Instructions for authors

PONS Medical Journal publishes original results of experimental and clinical researches, examinations, specialized researches, case reports, elaborations of scientific methods, book reviews, reports of scientific and specialized meetings, the health economy news, health informatics and management, medical history researches, analyses of social aspects of health care, medical ethics researches, letter to the editor, together with other appropriate contents in medical domain and other related fields. Submitted manuscripts are peer-reviewed by independent expert reviewers. PONS Medical Journal publishes researches written in Serbian or English language.

Submission of manuscripts and further action. The manuscripts are submitted in paper form (three copies) and in electronic form (CD, DVD) at the editorial office address: INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH “POMORAVLJE” CUPRIJA, 35230 CUPRIJA, 78 MIODRAGA NOVAKOVICA STREET, with a note “FOR PONS MEDICAL JOURNAL”. Manuscripts are submitted electronically through the ASEESTANT (SouthEast European Journals Production Assistant) system approaching it by the link and only exceptionally by e-mail address of the journal: With the article,you are due to contribute a statement with signatures of all the authors that the article was not published and that it is not being considered to be published elsewhere. In case of the electronic application, you are to scan the statement with the signatures in pdf or jpg format and send it along with the manuscript. Published papers are not a subject of paying and the submitted material is not returned to the authors. Intellectual Property Copyright of published contents is transferred to the publishers, whereby authors retain the rights of non-commercial fair use for scientific and technical purposes: education, research, criticism and review. Manuscripts are submitted electronically through the ASEESTANT (SouthEast European Journals Production Assistant) system approaching it by the link

Categorization of the manuscript. According to the recommendations of UNESCO, and in accordance with JUS/ISO regulations and laws on standardization, categorization of articles published in journals is the following: a) the original scientific paper (includes results of original research, information in the papers must be elaborated and exposed so that the experiments can be repeated, and the analyses and conclusions, on which the results are based, can be checked), b) preliminary reports (includes scientific results whose character requires urgent publication, but does not have to allow checking and repeating of certain results), c) review article (represents a complete review of a certain problem on the basis of already published material that is collected, analyzed and commented in the review), d) professional article (represents a useful contribution from the field of the profession whose problem is not related to the original research and is primarily related to the review or play in the light of known research in order to spread knowledge and adaptation of original research needed by science and practice). The categorization of submitted manuscripts is done by the editorial board of the journal, primarily based on the evaluation of the reviewers.

Technical preparations. The manuscript is prepared on a PC in MS Office Word or similar text editor. The page format is A4 with all margins size 2.5 cm. Use font Times New Roman, size 12 (“points”), with Serbian Latin or English keyboard language, double space, justify, tabs (size) 1.27 cm. In the entire manuscript use the same style, for the separation and the display of content use only capital letters and / or numbering without using styles such as “Bold”, “Underline”, “Italic”. Stick to the rules of typing, after the punctuation mark leave a space, and for larger gaps use the tab. In the tables use only use the web (“grid”) without the use of punctuated, full or double lines. Images (photos and charts) are prepared in the appropriate applicative software (e.g. MS Office Excel, or Adobe Photoshop), in black and white versions (“grayscale”), resolution of 300 dpi and converted to JPG, TIFF or BMP.

The structure of the manuscript. Submitted manuscript should be prepared and structured according to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal editors (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) according to the latest version of the instructions published on the website The general structure of the original manuscripts consists of the following components: title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, statements about the conflict of interest with or without a statement of acknowledgement, bibliography, tables, figures, figure legends and a list of abbreviations. The structure of the other papers is tailored to the type of content. The maximum total volume of manuscripts should be approximately as follows: the original work of 12-15 pages, review article 15-20 pages, professional papers 10-12 pages, the work history of medicine from 8-10 pages, previous statements 6-8 pages, reports and news 2-4 pages, book reviews and letters to the editor 1-2 pages.

Home page contains the title of the paper, author names, institutions of the authors, contact address for correspondence author, a short title, word count, a number of tables and images.

Abstract should be structured (objective, method, results and conclusion), contains up to 250 words and at least 5 keywords according to the MESH headings. For the manuscripts written in Serbian language title page and abstract should be submitted also in English.

In the introduction of the original papers indicate the importance of the problems that are examined, the theoretical foundations on which the research and study goals are based.

In subjects and methods / materials and methods describe the general design of the research, place and time of the research, study population / sample, ways of objectively tracked outcomes and technical information, ethical aspects and statistical analysis.

RESULTS. Structure the results according to the logical course of the research. Indicate the most important characteristics of the study population or sample, submit accurate and detailed information with the measures of the central tendency (arithmetic mean, mode, median) and variability (standard deviation, standard error, confidence interval), according to their type and nature. In the results do not repeat information already presented in the attachments (tables and figures).

In the discussion part present the most important conclusions of the study in the light of previous findings, indicate possible methodological and other limitations and give a final conclusion, taking into account a narrower and broader scientific framework.

The type and number of references are adapted to the type and structure of the manuscript. Generally, you should use the smallest possible number of citations and give priority to works published in extenso, preferably in the most ranked, reviewed journals. Books, monographs and Internet-published contents use in exceptional cases. If it is not necessary, avoid specifying the works in press, papers published in very concisely (“abstracts”), unpublished results (unpublished observations), personal contact information (“personal communication”). In the text, literature is cited in Arab numerals in superscript, after punctuation marks, in order of appearance. In the bibliography list, the references are marked with appropriate numbers and sorted in ascending order. Cite up to six authors and if there are more of them the first three are placed with the addition of “et al.” or “I ost.”. References are listed in Serbian or English, and in other cases (except for quotations in Greek and Latin) titles are translated into English, indicating the original language in square brackets. Cite names of journals in the shortened form according to the MEDLINE database. References lead to the following examples:

o Connolly SJ, Ezekowitz MD, Yusuf S, et al. Dabigatran versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation. N Engl J Med 2009; 361(12): 1139-51.
o McPhee SJ, Papadakis M. Current medical diagnosis and treatment 2009. 48th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
o Mark DB. Decision making in clinical medicine. In: Fauci SA, Eugene Braunwald E, Kasper DL, et al., eds. Harrison’s principles of internal medicine, 17th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008: 16-23.
For other types of references, consult recent issue of PONS Medical Journal or the relevant recommendations of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Tables and figures should be cited in the text in appropriate place in brackets and apply them appropriately numbered in Arabic numbers, in order of appearance. Above a table place a title and below an additional information using the symbols in the following order: *, †, ‡, §, | |, ¶, **, † †, ‡ ‡. Legends of the images should be submitted at a separate page. The measures should be used for the International System of Units (International System of Units-SI) in special cases, alternative units according to scientific discipline and field.
Reprint. Authors receive 10 free reprints copies of the published work. In other cases, authors and other interested parties should contact the publisher via the editorial office.

Additional Notes
Editorial management of the professional and scientific journal content is completely independent. Responsibility for the accuracy of the presented information and original copyright content in their own works bear the authors themselves. All copyrights of the published contents are taken over by the owner of the journal. With the citation of sources, non-commercial fair use for scientific and technical purposes is allowed: education, research, criticism and review. The owner, publishers and associates of PONS Medical Journal disclaim any responsibility for any damage that may occur using any information published in the journal.