Author Guidelines

Preparing for submission

Submitted manuscripts should follow the recommendations stated in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

Please refer to the information provided below as well as the submission preparation checklist to be sure that you have conformed to the requirements before beginning the submission process. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Publication Fees

Neurohirurgija - The Serbian Journal of Neurosurgery does not charge authors any publishin or article processing fee for submitting and publishing their manuscripts. 

Reporting Guidelines

Please follow the respective guidelines for different study designs:

  • For fields/clinical trials, please follow the CONSORT guidelines
  • For observational studies, please follow the STROBE guidelines
  • For systematic reviews and meta-analysis, please follow the PRISMA guidelines
  • For case reports, please follow the CARE guidelines
  • For health economics papers, please follow the CHEERS guidelines
  • For diagnostic tests papers, please follow the STARD guidelines
  • For original qualitative research papers, please follow the COREQ guidelines
  • For the synthesis of qualitative research papers, please follow the ENTREQ guidelines
  • For health care quality papers, please follow the SQUIRE guidelines

These and other guidelines are collated on the EQUATOR Network website. The journal asks its authors to follow these reporting guidelines and to complete the respective checklists before submission. Compliance with appropriate guidelines will be considered in the evaluation of the manuscript and will contribute to the final decision on the manuscript. The checklist should be uploaded as a Supplementary file in the online system.

In his/her covering letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article – or very similar work - has been previously published or orally presented, or is under consideration elsewhere. In addition, the author should suggest 3-5 potential reviewers. Reviewers will not know that author suggested them. Make sure that your suggestions are not current or recent colleagues of you or your co-authors.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

Plagiarism Detection

Neurohirurgija - The Serbian Journal of Neurosurgery uses Crossref Similarity Check (powered by iThenticate) to screen all submissions for plagiarism before publication, but authors, researchers, and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting

Manuscript preparation

Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker.

Acknowledgments. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section of the title page, i.e. not listed in the main manuscript.  Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Acknowledgments should be added to the Title page that is separated from the main manuscript.

Conflict of interest and funding. Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results. All submitted manuscripts must include a ‘Conflict of interests and funding’ section listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). If no competing interests exist, please state in this section, "The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest". NB! Conflict of interest and funding should be added to the Title page that is separated from the main manuscript.

Statistic validity. If complicated statistical data are provided, the authors may be requested to submit a statement issued by a certified statistician regarding the validity of the methods used.

Ethics and consent. When reporting experiments on patients or animals, please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your local ethics committee and in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008.

Article types

Original research and similar articles should include:

Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion sections.

Review and similar articles should include:

Introduction, Methods, Review, and Conclusion sections.

Reports and similar articles should include:

Introduction, Report, Discussion, and Conclusion sections.

Letters and Commentaries are unstructured.

Manuscript Layout

The manuscript should be prepared and submitted according to this Template.

The whole manuscript with relevant figures and tables should be uploaded as one file with figures and tables placed below the citing paragraph. All images will be subjected to preparation within the editorial process.

Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout: introduction (motivation, problem identification, and a short literature survey), present investigation (background, method, materials, subjects, results, and discussion), and conclusion.

Begin each section, including figure and table legends, on separate sheets; insert running page numbers. Line numbers should also be inserted.

Title page. Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of the manuscript, 2) name of the author(s), 3) name of the department(s) and institution(s),  4) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper and 5) Acknowledgements – Note that the Title page will be submitted separately and separated from the main manuscript. Neither author details nor Acknowledgements should be included in the main manuscript since the journal adheres to a double-blind peer review.

The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the paper.

Abstract. Articles must include a structured abstract of 200-300 words. The abstract should provide sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way: Background, Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusions. After the abstract, please give 5-10 keywords; please adhere to MeSH terms when possible.

Section headings. Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold, etc.

Proprietary names. We require that non-proprietary names be used in submissions. When proprietary brands are used in research, use the non-proprietary name throughout the text. You may include the proprietary name(s) with the non-proprietary name(s) in parentheses immediately after the first mention then use only the non-proprietary name thereafter (once in the Abstract and once in the body of the manuscript is acceptable).

References. should be listed at the end of the manuscript, after a page break. Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text by Arabic numerals and in parentheses [e.g. (14)]. References should follow the standard biomedical format (so-called Vancouver style), recommended by ICJME. DOI numbers must be included where available. EndNote Output style is available here.

Information from papers in the manuscript but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as 'unpublished observation(s)' or 'personal communication'.

For a key of how to abbreviate journal names, please consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, accessible at

Some sources and documents are available in print, but also reproduced electronically for wide dissemination—government publications are an obvious example. If you use the electronic version of such a document, please give the URL and date on which you last accessed the electronic file to the citation.

Books and journals


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