The following are acceptable for evaluation:
original research papers, review papers, 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 in consecutive Arabic
numerals, starting from the first page.
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 his/her address and telephone number.
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:
remaining contributions should follow a logical order in the presentation of the
- Bibliographic references.
The Vancouver writing style will be followed. References will be double-spaced
in French paragraph style on a separate sheet. They will be numbered in the order
in which they appear in the text and should be identified with Arabic superscripts
within the text itself. Quotes from relevant and updated published documents will
be included. References to personal communications or unpublished documents should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 Index
Medicus (List of journals indexed in Index Medicus). None of their parts will
be highlighted with capital letters or 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. Electrogastrographic study of patients with
unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterology 1980;79(2):311-4.
Optionally, omission of the volume number is accepted 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
- 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.
AND OTHER MONOGRAPHS
- 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.
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.
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
be 5 for original papers and reviews, and 3 for brief communications and case
The format of
images should be JPG for photographs and GIF for sketches and other lined figures.
Other formats will not be acceptable.
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. Internationally
recognized abbreviations and acronyms will be used.
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
- 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
- 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.