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Scope and policy

The Anna Nery School of Nursing Journal is the official publication of the Anna Nery School of Nursing, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and aims to publish the original works related to Nursing, Health, and similar study areas of authors from Brazil and other countries.

Manuscripts that are submitted to Anna Nery School of Nursing Journal should not be simultaneously submitted to another journal. The concepts, ideas, and opinions expressed in the manuscripts, as well as the accuracy, adequacy, and correctness of citations are the full responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Editorial Board. Authors should submit their manuscript through the SGP (Management Publications System) available at the following address: Published manuscripts become the property of the Journal and all or part of the manuscript may not be copied or translated. For total or partial publication (quotations over 500 words, figures, graphs, tables, and other illustrations) in other journals (printed and/or electronic), written permission from the editors and the author(s) of the manuscripts is required. Similarly, for publication in this journal of manuscripts that have been published elsewhere, through reproduction or translation of total or partial text (citations with more than 500 words, figures, graphs, tables and other illustrations), written authorization of that journal's editors and author(s) of the originally published manuscript is required.

The Editorial Board of the Journal has full authority to decide on the selection and publication of manuscripts, when they present the requirements adopted for the evaluation of their scientific merit, considering their originality, priority, timeliness, clarity, and knowledge of relevant literature and appropriate definition of the subject studied.

The manuscript of a Brazilian study involving research or case studies with human subjects must have an attached copy of approval by a research ethics committee (in accordance with Resolution No. 196/96, of the National Health Council) or a justification for the absence of this document and must containing the description of the ethical guidelines adopted by the author (s) instead.

It is the responsibility of the authors to identify and inform the Editorial Board of any conflicts of interest that may influence their manuscript. Therefore, the financial relationship or any other relevant relationship must be communicated by each individual author in a statement, the format for which is available at

Public confidence, which is crucial in the peer review process and credibility of published articles, partly depend on how conflicts of interest are managed in the development of writing, peer reviewing, and editing. Conflicts of interest exist when the author, reviewer, or editor have financial or personal relationships that may inappropriately influence their actions. Conflicts of financial interest (if it involves employment, consultancies, stock ownership, and fees) are more easily identified and are most likely to undermine the credibility of the publication, the authors, and science itself. In addition, there may be conflicts with other motivations, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual interest. More information is available at, and this website should be consulted.

The manuscript shall be forwarded for review and opinion to 2 referees (ad hoc consultants), who are researchers with established competence in the field of the manuscript, in a process that will guarantee the confidentiality and anonymity of the author(s) and reviewer(s). The analysis by the reviewers is based on the Analysis and Opinion Guideline (available at URL: designed specifically for this purpose.

The Anna Nery School supports policies for the registration of clinical trials of the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the record and international open access dissemination of information on clinical trials. Therefore, from 2009, only those clinical research articles that have received an identification number by one of the Clinical Trial Registers validated by the criteria established by WHO and ICMJE, whose addresses are available at, will be accepted for publication. The identification number should be specified at the end of the abstract.

Audience: Nurses, nursing students, health care professionals.


Manuscript Categories

Manuscripts should be written in the official spelling double-spaced in Times New Roman font size 12

Categories of manuscripts

Original Research: original and completed research report of an empirical or experimental nature in nursing or related areas, according to scientific methodology, whose results can be replicated and/or generalized. The adoption of a conventional structure is recommended, including

    (a) Introduction: State the topic of study, its importance, and highlight the gaps in knowledge, goals, and other elements necessary to situate the research theme.

    (b) Literature review: Select literature on the subject that formed the basis of investigation of the proposed research, to provide the background for understanding the current knowledge on the topic, and highlight the importance of the new study. When it is not necessary to create a Literature review chapter, because of the extension of the subject, it may be inserted in the Introduction.

    (c) Methods: Include in an objective and complete manner the nature/type of study; data on where the research was performed; population/subjects under study and their selection criteria; material; equipment; technical procedures and methods adopted for data collection; statistical analysis/data categorization; approval by the Ethics Committee in Research, date and protocol number.

    (d) Results: The results should be presented clearly, objectively, and in a logical sequence, using illustrations when necessary.

    (e) Discussion: Can be written together with the results, and is the author(s) discretion. This section should highlight the compatibility between the results and existing literature on the topic, emphasizing the new aspects and/or fundamental limitations of the study and an indication of further research.

    (f) Conclusions: significant considerations based on the results found are presented and linked to the objectives of the study. Other formats of research may be accepted, when relevant to the nature of the study. Manuscripts can have up to 18 references and 20 printed pages and must comply with the specifications of the section Manuscript Format and Structure.

Reflection: a review of theoretical aspects and/or construction of concepts and/or theoretical constructs of nursing or related fields resulting from the author(s) reflective process, judgment, and careful consideration, which may contribute to the deepening of professional themes. Manuscripts can have up to a maximum of 15 references, 20 printed pages, and must conform to specifications of the item Manuscript Format and Structure.

Experience report: refers to descriptions of experiences of care, teaching, research, and extension in Nursing or related issues, to disseminate new and original aspects involved. The Experience reports may have up to 15 references and 20 printed pages and must comply with the item Manuscript Format and Structure.

Critical review: Critical and systematic evaluation of a scientific evolution of a Nursing topic or related area based on literature considered pertinent and relevant. The delimitation of the subject and the procedures adopted should be described and the interpretation(s) of the author(s) and conclusion should be presented. Review manuscripts may have a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 references and 15 printed pages and must comply with the item Manuscript Format and Structure.

Biography: describes the life history of an individual who has contributed to Nursing or related areas. It should include an introduction, development, and conclusion, and show the process of data collection that allowed the biographical construction. Biography manuscripts may have up to 10 references and 10 printed pages and must comply with the item Manuscript Format and Structure.

Manuscript format and structure

Citations in the text: the authors' citations in the text are needed to conform with the examples suggested and elaborated according to "Vancouver" style (attached) and to present the number of the corresponding reference, without citing the name of the author, in the order in which they were cited in the text. The numbers identifying the authors must be indicated by using superscript Arabic numerals.
Example: The actions of prevention, promotion and recovery of the health, in its various dimensions, can be more fully experienced among professionals and families, when considering the internal dynamics of multiple cares1.
In the case of sequential citations, the first and last numbers must be indicated, separated by hyphen, example: 1-5, when nonconsecutive citation is needed, the numbers must be separated by comma, example: 1-3,6. In the literal "ipsis litteris" transcription of citations the indication of the page of the cited reference is a requirement. It must be placed after the number of the reference followed by colon, example: 3:16-18, and must conform with the following criteria: (a) up to three lines of citation, use inverted commas in the sequence of the normal text; (b) more than three lines of citation, stand it out in a new line, in a distinct specific part of the normal text, without inverted commas, single space and 3cm indentation from the left margin.
Qualitative research empirical data must be presented in a new line, distinct specific part of the normal text, in italic (only in this case), without inverted commas, in single space and 2cm indentation from the left margin. These data must be identified as acronyms, for interviews or pseudonyms, example: [...] the users of this health service are very conscientious of the need of their involvement in the treatment of their disease for a more satisfactory result [...] (E2).

Footnotes: must be indicated by letters, being a maximum of three. The footnotes, when essential, will be indicated as follows: a the first note, b second note and c third note.

Abstracts and descriptors: should contain up to 150 words for manuscripts submitted as research, reflection, experience reports, critical review, and biography, followed by versions in Spanish (resumen) and Portuguese (resumo). Abstracts should be informative according to ABNT NBR 6028, November 2003, for national manuscripts. It should state the objective(s) of the study, methodology, main results, and conclusions. For international manuscripts, the abstract should present all the parts of the text in a concise manner. Keywords are important for the thematic classification of the manuscript in national and international databases; 3-5 keywords will be accepted. The selected keywords must be available in Portuguese, Spanish, and English and must be confirmed by the author(s) on the site (Health Sciences Descriptors-Bireme). The terminology for the descriptors must be named in the manuscript as follows: palavras-chave, palabras clave, and keywords (in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, respectively.).

Tables: should be sent along with the contents of the article in "Step 5" of the online submission by simply copying and pasting, and not attaching as images. All tables must be included in the text with their IDs (number, title, and footnotes, if any). The suggested location for the insertion of tables according to their order of appearance should be marked in the text. The tables must contain a brief title and be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text. A maximum number of 5 tables are allowed. Tables should present numerical data as the central information. Internal horizontal or vertical rules should not be used. Footnotes should be placed at the bottom of the table with the symbols in the sequence *. Preferable use Microsoft Word or Excel file formats for preparation of tables and graphs.

Graphics and Illustrations: These should be submitted at "Step 6," and they should follow the guidelines of the journal. Images with width equal to or greater than 1000 px and DPI equal or greater than 300 are required to be files with JPG, GIF, PNG, PSD, or TIF extensions. Soon after upload, on the next page, thumbnails of images will appear; click on the icon to edit the title and legend of each image submitted. The suggested sites for the insertion of graphics and illustrations should be marked in the text, according to their order of appearance. A brief title should be provided in the text. All figures are numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text. A maximum number of 5 figures are allowed. Figures should be subtitled, when necessary, and indicate the source when extracted from published work and when extracted from another source, published or not; the original source must be mentioned below the figure.

References: The number of references should follow the amount determined for each type of manuscript submitted to the Journal (see Categories of manuscripts). Presentation of the references should be single-spaced, with Times New Roman font size 12, without paragraphs, indents and numbered according to their order of appearance in the text, normalized according to the Vancouver style, standard developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the authors.



Tyrrell MAR. Programas Nacionais de Saúde Materno-infantil: impacto político-social e inserção da enfermagem. Rio de Janeiro: EEAN/UFRJ; 1995.

Book translated into Portuguese:

Nightingale F. Notas de enfermagem: o que é e o que não é. Translation by Amália Correa de Carvalho. São Paulo: Cortez; 1989.

Work of institutional authorship or corporate body:

Ministério da Saúde (BR). Dengue: instruções para pessoal de combate ao vetor: manual de normas técnicas. 3rd ed. Brasília: DF; 2001.

Book Chapter:

Pinto MCI, Porto IS. A dor como quinto sinal vital. In: Figueiredo NMA, organizadora. Ensinando a cuidar de clientes em situações clínicas e cirúrgicas. São Caetano do Sul: Difusão Paulista Enfermagem; 2003. p.59-78.

Book published by organizer, editor or compiler:

Loyola CMD, Oliveira RMP, organizers. Indícios marginais. Rio de Janeiro: EEAN/UFRJ; 2003.

Book with editor:

Souza EDF. Novo manual de enfermagem. 5th ed. Rio de Janeiro: Bruno Buccini; 1972.

Scientific article published in printed periodicals (up to six authors):

Carvalho V, Figueiredo NMA, Leite JL, Moreira MC. Questões epistemológicas da construção do conhecimento na Enfermagem - do ensino à prática de cuidar. Esc Anna Nery. 2003 aug;7(2):156-66.

Scientific article published in printed periodicals (more than six authors):

Irvine D, O´Brien-Pallas LL, Murray M, Cockeill R, Sidani S, Laurie-Shaw B, et al. The reliability and validity of two health status measures for evaluating outcomes of home care nursing. Res Nurs Health. 2000 Feb;23(1):43-54.

Scientific article published in online journals:

Cabral IEC. Cuidando y educando para la cidadanía: modelo sociopolítico. Freire Online. Journal of the Paulo Freire Institute/UCLA [online journal]. 2003 jul; [cited 2003 sept 10]; 1(2): [aprox.3 pag]. Available at

Scientific article consulted in indexers or electronic libraries:

Carvalho V. Sobre construtos epistemológicos nas ciências: uma contribuição para a enfermagem. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem. [on line] 2003 jul/ago; [citado 2003 dez 22]; 11(4): [aprox.8 pag]. Available at

Article in press:

Valadares GV, Viana LO. A globalização, o trabalho especializado e a Enfermagem. Esc Anna Nery. In press 2004.

Article published in periodical of commercial divulgation (magazine and newspaper):

Transgênicos: os grãos que assustam. Veja (São Paulo) 2003 oct 29; 36 (43): 95-113.

Abstract, editorial and review published in serial periodical:

Porto IS. Requisitos uniformes para manuscritos na Escola Anna Nery Revista de Enfermagem: por que, para que e como [editorial]. Esc Anna Nery. 2003 dec; 3(7): 309-10.

Summarized work presented in scientific event and published in annals:

Teixeira MLO, Sauthier J. Orientação para o auto-cuidado de clientes cirúrgicos: um estudo fundamentado na relação dialógico-educadora de Paulo Freire. Summary of work presented in the 52º Congresso Brasileiro de Enfermagem; 2000 out. 21-26; Recife-Olinda (PE), Brasil. Recife: ABEn; 2000. p. 13.

Complete work presented in scientific event and published in annals:

Barreira IB, Baptista SS. Nexos entre a pesquisa em história da Enfermagem e o processo de cientifização da profissão. Anais do 51º Congresso de Enfermagem. 10º Congresso Panamericano de Enfermería; 1999 out. 2-7; Florianópolis (SC), Brasil. Florianópolis(SC): ABEn; 2000. p. 295-311.

Dissertation, thesis and academic monograph:

Souza IEO. O desvelar do ser-gestante diante da possibilidade de amamentação [tese]. Rio de Janeiro(RJ): Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; 1993.

Dissertation and thesis in electronic format:

Barcelos LMS. Do diálogo autoritário ao discurso dialógico: o cuidado da enfermagem hospitalar na perspectiva de clientes vivendo com AIDS. [CD-ROM] [dissertação]. Rio de Janeiro: Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; 2003.

Work in CD-ROM:

Motta MCS, Marin HF, Zeitoune RC. Exame físico em consulta de Enfermagem de Puericultura. [CD-ROM]. Rio de Janeiro: NCE/EEAN/Central de Eventos; 2001.

Entry in dictionary:

Ferreira ABH. Novo Dicionário da Lingua Portuguesa. 2ª ed. Rio de Janeiro(RJ): Nova Fronteira; 1986. Enfermagem; p. 651

Technical and scientific report:

Associação Brasileira de Enfermagem. Seção Rio de Janeiro. Relatório Financeiro 2000. Rio de Janeiro(RJ); 2000.

Meeting Minutes (document not predicted in the Vancouver style):

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Centro de Ciências da Saúde. Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery. Minutes of meeting of a project to be deployed on the application of new methodologies to the teaching apprenticeship in professional undergraduate degree in nursing in this institution, by agreement with the Departamento de Assuntos Universitários do Ministério de Educação e Cultura.Rio de Janeiro (RJ); 1976 abr.

Legal document:

Lei n 7.498 de 25 de junho de 1986. Dispõe sobre a regulamentação do exercício da enfermagem e dá outras providências. Diário Oficial da República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília (DF), 26 jun 1986: Seção 1: 1.

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Sending of manuscripts


Manuscripts should be submitted exclusively in Portuguese, English, or Spanish.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced on A4 size paper (21 cm × 29.7 cm). Margins need not be defined because the SGP system automatically sets them.

The online submission must be made through the address of the SGP/EEAN on the Internet: When you enter this link, the system will ask for your username and password if you are already registered. Register if you are not registered by clicking on the "I want to register" button. In case you have forgotten your password, use the system to remember your password. The system will send your password to your e-mail contact that is registered in your profile.

The submission process comprises 8 steps:

    1. Information on Manuscript Classification
    2. Title and Keywords
    3. Authors
    4. Abstract and Comments
    5. Manuscript
    6. Uploading images
    7. Copyright
    8. Approval of the Author (End submission)

After submission, the system offers the option to save a copy of your manuscript in PDF format for your records.

The Journal strongly encourages authors to submit manuscripts prepared using Microsoft Word, as the "Set Manuscript" will display a screen that simulates a text editor and you can "copy and paste," including tables. The images and graphics have separate rules that are described below:

Step-by-step online submission

Step 1: Inform Manuscript classification

The author must choose from the options available: Original Research, Reflection, Experience report, and Critical review.

Step 2: Report Title and Keywords

Insert the full title of the work in Portuguese, English, and Spanish; the abbreviated title, and Keywords (English), Palavras-chave (Portuguese), and Palabras Clave (Spanish).

Important: The system will not accept duplicate work on behalf of the same author. If the same paper is submitted by different authors, the EEAN reserves the right to delete such works from the system.

Step 3: Enter Authors

Enter each author stating full name, ID, E-mail, Degree, Institution or University, City, and Country. The ID can be entered later. The order of co-authors can be changed easily using the "arrow" tool on the screen next to each name.

Step 4: Enter Abstract and Comments

The Abstract/Resumo/Resumen must contain a maximum of only 150 words, because the excess number will be automatically cut by the system with a warning to the author. In addition, the abstracts must necessarily be structured in Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion, in all languages, or the system will block the submission.

The author should fill in the fields: Institution, Name and Address for correspondence, Financial support, and Letter to the editor, the latter being optional. Details of any grant or financial support should be entered where applicable in the "Financial support" section.

Step 5: Set Manuscript

In this step, a simulation of Microsoft Word is shown, with all the classic tools required to format text. To enter your text, simply select all your work, copy, and paste in the montage field of the manuscript.

Important: Only select text and tables, because the images must be sent in "Step 6" and will appear at the end of the manuscript automatically, when the submission is finished.

The link "Send the manuscript in English," allows sending the article in the English version if the author has one.

Important: Never use this field the introduce names of authors and co-authors, or any other information that can identify where the work was done. This requirement is because of the fact that the peer review process is a double-blind process. Ignoring this detail will have your work returned as OFF STANDARD to be corrected, and therefore, its inclusion in the evaluation process will only be given after due correction.

Step 6: Uploading images

Images must necessarily be in JPG, GIF, PNG, PSD, or TIF. If you need to change the format of your images enter the DOWNLOADS section of the SGP Publications Management System at:, where you will find several free and easy to use software programs for image manipulation. Download one of these programs and install it (requires password). The system sends groups of up to 5 images at a time. To edit the titles and captions click on the icon.

Step 7: Copyright

In this step, a screen appears with the Disclaimer, Copyright agreement, and Conflict of Interests, which should be printed for the author to secure the signatures of each co-author, and is then sent through the SGP. Before printing, make sure that you have answered one of the 2 questions at the end of the Agreement term. These documents must be digitized (scanned) and uploaded by clicking on the "Submit Documentation" button. The documents will be included with the material of the article and will be available to the Secretariat of the Journal. To print this copyright agreement, click "Print Copyright agreement."

Step 8: Approval of the Author

This is the last step to complete the submission of the article. In this screen, the author has the option to preview the work in the system, and save a PDF version of the article submitted.

Important: The author should click on "FINISH SUBMISSION/CORRECTION" for his/her work to be forwarded to the Secretariat receiving the article

Procedures after the submission (notifications via e-mail)

When you finish your submission, the system generates an e-mail stating that the submission was done correctly. The work will be received and checked for compliance with requirements and standards of the Journal. Should the article be "Off Standard," the author will receive by e-mail a notification to proceed with the correction and submit it back into the system in

The authors can monitor the status of their work at any time by the Publications Management System of EEAN through the code generated automatically during the submission of the manuscript, and which is available in the e-mail sent at the end of the submission.

Important: Because the system automatically generates e-mails as the processing of your article, it is essential that the authors DISABLE spam filters in their e-mail application, or configure their e-mail accounts to ACCEPT any message from the address For information on how to configure your spam filter, please contact your service provider.

For the first submittal, the manuscript must have 03 printed copies, together with 01 copy in CD. The composition of the manuscript must consist of:

- Identified face page: full title of the work with up to 15 words, version of the complete title up to 07 words, full name of each author (up to six authors), followed by institution (only name and city), and name of the author and complete address for making contact on the status of the manuscript with the editor (including Zip code, telephone, fax, and e-mail).

For the second submittal, after fulfilling the requirements established for its publication, the revised manuscript must be sent in 01 printed copy, along with copy in CD. The manuscripts must be addressed to:

Anna Nery School of Nursing Journal
Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery/UFRJ
Rua Afonso Cavalcanti 275, Cidade Nova
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
CEP 20.211-110
Other forms of contact:
Telephone: (21) 2293-0528/extension: 109
Fax: (21) 2293-8999


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