Acta Bio Medica (ActaBiomed) is an international peer-reviewed, open access bi-monthly Journal devoted to disseminating new knowledge relating to Experimental and General Medicine field. It publishes only papers in English including Review Articles, Original Articles, Commentaries, Up-to-date Articles, Viewpoints, Case Reports, Humanities topics and Letters to the Editor
Starting from 1st January 2021, an Article Processing Charge (APC) of 300,00 € (plus VAT) will be due for the accepted papers that will indexed in PubMed. The APC for the articles submitted starting from 1st January 2021 should be paid after the acceptation of the article and before the publication. The corresponding author is responsible for making the payment or arranging it through his institutions. After receiving that payment we will proceed with the publication. 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 (if the reviews are not requested by the Editor in Chief, they will be published after the payment of the fee).
All manuscripts should include a total text word count and an abstract word count on the Title page. Total text word count does not include title page, figure legends, references, or tables. Only under exceptional circumstances will Original Articles longer than 5000 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 2000 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. Patient consent statement (if appropriate) must be reported.
Letters to the Editor should not exceed 800 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 one month. Accepted papers will be published in Online-First pending official publication.
1) MANUSCRIPT must contain:
- key words,
- tables and figures,
2) TITLE PAGE must contain:
- a concise informative title;
- full author(s) names (without professional qualification); please, mark in red the Family name (last name) of all the authors;
- affiliations: department or institution where work was done;
- correspondence: full 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;
- total text word count and abstract word count.
The online submission fields must contain the full names of all authors, using the button "add contributors" with capital letters only for the first letter of authors’ names. If the submission has missed the co-authors name, it is not possible to add them later and the submission must be repeated. Missing authors in the metadata will reflect in missing authors in Pubmed.
Please, pay attention! Be sure to add all the affiliations of all the authors, including the affiliation of the author who submit the article. DOI will not be registered by the plugin if even just one affiliation is missed. Please, be sure to fill out carefully all the metadata of the article. For author submitting the article: please, be sure in your profile is present the affiliation and if not, please update it or don't forget to add the affiliation in the submission proceed of the article. (don't use in the affiliation field the "&" symbol).
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 CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point type and double spacing should be used throughout.
Main test – 5000 words limit, including the main body of text and excluding abstract, references, figures and tables. 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. The main text must be distributed in five sections : Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, References.
Brief Reports – Brief reports should not exceed 2500 words and are limited to a maximum of 2 figures or 2 tables or 1 figure and 1 table and 20 references. A structured abstract (maximum 250 words) is required.
Clinical Case reports - 2000 word limit.
Invited reviews of major topics – 5000 word limit, including the main body of text and excluding abstract, references, figures and tables. We are not currently accepting unsolicited reviews.
Invited editorials and perspectives – 2000 word limit.
Invited commentary – 1000 world limit
All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions.
Conflict of interest disclosure, ethics approval and patients consent statements are mandatory and without them the manuscript will not be taken into consideration.
General Style Points
Abbreviations: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially, use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
Units of measurement: Measurements should be given in SI or SI-derived units. Visit the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) website for more information about SI units. Although not an SI unit, Celsius should be used for body temperature or for laboratory measurement temperatures in the physiologic range. If using conventional system measurements, these should be followed in parentheses by equivalent SI values. Submitted manuscripts are required to report HbA1c in both SI (IFCC) and NGSP/DCCT units.
Numbers: numbers under 10 are spelt out, except for: measurements with a unit (8mmol/l); age (6 weeks old), or lists with other numbers (11 dogs, 9 cats).
Trade Names: Chemical substances should be referred to by the generic name only. Trade names should not be used. Drugs should be referred to by their generic names. If proprietary chemicals, reagents or special pieces of apparatus have been used in the study, refer to these by their generic name, mentioning the proprietary name and the name and location of the manufacturer in parentheses.
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. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-val. The Tables must be embedded in the main manuscript.
Figure Legends. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement. ues. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.
References: references should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. They have to be placed in round brackets and NOT in square brackets or superscripted for example: (1, 2) or (1-3). 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. Please, don't use the bold or the italics styles for the references. And without the dot after the first name of the Authors or after the name of the Journals.
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.
Appendices and/or Supplementary files: Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be placed at the end of the main manuscript and referred to in the text.
Acknowledgments: Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section located after References section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.
Cover Letters: Cover letters are not mandatory; however, these may be supplied at the author’s discretion. Authors should suggest, in this letter at least 2 full names (with their email address and affiliation) of potential Reviewers. The suggested Reviewers must have no conflict of interest with the proposal research. Please, specify the first name and the last name.
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".
Galley Proof: Unless indicated otherwise, galley proofs are sent to the first author and must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email. 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.
- Conflict of interest: it must be signed by each author and uploaded on the website in the submission. You can also download it at www.icmje.org
- ABM title page and ABM manuscript sample
- Reprints Request
- APC form: it must be filled out for requesting the invoice for your Finance Office. Please, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org