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Scientific and practical journal «Medical Law» (certificate of state registration of a printed mass media series KV No. 12951–1835 Р, issued by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine 16 July 2007), was published by the Publishing House «Medicine and Law» (2008–2012), during 2013 and first half-year of 2014 the journal was published by the Editorial Board of the journal «Law of Ukraine» (certificate of state registration of a printed mass media series KV No. 19519- 9319 PR, issued by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine 25 October 2012). Since second half-year of 2014 the co-founders of the journal became Lviv Regional Charity Fund «Medicine and Law», All-Ukrainian NGO «Foundation of Medical Law and Bioethics of Ukraine», Danylo Halytskyi Lviv National Medical University and Scientific and Research Institute of Intellectual Property of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine (certificate of state registration of a printed mass media series KV No. 20957–10757 PR, issued by the State Registration Service of Ukraine 22 September 2014).

The journal is published twice a year, in April and October.

Editorial board accepts articles during the year on a permanent basis. Materials of the each issue of the journal are formed by 1 January and 1 July of each year.


Research articles can be submitted to the following headings of the journal:

  1. Medical law doctrine.

1.1. Theory and history of development of medical law as the branch of law.

1.2. Legislative provision in the sphere of health care.

1.3. Legal regulation of certain types of medical care provision.

1.4. Legal aspects of health care system financing and medical insurance.

1.5. Modern problems of bioethics.

1.6. Legal regulation of health care organization and management.

1.7. Medical law as a science and academic discipline.

1.8. Comparative medical law.

1.9. International medical law.

  1. Consultations of medical lawyer (answers to readers′ questions, in particular those of health care organizers, practicing doctors).
  2. Foreign experience (re-publishing of articles, chapters of books of foreign authors for the purposes of involving the reader audience in the achievements of international medical law).
  3. International and regional standards in the sphere of health care and the practice of their application (international standards in the sphere of health care and human rights, documents of the Council of Europe, decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in the context of health care).
  4. Medical law in documents: national acts (Ukrainian laws dealing with health care, decisions of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in the sphere of health care, clarifications and resolutions of the higher judicial instances).
  5. From legal practice (description of interesting cases taken from the practice of considering and settlement of medical cases).
  6. Aiding practitioners (samples of procedural documents, addresses, agreements, etc.).
  7. Methodological treasury (achievements of national and foreign experts (lectures, presentations materials (seminars, schools, etc.), specialized bibliography, training and methodological materials).
  8. Persons (interviews with famous personalities or biographies of people well-known in the sphere of medical law).
  9. Aphorisms.
  10. Professional bookshelf (reviews of publications in medical law, information on new editions (Ukrainian and foreign ones).
  11. Events (data on scientific and practical events in the sphere of medical law, news of the national and foreign institutionalization, etc.). 

    All the materials which are going to be submitted to these rubrics must comply with the editorial policy of the journal.


    1. Original articles not published earlier, well-edited articles in theoretical and applied problems of medical law, which correspond to modern level of development of legal and medical science and have scientific and practical value, are accepted for publication.
    2. An article should contain the following elements (without indicating the names of headings):
  • definition of the problem its relationship with important scientific and practical tasks;
  • analysis of the recent research results and publications in which a solution of the problem was suggested and on which the author relies, defining of unresolved earlier parts of the general problem, to which article is devoted;
  • formulation of purposes of article (defining the tasks);
  • presentation of the main material of the research with full justification of the obtained scientific results;
  • summary of the basic material with complete justification of scientific results; 9 the findings of this study and further research in this area.


  1. Articles are submitted in Ukrainian, English, Polish or Russian being typed on the sheet of А4 format, with Times New Roman Cyr font, the size of which must make up 14 pt, with 1.5 spaces.
  2. The text is done in Microsoft Word 6.0 and above for Windows, file with rtf extension.
  3. The article should have not less than 4 000 words.
  4. Structure of article:

1) UDC (Universal Decimal Classification Index) (left-aligned);

2) name of article (centered, bold, capital letters);

3) surname and initials of the author (co-authors) (right-aligned);

4) degree and academic title (if avaliable), position and place of employment (full name of the department or other structural unit without abbreviations), link to the author’s ORCID ID (if avaliable), e-mail address, details about each co-author of a new line (right-aligned);

5) summary in language in which article was prepared (3–4 sentences);

6) keywords in a language in which article was prepared (3–5 words);

7) article with the required items specified (see. paragraph 2 of chapter ІІ). References in the text are made in square brackets [2, p. 34], where the first number is on the list of sources used, and the second – the number of the page (s). If in parenthesis contains several links to various sources, each of them shall be separated by semicolon [2, p. 34; 3, p. 9];

8) the list of sources used should be made in accordance with the requirements of the Vancouver Style or the Oxford University Style for citation of legal documents. You can get acquainted with the requirements for Styles in the Methodical recommendations «International Styles of citation and references in scientific works». K. 2016. The document is posted by the link: https://medlaw-journal. com/index.php/journal/about/submissions Resume shall contain the following data; name of the author (name and initials), name of article, text of the resume (1000–2000 symbols including gaps) and keywords (3–5 words) in two languages (Ukrainian, Russian or English, depending on the language of article).

9) summary of the article (final):

- text of the article in Ukrainian - summary in English;

- text of the article in Russian - summary in Ukrainian and English;

- the text of the article in English -  summary in Ukrainian;

- text of the article in Polish - summary in Ukrainian and English.

The resume should contain the following information: author (surname, name, patronymic), academic degree and academic title (if avaliable), position and place of work (full name of the department or other structural unit, without abbreviations), reference to the author's ID ORCID (if available), e-mail address, article title, abstract text (1000-2000 characters, including spaces) and keywords (3-5 words) in two languages (Ukrainian, Russian or English, depending on the language in which the article is written).


  1. The article is submitted to the journal by sending the article and attached materials to the e-mail box: List of materials:

1) abstract in English, (abstract must necessarily contain: article title and name of the author, position, place of work, a summary of the article. The minimum amount of abstract – 1000 words);

2) review of an article for authors, who do not have a scientific degree (a review shall be prepared by a person, who has a Doctorate or PhD degree in specialty to which the problems elucidated in article were devoted) or an extract from the minutes of staf (another structural unit) of higher education with a recommendation paper for printing; Signatures on the review the abstract from the minutes must be approved by the institution′s stamp of higher education (business unit, department or staff);

3) information about the author (full name, middle name, place of work, address to mail, email, phone number);

  1. After the article is accepted for publication, a License Agreement for the use of the work is concluded with the author. The author sends a scanned copy of the License Agreement to the e-mail address of the journal:
  2. After acceptance of the article for printing and conclusion of the License Agreement, an invoice will be sent to the author for payment of the editorial fee, which must be made within 3 working days from the date of receipt of the invoice. The author sends a scanned copy of the receipt of payment of the editorial fee to the e-mail address of the journal:, within 3 days from the date of payment of the fee. In case of non-payment of the editorial fee in due time, the author will be denied publication of the article.
  3. By submitting the materials of the article, the author agrees to the processing of his/her personal data for the purposes related to the publication of the article and the preparation of the issue of the journal.


    1. All articles will undergo scientific peer-review as well as literary editing. Rules of peer-review can be found on the web-site of the journal. All articles will need to be refined by the authors of articles themselves. A refined article shall be submitted to the editorial board not later than 5 days since the day he or she received an article with the text of the peer-review. In case of numerous literary corrections, which may influence the content of article, the amended text shall be approved by the author, who may make literary corrections himself or herself upon his or her will. Literary corrections of article shall be made by the author not later than 5 days since the day he or she receives article with the corrections of the literary editor. Approval of the corrections shall be made not later than 2 days since the author receives an article with the corrections of the literary editor by mail;
    2. Articles made with violations of the requirements set are given back by the editorial board without them being considered;
    3. The editorial board does not bear responsibility for the content of published articles and can publish them without sharing the author’s point of view. The authors are responsible for following copyright, for accuracy and scientific nature of facts mentioned, reliability of citations, geographic, historical names and proper names. The editorial board reserves the right to edit any materials coming to its address. The materials submitted for publication must be exclusive and original (and not be published in other editions).
    4. The design of the journal, designing ideas, style as well as the whole content is the object of copyright and is protected by law. Republishing of the materials and their use without the written permission of the editorial board of the journal is not allowed.
    5. Payment for the publication of articles shall be made in the amount of 800 UAH per article up to 10 pages, in case of exceeding the amount of 10 pages, 40 UAH should be paid for each extra page. Editorial fee covers costs associated with editing of articles, prototyping and printing of the journals, and postal delivery of the journal to authors.
    6. On the issues of subscribing the journal, please contact the editorial board of the journal ’Medical Law’, address: 79010, city of Lviv, Zelena street 12.
    7. For clarifications and explanations related to the preparation of materials for the journal «Medical Law», further information regarding subscription and payment of editorial fee, please contact:

сhief еditor of the journal Іryna Senyuta (0676707033)

executive secretary of the journal Krystyna Tereshko (0677313035).

We sincerely invite everyone to fruitful cooperation!

Privacy Statement

All accepted manuscripts are submitted for review to reviewers, who maintain confidentiality thereof. Neither the members of the editorial board nor the reviewers (except for the editor-in-chief and the executive secretary of the editorial board) should communicate directly with the authors. Reviewers are not allowed to publicly discuss manuscripts that have not yet been published.

Manuscripts received by the journal are a privileged message that is the private, confidential property of the authors, and authors may be harmed by the premature disclosure of any or all details of the manuscript. Therefore, editors should not pass on information about manuscripts, in particular whether they have been received and reviewed, their content and status in the review process, criticism of reviewers and decisions about their final fate to anyone but authors and reviewers.

Requests from third parties for the use of manuscripts and reviews for trial should be politely denied, and editors should make every effort not to provide such confidential material if it is brought to court.

The editor-in-chief must also make it clear that reviewers must keep manuscripts, related materials, and the information they contain in strict confidence. Reviewers and editorial staff should not publicly discuss the authors’ work, and reviewers may not pass on the authors’ ideas to anyone before the manuscript is published.

Reviewers may not keep manuscripts for personal use and must destroy paper copies of the manuscripts and remove electronic copies after submitting their reviews. In case the manuscript is rejected, the best practice is to remove the manuscripts from the editorial system.

When a manuscript is published, the journal must keep copies of the original submitted materials, reviews, views, and correspondence for at least three years to be able to answer future work questions, if any. Editors should not publish or distribute reviewers’ comments without the permission of the reviewer and author. Because the journal’s policy is to conceal the authors’ identities from reviewers and not to sign comments, reviewers’ identities should not be disclosed to the author or anyone else without the written permission of the reviewers.

Enforced breaches of privacy may occur if deception or fraud is detected, but editors must notify authors or reviewers if they intend to violate privacy. Otherwise, confidentiality must be respected.

This privacy policy has been developed in accordance with the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process).