Instructions to authors

The journal Acta Medica (Hradec Kralove) publishes four issues per year and includes the following categories:

  1. Review Articles (10 - 15 pages, including references)
  2. Original Articles (10 - 12 pages, including references and illustrations)
  3. Brief Communications (max. 4 pages, including references and max. 1 - 2 ilustrations)
  4. Case Reports (max. 5 pages, including references and max. 4 - 5 illustrations)
  5. Announcements and Notices (for example reports from conferences and meetings, max. 1 page)

All articles are published in English.

Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before nor has it been submitted to another scientific journal or is begin considered for publication elsewhere.

Editorial and Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are reviewed initially by an Acta Medica editor. Manuscripts are evaluated according to the basic criteria of novelty, originality, impact, and validity. Manuscripts with insufficient quality for publication are rejected promptly. Other manuscripts are sent to external reviewers for peer review. Peer reviewer identities are hidden from the author, but author identities are made known to reviewers (single blind peer review process with at least two peer reviewers). After evaluation, if the article requires minor or major changes, additional rounds of peer review and revision occur until the manuscript is ready to accept. Final decisions regarding manuscript publication are made by an Acta Medica editor.

NEW: Authors are encouraged to suggest two to four potential reviewers for their work, providing their affiliation and e-mail; this will speed up the whole editing process.

Ethical standards

Animal experiments: Each animal experimentation must be performed with the permission of and under the supervision of the national/local ethics committee.

Human experiments: Work with human subjects should conform to the standards set by the Declaration of Helsinki (52nd WMA General Assembly, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2000).

All original articles published in Acta Medica (Hradec Kralove) must contain, in the section „Material and Methods“, statements indicating that informed consent has been obtained, that studies have been performed according to the Declaration of Helsinki, and that the procedures have been approved by the local ethics committee.

Try to limit the use of abbreviations. Use generic names of drugs used.

The manuscript should be submitted in one original with one copy including all tables and illustrations along with copy on CD or a disquette. Papers can also be sent by e-mail as an attachement.

The following structure of the manuscipt and usual division of the work is required:

Title page: It should contain: a concise informative title, name(s) of author(s) using first the Christian name and then the surname, name(s) of department(s) / institution(s), key words (not more than 10 words using, where possible, terms from the Medical Subjects Headings list from Index Medicus) and author's contact address, phone and e-mail.

Division of the manuscript:
Summary (not more than 200 words); Introduction; Material and Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; (Acknowledgments); References; Author's Contact Address.


References should conform to the style used in Index Medicus (Vancouver Style) as shown in the following examples (list all authors, but if the number exceeds six give the names of three authors followed by: et al.):

Papers which have not yet been accepted for publication, and personal communications should not appear in the reference list.

Article Processing Charge

Authors do not pay any article processing charge.

Open Access Statement

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Copyright Statement

The journal applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License to articles and other works we publish. If you submit your paper for publication by Acta Medica, you agree to have the CC BY license applied to your work. The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.

The original manuscript should be sent to the address of the Editorial Office:

Faculty of Medicine
Editorial Office Acta Medica
Simkova 870
500 38 Hradec Kralove
Czech Republic
phone: +420 495 816 532

Papers can also be sent by e-mail:,

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ISSN 1211-4286 (Print) ISSN 1805-9694 (Online)