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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  • The manuscript is original, unpublished and has not been sent to another publication system simultaneously.
  • The authors are aware of the Copyright Notice and Open Access Statement and agree with it (at the end of the page).
  • The authors are the owners and responsible for all the information stated in the paper.
  • The paper is submitted in either of these word processors: OpenOffice, Microsoft Word®, or RTF, and without personal data or institutional filiation.

Author Guidelines


The Journal VITAE receives only English-written articles for evaluation. Manuscripts must be submitted via the Open Journal System platform (Submission). The authors must also review the information related to Publication Ethics Statement and Open–Access Statement). The author may verify the fulfillment of the requirements before submitting the manuscript by using the List of verification, which is available on the same web page. The online submission site provides a security mechanism to protect all electronically submitted papers. The same system is utilized throughout the peer-reviewing process, and access is restricted only to Editors and Reviewers assigned to a particular document.


Manuscript Format

The document should be written in US Standard English. Authors must certify that the paper has been reviewed and edited to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English. The text must be prepared using accepted word-processing software (e.g., OpenOffice, Microsoft Word®, or RTF), with double-spaced lines, Times New Roman font, size 12, and symmetrical margins (3 cm). All pages must be numbered consecutively, including Tables and Figures, starting with the title page.

The Journal’s Sections must be assembled in the following sequence:

A. First Page (single page)

The First Page must contain the Title, Authorship, and Affiliation.

The Title must be written in English and Spanish (20 words maximum).

Author’s information:

    • Names of the authors, as cited in the different publications or as they prefer to be cited.

    • ORCID from each author

    • Institutional affiliations: It must contain the institution's name, including city and country, and may include every author's position.

    • Indicate who is the corresponding author and his/her e-mail address under the phrase “Corresponding author:”

B. Abstract and Keywords

  • Abstract: Both in the Research Articles and Systematic Reviews, the abstract, one single and concise paragraph, must be structured and has to be written both in English and Spanish (300 – 350 words), with different and labeled sections denoted in bold uppercase. The abstract must be written in the past tense, except for the conclusions. Do not cite References, Tables, Figures, or sections of the paper in the abstract. The abstract must fulfill the following criteria:

Background: It establishes the context and justification of the study. Objectives: It fixes the aim of the study. Methods: It presents the most important aspects of the research, experimental design, sampling, data measurement, and the analysis and statistical procedures. The methods must allow the fulfillment of the objectives and be coherent with the results. In the case of Systematic Reviews, it must present how to select and include the references. Results: It shows the most significant findings and the respective statistical proofs; the results must respond to the objectives and be coherent with the body of the manuscript. Conclusions: It should present at least one outcome, supported by the results, and agree with the objectives.

  • Keywords: From three to five keywords must be included, both in Spanish and English

C. The Other Components of the Paper

The complete articles must present in detail the original results of completed research projects which have not been previously published. When it is a matter of standardization and/or validation of analytical methods, it must follow the official rules of different sectors or guidelines of international entities. Research Articles submitted to the VITAE Journal must-have a maximum extension of 25 pages, including Tables and Figures. Research Articles must have the following sections:

  • Introduction: The context and background of the study must be presented briefly. It includes the nature of the problem and its importance, citing the most relevant works previously published. This section specifies the article's aim, objectives, and hypothesis. The main purpose (general objective) and the secondary objectives (specific objectives) must be clear and include previous relevant work. It must have appropriate citations and must not include data or conclusions.</span<

  • Materials and methods: It must contain the information and the necessary procedures for reproducibly the experiments or processes utilized, indicating the established methods in the literature and every substantial modification. It must include the aspects related to the design of the study or design of the experiments, sampling (or the selection and description of participants in the case of clinic studies), the criteria for inclusion and exclusion, data collection, and the way of measurement of data and its analysis along with the statistical processing. This section must include an ethical statement of the study (including the approbation number for the use of animals/patients by an ethical committee), and consent to participate, and if there is no publishing identifying patient data, please write "Not applicable" in this section.
    Names of equipment, instruments, and reagents must have the supplier and country of origin written in parentheses. If trademarks are required, they must have the ® symbol.

  • Results: It must present the most significant findings in a logical sequence, using Tables and Figures to synthesize the information, avoiding its interpretation. It is presented summarizing data, and it should not be restricted to the final derived results (such as percentages); therefore, it must include the numerical values utilized for the calculations and specifies the statistical methods used in the analysis.

  • Discussion: It must stand out as the novel results or the most significant and contextualize in the set of the available evidence. The results should be compared with others reported in similar studies, establishing similarities and differences. Moreover, the explanations must be supported, standing out the strengths or novelty of the results and justifying the contribution to the investigation of the topic. It must end with a paragraph that exposes the main limitations of the research.

  • Conclusion: It must report the assertions about the research development associated with the work's objectives, omitting statements that are not supported by the results. Conclusions of economic nature must be avoided, except when the article includes these analyses. It may consist of a new hypothesis supported by the results but clearly described.

  • Conflicts of interest: It must report if there are conflicts of interest.

  • Acknowledgments: If pertinent, it must mention people and institutions that, without complying with the authorship requirements, have contributed to the execution of the research, either by economic or technical support.

  • Authors´ contributions: The contributions of all authors must be described. It is expected that all authors will have reviewed, discussed, and agreed to their participation. Contributions will be published with the final article, and they should accurately reflect contributions to the work.

D. References:

Inside the text, references are listed in Arabic numerical order, in parentheses, and in the same order in which they are cited in the text. The complete references list appears at the end of the manuscript under the title of references, according to Vancouver adapted norms. The reference list should include all and only those references you have cited in the text; however, do not include unpublished items such as correspondence.

Here, some references models are presented:</span<

Reference to a journal publication: Authors. Title. Journal. Volume (Issue): Pages. DOI

1. Deng T, Ge H, He H, Liu Y, Zhai C, Feng L. The heterologous expression strategies of antimicrobial peptides in microbial systems. Protein Expr Purif. 2017;140:52-9. DOI:


Reference to a book: Author. Title, edition ed. Series Editor. Place Published: Publisher; Year. Number of Pages p.

2. W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White. The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York; 2000. 545p


Reference to a book from the internet: Author. Title [Internet], edition ed. Series Editor. Place Published: Publisher; Year [consultation date]. Number of Pages p. Available from http://... DOI:

3. Schiraldi GR. Post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: a guide to healing, recovery, and growth [Internet]. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2000 [cited 2006 Nov 6]. 446 p. Available from: DOI:


Reference to a chapter in an edited book: Authors. Title. In: Editor, editors, Series name [Internet]. Edition ed. Place Published: Publisher; Year [consultation date]. Chapter. Available from: http://... DOI:

4. Halpen-Felsher BL, Morrell HE. Preventing and reducing tobacco use. In: Berlan ED, Bravender T, editors. Adolescent medicine today: a guide to caring for the adolescent patient [Internet]. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co.; 2012 [cited 2012 Nov 3]. Chapter 18. Available from: 10.1142/9789814324496_0018


Reference to electronic Journal: Author. Title. Journal [Internet]. Year [consultation date]; Volume (Issue): Pages. Available from: http://...

5. Stockhausen L, Turale S. An explorative study of Australian nursing scholars and contemporary scholarship. J Nurs Scholarsh [Internet]. 2011 Mar [cited 2013 Feb 19];43(1):89-96. Available from:


Reference to a website:

6. Cancer Research UK, Cancer statistics reports for the UK. aboutcancer/statistics/cancerstatsreport/ 2003 (accessed 13 March 2003).


Reference to thesis and Grade Work: Authors. Title. [Type of document]. [Place of publication]: Editor. Date. Pages

7. Monsalve AF, Morales SP. Aumento de capacidad del recurso restricción en la empresa Laproff S.A. [Grade Work]. [Medellín, Colombia]: Universidad de Antioquia: 2009. 39 p.


Journal abbreviations source

Journal names should be abbreviated according to the List of Title Word Abbreviations or The Journal-title abbreviations.


E. Style Guideline of the Paper

  • Abbreviations: Define abbreviations upon the first appearance in the text. Do not use non-standard abbreviations unless they appear at least three times in the manuscript. Keep abbreviations to a minimum.

  • Tables and Figures: Each manuscript may be complemented with tables and/or figures (maximum 10) previously quoted in the text (e.g., Table 1). Tables and figures must be presented in consecutive Arabic numbers, and the information should not be duplicated in the text. Tables and Figures must be placed immediately after the paragraph where those were cited for the first time. Tables must be constructed using the word processor program, and they cannot be an image. The writing explanation of Tables or Figures must exhibit the following characteristics:

    • Tables include data used to synthesize or organize the information

    • The figures include graphics, pictures, photographs, drawings, maps, and structures, limiting the quantity and trying to overlap them without affecting the clarity

    • The source of the tables and figures that the author does not create must be cited

    • The Figures' titles must be written separately as a paragraph and located below the figures. The Tables' titles must go above the tables. The titles must be brief and precise

    • A Figure must not go within a Table

  • Symbols and units: The author may use the International System of Units (ISO/IEC 80000) guidelines concerning units, symbols, and abbreviations.

  • Names of equipment, instruments, and reagents: all of them must have the supplier and country of origin written in parentheses. If trademarks are required, they must have the ® symbol.

  • Scientific Names: must go indicated in italics.

  • Numbers Style: in numbers, decimals are notated with periods (for example, 1.23), and thousands are notated with commas (for example, 22,500)


The Vitae Journal publishes the following manuscript types:

  • Complete Research Articles
  • Reviews (structured ) (only under request)
  • Short Articles

The articles are classified into one of the following sections:

  • Pharmaceutical care
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutical technology
  • Natural products
  • Foods: Science, technology, and engineering
  • Biotechnology

Complete Articles

They show, in detail, the original results of completed research projects, which have not been previously published. When it comes to standardization of analytical methods, these must be validated under international standards.


Those are structured documents that analyze and integrate research findings in science or technology fields, with the proposal to manifest the progress and development trends. Experts make them, and present an overview of the area of study, with a critical assessment of its development.

The structure and headings of the reviews correspond to the author. However, the editorial board may suggest changes to improve the manuscript. The literature review should cover not less than one year and be at least 50 references.

Short Articles

Short papers show preliminary or partial results of scientific or technological research, which requires a quick diffusion, about a work-related to pharmaceutical and food sciences. They have a maximum of 15 pages, maintaining the structure of the full articles

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Privacy Statement

The Journal Vitae is highly sensitive to users' privacy interests and believes that the protection of those interests is one of its most significant responsibilities. Thus, the names and email addresses entered in the Journal Vitae will be used exclusively for the purposes stated by this journal, which are the processing and publication of manuscripts submitted. They will not be available for any other purpose or to any other person.