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 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.
The Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo follows the directives of the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE), and all the submissions are analised at the arrival by the anti-plagiarism software iThenticate.
The journal publishes, besides original articles, review articles, case reports, brief communications, 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) is published online only, maintaining the free access.
The manuscripts must be submitted only written in English, so we strongly advise authors with English as a foreign language to have their manuscripts checked by a scientist with English as a first language or preferably by one of the suggested specialized companies:
American Journal Experts:
Nature Publishing Group Editing Service:
Compreensive Language Editing and Proofreading:
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.
In 2016, the Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo established a fee per published article. Beginning on January 2016, all the submitted articles will be charged if they are accepted for publication.
These publication fees will supplement public funding from the Universidade de São Paulo and other grants from federal supporting agencies. This additional support is essential to ensure quality, the increment of the journal's impact fator and number of citations, the maintenance of the electronic manuscriptsubmission and review system, the review of the English style and of grammar issues.
The fees will be of US$400 for original articles and reviews; and of US$250 for case reports, technical reports, brief communications and letters to the editor, provided that the number of pages are in accordance with the type of article. Only for Brazilian citizens the fees will be of BRL 1,500.00 for original articles and reviews; and of BRL 1,000.00 for case reports, brief communications and letters to the editor. Once the manuscript has been approved, the corresponding author will receive the instructions for the payment of the publication fee. Thereafter, the corresponding author will receive the proof of payment to be able to apply for funding agencies reimbursement.
All types of manuscripts should be sent to the Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo and they will be peer-reviewed by two to four reviewers 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 reviewers.
A cover letter stating the following items should be sent to the Editorial Office: 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 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. Only the corresponding author will be contacted and always by e-mail, so be sure to designate an author who checks frequently the e-mail account.
Authors may suggest potential reviewers for their work provided that they give the e-mail address and affiliation of each scientist they have proposed. Please do not suggest scientists of the same affiliations of the authors.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Types of articles:
Original Articles: The text must contain a maximum of 6,000 words including abstract and references. The body of the manuscript should be preceded by a nonstructured abstract (with no sub-headings), with a maximum of 500 words. Then, authors should proceed to sections of Introduction, Material and Methods (containing the research's ethical approval) Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments and References (limited to 40). Pages should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables and figures should be referred to in the text. Tables and figures should be numbered and contain a brief specific title. Figures such as drawings, maps, photographs, photomicrographs or electron micrographs should be planned to suit the size of a single or double page column. Figures in black and white or in color should be submitted in TIF format, in high resolution (1,200 DPI).
Review Articles: Should be presented in the same format of original articles. Review articles are intended to investigators who are experts in a certain field and have made substantial contributions to this specific area of knowledge. This type of manuscript should focus on the description of the state of art, highlighting the major breakthroughs regarding the subject. The number of references are limited to 60.
Brief Communications, Case Reports and Letters to the Editor: Should report new observations of critical medical importance. Brief Communications should follow the same format of original articles, not exceeding 2,500 words. Case Reports should focus on clinical and laboratory findings, summarizing the introduction, limiting discussion to the essential, calling attention to novelties regarding diagnosis, treatment, outcome of patients, not exceeding 2,000 words. Letters to the Editor should state, from the beginning, why the subject merits this type of publication, highlighting the innovative aspects attained by the research, not exceeding 1,500 words. In these categories of manuscripts (Brief Communications, Case Reports and Letters to the Editor), the number of references is limited to 20, and the attachments, which may be figures (photographs, maps, graphics, etc.) or tables, must not exceed 3 (the sum of figures and tables).
Acknowledgments: Should be brief, and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors, or effusive comments. Private or Governmental organizations that have provided financial support to the research should be mentioned, together with the grants or contribution numbers and period of validity.
Authors' Contributions: The Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo encourages authors to include a statement to specify the individual contributions of each co-author.
As the Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo reviewers work blindly, the Acknowledgments and the Authors' Contributions must not be included in the main text of the manuscript, but in the title page. This statement will be included in the body of the text on the final version of the article.
References must be formatted be as follows:
a) Articles from journals: Last names and initials (only the two first 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.
b) Books: Last names and initials of all authors, full title of the book, edition, place of publication, the publisher, and the year.
c) Chapter of book: Last names and initials of all authors of the chapter, full title of the chapter, last names and initials of all authors of the book, full title of the book, edition, place of publication, the publisher, the year, the pages of the chapter.
d) Websites: Name of the organization, full title of the document cited, place of publication (if available), the Publisher (if available), the year (if available), date of citing, URL of the precise document cited (not the organization URL)
e) Thesis: The Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulowill not accept the citation of master of Science, PhD thesis, or similar work.
f) Softwares: The softwares used should not originate references, but be cited in the text as equipment:
Devices and equipment:
Names and identification of drugs and other products:
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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