in the journal. The Editor takes all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published. The Editor’s decision to accept or reject a paper for publication is based only on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity and the study’s relevance to the remit of the journal. The description of peer review process is published and clarified and the Editor is able and ready to justify any important deviation from the described process. The authors and peer reviewers’ identities are protected. The Editor provides guidance to authors and reviewers on everything that is expected of them. The Editor does not reverse a decision to accept a submission unless serious problems are identified.

The relationship of the Editor to the publisher and owner is based firmly on the principle of editorial independence. The Editor makes decisions on which articles to publish based on quality and suitability for the journal and without interference from the journal owner/publisher.

The Editor can ensure that research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines. The Editor is able to protect the confidentiality of individual information.

The Editor has a duty to act if they suspect misconduct. The duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. The Editor should seek a response from those accused. If not satisfied with the response, the Editor should ask the relevant employers or some appropriate body to investigate.

Editors should have systems for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of their staff, authors, reviewers and Editorial board members.

Authors are forbidden to publish the same research in more than one journal.

Open Access Policy

Articles published on-line are open access and available 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.

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