Rules for publication

The aim of SD-DS Revista Médica Internacional sobre el Síndrome de Down, a journal published by Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down (FCSD), is to gather, update and revise current knowledge on the medical aspects of Down Syndrome, from the most promising developments in basic science, including molecular biology and genetics, to everyday clinical practice.

It also aims to address medically related psychopedagogical issues related of potential practical interest to pediatricians and pediatric specialists working with Down Syndrome patients. SD shall consider publication of any clinical or research papers related to any aspect of Down Syndrome, as well as all scientific, professional and social activities run by FCSD.

SD-DS adheres to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver style).

SD-DS is included since 1999 in EMBASE, the Excerpta Medica database specializing in medical and pharmacological matters, as well as in the Índice Médico Español (IME) database.

Rules for publication

  • Original research or review articles (editorial)
    Original research or review articles (editorial). Reports of preferably prospective research on epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, pathology, clinical aspects, and diagnostic or treatment methods. Analytical study designs are recommended, in the form of cross-sectional surveys, case-control studies, cohort studies, and controlled trials. Alternately, reviews or dissemination paper on various aspects. Maximum length: 25,000 characters counting spaces (including abstract), and a maximum of 10 tables and/or figures. Six or fewer listed authors recommended, and no more than 20 references.
  • Case reports
    Maximum length: 8,000 characters (including abstract) and up to 4 tables and/or figures. Six or fewer listed authors and no more than 8 references.
  • Psychopedagogical developments
    Contributions from an educationalist viewpoint which may, in conjunction with medical aspects; enhance the quality of life of people with Down Syndrome and provide an anthropologic viewpoint on the person. Maximum length 12,000 characters (including abstract) and up to 4 tables and/or figures. Six or fewer listed authors and no more than 10 references.
  • Letters to the editor
    Brief discussion of previously published work and contributed observations or relevant experiences.

Presentation and arrangement

Papers should be in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver style).

Consecutively numbered, double-spaced sheets of ISO A4 paper with adequate margins. Inclusion of a copy in electronic form is highly recommended.

The following must be stated: title of the article; name and complete address of the work centre; address for correspondence. Explicit mention should be made if part of the work has been presented at any meeting, symposium, or conference, if it has earned any awards or if it has received any form of subsidy.

  • Abstract
    Papers to be published in sections for original work, reviews, case reports and psychopedagogical advances must carry an abstract of no more than 250 words in the language of the paper and in English, preceded by the title of the article in the same languages. Up to 5 Index Medicus keywords should be provided.
  • Text
    It is advisable to employ the impersonal. Papers should be clearly divided into sections. Articles should comprise the following sections:
    • Original articles: Introduction, Materials or Patients and Methods, Results and Discussion.
    • Case reports: Introduction, Clinical Observation, and Discussion.
    • Reviews: after the Introduction, heading the author may arrange text freely.
    • Psychopedagogical developments: after the Abstract, the author may arrange text freely.
  • Acknowledgements
    Contributions meriting acknowledgement should be specified briefly, including mention of whether support provided was technical or material.
  • References
    References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, using numerals in parentheses. They should be listed in a separate sheet in the Vancouver style.
  • Tables
    Tables should be typed on separate sheets of paper and numbered in Roman numerals. Tables must be cited in the text. Heading must include a title. Any abbreviations should be explained in a footnote to the table. Tables, figures and text should not repeat the same information.
  • Figures
    Illustrations should be included only if indispensable for a correct understanding of the text. Figures should be numbered consecutively by order of appearance in Arabic numerals. Legends should be typed on a separate sheet. Charts and drawings should be high-quality paper prints; the first author’s name, the top of the figure and its number should be written on the back of the print. Photographs of people should either preclude identification of the subject or else be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph.
  • Acronyms, abbreviations, symbols, and units
    Use of acronyms should be minimal. The full term should be defined upon first appearance. Hematologic and biochemical measurements should be reported in the metric system, in terms of the International System of Units (SI).

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be sent to the FCSD Secretary with a cover letter signed by all coauthors along with a statement of authorship and ownership.

Receipt of manuscripts shall be acknowledged. Acceptance and possible date of publication shall be notified. When the article is in press, the corresponding author shall receive the proofs for proofreading, which should be returned within 48 hours of receipt.

The Editorial Board may suggest changes to the text where it deems necessary and turn down any articles it considers unsuitable.

Editorial Secretary:

Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down
SD-DS Revista Médica Internacional sobre el Síndrome de Down
Secretaria de redacción
c/ Comte Borrell, 201-203, entresuelo
08029 Barcelona. Spain
Tel. 93 215 74 23
Fax 93 215 76 99

With the collaboration of:

Laboratorios Leti