ISSN 0717-9227 online version
ISSN 0034-7388 print version


Scope and policy

General format. The papers should be original and unpublished, in Spanish and abiding to the regulations of the journal. All papers will abide to the following guidelines that were prepared considering the style and nature of the Journal and the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals set by the International committee of Medical Journal Editors, updated October 2001, available in Spanish version 2003 at Additional editorial information available at the World Association of Medical Editors’ web site All the material must be sent to the Editor of Revista Chilena de Neuro- Psiquiatria, including the material for supplements.
Arbitration by expert peers. The papers complying with the formal requirements will be subject to arbitration by two peer reviewers that are not part of the editorial committee. The opinion of the experts will be conveyed to the associated editor or the editor and subsequently informed to the author in an anonymous way. If the opinion of the reviewers regarding the appropriateness of publishing the paper differs with one approving and the other rejecting, the editorial committee will make the final decision. When suggestions of reviewers exist as to the need of making some modifications to the paper for its publication. The editorial committee will review subsequent versions to evaluate the accomplishment of the requested changes. The journal reserves the right to make modifications in the form to the original text. The list of reviewers is published in the Journal’s last issue of the year.
Delivery of the material. Three identical printed copies of the paper will be sent in its final version - including three original copies of tables and figures – and an electronic copy in a CD or via e-mail using Microsoft Word software for PC. Authors are requested to keep a copy for themselves. The printed copy will be submitted in white paper, letter size (21,5 x 27,5 cm), numbers of pages at the top right corner starting with the page of the title, without letterhead, written on one side, margins: 3 cm all, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 font and justified left. The length of the text considers maximum limits per type of work; review articles up to 15 pages, investigation articles up to 12 pages, case reports up to 6 pages (adding up to 2 Tables and 2 Figures) and up to 20 references. Letters to the Editor will have up to 3 pages, including up to 6 references and 1 Table or Figure.
First page. It will include a brief informative title of the article in Spanish, English and Portuguese with the first, last and maternal names of the authors. Those interested in using the complete maternal name will include a hyphen between both last names. Authors names and institutional affiliations; department(s) and institution(s) in which the authors worked during the realization of the paper; Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of them. All financial support will be declared specifying whether said organization had or not influence in the study design, un the collection, analysis or interpretation of the data; in preparing, revision or approval of the manuscript (see conflict of interests in point 13). Superscript in small letters those authors which are not medical doctors and use those superscripts to identify their professional grade or their student status at a given university school. The name, mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript will be noted separately as well as the contact with the editorial committee. A word count for the text only (excluding abstract, acknowledgments, tables, figures and references) will be included at the bottom of this
Second page. An abstract of no more than 250 words should follow the title page. The format must be “structured” including explicitly: introduction, method, outcome and conclusions. Only standardized abbreviations should be used... Authors must propose 3 to 10 key words in Spanish, English and Portuguese) chosen from the Index Medicus list (Medical Subjects Headings). Authors are recommended to provide their own translation to Spanish and Portuguese of the title and the abstract.
Ethical format. When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and attaching the approval of the ethics committee of the organization in which the study was run. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
Format of articles and measurement units. Authors are not compelled by a uniform format. Anyhow in observational and experimental articles is recommended the use sections with the headings Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. When dealing with an investigation article the methods section will include: selection of studied subjects, i.e. human or animals, organs, tissues, cells, etc. and their respective controls. Identify methods, instruments or devices and procedures used, with enough accuracy to allow other observers to reproduce the results. Should frequently used and well established methods are used (including statistical), just name them and quote the respective references. When methods were published although they are not well known, provide the references and add a brief description. Should they be new or modifications were made to established methods, describe them accurately justifying their use and state their limitations. Include the pharmaceuticals and chemical compounds used, with their generic name, dosage and routes of administration. Include patients with serial numbers; do not use the initials of their names nor the numbers of their medical records. Always show the number of the patients or of the observations, the statistical methods used and the level of significance previously chosen to judge the results. Measurements of length, height, weight and volume will be expressed in metric system units (meters, kilograms or liters) or their multiples and decimals. The temperature will be expressed in degrees Celsius. Blood pressure in mmHg.
Results should be presented in a clear and logic manner leaving the discussion for the corresponding section. Conclusions will be related to the objectives of the study avoiding statements and conclusions that are not supported by the results.
Tables will be submitted in separate sheets indicating the approximate position within the text, identified with Arabic numbers and text in the upper border of the sheet. Number the tables in consecutive order and give them titles explaining their content to avoid searching it in the manuscript (Title of the Table). Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Use horizontal lines only to separate column headers and general titles. Data columns will be separated with spaces, not with vertical lines. When clarification is required add it at the footnote of the table. Use clarifying notes for all non standardized abbreviations. Quote every table in its consecutive order within the text.
Figures. The term “Figure” is used to denote any illustration other than a table (e.g.: graphics, Xrays, EEG and EMG, etc.). Figures should be either professionally drawn or using an appropriate software. Send three 9 x 12 cm copies of photographs for each figure in black and white. Titles and letterings should not be included in the photographs. They will rather be included in a separate page for printing purposes. Write with carbon pencil on the back of each photograph or on an INTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS 77 adhered label the number of the figure, the name of the main author and an arrow indicating the space orientation. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should have a size and contrast with the background. Cite all figures in the text in consecutive order. If a figure has been published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder and author to reproduce the material in your paper. Send figures protected in a thick envelope of the adequate size. Patients’ photographs must cover part(s) of the face to protect the identity. Figures showing images (X-rays, histology, etc.) will be submitted in photographs, not as photocopies. Provide titles and lettering for the figures on a separate page. Identify and explain every symbol, arrow, number or letter used to indicate any part of the illustrations. When reproducing microscopic preparations explain the enlargement and identify the method of staining. Color illustrations should be consulted with the Journal. Its cost is fixed by the printing company and the expenses will be bear by the authors.
References. Citations should be limited to the articles quoted in the text and not exceed 40 (except for review articles in which the editing committee could accept up to 80, if deemed necessary). References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure.
Ways of citing. Details of formats and examples related to the right way of citing the diverse types of reference can be found in “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”.
Following are some of the most frequent ones used:
I. Journals
  a. Standard Article
Format: Author(s), article title, journal title as per the Index Medicus abbreviation, followed by the year; volume: first and last pages with complete numbers. (We have decided to omit the number within the volume). Only the first six authors are listed; if the number is more than six then the first six will be included plus the term et al in script.

Brink G. Trastornos de la vigilia y el sueño. Rev Chil Neuro-Psiquiat 1965; 4: 14-21.
Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Friedl HP, Ivanov E, et al. Childhood leukemia in Europe after Chernobyl: 5 year follow-up. Br J Cancer 1996; 73: 1006-1012.

b. Organization as author
The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing.
Safety and performance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 164: 282-284.

c. Volume with supplement
Carvajal C. Trastorno por estrés postraumático: aspectos clínicos. Rev Chil Neuro-Psiquiat 2002; 40 Supl 2: 20-34.

d. Page numbers with Roman numerals
Fisher GA, Sikic BI. Drug resistance in clinical oncology and hematology. Introduction.
Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 1995; 9:xi-xii.
  II. Books and monographies
Format: authors, title of the book, city where it was published, publishing house. Use only commas to separate authors.

a. Author(s) of the article in an integral fashion
Matte I. Estudios de psicología dinámica. Santiago de Chile: Ediciones de la Universidad de Chile, 1995.

b. Editor(s) compiler(s) as author(s)
Pumarino H, Pineda G, editores. Hipotálamo e Hipófisis. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Andrés Bello; 1980

c. Chapter of the book
Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors.
Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-478
  III. Other sources
  a. Audiovisual material.
HIV+/AIDS: the facts and the future [videocassette]. St. Louis (MO): Mosby-Year Book; 1995

b. Electronic material
On-line journal
Tsui PT, Kwok ML, Yuen H, Lai ST. Severe acute respiratory syndrome: clinical outcome and prognostic correlates. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 2003 Sept [date cited]. Available at URL:

Document on the Organization’s web site
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Updated October 2001. Available at URL:
Acknowledgements. Make acknowledgements only to people and institutions that may substantial contributions to your article.
Addendums. Guidelines for manuscripts, Statement of Authorship, Conflict of Interest and copyright transference Notification Page.

Those four documents must be submitted with the manuscript whether it is an investigation, a clinic a review article a letter to the editor or any other providing the requested data and the identification and signatures of all the authors. For this purpose the Journal provides a form to which photocopies can be added if necessary. When reviewers demand a new version of the article with substantial changes, the Editors will be authorized to request a new Statement of Authorship. For information regarding conflict of interests authors are suggested to consult Rev Chil Neuro- Psiquiat 2004; 42: 7-36.

Self-assessment guidelines for manuscripts requirements

They will be applied upon receipt of the article. Should it not comply with the requirements, the article will be returned to the author to do the required modifications.

This is an original unpublished article (except for the summaries of congresses) and will not be sent to other journals while in revision by the Editorial Committee of this Journal.
The text is double spaced, in page size letter, with Times New Roman 12 font.
The maximum length of 12 pages – 15 for revision articles – is complied with.
Title is in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
It has a “structured” abstract in English, Spanish and Portuguese of no more than 250 words with key words.
Bibliographic references do not exceed 40 (80 for revision articles) words and are in accordance with the format required for the journal. And are mentioned according to the order in which they are cited in the text.
Tables and figures will be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. Figures will have identification and orientation mark on the back and lettering in appropriate sheets. Quality will be good and with sufficient size that when reduced for publication each item will still be legible. Three copies of each will be needed.
If figures or tables reproduced have been published, submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material.
Telephone and fax number and e-mail of the author will be included.
The Statement of authorship and transference of copyright are complete.

Authorship Statement, Copyright Transfer


This form will be completed by all the authors of the manuscript. If the space is not enough for the signatures of all the authors, photocopies can be added.


STATEMENT: I certify that I have contributed directly to the intellectual contents of this manuscript, to the genesis and analysis of its data. Therefore I can take public responsibility for it and accept that my name appears in the list of authors.

In the column “Participation Codes” write all the letters of codes designating/identifying your participation in the article, chosen from the following Table:

Participation codes:

Conception and design of the manuscript
Patients or study material contribution
Collection/obtainment of results
Analysis and interpretation of data
Statistics counseling
Manuscript writing
Technical or administrative counseling
Critical revision of the manuscript
Other contributions (explain)
Final version approval

The authors certify that the above mentioned article is original and hasn’t been previously published, except for a summarized form. Once accepted for its publication in the Revista Chilena de Neuro-Psiquatría, the copyrights will be transferred to the latter. Likewise, they declare that it hasn’t been sent simultaneously to any other journal for its eventual publication. Should the Editor of the Revista Chilena de Neuro-Psiquiatría consider it convenient, the authors agree to have this article published in electronic media.


First and Last names
Code participation



Conflict of Interest Notification Page

This statement should be filled out by each author of an article

A conflict of interests exists when a primary interest (such as patients’ well-being or the validity of a scientific investigation) is affected by a secondary interest (such as profits or personal rivalries). The Editorial Committee of the Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría has deemed necessary to request from the authors presenting articles for publication to inform via a statement the so-called conflicts of interests. The aim is to provide to the editor team, reviewer or reader the necessary background to appropriately judge an article.

Information regarding the concept of conflicts of interest and the meaning of the statement requested can be found Rev Chil Neuro-Psiquiat 2004; 42: 7-36.

Please answer the following questions:

Have you personally accepted any of the following benefits from organizations that could in some way be affected by the outcome of your article?

Financing of congresses or training activities.

Lecture fees.

Investigation funds

Funds to hire any of your collaborators

Counseling fees

Have you had any working relationship with any organization that could in any way be financially benefited or damaged by the publication of your article (or letter)?



Do you have stocks or other financial interests in any organization that might in some way be financially benefited or damaged by the publication of your article (or letter)?



Have you been part of any legal conflict related to the subject of your publication?



Do you have any other conflict of interests that you think should be declared?



If yes, please explain it here

If you have given an affirmative answer to any of the five questions supra, please write a short statement that will be published with your article at the end of the text and before the references (space for acknowledgements). Below is a sample of the statement:

Conflict of interests: R X has received financial support from XX Laboratory to attend congress of his major field of studies. He has also received fees for his participation in activities of training and promotion organized by the same company.

If none of your answers were affirmative, the following will be published with your article:

The author did not declare possible conflicts of interests
The authors did not declare possible conflicts of interests

Although this form is focused on conflicts of interest of a financial nature, you may declare conflicts of any kind, which you may deem necessary to inform to the readers.

Choose one of the two alternatives:

Please insert “no conflict to declare” in the Conflict of Interest Notification Page
Please insert the following conflict of interests statement:








Title of the Article:

Name of the author:



Adapted from the Conflict of Interest Notification Page adopted by the British Medical Journal. Available at URL:


Sending of manuscripts

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