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Author Guidelines

MJHID publishes reviews and original articles related to the diagnosis, management, and research of hematologic and infectious diseases. The content of the MJHID is determined by the Editors.

MJHID does not require any fee both for reviewing and online publication.

MJHID, the Publisher, and the Editors of its publications assume no responsibility for the statements expressed by the contributors (and/or authors) of the articles.

The manuscript submitted to the journal must not contain previously published material or material under consideration for publication elsewhere. Accepted manuscripts become the property of MJHID and may not be republished.

All manuscripts will undergo peer review. A final report and a subsequent decision about publication will then be made by an MJHID Editor. If the Editor requires revision of the article, authors must send the correct version within three months, after three months, the item will be archived, unless the authors did not apply for an extension.

Responsibilities of the Authors

By submitting a manuscript for publication, each author acknowledges having made a substantial contribution in:

  • The conception and design of the study.
  • The analysis and interpretation of the results.
  • The writing of the paper.

and has approved the final submitted version of the manuscript.

Each author thus also acknowledges responsibility for the integrity of the document, assures its originality, and guarantees that duplicate or redundant publications or submissions have not occurred. The Editors reserve the right to request the original data obtained in the investigation. Authors should declare any possible conflict of interest. Authors are responsible for all statements done in the text. Experiment on humans should be made according to Helsinki Declaration 2008, or after approval of local ethical committee. Experiments on animals should respect the "Animal Welfare Act", Published Conflict-of-Interest Statement, Statements of Informed Consent and Human and Animal Right should be made according to International Committee of Journal Medical Editors

Manuscript Submission

These instructions are based in part on recommendations in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal [Ann. Intern. Med. 1997; 126: 36-47]. Variations from guidelines in this publication reflect the individual style of MJHID.

The authors should submit the manuscript as a complete file.

Download an electronic version of the text (as an MS WORD document), unlabeled and labeled images (as JPEG files).

The manuscript should be typed in times new roman font, double-spaced throughout on one side of A4/Letter paper with at least a 1.5 cm/ margin on all sides. Number all pages consecutively, beginning with the title page.

Restrictions on page counts or the number of figures/videos are related to the type of submissions. 

Organize the manuscript as follows: title page, abstract, introduction, material and methods, results, and a discussion including a conclusion, acknowledgments, references, figure legends, and tables.

Keep acronyms and abbreviations to a minimum. When an abbreviation is used, define it at first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parentheses.

All the manuscripts can be written both in American and British English.

The inappropriateness of the language will not be considered sufficient reason to reject the article. However, it is recommended to check the English language by an expert.

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Categories of Submission

Review Articles

The author(s) is free to design the paper. No particular format is required for these articles.

Moreover, authors should take into consideration the suggestions of PRISMA Group, Shamseer L, Moher D, Clarke M, Ghersi D, Liberati A, Petticrew M, Shekelle P, Stewart LA; PRISMA-P Group. Preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols (PRISMA-P) 2015: elaboration and explanation. BMJ. 2015;349:g7647. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g7647. 

However, they should have an informative, unstructured abstract of about 250 words; we suggest a limiting to 10-12 pages (5-6000 words +references), Mini reviews (<4000 words and <100 references) will also be considered. References, figures, and legends follow the guidelines described below under Original Articles. The review articles are solicited by the Editors, but the journal may also consider reviews submitted on authors' initiative, however, a pre-submission approval by the Editor in Chief should be obtained.

Original Articles

Title Page. The following information should appear:

The title of the article; authors name, and last name; affiliations, grant support, and presentation in part or whole at any meeting. Please, identify the corresponding author and provide a full mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.



Provide an abstract of not more than 250 words. It should consist of four paragraphs, labeled Background e Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. They should briefly describe, respectively, the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the remarkable results, and what the authors conclude from the results. No references should be cited.

Introduction. Include brief background information on what has been done in the past in this area and the importance of your investigation. End with a statement of the purpose or hypothesis of the study.

Material and Methods. This section may be divided into subsections if it facilitates reading the paper. The research design, subjects, material used, and statistical methods should be included. Do not mix results and discussion into this section. Do not include manufacturers names unless the specific product is essential to the procedures performed, in which case the city and state or country of the manufacturer should also be given. Indicate that informed consent has been obtained from patients who participated in clinical investigations. In animal experimentation, acknowledge that ethical guidelines were followed. When appropriate, indicate that approval was obtained from the institution's review board.

Results. This section may be divided into subsections if it facilitates reading the paper. All results based on methods must be included. If tables and graphic material will ease the understanding of the results, include them. Cite figures to illustrate the findings of the study.

Discussion. Start with limited background information and then discuss the results of the investigation in light of what has been published in the past, the limitations of your study, and potential directions for future research. Inappropriate place, cite figures and graphs. A conclusion should summarize the major findings of the study and their clinical usefulness.

Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page.

References. This section must be single spaced and begin on a separate sheet. References are numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. All references must be cited in the text, where numbers are enclosed in [square brackets] in line with the text (not superscript). Papers submitted but not yet accepted for publication should also be cited in the text. Inclusive page numbers ( e.g., 491-492) must be provided for all references. Journal names should be abbreviated according to MeSH. All authors should be listed in references.

Style and punctuation of references

Journal article. [Reference number] Marcucci G, Radmacher MD, Maharry K, Mrózek K, Ruppert AS, Paschka P,Vukosavljevic T, Whitman SP, Baldus CD, Langer C, Liu CG, Carroll AJ, Powell BL,Garzon R, Croce CM, Kolitz JE, Caligiuri MA, Larson RA, Bloomfield CD. MicroRNA expression in cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukemia.N Engl J Med. 2008;358:1919-28

Journal online article. [Reference number]Stoddart A, McNerney ME, Bartom E, Bergerson R, Young DJ, Qian Z, Wang J,
Fernald AA, Davis EM, Larson RA, White KP, Le Beau MM. Genetic pathways leading to therapy-related myeloid neoplasms. Mediterr J Hematol Infect Dis. 2011;3:e2011019. Epub 2011 May 16.

Book. [Reference number] Noback CR, Demarest RJ. The Human Nervous System. 2nd Ed., New York, McGraw-Hill. 1975; 199-201.

Edited book. [Reference number] Wyngaarden JB. Principles of human genetics. In: Wyngaarden JB, Smith LH, eds. Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 18th Ed., Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company. 1988; 146-152.

URL (Web Page). [Reference number] Pantanowitz L, Früh K, Marconi S, Moses AV, Dezube BJ.

Pathology of rituximab-induced Kaposi sarcoma flare. (published 23 July 2008)

Format: Author, if available. The title of the page as listed on the site. Address of page (date accessed).

Tables. Each table should be given on a separate page. Each table has a short, descriptive title. Tables are numbered in the order cited in the text. Abbreviations are defined as footnotes at the bottom of each table. Tables should not duplicate data given in the text or figures.

Figures and Legends. The complete sets of original figures must be submitted. Legends should be in the present tense (e.g., 'Illustration shows ...'). Subjects' names must not appear on the figures. Labels should contrast well with the background. Images should be uniform in size and magnification. Illustrations should be free of all identifying information relative to the subject and institution. Line drawings should be professional in quality. Written permission for use of all previously published illustrations must be included with submission, and the source should be referenced in the legends. Written permission from any person recognizable in a photo is required. Legends must be double spaced, and figures are numbered in the order cited in the text. Label all pertinent findings.


Scientific Letters: Important new findings can be published in a format that fit a letter. Start the letter with a paragraph summarizing the rationale for the study and the major conclusions. The initial statement of this paragraph will be utilized as abstract and headlines. Scientific Letters have a maximum of 1500 words in the text (excluding title, affiliations, figures legends or references), a maximum of 3 tables and/or figures, and only 15 essential references. Letters will appear in the table of contents, have a DOI and be indexed in PubMed.


Case Reports.

Clinical Cases can be published as Brief Reports.  They will be taken into consideration only when significantly expand the field of general medical knowledge and/or contribute to extending the knowledge of the pathophysiology of the disease. The rarity of the case is not regarded as a criterium of priority. Reports usually describe one to three patients or a single family. The text is limited to 2000 words, a maximum of 3 tables and figures (total), and up to 20 references. They begin with a brief summary of no more than 150 words

Educational Clinical Cases

 Clinical Cases,  when with a puzzling diagnosis at presentation,  and having a strong educational character, will be assigned to the section MJHID Educational Clinical Cases.  This section contains case studies of particular diagnostic difficulty and therapeutic interest. The diagnostic procedure should be represented step by step.  The iconography must be complete and original. The diagnostic tool should be updated or adapted to local conditions. Differential diagnosis should be an important point to consider.  Pages number and references are at the discretion of the authors (in general not more of 3000 words and 30 references). They begin with a brief summary of data of the patient at presentation. Please send to Editorial Office  a Presubmission Inquiry to obtain approval for Educational  Clinical Cases by the Editor in Chief. An example of an Educational Clinical Case can be viewed by clicking on

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor may be used in primis to comment articles appeared in MJHID and to give an opinion or suggestions about topics recently treated in the MJHID. Letters should be no more than three pages and should be submitted with a brief title. A maximum of 8 references may be included. Letters are published at the discretion of the journal and are subject to editing. Case reports can be submitted as a letter to the editor only when referring to articles appeared in MJHID.

Books for Review

Publishers and authors who wish to have their titles considered for review should send review copies to. Unsolicited book reviews are not considered

The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. 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). While the manuscript is undergoing the peer review phase, the authors will not submit the manuscript to another journal without notifying the editor.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. The authors assure copyright of their article to the Institute of Hematology, Catholic University.
  6. Authors have declared any possible conflict of interest.

Copyright Notice

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Transfer of Copyright and Permission to Reproduce Parts of Published Papers. Authors will grant copyright of their articles to the Institute of Hematology, Catholic University, Rome . No formal permission will be required to reproduce parts (tables or illustrations) of published papers, provided the source is quoted appropriately and reproduction has no commercial intent. Reproductions with commercial intent will require written permission and payment of royalties.


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