Content type

Original research articles

Previously unpublished manuscripts, describing clinical, pre-clinical, epidemiological investigations, clinical trials, clinical observations, and other relevant investigations that are based on sound patient series, validated analytical methods, and appropriate statistical evaluation. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis can also be submitted as an original research article.  Original research articles should be structured as follows: Introduction (clearly stating an objective or hypothesis), Methods (describing the study design and methods applied, including the study setting and dates, patients or participants with inclusion and exclusion criteria, and/or participation or response rates, or data sources, and how these were selected for the study), Results (describing the results of the study in context with the published literature and addressing study limitations), and Conclusions (addressing relevant implications for clinical practice or health policy). A structured abstract (max 250 words) is required.

Words: max 3000 (excluding figures and tables) | Figures/Tables: max 6 | References: max 50

Reviews 

Reviews are intended to focus on the current state of knowledge or practice, integrating recent advances with accepted principles and practice, or summarizing and analyzing consensus view of controversial issues in knowledge of practice. A non-structured abstract is required (max 250 words)

Words: max 5000 (excluding figures and tables) | Figures/Tables: max 8 | References: no limit 

Editorials 

The purpose of the editorials is to provide the reader with a balanced overview of relevant and up to date topics, often reflecting the opinion of the Journal. No abstract is required. 

Words: max 3000 (excluding figures and tables) | Figures/Tables: max 4 | References: 30

Point of View 

Points of view are intended to present viewpoints on the interpretation of recent investigations in any research area. Points of view are fully referenced, peer reviewed articles and must offer a clear presentation of the authors’ perspective and a constructive discussion. A non-structured abstract is required (max 250 words)

Words: max 3000 (excluding figures/tables) | Figures/Tables: 4 | References: max 30

Short communications 

A concise report of data from original research, focused on initial findings that will be of interest to scientists in other fields. A structured abstract is required (including Background, Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusion, max 250 words)

Words: max 2000 (excluding figures/tables) | Figures/Tables: 3 | References: max 7

Congress report

A congress report covers scientific, medical, health policy or other healthcare related topics presented at an important scientific meeting that will be of interest to readers. No abstract is required.

Words: max 1500 (excluding figures/tables) | No figures/tables | No references

Correspondence 

Letters to the Editor and letters in reply are intended to present opinions or comments on articles published in the Journal. Letters are subject to abridgement and editing for style and content. A letter in reply must cite the title of the letter, e.g., “Response to (Title of Letter)”. An abstract is not required.

Words: max 500 (excluding figures/tables) | Figures/Tables: 1 | References: max 5