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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 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).
  • The authors have been sufficiently involved in this submission to take public responsibility for its validity and final presentation as original publication.
  • The submission must include the accomplished Author Signature Form that you may download from this link

  • The authors confer all copyright ownership to Acta Medica Philippina in the event that this submission is published in this journal.
  • The authors declare that the submission has been subjected to ethics review and has been endorsed favourably by the said board or committee.
  • All authors understand that the Corresponding Author is responsible for communicating with the other authors about the status of submitted manuscripts, submission of revisions and final approval of proofs.
  • The submission doesn’t contain any identifying information (author's name, affiliation, contact details)
  • The submission is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Arial font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission must include the accomplished ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest stated in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Acta Medica Philippina follows the recommendations of the

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for manuscript submission.




Submit the accomplished ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest that you may download from this link:



Author Signature Form

The submission must include the accomplished Author Signature Form that you may download from this link




For original articles, the abstract should have a structured format consisting of the objectives, methods, results, and conclusion. For case reports, abstracts need not be structured. At least 3 keywords using terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus should be listed under the abstract for cross-indexing of the article.



  1. The text should be organized consecutively as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.
  2. All references, tables, figures and illustrations should be cited in the text, in numerical order.
  3. All abbreviations should be spelled out once, the first time they are mentioned in the text, followed by the abbreviations enclosed in parentheses.
  4. All measurements should be in System International (SI) units.
  5. Acknowledgments to individuals/groups of persons, or institution/s should be included at the end of the text just before the references. Grants and subsidies from government or private institutions should also be acknowledged.


  1. References in the text should be identified by Arabic Numerals in superscript on the same line as the preceding sentence.
  2. References should be typed single-spaced and numbered consecutively in the order they are mentioned in the text.
  3. The style approved by Acta Medica Philippina conforms to that recommended by the ICMJE and should follow the format of the examples shown below:

Journal Article

Putaala J, Metso AJ, Metso TM, Konkola N, Kraemer Y, Haapaniemi E, et al. Analysis of 1008 consecutive patients aged 15 to 49 with first-ever ischemic stroke: the Helsinki young stroke registry. Stroke. 2009 Apr; 40(4):1195-203.

Electronic Material

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Falls among older adults: summary of research findings [Internet]. 2005 [cited 2006 Jan]. Available from:



Dumitru D, Amato AA, Zwarts MJ. Nerve conduction studies. In: Dumitru D, Amato AA, Zwarts MJ, eds. Electrodiagnostic medicine, 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, Inc; 2002. pp. 159–217.


For more reference style and format, follow the standards in the ICMJE Recommendations found in this link https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html


  1. Cite all tables consecutively in the text and number them accordingly. The content of tables should include a table number (Arabic) and title above the table, and explanatory notes and legends as well as definitions of abbreviations used.
  2. Each table must be self-explanatory being a supplement rather than a duplicate of information in the text. The use of too many tables is discouraged.


  1. Figures or graphs should be identified by Arabic Numeral/s with titles and explanations underneath. The numbers should correspond to the order in which the figures/graphs occur in the text. It is recommended that figures/graphs also be submitted as image files (preferably as .jpeg or .gif files) of high resolution.
  2. All personally identifying data of the subject/s or patient/s under study such as name, case numbers, etc., particularly in case reports, should be removed.



  1. Digital photographs should at least be 800 x 600 dpi.
  2. For photomicrographs, the stain used (ex. H & E) and magnification (ex. X400) should be included in the description.


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