AUTHOR GUIDELINES

Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine (BJDM) publishes only papers not published before, nor submitted to any other journals, in the order determined by the Editorial Board.

From March 1, 2017 the BJDM turned to e-Ur: Electronic Journal Editing. All the users of the system: authors, editors and reviewers should be registered at:

BJDM Electronic Journal Editing

For any assistance, please use the contact:  balkan.dentistry@hotmail.com

When submitting a paper a statement signed by corresponding author should be enclosed. The BJDM reserves all copyrights for the published papers.
Accepted are only papers in English.

The BJDM publishes: reviews/meta-analyses original papers, case reports, short communications and perspective article.

Review papers will be accepted by the Editorial Board only if the authors prove themselves as the experts in the fields they write on by citing not less than 5 selfcitations.
Papers should be written on IBM- compatible PC, using 12 pt font, and single spacing, with at least 4 cm left margin. Bold and italic letters should be avoided as reserved for subtitles. Original articles, reviews, meta-analyses and articles from medical history should not exceed 16 pages, case reports 6, short communications 5 and perspective articles 4.
All measurements should be reported in the metric system of the International System of Units (SI), and the standard internationally accepted terms (except for mm Hg and °C).
MS Word for Windows (97, 2000, XP, 2003) is recommended for word processing; other programs are to be used only exceptionally. Ilustrations should be made using standard Windows programs, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word Graph). The use of colors and shading in graphs should be avoided.
Papers are reviewed anonymously by at least two editors and/or invited reviewers. Remarks and suggestions are sent to the author for final composition. Galley proofs are sent to
the corresponding author for final agreement.

Preparation of manuscript

Parts of the manuscript are: Title page (separate file), Summary with Key words, Text, Acknowledgements (to the authors’ desire), References.

Title page

1) The title should be concise but informative, while subheadings should be avoided,
2) Full names of the authors,
3) Exact names and places of department(s) and institution(s) of affiliation where the studies were performed, city and the state for any authors,
4) Data of the corresponding author.

Summary and key words

The second page should carry a structured abstract (250- 300 words for original articles and meta-analyses) with the title of the article. In short, clear sentences the authors should write the Background/Aim, major procedures – Materials and Methods (choice of subjects or laboratory animals; methods for observation and analysis), the obtained findings – Results (concrete data and their statistical significance), and the Conclusion. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. A structured abstract for case reports (up to 250 words) should contain subtitles Introduction, Case report, Conclusion. Below the abstract Key words should provide 3–10 key words or short phrases that indicate the topic of the article according to Index Medicus.

Text

The text of the articles includes: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion.
Introduction. After the introductory notes, the aim of the article should be stated in brief (the reasons for the study or observation), only significant data from the literature, but not extensive, detailed consideratuion of the subject, nor data or conclusions from the work being reported.
Material and Methods. The selection of study or experimental subjects (patients or experimental animals, including controls) should be clearly described. The methods, apparatus (manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures should be identified in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Also, give references to established methods, including statistical methods. State the approval of the Ethnics Committee for the tests in humans and animals.
Results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. Emphasize or summarize only important observations.
Discussion is to emphasize the new and significant aspects of the study and the conclusions that result from them. Relate the observations to other relevant studies. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study, but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by your data.

References

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. All references are identified, whether they appear in the text, tables, or legends, by Arabic numbers in superscript. Two references are cited separated by a comma, with no space. Three or more consecutive references are given as a range. The use of abstracts, secondary publications, oral communications, official and classified documents as references is strongly discouraged. Manuscripts accepted for publication may be cited and should include the manuscript’s DOI, if known. Material submitted, but not yet accepted for publication, should not be included in the reference list, but may be included in the text and referred to as ”unpublished data“ giving the names of the involved researchers. Obtaining permission to quote unpublished data from the cited colleagues is the responsibility of the author.

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text. The style and punctuation of references should strictly conform to The National Library of Medicine Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (NLM Style).

Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine recommends that authors refer to NLM guidelines for formatting references at the Citing Medicine Web site http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine.

Several examples of references in NLM format are shown below.

For more samples of formatted references visit the NLM site http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html.

Examples of references:

Brown JS, Browne RM. Factors influencing the patterns of invasion of the mandible by squamous cell carcinoma. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1995; 24:417-426. Sternbach RA. Pain patients – traits and treatment. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, San Francisko: Academic Press; 1974.

Koulourides T, Feagin F, Pigman W. Experimental changes in enamel mineral density. In: Harris RS, editor. Art and Science of Dental Caries Research. New York: Academic Press; 1968. p. 355-378.

Journal title abbreviations should be those used by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. If you are uncertain about the correct abbreviation for a journal title, please search for the journal at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog.

Authors may wish to make use of reference management software to ensure that reference lists are correctly formatted.

Tables

Each table should be typed single-spaced, numbered in the order of their first citation in the text and supplied with a brief title each. Explanatory notes are printed under a table. Each table should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. If data from another source are used, acknowledge fully.

Illustrations

All illustrations, labelled as figures (such as photographs, line drawings, charts or tracings) should be submitted as high-contrast prints, suitable for publications. Illustrations should have a final resolution of 300 dpi, and line drawings of 800-1200 dpi. They must be numbered with Arabic numerals in the same order as they are cited in the text. Photomicrographs should have the magnifications and details of staining techniques shown. Short explanatory captions of all illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet.

Abbreviations and symbols

Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstracts. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text.

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