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Author Guidelines

Submission procedure

Authors have to REGISTER or log in with BJBMS before submitting their manuscripts.

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 cover letter. During submission provide a cover letter (comments) to the editor. Use this to

    (1) explain why your manuscript should be published
    (2) declare any potential competing interests and
    (3) suggest three potential reviewers (name, institution and e-mail address) for your manuscript.

    The reviewers must not have any conflict of interest related to the study or the authors, must not have published with any of the authors within last five years and must not work in the same institution with any of the authors.
    Type or paste your Cover letter in "STEP 1. Starting the Submission"
  • Figures and tables. Include the figure legends and tables at the end of the manuscript file, and if possible include the low-resolution figures too. Nevertheless, high-resolution figures (300 dpi) must be uploaded as supplementary files in "STEP 4 Supplementary files" of the submission procedure.
  • Data on authors. Submitting author has to enter data for all of the authors in "STEP 3. Entering the Submission's Metadata". Adding more authors is achieved by clicking "Add author" button found just below the form fields for the current author.
  • Writing guidelines. Before submitting, check your manuscript against the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) writing guidelines found at We highly recommend the authors to use the appropriate guideline when writing their manuscripts and review previously published articles in the Current Issue to familiarize with the structuring requirements of the BJBMS.
  • See the English language and scientific writing requirements here.   

Formatting requirements

Double spacing should be used throughout the manuscript. The manuscript should include the following sections:

  • Title page
  • Abstract and Keywords
  • Text
  • Acknowledgments (if any)
  • Declaration of interest
  • References
  • Tables, Figure legends (and low-resolution figures if possible)

Abbreviations and symbols

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.

Title page

The title of the manuscript should not be longer than 15 words. Provide full first and last names of the authors and their institutions as well as the corresponding author address and e-mail. Note that when submitting the manuscript, the e-mails of all the authors have to be provided in the online submission form. 


For Original Articles, the second page should carry an abstract of no more than 250 words. The abstract should not be structured, i.e., should not contain the subheadings; nevertheless, it should state the objective(s) of the study or investigation, basic methods (selection of study subjects or laboratory animals; observational and analytical methods), main results (giving specific data and their statistical significance, if possible), and the principal conclusions. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations.


The abstract should be followed by a list of 3 to 10 keywords or short phrases which will assist the cross-indexing of the article and which may be published. When possible, the terms used should be from the Medical Subject Headings list of the National Library of Medicine (


Original research articles should have standard sections headed Introduction, Materials and Methods (including ethical and statistical information), Results, Discussion, and Conclusion, although reviews may have a different format. Tables and figures should be included in the text (see below).


Provide the tables at the end of the manuscript. Number the tables according to their sequence in the text. The text should include references to all the tables. Each table should be assigned an Arabic numeral, e.g. (Table 3). Include a brief and self-explanatory title with explanations essential to the understanding of the table at the bottom of the table. Identify statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean or other where appropriate.


References to figures and tables should be made in order of appearance in the text and should be in Arabic numerals in parentheses, e.g. (Figure 2). Most file formats are accepted, but TIFF and EPS files, with fonts embedded, are preferred. If scanned, line art should be at a resolution of 800 dpi, and halftones and color at 300 dpi. All color values should be CMYK. Figures should be presented to a width of about 80 mm (one column) or, when the illustration demands it, to a width of about 160 mm. Photomicrographs must have internal scale markers. If photographs of people are used, their identities must be obscured, or the picture must be accompanied by written consent to use the photograph. If a figure has been published before, the source must be acknowledged, and written permission from the copyright holder for both print and electronic formats should be submitted with the material. Permission is required regardless of authorship or publisher, except for documents in the public domain. Figures may be reduced, cropped or deleted at the discretion of the editor.

Provide the figure legends at the end of the manuscript file. If possible, provide low-resolution figures within the manuscript file. However, high-resolution figures (at least 300 dpi) have to be separately uploaded as supplementary files in "STEP 4. Supplementary files".


References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they first appear in the text. They should be assigned Arabic numerals, which should be given in brackets, e.g. [17]. References should include the names of all authors when six or fewer; when seven or more, list only the first six names and add et al. References should also include full title and source information (Vancouver style). Journal names should be abbreviated as in MEDLINE.

For detailed information about how to cite different sources see: CITING MEDICINE, 2nd edition: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers 

Standard journal article

Tashiro H, Shimokawa H, Sadamatu K, Yamamoto K. Prognostic significance of plasma concentrations of transforming growth factor-beta in patients with coronary artery disease. Coron Artery Dis 2002;13(3):139-143.

More than six authors

Yetkin E, Senen K, Ileri M, Atak R, Tandogan I, Yetkin Ö, et al. Comparison of low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography and echocardiography during glucose-insulin-potassium infusion for detection of myocardial viability after anterior myocardial infarction. Coron Artery Dis 2002;13(3):145-149.


Heger JW, Niemann JT, Criley JM. Cardiology, 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2003.

Chapter in a book

Braunwald E, Perloff JK. Physical examination of the heart and circulation. In; Braunwald E, Zipes DP, Libby P (eds). Heart disease; a textbook of cardiovascular medicine, 6th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2001, pp. 45-81.

Personal communications and unpublished work should not feature in the reference list but should appear in parentheses in the text. Unpublished work accepted for publication but not yet released should be included in the reference list with the words 'in press' in parentheses beside the name of the journal concerned. References must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents.

English language

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

If a manuscript is accepted and it needs significant 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 the English language, during the copyediting, may also be charged to the authors.

Units of measurement

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. All hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI).

Revision of the manuscript: RESPONSE LETTER

The authors should provide a detailed response letter; please copy-paste each reviewer comment and provide specific responses to them. The authors must specify which changes were made in the manuscript (include page/line numbers). General statements (e.g. "comment accepted", "discussion corrected") should be avoided. The response letter should be written in such a manner that the responses could be forwarded to reviewers without prior editing.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and figure legends and tables are placed after the reference list.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. I have prepared the Cover letter which includes:

    (1) explanation why the manuscript should be published
    (2) declaration on any potential competing interests and
    (3) suggestion of three potential reviewers (name, institution and e-mail address) for the manuscript.


Copyright Notice

Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences offers two types of copyright for authors:

1. Transfer of the copyright to Association of Basic Medical Sciences of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, effective if and when the article is accepted for publication. For commercial use no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the Publisher. For non-commercial use, with a proper citation, any part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the Publisher.

2. Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) is applied to invited articles and offered to authors (additional fee of 200 EUR) who wish to retain the ownership of the copyright for their article. Under the CCAL authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy their article, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers. In most cases, appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original article. available. Learn more about open access. For more information about the license, please visit


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Processing Charge: 595.00 (EUR)

As of September 1st, 2018 article processing charge of 595 EUR applies for new submissions. Partial or complete APC waivers are possible. See the waiver policy below.

APC is paid only if the manuscript gets accepted for publishing. APC is charged to either author, their funder, institution or employer.

Articles published in Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences are Open Access and freely available online, immediately upon publication. This is made possible by an article-processing charge that covers the provision of online tools for editors and authors, article production and hosting, liaison with abstracting and indexing services.

BJBMS imposes high English language and scientific medical writing standards. For manuscripts with less than optimal English language, authors will be asked to have the manuscript corrected and provide a certificate of professional language editing and scientific medical writing. Else, authors may chose to arrange the paid language editing and scientific medical writing with the Journal's external collaborators.

The Journal publishes only high quality figures. Content of the figures (graph or composite figures quality, image colors, brightness and contrast, font legibility, spelling errors) as well as figure resolution, have to be of high quality. If the figures are suboptimal authors will be asked to improve the figures. If the authors are not able to improve the figures themselves, they may use the paid figure editing with the Journal's external collaborators.

Submission fees are NOT charged.

APC waivers may be approved for selected manuscripts. Authors applying for waiver should explain their reasons in the submission Cover letter. The main criterion for APC waiver is the importance and quality of the manuscript. Nevertheless, other criteria, at the discretion of Editorial Board, may be used.