Author Guidelines

Manuscript Organization and Submission

All correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise specified. Manuscpript is to be submitted online via    and it must be accompanied by a Cover Letter and Title Page indicating that the manuscript is intended for publication, specifying the article category (i.e. research article, review etc.) and including information about the manuscript (see the Submission Checklist). Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word 2003 and upper versions. In addition, Copyright Agreement Form that has to be signed by all authors must be submitted.

1.         The manuscripts should be in A4 paper standards: having 2.5 cm margins from right, left, bottom and top, Times New Roman font style in 12 font size and line spacing of 1.5.

2.         The manuscript should not exceed 12 pages.

3.         If the manuscript was previously presented at a scientific meeting, the title of the manuscript, the name, place and date of the meeting should be given as a note on the first page.

4.         If the manuscript was produced from a master’s or doctoral thesis, the title of the thesis, year, name of institute and place should be given as a note on the first page.

5.         Figures, Tables and Graphics: Figures, tables and graphics must be indicated at the end of the relevant sentence. They must be submitted together with the manuscript as separate files. The images must be .jpg or .gif files scanned at 600 × 600 and 300 dpi resolution. Abbreviations used must be indicated in the caption beneath the figures, tables and graphics. If the figure, table, graphics and illustration is reproduced from another source, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder and it must be indicated in the caption.

6.         Cover Letter: Cover Letter should include the category of the manuscript, confirm that “the paper is not under consideration for publication in another journal”, the statistical design of the research article is reviewed, last control for fluent English was done, journal policies detailed in Information for Authors have been reviewed, the references cited in the text and listed in the references section are in line with journal’s reference system and include disclosure of any commercial or financial involvement.

7.         Title Page: Title page must be submitted together with the manuscript. The title page is to include fully descriptive title of the manuscript, short title of the manuscript not exceeding 40 characters including spaces, category of the manuscript, affiliation, title, e-mail address, postal address, phone and fax number of the author(s), ORCID’s of the author(s), declaration of grant support, conflict of interest and acknowledgement if exists (see The Submission Checklist).

8.         Abstract: Submitted manuscripts must have before the introduction section, the abstract both in the language of the manuscript and English, and it should not exceed 200 words. Underneath the abstract, 3 to 5 keywords that inform the reader about the content of the study should be specified in the language of the manuscript and in English. The keywords should be according to Index Medicus: Medical Subject Heading (MeSH).

9.         The manuscripts should contain mainly these components: title, abstract and keywords; body text with sections, and references.

10.     When an abbreviation is made in the manuscripts, the long form should be written in the first use and the abbreviated form should be shown in parentheses next to it. The abbreviated form should then be used in the text.

11.     Article Types

a.         Research Article: Original research articles report substantial and original scientific results within the journal scope. Original research articles are comprised of Abstract, Key Words, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References and Figures, Tables and Graphics. The abstract must be structured as in below.

Abstract:  The abstracts in the language of the article and in English must be no longer than 200 words and structured as follows: aim, method, results, and conclusions.

Aim -the primary purpose of the article;

Method -data sources, design of the study, patients or participants, interventions, and main outcome measures;

Results -key findings;

Conclusions -including direct clinical applications.


Abstract must give information about the ground and the aim of the study, basic procedures (case selection, analytical or observational methods), main findings (specific weight and significance, if applicable) and basic conclusions. The novel and remarkable features of the study must be emphasized. Authors must ensure that the abstract would represent the whole study as it is the most prominent part of the work in the majority of electronic data bases.

Key Words: Up to 3-5  key words both in the language of the article and in English. English keywords should be in accordance with Index Medicus, Medical Subjects Subheadings (MeSH).


Introduction: This section must contain a clear statement of the general and specific objectives as well as the hypotheses which the work is designed to test. It should also give a brief account of the reported literature. The last sentence should clearly state the primary and secondary purposes of the article. Only, the actual references related with the issues have to be indicated and data or findings related with the current study must not be included in this section.

Methods: This section must contain explicit, concise descriptions of all procedures, materials and methods (i.e. data sources, participants, scales, interviews/reviews, basic measurements, applications, statistical methods) used in the investigation to enable the reader to judge their accuracy, reproducibility, etc. This section should include the known findings at the beginning of the study and the findings during the study must be reported in results section.

Results: The results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures, giving the main or most important findings first. The all the data in the tables or figures should not be repeated in the text; only the most important observations must be emphasized or summarized..

Discussion: The findings of the study, the findings and results which support or do not support the hypothesis of the study should be discussed, results should be compared and contrasted with findings of other studies in the literature and the different findings from other studies should be explained. The new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them should be emphasized. The data or other information given in the Introduction or the Results section should not be repeated in detail.

Conclusions: Conclusions derived from the study should be stated. For experimental studies, it is useful to begin the discussion by summarizing briefly the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice. The conclusions should be linked with the goals of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not adequately supported by the data should be avoided. New hypotheses should be stated when warranted, but should be labeled clearly as such.

Figures, Tables and Graphics: Figures, Tables and Graphics should be numbered in Arabic numerals in the text. The places of the figures, tables and graphics should be signed in the text.

b.         Review Article: Reviews prepared by authors who have extensive knowledge on a particular field and whose scientific background has been translated into a high volume of publications with a high citation potential are welcomed. These authors may even be invited by the journal. Reviews should describe, discuss, and evaluate the current level of knowledge of a topic in clinical practice and should guide future studies. Review article should contain title, abstract and keywords; body text with sections, and references.

c.         Case Report: Case reports consider new, interesting and intriguing case studies in detail. They should be unique and present methods to overcome any health challenge by use of novel tools and techniques and provide a learning source for the readers. Case reports comprise of: Abstract (unstructured summary), Key-words, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Figures. Written informed consent of the patient should be obtained and indicated in the manuscript.

12.     Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work submitted to the Journal for publication.