Policy of the Journal

Slauga. Mokslas ir praktika
Policy of the Journal

The journal Slauga. Mokslas ir praktika (Eng. Nursing. Science and practice) is published by the Institute of Hygiene. The journal is an open access journal. Its content is free of charge, and its users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles. No embargo period is applied. There are no article processing charges. Access to the articles published in the journal is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) license.

We follow the guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, https://publicationethics.org) (hereinafter COPE) and support the principles of ethical publishing. These guidelines are applicable to journal editors, authors and reviewers. In managing possible violations, Institute of Hygiene follows COPE structural flowcharts.

Authors shall follow high ethical standards for journal authors approved by COPE. Any breaches of ethics shall be considered as serious and managed according to COPE guidelines.

Authors shall present accurate research evaluation. Information and references shall be comprehensive to ensure repeatability of research. Research results shall be interpreted correctly in order to avoid harm to the journal reliability.

Authors shall ensure that data, results, citations references, visual and/or other materials are not fake or falsified, and all the necessary references shall be presented. The work of others shall be properly cited.

Only original researches that were never published anywhere or peer reviewed are published in this journal with the exception of articles that complement previous publications. Authors are asked to present information about repeated use of material. The fact that one research is divided into several parts in order to increase the number of publications is treated as unethical behavior.

Duplication of information presented in the manuscripts and authorship of the manuscript is checked using Crossref Similarity Check governed by iThenticate. In the case it becomes evident that a manuscript was used elsewhere without proper citation such manuscript shall be rejected immediately.

All authors on the Contributor List shall make a significant contribution to the preparation of manuscript and shall share collective responsibility for the results of research. All authors significantly contributed to the preparation of manuscript shall be listed in the List of Contributors. When manuscript is accepted, no changes shall be made to the authorship or the order of contributors.

Any financial and other significant conflicts of interests that may affect results or their interpretation shall be disclosed. All sources of financial support of the project shall also be disclosed.

In case of suspected or proven scientific misdemeanor, unfair publication or plagiarism, Institute of Hygiene shall closely collaborate with the Scientific Editorial Board in order to ensure the situation is clarified and steps for remediation are taken. This may be prompt a notification about misprint or, in more serious cases, total dissociation from unfairly presented article and its retraction.

A conflict of interests occurs when it is reasonable to assume that issues unrelated to the research may affect impartiality and objectivity of the work itself or its assessment. All possible conflict of interests regardless their influence or absence of influence on the research shall be notified in advance in order to make the right decision. In many cases such notification does not preclude publishing of the article or participation in the reviewing process.

When in doubt, notify the scientific editor about possible conflict of interests or discuss this matter with them. In case when conflict of interest occurs after presentation of article without previous notification about conflict of interests, the article may be rejected. An already published article may be assessed repeatedly and, in more serious cases, the journal could refuse its publication could be disengaged.

Conflict of interests:

  • Financial: authors receive or expect to receive funding or other benefits, goods or services related to the organization that is interested in the research or its results. 
  • Relationship: author belongs to the organization interested in the results of research, is an employee of such an organization or is a member of its advisory board. 
  • Intellectual property: patents or brands belonging to the author or his/her organization.
  • Personal: friends, family members, relatives or other close personal relations.
  • Ideological: beliefs or propaganda, for example, political or religious, which are related to the research.
  • Academic: competitor or the person whose research is analyzed.

During the article submission stage authors shall notify about any possible interests and explain why conflict of interests may occur. Authors shall indicate that there is no conflict of interests by emailing the journal at redakcija@sskc.lt and stating the following: “Author(s) hereby declare that I (they) do not have any conflict of interests related to the publication of this article”. Authors submitting article are responsible for the interest declaration by their co-authors. Authors shall indicate available or recently received funding and other benefits, goods or services that may affect the research. Any finding irrespective of whether it causes conflict of interests shall be indicated during submission of the article via e-mail redakcija@sskc.lt.

Participation in the ordering of, discussion, planning, development, implementation or analysis of the research, preparing and editing manuscript or making a decision to publish by any person, who is not and author of the article but: 1) is interested in the results of research; 2) is related to any organization possessing interests; or 3) works for funding person or receives a reward from such person must (?) be declared. Declared conflicts of interests will be discussed by scientific editorial board and by reviewers and shall be indicated in the published article.

Editors and reviewers shall withdraw from the work on the article in the event that:

  • they have recently published an article together with any authors of current publication or are co-authors of the current publication;
  • they have or had relations with any of authors of current publication;
  • they are in cooperation or recently cooperated with any of the authors of the current publication;
  • they have pecuniary interests related to the subject of this article;
  • they feel that they might not remain objective.

The scientific editor shall attempt to avoid assigning the article to editors or reviewers possessing conflicts of interests; in such cases editors and reviewers shall withdraw and notify scientific editor about any conflict of interest.

Reviewers shall declare their interests in the peer-review form section “Confidential information” which is reviewed by the science editor. Closely related competitors shall consider a possibility to withdraw.

Editors and reviewers shall notify if they had previously discussed the article with the authors.

Scientific articles shall be subject to the established requirements. An article that fails to observe the requirements shall not be published. In their email, the author should indicate the significance of his/her article, target audience for this article and its novelty.

The following requirements are established for the peer-reviewed scientific articles:

  1. The articles are submitted via e-mail at redakcija@sskc.lt in the form of a “Microsoft Office Word” file, the length of which is 6-8 pages (with single spaces) or 24 000–32 000 characters.
  2. Name, workplace e-mail address and phone numbers of author who is considered a contact person shall be indicated at the end of article.
  3. The journal  Mokslas ir praktikapublishes the articles in Lithuanian and/or English languages. Surnames and full names of authors shall be printed in lowercase characters. Author’s DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is indicated. Words in Latin or other languages shall be in italic.
  4. The following article sections are mandatory:

4.1. Title of the article in Lithuanian and English languages. The title shall contain no abbreviations, and will not exceed 70 characters. Autor(s) name(s) and surname(s) shall be indicated as well as the full name of their institution in Lithuanian and English languages and e-mail addresses of all authors;

4.2. Key words: 3-5 words that should not repeat the title of the article;

4.3. Short abstract not exceed 250 words but no less than 150 words;

4.4. Introduction: short description of relevance and newness of the article;

4.5. Objectives of the article, materials and methods. Statistical methods and statistical data processing methods shall be described in details;

4.6. Results are described in logical sequence, methods shall not be described repeatedly, Data in the text shall not reiterate data presented in tables and figures;

4.7. Discussion shall be specific and related to the results of research and shall not reiterate detailed information presented in the introduction and results;

4.8. Numbered conclusions

4.9. Reference list is composed according to Vancouver system and uniform requirements for the manuscripts presented to biomedical journals. Only sources cited in the article are involved in the reference list. Reference list is presented in font size 10

References are numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the text. Source of literature is presented by the font of the same size; its consecutive number is showed in square brackets. When several references are presented, they are separated by comma [1, 2, 4], space is used between commas; when they are presented in sequence, they are separated by hyphen [1-2].

Surnames of authors mentioned in the article are presented in the following way: a) in the text of article: initial letter of the name, then surname: in the reference list: vice versa. It should be noted, that space remains between initial and surname; the initial shall be followed by a dot.

In the reference list, author’s surname is indicated first, after that initial letter(s) of name(s) followed by dot; when there are several authors, their names are separated by commas.

The title of the article is followed by a dot, after that the title of the journal or book is indicated, followed by comma. The name of the publishing house (if indicated) (dot is placed after any abbreviations), is followed by publishing year, volume number separated by comma; abbreviations of year, volume or number or page number are not indicated. Year is followed by semicolon, and volume (number) is followed by colon. Abbreviations of foreign journals are followed by dot. When source of literature possess DOI, its DOI is indicated.

For example:

  1. Bernstein J. M. Role of allergy in eustachian tube blockage and otitis media with effusion: a review. Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 1996; 114(4):562–568.
  2. Šatkauskas B. Bronchoskopija: dabartis ir ateitis. Medicina, 1997; 33(6):3–10.
  3. Mergo P. J., Ros P. R. Benign lesions of the liver. Radiol Clin. N. Amer., 1998; 36(2):319–331.
  4. Davies S., Stewart A. Egzema, Dermatitis and other Problems of Skin, Hair and Nails. Nutritional Medicine, New York, 1990; 269–282.
  5. Valantinas J., Buivydienė A., Bernotienė E., Denapienė G. Daugiakamerinė cistinė alveolinio echinokoko (Echinococcus alveolaris) sukelta kepenų infiltracija. Medicinos teorija ir praktika, 1998; (2):81–83.
  6. Juozapavičienė R., Daujotaitė O. Slaugytojų naktinio darbo įtaka fizinei ir psichosocialinei sveikatai, Sveikatos mokslai, 2019; 29:(6): 160–165. https://doi.org/10.35988/sm-hs.2019.120

When a journal is cited, up to six authors are indicated in the author line. When there are more than six authors, the first six authors are indicated followed by abbreviation “et al.”

Sources of literature are listed in the language they were published.

Reference list shall not be long: for a short article (up to 24 000 characters with spaces) not exceeding 10 publications; for a long article (up to 32 000 characters with spaces) not exceeding 40 publications. Majority of cited sources of literature shall be published within the last five years unless older publications are necessary when historical evolution of research is discussed or when there is lack of publications in the discussed area.

4.10. Tables, graphs, and other illustration are inserted into the text or presented on separate pages. Number and title of the table is placed above the table (for example: Table 1. Models of the process of clinical causation). Explanations and abbreviations are presented below the table. Titles of tables and other illustrations are presented in left-aligned italic.

Graphs and other visuals shall be developed using “CorelDraw” or “Microsoft Office Word” software (“MS Excel” and “MS Power Point” could be an option). The consecutive number of the picture and title are indicated below the picture. In the text, consecutive number and title of illustration are presented in parentheses or inserted into the sentence. Images, photographs, etc. shall be submitted in an appropriate format (for example, *.bmp, *.tif, *.jpg) and at least at 300 dpi resolution. Photographs could also be presented.

  1. Scientific paper is peer-reviewed by several (at least two) reviewers holding a scientific degree. One reviewer or one peer-review is selected in some exceptional cases.
  2. Science editor appoints a peer-reviewer.
  3. Peer-review is anonymous; the names of peer-reviewers are only disclosed to the scientific editor.
  4. Peer-review is composed according to standard paper assessment form or in free form.
  5. Duration of peer-reviewing is 4 weeks.
  6. Evaluations made by peer-reviewers are presented to the authors. Author(s) shall make the necessary changes to the article within 2 weeks, or give a sound reason for not correcting.
  7. Corrected article is once again submitted to the journal.
  8. Articles that do not meet established requirements are rejected. Final decision concerning relevance of the article is made by the science editor.
  9. Articles evaluated and adopted by peer-reviewers are published in the section “Scientific peer-reviewed articles”
  10. In accordance with Section 1 of the Article 13 of the Law on Documents and Archives, “Index of documents retention periods”, approved by the Order No V-100 of March 9, 2011 of the State Archivist “Concerning Approval of the Index of Documents Retention Periods”, primary articles submitted to the journal Slauga. Mokslas ir praktika, as well as peer-reviews, correspondence, etc., are retained for 25 years.

All names, surnames and e-mail addresses presented in this journal web page shall be used only with the specified purposes related to the journal and shall not be publicized with any other purposes or transferred to the third parties.

By submitting the manuscript to the journal published by the Institute of Hygiene, the author confirms, that he is empowered by co-authors to conclude these agreements and on his/her own name and on behalf of co-authors guarantees and ensures that:

  1. He / she has the right to enter this agreement and transfer the rights provided by this agreement. He / she is the only author of the article and has the right to enter this agreement and grant rights to the Institute of Hygiene without violation of any liabilities.
  2. The article is original, and it does not violate copyright of any authors and third parties.
  3. The article contains no illegal information, disinformation or data that could violate the agreement or commitment to confidentiality or secrecy.
  4. Authors agree with the Terms and Conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 assignment agreement determining that article published in the journal is licensed and authorizes the Institute of Hygiene to publish previously unpublished original manuscript and its integral part abstract, all additional materials and later corrections, if any, according to Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY-4.0). Author retains all property and related rights of the authors.
  5. When the article is disseminated, reference to author(s), title of the published article, journal and DOI shall be presented.
  6. Everyone with any purposes, including commercial, may share (using any type of media, and copy in any format, and disseminate materials presented in the article) and adapt (re-group, transform and refer on the materials presented in the article.

Scientific editorial board pursues actively prevent any scientific and professional plagiarism, and therefore plagiarism detection procedure is performed prior to peer-reviewing.

Institute of Hygiene has concluded Archive Agreement with PKP Preservation Network.