Experimental Pathology

and Health Sciences


Instructions to Authors

Research, Clinics, Teaching and Society

Manuscript Categories

The journal comprises articles, organized under the following subjects:

Editorial, Memories, Invited Opinion, Invited Review, Review, Student's Tribune, Technical Notes, Research and Experimental Models, Clinical Cases, Clinics and Society, Teaching in Health Science Courses.

All submissions should be made using the email address Hsjournal@appept.org. All manuscripts are evaluated first by the Editor and Associated Editors and then submitted to a blinded peer-review process, where we preserve the confidentiality of the authors. After 60 days after the receiving date, the authors are informed about the result of the review: accepted, rejected of acceptable after some changes.

If there is any Conflict of Interest, the journal should be informed by the author on the submission of the manuscript.

The Portuguese Association of Experimental Pathology holds copyright of published papers.  

All correspondence concerning editorial matters should be addressed to:

António M Silvério Cabrita

Editor of Experimental Pathology and Health Sciences


Centro de Empresas de Taveiro

3000-111 Taveiro - Portugal

Or by email to: Hsjournal@appept.org

Manuscript Structure

Manuscripts should be prepared in the style of the Journal and according to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Available at: http://www.icmje.org).

Reviews should have a maximum of 8,000 words, 150 references, and six tables or figures. 

First Page: Should contain an intelligible to the general reader abstract, with no more than 250 words. For research papers the abstract should clearly summarize the background, methodology, results and their significance.  

Second Page: The second page must include a concise title; complete names of all authors; departments, institution and address where the research was performed; grant numbers and sources of support; name, address, e-mail and fax of the corresponding author. Any affiliations with any organization or entity having a direct financial or personal interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the article should also be stated. The title page is the only page where the authors and their affiliations are identified. Please refer the number of text pages, tables and figures of the manuscript.

Body Text: Starts on the third page of the manuscript. For research papers the remaining sections of the text, should include: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Acknowledgments. Commonly abbreviated terms should be spelled out in their first occurrence and then may be referenced in abbreviation through the remainder of the manuscript. Authors must say if the appropriate boards or ethics committee approved the research protocol. If applicable authors should inform about the existence of informed permission of the patients.  

Tables: Tables should be typed double-spaced and submitted on separate pages, as part of the manuscript. Tables should be black and white text only and should not include figures or other non-typeset images.

Figures: One figure consists on one or multiple related panels described under one legend. During the paper construction, figures will be sized to fit one or two columns. Figures without the appropriate size will be sized at the publisher's discretion. If the exact scale is critical, scale bars should be used on the photograph and specified in the legend. The legends are submitted as part of the manuscript, in the place where the related figure should appear in the paper. An adjustment of brightness, contrast, or color balance is only acceptable if applied to the whole image and does not change the conclusions taken from the picture. All pictures should be sent separately, in JPEG or TIFF format, with the best resolution possible.


References should be double-spaced and numbered in order of citation in the text, including citations in tables and figure legends. Complete author citation is required. References should conform to the style of the Journal, as follows (examples):

References of Journals: Pereira JE, Cabrita AM, Filipe VM, Bulas-Cruz J, Couto PA, Melo-Pinto P, Costa LM, Geuna S, Mauricio AC, Varejao AS. A comparison analysis of hindlimb kinematics during overground and treadmill locomotion in rats. Behav Brain Res. 2006:172; 212-218 

References of Books: Ted A. Looms, A. Wallace Hayes. Numbers in Toxicology. Loomis's Essentials of Toxicology. Edited by Academic Press. 1996; pp.17-30 

References of Websites: Cited in text only. Include the name of the institution sponsoring the web site, URL address and date of access.

Authors will receive an electronic (PDF) reprint. 

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