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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.
  • I acknowledge that publishing in JPNIM is free of charge: no payments are required from the Authors.
  • I have read the Editorial Policies.
  • The submission is original, i.e. it has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). I acknowledge that self-archive or publication of preprint and postprint is not permitted.
  • NEW POLICY FROM JULY 2021: All authors from non-English language countries should get their final accepted manuscripts copyedited by scientific copyediting services at author's own expense. Once the manuscript is accepted, the authors have to submit the final copyedited version along with a certificate of editing. All copyediting services are fully paid for and arranged by the authors. Examples of scientific copyediting services: BioMed Proofreading LLC (; International Science Editing Ltd. (; ScienceDocs Inc. (; SciTechEdit International (; Stallard Scientific Editing (
  • Authorship credit shall be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Each and every person listed as an author meets conditions 1, 2 and 3. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship.
  • All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship are to be listed in an Acknowledgments section at the end of the article.  Financial and material support are also acknowledged.
  • No conflicts of interest exist or are clearly indicated at the end of the article.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The text contains a conflict of interest statement and a funding acknowledgement statement. In case of human experimentation, the text explains which ethical standards were followed and contains an informed consent statement. In experiments on animals, the text contains an animal rights statement.
  • I authorise the processing of my personal information under the Italian Legislative Decree n° 196/2003.
  • I acknowledge that before the article final publication I will have to send a signed copyright agreement, where I agree to transfer the copyright to the journal’s publisher. The copyright agreement can be read here.
  • ----- NB: Please note that, to submit articles to JPNIM's website, authors must first be registered as both readers and authors.

Author Guidelines

You can upload your manuscript files online (please note that, to submit articles to JPNIM's website, authors must first be registered as both readers and authors).

Papers must be written in English (American English is preferred) or Italian and must be original (not published elsewhere in whole or in part).


Please submit the text in a Word file.

All acronyms in the text should be expanded at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.

Please use the following font: Times New Roman, 11 pt.

For paragraph formatting, please use single spacing and full justification.

Do not use boldface or underline character formatting; use italics just for technical terms or not English words. Use quotation marks just for quotations or to underline a particular word meaning.

Do not insert footnotes. Divide the text in paragraphs and assign a title to each part.

For numbers, please use the English decimal separation standard: dot is the decimal separator, comma is the thousands separator. Please use the comma to separate groups of three digits in most numbers of 1,000 or more.

Abstract and keywords

For every article, authors should send:

  • an abstract of 250-300 words, and
  • 6 keywords.

Abstract and keywords must be in English also for Italian articles.

Figures and tables

Figures (graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations) and tables should be submitted separately from the text file:

  • for graphs and charts, use Excel files;
  • for photographs and illustrations, use JPEG, PNG or TIFF files (or, at least, PowerPoint);
  • for tables, use Excel or Word files.

Figures should be high resolution (300 dpi).

Please only use the following fonts in figures: Helvetica or Arial.

Authors should quote figures and tables in the text and should number them in the order in which they appear in the text. Each figure and table should be accompanied by a short description.

Figures and tables must be original.

Please note that editors and the publisher could evaluate the sent files overall and decide to modify the number of figures and tables.

Videos, audios and 3D illustrations

Starting from July 2014, we intend to accept also 3D illustrations, audios and videos (e.g., with slide presentations or demonstrations of clinical procedures) to integrate (as PDF-embedded multimedia) into each kind of article, and we are planning to start a new Video series, featuring the explanation of medical procedures. You are welcome to send your contributions for evaluation (see more here).

If you plan to send a video, please make sure to follow these guidelines:

  • file format: .mp4 (H.264 encoded);
  • dimensions: 645x360 or smaller.

Videos, audios and 3D illustrations must be original.


Please list the references in order of citation in the text, in square brackets.

For each entry, please clearly indicate the following data: names of all the authors, title of the article/book, publication year. Moreover, for journal articles, indicate the abbreviated journal title, volume, issue, first and last page of the article; for websites, indicate the last access; for books, indicate the book publisher and its head office. If you want to quote a chapter within a book, please add information on the chapter (title and authors). Examples:

  • article (see and follow Pub Med citations): Mishra J, Dent C, Tarabishi R, Mitsnefes MM, Ma Q, Kelly C, Ruff SM, Zahedi K, Shao M, Bean J, Mori K, Barasch J, Devarajan P. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) as a biomarker for acute renal injury after cardiac surgery. Lancet. 2005;365(9466):1231-8.
  • book: Cowan CP, Cowan PA. When partners become parents: the big life change for couples. New York: Basic Books, 1992.
  • chapter within a book: Eyben E. Fathers and sons. In: Rawson B (Ed.). Marriage, divorce and children in ancient Rome. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
  • website:, last access: April 2012.

Author Listing

For each author, please list the following items: name, surname, institutional affiliations.

To facilitate the publisher’s communication with authors, please list also the e-mail addresses.

Further requirements

Please indicate a conflict of interest statement and a funding acknowledgement statement.

In case of human experimentation, please indicate which ethical standards were followed and write an informed consent statement.

In experiments on animals, please indicate an animal rights statement.

Copyright agreement

Please note that before the article final publication the corresponding author will have to send a signed copyright agreement, where he/she agree to transfer the copyright to the journal’s publisher. The copyright agreement can be read here.

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