ISSN 1852-236X
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Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


The Revista Americana de Medicina Respiratoria (RAMR) welcomes original and not published medicine investigations related to respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine, devoted to clinical or experimental medicine.  Papers previously presented to Scientific Societies can be accepted.
The journal has been adapted to the International committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) requirements in its latest publication (Ann Intern Med 1997; 126:36-47) and its update on May 2000, available in



Form and preparation of manuscripts


The manuscripts should be sent by email (see below) to the Editorial Secretary.
The first page should include:
(a) title, concise and informative
(b) complete name of author and institution he represents
(c) a short title for the header
(d) e-mail and mailing address of the person whom the correspondence must be submitted to.
When sending a manuscript, the letter attached should contain all the authors’ signatures, the name of the section the manuscript belongs to, as well as a statement telling that it is an unpublished work. 

Sections include original articles (complete researches or brief communications), special articles, clinical case reports, clinical rounds, images, literature reviews, letters to the editor and editorials.  Original articles and brief communications can be written in Spanish or English.

Original articles should be divided in Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion. They should be preceded by a title and followed by an abstract in Spanish and another one in English.  Both abstracts will appear following the first page, will not exceed the 250 words and will not contain tables or figures.  This same page will include between 3 to 6 key words in English and Spanish, terms which should be chosen from the list found in Index Medicus (Medical Subject Headings, MeSH).
The Introduction defines the purpose and importance of the paper and presents an overview of the present state of the matter. It should not include results or conclusions.
Materials and methods include a description of
(a) selection of studied cases and its characteristics
(b) methods and procedures
Clinical studies should inform protocol details (studied population, inventions, statistic bases);
(c) ethic norms or guides followed;
(d) statistic methods description
Results should be expressed in a logical order. Information provided in tables and figures should not be repeated.  The Discussion highlights the main findings, the conclusions derived from them and correlates the results with the object of study mentioned in the introduction.  Information on other sections should not be repeated.  Priority declarations or references to non completed researches should be avoided.
When appropriate, acknowledgements will be included before the bibliography.   Recognition for technical and financial support, and any contribution that does not mean authorship can also be mentioned.  In these cases authors will be responsible for having a written authorization of them.
Bibliography should only include the articles that are related directly with the paper, avoiding extensive bibliographies.  References should be numbered consecutively, in the same order as they appear in the text.  All the authors should be included when they are not more than six; if there are more than six, only the first three will be mentioned followed by the expression “et al”.  The titles of the journals should be abbreviated based on the style used by the Index Medicus.  The list can be found in
For quotations numbers as superscripts should be used.  In the reference list, journals, books and book chapters should be presented according to the following examples:

  1. Schroeder JS, Hunt SA. Chest pain in heart transplanted recipients. N Engl J Med 1991; 324: 1805-7.
  2. Capowski JJ. Computer techniques in neuroanatomy. New York: Plenum Press, 1989.
  3. Philips DJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM (eds). Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2"" ed. New York: Raven Press, 1995, p 465-78.

Personal Communications will be quoted in the text.  Tables, in individual pages and numbered in Arabic numbers, will be essential and understandable by themselves, and have an explanatory title.  Notes should be at the bottom and not in the title.  Vertical or horizontal lines between columns should not be used, except for three: the ones which divide title from tables, headings from the rest, and the ones that mean the end of the tables.
Figures (graphs or black and white pictures) should allow an adequate copy and will be numbered correlatively with an inscription in the back to be able to identify them, and an explanatory note in a separate page.  In microphotography, scale will be informed.  Moreover, dates, symbols or characters included need to have an appropriate background contrast.  
Brief communications are results that, although preliminary, due to its interest they justify an early diffusion.  The manuscript should not exceed the eight pages, it will not be divided into sections but will keep the usual sequence, with up to 15 references and not more than 2 tables or figures.  The publication of brief communications will take place within the three months after it is accepted.
Special articles deal with topics in which update is relevant and need to be based in a good bibliographic review.  
Case reports should include Introduction, Case reports and Discussion.  They should not exceed the eight pages and have a maximum of 2 tables or figures and 15 references.  Clinical cases will be accepted if they represent progress in knowledge and not for being rare exceptions.
Images can be radiographies, electrocardiograms, ultrasound scans, angiographies, tomographies, magnetic resonance, optic and electronic microscopy, etc.  These images do not need to be exceptional but illustrative and come with an explanatory legend, they should not exceed one page, allow an appropriate reproduction and include indicatory dates if necessary.
Letters to Editorial Committee should refer to comments on editorial nature, preferably related to articles published in the journal.  They should not exceed the three pages and have a limit of six references and one table or figure.  The opportunity and eventual characteristics of Editorials depend on the decision of the Editorial Committee.
Each manuscript received will be examined by the Editorial Committee and by two or more external editors.  After the revision the author will be notified about the acceptance (with or without corrections and changes) or rejection of the manuscript.  The Editorial Committee will have the right to introduce any changes needed according to grammar and make up needs, having previously informed then authors.
Measurement units: Decimal metric system will be used.  All clinical and hematological measurements will be expressed in the terms of the International System Units (ISU) using dots for decimals. 
Abbreviations and symbols: Use only standard abbreviations.  Do not use abbreviations in the title or in the summary; when used in the text, the complete word should be spelled out before the abbreviation, unless it is a standard measurement unit.
Formal presentation: Manuscripts should be presented in a word processor (preferably in a recent version of Microsoft Word), in white page, size 216 x 279 mm (letter) or 210 x 297 mm (A4), with margins not less than 25 mm, simple sided, double spaced, letter Times New Romans 12, Arial 12, or similar.  Pages will be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title.



Sending of manuscripts


Until an online system is implemented, the final version of a manuscript already accepted for publication, with the changes made during the edition process, has to be sent to the Revista’s email:, specifying the programs used for figures and pictures (Corel Draw, Photoshop, etc.)



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