Instructions for authors

Scope of the journal:

The journal Zdravotníctvo a sociálna práca (Health and Social Work) is a print and online publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts related to helping professions, especially: healthcare, public health, nursing, laboratory medicine, social work and education/pedagogy. For the abstracting and indexing, see the journal’s website.

Types of Articles:

Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication: Editorial, Review paper, Original research, Short communication, Letter to the editor, Corporate presentation, Advertisement, Book review.

Manuscript preparation

  • Text editor: Microsoft Word (doc, docx).
  • Spacing: 1,15.
  • Font: Times New Roman.
  • Font size:12.
  • Use italics for scientific names of organisms (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus).
  • All tables, graphs, pictures or schemes must bu also referenced in the text of the manuscript. Include also pictures and graphs as separate electronic files, if possible (jpg, jpeg, tiff, gif).

Tables: Do not use tabulator or columns to create the table – use tools from MS Word. Tables shall be numbered, such as „Table 1″ and must have an appropriate heading. Pictures (schemes) and graphs: shall be numbered, such as „Picture 1“ or „Graph 1“ and must have an appropriate heading and below the graph, include a short legend explaining all symbols and abbreviations. Do not forget to identify the source of the picture, graph or table.

Use brackets ( ) in the manuscript. Slashes / are allowed for mathematical formulas only. Abbreviations must be defined in the brackets in the position in the manuscript, where the abbreviation is used for the first time. Avoid using abbreviations in the title of the manuscript and its abstract.

Language of manuscript:

English, German, Slovak, Czech, Polish, Serbian.

Extent of the manuscript:

Length of the manuscript is not limited, however, can have impact on article processing charges.

All manuscripts must include basic elements:

Title of the manuscript– in Bold and capital letters. Title must be both in mother language of the first author (Slovak, Czech, Polish, Serbian) and also translated in English.
List of all authors – names and surnames of all authors, in the order based on their contribution during the manuscript preparation, and their institutional affiliation. Avoid writing academic degrees or positions of the authors. Each author on the list must have an affiliation. The affiliation includes department (or other organizational unit), university (or organization) and its location, including city, and country. See the template below for details.

Contact address
Clearly indicate, who will handle correspondence at all stages of review process and publication, also post-publication, and for delivering of the offprint copy of the journal (or the supplementum).

The designated corresponding author must provide the contact details:
• E-mail address
• Full postal address, including full academic degrees of the author, his name and surname, Street and No, City, ZIP code, Country. Phone No is not obligatory.

Abstract
Key Words
The body of the text
List of references– in Harvard style
Conflict of interests
Financial (or other) support
Contact address – One of the authors should be designated as the corresponding author. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that the author list and their institutional affiliations are accurate and complete.

Organization of the abstract

Abstract:

Necessary part of the manuscript is the abstract. Abstract must be written in the mother tongue of the authors and also in English, the limit is 200 words. If the manuscript is prepared in English, there must be also abstract in mother tongue of the first author. Non-structured abstracts will not be accepted.

Structure of the abstract: must be the same as the structure of the manuscript.
Abstracts of original papers (based on original research) should have sections as following: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion.
Review papers or theoretical papers should be structured as following: Introduction, Core of Work (or other appropriate title e.g. Findings, Conclusion(s). For the details, see the template below.

Key Words: at least 3, maximum 5. Key words are necessary for indexing and cataloging of biomedical information in international bibliographic databases. It is recommended to use MeSH –the standardized vocabulary of biomedical terms used for indexing documents in MEDLINE or in Index Medicus.

Template for the Abstract of papers based on original research:

Abstract
Introduction: Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text.
Material and Methods: Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text.
Results: Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text.
Discussion: Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text. Text, text, text, text.
Conclusion(s): Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text.
Key Words: word, word, word.

Template for the Abstract of review papers or theoretical papers:

Abstract
Introduction: Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text.
Core of Work (or, Findings): Text, text, text, text, text, text. Text, text, text.
Conclusion(s): Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text.
Key Words: word, word, word.

Organization of the paper

Template for the organization of papers based on original research:

Introduction
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background.
Material and Methods
Description of methods and organization of research (e.g. survey, RCT), sample characteristics. Specify the statistical software used. Specify statistical procedures for testing hypotheses, specify tests and methods of primary and secondary analysis of data, significance thresholds, etc.
Results
Results should be clear and concise, findings summarized in tables or graphs.
Discussion
This section should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is also appropriate. Authors should critically assess their findings, in contrast to similar researches published in the literature home or abroad, and point to the limitations of the study (e.g., small sample).
Conclusion(s)
The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion.
References (see the recommendations below).

Format of References:

The journal uses “Harvard” style of referencing.
In Harvard referencing, in-text citations contain the author(s)’s or editor(s)’s surname, year of publication and page number(s) in the brackets which is followed by dot. E.g.: Text, text, text, (Mitchell 2017, p. 189). Note: p. refers to a single page, pp. refers to a range of pages. In case of multiple authors, the first three author’s surnames should be stated, followed by ‘et al’: (Sibbald SL, Wathen CN, Kothari A, et al. 2016).

If foreign publications are referenced, it is important to use DOI instead of ISSN. Digital Object Identifier (DOI) are frequently used encodings that help locate individual published items in international bibliographic databases – thus, avoid using ISSN, excepting use of resources which are not included in important in international bibliographic databases.

References such as ‘Unpublished results’ and ‘Personal Communicaton’ will not be accepted.
In the list of references, use bold to highlight the volume of the journal.
References should include only articles cited in the text and should be listed in alphabetic order and numbered.

Referencing format:

Book: Author(s) – Surname, Name initials, (year of publication). Book title. Edition. City, Publishing House, total No. of pages, ISBN.
Book chapter: Author(s) – Surname, Name initials, (year of publication). Title of the chapter. Pages of the chapter. In: Author(s) – Surname, Name initials. Book title. Edition. City, Publishing House, total No. of pages, ISBN.
Journal paper: Author(s) – Surname, Name initials, (year of publication). Paper title, Journal title (abbreviated journal title), Vol, (No): pages (pp. 7-17). Doi.
Electronic document: Author(s) – Surname, Name initials, (year of publication). Book title. Edition. City, Publishing House, year. [online] [date cit. year-month-day]. Available from: URL

Examples:
Book:
1 Beneš J. (2018). Antibiotika. Systematika, vlastnosti, použití (in Czech). Praha: Grada Publishing 2018. 1.Edition. 598 p. ISBN 978-80-271-0636-3.

Book chapter:
2 Salát D. (2015). Základy farmakoinformatiky (Basis of pharmacoinformatics). p. 173-185. In: Beňo P, Šramka M, Sabová A., Tomić Z, Salát D. Všeobecná farmakológia pre zdravotnícke odbory (in Slovak): Typi Universitatis Tyrnaviensis a VEDA SAV. 204 p. ISBN 978-80-8082-944-5.

Journal:
3 Sibbald SL, Wathen CN, Kothari A (2016). An empirically based model for knowledge management in health care organizations. Health Care Manage Rev (abbreviated journal title) 2016; 41(1-3):64-74. Doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000046.

Electronic document:
4 Mládková L (2014). Tacit knowledge – the human dimension of knowledge. New Delhi: Asian Research Consortium; 2014 [online] [cit.2016-06-12]. Available from:
http://www.indianjournals.com/jor.aspx?target=ijor.ijrobbrm&volume=2&issue=2&article=editorial

Template of the manuscript:

 

TITLE OF THE MANUSCRIPT IN MOTHER TONGUE OF THE FIRST AUTHOR
TITLE OF THE MANUSCRIPT IN ENGLISH

Name(s) SURNAME,1 Name(s) SURNAME,2 Name(s) SURNAME 3

1 Vysoká škola zdravotníctva a sociálnej práce sv. Alžbety, n.o., v Bratislave,
Ústav sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Partizánskom, Country
2 Institute of Experimental Medicine, Slovak academy of sciences, Bratislava, Country
3 Institutional Affiliation, Organization, City, Country

(Avoid writing academic degrees or positions of the authors, such as: director, head, deputy – head, student, PhD student,…)

 

Contact address:

Abstract
Key Words: 3-5.

Introduction:
Material and Methods
Results
Discussion
Conclusion(s)
References
Conflict of interests
Financial (or other) support

Or:
Abstract
Key Words: 3-5.
Introduction
Core of Work (or, Findings)
Conclusion(s)
References
Conflict of interests
Financial (or other) support
Contact address

 

Organization of the paper 

1. Organization of papers based on original research 

Introduction
Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (reference). Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (reference).Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (reference).

Material and Methods
Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (reference). Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (reference).Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (reference).

Results
Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (Table 1). Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (Graph 1). Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text (Table 2). Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text.

Discussion (or, Results and Discussion)
Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text,

Conclusion(s):
Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Text, Tex.,

References
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Conflict of interests or competing interests

All potential conflicts of interest must be stated within the text of the manuscript, under this heading. All of the authors must declare any conflict of interest, that may be a barrier for publication of the results in this journal.

Financial or grant support

All sources of financial or material support (grant schemes, corporate support, etc.) must be clearly declared. Authors should disclose the role of the research funder(s) or sponsor (if any) in the research design, execution, analysis, interpretation and reporting. Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in this section. The full official funding agency name should be given together with grant/project numbers. The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’ If there are no funding/financial sources reported, the authors agree to the following statement: ‘The authors have no funding to report‘.

Manuscript submission

Ensuring that the author(s) have followed the format and content requirements indicated above, the manuscript can be submitted as MS Word document by e-mail to the editor-in-chief: msramka@ousa.sk

Peer review process

After the manuscript is delivered to the editor, the designated corresponding author will be notified.
Next, the manuscript will be sent together with the review form to the reviewers – selected members of the editorial board or of the board of reviewers. Peer review process is blind, authors do not know the identity of the reviewer.

The reviewers use a structured review form that is subsequently sent to the contact author for response and revision of the manuscript. The corresponding author is responsible for the delivery of the manuscript edited following recommendations indicated by the reviewer. The revised manuscript will be published in the next edition of the journal.

Article processing charge (Publication fees)

After the acceptance of the manuscript for the publication, the authors will be notified about the article processing charge (APC). Article publication fees are charged after peer review and acceptance, but prior to publication. All decisions to accept manuscripts are based solely on editorial criteria. Basic APC is 60,- Eur for the first 5 pages of the manuscript, additional pages are charged 10,- Eur per page.