About the Journal


University of Maribor Press
Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
E-mail: zalozba@um.si
http://press.um.si; http://journals.um.si


University of Maribor, Faculty of Law, Slovenia

Principal contact

Vesna Rijavec, PhD
University of Maribor, Faculty of Law
Mladinska ulica 9
SI-2000 Maribor
Phone: +386 (0) 2 250 42 34
E-mail: vesna.rijavec@um.si

Publishing Frequency

2 issues per year in April and October, full-text versions of the papers are available free of charge in Acrobat portable document format (pdf).

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Aims and Scope

Medicine, Law and Society is an international journal for the study topics on the intersections of medicine and law published two times a year (in April and October). The journal publishes articles that contribute to the better understanding of theory and practice in the relevant fields and that are of especial interest to scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from Europe. The Journal focuses on the critical analysis of the newest developments in medical law and medicine in Europe, whereby presenting an open forum for the presentation of pertinent issues in individual countries. Medicine, Law and Society is abstracted and indexed in ESCI (Emerging Science Citation Index), DKUM (Digitalna knjižnica Univerze v Mariboru – Digital library of the University of Maribor), dLib.si (Digitalna knjižnica Slovenije – Digital library of Slovenia), UlrichsWebIBZ (Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur) and COBISS (Co-operative Online Bibliographic System and Services)

Publication Fees

Medicine, Law and Society does not charge any publication fees.

Editor Responsibilities 

- Accountability 

The editor of a peer-reviewed journal is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal
should be published, and, moreover, is accountable for everything published in the journal. In making these
decisions, the editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board as well as by legal
requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other
editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. The editor should maintain the integrity of the
academic record, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always
be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

- Fairness 

The editor should evaluate manuscripts for intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual
orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). The editor will
not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s),
reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the editorial board members, as appropriate.

- Confidentiality 

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone
other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the
publisher, as appropriate.

- Disclosure, conflicts of interest, and other issues

The editor will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles when considering retracting, issuing
expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in the
Dependence Modeling. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an
editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas
obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. The editor is
committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on
editorial decisions. The editor should seek so ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process. Editors
should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board
instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest
resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors,
companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to
disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after
publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or
expression of concern.

- Involvement and cooperation in investigations 

Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when
needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct. Editors should pursue
reviewer and editorial misconduct. An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical
complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

- Reviewer Responsibilities 

Contribution to editorial decisions 
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with
the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.

- Promptness 
Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its
timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be

- Confidentiality 
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to
or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor.

- Standards of objectivity 

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Referees should
express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

- Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement
that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the
relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap
between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal

- Disclosure and conflict of interest 
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for
personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of
interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the
authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.

Author Responsibilities 

- Reporting standards 

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as
well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the
manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work.
Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

- Originality and Plagiarism 

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the
work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

- Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than
one journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal
constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

- Acknowledgement of sources 

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications
that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

- Authorship of a manuscript 

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design,
execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should
be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the
research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should
ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors
are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final
version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

- Hazards and human or animal subjects 

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use,
the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

- Disclosure and conflicts of interest 

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that
might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial
support for the project should be disclosed.

- Fundamental errors in published works 

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s
obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editor or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the
paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.

- Publisher’s Confirmation 

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in
close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend
the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the
complete retraction of the affected work.