INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
All new manuscripts, copyright transfer agreement* and editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editorial office of Medicina Psicosomatica
All manuscripts submitted to the Editor are peer reviewed by recognized professionals in the field, and authors will be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision.
Contributors are provided with proofs and corrections must be returned as soon as possible.
A separate covering letter, signed by each Author, must state that the material submitted has not been previously published, and is not under consideration (in whole or in part) elsewhere, and that it conforms with the regulations currently in force regarding research ethics.
If an experiment on humans is described, a statement must be included that the work was performed in accordance with the principles of thè 1975, revised in 2000, Declaration of Helsinki. The Authors are solely responsible for the statements made in their paper, and must specify that consent has been obtained from patients taking part in the investigations and for
the reproduction of any photographs. For studies performed on laboratory animals, thè authors must state that the relevant national laws or institutional guidelines have been adhered to.
Medicina Psicosomatica publishes material in the form of editorials, articles, reviews, opinions, commentaries, clinical cases, letters, book reviews and news. A specific section of the journal is devoted to Milestones in Biomedical Research.
Editorials: Editorials are solicited by the editor and are related to a paper published in the same issue. Lenght and format of the editorial will be agreed upon between editor and author
Articles: Articles must be prepared according to specific instructions (see below).
Reviews: Reviews are generally solicited by the editor. Unsolicited review articles will also be considered. These manuscripts summarize state-of-the-art in a particular field
Opinions: This section of the journal publishes personal opinions of the authors in a particularly controversial area. These contributions will be reviewed as are original articles submitted for consideration.
Commentaries: Commentaries refer to reports of important scientific meetings which are of particular interest to the medical community. These papers should generally include no more than 2000 words.
Clinical cases: These manuscripts should include no more than 3000 words, including 3 or 4 figures and up to 20 references.
Casi clinici: Gli articoli riguardanti casi clinici non dovrebbero contenere piú di 3000 parole, comprese 3-4 figure e fino a 20 voci bibliografiche.
Letters: Letters to the editor are welcome and will be published if appropriate. They should be titled and no more 500 words long.
Also see International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. www.icmje.org
Manuscripts: The original by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first page of manuscript should contain the following informations: 1) Title of the paper (italian and english); 2) Authors’ names; 3) Name of institution in which work was done; 4) Acknowledgments for collaboration and research support; 5) Name and address of the author to whom communications regarding the manuscript should be directed, including
fax number (if available); 6) A running title of no more than 40 characters. The page(s) following the title page is/are to contain a summary of no more than 250 words and a maximum of 6 key words. Abstracts should be organized according to the following headings: 1) Purpose; 2) Patients and Methods; 3) Results; 4) Conclusions.
Authors may substitute “Design” or “Materials and Methods” for “Patients and Methods” in summaries of Review articles or of papers dealing with basic research. Abstracts and key words should be prepared in Italian and English. The body of the paper must be written as concisely as possible. The manuscript should have clearly identified the various
sections in the following order: introduction, patients and methods or equivalents, results, discussion
Figures and tables: Figures and tables must be submitted on separate sheets and identified with progressive Arabic numerals in the order cited in the text. Tables should be double-spaced and have a title heading. Provide headings for all columns of the table. Legends should be listed at the bottom of the table. Contributors will pay all costs of printing colour
References: Number references in order of citation in the text. Follow the standard of Index Medicus. They can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. References to abstracts, editorials and letters to the editor must be
identified as such. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. More information can be found at www.doi.org
Journal report, one author
Lopez M: Cyproterone acetate in the treatment of metastatic cancer of the male breast. Cancer 55: 2334-2336, 1985
Journal report, more authors
Lee WR, Hanks GE, Hanton A, et al: Increasing prostate specific antigen profile pollowing definitive therapy for localized prostate cancer: Clinical observations. J Clin Oncol 15: 230-238, 1997
Journal report, where DOI available
Freudenreich O, Herz L, Deckersbach T, Evins AE, Henderson DC, Cather C, Goff DC. Added donepezil for stable schizophrenia: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Psychopharmacol (Berl) 2005, 181: 358-63. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-005-2235-1
Journal article in press
Herman J, Van der Bruggen P, Luescher IF, et al.: A peptide encoded by human gene MAGE-3 and presented by HLA-B44 induces cytolytic lymphocytes that recognize tumor cell expressing MAGE-3. Immunogenetics (in press)
Roskoski R Jr: Biochemistry. Philadelphia, Saunders, 1996
Chapter of book
Golde DW, Gulati SC: The myeloproliferative disease. In: Isselbacher KJ, Braunwald E, Wilson JD, Martin JB, Fanci AS, Kaspe DL (eds): Harrison's Principles if Internal medicine (ed. 13), New York, McGraw-Hill, 1994, pp. 1757-1764
Walker RC, Hiemenz JW: Amphotericin B lipid complex mycoses refractory to amphotericin B. Proc Am Soc Clin Oncol 14: 524, 1996 (abstr. 1724)
Andriole VT: Infections with Aspergillus species. Clin Infect Dis 17: 481-486, 1993 (suppl.2)
Hudson MM: Treatment of Childhood Hodgkin's disease with chemiotherapy alone. Ann Oncol 8: 215-216, 1997 (editorial)
Letter to the Editor
Hoxsey H, Janssen WF: Cancer quackery: the past in the present. Semin Oncol 6: 535, 1979 (letter)
Execution’s drawing: by request
Colour phothographs and relative print: by request
Reprints: An order form, showing cost of reprints (minimum 25 copies binding), will be sent with the galley proofs.
*Copyright. To enable the publisher to disseminate the author’s work to the fullest extent, the author must sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement, transferring copyright in the article from the author to the publisher, and submit the original signed agreement.