Revista de Educación en Ciencias de la Salud

Instructions for authors


Revista de Educación en Ciencias de la Salud

The papers submitted to RECS Journal should adhere to the following instructions based on the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, published at www.icmje.org.

Submission address for papers: recs@udec.cl.

01.

The paper should be written on letter-sized paper (21.5 x 27.5 cm), leaving a three (3) cm margin on all four edges.

02.

All pages should be numbered in the upper left corner, starting from the title page.

03.

Three identical copies of the entire text, including references, tables, and figures, should be sent when submitted in printed format. If submitted in electronic format, it should be attached as a Word document.

04.

The complete version should be sent via email to: recs@udec.cl.

05.

Both versions (3 and 4) should use Arial font size 12, normal spacing, and justified margins.

06.

``Research Articles`` should be divided into sections titled ``Introduction,`` ``Materials and Methods,`` ``Results,`` and ``Discussion``.

07.

Other types of articles, such as ``Literature Review,`` ``Review Articles,`` and ``Teaching Experience,`` may have different formats but must be approved by the editors. ``Research Articles`` should not exceed 3,000 words. ``Literature Reviews,`` ``Review Articles,`` and ``Teaching Experience`` should not exceed 3,500 words. In all cases, a maximum of 20 references should be included.

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The order of each paper should be as follows:

  • 8.1. Title page:
    The first page of the manuscript should contain: a) the title of the paper; b) The author(s), identified by their first name, last name, and maternal initial. At the end of each author, one or several asterisks in superscript should be included so that the respective departments, services, and institutions, as well as the city and country, can be indicated at the bottom of the page. In lowercase and superscript, indicate the professional title and academic degree (Doctor, Master, Fellow, Student).
    Example: Eduardo Morrison E.*a, Leonardo Rucker L.**b
    * Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of xx, Santiago, Chile.
    ** Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of xx, Santiago, Chile.
    a Medical Doctor
    b Medical Studenta
    Also, indicate the name and address of the corresponding author, including postal address and email. The following sections (8.2 to 9.13) should start on new pages.
  • 8.2. Abstract:
    The abstract should be included on the second page and should contain a maximum of 300 words, excluding non-standardized abbreviations. In addition, the English translation of the title should be provided along with the abstract. The journal will handle the translation for those unable to provide it.
    Authors may propose 3 to 5 keywords, which should be chosen from the MeSH Headings list of the Index Medicus (Medical Subjects Headings), accessible at www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/.
  • 8.3. Introduction:
    Summarize the rationale of the study and state its purpose. When relevant, include the hypothesis that was intended to be tested.
  • 8.4. Materials and Methods:
    Identify the study population, methods, instruments, and/or procedures used. If well-established and commonly used methods were employed (including statistical methods), mention them and provide the respective references. If the methods have been published but are not well-known, provide the references and include a brief description. If new methods were used or modifications were made to established methods, describe them accurately, justify their use, and state their limitations.
  • 8.5. Results:
    Present the results logically and consistently in the text, tables, and figures. Data can be displayed in tables or figures, but not simultaneously in both. In the text, highlight the important observations without repeating all the data in tables or figures. Do not mix the presentation of results with their discussion.
  • 8.6. Discussion:
    This section should discuss the results obtained in this study rather than providing a general review of the topic. Discuss only the new and important aspects that your study contributes and the conclusions drawn from them. Do not extensively repeat data that appear in the “Results” section. Instead, explicitly state the agreements or disagreements of your findings and their limitations, comparing them with other relevant studies identified through the respective bibliographic citations. Connect your conclusions with the purposes of the study highlighted in the “Introduction.” Avoid formulating conclusions that are not supported by your findings, and refrain from relying on unfinished works. When appropriate, include recommendations.
  • 8.7. Acknowledgments:
    Express acknowledgments only to individuals or institutions that contributed substantially to your work.
  • 8.8. References:
    Limit the references (bibliographic citations) to ideally 20. Prefer those corresponding to original works published in indexed journals. Number the references in the order they are first mentioned in the text, identified with Arabic numerals placed in superscript at the end of the sentence or paragraph referring to them. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in the sequence corresponding to the first time these tables or figures are cited in the text.
    Abstracts of conference presentations can be cited as references only if they were published in widely circulated journals. For example, if they were published in “Abstract Books,” they can be cited in the text (in parentheses) at the end of the relevant paragraph but should not be listed in the references.
    The reference list should follow the Vancouver style formatting:
    a) For journal articles: Author’s last name and initials. Include all authors if there are four or fewer; if there are five or more, include the first four and add “et al.” Limit punctuation to commas separating authors. Followed by the complete title of the article in its original language. Then the name of the journal in which it appeared, abbreviated according to the style used by the Index Medicus, year of publication; journal volume: initial and final page of the article. Example: Morrison E, Rucker L, Boker J, Hollingshead J, et al. A pilot randomized, controlled trial of a longitudinal residents-as-teachers curriculum. Acad Med 2003;78:722-729.
    b) For book chapters: Author’s last name and initials. Book title and corresponding chapter. Publisher, year of publication; starting page and ending page. Example: Gross B. Tools of Teaching, Chapter 12. Jossey-Bass 1993:99-110.
    c) For electronic articles: Cite authors, article title, and the original journal as if it were published in print, followed by the electronic site where the citation was obtained and the date of access. Example: Rev Méd Chile 2003; 131:473-482. Available at: www.Scielo.cl [Accessed July 14, 2003]. All URLs (e.g., http://www.udec.cl) should be active and ready for use.
  • 8.9. Tables:
    Present each table on separate pages, with cells separated by double spacing (1.5 lines). Number the tables consecutively and assign them a title that explains their content without the need to search for it in the manuscript text (Table Title). Place a short or abbreviated heading above each column. Use horizontal lines only to separate column headings and general titles. Data columns should be separated by spaces, not vertical lines. When explanatory notes are required, add them at the bottom of the table. Use explanatory notes for all non-standard abbreviations. Cite each table in the consecutive order of mention in the text of the paper.
  • 8.10. Figures:
    A figure is any illustration that is not a table (e.g., graphs, radiographs, photos). Graphs should be submitted in JPG or PNG format, with a minimum size of 800 x 800 if the image is original. If the image is scanned, it should have a minimum resolution of 150 dpi. Images should be submitted in black and white. Letters, numbers, arrows, or symbols should be clear and sharp in the photograph and should be of sufficient size to remain legible when the figure is reduced in size for publication. Titles and captions should not appear in the picture but should be included on a separate page. Cite each figure in the text in consecutive order. If a figure reproduces previously published material, indicate its source, and obtain written permission from the original author and publisher to reproduce it in your work.
  • 8.11. Captions for figures:
    Present the titles and captions of the figures on a separate page. Identify and explain any symbol, arrow, number, or letter used to indicate a part of the illustrations.
  • 8.12. Units of measurement:
    Use units corresponding to the metric system.
09.

Supporting Documents to Accompany the Manuscript:

  • 9.1. Cover Letter:
    Written by the corresponding author, stating the unpublished nature of the manuscript.
  • 9.2. Requirements Guide:
    According to the format indicated in the document Requirements for Manuscripts.
  • 9.3. Authorship Responsibility Statement:
    According to the format indicated in the document Authorship Responsibility Statement.
  • 9.4. Declaration of Potential Conflicts of Interest:
    All authors must complete the corresponding form found in coi_disclosure2022.docx, save it to their personal computer and then attach it to the manuscript.