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Author Guidelines

By submitting a manuscript authors warrant that their contribution to the Journal is their original work, that it has not been published before, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.

Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Authors must make sure that all only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors.

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via the Internet to the Sanamed journal ( through the online system. Authors have to REGISTER or LOGIN with SANAMED to submitting their manuscripts.

Manuscripts are be pre-evaluated at the Editorial Office in order to check whether they meet the basic publishing requirements and quality standards. They are also screened for plagiarism.

Authors will be notified by email upon receiving their submission. Only those contributions which conform to the following instructions can be accepted for peer-review. Otherwise, the manuscripts shall be returned to the authors with observations, comments and annotations.


Authors must follow the instructions for authors strictly, failing which the manuscripts would be rejected without review.

The text of the manuscript should be typed in Word format, Roman alphabet (Serbian Latin), with double spacing, using exclusively Times New Roman font, and font size 12 points. The text should be prepared with margins set to 25 mm and onto A4 paper size, aligned left  and the initial lines of all paragraphs indented 10 mm, without hyphenation.

The manuscript should be arranged as following: title page, abstract, key words, introduction, patients and methods / material and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements (if any), declaration of interest, references, tables, figure legends and figures.

Abbreviations should be defined on their first appearance in the text; those not accepted by international bodies should be avoided. Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract.

Each manuscript component (title page, etc.) begins on a separate page. All pages are numbered consecutively beginning with the title page.

References in the text are designated with Arabic numerals in parentheses, and the order in which they appear in the text.

Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on their behalf. The submitting author takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review.


The complete manuscript, which includes title page, short abstract, text of the article, literature, all figures and permisions for them and legends (tables, images, graphs, diagrams, drawings), title page and abstract in Serbian, can have the length:

  • up to 5000 words for original paper, paper on the history of medicine and literature overview,
  • for patient presentation, practice paper, educative article it can be up to 3000 words, and
  • other papers can be up to 1500 words.

The word count check in a document can be done in Word processor program in submenu Tools Word Count or File Properties Statistics.

All measurements, except blood pressure, are reported in the System International (SI) and, if necessary, in conventional units (in parentheses). Generic names are used for drugs. Brand names may be inserted in parentheses.

Authors are advised to retain extra copies of the manuscript. SANAMED is not responsible for the loss of manuscripts in the mail.


The title page contains the title, short title, full names of all the authors, names and full location of the department and institution where work was performed, acknowledgments, abbreviations used, and name of the corresponding author. The title of the manuscript should be no longer than 25 words.

A brief acknowledgment of grants and other assistance, if any, is included.

A list of abbreviations used in the paper, if any, is included. List abbreviations alphabetically followed by an explanation of what they stand for. In general, the use of abbreviations is discouraged unless they are essential for improving the readabillity of the text.

The name, telephone number, fax number, and exact postal address of the author to whom communications and reprints should be sent, are typed at the lower right corner of the title page.

Note that when submitting the manuscript, the e-mail adressess of all the authors have to be provided in the online submission form.


An abstract of less than 350 words concisely states the objective, findings, and conclusion of the studies described in the manuscript. The abstract does not contain abbreviations, footnotes or references.

Below the abstract, 3 to 8 keywords or short phrases are provided for indexing purposes.


All headings are written in capital letters and bold.

  • Original paper should have the following headings: introduction, aim, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references.
  • A case report include: introduction, case report, discussion, references.
  • Review of the literature include: an introduction, subheadings, conclusion, references.


The selection of patients or experimental animals, including controls is described. Patients' names and hospital numbers are not used.

Methods are described in sufficient detail to permit evaluation and duplication of the work by other investigators.

When reporting experiments on human subjects, it should be indicated whether the procedures followed were in accordance with ethical standards of the Committee on human experimentation of the institution in which they were done and in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Hazardous procedures or chemicals, if used, are described in detail, including the safety precautions observed. When appropriate, a statement is included verifying that the care of laboratory animals followed the accepted standards.

Statistical methods used, are outlined.


Results are clear and concise, and include a minimum number of tables and figures necessary for proper presentation.


An exhaustive review of literature is not necessary. The major findings should be discussed in relation to other published works. Attempts should be made to explain differences between results of the present study and those of the others. The hypothesis and speculative statements should be clearly identified. The discussion section should not be a restatement of results, and new results should not be introduced in the discussion.


References are identified in the text by Arabic numerals in parentheses. They are numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. Number of references should not exceed 30, except in the literature review, which is allowed to be to 50.

Avoid using abstracts as references and abstract older than two years are not cited.

References are cited by the so-called Vancouver rules, which are based on formats that use the National Library of Medicine and Index Medicus. The following are examples:

1. Article: (all authors are listed if there are six or fewer, otherwise only the first six are listed followed by "et al.")

Spates ST, Mellette JR, Fitzpatrick J. Metastatic basal cell carcinoma. J Dermatol Surg. 2003; 29(2):650-2.

2. Book:

Sherlock S. Disease of the liver and biliary system. 8th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Sc Publ, 1989.

3. Chapter or article in a book:

Trier JJ. Celiac sprue. In: Sleisenger MH, Fordtran J5, eds. Gastro-intestinal disease. 4 th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co, 1989: 1134-52.


Tables are typed on separate sheets with figure numbers (Arabic) and title above the table and explanatory notes, if any, below the table.


All illustrations (photographs, graphs, diagrams) are to be considered figures, and are numbered consecutively in the text and figure legend in Arabic numerals.

Photographs of identifiable patients are accompanied by written permission from the patient.

For figures published previously, the original source is acknowledged, and written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it is submitted.

Color prints are available by request at the author's expense.

Photos, drawings and other illustrations should be of good quality. Images must be subbmited in jpeg format.

Please refer to tables and figures with capitalisation and unabbreviated (e.g., “As shown in Figure 2...”, and not “Fig. 2” or “figure 2”).The tables and figures themselves should be given at the end of the text only, after the references, not in the running text.

Acknowledgements should be included in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.


The letter signed by all authors must be attached with the manuscript. The letter should consist of: the statement that the paper has not been published previously and that it is not submitted for publication to some other journal, the statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors who fulfill the authorship criteria. Furthermore, authors should attach copies of all permits: for reproduction of previously published materials, for use of illustrations and for publication of information about publicly known persons or naming the people who contributed to the creation of the work.



The manuscripts have to conform to standard scientific English language style, grammar and clarity. Authors are advised to have their manuscripts edited by native English language speaker (preferably a scientist), or professional language editing service, before submitting a manuscript. Clearly and well written manuscripts have much better chance of acceptance.


If a manuscript is accepted and it needs major improvement of English language, authors will be asked to correct the language. If the corrected language is still not satisfactory for publication the Journal will provide the language editing services at authors’ expense. Extensive corrections of the text, otherwise than English language, during the copyediting may also be charged to the authors.



All authors of papers from Serbia, have obligation, before they receive confirmation that the paper will be published in Sanamed, to pay part of expenses of printing, which is 2500 RSD for author, 1500 RSD for co-authors, for each paper. For paper author from abroad printing fees are 40 Euro, and 20 Euro for co-authors. Additionally will be charged each page with pictures in color, costing 30 Euro; black and white pictures will not be charged. Authors will be asked to complete the article processing charges when the manuscript is accepted for publication. The charges must be completed before the article is published.

Article processing charge waivers are possible and authors who want to apply for waiver should explain their reasons in the Cover letter when submitting the manuscript. The main criterion for the waiver is the quality of the manuscript. Nevertheless, other criteria, at the discretion of Editorial Board, may be used.

There are no hidden costs whatsoever.

Sanamed journal keeps the right of further distribution and paper printing.

For any further instructions and information, contact Editorial Board.



The paper which does not fulfill the conditions set in this instruction cannot be set to reviewers and will be returned to the authors for amendments and corrections. By following the instructions for writing the papers for Medical Journal, the time needed for the process of publication of papers in the journal will be shortened, which will have positive impact on the quality and regularity of publication of volumes.


Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright of the published papers and grant to the publisher the non-exclusive right to publish the article, to be cited as its original publisher in case of reuse, and to distribute it in all forms and media.