Placing markers translation

Hello my fellow knitters! I’m at the point in the pattern where it says “place marker (pm) each side of center 6 sts.” There are a total of 40 sts on the needle, does this mean count 6 both ways from the center and place a marker or count in from both ends 6 and place a marker?? Any help is greatly appreciated and thank you all in advance.

Count 3 sts each way from the very center so the middle 6 sts will have a marker before and after them.