Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
The journal publishes original scientific papers, reviews, preliminary reports, professional articles, case reprots and other types of publications.
- Original scientific articles- present the authors'own investigations and their interpretations.They should contain data which could be the basis to check the obtained results and reproduce the investigative procedure.
- Review articles - provide a con densed, comprehensive and critical review of a problem on the basis of the published material being analyzed and discussed, reflecting the current situation in one area of research.
- Preliminary reports-contain scientific results of significant importance requiring urgent publishing; however, it need not provide de- tailed description for repeating the obtained results. It presents new scientific data without a detailed explana- tion of methods and results. It contains all parts of an original study in an abridged form.
- Professional articles-examine or reproduce previous investigation and represent a valuable source of knowledge and adaption of original investigations for the needs of current science and practise.
- Case report -deal with rare casu istry from practise important for doctors in direct charge of patients and are similar to professional articles. They emphasize unusual characteristics and course of a disease,
unexpected reactions to a therapy, application of new di agnostic procedures and describe a rare or new disease.
- Other types of publications- The journal also publishes feuil letons, book reviews, extracts from for- eign literature, reports from congresses and profession- al meetings, communications on activities of certain medical institutions, branches and sections, announce- ments of the Editorial Board, letters to the Editorial Board, novelties in medicine, questions and answers, professional and vocational news.
Preparation of the manuscript
The covering letter:
– It must contain the proof given by the author that the paper represents an original work, that it has nei- ther been previously published in other journals nor is under consideration to be published in other journals.
– It must confirm that all the authors meet criteria set for the authorship of the paper, that they agree
completely with the text and that there is no conflict of interest.
– It must state the type of the paper submitted (an original study, a review article, a preliminary report, a
professional article, a case report).
Use Microsoft Word for Windows to type the text. The text must be typed in font Times New Roman,
page format A4, single space (for tables as well), borders of 2.5 cm and font size 11pt. The manuscript should
contain the following elements:
1. The title page.
The title page should contain a con cise and clear title of the paper, without abbreviations, then a short title , full names and sur names of the authors indexed by num bers corresponding to those given in the heading along
with the full name and place of the institutions they work for. Contact information including the academic degree(s), full address, e-mail and number of phone or fax of the corresponding author (the author responsible for corre spondence) are to be given at the bottom of this page.
The summary should contain up to 250 words, without abbreviations, with the precise re view of problems, objectives, methods, important results and conclusions. It should be structured into the paragraphs as follows: – original and professional papers should have the introduction (with the objective of the paper), material and methods, results and conclusion
– case reports should have the introduction, case report and conclusion
– review papers should have the introduction, sub- titles corresponding to those in the paper and conclusion. It is to be followed by up to 10 Key Words from the list of Medical Subject Headings, MeSH of the American National Medical Library.
3. The text of the paper.
The text of original studies must contain the following: introduction (with the clearly defined objective of the study), material and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, list of abbre viations (if used in the text) and not necessarily, the ac- knowledgment mentioning those who have helped in the investigation and preparation of the paper. – The text of a case report should contain the fol lowing: introduction (with clearly defined objective of the study), case report, discussion and conclusion.
Abbreviations should not be used in the title, summa- ry and conclusion. Only commonly accepted abbrevia- tions (such as DNA, MRI, NMR, HIV…) should be used. The list of abbreviations used in the text, together with
the explanation of their meaning, is to be submitted at the last page of the manuscript. –
All measurements should be reported in the met- ric system of the International System of Units – SI.
Temperature should be expressed in Celsius degrees (°C). and pressure in mmHg. – No names, initials or case history numbers should be given.
Introduction contains clearly defined problem dealt with in the study (its nature and importance), with the relevant references and clearly defined objective of the investigation and hypothesis.
Material and methods should contain data on de- sign of the study (prospective/retrospective, inclusion and exclusion criteria, duration, demographic data,follow-up period). Statistical methods applied should be clear and described in details.
Results give a detailed review of data obtained dur ing the study. All tables, graphs, schemes and figures
must be cited in the text and numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text.
Discussion should be concise and clear, interpreting the basic findings of the study in comparison with the
results of relevant studies published in international and national literature. It should be stated whether the hypot hesis has been confirmed or denied. Merits and demerits of the study should be mentioned.
Conclusion must deny or confirm the attitude to- wards the problem mentioned in the introduction. Con- clusions must be based solely on the author’s own re- sults, corroborating them. Avoid generalised and unnec- essary conclusions. Conclusions in the text must be in accordance with those given in the summary.
References are to be given in the text under Arabic numerals in parentheses consecutively in the order of their first citation. Avoid a large number of ci- tations in the text. The title of journals should be abbrevi- ated according to the style used in Index Medicus (http:// www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html). Apply Vancouver Group’s Criteria, which define the order of data and punc- tuation marks separating them. Examples of correct forms of references are given below. List all authors.
Articles in journals
* A standard article
Ginsberg JS, Bates SM. Management of venous thromboembolism
during pregnancy. J Thromb Haemost 2003;1:1435-42.
* An organisation as the author
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension,
insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose
tolerance. Hypertension 2002;40(5):679-86.
* No author given
21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ.
* A volume with supplement
Magni F, Rossoni G, Berti F. BN-52021 protects guinea pig from
heart anaphylaxix. Pharmacol Res Commun 1988;20 Suppl 5:75-8.
* An issue with supplement
Gardos G, Cole JO, Haskell D, Marby D, Pame SS, Moore
P. The natural history of tardive dyskinesia. J Clin Psychopharmacol
* A summary in a journal
Fuhrman SA, Joiner KA. Binding of the third component
of complement C3 by Toxoplasma gondi [abstract]. Clin Res
Books and other monographs
* One or more authors
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical
microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
* Editor(s) as author(s)
Danset J, Colombani J, eds. Histocompatibility testing 1972.
Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1973:12-8.
* A chapter in a book
Weinstein L, Shwartz MN. Pathologic properties of invading
microorganisms. In: Soderman WA Jr, Soderman WA, eds.
Pathologic physiology: mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia:
Saunders; 1974. p. 457-72.
* A conference paper
Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza’s computational
effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA,
Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, Tettamanzi AG, editors. Genetic programming.
EuroGP 2002: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference
on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland.
Berlin: Springer; 2002. p. 182-91.
* A dissertation and theses
Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey
of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant
(MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.
* A journal article in electronic format
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes:
the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun
[cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 1 p.]. Available from: http://
* Monographs in electronic format
CDI, clinical dermatology illustrated [monograph on CDROM].
Reevs JRT, Maibach H. CMEA Multimedia Group, producers.
2nd ed. Version 2.0. San Diego:CMEA;1995.
* Acomputer file
Hemodynamics III: the ups and downs of hemodynamics
[computer program]. Version 2.2. Orlando (FL): Computerized
Educational Systems; 1993.
5. Attachments (tables, graphs, schemes and pho tographs). The maximum number of attachments al- lowed is six!
– Tables, graphs, schemes and photographs are to be submitted at the end of the manuscript, on separate
pages. – Tables and graphs are to be prepared in the for- mat compatible with Microsoft Word for Windows
programme. Photographs are to be prepared in JPG, GIF, TIFF, EPS or similar format.
– Each attachment must be numbered by Arabic numerals consecutively in the order of their appear- ance in the text
– The title, text in tables, graphs, schemes and legen ds must be given in English language. – Explain all non-standard abbreviations in footnotes using the following symbols *, †, ‡, §, | |, ¶, **, † †, ‡ ‡ . – State the type of colour used and microscope ma gnification in the legends of photomicrographs. Photo micrographs should have internal scale markers. – If a table, graph, scheme or figure has been previ ously published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it.
6. Manuscript submission
The manuscripts can be submited on the web-page: www.jms .mk .The authors have to register with the journal prior to submitting their manuscript, or, if already registered, they can simply log in and begin the step process.
7. Additional requirements
Papers which have not met the criteria of will not be taken into consideration. The Editorial review of the paper will be announced not later than six weeks after the submission of the paper. The Editorial Board reserves the right to make a decision regarding the publication of the paper according to the policy of JMS even if the review is positive.
Contact the technical secretary for all add.
Journal follows editorial recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (available at: http://icmje.org/recommendations/