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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.
  • I reviewed the Author guidelines for pre-submission requirements
  • Manuscript follows the BJBMS policies and formatting guidelines (see the Author Guidelines)
  • Manuscript is accurate and readable (see the Author Guidelines for scientific writing and language editing options)
  • I understand the costs and funding options of this journal (see the Article processing fee for more information)
  • I understand the Copyright notice
  • The content of the manuscript has not been published, or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • All the authors have approved the manuscript for submission.
  • Manuscript file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

Author Guidelines

Submission process


1.1 Have the supporting information ready

1.2 Prepare the manuscript according to formatting and language guidelines

1.3 Understand the costs and funding options for publishing in BJBMS


2.1 REGISTER or LOG IN at BJBMS website

2.2 Follow the multistep process to enter information and upload files.

Supporting information

Please make sure you have the following information available before you submit your manuscript:

Author information

Full names and email addresses of all co-authors on your manuscript.

Cover letter

A cover letter that includes 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 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 lead to further investigation in line with our misconduct policy.
  • Excluding peer reviewer. You may enter details of anyone who you would prefer not to review your manuscript.

Formatting requirements

Scientific writing and English language guidelines. Before submitting, check your manuscript against the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) writing guidelines found at http://www.equator-network.org/. We highly recommend the authors to use the appropriate EQUATOR guideline when writing their manuscripts. In addition, reviewing previously published articles in the Current Issue is useful to familiarize with the structuring requirements of the BJBMS. See the English language and scientific writing requirements here.

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

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 (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html).


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.

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 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.

Scientific writing and 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.

Revision of the manuscript: REBUTTAL 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.

Article processing fees

Articles published in Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences are Open Access and freely available online immediately upon publication. This is made possible by 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.

Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, therefore, levies an article-processing charge of €595.00 for each article accepted for publication.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). Article-processing fee waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount in the Cover letter, only during the submission process. APC is charged to either author, their funder, institution or employer. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

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

The Journal publishes only high-quality figures. The 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.

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