INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

The Journal Slovenska Pediatrija publishes editorials, original scientific review and professional articles, case reports as well as reports from professional meetings, letters to the editor and presentations of publications relevant to pediatrics, adolescent medicine and other related fields.

Papers that have not been published, and are not being considered for publication elsewhere are considered for publication (an exception are abstracts in supplements from scientific meetings). The written consent of the publisher or of the author must be submitted when reproductions or parts of a previously published work (tables, figures) are included in the article. Manuscripts must be written in a professionally and linguistically correct Slovene or English language.

All manuscripts considered for publication are subject to editorial revision. Revision is anonymous and unpaid. All manuscripts are also subject to Slovene and English proofreading. After proofreading, revision and editorial processing the author is responsible for making the suggested edits and providing the revised manuscript for further processing. Integrity of the manuscript is ensured throughout the editorial and revision process.

Slovenska pediatrija is an Open Access journal. By submitting the manuscript, the author(s) agree to the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC 4.0 agreement (This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.).

Manuscripts, complete with figures and tables, must be submitted in electronic form to mihaela.jurcec@slovenskapediatrija.si and primoz.kotnik@slovenskapediatrija.si. The file must be marked with the name of the corresponding author and the title of the article.

The type of manuscript should be based on the COBISS document typology (http://home.izum.si/cobiss/bibliografije/tipologija):

Editorials are written by the editors or by invited experts. There contain no abstract, keywords or section headings.

Original scientific articles are original research papers that present scientific data in such a way that the research can be repeated and the findings verified. It should contain no more than 3,000 words and no more than 5 figures or tables in total and 30 references. The text should be structured into the subsections including the Slovene and English Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. The abstract should consist of 4 paragraphs, labelled Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

Review articles should present a synopsis of the current knowledge in a special field, by a researcher or a group of researchers with the intention to summarize, analyze, evaluate or unify the previously published data. They should include new knowledge and results of the authors own scientific observations. They must be well referenced reviews of a relevant subject. They must be structured into the sections Abstract, Introduction, Article body, Conclusions and the list of the Literature. They should contain up to 5,000 words, a maximum of 7 figures or tables and 50 references.

Case Reports are short scientific papers that present carefully documented clinical cases and must illustrate or describe unusual features or have important therapeutic implications. They do not require all of the sections of a research article. They must include a structured Abstract, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Conclusions and a list of the cited Literature. They should be no longer than 2000 words, have up to 3 figures or tables and up to 20 references.

Professional articles presents findings that are already known, with an emphasis on the applicability of original research results and the dissemination of knowledge. The article is organised according to the content, and it includes an unstructured Abstract, Introduction, main body, Conclusions and References. They should contain up to 3000 words, 5 figures or tables and 30 references.

The manuscript should be prepared in electronic form in A4 format, with all 4 margins set to 2.5 cm (top, bottom, left and right margin). One of standard fonts in size 12 should be used.

The title page should include the title of the article in capital letters in both Slovene and English and the authors’ names with academic titles and Institutional affiliations.

The second page should contain the Abstract in both Slovene and English. It should not exceed 200 words and should incorporate data from the article divided into sections based on the type of article.

Key words (up to eight) in Slovene and English should follow. The Key Words must be chosen in accordance with the Medical Subject Headings (Index Medicus, NLM).

A structured text should follow. The article must be divided into clearly defined sections. The position of all tables and figures in the text must be clearly indicated Figures and tables must include the title and explanation of contents in both Slovene and English. Tables should be presented in intersecting rows and columns. Original figures should be submitted. The figures should be prepared in a separate file. The quality of the figures should be at least 300 dpi, size 9x13 cm, in a TIFF or JPEG format.

Only SI units may be used in the article.

All manuscripts, which contain research carried out on human beings, must clearly state in the section Subjects and Methods that the research was carried out in accordance with the principles of the Helsinki-Tokyo Declaration and that the subjects or their parents voluntarily gave their written, informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. Details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under the study should be omitted. The consecutive number of the Application to the Ethics Committee at the Ministry of Health should be included.

All statements in the text are to be supported by references. The references should be numbered consecutively in the same order as they appear in the article. All references must be written on a separate list in the same order as quoted in the text. References should be cited in accordance with National Library of Medicine (NLM) in the Index Medicus. Abbreviations of the names of journals can be found at: http::/www.nlm.nih.gov. When citing a reference the first 6 authors should be listed and, if necessary, following the sixth author et al should be added.

Examples of references:

Journal article

Artlich A, Moller J, Tschakaloff A, Schwinger E, Kruse K, Gortner L. Teratogenic effects in a case of maternal treatment for acute myelocytic leukaemia-neonatal and infantil course. Eur J Pediatr 1994; 153: 488–91.

Part of a journal article

Ponsford J, Willmott C. Impact of early intervention on outcome after mild traumatic injury in children (abstract). Pediatrics 2001; 108: 1297.

Book

Behrman RE, KLiegman RM, Jenson HB. Textbook of pediatrics. 16th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company; 2000.

Chapter in a book

Tanner JM. Human growth standards: construction and use. In: Gedda L, Parisi P, eds. Auxology: human growth in health and disorder. 1st ed. London: Academic Press Inc, 1978: 109–21.

Journal article in a supplement

Bigec M. Preventivni programi v dispanzerju za otroke. Slov Pediatr 2000; 7 Suppl 1: 23–31.

Article from a collection of papers

Krevs N. Fetalna ehokardiografija. 11. Derčevi dnevi - Zbornik predavanj. Ljubljana: Pediatrična klinika 1989: 276–82.

Master’s or doctoral thessis

Uršič Bratina N. Dejavniki tveganja za razvoj ateroskleroze pri otrocih staršev, ki so zboleli z miokardnim infarktom pred 45. letom starosti (magistrsko delo). Ljubljana: Univerza v Ljubljani; 1994.

Electronic/Open Access journal

Spencer S, Mayer B, Bendall KL, Bateman ED. Validation of a guideline-based composite outcome assessment tool for asthma control. Respir Res. 2007; 8(1). Dosegljivo na: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pubmed&pubmedid=17376233

Monography on the internet

Hewitt M, Weiner SL, Simone JV, eds. Childhood Cancer Survivorship: Improving Care and Quality of Life. Washington: National Academy Press; 2003. Dosegljivo na: http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10767#toc/

Internet page

Dosegljivo na: http://www.emedicine.com/

Journal article, author unknown

Anon. Epidemiology for primary health care. Int J Epidemiol 1976; 5: 224–5.

Unpublished work

Gando S. Disseminated intravascular coagulation in trauma patients. N Engl J Med: 2003 (in press). Following the list of references, all authors, with academic titles and full address of affiliated institutions should be listed. The corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk(*).

A list of all the authors including their academic title and affiliation with a complete mailing address should follow the list of references. The corresponding author should be marked with a star (*). The e-mail of the corresponding author must be included.