ISSN 0103-2100 printed version
ISSN 1982-0194 online version



Scope and policy

Articles may be written in Portuguese or English. For papers submitted in English, a Portuguese version of the final manuscript will be requested. Publication will be held in English.

The paper submitted to Acta Paulista de Enfermagem and should not have been simultaneously submitted to another journal. The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of the information and citations. If identified publication or simultaneous submission to another journal, the article will be rejected.

The Acta follows the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of


Manuscripts evaluation

The platform for online submission of Acta Paulista Nursing is denominated ScholarOne, which is a complete system of workflow management for scientific journals, which manages the submission, peer review, production and publishing process more efficiently providing intelligent information to help make strategic decisions.

The editorial office receives and gives all the presented documentation through the online submission. The cases of non-compliance are returned to the corresponding author for appropriateness.

The editorial office forwards it to the editor in chief, the manuscripts that meet the instructions to authors for the first editorial decision that can be: continue the evaluation process, request major revisions or reject it. If, according to the editor, the manuscript is actual and presents some contribution to knowledge, but needs major revisions, is returned to the authors with fifteen days to submit the new version.

Manuscripts will continue in the evaluation process are forwarded to the platform of submission to one of the associate editors. After evaluation of the manuscript the editor may suggest rejection or, if necessary, ad hoc consultants to indicate the area of the article to the analysis.

After receiving the analysis of ad hoc consultants, the associate publisher issues a critical appraisal based on the advice of consultants and recommend the acception or minor corrections or rejection of the manuscript to the chief editor.

The editor in chief takes the editorial decision and the recommended manuscripts for publication by Associate Editors are forwarded to analysis of technical editor. After the opinion of technical editor, the chief editor takes the final editorial decision, forwards it to the corresponding author and requests the translation into English or Portuguese, if applicable, within ten days with certification.

The Act presents certified translators who, in addition to technical competence, have nurses in their body of translators providing the certificate of translation, without which the article can not be published, as for The Portuguese language.

Accepted manuscripts for publication are now known as articles and get into editorial production.

When your article is accepted and is in production process: You can celebrate!

Articles accepted undergo to production, being edited and typeset.



Publish results of original research to advance nursing practice clinic, surgical management, education, research and health informatics.


Formats and preparation of manuscripts

Before submitting an article to Acta Paulista de Enfermagem, please read the instructions carefully and consult the Standards Publishing. Link:


Preparing a manuscript for submission

Authors are reminded that rules of spelling and grammar in writing should be applied.  If not meet these standards them manuscripts may be rejected immediately after submission. We suggest to send it to an independent expert to review the Portuguese before the first submission.

The academic plagiarism at any level is a crime and it goes against Brazilian law in Article 184 of the Penal Code and Article 7 paragraph three of the 9610-98 law  that regulate the copyright, becoming thus civil and criminal matters.

The editorial conduct in case of detected plagiarism follows the guidelines of Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Authors are entire responsible for manuscripts and its do not reflect the opinion of the journal editors.

1. Documents for submission

  1. Cover Letter - the author should explain in the letter, why his article should be published by Acta Paul Enfermagem and which contribution to the knowledge are presented by the results and its practical applicability;
  2. Authorization to publish and copyright transfer statement to the journal, signed by all authors, and addressed to the editor-in-chief as Model;
  3. Research involving humans conducted in Brazil, must submit documentation of aproval project by the Ethics Committee and/or CONEP, if applicable. Research involving humans conducted in other countries must submit ethics documentation where the research was conducted;
  4. Payment Certification of the submission fee (payment voucher);
  5. Manuscript (to learn how to the Main Document, see below);
  6. Title page (see item 2 what should contain in the title page).

2. Title page should contain:

  • The title of the manuscript with a maximum of 12 words and submitted in Portuguese and English. Do not use capital letters in the title;
  • The full names and no abbreviations, no more than five authors and the institutions to which they belong (required);
  • The specifications on which were the individual contributions of each author in the preparation of the article as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors authorship criteria, which provides as follows: authorship recognition must be based on substantial contribution related to the following aspects:
  • 1. Conception and design, or analysis and data interpretation;
    2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
    3. Final approval of the version to be published. These three conditions must be entirely met;

  • Acknowledgements: the authors must acknowledge every sources of funding or support, institutional or private, for the study. Providers of materials or equipment, free or discount, can also be thankful, including the origin (city, state and country). The authors that have received productivity grant or scholarship masters  from developmental agencies should express appreciation, as follows: the National Council of Science and Technology - Conselho Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia (CNPq;  grant research productivity 1A level  for AB Example), Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel - Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES; master's scholarship for AB Example2). Studies without institutional financial resources and/or private, authors should state that the research hasn't received funding for its implementation.
  • Conflicts of interest: authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest, including political and/or financial related patents or property, provision of materials and/or supplies and equipment used in the study;
  • Clinical trials: articles which present partial or complete results of clinical trials conducted in Brazil, must submit evidence of the clinical research registration or certificate of submission in the database of the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos - (Rebec), For those prior to the RDC 36, 2012 June 27th of National Health Surveillance Agency, or studies conducted in other countries, certificate of registration will be accepted in other platforms of the International Clinical Trials Registration Platform (ICTRP / WHO);
  • Indication of the corresponding author's full name, institutional address and email.

3. Main Document

It must presente the title, abstract with key words and text of manuscript (don't presente any authors identification).

3.1 Title

Manuscript title with maximum of 12 words, in Portuguese and English. Don't use uppercase.

The title is the most read and circulated of a text and aims to inform the article content. Must be clear, accurate and attractive. Information that enable electronic retrieval sensitive and specific article must be included in the title. Therefore use the scpecific core descriptor as frasal core.

The title should not contain: abbreviations, formulas, excessive adjectives, cities, symbols, dates, slang, inaccuracies and dubious words, meaning obscure and superfluous words (considerations, contribution to the study, contribution to knowledge, study, research of, subsidies, etc...).

3.2 Abstract

According to the Houaiss Dictionary, abstract is a short presentation of a text. Should provide the context or background for the study, basic procedures, main findings, conclusions, in order to emphasize new and important aspects of the study. It is the most read in the scientific paper after the title. The purpose of the abstract is to facilitate the communication with the reader.

Prepare the abstract in the language of your manuscript with a maximum of 150 words and structured as follows:

  • Objective: establish the main question and/or hypotheses to be tested.
  • Methods: describe the study design, population and basic procedures.
  • Results: describe the principal result in a concise sentence. It should be as descriptive as possible. Levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals only when appropriate.
  • Conclusion: simple and straightforward sentence in response to the objective and based exclusively on the presented results in the summary.
  • Five Health Sciences descriptors selected from Acta Paulista de Enfermagem list and two from DeCs (list of descriptors used in the LILACS Database - Bireme), available at Nursing Thesaurus from the International Nursing Index may be consulted as supplementary list, when necessary or MeSH Keywords

3.3 Manuscript

The manuscript text should contain separate paragraphs with Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements and References. Follow the standards of publishing of Acta. Link:

  • The introduction should presents the theoretical framework of the study object. The aim of introduction is to state the justifications and explanations, the originality and validity, purpose and applicability of the contribution to required knowledge. No more than four quotes must be used to support a single idea. Avoid the personal quote communications and unpublished materials. The objective should be in the last paragraph of the introduction. Remember that for every objective there should be a conclusion.
  • Methods: describes how the research was conducted, the logic of the author's reasoning in ordering procedures and techniques used to obtain the results. The statistical method and the mathematical criterion of significance of the data must also be declared. Structure Methods as follows: type of research design, location, population (explicit selection criteria), the calculation of sample size, measurement instrument (with information on validity and reliability), data collecting and analyzing. Research involving human methods must bring the following sentence: "The development of the study met the national and international standards of ethics in research involving human beings" (no need for details about Research and ethics committee approval, because this document will be attached to the platform for online submission).
  • Results - description of obtained in the survey, researcher exclusive, without citations, comments or personal interpretations (subjective).
  • Tables, Graphs and Figures, at most three, necessarily, must be inserted in the text of the article, always in original format. Use these resources when they express more than can be done by words in the same amount of space. Check the standards of publishing of Acta

  • Discussion - a critical appraisal is presented with new and important aspects of the study and an explanation about the meaning of these results and its limitations, relating it to other studies. The critic language an past verbal tense must be used. The central part of the discussion is the results interpretation and its relationship with existing knowledge in order to achieve a conclusion. The discussion begins by explaining the limits of the results, as the limit is given by the chosen method. In the second paragraph stating the contribution of the results of this study and practical applicability for nurses.
  • Conclusion - written in a clear sentence, simple and straightforward showing compliance with the proposed objective. In case of more than one objective, there must be a conclusion for each one. No other comment should be included in the conclusion.
  • References - The references of printed and/or electronic documents should follow the Vancouver style, developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, available at the website The alignment of the references should be done on the left margin. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to Journals Indexed List in Index Medicus and International Nursing Index. Consider that references compete to convince the reader of the facts validity and presented arguments. It gives credibility to the story when properly chosen. Should only be cited works which have been consulted in full by the author and have direct, relevant to the subject matter. Do not include references that can not be recovered in the original by the reader as theses and dissertations, course completion and other sources inaccessible (study aids, annals, etc..) or paper of reduced scientific expression. Always consider the relevance of the reference, as recent production citation with less than five years, is essential in original articles.
  • Citations should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, brackets, superscript and no mention of the name of the authors in the text;

    References should be numbered in order of citation in the text. Those refering to articles with full text in Portuguese or another language than English, must have the title written in English in the references, in brackets, with indication of the language of the text to the reference, as examples below. All references must be submitted no bold or italics;

    Check references carefully. It is mandatory that readers are able to see the material referenced in the original, so do not use isolated publications (books, theses, annals) or support materials (dictionaries, statistical, and other). Please do not include more than 30 primary and current references (less than five years).

Documents in printed format

Journal articles

Up to six authors, cite all authors

Santos AA, Pavarini SC. [Functionality of elderly people with cognitive impairments in different contexts of social vulnerability]. Acta Paul Enferm. 2011;24(4):520-6. Portuguese.

Borsato FG, Rossaneis MA, Haddad MC, Vannuchi MT, Vituri DW. [Assessment of quality of nursing documentation in a University Hospital]. Acta Paul Enferm. 2011;24(4):527-33. Portuguese.

Reza CG, Sánchez PB, Pilar MM, Castro ME. [Physical exercise with rhythmic: Nursing intervention for arterial hypertension control in a municipality in the state of Mexico]. Esc Anna Nery Rev Enferm. 2011;15(4):717-22. Spanish.

More than six authors, list the first six followed by et al.

Pereira VA, Ávila MA, Loyaola YC, Nakagaki WR, Camilli JA, Garcia JA, et al. [Effects of phenobarbital on bone repair and biomechanics in rats]. Acta Paul Enferm. 2011;(24(6):794-8. Portuguese.

Organization as Author

Center for Disease Control. Protection against viral hepatitis. Recomendations of the immunization. Practices Advisory Committee. MMWR. 1990;39(RR-21):1-27.

No specific of authorship

For more pregnant women getting antenatal care. J Adv Nurs. 2004;47(6):683-4.

Volume with supplement

Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and ocupation lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect. 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-82.

Fascicle with supplement

Conselho Nacional de Saúde. Resolução n. 196, de 10 de outubro de 1996. Dispõe sobre diretrizes e normas regulamentadoras de pesquisas envolvendo seres humanos. Bioética. 1996;4(2 Supl):15-25.

Volume in parts

Milward AJ, Meldrum BS, Mellamby JH. Forebrain ischaemia with CA 1 celll loss impairs epileptogenesis in the tetanus toxin limbra seizure model. Brain.1999;122(Pt 6):1009-16.

Fascicle in parts

Jones J. Management of leg ulcers. Nurs Times. 2000;96(43 Pt2):45-6.

Fascicle without volume

Ribeiro LS. Uma visão sobre o tratamento dos doentes mentais no sistema público de saúde. Rev USP. 1999;(43):55-9.

No fascicle or volume

Duhl L. A saúde e a vida citadina. Saúde Mundo. 1990:10-2.

Article with published erratum

Hamlin JA, Kahn AM. Herniography in symptomatic patients following inguinal hernia repair. West J Med. 1995;162(1):28-31.Erratum in: West J Med. 1995;162(3):278

Article in press

Silva LM, Clapis MJ. Compreendendo a vivência materna no primeiro contato com seu filho na sala de parto. Acta Paul Enferm. No prelo 2004.


Whitaker IY. Atendimento ao trauma: um vasto campo para a enfermeira [editorial]. Acta Paul Enferm. 2004;17(2):131.

Documents in eletronic format

Periodical articles

Santos AA, Pavarini SC. [Functionality of elderly people with cognitive impairments in different contexts of social vulnerability]. Acta Paul Enferm [Internet]. 2011[cited 2012 Jan 14]; 24(4): 520-6. Available from: Portuguese

Harrison TM. Family-centered pediatric nursing care: state of the science. J Pediatr Nurs [Internet]. 2010 [cited 2012 Jan 24];25(5):335-43. Available from:


Submission of manuscripts

The articles must, necessarily, be submitted electronically, according to the instructions posted on the site:

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