Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

South East European Journal Definition


The South East Europe Area includes 16 countries. For 14 countries the eligible area is the whole territory of the country, namely for Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Republic of Moldova. In 2 countries only certain regions are eligible: in Italy these eligible regions are: Lombardia, Bolzano/Bozen, Trento, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia Basilicata, and in Ukraine: Cjermovestka Oblast, Ivano-Frankiviska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast and Odessa Oblast.


The South East Europe area is the most diverse, heterogeneous and complex transnational area in Europe, made up of a broad mix of countries. The emergence of new countries and with it the establishment of new frontiers has changed the patterns of political, economic, social and cultural relationships. South East European countries are:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy *
  • Republic of Macedonia
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Ukraine *

* only some of its regions.

The area has been undergoing a fundamental change in economic and production patterns following the 1990 changes. Scholarly journals in the post communistic countries were mainly organized and financed by the governmental institutions with the local members of editorial boards, without significant implementation of international standard, mainly published on classical paper technology, without electronic publishing, as well as with closed system of authors and readers.

South East European Journal intends to include members of boards mainly from the countries of this region in order to publish scholarly papers with the Open Access philosophy on the Open Journal Systems platform.

Bibliographic Information

Journal Title: South East European Journal of Human Genetics
Journal Initials: SEEJHG
Journal Abbreviation: SEE J Hum Genet
eISSN: 1857-937X
DOI: 10.3889/seejhg
Frequency: Continuous
Article ID: 40001+
Publisher: ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
History: 2015+

Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System


What is Similarity Check?

Similarity Check powered by iThenticate is an initiative started by Crossref to help its members actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. Although there are several plagiarism screening tools already available, they are not well-suited to filtering academic content simply because they haven't had access to the relevant full-text literature to screen against. Similarity Check changes this by creating and continuously growing a database of current and archival scholarly literature.
This database is one of two parts that make up the Similarity Check service. The second part is the 
iThenticate  tool, which compares authored work against the content in the database and highlight matching or similar text for further editorial review.

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ID Design 2012 Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System  

The Editors and Boards of South East European Journal of Human Genetics are participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.


ID Design 2012 uses the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts in all journals published by ID Design 2012. Wherever you see the "Similarity Check Deposited" or "Similarity Check Depositor" logos, you can be reassured that the publisher whose content you are reading is committed to actively combating plagiarism and publishing original research. View ID Design 2012's plagiarism policy here. To find out more about Similarity Check visit

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 Id Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje 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.

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ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje CrossMark Policy Statement  

ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje 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 ID Design 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 ID Design journals  are available on each journal site. All of ID Design'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.

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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.

Sources of Support

Open Access Institutional Memberships

ID DESIGN is an Open Access publisher with 5 peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. When publishing in any of ID DESIGN's journals, authors retain the copyright of their article, which is freely distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, permitting the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of the article in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

In order to cover the costs of publication, Article Processing Charges are required for accepted manuscripts. These charges apply only to peer-reviewed contributions (e.g., research articles, review articles) while other contributions (e.g., editorials) are published free of charge.

ID DESIGN offers two different types of Open Access Institutional Memberships to organizations that would like to enable their authors to publish their research in an Open Access journal without having to directly incur any Article Processing Charges.


Annual Membership

Annual Membership is based on a flat rate payment that covers all accepted articles that have one or more authors from the member institute. The cost of the membership depends on the research output level of the institute and its historical publishing pattern in ID DESIGN journals. ID DESIGN will provide a quotation upon request to any interested institute.

By having this Annual Membership, organizations can enable their authors to publish in ID DESIGN Open Access journals without having to administer and pay the Article Processing Charges from their individual research budget. The flat rate system enables the member institute to know their cost for the next 12 months regardless of the number of articles that may be submitted or accepted for publication. ID DESIGN will provide a new quotation for membership renewal about three months prior to the expiration of the current membership.

Annual Membership periods may be synchronized with the calendar or fiscal year at the member institute by prorating its cost for a fraction of a year, if so desired by the member institute.


Prepaid Membership

Prepaid Membership is based on a prepayment from the institute that will be used to cover the Article Processing Charges of their researchers. Member institutes should deposit an initial amount of at least EUR 1,000 in order to begin their membership and they will receive an automatic discount of 25% for any publication charges that are paid from their account. Members of this program can add additional funds to their account at any point in time.

Member institutes will have access to live reports with detailed information about each article that has been paid via their membership.

The current list of ID DESIGN's Open Access Institutional Members is available here.

If you are interested in joining ID DESIGN's Open Access Institutional Membership program, or if you have any questions, please