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Editorial Policies

Materials submitted to the Hellenic Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (HJVES) must be original; they cannot have been previously published (other than as abstracts) nor can they be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal. If the work has been presented at a meeting or has been published as an abstract, a statement to this effect must appear in Authors’ Notes on the title page, identifying the meeting, location, and date or details of the abstract publication. In general, manuscripts will not be considered if the work has been published in fulllength conference proceedings or as a book chapter. The HJVES does not allow overt claims to first conceptualization, identification, or use of any device, technique, or treatment; however, an effort is made to convey the potential of initial publication if appropriate.

Authorship Responsibility
Articles submitted for consideration require consent by all contributing authors. The submitting author or author’s representative should carefully check that all individuals who contributed to the article are listed as authors. Authors are those who:

  • made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  • drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content;
  • approved the version to be published; and
  • agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work, ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines. Any contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in “Acknowledgements” on the title page. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Authors should disclose any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
Copyright Statement
Submitted manuscripts must represent original research not previously published nor being considered for publication elsewhere.  Your manuscript may be subject to an investigation and retraction if plagiarism is suspected. If you plan to reproduce text, tables, or figures from a published source, you must first obtain written permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher). This is required even if the material is from your own published work. For material never before published and given to you by another person, you must obtain permission from that person. Serious delays to publication can be incurred if permissions are not obtained. As the author, it is your responsibility to obtain all permissions, pay any permission fees, furnish copies of permissions to HJVES with your manuscript, and include a credit line at the end of the figure caption, beneath the table, or in a text footnote


Research and Animal Experimentation
Human and/or animal studies must be conducted to a high ethical standard. Studies involving human subjects should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki. Care of experimental animals must follow the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals or similar national guidelines. Studies involving human subjects or animal models must have approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or other agency responsible for human and/or animal research at the authors’ institution(s). Statements certifying compliance with these requirements for human subjects and animals must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript. The authors must provide the full name of the review committee and institution and an Ethics Committee reference number. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, authors are encouraged to register their clinical trials [at ClinicalTrials.gov or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE]. The registration information for a trial should be stated in the abstract and at first mention of the study in the body of the manuscript.

Patient Consent
Authors are required to follow the ICMJE guidelines Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Human subjects must have given written informed consent to participate in any study or undergo any procedure considered investigational or experimental in a document approved by the IRB or similar governing body. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions or photographs unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and the editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the article.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Authors are obliged to disclose in the submission letter and the manuscript any financial arrangement or other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest for any product mentioned in the manuscript. Position your declaration on the title page, under a heading “Declaration of Conflict of interests.” If no declaration is made, the following will be printed under this heading in your article: “The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.” When making a declaration, the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that any author of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article. These relationships include but are not limited to employment, direct payments, stock holdings, retainers, paid or unpaid consultancies, patents or patent licensing arrangements, research funding, speakers’ bureau, or honoraria with any individual, company, or organization having a vested interest in the subject matter or products mentioned in the manuscript. For more information please visit the Journal Author Gateway. If the Chief Editor believes or is notified that an author may have failed to make an appropriate disclosure, the author will be contacted. Depending upon the response, the Editor will decide if a corrigendum correcting the oversight should be published or if more serious action is warranted in the case of deception. In that event, the Editor may publish a notice that the author did not comply with the HJVES’s requirement to disclose a conflict of interest, calling into question the reliability of the article.

All authors are required to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in the acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. Permissions Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information, including guidance on fair dealing with criticism and review, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions on the Journal Author Gateway.

Scientific Misconduct
The HJVES takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. Every effort is made to protect the rights of authors and claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal are always investigated. Equally, the reputation of the journal is protected against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplicationchecking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where authorship of the article is contested, the publisher reserves the right to take action including but not limited to publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the HelJVES or all journals, or appropriate legal action.

Our editorial office is quick to respond to online trends. The editorial office staff and the Editors frequently conduct data analysis of author submission behavior to determine the content that would enhance readership, all while balancing aspirations with editorial integrity, direction, and policies.

For publishing and ethical standards, we follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/) issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Cope of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf) issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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