General Aspects

Original articles: Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be original, and not been published elsewhere in any form or language, nor have parallel submissions in other journals or media. Images, figures and photos must have authorization for their use if they are copyright protected.

Licensing and copyrights: Authors retain the copyright on their work and are responsible for the ideas expressed in them. Once a manuscript is approved for publication, authors will be asked to sign a publication license for the term of legal protection, for all territories that allows the use, dissemination, and disclosure of the same.

Open access and self-archiving: Articles will be published under the protection of a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license (, which allows others to "distribute, remix, retouch, and build upon the work in a non-commercial manner, provided they credit and license their new creations under the same conditions".

The journal allows self-archiving of the approved editorial version for publication in repositories or personal networks as long as it is cited under the article's doi.

Co-authorship, conflicts of interest and funding: The manuscripts submitted must contain 1) the specific contribution of each of the authors following the recommendations of CRediT taxonomy (see, 2) the sources of funding that gave rise to the project from which the publication arose, and 3) the express statement that there are no financial or financial conflicts of interest or if there is any conflict, declare it in the section on conflicts of interest.

Post-publication: After the publication of the article, it is expected that, together with the authors, each article will be disseminated and publicized through social and/or academic networks through the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The journal has a series of strategies to make its contents visible, such as: keeping the indexing sites updated, dissemination of its contents to researchers interested in specific topics, and use of other reading formats such as XML.


Ethics in editorial processes

The journal follows the guidelines of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). For any ethical dilemma or malpractice identified, the procedures recommended by these organizations will be followed. The journal adheres to the COPE's 16 Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing: website, journal name, peer review process, ownership and management, governing body, Editorial team/contact information, copyright and licensing, author charges, process for identifying and addressing allegations of research misconduct, publication ethics, periodicity of publication, access, archiving, revenue streams, advertising, marketing, and access.

If the journal identifies a malpractice on its own through the complaint of third party, an expression of concern will be sent to the authors requesting a response and the journal will follow the guidelines of the COPE flowcharts for its resolution. If no response is received or if the response is not satisfactory regarding the suspected malpractice, the manuscript will be rejected.

Plagiarism or self-plagiarism: The journal performs similarity analysis of all submitted manuscripts through plagiarism detection software. Plagiarism or self-plagiarism occurs when there is no adequate citation of own or others' information used in the manuscript to justify, show results, discuss, or conclude ideas within the manuscript.

Salami publication: This is the fragmentation of research into multiple articles or the duplication of information from already published works, changing some data or elements that do not have a substantial contribution from already published works.

Authorship conflicts: If they should exist, authors will be in charge of solving them and should consider the authorship criteria established by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which consider that an author should contribute substantially in the conception of the manuscript and/or analysis and interpretation of the research data that supports it, actively participates in the writing and revision of the manuscript, agrees and approves the final version, and is responsible for the veracity and integrity of its contents.

Corrections: Authors may request corrections after publication, arguing the need for them. Their approval will be subject to the editor's approval according to their degree of seriousness and impact on the scientific quality of the article.

Retractions: This may be given in case of verification of a bad practice or due to aspects related to the scientific quality of the article. In this case, the article will remain published, and a retraction note is added explaining the reasons for the retraction.

Complaints and appeals: If the author(s) identify a malpractice or detects erroneous data in the results of a published paper, during the manuscript submission and/or publication process, he/she may make a complaint, correction or request a clarification through the contact e-mail: The editorial team will analyze the situation and will give due process according to COPE guidelines.


Production Processes Policies

Once the articles are approved for publication, the production process begins, which consists of style correction, citation checking, formatting for layout and markup, layout, proofs, markup, metadata standardization and publication of the final version in PDF and XML format.

Permanent communication with authors: During the production stage, constant and timely communication with authors is required regarding revisions and requests for clarifications. Each of the revised manuscript versions must be checked and approved by the authors, so a thorough and detailed review by the authors at each stage is essential to ensure the quality and accuracy of the text.

Production time: After the article has gone through peer review and has been accepted, it will enter the production phase of the publication process, which consists of copyediting, citation checking, formatting for layout and markup, proof-reading, metadata standardization and publication of the final version in PDF and XML formats. Production time will vary according to the numbers of manuscripts submitted at the time, complexity, length of the text of the manuscript, the graphic component of the manuscript, etc. The publication of the manuscript will vary from 15 days to one month after approval, depending on the speed with which the author(s) respond to the queries.