The editorial board of«Family Medicine» follows the guidelines recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). (Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals).
All works using human material must comply with the 2013 Declaration of Helsinki. The protocol of the experiment must be approved by the local bioethics committee and comply with international standards. If it is not possible to fully comply with these norms, the author must justify the change of the protocol, approve it by the local bioethics committee and indicate the relevant changes in the “Materials and Methods” section.
Experiments with laboratory animals must also be reported in accordance with the norms, standards, and guidelines for working with animals to which the author adhered:
- ARRIVE (Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments) guidelines.
- Consensus Recommendations on Author Ethics and Welfare for Editors of the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
- EU Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
When conducting experiments involving any material of human origin or involving donors and/or patients, the authors must indicate that the research was conducted in accordance with bioethical standards, was accepted by the institution's ethics committee or by the National Bioethics Commission. The same applies to research involving laboratory animals. When conducting experiments with laboratory animals, it must be noted that all the recommendations of the bioethics committee have been followed in accordance with national and international standards on the keeping and use of animals.
If the submitted manuscript does not include ethics committee acceptance, it will be reviewed according to the guidelines developed by the Committee on the Ethics of Scientific Publications (COPE) - "Guidelines for Editors: defining the quality of research, audit and evaluation services". If the scientific research has the acceptance of the ethics committee, the authors must provide this information to continue processing the manuscript. If the necessary documents are not provided, the manuscript will not be published.
If the research does not require ethics committee acceptance, the authors have to provide an ethics committee opinion or document that notes that the research does not require ethics committee acceptance under the laws of the country where the research is conducted. If the authors provide either acceptance or a document stating that acceptance by the ethics committee is not required, the article processing continues. If the authors cannot provide such documents, the manuscript may be rejected.
The conclusion of the local ethics committee of the institution or the National Bioethics Commission does not preclude editors from having their own opinion on the compliance of the research conducted with bioethical standards.
Articles on human research should include information about the consent of patients and volunteers to participate in the research as well as their receipt of a detailed explanation of what procedures they will undergo. Informed consent should also be obtained when describing clinical cases.
Patients have the right to privacy. Any medical interventions, varieties of examination and treatment can be carried out only if permission (informed voluntary consent) has been obtained from the patient or his/her legal representative. During the preparation of the article for publication, no personal data of patients should be mentioned in the text, photos or drawings, unless they are of scientific importance or the patient (parents, guardian) provides written consent for publication.
The signed informed consent is retained by the authors at the institution where the study was conducted. Authors must notify the Journal editorial board in writing that they have received the patients' written informed consent for safe keeping.
All information about clinical trials, experiments on humans or animals, a detailed description of the relevant procedures when conducting research, the written acceptance of the local ethics committee, and obtaining informed consent must be described in the "Materials and Methods" section of the article.