EDITORIAL POLICY

 

The editorial policy of Biomedicinska istraživanja is designed according to the advices and recommendations of Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE). Submission of a manuscript to a Biomedicinska istraživanja implies that all authors have read and agreed to the content of its editorial policy and that the manuscript conforms to it.

 

Peer review

All manuscripts are subject to internal assessment and external reviews. Upon submission, each manuscript is evaluated by one of the editors. If its content corresponds to one of the scientific fields that the journal covers, it is sent for double-blind peer review by at least two independent expert referees. Remarks and suggestions of reviewers, if any, are sent to the author for manuscript revision.

If the authors are asked to resubmit the manuscript with changes, as well as response to comments, the editor may send the revised manuscript with author’s responses to the reviewers for further review. The final decision on publishing the paper is made by Editor-in-Chief.

 

Authorship

All individuals listed as authors should be qualified for authorship. Every author should have participated to a satisfactorily degree in the article in order to take responsibility for the whole article, as well as for the results presented in the text. Authorship is based only on: crucial contribution to the article conception, obtaining results or analysis and interpretation of results; design of manuscript or its critical review, which of significant intellectual value; final revision of the manuscript preparing for publication.

All other individuals having contributed to the preparation of the article should be mentioned in the Acknowledgment section, with the description of their activities, and their written consent.

 

Procedures for Changes in Authorship

Once a manuscript has been submitted to Biomedicinska istraživanja, authorship changes (additions, removals, change in order of names) must be approved by the Editor-In-Chief or Associate Editor. Requests for changes must be made by the corresponding author, signed by all co-authors. For removals, the person removed must also send a letter to the editor acknowledging this change. The editor also has the right to contact any or all of the authors or co-authors to confirm the authorship changes.

 

Ethics

The research described in submitted manuscripts that involves human subjects, volunteers must adhere to the principles of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2004,  all available at:  http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html  Research involving animals must adhere to Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (National Academy Press, Washington DC, 1996). All investigations involving humans or animals reported in Biomedicinska istraživanja must be conducted in conformity with these principles, which should be clearly stated in the manuscript.

Consent of the competent ethical committee is obligatory, as well. Manuscripts concerning human medical research or case history should contain a statement about obtaining the subject’s written consent.

 

Plagiarism Policy

Biomedicinska istraživanja has a strict policy against plagiarism. We define plagiarism as a situation in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 25% similarity and without using citation. If plagiarized content in the manuscript is detected during the pre-screen or peer review processes, the manuscript will be immediately rejected. If it is detected after publication of the paper, the authors will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If their arguments are not found satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the authors sanctioned on publishing papers in the journal for a period determined by Editorial Board.

 

Conflict of Interest Statement 

Authors are required to submit the statement in which they disclose any sponsorship or funding arrangements relating to their research or the conflict of interest statement. This note should be added in a separate section before the reference list. If no conflict exists, authors should state: The authors declare no conflict of interest. For additional information on different types of conflict of interest, see World Association of Medical Editors (WAME, www.wame.org ), under “Policy statement on conflict of interest”.

Editors and reviewers are also required to declare any conflicts of interests. If such a conflict exists, they will be excluded from the peer review process.

 

Copyright and Licensing

Biomedicinska istraživanja is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

All authors of Biomedicinska istraživanja retain copyright and grant the journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

 

Errata

Errata refer to errors introduced into the article by the author(s), editorial office or the publisher. Once an article has been published online, mistakes can be corrected only by publishing an erratum. Biomedicinska istraživanja will publish errata to communicate necessary corrections to such errors. Once published, the erratum will be indexed and linked to the original paper, but neither the print or electronic versions of the original paper will be amended.

 

Retractions 

Articles may be retracted because of major errors or breaches of ethics such as drawing conclusions on faulty logic or computation, obtaining data on poor equipment, as well as using falsified or fabricated data. Retractions may be requested by the article author(s), academic or institutional sponsor, editor or publisher. The retraction confirms the Editor-in-Chief, or the editor in charge of the paper consulting the Editorial Board.

Co-authors should be acquainted with the problems and the pending retraction request. Retraction notice will be published containing information about the original article title, author list, and the reason for the Retraction. Retracted articles will be marked as “Retracted”.