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Instructions for authors


The average time interval for the initial review process, if it involves both editorial and peer reviews, is approximately 3 weeks. Occasionally, there are unavoidable delays, usually because of multiple reviews or several revisions on a manuscript. Decisions conveyed may be acceptance with or without revision, non-acceptance with encouragement to make revisions and resubmit; non-acceptance with encouragement to resubmit in another format (e.g., letter to the editor), or rejection.
The Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal publishes Original Papers, Reviews, Brief Reports, Editorials, Letters to the Editor, and Book Reviews.
Authors of Review papers are encouraged to contact the Editor, Ara Khachaturianara@pad2020.orgwith a pre-submission enquiry on their proposed topic and scope prior to submission.
Brief Reports are research investigation or clinical experience reports whose findings are somewhat preliminary or a clinical study reporting on narrowly focused or limited findings. Description of complex clinical cases (with aspects of novelty and/or didactical purposes) may be presented in this format, too. Letters to the Editor should be brief commentaries on published articles in Care Weekly proposing alternative interpretations, different data, and/or things to ponder.



All articles published by The Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal  are made permanently accessible online immediately upon open access publication.
Open access publishing is not without costs. The Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal article-processing charge are of $1800.00/€1800.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable.




Original Articles: Limit the manuscript to a maximum of 3,200 text words, 5 graphics (tables, figures, or appendices), and 30 references. A structured abstract is required (see under Abstract).
Review Articles: Limit the manuscript to a maximum of 8,000 text words, 5 graphics (tables, figures, or appendices), and 60 references. A abstract is required (see under Abstract).

Brief Reports: Limited to 1,600 text words, 2 graphics (tables, figures, or appendices), and 15 references, plus a brief abstract up to 150 words (see under Abstract).

Letters to the Editor: Limited to 800 text words, 1 graphic (tables, figures, or appendices), and 5 references. No abstract is required.

Perspectives, Open-Peer Commentaries and Editorial Commentaries: These are generally invited by the Editor-in-Chief to discuss articles appearing in the journal or topics of special interest. Editorial commentaries should not exceed 1600 words, plus a brief abstract up to 150 words (see under Abstract).

Book Reviews: Limited to 800 text words, 1 graphic (tables, figures, or appendices), and 5 references, plus a brief abstract up to 150 words (see under Abstract).

Special Articles: These papers are specifically invited by the Editor-in-Chief to a researcher or group of researchers with the aim of developing a specific theme of interest for the journal. A structured abstract is required (see under Abstract). Differently from Review papers, the size of this type of contribution is decided ad hoc with the Editor-in-Chief.
Further important information, including references, may be submitted as on-line only supplementary material.



« For the stardadisation of the reporting, The Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal strongly recommends to the authros to follow the reporting guidelines of the Equator Network, in accordance with the design of your study. The reporting guidelines are available at:«
Submission of manuscript text files in Microsoft Word is encouraged, but submission of manuscript files in electronic format is essential. Failure to comply with these aspects of submission may delay handling of the manuscript.
All clinical studies should include the following headings: INTRODUCTION, METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, FUNDING, REFERENCES, and GRAPHICS (tables, figures and/or appendices) in that order. Start each of these sections on a new page. Statistical methodology should be part of the METHODS section. Articles may need subheadings within some sections to clarify their content.
Do not use “NS” for nonsignificant values. Provide nonsignificant and significant P-values to no more than three places past the decimal (two places for non-significant probabilities). Use the sign < for P-values less than 0.001. For percentages use no more than one place past the decimal. In referring to cases with 50 or fewer subjects, state number (“one of four” cases), rather than percentages (25%). For instruments or scales, indicate normal range in the table (footnote) or figure as well as in the text if reference is made to these in this section.


Title page

A title page should include the title of the manuscript, the author’s full name(s), and affiliations; corresponding authors must provide complete mailing address information, including: name, e-mail address, telephone, and fax numbers. A short running page headline not to exceed 40 letters and spaces should be placed at the foot of the title page.


Group Authorship

If authorship is attributed to a group (either solely or in addition to 1 or more individual authors), all members of the group must meet the full criteria and requirements for authorship. A group must designate at least 1 or more individuals as authors or members of a writing group who meet full authorship criteria and requirements and who will take responsibility for the group, in which case the other group members are not authors, but may be listed in an acknowledgment.



The Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal requires that abstracts of manuscripts submitted for the Original papers and Brief Reports be in a structured form conforming to guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (1998;280:23–24). See also Annals of Internal Medicine (1990;113:69–76).
For Original Papers, abstracts should include the following headings: Background, Objectives, Design, Setting, Participants, Intervention (if any), Measurements, Results, and Conclusions. Specify the sample size. Emphasize clinical relevance in the abstract’s conclusion. Failure to adhere to this format will delay or unduly prolong the review process. Following the abstract conclusion, list 3 to 5 key words to be used for indexing.
For Review Papers and Special Papers, a structured abstract (maximum 250 words) is required.
For Short Reports, a structured abstract (maximum 150 words) is required.
Editorials, Editorial Commentaries, Comments/Perspectives, Letters to the Editor do not require an abstract.


Key Words

Authors should include 3 to 5 key words at the end of the abstract for all papers except Editorials, Letters to the Editor.



Do not use abbreviations in the title or abstract and limit their use in the text.


Tables and Figures

Each table should be typed, double spaced, on a separate sheet. Number the tables consecutively using Arabic numbers and supply a brief title at the top for each. Legends and footnotes for the table are typed immediately below the table and should follow the sequence cited in the AMA Manual of Style: *, †, ‡, §, ||, {, #, **, ††, ‡‡, §§, ||||, {{, ##, ***…
Avoid overcrowding the tables and the excessive use of words. The format of tables should be in keeping with that normally used by the journal; in particular, vertical lines should not be drawn. Please be certain that the data given in tables are correct.
Figures should be submitted in TIF, EPS, PDF, or JPG formats at sufficient resolution to be clear, sharp images when reduced to print size. Please be aware that the requirements for online submission and for reproduction in the journal are different: (i) for online submission and peer review, please upload your figures either embedded in the word processing file or separately as low-resolution images (.jpg, .tif, .gif or.eps); (ii) for reproduction in the journal, you will be required at revised submission stages to supply high-resolution .tif files (1200 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for colour and half-tone artwork). We advise that you create your high-resolution images first as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission. For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to



Citation. Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in parenthesis. Please always include DOIs as full DOI links in your reference list.
Reference list. The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text.
Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. The entries in the list should be numbered consecutively. Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see
Journal article. List the names of all authors; when more than 6, list the first three followed by “et al”.
Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, et al. Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart rate variability in prepubescent children. Eur J Appl Physiol 2009;105:731-738.
Book. South J, Blass B. The future of modern genomics. 2001. Blackwell, London
Book chapter. Brown B, Aaron M. The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. 2001. Wiley, New York, pp 230-257
Online document. Cartwright J. Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing PhysicsWeb. 2007. Accessed 26 June 2007
Dissertation. Trent JW. Experimental acute renal failure. 1975. Dissertation, University of California



Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled Funding. This should appear before the Acknowledgements section. Indicate the role of the sponsors in design and conduct of the study as well as the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the preparation of the manuscript; or in the review or approval of the manuscript. If the sponsors had no role, then state the following: The sponsors had no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the preparation of the manuscript; or in the review or approval of the manuscript.


Language editing

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for correct usage of American English. This may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

Submitting a revised manuscript

When submitting a new version of your manuscript taking into account reviewers’ comments, please, upload: 1. Cover/Response Letter, in which you will provide a point-by-point response to reviewers’ comments; and 2. Both a revised version of the manuscript highlighting the changes you have performed in the paper (you can use the track changes tool) AND a clean version (without track changes and/or highlights) in the same Word file (.doc OR .docx).



Use or reproduction of materials from other sources (e.g., journal, book) must be accompanied by a statement or document from both author and publisher giving permission to Care Weekly for reproduction.



All potential benefits in any form from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript or any of the authors must be acknowledged. For each source of funds, both the research funder and the grant number should be given. All authors must complete the conflict of interest disclosure individually even if an author has no conflict of interest to disclose.

If all participating authors declare no conflict of interest, it is still required for each author to include a disclosure statement in the manuscript text. All forms must be completed as instructed from each author and there must be a disclosure statement included in the manuscript text for each author before the manuscript can be sent out for peer review.



Requests for permission to republish material previously printed in The Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal in another journal should be directed to Carine Giry



The Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal does not accept commercial advertising.



All research papers submitted to the Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal should include a heading “Data Sharing Statement” before the References, in which authors indicate how they will manage demands for data sharing. Please, note that the Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal  does not require authors to share their data; the Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal  just asks to the authors they clearly state how they will deal with that.
Important information to be disclosed in the data sharing statement includes: if individual de-identified data (what data in particular), data dictionaries, other related documents (eg, study protocol, etc) may be shared; when and for how long the data may be shared; the procedures to get access to the data (eg, who should be contacted, by which means (email, etc), etc).



It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing in the Vitality, Medicine & Engineering Journal  : the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. A « Publication Ethics » presenting the guidelines adopted by the Journal is presented here.