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The Journal of Special Education and Rehabilita­tion. (JSER) (ISSN 1409-6099) is peer review journal edited by the Institute of Special Education and Rehabilita­tion of the Faculty of Philoso­phy in Skopje and the Macedonian Asso­cia­tion of Special Educators. The JSER supplies information from different sources such as scientific articles, clinical ex­peri­ences, sur­vey of cases, re­viewed articles, Doctoral Dissertations, Master of Arts, papers and other contri­butions from all fields of special education and rehabilitation, medicine, psychology, peda­gogy and other related sciences. Special educators, medical doctors, psychologists, pedagogues and other em­ployees in the public and private special schools, institutions and health departments in the Re­public of Macedonia and outside have the right to publish. The manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal become permanent ownership of The Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation (JSER) in Skop­je and cannot be reproduced in any manner what­soever without written permission of the author and the publisher. In English text it is obligatory to write the authors’ name(s) and surname(s) according to the below given example of transcription of Macedonian Cyrillic alphabet into the English Latin alphabet (Table 1). In Macedonian text, the authors’ name(s) and their surname(s) should be written in original alphabet.


The journal is indexed in: Scopus, Proquest, EBSCO, Versita Open, DOAJ, Index Copernicus, Hinari.


Full text articles are available online at Versita ( and official web site:

Table 1. Transcription of Macedonian Cyrillic alphabet into English Latin.


А а



Б б



В в



Г г



Д д



Ѓ ѓ



Е е



Ж ж



3 з



Ѕ ѕ



И и



Ј ј



К к



Л л






М м





Н н



Њ њ



О о



П п



Р р



С с



Т т



Ќ ќ



У у



Ф ф



Х х



Ц ц


Ч ч



Џ џ



Ш ш




Editorial Principles for Authors

Each author should participate sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate parts of the content. One or more authors should take the responsibility for the accuracy of the work as a whole, from inception to publication of the article.


The authorship credit should be based only on (1) fundamental contributions to the concept and to the design, the acquisition of data, or the analysis and interpretation of the data; and (2) the drafting of the article or the critical revision of important intellectual content; and (3) final approval for publishing of the version. Conditions 1, 2, and 3 must be met.


All authors (i.e, the author for correspondence and each co-author) must complete and submit an Authorship Form with signed statements on (1) authorship responsibility, criteria, and contributions; (2) financial disclosure, funding, and support; In addition, the authors are required to identify their contributions to the work described in the manuscript (see Versita Open Access License).


The authors also must certify that the manuscript represents valid work and that neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere. If requested, the authors should be prepared to provide the data and must cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data on which the manuscript is based for examination by the editors or their assignees.


Coresponding Address:

Editorial Board of JSER
“Ss Cyril and Methodius” University
Faculty of Philosophy
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation
Krste Misirkov bb, 1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
e -mail:


Role of the Author for Correspondence.

The author for correspondence (or the designated co-author) on behalf of all co-authors will serve as primary correspondent with the editorial office during the submission and review process. The author for correspondence is responsible for ensuring that the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript is complete. “Acknowledgment” is the general term for the list of contributions, approvements, and other information included at the end of the text of a manuscript but before the references. The author for correspondence must sign the statement part for Acknowled­gment from the Versita Open Access License.

Group Authorship.

If authorship is attributed to a group (either solely or in addition to 1 or more individual authors), all members of the group must meet the full criteria and requirements for authorship as described above. If that is not the case, a group must appoint 1 or more individuals as authors or members of a writing group who meet the authorship criteria and requirements. The other group members who are not authors may be listed in an Acknowledgment.

Journal of Special education and rehabilitation (JSER) requires all authors and reviewers to declare any conflicts of interest that may be inherent in their submissions. When they submit a manuscript, whether an article or a letter, authors are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and other conflicts of interest that might bias their work. At the end of the paper they should acknowledge in the manuscript all financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections to the work.

Authors must indicate whether or not there is a financial relationship between them and the organization that sponsored the research. This note should be added in a separate section previous to the reference list. If noconflict exists, authors should state: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

External peer reviewers should disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they should disqualify themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if they believe it appropriate. The editors must be made aware of reviewers’ conflicts of interest to interpret the reviews and judge for themselves whether the reviewer should be disqualified. Reviewers should not use knowledge of the work, before its publication, to further their own interests.


General notes

Papers submitted for publication in the Journal of Spe­cial Education and Rehabilitation are prepared in Macedo­nian and English Language (bilingual). One copy of the manuscript is submitted (includ­ing the photographs and tables) and CD by e-mail, or it can be submitted by the Journal’s Web site, on the following link:

The manuscript must be typed in spacing 1.5 lines on one side of 80 g white paper, format A4 (21 x 29 cm) only with at least 2 cm margin.

The manuscript have to include the following sections listed in identical order: title page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, reference, legend, illustration and tables.

First page

Title, then authors’ names (including the names, middle names and surnames and the aca­demic degree), then short title with no more than 45 letters, (with no abbreviations), the name and the address of the institution where the paper is prepared (if there are several, they are noted by numbers in the same order as for the au­thors. Information whether the paper is presented somewhere, as well as supported by some project or institution are also given (with the project’s number and its full name of the institution and the place).

Under the institution the author has to state the type of the paper (whether it is scientific article, clinical ex­peri­ence, sur­vey of cases, re­viewed article, Doctoral Dissertations, Master of Arts, papers and other) the author should

Under the type of the paper, the author should state how many pages do the paper contain, how many characters without space, number of tables and illustrations.

Close to the text: contact address: first name, surname (e-mail address in parenthesis) and full address where the copies are to be sent, together with telephone num­ber (pri­vate and at work) for eventual consulta­tion.

Authors who normally write their names in non-Latin may include their names in their native writing system and immediately in parentheses include a transliterated version in Latin alphabet.



Abstract consisting of 150 to 250 words for papers and 50 to 100 words for case reports must be typed in dou­ble spacing on a separate sheet as second page of the paper.

The content of the abstract should be essential and independ­ent whole, and it should not describe what is presented in the paper.

The abstract should be properly structured, including short introduction, goals of the paper, methodology (selection of the sample, the way of data collecting and data processing), most important results and conclusion.

(“WRONG" the results of the coronary stress test of the workers 'in the textile industry are presented", but "the maximal oxygen con­sumption of the work­ers in the textile industry was 31,5 ± 6,2 mL*kg-1.min-1). The text is to be written in a passive form (not "we" or "our").

Abbreviations other than the standard units for meas­urement and their derived units should not be given.

The abstract should not contain references.

At least three key words should appear under the abstract.


Manuscript preparation

Articles typically consist of 30.000 characters with no space, beginning with up to 500 words in the referenced text expanding on the background to the work (some overlap with the summary is acceptable), before proceeding to a concise, focused account of the findings, ending with one or two short paragraphs of discussion.

The text may contain a few short subheadings (not more than six) and not more than 40 characters each (less than one line of text in length).

Articles typically have 5 or 6 display items (figures or tables).

1. Titles do not exceed three lines in print. Titles do not normally include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. They should include sufficient detail for indexing purposes but should be general enough for readers without knowledge in the field could estimate what the paper is about.

2. Methods. In the Methods section, details regarding the material, samples, methods and equipment used in the study should be included, so that another individual could repeat the work. The selection of the observational or experimental participants (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) should be stated clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population. Next, the period of research and the institution where it was conducted should be clearly mentioned. Papers covering research on human or animal subjects should contain a statement indicating patient permission and clearance by the institute research or ethics committee or animal experimentation committee.

The methods, apparatus (including the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures should be given in sufficient detail to allow reproduction of the results. References for the established methods should be given, including statistical methods; references and brief descriptions of methods that have been published but are not well known should be provided; new or substantially modified methods should be described, reasons for using them should be given, and their limitations should be evaluated. All used drugs and chemicals, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration should be precisely identified.

The Methods section should not exceed 1,000 words. The Methods section cannot contain figures or tables.

3. Results. In this section the author should describe the main findings in the text as well as the particular statistical significance of the data, and direct the reader to the tables and figures, implying that details are shown there. Information on significance and other statistical data should preferably be given in the tables and figures. Do not combine the Results and Discussion sections for full-length papers.

4. Discussion. This section should not repeat the results. The discussion section should discuss the study findings, and interpret them in the context of other trials reported in the literature providing evidence or counterevidence. In this way the validity of the results and the significance of the conclusions for the application in further research are assessed, with respect to the hypothesis, relevance of methods, and significance of differences observed.

5. References. Each reference should be numbered, ordered sequentially as they appear in the text, methods, tables, figures, and legends. When cited in the text, reference numbers are in parenthesis.

The maximum number of references is 50 for articles and 30 for brief announcement. Only one publication can be listed for each number.

Each table, photograph or literature data are cited in the text in Arabic numerals (they should appear in the text by number only in the order in which they occur). We follow the "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals" (also called the Vancouver style, determined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and used for PubMed/Medline journals. The first reference in the text should be (1), the next (2) and so forth and then listed accordingly at the end of the paper after the discussion or after the acknowledgements.

6. Legend. A legend for each table, picture and illustration must be included in the manuscript document after the reference list. Legends should include sufficient detail to be intelligible without reference to the text. Legends must define all symbols and include essential information, such as scale bar dimensions.


Manuscript Types

Manuscript types are: editorial; a letter to the editor; original articles (research or theoretical); evidence-based research abstracts, best practice, or clinical practice guideline original articles or summaries; case reports; book reviews; announcements of upcoming events/conferences; and Master’s and doctoral thesis. Authors must specify the type of the manuscript for each submission depending on its content and focus. Submissions for which the type of the manuscript is not specified will be decided by the Editor.

Editorial. Editorials will be written by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Board approved by the Editor. Authors interested in writing an editorial must receive approval by the Editor. They are encourages to send letters to the Editor.

Original Articles. Each original article must include a title page (article’s title, name, credentials, affiliations, and contact information for the primary author), abstract, manuscript text, and reference list. The abstract should consist of 250 words or less. The length of original articles should not exceed 20 pages.

Research Announcements. The purpose of a research announcement is to provide an prompt information of current research findings or a brief overview of current and recently published research articles. The research announcements provide a narrative summary of current research findings, specifically detailing the research question(s), design, data collection, findings, and recommendations. The length of a research announcement should not exceed 3 pages.

Original Articles or Summaries or Clinical Practice Guideline based on Evidence or Best Practice,. Articles with synthesis of original literature or best practice principles with recommendations for practice based on evidence for men's health is


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.

  1. Manuscript Submission Checklist

    This checklist is designed to help you prepare your manuscript for submission to the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. Please thoroughly check your manuscript against the guidelines (see ) before uploading it.



    Tick when completed

    Structured abstract (Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusion)


    All tables/figures referred to in the text are enclosed


    Figure showing flow of patients through the study (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    CONSORT checklist for randomised controlled trials (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    STARD checklist for studies of diagnostic accuracy (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    QUOROM checklist for meta analyses of randomised controlled trials

    (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    MOOSE checklist for meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology

    (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    Text and references double spaced.


    Vancouver style for references (see Guidelines for authors)


    All references are complete (authors, full title, and full reference to the journal).

    This is your responsibility.


    Correspondent’s full address including fax and e-mail


    Full names and affiliations of all authors


    Details of any acknowledgements (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    Details of contributions of individual authors


    Details of source of funding for work described (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    Details of any potential conflict of interest (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    Statement indicating whether ethical approval has been received (state ‘none’ if not applicable)


    Your manuscript is ready for upload when all items are ticked off




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  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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