ISSN 0718-4816 online version
ISSN 0716-4084 print version


Scope and policy

Revista de Otorrinolaringología y cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello publishes original, unpublished works concerning topics related to the specialty and biomedical sciences.

Refereeing process

Over its refereeing process, Revista de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello complies with the principles delineated by The Council of Science Editors (CSE) available at:

All articles submitted to Revista de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello undergo a refereeing process conducted by two experts in the topic addressed in the research

Manuscript preparation guidelines


Work submitted for publication in Revista de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello shall comply with the following instructions addressing style and nature of the Journal and the “Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals” established by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (Annals of Internal Medicine 1997; 126: 36-47 and


MANUSCRIPTS RECEIVED FOR PUBLICATION: The Revista Chilena de Otorrinolaringología receives work for publication in any of the following sections:

  • Research articles
  • Ethics articles
  • Review articles
  • Clinical cases
  • “As I do it”
  • Journal review
  • Letters to the editor

Manuscripts should be submitted in double-spaced machine - typed text and printed on letter size paper, leaving lateral margins of not less than 3 cm from paper edges.  Article text should fill no more than 8 pages, excepting literature review articles, where text might extend up to 10 pages.  One original and two printed copies should be submitted.

Manuscripts prepared in computers may use any font, preferably Helvetica, in size 12 characters.


Sequence organization will be the following for each manuscript:


2.1. The title page should include

a) The title of the manuscript, that should be concise but include sufficient information on the contents of the work, and should be expressed both in Spanish and in English.

b) Author identification: the names should include first name, last name and the initial of the mother’s maiden name.  Authors’ degrees and affiliation should be on the bottom of the page.

c) Identification of the place where the work was carried out: name of the Sections, Units, Departments and Institutions.

d) Identification of corresponding author:  indicate name, address and email of the corresponding author.

e) Funding: Indicate source of funding, if there was any.

f) The first author on the list is the manuscript main author; the last author listed is the second main author.

2.2. Abstract

a) The abstract should be submitted both in Spanish and in English, and should be no more than 200 words in length.  The abstract should be formatted according to the following scheme only for research articles:  Introduction  - Purpose - Materials and methods - Results - Discussion  - Conclusions.  All other articles may not follow the scheme mentioned. 

A translation to English language should be submitted.

b) Keywords. At the end of the abstract list a few words in Spanish and English enabling indexing and location within a database. 

2.3. Introduction. Should include a brief review of the topic and the purpose and objectives of the research.

2.4. Materials and methods. Should clearly describe the selection of the study subjects, identify methods and indicate the instruments with such accuracy that other investigators might reproduce the results.  Trademarks should be written between brackets.  If methods are known, of common and established use, just naming them or their respective reference will be enough.  If the experience involved patient or subject participation, state compliance with ethic regulations previously established and approval by an ad hoc committee of the institution where the study was carried out, or state accordance with the Helsinki Declaration (1975).  Patients should be identified with consecutive numbers.  Their names, true initials, medical record number are not to be disclosed.  Document the drugs used by their generic name and indicate doses, routes of administration and dosage applied.  If necessary, the statistical method used as well as signification should be mentioned.

2.5. Results. Present your results with a logical sequence.  Such sequence should be in accordance with the text, the tables and figures.  Data can be displayed either in Tables or in Figures, but not simultaneously in both.

All data displayed in a Figure or a Table should not be repeated in the text.  Only the most relevant data might be repeated.  Do not mix results with discussion.  Discussion is to be developed in the following section.

2.6. Discussion. The discussion should address the results obtained in the research work and should not turn into a topic review.  Only new and important aspects supplied by the submitted work should be discussed and highlighted, as well as conclusions resulting from these.  Data displayed in the Results section should not be repeated in detail in the discussion.  Make implications of your findings explicit in this section and relate such observations to other studies published with their respective reference.  Relate your conclusions with purposes and objectives indicated in the Introduction section, but avoid proposing conclusions lacking a robust support from your work or from others yet unfinished.  If judged adequate, new hypotheses or recommendations might be suggested. 

2.7. Conclusions. Conclusions resulting from this work should be described clearly.  Conclusions should have direct relation with the objectives stated and should be supported by the results and the statistical tests if appropriate.

2.8. Acknowledgements. Acknowledgement should be expressed only to people or institutions providing a substantial contribution to your work.

2.9. References. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.  Number references in consecutive numbers according to the order in which they are mentioned in the text, figures, boxes and/or illustrations by identifying them with the number written as super index.  Use the style that is used in the examples provided below, those are based on the format that the United States National Library of Medicine uses in the Index Medicus.  Journal names should be abbreviated according to the style used in this publication.  Refer to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus.

Try to avoid using abstracts and “personal communications” as references.  Non-verbal references to written communications may be inserted (between brackets) in the text.  Likewise, articles accepted for publication and yet unpublished may be included among the references; indicate the journal and add “in press” (between brackets).  Information regarding manuscripts submitted for consideration to a journal, but not yet accepted, must be cited in the text as “unpublished observations” (between brackets).

Authors should verify the references by checking them against the original documents.  The following are examples of adequate references:

a) Journals

1) Journal article.  Include the name of all the authors separated by a comma when the number of authors is six or less; if authors are seven or more, list only the first three and add “et al”.  Write the title of the article in the original language.  Then write the name of the Journal according to the style used by the Index Medicus and the year of publication, the journal volume, the initial and the final page. Example: You CH, Lee KY, Chey RY, Menguy R. Electrogastrographic study of patients with unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterology 1980; 79: 3114-5.

2) Corporate author The Royal Marsden Hospital Bone-Marrow Transplantation.

Team. Failure of syngeneic bone marrow graft without preconditioning in posthepatitis marrow aplasia. Lancet 1977; 2: 2424.

3) Anonymous. Coffee drinking and cancer of the pancreas (Editorial). Br Med J 1981; 283: 628.

4) Journal supplement Frumin AM, Nussbaum J. Esposito M. Functional asplenia: Demonstration of splenic activity by bone marrow scan (Abstract). Blood 1979; 54 (suppl): 26ª

5) Journal with continuous pagination (by number). Seaman WB. The case of the pancreatic pseudocyst. Hosp Pract 1981; 16 (sep): 245.

6) Books and other monographies.

b) Personal author(s)  Eisen HN. Immunology: An introduction to molecular and cellular principles of the immune response. Sa ed. New York: Harper and Row 1974:406.


c) Editor, compiler or president as author Dausset J. Colombani J. eds. Histocompatibility testing 1972. Copenhague: Munksgaard, 1973: 128.

d) Book chapter Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA, eds, Pathologic physiology: Mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1974; 457-72.

e) Article included in the published minutes of a meeting DuPont B. Bone marrow transplantation in severe combined immunodeficiency with an unrelated MLC compatible donor. En: White HJ, Smith R. eds. Proceedings of the third annual meeting of the International Society for Experimental Hematology: Houston: International Society for Experimental Hematology, 1974: 446.

f) Monography that is part of a series. Hunnighake GW, Gadek JE, Szapiel SV, et al. The human alveolar macrophage. In: Harris CC, ed. Cultured human cells and tissues in biomedical research. New York: Academic Press, 1980: 546, (Stoner GD, ed. Methods and perspectives in cell biology; vol 1).

g) Publication by an organization. Ranofsky AL. Surgical operations in short stay hospitals: United States-1975. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 1978; DHEW publication number (PHS) 78-1785. (Vital and health statistics; series 13, number 34).

h) Thesis Cairns RB. Infrared spectroscopic studies of solid oxygen (Doctoral thesis). Berkeley, California: University of California, 1965. 156 pp.

i) Electronic references:  the authors must be written first, then the title of the article, the source origin in case the article is published in any, and finally the electronic website from which the reference was retrieved and the date of such retrieval. The fact that such reference might eventually be further modified by the authors should be considered; to such end, before writing, the following words should be written: Available at: and after writing the reference, the words Consulted on the: (date) should be written.

j) Other articles

1) Newspaper article Shaffer RA. Advances in chemistry are starting to unlock mysteries of the brain: Discoveries could help cure alcoholism and insomnia, explain mental illness. How the messengers work. Wall Street Journal 1977 Aug 12: 1 (col 1).

2) Magazine article  Rouche B. Annals of medicine: The Santa Claus culture. The New Yorker 1971 Sept 4:66-81.

2.10. Symbols

  • standard error SE
  • average X
  • number of observations n
  • standard deviation SD
  • antibody Ab
  • antigen Ag
  • bell B
  • decibel dB
  • electrocardiogram ECG
  • electroencephalogram EEG
  • nano 10-9 n
  • micro 10-6 μ
  • mili 10-3 m
  • centi 10-2 c
  • deci 10-1 d

2.11. Tables. Present tables in separate pages, and double – space machine typed.  Do not send slides or pictures of tables.  Tables should be numbered consecutively and each one should have a brief title as heading.  On each column include a short and abridged heading.  Separate with lines only column headings and main table titles.

Columns should be separated by spaces and not by vertical lines.  Add clarifying notes when appropriate and explain non-conventional abbreviations at the bottom of the table.

2.12. Figures.  Any type of illustration that is not a Table is a Figure (picture, drawing, scheme, X-ray image, graphic, ECG, ENG, etc.).  Whatever their type, figures should be numbered according to the order in which they appear in the text.  In case of drawings or graphics, these should be done by professionals.  In such case, submit a picture of the latter in black and white measuring 9 x 12 cm.  Numbers or symbols should be seen clear and sharp over all the surface of the picture, taking into consideration the eventual reduction of their size upon publication.  Titles and legends should be submitted in separate pages.  The number of the figure as cited in the text, the name of the main author and an arrow pointing towards the upper part of the figure should be indicated on the backside of it with a black pencil.  If a figure is part of published matter, indicate its original source and request a written authorization from the author or the editor to reproduce it in your work.

Publication of color illustrations should be enquired to the Journal Director.  Costs of such publication will be paid by the author.

3. Instructions for publication of Clinical Cases and Literature Reviews are the same as for Research Articles, however the abstract in Spanish or in English is a general summary that does not include chapters such as introduction, purposes, etc.

4. REPRINTS. The Journal shall print reprints upon author’s requests.  These will be paid by the authors.  Reprints will only be printed if they are requested prior to printing of the number.  The minimal number of reprints is 30.

Information for authors included at the end page of each issue of the Revista de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello should be read carefully and in detail.

Article title.


The order for authors’ identifications should be the following:  First name, Last name and initial of the Mother’s Maiden Name.  Indicate at the end of the page, the Sections, Units, Departments and Institutions where the work was performed. 

Abstract and keywords.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.

Abbreviations for units of measure

The following list indicates the abbreviations or symbols used internationally for the representation of the units of measure used most commonly in articles published by the journal.  Authors should use these abbreviations or symbols in the text, tables and figures of manuscripts submitted to the Revista de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello for publication.


Correct Abbreviation or symbol

Alternative abbreviations that should not be used (incorrect)


Counts per minute



Counts per second





Degrees Celsius


Disintegrations per minute



Disintegrations per second











International unit



















revolutions per minute




















Average (statistical term)


Son significant (statistical)


Number of observations (statistical)


Probability (statistical)



Please note that “s” is never added to any abbreviation or symbol to indicate plural.

A more comprehensive list of abbreviations and symbols commonly used in biology and medicine is published in Annals of Internal Medicine 1979; 90: 98-99.



International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journal. JAMA 1997; 277: 927-934.

Rules and Regulations for publications

The journal Director will sort the order of manuscript publication based on his/her judgment.  The Director reserves the right to reject articles for technical or scientific reasons.  The journal director is entitled to make suggestions, or reductions or modify the text or graphic material.

Articles shall be submitted in in double-spaced machine-typed letter size pages, with a maximum of 26 lines per page, wide margins (3 cm), including the original work and two first copies or two high quality photocopies.  Article length will be of no more than 15 pages for original articles, articles on public health and current topics, of no more than 10 for clinical cases and of 3 pages maximum for short communications and notes or letters to the editor. The article text in word 6.0 and figures in JPG format shall be submitted in a 3.5” diskette together with the printed manuscript.

The journal shall only accept drawings and graphics made in professional style.  The latter, as well as any other type of illustration (pictures of individuals, objects or X-rays) shall be categorized as figures and should be submitted as photography prints in black and white satin photographic paper, preferably 10 x 15 cm in size (without exceeding 20x25 cm).  Legends for such elements shall be submitted in a separate page and the observation of such material will enable understanding the meaning of the figure without the need of reading the rest of the text.  Include at the back of each figure the identification number and the arrow indicating the orientation, written with a carbon paper or an easily removable adhesive note.  Indicate in the text the place where the figure should be inserted.  

Boxes or tables shall be named tables.  These shall be submitted in a separate page, machine-typed and adequately numbered according to the order in which they appear in the text.  Their position in the text should be indicated in the latter.

Expenses resulting from prints of figures and tables will be paid by the Journal.

The running title shall be clear and concise, providing an exact idea of the contents of the article.  Authors’ names will be included with their last name and at least the initial of the mother’s maiden name, their professional qualification and the Institutions or Departments where the work was carried out.

Literature references should be numbered in the text with consecutive numbers, in the same order where they are first cited.  A full list of references should be submitted.  Each reference must be written following the order below: a) authors’ last name with the first initial of the first name, b) title of the article c) journal name following the "Index Medicus" style, year, volume: initial page and end of the text. (Example: Rev Chil Pediatr 1986; 57: 325-330)

Manuscript submission

Contributions will be submitted in the web platform of the Sociedad Chilena de Otorrinolaringología, Cirugía y Medicina de Cabeza y Cuello, or and will be reviewed by the Editorial Board.

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