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The editorial policy of Biomedicinska istraživanja is designed according to the advices and recommendations of Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE). Submission of a manuscript to a Biomedicinska istraživanja implies that all authors have read and agreed to the content of its editorial policy and that the manuscript conforms to it.

Peer review

All manuscripts are subject to internal assessment and external reviews. Upon submission, each manuscript is evaluated by one of the editors. If its content corresponds to one of the scientific fields that the journal covers, it is sent for double-blind peer review by at least two independent expert referees. Remarks and suggestions of reviewers, if any, are sent to the author for manuscript revision.

If the authors are asked to resubmit the manuscript with changes, as well as response to comments, the editor may send the revised manuscript with author’s responses to the reviewers for further review. The final decision on publishing the paper is made by Editor-in-Chief.


All individuals listed as authors should be qualified for authorship. Every author should have participated to a satisfactorily degree in the article in order to take responsibility for the whole article, as well as for the results presented in the text. Authorship is based only on: crucial contribution to the article conception, obtaining results or analysis and interpretation of results; design of manuscript or its critical review, which of significant intellectual value; final revision of the manuscript preparing for publication.

All other individuals having contributed to the preparation of the article should be mentioned in the Acknowledgment section, with the description of their activities, and their written consent.

Procedures for Changes in Authorship

Once a manuscript has been submitted to Biomedicinska istraživanja, authorship changes (additions, removals, change in order of names) must be approved by the Editor-In-Chief or Associate Editor. Requests for changes must be made by the corresponding author, signed by all co-authors. For removals, the person removed must also send a letter to the editor acknowledging this change. The editor also has the right to contact any or all of the authors or co-authors to confirm the authorship changes.


The research described in submitted manuscripts that involves human subjects, volunteers must adhere to the principles of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2004,  all available at:  http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html  Research involving animals must adhere to Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (National Academy Press, Washington DC, 1996). All investigations involving humans or animals reported in Biomedicinska istraživanja must be conducted in conformity with these principles, which should be clearly stated in the manuscript.

Consent of the competent ethical committee is obligatory, as well. Manuscripts concerning human medical research or case history should contain a statement about obtaining the subject’s written consent.

Ethics and Malpractice in Publication

All involved parties, including the author, editor of the ‘’Biomedicinska istraživanja’’, peer reviewer, and publisher, are expected to adhere to the highest standards of publication ethics as established by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Practices such as data falsification or fabrication, plagiarism, including self-plagiarism without appropriate citation, and misappropriation of work are strictly prohibited. Any instances of ethical misconduct will be taken very seriously and handled following the guidelines set by COPE.

Copyright and Licensing

Biomedicinska istraživanja is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

The submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been previously published (except as an abstract, part of a lecture, or thesis) and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.T o reproduce any third-party material, such as tables, figures, or images, in an article, authors must secure permission from the copyright holder and comply with any requirements the copyright holder may have regarding this reuse. Written proof that such permissions have been obtained from the rights-holder must be provided to the Editors. It is also the author’s responsibility to include acknowledgments as required by the specific institutions. Clearance for use in both the print and online versions of the journal is particularly important, and we cannot accept permissions that are time-bound because we maintain journal articles as part of our online journal archive.

All authors of Biomedicinska istraživanja retain copyright and grant the journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.


Upon manuscript submission to the ‘’Biomedicinska istraživanja’’, it is assumed that the manuscript is original, unpublished, and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Plagiarism is considered as the reuse of text, data, figures, or images without proper acknowledgment or permission, as well as the paraphrasing of text, concepts, and ideas. All plagiarism allegations are thoroughly investigated in line with COPE guidelines.

Please be aware that all submissions undergo a rigorous plagiarism check. All papers submitted will be scrutinized by iThenticate Plagiarism Detection. Any paper exhibiting clear signs of plagiarism will be outrightly rejected.

Conflict of Interest Statement 

The ‘’Biomedicinska istraživanja’’ Editorial Board requires a declaration of any conflict of interest upon online submission. If the manuscript is published, conflict of interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper. Authors are required to submit the statement in which they disclose any sponsorship or funding arrangements relating to their research or the conflict of interest statement. This note should be added in a separate section before the reference list. If no conflict exists, authors should state: The authors declare no conflict of interest. For additional information on different types of conflict of interest, see World Association of Medical Editors (WAME, www.wame.org ), under “Policy statement on conflict of interest”.

Editors and reviewers are also required to declare any conflicts of interests. If such a conflict exists, they will be excluded from the peer review process.

Policy on Withdrawal and Retraction

Standards for handling withdrawals or retractions of published papers have been established by various library and scholarly bodies, and ‘’Biomedicinska istraživanja’’has adopted this practice for paper withdrawal or retraction.

In the electronic version of the original paper, a link is provided to the withdrawal (retraction) note where it is clearly stated that the paper has been withdrawn (retracted). The original paper remains unchanged, except for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “withdrawn” or “retracted.”


Errata refer to errors introduced into the article by the author(s), editorial office or the publisher. Once an article has been published online, mistakes can be corrected only by publishing an erratum. Biomedicinska istraživanja will publish errata to communicate necessary corrections to such errors. Once published, the erratum will be indexed and linked to the original paper, but neither the print or electronic versions of the original paper will be amended.


Articles may be retracted because of major errors or breaches of ethics such as drawing conclusions on faulty logic or computation, obtaining data on poor equipment, as well as using falsified or fabricated data. Retractions may be requested by the article author(s), academic or institutional sponsor, editor or publisher. The retraction confirms the Editor-in-Chief, or the editor in charge of the paper consulting the Editorial Board.

Co-authors should be acquainted with the problems and the pending retraction request. Retraction notice will be published containing information about the original article title, author list, and the reason for the Retraction. Retracted articles will be marked as “Retracted”.