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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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Preferable document size is up to 20 pages (including notes, references, tables, graphs and summary). The text should be written in 12-point Times New Roman font type, 1.5 inches 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 numerical code of the footnotes is.

If complete bibliographical information regarding cited works is not stated in footnotes, the author must provide a reference list at the end of the article, containing complete information on cited works.

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 300dpi). 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. Underline 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 [...].

Citation method and writing literature sources

The editorial board recommends using footnotes as a method of citation. When a work is cited for the first time (regardless of the language the work has been published in), it should look as following:

[for book] Tristram H. Engelhardt, The Foundations of Bioethics, University Press, New York 1986, p. 72.

[for proceedings] Jacob D. Rendtorf and Peter Kemp (ed.), Basic Ethical Principles in Bioethics and Biolaw, Vol. I. Autonomy, Dignity, Integrity and Vulnerability, Centre for Ethics and Law, Institut Borja de Bioetica, Copenhagen, Barcelona 2000.

[for journal article] Roberto Andorno, »The Oviedo Convention: A European Legal Framework at the Intersection of Human Rights and Health Law«, Journal of International Biotechnology Law, 2 (4/2005), p. 135.

[for proceedings article or book chapter] Diego Gracia, »History of Medical Ethics«, in: Henk Ten Have and Bert Gordjin (ed.), Bioethics in European Perspective, Kluwer, Dordrecht 2001, p. 34.

[for electronic works of reference] http://www.legalhelpmate.com/health-caredirective- patient-act.aspx (16 June 2009)

[for institutional publications] The Croatian Bureau of Statistics (2006). Statistical Yearbook 2006, The Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Zagreb.

[for laws and regulations] Environmental Protection Act (2007). Official Gazette, 110/2007.

In the second and further citations, notes should contain only the initial of author's first name and surname, title of the work (book or article) and a page number:

T. Engelhardt, The Foundations of Bioethics, p. 113.

R. Andorno, »The Oviedo Convention: A European Legal Framework at the Intersection

of Human Rights and Health Law«, p. 138.

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, naturally, accepts other methods of citation as well, under the condition they are used consistently within a particular text.

Books and journals that are reviewed should not be older than three years, and the review should include name and surname of the author (of the work being reviewed), title of the work, name of the publisher, place of publication, year of publication, number of pages, and the name and surname of the reviewer at the end. Book-reviews should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words long

The Editorial Board reserves the right to adjust the work to the editorial propositions and standards of the Croatian language for papers submited on Croatian.

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