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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.
  • Before you submit, read the Author guidelines for pre-submission requirements.
  • Make sure your manuscript is accurate and readable (see the Author Guidelines for scientific writing and language editing options)
  • Download the BJBMS Manuscript template file to make sure your manuscript follows the BJBMS formatting guidelines.
  • Understand the costs and funding options of this journal (see the Article processing fee for more information)
  • Understand the Copyright notice.
  • Confirm that the content of this manuscript has not been published, or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Confirm that all the authors have approved the manuscript for submission.

Author Guidelines

Journal Scope

The Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences (BJBMS) reaches readers across a wide range of medical disciplines. The journal publishes basic and translational/clinical research submissions in all biomedical specialties, including Genetics and Molecular biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Biomaterials, new and emerging research and diagnostic methods, new and emerging medical entities, and others.  <top>

Article types

Research article


Systematic review/Meta-analysis

Short communication

Letter to editor

Case report with a literature review



Statement article<top>

Journal Sections

BJBMS covers preclinical and translational/clinical sciences and research articles are designated to the following sections:


Molecular biology







Translational and clinical research

New and emerging methods

New and emerging medical entities<top>

Submission process

Before submission

1. Prepare the Author information and Cover letter.

Author information: Full names, email addresses, and ORDID iDs of all co-authors in the manuscript. All the authors will receive an email to link their ORCID iD with the submission. See here why the ORCID iD is important and why it should be used. 

Cover letter: include the following information:

  • An explanation of why your manuscript should be published in BJBMS.
  • An explanation of any issues relating to journal policies.
  • A declaration of any potential competing interests
  • Peer reviewers. You may suggest or exclude potential peer reviewers for your manuscript. If you wish to do so, please provide institutional email addresses where possible, or information which will help the Editor to verify the identity of the reviewer (for example an ORCID or Scopus ID). Intentionally falsifying information, for example, suggesting reviewers with a false name or email address, will result in rejection of your manuscript and may impact future submissions.
  • If you have previously served as a peer-reviewer for BJBMS you are eligible for Benefits for reviewers. Provide the submission numbers or titles of the manuscripts you reviewed to get an APC discount.   

2. Prepare the manuscript according to Manuscript preparation guidelines.
3. Prepare the figures files (if applicable).
4. Understand the costs and funding options for publishing in BJBMS.


1. REGISTER or LOG IN at BJBMS website
2. Follow the multistep process to enter information and upload files. <top>

Manuscript preparation

Scientific writing and English language

Before submitting, check your manuscript with made by the EQUATOR Network writing guidelines. The guidelines may be found at Using the appropriate guideline when writing your manuscript improves the quality of the manuscript significantly and improves the chance for publication. Another tool called may also be helpful in the initial screening of completeness of your manuscript. Also, reviewing previously published articles in the Current Issue is useful to familiarize yourself with the structuring requirements of the BJBMS.

The manuscripts have to conform to standard scientific English language style, grammar, and clarity. Authors who feel that their manuscript may benefit from additional academic writing or language editing support before submission are encouraged to seek out such services at their host institutions, engage with colleagues and subject matter experts, and/or consider professional English language editing vendors. Clearly and well-written manuscripts have a much better chance of acceptance. Please note that the use of these services is not mandatory for publication in the BJBMS, and BJBMS does not endorse or take responsibility for these service providers.

These professional language editing services offer discounts to BJBMS authors:

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Accepted manuscripts are subject to evaluation of the quality of English language and scientific writing. Manuscripts deemed requiring significant improvement of the language or writing will be returned to authors for corrections. If the corrections do not meet standards for publication, authors are advised to refer to experienced companies that provide professional language editing services.


Download and use the formatted BJBMS manuscript template to avoid formatting errors. 

BJBMS manuscript template

The main manuscript file must include the following sections:

  • Title page
  • Abstract and Keywords
  • Text
  • Acknowledgments (if applicable)
  • Declaration of interest
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figures with figure legends

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 process. 


The second page should carry an abstract of about 250 words, except for Letters to Editor and Commentaries. 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 that 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.


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). Line art should be at a resolution of 600 dpi, and halftones and color at 300 dpi. 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. 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.

Blot and gel reporting requirements

BJBMS imposes the following quality and transparency policy for blot and gel image results to ensure the integrity and scientific validity of blot/gel data reporting.

The authors have to provide original, uncropped, unadjusted, or otherwise manipulated images during the peer review process or before the manuscript acceptance. The authors will be contacted by the Editorial office to provide the images by email, or if the files are large, using an appropriate file transfer service.

For more details on the original blot and gel images and reporting the blot/gel results, please consult the PLOS ONE Blot and Gel Reporting Requirements on which the BJBMS policies were built. 

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).


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 the 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. <top>

Revised submissions and Response to reviewers

The authors should provide a detailed response letter; please copy-paste each of the reviewer's comments and provide specific responses to them. The authors must specify which changes were made in the manuscript and highlight the changes in the revised manuscript file. 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.<top>

Article processing fees

Articles published in the BJBMS are Open Access and freely available online immediately upon publication. This is made possible by an article-processing charge (APC) that covers the provision of online tools for editors and authors, article production and hosting, liaison with abstracting and indexing services, and other editorial services.

See the article processing fees here.

Institutional membership program

This program allows APC discounts if the corresponding author's institution participates in our Open Access Institutional membership program. Partial or all of the publication costs may be covered by the author's institution at a reduced APC (more details available at the Institutional membership page). <top>


BJBMS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license to published articles. Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but they allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited. Appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original article.<top>

Revised: April 2020

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