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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.
  • This manuscript (or important parts of it) have not already been published and if accepted for publication in Acta Bioethica it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere without the agreement of the PAHO/WHO Program on Bioethics.    
  • The paper does not exceed 6.000 words in length, including tables and illustrations    
  • An abstract not exceeding 200 words in length is provided.    
  • Bibliographical references are cited in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements" style (Vancouver Style).    
  • The paper was prepared according to "Instructions to Authors".    
  • Phone numbers, together with the corresponding author's E-mail are provided.    

Author Guidelines

Instructions for authors

1. - Text presentation

Manuscripts intended for publication must conform to the latest edition of the requirements indicated by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf http://www.metodo.uab.cat/docs/Requisitos_de_Uniformidad.pdf (Spanish)

Authors must commit to deposit USD 1,000 in an account that will be informed in a timely manner, if their article is accepted for publication.

2. - Technical requirements Submit manuscripts to: http://www.actabioethica.uchile.cl/ and then link to "article submission" Upload separalety: - Article cover page, indicating first name and family name of each author, accompanied by most important academic degrees and institutional affiliations; name of sections, departments, services and institutions to which to give credit for the study carried out, whether there is declarations of disclaimer; name, address, telephone number and email of correspondence author related to manuscript.- The article, with the characteristics pointed out in instructions to authors, and- A cover letter, presenting reasons  and context of the article submitted and other considered relevant information.- Number pages in consecutive way, beginning with title page.- Text length must not exceed 6.000 words, including tables and graphics.- To maintain copies of all material submitted.  Note: the submission, editing process and publication have no cost for the author  

3. - Structural framework of the study

3.1 Title of studyPrecise but informative about main content of the publication. - Article title, brief but informative - Names and surnames of each author, with most relevant academic degrees and institutional affiliation - Institutions, departments or sections receiving credits for the execution of the work - Declaration of liabilities or conflicts of interests - Name, address, telephone numbers and e-mail address of the corresponding author

3.2 Abstract and keywords - An abstract of less than 250 words must be included, summarizing aims, methods and conclusions - Three to six keywords. Terms listed in Medical Subject Headings (MsSH) of Index Medicus should be used whenever possible Consult: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/filelist.html

3.3 Introduction A concise statement of purposes, aims and fundaments of the study should be provided, with appropriate references, avoiding repetitions and in-depth revisions. No data or conclusions are allowed in this section

3.4 Methods Methods, techniques and procedures should be described in sufficient detail as to allow informed readers to evaluate their pertinence to the study

3.5 Results Results should be presented in logical sequence. If illustrations are used, information contained in them should not be repeated in the text

3.6 Discussion Novel or important aspects of the study should be emphasized; avoiding repetition of results or methods and formulating the conclusions in brief form. The meaning of the conclusions should bear on ethical aspects of the work presented. Recommendations or policy suggestions are welcome.

3.7 Acknowledgements Following aspects should be included -          Collaboration not justifying authorship (e.g.head of department, methodological support) -          Technical help -          Financial or material support -          Conflicts of interest of financial or other type

3.8 References - Should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance. If a reference is cited more than once, the original number must be retained. -If a page number is quoted in verbatim citations, it should be included within the reference brackets (Example: “ethical principles are essential” (18:234) -References should be identified with Arabic numerals in parenthesis at the end of statements or paragraphs -References cited only in illustrations are numbered following the sequence of appearance -References should be presented in order of appearance at the end of the text -Abstracts do not constitute references -References to articles accepted but not yet published should be presented as “in press”; authors are encouraged to request permissions for such quotes and provide evidence of acceptance for publication -Authors are responsible for checking references with original material -Following examples should help, based on Index Medicus guidelines. Use full name of journals (not abbreviations) (Consult: U. S. National Library of Medicine. List of journals indexed. Full tittle listing. Index Medicus 1998: 111-190. Ó URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov 3.8.1 Journal articles Individual author, part of a series Lessa I. Epidemiologia dos acidentes vasculares encefálicos na cidade do Salvador: II, Fatores de risco, complicaçoes e causas de morte. Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia 1985; 44(4): 225-260. More tan three authors List first three authors followed by «et al.». Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, et al. Childhood leukaemia after Chernobyl: 5 year follow-up. British Journal of Cancer 1996; 73: 1006-12. Corporate author Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Programa Ampliado de Inmunización. Estrategias para la certificación de la erradicación de la transmisión del poliovirus salvaje autóctono en las Américas. Boletín de la Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana 1993: 115(4): 281-290. 3.8.2 Books and monographs Individual authors Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd. ed. Albany(NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996. Editors and compilators Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, (eds). Mental health for elderly people. NewYork: Churchill Livingstone; 1996. Chapters of books Phillips SJ, Whistnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, eds. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis and manangement. 2nd. ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995: 465-78. Electronic materials Journal articles in electronic format Morse SS. Factors on the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar; 1 (1): [24 screens]. [cited 1996 Jun 5] Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/eid.htm.   Additional information: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Annals of Internal Medicine 1997; 126: 36-47.   3.9 Tables, illustrations and graphics Only those structly essential for understanding the text must be included. 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. This manuscript (or important parts of it) have not already been published and if accepted for publication in Acta Bioethica it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere without the agreement of the PAHO/WHO Program on Bioethics.    

The paper does not exceed 6.000 words in length, including tables and illustrations    

An abstract not exceeding 200 words in length is provided.    

Bibliographical references are cited in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements" style (Vancouver Style).    

The paper was prepared according to "Instructions to Authors".    

Phone numbers, together with the corresponding author's E-mail are provided.