About the journal

Basic information


Salud Colectiva is an open access journal edited by the Instituto de Salud Colectiva, Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Was founded in 2005 for the purpose of creating an editorial framework for critical thought in health. The journal publishes original and unpublished articles that contribute to the study of the health-disease-care process (HDCP) and address the complexity of social processes and the particularities and interests of diverse actors making up those processes from different disciplinary areas, methodological and conceptual approaches.

The abbreviated title is Salud colectiva, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references, citations, and bibliographic legends.



Indexing sources

  • Web of Science - Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • PubMed - Medline
  • SciELO Saúde Pública
  • SciELO Argentina
  • DOAJ
  • HAPI
  • Free Medical Journals
  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory
  • LATINDEX Catálogo
  • PKP Index


Editorial Board


  • Spinelli, Hugo - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina


Associate editors

  • Aguirre, Patricia - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Alazraqui, Marcio - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Arakaki, Jorge - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Damin, Nicolás - CONICET, Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Laborales (CEIL). Argentina
  • Díaz Córdova, Diego - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Guevel, Carlos - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Herkovits, Damián - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Federico, Leonardo - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Leveau, Carlos - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Pereyra, Brenda - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Santoro, Adrián - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Sy, Anahi - CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Tisnés, Adela - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Trotta, Andrés - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Zabala, Juan Pablo - CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. Argentina


Managing editor

  • Martinovich, Viviana - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina


English edition editor

  • Di Cecco, Vanessa - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina


Editorial assistant

  • Matus, Svetlana - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina


Editorial council

  • Almeida, Naomar - Universidade Federal de Bahia. Brasil
  • Ayres, José Ricardo - Universidade de São Paulo. Brasil
  • Barata, Rita - Universidade de São Paulo. Brasil
  • Borrel, Carme - Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona. España
  • Campos, Gastão - Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Brasil
  • Deslandes, Suely - Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública. Brasil
  • Diez Roux, Ana - Drexel University. EE.UU.
  • Fleury, Sonia - Fundação Getulio Vargas. Brasil
  • Homedes, Nuria - University of Texas-Houston. EE.UU.
  • Menéndez, Eduardo - CIESAS. México
  • Merhy, Emerson - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Brasil
  • Minayo, Maria Cecília - Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública. Brasil
  • Onocko, Rosana - Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Brasil
  • Rojas Ochoa, Francisco - Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública. Cuba
  • Silva Ayçaguer, Luis Carlos - Centro Nacional de Información de Ciencias Médicas. Cuba
  • Silva Paim, Jairnilson - Universidade Federal de Bahia. Brasil
  • Tapia Granados, José - Drexel University. EE.UU.
  • Testa, Mario - Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina
  • Ugalde, Antonio - University of Texas. EE.UU.


Editorial production



Editing and proofreader

  • Instituto de Salud Colectiva, UNLa
    Martinovich, Viviana
    Arakaki, Jorge


English translation

  • Carrera de Traductorado Público, UNLa
    Directora: Bertolo, Claudia

Technical editing in English

  • Instituto de Salud Colectiva, UNLa
    Di Cecco, Vanessa


  • Dirección de informática, UNLa
    Pade, Betiana


  • Biblioteca "Rodolfo Puiggrós", UNLa
    Le Bozec, Marcela


Instructions to authors

Scope and policy


1. About Salud Colectiva

The journal’s objective is to disseminate original and unpublished articles which contribute to the study of the health-disease-care process (HDCP). Since its first publication in 2005, Salud Colectiva has incorporated a series of documents and initiatives as part of its editorial policies. Among these documents of reference are found the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

2. Regarding the concept of original and unpublished

Salud Colectiva only accepts original and unpublished works that have not been published in whole or partially in any print or online media, that have not been simultaneously sent to other publication, and that are not in the process of evaluation at another publication when sent to us for review.

The works which do not satisfy these requirements can be rejected in any of the instances of evaluation, even once they have been accepted and approved for publication.


To define the concept of original, Salud Colectiva adopts the following definition from the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española: "Dicho de una obra científica, artística, literaria o de cualquier otro género: Que resulta de la inventiva de su autor". A work which does not satisfy this definition of original will be considered plagiarism, a practice clearly denounced by the scientific community.


The term "unpublished" has an unmistakable meaning: that which is not published. If a work that has already been published is republished, this second version is considered a redundant or duplicate publication. According to the ICMJE, "redundant (or duplicate) publication is publication of a paper that overlaps substantially with one already published in print or electronic media."

As the chapter on Overlapping Publications the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) explains, "duplicate publication of original research is particularly problematic because":

  • Of "the possibility that two or more journals will unknowingly and unnecessarily undertake the work of peer review, edit the same manuscript, and publish the same article."
  • "It can result in inadvertent double-counting or inappropriate weighting of the results of a single study, which distorts the available evidence."

The primary reasons that Salud Colectiva prioritizes unpublished works are the following:

  • The evaluation process of submitted works is based upon the principle of confidentiality and anonymity of the authors and evaluators. If the work is found online in full or in part, the condition of confidentiality in the evaluation process is lost.
  • To promote the strategic use of resources by avoiding duplicate publication.

In the event that Salud Colectiva unknowingly publishes an article already published elsewhere, a note will be printed in a later edition informing of the duplication. When an author makes the decision to seek publication of his or her work, he or she must therefore consider carefully the channels available for doing so and choose the one he or she considers most appropriate.


Works derived from a single research project will not be considered duplicate publications in the event that the question the article seeks to answer is different, that is, the way of approaching the data obtained is different and the aspects considered in the new work were not considered in the previous works derived from the same project. However, all previous derivative works must be cited and their differences with respect to the newly submitted article must be clearly stated.

3. Open Access Policy

Salud Colectiva maintains a commitment to the policies of Open Access to scientific information, as it considers that both scientific publications as well as research investigations funded by public resources should circulate freely without restrictions.

Salud Colectiva ratifies the Open Access model in which scientific publications are made freely available at no cost online, with no time embargos and with no publication costs transferred to the authors.  This policy seeks to dismantle the economic barriers that have created inequalities in the access to both information and the ability to publish investigation results.

4. Selection of Papers

All manuscripts will be subject to a preliminary review to determine whether the article is in alignment with the goals, editorial policies and standards of the journal.

If the article is deemed eligible in this pre-evaluation, the authors will be notified and the original document will be sent to two peer reviewers and/or ad hoc reviewers for assessment. This process will be carried out under the appropriate criteria of confidentiality, in which neither the reviewers nor the authors will have knowledge of the others' identities.

Based upon the opinions of these external evaluators, articles may be accepted for publication, rejected, or accepted conditionally subject to certain modifications considered necessary by the reviewers. In the event that modifications are requested, the authors should incorporate the suggested changes and resubmit their work in the period of time indicated to them for a second evaluation.

5. Revision and Publication Process for Selected Works

All papers selected for publication will go through a process of style correction and normalization carried out by the editors of Salud Colectiva.

Revision criteria will be based in international technical norms and the recommendations, as well as the style manuals of prestigious authors and that of the journal.

Prior to publication, a preliminary version will be sent to the author in Word so that he or she may comment on the modifications made. Authors must commit to responding within five days to the comments sent. Once all the corrections have been accepted and incorporated, the authors will receive a PDF version of the publication for their final approval.

6. Distribution

The author is permitted to distribute the final electronic version of his or her published work in institutional repositories or other electronic media as long as he or she makes mention of the original source of publication.

The electronic version article will also be entered into various indexing services which, notwithstanding possible delays in the databases for uploading contents, will be available both in full text and abstract, assuring authors great visibility of their work.



Manuscripts' form and presentation


1. Sections


A space for the reflections and opinions of the editorial staff regarding their editorial work or for invited authors to offer their views on different issues of current interest. Type of submission: Exclusively upon invitation by the editorial board. Submission characteristics: Title in Spanish and English. Body of the text: maximum length 2,000 words. Bibliographic references: correlative number system (Vancouver).


Researches of an empirical, experimental or conceptual nature about topics related to the HDCP. Type of submission: Open. See How to prepare an article


A critical review of bibliography related to the health-disease-care process. Type of submission: Open. See How to prepare an article


Articles accompanied by comments and reviews by authors from different institutions, followed by a response from the primary author. Exclusively upon the Editorial Board's invitation.


Dialogues with notable figures from the cultural, intellectual and scientific fields, in which they discuss their careers and work.


Through interviews or dialogues with important figures organized by Salud Colectiva, this section attempts to restore lost memories of the social medicine and collective health fields first developed in the 1960s in Latin America.


Commentary on and reviews of articles or any other text published in previous issues of the journal, or opinions about current issues of interest, not exceeding three pages in length.

2. Preparation of Manuscripts

The sections open to submission are: Articles, Reviews and Letters. For all sections only original, unpublished works written in Spanish will be accepted. Papers are to be prepared in Microsoft Word using Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, with paper size ISO A4. See How to prepare an article


2.1.1 Authorship

Those named as authors must publically assume responsibility for the article’s contents, therefore the designation as an author implies: 1) a substantial contribution to the conception and/or design, the acquisition, analysis and/or interpretation of the data; 2) the writing or critical revision of the article; 3) the approval of the final version that will be published. All collaborators that do not meet the authorship criteria must appear in the Acknowledgements section.

The first page should include the first and last name of each authors, last academic degree, current position and institution, city, country, email and ORCiD code.

2.1.2 Título y resumen

On the second page, in addition to the title in Spanish and English, a summary must be included in Spanish, with a corresponding English translation, clearly describing the objectives, methodology, most relevant results and primary conclusions. The abstract should be written in a single paragraph not divided into sections, with a length of no more than 12 lines. When an article is submitted to the indexing service, the abstract is separated from the body of the text, therefore the abstract should not contain citations or footnotes.

2.1.3 Keywords

The keywords, understood as descriptors or thesauruses, are collections of terms organized hierarchically to allow for the establishment of relationships between concepts and thereby to facilitate access to information.  In order to effectively do this, keywords require the use of a common language in the indexing of articles in scientific journals as well as in the search and recovery of information within online data bases.

In order to insure the proper indexing of articles in online databases, we ask that authors include three to five keywords in Spanish and English that summarize the content of the work, which must be selected from the Health Sciences Descriptors coordinated by BIREME, or the MeSH Terms created and updated by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM).

 2.1.4 Endnotes

For the new formats of electronic edition, it will not be possible to include endnotes or footnotes. For this reason all clarifications should be incorporated into the body of the text.

2.1.5 Illustrations

No more than eight tables and/or figures in black and white will be accepted.  Maps, graphs, photographs and scanned documents must be labeled as Figures.  All illustrations must be mentioned within the text. Figures and tables will be integrated into the text, and include:

  • Arabic numerals (tables and figures should be numbered independently, in series according to their designation)
  • A descriptive title that specifies the geographic and temporal dimensions of the data presented.
  • Mention of the source.

Clarifications regarding the source

If the Tables and/or Figures included in the work were not previously published and the data was not taken from an outside source, the label "Own elaboration" must be used.

If a previously published illustration is reformulated, or the data is taken from various different sources, the label should read "Own elaboration based on data from" followed by a list of the names of the authors or institutions using the same type of citation as in the body of the text, including the complete publication and location information in the final list of Bibliographic References (Referencias Bibliográficas).

If a previously published figure is used exactly as it was originally created, the original source must be cited and the submitting author must possess the owner's authorization to reproduce the material. This permission is required except in the case of public domain documents.

Clarifications regarding tables

The author should take into account that the tables are self-explanatory, therefore at the foot of the table it may be necessary to incorporate general notes, explanation of acronyms or abbreviations used, or explanatory notes for particular cells (with asterisks) or columns (with lowercase letters). These notations are labeled consecutively within each table, with the series beginning anew for each table.

In order to unify publication criteria tables and/or figures may be redesigned, in which case the table with the quantitative parameters must also be submitted.

Image Resolution

During the process of evaluation of the article, authors may send low-resolution images as long as they clear and legible. However, authors must be able to assure that once the article is approved for publication they will be able to send images with the following requirements:

  • Maps must be exported from programs that convert them into vector images (.eps format)
  • Graph: for graphs made in Excel, the original file must be send (without exporting).  Graphs made in other programs should be exported from the same program in which they were made, as vector images (format .eps)
  • Scanned documents: for photographs and/or documents that should be scanned, we recommend that authors consult the guide How to digitalize documents created by the journal’s editorial team.

2.1.6 Acknowledgements

All collaborators that do not meet the aforementioned authorship criteria (see 2.1.1 Authorship) must appear in the Acknowledgements section. It is the authors' responsibility to obtain the permission of those mentioned in the Acknowledgements section, as readers may infer their approval of the data and conclusions.

2.1.7 Sources of Funding

Any sources of funding must be detailed in the Acknowledgements section, including the name of the funding entity and the name, number, or code of the project.

2.1.8 Conflict of Interests

The mention of a conflict of interest does not imply the rejection of the article. Any real or potential conflict of interest, any obligations on the part of the author/s with regards to sources of funding, or any other type of relationship or rivalry that may be deemed to constitute a conflict of interest must be declared. The lack of conflict of interest must also be stated. If the authors or the editors consider it relevant, this information may be published in an appropriate section of the article.

2.1.9 Bibliographic References

In addition to supporting the affirmations in a text, bibliographic references also permit an interested reader to access the information cited. It is therefore not recommended that unpublished or inaccessible documents be included. 

Citations within the text

References must be cited in the text with consecutive numbers (number in parentheses and superscript). For example: "It has been observed(1,2) that…" or also "some authors(3,4,5,6,7) have shown that…"

If the same reference has been cited more than once, it is not renumbered but rather the same number already assigned is repeated.

Each numeric citation corresponds to a single document; therefore more than one publication cannot be cited under a given number.

List of Bibliographic References

Bibliographic references will be numbered according to the order in which the citations appear in the text. A standardized list containing all of the documents cited, independently of their format (Internet, print, DVD, CD, etc) must be included.

The information on the books, journal articles, newspaper articles, whether electronic or in print, should follow the order specified in the standards established in Citing Medicine by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Examples for sources in print and online format

Journal article

Testa M. Decidir en Salud: ¿Quién?, ¿cómo? y ¿por qué? Salud Colectiva. 2007;3(3):247-257.

Fleischer NL, Diez Roux AV, Alazraqui M, Spinelli H. Social patterning of chronic disease risk factors in a Latin American city. Journal of Urban Health. 2008;85(6):923-937

Journal article on the Internet

Matus C. Las ciencias y la política. Salud Colectiva [Internet]. 2007 [cited 20 oct 2017];3(1):81-91. Available from: http://redalyc.uaemex.mx/src/inicio/ArtPdfRed.jsp?iCve=73130107&iCveNum=6157

Samaja J. ¿Qué tipo de investigaciones debe promover la Universidad? [Editorial]. Salud Colectiva [Internet]. 2006 [cited 15 may 2017];2(3):233-235. Available from: http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1851-82652006000300001


Testa M. Pensar en Salud. Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial; 1993.

Deleuze G, Guattari F. Mil mesetas: capitalismo y esquizofrenia. Valencia: Pre-textos; 1988.

Book with mention of the edition

Robertson LS. Injury epidemiology: research and control strategies. 3a ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2007.

Book (authors / editors)

Onocko Campos R, Pereira Furtado J, Pasos E, Benevides R. (org.). Pesquisa avaliativa em saúde mental. Desenho participativo e efeitos da narratividade. São Paulo: Hucitec; 2008.

Book (corporative autor)

Organización Panamericana de la Salud. La renovación de la Atención Primaria de Salud en las Américas. Washington DC: OPS; 2007.

Book Chapter

Minayo MCS. Ciencia, técnica y arte: el desafío de la investigación social. In: Minayo MCS, Deslandes SF, Neto OC, Gomes R. Investigación social: teoría, método y creatividad. Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial; 2007.

Book on the Internet

Spinelli H, Zunino G, Alazraqui M, Guevel C, Darraidou V. Mortalidad por armas de fuego en Argentina, 1990-2008 [Internet]. Buenos Aires: OPS, 2011 [cited 10 may 2017]. Available from: http://www.ops.org.ar/publicaciones/pubOPS_ARG/pub68.pdf

Conference publications

Testa M. La salud y la crisis económica. II Jornadas de Atención Primaria de la Salud; 30 abr - 7 may 1988; Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires: Grupo Editor de las Jornadas; 1989.

Conference publications on the Internet

Packer AL. Avances y desafíos en el movimiento de acceso abierto al conocimiento científico en América Latina y el Caribe [Internet]. IIº Encuentro Iberoamericano de Editores Científicos; 11-12 nov 2010; Biblioteca Nacional, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires [cited 10 may 2017]. Available from: http://eidec.caicyt.gov.ar/files/mesa3/01.pdf

Newspaper Article

Bruschtein L. Jóvenes fanáticos. Página/12. 5 mar 2011:Sec. El País:2(col. 1-3).

Cecchi H. Custodiado por sus torturadores. Página/12. 4 mar 2011:Sec. Sociedad:19(col. 1-4).

Newspaper Article on the Internet

Bruschtein L. Jóvenes fanáticos. Página/12 [Internet]. 5 mar 2011 [cited 5 mar 2017]:Sec. El País. Available from: http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/elpais/1-163503-2011-03-05.html

Cecchi H. Custodiado por sus torturadores. Página/12 [Internet]. 4 mar 2011[cited 5 mar 2017]:Sec. Sociedad. Available from: http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/sociedad/3-163418-2011-03-04.html

Databases on the Internet

Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos. Tasa de mortalidad por mil habitantes, según grupo de edad y sexo, total de país, años 1980/2007 [Internet]. Buenos Aires: INDEC [cited 5 mar 2017]. Available from: http://www.indec.mecon.ar/nuevaweb/cuadros/65/q030201.xls

World Economic Forum. Government prioritization of ICT [Internet] World Economic Forum; c2010 [cited 5 mar 2017]. Available from: http://networkedreadiness.com/gitr/main/analysis/showdatatable.cfm?vno=6.2


The publication of articles involving findings from research on human subjects is contingent on compliance with the ethical principles expressed in the Declaración de Helsinki  and any other relevant legislation pertaining to the country where the research was conducted. Compliance with the international standards regarding protection of human subjects shall be included in a paragraph in the Methodology section, specifying the obtaining of the informed consent of participants in the research report and the approval of investigation protocol by the relevant Ethics Committee.

2.2.1 Declaration of "Ethical considerations and conflict of interests" and "Originality and copyright"

Authors must submit the form of "Ethical Considerations and Conflict of Interests" and "Originality and Copyright" declarations [Download ECCI-OCR Declaration] which seeks to clarify aspects of the article relevant to the evaluation process. The form should be downloaded, filled out, and submitted along with the article.



Envío de los manuscritos


All articles must be submitted via our institutional website in the option "Submit article". If you do not yet have a username and password in the system, you can generate them here. For more details, see the guide "How to submit and article"

Universidad Nacional de Lanús Lanús - Buenos Aires - Argentina
E-mail: revistasaludcolectiva@yahoo.com.ar