Original and review papers are prioritized
over other types of materials. These should be structured in the following
manner: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. Each of these headings
will be highlighted in the body of the paper. In general, they should
not exceed 30 pages.
These papers should be accompanied by an abstract written in an impersonal
style, containing the objectives of the research, the materials and methods
used, and a brief description of the main results and conclusions. Abstracts
should be presented in a structured manner and should not exceed 250 words.
Three to ten key words or phrases will be added to facilitate indexing
of the paper.
The introduction will define both the topic dealt with in the paper and
its background. The objectives of the study will also be stated, as well
as the justification of the research. Data and conclusions from the paper
will not be included.
The section devoted to methods will describe the materials used, inclusion
and exclusion criteria for the entities studied, the composition and essential
characteristics of the samples analyzed, as well as the procedures and
statistical techniques (sampling type, tests, etc.) used for quality control,
always under the basic principle that a specialist with a background similar
to that of the author should be able to reproduce the study without using
any information apart from that provided by the author about how the study
was conducted and the original data used. In the case of well known methods,
reference will be provided to papers where they are thoroughly described.
If they are less well known, a brief description should be included. When
unknown methods are used, besides providing thorough information about
them, the reasons, advantages and disadvantages of their use will be expounded.
The software used for data processing should be specified.
The results will be presented in a logical sequence, and will include
only the relevant statistics and graphs necessary to present the most
important information in accordance with the objectives of the paper.
The information contained in tables and figures will not be repeated in
the text. Figures will be an alternative to tables; data should not be
duplicated in tables and figures. The use of either should reflect their
capacity to facilitate understanding of the information and the economy
of the journal. Claiming of intellectual property of the contents presented
should be avoided, as well as any reference to incomplete research.
The section devoted to discussion will deal with findings obtained by
the research. Conclusions will be expounded in accordance with the objectives
of the research. Reference will be made to the significance of the results,
as well as their limitations in relation to similar research. The contents
described in the introduction and the results will not be repeated. Unjustifiable
conclusions or extrapolations of the data used will be avoided.
Bibliographic references will follow the recommendations of the Vancouver
style, and will be listed at the end in the same order as they appear
in the text.