ISSN 0034-7493
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ISSN 1561-2945
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Scope and policy

The Cuban Journal of Surgery has the mission of evaluating and publishing papers on general and experimental surgery, as well as other surgical specializations and related fields. The journal is distributed directly by the editor to subscribers in print format (ISSN 0034-7493). It is intended for surgical specialists from all subspecializations and other related professionals. Contributions are received in Spanish, English and Portuguese, irrespective of their country of origin.
Once handed over, manuscripts may not be submitted to any other journal or publication. Authors are entitled to withdraw their papers by formally communicating their wish not to have them published.
Papers undergo an evaluation process based on peer review, by which each paper is considered by two or more referees, who will issue a verdict. The final decision concerning publication of the paper is the responsibility of the editorial committee, irrespective of the decision reached by the referees.

Manuscript layout and preparation

The following are acceptable for evaluation: original research papers, systematic reviews, case presentations or reports, as well as any other form of scientific communication prior approval by the editorial committee. Editorials will be requested and approved by the editorial committee.
Maximum length of manuscripts will be 10 pages for original papers, 15 for reviews and 6 for brief communications and case reports, including tables and figures. For submission, papers will be printed on white paper in 12-point Arial font and one and a half line spacing, on only one side of the sheet, without any handwritten corrections or crossing-outs. All pages will be numbered with consecutive Arabic numerals, starting from the first page.

- First page. It will contain the name of the institution sponsoring the paper; the title, which should not exceed 15 words; the full names and surnames of all authors ordered in accordance with their participation (if the number is higher than six, the contribution of each to the research or the preparation of the paper will be stated in writing); scientific degree and the highest teaching or scientific category of each author, as well as their address and telephone number.
- Second page. It will contain a structured abstract of no more than 300 words in Spanish and English, including the objectives, the procedures or methods used, the most important results and main conclusions of the paper, as well as any novel aspect contained therein. The author will make reference to the content of the document by listing 3 to 10 terms or phrases (key words) at the end of the abstract in order of importance.
- Papers on original research should have the following basic structure:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion


  • The remaining contributions should follow a logical order in the presentation of the information.
  • Bibliographic references. The Vancouver writing style will be followed. References will be double-spaced, in French paragraph style and on a separate sheet. They will be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and should be identified by means of Arabic superscripts within the text itself. Quotes from relevant and updated published documents will be included. Reference to personal communications or unpublished documents should be avoided; if indispensable, they will be included in the text between parentheses. References to papers approved for publication will include the name of the journal and the phrase 'in print' between parentheses. All the authors of the text quoted will be acknowledged; in case they are 7 or more, the first 6 will be mentioned, followed by 'et al'. Names of journals will be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus (List of journals indexed in Index Medicus). None of their parts will be highlighted with capital letters of underlining. The ordering of bibliographic information and the use of punctuation marks will follow the conventions of the Vancouver style. Below are examples of some of the most relevant cases:


- You CH, Lee KY, Chey RY, Menguy R. Electrogastro-graphic study of patients with unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterology 1980;79(2):311-4.
Optionally, omission of the volume number is acceptable for journals with consecutive pagination of volumes.
- You CH, Lee KY, Chey RY, Menguy R. Electrogastrographic study of patients with unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterology 1980;79:311-4.
- Goate AM, Haynes AR, Owen MJ, Farrall M, James LA, LaiLy, et al. Predisposing locus for Alzheimer's disease on chromosome 21. Lancet 1989;1:352-5.
-New linking salt and hypertension [editorial]. BMJ 1981;282: 1993-4.


- Weinstein I, Swartz MN. Pathologic properties of invading microorganism. In: Sodeman WA Jr Sodeman WA, eds. Pathologic physiology: mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1974:457-72.
- Eisen HN. Immunology: an introduction to molecular and cellular principles of the immune response. 5. ed. New York: Harper and Row, 1974:406.

  • Tables, models and annexes. These will be presented separately (not interspersed in the paper) on vertical sheets consecutively numbered and mentioned in the text. They will not be accepted on photographic paper. Tables will follow the format of the publication, and the publishers may modify them if they pose any technical difficulties. All tables and annexes should have a title and indicate the source of the data included.
  • Figures. Photographs, graphs, drawings, sketches, maps, other graphic representations or non-linear formulas will be labeled as figures and follow consecutive Arabic numbering. Photographs should have sufficient sharpness and contrast, and their dimensions be perceptible by the human eye. All figures will be mentioned in the text and carry a caption or explanatory note. The total number of figures and tables will not exceed 5 for original papers and reviews, and 3 for brief communications and case reports.
    The format of images should be JPG for photographs and GIF for sketches and other lined figures. Other formats will not be acceptable.
  • Abbreviations and acronyms. These will be preceded by the full name the first time they appear in the text. They will not be used in titles or abstracts.
  • International System of Units (SI). All clinical laboratory results will be indicated in SI units or in units accepted by the SI. In case traditional units are included, these will be written in parentheses. Example: glycemia: 5,55 mmol/L (100mg/100 mL).
  • Papers not following these instructions will not be accepted. Accepted papers will be processed following the standards issued by the Medical Sciences Publishing House (ECIMED). To facilitate the preparation of originals, authors are requested to consult the aforementioned uniform requirements.
  • All contributions submitted should be accompanied by a sworn statement from all the authors stating that the paper has not been submitted to any other journal or publishing institution.


Manuscript submission

Papers should be submitted in 2 printed copies and on electronic format (Microsoft Word). Once submitted, manuscripts will be the property of the journal. Authors will only retain the copyright over what they have written.

The editorial committee will inform authors of the decision to publish, but the manuscript will not be returned.
Authors from Havana City should submit their papers to Editorial Ciencias Médicas Publishing House headquarters (177, 23rd St., 2nd floor, Soto Building, Vedado). Authors from the provinces will submit their papers to the corresponding provincial information center. Authors not living in Cuba do not need to submit the printed materials, and will mail their papers to the following address:


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