Editorial Policies

Aims and Scope

The present stage of the development of surgery is firstly characterized by the high-tech methods of diagnosis and treatment. The implementation of the national project "Health" places special demands on the quality of medical care and provides a real opportunity for  implementation of the most advanced achievements of medical science not only in large central treatment and diagnostic facilities, but also in city and regional hospitals.

The improvement of the methods of diagnosis and treatment in some cases leads to the cardinal revision of diagnostic and treatment tactics. Accordingly, there is a need for the continuous professional development of medical staff, which involves the timely exchange of professional information. At many surgical departmentsof medical schools a large amount of fundamental and applied scientific research is conducted and in virtually every hospital interesting and in some cases unique clinical experience is collected. Yet experts do not always have the possibility to publish promptly the results of their achievements. In this regard, there remains a need for the creation of specialized professional periodicals that are available to the general public.

This role serves a new quarterly scientific journal "Journal of Experimental and Clinical Surgery", which was founded by the Institute of Surgical Infection of Voronezh State Medical Academy named after N.N. Burdenko. The journal publish scholarly articles on various aspects of surgery, notes from clinical practice, regulatory documents, information on future inventions and innovatory proposals, materials on the history of hospitals and surgical clinics, data about surgical congresses, conferences, forums, investment and innovation salons and exhibitions. The results of scientific and practical activities for young scientists and specialists are present in a separate section of the journal.

The creation of this journal at Voronezh State Medical Academy is not accidental. The Voronezh surgical school has long-standing traditions and is known not only in Russia, but also far beyond. At the present time, there are two surgical science and research institutes at the academy – the Institute of Surgical Infection and the Institute of Herniology. Symbolically.

The journal will be interesting and useful for practitioners, health officials, researchers and future professionals.



Peer Review Process

A double-blind peer review method is mandatory for selection processing of all scientific manuscripts submitted to the editorial stuff of "Journal of experimental and clinical surgery". This implies that neither the reviewer is aware of the authorship of the manuscript, nor the author maintains any contact with the reviewer.

  1. Members of the editorial board / editorial council and leading Russian and invited independent international experts in corresponding areas of life sciences perform peer reviews. Editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief or science editor choose readers for peer review. We aim to limit the review process to 2-4 weeks, though in some cases the schedule may be adjusted at the reviewer’s request.
  2. Reviewer has an option to abnegate the assessment should any conflict of interests arise that may affect perception or interpretation of the manuscript. Upon the scrutiny, the reviewer is expected to present the editorial board with one of the following recommendations:
    - "It is recommended to publish the manuscript as is". At the positive review article is submitted for a meeting of editorial board for the solution of a question of the publication.
    - "It is recommended taking into account corrections following the remarks noted by the reviewer". If the reviewer has recommended any refinements, the editorial staff would suggest the author either to implement the corrections, or to dispute them reasonably. Authors are kindly required to limit their revision to three weeks and resubmit the adapted manuscript within this period for final evaluation. The corrected article goes for repeated reviewing. At the same time the reviewer draws the conclusion about a possibility of its publication. In case of a positive conclusion an article will be submitted for an editorial board meeting to receive a decision. In Case of negative conclusion from the reviewer the manuscript will be sent for evaluation to another reviewer.
    - "It isn't recommended". At two negative reviews to the author the motivated refusal in the publication of work certified by the editor-in-chief or his deputy goes.
  3. We politely request that the editor be notified verbally or in writing should the author decide to refuse from publishing the manuscript. In case the author fails to do so within 3 weeks since receiving a copy of the initial review, the editorial board takes the manuscript off the register and notifies the author accordingly.
  4. If author and reviewers meet insoluble contradictions regarding revision of the manuscript, the editor-in-chief resolves the conflict by his own authority.
  5. Content of each issue of the journal should be approved by editorial board with taking into account all reviewers opinions for each article. The editorial board reaches final decision to reject a manuscript on the hearing according to reviewers’ recommendations, and duly notifies the authors of their decision via e-mail. The board does not accept previously rejected manuscripts for re-evaluation.
  6. Upon the decision to accept the manuscript for publishing, the editorial staff notifies the authors of the scheduled date of publication.
  7. Kindly note that positive review does not guarantee the acceptance, as final decision in all cases lies with the editorial board. By his authority, editor-in-chief rules final solution of every conflict.
  8. Original reviews of submitted manuscripts remain deposited permanently (not less than 5 years).
  9. Manuscript reviews are not published. Reviews can be sent to the Ministry of Education and Sciense of Russian Federation in case of query.


Publication Frequency

The journal issues quarterly - 4 times per year. Circulation of the print version is 1000 copies. Electronic version of the journal is available worldwide.


Open Access Policy

The publications in the Journal are available to all interested from the moment of publication (Gold Open Access). It provides free public access to the results of research and contributes to the advancement of science and medicine.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Author Self-Archiving

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.



Articles in "Journal of experimental and clinical surgery" journal are indexed by several systems:

The Journal is included in the list of scholarly journals and publications recommended by State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Russian Federation for the publication of scientific results of dissertations for the degree of doctor and candidate of sciences.


Publishing Ethics

The Ethic policy of "Journal of experimental and clinical surgery" journal is based on recomendations from international commettees:

    COPE / Committee on publication ethics


  • CSE / Council of Science Editors


  • ICMJE / International committee of medical journal editors


  • WAME / World association of medical editors


  • ORI / The office of Research Integrity


  • EASE / European association of Science editors


Reporting standarts

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial opinion works should be clearly identified as such.

Data Access and Retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

Plagiarism takes many forms, from passing off another paper as the author(s) own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another(s) paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Only original works are acceptable for publication in "Journal of experimental and clinical surgery" journal. The journal does not allow any forms of plagiarism.

If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

The journal is using "ANTIPLAGIAT" (free edition) software for plagiarism detection in all Russian-language manuscripts. The Google Scholar is used for English-language manuscripts. Papers will be rejected from any stage of the publication process(even if the article were published already) if plagiarism will be fined.

Papers will be rejected from any stage of the publication process (even if the article were publishedalready) if plagiarism will be fined.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (eg, clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication. Further detail on acceptable forms of secondary publication can be found at http://www.icmje.org/

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the authors obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learn from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.


The page is based on original materials from the Elsevier: http://cdn.elsevier.com/promis_misc/ethicalguidelinesforauthors.pdf


Publication Fee

Publication in "Journal of experimental and clinical surgery" journal is free for all authors.

The "Journal of experimental and clinical surgery" journal charge no publication fees for authors - including those of peer-review management, manuscript processing, journal production, Open-Access, online hosting and archiving.

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