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Submission guidelines

Copyright Notice

The authors of each article published in the journal Javno zdravje retain copyright ownership of their work, while granting the publisher the right of first publication under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Any third party who wishes to share or adapt the article must provide appropriate credit to the authors and publisher, and indicate if any changes have been made.


The authors certify that their contribution does not infringe upon any copyright or other rights, and that they are the sole and exclusive owner of the rights shared with the publisher. They confirm that they have obtained customary permission from the copyright owner or legal representative to use any quoted passages or tables and illustrations from copyrighted materials.


Furthermore, the authors guarantee that the article has not been previously published, or if it has, that they have obtained the necessary permissions for its publication in Javno zdravje. All co-authors named in the article are aware of their inclusion and have agreed to be listed as such.


Instructions for the authors

Original research manuscript should contain following headings: introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusions. Manuscripts of other typologies can have a different structure, although the titles should be discernible from the body of the text based on font size.



Required length for invited editorial and letter-to-the-editors is up to 750 words, for a discussion piece up to 2500 words, for a professional article up to 4500 words, and for research article up to 7000 words with tables and references.


Title page

The title page is the first page of the manuscript.


It contains:


The title has to be in Slovenian and English. It should be short and concise. In case the title exceeds 100 signs, please add a short version of the title, which should not be longer than 100 signs (spaces included).



Names of authors with concise academic and professional degrees and full adress of the department, institution or clinic where the work has been performed should be cited.

Authors should be qualified for authorship. They should:

-          contribute to the conception or design of the work, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data,

-          critically revise the draft,

-          approve the final version of the manuscript,

-          and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


At submission of the manuscript send the statement on authorship, which need to be signed personally, to or National Institute of Public Health, for Public Health Magazine, Trubarjeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana.


Two short abstracts

Required length of a single short abstract is up to 45 words. Two short abstracts should be written. The first one titled “What is known?” should summarise the relevant background knowledge on which the manuscript is based on. The second short abstract is be titled “What is new?” and should summarize the main findings or message of the manuscript. Please, use short and concise sentences. The short abstracts will be placed on the title page.


Abstract and keywords

The abstract should be structured (background or introduction, methods, results, discussion). The maximum lenght of the abstract is 250 words.


Not more than five keywords.


Typology of manuscript

Authors should state the (desired) typology of their manuscript. The editors will make the final decision on the typology of the published article.



Author should use the Vancouver referencing style for the manuscripts that they want to publish in journal Javno zdravje. Each mentioning of the statements or findings by other authors should be supported by a reference. References should be numbered consecutively in the same order in which they appear in the text. Reference should be cited at the end of the cited statement. References in text, illustrations and tables should be indicated by Arabic numerals in parentheses ((1), (2, 3), (4-7) etc). References, cited only in tables or illustrations should be numbered in the same sequence as they will appear in the text. Avoid using abstracts and personal communications as references (the latter can be cited in the text). The list of the cited literature should be added at the end of the manuscript. List the names of all authors, if there are six authors or more, list the first six authors than add et al.



Type on the place in the text where they belong. Tables should be composed by lines and columns which intersect in fields. Number tables consecutively. Each table should be cited in the text and supplied with a brief title. Explain all the abbreviations and non-standard units in the table.



Illustrations should be professionally drawn. Letters, numbers or symbols should be clear, even and of sufficient size to be still legible on a reduced illustration.


Each figure should be cited in the text.


Accompanying text to the illustration should contain its title and the necessary explanation of its content. Illustration should be intelligible also without reading the manuscript. Ali the abbreviations from the figure should be explained. The use of abbreviations in the accompanying text to the illustration is unacceptable. Accompanying texts to illustrations should be written in the place of their appearing in the text.


lf the identity of the patient can be recognized on the photograph, a written permission of the patient for its reproduction should be submitted.


Units of measurement

Should be in accordance with International System of Units (SI).



Avoid abbreviations, with the exception of internationally valid signs for units of measurement. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text, abbreviation used in further text should be cited in parentheses.