ISSN 0036-4665 printed version
ISSN 1678-9946 online version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and policy

The Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo (Journal of the São Paulo Institute of Tropical Medicine) is a journal devoted mainly to research on different aspects of tropical infectious diseases. The Journal welcomes original work on all infectious diseases, provided that data and results are directly linked to human health.

Each issue may contain, besides original papers, brief communications, preliminary reports, technical reports, reviews, comments and letters to the editor. The journal publishes manuscripts only in English.

From 2016 on, the Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo (Journal of the São Paulo Institute of Tropical Medicine) will be published on-line only, maintaining the free access.

Papers written in English (we strongly advise authors with English as a foreign language to have their manuscripts checked by a scientist with English as a first language). Please contact the staff of the Journal at revimtsp@usp.br for suggestions of specialized companies.

The receipt of a manuscript with the English usage considered inappropriate can lead to the return of the paper to the authors even before the beginning of the review process.

All types of manuscripts should be sent to the Editor, Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo and they will be peer-reviewed by two or three referees of the Editorial Board and/or ad hoc reviewers.

The decision of acceptance for publication lies with the Editors and is mainly based on the recommendations of these referees.

A form stating the following items should be sent to the Editorial Office signed by the corresponding author: 1) The manuscript and all parts of it have not been submitted elsewhere; 2) There are no financial or other relationships of any of the authors of the manuscript that might lead to any conflict of interest; 3) The submitted manuscript has been read by all authors carefully. All authors agree that the manuscript represents their work. 4) Describe sources of funding that have supported the work. Please also describe the role of the study sponsor(s), if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing of the paper; and decision to submit it for publication; 5) The corresponding author is indicated below and will be responsible for the communication with the other authors about revisions and final approval of the paper. The manuscripts will be received only by online submission at:http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rimtsp-scielo

At the same site the authors can check the status of the submission any time. The electronic file will be used for editorial assessment and online refereeing, and the editorial decisions on the manuscript will be communicated to the corresponding author.

Authors may suggest up to four potential reviewers for their work provided that they give the e-mail address and affiliation of each scientist they have proposed.

 

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Original papers- The text should be preceded by a short summary not exceeding 200 words, and should then proceed to sections of Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Pages should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables and figures should be referred to in the text. Tables should be numbered and contain a brief specific title. Drawings as well as halftones (photographs, photomicrographs, electron micrographs, or roentgenograms) should be planned to suit the size of a single or double page column. Images should be submitted preferably in TIF format.

Acknowledgments should be brief, and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors, or effusive comments. Grant or contribution numbers may be acknowledged. Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo encourages authors to include a statement to specify the individual contributions of each co-author, which will be published under a separate subheading "Author contributions" following the Acknowledgments.

Brief communications, preliminary and technical reports and letters to the editor are reserved for reporting new observations of critical importance. They should not exceed two or three printed pages, including the illustrations and references.

Review articles are intended to investigators who have made substantial contributions to a specific area of transmissible diseases. These manuscripts will be published upon invitation of the editorial board, however their appropriateness will be judged by the editors, and according to editorial criteria, eventually by peer reviewers. A review article should be presented in the same format as a full paper, except that it should not be divided into sections of introduction, material and methods, results and discussion.

Review articles, brief communications, preliminary and technical reports published in a recent number of the journal should be used as models for formatting

The list of REFERENCES, including only those actually mentioned in the text or tables, should be in Vancouver format, listed in order of the citation on the text , and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Listing should be as follows:

a) Articles from journals:

Last names and initials of all authors (unless there are more than six, when only the first six should be given followed by et al.), full title of the article, title of the journal (title abbreviations by NLM can be found on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals), the year of publication, the volume number, the first and last page numbers.

Ex.: Velho PENF, Faria AV, Cintra ML, Souza EM, Moraes AM. Larva migrans: a case report and review. Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 2003;45:167-71.

Ex.: Costa E, Lopes AA, Sacramento E, Costa YA, Matos ED, Lopes MB, et al. Penicillin at the late stage of leptospirosis: a randomized controlled trial. Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 2003;45:141-5.

b) Books:
Last names and initials of all authors, full title of the book, edition, place of publication, the publisher, and the year.

Ex.: Lewin B. Genes IX. Boston: Jones and Bartlett; 2008.

c) Chapter of book:
Ex.: Ferreira HO. Doença de Chagas. In: Farhat CF, Carvalho ES, Carvalho LHFR, Succi RC, editores. Infectologia pediátrica. São Paulo: Atheneu; 1998. p. 531-7.

d) Thesis:

The Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo will not accept the citation of master of Science, PhD theses, or similar work.

Ethical Guidelines: Papers must state in the Material and Methods section that: 1) informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from parents or legal guardians of minors together with the approved consent of the Ethical Commission 2) a consent term was applied to study participants in the case of children over the age of seven and adolescents besides the consent obtained from parents or legal guardians of minors together with the approved consent of the Ethical Commission 3) the maintenance of experimental animals complies with the guidelines of the use of laboratory animals prevailing in the country.

Randomized Controlled Trials and Clinical Trials: The Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo supports the policy of Clinical Trials registration delivered by WHO and the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE) recognizing the importance, in open access, of these initiatives for the registration and international knowledge of the information on clinical studies. Therefore, from 2007 on, only papers of clinical research dealing with these issues having an identification number provided by one of the clinical assays validated by established criteria from WHO and ICMJE will be accepted. The addresses can be found in the ICMJE site (http://www.icmje.org). The trial registration number should be written at the end of the summary.

 

Submission of manuscripts

The manuscripts will be received only by on-line submission at: http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rimtsp-scielo, where the authors can check the status of the submission any time. The electronic file will be used for editorial assessment and online refereeing, and the editorial decisions on the manuscript will be communicated to the corresponding author by e-mail.

 

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