Aims and Scope
Preprint Archives of Clinical Images & Videos (PACIV) is an open access journal that aims to provide a global platform for clinical education and communication for healthcare professionals in all medical specialties. The fundamental objective of the journal is to eliminate the geographical, cultural or linguistic barriers that obstruct the diffusion of clinical knowledge. PACIV will play a crucial role in facilitating instantaneous access to information about the new technologies, which have been emerging rapidly on an unprecedented scale. We believe that clinical education and communication necessitate a highly efficient and exhaustive approach, which is the underlying idea behind our strong commitment to PACIV. The innovative methodology of the journal enables rapid exchange of the most interesting audio-visual materials. We strongly believe that the platform will reach the broad audience of healthcare professionals across the globe to accelerate diffusion of clinical knowledge and new technologies, as well as their timely implementation.
Why Publish in PACIV?
PACIV does not aim to restrict scientific research results or pursue financial gain from publishing. In order to distribute the best clinical content as extensively as possible, we provide a comfortable platform with following attractive features.
- There is no publication fee to submit or publish content in PACIV
- PACIV allows authors to keep copyright of their content
Articles are published in PACIV under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY). Authors retain copyright of their content, but allow any user to share, copy, distribute, transmit, adapt and make commercial use of the work without needing to provide additional permission, provided suitable attribution is made to the original author or source. After publishing in PACIV, authors can post the PDF of their article on their web page.
Additionally, in order to document the articles in PACIV as citable references, we will assign a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) when the article is published and made available electronically. A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string to identify content and provides a persistent link to its location on the internet. The link provided by DOI is more stable than simply using its URL.
What does PACIV publish?
PACIV provides a repository with excellent quality multimedia content of practical as well as educational value. We welcome images and videos enriched with high quality illustrations. The journal is intended to be presented as a detailed "how to" multimedia manual for clinical procedures and surgeries. However, we also welcome images and videos that depict the sense of visual discovery and variety experienced by clinicians.
Authors should provide a brief description of the image or video. The legends of images and videos should be concise, not exceeding 200 words, and they should be the faster means to review clinical pearls. Suitable text notes, explanations or descriptions should be incorporated in the video. There are no restrictions on number of figures. However, multiple figures need to be combined into a single multi-paneled figure. If a figure has multiple panels, each panel should be specified in the legend (e.g. panel A, B or C).
What is Preprint?
A preprint is a draft that has not been peer reviewed. Authors have the option to submit incomplete or final versions of articles to PACIV. Submission of articles to PACIV does not prevent their publication in either of the peer-reviewed SciTeMed journals.
Articles submitted to PACIV are not formally peer-reviewed. Instead, they are screened by SciTeMed staff to ensure that:
- they do not contravene any of our policies;
- they can be considered a part of the academic literature; and
- they are not considered to be non-scientific or pseudoscientific.
If a submission is found to be unsuitable in any of these criteria, it will not pass our screening and will not be accepted for publication. All decisions of SciTeMed staff shall be final. In addition, PACIV does not tolerate language that is insulting, inflammatory, obscene or libelous.
In order to uphold the integrity of the scientific literature, authors need to clarify whether the article has been previously published. PACIV accepts articles, which have previously been presented at conferences; or have previously been appeared in other “non-journal” venues (e.g. blogs or posters). However, PACIV does NOT accept articles which have previously been appeared in a recognized peer-reviewed journal or other preprint servers, as this signifies dual publication.
Any research must conform to the Declaration of Helsinki. PACIV reserves the right to modify/remove the articles that violate such rights as patent rights, copyrights, publicity and privacy rights or other intellectual property rights. Patient privacy and anonymity must be protected. Identifying information (such as names, photographs, identifying data) should not be included in the manuscript. However, exceptions can be made when there is sufficient evidence that the concerned individuals have given explicit approval.