eISSN: 2027-5374
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ISSN 1657-5997
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eISSN: 2027-5374
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Scope and policy

The journal publishes original, previously unpublished articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese, which are the product of a research or a review and which are not being evaluated by other scientific journals, either in print or electronic form.

Type of articles published:

Investigation: it is a document that discloses the original results of completed research projects in detail. It should have the following structure: introduction, methodology, results and conclusions.

Literature review: it is the product of the critical analysis of scientific literature, which summarizes the results of a research in order to facilitate the understanding of a phenomenon of study and provide information about the scientific evidence related to the subject. This category includes systematic, integrated literature review. It is known for presenting a careful bibliographic review of at least 50 references.

Aquichan does not accept case reports, editorials, or letters to the editor.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Periodicity: Aquichan circulates on a quarterly basis in January, April, July and October.

Publication format: printed and electronic in Open Access, under a Creative Commons license.

Structure of the articles

Title: it should be brief and reflect the content of the article; it should not include abbreviations or formulas. They should not exceed 15 words, and must be written in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Author information: all authors should list the following information:

  • Name(s) and last name(s)
  • Researcher's ID. It is obtained from the following link: https://orcid.org/register. Example: orcid.org/0000-0003-4037-6235
  • Institutional affiliation
  • City
  • Country
  • Institutional email address

Additional information:

  • Name of corresponding author.
  • Acknowledgments, when appropriate, should go after the conclusions.
  • Funding: when the article is the result of a funded project, it should be acknowledged, in this case, through an asterisk in the title, followed by the name of the project and the sponsoring entities in a footnote.

Abstract: it should be no longer than 200 words and have the following structure: objectives, materials and method, results and conclusions. It should not include bibliographic references.

Key words: five standardized terms in the Thesaurus MeSH Thesauro MeSH - Medical Subject Headings. (Available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh). Phrases or descriptors not included in this Thesaurus will not be accepted.

Body: manuscripts should be between 3000 and 4000 words in length. Use 12-point Times New Roman, double spacing; research papers should follow the guidelines established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/manuscript-preparation/preparing-for-submission.html#three

Footnotes: they are explanatory notes and should be consecutively numbered at the bottom of the page. They are used to identify institutional affiliation, to expand on unpublished information, or to provide explanations that otherwise interrupt the natural flow of the text.

References: the primary sources consulted for the development of the paper are cited according to the Vancouver reference style.

For more information, see the Vancouver reference style in the following link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html.

Below are some examples:

Journal Articles:

  1. Standard journal article
  2. Vega KJ, Pina I, Krevsky B. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(11):980-3.

    Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black JR, Masuyer E, Friedl HP, Ivanov E, et al. Childhood leukaemia in Europe after Chernobyl: 5 year followup. Br J Cancer. 1996;73:1006-12.

  3. More than six authors
  4. Rose ME, Huerbin 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.

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

  7. No author given
  8. 21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325(7357):184.

  9. Volume with supplement
  10. 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).

  11. Volume with part
  12. Abend SM, Kulish N. The psychoanalytic method from an epistemological viewpoint. Int J Psychoanal. 2002;83(Pt 2):491-5.

  13. Issue with part
  14. Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Price RE, Wright KC. Development of a large animal model for lung tumors. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2002;13(9 Pt 1):923-8.

  15. Issue with no volume
  16. Banit DM, Kaufer H, Hartford JM. Intraoperative frozen section analysis in revision total joint arthroplasty. Clin Orthop. 2002;(401):230-8.

  17. No volume or issue
  18. Outreach: bringing HIV-positive individuals into care. HRSA Careaction. 2002 Jun: 1-6.

  19. Pagination in roman numerals
  20. Chadwick R, Schuklenk U. The politics of ethical consensus finding. Bioethics. 2002;16(2):iii-v.

  21. Type of article indicated as needed
  22. Tor M, Turker H. International approaches to the prescription of long-term oxygen therapy [letter]. Eur Respir J. 2002;20(1):242.

    Lofwall MR, Strain EC, Brooner RK, Kindbom KA, Bigelow GE. Characteristics of older methadone maintenance (MM) patients [abstract]. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2002;66(Suppl 1):S105.

Books and Other Monographs

  1. Personal Author(s)
  2. Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.

  3. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author
  4. Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

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

  7. Organization(s) as author
  8. Royal Adelaide Hospital; University of Adelaide, Department of Clinical Nursing. Compendium of nursing research and practice development, 1999-2000. Adelaide (Australia): Adelaide University; 2001.

  9. Conference proceedings
  10. Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophisiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophisiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.

  11. Electronic Material
  12. Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on line] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1996 Jun 5]; 1 (1): [24 screens]. Disponible en: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/eid.html.

Illustrations: charts, tables, graphs, diagrams, drawings, photographs or maps may be included to complement the information in the manuscript. Titles should be short and precise, and include the sources and permissions, or indicate if it is attributed to the author. Photographs should include the source and date. Charts, tables, graphs and diagrams should be sent in a Word file. Photographs and images should be sent in JPG format of 300-400 dpi.


Sending of manuscripts

Instructions for submission of papers

  1. Go to the magazine's website, http://aquichan.unisabana.edu.co/index.php/aquichan/index, and click on "register" if you do not have a username and password yet. Fill out the form and check the author box.

  2. If you already have a username and password, go to "submit your manuscript" and click on "go to login".

  3. Select the section of the magazine to which you wish to make the submission. Check the boxes if you comply with each of the recommendations, click on "save and continue".

  4. Include all the metadata on the article, particularly information on the authors and co-authors, omitting none (this will be the information used in the publication). Then click "save and continue".

  5. In the supporting files section, include the "Statement of Originality", in PDF format, signed by the authors and co-authors (incomplete statements of originality will not be accepted); the list of conditions for publication, duly signed by the corresponding author, must also be included in this section.

  6. Confirm submission. You will receive an automatic notice with the number assigned to your article.

For tracking purposes, enter the platform with your assigned user name and password; you will have direct access to the article, where you will be able to check its current status.

If the article has been accepted, send the required adjustments and corrections through the same platform.

Review process

  1. By the Editorial Committee
  2. All articles are reviewed by the Editorial Committee, which verifies due compliance with the criteria requested in the Instructions for Authors and decides if the subject of the article is relevant to the journal. Failure to comply with any of these guidelines will result in a request for modification of the article or its rejection.

  3. By peer reviewers
  4. After being reviewed by the Editorial Committee, articles are submitted for double-blind peer review. The reviewers are active researchers, not affiliated to the institution, who will evaluate the scientific and academic quality of the manuscripts. Reviewers may advise whether the articles should be accepted, considered acceptable with revisions, or rejected. If the article requires revising, authors must make the adjustments suggested by the peers within the following 7 calendar days.

  5. Editor's decision
  6. The editor considers the Editorial Committee's recommendations and the reviewers' opinion before deciding whether an article should be published or rejected.

  7. Response to authors
  8. Aquichan will notify authors, within 90 calendar days, whether their article has been accepted or rejected for publication.

Editing process

  1. Copyediting: all manuscripts are subjected to copyediting according to Vancouver style. The copyeditor's comments are sent to the authors, who, within a term of three calendar days, must notify the editor of their acceptance or rejection of the comments, or answer any questions or suggestions.

  2. Galley proofs: once every article is laid out, the PDF file is sent to the corresponding author for its review and final approval. Turnaround time is 1 day. If an author fails to respond within the stipulated time, it will be understood that he accepts the suggestions and the article will be published in printed and electronic format.

Ethical standards

Aquichan follows the rules established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


  • All authors take public responsibility for the content of the document.
  • By submitting their articles to Aquichan , it is assumed that authors have read and accepted the "instructions for authors".
  • According to the Committee on Publication Ethics, prestigious authors should refrain from providing their names in order to support those articles in which they have not participated.


  • Declare any (personal or academic) conflict of interest regarding the articles suggested for evaluation and decline to review.
  • Respect confidentiality during evaluation of the manuscript.
  • Not copy or keep the received manuscript.
  • Not use any data, arguments or interpretations without the express authorization of the authors.
  • Be accurate, objective, polite and justifiable in their reviews.
  • Notify the editor in confidence if they suspect any misconduct or plagiarism may have occurred.


  • Refrain from publishing articles in case of personal conflict of interest or competing loyalties that may influence or bias the quality of the scientific information and the prestige of the journal.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all received documents.
  • The decision to accept or reject a document for publication should be based on the relevance, originality, clarity and pertinence of the study for the subject matter of the journal.
  • Not exclude studies with negative results.
  • Take responsibility when serious errors are detected in a published work and issue corrections in a prompt and notorious manner.
  • Notify the authors first if they suspect any misconduct may have occurred before contacting the directors of the institution to which authors are affiliated.

Conflicts of interest

Conflict of interest exists when authors, reviewers or editors have interests that inappropriately influence the results of a research and its publication. Interests may be of personal, financial, political or academic in nature.


  • Authors and reviewers notify editors of any potential conflict of interest.
  • Editors disclose any potential conflict of interest to their readers.


Misconduct is the intention to make readers believe something that is untrue; accordingly, the editor, the Editorial Committee and reviewers should reject any documents that raise the possibility of misconduct.


All sources must be cited and, in the case of extensive texts of written material or illustration, authors must request authorization and cite such authorization.

Aquichan may reject a manuscript in case of detection of plagiarism. In this case, authors are notified of the rejection, providing a clear explanation of the evidence of plagiarism.


This journal and its contents are the property of Universidad de La Sabana. Any use, including reproduction, transformation, distribution, public communication or distribution for a profit, requires the prior approval of Universidad de La Sabana.

The names and e-mail addresses entered in Aquichan will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose.

The views expressed in the articles contained in this journal represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Universidad de La Sabana.

Aquichan does not charge authors for submitting and processing the articles, as it is a nonprofit scientific journal.

List of errata

Where appropriate, Aquichan will publish the list of errata in the corresponding number of the article in electronic format.

In printed format, an insert will be published on the page of the corresponding article.

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