The following types of manuscripts are received:
Original articles are manuscripts with original research. The following headings are recommended:
Introduction: The authors must define the problem and give an update on the existing knowledge on the subject under study. You should try to be understandable even by people without specific knowledge on the topic treated.
Materials and Methods: The authors must be as accurate as possible, so other researchers can repeat the work.
Results: The authors must present the most important results arising from their study. This section has to highlight important observations, without repeating all the data presented in tables or figures. Do not mix the presentation of the results with discussion.
Discussion: The authors must interpret and explain the results obtained on the basis of the problem presented in the introduction section and observations obtained by other authors in related work. Try to emphasize new and important aspects that brings their work. Do not repeat in detail data already showed at the results. Explicit agreement or disagreement of their findings and their limitations, comparing to other relevant studies identified from the respective references.
Conclusions: Authors must present conclusions arising from the analysis of the results. These must answer the objectives proposed.
Original articles should not exceed 3000 words (excluding abstract, references and notes), up to 6 figures or tables and up to 40 references.
Articles should present the following in both languages Spanish and English: title, abstract at the beginning of the manuscript with a maximum of 350 words and 3-10 key words at the end of the abstract.
Reviews should describe and analyze the results of recent and relevant publications in any field of science, highlighting future directions or recommendations.
The recommended review structure includes: introduction that emphasizes the main subject, methods for selecting articles, results, discussion and conclusions.
Reviews should not exceed 6000 words excluding abstract, references and notes, up to 100 references and up to 6 tables or figures.
Reviews should present the following in both languages Spanish and English: title, abstract at the beginning of the manuscript with a maximum of 350 words and 3-10 key words at the end of the abstract.
Case reports describe cases with special interest due its low frequency, rare presentation or relevant data presented.
Case reports should not exceed 1500 words excluding abstract, references and notes, up to 20 references and up to 3 tables or figures.
Manuscripts considered case report should present the following in both languages Spanish and English: title, abstract at the beginning of the manuscript with a maximum of 200 words and 3-10 key words at the end of the abstract.
The assay may be expository or persuasive, but focused on a particular topic. The essay must be presented in a clear and logical order, and should be supported with evidence.
Essays should not exceed 2000 words excluding references and notes and up to 40 references. This type of manuscript does not require an abstract.
Review of books and other published material
These kind of manuscript must present comments on recent publications of books, multimedia material, exhibitions or films developed or presented either in Bolivia or abroad.
The manuscript should not exceed 2500 words. This type of manuscript does not require an abstract.
Manuscripts should emphasize a result of recent research, but not only discuss the work of the author himself. It must describe the context of the findings in the field or explain the potential significance of analysis and not just present a summary of the results of the items discussed.
Opinion articles should not exceed 1000 words excluding references and notes, up to 20 references and one table or figure. It is accepted a maximum of two authors. This type of manuscript does not require an abstract.
Letters to the Editor
Usually this type of manuscript present a critique to a publication in the same journal. The letter will be redirected to the author of the revised article, which will have 4 weeks to respond; after the answer no further correspondence will be accepted. Letters will be reviewed by the editorial board or sent to peer review.
The manuscript should not exceed 1000 words. This type of manuscript does not require a summary.
All references, including web pages (URLs) must be submitted in the VANCOUVER format. It is recommended to include updated references (preferably more than 70% published in the last 5 years). It is recommended the use of any citation manager software (Zotero, EndNote, Reference Manager, or others).
For each figure the following information should be included: Figure number (numbered consecutively, using Arabic numerals - ie Figure 1, 2, 3, etc.); Short title of the figure in the top (maximum 20 words); detailed legend (up to 300 words).
Note: It is author(s ) responsibility to get permission (copyrights) to reproduce figures and tables that have been previously published.
Each table should be numbered and cited consecutively in Arabic numerals (ie Table 1, 2, 3, etc). The tables also must have title (at the top) that summarizes the contents of the entire table with a maximum of 20 words. It should include a detailed but concise legend explaining the necessary features to facilitate understanding.
Tables must be submitted at the end of the document. Very large tables can be sent in a separate document as supplementary material.