Polymers in Medicine

Polim. Med.
Index Copernicus (ICV 2022) – 121.55
MEiN – 70
Average rejection rate – 39.13%
ISSN 0370-0747 (print)
ISSN 2451-2699 (online) 
Periodicity – biannual

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Our rules concerning usage of AI tools

These guidelines refer only to the writing process (i.e., generating text using an AI tool), and not to the use of AI tools to analyze and draw insights from data as part of the research process. They do not apply to the use of basic tools for checking grammar, spelling, references etc.

Authors are allowed to use generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process before submission, but only to improve the language and readability of their paper and with the appropriate disclosure. Applying the technology should be done with human oversight and control, and authors should carefully review and edit the result, as AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete or biased. AI and AI-assisted technologies should not be listed as an author or co-author, or be cited as an author. Authorship implies responsibilities and tasks that can only be attributed to and performed by humans. Please note that authors are ultimately responsible and accountable for the contents of the work.

Detailed information should be provided in the methods section: The full prompt used in the production of the work, as well as the AI tool and its version, should be disclosed. Authors are accountable for the accuracy of the work and for ensuring that there is no plagiarism. They must also ensure that all sources are appropriately cited and should carefully review the work to guard against bias that may be introduced by AI. Editors may decline to move forward with manuscripts if AI is used inappropriately.

Authors who use AI-assisted technologies as aids in the writing of the manuscript should note this in the cover letter and in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. Moreover, they must disclose the use of generative AI and AI-assisted technologies by adding a statement at the end of their manuscript in the manuscript body (main text) file, at the end of the paper. Such statement will appear in the published work.

The statement should be placed in a new section entitled “AI usage in the writing process” and follow this pattern:

During the preparation of this work the author(s) used [NAME TOOL / SERVICE] in order to [REASON]. After using this tool/service, the author(s) reviewed and edited the content as needed and take(s) full responsibility for the content of the publication.

If there is nothing to disclose, there is no need to add a statement.

Adv Clin Exp Med does not permit the use of generative AI or AI-assisted tools to create or alter images in submitted manuscripts. This may include enhancing, obscuring, moving, removing, or introducing a specific feature within an image or figure. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if they do not obscure or eliminate any information present in the original. Image forensics tools or specialized software might be applied to submitted manuscripts to identify suspected image irregularities.

The only exception is if the use of AI or AI-assisted tools is part of the research design or research methods (such as in AI-assisted imaging approaches to generate or interpret the underlying research data, for example in the field of biomedical imaging). If this is done, such use must be described in a reproducible manner in the methods section. This should include an explanation of how the AI or AI-assisted tools were used in the image creation or alteration process, and the name of the model or tool, version and extension numbers, and manufacturer. Authors should adhere to the AI software’s specific usage policies and ensure correct content attribution. Where applicable, authors could be asked to provide pre-AI-adjusted versions of images and/or the composite raw images used to create the final submitted versions, for editorial assessment.

Our new requirements concerning figures

We accept up to 10 figures (2 figures in Research letters). Overtly complex figures will be divided into smaller ones and the number of figures will be counted again. A single figure can have no more than 6 panels (A–F). One panel means one chart – multiple small charts cannot form one panel.

All elements of each figure must be legible when viewed on an A4 page in a PDF file in full-screen mode, without zooming. Overtly complex figures with multiple charts/graphs combined into one panel cannot fulfill this requirement. Figures of low quality cannot be published, and consequently, papers with low-quality figures will not be published, even if accepted by peer reviewers.

Figures should be placed in separate files, not pasted into the main body of the text. Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig.1.tiff.

References to Figures should be placed according to the sequence of citing them in the manuscript. The text should include references to all figures.

Each figure should have a concise, self-explanatory caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Captions for the figures should be placed at the end of the main body of the text. Do not embed the legend in the figure file. When applicable, be sure that both the figure captions and the figures themselves contain corresponding labels for multiple parts. Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs. If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this by using scale bars within the figures themselves. All abbreviations used in a given table/figure should be explained below it or in the caption, even if a given abbreviation has already been explained in the text.

If Authors used in the work any figures, photographs, charts, tables, etc. which are not their work, and are protected by the copyright law, they shall be obliged to provide the Publisher with a written authorization to use such materials issued by the author’s economic rights holders. Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.

OUR NEW TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

New statistical guidelines

Editors of Polymers in Medicine are well aware that correct analysis of statistical data and reporting the results of such analysis is not easy even for experienced researchers – because we are dealing with really, not only ostensibly complicated matters. Specialists from the Centre for Statistical Analysis at the Wroclaw Medical University want to provide you as much help as guidance as possible – and prepared these detailed guidelines for all authors wishing to submit their manuscripts to our journal.

https://advances.umw.edu.pl/source/ACEM%20Statistical%20guidelines%202024.pdf

Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious.

[Daniel Libeskind, American architect and thinker]

Happy Easter!

Have you ever seen taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt? It’s a tradition observed in many countries – children search for decorated hard-boiled eggs (real eggs or toys) hidden beforehand, usually on a lawn or in a park or forest. Sometimes it’s accompanied by an Easter Egg Roll – a race where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. The commitment and joy the children show during these events is rarely seen among adults. We wish you such unmitigated, openly exhibited joy when you make new discoveries and participate in the development of medicine. In the end, it’s always the patient who benefits – therefore, your successes means also other people’s happiness.

The Year of the Dragon

The year of the Wood Dragon will begin on February 10, 2024. In Chinese philosophy, wood (木) is the growing of the matter, or the matter's growing stage. Let both our journal – Polymers in Medicine – and Chinese science steadily grow this year. In Chinese Taoist and Traditional Chinese medicine thought, Wood attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility, as with bamboo. Let Chinese medical community and Polymers in Medicine be simultaneously strong and flexible in face of various challenges. Taoism also associates wood with qualities of warmth, generosity, cooperation and idealism – we are eager to cooperate with idealist researchers from China who expertly explore new areas in medicine. The wood element is one that seeks ways to grow and expand. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), wood is associated with positive feelings of optimism, courage and patience, as well as the virtue of benevolence (仁). Let these traits be abloom in authors, reviewers and editors alike.

Join our team of authors and reviewers, and participate fully in global knowledge circulation!

事业成功! 合作愉快! 步步高升! 龙头马尾!

The Editorial Team of Polimery w Medycynie – Polymers in Medicine

Altmetric in Polimery w Medycynie - Polymers in Medicine

We’ve chosen to embed Altmetric Badges on our publications to help authors track the attention their research is receiving. By tracking unique identifiers such as DOIs, Altmetric collects article-level metrics and online conversations around articles published in our journal. Online mentions that contain links to the abstract landing page are picked up and collated, and the result is the Altmetric Attention Score and Badge.

You will find the Altmetric Badge at the top of each article’s page. When you click on the Altmetric Badge, you will be directed to the Altmetric Details Page, which will show you every mention for your article across Twitter, blogs, mass media outlets, Facebook, and more. View this video for an overview of the Altmetric Details Page.

 

Why use Altmetric?

Altmetrics can be useful to researchers who are keen on (1) building their online presence, (2) demonstrating the broader impact of their work, and (3) communicating the story of their research to grant review committees and panels. To leverage this information, consider using Altmetric data to:

  • Identify coverage and wider dissemination of your research to use as evidence in CVs or funding applications;
  • View who is talking about your research, and identify potential new collaborators and build relationships with key influencers;
  • Monitor other research in your field and see how it has been received by a broader audience;
  • Manage your online reputation, and actively engage with comments and conversation about your work. 

 

More information:

https://altmetric.figshare.com/articles/online_resource/Badges_Toolkit_Details_Page_Guide/20032118?backTo=/collections/Badges_Toolkit/6036803

 

Our rules concerning corrections, retractions and removals

The editorial office of Adv Clin Exp Med will carefully consider complaints, appeals and allegations in line with guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). This applies both pre- and post-publication. Authors, readers or institutions can lodge complaints.

https://polimery.umw.edu.pl/en/complaints-corrections-retractions

 

Our rules concerning appeals

The authors have the right to appeal against a rejection from Adv Clin Exp Med. An appeal is an extension of the peer review process, and the same ethical standards apply, so a request should not be submitted whilst the manuscript in question is under consideration by another publication.

https://polimery.umw.edu.pl/en/appeals

 

Our rules concerning commentaries and discussions

Commentaries are short articles which outline an observation on a published article. If a researcher wishes to comment on a paper published in Adv Clin Exp Med, before formal submission, they should contact the journal with a pre-submission enquiry: [Managing Editor Marek Misiak, marek.misiak@umw.edu.pl OR marek.misiak@friend.pl]. If approved for submission as a Commentary, they will be then invited to publish a brief commentary article, which will be bi-directionally linked to the original paper it discusses. A Commentary should consist of up to 1500 words, excluding references, and at most 2 tables or figures (2 tables and 2 figures at most in one paper). The number of references is not limited. A Commentary can have up to 2 authors. Commentaries should be written in a neutral tone, and must relate to the original published article. All such articles considered for publication will be subject to peer review, and the decision to accept or reject an article is at the editor’s discretion.

https://polimery.umw.edu.pl/en/commentaries-discussions

 

CONFERENCE: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS FOR PHARMACY 2023

December 8, 2023

Faculty of Pharmacy at Wroclaw Medical University, ul. Borowska 211

We kindly invite you to participate in the scientific conference "Physical Chemistry and Biophysics for Pharmacy". The aim of the conference is to give researchers, including PhD candidates and undergraduates, an opportunity to discuss the latest important research developments in physical chemistry and biophysics in medical and pharmaceutical applications. The topics of the Conference include the structure and dynamics of macromolecules and biomacromolecules, intermolecular interactions, experimental and theoretical methods in physicochemical and pharmaceutical research of natural and synthetic polymers. The context of the Conference concerns the research and development of new drugs and their carriers, and the design of new medical devices and appliances, appropriate methods of synthesis, analysis and application.

Participants can present their research results as posters or lectures. The form of presentation will be determined by the order of submissions and the recommendations of the Scientific Committee. It is possible to participate in the Conference in person or online via Ms Teams. Abstracts of the lectures and poster presentations will be included in the conference materials. Lectures and posters can be prepared in Polish or English. Conference Abstracts and manuscripts prepared to the journal Polymers in Medicine/Polimery w Medycynie should be prepared in English.

The conference will be held at the campus of Wroclaw Medical University, at ul. Borowska, in the city center, close to the picturesque Old Town.

You are invited to publish your previously unpublished conference papers (in English) as full articles in Polymers in Medicine/Polimery w Medycynie [ISSN 0370-0747 (print), ISSN 2451-2699 (online), MEiN score 2023 = 140, free print, link to the journal: https://polimery.umw.edu.pl/en/home/]. All manuscripts will be reviewed according to the Journal's standard procedure. When submitting your manuscript to the publisher, please indicate that your topic was presented at the conference "Physical Chemistry and Biophysics for Pharmacy". The deadline for submitting manuscripts is November 20, 2023 (first issue/2024) or January 20, 2024 (second issue/2024) - the conference fee allows one conference participant to publish two articles as a first author.

The conference program:

  1.  

Welcome

9:00–9:10

  1.  

Lectures of the 1st session and discussion (3)

9:10–10:20

  1.  

Coffee break

10:20–10:40

  1.  

Lectures of the 2nd session and discussion (3)

10:40–11:50

  1.  

Coffee break 2

11:50–12:10

  1.  

Lecture of the 3rd session and discussion (3)

12:10–13:20

  1.  

Lunch break

13:20–15:00

  1.  

Poster session and discussion (50) - presentation of posters will start at 8:00

15:00–16:00

See you in Wroclaw!

On behalf of the Scientific Committee and the Organizing Committee:

Prof. dr. hab. Witold Musial

 

WEBSITE OF THE CONFERENCE:

https://konferencje.umw.edu.pl/konferencjacff/

 

Contact information:

Chair and Department of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics

ul. Borowska 211A, 50-556 Wrocław

tel.: 71 784 02 28, 71 784 02 29, fax: 71 784 02 30

Please send your applications as Ms Office documents to: konferencja.cff@umw.edu.pl

Conference fee: PLN 100 on the first date, PLN 200 on the second date, wire transfer to 87 1090 2402 0000 0001 5183 2644 on the day of sending an application, with a note "CFF Conference, First Name, Last Name". Paid conference fees will not be refunded.

Conference registration:

1. online at:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=opmUxI72pkiIhXtdTqoBo5N4rjDU4ZhBr86w1ffPkutUMjhPWVRMWFJUQ0U5NElQUzJBNlcxS00yOS4u

(Abstract or poster presentation – 2 pages, submitted to: konferencja.cff@umw.edu.pl)

2. via E-mail – please send a scan of a completed application below – 2 pages (Poster, Lecture), the 1st page (Participant).

Submission closing date: 1st date: November 5, 2023 (PLN 100), 2nd date: November 20, 2023 (200 PLN).

 

Application form

Abstract or poster presentation

 

Support from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Our journal has received financial support within the “Social Responsibility of Science – Support for Academic Publishing” project based on agreement No. RCN/SP/0504/2021 from the resources of Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Scientific Social Responsibility programs – Science for All – constitute an important offer for society. They aim at identifying opportunities, supporting dialogue and engaging large groups of stakeholders. Science for All increases the efficiency and effectiveness of activities in science and research areas, implementing the University’s Third Mission.

Not only does Science for All popularize and disseminate science but also stimulates cognitive curiosity and integrate local communities with academia. The Science for All initiatives are supposed to equal educational opportunities and reach those parts of the country where academic and scientific activity has not existed so far.

 

Graphical abstracts

Beginning with the 1/2023 issue, the journal Polymers in Medicine requires also visual abstracts (also known as graphical abstracts) for papers accepted for publication.

Such abstract is a single, concise, pictorial and visual summary of the main findings of the article. It should be a figure that is specially designed for the purpose, which captures the content of the article for readers at a single glance. Authors must provide an original image that clearly represents the work described in the paper. Graphical abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the submission system as Figure 0. For ease of browsing, the graphical abstract should have a clear start and end, preferably "reading" from top to bottom or left to right. Try to reduce distracting and cluttering elements as much as possible. No additional text, outline or synopsis should be included. Any text or label must be part of the image file. Please do not use unnecessary white space or a heading “graphical abstract” within the image file. The text within the graphical abstract should be used sparingly. The graphical abstract for a paper should not include data items of any type; all the content should be in a graphical form.

Allowed data formats: for VECTOR graphics (charts, diagrams, etc.) – pdf, eps, ai, cdr (if the graphic was created using MS Office programs, source files of a given program are very helpful: doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx); for BITMAP graphics (photos, screenshots) – tif, jpg, png, bmp (min. 1200 pixels of the base in the drawing with the width of one column and 2400 for the width of two columns). The minimal resolution of tif, jpg and png files is 300 dpi. Regarding text within the graphical abstract, its size should be 12–16 points (smaller fonts will not be legible online).

The editorial office of Polymers in Medicine does not offer graphical or DTP services – the authors have to provide graphical abstracts in a finished form. Neither one of the figures from the manuscript (e.g., a graph or diagram) nor a PRISMA diagram cannot simultaneously serve as a graphical abstract).

 

More on how to prepare visual abstract (with examples): https://www.elsevier.com/authors/tools-and-resources/visual-abstract

More on how to prepare graphical abstract, more examples and an online tool to prepare it: https://mindthegraph.com/blog/create-effective-graphical-abstract/

Should any questions arise, do not hesitate to contact the editorial office. Please send the graphical abstracts via e-mail at the e-mail address marek.misiak@umw.edu.pl

Ministerial evaluation

We proudly announce that Polish Ministry of Education and Science has increased the number of points assigned to “Polymers in Medicine” from 20 to 70 points. This change reflects our constant striving for quality in scientific publishing. The editorial team wants to thank especially the section editors, whose competences and research experience as well as efficient work and commitment have chiefly contributed to this achievement.

https://www.gov.pl/web/edukacja-i-nauka/komunikat-ministra-edukacji-i-nauki-z-dnia-1-grudnia-2021-r-w-sprawie-wykazu-czasopism-naukowych-i-recenzowanych-materialow-z-konferencji-miedzynarodowych

 

50th anniversary of Polymers in Medicine!

As the editor-in-chief of Polimery w Medycynie – Polymers in Medicine, Polish scientific journal of international range, I would like to inform you that our journal is open to scientific, original and review publications in the field of production, evaluation, application and development of polymers of natural and synthetic origin in pharmacy and medicine, and in other fields related to medicine. Our journal is an author-friendly, English-language, peer-reviewed platform for the exchange of information between scientists from around the world. I would like to invite you to present the results of your research and reviews in our periodical. In the 50th anniversary of our journal, I would like to convey to you my best wishes for progress in research work and encourage you to publish in the anniversary edition of Polymers in Medicine.

 

Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Witold Musiał, PhD, DSc., Pharm.

 

Index Copernicus (ICV) 2020

Our Index Copernicus has risen from 115.07 points for 2019 to 120.63 for 2020. It’s a clear proof that our hard work and the efforts of the previous editorial board have measurable results – and that our contributions to the world of scientific journals are meaningful.

 

Changes in publication rules

Please note that since October 1, 2021 after the article is published as ahead of print, it cannot be changed (which encompasses also affiliations and authors’ order). Such stipulation stems from requirements set by scientific databases in which the papers published in Polymers in Medicine are stored.

If the article is already accessible online as registered preprint on any website or in any database, and has been already assigned with a DOI, such information, together with an URL of the registered preprint, has to appear in the cover letter.

 

IMPORTANT! 

Please read thoroughly and familiarize yourself with our new statistical guidelines.

 

Two new sets of guidelines

EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles to be Published in English

Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals

 

New Editors-in-chief

Since January 27, 2021 the journal Polymers in Medicine is headed by new Editor-in-Chief – Prof. Witold Musiał from Wroclaw Medical University (medicine and pharmaceutical science) and new Deputy Editor-in-Chief – Dr. Konrad Szustakiewicz from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (biotechnology and bioengineering). Under new leadership, the journal is accepting manuscripts only in English, with the aim of being fully accessible to the international scientific community. The articles will continue to be accompanied by abstracts in Polish.

Original version of the journal

From January 1, 2017, online edition is the original version of all published articles.