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Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


Goal and Editorial Policy

Salud Colectiva aims at publishing original articles which contribute to the study of the health-disease-care process (HDCP)

Salud Colectiva adopts the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication", established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)


Research or critical reviews on topics related to HDCP, which shall not exceed twenty pages in length.
Articles accompanied by comments and reviews by authors of different institutions, followed by the answer of the main author; or opinion pieces written by qualified authors or interchange articles among several authors. Exclusively upon the Editorial Board’s invitation.
HISTORY reviews
Articles based on documentary texts, which could be considered as reference frames because of their effect on the collective health field. The article shall be submitted along with the document in its original release version, which shall not exceed ten pages in length.
This section will include texts considered central to thought formation in such fields as Latin American social medicine and collective health.
Lectures / documents
This section will include lectures given by well-known scientists, and organizations or meeting documents which, due to its relevance and pertinence, contribute to the goals pursued by Salud Colectiva.
Book reviews shall address publications released over the past two years and shall not exceed three pages in length. They shall be submitted along with a high-resolution book cover image.
Comments on and reviews of articles or any other text published in previous issues of the journal, or opinions about readers’ topics of interest not exceeding three pages in length.



Form and preparation of manuscripts


Only pieces of work written in Spanish will be accepted. Papers are to be prepared using Times New Roman size 12 pt font and page size ISO A4. The text is to be double spaced, in Word (Windows Operating System). Each work must be submitted with two title pages: the first page shall contain the names of the authors, undergraduate degree, last postgraduate degree, specifying the relevant institutions and each author’s e-mail address; the second page shall contain the complete title, an abstract and keywords both in Spanish and English. Papers can be submitted electronically by email to:
All articles, except for the reviews, shall include a summary in Spanish with its relevant translation into English, not exceeding fourteen lines in length, including the keywords.
Three to five keywords shall be included, both in Spanish and English, summarizing the work contents, based on the table of the Health Sciences Descriptors (DeCS) coordinated by BIREME.

These shall be cited correlatively in lower-case between parenthesis and they shall be inevitably placed at the end of the text. Footnotes are not allowed.
No more than eight charts and/or figures in black and white shall be accepted. They shall be presented on separate pages, one per page, and they must have: Arabic numerals, charts and figures correlatively numbered in independent series; relevant heading, notes explaining the acronyms and abbreviations and source. Maps, graphics and photographs shall have the ordinary figure designation. Both maps and photographs must be submitted in high resolution. In order to unify publication criteria, all charts and/or figures must be redesigned, thus the table with the quantitative parameters used shall be submitted, if applicable. If a figure already published is used, the original source shall be cited along with the owner’s authorization as regards the copyright to reproduce such material. This permission is necessary except for public domain documents.
All collaborators not complying with the copyright criteria shall appear in the Acknowledgement section. Economic aids and materials contributions must be included. It is the responsibility of the authors to get the permissions from the people they mention in the acknowledgement section, since readers may infer their approval of the data and conclusions.

References shall be cited in the text with consecutive numbers, between parentheses. For example: ‘It has been observed (3,4) that…’ or also: ‘Some authors (1,5) have pointed out that…’. Bibliographical References will be numbered according to the order in which the quotations appear in the text. The consulted bibliographical sources which have not been cited in the text shall appear in alphabetical order based on the authors’ surname under the heading Consultation Bibliography.  Bibliographical References and Consultation Bibliography shall be sent in separate pages, at the end of the article, according to the Uniform Requirements (Vancouver Style):

Journal Articles
Testa M. Decidir en Salud: ¿Quién?, ¿cómo? y ¿por qué? Salud Colectiva. 2007;3(3):247-257.
Testa M. Pensar en Salud. Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial; 1993.
Book Chapters
Minayo MCS. Ciencia, técnica y arte: el desafío de la investigación social. En: Minayo MCS, Deslandes SF, Neto OC, Gomes R. Investigación social: teoría, método y creatividad. Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial; 2007.
Conferences, Congresses
Testa M. La salud y la crisis económica. Ponencia presentada en II Jornadas de Atención Primaria de la Salud; 30 de abril al 7 de mayo de 1988; Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires: Grupo Editor de las Jornadas; 1989.
Electronic Enquiries
Matus C. Las ciencias y la política. [En línea] Salud Colectiva. 2007;3(1):81-91 [fecha de acceso 20 de octubre de 2008]. URL disponible en:

A letter signed by all the authors shall be attached. This letter must contain: (a) name/s and surname/s, in the order established for the publication, stating each author’s highest academic degree; (b) full name of the institution referred to, stating the position of each author; (c) name of the author in charge of communications, including e-mail address; (d) a statement making clear that it is an original work which has not been previously published, either in full or in part; (e) a statement that the work has not been sent simultaneously to another publication; (f) a statement that, in the event the article is published, the authors assign all publication rights to the journal Salud Colectiva; (g) a statement that the authors agree that Salud Colectivadoes not necessarily share the assertions stated by the authors of the article.

The publication of articles dealing with findings about research on human beings shall be subject to the fulfilment of the ethical principles contained in the Declaration of Helsinki and other relevant legislation, if any, from the country where the research was conducted. Compliance with the international standards as regards Human Beings Protection shall be included in a paragraph specifying the informed consent by the participants in the research report. 

All manuscripts shall be subject to a preliminary revision in which a decision as to whether the article is eligible in terms of the goals, the editorial policy and the journal standards will be made. If the article is eligible, the original documents will be sent to three members of the Advisory Council for assessment, which shall be carried out under the adequate confidentiality criteria. To this end, the judges and the authors shall not know their respective identities.

Salud Colectiva has the power to reject all papers submitted. They shall also suggest, at the direction of the examiners and members of the Editorial Committee, changing the style, shortening or lengthening the texts as well as reducing the number of tables and/or figures. In these cases, the authors shall re-elaborate their papers and submit them for a new assessment. The original documents shall not be returned. When the article is published, Salud Colectiva will send three copies of the journal to the author. The Editorial Committee will not send communications about the papers which have not been selected for publication.


Sending of manuscripts


Papers can be submitted electronically by email to:



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