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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and policy

Scientific Journal of the UCSA disseminates scientific research generated by professionals in the areas of Engineering, Social Sciences, Business and Humanities. In it, they may be published original articles, review articles, current issues, case report, letters to the editor and short communications.

Editorial policy
Scientific Journal of the UCSA undertakes to publish their numbers in digital and printed format, also distributed in databases and libraries in the country and the world. All items received will be reviewed by one or two area editors, who will determine if the text is relevant to the theme of the magazine.

The factors on which the decision on the acceptance and rejection of the work by the Committee of the magazine is based are:
• Originality and novelty
• Utility and interest
• Clarity of presentation and methodological rigor
• Substantiation of conclusions
• Relevance

The articles in this publication are those of therespective authors and do not represent the official position of any institutional body.
They are grounds for immediate rejection of a manuscript:

  • Multiple or redundant Presentation
  • The deliberate use of false or inaccurate data
  • Plagiarism
  • Impersonation
  • Slander Falsification of information and documentation
  • Falsification of authorship, including authors who did not collaborate at work
  • Authorship
    It is understood that the corresponding author acts of good will on behalf of all authors of the document and expresses the joint and several liability in the sense of originality of the work presented.

    The order in which the authors appear should be a joint decision of the coauthors. The editor of the magazine can ask authors to specify what the contribution of each. Team members who do not meet these criteria may include, with your permission, in the Acknowledgments section.

     

    Form and preparation of manuscripts

    Papers submitted to the journal of the UCSA shall comply with the following instructions, commensurate with style and nature of the Journal.

    a) ORIGINAL ARTICLE 
    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. The following summary is included of 3 to 5 keywords that allow indicators to classify the article.It should also include a summary in English with their respective keywords.

    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.

    b) REVIEW
    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.

    c) CURRENT SUBJECT
    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.

    e) LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    They are short communications with several objectives: 1) Encourage discussion of the articles published in the Journal of UCSA. 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.

    f) SHORT COMMUNICATIONS 
    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).

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

    f) Other sections
    Analysis / Reflection, summaries of congresses, conferences or scientific meetings, reviews, standards and technical specifications.

     

    Manuscript submission

    Receipt of articles
    The deadline for receipt of works expires on March 30, for the number of the first semester and September 30 for thesecond.

    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 Journal 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.

    Presentation of originals
    Articles may be submitted in Spanish in Word format text processor. The length of articles will have between 2000 and 5000words. The defined extension will include notes, appendices, references,bibliography and graphic elements.

    In presenting the original should consider:
    A short title of up to 8 words.A summary of 250 words.Three to five key words in those languages. Include title, abstract and keywords in Spanish and English.

    The work must meet the following requirements:

    • Body Typography: Times New Roman, size 12, justified text.
    • Titles and subtitles: they must be justified in Arial, size 12, in bold capitals, leaving a single space between these and thetext. Do not use bullets or numbering generated by the word processor
    • Line spacing: 1.5. Margins: 2 cm on all sides.
    • From abbreviations used, these should be explained only the first time they appear in the text.
    • The inclusion of tables and graphics should be incorporated into the text, as close to the place where they are mentioned. Avoid them as an annex. They must have the necessary textual references, if applicable.
    • If the figures contain text and symbols, they mustbe as readable as possible. The digital format of the figures, photographs and original drawings must be JPG, GIF or TIFF(4961 x 3295 pixels or 2041 x 1356 pixels).
    • The notes mentioned in the body of work should be included as footnotes. Notes are required to submit regular numbers, type Arial size 8.
    • The bibliography should be developed in alphabetical order by last name of the authors and the end of the article. If there is more than one text by the same author is placed in chronological order from the oldest to the newest.
    • The in-text citations and bibliography should follow the style rules
    American Psychological Associations (APA) (www.apastyle.org )

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