Instructions for Authors

Thank you for submitting your manuscript to Medicina nei Secoli-Arte e Scienza. The following instructions will help you during all steps required by our system to submit and move your manuscript through peer review, production and publication process. 

Medicina nei Secoli-Arte e Scienza uses Open Journal System (OJS), a management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project, to receive electronically manuscripts and peer review submissions. Before to proceed with your submission, please be sure that your manuscript is in compliance with the Instructions for Authors below and follow the instructions here. 


MEDICINA nei SECOLI-Arte e Scienza publishes research papers, commentaries and book reviews in history of medicine and allied sciences, including but not limited to Paleopathology, Epistemology, Paleoanthropology, Philosophy of Medicine, Medical Anthropology, Social History of Medicine, History of Public Health, History of Pharmacy, Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Medical Law (bioethics, philosophy of medicine, paleography, paleopathology, social medicine, public health history, history of pharmacy, etc.). Manuscripts are submitted with the understanding that upon publication copyright will be transferred to the Journal.

MEDICINA nei SECOLI-Arte e Scienza follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations 2013). Download here full text of ICMJE Recommendations.

The Journal publishes papers in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. Submission in English is strongly encouraged.

The following paper types are published:

  • Articles 
  • Essay Reviews

The submitted articles must contain in the following order:


2. Author/s (Name Surname)

3. Institutional affiliation

4. Brief Summary (not to exceed 150 words) and a short title in English, in this order:




5. Running title (in the same language of the paper)

6. Key words (2-4 in English)

7. Text (normally not exceeding 20 pages, 2,000 characters without spaces for each page for each page as for Articles; 3 pages, 2,000 characters without spaces for each page as for EssayReviews) is single-spaced; uses a "Times New Roman" 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). The text may be divided in sub-headings. Notes must be included at the end of the text and be numbered by progressive Arabic numbers. References must be given in the endnotes. In the text, only shorter references to critical editions or to manuscript may be included (i.e., Nat. Hom., Li. 6.64 as a reference to the Hippocratic treatise De natura hominis, edited by Littré, vol. 6, p.64). Tables and images may be included, with text and legends on a separate page. Images are usually published in b/w. Copyright and/or publishing permission for the images must be provided by the Author(s). The Editorial Office have the right to modify the text according to the Journal’s style.8. Bibliography and Notes.

Bibliography and notes must be included at the end of the text. A general bibliography may precede the notes. Notes must be numbered by Arabic numbers, following the order in the text. Notes and bibliography use Times New Roman, 10-point font. 


a) Journal article: ROSSI A., NERI O., Claude Bernard ed i nosologisti. Med. Secoli 1993; 5: 75-87. Journal titles may be abbreviated according to the World list of scientific periodicals as published in each January issue of Index Medicus.

For subsequent quotations, please use a shorter form, including Authors and the first citing note. Example: ROSSI A., NERI O., see note 12, p. 18. 

b) Books: ROSSI A., History of medicine. Roma, Delfino, 1990, (when needed) pp. 12-25. 

c) Chapters in Books NERI G., Hippocrates. In: ROSSI A.,History of medicine. Roma, Delfino, 1990, pp. 12-25.

d) Classical works should be quoted in a critical edition, after the general bibliography and before the notes and references.

AUTHORSHIP: Authors require to meet criteria for authorship stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal (ICMJE) Recommendations. Download here the full text of ICMJE Recommendations. The ICMJE Recommendations recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria: 

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretations of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND 
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accoiuntable for all apsects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. 
COVER LETTER: A cover letter is required along with the manuscript submission with the following information:
  • statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors;
  • declaration that all authors have read and accept responsability for the manuscript's contents;
  • statement that each author believes and affirms that the manuscript represents honest and original work and has not been published previously, either or in part, and is not under consideration for publication by any other journal;

PEER REVIEW: Articles submitted for publication will be sent (omitting the Author(s) names) to two independent and anonymous revewiers. The Editorial Board will forward the reviewers’ opinion (accepted, not accepted, accepted with revisions, including potential comments and suggestions) to the Author(s). Reviewers required to return their revision by 30 days. Editor in Chief is responsible for the final decision. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: All authors require to complete and signe the ICMJE Conflict of Interest Form (ICMJE Form). Corresponding authors must send to the Journal all  ICMJE Form copies signed by authors before the end of the Proof Reading process. Please donwload ICMJE Form here.

PROOF READING: Upon request, proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. If not returned within ten days from receiving, correction will be made by the Editorial Board.

CORRESPONDENCE: All information and communicarion regarding review process, including acceptance of reject of the manuscript, should be sent to the Corresponding author. 

REPRINTS: Reprints will be sent to the Author(s) in PDF format.

BOOK REVIEWS: Books for review may be sent to the Editorial Office.

EDITORIAL OFFICE: Medicina nei Secoli Arte e Scienza - Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare, Storia della Medicina, Viale dell'Università 34/a, 00185 Roma, I, Tel/fax: +39064451721 e-mail

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