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Updated rules for submitting and accepting papers

(January 2022)


Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine is the official organ of the Society of Internal Medicine of Uruguay, it is an independent scientific publication, created with the purpose of disseminating scientific production and quality knowledge.



The following publications are made in the Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine:


Reviews: these are systematic and updated reviews on clinical, diagnostic or therapeutic aspects. The experience of the authors in the revised topic is valued. They will present an introduction that contains the objective and the methodology used to carry out the review, then the body of the same, ending with the bibliography used.


Clinical cases: these are reports on clinical cases of either exceptional or common diseases that, due to some unusual event, are worthy of sharing. They will present an introduction, the objective of the presentation of the clinical cases, their report, the discussion and comments that arise from them, ending with the bibliography used. Remember that if they contain images, they should not identify the clinical case.


Original papers: these are reports on original basic or clinical research. They will present the following items:

1) Introduction – consists of a brief review of previous works related to the topic to be investigated

2) Objectives of current research

3) Methodology- with data on description of the design, population and its selection criteria, intervention carried out, statistical analysis carried out. The information recorded should allow other researchers to reproduce the experiment in detail.

4) Results - will be presented in a clear way, as text, graphs and/or tables

5) Discussion- must be a synthesis of the confrontation of the data obtained in the study with respect to the relevant scientific literature, which, in addition, interprets the similarities or contrasts found. It should include an analysis of the scope of your findings and their limitations.

6) Conclusions – the most relevant findings will be indicated, that is, those that constitute a contribution

7) Acknowledgments

8) Bibliography consulted


Letters to the editor: these are brief communications about clinical notes, preliminary communications, communications in relation to works already published.


Editorial: this is a document written by the Editorial Committee or a guest with information on the thematic domain of the journal.


Reception of manuscripts

The works are received exclusively by email to:

This will be the channel of communication between the Editorial Board and the authors of the submitted manuscripts. The contact author will receive an email confirming receipt. The date of receipt will be considered when all the necessary documentation for the analysis of the submitted manuscript is available.


Editorial flow

The works received will be evaluated by the Editorial Committee. If they meet the publication requirements and are considered to be of interest to the journal's target audience, they will be sent to be arbitrated by suitable professionals designated by the aforementioned. The arbitration of the work will be with the "double blind" methodology and may be assessed by one or more peers, depending on the complexity and theme of the same. The works approved by the referees will be reviewed for style and bibliographic correction.


From this triple evaluation will emerge:

1. Non-acceptance

2. Acceptance of the article without modifications

3. The need to make modifications by the authors taking into account the suggestions made.


The authors will be returned the manuscript with the final report and in case of situation 3 they will have a period of up to 30 calendar days to return it with the proposed corrections or, failing that, a note justifying the non-performance of these. Once returned, it will be verified that the corrections indicated by the peer reviewers, the style and/or the bibliographical references have been made in order to start the layout and design process. This is the time of the job acceptance date.



The following items are considered integral parts of a manuscript:


Presentation letter. It must contain:

a) Job title

b) Suggested location within the sections that comprise the magazine

c) Declaration that all authors know, participate and agree with the content of the manuscript

d) Declaration that the article is not simultaneously presented in other media nor has it been previously published.

e) Statement accepting the publication standards of the Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine

f) Declaration that the work has been prepared respecting ethical responsibilities

This cover letter must have the signature of all the authors.


Authors. On a separate sheet and indicating the title of the work, it must be sent

a) Full name of the authors in the order in which they will appear in the publication

b) Title of specialization and/or academic position of each one of them

Institution where the work was carried out

c) If the work has been financed, the origin of the same must be mentioned.

Contact author: name – phone – email

d) ORCID identifier of each author (

e) Contribution of each author to the article in question (if possible to quantify, put the percentage). Indicate next to the author's name and in parentheses the items indicated below. For these purposes, we remember that an author is considered to be someone who has participated in at least two of the following aspects of a publication:

• Conception and design of the work.

• Collection of data or performance of experiments.

• Analysis and interpretation of data or results.

• Statistical analysis of the data or results.

• Drafting of the manuscript.

• Critical review of the manuscript.


Text. It must begin with the title of the article, subtitle when appropriate, abstract and keywords (preferably use the terms mentioned in the Medical Subject Headings, of the Index Medicus and no more than 5).


All the data indicated above must be in Spanish, English and Portuguese.


Subsequently, there will be the body of the article WITHOUT DATA that allows identifying the authors or the center where the work was carried out.

• Do not number the pages.

• Do not use calls, lines or boxes.

• Do not use any automatic tools such as numbering or bullets.


Abbreviations. Only standard abbreviations will be allowed. Abbreviations will be avoided in the title and abstract. When an abbreviation is used for the first time in the text, it will be in parentheses preceded by the full term, except if it is a common unit of measure.


Playback of images. In the case of tables, graphs or images already published, the express authorization of the author must be obtained for their reproduction. If they are previously published in sources that adopt the Creative Commons cc-by license, it is enough to specifically detail their author and publication site.


Thanks. When deemed appropriate, include in acknowledgments those people or entities that have collaborated in carrying out the work, but who do not meet the authorship criteria. The financial support and material means received will also be included in the acknowledgments.


Bibliography. The publication of bibliography must follow the norms of Vancouver. They must be in parentheses and in superscript format, you cannot use the automatic bibliographic references tool that Word has.


This information must be in CALIBRI 12 font, A4 size, single spaced, .doc or .docx format.


Graphs, images and tables. They must come in the same text, at the end of it. Correctly identified the site where they go. It must be indicated in the text and they must be identified with the same number as the one referred to in the text. Images must be in JPG or GIF format. Preferably up to 580 pixels (pxl.) wide, maximum allowed 850 pixels (pxl.) wide. Remember in case of using images such as tomography, x-rays, etc. that have the name of the patient, it SHOULD NOT appear.


Interest conflict. In all cases, a declaration of conflict of interest must be made. A conflict of interest, actual or potential, exists when an author (or the author's institution) has personal or financial relationships that may inappropriately influence (bias) the author's actions. These relationships range from those whose potential is negligible to those with sufficient potential to influence scientific judgments. Financial relationships (consulting, share ownership, fees, reports and expert opinions) are the easiest conflicts of interest to detect; however, conflict may occur for other reasons such as personal relationships or academic rivalry, among other causes.


Anti-plagiarism system

The Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine has an anti-plagiarism system (Similar Check) so we remind authors that it is imperative that the articles are their intellectual property in their entirety.


Code of ethics

In the case of controlled clinical trials, it must contain the registration identification number in the Ministry of Public Health. In the case of epidemiological studies, the date and/or registration number in which the bioethics committee of the institution gave its endorsement must be mentioned.


The works that are sent for evaluation must have been prepared in compliance with international recommendations on clinical research (Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association []) and with laboratory animals.


Informed consent

If photographs or patient data are reproduced, these should not be identifying the subject. In all cases, the authors must have obtained the patient's written informed consent authorizing their publication, reproduction and dissemination. The original works must have the endorsement of the bioethics committee of the institution where it is carried out. The authors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate permissions to reproduce previously published material (text, tables or figures). These permissions must be requested from both the author and the publisher that has published said material.


Responsibility of the authors and collaborators


Vancouver Standards: Bibliographical References

Uniform requirements. Vancouver style. Inquiries:

Consecutively number the citations according to the order in which they are mentioned for the first time in the text (do not use the automatic bullets and numbering tools to enumerate). No more than 40 bibliographic citations. References will be identified by Arabic numerals in parentheses and in superscript. If they are discontinuous, separate them with commas: (2,8,11,19) and continuous ones with a hyphen (5-7) This numbering will always appear in the article, whether or not it is accompanied by the name of the authors.

References to National Bibliography will be an element of evaluation.

It is recommended not to cite "abstracts" "summaries", unpublished observations and "personal communications". The author must verify the references with the original publications. Keep in mind that this is an arbitrated Scientific Journal, references to websites must have institutional support, Blogs or commercial pages without scientific support cannot be cited.



The Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine is an open access journal and also adopts the Creative Commons Attribution license (, also known as cc-by. This license allows the user to access, distribute and create derivative works, provided that the author is given credit.

The journal does not have any type of charge for the authors, that is, there are no costs for sending articles to evaluate, nor for the processing of the articles, nor for subscription, nor for any other reason. Likewise, the author will not receive economic royalties or any other type of compensation for the publication.

The Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine processes the DOI for each article and reviews its anti-plagiarism, at no cost to the author of the article.

The Journal will soon upload the article to the SciELO portal, following its regulations.



Publication periods: March, July and November of each year. The average period between the receipt of the article to its publication is 10 to 12 weeks.


Access and dissemination policies

The Uruguayan Society of Internal Medicine and the Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine may disclose the articles by any printed or electronic means, including the Internet.

The journal subscribes to the SHERPA/RoMEO service that displays the copyright and open access self-archiving policies of scientific journals.

The Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine is integrated into the International Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ


Responsibility for the content

The content of all the articles, opinions or statements expressed in the Journal reflect the points of view of the authors, are their sole responsibility and do not represent the official opinion of the Editorial Committee or the Board of Directors of the Society of Internal Medicine. of Uruguay, unless expressly stated.


Digital preservation policies

The Uruguayan Journal of Internal Medicine, by integrating the Scielo Uruguay collection, adheres to the LOCKSS Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe Program of Stanford University.

Every year we make a backup on the SUMI server and quarterly on an external disk, of the files of each number in pdf format.

It allows interoperability with international indexes and databases such as SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library on Line).

This journal also adheres to the Ethics Committee for Publications (COPE)



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