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Author Guidelines

Manuscript submission
Manuscripts should be submitted online throw the online submission procedure. The submission should include:

  • cover letter where the authors declare that the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere;
  • manuscript;
  • tables and figures;
  • author's contribution statement (individual contribution to the manuscript);
  • conflict of interest statement (a conflict of interest exists when authors or their institutions have financial or personal relationship with other people or organizations that could inappropriately bias conduct and findings of the study);
  • permission to reproduce figures, if appropriate.

Receipt of author's paper will be acknowledged by an email containing an identification number which should be used in future correspondence.

Review procedure
Each paper submitted to Annali is subjected to the following procedures:

  • it is reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief for general suitability;
  • if it is judged suitable, qualified referees are selected and a peer review process takes place;
  • based on the recommendations of the referees and replies of the authors, the Editor-in-Chief decides whether the article should be accepted, modified or rejected;
  • once the paper has been accepted, authors will receive proofs from the editorial office, which should be corrected and returned (usually within three working days).

Manuscript presentation
Please ensure that your manuscript follows these guidelines. 
Manuscripts should be written in good English, as concisely as possible to allow a clear understanding of the text.
The title should be followed by the complete name of the authors, their affiliation – in the original language – town and country. The name of the Working Group should appear at the end of the by-line; its composition should be reported before the References, names and affiliations of each member are required.The name and address, telephone and e-mail of the corresponding author should also be indicated. Provide also a running head of no more than 40 characters (including spaces). Original articles should normally be organized into different sections (i.e.: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions).
Each article should be accompanied by:

  • an abstract of about 150 words; the abstract should be structured when required (such as in original articles);
  • key words up to a maximum number of five (MeSH headings, whenever possible. Refer to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ mesh/meshhome.html).

Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum and be presented only if necessary.
Authors should deal responsibly and effectively with security issues that might be raised by their papers (see: Statement on Scientific Publication and Security Science 2003;299:1149).
Authors are also encouraged to include data disaggregated by sex (and, whenever possible, by race) and provide a comprehensive analysis of gender and racial differences. The authors should include the number and percentage of men, women and, if appropriate, transgender persons included in the research study. Anatomical and physiological differences between men and women (height, weight, body fat-to-muscle ratios, cell counts, hormonal cycles, etc.), as well as social and cultural variables (socio-economic, education, access to care, etc.), should be taken into consideration in the presentation of data and/or analysis of the results. Authors should consider gender issues also in the authorship.
The name of the bioresource (and identifier, if available) who provided samples/data useful for the conduct of the study should be reported in extense, either in the Material and methods section or in the Acknowledgements.

Length of the text
To provide a text that meets the requirements of our publication:

  • the letter to the Editor should be about 450 words; it does not need an abstract;
  • the editorial should be no longer than 1000 words; editorials are submitted on invitation. Please contact the editorial office in advance if you wish to submit an editorial; 
  • the commentary, 2000 words; the commentary is an opinion piece or reflection on papers previously published on Annali ISS or elsewhere; an abstract is required;
  • the brief note, 3000 words, including about 15 references, one table and one figure;
  • the article, 6000 words, including about 40 references, and up to a maximum of three tables and two figures;
  • the review should be no longer than 10 000 words, including no more than 100 references, and up to a maximum of four tables and three figures. 

Formatting guidelines
Text

  • Use Times New Roman font, 12 point, single spaced;
  • do not use the automated features of your application (endnotes, headers, footers, especially for references);
  • avoid using bold characters to emphasise words or sentences within the text;
  • indicate clearly titles of chapters and subchapters avoiding numbering.

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.
Tables should be presented on a separate sheet and preceeded by a title. Each column within the table should have a heading. Abbreviations should be reported in full in the legend.
Figures should be loaded as separate files. The following file formats are acceptable: JPEG, TIFF or EPS. Vectorial images (graphs, flow charts, schemes, and other non bitmap material) should be in Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Power Point so as to allow the editorial formatting of the material.
Figures are redrawn into the Annali style by our in-house illustrators.
Photographs must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, width 107 mm and presented in black and white (an extracost is due by the author for each colour photograph).
Captions should be presented on a separate sheet and contain a sufficient explanation of their object. They should be concise but comprehensive.

References
All references in the text must be numbered in square brackets, i.e. [1, 2, 3-6], and mentioned at the end of the article in the order in which they are quoted. They should conform to the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (known as Vancouver style, http://www.icmje.org), with some variations according to the following examples.
Titles of periodicals should be abbreviated in accordance with the Medline abbreviation of the US National Library of Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/aim.html).
Online journal articles must be cited reporting, in addition to the complete citation, the DOI number.

Articles in journal
Bozzuto G, Ruggieri P, Molinari A. Molecular aspects of tumor cell migration and invasion. Ann Ist Super Sanità. 2010;46(1):66-80. DOI: 10.4415/ANN_10_01_09

Books and chapters in a book
Godlee F, Jefferson T. Peer review in health sciences. London: BMJ Books; 1999.
Van Weely S, Leufkens HGM. Background paper: orphan diseases. In: Kaplan W, Laing R (Eds). Priority medicines for Europe and the world – a public health approach to innovation. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2004.

Proceedings
Fadda A, Giacomozzi C, Macellari V. Comparative measurements to validate a new telemetric pressure insoles system. In: 2. International Symposium on measurement, analysis and modelling of human functions. 1. Mediterranean Conference on measurement. Workshop on evaluation check of traceability. Proceedings. Genova: June 14-16, 2004. p. 425-7.

Technical reports
Della Seta M, Di Benedetto C, Leone L, Pizzarelli S, Siegmund U. ETHICSWEB technical guides. Manual for the creation of standards and guidelines for sharing information about knowledge organization systems on ethics and science. Roma: Istituto Superiore di Sanità; 2011. (Rapporti ISTISAN, 11/32).

Legislation
Italia. Decreto legislativo 29 ottobre, n. 419. Riordinamento del sistema degli enti pubblici nazionali, a norma degli articoli 11 e 14 della legge 15 marzo 1997, n. 59. Gazzetta Ufficiale – Serie Generale n. 268, 15 ottobre 1999.
US Social Security Administration. Evidentiary requirements for making findings about medical equivalence. Final rules. Fed Reg. 2006 Mar 1;71(40):10419-33.

The authors should check that each reference cited in the text appears in the reference list and viceversa. References should not include works submitted for publication but not yet accepted or unpublished results, etc. These can be mentioned in the text in parentheses.

Conventions

All Latin or foreign words should be in italics. The authors should use internationally accepted abbreviations. All abbreviations should be spelled out in full the first time they occur in the text, followed by the shortened term in parentheses; afterwards use the abbreviation only.
Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript.
For writing symbols, quantities and units of measurements refer to the International Systems of Units (SI) and the ISO standards.

Licenses and Agreements
Extended quotations and illustrative material taken from other publications must be accompanied by the original permission granted by the Authors and by the publisher or in accordance with the copyright policy of the original publication. Responsibility for the contents and opinions expressed on this journal rests solely with the Author(s). 


Please, contact the Editorial Office for any other information. Editorial Office Publishing Unit
Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Viale Regina Elena, 299 00161 Rome, Italy Tel.: +39 06 49902945 Fax: +39 06 49902253
E-mail: annali@iss.it Website: www.iss.it/anna

 

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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (or similar); the text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are cited within the text and uploaded as separate files (images in high resolution, at least 300 dpi)
  3. The corresponding author is clearly indicated. His/her contact details are correctly mentioned. 
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal and includes an abstract (structured if required), key words and a running head
  5. Where available, DOI for the references have been provided 
 

Copyright Notice

Open access, copyright and license policy

In submitting this article to Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità  author certifies  that:

  1. he/she is authorized by co-authors to enter into these arrangements;
  2. he/she maintains both the copyright and the publishing rights of the article;
  3. he/she warrants, on behalf of co-authors, that:
    • the article is original, not in the public domain and has not been published in any other journal or book, is not being considered for publication elsewhere in any form and will not be submitted for such consideration while under review by this journal;
    • nothing in the article is obscene, defamatory, libelous, or otherwise unlawful, violates any right of privacy or infringes any intellectual property rights (including without limitation copyright, patent, or trademark) or other rights of any kind of any person or entity;
    • nothing in the article infringes any duty of confidentiality which the author(s) may owe to another party or violates any contract, express or implied, that the author(s) may have entered into, and all of the institutions where the work, as reflected in the article, was performed have authorized publication;
    • to his /hers/theirs-and currently accepted scientific knowledge all statements contained in it purporting to be facts are true and does not contain any material or instructions that might cause harm or injury.
  4. and he/she agrees to the following license agreement:
    • the article will be published Open Access in the Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità  by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità under the terms of the Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/)
    • This means that if you submit your paper for publication to Annali, you agree to have the CC BY-ND-NC license applied to your work. Under this Open Access license, you as the author agree that anyone can freely reuse your article (share, copy and redistribute it), provided that appropriate credits are given and that the reuse is not for commercial purposes. Modified material cannot be distributed

 

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