ISSN 1608-8921
Online version


Objectives and editorial policy

The electronic journal Gaceta Médica Espirituana is the official organ of dissemination of the Health Sector workers in the province of Sancti Spiritus. It emerges in 1999 as a continuation of the printed journal "3 de Diciembre" with RNPS  1828 and ISSN 1608-8921, thus responding to the need of publishing scientific production of Medical Sciences. It has a quarterly frequency and supplements.

The journal publishes original papers, bibliographical reviews, case presentations, educational research, brief communications, letters to the editor and editorials, all related to the teaching and  health care areas.

The aim of the journal is to disseminate the scientific production of professionals, technicians and others working in the health sector in the province, as well as the scope of their research.

Accepted manuscripts in the editorial process will be the heritage of this journal, therefore, partial or total publication on other media must be approved by the director and the editorial board.

The review system of the Gaceta Médica Espirituana (GME), requires independent and blind assessment by two reviewers, who at least the journal uses in its process of assessing the contributions submitted for publication. Blind review means that the copies the revisers receive (anonymously) don’t have the names of the authors, their institutions, their acknowledgments or another information that can be identified. The independence of the review is achieved by masking the revisers from each other, and with it  a double-blinding is achieved. The period of time that the  authors must wait to hear the acceptance or rejection of their work is one month maximum. Authors must keep copies of the materials submitted to the journal. Copies of the rejected papers will be destroyed. During the peer review process, special care will be taken of the  established ethical standards,  by avoiding conflicts of interest. It is strictly forbidden to use the knowledge acquired by the revisers during the evaluation of work with personal interest, before publication, and public disclosure of research results. Materials subject to peer review can not be reproduced or discussed with anyone, without the consent of the journal’s editor. The names of the revisers of each particular work won’t be revealed, though as a stimulus they can be revealed collectively. The editorial board of the journal reserves to themselves the right to refuse articles not deemed suitable for publication. Once each issue is published, the authors can not make changes to the original article accepted in it  during the editorial process.

Authors must consult the journal's instructions on submitting illustrations in electronic format. Notes for illustrations must be prepared on separate pages, with the same Arabic numerals for each illustration. When using symbols, arrows, numbers or letters to identify parts of the illustration, identify and explain clearly their meaning in the note. The internal scale of the image must also be explained. In the microphotographs the staining method used must also be described.

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

Important Note: Papers which do not comply with these instructions will not be accepted.

Editorial Standards

Materials will be prepared in word processor with rtf or doc extension, using Arial size 10 (no abuse of capital letters, italics and bold), with a double-spaced and justified text, except for references that are aligned to left. They will be sent in electronic format and printed, and will have the following structure:

  • Spanish title
  • Title in English
  • Author (Full name, in case of multiple authors, the names will be ordered according to the participation in the work).
  • Parentage (in this order: scientific degree, academic degree or speciality, academic rank, teaching or research category, institution, department, institution, address, city, country, postal code and email).
  • Summary in Spanish
  • Keywords in Spanish
  • Summary in English
  • Keywords in English
  • Work body
  • References
  • Appendices (if any)

The IMRID (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) format is also accepted. The title must not exceed 15 words and only words written in capital that so require it. It will have a structured abstract, written in third person, which shall not exceed 200 words and contain the basis, purpose, methodology, the most relevant findings and most important conclusions. Keywords will be from 3 to 6, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) will be available at:, Information Sciences Headings (ISH) will be available at:, to facilitate indexing.

Graphs, tables and illustrations are placed as appendices at the end of the material and will be in jpeg or gif format with a resolution of 72 dpi and a maximum of 580 pixels. Graphics will be used as an alternative to tables.

The bibliography is presented in order of appearance in the text and shall meet the uniformity requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, Vancouver Group). It will be referenced with superscript Arabic numerals placed with no space after the last character.

Uniformity Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample references

Updated August 2009

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

National Library of Medicine U.S. (NLM)

Original English version:

Last Review: May 14, 2009

Last update: August 28, 2009

Manuscript submission

Jobs printed and electronic form will be sent to:

Centro Provincial de Información de Ciencias Médicas
Universidad de Ciencias Médicas
Circunvalación Norte s/n Los Olivos 3 Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
CP: 60100


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Centro Provincial de Información de Ciencias Médicas
Universidad de Ciencias Médicas
Circunvalación Norte s/n Los Olivos 3 Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
CP: 60100
Telephone: +53 (41) 324019 ext. 161