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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.
  • The petition has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted to another journal (or an explanation provided in the commentary to the editor)
  • The file sent is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF format.
  • The text has simple line spacing; The font size is 12 points; Italics are used instead of underlining (except URLs); And all illustrations, figures and tables are within the text in the place that corresponds to them and not at the end of the whole.
  • The text meets the bibliographic and style requirements indicated in the rules for authors, which can be found in "About the journal".

Author Guidelines

Annals of Mediterranean Surgery (AMS) covers all aspects of modern surgery. Papers can be submitted in English or Spanish. AMS welcomes the presentation of the following types of manuscripts:

  • Editorial
  • Original articles. Original experimental or clinical studies.
  • Review of the literature. The journal may request potential authors to submit review articles on certain topics of interest.
  • Case reporting.
  • Letter to the editor and / or Scientific Letter. Comment on a manuscript recently published in the journal.
  • Images in surgery. An image of a rare disease or unusual presentation of a common illness with an exceptional didactic interest. Please send no more than 1-2 pictures, along with a brief description (approximately 300 words) and 1-2 references.
  • Clinical Challenge. An image of a disease associated with a series of questions with multiple answers regarding a clinical case. Please send no more than 1-2 pictures, along with a brief description (approximately 300 words), 1-2 references and a maximum of 5 questions with 4 possible answers, being only one correct one.
  • Student Corner. Section for medical students to send their undergraduate or research work during the university career. It will follow the same rules of the original articles.
  • Happy Endings ("How I Do It"). Brief description of a new technique or modification of a previous technique or complex cases that came out of the guidelines.
  • Instructive Mistake and / or Null Hypothesis. Studies that have presented negative results. AMS believes that you can even learn from errors or negative results, so you are encouraged to post them.

Presentation of the manuscript

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the journal's website at www.amsjournal.eu. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by two independent reviewers. The decision on acceptance or rejection of the manuscript should be expected approximately two months after the submission. There is no submission or processing fee required. Authors are asked to submit their texts in Word, Open-Office or RTF format; Tables in Word or Excel format; high resolution images in JPEG format; Drawings in EPS-modifiable format or PDF.

Preparation of the manuscript

All manuscripts submitted must contain the following parts: (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Main Text, (4) References.

Title page
On the front page, please indicate:

  • Article title
  • Name and affiliation of each author
  • Department (s) and / or institution (s) where the study was conducted
  • Name, postal and e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the author responsible for the correspondence
  • Financing sources for research

The abstract will be presented in English and Spanish. The abstract should contain about 300 words, in a format structured as follows:

  • Introduction / purpose of the study. State background that leads to the need for the study and the hypothesis established in the study.
  • Material and methods. Briefly describe the study design.
  • Results. Indicate the main results of the study.
  • Conclusion. State the main conclusion.

Summaries of case reports should be worded as follows:

  • Introduction: Indicate why the case denounced or the intervention is unique or habitual.
  • Presentation of the case. Briefly describe the case or intervention presented.
  • Conclusion. State the conclusion drawn from this case or intervention.


  • Presentations in the sections "Editorial", "Letters to the Editor and / or Scientific Letter", "Images in Surgery", "Happy Endings" and "Clinical Challenge" do not require structured summaries.

Provide 4-6 keywords at the end of the abstract for indexing purposes.

Main text
The main text should be structured as follows:

  • Introduction. State the purpose of the study and briefly review the current literature.
  • Material (Patients) and Methods. Describe the study design in detail with appropriate information on experimental animals or patients.
  • Results. Inform the main results of the study in a concise manner. Please use tables or figures if necessary.
  • Discussion. Discuss the results and their importance with reference to the current literature.

The main text of the case reports should be structured as follows:

  • Introduction. Indicate the importance of the case in view of the current literature.
  • Presentation of the case. Analytical presentation of the case or intervention.
  • Discussion. Discuss the rarity or didactic value of the case or intervention.

Maximum 3 figures per article. JPEGs will be included (best for the digital world) and may be in color. The dimensions shall not exceed 20 x 25 cm. The figures of the accepted articles will not be returned to the authors. All illustrations must be indicated with the figure number. The figures are inside the text in the place that corresponds to them and not at the end of the whole. Subtitles should make the self-explanatory figures without referring to the text and without extensively repeating what is given in the Results section. If quantitative data (such as graphs, etc.) are represented, it is necessary to define the meaning of the error bars (standard deviation, standard error, 95% confidence limits).

Maximum 3 tables per item. Tables will be included in the text numbered sequentially with Arabic numerals. All abbreviations used in the table will be explained at the bottom of the table. The tables are inside the text in the place that corresponds to them and not at the end of the whole. When quantitative data are represented, it is necessary to define the meaning of the values of variance indicated (standard deviation, standard error, confidence limits of 95% or more). Tables must be provided as Word or Excel files, NOT as images.


Cite references in order of appearance in the text using Arabic numerals. Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in brackets (eg, [1]). Only references that are mentioned in the text should be listed. Use the Index Medicus style for journal title abbreviations. Make a list of all authors if there are four or less; For five or more authors, list the top three and add "et al." All authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.


  • Journal article: Diener MK, Mehr KT, Wente MN, Kieser M, Buchler MW, Seiler CM. Risk-benefit assessment of closed intra-abdominal drains after pancreatic surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis assessing the current state of evidence. Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2011; 396 (1): 41-52.
  • Book: Fry DE. Multiple System Organ Failure. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1992.
  • Chapter in book: Zucker KA, Bailey RW. Diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy for the general surgeon. In: Polk HC Jr, Gardner B, Stone HH, eds. Basic Surgery. 4th ed. St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, 1993. p.95-121. 

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