INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
The Italian Journal of Gender-specific Medicine is a peer-reviewed four-monthly journal which aims to increase the development and promotion of a “culture” of gender-specific medicine both in Italy and internationally.
For conflicts of interest, authorship and ethical aspects the journal makes reference to the document of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). This is a constantly updated position statement.
Conflicts of interest. Particular attention should be paid to the declaration of the possible existence of economic conflicts of interest. The latter, in fact, if expressed, do not constitute grounds for penalisation in the evaluation of the work. On the contrary, should the editors or reviewers determine the existence of potentially conflicting interests (participation in satellite symposia or involvement in research projects) not declared by one or more authors, this may constitute a reason for rejecting the publication proposal. The journal editorial staff does not consider such possible conflicts of interest as “cultural or intellectual”. In other words, having spoken positively or negatively about classes of drugs, specific approaches to clinical practice or health policy strategies is not a reason for prejudice in the evaluation of proposed content.
Plagiarism. It may seem obvious, but the importance of not drawing content from sources that are not mentioned in the bibliography is stressed. Publishing houses now have software or control techniques that are able to discover almost all attempts at plagiarism already in the phase of editorial review of the contributions.
Authorship. It is important that only those who actually contributed to the preparation of the content are listed as authors. The conditions for signing an article are those described in the editorial by Phil Fontanarosa et al. published in JAMA in December 2017: Fontanarosa P, Bauchner H, Flanagin A. Authorship and team science. JAMA 2017; 318(24).
SAGER reporting Guidelines for Sex and Gender Equity in Research. This journal has adopted the SAGER reporting Guidelines for Sex and Gender Equity in Research.
These guidelines apply to original research articles and review papers. Authors should use the terms sex and gender carefully in order to avoid confusing both terms. Where subjects can also be differentiated by gender (shaped by social and cultural circumstances), the research should be conducted similarly at this additional level of distinction. Where the subjects of research comprise organisms capable of differentiation by sex, the research should be designed and conducted in a way that can reveal sex-related differences in the results, even if these were not initially expected.
Copyright. Articles will be accepted provided that they are original, and that they are not going to be published elsewhere afterwards. Authors are solely responsible for the scientific content. The copyright of the articles is transferred to the Publishing House and no part of the papers may be reproduced in any form and by any means by third parties.
Review procedure. The Italian Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine employs a single-blind peer review process to evaluate manuscripts for scientific accuracy, novelty, and importance. Articles can be accepted without revisions, accepted with minor revisions, accepted only after ‘major’ revision, or rejected. As far as the invited articles are concerned, the review process is generally limited to the formal aspects and it is carried out exclusively by the editorial board.
Editorials focus on the current state of a problem or provide an opinion on a controversial topic. They should have a length of maximum 1000 words and no more than 12 references.
Reviews should offer an overview of the literature as wide and updated as possible. Manuscript should have a length of maximum 6000 words. It should include references as well as a summary of at least 200 words in English and Italian (only for Italian authors) and up to five key words (MeSH headings, whenever possible. Refer to: www.nlm.nih.gov/ mesh/meshhome.html).
Original articles should have a length of maximum 4000 words and should including references (max 20) as well as a summary of at least 200 words in English and Italian (only for Italian authors) and up to five key words (MeSH headings, whenever possible. Refer to: www.nlm.nih.gov/ mesh/meshhome.html). Manuscript should be structured as follows: introduction and objectives of the study; description of materials and methods; results obtained; remarks and analytical discussion of the results; conclusions (directly supported by the results). Summary should follow the IMRAD sequence: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion; summary should summarize the content of the article in a way as accurate as possible, without adding parts, and without minimizing possible limits of the study.
Special articles should offer an overview in such areas as health policy, ethics, and health care delivery. They should have a length of maximum 4000 words and should including references (max 20) as well as a summary of at least 200 words in English and Italian (only for Italian authors) and up to five key words (MeSH headings, whenever possible. Refer to: www.nlm.nih.gov/ mesh/meshhome.html). Figures and tables would be appreciated. Five “key messages” summarizing the main messages on which the reader’s attention should focus are also required.
Short communications are suitable to rapidly disseminate the results of original studies. They should have a length of maximum 1500 words with a brief summary (100 words) in English and in Italian (only for Italian authors). It is allowed to include 1 table, 1 figure and essential references.
Letters to the Editor (up to 600 words) should ideally include remarks on topics dealt in recently issued numbers.
Gender-specific medicine watch section publishes updates on the dissemination of the gender-specific medicine culture in Italy and on the European, national and local laws and regulations, summaries of particularly important contributions issued in the international journals, announcements and reports of events and conferences, interviews with the leading exponents of the institutional and regional healthcare system. This section is edited by the Editorial office, even if external proposals are also considered.
Articles should be submitted online via the PACE web portal (Pensiero Author CEnter), after having been creating an own account.
For any problem or request for clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Mara Losi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Manuscript should be written in American or British English. Please, remember to be consistent with the spellings throughout your manuscript.
Tables and figures. They should be understandable also without reference to the text and should be numbered in Arabic numerals in a consecutive and independent way according to their citation within the paper.
References. All references in the text must be numbered in superscript Arabical numerals without brackets and must be mentioned at the end of the article in the order in which they are quoted. References first cited in a table or figure legend should be numbered so they will be in sequence with references cited in the text at the point where the table or figure is first mentioned.
For anything else herein not specified, please refer to the following guide: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References.