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On-line version ISSN 2389-7066


Scope and policy

The Universidad y Salud Journal (Univ. Salud) is a publication edited by the Center for Health Studies of the University of Nariño (CESUN- UDENAR) that, until 2015 was printed every six months, and since 2016, is now published every four months and online. It is a means of dissemination, principally of the knowledge obtained through the development of scientific and/or technological research, national or international, by means of unpublished works on subjects of health sciences and other related topics. The number of articles published by volume is subject to the editorial flow of the journal.

1) Create a space of communication and exchange between the Journal, and researchers of academic institutions in the field of Health Sciences, and other related streams.
2) Provide a space for researchers and academics to publish advances in scientific knowledge and technological development.
3) Establish a means of remaining up to date through the diffusion of research and articles.

Form and preparation of manuscripts


The works to be published according to the classification of Publindex may include:

a) Article of scientific and technological research: Document that presents, in detail, the original results of completed research projects. The structure generally contains five important aspects: introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusions.
b) Reflection article: Document presenting results of research completed from an analytical, interpretative, or critical perspective of the author, on a specific topic, using original sources.
c) Review article: Document resulting from completed research, where the results of published or unpublished research on a field in science or technology are analyzed, systematized and integrated, in order to account for advances and trends in development. It is characterized by presenting a careful bibliographical review of at least 50 references, and describes how the selected topic was found, databases consulted, years of search, etc.
d) Short article: Short document that presents preliminary or partial original results of scientific or technological research, which usually requires prompt dissemination. It requires at least 15 bibliographical references and no more than 25. Do not exceed 12 pages
e) Case report or case study: Document which presents the results of an investigation on a particular situation, individual, group, or community, in order to share the technical and methodological experiences considered for the resolution of a specific problem. A case report/study includes an annotated, systematic review of the literature that references similar cases. The parts of this type of article are: title, abstract, keywords, introduction, description of the case (omitting the patient(s)'s personal data), conclusions, and references. It can be supported with diagnostic images.
f) Subject review: Document resulting from the critical review of the literature on a particular topic.
g) Letters to the editor: Critical, analytical, or interpretative positions on documents published in the Journal, which in the opinion of the Editorial Committee constitute an important contribution to the discussion of the topic by the scientific community of reference
h) Editorial: Document written by the editor, a member of the editorial committee, or a guest researcher on orientations in the thematic domain of the Journal.
i) Translation: Translations of classic or topical texts or transcripts of historical documents, or of particular interest, in the domain of publication of the Journal.
j) Discussion document research unearned.
k) Bibliographic notice.


Features of work:

- The Journal adopts the requirements of uniformity of manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, according to the Vancouver System:
- The title-page will contain: title, name of the author(s) in order of importance according to their role in the work (first investigator or main author, second co-investigator, third others, etc.), a small curriculum of the authors indicating date of birth, identity document, education level, Orcid number, standardized signature (must be registered at, current position and institutional affiliation, email address (preferably institutional), telephone number, and mailing address. The participation of the authors must be sufficient enough to publicly accept the responsibility of their work, the content, or any portion of it.
- Citations are presented with a superscript and without parentheses, being listed consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned for the first time in the text. All consulted documents are to be noted at the end of the paper, under the heading "References".
- Original articles resulting from research should not exceed 40 references and 60% should be from primary information sources(last five years).
- The tables and figures should begin with the title and sequential numbering. Only the first one should contain the city and year. At the end of each of these the source should be mentioned. If it is not included, it is assumed that it was elaborated by the author(s)
- All tables and figures must be cited in the text, in the order in which they appear. In the case of tables, only use horizontal lines. A maximum of 4 tables or figures are permitted.
- Authors should place explanations in the footnotes, not in the title.
- Figures must be of good quality, and sent in an attached file in TIFF format.
- • The articles may have a maximum length of 15 pages. For other documents, the length may reach up to 20 pages (letter size, Cambria font, size 11, 1.5 line spacing).


The author must accept the presentation guidelines that follow.

- The author must submit the article in the Open Journal System platform, at:
- The author must register (username and password), following the steps that demonstrate how to send the article. In addition, one can register as an evaluator, or reader.
- All entries must be sent with the following letter, signed by all authors, guaranteeing that the document is unpublished, that it has not been published in another written or virtual medium, nor is it participating in an arbitration process in another journal. This letter can be downloaded from:
- In addition, the active participation of each author in the article should be recorded record, as well as the subsequent analysis of the data, and also participation in writing the manuscript. In the same way, the authors certify in the letter that Universidad y Salud Journald is free from any conflict of interest between the authors, that all information provided in the platform is true. The letter confirms that reproduction of copyrighted material within the article, sources of funding and any conflict of interest that may exist on the part of the author(s) is authorized.
- They also certify that all data included in the article that comes from previous work(s), has been referenced, regardless of whether or not they come from the same authors. If the article under evaluation is a sub-analysis of a project that has already generated a previous publication, this must be cited.
- Finally, the author will transfer copyright to Universidad y Salud Journal. If accepted, the publication will fall under the licencia Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).
- It is not the responsibility of the Journal to make decisions about authorship/ collaboration, nor to intervene as an arbiter in authorship conflicts.
- Authors should send information about possible evaluators for their article (name, institution and email).

The research article or type a, b and c must contain the following sections:

Title: It should be short, give a clear and precise idea of the subject of research, variables, and target population. It will not exceed two lines, and will not use abbreviations.
Authors: complete information of all authors, which includes full names, training, Orcid number, standardized signature (must be registered at, current position and institutional affiliation, email address (preferably institutional), telephone number. The order of appearance will be decided by the authors, according to their contribution.
Abstract: Presents the essential aspects of the article in a synthetic way, with the following aspects: introduction, objective, materials and methods, results, and conclusions. It should be written in the past, except for the last sentence that presents the conclusions. Don`t exceed 200 words. It is written in Spanish, the final approved version must also be presented in English and Portuguese.
Keywords: Correspond to the main variables and concepts developed in the work. Must be between 3 and 5 words in Spanish and English, which will be consulted by the author in the following links:
- Descriptors in Health Sciences of the Virtual Health Library of PAHO, through the link:
- UNESCO thesaurus:
- For English words:
Introduction: Describes the research problem, the point of view from which it will be addressed, and the interest of the topic for the area of research, and the reader. The objective of the manuscript should be indicated in the final paragraph.
Materials and Methods: describes the process that was used to solve the research question. It will describe population, sample and types of sample allocation, population characteristics (sex, age), as well as the type of study and analysis, evaluation methods and instruments used and its validity. Similarly should describe the statistical methods with enough detail so that a versed on the subject with access to the original data, the reader can verify the findings are reported. Specify any computer program, commonly used, that has been used.
The ethical conditions of the study should be specified. If it is a question of studies with human populations, indicate whether the ethical standards of the committee (institutional or regional) responsible for supervising human tests, and the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 as amended in 2004, were followed. In the case of animal studies, indicate whether the guidelines of the institution or of a national research council have been followed, or whether any national laws on the care and use of laboratory animals have been taken into account. The presentation of original Colombian investigations must comply with Resolution 8430 of 1993 of the Ministry of Social Protection, and the investigations of other countries must fall under the Declaration of Helsinki. Statistical methods should also be described in sufficient detail so that a reader versed in the subject with access to the original data can verify the findings being reported. Specify any commonly used computer program used.
Results: Summarize the results of the study. The use of tables or original figures is required to facilitate the presentation and adequate visualization of the data, hence the need for them to be clear. It is also important to avoid repeating the information that appears in the tables or figures (no more than four), in the text. It can be written in the present so that the findings are considered scientific evidence, or in the past as part of a previously realized process.
Discussion: The analysis of the research question in the light of the results should should be presented in the analysis. How the results were obtained, and if a hypothesis was put forward should be explicitly stated whether the results support it or not. The results are compared with those of other investigations from primary information sources. Brief improvements to the research itself or to new research can be suggested briefly. The discussion section addresses the contribution, or contributions, of research or reflection. It must be written in the present, in order to support the actuality and evidence of the results.
Conclusions: Should coincide with the objectives, results, and discussion. The article should present the contributions made by the research, whether in the form of carrying out the processes, conceiving the ideas or understanding a situation. Likewise, the limitations of research, and the new perspectives created in the field of research, must be made clear.
Recommendations: are optional, and are used in cases where researchers want to emphasize the limitations and new problems generated with the conclusions drawn.
Acknowledgements: If desired, cite people or institutions that have collaborated with the research.
Funding sources: where appropriate, the sources of funding for the project (s) of which the manuscript is derived should be listed.
Conflict of interest: the statement on the conflict of interest is included in this section.
References: list of texts, documents and other works consulted for the construction of the document and cited in its body. Must appear at the end of each article, and be numbered in a strict, consecutive order (Vancouver Norms).The references must be organized with the help of a bibliographic reference manager (Mendeley - EndNote - ZOTERO etc.), since any error (additional or deleted spaces, etc.) will prevent the article from being properly digitized for publication. For subject reviews and review articles, consult the Prisma Guide available on the OJS platform of the Journal or through the following link:


1. Reproduction of material published in Universidad y Salud without prior authorization is prohibited.
2. The reception of articles will be done throughout the year, and will be published on a quarterly basis ((the first day of January, May and September). Ending the edition period, the articles that have complied with the process of evaluation, correction and approval by the Editorial Committee will be taken into account.
3. To close publishing will be considered the articles that have met the assessment process, correction and approval by the Editorial Board.
4. Reproduction and print: Universidad y Salud Journal authorizes the printing of articles published in PDF format for academic purposes, citing the source:
5. The Journal applies good editorial practices:
6.The concepts, judgments, opinions and results derived from the works published in the Journal are the responsibility of the authors.

Sending of manuscripts

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