Population Medicine is an open access double-blind peer-reviewed online scientific journal that encompasses all aspects of population, preventive and public health research including health care systems and health care delivery. Its broader goal is to address major and diverse health issues, to provide evidence-based information to professionals at all levels of the health care system and to inform policymakers who are responsible for the formation of health policies so that evidence based actions are taken so as to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of medical care.
Population Medicine utilizes an online submission system, "Editorial System" to handle manuscript submission, review and editorial decision-making processes.
Full Journal Title: Population Medicine
Publisher: EU European Publishing
Publisher Address: Science and Technological Park of Crete, Greece
Editors: See Editorial Board Page
Peer Review: Double Blind
Publication Frequency: Continuous
Publication Medium: Electronic Only
Publication website: http://www.populationmedicine.eu/
First Year Published: 2019
Article Processing Charges: None for 2019.
How to submit
The Population Medicine uses the online system "Editorial System" for manuscript submission, peer review and editorial handling. Submissions received by e-mail will not be considered. The journal does not have submission fees.
Within the submission system the corresponding author will have the ability to upload a cover letter and will also be able to select pre-identified statements related to the originality of the work, the potential conflicts of interest, authorship and the role of funding sources in manuscript preparation. Additional information may be requested by the Editorial Board so as to ensure the integrity and ethics of the manuscript.
Receipt of a manuscript is acknowledged via automated email from the online submission system. This included a manuscript tracking number, which should be provided in all correspondence with the editorial office with regards to that manuscript. We kindly request that only the corresponding author be in contact with the editorial office, on behalf of all of the manuscripts authors.
Peer Review and Manuscript Handling Process
Peer review is the critical assessment of manuscripts. All articles submitted to Population Medicine undergo peer review. Upon receipt the manuscript is checked using plagiarism identification software and this report is provided along with the manuscript to the editorial board members who make an initial decision on the manuscript, based on the manuscript's content, novelty, sample size, manuscript preparation and quality in light of the other manuscripts currently under peer review. At this stage the journal may either send the manuscript out for double blind peer review, may reject the manuscript without peer review or may send the manuscript back to authors for adjustment before it is evaluated again.
Should the manuscript pass this initial phase of internal review, external peer reviewing is then performed. External reviewing of manuscripts is double blind. Two external peer reviewers are invited to provide their opinion on the manuscript. These two external peer review reports are then evaluated by a member of the editorial board or the Editor-in-Chief who then makes a decision on the manuscript. In all cases the manuscript is reviewed by at least one member of the editorial board and the Editor-in-Chief. To aid this process authors may suggest reviewers that are qualified to peer review the manuscript, provided that they have not collaborated closely in the near past and that they are not from the same institution. Authors may also note peer reviewers who they would not prefer to review this paper. While the authors suggestions are taken into account, the Editorial Office reserves the right to handle peer review at its discretion. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
Reviewers are requested to report on the ethical aspects of the manuscript they are allocated to review and are requested to report also on the novelty, the impact, the statistical analysis, references and potential conflicts of interest.
Letters to the Editor and Editorials are peer reviewed internally. All articles have a specific provenance and peer review tab (commissioned vs. non commissioned; internally vs. externally peer reviewed).
Population Medicine considers the following types of articles:
• Research Papers – reports of data from original research.
• Review Papers – comprehensive, authoritative, reviews within the journal's scope.
• Short Reports – brief reports of data from original research.
• Study Protocols – articles describing a research protocol of a study.
• Letters to the Editor – a response to authors of an original publication, or a very small article that may be relevant to readers.
• Editorials – articles written by the Editorial Board.
Articles reporting research may be full length or brief reports. These should report original research findings within the journal's scope. Papers should generally be a maximum of 4000 words in length, excluding tables, references, and abstract and key points of the article, whilst it is recommended that the number of references should not exceed 30.
Comprehensive, authoritative, reviews within the journal's scope. Review articles provide a review of the literature, and preferably would be systematic reviews. Such articles should identify trends or gaps in literature, provide new synthesis, and outline future directions. Review manuscripts, should be generally less than 6000 words or less, excluding abstract, tables, figures and references. It is recommended that references should not exceed 50. Reviews should include in the methods section details with regards to data sources used, keywords applied, time restrictions, study types selected and how the data were extracted. Guidelines used for abstracting data and assessing data quality and validity should be noted. Results should be based on the actual review and the discussion may in certain occasions be jointly written with the results section. Conclusions of the review should be specific and stem from the findings.
Brief reports of data from original research. Short reports are shorter versions of original articles, may include one table or figure, should not exceed 1500 words, and it is recommended that the number of references should not exceed 15. Short reports are suitable for the presentation of research that extends previously published research, including the reporting of additional controls and confirmatory results in other settings, as well as negative results. Authors must clearly acknowledge any work upon which they are building, both published and unpublished.
Articles describing a research protocol of a study. This article type can be for proposed or for ongoing research and should contain the background, research hypothesis, rationale a detailed methodology of the study. The SPIRIT 2013 Checklist guidelines ideally should be applied. Study protocols submitted for publication must have received ethics approval. Protocols of randomized trials should follow the CONSORT guidelines and must have a trial registration number, while observational studies should follow STROBE guidelines.
Letters to the editor
A letter to the Editor is a brief report that is within the journal's scope and of particular interest to the community, but not suitable as a standard research article. A maximum of ten articles may be included in the references. Letters to the Editor may be edited for clarity or length and may be subject to peer review at the Editors' discretion. To contribute, please contact the Editors. Letters intended for publication should be a maximum of 500 words, contain 10 references, and up to one table or figure. These rules apply for research letters, and letters that respond to articles published in the journal. Letters to the editor are subject to editorial editing so as to streamline the article with the journal's style. Corrections to published articles are also published as a letter and linked to the corrected version of the article.
Editorials are written by the Editorial Board and may reflect current articles within Population Medicine.