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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript through the online system. Only online submissions are accepted to facilitate rapid publication. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review.


The manuscript should be written in Portuguese or English (USA) language, in a clear, concise and objective form. However, when the article is accepted (in Portuguese) the authors should provide the English language text file and also send the statement of the technical reviewer.

The text should be provided as a Word for Windows file (doc), using a size 12 Times New Roman font, A4 page size, single-spacing and margins of 2.5 cm. The length of the manuscript is limited to 15 pages, including references, tables, and figures.

1) Title page: Title, Author(s) and Author for correspondence.

2) Abstract: A maximum of 280 words, in English. The abstract should be structured with the following divisions: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.

3) Key words: A maximum of five key words, preferably from the list of Medical Subject Headings of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

4) Introduction: State the purpose and summarize the rationale for the study or observation. The objective(s) and/or hypothesis of the study should be stated in the last paragraph. Avoid presentation of an extensive review of the field.

5) Material and Methods: Describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population. Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer's name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Authors should have considered the ethical aspects of their research and should ensure that the project was approved by an appropriate ethical committee, which should be stated. Type of statistical analysis must be described clearly and carefully.

6) Results: Present your results in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first.

7) Discussion: This is the only proper section for subjective comments and reference to previous literature. Inferences, deductions, and conclusions should be limited to the findings of the study (conservative generalization).

8) Conclusion: This should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work highlighting its importance and relevance.

9) References: Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. A maximum of 30 references should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text (Vancouver System). All references must be numbered consecutively and citations of references in text should be identified using numbers in square brackets (e.g., “as discussed by some authors [2]”; “as discussed elsewhere [1,5,12]”).

All references should be cited within the text; otherwise, these references will be automatically removed.

Non-refereed material and, if possible, non-English publications should be avoided. Congress abstracts, unaccepted papers, unpublished observations, and personal communications may not be placed in the reference list.

If seven or more authors, list up to six followed by “et al.

Journal and book references should be set out as in the following examples:

1. Ramalli Jr. EL, Ho W, Alves M, Rocha EM. Progress in animal experimentation ethics: a case study from a Brazilian medical school and from the international medical literature. Acta Cir Bras 2012; 27(9):659-63.

2. Paiva JG, Antoniazzi JH. Endodontia: bases para a pratica clinica. 2.ed. São Paulo: Artes Medicas; 1988.

3. Basbaum AI, Jessel TM, The perception of pain. In: Kandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessel TM. Principles of neural science. New York: McGraw Hill; 2000. p. 472-91.

4. Ministry of Health, Department of Planning. Annual Statistical Report. Abu Dhabi: Ministry of Health, 2001.

Tables: should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and should have an explanatory title. Each table should be typed on a separate page with regard to the proportion of the printed column/page and contain only horizontal lines.

Figures and illustrations: Each figure should have a legend.


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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. This journal is published in English. If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend that you have your manuscript professionally edited before submission or read by a native English-speaking colleague.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Page charges (Just for Brazilian Authors) are required for publication in this Journal. Therefore, I agree with payment R$ 350,00 (TREZENTOS E CINQUENTA REAIS). Page charge forms will be sent automatically on acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the Journal. Prompt submission of these forms will expedite the publication of your paper; we cannot publish until completed and signed page charge forms are received from every institution contributing to the page charges.

Copyright Notice

Papers must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration by another journal.

The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article’s publication has been approved by all the other coauthors.

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below: 1) Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) Final approval of the version to be published.


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