Peer-reviewed / Open Access

Lessons from the Field

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Lessons from the Field are brief reports describing interventions or strategies in population health, health sciences education, global health cooperation or clinical practice, and their outcomes The text is limited to 2500 words (3000 in Spanish), plus 2 tables/figures/images and no more than 20 references. All submissions to this section are subject to double-blind peer review.

Text

Maximum length 2500 words (3000 in Spanish). Submit in MSWord, single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman. Do not use any preset or automatic formatting or style features. All macros must be disabled.

Title Page

  • Title
  • Names, degrees and institutional affiliations of all authors. Lead author’s name should be listed first. (See Definitions of Author & Contributor).
  • Contact information for the lead or corresponding author (email, mailing address, and work/home/cellphone numbers).

Body Text

  • Introduction: describe the problem addressed. Include methods used to identify the problem (such as community health diagnosis, patient surveys, review of clinical records, etc.) and define its scope. Refer to relevant aspects of the global, national, or local context that were considered when adopting the particular intervention or strategy to address the problem.
  • Intervention: describe the program, health strategy or actions employed to address the problem, including:
    • Objective(s)
    • Justification: indicate reasons supporting the particular intervention, strategy, program or action adopted.
    • Participants or population involved.
    • Activities (include time and place; materials and methods used, if appropriate).
    • Outcome or process indicators, if appropriate.
  • Outcomes: present results, lessons learned and recommendations.

Keywords
Provide 3–10 keywords.  See Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list.

Acknowledgments
Mention individuals who contributed to the manuscript, but whose contribution does not justify authorship. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. (See Definitions of Author & Contributor).

References

Include no more than 20 references. These should include the most current relevant literature and should prioritize reports of original research rather than review articles. References should be numbered consecutively in the body of the text and appear within brackets, for example: [2]. The list of references cited should appear at the end of the text, after the Conclusions.

MEDICC Review follows a standard citation style. See Citing Medicine, The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. For abbreviations of journal titles cited, see Index Medicus http://www.hlm.nih.gov/

Graphics

Submit a maximum of 2 tables and/or figures or images.

All files must be submitted digitally. Files should be named for easy reference (example: Pérez Fig.1.jpg).

Images may be in grayscale or color (ideally CMYK, though RGB files are acceptable). Do not send GIF images or files in 256-color format.

Tables
Number consecutively in order of appearance in the text. Include title and data source. Submit in a separate digital file. 

Figures
Number consecutively. Include title and data source. Submit as separate files in the format in which they were originally created. MEDICC Review accepts: 1) original files in Illustrator, Corel Draw, MS Word, Freehand, Excel or PowerPoint; 2) as postscript files (*.ps); or as 3) bitmap files.

For bitmap files: send in Tiff (*.tif), Adobe Photoschop (*.psd), JPEG (*.jpg), PDF (*.pdf) or Photoshop EPS (*.eps), with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch), uncompressed.

Images & Photographs
Image resolution must be at least 300dpi (dots per inch). Accepted formats include: TIFF (*.tif), Adobe Photoshop (*.psd), JPEG (*.jpg), PDF (*.pdf) or Photoshop EPS (*.eps).

Do not imbed images or photographs in Word documents, since resolution will not be
adequate. Likewise, do not send images or illustrations downloaded from the Internet.

Include appropriate credits and captions.

Authors must guarantee in writing that they have the right to publish photos and images subject to copyright and that they alone bear full responsibility in case of infringement, exonerating MEDICC Review of all responsibility.

Questions?  Contact our design department at: review@medicc.org.

Units of Measurement
Use those established by the International System of Units (ISU); measurements should be in metric units; temperatures in degrees Celsius. NOTE: In decimal units, use periods, not commas, as follows:  0.15 or 3.1%, etc.

Author Agreement & Conflict of Interest
Sign and submit with your manuscript the MEDICC Review Author Agreement, which includes the Conflict of Interest Declaration.

Read MEDICC Review’s Conflict of Interest Policy carefully before submitting your Author Agreement form. Full disclosure of any relationships that could be perceived as potential conflicts of interest must be indicated. Conflict of interest can be financial, personal or professional. The editors will publish all declared potential conflicts of interest.

MEDICC Review follows a standard citation style. See MEDICC Review Guide for Citing References.

Submission Checklist

□ Title Page with correct contact information

□ Manuscript text in MSWord 12-point Times New Roman (maximum length 2500 words or 3000 in Spanish, plus references).

□ Tables in separate file

□ Figures in original format and separate files

□ Images in separate files

MEDICC Review Author Agreement, including Conflict of Interest Declaration (signed by all authors and scanned for submission)

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to: editors@medicc.org

Useful References

Citing Medicine, The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers

MEDICC Review Author Agreement

MEDICC Review Editorial Ethics

Author’s Copies

Lead authors will receive 5 complimentary copies of the issue of MEDICC Review in which their work appears. Each co-author will receive one copy.