Instructions for Authors

Before submitting their paper to the Sanamed journal, authors should read the Instructions for Authors, where they will find all the necessary information on writing their manuscript in accordance with the journal’s standards. It is essential that authors prepare their manuscript according to established specifications, as failure to do so will result in paper being delayed or rejected. 

Authors please fill out Author statementPatient consent, and Conflict of interests forms when submitting your article.

From February 2022, Sanamed journal started using electronic journal management editing via the ASSISTANT system. All users of the system: authors, reviewers and editors must be registered with a unique email address. To register go to Registration.
Manuscripts are submitted in electronic form via ASSISTANT system. To access the system go to Login.

After internal review, Arrived manuscript is sent to reviewers for expert assessment by the Editorial Board. If reviewers propose changes or amendments, copies of reviews are submitted to authors with a request to enter the required changes to the text or explain its disagreement with the remarks of the reviewer. The final decision of acceptance for publishing is given by Editor in chief.

The journal is published in English, with the summary translated into Serbian.

Sanamed journal publishes papers that have not been, either in their entirety or partially, previously published, and that have not been accepted for publication elsewhere.  Sanamed journal publishes papers in English. The journal publishes the following article types: editorials, original papers, preliminary and short communications, case reports, review articles, current topics, articles for practitioners, history of medicine articles, medical ethics (clinical ethics, publication ethics), congress and scientific meeting reports, , invited commentaries, letters to the editor, book reviews, professional news, In memoriam and other articles.

The papers are always submitted with Abstract in both English and Serbian, included in the manuscript file. Foreign authors submit papers only in English  Generic names should be exclusively used for the names of drugs. Devices (apparatuses, instruments) are termed by trade names, while their name and place of production should be indicated in the brackets. If a letter-number combination is used, the number should be precisely designated in superscript or subscript (i.e., 99Tc, IL-6, O2, B12, CD8). If something is commonly written in italics, such as genes (e.g. BRCA1), it should be written in this manner in the paper as well.

If a paper is a part of a master’s or doctoral thesis, or a research project, that should be designated in a separate note at the end of the text. Also, if the article was previously presented at any scientific meeting, the name, venue and time of the meeting should be stated, as well as the manner in which the paper had been published (e.g. changed title or abstract).

CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT. The manuscript must be accompanied by a disclosure statement from all authors declaring any potential interest or stating that the authors have no conflict of interest. Conflict of interest statement form must be signed by all authors and submitted with manuscript.

AUTHORSHIP. All individuals listed as authors should be qualified for authorship. Every author should have participated sufficiently in writing the article in order to take responsibility for the whole article and results presented in the text..The authors should enclose the description of contribution to the article of every co-author individually (at the end of the manuscript).

PLAGIARISM.  All manuscripts have been submitted to Cross Check (software iThenticate) for plagiarism and auto-plagiarism control. 



Text of the paper should be typed in a word processing program Word, written in Latin, double-spaced, only in Times New Roman font size 12 points. All margins should be set at 25 mm, and the text should be typed with the left alignment and paragraph indentations of 10 mm, without dividing the words.

The manuscript should be arranged as following: title page, abstract, key words, introduction, patients and methods/material and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references, tables, figure legends and figures.

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. 

Manuscript volume

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 English, can have the length up to 5000 words for original articles, review articles and articles on history of medicine, while for patient presentation, practice paper, educative article it can be up to 3000 words, and other papers can be up to 1500 words.

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. 

Title page 

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 and contact details of the corresponding author. The title of the article is concise but informative, and it includes animal species if appropriate. A subtitle can be added if necessary.

A short title of less than 50 spaces, for use as a running head, is included.

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.

Abstract page

An abstract of less than 400 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.

The structure of work

All headings are written in capital letters and bold.

Original work should have the following headings: introduction, aim, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references.

A case report include: introduction, case report, discussion, references.

Review of the literature include: an introduction, subheadings, conclusion, references. 

Patients and methods/Material and methods

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 40, except in the literature review, which is allowed to be to 60. 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 reference list is the responsibility of the authors. Cited articles should be readily accessible to the journal’s readership. Therefore, following each reference, its DOI number should be typed. References should be numbered in Arabic numerals in order of citation in the text. The majority of the cited articles should not be older than five years.

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 sys-tem. 8th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Sc Publ, 1989.

3. Chapter or article in a book: Trier JJ. Celiac sprue. In: Sleisenger MH, For-dtran J5, eds. Gastro-intestinal disease. 4 th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co, 1989: 1134–2.


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

Figures and figure legends.

All illustrations (photographs, graphs, diagrams) are to be considered figures, and are numbered consecutively in the text and figure legend in Arabic numerals. The number of figures included is the least required to convey the message of the paper, and no figure duplicates the data presented in the tables or text. Letters, numerals and symbols must be clear, in proportion to each other, and large enough to be readable when reduced for publication.

Figures are submitted as near to their printed size as possible. Legends for figures should be given on separate pages. If magnification is significant (photomicrographs), it is indicated by a calibration bar on the print, not by a magnification factor in the figure legend. The length of the bar is indicated on the figure or in the figure legend. 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.

Letters to the Editor

Both letters concerning and those not concerning the articles that have been published in SANAMED will be considered for publication. They may contain one table or figure and up to five references.

Cover letter

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.

Costs of paper preparation

All authors of papers, 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 (in Dinar equivalent at the exchange rate on the day of payment), and 20 Euro for co-authors each. Additionally will be charged each page with pictures in color, costing 30 Euro; black and white pictures will not be charged.

For any further instructions and information, contact Editorial Board.

Article-processing fee waivers and discounts 

Sanamed is open access and require Article Processing Charges (APCs) to be paid following acceptance. To help support researchers who are unable to meet some or all of the costs associated with publishing  in Sanamed, or have some other reasons,  Sanamed jornal allows waivers or discounts.

Authors with insufficient funds from any country may apply for an APC discount or waiver at the point of submission in a Cover letter, explaining their reasons for this request. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Reviewers are granted cumulative discounts 

Note. The paper which does not fulfill the conditions set in this instruction cannot be sent to reviewers and will be returned to the authors for amendments and corrections. By following the instructions for writing the papers for Sanamed 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.

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