Scientific and methodological rigour
The editorial board will especially evaluate the scientific and methodological rigour of the manuscripts received. Therefore, authors are advised before starting to write to consult the instructions for authors, available at this link, and ask themselves the following questions:
- Does the abstract provide a full and accurate description of the paper’s content?
- Are the study aims clearly set out and logical?
- Is the rationale to perform the study clear?
- Are the methods reported in sufficient detail so that the experiment cam be reproduced?
- Is the study design robust and suitable for the aim set out?
- Are the conclusions drawn supported by the data?
- Is the discussion section critical and full?
- Are the references suitable in number and up to date?
- Are the declarations backed appropriately by quotations?
Availability of the data
FARMACÉUTICOS COMUNITARIOS believes that sharing data fosters scientific transparency and progress. Data availability enables and facilitates:
- Validation, replication, reanalysis, new analysis, reinterpretation or inclusion in meta-analyses;
- The reproducibility of the research;
- Efforts to guarantee data archiving, which increases the value of the investment made in financing the scientific research;
- Reduction of the burden on authors to store, find old data and manage requests for data access;
- Citation and relating research data and their associated papers, which improves the visibility and guarantees recognition of authors, data producers and storers.
Therefore, FARMACÉUTICOS COMUNITARIOS will positively assess authors giving unrestricted access to readers of all data necessary to reproduce the results of their studies at the time of publication. Attention should be paid to the legal or ethics restrictions that prohibit publicly sharing a data set; such as the right to privacy and anonymizing any data that enables identifying specific persons.
These data should be uploaded to a public repository in an easily accessible and editable format. A description of the structure of the data, which enables their interpretation should also be provided. Once upload, the repository provides a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) that should be published in the paper to facilitate access.
A non-exhaustive list of public repositories is provided below for guidance. Here the author can choose the most suitable or any other repository not included in this list that the author considers as long as it complies with the availability conditions.
Protocol for the selection and maintenance of peer reviewers in the journal FARMACÉUTICOS COMUNITARIOS
The “peer reviewers” of Farm Comunitarios are independent experts in their field of study who work in the health sciences.
Possible reviewers of the journal Farm Comunitarios are recruited according to the protocol below:
- Performing of a search for academics whose field of study is the health sciences, both national and international, using databases of abstracts and indices such as Pub Med, Clarivate, Scopus, Google Scholar, etc.
- Drawing up of a list of reviewers from different institutions with diverse points of view.
- Verification that there are no conflicts of interest that prevent them from belonging to the Farm Comunitarios reviewer’s board.
- Presentation of the list to the journal editor for approval.
- Approval of the definitive list by the journal’s editor.
- Sending of a letter inviting those chosen to altruistically take part in the reviewer’s board.
- Acceptance or rejection by the reviewer, specifying whether there exists or might exist conflicts of interest in terms of their joining the review board.
- Inclusion of the reviewer on the list that appears in the journal Farm Comunitarios.
Procedure when a reviewer leaves.
A reviewer will leave at her own request or when he refuses to review manuscripts three times in a row without reason for this.
Farm Comunitarios will try to keep at least 45 reviewers and recruit new reviewers when the number falls below 40.