Rules for peer-reviewing procedure

1. Manuscripts submitted to the journal’s editorial stuff shall be accepted for review and shall be forwarded to responsible secretaries for further review within 5 business days provided compliance with the Instructions for Authors.
2. Review shall be performed in a confidential manner by an expert in scientific studies domain to which manuscript relates elected out of members of the journal’s editorial board.
3. Review shall be performed based on the principle: readers do not know authors, and authors do not know readers.
4. In case of negative review results, manuscript shall be submitted for additional review to an independent external reader elected out of leading experts in scientific studies domain of the manuscript.
5. In special cases, for more detail and deep assessment of the manuscript, it shall be submitted to independent external readers elected out of the number of the leading experts in related medical fields.
6. Review preparation term is 15 days following submission date of an article.
7. Reader’s objectives:
а) qualified analysis of the manuscript, well-reasoned assessment based on the following criteria: consistence of the article’s content to the journal’s profile, topic relevance, scientific and methodological level of performed studies, validity of statistical data processing, originality of main provisions and conclusions, and practical implications.
б) clear opinion expressed in review on publication suitability of the manuscript (full or abbreviated), need for reprocessing or denial;
в) in case of negative review results, reasons for denial of the manuscript;
г) submission of signed review to the editorial stuff. Submission of scanned review in pdf format in allowed.
8. Manuscript authors may familiarize themselves with review.
9. Editorial stuff shall retain the right to take final decision on denial, reprocessing or acceptance of the manuscript for publication.
10. Editorial stuff does not assume any liability for publication terms of the submitted manuscripts.
11. If necessary, the author shall rework its manuscript with description of all amendments and/or objections and shall re-submit the material to the editorial stuff.
12. Following rework, responsible secretary shall forward manuscript for repeated review, which takes 10 business days. In such a case, submission date of the manuscript to the editorial stuff shall be the return date of reworked material.
13. Decision on publication suitability following repeated review thereof, as well as in case of any diverse opinions of the readers, shall be taken by the Chief Editor or the Editorial Board by open voting, by simple majority of votes.
14. Readers shall be notified by the responsible secretary on the fact that all manuscripts are private property of their authors and shall be treated confidentially. Readers shall not reproduce manuscripts for personal purposes. Confidentiality shall be deemed violated only based on invalidity or forgery of materials.
15. Materials shall be kept in editorial offices. Storage term of manuscripts and reviews is 5 years following publication.