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Scope and editorial policy
CLINICS publishes peer-reviewed articles of interest to clinicians and researchers in the medical sciences. CLINICS is registered with PubMed Central and SciELO and complies with the policies of funding agencies, such as the Wellcome Trust, the Research Councils UK (RCUK), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the German Research Foundation (DFG), which request or require deposition of the published articles that they fund into publicly available databases. CLINICS supports the position of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/) on trial registration. All trials initiated after January 1, 2012 must be prospectively registered (before patient recruitment begins) in a publicly accessible registry. Trials initiated before January 1, 2012 must be registered before submission to our journals. See the ICMJE FAQ regarding trial registration for further details. Visit http://www.who.int/ictrp/network/list_registers/en/index.html for the WHO's list of approved registries. CLINICS suggests: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ a user friendly site.
CLINICS uses a business model in which expenses are recovered in part by charging a publication fee to the authors or research sponsors for each published article. Our 2013 prices are as follows: fast track: US$ 2,000.00; original articles, review articles and rapid communications: US$ 1,200.00. Invited reviews, editorials and letters to the editor: no charge.
* The exchange rate for payments in Brazil-Real is the commercial exchange rate of the day the article is accepted. Clinics uses the Banco do Brasil currency conversion tool.
Manuscripts involving human subjects or the use of laboratory animals must clearly state adherence to appropriate guidelines and approval of protocols by their institutional review boards. Photographs that may identify patients or other human participants of studies shall be acceptable only when a legally valid consent form is signed by the participating patient, other human participant, or his/her legally constituted representative.
Manuscripts should be digitalized using a Word *.doc-compatible software
program and submitted online in English.
Authors are also strongly advised to use abbreviations sparingly whenever possible to avoid jargon and improve the readability of the manuscript. All abbreviations must be defined the first time that they are used. Only terms or expressions that are used at least 5 times throughout the text should be abbreviated. Never use abbreviations that spell common English words, such as FUN, PIN, SCORE, and SUN.
Please make sure to submit your manuscript in the exact format that is described below. Failure to do so will cause the submission to be returned to you during the preliminary examination by the Editorial Office.
Manuscripts are invited in the following categories:
FAST TRACK ARTICLES: Fast-track articles should follow the same format described above for original studies. The Editorial Office will produce a first-action response in the shortest possible time and will publish accepted fast track articles in the next available issue.
REVIEW ARTICLES: Review articles should cover themes that are relevant to medical practice. Spontaneously submitted reviews are welcome; however, potential authors should bear in mind that they are expected to have expertise in the reviewed field. The sections should be arranged as follows:
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Letters to the editor expressing comments
or dissenting opinions concerning articles that have been recently published
in CLINICS are not submitted to peer review and are published at the discretion
of the editor. A letter is a single section containing untitled text concerning
the article under discussion, followed by references. No publication fee
is charged for this class of manuscripts.
Currently CLINICS does not accept: Case Reports, Technical Notes, Retrospective Studies, Translations and Validations of Questionnaires, and articles referring to First Demonstration in Brazil.
Peer Review: Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two expert consultants.
Accepted manuscripts are edited to comply with the journal's format, remove
redundancies, and improve clarity and understanding without altering meaning.
The edited text will be presented to the authors for approval.
When the authors are satisfied that the manuscript complies with the journal format, our site should be accessed using the website www.clinics.org.br. The system will guide authors through the manuscript submission process and will prompt authors to input information into specific fields as they are submitting their manuscript. The editorial office and authors will be automatically notified of the submission. Progress of the manuscript through the Editorial Office's procedures will be available to authors at all times.
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