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Author Guidelines

Universa Medicina ( is a four-monthly medical journal that publishes new research findings on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice. Universa Medicina Online contains both the current issue and an online archive that can be accessed through browsing, advanced searching, or collections by disease or topic.


Important Note for Authors

From 8 December 2015, Universa Medicina received manuscript that meet the Guidelines of instructions for Authors



Universa Medicina accepts manuscripts written in Indonesian or English that should not have been published previously and must not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal. For submission, you can click HERE.


Article Types


Original contributions are manuscripts containing substantial novel research. These articles can include randomized controlled trials, observational (cohort, case-control or cross-sectional) studies, diagnostic accuracy studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, nonrandomized behavioral and public health intervention trials, experimental animal trials, or any other clinical or experimental studies.

Manuscript Preparation

The manuscript should be formatted as follows: paper size A4 (212 x 297 mm), with margins of at least 2.5 cm; use double-spacing in a serif font (e.g. Times), 12-point and limited to approximately 16 pages in length including references, tables and figures. Do not justify the right margin. Number pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner of each page, beginning with the title page. Each manuscript component should begin on a new page in the following sequence: title page, abstract and key words, text, conflict of interest, acknowledgments, references, tables and figures. Each table should be on a separate page, complete with title and footnotes. Figures should be provided with legends. All manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter from the author responsible for correspondence.


Manuscript template

Universa Medicina offer a Microsoft Word template to be used to generate a standard style and format for the journal article. To find and download the Microsoft Word template. Download the template.


Manuscript Sections for Papers

Cover letter


Title page

Abstract and keywords


Conflict of interest






Cover Letter

It is mandatory that a signed Cover letter also be submitted along with the manuscript by the author to whom correspondence is to be addressed. Your cover letter should inform the Editor of any special considerations regarding your submission.  The letter should state:

•     Innovation and significance of the work in relation to the scope of Universa Medicina

•     Confirm that the manuscript is entirely original, has not been copyrighted, published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere



The title of the article should be precise and brief, of not more than 14 words. Authors should avoid the use of non-standard abbreviations. Authors should also provide a short running title for page headings of not more than 40 characters.


Title Page

This should carry the title of the article, the names and addresses of all authors (the institution to which the work is to be attributed should be listed first), and the name, address, fax number and email address of the corresponding author.


Abstract and Keywords

A structured abstract that contains no more than 250 words, and should consist of background (including objective), methods, design, results and conclusions. Below the abstract, provide a list of 3–10 keywords.



The text of research papers should be divided into sections with the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions, Conflict of Interest Acknowledgement, and References.


Conflict of Interest

Authors should disclose at the time of revision any financial arrangement they may have with a company whose product is pertinent to the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision, but if the article is accepted for publication, a disclosure statement will appear with the article. 

Authors should made a conflict of interests disclosure statement or a declaration that they do not have any conflicts of interest.Please include a declaration of conflict interest at the end of your manuscript, under the heading “Conflict of Interest”.



Anyone (individual/company/institution) who has substantially contributed to the study for important intellectual content must be acknowledged. Acknowledge only persons who have made substantive contributions to the study.



It is the authors’ responsibility to check all references very carefully for accuracy and completeness. References must be double-spaced and numbered consecutively as they are cited. Identify references in the text by superscripted Arabic numerals within round brackets.  References first cited in a table or figure should be numbered so they will be in sequence with the references cited in the text at the point where the table or figure is first mentioned.  “Unpublished observations” and “personal communications” may not be used as references; if cited, a letter (from the person quoted) granting permission must be submitted. Authors should avoid using abstracts as references. The minimal number of references should be 20 and 85% of them should be recent (published during the last 10 years, with the majority during the last 5 years). Abbreviate journal names according to the Index Medicus system (See also International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References requirements.html). Examples of correct references are given at the end of these instructions.


Tables and Illustrations (Figures)

Type or print each table with double spacing on a separate sheet of paper. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Do not use internal horizontal or vertical lines. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all nonstandard abbreviations. For footnotes use the following symbols, in sequence:  *,†,‡,§,||,¶,**,††,‡‡

Identify statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean. There is normally a limit of 5 figures and tables (total) per manuscript.

Figures should be either professionally drawn and photographed, or submitted as photographic quality digital prints. For x-ray films, scans, and other diagnostic images, as well as pictures of pathology specimens or photomicrographs, send sharp, glossy, black-and-white or color photographic prints, usually 127 x 173 mm (5 x 7 inches). Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. If a figure has been published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. Permission is required irrespective of authorship or publisher except for documents in the public domain.


Units of Measurement

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be in degrees Celsius. Blood pressures should be in millimeters of mercury, unless other units are specifically required by the journal.


Statistical Methods

In manuscripts that report on randomized clinical trials, authors may provide a flow diagram in CONSORT format and all of the information required by the CONSORT checklist. The COINSORT statement, checklist, and flow diagram are available on the Consort website. For tables comparing treatment groups in a randomized trial (usually the first table in the trial report), significant differences between or among groups (i.e. p<0.005) should be identified. In general, p values should be reported to three decimal places (i.e. p<0.001).


Case Report

Case reportusually describe one to three patients or a single family. Case report containing a substantial novel finding,should be unique, representing a diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and having a learning point for the readers. The abstract must begin on a separate page and should be structured with the following subheadings: Background, Case Report, and Conclusion. The abstract should be limited to a maximum of 250 words. The main text of case reports should be structured with the following subheadings: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Conclusion, and References. Case report is limited to 2500 words, a maximum of 5tables and figures (total), and up to 20 references. Provide 4 to 7 key words that will help potential readers search for and find this case report. Universa Medicina offer a Microsoft Word template to be used to generate a standard style and format of a case report. To find and download the Microsoft Word template. Download the template.

Submission Fee & Payment Policy

A publication fee of Rp. 1.500.000,- is required for articles that are accepted for publication.

Figures in color will be charged a additional fee of Rp. 300.000,- per page. Payments should be transferred to the Universa Medicina account: Tahapan BCA KCP Kyai Tapa Acc no 373 1072 602 a/n/ Drg. Eddy Kasim. Transfer receipts should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief. Thank you.


Order Hard Copy and Reprint

Price for Hard Copy is 100,000 IDR/Issue and 30,000 IDR for each Reprint. Minimum order for Reprint is 10. Download the order Hard Copy and Reprint Form Click Here. Please send the journal form hard copy order to Editor-in-Chief (


As stated in the ICMJE Recommendations, credit for authorship requires (a) substantial contributions to the conception and design; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the data, (b) the drafting of the article or critical revision for important intellectual content, (c) final approval of the version to be published, and (d) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the article are appropriately investigated and resolved. Each author must sign a statement attesting that he or she fulfills the authorship criteria of the ICMJE. Find and download Authorship statement Recommendations (e.g., Thelma J. Smith, for the Boston Porphyria Group). As part of the submission process, authors must indicate whether any writing assistance other than copy editing was provided. Any change in authorship after submission must be approved in writing by all authors. Download the Authorship Statement.



Authors are required to describe in their manuscripts ethical approval from an appropriate committee and how consent was obtained from participants when research involves human participants and animals. 

For articles concerning experimental research on humans, a statement should be included that shows informed consent of subjects was obtained following a detailed explanation of the procedures that they may undergo. 

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the research protocols followed in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on humanexperimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in2000.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate that the research  protocols  has been approved by the ethic committee at the institution . And followed to the guidance  on animal research ethics according to the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare (



Universa Medicina seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies and banning the author from publication in Universa Medicina. Find and dowonload the Plagiarism Statements. Download the Plagiarism statement HERE.



All articles published in Universa Medicina are open access, which means the articles are universally and freely available online. In addition, the authors retain copyright of their article, and grant any third party the right to use reproduce and disseminate the article. The author is obliged to mention Universa Medicina  as a source whenever the author later republishes the article on other platforms.


Manuscript submission

The manuscript and other required documents and a list of two potential referees from outside your University/Institution should be emailed as attachments to :

Professor Adi Hidayat


Universa Medicina

Once the manuscript has reached the Editor, the corresponding author will be informed by email within two weeks. The review process is between one and two months, and the results will be send by email to the corresponding author. A note of acceptance or non-acceptance for publication of the manuscript will be send to the corresponding author. Authors are required to provide at least two potential referees, with affiliations and addresses, including email addresses.


Examples of correct forms of references


1. Standard journal

List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list only the first three, followed by “et al.” Abbreviate journal titles according to Index Medicus style, which is used in MEDLINE citations.

Pinelli NR, Hurren KM. Efficacy and safety of long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Pharmacother 2011;45:850-60.

Campbell NRC, Gilbert RE, Leiter LA, et al.  Hypertension in people with type 2 diabetes: update on pharmacologic management. Can Fam Physician 2011;57:997-1002.

2. Corporate author

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Ten year follow-up of diabetes incidence and weight loss in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Lancet 2009;374:1677-86. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61457-4.

3. Volume with supplement

Maeshiro R, Koo D, Keck CW.  Patients and populations: public health in medical education. Am J Prev Med 2011;41Suppl 3:S145-S318. DOI:

4. Electronic journal without page numbers

Santos CAST, Fiaccone RL, Oliveira NF, et al. Estimating adjusted prevalence ratio in clustered cross-sectional epidemiological data. BMC Med Res Method 2008;8:80 doi:10.1186/1471-2288-8-80.

Thyssen JP, Linneberg A, Carlsen BC, et al. A possible association between a dysfunctional skin barrier (filaggrin null-mutation status) and diabetes: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2011 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000062.

Bawaskar HS, Bawaskar PH. Efficacy and safety of scorpion antivenom plus prazosin compared with prazosin alone for venomous scorpion (Mesobuthus tamulus) sting: randomised open label clinical trial. BMJ 2011;342:c7136. doi:10.1136/bmj.c7136.


Books and Other Monographs

1. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author

Gilstrap LC, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 4nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill;2010..

2. Chapter in a book

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill;2010.p.93-113.

3. Conference paper

Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza’s computational effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA, Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, Tettamanzi AG, editors. Genetic programming. EuroGP 2002: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland. Berlin: Springer;2002.p.182-91.

4. Dissertation

Hos J. (2005). Mechanochemically synthesized nanomaterials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell membranes [dissertation]. Crawley, Western Australia : University of Western Australia;2005.

Electronic Material

1. Electronic documents

Murray G. (2005). A duty of care to children and young people in Western Australia: Report on the quality assurance and review of unsubstantiated allegations of abuse in care;2005. Available at : CietsC410E453AEEC/0/DCDRPTGwennMurrayreportwithcover2006.pdf Accessed April 12, 2008,

2. Journal article on the internet

Sillick T J,  Schutte NS. Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. Applied Psychol 2006;2:38–48. Available at : Accessed Hune 10, 2010.

3. Monograph on the internet

Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2008. Available at: Accessed July 9, 2010.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is doble-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed ad the end. References should ad the URL address
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

All articles published in Universa Medicina are open access, which means the articles are universally and freely available online. In addition, the authors retain copyright of their article, and grant any third party the right to use reproduce and disseminate the article. The author is obliged to mention Universa Medicina  as a source whenever the author later republishes the article on other platforms.


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