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Author Guidelines

Preparing the manuscript, authors are kindly requested to adhere to the following regulations based on the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”, developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

  1. Manuscript requirements. We accept submissions strictly online, via the form available at our website
    Please upload your manuscript as a Microsoft Office Word document (*.doc, *.docx and *.rtf formats).
    Authors should create the manuscripts using the templates of the certain formats. Please, download Word templates below:
    1. Length of the manuscript from an original study, lecture or literature review (including tables and list of references) should not exceed 6000 words. Case reports should be limited to 4000 words, short reports and letters to the editor should not exceed 1500 words. Please consult the MS Word built-in statistics service prior to submission in order to find out the exact length of your manuscript. Should your manuscript exceed the aforementioned limits, the editorial board will carry out the final decision on its publication based on recommendations from your reviewer.
    2. Text formatting. Lettering in Times New Roman is preferable in all cases (font size 12 pt with 1.5 line spacing and 2 cm margins). Kindly refrain from using underlining in your document (italic and bold formatting is acceptable).
    3. File structure.The journal editorial board prefers to receive a manuscript as a single complete file with all figures, tables and any additional supplemental materials. Please organize your text according to the following template:
      • Writing an abstract.
      • Article title. Best article titles bear short, clear and distinctive messages.
      • Authors and their affiliated institutions, linked by superscript numbers, should be listed beneath the title on the opening page of the manuscript.
      • Abstract of an original study should start with some brief background information and statement of the study’s AIMS, followed by MATERIALS & METHODS and finishing with the RESULTS. The closing sentence should outline the main CONCLUSIONS of the study in the most comprehensible terms. Please note that your abstract should be 300 words or less.
      • Choice of keywords. MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus is a preferred source for choosing keywords.
      • The body of the text should start with a brief introduction, describing the paper’s significance. In the case of an original study, the body of the paper should follow a common structured approach to the description of the studies aim, its materials, methods and results, as well as Discussion and Conclusions sections.
      • Acknowledgements section may be presented in Russian, English or both languages. It should comprise the following:
        • Clarification regarding any potential or actual conflicts of interest of the authors. Any affiliations, financial relations, financial or political interests in the manuscript as a whole or in part, including employment and other liabilities that may result in withholding or deliberate corruption of data or adversely influenced interpretation, are considered a conflict of interest and must be explicitly stated as such. Please note that conflicts of interest do not impede a publication, though failure to disclose one does.
        • A brief list of funding sources for the results reported in the paper, as well as the publication process itself (e.g. a commercial organization, a foundation or government grant, etc.).
        • An optional note describing the roles or responsibilities of the authors. You may also place here an acknowledgment for any individuals or organizations that assisted in your work.
  1. List of references should be organized according to the guidelines by U.S. National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 [R2010]) in Vancouver style (AMA version). For detailed instructions on bibliographic formatting, see «References list guidelines». The following are the principle points you should be aware of while preparing your manuscript for submission:
      • References should be numbered in the order in which they are cited.
      • Number of references is limited to 60 for literature reviews, and to 30 for original studies and lectures.
      • Within the body of the text references should be provided in Arabic numerals enclosed in square brackets.
      • A complete list of all authors should be presented in every bibliographical entry. Please put an “et al.” notation after the third name if cited paper has more than 4 authors. Do not shorten titles of your citations. Shortened journal titles should correspond to the MedLine catalogue. If the journal is not indexed by MedLine, please provide its full title.
  2. Enumerate your tables, give those a heading and clearly marked columns that would be easy to read and comprehend. Please make sure that table data is in line with the numbers in the body of the text (but does not simply duplicate them).
  3. Reduce graphical material to minimum (unless the nature of your study dictates otherwise). Photographs should be rich in contrast, illustrative artwork should be clear and of high resolution (dpi).
      • If you wish to include in your paper any graphical material created other than by means of standard office applications (e.g. results of diagnostic imaging, photographs, screenshots, digital artwork, etc.), please submit them as separate files via our web form in *.jpeg, *.bmp or *.gif formats. The absolute minimum for acceptable resolution is 300 dpi, though higher is preferable. Do keep in mind that image files should be tagged with numbers corresponding to the enumeration within the manuscript. In addition, file description should provide the caption of your image as it would appear in the paper
        (exp.: “Fig. 1. Elliott Proctor Joslin, M.D. (1869-1962).”).
      • Graphs should be labeled on the ordinate and abscissa with the parameter or variable being measured, the units of measure, and the scale.
      • Units should be metric and follow SI convention.
      • Kindly take care to provide references to all of your supplementary materials (tables, graphs, etc.) within the body of the text.
  4. Ethics statement. In accordance with COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidance authors must provide an ethics statement if the study made use of human or vertebrate animal subjects and/or tissue. Approval from the relevant body is required for studies involving:
      • humans (live or tissue), including studies that are observational, survey-based, or include any personal data;
      • animals (live or tissue), including observational studies;
      • non-commercial cell lines.
  5. Cover letter. The journal editorial board requires authors to submit a scanned copy of a cover letter from authors team in *.pdf format. We expect a cover letter to summarize concisely why your paper is a valuable addition to the scientific literature and briefly relate your study to previously published work. Cover letter should be signed by all of your co-authors. We accept separate letters from authors if they have different affiliations declared in the manuscript.
  6. Using the WEB-form to submit a manuscript. Indexing in Russian and international databases requires certain metadata to be provided for your paper.
    1. Authors. Please provide us with:
      • names, affiliations and scientific degrees for all authors;
      • contact information (an e-mail address) for all authors (an e-mail address for corresponding author will be published in open access to facilitate contact with your team).
    2. Article title and Abstract. These should exactly match the text of the corresponding fields in your manuscript file.
    3. Keywords. Please make sure to add 3 to 10 concise and accurate keywords, preferably chosen from the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus.
    4. Language. Indicate the language (or languages in case of a bilingual manuscript) of your paper (exp. [ru; en]).
    5. List of references should be organized according to the guidelines by U.S. National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 [R2010]) in Vancouver style (AMA version). For detailed instructions on bibliographic formatting, see «References list guidelines».
    6. Supplementary materials should be submitted as separate files with an appropriate caption (exp.: “Fig. 3. Cyst gross specimen”).
    7. Completing submission. Please check the list of attached files prior to finishing the procedure. Within next 7 days, the editorial board will inform you by e-mail of receiving submitted materials. Feel free to contact the editors or the reviewers should you have any questions regarding the processing of your manuscript. Accessing your personal account at will allow you to monitor its progress online.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Absence of plagiarism. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  • Correct manuscript format. Manuscript file format is Microsoft Word (has the extension *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf). The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in "For Authors" section.

  • Cover letter. All the required supporting documents will be submitted together with the manuscript. Authors guarantee to upload scanned original of the filled cover letter in PDF. A cover letter signed by all authors.


Copyright Notice

TRANSFER OF COPYRIGHT (contract offer)

  1. Subject of a contract
    1.1. This contract is a contract offer. If Licensor (the author) grants to Licensee (the publisher) for publishing his work by any possible way, i.e. in handwritten / printed / electronic version Licensor automatically accepts the terms of this agreement.
    1.2. Licensor grants to Licensee non-exclusive rights to use his work in due to contractual limits and fixed terms.
    1.3. Licensor warrants that he has the exclusive copyright to the work transferred to the Licensee.
  2. The rights and obligations of the parties
    2.1. Licensor grants to Licensee following rights for up to 10 years: 
    2.1.1. Right to reproduce the work (publication, disclosure, duplication, reproduction or other reproduction of the work) without limited edition copies. In addition, each copy of the work must include the name of the author(s) of the work; 
    2.1.2. The right to distribute the product by any way; 
    2.1.3. The right to revise the work (creation of a new, independent creative work on its basis) and the right to make changes in the product, not representing its processing; 
    2.1.4. Right for publicity and demonstration work in information, advertising and other purposes; 
    2.1.5. Right for communication to the public; 
    2.1.6. The right fully or partially to assign contractual provisions received under this contract to the third parties without payment of remuneration to Licensor, as well as the right of translation into foreign languages, with accommodation in foreign publications. 
    2.2. Licensor warrants that the product transferred to Licensee hereunder is an original piece. 
    2.3. Licensor warrants that this product was not transferred to reproduce or otherwise use before anyone officially (i.e. formally signed contract). If the work has already been published, Licensor should notify the Licensee. 
    2.4. Licensor transferred its rights to Licensee hereunder based on a non-exclusive license. 
    2.5. Licensee agrees to comply the relevant statutory copyright, Licensor’s copyright, as well as to protect them and to take all possible measures to prevent copyright infringement by third parties. 
    2.6. The land on which permitted the use of rights to the work is not limited.
    2.7. If Open Access published works become simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  3. Responsibilities of the parties
    3.1. Licensor and Licensee bear financial and other legal responsibility in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation for non-performance or improper performance of its obligations hereunder.
    3.2. Party improperly performed or failed to perform its obligations under this contract, is required to compensate for losses caused to the other party, including lost profits.
  4. Final provisions
    4.1. All disputes and differences between the parties arising out of the terms of this agreement shall be settled by negotiation, and if its failed, these disputes are to be settled in court in accordance with the current legislation. 
    4.2. Termination of this agreement is possible at any time with mutual consent of the parties with obligatory signing of the corresponding agreement about this. 
    4.3. Unilaterally termination of this agreement is possible in cases stipulated by law or by court order. 
    4.4. In all cases not provided in this contract parties shall be governed by applicable legislation of the Russian Federation.


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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Price: 1100.00 (USD)

The Fast-Track is a review process and editorial workflow to authors seeking a very fast editorial decision and rapid publication at a higher submission fee to compensate the extreme fast referees and editorial work.

For the Fast-Track users:

  • the guaranteed response time (report and decision letter) is 14 days, starting the count from the first business day on which valid payment information has been received from the submitting author;
  • the guaranteed issue for publication (in case of manuscript acceptance) is a nearest upcoming issue of the journal.

If you choose “Fast-Track” for your manuscript the submission fee is US$1100.

Please note, that the “Fast-Track” option does not guarantee a positive review and acceptance of a manuscript itself. It's only brings an extreme fast time scedule for manuscript processing thrue all editorial procedires. Thus, if the manuscript receives negative reviews, and if the editorial board will take the side of reviewers, the manuscript will be rejected. If the reviewers recomend revisions of the manuscript, the final decision on publication will be only after revised manuscript submission and the second round of review.

The Fast-Track option does not exclude the necessary for correct manuscript formatting. Please ensure that the manuscript corresponds to the formatting guidelines for this journal (you can find them on Author Guidelines page).

To activate the Fast-Track option, the submitting author should make payment from his/her personal account on the journal's website after submitting an article. After making the payment and sending the notification to the editor, the authors will receive confirmation by email and within the next 14 days - the results of the article reviewing and the editorial decision.

In opposite to the Fast-Track option authors can use the standart protocol for manuscript selection in our journal (review and editorial workflow). The standart time for review and editorial workflow are described in detail on the PeerReview page. You can also find the statistic info about the editorial workflow on the STAT page.

Manuscript Processing and Open Access publication Fees:
Price: 950.00 (USD)

To defray part of the publication cost, the Problems of balneology, physiotherapy, and exercise therapy journal will charge manuscript-processing fees, to be paid by the authors or their affiliated research institutions. Please note that the journal will be implementing a publication charge on papers that are submitted on or after November 1st 2017 and subsequently accepted for publication after peer-review. We will be offering an publication charge rate of US$950 per article from ALL COUNTRIES. The publication fee will be used to defray part of the occurring expenses associated with manuscript processing, editorial work flow, typesetting, proofreading, printing, online-hosting, Gold Open-Access online disribution, and archiving. It is payable upon acceptance and subject to VAT where applicable.

There are no additional charges for color illustrations or pages. When submitting a manuscript through online, it will be processed with an understanding that the corresponding authors fully agree to pay all manuscript-processing fees upon acceptance. The author who submits the manuscript to the journal is fully responsible for the manuscript-processing fees. Accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts will not be processed and forwarded to production until all fees are paid in full to the publisher. Publisher will issue an invoice of manuscript-processing fees after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. Corresponding author will be asked to submit a signed Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) along with manuscript processing fees. 

Please note that authors of revised papers, who submitted the original manuscript prior to November 1st 2017 will not incur this charge.

Мы не хотим, чтобы оплата стала барьером для публикации хорошей работы.

Если у авторов нет источника средств для оплаты публикации статьи, стоимость публикации может быть снижена или отменена по решению редакционной коллегии (авторский коллектив может направить в составе сопроводительных документов вместе с рукописью в редакцию соответствующее ходатайство). 

На получение скидки или отмену оплаты публикации могут претендовать:

  • авторы работ, выполненных только за счет личных средств авторов (в ситуациях, когда даже работодатель не являлся и не может выступить в роли спонсора исследования и публикации);
  • члены редакционной коллегии и редакционного совета (в случаях, когда авторский коллектив преимущественно состоит из членов совета/коллегии);
  • студенты, интерны, ординаторы и аспиранты (при моноавторстве и при отсутствии внешнего финансирования работы).