ISSN 0021-2571 printed version
Scope and policy
Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità is a peer reviewed quarterly science journal which publishes research articles in biomedicine, translational research and in many other disciplines of the health sciences. The journal includes the following material: original articles, reviews, monographic issues, commentaries, editorials, brief and technical notes, book reviews. Annali follows the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) www.icmje.org.
Manuscripts should be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission should include:
• cover letter where the authors declare that the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere;
Each paper submitted to Annali is subjected to the following procedures:
• it is reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief for general suitability;
Please ensure that your manuscript follows these guidelines. For presentation of monographic issues refer to the instructions available online at www.iss.it/anna.
Manuscripts should be written in good English, as concisely as possible to allow a clear understanding of the text.
The title should be followed by the complete name of the authors, their affiliations – in the original language – town and country. The name and address, telephone and e-mail of the corresponding author should also be indicated. On the same page a running head of no more than 40 characters (including spaces) should be included.
Original articles should normally be organized into different sections (i.e.: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions).
Each article should be accompanied by:
• a structured abstract of about 150 words;
Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum and be presented only if necessary.
Authors should deal responsibly and effectively with security issues that might be raised by their papers (see: Statement on Scientific Publication and Security Science 2003;299:1149).
Authors are also encouraged to include data disaggregated by sex (and, whenever possible, by race) and provide a comprehensive analysis of gender and racial differences. The authors should include the number and percentage of men, women and, if appropriate, transgender persons who participated in the research study. Anatomical and physiological differences between men and women (height, weight, body fat-to-muscle ratios, cell counts, hormonal cycles, etc.), as well as social and cultural variables (socio-economic, education, access to care, etc.), should be taken into consideration in the presentation of data and/or analysis of the results. Authors should consider gender issues also in the authorship.
The name of the bioresource (and identifier, if available) who provided samples/data useful for the conduct of the study should be reported in extense, either in the Material and methods section or in the Acknowledgements.
Length of the text
To provide a text that meets the requirements of our publication:
• the editorial should be no longer than 1000 words;
• Use Times New Roman font, 10 point, single spaced;
Tables and figures
They should be understandable also without reference to the text and should be numbered in Arabic numerals in a consecutive and independent way according to their citation within the paper.
Tables should be presented on a separate sheet and preceeded by a title. Each column within the table should have a heading. Abbreviations should be reported in full in the legend.
Figures should be loaded as separate files. The following file formats are acceptable: JPEG, TIFF or EPS.
Vectorial images (flow charts, schemes, and other non bitmap material) should be in Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Power Point.
Figures are redrawn into the Annali style by our in-house illustrators.
Photographs must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, width 107 mm and presented in black and white (an extra-cost is due by the author for each colour photograph).
Captions should be presented on a separate sheet and contain a sufficient explanation of their object.
All references in the text must be numbered in square brackets, i.e. [1, 2, 3-6], and mentioned at the end of the article in the order in which they are quoted. They should conform to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (known as Vancouver style, www.icmje.org), with some variations according to the following examples.
Titles of periodicals should be abbreviated in accordance with the Medline abbreviation of the US National Library of Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/aim.html). Online journal articles can be cited using, in addition to the complete citation, the DOI number.
Articles in journal
Bozzuto G, Ruggieri P, Molinari A. Molecular aspects of tumor cell migration and invasion. Ann Ist Super Sanità 2010;46(1):66-80.
Books and chapters in a book
Godlee F, Jefferson T. Peer review in health sciences. London: BMJ Books; 1999.
Van Weely S, Leufkens HGM. Background paper: orphan diseases. In: Kaplan W, Laing R (Eds). Priority medicines for Europe and the world – a public health approach to innovation. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2004.
Fadda A, Giacomozzi C, Macellari V. Comparative measurements to validate a new telemetric pressure insoles system. In: 2. International Symposium on measurement, analysis and modelling of human functions. 1. Mediterranean Conference on measurement. Workshop on evaluation check of traceability. Proceedings. Genova: June 14-16, 2004. p. 425-7.
Della Seta M, Di Benedetto C, Leone L, Pizzarelli S, Siegmund U. ETHICSWEB technical guides. Manual for the creation of standards and guidelines for sharing information about knowledge organization systems on ethics and science. Roma: Istituto Superiore di Sanità; 2011. (Rapporti ISTISAN, 11/32).
Italia. Decreto legislativo 29 ottobre, n. 419. Riordinamento del sistema degli enti pubblici nazionali, a norma degli articoli 11 e 14 della legge 15 marzo 1997, n. 59. Gazzetta Ufficiale – Serie Generale n. 268, 15 ottobre 1999.
US Social Security Administration. Evidentiary requirements for making findings about medical equivalence. Final rules. Fed Reg 2006 Mar 1;71(40):10419-33.
The authors should check that each reference cited in the text appears in the reference list and viceversa. References should not include works submitted for publication but not yet accepted or unpublished results, etc. These can be mentioned in the text in parentheses.
All Latin or foreign words should be in italics. The authors should use internationally accepted abbreviations. All abbreviations should be spelled out in full the first time they occur in the text, followed by the shortened term in parentheses; afterwards use the abbreviation only.
Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript.
For writing symbols, quantities and units of measurements refer to the International Systems of Units (SI) and the ISO standards.
Licenses and agreements
Extended quotations and illustrative material taken from other publications must be accompanied by the original permission granted by the Authors and by the publisher.
Responsibility for the contents and opinions expressed on this journal rests solely with the Author(s).
These instructions are available online at www.iss.it/anna. Please, contact the Editorial Office for any other information.
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