Opera Medica et Physiologica

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Guides for submissions

Manuscript Submissions

Authors should submit complete manuscripts (with separate figure files) to the Opera Medica & Physiologica website, at http://operamedphys.com/.

Submitted papers must be previously unpublished, and are not submitted elsewhere. All authors are assumed to have read and approved the submission, and all authors have also declared all conflicting interests. The papers submitted must comply with Ethical Policies of the Journal, and all procedures has been conducted under internationally accepted ethical standards, and have been subjected to relevant ethical review.


Both British or American spelling are allowed (which however should be consistent across the paper).


Use the international system of units (SI).

Research papers

There are no restrictions on the length of manuscripts or on the number of figures or tables. Authors may be asked to reduce the length of the manuscript or the number of figures/tables by the Editors.

The research paper should be organized as follows:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Key words
  4. List of abbreviations
  5. Introduction
  6. Methods
  7. Results
  8. Discussion
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. References
  11. Tables
  12. Figure legends

Figures should be submitted as separate image files.

Title page

Title. The title should normally contain no more than 250 characters; onle generally accepted abbreviations (such as ATP, RNA etc) may be used.

Authors. All author names in full (i.e. Jogh Doe) should be presented. Additional information such as ‘these authors have contributed equally to this work’ may be added as a footnote.

Author's Affiliations.

Running title (not more than 80 characters).

Name and address of corresponding author.

Present/permanent address. If an author has changed the affiliation, Present address' may be indicated as a footnote.

Abstract. An abstract should not exceed 250 words. The abstract must clearly provide the background for the study, methods used, principal results and main conclusions. Avoid presenting detailed statistics and using abbreviations.

Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 - 8 keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

List of Abbreviations. Define abbreviations used and ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Introduction. The Introduction should make the background and the objective of the paper clear, and be understandable to the non-specialist.

Methods. Methods section should contain teh subsection "Ethical approval", which must contain the following information:

  1. A. The name of the national or local ethics committee that approved the project and the relevant regulations governing all the studies described in the paper.
  2. B. If experiments were conducted on humans, confirmation that written informed consent was obtained, that the studies conformed to the standards set by the latest revision of the Declaration of Helsinki, and that the procedures were approved by Ethics committee, which should be named.

Results. Analysis of variance (ANOVA), not t tests, should be used for multiple comparisons; parametric and non-parametric statistics should be used appropriately, and particular care should be taken with means and errors if data have been transformed onto a logarithmic scale. Standard deviation and standard error of the mean should be specified and used appropriatelyand given with a suitable number of significant figures; the n value should be stated.

Tests of significance should be specified on each occasion and in full, e.g. Student's paired t test.

Discussion. The Discussion should provide an overall conclusion of teh work and place teh newly obtained results in the wider contexxt of the field. papers may be accompanied with an Appendix or a Theory section.

Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements should list here those individuals who provided help during the research and all the funding sources.

References. All the papers, abstracts and books cited in the text should be listed. The order of references is strictly alphabetical, regardless of chronology. In teh text teh citations should appear as follows: for single author (Brown, 2015), for 2 authors (Brown & Smith, 2015) for 3 and more authors (Brown et al., 2015).

In the reference list the format for references to papers and books, and to chapters in books, is as follows:


HAYDON P.G. (2001): GLIA: listening and talking to the synapse. Nature Reviews in Neuroscience, 2, 185-193.

RALEVIC V. & BURNSTOCK G. (1998): Receptors for purines and pyrimidines. Pharmacological Reviews 50, 413-492.

PANKRATOV Y., CASTRO E., MIRAS-PORTUGAL M.T. & KRISHTAL O. (1998): A purinergic component of the excitatory postsynaptic current mediated by P2X receptors in the CA1 neurons of the rat hippocampus. European Journal of Neuroscience 10, 3898-3902.


VERKHRATSKY A. & BUTT A.M. (2013): Glial Physiology and Pathophysiology. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 520pp.


BURNSTOCK G. (1982): Adenine nucleotides and nucleosides in cerebral hypoxia. In: Cerebral Hypoxia in the Pathogenesis of Migraine. In: Progress in Neurobiology Series (Eds Rose F.C. & Amery W.K.), pp. 77-81, Bath: Pitman Press.

Tables. Tables should be referred to in the text by arabic numerals, e.g. Table 1. Each table should have its own self-explanatory title. The same information should not be presented in both tabular and graphical forms. tables should be submitted as a part of main text.

Figures and legends. Tables should be referred to in the text by arabic numerals, e.g. Fig. 1. Each figure should be given a title and be accompanied by a legend . There are no retsrictions on the usage of colour.

Authors are encouraged to provide a figure for possible use on the cover.

Artwork. All figures should be submitted as 600 dpi TIFF files.

Other papers types

Short communications

Authors may request that their manuscript be considered as a Rapid Report for accelerated publication. Priority will be given to such papers at all stages, the Editorial Report normally being sent to authors within 4 weeks of receipt of the paper.

Rapid Reports should be complete in themselves; pairs or sequences are not allowed for papers in this category. Papers should be presented in the usual format. A short communication should not exceed 5000 words (including figure legends but excluding references), and should contain no more than five figures/tables and 35 references.

Invited Reviews

The Editors commission Invited Reviews, either as stand-alone reviews or as part of a themed Special Issue.


This journal operates under Open Access agreement.

For Open Access articles

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete an 'Exclusive License Agreement'.

Open Access

  1. Articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse.
  2. An Open Access publication fee is payable by authors or their research funder.