Aim and editorial policy
The aim of the Revista Española de Salud Pública is to publish original researches and technical studies carried out by the public health professionals of the country, as well as works and documents from foreigners which are of interest to the national Public Health.
The Revista Española de Salud Pública accepts works related to the Public Health and Sanitary Management. Each issue will be published both in printed and electronic version. The electronic version will be available in the webpage of the Ministry of Health and Social Policy (http://www.msc.es/biblioPublic/publicaciones/recursos_propios/resp/home.htm), as well as in the following Open Access repositories: Scielo España (http://scielo.isciii.es/scielo.php), Scielo Salud Pública (http://www.scielosp.org/?lng=es), e-Revistas (http://www.erevistas.csic.es/), Cuiden (http://www.doc6.es/index/), Redalyc (http://redalyc.uaemex.mx/), Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/).
The journal publishes the following kinds of papers:
Originals. Research works on Public Health and Sanitary Management (epidemiology, sanitary statistics, health promotion and disease prevention, sanitary planning, sanitary information, and health economics).
Original works should present the following organization: abstract, keywords, text (introduction, material and methods, results and discussion), acknowledgements and bibliography. The text should not exceed twelve pages size DIN-A4, double-spaced, with a maximum of six figures and six tables. Its is recommended that the total number of authors does not exceed six.
Special Contributions. The text should not exceed fifteen pages size DIN-A4, double-spaced. The bibliography should not exceed a hundred citations. Tables and figures are optional.
Letters to the Director. This section will publish comments related to works recently published in the journal. It will also accept works which, due to their shortness, do not constitute an original article. Letters should not exceed two pages size DIN-A4, double-spaced, as well as one table and one figure. The bibliography should not exceed ten citations. The number of authors should not exceed four.
Other Sections. The Revista Española de Salud Pública publishes other sections, such as Editorials and Book Reviews. The latter will publish contributions by invitation of the journal. However, authors willing to submit contributions to these sections should previously consult the journal redaction in writing.
Presentation and organization of originals
The following publishing standards are a summary of the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (Vancouver Style), 5th edition, developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and published in the N Engl J Med 1997; 336:309-15, and in the Rev Esp Salud Pública 1997; 71: 89-102.
Works which have been previously published, or simultaneously submitted to other journal will not be accepted.
All originals should be presented according to the following order:
1. The first page should contain, in the order stated here, the following data:
2. The following page should present:
3. The following pages should present the article's text (up to twelve pages for Original Articles, six pages for Brief Originals and fifteen pages for Reviews). Original Articles and Reviews should be divided according to the following sections: Introduction, Material and methods, Results and Discussion. Those sections and their titles should not appear in the case of Letters to the Director. Clinical Trials should refer to the CONSORT statement. Special Contributions may present different sections in order to facilitate their understanding.
Introduction. It should clearly indicate the background and the objective of the work, summarizing the criteria which led to its execution, and offering, if necessary, the indispensable bibliographical basis. An extensive review of the literature should be avoided. It should not include data or conclusions of the work.
Material and methods or Subjects and methods depending each article. It should clearly describe the criteria for selecting the material of the study and the participants, including the control groups. It should state the employed methodology, including the chosen instrumentation and systematics, offering enough information to enable other groups to reproduce the same work. It should refer to the methods used for statistical analysis. When an original methodology is used, it is necessary to state the reasons that led to its usage, and describe its possible limitations.
Experimental works which have employed human groups should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards approved by the ethics committee of the institution where the study was carried out, and with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2000 (http://www.wma.net/). Patients' names and initials should not be mentioned.
Drugs or chemical compounds must be referred to by their generic names, indicating administration and dosage.
Results. Observations resulting from the use of the material and methods should be described, not interpreted, presenting the results in a logical sequence in the text. Data given in tables and figures should not be repeated in the text, but the most important observations may be emphasized or summarized.
Discussion. New and important aspects of the study and its conclusions should be emphasized. Data or other material given elsewhere in the text should not be repeated in detail in the Discussion. Inferences of the findings and their limitations should be mentioned, including the deductions for a future research. Observations relating other relevant studies should be refered. The conclusions of the work should be confronted with its objectives, avoiding simplistic assertions and conclusions not firmly supported by data.
Acknowledgements. When necessary, people, centers or institutions which have contributed to the work should be cited.
4. The bibliography should follow the discussion or the acknowledgements, when existing. Bibliographical references should be numbered and presented in the order they appear in the text. Along the text, references should be always indicated by superscript Arabic numerals. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Índice Médico Español (http://www.uv.es/~fresquet/TEXTOS/) and the Index Medicus. The "List of Journals Indexed" published every year, or the January issue of the Index Medicus (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/journals?itool=sidebar) should be consulted.
The use of imprecise expressions as bibliographical references should be avoided. Expressions such as "Unpublished observations" or "Personal communications" should not be included in the bibliography, but they may be cited in the text within parentheses.
Works accepted for publication, but not yet published, should be included in the bibliography specifying the journal title, followed by the expression "in press". Bibliographical references should be written down from the original documents, always citing the initial and final pages of the work. Some examples of bibliographical references follow:
(1) Standard journal articles. (All authors up to six should be cited; when there are more than six authors, only the first six followed by the expression "et al" should be cited).
(2) Corporative authors
(3) Anonymous works
(4) Volume's supplement
(5) Issue's supplement
(6) Part of a volume
(7) Part of an issue
(8) Issue with no volume
(9) Issue with no number nor volume
(10) Pages using Roman numerals
Books and other monographs
(11) Individual authors
(12) Editors or organizers as authors
(13) Corporative authors
(14) Book chapter
(15) Congress annals
(16) Works presented in congresses
(17) Scientific and technical reports
Other published works
(20) Periodical articles
(21) Audio-visual materials
(22) Computer files
(23) Internet document:
(25) Diccionaries and reference works
(26) Works in press
(27) Legal documents
The punctuation of the bibliographical references should follow that presented in the examples.
5. Following, the tables should be presented in separate sheets, and include:
Authors should clearly build all tables; all abbreviations should be always accompanied by an explanatory footnote. If a table takes more than a sheet, its title should be repeated in the second sheet.
6. At last, all figures should be presented within an envelope (up to six). On the back of each figure a label should be fixed, containing the figure's number and the author's name, and indicating the top of it. No one of those data should be written on the figure's front. All figure's legends should be typed in double space, begining in a separate page and identifying them with the respective Arabic numerals. When using symbols, arrows, numbers or letters for indicating certain parts of the illustrations, it will be necessary to identify and explain the meaning of each one in a footnote or in the legend.
All photographs should be carefully selected to assure a good quality, not including those which do not contribute to a better understanding of the text. Their size should be 10 x 15 cm. It is very important that all photographs present the maximum quality, assuring a good reproduction. They should be presented in a way that all opaque elements appear in white. It is recommended that no more than six photographs should be submitted. Coloured illustrations will be accepted, and should be submitted in the form of slides within an envelope. Figures will also can be sent in electronic format.
Graphics (up to six) should be of sufficient quality to ensure a direct and good reproduction (photocopies will not be accepted), and size 10 x 15 cm or a multiple. Authors should follow the same presentation rules as for photographs. They should be included in a Power Point archive in black and white colour and enclose to the word document of the work, if this is possible.
All photographs and graphics should be sequentially numbered in Arabic numerals, under the general title figures.
Abbreviations and symbols. Only common abbreviations should be used. The use of abbreviations in the title and the abstract should be avoided. When an abbreviation is cited for the first time, it should be preceded by its name in full, except for the very known measure units.
Information to authors
|1. Three copies of the originals should be submitted
to the redaction of the Revista Española de Salud
Pública, at the address below, accompanied by a presentation
letter, in which the authors will ask for the evaluation of their work with
a view to its publication in one of the Revista's
sections, and expressly state that the work is original, was not previously
published elsewhere, except in the form of abstract, and that the work is
being exclusively submitted to the Revista Española
de Salud Pública. The presentation letter should be signed by
2. The redaction of the Revista will acknowledge the receipt of all works. Later, it will communicate their acceptance or rejection.
3. All originals will be anonimously reviewed by two specialists in the area of the study and/or its methodology. The redaction of the Revista reserves the right to reject the articles considered not adequate for publication, as well as to introduce style changes to abridge the texts, without changing their contents.
The concepts expressed in the published works will exclusively be responsibility of the authors. The Redaction Committe is not responsible for the rejected material, once the rejection is communicated to the authors.
4. When originals are next to their final acceptance, the Revista will ask the authors a copy of the work in electronic format via e-mail. When presenting the archive the authors should:
5. When an article is in the press, the authors will receive via e-mail typographical proofs for revision, sending them back to the redaction of the Revista within 24 hours after their receipt. The corrections should be sent back via fax to the following number: 913601361.
6. The authors will can send their works for translation in any language different from Spanish. This version will be published in pdf format in the webpage of the Revista.
7. Once a work is published, the corresponding author will receive the same number of copies as authors of the work.
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