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Author Guidelines

Facta Universitatis, Series: Medicine and Biology (FU Med Biol) is the official publication of the University of Niš, Serbia. It publishes original scientific papers relating to medicine, biology and pharmacy (editorials, original experimental or clinical works, review articles, case reports, technical innovations, letters to the editor, book reviews, reports and presentations from (inter)national congresses and symposiums which have not been previously submitted for publication elsewhere). All manuscripts are assumed to be submitted exclusively unless otherwise stated, and must not have been published previously except in the form of an abstract or as parts of a published lecture and/or academic thesis.
Original papers may not exceed 10 printed pages, including tables and/or figures.

Reviews may not exceed 16 printed pages, including tables and/or figures.

Case reports/technical innovations/book reviews/presentations from congresses may not exceed four printed pages, including tables and/or figures. The figures should not occupy more than two-thirds of one printed page. The editor or co-editor reserves the right to make the decision if a manuscript qualifies to be corresponding type of the article.

Manuscripts are normally subject to the assessments of reviewers and the editor. Manuscripts that have been extensively modified in the editorial process will be returned to the author for retyping. All submitted articles will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers, and when appropriate, by a statistical reviewer. Authors will be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within 4–5 weeks of submission.

Paper submitted for publication may be written exclusively in English. Authors for whom English is a second language should have the manuscript professionally edited before its submission.

Each author that participated sufficiently in the work has public responsibility for the content. This participation must include:  a) Conception of design, or analysis and interpretation of data, or both, and b) Drafting the article of revising it for critically important intellectual content.

The manuscript should contain following subdivisions:

(1)   Title page (with short running page heading, title, authors names and affiliations, corresponding author with full address, e-mail, phone and fax).

Number all manuscript pages consecutively beginning with the title page. Do not hyphenate words at the end of the lines. Do not begin sentences with abbreviations.

(2)   Abstract

The main abstract should be maximum 250 words, double-spaced and on a separate page. It should briefly describe respectively the problems being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results (without abbreviations) and what the authors conclude from the results.

2.1. Key words

Immediately after the Abstract, up to six topical key words for subject indexing must be supplied.

(3) Main body (Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion)

The headings (Introductions; Material and Methods, etc.) should be placed on separate lines.

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

The Introduction should give the pertinent background to the study and should explain why the work was done. References should be numbered in the order in which they appear (1, 2 or 1–3, etc.)

Each statistical method and/or other investigation should be described in the Material and Method section. All scientific measurements must be given in SI units.

The Results should present the findings of the research. They must be free of discussion. Results should be written in the past tense. Spell out the word Figure in the text except when it appears in parentheses: Figure 3 (Figs. 2–5). Always spell out numbers when they stand as the first word in a sentence: abbreviated units cannot follow such numbers. Numbers indicating time, mass, and measurements are to be in Arabic numerals when followed by abbreviations (e.g. 1 mm; 3 ml, etc.). All numbers should be given as numerals.

The Discussion should cover, but not simply repeat the new findings and should present the author’s results in the broader context of other work on the subject interpreting them with a minimum of speculation.

(4) Acknowledgements

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

(5) References

The references should be limited to those relating directly to the content of the manuscript. Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. All references should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. At the end of the article the full list of references should give the name and initials of all authors unless there are more than six, when only the first three should be given followed by “et al”. The authors’ names should be followed by the title of the article, the title of the Journal abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus, the year of publication, the volume number and page numbers. In case that more than one paper by the same author(s) published in the same year is cited, the letters a, b, c, etc., should follow the year, e.g. Bergmann (1970a) ― in the reference list.

Examples for journals and other sources are as follow:

1. Kuroda S, Ishikawa T, Houkin K, Nanba R, Hokari M, Iwasaki Y. Incidence and clinical features of disease progression in adult Moyamoya disease. Stroke 2005; 36:2148–2153.

2. Papantchev V, Hristov S, Todorova D, et al. Some variations of the circle of Willis, important for cerebral protection in aortic surgery — a study in Eastern Europeans. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2007; 31:982–998.

3. Jovanović S, Gajić I, Mandić B, Mandić J, Radivojević V. Oral lesions in patients with psychiatric disorders. Srp Arh Celok Lek 2010; 138:564–569. (Serbian)

4. Valença MM, Martins C, Andrade-Valença LPA. Trigeminal neuralgia associated with persistent primitive trigeminal artery. Migrâneas cefaléias (Brasil) 2008; 11:30–32.

5. Belenkaya RM. Structural variants of the brain base arteries. Vopr neirokhir 1974; 5:23–29. (Russian)


6. Tontisirin N, Muangman SL, Suz P, et al. Early childhood gender in anterior and posterior cerebral blood flow velocity and autoregulation. In Abstract of Pediatrics 2007. (doi:10.1542/

peds. 2006-2110; published online February 5).


7. Patten MB. Human embryology, 3rd edn. McGraw-Hill: New York, 1968.

8. Marinković S, Milisavljević M, Antunović V.  Arterije mozga i kičmene moždine—Anatomske i kliničke karakteristike. Bit inžerenjering: Beograd, 2001. (Serbian)


9. Lie TA. Congenital malformations of the carotid and vertebral arterial systems, including the persistent anastomoses. In: Vinken PJ, Bruyn GW (eds) Handbook of clinical neurology, vol. 12. North Holland: Amsterdam, 1972; pp 289–339.

Unpublished data:

10. Reed ML. Si-SiO2 interface trap anneal kinetics, PhD thesis. Stanford University: Stanford, 1987.

Online document:

11. Apostolides PJ, Lawton MT, David CA, Spetzler RF. Clinical images: persistent primitive trigeminal artery with and without aneurysm. Barrow Quarterly 1997; 13(4).

12. Cerebrovascular embryology, in: power point; 2000.


(6) Tables
(7) Figure legends

Table and figure legends should be included within the text file and contain sufficient data to be understood without reference to the text. Each should begin with a short title for the figure. All symbols and abbreviations should be explained within the legend. If the magnification is quoted in a sentence, it should appear in parentheses, e.g. (x400); at the end of legend it should appear, e.g., “... fibrils. X20 000”.Tables must be typed on separate pages. All tables should be simple without duplicating information given in the text. Numerical results should be expressed as means with the relevant standard errors and/or statistically significant differences, quoting probability levels (p-value).


All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order and submitted in separated files. Figures should be supplied in either vector art formats (Illustrator, EPS, WMF, FreeHand, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) or bitmap formats (TIFF, GIF, and JPEG). Bitmap images should be of 300 dpi resolution at least unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons.

The manuscripts in above form should be submitted to the Editor-in Chief or Co-editor of the journal in electronic form prepared by MS Word for Windows (Microsoft Word 1997–2003, *.doc or higher Word, *.docx) ― font Times New Roman (12-point). The manuscript should be typed double-spaced on one side only of A4 paper. The manuscript in electronic form should be submitted through the submission portal.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. An FU Med Biol copyright and warranty form will have to accompany your submission. Authors are responsible for obtaining any security clearances. All authors have to sign the copyright transfer form. The signed copyright form has to be scanned and uploaded by using the corresponding Supplementary files upload interface on the website.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


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