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MINERVA ANESTESIOLOGICA

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Minerva Anestesiologica is the journal of the Italian National Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation, and Intensive Care (SIAARTI - http://www.siaarti.it). Minerva Anestesiologica publishes scientific papers on Anesthesiology, Intensive care, Analgesia, Perioperative Medicine and related fields.
Manuscripts are expected to comply with the instructions to authors which conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Editors by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org).
Articles not conforming to international standards will not be considered for acceptance.
Submission of manuscripts
Papers should be submitted directly to the online Editorial Office at the Edizioni Minerva Medica website:http://www.minervamedicaonlinesubmission.it
Duplicate or multiple publication
Submission of the manuscript means that the paper is original and has not yet been totally or partially published, is not currently under evaluation elsewhere, and, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere either wholly or in part.
Splitting the data concerning one study in more than one publication could be acceptable if authors justify the choice with good reasons both in the cover letter and in the manuscript. Authors should state the new scientific contribution of their manuscript as compared to any previously published article derived from the same study. Relevant previously published articles should be included in the cover letter of the currently submitted article.
Permissions to reproduce previously published material
Material (such as illustrations) taken from other publications must be accompanied by the publisher’s permission.
Copyright
The Authors agree to transfer the ownership of copyright to Minerva Anestesiologica in the event the manuscript is published.
Ethics committee approval
All articles dealing with original human or animal data must include a statement on ethics approval at the beginning of the methods section, clearly indicating that the study has been approved by the ethics committee. This paragraph must contain the following information: the identification details of the ethics committee; the protocol number that was attributed by the ethics committee and the date of approval by the ethics committee.
The journal adheres to the principles set forth in the Helsinki Declaration (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html) and states that all reported research concerning human beings should be conducted in accordance with such principles. The journal also adheres to the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals (http://www.cioms.ch/index.php/12-newsflash/227-cioms-and-iclas-release-the-new-international-guiding-principles-for-biomedical-research-involving-animals) recommended by the WHO and requires that all research on animals be conducted in accordance with these principles.
Patient consent
Authors should include at the beginning of the methods section of their manuscript a statement clearly indicating that patients have given their informed consent for participation in the research study.
Every precaution must be taken to protect the privacy of patients.
Conflicts of interest
Authors must disclose possible conflicts of interest including financial agreements or consultant relationships with organizations involved in the research. All conflicts of interest must be declared both in the authors’ statement form and in the manuscript file. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript.
Authorship
All persons and organizations that have participated to the study must be listed among the Authors or in the acknowledgements. Authors must meet the criteria for authorship established by the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Editors by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org).
Authors’ statement
Papers must be accompanied by the authors’ statement (http://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/minerva-anestesiologica/index.php) relative to copyright, originality, authorship, ethics and conflicts of interest, signed by all authors.
Disclaimer
The Publisher, Editors, and Editorial Board cannot be held responsible for the opinions and contents of publications contained in this journal.
The authors implicitly agree to their paper being peer-reviewed. All manuscripts will be reviewed by Editorial Board members who reserve the right to reject the manuscript without entering the review process in the case that the topic, the format or ethical aspects are inappropriate. In addition, the Editorial Board admits for submission manuscripts previously submitted for publication to another journal but rejected with reviewers’ comments. In such cases, authors are requested to submit the scientific comments of the other journal and their point-by-point reply to the reviewers’ comments in the manuscript file. This will help to speed up the peer review process.
Once accepted, all manuscripts are subjected to copy editing. If modifications to the manuscript are requested, the corresponding author should send to the online Editorial Office the revised manuscript under two separate files, one file containing the revised clean version and another containing both a letter with point-by-point responses to the reviewers’ comments and the revised version with corrections highlighted.
Correction of proofs should be limited to typographical errors. Substantial changes in content (changes of title and authorship, new results and corrected values, changes in figures and tables) are subject to editorial review. Changes that do not conform to the journal’s style are not accepted. Corrected proofs must be sent back within 3 working days to the online Editorial Office of Minerva Anestesiologica. In case of delay, the editorial staff of the journal may correct the proofs on the basis of the original manuscript.
Publication of manuscripts is free of charge. Colour figures and excessive alterations to proofs will be charged to the authors. Authors will receive instructions on how to order reprints and a copy of the manuscript in PDF.
For further information about publication terms please contact the Editorial Office of Minerva Anestesiologica, Edizioni Minerva Medica, Corso Bramante 83-85, 10126 Torino, Italy - Phone +39-011-678282 - Fax +39-011-674502 - E-mail: minerva.anestesiologica@minervamedica.it.
Article types
Original papers are reports of original researches on the topics of interest to the journal and do not exceed 3000 words, 6 figures or tables, and 40 references. Papers reporting randomized controlled trials should be in accordance with the CONSORT statement (http://www.consort-statement.org).
Review articles are comprehensive papers that outline current knowledge, usually submitted after prior consultation with the Editors and do not exceed 4000 words, 6 figures or tables, 70 references. Reviews should be in accordance with the PRISMA statement (http://www.prisma-statement.org).
Experts’ opinion are papers reviewing the literature, usually invited by the Editor in Chief and do not exceed 3000 and 2000 words with 50 and 40 references respectively.
Editorials are brief comments, commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief and express author’s opinion about published papers or topical issues and do not exceed 1000 words and 20 references.
Letters to the Editor (Correspondence) are brief comments on articles published in the journal or with other topics of interest and do not exceed 500 words, 5 references and 1 figure or table.
Preparation of manuscripts
Text file
The formats accepted are Word and RTF. The paper must contain title, authors’ details, notes, abstract, key words, text, references and titles of tables and figures. Tables and figures should be submitted as separate files.
Title and authors’ details
• Short title (not exceeding 100 characters, spaces included), with no abbreviations.
• First name and surname of the authors.
• Affiliation (section, department and institution) of each author.
Notes
• Dates of any congress where the paper has already been presented.
• Mention of any funding or research contracts or conflict of interest.
• Acknowledgements.
• Name, address, e-mail of the corresponding author.
Abstract and key words
Articles should include an abstract not exceeding 250 words. For original papers and technical notes, the abstract should be structured as follows: background (status of knowledge and aim of the study), methods (experimental design, patients and interventions), results (what was found), conclusion (meaning of the study). Key words should refer to the terms from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the Index Medicus. No abstracts are required for editorials or letters to the Editor.
Text
Units of measurement, symbols and abbreviations must conform to international standards. Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be given in metric units (meter, kilogram, liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures must be expressed in degrees Celsius. Blood pressure must be expressed in millimeters of mercury. All hematological and clinicochemical measurements should be expressed in metric units using the International System of Units (IS). The use of unusual symbols or abbreviations is strongly discour-aged. The first time an abbreviation appears in the text, it should be preceded by the words for which it stands.
For original papers the text must be subdivided into the following sections: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions. The introduction should describe the present state of knowledge on the subject and clearly state the aim of the research. The Materials and methods section should provide enough information to allow other researchers to reproduce results and should include a statistics section. Detailed statistical methodology must be described in order to enable the reader to evaluate and verify the results. Please report power analysis, randomized procedure, tests of normality, descriptive parameters, statistical tests and the probability level chosen for statistical significance. Drugs should be identified by their international non-proprietary name. If special equipment is used, then the manufacturer’s details (including town and country) should be given in parentheses. The Results section should describe the outcome of the study. Data presented in tables and graphs should not duplicate those presented in the text. Very large tables should be avoided. The Discussion should include the interpretation of the results obtained, an analysis of the limits of the study, and references to work by other authors. Conclusions should highlight the significance of the results for clinical practice and experimental research.
References
The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication (a copy of the acceptation letter can be requested) in journals cited in peer-reviewed Index Medicus journals. Websites can also be cited providing the date of access. Bibliographical entries in the text should be quoted using superscripted Arabic numerals. References must be set out in the standard format approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org).
Footnotes and endnotes must not be used in the preparation of references.
Journals
Each entry must specify the author’s surname and initials (list all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list only the first six and then “et al.”), the article’s original title, the name of the Journal (according to the abbreviations used by Index Medicus), the year of publication, the volume number and the number of the first and last pages. When citing references, please follow the rules for international standard punctuation carefully.
Examples
– Standard article
Sutherland DE, Simmons RL, Howard RJ. Intracapsular technique of transplant nephrectomy. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1978;146:951-2.
– Organization as author
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Ann Int Med 1988;108:258-65.
– Issue with supplement
Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women’s psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996;23(1 Suppl 2): 89-97.
Books and monographs
For occasional publications the names of the Authors, the title, edition, place, publisher and year of publication must be given.
Examples
– Books by one or more Authors
Rossi G. Manual of Otorhinolaryngology. Turin: Edizioni Minerva Medica; 1987.
– Chapter from book
De Meester TR. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. In: Moody FG, Carey LC, Scott Jones R, Ketly KA, Nahrwold DL, Skinner DB, editors. Surgical treatment of digestive diseases. Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers; 1986. p. 132-58.
– Congress proceedings
Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.
Titles of tables and figures
Titles of tables and legends of figures should be included both in the text file and in the file of tables and figures.
File of tables
Each table should be submitted as a separate file. Formats accepted are Word and RTF. Each table must be typed correctly and prepared graphically in keeping with the page layout of the journal, numbered in Roman numerals and accompanied by the relevant title. Notes should be inserted at the foot of the table and not in the title. Tables should be referenced in the text sequentially.
Tables should be self-explanatory and have a brief title and a legend if appropriate.
File of figures
Each figure should be submitted as a separate file. Formats accepted: JPEG set at 300 dpi resolution preferred; other formats accepted are TIFF and PDF (high quality). Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals and accompanied by the relevant legend. Figures should be referenced in the text sequentially.
Histological photographs should always be accompanied by the magnification ratio and the staining method.
If figures are in color, it should always be specified whether color or black and white reproduction is required.
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