Guidelines for authors are intended for all future authors who wish to submit their manuscript to Biochemia Medica. You can download your copy and refer to it while preparing your manuscript.
Biochemia Medica is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine published in print (three times per year) and electronically (monthly). It is aimed to all professionals who share the same interest in medical biochemistry and laboratory medicine.
Manuscripts are published in English language only. All submitted manuscripts are given equal consideration, irrespective of the country they originate from, as long as the following main criteria are met:
The following topics fit into the scope of the Journal: general clinical chemistry, haematology, haemostasis, molecular diagnostics and endocrinology. Development, validation and verification of analytical techniques and methods applicable to clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine are welcome as well as contributions dealing with laboratory organization, automation and quality control. On a regular basis, the Journal also publishes educative preanalytical case reports (Preanalytical mysteries), articles dealing with applied biostatistics (Lessons in biostatistics) and research integrity (Research integrity corner).
Genetic association studies, studies on animal models and/or cell cultures are not in the scope of the Biochemia Medica journal.
Authors are invited to contact the Editorial Board, if in doubt about any aspect of scope, format or content of a proposed contribution.
Throughout the entire editorial process, Biochemia Medica follows the best practice guidelines developed by the Committee on publication ethics (COPE) (available at: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices) and Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/).
Editors at Biochemia Medica are committed to ensure the integrity and promote innovative and evidence-based sources of information in order to maintain the quality and ensure the impact of the papers published in our Journal, according to the principles set by Sarajevo Declaration on Integrity and Visibility of Scholarly Publications communication (http://www.cmj.hr/2016/57/6/28051276.htm).
Biochemia Medica is an open access journal and all its content is free and available at Journal’s webpage. Submission, publishing and manuscript processing are free of charge. The Journal is maintained and published with financial support from the members of the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CSMBLM) and grants given by the Republic of Croatia’s Ministry of Science and Education. All Editorial work and peer-review are maintained voluntarily. Occasionally, Biochemia Medica may publish a promotional material and advertisement in order to promote sponsorship with emphasis on the special subjects from the field of laboratory medicine. Advertisements are displayed randomly on Journal’s home page and are never linked to any specific content.
Article processing charges
Manuscript submission, article processing and publishing are free of charge.
Editorial board and journal management
Editors and reviewers are chosen according to the field of their expertise, scientific work and publications that correspond to Journal’s interests and scopes. Potential editors are educated in a period of two years during which they are obliged to attain a series of educational seminars on all aspects of editorial work. In addition, the candidates for editors are obliged to complete at least one manuscript review per month during the trial period of two years. Current editors educate trainees continuously during that time and make regular evaluations of candidates. Editorial board members are continuously educated on webinars, conferences and workshops organized by national and international organizations specialized in all aspects of editorial policies.
The Editor-in-Chief evaluates each submitted manuscript in order to establish if the main criteria for further manuscript consideration are met. Manuscripts that do not meet the main criteria are rejected without peer-review. The authors can resubmit the manuscript after thorough revision. Contributions that qualify for further consideration are further processed. After initial screening by the Editor-in-Chief, each manuscript is checked by Research integrity editor for any type of research misconduct or other questionable research practice that may have occurred. If any suspicion is raised at this point, a written report is compiled by the responsible Research integrity editor and forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief decides to return the manuscript for correction or rejects the manuscript because of unacceptable research practice. If there are no questionable research practices, the manuscript is further subjected to peer-review and additional editorial review of the methodological quality, statistical analysis, and data presentation by an Assistant editor. The estimated time from submission to the first decision is 6-8 weeks. If a manuscript is being considered for publication but requires modifications and improvements, a revision is requested. The authors should follow the reviewers’ comments in order to reply or rebut them, if applicable. Authors are usually given 4 weeks for manuscript revision. When all the requirements in the revision process are adequately fulfilled, the manuscript is accepted for publication.
After acceptance, the manuscript is being processed by a Technical editor in order to ensure that all contributions fulfil editorial standards. After final editorial processing, the copy edited PDF version of the manuscript is sent to the corresponding author for final proofreading. In this step of editorial process, only minor linguistic and spelling corrections are allowed without content alterations. Occasionally, authors might be asked to clarify or explain specific sections of the manuscript. Since no corrections or alterations are possible after final proofreading and following publication, authors are advised to check the edited version of the manuscript thoroughly and carefully. The corresponding author is asked to return the corrected version of the manuscript within 2 days.
Biochemia Medica gives equal consideration to every carefully performed study investigating an important question relevant to the Journal’s readership, whether the results are negative or positive.
Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the whole editorial process and also decision making responsibility.
In order to improve our editorial procedure and detect potential non-conformities, Editorial Board occasionally conducts research to obtain the information needed. All manuscripts submitted to Biochemia Medica may be used for such research.
Manuscripts that meet the scope of the Journal and are prepared according to Instructions for authors are sent to peer-review. The journal is not responsible for reviewing and proofreading congress and symposium abstracts. Biochemia Medica favours double-blinded peer-review process, which means that both reviewer and author remain unknown to each other. It is our belief that this model ensures objectivity during the process. All manuscripts are reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers. Each author may suggest up to three reviewers and also point out reviewers that he wishes to avoid. Editors are not obliged to follow the author’s suggestions and final choice of reviewers is made according to the manuscript’s subject area. Additionally, the manuscript may be reviewed by a statistical reviewer if shown necessary.
Biochemia Medica advises its reviewers to adhere to the Journal’s Guidelines for peer-reviewers available on the Journal webpage. In order to improve peer-review process and maintain high quality reviews, all peer-reviewers are encouraged to use Reviewer’s Check List (https://www.biochemia-medica.com/assets/images/upload/Reviewers__Authors/Checklist_for_reviewers_0.pdf) while reviewing the manuscript. For additional information on ethical standards in peer-review process, all reviewers are advised to read the article Šupak-Smolčić V, Šimundić AM. Peer-review policy and guidelines for Biochemia Medica journal. Biochem Med (Zagreb) 2014;24:321-8.
Editors may occasionally also wish to submit manuscripts to Biochemia Medica. All manuscripts submitted by the editors are considered and processed the same way as all other manuscripts received by the Journal and according to ethical standards for good editorial practice (available at: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices). In order to assure impartial decision making and avoid potential conflict of interest, the author of such manuscript is excluded from any editorial handling of the manuscript (review, editing and final decision).
The Editorial board of Biochemia Medica strongly promotes research integrity and aims to prevent any type of scientific misconduct and questionable research practice, such as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, redundant publication, and authorship problems. All submitted manuscripts are revised by Research Integrity Editor and checked using Crossref Similarity Check (powered by iThenticate) screening system for potential plagiarism (more information available at: https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/). Very basic definition of plagiarism given by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is “theft or misappropriation of intellectual property that includes unauthorized use of ideas or unique methods obtained by a privileged communication, such as a grant or manuscript review“ (available at: https://ori.hhs.gov/ori-policy-plagiarism). However, apart from blatant plagiarism there are many forms of misappropriation of other's ideas (patchwork plagiarism, technical plagiarism etc.) or recycling one's own text or ideas (salami publication, duplicate publication etc.). Therefore, all manuscripts are additionally checked for redundant publication by searching authors previously published work. If duplicate or salami publication is suspected, Editors will ask the authors for explanation. In resolving any potential scientific misconduct (detected prior or after publication), Biochemia Medica follows flowcharts provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and additionally consults COPE for any unclear cases (available at: http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).
More detailed editorial policies regarding other research integrity issues are published in Biochemia Medica’s special section called Research integrity corner. All authors are invited to contribute by preparing manuscripts for this section regarding any issue important for promotion of research ethics and integrity. Furthermore, we encourage all our readers, reviewers, and authors to report any misconduct or questionable research practice should they encounter one when reading of reviewing manuscripts in Biochemia Medica. Editors of Biochemia Medica are dedicated to investigating all raised concerns about submitted and published articles according to the protocol for dealing with allegations of misconduct given by the COPE (available at: https://publicationethics.org/misconduct). During the investigation, in order to be more effective, Editors of Biochemia Medica can contact other journals’ Editors involved in the case. In order to preserve highest ethical standards of editorial practice Editors of Biochemia Medica follow COPE recommendations for sharing the information among Editors (available at: https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines-new/sharing-information-among-editors-chief-regarding-possible-misconduct). Furthermore, Editors of Biochemia Medica are aware of the possibility to receive concerns about any research aspect by so called whistle-blowers. In the respect of resolving any raised issue we follow flowcharts given by the COPE for this specific situation: “Responding to whistle-blowers when concerns are raised directly” (available at: https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts/responding-whistleblowers-when-concerns-are-raised-directly) and “Responding to whistle-blowers when concerns are raised via social media” (available at: https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts/responding-whistleblowers-when-concerns-are-raised-social-media).
Article retractions or expressions of concern
If editorial investigation according to all relevant recommendations proves misconduct in the published article and if the article fulfils one of the listed reasons for retraction given by the COPE’s “Retraction guidelines” (available at: https://publicationethics.org/retraction-guidelines) than the Editors of Biochemia Medica will issue a Notice of retraction. Notice of retraction will be published according to the recommendation given in the COPE’s document and in respect to the checklist for retraction given by the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) (available at: https://ease.org.uk/publications/ease-statements-resources/ease-standard-retraction-form/). If there is no strong evidence for retraction but some concerns can be raised than an Expression of concern may be published.
IMPORTANT: Article corrections published as Corrigendum or Erratum are not in any way questionable research practices but corrections of unintentional mistakes made either by the authors of the article or by the Journal's editors during the manuscript editing process. If author correction are needed after publication, a request indicating the correction(s) needed should be submitted by the corresponding author to the Editorial office of the Journal. Editors will review the corrections requested according to the recommendations issued by ICMJE (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/). If acceptable, the corrections will be published in the form of Erratum or Corrigendum as soon as possible, referring to the original publication.
Biochemia Medica adheres to guidelines for authorship set forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html).
Each author should meet all four criteria as follows:
According to ICMJE: “In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work the author has done, an author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors. All those designated as authors, should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors.“ Those who made substantial contribution and meet all four authorship criteria but are not listed as authors are called ghost authors, whereas those who are listed as authors, despite their negligible contribution, are called honorary authors (guest authors or gift authors). Biochemia Medica does not allow honorary authorship. Instead, all who have made substantial contributions to the work but do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section (technical help, writing assistance, language translation service, general support, financial and material support). All contributors named in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript must give their permission to be named. Statement for such permission is included in the manuscript submission process.
Biochemia Medica has adopted the CRediT taxonomy (Contributor Roles Taxonomy available at: https://casrai.org/credit/) for recognition of contributor roles with the intention of better transparency and avoiding possible authorship disputes. CRediT offers authors the opportunity to uniformly share an accurate and detailed description of their diverse contributions to the published work. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the descriptions are accurate and agreed by all contributors. CRediT taxonomy defines 14 different contributor roles that cover all aspects of the study from the first concept to article publication. Each author’s contribution has to be defined by CRediT term that best describes his role in the study. Authors may have multiple roles and multiple authors may have the same role. CRediT statements for every individual author are provided during the submission process and will appear in a separate section of the published article. Please keep in mind that the authorship is still based on the above stated four ICMJE criteria.
In dealing with authorship disputes Biochemia Medica follows COPE guidelines and flowcharts (available at: https://publicationethics.org/authorship).
Biochemia Medica has adopted the ORCID system by which each author is identified with a unique identification number. ORCID ensures transparency in authorship and personal identification. It is easily obtained and available for free at http://orcid.org/. Each author is requested to provide his/her ORCID number.
If any changes in the authors list is made after initial submission or during revision of the manuscript, the corresponding author should contact the Editorial office of the Journal and explain the reasons for the change. All changes in the author list, including additions, deletions, order change or contributions differently attributed, must be approved by all authors. In resolving problems that may arise from authors’ list changes, Biochemia Medica is guided by COPE flowcharts available at: https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines-new/how-handle-authorship-disputesa-guide-new-researchers.
For more information on Biochemia Medica’s policy on authorship, readers and authors are encouraged to read the article Šupak-Smolčić V, Šimundić AM. Biochemia Medica’s editorial policy on authorship. Biochem Med (Zagreb) 2015;25(3):320-3.
Ethical approval and informed consent
When reporting trials on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures were in accordance with the ethical standards set by the responsible human experimentation committee (institutional and national) and latest version of the Declaration of Helsinki given by World Medical Association (available at: https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/). Ethical approval (institutional or national) should be obtained for every study that includes collection of additional patient sample of any biological material (more than those required for the medical evaluation). Information on ethical approval should be stated in the manuscript.
All subjects should sign an informed consent form and this information should be provided in the manuscript. Signed informed consent forms should be archived by the authors. The authors have to provide a statement that they have received and archived all patient informed consent forms, as required during the manuscript submission process. It should be noted that informed consent to participate in the research does not imply consent to publish personal individual data (names, pictures, hospital identification). Therefore, for publication that includes any individual data, patients must sign an informed consent. This is especially applied when it is not possible to obtain anonymity of the data without distorting scientific evidence.
Regardless of the preserved anonymity, patients presented in case report articles should always sign informed consent. Case reports without patients’ consent are not eligible for publication in Biochemia Medica. Specific types of case reports, Preanalytical mysteries, are not obliged to obtain informed consent if there are no patient's personal data revealed. If there is need to publish patient's rare diagnosis or specific demographic or personal data by which patient's identity can be implied, then the authors must obtain patient's signed informed consent.
In the spirit of promoting best practice guidelines given by COPE (available at: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices), Biochemia Medica will not consider for publication manuscripts in which the best ethical practice is not ensured, i.e. informed consent is missing and/or ethical approval is omitted.
To simplify the decision-making process on whether a type of study requires informed consent and/or ethical approval, authors are encouraged to consult the table below reprinted from Borovecki A, Mlinaric A, Horvat M, Supak Smolcic V. Informed consent and ethical approval in laboratory medicine. Biochem Med (Zagreb) 2018;28(3):030201.
Clinical trial registration and data sharing
Biochemia Medica will take into consideration manuscripts dealing only with registered clinical trials in a public trial registry. Clinical trials have to be registered before first patient was included in the study. Since clinical trials are interventional research studies involving humans, it is necessary to obtain highest degree of ethical standards and transparency and responsible research conduct. Furthermore, registration of clinical trial prevents any misuse or abuse of study data. Biochemia Medica endorses recommendation on clinical trials given by the ICMJE. More detailed information about the background on clinical trial registration are available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html.
There are numerous clinical trials registries and Biochemia Medica will give advantage to those which are registered in registries recommended by ICMJE because of more comprehensive and independent criteria for registration of trials. List of registries is available at: http://www.icmje.org/about-icmje/faqs/clinical-trials-registration/.
In respect to open science and complete transparency of research conduct, Biochemia Medica strongly encourages all authors to provide data collected during their study (i.e. data on which their results are based and conclusions drawn). There are numerous free repositories and Biochemia Medica does not endorse any but prefers those that can be connected to specific content using DOI number or to specific author ORCID related. Few examples of data repositories are:
Dryad Digital Repository (https://datadryad.org/stash)
Code ocean (https://codeocean.com/)
Harvard Datavers (https://dataverse.harvard.edu/)
For more information on specific requirements on data sharing please consult https://fairsharing.org/ or https://www.re3data.org/.
Authors should provide a Data availability statement during manuscript submission and this statement will be published at the end of the article. Authors should not incorporate this statement in the manuscript because it could impair anonymity of double blind peer-review. If for some reason authors are not able to share their study data, they should provide an explanation in the Data availability statement. Few examples of Data availability statements can be found at: https://www.springernature.com/gp/authors/research-data-policy/data-availability-statements/12330880.
Copyright and publication license
After a manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors must guarantee that all copyrights to the manuscript are transferred to Biochemia Medica. The publisher (Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine) has the right to reproduce and distribute the article in printed and electronic form without asking permission from authors. All manuscripts published online are subject to Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY which permits users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles in any medium or format. Also, users can remix, transform and build upon the material, provided the original work is properly cited and any changes properly indicated. Complete legal background of license is available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode.
Biochemia Medica requires authors to obtain and acknowledge copyright permission to use, reproduce or adapt any copyrighted material (i.e. figures, research tools) from another source (copyright holder).
Biochemia Medica archives all submitted manuscripts whether rejected or accepted and keeps them strictly confidential. The authors have the right to archive the accepted version of their work (postprint) or the final published article (version of record) in an institutional website, personal website, public repository or any other form of archive, provided the original work is properly cited and any changes properly indicated.
Biochemia Medica will consider for publication any manuscript that is in the Journal’s scope and prepared according to the Instructions for authors regardless of its existence in preprint database. Biochemia Medica does not consider trial preregistration, conference abstract or presentation as prepublication of submitted manuscript. However, authors should declare all accessible work that is connected to their manuscript.
All authors are welcome to submit an appeal if they feel there were irregularities during the submission process. Journal will provide an answer based on the stated editorial policy and in a timely manner. All appeals can be sent to the Biochemia Medica e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the appeal raises the concern about integrity of editorial process, peer-review process or editor’s decision, the Biochemia Medica will follow relevant flowcharts given by the COPE when dealing with such appeals. However, the Editor-in-Chief retains the editorial right to desk reject manuscripts that do not comply with the criteria for manuscript consideration. Flowchart for dealing with systematic manipulation of the publication process is available at: https://publicationethics.org/files/Systematic_manipulation_of_the_publication_process.pdf. If there is a concern about integrity of peer-review process we consult flowchart available at: https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts/what-do-if-you-suspect-peer-review-manipulation-0.
When the issue cannot be resolved internally than the anonymized case can be presented to COPE Forum or COPE Council for advice and help.
Readers and authors are also welcomed to submit comments to published articles. Authors of criticized article have the opportunity to respond to such comments. All such written material should be submitted as any other manuscript through on-line submission system.
During the manuscript submission process the corresponding author is asked to provide his ORCID ID number. Corresponding author is responsible for manuscript submission and represents the whole group of authors in the submitted manuscript during the editorial and production process. During the process of manuscript submission, the corresponding author is asked to fill a questionnaire regarding important aspects of manuscript processing such as: authorship statement and CRediT contributions, statement of originality (author(s) declaration that the manuscript has not been previously published elsewhere in any language and is not under consideration by any other journal), conflict of interest disclosure, protection of research participants, data availability statement, copyright transfer and publication license.
Instructions for authors comply with the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/). Editors hold the right to make all the necessary changes to the language and style of the original manuscript in order to adhere to the uniform standards of the Journal.
When reporting on specific study design, authors should prepare the manuscript according to relevant guidelines. Reporting guidelines were created in order to help the authors, editors, reviewers and readers to obtain enough detail to comprehend and evaluate the conducted study. All relevant data and updates on such guidelines are given by the EQUATOR Network (available at http://www.equator-network.org/) and the National Library of Medicine Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives (available at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/research_report_guide.html). Articles with specific study design should be submitted together with appropriate checklist also available at http://www.equator-network.org/.
Types of submission
Contributions to the Journal are classified into the categories listed in the table below. The maximum word count does NOT include the title, authors and affiliations, abstract, keywords, subheadings, table and figure legends, and references. However, it does include the text in the tables, if any.
For Letters to the Editor, authors are kindly asked to contact the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission. In general, Letters to the Editor report observations and discuss previously published original articles in the Journal. The authors of already published articles in the Biochemia Medica will be given the opportunity to Reply to Letters commenting their papers, and both contributions will be published together. Each Letter/Reply is limited to 1000 words, 5 references, 1 simple figure or 1 simple table. Letters to the editor should include an unstructured abstract.
Editorial papers are usually invited contributions. Editorials comprise expert opinions and observations on a specific topic of laboratory medicine or content published in the Journal. Editorials are limited to 1500 words, 10 references and should not include tables or figures. They should include an unstructured abstract.
Opinion papers reflect the author(s) original and personal view on a specific subject pertaining to laboratory medicine. The author(s) view should be original, innovative and supported by valid arguments based of already published data. Opinion papers are limited to 2000 words, 10 references and 2 tables or figures and should include an unstructured abstract. Unlike Editorials and Letters to the Editor, Opinion papers should not refer to or comment specific content published in the Journal.
Position papers are contributions limited to 2000 words, 10 references and 2 tables or figures. Their focus is a specific topic in laboratory medicine calling for discussion or reassessment of a neglected subject matter. They should contain a clear position on the topic discussed and propose clear solutions or actions. An unstructured abstract should be included.
Reviews and short reviews are submitted directly by the authors or are invited submissions. Reviews are intended to encompass a comprehensive overview of a topic, including clinical and analytical information, current relevance and future directions. The word count is limited to 5000 words and 100 references. A maximum of 8 illustrative figures or tables is allowed. Short reviews provide a general overview of a selected topic with basic information. The word count is limited to 3500 with 50 references. No more than 4 tables or figures should be included. Both contributions should include an unstructured abstract.
Original articles are submitted directly form authors. The subject investigated should be original and in the scope of the Journal. The novelties brought in an original article should be substantiated with detailed information in order to enable the reader to understand the subject and allow replication of the work presented. Original contributions should be structured as follows: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments (if applicable), References, and Tables and Figures. If further content organization is needed, subheadings within these main sections might be introduced. The abstract should be structured, as described in the formatting section below. The text word count is limited to 5000 words with a maximum of 30 references and 8 tables and figures. Supplementary data/materials for this type of contributions are allowed.
Short communications are concise formats submitted from authors and intended to briefly report original contributions and observations. Like original articles, they should be structured in the following sections: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments (if applicable), References, Tables and Figures. The text is limited to 1500 words, 10 references and 3 tables or figures. The abstract should be structured, as described in the formatting section below. Supplementary data/materials for this type of contributions are allowed.
Case reports are intended to be educational and briefly describe unusual or rare occurrences or observations in the field of laboratory medicine, especially in cases where the laboratory helped in diagnosis, follow-up and treatment of an individual patient or condition. The word count limit is 3000, with up to 30 references and 3 tables or figures. Case reports should include an abstract (structured or unstructured).
Biochemia Medica has introduced a specific section called Preanalytical mysteries intended to describe common or unusual preanalytical issues and the solutions on how to approach them. Preanalytical mysteries are essentially short case reports dedicated to educate laboratory professionals to better understand the various preanalytical challenges encountered in the laboratory and learn how to better deal with these issues. As for other case reports, the word count is limited to 3000, with up to 30 references and 3 tables or figures. Preanalytical mysteries should include an abstract (structured or unstructured). The text should be structured into the following sections: Introduction, Laboratory analyses, Considered diagnoses/Interventions/Further investigation (whatever applicable), What happened?/Solution, Discussion, What YOU should/can do in your laboratory to prevent such errors, Acknowledgments (if applicable), References, Tables and Figures. For Preanalytical mysteries, authors are referred to the template available in the article: Simundic AM, Cadamuro J, Cornes M. Biochemia Medica introduces new section: Pre-analytical mysteries. Biochem Med (Zagreb). 2017;27:418-20.
Lessons in biostatistics and Research integrity corner are specific invited contributions or submitted directly by authors, dedicated to educate authors and readers on different topics in applied biostatistics and research integrity issues. Both submissions are limited to 3000 words, 30 references and up to 8 tables and figures. An unstructured abstract should be included. Supplementary data/materials for this type of contributions are allowed.
Authors should refer to this section in order to ensure that the submitted manuscript is prepared, formatted and written in accordance to the Journal requirements and policies. Please note that contributions prepared according to the following requirements significantly reduce delays in the editorial process.
The manuscript should be written in British English and uploaded via the online submission system available on the Journal website (https://bm.manuscriptmanager.net/).
The following should be submitted:
Please note that a Manuscript file should not contain any information on the authors and their affiliation. Also, the Manuscript file name should not contain any reference to the author’s name. This is important because all manuscripts are sent for double-blind peer review.
During the on-line manuscript submission, corresponding author should provide accurate e-mail addresses of all authors.
The cover letter is not shared with reviewers and should contain the following:
The title page presents general information on the article and its authors. Those information should be submitted on separate page (not attached to the Manuscript file). The title page should include:
The corresponding author should be marked with an asterisk (*). The affiliations should be noted with a superscript number.
Giuseppe Lippi*1, Emmanuel J Favaloro2
1Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Department of Morphological and Biomedical Science, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
2Department of Hematology, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR), Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Australia
*Corresponding author: email@example.com
All types of manuscripts should contain an abstract.
All abstracts (unstructured and structured) are limited to 250 words and should be provided on a separate page in the Manuscript file (abstract only, without authors and affiliations). Structured abstracts (e.g. in original articles or short communications) should be structured into four headings: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, and Conclusions.
Please provide 3-5 keywords, whenever possible from MeSH database, available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html
A manuscript should be formatted as follows:
Please note that the cover letter and title page are not included into the manuscript file.
All pages of the manuscript (except for the cover letter and title page, which are attached separately) should be within a single document.
In the Introduction section, the authors should point out new information in the manuscript, the hypothesis, and the aim of their work. The Introduction section should not contain results and conclusions.
Materials and methods
The Materials and methods section should only include information that was available at the time the study was planned. All information obtained during the study should be provided in the Results section. The Materials and methods section should be structured in the following subheadings:
In the Subjects/Materials section it is recommended to include the following:
In the Methods section, methods, instruments (give the manufacturer’s name, town and country in parentheses), and procedures should be described in sufficient detail to allow other researchers to reproduce the results. For well-established methods, only references should be provided.
Example: All tests were run on Roche Cobas C501 chemistry analyser (Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Mannheim, Germany).
In the Statistical analysis section, authors should list all statistical methods used in the study and preselected level of significance (P). If possible, findings should be quantified and presented using appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (e.g., confidence intervals). For more details, please read: Simundic AM. Practical recommendations for statistical analysis and data presentation in Biochemia Medica journal. Biochem Med (Zagreb) 2012;22(1):15-23.
At the end of this section, authors should specify the statistical software used.
State the main or most important finding first. The data presented in the tables or figures should not be repeated in the text. Graphs should be used as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not present the same data in duplicate (e.g., in both graphs and tables). Exact P-values should be provided for all tested differences (e.g., write P = 0.048 instead of P < 0.05) rounded to three decimal places.
For more on graphical presentation authors are referred to: Sperandei S. The pits and falls of graphical presentation. Biochem Med (Zagreb) 2014:24(3):311–20.
Emphasize the new and important conclusion based on the study results in the context of the best available evidence. Do not repeat the data presented in the Introduction or Results section. Clearly state the limitations of the study.
Data availability statement
Data availability statement will be published at the end of each article according to the information provided by the authors during manuscript submission. Some examples of Data availability statements are:
Author contributions are reported according to CRediT taxonomy for each author listed on the by-line. Author contributions will be published at the end of each article as declared during manuscript submission.
All contributors who do not meet the authorship criteria (e.g. funding; general supervision of a research group or general administrative support; writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, and proofreading) should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. These persons must give verbal permission to be acknowledged. Authors should provide that statement during the manuscript submission process. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged and reported in the conflict of interest disclosure during the manuscript submission process.
Biochemia Medica endorses the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) (available at https://sfdora.org/) and promotes the proper usage and interpretation of various citation indexes and fair article referencing. For that reason the authors are advised to reference only original articles, avoid referencing irrelevant articles, personal communications or conference abstracts. In order to prevent artificial “citation boost” authors are encouraged to reduce the number of auto-citations. Authors are responsible for verifying the accuracy of the references by using an electronic bibliographic source, such as PubMed, or printed original articles. References must not refer to the retracted article except if the authors want to refer to the particular retraction.
Biochemia Medica applies Vancouver referencing style. Literature citation should conform to the standards available at NLM’s International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html. References should be numbered consecutively, using Arabic numerals in parentheses, in the order of appearance in the text and cited at the end of the sentence.
Prostatic carcinomas with final score <7 were considered low-intermediate grade; and, with final score >7 were considered high-grade (4).
If more than one reference at the time needs to be cited, list each reference number separated by a comma, or by a dash for a sequence of consecutive numbers. There should be no spaces between commas or dashes.
The specific antibody testing should minimally involve the solid-based assays which include classical ENA antigens (SS-A (Ro60), SS-B (La), Sm, RNP, Scl-70, and Jo-1) and dsDNA (6,28-31).
References cited only in tables or figures should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first appearance in the text of the table or figure. Also, the authors should NOT include DOI numbers at the end of cited reference.
Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the style used in the NLM Catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases, posted by the NLM and available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals.
The most common examples of reference citing are as follows.
Standard journal article:
Name all authors unless there are more than six, in which case list the first six followed by et al. The volume number should be included, omitting the month and issue number.
Punglia RS, D'Amico AV, Catalona WJ, Roehl KA, Kuntz KM. Impact of age, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and cancer on prostate-specific antigen level. Cancer. 2006;106:1507-13.
Chen L, Wang X, Carter SA, Shen YH, Bartsch HR, Thompson RW, et al. A single nucleotide polymorphism in the matrix metalloproteinase 9 gene (-8202A/G) is associated with thoracic aortic aneurysms and thoracic aortic dissection. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006;131:1045-52.
Organization as author:
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in particpants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40:679-86.
Both personal authors and organization as author:
Vallancien G, Emberton M, Harving N, van Moorselaar RJ; Alf-One Study Group. Sexual dysfunction in 1,274 European men suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms. J Urol. 2003;169:2257-61.
Article published electronically ahead of print
Cals JW, Kotz D. Effective writing and publishing scientific papers, part X: choice of journal. J Clin Epidemiol. 2013 Oct 31 [cited 2013 Nov 7]. [Epub ahead of print].
Forthcoming (formerly in-press) and preprints
Since manuscripts in preprint databases are not peer-reviewed it is not advisable to reference them as source of information in the submitted manuscripts. Exceptions can be made if a specific manuscript in preprint database is the material of investigation for the presented study or if the authors refer to the preprint article as an example of preprints. All other types of referencing preprints as a major source of information cannot be accepted.
Bar DZ, Atkatsh K, Tavarez U, Erdos MR, Gruenbaum Y, Collins FS. Biotinylation by antibody recognition- A novel method for proximity labeling. BioRxiv 069187 [Preprint]. 2016 [cited 2017 Jan 12]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1101/069187
Alvarez R. Near optimal neural network estimator for spectral x-ray photon counting data with pileup. arXiv:1702.01006v1 [Preprint]. 2017 [cited 2017 Feb 9]. Available from: https://arxiv.org/abs/1702.01006
Rourke E, Hussain R, Buscombe JR, Hilson AJ. Overlying urostomy bag simulating urinary leak in a postrenal transplant MAG3 study. Clin Nucl Med. Forthcoming 2006 (can include date, volume and issue number if provided)
Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. Forthcoming 2002. (can include date, volume and issue number if provided)
Book or handbook:
Burtis CA, Ashwood ER, Burns DE, eds. Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics. 4th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders; 2006.
In language other than English:
Gamulin S, Marušić M, Kovač Z. et al., eds. [Patofiziologija]. 5th ed. Zagreb: Medicinska naklada; 2002. (in Croatian)
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, eds. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.
In language other than English:
Vrkić N. [Smjernice za laboratorijsku dijagnostiku akutnog koronarnog sindroma]. In: [Dijagnostika hitnih stanja]. Topić E, ed. Zagreb: Medicinska naklada; 2006. (in Croatian)
Dag Stat. Mackinnon A. Available from: https://www.biostats.com.au/DAG_Stat/. Accessed May 5th 2006.
Kanneganti P, Harris JD, Brophy RH, Carey JL, Lattermann C, Flanigan DC. The effect of smoking on ligament and cartilage surgery in the knee: a systematic review. Am J Sports Med [Internet]. 2012 Dec [cited 2019 Feb 19];40(12):2872-8. Available from: http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/40/12/2872
Stockhausen L, Turale S. An explorative study of Australian nursing scholars and contemporary scholarship. J Nurs Scholarsh [Internet]. 2011 Mar [cited 2013 Feb 19];43:89-96. Available from: http://search.proquest.com/docview/858241255
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