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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).

  • Length of the manuscript from an original study, lecture or literature review (including tables and list of references) should not exceed 7000 words. Case reports should be limited to 5000 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.
  • Text formatting. Lettering in Times New Roman is preferable in all cases (font size 12 pt with 1.5 line spacing and 2 cm margins). Kindly refrain from using underlining in your document (italic and bold formatting is acceptable).

2. 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:

  • Cover page.
    • 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 100-300 words.
    • 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.
  • A list of References should be organized according to the guidelines by U.S. National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 [R2010]) in AMA slyle (Journal of American Medical Association 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 (only authors are responsible for the correct citation and formatting of references:
    • references should be numbered in the order in which they are cited;
    • number of references is limited to 60 for literature reviews, and to 30 for original studies;
    • 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.
  • Authors info. 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);
    • ORCID, SCOPUS Author ID and Researcher ID (if exist).

3. Tables. 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).

4. Figures. Photographs, screenshots and other non–drawing illustrations should be uploaded separately in the dedicated section of the submission form as * .jpeg, * .bmp, * .gif (* .doc and * .docx if there are additional notes on the image) files. Image resolution should be more than 300 dpi. Image files must be assigned the name corresponding to the number of the figure in the text. File description must contain a separate caption, which corresponds the caption in the text (Example: Figure 1. Diabetic proliferative retinopathy.).

In case there are figures, published previously in other publications in manuscript (even if their elements were translated into Russian from a foreign language), it is the responsibility of the author to provide the Publisher with the copyright holder’s permission for the publication of the images in another journal (with the correct identification of the original publication), otherwise it will be considered plagiarism (see section ‘The ethics of scientific publications’ for more details).

5. Abbreviations. All abbreviations and symbols used in the article should be explained in the notes to the tables and figure captions with indication of the used statistical tests (methods) and the parameters of the statistical variability (standard deviation, standard error of the mean, and others). It is recommended to denote statistical significance/insignificance in the tables with accents, such as *, **, †, etc.

6. Ethics compliance. In order for your original results to be published, it is necessary to specify whether the study participants signed an informed consent. If animals were used in the research, it is necessary to specify whether the study protocol is compliant with ethical principles and standards of biomedical research involving animals. In both cases you should indicate whether the study protocol was approved by the ethics committee (including the name of the organization, its address, the date of the committee meeting and minutes number).


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.

  • 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.
  • Cover letter. All the required supporting documents will be submitted together with the manuscript. Authors guarantee to upload scanned original of the filled cover letter in PDF. A cover letter signed by all authors.

Copyright Notice

The terms of this contract (hereinafter Contract) is a public offer in accordance with clause 2, Art. 437 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. This Contract defines the relationship between the publisher (hereinafter Publisher) of the journal ‘Ophthalmology journal’ (hereinafter Journal), registered with Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media and Federal Service for Monitoring Compliance with Cultural Heritage Protection Law (registration certificate PI № FS77-31662, April 11, 2008), which is a subdivision of N-L Publishing house, LLC, and the author or authors (or other copyright holder), hereinafter referred to as Author, who took a public offer to sign Contract. Author provides the Publisher with the original manuscript.


Publisher selects, prepares for publication and publishes materials submitted by the Author.

Author retains copyright for a specific work. The Journal does not pay royalties for the publication of contributions. Author transfers and Publisher accepts materials for publication on the following conditions:

  1. Publisher has right to layout, publish and transfer the contents of the Author’s work to VINITI (All-Russian Institute of Scientific and Technical Information) and RSCI (Russian Science Citation Index) journals and databases for review (and citation index) services; distribution of the Journal/Author’s materials in print and electronic media, including placing on the selected, or created, by Publisher Internet web sites, for the purpose to allow access to the publication online for any interested person from any place and at any time; and distribution of the Journal with the Author’s material by subscription;
  2. The use of copyrighted material is permitted  on the territory of Russian Federation and on the Internet;
  3. The term of this Contract is 5 years. Upon expiration of this term, Publisher reserves, and Author confirms, the infinite right to continue placement of Author’s material on the Internet;
  4. Publisher has sole discretional right, without coordination with the Author, to enter contracts and agreements with third parties for the purpose to take additional measures to protect copyright and publishing rights;
  5. Author warrants that the use of the materials provided to Publisher under this Contract will not infringe on the rights of third parties;
  6. The Author reserves the right to use the provided hereunder copyrighted material on his/her/their own discretion, and transfer contract rights to it to third parties if it does not violate the Contract;
  7. Publisher provides Author with one copy of the printed edition with the published material, and the link to the Internet publication;
  8. When paper, or a part of it is reprinted in another publication, the reference to the first publication in the Journal is obligatory;
  9. Publisher has the right to issue the Journal in any number of copies.


The contract is considered fulfilled by Publisher upon publication of the paper in the journal ‘Ophthalmology journal’ and on the Internet.

Author enters Contract, i.e. accepts fully and unconditionally the terms of Contract, when the manuscript and expert opinion are delivered to Publisher’s office.

Author enters Contract, i.e., fully and unconditionally accepts the terms of the Contract, at the time Author executes the following actions:

  • Author transfers the original materials and supporting documents to the Publisher’s office in person or by mail;
  • Author completes revision of the original material according to suggestions of Editor(s)/Reviewer(s) and transfers the revised material to thePublisher’s office.

The Publisher reserves the unilateral right to change the terms of the agreement and adjust its clauses.  The Publisher will post notices of the changes in the Journal ( in the Instructions for Authors Section) and on the Publisher’s website.


All works submitted for publication are peer reviewed. If a reviewer has questions, the manuscript with the reviewer’s comments is returned to the Author. The date of submission is the date the final version of the manuscript was delivered to Publisher. The Publisher reserves the right to make editorial changes to the text without distortion of the meaning of the paper (literary and technological editing).


Publisher undertakes to issue 1 copy of the Journal with the published to the Author. The Author(s) residing in Saint Petersburg receive their copy in the Publisher’s office. For non-resident Author(s) the copy is shipped to the address of corresponding Author, responsible for print proofs and the author’s copy of the Journal.


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