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Scope and policy

The Chilean Journal of Respiratory Diseases is a publication aimed at the diffusion of knowledge regarding respiratory diseases in their clinical and surgical aspects in both adults and children. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the following norms, which conform with the international requirements for biomedical journals1-2.

Only articles not published in Chile or elsewhere will be accepted. All published papers will become property of the Journal and may be reproduced only with a written permission of the editor. The editorial committee has the right to accept or reject submitted articles.

Revista Chilena de Enfermedades Respiratorias  adheres to the policy of authorship established by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors – ICMJE: and to the guidelines presented in the  document "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" (up dated version from December 2015) available at:

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Original papers must be written in Spanish on letter sized paper using double spaced 12 point typeface, with a 4 cm left margin.

Original studies: clinical or experimental research papers. Its extension should not exceed 15 pages.

Actualizations: reviews of subjects that have experienced a significant development in the last years and about which the author has important personal experience.

Clinical cases: reports on clinical cases with relevant characteristics that constitute an important formative contribution for the specialty.

Tuberculosis: section reserved for the updating of this disease on clinical, epidemiological, laboratory or therapeutic aspects.

Panorama (Chronicle): section dedicated to the diffusion of news and information amongst members or news that are interesting for the specialty. It also includes the Obituary and Letters to the Editor.

The Chilean Journal of Respiratory Diseases adheres to the Helsinski ethical recommendations regarding research involving human beings. The Editor has the right to reject manuscripts that do no respect these recommendations.

All papers must include in their text a constancy of the authorization of the ethical committee of the corresponding institution and of the subjects informed consent, when the committee deems it necessary.

When the study involves animals, surgical procedures must be described and the name, doses and administration route of anesthetics used must be mentioned. Paralyzing agents are a complement but not an alternative for anesthesia.

In all these categories the title of the article, the complete names of the authors with their affiliation and address must be written on a separate page, indicating the financial source, if present. An abbreviated version of the title of up to 40 characters, including letters and spaces, to be placed at the top of each of the pages of the printed article, may be added.

Original articles, reviews and clinical cases must include, on another separate page, a summary, with a maximum of 150 words, synthesizing the objectives, main findings and conclusions of the article. An English version of this summary must be added.

The order of the manuscript must be the following: title page, English title and summary, Spanish summary, text, acknowledgements, references, tables, figures and figure legends. Pages should be consecutively numbered starting from the title page. Numbering must be placed in the upper right corner of each page.

The prescribed structure for original articles is the following:


The objectives of the study and the reasons why the study was performed should be clearly stated. It is recommended that only the strictly necessary antecedents are included,avoiding an extensive review of the subject.


A clear description of the study material and of controls, if these are necessary, must be included.

Methods and equipments should be identified with the model, manufacturers name and source placed in parentheses. Procedures must be described as to permit their application by other investigators. If techniques belong to other authors the appropriate references should
be given.


They must be presented in a logical sequence both in the text, tables and figures. Do not repeat in the text all the data given in the tables and figures, emphasizing only the most important observations.


Highlight the more important and original aspects of your study and your conclusions, without repeating details from your results.

When warranted, include a commentary on the implications of your findings and its limitations, relating them to the observations of other relevant studies. Relate your conclusions with the purposes of your study.

Avoid statements which your data do not support, claims of priority for your results and reference to unfinished studies. Forward new hypothesis when necessary.

If the author considers it necessary he/she may include acknowledgements for persons or institutions who or which have contributed directly and importantly to the study.


References must be listed in the same order that they appear in the text according to international standards:

surname followed by the initial of the authors nametitle of the article- abbreviated name of the journal-yearvolume- initial and last pages, as shown in the following example: Alonso C., Díaz R. Tobacco consumption in a group of physicians from the V Region. Rev Méd Chile 1989; 117: 867-71. If the number of authors is greater than six write the first six followed by the phrase “et al”. Books must be cited in the following way: surname and initials of the author or authors- title of the book - publisher-city-state-country and publication year.

Example: West JB. Pulmonary Physiology. The essentials. WIlliams and Wilkins Co. Baltimore. Md, USA, 1978.

In the case of chapters in books: surname and initials of the author or authors of the chapter followed by the word “in” -editor or author and title of the book indicating edition if not the first publisher-city-state-country and publication year and pages. Example: Woolcock A. The pathology of asthma. In Weiss EB, Segalms and Stein M. eds. Bronchial asthma: mechanisms and therapeutics.

Little Brown and Co. Boston, Toronto 1985, 180-92.

The authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. The maximal accepted number of references is 30 for all the articles excepting reviews that may have up to 60. Requirements for other types of articles should be consulted in reference 2.


Tables must be typed on separate pages consecutively numbered with arabic numbers. Each table must carry a descriptive title and each column a short or abbreviated heading. The meaning of abbreviations should be added under the foot of the table. Indicate if statistical data correspond to standard deviation or error.

Omit horizontal or vertical lines inside the table. Only horizontal lines at the heading or foot are permitted.


Must be professionally drawn with India ink or designed in a computer and printed with an inkjet or laser printer. The original or a 12 x 18 cm glossy paper photograph may be submitted. Letters, numbers and symbols must be sufficiently clear as to remain legible after reduction to column size for printing. Figures must not be titled.

Each figure must be identified on the reverse side with it’s number, name of the main author and an indication on its upper border.

Microphotographs must include an internal scale and symbols, arrows and letters must contrast clearly with the background.

If photographs with people are used, subjects must not be identifiable and if so an informed consent of the patient must be attached.

Figures must be numbered consecutively and if figures published by other authors are used, a written permission of the editor and author is necessary.

Figure legends must be written consecutively on a separate page or pages numbered with arabic numerals.

They should include an essential description of the figure and the definitions of employed symbols, arrows, numbers and letters. In microphotographs indicate staining and magnification.

For the publication of digitally generated images recommendations stated in reference 3 must be consulted.


Use the abbreviations included in reference 1.


Specialists selected by the editorial committee will revise the articles. The authors will be notified before 8 weeks regarding the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript which will be returned with the recommendations made by the reviewers. The delay for publication will depend on the celerity with which the authors return the corrected manuscript and the availability of space in the journal.


1.- Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Ann Intern Med 1979; 90: 95-9.

2.- International Commitee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Ann Intern Med 1988; 108: 258- 65.

3.- Cruz E, Oyarzún M. Requisitos para la publicación de figuras generadas digitalmente. Rev Chil Enf Respir 2004; 20: 114-8.

Checking list for manuscripts submitted to this journal*


This guide must be revised by the responsible author, expressing his approval by marking the corresponding checkboxes. All the authors must be identified and must sign the Declaration of Responsibilities. A copy of both document must be sent together with the manuscript.

This paper or important parts of it have not been published and will not be submitted to other journals while waiting for the decision of the editors of this Journal.
The text is written with size 12 font, double spaced on numbered letter sized sheets..
Maximal length limits established by this Journal are respected: 15 pages for ”Research articles”; 10 pages for “Clinical cases”; 15 pages for “Reviews” and 5 pages for “Letters to the Editor”.
Summaries in English and Spanish with up to 150 words are included.
References follow the international format required by the Journal.
Only references or abstracts published in wide circulation journals or books are included.
If human beings o experimental animals are involved. In the “Materials and Methods” section, explicit information on the fulfillment of international ethical norms is provided. In human being studies the institution or ethical committee that approved the protocol must be identified.
The manuscript was organized according to the ”Publication norms for authors” and two copies of all the material, including photographs, are submitted.
The quantity of data and font size included in figures and tables was determined considering the effect of eventual necessary size reduction for printing.
If figures or tables from other publications are reproduced, written authorization of it’s authors or owners of publication rights are attached.
Patient’s photographs and figures (radiographs, scanners or other) preserve the privacy of the persons involved.
Telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the author in charge of contacting the Journal are included.
Name and signature of the author that will maintain contact with the journal's office
Phone: ___________________ Fax: ___________________ E-mail:________________

*According to recommendations of the "Chilean Assiciation of Biomedical Journal Editiors".


Declaration of Authorship Responsibility*


All the authors of the manuscript must complete this formulary. If the space for all the signatures is insufficient photocopies of this page may be added.


DECLARATION: I hereby attest that I have directly contributed to the contents of this manuscript, it’s genesis and data analysis. Therefore I am publicly responsible for it and accept that my name is listed amongst it’s authors.

In the column ”Participation codes” I personally write all the code letters that identify my participation in this work, according to the following list:

Table: Participation Codes

a Conception and design of the study f Approval of the final version
b Obtaining and collecting results g Patients or study material supply
c Analysis or interpretation of data h Obtaining financial support
d Writing the manuscript i Statistical support
e Critical revision of the manuscript j Other contributions: define

Conflicts of interests: There are no possible conflicts of interests in this manuscript (See Editorial. Rev Chil Enf Resp 2005; 21: 145-8).(If present they will be declared in this document and/or explained in the title page when identifying financial sources).


* Based on recommendation of WAME (World Association of Medical Editors).


Sending of manuscripts

The author must send the original and 2 copies of the manuscript, together with a CD, with the corresponding Word file, and a letter to the Editor, addressed to:

Santa Magdalena #75, oficina 701. Providencia, Santiago, Chile, indicating in which of the following categories he desires his article to be published.

Besides, the authors may submit their manuscripts through the following e-mail:

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