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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1,5 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Layout and Manuscripts

Preferable document size is up to 20 pages (including notes, references, tables, graphs, keywords and summary between 1 200 and 1 400 characters with spaces), while reviews and overviews should consist of 4-8 pages. The text should be written in 12-point Times New Roman font type, 1,5 spacing, and tables and graphs should be included within the text. Pages are numbered in the lower right corner of each page (including pages with bibliography). Notes (footnotes) should be inserted at the bottom of the page, where the numerical code of the footnotes is. Graphs, tables, and images are generally included within the text at the point where they need to be displayed. Graphs, tables, and images should be enlarged to the whole page and possess adequate resolution (preferably 300 dpi). They should be properly numbered and titled. If the figures, tables, etc. are reproduced from another source, the original source must be properly cited. Due to monochrome printing, all figures, graphs, etc. should be monochrome or grayscale, have a white background and be made in applications, such as MS Office. Letters used in figures should be Arial font. The accustomed foreign expressions, including the names of documents and institutions in a foreign language should be written in italics – for example, de facto. All of highlighting in the text is done in bold. Underlined characters are not used in the text. Dates are listed as follows: 01 July 2014. Numbers at the beginning of sentences and approximate numbers are written in words – hundreds, thousands, millions, etc. Decimal is separated exclusively by commas (e.g. 621,57), and thousands with single space (1 532 or 10 589 163). Statistical expressions are written in the whole decimal numbers (e.g. p <0,05). All abbreviations should be expanded at first mention in the text, and introduced by placing it in parentheses after the term. It is necessary to respect standard abbreviations and the rules of shortening. Quotation taken directly from another author’s text is placed in quotation marks, and if one part of a quoted text is omitted, it is marked [...].

Proofs in PDF format will be sent to the corresponding author who will be expected to return them within three days. Authors are encouraged to thoroughly check their final submission for accuracy, since there can be no substantial changes made to the proofs.

Authors should provide details of all funding sources in a separate section of the main documents.

Authors are encouraged to send their unique ORCID identifier during the submission process as a part of the comments for the Editor.

 Citation Method and Writing Literature Sources

Footnotes are used as a method of citation. When a work is cited for the first time (regardless of the language in which the work has been published), it should look as following:

[book] Porter, Roy (1997). The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, New York/London; W.W.Norton & Company, 65.
[proceedings] Svoljšak, Petra ed., (2017), Istra u Velikom ratu: glad, bolesti, smrt/L’Istria nella Grande guerra: fame, malattie, morte/Istra v Veliki vojni: glad, bolezni, smrt, Koper Capodistria: Histria Editiones.
[journal article] Grmek, Mirko D. (1998), Archeology of a Disease: AIDS before AIDS, Periodicum biologorum, 100 (4), 419.
[proceedings article or book] Cigui, Rino (2017), Malaria e profilassi in Istria negli anni della Grande guerra, in: Svoljšak, Petra ed., Istra Velikom ratu: glad, bolesti, smrt/L’Istria nella Grande guerra: fame, malattie, morte/Istra v Veliki vojni: glad, bolezni, smrt, Koper Capodistria: Histria Editiones. 2017, 143–69.
[electronic works of reference] Murphy, Dominic (2015), Concepts of Disease and Health, in: Zalta, Edward N., The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ health-disease/ (accessed: 16 June 2017).
[institutional publications] Statistical Yearbook 1999 The Croatian Bureau of Statistic (1999), Zagreb: The Croatian Bureau of Statistics.
[laws and regulations] Environmental Protection Act (2007). Official Gazette, 110/2007.
[archival sources] Depending of the availability please use following form: name of the archival institution, shelfmark code, title (title of the fonds/collection archival unit), box number, folder number and period of creation of the material (in brackets):
State Archives in Rijeka, Sign. 534-K, Matricula Baptizatorum, (1648-1653).

In the second and further citations, notes should contain only the initial of author’s first name and surname, year of publication in parentheses and a page number:
Porter, R. (1997), 113.
Grmek, M. D. (1998), 422.
When work is cited consecutively, the note should contain only the abbreviation Ibid and a page number:
Ibid., p. 150.

The works in the bibliography are listed alphabetically. If two or more works written by the same author and published in the same year are listed, lower-case letters (a, b, c, etc.) are added immediately after the year within parentheses (1996a). The Editorial Board reserves the right to adjust the paper submitted according to the editorial propositions and standards of the language in which the paper is written.

There are no fees regarding article submission and article processing. AMHA publishes articles, which have not been previously published and are not submitted to consideration in any other journal at the moment of submission to AMHA.

Authors are encouraged to send their unique ORCID identifier during the submission process as a part of the comments for the Editor.

 Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

*Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

*Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

*Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The following are the standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in publishing in the journal AMHA – Acta medico-historica Adriatica: the author, the journal editor and editorial board, the peer reviewer and the publisher. These guidelines are based on the existing Elsevier policies and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Duties of the Editor and the Editorial Board

Publication Decisions: the editor of the journal AMHA is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor is guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may consult with the members of the editorial board or reviewers in decision making.

Fair Play: the editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality: the editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions: peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness: any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality: any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others.

Standards of Objectivity: reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting Standards: authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism: the authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another author’s paper as the one’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another author’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: an author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources: proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper: authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards: If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Reporting of Research Involving Humans or Animals: Appropriate approval, licensing or registration should be obtained before the research begins and details should be provided in the report (e.g. Institutional Review Board, Research Ethics Committee approval, national licensing authorities for the use of animals). If requested by editors, authors should supply evidence that reported research received the appropriate approval and was carried out ethically (e.g. copies of approvals, licences, participant consent forms). Researchers should not generally publish or share identifiable individual data collected in the course of research without specific consent from the individual (or their representative).

The appropriate statistical analyses should be determined at the start of the study and a data analysis plan for the prespecified outcomes should be prepared and followed. Secondary or post hoc analyses should be distinguished from primary analyses and those set out in the data analysis plan. Researchers should publish all meaningful research results that might contribute to understanding.

Authors should supply research protocols to journal editors if requested (e.g. for clinical trials) so that reviewers and editors can compare the research report to the protocol to check that it was carried out as planned and that no relevant details have been omitted. Researchers should follow relevant requirements for clinical trial registration and should include the trial registration number in all publications arising from the trial.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: all authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: when an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


For any other information feel free to contact us at:

Robert Doričić
Executive Editor
AMHA - Acta medico-historica Adriatica
University of Rijeka, Faculty of Medicine
B. Branchetta 20
51000 Rijeka, Croatia
E-mail: amha@uniri.hr