ISSN 1817-4620 printed version
ISSN 1812-9528 online version

Instructions to Authors


Scope and editorial policy

The journal Memorias del IICS is the official publication of the Research Institute for Health Sciences of the National University of Asuncion. The journal publishes original contributions to the health area by researchers from all geographical areas. The works that comply with the formal requirements are subjected to peer review. The journal is published biannually.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The submissions to the Journal Memorias del IICS have to adhere to these instructions which were prepared considering the style and nature of the Journal.

Manuscripts should be divided into the following items: title, author names and affiliation, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements and references. Funding sources should be mentioned in a footnote on the first page.

1) Abstract and keywords
Second page should include an abstract with a length of less or equal to 250 words. It should have only one paragraph and be written in past tense. It should contain: title, introduction or background, study design, objectives, material and methods (population, interventions, statistical analysis), most important results, and main conclusions. Subtitles of these sections should not be written within the abstract. Emphasize the new and important aspects or observations of the study. After the abstract, add 3 to 10 words or short sentences that help indicators to classify the article.

Use for this purpose the list of terms from “Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the “Index Medicus”. New terms can also be used. An abstract and keywords in English should be also included.

2) Introduction
State the objectives of the paper. Summarize the logical foundation of the study or observation. Mention the strictly pertinent references without making an extensive review of the subject. Do not include data or conclusions of the study.

3) Material and methods
Clearly describe the way subjects, samples or participants were selected. Identify the methods, equipment and procedures with enough details so that other researchers could reproduce the results. Provide references of the accredited methods, including statistical ones. Identify exactly the drugs and chemical products used without forgetting generic names, dose and administration vias. Do not use the name, initials or clinical record number of patients, especially in the illustrative material. Describe the statistical methods with enough details so that the reader, knowledgeable in the subject and with access to the original data, could verify the informed results. If and when possible, quantify the results and present them with appropriate error indicators or measure uncertainty (for example: confidence intervals). Do not depend exclusively on tests of statistical hypotheses verification such as the use of p values that do not transmit important quantitative information. Provide details of subject randomization. Specify the software used.

4) Results
Present results following a logical sequence using text, tables and figures. Do not repeat in the text the data of illustrations, figures or tables: emphasize or summarize only the important observations. The tables, figures and photos should be presented separated from the text, vertically and consecutively. Tables should be adjusted to the publication format and the journal may modify them in case they present technical difficulties. The number of graphics to present (generally no more than five) should be included in a separate file with an explanation note. Describe what you have obtained without including bibliographic references.

5) Discussion
Emphasize the aspects of the study and the conclusions obtained from it. Do not repeat data or any other information in detail already mentioned in the introduction and results area. Explain in this section the meaning of the results and their limitations, including the consequences for future research. Relate the observations with other pertinent studies. Establish the nexus between conclusions and objectives of the study but refrain from making general affirmations and do not come to conclusions that are not completely supported by the data. Propose new hypotheses when there is a justification for them but identify them clearly as such. When appropriate, include recommendations.

Document that result from other research where the results of investigations about a science field or technology, published or unpublished, are systematized and integrated in order to report development advances and trends. It is characterized by presenting a careful bibliographic review of at least 50 references.

They will be requested by the Editorial Board and like the reviews, they should contribute to a real scientific interest but without the depth of critical analysis required by a review. They need an introduction, text and conclusions. And they should include no more than four graphics or figures. They should have: 1. Title in Spanish and English 2. Abstract and keywords in English and Spanish (no more than 250 words). 3. Development of the subject. 4. Conclusion. 5. Bibliography. d) CASE REPORT Clinical cases of one to three patients or a whole family are described. In this case, the text should have no more than 2,000 words and include the following points: 1. Title in Spanish and English. 2. Abstract and keywords in English and Spanish 3. A brief introduction. 4. Cases presentation. 5. Case discussion based in literature and if possible, including the differential diagnosis. 6. References should be no more than 25. 7. Tables and figures, three in total.

They are short communications with several objectives: 1) Encourage discussion of the articles published in the Journal Memorias del IICS. The scientific community is invited to write constructive criticism no longer than two pages and in a time of no longer than two months. 2) Communication of brief scientific observations which the author does not require the space of an original article. In this case, a maximum of 3 pages, a table or figure and five bibliographic references will be requested. The authors should not be more than three with one of them being the corresponding author.

Communications that involve few results, preliminary in general, that are not enough for a full paper. These communications should follow the items of a full paper succinctly but in such a way that reachs a maximum of 3 pages. All items will be made like in a full paper (acknowledgement, bibliography, figures).

Manuscript written by the editor, a member of the editorial board or an invited researcher about the orientation of the theme of the journal.

Abstracts from congresses, scientific meetings, regulations and technical specifications. *Bibliographic references *All references should be mentioned in the text (between brackets) and written as in the original work. They should be mentioned by order of appearance and follow international regulations of Vancouver; *The following will not be accepted as publications: unpublished observations, personal communications or papers submitted for publications. The abbreviations of the journal names should follow the indications of indications del Index Medicus ( *References should be ordered by the order of appearance in the text. If the citation is repeated, the number is repeated. *The citation is indicated by the order number between parenthesis or square brackets, superscript with or without parenthesis.

*If the paragraph requires more than one citation, numbers are separated by commas. The bibliography lists citations in numeric order, independently from the bibliographic citation style used.


Manuscript submission

Acceptance of papers
An evaluation process is necessary for the acceptance or rejection of the articles. - A first revision by the editors who will determine the importance, relevance and depth of the work. If the manuscript follows the editorial line of the journal, the requirements of Memorias del IICS and fulfill the general criteria of publication, - A second revision, assigned to at least two experts will take place. In case their decisions are opposite, the manuscript will be subjected to the consideration of the Editorial Board or a third evaluation will be made. The decision can be acceptance, rejection or modifications according to the suggestions of the reviewers. Any decision will be communicated in written to the author in a term of two to three months from the day of reception. If modifications of the manuscript have been requested, the new version, printed and digital versions, should be submitted in the term indicated that could exceed 30 days.


1) The article should be printed on A4 (212x297 mm) paper, with margins of at least 25 mm, made in Microsoft WORD using Times New Roman, size 12 font.
2) The work will be printed on only one side of the paper with double space. Each section will start on a new page. Pages should be numbered consecutively, starting with the title page on the righthand lower corner of each page.
3) The text should also be in digital format on a CD together with a printed copy addressed to: Editorial Board of the IICS: Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud, Campus Universitario de la UNA, San Lorenzo, Paraguay.

The digital version can also be submitted to as an attached file. It should be corrected, without any orthographic or style mistakes. It should also include one sheet of paper with the signatures of all the authors where they state their conformity with the publication of the journal.
* Title of the paper in Spanish, short, clear, concise and specific. It should contain the minimum number of words that adequately describe the article and allow its classification. Do not include abbreviations.

* Title in English, a faithful translation from the Spanish version.
* Author name, family name and institutional affiliation
* Section and institution names
* Name and e-mail address of the corresponding author
* Financial sources


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