Information for authors

Submission of Manuscripts

  • Manuscripts may be submitted in printed form and should be accompanied by their electronic versions on a CD (please check it for computer viruses before submission) to the editorial office:
    On a separate page provide the names of all authors and their postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and E-mail addresses and indicate the corresponding author. 
    Number all sheets of the manuscript in succession, including tables, references, and figure legends and indicate in the text where figures/tables should be placed.
  • The electronic version may be submitted CD disks as one text file with entire text, including summary, references, figure legends, tables, etc., and separate figure files.
  • Manuscripts may be submitted via E-mail as attachments to either of the following addresses: The files should be prepared as described above. Large files should be archived.
  • Regardless the way of submission, the manuscripts should be accompanied by a covering letter, stating that the submitted material has not been published or submitted elsewhere.

Preparation of Manuscripts

  • Submitted manuscripts should be condensed to the utmost compatible with clarity, but should contain sufficient detail to understand and reproduce the work.
  • The manuscript is to be arranged in the following order: 1) title; 2) authors' first and last names; 3) complete names of institutions with their addresses, E-mail addresses; 4) abstract; 5) key words; 6) paper body..

The Title should be as short and informative as possible and should not contain abbreviations.

If the work was carried out at more than one institution, the authors' names should be followed by superscript numbers indicating authors' affiliations. Indicate by asterisk following the superscript number the author to whom to address correspondence.

Complete names of institutions with their postal addresses, E-mail addresses should be given for each author..

The Abstract (no more than 250 words) should succinctly and clearly present the major significant results of the investigation and conclusions therefrom.
Paper body should be divided into: 1) introductory part; 2) Materials and Methods; 3) Results; 4) Discussion (if discussion is short, the Results and Discussion sections may be combined); 5) References.
The introductory part should state the purpose of the investigation with imperative references to relevant previous works.
The description of the methods in Materials and Methods should be as short as possible but adequate for repetition of the work by a qualified investigator. This section should also contain the names of the manufacturers (including country name) of the main materials and reagents. Only new procedures should be described in detail; published procedures should merely be referred to by literature citation. If the procedure is not generally known, it is appropriate to mention the principle and the author(s). References like “nuclease was assayed by method [7]” or “...according to [7]” should be avoided
The Results are usually presented in figures and tables; some results that do not need documentation can be given in the text. Extensive discussion should not be given in this section and should be limited to an explanation of the logical links between the described experiments.
The Discussion should deal with interpretation and not with recapitulation of the results. Use of a simple and pictorial scheme to illustrate the major results is encouraged.
Acknowledgments of financial support should be given at the end of the Discussion section.
The list of References (see below for the style) should be as brief as possible but should contain all relevant recent publications of fundamental importance. The references should be cited in the text by numbers in square brackets consecutively in the order of appearance in the manuscript.

Manuscript format

  • The volume of original articles should not exceed 15 pages of printed text and 20 pages for review articles, including references. Manuscripts should be typewritten and 1.5-spaced throughout in one column without right justification on one side of 210 × 297 mm (A4 format) white paper, with a 3-cm margin on the left side. Each page should contain no more than 30 lines.
    In the electronic version, text files should be submitted in Microsoft Word 6.0 or a later version, using Times New Roman font of 14 pitch size.
    Text format should be as simple as possible, without preprogrammed titles, insertions and cross-references, and without increased space between lines or characters. Use only Word template “Normal”. In particular, this refers to the References section, as preprogrammed reference numbers are not recognized by the publisher's software.
  • Each table should have a title and be typed on a separate sheet. The same data will not be published in two forms, e.g., a table and a figure or a table and in the text. All table columns should have brief headings. Avoid columns with data that are easily derived from other columns, e.g., by subtraction or taking percent.
  • Each figure should be supplemented with an informative title and legend that make its meaning comprehensible without reference to the text. Conditions specific to a particular experiment should be stated. References to the text are permissible to avoid repetitions and ambiguity. Color graphics are printed in the journal only when color is essential for understanding the results presented.
    Figures may be prepared with any editor, but the final file should be in one of the following formats: TIFF or JPEG (300 DPI real resolution).
    Failure to follow these rules for preparing graphical material may require its sending back to the authors for modification and will result in a delay in manuscript publication.
  • Text bibliographic references should be given by figures in square brackets according to the references list in the end of article. The quantity of references should not exceed 20 names for the articles and 60 names for literature reviews. They should be settled down in alphabetic order.
    The recommended style for references is based on the National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 (R2010) Bibliographic References as adapted by the National Library of Medicine for its databases. Details are in Citing Medicine. (Note Appendix F which covers how citations in MEDLINE/PubMed differ from the advice in Citing Medicine.) Sample references typically used by authors of journal articles are provided below.
  • Articles in Journals

Standard journal article

Petitti DB, Crooks VC, Buckwalter JG, Chiu V. Blood pressure levels before dementia. Arch Neurol. 2005 Jan;62(1):112-6.

Jun BC, Song SW, Park CS, Lee DH, Cho KJ, Cho JH. The analysis of maxillary sinus aeration according to aging process: volume assessment by 3-dimensional reconstruction by highresolutional CT scanning. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Mar;132(3):429-34.

Meneton P, Jeunemaitre X, de Wardener HE, MacGregor GA. Links between dietary salt intake, renal salt handling, blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. Physiol Rev. 2005 Apr; 85(2):679-715.

Journal article with many authors

Rastan S, Hough T, Kierman A, Hardisty R, Erven A, Gray IC, Voeling S, Isaacs A, Tsai H, Strivens M, Washbourne R, Thornton C, Greenaway S, Hewitt M, McCormick S, Selley R, Wells C, Tymowska-Lalanne Z, Roby P, Mburu P, Rogers D, Hagan J, Reavill C, Davies K, Glenister P, Fisher EM, Martin J, Vizor L, Bouzyk M, Kelsell D, Guenet JL, Steel KP, Sheardown S, Spurr N, Gray I, Peters J, Nolan PM, Hunter AJ, Brown SD. Towards a mutant map of the mouse--new models of neurological, behavioural, deafness, bone, renal and blood disorders. Genetica. 2004 Sep;122(1):47-9

Organization as author

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86.

No author given

21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325(7357):184.

Article not in English

Ellingsen AE, Wilhelmsen I. Sykdomsangst blant medisin- og jusstudenter. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2002;122(8):785-7. Norwegian.

Books and Other Monographs

Personal author(s)

Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

Editor(s), compiler(s) as author

Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.

Author(s) and editor(s)

Breedlove GK, Schorfheide AM. Adolescent pregnancy. 2nd ed. Wieczorek RR, editor. White Plains (NY): March of Dimes Education Services; 2001.

Organization(s) as author

Advanced Life Support Group. Acute medical emergencies: the practical approach. London: BMJ Books; 2001. 454 p.

American Occupational Therapy Association, Ad Hoc Committee on Occupational Therapy Manpower. Occupational therapy manpower: a plan for progress. Rockville (MD): The Association; 1985 Apr. 84 p.

Chapter in a book

Conference proceedings

Harnden P, Joffe JK, Jones WG, editors. Germ cell tumours V. Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Tumour Conference; 2001 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002.

Conference paper

Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza's computational effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA, Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, Tettamanzi AG, editors. Genetic programming. EuroGP 2002: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland. Berlin: Springer; 2002. p. 182-91.


Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.


Pagedas AC, inventor; Ancel Surgical R&D Inc., assignee. Flexible endoscopic grasping and cutting device and positioning tool assembly. United States patent US 20020103498. 2002 Aug 1.

Editorial Handling (Reviewing, Editing, Proofs)

  • The Editorial Office acknowledges the receipt of manuscripts by sending the authors an E-mail message, giving the manuscript registration number and submission date. Manuscripts that do not follow the recommended journal style are returned to the authors without review.
  • The submitted manuscript is sent to one or two reviewers competent in the field of the study; in certain cases, the opinion of other independent reviewers may be requested. The Editorial Board uses the reviews to decide whether to accept the manuscript, return it to the authors for revision, or decline.
  • Papers judged to be basically acceptable but requiring revisions are sent to the authors together with the reviewers' and editor's reports. The revised manuscript undergoes a second reviewing cycle, and, based on the new reviews, the Editorial Board makes a final decision. In case of acceptance, both the initial submission date and the date when the final revised manuscript was received by the Editorial Office are indicated in the published paper.
    The revised manuscript should be returned to the Editorial Office within 3 months. A revised manuscript received beyond the 3-month period will be considered as a new submission. 
    If, in the judgments of two reviewers, the paper does not fall within the scope of the journal or is unsatisfactory scientifically, it is declined. 
    At this stage, substantive changes in the text or any changes in the figures or tables will require prior editorial approval and are done only in exceptional cases.
  • The submission of paper, which is already printed or sent in other editions, is not allowed.
  • Edition has the right to carry on negotiations with authors on specification, change, manuscript reduction.
  • Accepted articles are published free of charge. Manuscripts of articles cannot be sent back to authors.


North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov

North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov

North-western State Medical University named after I.I.Mechnikov was formed on October the 12-th, 2011, as a result of merger of two oldest educational medical institutions in Russia - Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies and Saint-Petersburg State Medical Academy n. a. I.I. Mechnikov. The founder of Mechnikov university is the Ministry of public health of Russian Federation.

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