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Author Guidelines

Guide for Authors


Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA is an open access online journal of the Academic Area of Medicine of the School of Health Sciences (ICSA) of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo. Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA is a biannual journal, published at the beginning of each period (January and July).

This journal aims at publishing all the latest important developments in health sciences in the areas of experimental, clinical and epidemiological research. The journal covers a very wide range of different disciplines:

  • Phytopharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Odontology
  • Pedagogy
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Statistics
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Bioethics
  • Genetic
  • Thanatology
  • Pharmacy
  • Sport Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Computer Systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Among others


About the audience. Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA is a resource that offers all health science readers (basic and clinical researchers, clinical and non-clinical people, and all health science students) access to up-to-date information on the different related disciplines. As an open access journal, all readers have unrestricted access to all publications.


Published research articles, review articles, and case studies are subjected to a double-blind peer-review process. Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA accepts original and unpublished articles which must not have been previously published in other journals. The journal welcomes submissions of manuscripts from researchers at all levels of the health sciences and from around the world.


All manuscripts are published under the terms of the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode), which allows the unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction of the material, without commercial purposes, in any medium, provided that the work is properly cited. The main publication format of the journal is PDF. No payment is required from authors to publish their manuscripts in the journal.


Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA is indexed in the institutional index, Google Scholar, BASE, PKP Index, REDIB, MIAR, and Latindex Catálogo 2.0.


Human and animal rights

Ethical principles for publication occur to guarantee high-quality basic or clinical scientific publications in the health sciences, public trust in scientific findings, and to protect the right of the subjects in investigation. If photographs of patients are included, all photographs must be accompanied by signed letters or official letters from the patient or family members, and/or have all recognizable features or characteristics masked or covered. Manuscripts reporting on the results of experimental investigation on human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure was fully explained and approval given to the study by the Human Studies Review Committee, or equivalent committee, at the main institution. It should also be stated whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration. Reports on experiments on animals should indicate whether the institutions or the National Research Council's guide for, or any national law on, the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.


Ethics in publishing

All the manuscripts must be original material. The journal uses an institutional software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Articles with suspected plagiarism will be returned to the authors for correction. Duplicate manuscript, data fabrication and/or falsification will be returned to the authors for correction.

All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research of the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.


Submission and Peer Review

All new manuscripts must be submitted through the journal's website: https://repository.uaeh.edu.mx/revistas/index.php/MJMR/. Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors are requested to send text, tables and graphic material in electronic format (such as a Word format) to this address. In an accompanying letter, authors should state that the manuscript, or parts of it, have not been and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication and that they are not currently being considered by another journal or any other publisher. The submitting author (corresponding author) is responsible for ensuring that the manuscript has been approved for publication by all other co-authors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that articles from a particular institution are submitted with the necessary institutional approval.


Submission items include a cover letter (saved as a separate file for uploading), the manuscript (including title page, abstract, keywords, manuscript text, references and table/figure legends), tables and figures. The preferred order of files is as follows: cover letter, manuscript file(s), table(s) and figure(s).


The cover letter should include a statement of conflict of interest for all authors. Please indicate the absence of conflict (i.e., nothing to disclose) or list potential conflicts for each named author. Conflicts of interest include financial or other type of relationships that could be perceived as influencing the manuscript.


All correspondence, including the Editor's decision and request for revisions, will be by e-mail or in electronic format. Previously published tables and illustrations must be properly referenced, and written permission from the copyright holders must be included in the manuscript.


Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA has an eminent editorial board of 15 members, all recognized experts in their field. Peer review is the critical evaluation of manuscripts submitted to our journal by experts who are not part of the editorial team. All papers submitted to Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA are subject to an initial review by the Editor and an expert researcher on the editorial board. After that, the article is sent for peer review by independent external reviewers.

After acceptance. Manuscripts accepted for publication are typeset and proofs are sent to authors for correction before final publication. The authors must review the proofs and return them within 48 hours.



Original research articles, review articles, and clinical cases should be less than 10,000 words in length. The word count includes citations but excludes the abstract, keywords, references, figures and tables.


Original Research articles


Manuscripts should be written double-spaced with margins of at least 1 inch. The manuscript should include the following in this order: Cover page, Structured Abstract and Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. Number the pages consecutively, starting with the Cover Page.



  1. Cover page. The cover page must include the author's initials and first and last name. The country, state, city, institution, and department should be mentioned. List all affiliations in lowercase superscript immediately following the author's name and write it in front of the address. Name, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and address of the author responsible for correspondence regarding the manuscript.


  1. Authorship credit must be based on (a) substantial contributions to the conception and design, data acquisition or data analysis and interpretation; (b) drafting of the article or critical review of the article in terms of its substantial intellectual content; (c) final approval of the version to be published. Authors must meet conditions a, b and c. The acquisition of funding, data collection or general supervision of the research group does not in itself constitute authorship. All persons designated as authors must qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify must be listed. Each author must have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgment section.


  1. Structured Abstract and keywords. An abstract of no more than 250 words. The abstract must include Introduction, Objective of the study, Material and Methods, Results and Conclusions. Below the abstract, provide 3-10 keywords or short phrases to help cross-reference the article. If possible, use the terms from the Index Medicus Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) list.


  1. Introduction. The introduction should contain a brief description of the background and objective of the study and should familiarize the reader with the current state of knowledge in the area under investigation.


  1. Materials and methods. This section should contain a brief but adequate description of the experimental design, the patients and/or animal models and the controls and methods and procedures. The statistical methods used in the study should be appropriately referenced. Specify any general-purpose computer program used.


  1. Results. This section should be presented in a concise and easy-to-understand manner, which may require the use of figures and tables to illustrate detailed results. Duplication of text and supporting material should be avoided.


  1. Discussion. The discussion should focus on the specific findings of the study, their interpretation, and how the new information relates to what has been published previously. Repetition of material presented in the Introduction or Materials and Methods should be avoided. The interpretation of the statistical analysis should be included in the Discussion.


  1. Conclusion. It should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work, highlighting its importance and relevance. Duplication of results should be avoided.


  1. The figures should be presented in color or black and white and numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the manuscripts. Each figure must be accompanied by a descriptive legend. Write the legends of the figures in double space.


  1. Tables. Write each table double-spaced on a separate sheet. Do not send the tables as photographs. Number the tables consecutively in the order of their first quotation in the text and provide a brief title for each one. Place explanations in footnotes, not in the title. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations used in the table.


  1. Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments may be made to individuals who have contributed significantly to the research or preparation of the manuscript.


  1. References. Mexican Journal of Medical Research ICSA uses the Vancouver Style. It is a number system. References in the text should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the manuscript and cited by superscript without parentheses. References should not be listed in alphabetical order. All references should be cited in the text. It should be ensured that all references cited in the body of the text are also present in the reference list (and vice versa). References should be double-spaced and journal names should be abbreviated following Index Medicus. List all authors if there are six or fewer; otherwise, list the first six and add "et al”. Do not use dots after authors' initials. Examples:


Journals manuscripts

  1. Ortiz MI, Castañeda-Hernández G. Examination of the interaction between peripheral lumiracoxib and opioids on the 1% formalin test in rats. Eur. J. Pain. 2008;12(2):233-41.
  2. Martinez-Loredo E, Izquierdo-Vega JA, Cariño-Cortes R, Cilia-López VG, Madrigal-Santillán EO, Zuñiga-Pérez C, et al. Effects of Heliopsis longipes ethanolic extract on mouse spermatozoa in vitro. Pharm. Biol. 2016;54(2):266-71.
  3. Fernández-Martínez E, Ponce-Monter H, Soria-Jasso LE, Ortiz MI, Arias-Montaño JA, Barragán-Ramírez G, et al. Inhibition of Uterine Contractility by Thalidomide Analogs via Phosphodiesterase-4 Inhibition and Calcium Entry Blockade. Molecules. 2016; 21(10). pii: E1332.
  4. Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42 Suppl 2:S93-9.
  5. Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Price RE, Wright KC. Development of a large animal model for lung tumors. J. Vasc. Interv. Radiol. 2002;13(9 Pt 1):923-8.


Book chapters

  1. Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Phatogenic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA, editor. Phatologic Physiology: Mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1974: 457-472.
  2. Pagel JF, Pegram GV. The role for the primary care physician in sleep medicine. In: Pagel JF, Pandi-Perumal SR, editors. Primary care sleep medicine. 2nd ed. New York: Springer; 2014.
  3. Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002: 93-113.



  1. Gruszczynski L. Regulating health and environmental risks under WTO law: a critical analysis of the SPS agreement. New York: Oxford University Press; 2010.


Review articles


A review article is expected to provide an abstract and/or a synthesis of the findings of a selection of research contributions being published by many other authors. Review articles may be non-systematic, systematic, critical reviews, book reviews, strategic technical reviews, etc. Manuscripts should follow some of the general specifications of the original research articles. The manuscript should include the following in this order: Title page, Structured abstract and keywords, Introduction, body of the manuscript (with subsections, tables and figures), Conclusions, and References. Number the pages consecutively, starting with the Cover Page.


Clinical Case


Clinical case or case study denotes the collection and demonstration of detailed evidence about a particular participant (patient) or small group (patients). These items are a form of qualitative descriptive research. This research concludes only that participant or group and only in that specific context. Manuscripts should follow some of the general specifications of the original research articles. The clinical case should include the following in this order: Title page, Structured Abstract and Keywords, Introduction, presentation of the case(s) (with subsections, tables, figures and photographs), Discussion, Conclusions and References. Number the pages consecutively, starting from the Cover Page.


Abbreviations and Symbols


Use only standard abbreviations; using non-standard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parentheses should be used at the first mention, unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement.

Privacy Statement

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Although, the UAEH has an international commitment to the dissemination of knowledge and the contents of the journal can be exploited for this purpose, but it should be noted that the journal was designed to be used by certified professionals but being supervised by themselves because who have the skills and abilities needed to exercise and practice teaching or scientific legal exercise. The UAEH and staff assume no national or international legal responsibility for using the journal, or assume any national or international legal responsibility for damages that may be caused or incurred by your use of the journal contents in academic contexts under supervision of certified professionals, even, in any other context. Thus, you expressly exclude the UAEH and staff from all statutory liability.

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