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Scope and policy

The Revista Virtual de la Sociedad Paraguaya de Medicina Internaadopts the guidelines for submission of manuscripts for publication of biomedical journals of the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors available in:

1. Submit a copy of the article written in A4 size paper sheet, Times New Roman font, size 12, Microsoft Word© version, single space between the lines to the Secretariat's e-mail: The articles that do not comply with these requirements will not be admitted.
2. The copies should be accompanied by a letter addressed to the Editor-In-Chief, presenting the remitted article, stating that it is an original article, unpublished, not submitted simultaneously to other journal and that all authors are aware of the submitted work.
3. The process of acceptance of the submitted articles implies a previous peer review in two step process:
Process of peer review: the process of acceptance of submitted articles implies the previous peer review in two steps process:
First review: Editor-In-Chief and Editorial Board are in charge of this review. In this stage, the relevance and depth of the work are evaluated and it is verified that agrees with the editorial line of the journal and the compliance of the general criteria of biomedical publications.
Second review: Two national or international specialists in the subject of each submitted article are in charge; if the decisions are contradictory, a third opinion is requested.
Final decision could be:
I. approved
II. approved with modifications
III. unapproved (with suggestions and new beginning of the process)

The approval of the submitted article is based in its relevance, originality and scientific validity. Final decision will be exclusively communicated to the corresponding author within six weeks of reception.

Author rights: The Virtual Journal of the Paraguayan Society of Internal Medicine assumes exclusive rights to edit, publish, reproduce, distribute copies, prepare derivative works on paper, electronic or multimedia, and include the article in national and international indexes or databases. The authors that submit their articles automatically grant the transfer of all copyrights to the Editor in Chief.

Ethical Issues: In works including experiments on humans, state whether the followed procedures meet the ethical standards of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and the Declaration of Helsinki of 1975, revised in 2000. Do not use patient name or initials or numbers that correspond to patients in the hospital, especially the illustrative material. You can not publish descriptions, photographs or other details that contribute to identify the patient unless the information is indispensable for the publication, in which case the patient, parent or legal guardian must express a written consent. In the case of animal experiments, indicate that the basic principles governing international regulations applicable to biomedical research on animals, prepared by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS), have been complied.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

It is written by the Editor-In-Chief, one member of the Editorial Committee or an invited Specialist. It covers the articles published in each volume of the Revista Virtual de Sociedad Paraguaya de Medicina Interna. It should have no more than five bibliographic references.

It refers to unpublished extensive articles of an original research that deals with different aspects of adult patient health where the scientific method was used.
These articles should have the following structure:

  1. title in Spanish and English: it will be brief, clear , without abbreviations
  2. full name of the authors giving details of their institutional affiliations and the electronic mail of the corresponding author
  3. abstract in Spanish and English: it will have no more than 200 words and it will be structured in these sections: objectives, material and methods, results and  conclusions. The English version should keep the structure of the Spanish version..
  4. keywords in Spanish and English. Descriptors terms can be checked at:
  5. introduction: it should justify the proposed study. It will use updated information with bibliographic references numbered in sequential order of appearance applied as superscript and separated by commas, for example: 8,14,15,19,21 or hyphen in case it includes very long consecutive references, for example: 1-20. The last paragraph will contain the objectives that will be clear and specific.
  6. material and methods: it should specify the design and study population apart from the inclusion and exclusion criteria, measured variables, instruments and used method. In the statistical aspect, it should specify the calculation of the sample size and data management. Ethical issues should be detailed. It is recommended to consult the Ethical Guidelines of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences(CIOMS) available in :
  7. results: they will be written using the past tense, tables and relevant figures can be used avoiding redundancy.
    Tables should be numbered by appearance order in text. Title should be located above the figure and the explanatory notes below.

Drawings, schemes, graphics, maps and pictures are considered figures. Data presented in text and tables should not be repeated. Figures should be numbered by order of appearance in the text and the explanatory notes should be inserted below and will have enough information for interpretation without recurring to the text. The Editor-In-Chief has the right to establish limits in the number of figures.

  1. discussion: it will explain the findings and concordance or not with other works. It will delimit the unsolved aspects and the weaknesses of the study. It will expose the significance and the theoretical consequences of the study. Conclusions will be made in the last paragraph of the discussion.
  2. bibliographic references: they will be numbered and redacted according to Vancouver guidelines, available in:

The articles should follow valid orthographic rules using an easy language without ambiguities. The manuscript should have between 2,000 and 3,000 words without counting tables and bibliography. Links via internet will not be allowed in the text.
Acknowledgement can be given for: a) support requiring acknowledgement but not authorship b) technical support c) any support detailing its nature d) financial support that could generate conflict of interests. Acknowledgement should be placed at the end of discussion, before bibliographic references.

Description of one or more cases that, for it unusual particularities of diagnosis or treatment, merit its publication. The text should include: abstract in Spanish or English, keywords in Spanish or English, case report, discussion and bibliographic references. The number of words should be less than 2,000 words without bibliographic references and tables and it should have a maximum number of 15 bibliographic references.

Review work on current topics in the field of Medicine. It is the product of a full qualitative review of the existent literature on a subject of clinical relevance where the results of published investigations are analyzed, systematized and integrated. The used references should be from the last five years. The author should write his/her interpretation of the results obtained in the review and open a discussion about the aspects requiring more research.

They contain scientific observations and opinions about works published recently in the journal or about current topics. This section will admit one table of figure and five bibliographic references.

Pictures of macroscopic or microscopic body structures of diseases with unusual presentation but that are part of the medical practice of the internist. The images should help visual learning and will be accompanied by a brief explanatory text and some bibliographic references.

They will be requested by the editorial board and like the review articles they should contribute with a real scientific interest but without the depth of critical analysis required by a review article. It should have a non-structured abstract, introduction, text and conclusions. It should include up to four graphics or figures. It should have: 1. title in Spanish and English (no more than 250 words); 2. abstract and keywords in Spanish and English; 3. subject development; 4. conclusion, 5. bibliographic references.





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