About the Journal

“Medycyna Pracy. Workers’ Health and Safety” (formerly “Medycyna Pracy”) has been published since 1950. Since 1990 it has been edited, published and distributed by the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz in cooperation with the Polish Society of Occupational Medicine (PTMP).

The journal publishes original papers, reviews and case reports submitted in Polish and English. The topics cover occupational medicine and public health, including occupational pathology, physical, chemical and biological hazards, stress and psychological issues related to work, toxicology and mutagenesis, health policy, management and organization of health care and epidemiological studies.

The journal publishes reports from international and national scientific conferences related to occupational medicine. Letters to the editor are also published.

The journal is indexed by CABI (CAB Abstracts, Global Health), CNKI Scholar, DOAJ, EBSCO (Central & Eastern European Academic Source), Elsevier (EMBASE, EMCare, SCImago Journal & Country Rank, SCOPUS), Europe PubMed Central, Google Scholar, J-Gate, Library of Science ICM UW, Polish Medical Bibliography, ProQuest (Health and Medical Collection, Psychology Database), PubMed/MEDLINE, SHERPA/RoMEO, Web of Science Group (BIOSIS Citation Index, BIOSIS Previews, Web of Science Core Collection, Journal Citation Reports, Science Citation Index Expanded), WorldCat.

“Medycyna Pracy. Workers’ Health and Safety” is published based on the open access model (OA).

The rules of article use are set out in the CC BY-NC license (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Poland). In the case of making articles available on another website, the submitter is obliged to provide full names of authors, article title, journal title, year, volume, number, page range, DOI number in the form of a link and the name of the license with a link to its description (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/pl).

The editors recommend that authors depositing their work in discipline and institutional repositories use the published version of the article posted on the journal website (http://medpr.imp.lodz.pl).

Third party advertisements in the journal or on the journal website are not accepted. Publication on the journal website of information about conferences, conventions, symposia and other events related to the subject matter of the journal is acceptable.


The journal publisher, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Łódź, applies principles of publication ethics aimed at preventing unfair publication practices in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the rules of the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE). Materials submitted for publication in the journal are carefully reviewed for compliance with publishing ethics and for scientific integrity and value.

  • ensures a professional publishing process;
  • adheres to the provisions of copyright law;
  • ensures confidentiality and security of personal data processing in accordance with applicable regulations (e.g. RODO);
  • conducts evaluation of works solely on the basis of merit. The evaluation of works is not affected by the race, gender, religion, origin and political beliefs of the authors;
  • counteracts the ghostwriting and guest authorship, which are manifestations of scientific dishonesty;
  • takes due care to prevent plagiarism and self-plagiarism;
  • has the right to withdraw a text (even after publication) if there is evidence of unreliability of research results and/or falsification of data and/or the work shows signs of plagiarism or violates the rules of publishing ethics;
  • publishes errata, decisions to retract a paper, and expressions of concern. Such materials are given DOI numbers and links to the work to which they relate. Reports of concerns and/or errors in published manuscripts should be sent to the journal office: mp@imp.lodz.pl.

The publisher makes every effort to ensure that the manuscripts published in the journal not only present an appropriate level of content and high scientific value, but also apply the principles of publication ethics of the COPE guidelines.

Manuscripts are initially evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief, who directs them to the Associate Editor, a specialist in the field to which the paper relates. The editor scans the manuscript in the anti-plagiarism software – if the result of the scan does not raise any doubts, the manuscript is sent to independent reviewers on a double blind basis. Reviewers' opinions and corrections are forwarded to authors. After substantive proofreading and re-review, the thematic editor may reject the paper or give a recommendation to accept it for publication. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief.

Revision procedure

Despite careful evaluation of papers during the review process, the publisher accepts the risk of errors. In accordance with the COPE guidelines, COPE may take action if a manuscript is published that contains significant inaccuracies and/or erroneous conclusions or questionable information. Doubts about a particular paper must be resolved as soon as possible and the manuscript should be revised immediately.

If the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, reviewer, or production editor detects errors in the manuscript, the author is asked to clarify and correct the paper and indicate the corrections in an errata, which is published in the next issue of the journal.
A problematic paper may be retracted if the concerns are not clarified.

Retraction procedure

If any issues that undermine the scientific credibility of the article (e.g., research misconduct, unethical conduct, plagiarism, duplicate publication) are discovered after publication, the paper will be retracted at the request of the authors or by order of the Editor-in-Chief. According to the COPE guidelines, the process is as follows:
1. A corrigendum entitled "Withdrawal: [article title]" signed by the authors of the paper/Editor-in-Chief of the journal justifying the withdrawal is published in the next issue of the journal.
2. The original article remains in the journal's archives, but is displayed with a note of withdrawal. Notification of this procedure, combined with a record of the published article, is placed on the journal's website. In exceptional circumstances, the Publisher reserves the right to remove content from the journal's website altogether
  • as a result of a court or government order;
  • when the content poses a risk to the privacy or rights of third parties and this risk cannot be adequately mitigated by an editorial note;
  • the study was not lawfully conducted or published and/or its continued availability poses a potential legal or personal risk;
  • in the judgment of the Editor-in-Chief, the content – even if marked as withdrawn – may pose a serious risk, such as to public health or a particular community or ecosystem.
When the article is removed, its title, author list, and metadata remain available on the journal’s article record page along with an editor’s note.
3. No changes are made to the original article except the addition of a watermark indicating that the article has been retracted.

Publication of reservations (expressions of concern)

Doubts expressed by the editors regarding the research or any other issue described in the manuscript submitted for publication in the journal are clarified in direct correspondence with the authors before publication of the manuscript.

After publication of the article, it is possible for the editors to raise an objection – this is published as an editor's note only after investigation of the concerns raised and no resolution. It is linked to the original article by a link and relevant information provided in the original text.

The publisher welcomes the opportunity for anyone to raise concerns or suspicions of inappropriate or unethical behavior regarding a published manuscript at any time. The submission should provide all necessary information and evidence to initiate an investigation according to appropriate procedures (COPE schemes). The publisher agrees to conduct them with due seriousness and diligence until the Editor-in-Chief makes a decision and prepares a response to the submission.

The publisher allows all audiences to discuss any additions or doubts about the published article in the form of so-called letters to the editor. Researchers can provide their opinion on the manuscript by addressing questions/opinions to the authors of the article in the journal. The authors are given the opportunity to prepare a response and the correspondence is published with a link to the original paper in question.
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