ISSN 0004-282X printed version
ISSN 1678-4227 online version



Purpose and objectives

The mission of Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria is to provide neurologists and specialists in related fields with open access to original articles, editorials, review articles, images in neurology and didactic case discussiions of clinical interest.

Its purpose is to contribute towards improving attendance for patients with neurological diseases, training for neurologists, clinical research, continuing education and practice guidance for neurologists.
Its vision is to be the best neurosciences journal in Latin America within the peer review system.

Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria is the official journal of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology. It publishes its consensuses and guidelines on neurology, educational and scientific material from its different departments and also guidance of interest to neurologists' professional activities.

Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria publishes one volume per year, consisting of twelve monthly issues, from January to December, in two versions:

  • Arq Neuropsiquiatr - ISSN 1678-4227 (online version)
  • Arq Neuropsiquiatr - ISSN 0004-282-X (printed version)


Texts should present characteristics that allow them to fit into the following sections:

  • Original Articles: original clinical or experimental research.
  • Review Articles: critical analyses on current topics, by invitation from the editors.
  • Historical Notes: history of neurology and data on descriptions of signs, diseases or neurological syndromes.
  • Images in Neurology: original images that illustrate neurological diseases.
  • Theses Abstracts: reproduction of abstracts from theses or master's dissertations.
  • Opinions: comments on articles that have been published.
  • Book Reviews: critical analysis on neuroscience publications.
  • Brazilian Academy of Neurology: topics relating to the activities of the Academy's Scientific Departments, annals of scientific meetings and others.

The texts should be unpublished, clear and concise, and in English both for the online version and for the printed version.

The sections Book Reviews and Brazilian Academy of Neurology will be published only in printed form.


Form of articles

Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

Adopts the editorial standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: ICMJE uniform requirements submitted to biomedical journals October 2005 update (

Authors must submit the original manuscript using the Microsoft Word text processor, in font size 12 (Arial or Times New Roman). The text must contain, in this order:

1) Presentation (cover page):

    a) Title synthetic and precise, up to 100 characters. The title should be suggestive, drawing attention to the content, without being restricted to a strictly descriptive nature. Except in manuscripts referring to particular aspects of a region that cannot be extrapolated to the general population, descriptions of the region from which the study originates should be avoided in the title. The title in Portuguese should be placed after the title in English;
    b) Author: name and, on behalf, as if desired for indexing;
    c) Complementary information: original name of the institution in which the study was produced, with the city and country; authors' academic degrees and current positions; funding; and postal and electronic addresses for correspondence.

2) Abstract and Resumo:

    a. Articles, Review Articles, Tricks of the Trade and Historical Notes: up to 150 words, containing structured information (optional in Tricks of the Trade) regarding the reason for and purpose of the study, method, results and conclusion;
    b. Images in Neurology and Opinions do not have an Abstract or Resumo.

3)Key Words or Palabras-Clave

    (a) Articles, Review Articles,Tricks of the Trade and Historical Notes: after the Abstract and Resumo or Resumen, in conformity with the Health Science Descriptors (; please avoid other Key Words;
    (b) Images in Neurology, Opinions and Thesis Abstracts do not have Key words/Palavras-chave/ Palabras-Clave.

4) Abstract, Key words, Resumo or Palabras-Clave : should be placed, in this order, after the name of the authors, before the text.

5) Text

    a) Original Aticles: up to 3,000 words, excluding the references, including: introduction and purpose; method (subjects and procedures, explicit reference regarding compliance with the applicable ethical standards, including the name of the Ethics Commission which approved the study and the agreement of patients or their relatives); results; discussion; aknowledgments; references. Do not repeat in the text the data from tables and illustrations.
    b) Review Articles: up to 5,000 words, excluding the references, including analysis on data from other authors or meta-analysis, critical evaluation of data in the literature and remarks based on the authorís personal experience.
    c) Tricks of the Trade: up to 1,500 words, excluding the references. This section includes short opinion statements relevant to current clinical practice and research.
    d) Historical Notes: up to 1,000 words, without counting the references;
    e) Images in Neurology: up to 100 words, with a summary of the clinical data and comments on the images.
    f) Opinions: up to 400 words.
    g) Theses: up to 200 words.

6) Tables

    a) Original Articles and Review Articles: up to 7, presented on separate pages, including: order number, title and legend. Do not use bars to separate lines or columns;
    b) Historical Notes: up to 4, with a format similar to that described for the articles.

7) Illustrations

    a) Original Articles and Review Articles: up to 10 graphs or photos of high , with legends on separate pages. Reproductions of published illustrations: attach authorization from the publisher;
    b) Historical Notes: up to 5, of high resolution (JPEG, at least 500 dpi) with format similar to that described for the articles;
    c) Images in Neurology: up to 8, of high resolution (JPEG, at least 500 dpi), on a single page.

    Note: For illustrations in color, the authors have to consult the Manager about the costs..

8) References

    a) Original Articles: up to 30, limited to those that are essential to the content of the article;
    b) Review Articles: up to 60;
    c) Historical Notes: up to 10;
    d) Opinions and Images in Neurology: up to 5.

The references must:

    a) Be numbered in consecutive order of their citation over the course of the text;
    b) Follow the pattern of Index Medicus;
    c) Include all the authors when there are up to 6; when there are 7 or more, list the first 3 and follow them with "et al."

Method for making citations:

    a) Articles: Author(s). Title. Periodical; year; volume: first-last page (with all the digits);
    b) Books: Author(s) or Editor(s). Title. Edition, if it was not the first. Translator(s), if this was the case. City in which it was published: publisher, year: first-last page;
    c) Book chapters: Author(s). Title. Editor(s) of the book and other data on this, as in the preceding item;
    d) Abstracts: Author(s). Title, followed by (Abstr). Periodical year; volume (Supplement and its number, if this is the case): page(s).
    e) When it was not published in a periodical: Title of the publication. City in which it was published: publisher, year, page(s);
    f) Online book or text: Author(s). Title. Available at www ... (name of the site). Accessed (month, day, year);
    g) Personal communications should only be mentioned in the text, in parentheses.

The references that appear in the articles published in this issue serve as a guide.


Article's submission


Only online submissions will be accepted:

The article should be submitted to the Editorial Board for publication, together with the following:

    1) Two documents, both in PDF and signed by all the authors: (a) declaration of authors' consent for publication; (b) declaration of conflicts of interest;
    2) Five (5) preferred Reviewers and its actual e-mails.
    3) Non-accepted Reviewers.


The Editorial Board will:

    a. Apply the checklist task to verify whether articles are in the format recommended in the Instructions for Authors and whether they meet the purposes of the periodical. When these conditions are not satisfied, articles will be rejected (answer in 5 days).;
    b. Assigne an Editor (answer in 2 days);
    c. Assign an Associated Editor (answer in 5 days);
    d. The tasks of picking, inviting and assigning Reviewers will be completed in 7 days (pick – 2 days; invite – 2 days; assign – 3 days)
    e. The Reviewers will submit their Scoresheet in 15 days;
    f. The Asociated Editor will complete their Recommendation Task in 5 days;
    g. The final decision will be taken in 5 days;
    h. The maximum number of days for the Author to submit a revised manuscript once the 'Minor Revision' decision has been made: 15 days;
    i. The maximum number of days for the Author to submit a revised manuscript once the 'Major Revision' decision has been made: 30 days;

The author(s) can accompany the appraisal procedures on the manuscript through the same website:


Manuscripts will be accepted in the chronological order in which they reach the final format, after fulfillment of all the stages of the appraisal procedures. All manuscripts will be submitted to an English-language reviewer credited by Pub Med Central (USA). No other English-language revisions will be accepted. The financial costs of this review will be borne by the authors.


Authors are not required to pay for the submission or review of articles.

All manuscripts will be submitted to an English language reviewer credited by Pub Med Central (USA). No other English language revisions will be accepted. The
financial costs of this review will be borne by the authors.


  • When the manuscript goes into the printing stage, after going through the layout stage, the manuscript can no longer be modified. At this stage, it may be published online in Ahead of Print (AOP) form, provided that it fits within the category of Original Article;
  • Through the AOP system, access to the manuscript through the internet is guaranteed, and it can be read and cited even though it has not yet been formally published. At the time of formal publication, it will be withdrawn from the AOP system;
  • The manuscript will be published simultaneously in online form and in printed form;
  • It is established in advance that the authors agree:

    a. That their manuscript will be published exclusively in this periodical;
    b. That the copyright and permissions are transferred automatically to the publisher of the periodical;
    c. That they assume intellectual and legal responsibility for the results and comments presented.


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