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Scope and editorial policy

The Revista de salud publica del Paraguay (RSPP) is the official scientific dissemination body of the Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS) in Asunción, Paraguay. It is open for the publication of national or international scientific papers originating in the different disciplines related to Public Health, such as Medicine and its derived sciences: Education, Social Sciences, History, Economics and Administration, related to the field of Health.

The Journal is published every quarterly and contains the following sections: Editorial Article, Research Article (Originals and Short Communications), Review Articles, Case Reports, Guidelines and Consensus, Special Section, Letters to the Editor as well as other information that contributes to improve the situation in the health area of ​​the country.

All articles accepted by the Editorial Committee, are sent for evaluation by national and / or international external academic peers. The evaluation of the articles by peer reviewers is done anonymously by both authors and evaluators, guaranteeing confidentiality.

The evaluators give their opinion in one of the three options: a) Accepted without modification, b) Accepted incorporating the proposed modifications, c) Rejected.

The order of publication of accepted papers is at the discretion of the Editorial Board.

The works and opinions published in the journal are the exclusive responsibility of the authors. The authors assign to the Magazine the ownership of their copyright, so that the articles are published and disseminated in any form or medium, under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Form and preparation of manuscripts



1. It will be printed on A4 paper (212x297 mm), with margins of at least 25 mm, Microsoft WORD text format, Times New Roman font, size 12.

2. It will be written only on one side of the paper, double space throughout the entire manuscript. Each section will start on a separate sheet. The pages will be numbered consecutively, starting with the title on the bottom right corner of each page.

3. The text of the article must be produced in digital format and presented to the Editorial Committee of the Public Health Journal of Paraguay, by sending it through the OJS system (fundamental requirement for its consideration within the editorial process, due to the traceability policies required by the various indexers of which we are a part). In case of any query about the result or doubts that could be raised by the article's application, the author can contact the institutional email:

4. It must be corrected, without spelling or style mistakes. A sheet with the signature of all the authors, where they express that they accept the publication of the journal.

5. The articles must be accompanied by a letter from the author, responsible for correspondence concerning the work (corrections, proofreading reviews).

6. The letter must provide address, telephone and additional information deemed necessary, such as type of article sent (original work, clinical case description, review of topics).

7. The tables, figures and/or images used must be sent as an attachment to the postulated article, in order to resort to them in the process of digital layout of the Journal.

8. The entire editorial process will be developed through OJS, so its management by the author is essential for the application and follow-up of the same.


1. Title of the article in Spanish, clear, concise and specific, must contain the minimum number of possible words that adequately describe the article and allow it to be classified. Do not include abbreviations.
2. Title in English, must be faithful translation of the Spanish.
3. Name and surnames of the authors and their institutional affiliation.
4. Name of the section and the institution. The institutional affiliation must begin with the name of the Institution (going from the general to the most particular), continue by addresses or departments, until reaching the specific location, followed by the department and city. for example: Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare, National Institute of Health, Directorate of Research and Scientific Publications. Asuncion, Paraguay.
5. Name of the responsible author and how to contact him.
6. Sources of financing.
7. The contributions of each of the authors should be clearly specified.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

The works sent to the Revista de salud publica del Paraguay must comply with the following instructions:



The manuscript should be arranged in the following order: title, names of the authors, name and address of the institution, summary, key words, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, acknowledgments (if any), and bibliography. Sponsors should be mentioned as footnotes on the first page.


Summary and keywords

The second page will include a summary. It must not contain more than 250 words and will be written as a single paragraph or with a structured format, in the past tense. It will indicate: job title, introduction or background, study design, the purposes of the study or research; material and methods (population, interventions, statistical analysis) the most important results, and the main conclusions. Emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. After the summary add 3 to 10 words or short key phrases that help the indicators to classify the article. You must also include the summary in English with their respective keywords (keywords).



Express the purpose of the article. Summarize the rationale 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 work you are making known.


Materials and methods

Describe clearly how the subjects observed or who participated in the research were selected. Identify the methods, devices, equipment and procedures, with sufficient details so that other researchers can reproduce the results. Provide references of accredited methods. Describe the statistical methods in sufficient detail so that the reader versed in the subject and who has access to the original data, can verify the reported results. Whenever possible, quantify the results and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (for example, confidence intervals). Provide the details of the subject's randomization process. Specify the software used.



Present the results following a logical sequence through text, tables and figures. Do not repeat the data in the tables or illustrations in the text: highlight or summarize only the important observations.
The tables, figures and photos will be presented in separate sheets and vertically numbered consecutively and mentioned in the text. The tables will conform to the format of the publication.
The number of graphs to present (generally no more than 5), in a separate file with title and explanatory note at the bottom. Describe what you have obtained without including bibliographic citations.



Highlight the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that derive from them. Do not repeat in detail the data or other information, already presented in the introduction and results sections.
Explain in this section the meaning of the results and their limitations, including the consequences for future research. Relate the observations with other relevant studies. Establish the nexus of the conclusions with the objectives of the study, but refrain from making general statements and drawing conclusions that are not fully supported by the data. Propose new hypotheses when there is justification for it, but clearly identifying them as such. When appropriate, it may include recommendations.



Indicate the most important conclusions in the form of a paragraph without a subtitle or with a structured format.

7. Bibliographic References (Appointments and Bibliography See *)



Document result of a research where the results of published or unpublished research are analyzed, systematized and integrated, on a field in science or technology, in order to account for the advances and development trends. It is characterized by presenting a careful bibliographic review of at least 50 references.



They will be requested by the Editorial Committee, just as the review articles must provide real scientific interest, but without the depth of critical analysis required by a review article. It requires an unstructured summary, an introduction, text and conclusions. It can include no more than four graphs or figures. It must consist of: 1. Title in Spanish and English (no more than 250 words); 2. Summary and keywords, in Spanish and English. 3. Development of the topic, 4. Conclusion, 5. Bibliography.



Clinical cases of one to three patients or a whole family are described. In this case the text should have a maximum of 2000 words without including references. The following points should be included: 1. Title in Spanish and English, 2. Summary and key words, in Spanish and English, 3. Brief introduction, 4. Presentation of the cases, 5. Case discussion based on the literature and if it is possible to include the differential diagnosis, 6. Bibliographic References (no more than 25) 7. Tables and figures, in total three.



They are short communications with several objectives. 1) Stimulate the discussion of articles published in the Journal of Public Health of Paraguay (RSPP). The scientific community is invited to write constructive criticisms no greater than two pages and in no more than two months after the article in question has been published. 2) Communication of brief scientific observations in which the author considers that the space of an original article is not required. In this case, a maximum of 3 pages, a table or figure and five bibliographical references will be allowed. The number of authors must not exceed three, with a responsible author from whom correspondence will be sent.



Communications that involve few preliminary general results that are not enough for a complete publication.
These communications will be made following the items of a complete publication, but in a succinct way, so that all the work reaches 3 pages maximum. The other items will be done the same as for a complete communication (thanks, bibliographies, figures).



Document written by the Editor, a member of the Editorial Committee or a guest researcher on orientations in the thematic domain of the journal.



Summaries of congresses, conferences or scientific meetings, norms and technical specifications.


*Bibliographic references

* All References must be cited in the text (in parentheses) and faithfully written as they appear in the original work. They must be cited in order of appearance following the international standards of Vancouver.

* References not published, personal communications or works sent to publication will not be accepted as references. The abbreviations of the journals must follow the indications of the Index Medicus (

* The order of appearance in the text of the aforementioned reference is followed. If the appointment is repeated, the number is repeated.

* The citation is indicated by the order number in parentheses or brackets, or as superscript, with or without parentheses.

* If the paragraph requires more than one appointment, the numbers are separated by commas.

* The bibliography contains the citations in numerical order, regardless of the bibliographic citation style used.


Sending of manuscripts


For the acceptance or rejection of the articles an evaluation process is necessary that includes:
A first review, in charge of the Editorial Committee, which determines the importance, relevance and depth of the work, if corresponds to the editorial line, adheres to the standards of the Revista de salud publica del Paraguay and meets the general criteria of publication.
A second review, which is entrusted to at least two specialists; In the event that the opinions are contradictory, it is submitted to the Editorial Committee or a third evaluation is requested.
The opinion can be of acceptance, rejection or conditioning to the modifications suggested by the reviewers. Any decision is communicated to the author in writing, within two or three months from the date the original is received. If the work is conditioned, the new version, printed and digital, must be sent within the period indicated, but in no case may it exceed 30 days. All articles destined for the Pediatrics journal must be sent by registering on this platform. the magazine and uploading the article as indicated in the steps to follow of the system.

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