Instructions for authors

Pharmacy Practice does not charge any publication fee to the authors. Pharmacy Practice relies on a collaborative publishing model, where authors collaborate also as reviewers (see: “Open access, predatory publishing and peer-review”, also available here, or “Collaborative publishing: the difference between ‘gratis journals’ and ‘open access journals’“) .


Ethics in Publishing
Pharmacy Practice supports and is supported by the fundamentals of scholarly publishing. Authors considering submit a paper to Pharmacy Practice must follow a strict code of conduct based on the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals, especially with regards Roles & Responsibilities and the Scientific Misconduct of the authors and collaborators.

  • Originality of the text in manuscripts is checked by the text-similarity detection service Crossref Similarity Check.
  • Corresponding author is responsible of including all the authors that granted the right to be author, but also to not include any individual who does not deserve the authorship. Notwithstanding, Pharmacy Practice has no limit in the number of authors per paper., we recommend double checking the criteria to consider a contributor as an author, and also to consider if the role of Collaborator or a simple acknowledgement are more appropriate.
  • If a scientific misconduct is suspected, COPE flowcharts will be applied with no restriction, as we did in the past (Pharm Pract (Granada) 2012;10(1):1-2).


Manuscript submission process
Manuscripts must be submitted in English, following strictly the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication.

  1. Prepare the manuscript following ICMJE instructions: “Preparing a Manuscript for Submission to a Biomedical Journal“.
  2. Correspondent author should start by reviewing the Submission Checklist, where specific instructions are provided (only electronic submissions are accepted).
  3. All authors must sign the Conflict of Interest disclosure form, and send them to the author for correspondence (do not submit these files through the online system).
  4. Prepare a cover letter following ICMJE instructions: “Sending the Manuscript to the Journal“. Submit the cover letter as an different file.
  5. Title page should contain:
    1. Title of the article (no running title required)
    2. All authors names, affiliations and valid email address
    3. Declaration of potential conflicts of interest
    4. Declaration of funding
    5. Acknowlegements, if desired
  6. Prepare only ONE Word file including, in this order, the title page, the main text, the references, and the tables and figures.
  7. Submit the manuscript here

Categories of articles

  • Editorials: Written by the Editorial Board or solicited by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Reviews: Narrative reviews of topics under the scope of the Journal. Reviews require a pre-submission inquiry addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, including a detailed explanation why you are an expert in the topic of the review (including previously published articles). Systematic reviews are considered Original Research Articles.
  • Original research articles: Presenting the results of an original research recently performed. A structured abstract is required. This category includes full articles and short reports.
  • Official statements, positions and reports: Full length reports produced by Societies or Institutions. They require a pre-submission inquiry addressed to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Letters to the Editor (in reply): Letters discussing a recently published articled will be considered only if they are received within 6 weeks of the article’s publication. Letters should not exceed 400 words of text and 5 references. No abstract is required.

Pharmacy Practice does not publish Case reports, Opinions, Commentaries, or Controversies.

Instructions for all the manuscripts

  • Abstract should have no more than 350 words and no less than 250 (in Original research articles, abstracts should be structured in Background, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion).
  • Only Keywords based on NLM Medical Subject Headings are used.
  • Follow reporting guidelines available at Equator network, especially PRISMA, CONSORT, COREQ, and STROBE checklists must be provided with the submission files.
  • References should be cited in the main text as numbers in superscript. The list of references should be numbered and ordered as they were cited in the text.
  • Reference format should follow ICMJE recommendations (Citing Medicine) and journal titles must be abbreviated according to the MEDLINE style, available at the NLM Catalog.
  • Tables must appear at the end of the text, formatted as follows:
      • Use simple grid without merging cells. No cells shading is allowed.
      • Font must be Calibri 8pt; line spacing: simple.
      • Orientation of the page containing the table must be: portrait.
      • Table should fit into one page only.
  • Figures are preferred pasted as Microsoft Objects. Color use (avoid if possible) should take into account that papers can be printed in black&white.
  • Avoid the use of abbreviations. Use only those commonly accepted. Do not create new abbreviations.
  • Avoid the use of non-common Roman characters. Do not use Greek letters into the text (they can be used in equations). Do not use special characters like ± ½ ¼ or arrows.
  • Present standard deviations as (SD=2.34), and confidence intervals as [95%CI 2.36:4.23]
  • For currency abbreviations, use the ISO 4217 codes.
  • Follow International standards for authors’ names and abbreviations. John Philip Doe will be abbreviated as Doe JP.
  • Provide, if possible, only ONE institution for each author’s affiliation. Affiliations from more than one country will not be accepted for one author. Candidate positions are not considered.
  • For non-native English authors, a scientific editing service could be important. See below a list of some of these scientific editing providers. Authors using this service should include a sentence in the acknowledge section.

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