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Author Guidelines


MEDICINA nei SECOLI-Arte e Scienza/Journal of History of Medicine publishes research papers, commentaries and book reviews in history of medicine and allied sciences (bioethics, philosophy of medicine, paleography, paleopathology, social medicine, public health history, history of pharmacy, etc.). Manuscripts are submitted with the understanding that upon publication copyright will be transferred to the Journal.

The Journal publishes papers in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. Submission in English is strongly encouraged. The submitted articles must contain in the following order:


2. Author/s (Name Surname)

3. Institutional affiliation

4. Brief Summary (not to exceed 150 words) and a short title in English, in this order:




5. Running title (in the same language of the paper)

6. Key words (2-4 in English)

7. Text (normally not exceeding 20 pages, 2,000 characters for page). The text may be divided in sub-headings. Notes must be included at the end of the text and be numbered by progressive Arabic numbers. References must be given in the endnotes. In the text, only shorter references to critical editions or to manuscript may be included (i.e., Nat. Hom., Li. 6.64 as a reference to the Hippocratic treatise De natura hominis, edited by Littré, vol. 6, p.64). Tables and images may be included, with text and legends on a separate page. Images are usually published in b/w. Copyright and/or publishing permission for the images must be provided by the Author(s). The Editorial Office have the right to modify the text according to the Journal’s style.

8. Bibliography and Notes.

Bibliography and notes must be included at the end of the text. A general bibliography may precede the notes. Notes must be numbered by Arabic numbers, following the order in the text.


a) Journal article: ROSSI A., NERI O., Claude Bernard ed i nosologisti. Med. Secoli 1993; 5: 75-87. Journal titles may be abbreviated according to the World list of scientific periodicals as published in each January issue of Index Medicus.

For subsequent quotations, please use a shorter form, including Authors and the first citing note. Example: ROSSI A., NERI O., see note 12, p. 18.

b) Books: ROSSI A., History of medicine. Roma, Delfino, 1990, (when needed) pp. 12-25.

c) Chapters in Books NERI G., Hippocrates. In: ROSSI A.,History of medicine. Roma, Delfino, 1990, pp. 12-25.

d) Classical works should be quoted in a critical edition, after the general bibliography and before the notes and references.

At the end of the References and Notes, a corresponding address must be provided with the following text:  “Correspondence should be addressed to: Author’s Name, private or institutional address, email address.”

PEER REVIEW: Articles submitted for publication will be sent (omitting the Author(s) names) to two independent and anonymous referees. The Editorial Board will forward the referees’ opinion (accepted, not accepted, accepted with revisions) to the Author(s).

PROOF READING: Upon request, proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. If not returned within ten days from receiving, correction will be made by the Editorial Board.

REPRINTS: Reprints will be sent to the Author(s) in PDF format.

BOOK REVIEWS. Books for review may be sent to the Editorial Office.


Medicina nei Secoli Arte e Scienza - Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare, Storia della Medicina, Viale dell'Università 34/a, 00185 Roma, I, Tel/fax: +39064451721 e-mail medicinaneisecoli@uniroma1.it



Use UK English spellings – colour, flavour, defense, recognize, etc.

Use –ise not –ize; ie. Analyse.

Set your spellchecker to UK English to help with this – Tools > Language > UK English.

Use capitals for First World War, Second World War.

Use per cent in text, % with digits (see number below).


15 May 1840; May 1840; 1840–1903; 1843/4 (use for a term or period overlapping the years). Do not abbreviate months.

mid-1940s; late 1960s, mid-sixth century; mid-sixth-century Bible; mid-century; AD; BC; May 1940; inter-war.

Times: 7.30 or 8.00; 22.00.

Sixth century, sixth-century Bible; late sixth-century Bible.


One to hundred in words, 101 onwards in figures, except for round numbers, e.g. a thousand, a million, etc. There are exceptions to this, namely statistics – such as when the text is making a series of comparisons (e.g. “the numbers were 42, 58 and 64 respectively”), ages (’80-year-old”, but not “aged eighty”), and decimal places (8.25).

Use hyphens – forty-four, sixty-five, eighty-nine.

For statistics, use figures when an abbreviated quantity is used: 5cl, 98mg, 45mph, etc.

If the statistic is a one-off (or at the beginning of a sentence), then use written number and do not abbreviate quantity. Example: “Five centiliters of alcohol would be enough to make the man drunk”.

Use a few figures as possible: 1252–4, 113–24, 24–5, 20–1, 500–1, 1850–1903 (but do not interrupt 11–19 as eleven to nineteen are whole words).

Always write the number out in full at the start of the sentence.

Hyphens and dashes

Use where grammatically appropriate. Examples: ”30year-old man” but do not use hyphens for “male, 30 years old”, “good-looking” but not in “good looks”, etc.

Use to breaking up vowels in compound words, e.g. anti-alcoholism; micro-organism; coordination.

See also Dates above.

For a parenthesis, use two en-dashes to separate the clause – like this – rather than a normal hyphen.

Use closed up en-dash between words of equal weight, e.g. doctor-patient relationship, and in dates e.g. 1721–35.


Sezione e Museo di Storia della Medicina
Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale e Molecolare
Università degli Studi di Roma «La Sapienza»
Viale dell'Università, 34a  00185 Roma
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