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Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


MEDICINA (Buenos Aires) is a bimonthly journal in both formats, printed and electronic and can be consulted in  It welcomes articles devoted to clinical or experimental medicine. Submission of a manuscript to MEDICINA is regarded as a tacit declaration that the same material has not been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. In the guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts, MEDICINA follows the requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in the most recent version available in Complete information for authors of research reports is also available in: (and in Spanish in: http:/



Submission of manuscripts


The manuscript should be submitted online (the complete file containing text, tables and figures) by e-mail to The first page must contain: (a) the title (informative but short); (b) the complete name of the authors, and the denomination of their institutions; (c) a running title for page heading, and (d) the complete postal address of the corresponding author, including and email address. A covering letter must be included, signed by all authors, stating that the contents of the article have not been published elsewhere, and indicating the journal section in which the article should appear. Only those who participated directly in the research or the drafting of the article, and are therefore in a position to assume public responsibility for its contents, should be listed as authors and a maximum of 6 authors is recommendable.
The standards for authorship are extensively explained in Copyright of articles published is held by MEDICINA.
Those who wish to reproduce material from the journal must request written permission from the Editorial Board. Likewise, authors of articles published in
MEDICINA who wish to include material from other copyrighted sources must seek permission from the copyright holders and provide written evidence at the time the article is submitted.
The journal sections include: Original Articles (full articles and Short
Communications), Special Articles, Case Reports, Clinicopathological
Conferences, Images in Medicine, Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Book Reviews and Clinical Therapeutics. The latter deals with drug therapy, new formulations, methods or applications of recent clinical development. Conflicts of interest should be specially detailed (please consult in in Spanish or, for a more complete disclosure, in English in
English and Spanish are equally suitable for Original Articles, Special Articles and Short Communications. Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft
Word (Excel, Power Point, or other graphic software for the illustrations) on white paper (letter or A4), with margins of at least 25 mm, on only one side of the paper, double spacing, in letter font type Times New Roman 12, Arial 12, or other of a similar size. Pages must be consecutively numbered starting with the title page.
Units of measurement: metric units should be used, with decimal points.
Abbreviations, initials, acronyms and symbols: only standard abbreviations will be used, avoiding them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
Full articles should contain the following sections: Introduction (without any heading), Materials and methods, Results, Discussion. An Abstract written both in English and Spanish will be included preceded by the corresponding title. The Abstract will follow the title page, will not exceed 250 words each, and will avoid the mention of tables and figures. Three to six key words in
English and in Spanish should be added after the corresponding abstract, preferably selected from Index Medicus (Medical Subject Headings, MeSH).
In the Introduction, the purposes of the article are stated, and the rationale for the study is summarized. Do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported. Materials and methods include a description of (a) selection of the studied subjects, and their characteristics; (b) methods and procedures. In clinical trials, complete information on all major elements of the protocol (study population, intervention or exposures, outcomes, rationale for statistical analysis) will be included; (e) ethical standards and guidelines followed will be indicated; (d) statistical methods will be described. Results should be presented in logical sequence. Data presented in tables or figures should not be repeated in the text. In Discussion, new and important aspects of the study are discussed and the conclusions arrived at. Do not repeat in detail data or other material already given in previous sections. Avoid claiming priority and alluding to work that has not been completed. When appropriate, Acknowledgements will be added, before the references section, in which technical help, financial support, and contributions that do not justify authorship may be listed. Conflicts of interest should be declared.
References should be limited to those papers directly related to the article, and numbered consecutively. All authors will be included if they are six or less; if more than six, the third one will be followed by, “et al” (et alia: and others). The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus (also available in Use superscript numerals for references in the text. List the References for journals, books and book chapters, and Internet sites, according to the
following examples.
1. van Klaveren RJ, Oudkrek M, Prokop M, et al. Management of lung nodules detected by volume CT scanning. N Engl J Med 2009; 361: 2221-9.
2. World Health Organization. Global tuberculosis control: surveillance, planning, financing. WHO report 2005. WHO/ htm/tb/2005.349. Geneva:
World Health Organization, 2005.
3. Philips DJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner
BM, eds. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management, 2nd
ed. New York: Raven Press, 1995, p 465-78.
4. Helman A. Air pressure and Mount McKinley. In:
< II.html>; accessed October 19, 2009.
Personal communications and unpublished scientific meetings, are cited in the text. Tables should not repeat information already mentioned in the text, and should be typed on separate pages, with a brief but explicit title, and consecutively numbered (Arabic numbers). They should be indispensable and comprehensible by themselves.
Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules, except for three: those that separate the title from the Table, the headings of the rest, and the end of the Table. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Figures (graphs, or black and white photographs, that can appear in color in if both files are sent) must allow for adequate reproduction and must be numbered and identified on the back of the page in the manuscript. The explanatory legends shall be written on a separate page. The symbols, arrows or eventually used must contrast properly against the background.
Special Articles refer to those topics that need to be updated; they must be based on an important bibliographic revision, and should not exceed 7000 words and 100 references. Short Communications refer to results which justify publication because of their special interest, however preliminary. The manuscript should not exceed 2500 words, without sections, nonetheless containing the customary sequence, with no more than 15 references and 2 tables or figures. A Short Communication will be published within 3 months of acceptance. Case reports (up to two cases) and Series of cases (from three to nine) will be accepted on the bases of their clinical interest. They should have the following sections: Introduction, Case/s Report, and Discussion. The manuscript should not exceed 1500 words (Case report) and 2000 (Serie if cases) including up to 2 tables or figures and no more than 15 references. An
Abstract in English and in Spanish will also be included in Short
Communications and Case Reports. Images in Medicine may be radiograph, electrocardiogram (EKG records), ecography, angiograph, tomography,
Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI), optic or electron microscopy, etc. Such images, not necessarily exceptional but illustrative, should not exceed one page in length, including an explanatory legend not exceeding 200 words.
The images should allow a good quality reproduction. Letters to the Editor should refer to editorial comments, preferably of articles published in MEDICINA. They should not exceed 1000 words, including up to 6 references and one Table or Figure. The opportunity and the eventual characteristics of the Editorials will be left to the decision of the Editorial Board. Manuscripts are submitted to blind revision by the Editorial Board members and by one or two outside reviewers. Once accepted, articles will undergo an editorial process that may involve deletions and additions. Final version: upon acceptance, the authors are required to provide the complete final version via on line, attached to e-mail, to Once the article is accepted, Authors will be charged US$ 70 per each printed page.



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