Author Guidelines

Acta BioMedica is the official Journal of the Society of Medicine and Natural Sciences of Parma and it is published four monthly. The Journal publishes Original Articles, Commentaries, Review Articles, Case Reports of experimental and general medicine.

The Editorial Office will forward the text to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Maurizio Vanelli (University of Parma).

For any information please refer to:

Acta BioMedica – Editorial Office
Dr. Valeria Ceci
Mattioli 1885 - Strada di Lodesana 649/sx, Loc. Vaio - 43036 Fidenza (PR) - Italy
E-mail: valeriaceci@mattiolihealth.com - Fax: 0039-(0)524-82537

Starting from 1st January 2021, a fee of 300,00 € will be due for the accepted papers that will indexed in PubMed. The fee for the articles submitted starting from 1-1-2021 should be paid after the acceptation of the article and before the publication. The corresponding authors are responsible for making the payment or arranging it through their institutions. After that payment we will proceed with the publication. For Authors asking "fast publication", a further charge of 200,00 € will be added to cover the costs for this fast-additional service. The article will be published in the first next available publishing issue. Letters to the Editor as well as reviews, editorial papers, and all articles requested by the Editor in Chief and Section Editors will be published free of charge.

The Journal does not hold itself responsible for statements made by contributors or for loss or damage of mailed manuscripts.They should be accompanied by an undertaking that they are submitted to this Journal only. Papers must be submitted in English. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they may be subject to editorial revision.

All Original Articles and Reviews are subject to review and authors are urged to be brief. Long papers with many tables and figures may require shortening if they are to be accepted for publication. All manuscripts should include a total text word count and an abstract word count on the cover page. Total text word count does not include title page, figure legends, references, or tables. Only under exceptional circumstances will Original Articles longer than 4500 words be considered, and under no circumstances will abstracts greater than 250 words be published.

Editorials is normally invited contributions but suitable papers may be submitted to the Editor for consideration for this purpose. Editorial comments are a brief remark on an article published in the journal by the reviewer of the article or by a relevant authority. Most comments are invited by the Editor-in-Chief but spontaneous comments are welcome. It must not exceed 800 words (excluding references). An abstract is not required with this type of manuscripts. It can have no more than 10 references and 1 figure or table.

The presentation of Case Reports should be as short as possible. Reports of co-existence of two diseases or conditions without proof of causal relationship are discouraged.

Letters to the Editor should not exceed 600 words of text, one figure or table and up to six references. Because space limitation, publication of submitted Letters will depend on priority rating.

All manuscripts will be submitted to the judgement of peer reviewers who undertake to give their opinion within a maximum of two months. Accepted papers will be published in Online-First pending official publication.

Please, download and use the two sample files for your online submission: ABM title page sample and ABM manuscript sample. Then, upload both files in your submission.

TITLE PAGE must contain:

  • a concise informative title
  • author(s) names
  • department or institution where work was done
  • name and address of author to whom correspondence about the manuscript and request for reprints should be referred, as well as fax, E-mail and telephone number
  • a running title of no more than 40 characters.

Be certain to list the FAX number and E-mail of the corresponding author on the title page. All the correspondence will be WEBSITE-ONLY.

MANUSCRIPT: manuscripts should be typed in 12-point type and double spacing should be used throughout. It should carry an abstract of not more than 250 words including 4 paragraphs labeled: Background and aim of the work, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Below the abstract provide 3-10 key words that will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article. Paragraphs to be set in a smaller type should be marked with an “s” (small) in the left hand margin. Avoid footnotes; when essential they are numbered consecutively and typed at the foot of the appropriate page.

ILLUSTRATIONS: It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission (from the author and copyright holder) to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications. Photographs and graphics should be sent as high resolution files: not less than 300 d.p.i. and with a base of the same size as a column of the Journal (8 cm). A letter of permission must accompany all photographs when there is a possibility of identification. Legends should be added. The citation of the Figures in the text should be added as (Fig. 1.... Figs. 1-3, and so on).

TABLES: tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Type each table on a separate page of the file, together with a brief caption. We do not welcome large tables of unanalysed data. The citation of the Tables in the text should be added (Tab. 1.... Tables 1-3, and so on).

REFERENCES: refrences should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.References cited only in tables or in legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text. The list of references should be typed in numerical order and indicate: authors’ names (all authors when six or less; when seven or more list only the first three and add “et al.”); article title, name of the Journal (abbreviated as in Index Medicus), publication year, volume and first and last page numbers. Example:

Rizzato G, Marazzini L. Thoracoabdominal mechanics in elderly men. J Appl Physiol 1970; 28: 457-60.

If the reference is concerning a book, give authors’ names, full title, name and address of publisher and publication year. Personal communications should not be included in the references, but may be cited in the text in parentheses.

COPYRIGHT: Please include a signed release of copyright to ACTA BIO MEDICA SOCIETY OF MEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES OF PARMA with your text. Include the title of the article being submitted, as well as the date. Include the signature of coauthors.

The corresponding author must certify that the submitted manuscript is an original article and that he is able to prove this originality if required from the Referees. Without this declaration the manuscript will not be considered.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: The corresponding author, also on behalf of all the other authors, should declare the existence or otherwise of financial connections (consultancies, ownership of shares, patents, etc.) that might constitute a potential conflict of interest in relation to the subject matter of the article. In the case of existence of any such financial connections, the authors concerned must declare them in a brief but complete definition at the end of the article, before the references.
If no conflict of interest exists type: "Each author declares that he or she has no commercial associations (e.g. consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangement etc.) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article".

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SUBMIT A REVISED MANUSCRIPT: When revising your manuscript, please show corrections by using track changes or highlighting them in red color. Be sure to respond to all reviewer comments including also a letter with your comments about. You should upload two files: 1) Revised manuscript file with changes highlighted or in red colour. In Word you can use Track Changes, then Highlight Changes or simply Underline your changes or use the red colour. Use a short file name, such as revised (the file extension should be added automatically), for your new manuscript file. 2) File containing response to reviewers.

GALLEY PROOF: Unless indicated otherwise, galley proofs are sent to the first author and should be returned without delay. Alterations to galley proofs, other than those due to printer’s error, are charged to the author. Accepted and rejected manuscripts are retained for six months after publication or rejection, then destroyed.

REPRINTS: Reprints are available if requested. Order form and a price list have to be requested to the Publisher.

NOTICE TO AUTHORS - Copyrights

"The Authors confirm that neither the manuscript nor any part of it has been published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere. The same Authors assign all rights, including but no limiteded to the copyright, for the present manuscript to Acta Biomedica upon its acceptance for publication. When the manuscript is accepted, the Editorial office of Acta Biomedica inform about the Author reported in the manuscript . If  no reply will be received, Acta Biomedica Editorial office will apply the rule “no response means implied consent” and it will proceed with the publication".

COPYRIGHT

ACTA BIO MEDICA SOCIETY OF MEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES OF PARMA. All rights reserved. Accepted papers become the permanent property of ACTA BIO MEDICA SOCIETY OF MEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES OF PARMA and no part may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission of both the author and the publisher.