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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission is original and has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text does not exceed 20 pages, 2000 characters without spaces for each page, single-spaced; uses a "Times New Roman" 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Notes and Biliography are single-spaced and use a "Times New Roman" 10-point;
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal and criteria for authorship stated by ICMJE Recommendations.
  • Conflict of Interest Form(s) have(s) been completed and signed by all(the) author(s) and are (is) included in the present submission.

Author Guidelines

Thank you for submitting your manuscript to Medicina nei Secoli. 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 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 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 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:

1. Title 

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 Biliography are single-spaced and use a "Times New Roman" font 10-point.


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.

9. Spelling, Dates, Numbers, Etc. 


Use UK English spellings – colour, flavour, defense, recognize, etc.

Use –ise not –ize; ie. Analyse.

Set your spellchecker to UK English to help with this – Tools > Language > UK English.

Use capitals for First World War, Second World War.

Use per cent in text, % with digits (see number below). 


15 May 1840; May 1840; 1840–1903; 1843/4 (use for a term or period overlapping the years). Do not abbreviate months.

mid-1940s; late 1960s, mid-sixth century; mid-sixth-century Bible; mid-century; AD; BC; May 1940; inter-war. 

Times: 7.30 or 8.00; 22.00. 

Sixth century, sixth-century Bible; late sixth-century Bible. 


One to hundred in words, 101 onwards in figures, except for round numbers, e.g. a thousand, a million, etc. There are exceptions to this, namely statistics – such as when the text is making a series of comparisons (e.g. “the numbers were 42, 58 and 64 respectively”), ages (’80-year-old”, but not “aged eighty”), and decimal places (8.25).

Use hyphens – forty-four, sixty-five, eighty-nine.

For statistics, use figures when an abbreviated quantity is used: 5cl, 98mg, 45mph, etc. 

If the statistic is a one-off (or at the beginning of a sentence), then use written number and do not abbreviate quantity. Example: “Five centiliters of alcohol would be enough to make the man drunk”. 

Use a few figures as possible: 1252–4, 113–24, 24–5, 20–1, 500–1, 1850–1903 (but do not interrupt 11–19 as eleven to nineteen are whole words). 

Always write the number out in full at the start of the sentence.

Hyphens and dashes

Use where grammatically appropriate. Examples: ”30year-old man” but do not use hyphens for “male, 30 years old”, “good-looking” but not in “good looks”, etc.

Use to breaking up vowels in compound words, e.g. anti-alcoholism; micro-organism; coordination.

See also Dates above.

For a parenthesis, use two en-dashes to separate the clause – like this – rather than a normal hyphen.

Use closed up en-dash between words of equal weight, e.g. doctor-patient relationship, and in dates e.g. 1721–35.


AUTHORSHIP: Authors require to meet criteria for authorship stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal (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. 

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 are 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  - Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare, Storia della Medicina, Viale dell'Università 34/a, 00185 Roma, I, Tel/fax: +39064451721 e-mail

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