Terms of Submission

Terms of Submission and Publication In  “PRENATAL CARDIOLOGY”the Quaterly Journal of the Association for the Development of Prenatal Cardiology Scientific Supervision: Section of Fetal Echocardiography and Prenatal Cardiology of the Polish Ultrasound Society

  1. The Journal, “Prenatal Cardiology (short version Prenat Cardio)(in Polish: „KARDIOLOGIA PRENATALNA ECHO Płodu”), is indexed in the National Library in Warsaw. The previous journal title in 2011-2014 was POLSKA KARDIOLOGIA PRENATALNA ECHO Płodu – in English: “Polish Prenatal Cardiology - Fetal ECHO” (short version: Kardio Prenatal). The Journal comprises of basic two sections:
    A) Scientific papers, including review articles, original clinical, preclinical and fundamental research, case reports and letters to the editor
    B) Articles that bridge the fields of law and medicine and informational announcements about educational activities, parents’ foundations and training workshops
  2. Subjects of particular interest include all issues related to fetal cardiac defects and extracardiac anomalies, and the role of prenatal cardiology in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiac diseases, critical assessments of recently developed and newly enhanced non-invasive diagnostic tools and methods, such as ultrasound, echocardiography and other imaging techniques, are featured, as are the experiences and achievements in prenatal cardiology in Poland and abroad. Original research, comprehensive reviews and case reports will be of particular value to clinicians, fetal and pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, clinical physiologists, pharmacologists, obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists and radiologists, as well as medical students, students in law, medical ethics, health economics and other areas of medicine dealing with cardiovascular diseases.
  3. The Journal is published in both print and electronic versions, with the latter accessible at www.echoplodu.fetalecho.pl.
  4. All manuscripts are considered provided they abide by the following policies:
    • The article has not been previously published and is not under simultaneous consideration by another journal;
    • All authors approve the final version of the manuscript and agree to its publication in the quarterly “Prenatal Cardiology”, as attested to by a scanned document containing the title of the work, names and signatures of all authors, with the dates;
    • Relevant studies have been carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Bioethics Committee, and local laws;
    • During examination, patients’ rights have been respected, in accordance with the principles of the Helsinki Convention;
    • Authors using materials from other sources have been authorized to use such materials by the original authors and publisher. The editorial board of “Prenatal Cardiology" is not be held liable for improper fulfillment of these formalities.
  5. If the study was sponsored or co-financed, the source(s) of funding should be indicated (e.g., clinical trial, statutory, institutional grant or other).
  6. Acceptance for publication in “Prenatal Cardiology” assumes the transfer of the author(s) ownership of the article to the publisher, which is the Association for the Development of Prenatal Cardiology. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Publisher has the right to the issuance and distribution of the materials submitted in all known forms and at all known fields of use, in the event that the materials are be accepted for publication.
  7. Submitted scientific reports are evaluated by the editorial board and at least two external reviewers. A list of reviewers is published each year (In December issue). In most cases, authors are provided the opportunity to respond to the reviewers’ comments in their revised manuscript. The final decision on acceptance for publication is the prerogative of the Editors and is not subject to appeal.
  8. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in the form of text files (MS Word 2003 or higher; pdf files are not permitted) and uploaded on www.echoplodu.fetalecho.pl (after first registering to obtain a login name and password).
  9. Manuscripts should not exceed 12 pages (except in special situations with editorial approval), A4 format, with double line spacing, using 12-pt Times New Roman font, with margins of 2.5 cm on all sides. Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page.
  10. Publication text in the scientific part should be in English and consist of the following sections (each section should be uploaded separately):
    • Title page
    • Abstract and key words
    • Text of article
    • Literature cited
    • Images, tables, figures
    • Descriptions of images, tables and figures.
  11. Title page should contain the article title in English, full names of all authors with the academic title or rank and affiliation number in the form of Arabic numerals (superscript), the name of the institution, from which the authors preceded by the corresponding number affiliation, address of the corresponding author (e-mail address required), information about the source of external funding, if any
  12. Abstract. Summary of article in English (abstract), containing a brief description of the research question or objective. In original research papers, the abstract should be divided into the following four sections: objective, materials and methods, results, and conclusions Abstract should not exceed 250 words for original papers or 150 words for review papers.
  13. Keywords (3-5) in English should be placed under the abstract, in accordance with generally accepted nomenclature, such as Medical Subject Headings in Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html). Editors reserve the right to select keywords.
  14. Text of article. In original articles, a structural system is recommended. The article should be divided as follows: introduction, aim, materials and methods, results, discussion and conclusions. In review articles and case studies, different subsections can be used.
  15. Acknowledgements may be included following the text. Only individuals who have contributed significantly to the study should be acknowledged.
  16. References should be arranged in the order of citation at the end of the document. References should be noted sequentially in the text as superscript numbers. It is recommended that the cited literature meets the requirements of Evidence Based Medicine. Each article should include the names of all authors (in case of more than 3, you may use short version et al.), article title, journal name (abbreviations by Index Medicus), year of publication, volume number and inclusive pages. In the case of electronically available sources in addition to address page also access date shoud be provided or DOI number.
  17. Images, tables, figures: good quality documentation is necessary, but not exceeding the number of six photos to the printed version. In the electronic version, more figures, including movie files in avi format can be posted. Graphics and drawings must be submitted as separate files. Acceptable formats include TIFF, PDF, JPEG, PPT, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XSLX in sizes up to 10 MB. Files should contain only one illustration devoid of signatures or headers. All signs and symbols should be built into the graphic to avoid mistakes. High-quality illustrations are acceptable only if the author provides original files. Insufficient technical quality of graphic elements can be a basis for rejection. The Publisher reserves the right to create or correct charts based on the accompanying data.
  18. Descriptions of images, tables, figures. To describe the figures the use of numbered symbols is recommended, which are explained in footnotes.
  19. Papers including avi format movies are especially welcome and would have a green line for rapid evaluation.
  20. In the case of multi-author publication, information about each person’s part in the research and final version must be provided.
  21. Scientific papers obtain DOI numerations
  22. The second part of the journal which is information and education is in the Polish language. However, in selected parts information might also be in English without DOI numerations.

Prof. Maria Respondek-Liberska, Editor-in-Chief (December 2014)