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Focus and scope

Description and objective of the magazine

Annals of the Faculty of Medicine, University of the Republic, Uruguay, AnFaMed, is a biannual, refereed, online publication that receives articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese, on topics in biomedical and health sciences, produced by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the Republic (Uruguay).

Its objective is to contribute and energize the field of biomedical academic publications worldwide, publishing original articles on research and professional practice in medicine and related professions, as well as various articles, such as reviews and others, aimed at improving public health and facilitating the communication of knowledge and experiences between teachers, students and professionals.


Academics and professionals from all areas of biomedical and health sciences (clinical-medical-surgical sciences, basic biomedical sciences, biological sciences with health-related work, epidemiological sciences and medical sciences education). Especially: doctors, professionals in related areas, students, researchers and teachers.

Peer review process

Peer evaluation

AnFaMed has a single blind peer review policy. This means that the reviewers know the identity of the authors but not vice versa.

The articles that are accepted for evaluation will be sent for the same, by the editor to whom the review and editing process of said article is assigned, to a minimum of two anonymous reviewers, experts in the subject, external to the journal, who They will propose the measures to be taken in accordance with AnFaMed's editorial policies, accept, reject or request modifications to the article and, in the latter case, they will indicate the modifications they consider necessary.

In the event that the reviewers' suggestions are opposite or very different from each other, a review will be requested from a third person, who may be one of the associate editors or another researcher that the editor-in-charge and the executive committee consider valid. Ultimately, it will be the editor with the entire executive committee who will determine the inclusion or rejection of the document.

If the articles are accepted for publication, the authors must correct them according to the observations of the reviewers and the editor, within the time granted for it. Observations that are not accepted by the authors must be commented with an appropriate support, which will be evaluated by the corresponding editor. The editor and executive committee reserve the right to reject or accept materials submitted for publication.

If the article is finally accepted for publication, the author will be informed of the AnFaMed number in which it will be included. A copy will be sent to you for your final review prior to publication.

publication frequency

The AnFaMed magazine is biannual. Starting in 2020, the Continuous Content Publication modality is adopted.

open access policy

This journal has its electronic edition in the Open Journal System (OJS) format, an open source platform that will ensure greater dissemination, in compliance with the policies of adhesion and support for free software of the University of the Republic, Uruguay.


The authors retain their copyright and assign to the magazine the right of first publication of their work, which will be simultaneously subject to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. which allows sharing the work as long as the initial publication in this magazine is indicated.

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Digital preservation policies.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proposes a notion of Digital Preservation as "the processes aimed at guaranteeing the permanent accessibility of digital objects".

AnFaMed recognizes the importance and interest of preserving the content of our publication for future generations of readers and complies with the following procedures:

1 - Identifies the final electronic documents for publication.

2 - Backup, in non-proprietary formats, the final files, on an external hard drive.

3 - Once published, weekly backups of the software (Open Journal System) and its complete content are made on the institution's servers.

4 - Storage on external hard drives of the complete publication of the magazine and its content is updated quarterly.

5 - Storage in Colibrí institutional repository.

5 - As a SciELO accredited journal you will have access to LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe).


Magazine history

Brief historical review of the
Annals of the Faculty of Medicine

The main concern of the authorities of the Faculty of Medicine at the beginning of the 20th century was the difficulty of space in the old premises on Sarandí street. After intense efforts, the approval of the construction law for the new Faculty was achieved. In 1904 the foundation stone was laid and in 1910 the building works were completed.

Once the new building on Gral. Flores Avenue was inaugurated, no longer under the pressure of having to solve a practical problem, and classes began to be taught there in 1911, a period of intense development of the Faculty of Medicine began. Led by the deans Manuel Quintela and Américo Ricaldoni, it quickly reached the forefront of medicine in Latin America.

One of the milestones that marked this development was the creation of the Annals of the Faculty of Medicine. There had been, since 1898, an excellent medical periodical publication, the Revista Médica del Uruguay , but the Faculty considered that, without trying to invade the space that that magazine had gained, a new publication was necessary that reflected the activity of all sectors of the Faculty. , allowed the exchange of knowledge between the different chairs, contributed to the cultural training of the students and offered information about all the activities of the Faculty.

Manuel Quintela was appointed Dean for the period 1909-1912 and re-elected for the period 1912-1915. This six-year period constitutes Quintela's first deanship, since he was again Dean between 1921 and 1927. During his first deanship, in 1913, Quintela presented a project to create a magazine edited by the Faculty, which would be the official organ Of the same. Although the Council approved the project, the execution of the idea had to be postponed due to lack of material resources. In 1915, when Américo Ricaldoni was dean, the initiative was resumed and a commission made up of two advisors, doctors José Scoseria and Alberto Vázquez Barriere, was appointed, who was in charge of preparing a definitive project, by which the direction of the Anales was left to position of the dean, and doctors Arnoldo Berta and Domingo Prat were appointed editorial secretaries. At the time of approval of the project by the Council, Américo Ricaldoni expressed the following, anticipating the integration policy that he would carry out in the rest of his two terms as dean: "For my part, I also propose that, as an annex , publish with it a Student Page, intended to collect the observations or reflections that the students of our Faculty would like to make about everything related to the study plans, teaching methods, movements of the classes and laboratories, etc., etc. , that is, about everything that is related to the life of the Faculty itself. On that Page, the students would present not only their own opinions, but also those of the professors or any other technical or university authority that they had been interested in consulting.”

The first issue of Annals was published in 1916. It consists of two parts: in the first, called “Memories, lessons and conferences”, the scientific contributions appear, and in the second, the “Supplement to the Annals of the Faculty of Medicine”. , the academic, administrative and cultural activity developed by the Faculty is detailed. That year, six issues were published, with their respective supplements, which were bound as volume 1 corresponding to 1916. From then on, one volume per year was published until volume 51, from 1966, after which it stopped appearing. due to lack of financial resources.

This first period of the Annals was a brilliant period for the national medical bibliography, in which national and foreign authors were able to access the dissemination of their experiences and in which the Faculty of Medicine was able to record its activities, resolutions, tributes and visitors to the abroad. To give an idea of the importance of the journal, it is enough to remember that among the foreign medical authorities who published works in Anales in the first years of its life are Joseph Babinski, Raoul Bensaude, Emile Boix, Jules Case, Anatole Chauffard, Aloysio de Castro , Rodolfo Erausquin, Jules Froment, Georgos Guenaux, Helme, Rodolfo Kraus, Pierre Lereboullet, René Lutembacher, Achille L. Martinet, P. Ranque, Angel Roffo, Henri Louis Roger, M. Senez, Louis Henri Vaquez and Ferdinand Widal.

Regarding the national medical scientific production, in its 50 years of life the magazine has included in its pages all the medical advances that have occurred in our country. In the first issue, for example, appeared the excellent monograph by Américo Ricaldoni and Arnoldo Berta on amoebic dysentery in Uruguay, which describes in 160 pages the appearance of this condition in our environment, with more than 60 registered cases. , updating diagnostic tests and therapeutics for the disease. Also in that issue you can read Domingo Prat's meticulous thesis on gastric and duodenal ulcers, a subject of fundamental importance at the time. The list of Uruguayan authors in the first issue of Anales is completed with: Miguel Becerro de Bengoa, Carlos Butler, Carlos Carlevaro, Justo González, Lorenzo Mérola, Alfredo Navarro, Prudencio de Pena, Juan Pou y Orfila, Juan Rómulo Silva, Vicente Rubino , Luis Surraco and Alberto Vázquez Barriere.

Various literary-musical conferences were also published in that first issue, but in the Supplement, among which “The romantic generation and its hero” by the poet Raúl Montero Bustamante should be highlighted; “Mozart” and “Shakespeare” , by the Brazilian ambassador in our country Cyro de Azevedo; "Metchnikoff" by Hector Rossello; "The doctor in society" by Francisco Soca; “ Professional, moral and social responsibility in gynecology” by Augusto Turenne; "The field doctor as a cultural factor" by Santín Carlos Rossi and "The evolution of surgery over time" by Alfredo Navarro.

The publication of Anales was a success in the local medical environment, becoming in a short time the most important medical publication in the country, especially after the closure of the Revista Médica del Uruguay in 1932. Over time, there were successive directors and editors, trying to maintain the same high level of quality. In 1966, due to lack of financial resources, Anales stopped appearing. In 1978 it reappeared during the intervention of the University by the dictatorship, but its life was short, only 4 volumes were published, until 1981. Since then and up to the present it has remained silent.

We hope that the new stage that begins today will be as long-lasting and as fruitful as the first. This will depend on the support we receive from teachers and researchers in our environment.

Edward Wilson



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