The Journal Acta Medica Bulgarica is the official scientific journal of Medical University - Sofia, Bulgaria. It is a medical journal for original research articles, clinical practice and scientific reviews and case reports.
Conflict of Interest Declaration and Author Agreement Form
It is the policy of the Journal Acta Medica Bulgarica to ensure objectivity and scientific rigor in the Journal. All authors are expected to disclose to the readers any conflict(s) of interest such as relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, etc. Any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the readers may form their own judgements about the article with the full disclosure of the facts.
All Authors should have seen and approved the manuscript being submitted. The article should be the Authors' original work. The article should not be published elsewhere and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. On behalf of all Co-Authors, the corresponding Author shall bear full responsibility for the submission.
Polices on Animal & Human Rights
Acta Medica Bulgarica Journal has formulated policies to ensure protection and proper use of animals and human in all forms of research. Researchers should have a moral obligation towards the animals and human subjects they use for their research goals and they must treat them with compassion and consider their well-being while designing the projects. All research articles that include human subjects should be performed in accordance to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects last edited October, 2013. All research studies that use animal models should be performed in accordance with “the Principles of Laboratory Animal Care” formulated by the National Society for Medical Research and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals’, Washington DC, National Academy Press. All relevant information, including approval of the Local Ethics Committee, written informed consent information and ethical standards that the authors adhered to, should be clearly stated in the “Materials and Methods”section. The authors involved in research and experiments involving human subjects must confirm that informed consent was obtained from all participants and/or their legal guardians.
Peer Review Process
The PEER REVIEW politics of the Journal Acta Medica Bulgarica is a single-blind peer review. After submitting a manuscript, it takes four to eight weeks until the review process is finished.
The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.
Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System
The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.
The Review Process Following receipt of a new manuscript, the manuscript will be assigned to an Editorial board who will be responsible for managing the peer review process. Each manuscript will be reviewed by one reviewer who is highly competent and recognized in the particular field of the submitted manuscript. Typically, a 2-week deadline is given to complete the review. After receipt of the reviews, a decision is made to either accept, give the authors an opportunity to revise or to reject the manuscript. Revised manuscripts are typically re-evaluated by the same reviewers. Depending upon this evaluation, the manuscript may be accepted or rejected.
Grounds for Declining a Manuscript A manuscript may be declined if the study was judged as too preliminary in nature or was in an inappropriate scientific area. Manuscripts may be rejected if the findings are not sufficiently novel or do not contain enough new information.
Prior Publication The journals publish original research and review material. Material previously published in whole or in part shall not be considered for publication.
Authorship Criteria An author should have participated in either the conception or planning of the work, the interpretation of the results and the writing of the paper. An acknowledgment accompanying the paper is appropriate recognition for others who have contributed to a lesser extent. The signature of each author on the Affirmation of Originality and Copyright Release form that must be submitted with the manuscript indicates that all authors have had a part in the writing and final editing of the report and all are prepared to take public responsibility for the work, sharing responsibility and accountability for the results. Potential conflicts of interest should be described when submitting manuscripts.
Authorship Obligations The obligation of an author is to present a clear, honest, accurate, and complete account of the research performed. Each manuscript should describe a complete study or a completed phase of an extended study.
Conflict of Interest Special care is taken to assure that the authors' views are balanced and unencumbered, and that the Acta Medica Bulgarica policies on disclosure of conflicts of interest are implemented.
Obligations of Reviewers The reviewer should strive to provide accurate, detailed, and constructive criticisms, and the review should be supported by appropriate references, especially if unfavorable. The reviewer should also note whether the work of others is properly cited.
Obligations of Editors The Editorial board directs and supervises the policies of a journal and is responsible for maintaining its scientific and literary quality. The first obligation of the Editorial board is to make certain that all authors receive confidential, expert, critical, and unbiased reviews of their work in a timely fashion.
Unethical Practices The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts describing research that does not meet acceptable standards of research behavior as determined by the Geneva Convention or the Declaration of Helsinki. Unethical acts include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, redundant or duplicate publication, violation of federal, state or institutional rules, and honorary authorship.
Advertising Advertising in the journal is not allowed.
Editor-in-Chief Prof. Victor Zlatkov, MD, PhD
Members Prof. Radomir Ugrinov, MD, PhD, DSc Prof. Valentina Petkova, MPharm., PhD, DSc Prof. Tihomira Zlatanova, MD, PhD
Deputy Editor Prof. Mihail Boyanov, MD, PhD, DSc
Editorial Panel Medical Faculty Corresp. Member Prof. Ivan Mitov, MD, PhD, DSc Prof. Tsvetalina Tankova, MD, PhD, DSc Prof. Silvi Georgiev, MD, PhD Prof. Radoslav Girchev, MD, PhD, DSc Faculty of Dental Medicine Prof. Andon Filchev, MD, PhD, DSc Prof. Hristina Popova, MD, PhD Assoc. Prof. Pavel Stanimirov, MD, PhD Faculty of Pharmacy Prof. Nikolay Danchev, MD, PhD Prof. Irina Nikolova, MD, PhD Prof. Milen Dimitrov, MPharm., PhD Faculty of Public Health Prof. Tsekomir Vodenicharov, MD, PhD, DSc Prof. Antoniya Yanakieva, PhD Medical College Prof. Zaharinka Savova, MD, PhD Affi liate "Prof. Ivan Mitev" - Vratsa, a branch of Medical University-Sofia Assoc. Prof. Pavlinka Dobrilova, MD, PhD Central Medical Library Lydia Tacheva, MD
Language Editors Mira Vankova, MD, Proofreader at the Scientific Medical Information Section, Central Medical Library, Medical University - Sofia
Technical Editors Mira Vankova, Organizing Secretary of Acta Medica Bulgarica and Proofreader at the Scientific Medical Information Section, Central Medical Library, Medical University - Sofia