Scope and policy
Biomedica is the quarterly journal of the Instituto Nacional de Salud of Colombia [Colombia’s National Health Institute]. Its purpose is to publish the results of original research that contributes meaningfully to knowledge in health and biomedical sciences.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Biomedica will publish scientific papers written in Spanish or English, in the following categories:
Original articles: unpublished manuscripts resulting from biomedical research which presents new information about specific aspects and provides relevant contribution to scientific knowledge.
Short communication: report of partial or final results of research whose rapid disclosure is of great importance, or whose content does not fulfill the requirements to consider it as an original article.
Technical note: Detailed description of a new laboratory technique or of modifications done to an established technique, emphasizing the advantages that the process has, or the importance of the innovation developed.
Essay: a philosophical, literary or scientific manuscript that presents an author’s documented opinion about a specific topic or a topic of current interest.
Commentary: a manuscript about an article published in the Journal.
History: a manuscript that emphasizes on historical personalities or facts, and their contributions to the development of biomedical sciences or health policies.
Topic review: shows the current state of the art on a specific topic; includes two categories:
· presented by professionals interested in a particular topic. For this option, authors must send a proposal indicating why the topic selected is relevant to the readers of Biomedica. It must include a brief description, some key references, its probable size and the approximate number of illustrations.
In any case, the review must include an abstract with emphasis in the meaning of recent findings, an introduction to the pointed topic showing past landmarks and present developments, and appropriate subtitles with the purpose of facilitating reading of the paper. The review must include a critical review of published literature, and authors’ own data. The development of the topic is left to the authors’ discretion, but it is advised that the authors include tables, graphics and figures for a better understanding of the text.
Images in biomedicine: an illustrated paper with photographs which shows and explain in a didactic way a concept, a structure, a disease or a biomedical diagnosis. It must include a short commentary emphasizing the importance of the illustrated topic.
Make your own diagnosis: The purpose of papers presented in this category is to challenge the diagnostic ability of readers, using illustrations or photographs of clinical data, or microscopic findings. It has two parts, the clinical presentation and the corresponding findings in the first part, and the correct diagnosis in the second part. The latter appears in a separate page and must be accompanied by an updated comment on the disease entity it pretends to illustrate.
Case presentation: examples of diseases from clinical cases that have some attractive particularity or point to a special feature of them, with a brief review of the pertinent literature.
Letters to the editor: readers can request explanations or present comments about the papers published in the journal. The decision about the publication of the received letters is discretional of the Editorial Board.
Book review: are brief critical writings of books about health and biomedicine.
All manuscripts submitted for publication in Biomédicawill be reviewed by the Editorial Board and sent for peer review to at least two experts; to facilitate this, the authors must send the names and e-mail addresses of four suggested reviewers. The editors will inform the principal author that the paper has been received. Later, the Editorial Board will send him the reviewers’ comments and will let him know the final decision about publication of the paper. Authors must include statements in the paper declaring any potential conflicts of interest and mentioning the financial sources of the research work.
Biomedica journal reserves the right to accept or reject the papers, and will make recommendations for improving their presentation.
Once the authors receive the reviewers’ comments, they must answer them one by one, besides incorporating the corresponding modifications in the text. If in the six weeks following the date when the reviewers’ comments were sent to the authors Biomédica has not received the authors’ reply to them, the paper will be withdrawn.
The original manuscripts of articles accepted to be published will remain in the journal files at least for one year after their publication.
Once the paper has been accepted for publication and after editing and style correction, authors will receive the galley proofs, which have to be carefully reviewed and returned to the editors no later than 48 hours after receipt by the authors. Once the paper has been published, the principal author will receive 5 copies of the corresponding journal issue for free.
Please follow the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors that are published as "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals" in Ann Intern Med 1997; 126:36-47 or http://www.icmje.org/index.html. A Spanish version is available in the website of the Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica (Pan American Journal of Public Health), http://publications.paho.org/spanish/descriptions.cfm
The manuscript has to include the following sections:
Presentation page: besides the title of the manuscript and the running title for the headlines of the pages, this section must include the complete names of authors, their institutional affiliation and the name of the institution which carried out the research. It must also include the name of the corresponding author with his or her postal address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address.
Abstracts: the manuscript must include a structured abstract (introduction, objective, materials and methods, results and conclusions) in both Spanish and English, not longer than 250 words. The use of references is not allowed in the abstract, and the inclusion of abbreviations and acronyms in it is not recommended.
Key words: No more than six or ten keywords in each language must be included. Authors are advised to verify the English keywords in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the Index Medicus in http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh7meshhome.htm, and the Spanish keywords in Descriptores en Ciencias de la Salud (DeCS) of the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences index, in http://decs.bvs.br
Text: All manuscripts including the presentation page, abstracts, references, tables and the headlines of figures and tables, must be written in double space, by just one side of the page, without extra spaces between paragraphs. Leave only a single space after the end of each paragraph. Use Arial font size 12 and do not justify the text. Use italic letter for scientific terms; please do not underline them.
Electronic format: send the manuscript as an MS Word file. Graphics made with the Power Point or MS Word programs have low resolution. They are useful for printing purposes only if they are images made of lines, do not have shadows, no grays, no colors and a printed copy in laser high quality printer has been sent; do not include in electronic format images not fulfilling these conditions.Illustrations are printed in a single column (75 mm) or in two columns (153 mm); therefore, illustrations must be sent in print size. If illustrations are in color and are mailed in electronic format, they must be sent in CMYK files in .eps (Encapsulated Postscript) format; the best resolution for CMYK files is 300 dpi if the image does not include text. If the image includes text the recommended resolution is 600 dpi and if it is in black and white the recommended resolution is 1200 dpi. The favorite font for graphics is Helvetic. If your files are Macintosh, please convert them into one of the already mentioned formats. Do not forget to include a list of the files sent and write the programs in which they were done.
Bibliographic references: Please adhere strictly to the guidelines of the "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals" available at www.icmje.org Assign a number to each reference related in the manuscript, tables and figures in ascending order. Write reference numbers within parenthesis and not as indices (superscript). Personal communications, unpublished data, manuscripts in preparation or submitted for publication and abstracts presented at congresses or other scientific meetings must not be numbered but rather referred to in the text within parenthesis. Consult the periodical publications list of Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd7serials7lij.html) for an exact abbreviation of the journal referred. If the journal does not appear, write the complete title of the journal. Include only the first six authors of the article, followed by et al. The inclusion of national and Latin-American references is recommended. For this purpose, please consult Lilacs, Latindex, Sibra, or Colciencia’s indices, and other pertinent bibliographic sources.
Tables and figures: do the tables using the word processing tool for this purpose. Do not do columns or tabulations within the text of the manuscript. Remember to send a page with the files names. For black and white figures (diagrams, drawings or illustrations) send an original and two copies. If they are black and white photographs three copies of excellent quality must be sent. If they are transparencies, send the original plus two paper prints (photocopy or scanner), of the same image to facilitate mailing of the material. In microscopy preparations, remember to mention the stain used and the magnifications according to the objective used, but do not include the ocular magnification value.
Sending of manuscripts
The manuscript has to be sent together with a letter signed by all authors in which they certify that all of them know its content and agree to it being submitted for publication to Biomedica. It must also mention explicitly that the manuscript has not been published previously, nor submitted for publication to any other journal. The original document and the two copies requested must be sent to the editors to the following address:
Instituto Nacional de Salud
Checklist for submitted manuscripts
With the purpose of verifying that authors have complied with the publication guidelines of Biomédicawe request you to fill in this check list and sent it to us together with your paper.
Original article ______Short communication ______ Technical note _____
Tepic review ______ Historical paper ______ Essay ______
Commentary ______ Images in biomedicine ______
Case presentation______ Make your own diagnosis ______
Alter to the Editor______ Book review ______
Include the following parts:
Text that specifies the format and the forms of original shipment for the journal, establishes the standards of presentation of the journal and for bibliographic references of the journal, etc.
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