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Articles Submission Policy

No charge will be made to the author for the submission of manuscripts.

Manuscripts and correspondence must be submitted through the following website: http://www.actaneurologica.com. All works must be unpublished and delivered exclusively to the journal Acta Neurológica Colombiana.

Articles submitted for editorial review must follow the unified requirements for works presented to Biomedical Journals of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, which can be reviewed as a guideline for authors in Acta Neurol Colomb 1997; 13: 269-281.

Acta Neurológica demands strict compliance with international and national ethical standards for research development in human beings and animals. All work submitted under consideration for the publication must have prior approval by an Ethical Committee, and if required cases, the informed consent of the subjects under research. To be considered for publication, all publications evaluating interventions in humans must be registered in any of the accepted international clinical trials registry platform.

Please check that your article complies with this checklist before submitting; you can DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST HERE

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

Introduction
Acta Neurológica Colombiana is the official publication of the Colombian Association of Neurology. It is a quarterly publication that aims to serve as a written dissemination of knowledge in the area of neurosciences. Acta Neurológica Colombiana is currently indexed in SciELO-Colombia, LILACS, BVS, Latindex (catalog), Imbiomed, MIAR, Crossref and Actualidad Iberoamericana.

Acta Neurológica Colombiana publishes Original articles, Review articles, Reflections, Case Reports, Updates, Short communication, Consensus and Letters to the editor with their respective replies or replicas. Works must be unpublished and submitted exclusively to Acta Neurológica Colombiana. Its total or partial reproduction must have the editor’s approval and must be given credit to the original publication. Acta Neurológica Colombiana and the Colombian Association of Neurology do not assume any responsibility for the presented ideas by the authors..

Ethical considerations
Acta Neurológica demands strict compliance with international and national ethical standards for research development in human beings and animals. All work submitted under consideration for the publication must have prior approval by an Ethical Committee, and if required cases, the informed consent of the subjects under research. To be considered for publication, all publications evaluating interventions in humans must be registered in any of the accepted international clinical trials registry platform.

Article submission
Works must be submitted through the web page https://www.actaneurologica.com/index.php/anc and follow the instructions:
1. You must sign in to submit or review an article.
2. Go to “Submit article” at the top bar of the web page
3. At the top click on “Log in or Register”
4. If you do not have an account, click the option below the “Sign in” button: https://www.actaneurologica.com/index.php/anc
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5. Complete the form, respectively. At the end of the form you must select the option to register as “Author”; and if you are interested in reviewing articles, also click the “Reviewer” box and add your areas of interest, as the image shows:

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6. When you have filled in all fields, click the button “Register”

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7. Once identified in the system as an author, you must click on “New submission” and follow the instructions provided by the system until you complete the 5 established steps.

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8. When you have finished with all the steps, you must click “Finish submission”.

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 All manuscript must be sent accompanied by a presentation letter (DOWNLOAD) with each of the information requested; this letter include the statement that all authors have participated and approved the manuscript, as well as the suggestion of three peer reviewers for the article, declaring conflict of interest if there is any, and other required information.

Articles submitted for editorial review must follow the “Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing and publication of scholarly work in medical journals” of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (Spanish version Rev Esp Salud Pública 2017 Vol. 91).

Note: When submitting, you must attach the following documents:
(1) submission list of your manuscript
(2) presentation letter
(3) copyright transfer letter

Presentation format and extension
All articles will first have the title in Spanish and English and an abbreviated title of maximum 12 words or 90 characters. Names and last names of all authors with their respective institutional affiliations, specialty, e-mail, identity document (national authors), passport number (international authors), CvLAC inscription and ORCID. Corresponding author must be identified and its contact number. Finally, describe each author’s contribution.

All articles except Letter to the Editor must have an abstract in Spanish and English that must not pass the maximum of words, depending on the type of article. Four to six keywords corresponding to terms in the following thesaurus must be included:
DeCS https://decs.bvsalud.org/E/homepagee.htm y MeSH https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/

The length of the texts should not exceed the maximum established per type of article. Authors can decide the number of tables and/or figures as long as the sum of the two do not exceed 6.

Manuscripts should be formatted in Microsoft Word in letter size, text in a single column. Text must have double space, in Times New Roman Font and 12-point size.

Each component of the manuscript must start in a new page in the following order: title page, abstract in Spanish, keywords, abstract in English, keywords in English, text, acknowledgements, references, tables and figures (each one in a separate page) and figure and table legends.

Number the pages in consecutive order and starting with title page in the upper right-hand corner.

Types of manuscripts

a) Original works: The body of Original articles consists of an introduction in which the article’s or work’s objectives are defined, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions and references. These articles should not exceed 3.000 words (extension does not include references, tables and figures, nor abstract). Abstracts must be structured: introduction, materials and method, results, discussion and conclusions. It should not exceed 250 words long.

b) Case report: Case reports must contain introduction, case presentation and discussion. The patient’s informed consent must be attached and signed. The body of the text should not exceed 2.000 words; extension does not include tables, figures or abstract. The abstract must include introduction, case presentation, discussion and conclusion; without exceeding 250 words.

c) Reviews: Reviews must be of recent articles regarding a specific subject. The body of the text consist of an introduction, methodological description for the search strategy used in the review, if applicable. The body of the manuscript and conclusions of the review should have a maximum of 3.000 words (without including tables, figures, references nor abstract). Abstracts must be structured: introduction, materials and method, results, discussion and conclusions. It should not exceed 250 words long. They must include a number of bibliographical references equal or greater than 50.

d) Letter to the editor: Letters to the editor should be addressed to the editor with comments about articles that have appeared on Acta Neurológica Colombiana, personal opinions, news, or issues of interest to readers. It should not exceed 1.000 words, including references. It does not include an abstract.

e) Updates: Updates should not exceed 2.500 words. Extension does not include tables, figures, references nor abstract. Abstracts must be structured: introduction, materials and method, results, discussion and conclusions. Abstract should not exceed 200 words.

f) Reflection: Reflections should not exceed 2.500 words; it does not include tables, figures, references nor abstract. Abstracts must be structured: introduction, materials and method, results, discussion and conclusions. Abstract should not exceed 200 words.

g) Short communication: Short communication articles should not exceed 2.000 words; it does not include tables, figures, references nor abstract. Abstract should not exceed 200 words.

h) Consensus: Should not exceed 5.500 words; this extension does not include tables and figures, references nor abstract. Abstracts must be structured: introduction, materials and method, results, discussion and conclusions. Abstract should not exceed 250 words

References
Bibliographic references must conform to the Vancouver 2018 guides. They should be numbered sequentially according to the order of appearance in the text, in Arabian numbers in parenthesis.

Example: for journals put all authors when they are six or less; if they are more than six, put the first six and add “et al”. The following examples illustrate how references should be written:

• Restrepo F, Tamayo-Orrego L, Parra JH, Vera A, Moscoso-Ariza OH. Modulación del componente P300 de los potenciales evocados en un grupo de niños colombianos con trastorno de atención-hipeactividad. Acta Neurol Colomb. 2011;27(3):146-53.
• López-Esparza J., Chiquete E., Pichardo O., Amancha-Gabela M., Díaz-Pacheco C., Vargas O. Manejo endovascular de estenosis vertebral intracraneal con stent coronario balón expandible: reporte de dos casos y revisión de la literatura. Acta Neurol Colomb. 2018;34(3):184-8.

In case of books:
• Correa Arrieta C., Bohórquez S., Diaz Barrero DC., Ramírez S., Sobrino Mejía F. Ciclo menstrual y su efecto en el funcionamiento cerebral. En: Sobrino F Mejía FS., Correa Arrieta CA., eds. Migraña y Mujer. Bogotá: Asociación Colombiana de Neurología; 2018: 37-55.

Tables and figures
Use tables that clarify or add to the text. Do not repeat the content of tables in the text. Tables should be numbered in the order which they are cited in the text. Each one must have a title on the top of the page and annotations at the bottom. They must be in Microsoft Word format, in Times New Roman font (should not be sent as an image).

Photographs, graphs, drawings and diagrams are called figures. They must also be numbered according to the order in which they appear in the text. The legend of each figure should be written on a separate page. Photographs should be sent in high resolution (300 DPI minimum) with JPG, PNG or EPS extension. They should not be included in the text and should be attached as separate file. If a figure or table has been previously published, a written permission from the editor is required and credit must be given to the original publication. Use only fully accepted abbreviations, never use them on the title or abstract.

Conflict of interest declaration
All articles will have a specific conflict of interest declaration and may have an acknowledgements section.

Editorial process of the manuscript
Once the article has been submitted, the editorial process begins. Firstly, the Editorial Committee will decide whether the article meets the conditions to be submitted to evaluation by two external peer experts in the subject matter, considering the submission checklist. The type of review used by the journal is double-blind peer review.

The double-blind reviewers will give their concept within 30 days, suggesting a) accepted without modifications, b) accepted with modifications, or c) Non-publication. This concept will be delivered through the submission system to the authors with the arguments of the peer reviewers anonymously.
In case of needing modifications, authors will have 30 days to make modifications and submit the modified article. In case the stipulated time isn’t met, the Editor of Acta Neurológica will understand that the authors have lost interest in publishing the article and will unsubscribe it.

Once the article has been modified by the authors, the Editor and the Associated Editor will check the compliance of the recommendations requested by the peer reviewers, and if these have been properly followed, they article will be submitted to the Editorial Committee for consideration for its inclusion in a future issue of the journal ANC. This decision will be communicated to the authors.

In the case of controversies in the evaluations, the Editor will be the one to settle the case.

The editorial decision based on the criteria given by the peer reviewers, will be communicated to the corresponding author, and the appeal does not proceed in case that this corresponds to the rejection of the article.

Rejection rate

The rejection rate of submitted articles to the journal Acta Neurológica Colombiana is: 2021 = 30% / 2020 = 57% / 2019 = 62% / 2018 = 51% / 2017 = 31% / 2016 = 23%

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