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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.
  • The article 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 article complies with the format provided by the journal, downloadable here.

  • The length of each article should preferably be between 15 and 20 pages for articles and 4 pages in case of presentations to seminars or conferences, including additional material (tables, graphs, etc.).

    The article is sent in Microsoft Word® DOC or DOCX format and A4 pages.
    The upper and lower margins (2.5 cm), right and left margin (3 cm).
    The text is double-spaced (1.5).
    General text is typed in Times New Roman font size 12.
    Titles and subtitles are boldfaced and typed in Times New Roman font size 14 (no legends).

    Clear and concise title (maximum 20 words).
    Main author and other authors’ names are centered and typed with Time New Roman 14.
    Authors' names preceded by a superscript number indicating their affiliation.
    Indicate the name of the authors and ORCID identifier.
    Extended abstract in Spanish as well as English (150-200 words).
    Maximum of 6 keywords which identify the content of the work.

    All the parts of the manuscript (introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusions and bibliography) fulfill the guidelines specified in the document: “Presentation and structure of the manuscripts”.

    Include at least 25 bibliographic references.
    The bibliography has been written following the Vancouver (downloadable here) reference style designed for scientific texts.
    All citations referred to throughout the article have been included in the bibliography section.

    The additional material is self-explanatory (does not require the information in the text to be understood).
    The legends briefly define each of the additional contents and the meaning of their abbreviations or symbols.
    The equations are sent in editable format and not as pasted figures.
    Figures or images are sent with sufficient resolution and adequate size.

  • Articles must be accompanied by a document signed by all co-authors, or failing that by a signature of the principal author, which includes: FORMAT 1. AUTHORSHIP AND PERSONAL DATA; FORMAT 2. ETHICAL DECLARATION OF CONTENTS; FORMAT 3. CONSENT.

Author Guidelines

Authorship policy and exclusivity: Articles must be accompanied by a document signed by all co-authors, or failing that by a signature of the principal author, which includes:

FORMAT 1. AUTHORSHIP AND PERSONAL DATA:  Declaration of authorship signed by lead author and co-authors who have contributed in the planning, execution, data collection, interpretation of results, as well as in the drafting and review. Name, surname, address, telephone, fax and email of the contact author -in the authors section of the manuscript body will be differentiated by the symbol * preceding the name-, name, surname and email of the co-authors. Download

FORMAT 2. ETHICAL DECLARATION OF CONTENTS: Consent of the lead author and co-authors about character original of the article contents; avoid making a crime of plagiarism. Download

FORMAT 3. CONSENT:  Informed consent that the Editorial Group of “Perfiles” journal reserves the copyright -Copyright- of received and accepted the manuscripts for publication. Download


General rules about article structure. 

Manuscripts and supporting documents (format 1, 2, 3 and 5) will be sent through OJS platform in DOC or DOCX format from Microsoft Word®.

A4 pages with default format of margins -2.5 upper , lower and three right and left will be used.

Times New Roman font type, size 12 for general text and 14 bold for titles and subtitles contained in the text. Spacing: 1.5 lines (double space). 

Each figure must be prepared and submitted as an individual file identified as Figure 1, Graph 1., etc., at a resolution of 300-600 ppi in PNG or GIF format.

At the end of this document, the captions identified in the same way make clear its equivalence with the tables, figures and graphics attached.

The extension of each article should preferably be between 15 and 20 pages.

The first page must contain: 

Full title of the article in Spanish and English. It should be clear and concise. The title will be representative of the manuscript content. Type font Time New Roman size 14 (bold). Maximum 20 words

Full names of author and other co-authors. The names of the authors will be written in lower case with the first letter in uppercase. The first name and the last names will be written (Ex. Rosa Maldonado Pujos). Each author will be preceded by a superscript number on the left side that will be identified with the membership institution or corresponding affiliation. Type of font Times New Roman size 14.

If the authors belong to the same institution will not be necessary to place the superscript. The contact author should place a * to the right of the name, write an e-mail address.

ORCID identifier Indicate the name of the authors and the ORCID identifier.

Summary in Spanish and English. From 150 to 200 words, it should not contain formulas or acronyms. It should present some information from every section of the body of the research paper. Summarize the theoretical framework that justifies the work done, well-defined objectives, methods used, results and main conclusions. You could read Andrade C. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentationIndian J Psychiatry. 2011 Apr;53(2):172-5, or other articles about this part of a paper.

Keywords. Maximum six words that define the most important points of the work.

Main Elements of the Manuscript: 

I. Introduction.- Its function is to identify the theoretical framework of the subject matter, which will be contextualized with the phenomenon investigated to determine the general and specific objectives of the work. Excessive bibliographical references or abbreviations must not be included.

II. Materials and methods.- This section must inform about all the methodology and experimental materials used. At the same time will allow that the essay to be reproducible under the same conditions as those indicated by the authors. To detail any equipment, organisms, reagents, etc. used, names of the manufacturers from which equipment or materials were obtained, types of statistical procedures used. If procedures designed and published by other authors have been used, such publications should be cited.

III. Results.- Contains all the information related to the findings obtained, once the statistical methods have been applied (if required). It can integrate tables, figures, or any other additional element that expands or facilitates the results presentation. You coul read Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About Making Tables and Figures, Department of Biology, Bates College, for improve your tables and figures.

IV. Discussion.- In-depth analysis of the data obtained, comparing with other authors. This section should discuss the most innovative and important results, contribution, applicability, etc. Is important also acknowledging any limitations of study, and their possible influence on the results.

V. Conclusions.- Clear, direct and concise answers to the initial questions or objectives of the study. It may include proposals for new lines of research based on the results discussed or new hypotheses, as long as each one is well supported by the results.

VI. Acknowledgments.- People or institutions that have contributed in some way in the research or drafting text, whether through funding, knowledge contribution or research activity.

VII. Conflict of interests.- Indicate whether particular interests exist on the part of the authors or the scientific entity that could directly or indirectly affect the results.

VIII. Bibliographic references.- Both in the text-quotes- as in the bibliography, the referencing must comply with the standards of The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) or VANCOUVER STYLE.

Include at least 25 Bibliographic References:  

The incorporation of gray bibliography or content of doubtful origin or scientific quality (especially of web origin) will be considered a serious error and reason for rejection of the publication proposal. Publications used in the bibliography must belong to indexed journals with their corresponding identifier: DOI (Digital Object Identifier), ISBN (International Standard Book Number) or ISSN (International Standard Serial Number).

Drafting Recommendations:

The articles that fulfill the quality standards of scientific writing will be selected before those that the Editorial Board consider to make observations and/or requirements for text improvement or reissue.

These are some drafting recommendations to be taken into account:

  • The syntax must be used in a concrete and direct way. Avoid information redundancy. Do not use esthetic complements of literary art writing, potentiate scientific communication.
  • Use appropriate structure and content organization. The text must follow a logical and understandable sequence. (Cohesion and Cohesive devices).
  • Use and write the measurement units property. The International System of Units (S.I) should be used as much as possible. Nevertheless, in case the work demands the use of other alternative systems such as ‘Anglo-Saxon’, ‘Imperial’, ‘Cegesimal’, etc., it is recommended that the results include equivalence in the S.I.
  • Do not overuse abbreviations. The first time they appear in the text must be identified by writing in parentheses () next to the original term.
  • References must be written according to the standards established by “Perfiles” Editorial Committee, which is Vancouver Style. Cite as far as possible articles published in printed or digital journals and books so as to avoid referencing directly from web pages.

These elements must be verified in detail by the author (s) of the publications before being presented to the editorial board.

Other publications type:  

Review articles.- The structure of the reviews will be adapted to the content and subject matter, without following the structure of the original articles (commented on in the previous section). The number of references must be exceed than the original articles (among 60 and 100 references); so that all developed topics have sufficient bibliographic basis to justify the data presented. The size of this documents type will be among 10 and 20 pages.

Communications or brief articles, communications to congresses or seminars.- The structure of this manuscripts type will be the same or similar to the original articles, differing only in the extension of the works: maximum 3 pages. In the case of technical reports can be extended to 5 pages, and the structure may vary from the original article depending on the contents. In this type of publications, the additional material (tables, articles, graphics, etc.) will be restricted to 4 elements.

Letters to the editor.- Texts will be characterized by containing specific information of general interest related to the thematic lines of the journal or to the scientific community itself, as well as reflections or corrections of an article published in previous volumes. The maximum number of pages for the works will be 1.5 to 2.


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