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Author Guidelines

Acta BioMedica is the official Journal of the Society of Medicine and Natural Sciences of Parma. The Journal publishes Original Articles, Commentaries, Review Articles, Case Reports of experimental and general medicine.

The Editorial Office will forward the text to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Maurizio Vanelli (University of Parma).

For any information please refer to:

Acta BioMedica – Editorial Office

Dr. Anna Scotti

Mattioli 1885 S.p.A.

Strada di Lodesana 649/sx, Loc. Vaio - 43036 Fidenza (PR) - Italy

E-mail: - Fax: 0039-(0)524-82537

The Journal does not hold itself responsible for statements made by contributors or for loss or damage of mailed manuscripts.They should be accompanied by an undertaking that they are submitted to this Journal only. Papers must be submitted in English. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they may be subject to editorial revision.

All Original Articles are subject to review and authors are urged to be brief. Long papers with many tables and figures may require shortening if they are to be accepted for publication. All manuscripts should include a total text word count and an abstract word count on the cover page.Total text word count does not include title page, figure legends, references, or tables. Only under exceptional circumstances will Original Articles longer than 5500 words be considered, and under no circumstances will abstracts greater than 250 words be published. Editorials and Reviews are normally invited contributions but suitable papers may be submitted to the Editor for consideration for this purpose. The presentation of Case Reports should be as short as possible.Reports of co-existence of two diseases or conditions without proof of causal relationship are discouraged. Letters to the Editor should not exceed 600 words of text, one figure or table and up to six references. Because space limitation, publication of submitted Letters will depend on priority rating.


TITLE PAGE must contain:

a concise informative title

author(s) names

department or institution where work was done

name and address of author to whom correspondence about the manuscript and request for reprints should be referred, as well as fax, E-mail and telephone number

a running title of no more than 40 characters.


Be certain to list the FAX number and E-mail of the corresponding author on the title page. All correspondence will be by site or by E-mail only.


MANUSCRIPT should be typed in 12-point type and double spacing should be used throughout. It should carry an abstract of not more than 250 words including 4 paragraphs labeled: Background and aim of the work,Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Below the abstract provide 3-10 key words that will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article. Paragraphs to be set in a smaller type should be marked with an “s” (small) in the left hand margin. Avoid footnotes; when essential they are numbered consecutively and typed at the foot of the appropriate page.


ILLUSTRATIONS. It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission (from the author and copyright holder) to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications. Photographs and graphics should be sent as high resolution files: not less than 300 d.p.i. and with a base of the same size as a column of the Journal (8 cm). A letter of permission must accompany all photographs when there is a possibility of identification. Authors will pay for colour illustrations. Present rate for a full page colour illustration is about $ 600-1200. Final quotation will be given by the publisher. Legends should be typed on a separate “word”document.


TABLES should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.Type each table on a separate document, together with a brief caption.We do not welcome large tables of unanalysed data.


REFERENCES should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.References cited only in tables or in legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text. The list of references should be typed in numerical order and indicate: authors’ names (all authors when six or less; when seven or more list only the first three and add “et al.”); article title, name of the Journal (abbreviated as in Index Medicus), publication year, volume and first and last page numbers. Example:

Rizzato G,Marazzini L.Thoracoabdominal mechanics in elderly men. J Appl Physiol 1970; 28: 457-60.

If the reference is concerning a book, give authors’ names, full title, name and address of publisher and publication year. Personal communications should not be included in the references, but may be cited in the text in parentheses.


COPYRIGHT. Please include a signed release of copyright to ACTA BIO MEDICA SOCIETY OF MEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES OF PARMA with your text. Include the title of the article being submitted, as well as the date. Include the signature of coauthors.

The corresponding author must certify that the submitted manuscript is an original article and that he is able to prove this originality if required from the Referees. Without this declaration the manuscript will not be considered.


GALLEY PROOF. Unless indicated otherwise, galley proofs are sent to the first author and should be returned without delay. Alterations to galley proofs, other than those due to printer’s error, are charged to the author. Accepted and rejected manuscripts are retained for six months after publication or rejection, then destroyed.


REPRINTS. Reprints are available at cost if they are ordered when the proof is returned. Order form and a price list are sent with the galley proofs; payment must be made with the order.


"The Authors confirm that neither the manuscript nor any part of it has been published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere. The same Authors assign all rights, including but no limiteded to the copyright, for the present manuscript to Acta Biomedica upon its acceptance for publication. When the manuscript is accepted, the Editorial office of Acta Biomedica inform about the Author reported in the manuscript . If  no reply will be received, Acta Biomedica Editorial office will apply the rule “no response means implied consent” and it will proceed with the publication".



ACTA BIOMEDICA SOCIETY OFMEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES OF PARMA is published four-monthly. Individual annual subscription for 2010 is 20,00 Euro in Italy, 30,00 Euro in Europe, 40,00 Euro outside Europe. Institutional subscription is 40,00 Euro in Europe, 50,00 Euro outside Europe.The publisher accepts no responsibility for replacing Journal issues unless notified of non-receipt within 5 months of issue date. Payment should be made to the publisher:Mattioli 1885 SpA, Strada di Lodesana 649/sx,Loc.Vaio, 43036 Fidenza (PR), Italy,Tel. 0039-(0)524-892111, Fax 0039-(0)524-892006, E-mail:



© 2011 ACTA BIO MEDICA SOCIETY OF MEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES OF PARMA. All rights reserved. Accepted papers become the permanent property of ACTA BIO MEDICA SOCIETY OF MEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES OF PARMA and no part may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission of both the author and the publisher.


Editor-in-Chief:M. Vanelli

Registrazione del Tribunale di Parma n° 253 del 21/7/1955





Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. Papers must be submitted in English
  2. Papers have not already been published or submitted for publication elsewhere and must be original
  3. Papers must follow the instruction to Authors  in About the Journal
  4. Manuscript must be original and not contains parts taken from other publications
  5. The corresponding author, also on behalf of all the other authors, should declare the existence or otherwise of financial connections (consultancies, ownership of shares, patents, etc.) that might constitute a potential conflict of interest in relation to the subject matter of the article. In the case of existence of any such financial connections, the authors concerned must declare them in a brief but complete definition. On the web site the possible presence of conflict of interest must be declared in the space provided. If no conflict of interest exists type: NONE.

  6. Figures and tables must be up-loaded individually as supplementary files
  7. Provide to insert in TITLE box the title of the article (in english)
  8. Provide to insert in ABSTRACT box the summary of the article (in english)
  9. Provide to insert in KEY WORD box 3-10 key words
  10. The submission form is filled in with the names and surnames of all authors, and not only of the corresponding author, using capital letters only for the first letter of authors’ names.
  11. Authors will be expected to have obtained ethics committee approval and informed patient consent for any experimental use of a novel procedure or tool where a clear clinical advantage based on clinical need was not apparent before treatment.

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