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Preparing the article, authors should be guided by the following rules that take into account Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.


1. General rules

In the journal there will be published the results only of studies performed in compliance with the rules of biomedical ethics and GCP (Good Clinical Practice) standards.

All the authors of the article should be included in the first correspondence with the editorial staff. The author identified as the formal corresponding author is responsible for all feedback with the editorial staff (see item 2).

Previously published articles will be discarded.

All articles, including those prepared by the postgraduate students and applicants for Ph. D. degree upon the results of their own research, shall be accepted for publishing free of charge, on a first in first out principle.

The articles, which do not correspond to our rules, will be rejected.

All received articles are refereed.

Board of editors reserves the right to proofread the articles, submitted for publishing.


2. Article and author information

Title page should include:

  • article title;
  • authors’ names (first and middle name initials, full surname);
  • full names of their departments/institutions where work was carried out (full addresses with postcodes);
  • e-mail address of the corresponding author.

For example:

Comprehensive treatment of metastatic rectal cancer patients

I.I. Ivanov1, S.P. Petrov2

 1N.N. Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology, Ministry of Health of Russia; 24 Kashirskoe Shosse, Moscow 115478, Russia;

2National Medical Research Radiology Center, Ministry of Health of Russia; 3 2nd Botkinskiy Proezd, Moscow 125284, Russia

Contacts: Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov

Last page should include:

1) information about the corresponding author:

  • full name (first, middle and surname);
  • position held;
  • graduate degree;
  • ORCID – international personal identifier (more info:;
  • personal identifier in RINC system (more info:;
  • phone number.

2) information about each of the other authors:

  • full name (first, middle and surname);
  • position held;
  • graduate degree;
  • ORCID (if any);
  • e-mail address.


3. Style

Articles are accepted in DOC, DOCX, RTF format. Font – Times New Roman, size 14, 1.5 space. All pages should be numbered.


4. Word count (excluding figures/tables and references)

Research articles – not greater than 12 pages (larger volume is allowed on an individual agreement with the editorial board).

Clinical cases – no more than 8 pages. Review articles – up to 20 pages. Short reports and editorials – 3 pages.


5. Abstract

Abstract in Russian and English (preferably) are required. Should be presented on a separate page. Abstract should briefly repeat structure of the article, regardless of its subject.

No more than 2500 characters, including spaces. Summary should not contain references and illustrations.

Keywords: 3 to 10 keywords in Russian and English (if possible) should be presented below the abstract.


6. Article structure

Research article should consist of the following sections:

  • introduction;
  • materials and methods;
  • results;
  • discussion;
  • conclusion;
  • acknowledgments (section is optional).

In addition, in accordance with the rules of Scopus and PubMed, the article should contain:

  • conflict of interest (see item 6.2.2);
  • source of funding (see item 6.2.3);
  • informed consent of patients (for research articles and reviews of clinical cases) (see item 6.2.4);
  • compliance with principles of bioethics (for research using laboratory animals) (see item 6.2.4).

The above data should be given after the list of references.


6.1 Sections of research article

Introduction. Brief review of the issue with a reference to the most significant publications, reason for the necessity to perform the study, objectives.

Materials and methods. Details of the study methods, inclusion criteria, study design, statistical analysis. The presented methods should ensure the possibility of reproducing the results of the study. Values of the measurements must comply with the International System of Units (SI). When referring to an equipment and/or drugs used in the study one should indicate manufacturer and country of origin in the brackets; when listing drugs and chemicals one should specify their international nonproprietary (common) name, dose, administration route.

If required by the study conditions, please specify Ethics Committee that had approved it; as well as the fact of signing the informed consent by the participants.

Results. Should be presented in a logical sequence, reflect the data of the above-noted study without reference to literary sources. Results are presented clearly, in form of short descriptions with the references to the charts, tables and figures.

Discussion. Selection of new and important aspects of the results of the study, analysis of possible mechanisms and results interpretation. If possible, comparison of own results with other studies. An inclusion of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice and application of the data obtained in the future studies is mostly welcome.

Avoid repetition of information in the section “Introduction” and detailed data listing from the section “Results”.

Conclusion. Should be short and concise (no more than 1 paragraph). Summing up the work done and hypothesis of the authors on the data significance in the framework of pathogenesis, treatment, diagnosis; prospects for the use of the obtained data.


6.2 Ethics and additional article attributes

6.2.1 Authorship

According to the recommendations of the ICMJE, the right to be referred as the author have those persons who made significant contribution to the conception and design of the study or in the data analysis and its interpretation, actively participated in drafting the article or making fundamental changes, participated in the final approval of the version that is to be published and ready to take responsibility for the contents of the article.

The first in the list of authors should be the head of the research team that took the greatest part in the work and preparation of the article. He should also be a corresponding author (who is responsible for communication with the editorial staff and readers after the publication of the article). When approving the final version of the article, the corresponding author should make sure that all co-authors have seen it and approved it for publication.

The sole provision of funding, provision of laboratory materials and tools, technical article editing, scientific advice or general management of the research team do not justify inclusion in the group of authors.

All team members who do not meet the criteria for authorship, but who have assisted in conducting the research and writing the article, should be listed with their consent in the “Acknowledgment” section. For example:
The authors are grateful to MD A.A. Ivanov for scientific advice and corrections of the article and to V.V. Petrov, the chief doctor of City Clinical Hospital No. 1, for administrative support of the study.


6.2.2 Conflict of interest

At the end of the article you must specify conflicts of interest for all authors. Conflict of interest implies the existence of any relations and/or personal interest that potentially can affect results, interpretation of data, its objective perception, such as financial relations and cooperation with any organizations (e.g., receipt of fees, educational grants, participation in expert councils, membership, work relations, consulting work, ownership of a shop in a private property or other interests) or non-financial interest (e.g., personal or professional relationships, acquaintance and so on) concerning issues discussed in the article and/or materials.

If there is no conflict of interest, please specify the following statement at the end of the article:
Conflict of interest
Authors declare no conflict of interest.


6.2.3 Research funding

For research article it is necessary to indicate whether the research received financial support, and the source of funding (grant, company support, etc.). For example:
Financing. The study was performed without external funding.
Financing. The study was performed with the support of Pfizer Inc.
Financing. The study was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (grant No. 14-50-50-069).


6.2.4 Rights of patients and rules of bioethics

Patients have a right to protect their privacy that is not to be disclosed without their consent. Information that allows personification (including patient names, initials, numbers of hospitals and medical case histories should not be published in form of written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless this information has a great scientific value, or if the patient (its parents or guardians) will not provide a written consent to the publication. In this case, authors should inform patients whether there is likelihood that the material, which allows personification will be available via the Internet after publication. Authors should submit written patients informed consent to the editorial board for distribution of information and report about it in the article:
Informed consent. All patients gave written informed consent to participate in the study.

If the article includes a review of one clinical case:
Informed consent. The patient gave written informed consent to the publication of his data.

If the patient is under 18 years old:
Informed consent. There is given the parental informed consent to the publication of child’s data.

If several children are included in the study:
Informed consent. There is given the parental informed consent to the children’s participation in the study.

When using laboratory animals for the study, it is necessary to indicate whether the study protocol complied with the principles of bioethics and all standards for conducting biomedical research involving animals:
Compliance with principles of bioethics. The study was performed in accordance with ethical principles adopted by the European Convention for the protection of vertebrate animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes.


7. Measurement units and abbreviations

Units are provided in the International System of Units (SI). If the study was carried out by using devices that provide measurements in other units, you need to convert them to SI system with an indication of the conversion factor, or software version in “Materials and methods”.

Abbreviations are not allowed, except for those that are generally accepted. All abbreviations in text of the article must be fully decrypted at the first mention (e.g., neuromuscular disease (NMD)).

Gene name should be specified in italics, protein name – in normal font.


8. Illustrative material

Illustrative materials include photographs, figures, images, diagrams, graphs, charts, tables. Files of illustrative material should be able to reproduce high-quality images in the electronic and printed versions of the journal. If data from any other source are used – published or unpublished, the author is obliged to provide permission for their use and cite the source in the legend, otherwise it will be considered as plagiarism and the publication will not be accepted.

Number of illustrations should match the volume of the information in the text.

Illustrative material should be submitted as a separate files and should be accompanied by links in the appropriate places in the text of the article, references should be in round brackets, e.g., (fig. 1), (table 1).

Photos are submitted in TIFF, JPG format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). If the photo is small (for example, 3 ×4 cm), you should choose a resolution of 1200 dpi when scanning. Eyes of the patients or healthy subjects on photos are to be masked. If not, the author should submit patient's written permission.

Figures, images, graphs, charts, diagrams are presented in Microsoft Office Excel or Office Word format. If you cannot provide them in this format, please contact the editorial staff.

All figures must be numbered and provided with captions in Russian and English. All inscriptions in figures, images, graphs, charts, diagrams should be translated into English too.

Fragments of figure should be presented as lower-case letters in Russian – “a”, “b”, etc. All abbreviations, symbols in form of curves, letters, numbers, etc., used in the figure should be decrypted in caption. Captions are given on a separate page after main text of the article in one file with it.

Tables should be ostensive, have the title and serial number. Graph headers should correspond to their content. All abbreviations are explained in the footnote to the table. You need to specify statistical method used for analysis and corresponding confidence value (p). All information contained in the table, including its title and notes, should be translated into English. If table sizes exceed one typewritten page, they are provided as a separate file in DOC, DOCX, RTF format.


9. References

List of references should be placed on the next page after the text of the article.

Reference sources are given in order of citation. All references must be numbered, numbering is carried out strictly as the citations occur in text, not in the alphabetical order. All references in the text, tables should be identified by Arabic numerals in square brackets, e.g. [5]. A reference should be given for a primary source and not to quote one review where they are mentioned. References to unpublished works are not allowed.

According to the requirements of international databases, in references to Russian sources, it is necessary to additionally indicate information for quoting in Latin.

For each source, you must specify: names and initials of the author (if there are more than 4 authors, only 3 first authors are listed, and then specify “et al.”), specified in the same order as in the primary source.

The number of references: preferably not more than 20–25 in the research paper, not more than 60 in the review article.

References should be made as follows:

Journal article

Surname and initials of the authors. Title of the article. Journal title; year; volume; issue number; pages (do not list pages of repetitive figures, for example: 185–7).

DOI and PMID (unique article code in PubMed) indices are obligatory for articles, if any (to find more on DOI index refer to


Capodivento G., Visigalli D., Garnero M. et al. Sphingomyelin as a myelin biomarker in CSF of acquired demyelinating neuropathies. Sci Rep 2017;7(1):7831. PMID: 28798317. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08314-1.


Surname and initials of the authors. Full title of the book. Place of publication: name of the publishing house; year of publishing; page numbers or total number of pages.


Levin O.S. Polyneuropathies.Moscow: MIA, 2015. 469 p.

Fujimoto J.G., Brezinski M.E. Optical coherence tomography imaging. In: Biomedical photonics handbook. Ed. by T. Vodinh.New York: CRC Press, 2003. Pp. 22–24.

Internet resource

Kecherukov A.I., Aliyev F.Sh., Baradulin A.L. et al. Comparative evaluation of ligature and compression anastomoses of the colon. Available at:

Abstract of thesis

Naumenko A.A. Modern methods of diagnosis and treatment of rare forms of ectopic pregnancy. Summary of thesis … of candidate of medical sciences. Moscow, 2012. 27 p.


10. General provisions.

  • Review of the articles for publication takes at least 8 weeks.
  • All incoming articles are reviewed. Review is anonymous. Correspondence with the reviewer is carried out by executive secretary. After final decision on acceptance or rejection of the work, all authors will receive an information letter with notification on reading.
  • Editorial board reserve the right to edit articles submitted for publication.
  • If you find errors in the article prior to publication, or in case when editor informs the author that he had received information from a third party on some errors in the article, the author is obliged to cooperate with the editor of the journal for the purpose of early withdrawal of articles from the layout and its fixing.
  • If errors are found after publication of the journal, author also is obliged to cooperate with the editor and follow its instructions in order to address the problem individually.
  • Editorial board does not provide author's copies of the journal. Number of the journal can be obtained on a general basis, see information on the website.
  • All articles, including those prepared by graduate students and applicants for the scientific degree of candidate of sciences on the results of their own studies are accepted for publication free of charge.


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  1. Данная статья ранее не была опубликована, а также не представлена для рассмотрения и публикации в другом журнале (или дано объяснение этого в Комментариях для редактора).
  2. Файл отправляемой статьи представлен в формате документа OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF или WordPerfect
  3. Приведены полные интернет-адреса (URL) для ссылок там, где это возможно.
  4. Текст набран с полуторным межстрочным интервалом; используется кегль шрифта в 14 пунктов; для выделения используется курсив, а не подчеркивание (за исключением интернет-адресов); все иллюстрации, графики и таблицы расположены в соответствующих местах в тексте, а не в конце документа.
  5. Текст соответствует стилистическим и библиографческим требованиям, описанным в Руководстве для авторов, расположенном на странице «Авторам».
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