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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.
  • ICMJE conflict of interest form. Authors have completed a form in which they declare whether they have any conflict of interest with respect to the work they are submitting.
  • Letter of submission. The authors have completed and sent, together with their manuscript, a letter in which they declare the originality of the work and that they have not submitted it simultaneously to another publication.
  • Manuscript cover page. Authors have verified that their manuscript has their metadata complete and as requested by the journal:
    • Title in English and Spanish (without mentioning institutions or including acronyms).
    • Structured abstract, according to the type of article (e.g., original article, review, clinical case, etc.).
    • Keywords: between 6 and 12 according to DeCS/MeSH:
  • Authors, affiliation and corresponding author data. The authors have verified that the authors who declare themselves as such, meet the conditions to be authors, according to the definition provided by the journal, and have also verified that they comply with the following information, in a comprehensive manner (for all authors):
    Authors participating in the journal must be registered in ORCID:
    ORCID must be completed in at least three fields: institutional affiliation (Employment), academic degrees (Education and qualifications) and publications (Works).
    The journal, by editorial guideline, does not include in the authors' information but only their institutional affiliation, city and country. Example:
    1 Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe, Medellín, Colombia.
    In this way, authors are asked to send only the information of their current institutional affiliation and, if possible, only one affiliation. Academic degrees (MD, neurologist), job positions, distinctions, etc., should be included in the ORCID, as such a link will be provided for each author.
  • Designated Corresponding Author. Authors have designated a corresponding author, as requested by the journal:
    Each manuscript must have a designated corresponding author, who is the person with whom the editor or the journal will have permanent contact. That correspondence author must also provide, in addition, a contact telephone number (with WhatsApp, if available), a physical address (with street nomenclature) of his/her university, hospital, clinic, practice or research center, including city, country and e-mail.
  • Manuscript structure. The authors have verified that their manuscript corresponds to the textual typologies declared by the journal and also in its structure:
    Manuscript types. Acta Neurológica Colombiana publishes original research articles (including clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses), narrative reviews, clinical cases, updates, perspective articles, short communications and consensus.
    To consult the structure and length conditions of each typology, please go to the section below on "Types of manuscripts published by ANC".
    For detailed typologies, please see here:
  • Graphic aspects of manuscripts The authors have verified that their manuscript complies with the indications of the journal regarding the elaboration of tables and figures, the use of the names of tables and figures and their sources, the mention in the body of the text and the limits regarding their quantity:
  • Manuscript final statements. Authors have verified that their manuscript includes all the mandatory final declarations requested by the journal:
    • Funding
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Author contribution (does not apply to single-author manuscripts)
    • Ethical implications
    • Acknowledgements (optional)
  • Citation style. Acta Neurológica Colombiana follows the Vancouver citation style. In this regard, it is important that the authors are careful in the inclusion of each source and that the correspondence between what is called in the body of the text and what appears in the final list is perfect. As the Vancouver style demands that the sources be numbered according to their order of appearance in the text, care must be taken to ensure that the numbering does not omit or repeat references.
    As for the citation structure of each bibliographic entry, the Vancouver style in Spanish can be consulted in the following manual (chapter 5, from page 79):
    In English, it can be consulted in this link of the National Library of Medicine:
  • Inclusion of Digital Object Identifiers (DOI). The authors have verified that all the references in their manuscript are correctly cited and that for those that have a DOI, it has been included, by using the following Crossref tool:
    As far as references are concerned, it is essential that each entry, in the final listing, has its DOI (digital object identifier). Crossref has a system that locates the DOI of the references that have it and it is very easy to use here:
    Simple Text Query:
    There, you enter the complete block of references in the field and hit submit; after a few seconds, the system returns all the DOIs of the references that have it.

Author Guidelines

In order to formalize the submission of a manuscript (article, case, review, etc.), the following forms must be submitted as attachments:

Guidelines Checklist
Letter of commitment
Conflicts of interest

If a manuscript is not accompanied by these three attachments, it will not be processed for evaluation.


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