Scope and editorial policy
PUBLICATION POLICY OF MEDISAN
Medisan is a fundamental tool for the development of Medicine in Santiago de Cuba territory and is a mean for disseminating and accessing to information in our province, which intensively uses the network to support the fulfilment of its mission. This implies the achievement of the widest dissemination of information and knowledge, and to promote collaboration, integration and collective work between all institutions conforming it.
The publication policy of MEDISAN comprises all health professionals (or those linked to the health branch); from the country, specially those belonging to Santiago de Cuba province who need either to communicate the results of their scientific productions or to accede to it in order to manage information, new knowledge, to collaborate, to update or establish relations whenever they fulfil the present instructions of the author and his works are approved by arbiters (peers evaluation) who are designed for evaluation and approval after they are discussed by the Publications Commission, headed by the Director of the CPICM (Provincial Information Center of Medical Sciences), the Academic Editor and the Production Editor.
1. Institutional Responsibility
a. Declaration When information about the health sector is published (its activities, missions, organizations, publications, and so on) in Medisan, for public access, there must be a clear responsibility for that content.
b. Reason Medisan is a serial publication from the Republic of Cuba, which is in charge of the visibility of the scientific production in the territory, that is why, any information being published must always have an institutional and professional support in correspondence to that mission.
c. Implications Documents, images, videos or any other resource being published in the journal, representing any entity from the territory, whenever possible, should be accompanied by an identification of the organization, person or of the responsible of that entity and of the published information.
The content of what is published in Medisan on any institution from our province, should have clear information on the mission of the entity, its social object, the persons to contact responsible for the contents of that service, so that the responsibility for what has been published is clear.
2. Support, Validity and maintenance of information and services
a. Declaration It is important that the published information by users and institutions in Medisan, is adequately supported, maintained and validated by the responsible institution.
b. Reason The Management Staff from each of the institution or from other countries must assure the integrity and authenticity of the information published in Medisan, so that the information of its organization is adequately represented to fulfil the present policies and regulations. The responsibility with the published information is independent from the growing flexibility of the mean and it must not be an impediment for its intensive and creative use.
c. Implications To guarantee this principle, the staff must be aware, so that its social object must be fulfilled, and use the institutional spaces to organize the publication. The existence more flexible and single tools, to facilitate the publication process, is neither in contradiction with the delimitation of the institutional responsibility on what is published nor with the fulfilment of the existing regulations in this field. This presumes the importance of having clearly delimited the institutional publications, although the publication of documents has an individual responsibility, what must be explicitly remarked. All document must have its source, authors and publication date written down.
3. Public character of information
a. Declaration All information published in Medisan has public character, and is a responsibility of those who publish, to make regulations on recent public information in the country be fulfil.
b. Reason There are very precise regulations on the management of state information, which establish how its management should be, they back the present legislation and should be respected by all institutions. The use of the network is under the control of these same regulations.
c. Implications Only that information which is public for all institutions and organizations using it may appear in the network. Institutions are responsible for the fulfilment of this principle and should establish the procedures guaranteeing its fulfilment.
4. All scientific productions of the health researchers from the national territory following the requirements to be published will be accepted according to present instructions to the authors (see attachment), which will be evaluated by pairs designed by the Director of the CPICM (Provincial Information Centre of Medical Sciences), or the Editor who will review all the approved works together with the production editor from the institution.
5. Twenty works will be selected according to the journal interests.
6. The journal will not be in charge of congress serial works, symposiums, workshops, events or other scientific activities as its main task is to heterogeneously make possible, highlight and to become multidiscipline the scientific and investigative tasks of the health professional from the territory.
7. Medisan will give technical, scientific and professional advices to all the interested staff, including postgraduate courses, trainings, workshops, conferences and other activities related to this one.
9. All scientific work presented to be published will be analyzed by Medisan Managing Editor and the members of the publication commission. Arbiters will program the deadlines for their suggestions and will hand in to the managing editor their results.
- Review by arbiters ………………………...........15 days
- Review by the managing editor …………......... 1 week
- Analysis by the publications commission ....... 1 day
10. The head of the Provincial Information Center of Medical Sciences will guarantee that the issues of the journal are disposable in the province Web site and Infomed in the established deadlines and periodicity (the first day of the month in which the journal should be published , with 12 issues: from January to December).
11. The leading commission of the journal is not responsible for the veracity or conflicts of any kind which may be derived from the content of the published scientific works.12. Decisions adopted from the analysis of scientific works evaluated by the arbiters and by the publication commission are unappealable and should be accepted by the authors of these works.
Presentation of publications
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS FOR PUBLISHING IN MEDISAN
For publishing in Medisan the author should send the work through the Open Journal System Platform, which is in Santiago Health Web site: http://instituciones.sld.cu/infomedscu/
The publication norms of scientific papers will be adjusted to those dictated by the International Committee of Editors for Medical Journals (CIERM), according to what Vancouver norms.
The following types of publications may be proposed:
2. Original papers (IMRYD)
3. Experimental notes or brief communication
4. Clinical notes
5. Review works
6. Letters to the editor
Other sections may be: Clinical conference (Pathological or epidemiological conference), Book review, Comments, Statistics, Obituary, History, Arts and Medicine, Foreign cooperation, Anecdotes, as well as special variety of original works: Random controlled Assay, Multiple Centers Study, etc.
Works should present the following order:
I. Title (from 15 to 20 words maximum), Author(s), Institution(s), Address (that of the author`s institution), and academic notes not bureaucratic (scientific degree and teaching category). Management and administration responsibilities are excluded.
II. Abstract (from 100 to 150 words, according to the type)
III. Text: They should be ordered according to these 4 independent items in original works:
IV. Gratefulness, if any.
V. Literature cited: journal citation: 75% from the last 5 years, books: the same percentage from the last 5 to 7 years.VI. Tables and figures: No more than 3 in each page.
THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS ARE PREFERABLY RECOMMENDED:
1. EDITORIAL: A declaration of opinions, believes, and policies from the editor or director of the journal, on matters of medical or scientific interest. Works expressing opinions or containing an updating on a certain scientific topic, written by the director, secretary of the journal or invited professor. It should avoid containing anniversaries, congresses or prizes.
Length: 2 pages. Just an author with the support of bibliographic references.
2. ORIGINAL WORKS: They describe the original results of the investigation. Preferably prospective works from clinical or experimental investigations and other original contributions on etiology, pathophysiology, pathology, epidemiology, and diagnosis and treatment methods. They must constitute a significant contribution in the investigation field.
Length: 8 to 10 pages, including tables and figures.
Number of authors: Up to 5 (if the number is higher, the contribution of each of them will be clarified by writting, but just in exceptional cases).
Number of tables and figures: 5 in a word
Literature cited: Up to 20
3. EXPERIMENTAL NOTES OR BRIEF COMMUNICATION: They should be well argumented and presented with the definite or preliminary results from the investigation: advances on diagnosis techniques or treatment or other observation interesting enough, justifying its faster publication. They should contain: objectives, methods, precise results, and an excellent discussion. They are also considered “short works”.
Text length: Up to 6 pages
Number of tables and figures: Up to 3
Literature cited: Up to 10
Number of authors: Up to 3
4. CLINICAL NOTES
Description of one or more case reports of exceptional observation or some new aspect of a previously known disease or syndrome, which constitute a contribution of particular interest to the knowledge of the topic or the process described. Their structure is as follows: Introduction, Cases Reports and Comments.
Text length: 4 pages
5. REVIEW ARTICLES
A published material, which collects, analyzes and summarizes the current state of the research on a particular topic. The author must indicate the purpose of the review and sources and methods of searching for references as well. Reviews can be large or small in scope whenever they are current. Basic structure:
6. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
For comments or objections related to articles published in the journal. Report of an advance or preliminary finding of unconcluded research in short text. This section intends to allow a lively exchange of knowledge and experiences in quality among the readers of the journal.
Maximum length: 2 pages
Literature cited: 10
Reports and news of the societies. Announcements of scientific events. Reports and memories on conferences, courses, meetings and conventions. Announcements of awards and scholarships.
8. REFLECTION AND DEBATE
Abstract: 80 to 100 words
Authors: up to 3
MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS AND EXPERIMENTAL NOTES
I.A) TITLE: It is one of the most important parts of the paper as it will be read by hundreds or thousands of people. Must be chosen carefully to be brief, clear, attractive and encodable. Do not exceed 15 or 20 words. Do not use subtitles, abbreviations, acronyms jargons, and should be ordered from the general to the particular, capable of expressing the content of the text and of being recorded in the national and international levels. Avoid superfluous words in the title, namely "Study on.. ", "Research on.. ". "Analysis of the results... ", etc.
Sending of Manuscripts
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