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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

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Double-blind peer-reviewed section dedicated to original research papers (basic, clinical, therapeutic, theoretical, analytical, experimental, surveys, comparative, argumentative, causality etc.)

The format needs to observe a logical structure presented in distinct sections, usually:

  • Introduction: development of the problem under investigation and statement of the purpose of the article;
  • Method: description of the procedures to conduct the investigation;
  • Results: report the findings;
  • Discussion and conclusion: summary, interpretation, and implications of the results.
  • References: list of works cited in the article.


Case studies and reports describe aspects concerning a specific individual, group, community, or an organization, with unique features. These unique features may consist of previously unreported observation of a recognized disease, the unique use of imaging or diagnostic test to reveal a disease, previously -unreported clinical condition, previously-unreported treatment in a recognized disease, or previously -unreported complication of a procedure.

Such articles illustrate a specific problem and indicate possible solutions for it; they are usually short and focused.

Note. Contributions to this section are typically reviewed by a single reviewer and (if possible) double blinded; please note submissions are not redacted, so blind review may be compromised if author/s reference identifiable data within the paper (i.e. references home country, hospital, university etc.)


Letters are usually short and can be written on any subject of interest to the journal reader, including comments on previously-published articles. These comments should be objective and constructive.

Editorials, commentaries, or replies are brief articles that contain opinions on an issue, topic, or study previously published. They typically do not include references.

Discussions are however full-length articles used by authors to discuss opinions, issues, and ideas. It may sometimes look like a research study, but it doesn’t have the same formal structure and it is not always based on existing literature. The focus of this kind of study is to explore new areas, suggest topics for future research, and share opinions.

These contributions are not peer-reviewed and reflect the opinion/s of the author/s.


Examples include: historical articles, works-in-progress or short communications, special reports, evidence-based practices, health policy and practices, experiment ideas, calls for partnerships, how I do it, and teaching articles.

These contributions are not peer-reviewed and reflect the opinion/s of the author/s.


Book reviews are articles that describe and evaluate a book. It is focused on book’s authority, purposes, and content.

Literature reviews (other than book reviews) are critical evaluations of materials that have been already published. They contain a summary, discussion, or assessment of works on a specific area, and will clarify a problem related to the topic under discussion. Literature reviews are useful to summarize previous investigations, identify relations and inconsistencies in the literature, and suggest solutions to solve the problem.

These contributions are not peer-reviewed and reflect the opinion/s of the author/s.

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