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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.
  • Manuscripts must not have been previously published elsewhere or be under consideration by another journal unless an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines for manuscript submission.
  • The DOI of primary sources is included in the list of references according to the CrossRef database (check the availability of the DOI identifier of the article at or
  • The text is original.

Author Guidelines

General Surgery has specific instructions and guidelines for submitting manuscripts. The instructions and guidelines comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine for publications presenting the results of dissertations for obtaining Doctor of Sciences, Candidate of Sciences or Doctor of Philosophy degree and published in the scientific professional editions of Ukraine (Orders of the MES of Ukraine No. 32 of 15.01.2018, No. 1437 of 18.11.2020), as well as with the requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors for manuscripts submitted to the biomedical editions. The Editorial Board will not consider submissions that do not adhere to the Author Guidelines.

General Surgery accepts manuscript submissions through the journal website or via email


To submit a manuscript, authors must check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items.

Title page

  • Index of the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC).
  • Full name of each author (first name, middle initial and last name) followed by each author’s highest academic degree(s). Name of institution(s) with which each author is affiliated (if the work should be attributed to different institutions, it is necessary to personify each author with numbers 1, 2, 3), address and ORCID id.
  • Full name, academic degree and academic title, telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author.

Note. The Ukrainian authors must provide the above­mentioned data both in Ukrainian and English. Please note that first and last names are not corrected by the editorial staff and, therefore, are published exactly as they appear in the manuscript.

  • For the collective paper, the signatures of all authors are required.
  • The paper must be submitted with the official assignment from the institution where the research was carried out.
  • A copy of the form of article licensing terms must be completed and submitted with the manuscript.
  • All submitted manuscripts must be written in English.


The length of the manuscript, including references, tables, illustrations and figures is up to 15 pages for an empirical paper and up to 20 pages for a review paper.

Tables, illustrations, figures, diagrams and formulas should be included in the text and cited consecutively in the manuscript.

Tables should be designed using the Microsoft Word format. Each table must have a title and a number. Number them in the order in which they are discussed.

Other illustrations (photographs, figures, graphs, diagrams etc.) must be marked as «Fig.». Number them in the order in which they are discussed.

Photographs, echograms must be submitted in the original or digital format. The digital artwork must be saved at a resolution of 300 dpi as JPG or TIFF files and additionally submitted as a separate file. Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what it depicts. Tags and symbols should be clear and readable after diminution. If photographs of patients are used, they must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph, or the subjects must not be identifiable.

Abstract. The abstract should not be less than 1800 characters, including spaces. The structure of the abstract must follow the structure of the article. The abstract for original research manuscript should contain the same sections as the article. The Ukrainian authors must provide the abstract both in Ukrainian and English. Both abstracts should be identical.

Keywords. 3 — 7 keywords or phrases that capture the most important aspects of the paper. The keywords must be relevant to a subject of research and included into the Medical Subject Headings 2021 (MeSH) thesaurus, which is available online at;

Article structure for original research section. The article should contain the following sections: Introduction (summarize the relevance of the study or rationale for it, providing the scientific context for the research. Do not review the subject exhaustively); Objective; Materials and methods; Results and discussion; Conclusions. Other types of manuscripts (clinical observations, lectures and reviews, etc.) could be drafted in another way.

The requirements for other types of manuscripts (review papers, case reports, meta­analysis, lectures, history of surgical science, and etc.) can be found at:­ for clinical case reports; http://www.consort­ for CONSORT's randomized research and execution standards; https://www.equator­ for all types of medical research in all fields of medicine.

Acknowledgements (not obligatory). Acknowledge those who contributed to the manuscript providing technical help or writing assistance, or who provided general support.

Author contributions. Participation of each author in the manuscript writing (concept and design of the study; material collection, material processing, statistical data processing, writing text, and etc.)

Declaration of interests. Declare the presence or absence of a financial/personal interest or belief, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might affect the objectivity of the research.

Funding. All sources of funding must be acknowledged in the manuscript.

References. References must be numbered in alphabetical order with the literature sources in the Ukrainian or Russian language (Cyrillic letters) followed by the literature sources in the foreign languages (Latin letters). Formatting should follow the NLM standard (National Library of Medicine; Specify a unique numeric identifier for the DOI article. Check the availability of the DOI identifier at or For information on DOI, you need to enter the English title in the search box.

Samples of the list of references arrangement

Samples of duplicate of English references

Ethical policies

In studies, involving human subjects, the authors must indicate if the experiments were conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of the Helsinki Declaration of 1964 that were revised by the 59th General Assembly of the Military Medical Academy, Seoul, October, 2008. Confirmation should be provided that the patient’s informed consent has been obtained. The authors should note that the procedures were duly approved by the local ethics committee. The protocol details, issued by the local ethics committee, must be provided.

The experiments with animal subjects must comply with the principles of the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals Used for Research and Other Scientific Purposes (Strasbourg, 1986) and the Law of Ukraine «On the Protection of Animals from Cruelty». It is necessary to indicate the type and number of experimental animals, methods of anaesthesia and euthanasia.

Editorial Policies

The Editorial Board will consider the papers meeting the high standards of the journal and significantly contributing to the advancement of surgical science.

All forms of plagiarism and data fabrication are unethical and unacceptable.

The Editorial Board will not consider manuscripts that were previously published in other journals.

For all articles, the scientific originality of a paper is measured by means of software developed for determining the level of originality.

The editors reserve the right to change the style of the article formatting. The article may be returned to the authors with the request to revise or to answer queries.

The proof­sheet will not be sent to the authors. Pre­publishing preparation of the author’s manuscript is completed by the editors.

Reprint requests should be sent to the publisher. References to the journal are obligatory.

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