Editorial Policies

CrossMark Policy Statement


CrossMark Support

CrossMark is a multi-publisher initiative to provide a standard way for readers to locate the current version of a piece of content. By applying the CrossMark logo Scientific Foundation SPIROSKI is committing to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.
Clicking on the CrossMark logo will tell you the current status of a document and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.

- See more at: http://www.crossref.org/crossmark/PublishersPolicy.htm#sthash.oQXmDn1q.dpuf

- See CrossMark ® for Researchers at: http://www.crossref.org/crossmark/Researchers.htm



Scientific Foundation SPIROSKI CrossMark Policy Statement  

Scientific Foundation SPIROSKI that will have the CrossMark icon is restricted to current and future journal content and limited to specific publication types (see below) and only on contents hosted by official Scientific Foundation SPIROSKI websites. 


Publication types:

Article Type

Short Description


Abstract of a paper or oral presentation or poster, published as a separate item. A better name would be “extra short communication”. These mostly occur in fairly great numbers in conference proceedings, where not all authors are allowed to publish a full-length article.


Publication item giving additional information regarding another publication item, mostly presenting additional results.

Case Report

Used in medical literature: A detailed report of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient.


Letter to the editor or a reply to the letter.


Accidental duplication of an article in another journal. The text of the article is retracted. The HTML pages are replaced by a single page with citation details and an explanation. The PDF pages remain with a watermark on every page to notify it is a duplicate.


Article in which errors are reported that were made in an earlier publication in the same journal. Can be Erratum (publishing error) but also Corrigendum (author error).

Full Length Article

Complete report on original research.

Practice Guidelines

Text described recommended best practice in medical articles.


The text of the article is removed. The HTML pages and PDF pages of the article are completely removed and replaced by a single page with citation details and an explanation.


The text of the article is retracted. The HTML pages are replaced by a single page with citation details and an explanation. The PDF pages remain with a watermark on every page to notify it is retracted.

Review article

Substantial overview of original research, usually with a comprehensive bibliography, generally also containing a table of contents.

Short Communication

Short report or announcement of research, usually claiming certain results, usually with a shorter publication time than other papers in the same publication. Appear under many names, such as Letter Papers, Preliminary notes, Notes, etc.

Short Review

Short or mini-review.

There are 12 defined types of accepted “update” within CrossMark. The values for these are:

  • addendum

  • clarification

  • correction

  • corrigendum

  • erratum

  • expression_of_concern

  • new_edition

  • new_version

  • partial_retraction

  • removal

  • retraction

  • withdrawal


We follow COPE Guidelines for Retracting Articles (pdf).

Minor errors that do not affect the integrity of the metadata or a reader's ability to understand an article and that do not involve a scientific error or omission will be corrected at the discretion of the publisher. In such a case, the original article is removed and replaced with a corrected version. The date the correction is made is noted on the corrected article.

Editorial & Publishing Policies as well as Guidelines to Scientific Foundation SPIROSKI journals  are available on each journal site. All of Scientific Foundation SPIROSKI's journals can be found here.

The following guideline may also be helpful:


Cited-by Linking

Crossref Cited-by Linking (formerly Forward Linking) is a service that allows you to discover how your publications are being cited and to incorporate that information into your online publication platform. Participation in Crossref Cited-by Linking is entirely optional and there is no charge for it, but in order to participate, there is an important quid-pro-quo: in order to discover what publications cite your content, you must in turn submit metadata listing the works that your publications cite.

- See more at: http://www.crossref.org/citedby/index.html#policies

In practice, this is not hard to do. Reference metadata can be easily included within normal batch DOI deposits, and it is now even possible to deposit references for Cited-by Linking through the cut-and-paste Simple Text Query interface.

But, as is the case with all Crossref initiatives, the utility of Cited-by Linking is directly proportional to the uptake of the membership and, although Crossref staff actively promotes Cited-by Linking to its membership through webinars and email reminders, participation in the service has been limited. This, in turn, means that the utility of the "Cited By" information varies greatly across disciplines and publishers.

Although there are other services that provide cited-by facilities (e.g. Google Scholar, Scopus, ISI and some hosting providers.), we think that Crossref Cited-by Linking complements these other services because:

  • It is controlled and managed by the Crossref membership. As such, it enables direct primary publisher-to-publisher linking without the use of intermediaries.
  • It is not tied to any particular "metric", although the metadata provided by the service could be used by others to either validate existing metrics or as the foundation for creating new metrics.
  • It is not constrained by discipline and, as such, will prove useful for discovery of otherwise hard-to-find interdisciplinary citations and for use by publishers in fields that are underserved by the other services.
  • It is not constrained by content type. Crossref can accept reference data for journals articles, monographs, reference works, etc.

The Crossref Cited-by Linking service is built on top of the DOI infrastructure and, as such, is very precise.
Crossref is increasingly being looked to as a source for collecting authoritative publisher metadata. We are finding that those who seek to use Crossref's metadata services are increasingly interested in collecting reference metadata as well. We worry that, if they can not get citation metadata from us, they will resort to using the much less accurate metadata that they can gather through screen scraping and services like Google Scholar.
Note: Because this is an optional service for our members and only a subset of the membership is currently participating, you will only be able to retrieve a partial list of the DOIs that actually cite your content. Crossref cited-by links are not intended for use as a citation metric.


Editorial and Publishing Policies

1. Relationship to other Macedonian Medical Journals

Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences (OAMJMS) publish outstanding research articles in health and biological sciences. Several other medical journals (Makedon Med Pregl, God Zb Med Fak Skopje, Maked J Med, Prilozi, Acta Chir Maced, Acta Morphol, and Physioacta) are published in the Republic of Macedonia.  Each journal has a team of professional and academic editors evaluating papers for publication. Occasionally, a manuscript is submitted that falls on the border between basic and clinical research or is classified as a professional paper. To ensure that such papers receive the fairest possible treatment, the professional editors of other medical journals may consult each other on relevant manuscripts. As a result, authors who have submitted their manuscript to OAMJMS may be encouraged instead to submit their paper to other medical journals (and vice versa). However, papers will never be transferred between the journals without an author's consent.

Authors may request or editors may suggest that papers or presubmission enquiries (with reviews, if relevant) rejected from OAMJMS be forwarded to an appropriate other Macedonian medical journal, for further consideration. Editorial staff at OAMJMS will help with transferring papers.


2. Publication Charges

To provide open access, OAMJMS use a business model in which our expenses (including those of peer review, journal production, and online hosting and archiving) are recovered in part by charging a subscription fee to the institutions or research sponsors. Editors and reviewers have no access to payment information, and hence inability to pay will not influence the decision to publish a paper. For further information, see our Subscriptions and Sponsors.


3. Copyright and License Policies

Upon submission of an article, authors are asked to indicate their agreement to abide by an open-access license. The license permits any user to download, print out, extract, archive, and distribute the article, so long as appropriate credit is given to the authors and source of the work. The license ensures that your article will be as widely available as possible and that your article can be included in any scientific archive.