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Pharmacology on line (ISSN: 1827-8620)

Submission Rules

Information for Authors


The journal covers all aspects of pharmacology. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration by Pharmacologyonline on the condition that they represent original material, have not been published previously, are not being considered for publication elsewhere, and have been approved by each author. Review articles, research papers, case reports and letters to the editor may be submitted for publication. Manuscripts that report the results of experimental investigation with human subjects must include informed consent.


Manuscripts should be submitted to Prof. Anna Capasso, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacologyonline, by e-mail to annacap@unisa.it (or alternatively three hard copies plus a floppy diskette to Mrs Annamaria Della Valle, Editorial Assistant of Pharmacologyonline, School of Pharmacy, University of Salerno, Via Ponte Don Melillo (84084) Fisciano, Salerno, Italy)
All components of the manuscript must appear within a single electronic file: references, figure legends and tables must appear in the body of the manuscript.


The following detailed instructions are necessary to allow direct reproduction of the manuscript for rapid publishing. If instructions are not followed, the manuscript will be returned for retyping. The following typefaces, in 12 points size, are preferred: Times Roman, Helvetica, Courier.


The typing area must be exactly 6 5/8" (168 mm) wide by 9 7/8" (250 mm) long. Justify margins left and right (block format). The entire typing area of each page must be filled, leaving no wasted space. Text should be single-spaced and double-spaced between paragraphs. Special care should be taken to insure that symbols, superscripts and subscripts are legible and do not overlap onto lines above or below. Make sure text lines are equidistant.


On the first page of the manuscript, start title 1" (25 mm) down from top text margin. Type title in all capital letters, centred on the width of the typing area and single-spaced if more than one line is required. The title should be brief, descriptive and have all words spelled out. Double-space, then type the author(s) name(s), single-spaced if more than one line is required. Double-space, than type author(s) address(es), also single-spaced, capitalizing first letters of main words. Quadruple-space before Summary


Centre, type and underline summary heading, capitalizing the first letter. A double-space should separate the heading from the summary text. Indent summary text approximately 1/2" (13 mm) from both left and right margins. The summary should be intelligible to the reader without reference to the body of the paper and be suitable for reproduction by abstracting services. Introduction to the text (without a heading) should being four spaces below the summary using full margins.


Three or more key words must be provided by authors for indexing of their article. Key words will be listed directly below the Summary. Abbreviated forms of chemical compounds are not acceptable. Spell out entirely, using the official nomenclature. Example: L-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA)


Papers must include the major headings: Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments and References. Capitalize first letter, underline, and centre headings on width of typing area.


Incorporate tables and/or figures with their legends into the main body of text.


References should be listed numerically, corresponding to their order of appearance in the text, in accordance with the Vancouver System. Citation in the text is by Arabic numeral in parentheses. Use et al. only for six or more authors: et al. follows the names of the first three authors. Periodical abbreviations should follow those used in Index Medicus. References should be styled as follows:

Standard journal article:

  • Agargun MY, Cartwright R. REM sleep, dream variables and suicidality in depressed patients. Psychiatry Res 2003;119:33-39.
  • Wayne K. Goodman WK, Christopher J, et al. Pharmacotherapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder. J Clin Psychiatry 1992; 53(4, suppl):29-37.

Chapter in book:

  • Benca RM. Mood disorders. In: Kryger MH, Roth T, Dement CD, eds. Principals and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company, 2000:1141-1157.

Books and monographs:

  • Hollander E. Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders. Washington, DC: American 


It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to this journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden, and by submitting the article for publication the authors agree that the publishers have the legal right to take appropriate action against the authors, if plagiarism or fabricated information is discovered. By submitting a manuscript the authors agree that the copyright of their article is transferred to the publishers if and when the article is accepted for publication.  Once submitted to the journal, the author will not withdraw their manuscript at any stage prior to publication.