Author Guidelines




General Rules

Middle Black Sea Journal of Health Science publishes experimental and observational research articles, clinical reviews, case reports and review articles on health science. Manuscripts must be submitted online at

All submissions must be accompanied by a signed statement of scientific contributions and responsibilities of all authors and a statement declaring the absence of conflict of interests.

Any institution, organization, pharmaceutical or medical company providing any financial or material support, in whole or in part, must be disclosed in a footnote. Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with ICMJE-Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (updated in December 2013 -

An approval of research protocols by an ethical committee in accordance with international agreements (Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised 2002 - available at, “Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals - is required for experimental, clinical and drug studies. A form stating that the patients have been informed about the study and consents have been obtained from the patients is also required for experimental, clinical and drug studies. All submissions must be accompanied by a letter that states that all authors have approved the publication of the paper in the Middle Black Sea Journal of Health Science.

Submission of the studies requiring ethical committee decision must be accompanied by a copy of the submission to the ethical committee.



Submission of a paper to Middle Black Sea Journal of Health Science is understood to imply that it deals with original material not previously published, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted under multiple authorships are reviewed on the assumption that all listed Authors concur with the submission and that a copy of the final manuscript has been approved by all Authors. After acceptation of an article, it should not be published elsewhere in the same form, in either the same or another language, without the written consent of the Editors and Publisher. Upon acceptance of an article, Authors will be asked to transfer copyright (for more information on copyright see). This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A letter will be sent to the corresponding Author confirming receipt of the manuscript. A form facilitating transfer of copyright will be provided.

If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the Author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).

Authors in nonnative speaker of English should check and improve the English of their paper (before submission).

The layout and style should adhere strictly to the instructions. No revisions or updates will be incorporated after the article has been accepted and sent to the Publisher (unless approved by the Editors).




The Middle Black Sea Journal of Health Science welcomes submitted manuscripts online at Manuscripts submitted online are received on the day of submission and quickly assigned to reviewers. Through individual Author Centers on this website, authors can view the status of their manuscripts as they progress through the review process. Notification of the disposition of each manuscript will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author on the day of decision.

To establish your account for online submission, go to Authors are encouraged to check for an existing account. If you are submitting for the first time, and you do not have an existing account, then you must create a new account. If you are unsure about whether or not you have an account, or have forgotten your password, enter your e-mail address into the Password Help section on the log-in page. If you do not have an account, click on the Create Account link on the top right of the log-in page. You then will be able to submit and monitor the progress of your manuscripts.

Once you have logged in, you will be presented with the Main Menu and a link to your Author Centre. Submit your manuscript from the Author Centre. At the end of a successful submission and you will receive an e-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If this does not happen, please send an e-mail to

To submit your manuscript online, please prepare the text and illustrations according to the instructions listed below. You may enter and exit the manuscript submission process at the completion of each step. After submission of the manuscript, however, you will not be able to edit it.

Web submission is required- instructions are available for downloading on the website



A signed COPYRIGHT RELEASE FORM by all authors of the manuscript should be sent during manuscript submission.


Middle Black Sea Journal of Health Science

Editorial Office

Ordu University

Institute of Health Sciences

Cumhuriyet Campus

52200, Ordu, TURKEY

Tel: +90 (452) 226 52 14-5234

Fax: +90 (452) 226 52 28



Where possible, Authors should also include a list of three or more potential reviewers for their manuscript, with contact information (Full address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address).




Author should submit manuscript in both ways as explain in below:

1- Please keep text, tables and graphics as separate files in other word do not import the figures or tables into the text file. Text files should be supplied in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word. Text files should be supplied in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word.

2- Please insert all attachments that are tables, figures and graphics into the text file in appropriate place.

When mentioning parasites, bacteria, virus and fungi in the main text and references, the genus and species names must be italicized and the genus name must be written with an initial capital letter.

 Abbreviations should be expanded at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Graphic files: Each figure should be a separate file and not be embedded in the text.

All figure files must be submitted in sufficiently high resolution, for grey scale and color images 250 dpi and 500-800 dpi for line art) to allow for printing.


Electronic submission of articles via the Web

Full instructions for uploading data and files etc. are given on the website when submitting a manuscript. It is the responsibility of the Authors to create the proper files as instructed above for the electronically submitted manuscript. The editorial office cannot make conversions beyond the supported file types.

After online submission, there is no need sending a hardcopy of manuscript or illustrations to the Editors. Please note that the electronic files supplied will always be used to produce the illustrations, including those for the print version of the article; it is the Authors’ responsibility to ensure that these files are of suitable quality



Manuscripts should be prepared electronically using an appropriate MS Word compatible word-processing package, formatted for A4 or letter page size, double-spaced throughout with 3 cm margins on all sides, and using 12-point font. Text should not be justified, but flush left. Words should not be hyphenated to fit on a line. Pages should be numbered sequentially.

Title page: A separate title page should be submitted with all submissions and this page should include:

·       The title page should include full and short title English.

·       Meeting and congress presentations of the manuscript must be stated, if any.

·       Name(s), affiliations, highest academic degree(s) and ORCID ID’s of the author(s),

·       Grant information and detailed information on the other sources of support,

·       Name, address, telephone (including the mobile phone number) and fax numbers, and email address of the corresponding author,

Ethics Committee Approval: Ethics committee approval was received for this study from ………. Clinical Research Ethics Committee of ……………… University.

Peer-review: Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions: Concept - ……….. Design ………..; Supervision …………...; Materials - ……..,; Data Collection and/or Processing - ………………...; Analysis and/or Interpretation - ………………; Literature Review - ………………...; Writing - ……………………; Critical Review - ……………………………………


Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure: The authors declared that this study has /hasn’t received no financial support.



Abstract Page: The first page should include abstracts written English, and key words. The abstract of Original Articles should be structured with subheadings (Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion) (average 200-400 word).


Keywords: Keywords: Provide at least 3-6 keywords and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes. Key words in should follow the abstract. Please select keywords in Turkish Science Terms (


Research Reports should be divided into numbered sections headed by a caption

1. Introduction, 2. Methods, 3. Results, 4. Discussion, 5. Conclusion, 6. Conflict of Interest Disclosure, 7. Acknowledgements 8. References, Tables, Figures and Illustrations (with legends) sections.


Original Articles: This is the most important type of article since it provides new information based on original research. The main text of original articles should be structured with Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion subheadings.


Case reports should be divided into the following sections: 1. Introduction, 2. Case(s), 3. Discussion, 4. Conclusion, 5. References, Tables, Figures and Illustrations (with legends).


Introduction: The objectives of the research should be clearly stated in this section. Relevant background information and recent published studies should be described concisely, and be cited appropriately.


Methods: This section should contain all the details necessary to reproduce the experiments. Avoid re-describing methods already published; only relevant modifications should be included in the text. Experimental subjects when human subjects are used, manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject.

When experimental animals are used, the methods section must clearly indicate that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort.


Results and Discussion: These sections should present the results and interpret them in a clear and concise manner. Results should usually be presented descriptively and be supplemented by figures. Extensive citations and discussion of published literature should be not being used.


Literature references:

Care should be taken to cite Turkey-based studies and journal of national during the granting of resources (

In the text, references should be cited by authors’ surnames and year of publication. All references cited in the text (and only those cited in the text) should be included. One or two authors should be cited by surname; for three or more, the first author is cited followed by et al.:

… (Yaman, 2003) …

… (Yaman and Erturk, 2001)…

… (Erbil et al., 2003) …

… (Yaman and Erturk, 2001; Erbil et al., 2003; Gürgör, 2009; Sahin, 2010) …






References that are not cited by surname should be included at the end of a phrase or sentence in parentheses, in chronological order, separated by semicolons, except for two or more papers by the same authors, which should be separated by commas. References to more than one paper in the same year should be designated by letters:

... (Yaman and Erturk, 2001; Erbil et al., 2003; Karaman et al., 2007a, 2007b) …



While citing publications, preference should be given to the latest, most up-to-date publications. All references cited in the text should be listed at the end of the manuscript on page, arranged in alphabetical order of first author then year of publication. If an ahead-of-print publication is cited, the DOI number should be provided. The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the author. The references should include only articles that are published or in press. Unpublished data, submitted manuscripts, or personal communications should be cited within the text only. Personal communications should be documented by a letter of permission. All items in the list of references should be cited in the text and, conversely, all references cited in the text must be presented in the list. The abbreviations of journal titles should conform to those adopted by the List of Serial Title Word Abbreviations, CIEPS/ISDS, Paris, 1985 (ISBN 2-904938-02-8).

Journal titles should be abbreviated in accordance with the journal abbreviations in Index Medicus/ MEDLINE/PubMed. When there are six or fewer authors, all authors should be listed. If there are seven or more authors, the first six authors should be listed followed by “et al.”


Please use the following style for references:



Stephane A. Management of Congenital Cholesteatoma with Otoendoscopic Surgery: Case Report. Turkiye Klinikleri J Med Sci 2010; 30(2): 803-7.

Chapter in Edited Book

Hornbeck P. Assay for antibody production. Colign JE. Kruisbeek AM, Marguiles DH, editors. Current Protocols in Immunology. New York: Greene Publishing Associates; 1991. p. 105-32.

 Book with a Single Author

Fleiss JL. Statistical Methods for Rates and Proportions. Second Edition. New York: John Wiley and Sons; 1981.

 Editor(s) as Author

Balows A. Mousier WJ, Herramaflfl KL, editors. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. Fifth Edition. Washington DC: IRL Press. 1990.

Conference Paper

Entrala E, Mascaro C. New structural findings in Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts. Eighth International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA VIII); October, 10-14; Izmir-Turkey: 1994. p. 1250-75


Erakıncı G. Searching for antibodies against parasites in donors. İzmir: Ege University Health Sciences Institute. 1997.

 Article in Electronic Format

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis (serial online) l995 Jan-Mar (cited 1996 June 5): 1(1): (24 screens). Available from: URL: http:/


Review articles are only prepared and published by authors invited by the editorial board.






The use of color in illustrations can enhance the effective presentation of results, and we are pleased to offer free reproduction of color illustrations in the electronic version of MBSJHS. There is no charge for color reproduction of illustrations in the electronic version of the journal when the use of color is clearly required to further understanding and communication. It should be borne in mind that in the journal illustrations will appear either across a single column (=8.3 cm) or a whole page (=17.6 cm). The illustrations should be numbered in Arabic numerals according to the sequence of appearance in the text, where they are referred to as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.

If illustrations (or other small parts) of articles or books already published elsewhere are used in papers submitted to MBSJHS, the written permission of the authors and publisher concerned must be included with the manuscript. The original source must be indicated in the legend of the illustration in these cases.

Like the rest of the submission, the figures too should be blind. Any information within the images that may indicate an individual or institution should be blinded. The minimum resolution of each submitted figure should be 300 DPI. To prevent delays in the evaluation process, all submitted figures should be clear in resolution and large in size (minimum dimensions: 100 × 100 mm). Figure legends should be listed at the end of the main document.



Color reproduction:

On the Web: If you submit usable color figures with your accepted article, then these figures will appear in color on the Web, they are reproduced in black-and-white in the printed version of the article.

Tables: Tables should be so constructed together with their captions and legends. They should be prepared with minimal reference to the text.

Tables should be included in the main document, presented after the reference list, and they should be numbered consecutively in the order they are referred to within the main text. Tables of numerical data should each be typed (with one-spacing) and numbered in sequence in Arabic numerals (Table 1, 2, etc.). They are referred to in the text as Table 1, Table 2, etc. The title of each table should appear above it. A detailed description of its contents and footnotes should be given below the body of the table.



When submitting a revised version of a paper, the author must submit a detailed “Response to the reviewers” that states point by point how each issue raised by the reviewers has been covered and where it can be found (each reviewer’s comment, followed by the author’s reply and line numbers where the changes have been made) as well as an annotated copy of the main document.




Proofs will be sent by e-mail, as a pdf. Only printer’s errors may be corrected; no change in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed at this stage. It should be kept in mind that proofreading is solely the authors’ responsibility. A form with queries from the copyeditor may accompany the proofs. Please answer all queries and make any corrections or additions required. Corrections to the proofs must be returned by e-mail or fax within 48 hours after receipt. If the publisher receives no response from the authors after 3 days, it will be assumed that there are no errors to correct and the article will be published.


Page charges

There are no page charges.


A pdf file of each paper will be provided free of charge to the corresponding Author.



To be identified as an author, the participant should have contributed to the conception and design of the project, drafted substantive portions of the paper or edited or revised same, and taken responsibility for the analysis and conclusions of the paper.

Other participants with less responsibility for example those who merely assisted in carrying out the research should be identified and acknowledged for their contributions.


Disclosure Statement

All authors must disclose any affiliations that they consider to be relevant and important with any organization that to any author’s knowledge has a direct interest, particularly a financial interest, in the subject matter or materials discussed. Such affiliations include, but are not limited to, employment by an industrial concern, ownership of stock, membership on a standing advisory council or committee, a seat on the board of directors, or being publicly associated with a company or its products. Other areas of real or perceived conflict of interest would include receiving honoraria or consulting fees or receiving grants or funds from such corporations or individuals representing such corporations. This requirement will apply to every sort of article submitted to the journal, including original research, reviews, editorials, letters to the editor, and any others, and should be disclosed at the time of submission.

Authors are required to indicate whether there is any financial or other conflict of interest. If none, authors should make a positive statement to the effect that “The authors declare that they have no competing financial interests.”


The editorial board has the authority to make necessary revisions in the format of the manuscript (without making any revision in the context) that does not comply with the above-mentioned requirements.




The studies submitted to the Journal are accepted in Original research, Short papers, Case report, Review articles, Letter to the Editor, Surgical Technique, Differential Diagnosis, Original images, what is your diagnosis? And Questions and Answers categories

a) Original research: Prospective, retrospective and all kinds of experimental studies


English title, author names and institutions.

Abstract (average 200-400 word)




Discussion and conclusion

References (most 40)

Whole text should not exceed 4500 words except for resources and English summary.



b) Short papers: Prospective, retrospective and all kinds of experimental studies


English title, author names and institutions.

Abstract (average 200-400 word)




Discussion and conclusion

References (most 20)

Whole text should not exceed 2700 words except for resources and English summary.


c) Case Report: They are rarely seen articles which differs in diagnosis and treatment. They should be supported by enough photographs and diagrams.


English title, author names and institutions.

Abstract (average 100-300 word)


Case report

Discussion and conclusion

References (most 20)

Whole text should not exceed 2200 words except for resources and English summary.


d) Review articles: should be prepared directly or by the invited authors. It can be prepared can be prepared as to include the latest medical literature for all kinds of medical issues.

Particularly, the authors who have publications about the subject should be the reason of preference.


English title, author names and institutions.

Abstract (average 200-400 word)


The compilation text also including appropriate sub-headings,


References (most 50)

Whole text should not exceed 6550 words except for resources and English summary.


e) Letter to the Editor

English title, author names and institutions.

Abstract (average 100-300 word)

There is no need to open sub part in the letter text, it must be written as to include the main text and results.

Discussion and conclusion

References (most 15)

Whole text should not exceed 1200 words except for resources and English summary.


f) Surgical technique: Are the articles in which the surgical techniques are processed in details.


Abstract (average 200-400 word)

Surgical technique


References (most 15)



g) Differential Diagnosis: Are the case reports which have current value. Includes reviews for similar diseases.


Abstract (average 100-150 word)

Topics related to the subject.


References (3-5 inter)

h) Original Images: Rarely seen annotated medical images and photographs in the literature.


300 words of text and original images about the subject

References (3-5 inter)


ı) What is Your Diagnosis? Are the articles prepared as in questions and answers about rarely seen diseases which differ in the diagnosis and treatment?


Topics related to the subject.

References (3-5 inter)


i) Questions and Answers: Are the texts written in form of questions and answers about scientific educative –instructive medical issues.