ISSN 2176-7521 printed version
ISSN 1413-7852 english printed version
ISSN 1809-4406 online version



Scope and policy

The Acta Ortopédica Brasileira journal, an Official Body of the Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology – Regional Office of São Paulo, is published bimonthly in six editions per year (Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/Jun, Jul/Aug, Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec) with Portuguese and English versions, as printed and online copies, and is distributed to orthopedists and major institutions in Brazil. The journal follows harmonization requirements recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( For approval, articles are submitted to the evaluation of a committee of reviewers (peer review) who receive the text anonymously and decide on its publication, suggest changes, request explanations from authors and make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief. The concepts and statements contained in the papers are the total responsibility of the authors. Acta Ortopédica Brasileira fully complies with the international trend of the Vancouver style, available at We would appreciate the authors' collaboration in complying with the cited instructions.


Article formatting

LIMITS BY TYPE OF PUBLICATION (Extension): The criteria outlined below must be observed for each type of publication. The electronic word count must include the initial page, summary, text and references.


Manuscripts' form and presentation

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION: The Acta Ortopédica Brasileira journal receives the following kinds of manuscript for publication: Original Article, Update and Revision Article. The Update and Revision articles will only be accepted at the invitation of the Editorial Body.
The manuscripts delivered shall be in accordance with PC standards, in TXT or DOC files, double space, with wide margin, and the author shall include a signed letter of authorization for publication, declaring that the manuscript is unpublished and has not been, or is being, submitted for publication in another journal. Please make sure that the manuscript is fully in accordance with instructions.

CLINICAL TRIALS: The Acta Ortopédica Brasileira journal supports the policies for recording clinical trials of the World Health Organization (WHO) and of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), acknowledging the importance of these initiatives for the recording and international disclosure of information on clinical studies, in open access. Accordingly, only clinical research articles that have received an identification number in one of the Clinical Trial Records validated by the criteria established by the WHO and ICMJE, will be accepted for publication as from 2007. The addresses for these records are available on the ICMJE website ( The identification number should be declared at the end of the summary.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS: According to requirements made by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Vancouver group and resolution no. 1595/2000 of the Federal Council of Medicine, authors are responsible for recognizing and declaring conflicts of financial interest and others (business-related, personal, political, etc.) involved in the development of the article to be published. They must state and may acknowledge in the manuscript all the financial support received, as well as other bonds involved in its development.

CORRECTION OF PROOFS: As soon as they are ready, proofs in electronic format shall be sent via email to the author responsible for the article. Authors must return the proof with the appropriate corrections via email no later than 48 hours after having received them. The remittance and return of the proofs by electronic mail is intended to speed up the revision process and subsequent publication of these documents.

COPYRIGHT: All statements published in the articles are the entire responsibility of the authors. However, all published material becomes the property of the Publisher, which henceforth reserves the copyright. Therefore, no material published in ACTA ORTOPEDICA BRASILEIRA can be reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher. All the authors of submitted articles must sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement, which shall take effect on the date of acceptance of the article.

ELECTRONIC FILE ORGANIZATION: All parts of the manuscript must be included in a single file. This file must be organized to contain a cover page first, then the text and references followed by figures (with captions) and, at the end, tables and charts (with captions).

COVER PAGE: The cover page must contain:
a) type of article (original, revision or update article);
b) complete title in Portuguese and English with up to 80 characters, which must be concise yet informative;
b) full name of each author (without abbreviations) along with institutional affiliation;
c) place where the article was developed;
d) name, address, telephone number and email address of the author responsible for correspondence.

SUMMARY: The Summary must be structured in case of original articles and must clearly describe the study objectives, background data, methods, results and the main conclusions in English and Portuguese, not exceeding 200 words. It must contain the Level of Evidence, according to the classification table annexed at the end of the rules.

KEYWORDS: Must at least contain three keywords based on the Descritores de Ciências da Saúde (DeCS) - In English, the keywords must be based on the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) -, with at least three and at most, six citations.

INTRODUCTION: It must present the subject and the objective of the study, and provide citations without making any external review of the subject material.

MATERIALS AND METHOD: It must describe the experiment (quantity and quality) and the procedures in sufficient detail to allow other researchers to reproduce the results or to continue the study.
When reporting experiments on human and animal topics, please indicate whether the procedures have complied with the rules of the Committee of Ethics in Human Experiments of the Institution at which the research was conducted, or if it is in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki of 1995 and the Animal Experimentation Ethics, respectively.
Accurately identify all drugs and chemical substances used, including generic names, dosages and administration routes. Please do not use patients’ names, initials or hospital files. Provide references for the establishment of statistical procedures.

RESULTS: Present the results in a logical sequence of the text, using tables and illustrations. Please do not repeat all data exhibited in tables and/or illustrations in the text. Only emphasize or summarize important findings in the text.

DISCUSSION: Emphasize new and important aspects of the study. Previously published methods must be compared with the current one in order to avoid repeated results.

CONCLUSION: It must be clear and concise, and establish a connection between the conclusion and the objectives of the study. Please avoid conclusions that are not based on data.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Addressed to people who have collaborated intellectually, but whose contribution does not justify co-authorship, or to those who have provided material support.

REFERENCES: References: Cite up to about 20 references, restricted to the bibliography essential for the article’s content. Number references consecutively, as they first appear in the text, using superscripted Arabic numerals in the following format: (Reduction of functions of the terminal plate.1) Please include the first six authors followed by et al.
Journal names must be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus.
a) Articles: Author(s). Article title. Journal title. year; volume: initial page – final page
Ex.: Campbell CJ. The healing of cartilage defects. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1969;(64):45-63.
b) Books: Author(s) or publisher(s). Book title. Edition, if other than the first one. Translator (s), if applicable. Publication site: publisher; year. Ex.: Diener HC, Wilkinson M, editors. Drug-induced headache. 2nd ed. New York: Spriger-Verlag; 1996.
c) Book chapters: Author(s) of the chapter. Chapter heading. Publisher (s) of the book and other related data according to previous item. Ex.: Chapman MW, Olson SA. Open fractures. In: Rockwood CA, Green DP. Fractures in adults. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1996. p.305-52.
d) Summaries: Author(s). Title, followed by [abstract]. Journal year; volume (supplement and corresponding number, if applicable): page(s) Ex.: Enzensberger W, Fisher PA. Metronome in Parkinson’s disease [abstract]. Lancet. 1996;34:1337.
e) Personal communications must only be mentioned in the text if within parentheses
f) Thesis: Author, title (master, PhD etc.), city: institution; year. Ex.: Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly’s access and utilization [dissertation]. St. Louis: Washington Univ.; 1995.
g) Electronic material: Document title, Internet address, date of access. Ex: Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis. [online] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1996 Jun 5];1(1):[24 screens]. Available from: URL:

TABLES: Tables must be numbered by order of appearance in the text with Arabic numerals. Each table must have a title and, if necessary, an explanatory caption. Charts and tables must be sent through the original files (ex. Excel).

FIGURES (PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS): Figures must be presented on separated pages and be sequentially numbered, in Arabic numerals, according to their order of appearance in the text. To avoid problems that compromise the standard of the journal, the remittance of the material must fulfill the following parameters: all figures, photographs and illustrations must be of adequate graphic quality (300 dpi of resolution) and present title and caption. In all cases, files must have .tif and/or jpg. extension. Files with .xls (Excel) .eps or .psd extension are also accepted for illustrations featuring curves (graphs, drawings and diagrams). Figures include all illustrations, such as photographs, drawings, maps, graphs, etc., and must be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals. Black and white figures shall be reproduced free of charge, but the publisher reserves the right to determine a reasonable limit to their amount, or to charge the author for the expenses incurred due to the excessive amount. Color photographs shall be charged to the author.

CAPTIONS: Type captions using double spacing, accompanying the respective figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations). Each caption must be numbered in Arabic numerals, corresponding to each figure, and in the order in which they were cited in the article. Abbreviations and Acronyms: Must be preceded by the full name when cited for the first time in the text. In the footnote of figures and tables it is necessary to discriminate the meaning of the abbreviations, symbols and other signs, and to inform source: place where the research was carried out. If the illustrations have already been published, they must be accompanied by written authorization from the author or publisher, containing the reference source where it was published.

REPRODUCTION: Only Acta Ortopédica Brasileira may authorize the reproduction of articles published in the journal. Omissive cases shall be resolved by the Board of Executive Officers of the Acta Ortopédica Brasileira journal. Delivered articles will become the property of Acta Ortopédica Brasileira.



The sending of manuscripts

SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES: As of January 2008 we started the process of adopting the SciELO system for Online Publication and Submission. The homepage of the system can be accessed at:, following the instructions for filing and including articles that appear in the actual system.

If you require additional clarifications, please contact Atha Comunicação e Editora - Rua: Machado Bittencourt, 190, 4º andar - Vila Mariana - São Paulo Capital, CEP 04044-000 - Email: – phone number 55-11-5087-9502 and speak to Fernanda Colmatti/Arthur T. Assis


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