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Author Guidelines

Preparing the manuscript, authors are kindly requested to adhere to the following regulations based on the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”, developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

  1. Manuscript requirements. We accept submissions strictly online, via the form available at our website.
    Please upload your manuscript as a Microsoft Office Word document (*.doc, *.docx and *.rtf formats).
    1. Length of the manuscript from an original study, lecture or literature review (including tables and list of references) should not exceed 6000 words. Case reports should be limited to 4000 words, short reports and letters to the editor should not exceed 1500 words. Please consult the MS Word built-in statistics service prior to submission in order to find out the exact length of your manuscript. Should your manuscript exceed the aforementioned limits, the editorial board will carry out the final decision on its publication based on recommendations from your reviewer.
    2. Text formatting. Lettering in Times New Roman is preferable in all cases (font size 12 pt with 1.0 line spacing and 2 cm margins). Kindly refrain from using underlining in your document (italic and bold formatting is acceptable).
    3. Please follow the current versions of international recommendations for describing the appropriate type of research published on EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) when you write an article, i.e.:

      Type of research


      Original anatomical studies


      Observational researches


      Research on diagnostic or screening methods


      Animal studies


      Case reports


      Systematic reviews


    4. Authors should create the manuscripts using the templates of the certain formats. Please, download Word templates below
    5. File structure.The journal editorial board prefers to receive a manuscript as a single complete file with all figures, tables and any additional supplemental materials. Please organize your text according to the following template:
      • Writing an abstract.
      • Article title. Best article titles bear short, clear and distinctive messages.
      • Authors and their affiliated institutions, linked by superscript numbers, should be listed beneath the title on the opening page of the manuscript.
      • Abstract of an original study should start with some brief background information and statement of the study’s AIMS, followed by MATERIALS & METHODS and finishing with the RESULTS. The closing sentence should outline the main CONCLUSIONS of the study in the most comprehensible terms. Please note that your abstract should be 300 words or less.
      • Choice of keywords. MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus is a preferred source for choosing keywords.
      • The body of the text should start with a brief introduction, describing the paper’s significance. In the case of an original study, the body of the paper should follow a common structured approach to the description of the studies aim, its materials, methods and results, as well as Discussion and Conclusions sections.
      • Acknowledgements section may be presented in Russian, English or both languages. It should comprise the following:
        • Clarification regarding any potential or actual conflicts of interest of the authors. Any affiliations, financial relations, financial or political interests in the manuscript as a whole or in part, including employment and other liabilities that may result in withholding or deliberate corruption of data or adversely influenced interpretation, are considered a conflict of interest and must be explicitly stated as such. Please note that conflicts of interest do not impede a publication, though failure to disclose one does.
        • A brief list of funding sources for the results reported in the paper, as well as the publication process itself (e.g. a commercial organization, a foundation or government grant, etc.).
        • An optional note describing the roles or responsibilities of the authors. You may also place here an acknowledgment for any individuals or organizations that assisted in your work.
  1. List of references should be organized according to the guidelines by U.S. National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 [R2010]) in Vancouver style. For detailed instructions on bibliographic formatting, see «References list guidelines». The following are the principle points you should be aware of while preparing your manuscript for submission:
      • References should be numbered in the order in which they are cited.
      • Number of references is limited to 60 for literature reviews, and to 20 for original studies and lectures.
      • Within the body of the text references should be provided in Arabic numerals enclosed in square brackets.
      • A complete list of all authors should be presented in every bibliographical entry. Please put an “et al.” notation after the third name if cited paper has more than 4 authors. Do not shorten titles of your citations. Shortened journal titles should correspond to the MedLine catalogue. If the journal is not indexed by MedLine, please provide its full title.
  2. Enumerate your tables, give those a heading and clearly marked columns that would be easy to read and comprehend. Please make sure that table data is in line with the numbers in the body of the text (but does not simply duplicate them).
  3. Reduce graphical materialto minimum (unless the nature of your study dictates otherwise). Photographs should be rich in contrast, illustrative artwork – clear and of high resolution (dpi).
      • If you wish to include in your paper any graphical material created other than by means of standard office applications (e.g. results of diagnostic imaging, photographs, screenshots, digital artwork, etc.), please submit them as separate files via our web form in *.jpeg, *.bmp or *.gif formats. The absolute minimum for acceptable resolution is 300 dpi, though higher is preferable. Do keep in mind that image files should be tagged with numbers corresponding to the enumeration within the manuscript. In addition, file description should provide the caption of your image as it would appear in the paper         
        (exp.: “Fig. 1. Elliott Proctor Joslin, M.D. (1869-1962).”).
      • Graphs should be labeled on the ordinate and abscissa with the parameter or variable being measured, the units of measure, and the scale.
      • Units should be metric and follow SI convention.
      • Kindly take care to provide references to all of your supplementary materials (tables, graphs, etc.) within the body of the text.
  4. Ethics statementIn accordance with COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidance authors must provide an ethics statement if the study made use of human or vertebrate animal subjects and/or tissue. Approval from the relevant body is required for studies involving:
      • humans (live or tissue), including studies that are observational, survey-based, or include any personal data;
      • animals (live or tissue), including observational studies;
      • non-commercial cell lines.
  5. Cover Letter

    It shall be provided scanned in PDF format. In the Cover Letter, the author (s) should:

    1) ORCID
    For each author, indicate his/ her international identification number ORCID, as well as the exact spelling in English of the name and relevant affiliation of each author, in full accordance with ORCID.

    2) Information about the authors
    In addition to ORCID, the following information should be provided for each author:

    • surname, name, patronymic (fully);
    • passport data (number, by whom, when issued);
    • date of birth;
    • information about education;
    • information about current affiliation and position held (in the case of multiple affiliations, indicate several places of work, assuring accordance with the ORCID variant);
    • email address

    3) Corresponding Author
    In the case of more than one author, indicate “corresponding author” and transfer to this person the rights to represent all authors in communication with the editorial board, and also from the collective of authors to sign the License Agreement on behalf of the manuscript authors.

    4) Type of article
    Indicate the type of article (e.g., “review”, “original article”, “technical report“, “expert practice”, etc.).

    5) Justification for publication/ Highlights
    Summarize the need to publish submitted manuscript in the Journal (or other reasons that the editorial board should take into account).
    Ideally it shall be Highlights of 3-5 bullet points to convey the core findings of the article, its relevance to the Journal, etc.

    6) Other information about the manuscript
    Inform the editorial office of any special circumstances or details regarding the submitted materials, including the preliminary submission / publication of the material or its parts in another journal or translation into another language.

    7) Contribution of each author
    Clarify the contribution of each author in a separate paragraph (e.g., participation in planning and conducting research, writing an article).

    8) Compliance with the Journal guidelines
    Confirm that all authors have read the following documents posted on the site:
    • Ethics of scientific publications
    • Author guidelines
    • License agreement,
    And the manuscript meets the requirements set forth in them.

    9) Numbered list of attached materials
    Attach a numbered list of materials / files provided with the manuscript (the name of the attached file must begin with the number indicated in the list), including graphs, drawings, photographs, as well as the signed License Agreement, etc. For example, if No. 7 in the list is a picture "The viscosity of the synovial fluid vs. ....", then appropriate file name should start with the number "7": "7. Pic. Viscosity of synovial fluid …. .TIF".

    10) File resolution of graphic materials
    Confirm that all graphic files (photographs) provided have a resolution of at least 200-250 ppi (dots per inch). In case of lower resolution, the editors may require exclusion of these materials from the manuscript/ reject the manuscript.

    11) Recommended Reviewers
    Recommend reviewers (who are not employees of organizations represented by the authors), indicating their affiliation, position, rank, contact information.

    12) Double blind peer review
    Appreciate that the Journal carries out double-blind peer review (the reviewer does not know the authors of the manuscript, the authors of the manuscript do not know the reviewers). In this regard, the Editorial Board will independently carry out the proper “blinding” of the manuscript to implement this principle and the author does not need to submit several versions of the manuscripts.

    13) Signatures of each author
    Put the handwritten signatures of each author at the end of the Letter as confirmation of all the points set forth in it.

  6. Using the WEB-form to submit a manuscript. Indexing in Russian and international databases requires certain metadata to be provided for your paper.
    1. Authors. Please provide us with:
      • names, affiliations and scientific degrees for all authors;
      • contact information (an e-mail address) for all authors (an e-mail address for corresponding author will be published in open access to facilitate contact with your team).
    2. Article title and Abstract. These should exactly match the text of the corresponding fields in your manuscript file.
    3. Keywords. Please make sure to add 3 to 10 concise and accurate keywords, preferably chosen from the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus.
    4. Language. Indicate the language (or languages in case of a bilingual manuscript) of your paper (exp. [ruen]).
    5. List of references should be organized according to the guidelines by U.S. National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 [R2010]) in Vancouver style. For detailed instructions on bibliographic formatting, see «References list guidelines».
    6. Supplementary materials should be submitted as separate files with an appropriate caption (exp.: “Fig. 3. Cyst gross specimen”).
    7. Completing submission. Please check the list of attached files prior to finishing the procedure. Within next 7 days, the editorial board will inform you by e-mail of receiving submitted materials. Feel free to contact the editors or the reviewers should you have any questions regarding the processing of your manuscript. Accessing your personal account at our site will allow you to monitor its progress online.



Language versions of the papers

The journal accepts manuscripts written in Russian and English for publication. The publication of articles in English provides an opportunity to familiarize the international scientific community with the results of the Russian scientific work, significantly affecting their citation.

The Russian-language articles that received the highest ratings from the reviewers, selected by the editorial board, are sent to a certified translation agency at the expense of the publisher and are also published in the English-language version. The authors of the rest of the articles accepted for publication, if they wish, can independently send an English translation to the editorial office for posting on the site.

The journal will publish the translated version on condition of its compliance with the requirements to the level of academic English for journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science and its approval by all authors.

For authors wishing to publish an article in the journal simultaneously in Russian and English, the editorial staff of the journal recommends contacting the translators of the Eco-Vector publishing house («Support for Authors») or another certified translation agency, or using the services of specialized international companies - for translation, formatting and editing:

  1. Enago
  2. Elsevier Author Services
  3. Bioscience Writers
  4. Boston bioedit
  5. American Journal Experts
  6. BioMedical Science Writers
  7. Bioedit
  8. Editage


When working with the above services, authors receive a high-quality English-language version of the manuscript of their originally Russian-language article. The English-language version of the manuscripts may be sent to the editorial office with the main Russian-language text through an online form or later if the article is accepted.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with each of the following items, and submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to the authors.

  • Absence of plagiarism. 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).

  • Correct manuscript format.

    • Manuscript file format is Microsoft Word (has the extension *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf).
    • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in "For Authors" section.
    • The manuscript was made using the templates of certain formats.
    • All sections of the template are completed.
  • All the required supporting documents will be submitted together with the manuscript.

    • Cover letter. Authors guarantee to upload scanned original of the filled cover letter in PDF. A cover letter signed by all authors.
    • Ethics statement. In accordance with COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidance authors must provide an ethics statement if the study made use of human or vertebrate animal subjects and/or tissue. Approval from the relevant body is required for studies involving:
        • humans (live or tissue), including studies that are observational, survey-based, or include any personal data;
        • animals (live or tissue), including observational studies;
        • non-commercial cell lines.

Copyright Notice

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine does not require authors to transfer exclusive rights to submitted materials. When submitting an article (or any other Journal content type, including any supplementary materials) the author (authors) transfer to Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine the non-exclusive right to publish and distribute all submitted materials according to the conditions specified in the License Agreement. The License Agreement signed by the author (authors) is to be attached to the original manuscript and sent to the Journal. To download fillable form of the License Agreement please use the links below.

License agreement


Privacy Statement

Specified when registering the names and addresses will be used solely for technical purposes of a contact with the Author or reviewers (editors) when preparing the article for publication. This is to comply with GDPR and other relevant international conventions.


Author Fees

General information on paid services for authors

Along with many other journals in the wider community, around 25 of the journals published by Eco-Vector levy Article Submission Charge (ASC) or Article Processing Charge (APC).

'Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine' charges APC, and this is clearly flagged in the journal's guide for authors and during the submission process (on the step 1 and step 7). As described below, all monies derived from APC are used to support the editorial preparation, Open Access for published articles, journal development and article selection quality.

'Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine' do not levy any mandatory additional fees from authors (NO Article Submission Charge, NO Color Images Charge, NO Charge per Page).

Eco-Vector Publishing house offers authors a number of additional paid services DOES NOT AFFECT the peer-review results and the editorial board decisions:

  • FastTrack (emergency peer-review of the manuscript);
  • Full-text translation from English and other languages (available only for authors whose manuscript has been accepted for publication by the editorial board, and only after the appropriate notification from the editorial team).


Price: 1100.00 (USD)


The Fast-Track is a review process and editorial workflow to authors seeking a very fast editorial decision and rapid publication at a higher submission fee to compensate the extreme fast referees and editorial work.

For the Fast-Track users:

  • the guaranteed response time (report and decision letter) is 21 days, starting the count from the first business day on which valid payment information has been received from the submitting author;
  • the guaranteed issue for publication (in case of manuscript acceptance) is a nearest upcoming issue of the journal.

If you choose “Fast-Track” for your manuscript the submission fee is US$1100.

Please note, that the “Fast-Track” option does not guarantee a positive review and acceptance of a manuscript itself. It's only brings an extreme fast time scedule for manuscript processing thrue all editorial procedires. Thus, if the manuscript receives negative reviews, and if the editorial board will take the side of reviewers, the manuscript will be rejected. If the reviewers recomend revisions of the manuscript, the final decision on publication will be only after revised manuscript submission and the second round of review.

The Fast-Track option does not exclude the necessary for correct manuscript formatting. Please ensure that the manuscript corresponds to the formatting guidelines for this journal (you can find them on Author Guidelines page).

To activate the Fast-Track option, the submitting author should make payment from his/her personal account on the journal's website after submitting an article. After making the payment and sending the notification to the editor, the authors will receive confirmation by email and within the next 21 days — the results of the article reviewing and the editorial decision.

In opposite to the Fast-Track option authors can use the standart protocol for manuscript selection in our journal (review and editorial workflow). The standart time for review and editorial workflow are described in detail on the PeerReview page. You can also find the statistic info about the editorial workflow on the STAT page.

Article Processing Charge:

Price: 600.00 (USD)

OBLIGATORY PAYMENT (this will NOT abrogate the Peer-Review decesion-based article selection)

The journal provides an Immediate Open Access for all published articles. Authors of accepted articles are required to pay an Article Processing Charge that includes fee for Open Access online immediately via the journal website, meaning that readers will not need a journal subscription to view open access content. If an author will not pay the Article Processing Charge, the article will remain unpublished. 

APC can be paid by authors only after receiving the notification from an editor on the article acceptance for publication.

Payment can be made by:

  • Online processing — directly from the submission profile in the editorial workflow system of the journal.
  • Bank Wire Transfer — using the bank details of "Eco-Vector". To receive the bank transfere details, please, contact the Publisher (see. here).

In confirmation of successful sending the manuscript to the editor, you will receive an official notification to your e-mail.

APC waivers and discounts

All Eco-Vector's journals which charge an ASC and/or APC offer a number of waivers for authors with limited means. 

The fee for paid editorial services can be reduced or voided at the request of any authors team.

If the author is a member of the editorial board or a reviewer of 'Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine', a graduate student, or Ph.D. student, the Eco-Vector Publishing House provides a discount for APC:

  • 100% for single-author publication;
  • proportionally, depending on the number of authors in the manuscript, but not less than 10%.

To receive a discount, please, select “Request an Exception” on the Step 7 of the Manuscript submission precess and write a message to the editor in the appropriate field. With the filled request the author will be able to complete the manuscript submition process without simultaneously paying online.

Decisions on all the waivers requests are for Editor-in-Chief consideration. If the discount is approved, authors will be informed of the final total cost and further payment instructions.

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