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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 manuscripts is designed according to the Manuscripts Writing Template.
  • 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

Types of articles and a way of assessing articles

AMHA publishes reviewed articles as well as articles that are not subject to the reviewing
procedure. The reviewed articles are accepted to be published after having received at least
two anonymous positive reviews. The Editorial Board makes the final decision on the
publication of articles in the AMHA.
Positively evaluated manuscripts can be classified according to the following categorisation:
- Original Scientific Articles;
- Preliminary Communications;
- Review Articles;
- Professional Articles.
AMHA also publishes book reviews (extending to publications not older than three years),
reports, and announcements of upcoming medico-historical events (public lectures, book
promotions, scientific conferences, etc.).
There are no costs to authors for publication. AMHA publishes manuscripts that have not been
previously published and are not submitted to any other journal at the time of submission to
AMHA. Authors are responsible for the originality and authorship of their manuscript and are
expected to behave with academic integrity. Authors give the journal the right for the first
publication of the article both in its printed and electronic format. Articles published in the
AMHA, authors may also publish in other publications by citing the data about the articles’
first publication.

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 manuscript should be designed according to the Manuscript Writing Template. 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 a bibliography). Notes (footnotes) should be created using
Word's References tool and inserted at the bottom of the page, where the footnotes' numerical
code is.
Authors are encouraged to submit their unique ORCID identifier during the manuscript
submission process, following the Manuscript Writing Template.
Graphs, tables, and images are generally included within the text at the point where they
need to be displayed, but they also need to be sent as separate attachments. Images should be
enlarged to the whole page and possess adequate resolution (at least 300dpi). Graphs, tables,
and images should be properly numbered and titled. If the figures, tables, etc. are reproduced
from another source, the source must be properly cited.
The accustomed foreign expressions, including the names of documents and institutions in a
foreign language, should be written in italics – for example, de facto. Bold is used for
highlighting the text. 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 a 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
them 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 [...].

Citing references in the text
APA style is used as a citation method. Sources should be cited in the text, not in footnotes.
The reference in the text is enclosed in parentheses, as follows:
(Borghi, 2018) or (Borghi, 2018, p. 131) or Borghi (2018).
If the work has two or three authors, all are listed, for example:
(Muzur & Rinčić, 2015).
If the work has more than three authors, the form "et al." is used in the first citation in the text,
for example:
(Armocida et al., 2019).
All references in the text are used as stated, forms such as "ibid.", "op.cit." and others are not

Listing a bibliography (at the end of the manuscript)
In the bibliography, it is necessary to provide full data on all works mentioned in the text.
Works (references) in the bibliography must be listed alphabetically and numbered according
to the author's surnames and chronological order for the same author's works. If two or more
works by the same author, published in the same year, are cited, it is necessary to add lowercase letters immediately after the year in brackets: (1996a). When citing several authors' joint
work in the bibliography, the form "et al." is not used, but it is necessary to list all the authors.

Examples of citations
Book, one author: Porter, R. (1997). The Greatest Benefit to Mankind. New York/London:
W.W.Norton & Company.
Book, multiple authors: Blažina Tomić, Z. & Blažina, V. (2015). Expelling the Plague: The
Health Office and the Implementation of Quarantine in Dubrovnik, 1377-1533. Montreal:
McGill-Queen's University Press.
Proceedings: Svoljšak, P. (Ed.). (2017). Istria in the Great War: famine, disease, death /
L’Istria nella Grande guerra: fame, malattie, morte. Koper Capodistria: Histria Editiones.
Article from the proceedings/book chapter: Cigui, R. (2017). Malaria and prophylaxis in
Istria negli anni della Grande guerra. In P. Svoljšak (Ed.), Istria in the Great War: famine,
disease, death / L'Istria nella Grande guerra: fame, malattie, morte (pp. 143–169). Koper /
Capodistria: Histria Editiones.
Journal article (DOI number should be listed whenever available): Borghi, L. (2018).
Tapping on the chest of history. Lost and found memories of Leopold Auenbrugger, inventor
of percussion, in Austria and beyond. AMHA – Acta medico-historica Adriatica, 16(1), 127-
144. https://doi.org/10.31952/amha.16.1.6
Electronic sources: Jordan, D. (2019, December 17). The Deadliest Flu: The Complete Story
of the Discovery and Reconstruction of the 1918 Pandemic Virus. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).
Edition of institutions: The Croatian Bureau of Statistics (2006). Statistical Yearbook 2006.
Zagreb: The Croatian Bureau of Statistics.
Legislation and other regulations: Environmental Protection Act. Official Gazette,

Archive sources
Depending on the possibilities, please use the following instructions: archive name, fund
signature, fund or collection name, archive unit name, document number or page number(s),
and age range or date (in brackets). Example:
Home of Mery 'Branchetta Brothers' – Rijeka (1829 – 1955). Statuto e Regolamento Interno
della Pia Casa di Ricovero Flli Branchetta in Fiume [Statute and internal rulebook of the
Home of Mery 'Branchetta Brothers' – Rijeka]. (HR-DARI-457, Box 1). State Archives in
Rijeka (DAR), Croatia.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to adjust the manuscript submitted according to the
editorial propositions and standards of the language in which the manuscript is written.

Manuscript submission
AMHA has an online system for submitting manuscripts. To submit your manuscript, please
visit the website of the journal: http://www.amha-journal.com.
For any additional question, please feel free to contact the Editorial Board: amha@uniri.hr.

Open Access Policy
AMHA provides direct open access to its content, free of charge to users or their institutions.
In doing so, the principle is respected, according to which research that is freely available to
the public enables a greater global exchange of knowledge, under the Creative Commons


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

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