Guide for Authors and Reviewers

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.

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Guide for Authors

It is generally agreed that an "author" is someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study, and biomedical authorship has always had important implications for academic, social and economic. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommends the following criteria for authorship: acknowledgment of authorship should be based on 1) substantial contributions to the idea and study design or data collection, or analysis and interpretation data, 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for substantial intellectual content and 3) final approval of the version to be published. When the group has carried out the work are numerous and come from various institutions, they should identify individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments section. All authors of articles submitted should have sufficient knowledge of the material submitted for publication and must be able to answer for the complete contents of the work.

General Rules

Manuscripts should be submitted in English. Manuscripts should be written in a clear and concise manner. The text will be presented on A4 size (297 x 210 mm) and double-spaced (including references and explanations of figures, graphs and tables). The margins are 3 cm for each of them (left, right, top and bottom). The first page shall contain the manuscript title, authors and correspondence information of the corresponding author (postal address, email address and phone ). The title of the article must be specific and simple. You must include the name of all authors by last name and the name, the authors separated by commas. Next to the name of each author, you must include one or more superscripts to specify the origin of the authors (public or private institutions), academic degree, doctors (PhD), physiotherapists (PT), departments, universities, etc. At the foot of the title page, you must indicate the word count of the manuscript, which exclude the Title Page, the Summary (besides the Abstract), Acknowledgments, References, Figures, Tables and Graphs (it is the article content, from the Introduction to the Discussion, both sections inclusive). 

The journal respects the International Ethical Standards contained in the Declaration of Helsinki and all those relating to experiments on animals and humans, which are applied in accordance with the requirements of Informed Consent. Research projects must be reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee for Human or Animal Experimentation, in each case. Manuscripts that report the results of experimental research with human subjects must include a statement that reports were obtained consent explaining the process correctly, completely and that all issues were resolved.

Informed Consent for publication in an article  must be obtained from the patients for Original Articles (randomized clinical trials, experimental studies, cohort studies, case-control studies, prospective / retrospective, and studies diagnostic tests), Case Series and in Clinical Guidelines. The ethical and legal considerations, both National and International, in the case of publications of research findings in humans, require careful and special attention to protect the anonymity of the patient. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the authors maintaining and protecting databases or files of the research subjects, under current legislation to protect their identities. You should avoid identification by name, surname, initials, case numbers or dates.

You may choose to submit your manuscript as a single Word or PDF file to be used in the refereeing process. Only when your paper is at the revision stage, will you be requested to put your paper in to a 'correct format' for acceptance and provide the items required for the publication of your article. Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files.


Types of Paper 

Original Research: Provide a full length account of original research and will not normally exceed 4000 words.

Review Papers: Provide an in-depth and up to date critical review of a related topic and will not normally exceed 4000 words.

Case Studies: A case report providing clinical findings, management and outcome with reference to related literature.

Study Protocols: Provide a description of a research protocol.


Reporting clinical trials (CONSORT)

Randomized controlled trials should be presented according to the CONSORT guidelines. At manuscript submission, it may be helpful to authors to complete the CONSORT checklist and flow chart. The CONSORT checklist and template flow diagram can be found on Authors should submit such files as "Supporting File" types at submission.


Double-blind review

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author name(s) are not allowed to be revealed to one another for a manuscript under review. The identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Please to include the following separately:

Title page (with author details):This should include the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address. For original submissions the title page should also include any Acknowledgments.

Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.

The review process of manuscripts will be made by two or three expert reviewers in the field, blinded to each other, so they neglected on the opinions of other reviewers (peer review). All manuscripts will be subjected to critical review hidden (without identifying the author or institution) of at least two members of the Review Committee (or three reviewers in appropriate cases), composed of independent professionals and scientists, considered as benchmarks contrasting both nationally and internationally, to analyze the originality, validity, the importance of content, justification of the conclusions and the need for possible improvements. Manuscripts are considered privileged communications and shall not retain or duplicate during the review process. The reviewers' comments are attached with the manuscript if rejected, or make recommendations for improvements. All reviewers are anonymous.


Guide for Reviewers

Manuscripts should follow an anonymous review process, pursuant to the instructions for authors. The reviewers must consider compliance with these standards and qualify the manuscript that the Editorial Committee will submit, on time and place, including the comments they deem appropriate. The Editorial Board will send to the reviewer, an official form for anonymous review process, with the rest of the documentation for each item that requires the peer review process. This process of peer review is characterized by two independent reviewers who do not know the authors of the manuscript they are reviewing. Reviewers can provide different views after the completion of the review, so that the Editorial Committee could use the additional opinion of other reviewers for the manuscript, as a tiebreaker.

Before you accept or decline an invitation to review, consider the following questions:

Does the article match your area of expertise? Only accept if you feel you can provide a high-quality review.
Do you have a potential conflict of interest? Disclose this to the editor when you respond.
Do you have time? Reviewing can be a lot of work – before you commit, make sure you can meet the deadline.
Do you need to find out more about reviewing and the peer review process? 
Respond to the invitation as soon as you can (even if it is to decline) – a delay in your decision slows down the review process and means more waiting for the author. If you do decline the invitation, it would be helpful if you could provide suggestions for alternative reviewers.