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MINERVA ANESTESIOLOGICA

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

The journal Minerva Anestesiologica is the journal of the Italian National Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation, and Intensive Care (SIAARTI). 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 (www.icmje.org). Articles not conforming to international standards will not be considered for acceptance. Papers should be submitted directly to the online Editorial Office at the Edizioni Minerva Medica Website:
www.minervamedicaonlinesubmission.it
Submission of the manuscript means that the paper is original and has not yet been totally or partially published and, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere either wholly or in part. All illustrations should be original. Illustrations taken from other publications must be accompanied by the publisher's permission. Minerva Anestesiologica reserves the right to use a plagiarism detection software on any submitted manuscript. The Authors agree to transfer the ownership of copyright to Minerva Anestesiologica in the event the manuscript is published. The journal adheres to the principles set forth in the Helsinki Declaration 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 recommended by the WHO and requires that all research on animals be conducted in accordance with these principles. The Authors, if necessary, must indicate that the study has been approved by the ethics committee and that patients have given their informed consent. Authors must also indicate whether they have any financial agreement with any organization that were involved in the research. Papers must be accompanied by the authors' statement relative to copyright, ethics and conflicts of interest, signed by all authors.
All manuscript 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. All manuscripts are subjected to copy editing. A response to initial submissions is usually delivered within 8-10 weeks. Forms for ordering reprints, in case of acceptance, are sent together with the proofs.
Publication of manuscripts is free of charge. Colour figures, and excessive alterations to proofs will be charged to the authors.
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).
Brief reports or technical notes are brief original studies or important observational report and do not exceed 1500 words, 2 figures or tables, and 15 references.
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.
Experts’ opinion and Point of view 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.
Position papers are reports supported by SIAARTI on topical subjects. They consist of documents drawn up by SIAARTI internal Committees or by other authoritative sources.
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 paper should be type written double spaced with margins of at least 2.5 cm on 212 x 297 mm format sheets (ISOA4). 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.
Abstracts and key words
Articles should include an abstract not exceeding 250 words. For original articles 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
The article 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. 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.
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 discouraged. The first time an abbreviation appears in the text, it should be preceded by the words for which it stands.
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 (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 Òet al.Ó), 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, PNG, PDF (high quality) and Word (for graphs). 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. The cost of color figures will be charged to the Authors.
Optimal dimensions for publication of figures in the journal are:
– 7.2 cm (basis) x 4.8 cm (height)
– 7.2 cm (basis) x 9 cm (height)
– 15 cm (basis) x 9 cm (height)
– 15 cm (basis) x 18.5 cm (height): 1 page.

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