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Scope and policy

Reach of the magazine and editorial policy

The main objective of the RCIM is to spread the results of work prepared by professionals, teaching staff, technicians and students (graduated or not) related to Medical and Health computing as well as other similar specialties.

Foreign and national collaborations are accepted in Spanish or English whenever they follow the specified instructions.

Unpublished works of theoretical, methodological and practical characteristic whose diffusion contribute to practical application or may result of substantial usefulness to the readers deserve a treatment of priority.


The recommendations of articles to the authors are based on the observance of the normative "Uniform requirements for manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publications" (uniform requirements) with the purpose of improving the preparation of the proposed materials concerning quality and clarity of the work.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Types of work
Original articles. Investigation works that describe original results and contribute with new knowledges or viewpoints on different areas of performance of the Medical computing, Cybernetics, Mathematics, Pedagogy, Statistics and Computing for life as well as other related disciplines like bioethic and info-ethic. The minimun extension recommended is 10 sheets (A4) in Arial character, size 12 and double space. A maximum of six authors will be accepted.

Articles resulting from a critical analysis of the inherent bibliography of a subject with updated viewpoints including the own author’s experience who will present their corresponding conclusions of the analysis. It is an indispensable condition to present updated articles. They should include a wide bibliography (up to 50 references) with minimal extension of 12 sheets (A4), Arial character, size 12 and double space. A maximum of six authors will be accepted.

Brief articles of opinion or experimental studies never exceeding 3 sheets (A4) in Arial character, size 12 and double space.

Letters to the director
This category includes comments, scientific observations or criticism about articles and subjects already published in the magazine. It also includes doubts or experiences that can be summarized. Reports of advanced or preliminary discovery of an unconcluded investigation or a new technology can be also considered in this category. Maximum recommended extension:3 sheets.

Technician report
It is dedicated to articles referring software production previously assigned or indirect results of an investigation.

Concise and new information, interviews and other variants are considered in this section.

PPT presentations that could be an important consulting material for the readers of the Computing field applied to Medicine and Health due to their quality.

Preparation of the articles

General Principles
In order to make a clear and logical exposition of the data the IMYRD structure (Introduction, material and methods, results, discussion) must be followed in all cases, it may be possible taking into account that such a classification is a direct reflection of the process of the scientific investigation. However, in order to clear up the contents especially in the discussions and results section of long articles, other subsections could be added. Other types of articles such as communications, revisions or technical reports can demand different structures.

Articles should be sent to the magazine in Word format, double space and normal margins in order to contribute to the correction work of the editors.

It is of practical importance to enumerate the different pages of the text. This must be done in ordinal consecutive numbers starting on the cover in all cases.

Cover (first page of all works sent to the magazine).

It includes the following information.
• Full title in Spanish and English. It must be clear and concise suggesting no more than 15 words in the cases it may be possible. Nevertheless, it may exceed this number in order to give the adequate information to the reader. The title must describe conveniently the content of the article by using the minimal number of words but in such a way that it may be understandable to readers.

• Full name, scientific grade and professional data (workplace, responsabilities, etc) as well as address and e-mail of all the authors. These data should appear on the right, inferior quadrant of the first page. If it is a wide number of authors it may appear a single specific electronic address for any contact.

Second page
It includes a structure abstract of the article written in Spanish and its corresponding translation in English (abstract). It should cover around 150 words resulting in a small version of the work. The synthesis must reflect the raised problem, the method and the final conclusions. Material and other detailed data explained in the work do not need to be reflected in the abstract.

It should be written clearly and simply,in past tense.

Key words must be inserted below the abstract in both Spanish and English in a number of words between 3 and 10. Normalized terms of the thesaurus DeCS (describers in Sciences of the Health) should be used as well as those of the Medical Subject Headings(MeSH) whenever it may be possible.
Letters to the director does not need this type of abstract.

Third page
It includes different subdivisions depending on the type of article.
In case of the structure IMYRD the following recommendations should be considered.

Introduction: The nature and relevance of the investigated problem should be explained clearly describing the objective of the work. Antecedents of the topic must be explained in a proper way to facilitate reader’s comprehension and evaluation of the study with no needs of further consultation of publications about the topic. Introduction should be brief unless it deals with a revision article or grade thesis. Two or three paragraps should be enough.

Methods: Detailed information should be given as far as possible in order to reproduce the experiments starting from the given data.
Ethical norms respected by the researchers will be described in cases of studies with humans or animals. Studies in humans should have the expressed consent of the local ethical committeee and as such it must appear in the article.

Used methods and their duration should be exposed in this section. The studies will have the corresponding experiments or control groups; otherwise, the methods used to avoid biases will be explained and their possible effect will be commented on the conclusions of the study.

Results: They must be concise and clear. They should cover the new knowledge brought to the scientific community offering a general view of the treated topic and a wide description of the experiments as well as introducing the processed and discrimineted data. They will be presented in such a way that there won’t be duplication or repetition of the data in the text neither the figures and charts.

Discussion: This section should present the existing principles, relationships and generalizations among the observed facts. It should discuss but not recapitulate the results. Results and interpretations must show their agreement or disagreement with previous published works.
Significance of the results should be expossed regarding its theoretical consequences and practical applications. The discusion neither will have new results nor will be mere repetition of the results. It will be good to point out exceptions, lack of correlations and non resolved aspects.

Conclusions: It is included optionally, particularly in long works or articles with a discussion section unusually vast. The different statements should be enumerated consecutively in order to present them in a consice way and clearly. The content of the article can be summed up briefly in this section.

If it is considered necessary the person(s), institution(s) or collaborator(s) that have contributed to the article with any important technical help concerning external financing, grant a scholarship or supplying materials of diverse type can be mentioned.

Bibliographical references
They will be written in double space, French paragraph and separated sheets. It will be written starting from the adopted style by RCIM which has been developed under the base of the Vancouver style with national and international norms in the necessary cases. They will be numbered according to the appearance order in the text and will be identified by Arabic numbers and between parenthesis.
Personal communications and unpublished documents will be avoided. They will be pointed out in the text between parenthesis just in indispensable cases. References corresponding to articles approved for their publications but still in editorial process will be included indicating the title of the magazine and the printing explanation between parenthesis ( ). All the authors of the text will be mentioned up to six, if they are more than six only the first six will be mentioned followed by the abbrevation “et al”. The titles of the mentioned magazines will be abbreviated according to the specified rules by “Index Medicus” (List of journals indexed in Index medicus at
None element will be pointed out by using capital letters or underlined.The classification of the bibliographical elements and the use of punctuation marks prescribed by the norms of Vancouver adapted to the needs of this editoial will be observed by the authors.
These are some examples taken from the list published in the normative of Vancouver up to 2008. From that date on the link corresponding to that relationship was substituted by the web site NLM’s Citing medicine that contains a group of 26 documents in English which are recommended as consultation source for the elaboration of the bibliograpical references section.

Magazine standard article
Mention all the authors, if the number exceeds 6 write the first 6 and add "et a”".

Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25; 347(4):284-7.

Omission of the month (or date) and issued number is admitted when the magazine has a consecutive paging for each volume.
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

More than 6 authors
Rose ME Herbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(1-2):40-6.

Note: The fifth edition of the uniform Requirements updated in 2010 points up that NLM mentions all the authors at present.

Corporate author
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension 2002; 40(5):679-86.

Volume with supplement
Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002; 42 Suppl 2:S93-9.

Indication of type of article as it will be necessary
Tor M, Turker H. International approaches to the prescription of long-term oxygen therapy [carta]. Eur Respir J. 2002; 20(1):242.

Books and other monographs:

Individual autor(s)
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4 ed. St. Louis: Mosby, 2002.

Note: Contrary to the Vancouver style these instruction observe the use of the comma (,) instead of semicolon (;) in consonance with the norms and practices in Cuba.

Chapter of a book
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. En: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, eds. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002:93-113.

Work included in the published records of a conference
Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza's computational effort statistic for genetic programming. En: Foster JA, Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, Tettamanzi AG, editors. Genetic programming. EuroGP 2002: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland. Berlin: Springer, 2002:182-191.

Grade thesis
Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [tesis de grado]. Mount Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan University, 2002.

According to the data referring place of publication, editorial and year of publication registered in this example, this is a published thesis.

Unpublished works
In printing or of next issue [Published 12 May 2009]
Tian D, Araki H, Stahl and, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci or S A. In printing 2002.

Electronic sources:

Monograph in Internet
Foley KM, Gelband H, eds. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph in Internet]. Washington: National Academuy Press, 2001. <> [Consulted: Jul 9 2002.

Page or web site [page Web in Internet]. New York: Association of Online Cancer Resources, cop. 2001 <> [Consulted: 9 Jul 2002].

To consult the complete list of examples issued by CIERM – adapted to the needs of this editorial – check the text in the link List of models of bibliographical references published in the uniform requirements as a guide for the authors.

Charts, Models and annexes
They will be numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers following the order they are mentioned in the text. They will be inserted at the end of the article in independent sheets. Charts will be adjusted to the format of the publication, being modified by the editorial if any technical problem arise. Any of them must be identified by a understandable title indicating the used abbreviations at the bottom of the chart.Title of the chart should be written at the top of it. Ex: Chart 1. Modelos proyectivos.

Pictures, graphics, drawings, outlines, maps, computers exits, other graphic representations and non lineal formulas should be taken as figures being mentioned in the text by using consecutive Arabic numbers. Necessary information at the bottom of the figure should be included in order to facilitate a proper interpretation. Ex: Fig. 1. Instrumentos de medición.
Any name or data that could identify the patient should be ommited.

The images will have a correct resolution allowing a correct visualization on a screen.

Abbreviations and initials
First mention of abbreviations and initials must be preceded by its coresponding full name. They will not appear in titles and abstract. Those of international use will be used.

International System of Units SI)
All the clinical test results will be given in units of the international system or those units allowed by this system. If traditional units are added they must be written between parenthesis. Ex: GTT: 5,55 mmol/L (100 mg/100 mL).


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