Editor-in-Chief & Deputy Editor 2019-2021





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Sponsors & Partners

Acta Gastroenterologica Belgica is supported by grants from its major sponsors

Dr Falk Pharma

Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica is published in partnership with the following national societies

Belgian Week of Gastroenterology

Société Royale Belge de Gastro-Entérologie


Instructions for Authors - 25 April 2019 Print E-mail

Instructions for authors

Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica

Last updated on April 25, 2019


The Journal Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica principally publishes peer-reviewed original manuscripts, reviews, letters to editors and guidelines in the field of clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, including digestive oncology, digestive pathology, as well as nutrition.

Pure animal or in vitro work will not be considered for publication in the Journal. Translational research papers (including sections of animal or in vitro work) are considered by the Journal if they have a clear relationship to or relevance for clinical hepato-gastroenterology (screening, disease mechanisms and/or new therapies).

Case reports and clinical images will be accepted if they represent an important contribution to the description, the pathogenesis or the treatment of a specific gastroenterology or liver problem.

The language of the Journal is English. Papers from any country will be considered for publication. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal should not have been published previously (in English or any other language), nor should they be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Unsolicited papers are peer-reviewed before it is decided whether they should be accepted, rejected, or returned for revision.

Manuscripts that do not meet the presentation criteria (as indicated below) will be returned to the authors. Papers that go too far beyond the scope of the journal will be also returned to the authors by the editorial board generally within 2 weeks. The Journal reserves the right to edit the language of papers accepted for publication for clarity and correctness, and to make formal changes to ensure compliance with AGEB's style. Authors have an opportunity to review such changes in the proofs.



1. Submission of manuscripts

Submissions are only possible through the online editing system. You can log into the system by using the following link http://gastro-enterologica.universa.be.

Once you have created your account, you will be able to proceed with your submission.  Please save your account credentials in a secure place, you will need them at a later stage.  You will also receive them by email after creation of your account.

After submission of your manuscript, your will receive a manuscript number/registration code; please use this manuscript number in every correspondence with the Editorial Office or the Editor-in-chief.

Please note that this online editing system is hosted by our publisher Universa and managed by the editor-in-chief and the associate editors (and not by the editorial office of AGEB).

If you encounter technical problems with the online editing system, you can click on the right of the screen on the "Support" button (orange button), this will create a ticket and a person in charge of the editing system will treat your ticket as soon as possible. You can also click on Contact Us (in the upper left corner of the screen) to see the details of the publisher or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


2. Presentation of manuscripts

Authors are invited to submit the following types of paper for consideration: original articles, case reports (with restriction), letters to the editor, reviews, expert point of view, clinical images, articles from symposia or meetings, consensus conferences and guidelines from scientific societies.

Documents (A, B and C) to submit to http://gastro-enterologica.universa.be.

A) A Copyright Form (Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica: Copyright Form (Exclusive Licence)) must be filled out and uploaded as a supplementary file after submission of your manuscript, this can be done at a later stage. After finishing your submission, you will receive a registration code from the editing system, by email. You will need this registration code when completing your copyright form.

The copyright form can be downloaded in an editable Word format by following this link: http://gastro-enterologica.universa.be/copyright_form and as (non-editable) pdf from our AGEB website: http://www.acta-gastroenterologica.be (Main Menu, Copyright Form).

  • Complete the 4 pages of the copyright form, sign and date them and scan them into ONE pdf file
  • Upload your Copyright form pdf in the online system (http://gastro-enterologica.universa.be, author centre) as a "Supplementary file". An accepted paper can only be published if the copyright form is in place in the online submission system.

B) The manuscript pages should be numbered in the lower right corner starting after the title page. In the text, abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and given within brackets following the fully spelled expression on first use. Commercial names of products should be avoided if possible. The use of commercial names of products in the manuscript title is not allowed.

The manuscript should be submitted exclusively as ONE Microsoft Office Word document, font 12, and MUST contain the following sections:

A title page WITHIN the main document including the following items:

  • Full title without abbreviations.
  • Names of all the authors, starting with the initial of the first name: ex: J. Doe, G. Smith, Z. Gonzalez-Martinez
  • Main affiliation of each author.
  • Corresponding author’s name, full address, fax and e-mail.
  • Number of figures and number of tables.
  • Word count (including abstract, references, tables and figure legends).
  • Conflict of interest statement: a statement to declare any conflict of interest. All authors are requested to disclose any potential conflict of interest including any financial activities, additional affiliations, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations that could influence, or be perceived to influence, their work, such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, patent applications/registrations, grants or other funding.


Abstract (summary)

  • An abstract is required for all contributions (except for letters to the editor and clinical images), with a total length of 250 words maximum, subdivided as follows for original articles:
  • Background and study aims: no more than two sentences outlining previous work in this area and defining the aims of the study.
  • Patients and methods: relevant data on patients, study design (prospective or retrospective) and parameters.
  • Results: presenting the most relevant data.
  • Conclusions: one or two sentences with a special emphasis on the clinical conclusions to be drawn from the study.
  • Key words: please provide 3-4 keywords below your abstract, separated by semicolons (e.g., steatosis; insulin; fibrosis; microbiota). The keywords should be different than the tittle words.


Main text

Original articles (max. 6500 words) should present the results of original research in the form of a full-length study. They should contain the following sections: abstract, introduction, patients/materials and methods, results, discussion; reference list (max. 100 references), tables, figure legends. A maximum of 5 figures and 5 tables can be included.

Case reports (max. 1800 words): The journal encourages publication of case series. Isolated case reports will only be considered if they are of exceptional interest. They should contain the following sections: short abstract, introduction, case report, discussion, reference list (max. 15 references), tables (max. 2 tables), figure (max. 2 figures) legends. An extensive review of existing published cases on the matter should be provided.

Letters to the Editor (max. 600 words) should be clearly identified as such and should refer to a recent article published in the Journal or to a short relevant communication in the field of Gastroenterology/Hepatology. They should be concise, written as a letter and start with "To the editor". They do not follow the classical sections (methods, case report,…). A maximum of 2 tables or 2 figures and no more than 6 references can be included.

Reviews, Symposia, Expert point of views or Guidelines should include an abstract, the core text, a conclusion and prospects for future research. One or 2 figure(s) and/or 4 to 8 key points to summarize the main content and the critical points of the article are highly desirable.

- Reviews: max. 8000 words, 150 references, 5 figures and 5 tables

- Symposium articles: max. 4000 words, 100 references, 5 figures and 5 tables

- Short reviews: max. 2500 words, 50 references, 2 figures and 2 tables

- Expert point of views or Guidelines: max. 8000 words, 150 references, 5 figures and 5 tables

Clinical images (max. 400 words) should be of clinical relevance and should be presented very shortly as a quiz, without references. The answer must be short, with maximum three references. A maximum of 2 figures can be included. Abstract is not required.



Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals placed in round brackets. In the numbered reference list at the end of the text, use the style of the examples below.

Add the necessary punctuation-marks showed in bold in example 13.

Article (list all authors up to 6, otherwise list the first 6 authors followed by ‘et al.’ (in italic) :

13. ADLER M., GOUBAU P., NEVENS F. Hepatitis C virus: the burden of the disease. Acta Gastroenterol. Belg., 2002, 65 : 83-86.


18. DAY R.A. How to write and publish a scientific paper. Philadelphia : Institute for Scientific Information, 1979.

Chapter in book:

22. COSTA M., FURNESS J.B., LLEWELLYN-SMITH I.F. Histochemistry of the enteric nervous system. InJOHNSON L.R. (ed). Physiology of the gastrointestinal tract. Volume 1. 2nd ed. New York : Raven, 1987 : 1-40.



Each table must be referred to in the text of the manuscript and be numbered (ex. Table 1). Tables and Table titles have to be typed on separate pages and should be uploaded as separate files (supplementary files).


Legends for figures should be typed on a separate page within the main manuscript document. List abbreviations contained in the figure.

C) Figures (in black and white or in color) should be forwarded as separate files (JPG, 300 dpi at least). Each Figure must be referred to in the text of the manuscript and be numbered (ex. Fig. 1).

The figure label should include a number referring to the text. Text presented in the figures should be 6-10 point Arial. Panel labels must be 16 point Arial bold letters (A, B, C).

Figures inserted into Powerpoint presentations or Word documents are not acceptable.

As indicated previously, figure legends should be included at the end of the main manuscript document.


3. Reviewing process

All manuscripts (except symposium articles, invited reviews, and letters to the Editor which are usually reviewed by the organizer and the Editorial Board), are peer-reviewed by the editors and usually submitted to one (case reports), two (original articles, reviews) or three (in case of disagreement) reviewers. Names of reviewers may be suggested by corresponding authors.

Referees are requested to answer within 30 days or send back the manuscript if they cannot comply with this regulation. Decisions of the reading committee (reviewers and editorial board) are as follows:

  • The paper can be accepted for publication without further changes.
  • The paper can be accepted for publication after minor changes that must be addressed.
  • The paper can be accepted for publication after a major revision. In this case, the authors should provide a clear point-by-point reply to all remarks of the referee on a separate sheet and provide one copy of the manuscript with the changes highlighted in bold. The paper is then resubmitted to the referees for final decision.
  • The paper does not meet priorities of the Journal and is not to be considered for publication in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.



4. Reprints

Reprints must be ordered in advance. An order form indicating the cost of the reprints will be provided by the publisher Universa Press, together with the page proofs (pdf).

The costs of these reprints depend on the number of pages and of course the number of reprints.

The corresponding author receives, from the publisher Universa Press, the pdf of the accepted article as soon as it is final for publication.


5. Copyrights

All copyrights are held by Acta Gastroenterologica Belgica vzw/asbl, including the right to reproduce all or part of any publication.