INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

 

Biomedicinska istraživanjaa peer-reviewed, open access, bi-annual journal of Faculty of Medicine Foča, University of East Sarajevo, publishes original scientific articles, previous and short communications, literature reviews, case reports, history of medicine pieces, articles for practitioners, educative articles, comments on articles already published and letters to the editors from all areas of medicine, dentistry, special education and rehabilitation and nursing.

 

Open access. Open access model of Biomedicinska istraživanja provides immediate and free access to all articles as soon as they are published online. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

 

There is no article submission fee, no article processing fee and no fee to access the published papers. 

 

Conditions. The journal publishes only those papers that have not been published previously in whole or partly, except in abstract form and which are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts are subject to independent and editorial review. Papers are printed in Serbian or English with short abstracts in both Serbian and English.

 

 

General Guidelines. The text of the articles should be typed succinctly in Serbian Latin or in English. Abbreviations should be used only exceptionally, only for very long names of chemical substances or for names of well-known abbreviations such as AIDS, DNA etc. Each abbreviation should be explained at its first appearance in the text. The names of symptoms and signs cannot be shortened as well as the names of diseases with anatomical or histological specificity. Use metric units (SI) and generic medicine names; the appliances should be marked by their trade names while the name and place of the manufacturer should be bracketed.

 

The text should be typed in Word, double-spaced, only in Times New Roman 12 pt font, size A4 with 2.5 cm margins and with left alignment. Each paragraph should be 10 mm indented, without division of words. Pagination begins from the title page on the bottom margin.

 

Cited bibliographical references should be marked with Arabic numerals in square brackets,  e.g. [3, 4] in their order of appearance in the text.

 

Use standard graphic programmes for Windows, Microsoft Office (Excel) to design graphic attachments. Avoid colouring and shading of the background in computer design of graphs.

 

The Length of Papers. The length of papers (excluding the abstract and references) must not exceed 12 pages for review articles, 10 pages for original scientific articles, 6 pages for history of medicine pieces, communications, articles for practitioners and case reports and 2 pages for letters.

 

Preparations of the Papers. The papers should be prepared in accordance with the Vancouver agreement (V Edition, review from 1997), initiated by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: www.icmje.org – http://www.icmje.org/urm_full.pdf

 

Title Page. The title page of the manuscript should include:

  • A title of the paper without abbreviations;
  • Full names and surnames of the authors without titles and indexed by numbers;
  • Official name of the institutions where the authors work, the place and the country, in the order which matches indexed numbers of the authors;
  • Short title;
  • At the bottom of the page should be: Name and surname of the author responsible for correspondence, his address, telephone numbers and e-mail address;
  • This page may include sources of support and acknowledgements, according to author’s wishes.

 

Abstract and keywords. Original scientific articles, previous and short communications, articles for practitioners, case reports, review and history of medicine pieces should include an abstract on a separate sheet of paper, not exceeding 250 words. The abstract of original article and communication should have the following structure: aims, methods, results (if possible, state specific data and their statistical significance) and conclusion. The abstract of case report should have introduction, case outline and conclusion. The abstract of review and history of medicine articles do not have to be structured in this way.

 

At the end of abstract, key words or shorter phrases (3 to 5), important for fast identification and classification of an article, should be included. Medical Subject Headings – MeSH  (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh) should be used for selection of the keywords.

 

Abstract in English. On a separate sheet of paper print the title of the paper, full names and surnames of the authors, names of institutions, abstract and key words in English if the paper is written in Serbian. For papers written in English, it is necessary to provide an abstract in Serbian together with the abstract in English.

 

Structure of the article. All section headings should be in boldface. Original articles should have the following section headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and References. The review article includes: Introduction, corresponding section headings, Conclusion and References. The author of a review article should use auto-citations (references in which he was the author or co-author) of papers published in peer-reviewed journals. The case report should consist of: Introduction, Case outline, Discussion and References. No names of patients, initials or numbers of medical records, particularly in illustrations, should be mentioned. Case Reports should not have more than seven authors.

 

Tables. Each table should be on a separate sheet, numbered in Arabic numerals in their order of appearance in the text. The title of a table should illustrate its contents and be printed above the table. Abbreviations used in the tables should be explained in the footnotes.

 

Graphs. Submit only high-quality drawings made in Excel. Data used in graphs and diagrams should be provided. The titles of the graphs and footnotes for each drawing should be written on a separate page and indexed by Arabic numerals in order of their appearance in the text.

 

Figures (Photographs). Submit only original high-quality black-and-white photographs on a separate page. The title of the figure should be printed on a separate page, too.

 

If any of tables, illustrations or photomicrographs has already been published elsewhere, written consent for re-publication (in print and online) must be obtained by the author from the copyright holder and the author(s) of the original article. Such permission should be attached to the cover letter.

 

Acknowledgment. List all those individuals having contributed to preparation of the article but not having met the criteria of authorship, such as individuals providing technical assistance and running the department securing general support. Financial and all other support in the form of sponsorship, grants, donations of equipment, medications, etc. should be mentioned, too.

 

References. They are printed on a separate sheet of paper, double-spaced, in Arabic numerals, in the order of their appearance in the text. The number of references should not exceed 30, except in review article where up to 50 is allowed. Approximately 80% of cited works should be original scientific papers, while the remaining 20% may include books, book chapters or review articles. The majority of the cited articles should not be older than five years. Abstracts should be avoided as references.

 

References are cited according to so-called Vancouver rules (Vancouver style). Use abbreviated names of journals according to Index Medicus. The names of first six authors are to be listed. If there are more than six autors,  add ‘et al.’ after the sixth author.

 

Citation Examples

Journals article:

Jasselon J, Kuser BY, Wier MR. Hepatitis B surface antigenemiain a chronic hemodialysis program. Am J Kidney Dis 1987;9(6):456-61.

Chapters in a book:

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; p.93-113.

Books:

Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA.Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

Articles from a congress or meeting:

Vuković B, Šeguljev Z. Virusni hepatitisi – aktuelan epidemiološki problem. Dani preventivne medicine. 1998, Niš. Zbornik rezimea. Niš: Institut za zaštitu zdravlja; 1998; p. 51-64.

Dissertations:

Radosavljević V. Faktori rizika za nastanak malignih tumora mokraćne bešike. Doktorska disertacija. Univerzitet u Beogradu, 1999.

Journal articles in electronic format:

Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun; 102(6):[about 3 p.]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htm Accessed August 12, 2002

Web pages on the Internet:

Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/. Accessed Jul 9, 2002

 

Cover letter. The cover letter, enclosed with the manuscript, should includes the following: the statement that the paper has never been published and concurrently submitted for publication to any other journal; the statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors who have met the criteria of authorship; and conflict of interest statements. Furthermore, the authors should submit the copies of all permits for: reproduction of formerly published material; use of illustrations and publication of information on known people or disclosure of the names of people having contributed to the work.

 

Proofs. An electronic proof is sent to the corresponding author. Only typographical errors should be corrected. The corrected proof should normally be returned within 48 hours.  Do contact the Editorial Office for an extension if you are circulating proofs to your co-authors, please.

 

Submission. Manuscripts with all attachments should be submitted to the following e-mail address: biomedicinskaistrazivanja@yahoo.com