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Update: 08/09/2016



Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação is an interdisciplinary journal published on a quarterly basis by Unesp (Health Education and Communication Laboratory, Public Health Department, School of Medicine of Botucatu). It focuses on Education and Communication in health practices, education of health professionals (both university-based and inservice  education), and on Collective Health in its articulation with Philosophy and the Social and Human Sciences. The journal prioritizes critical and innovative approaches and emphasizes qualitative research.

Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação publishes only original texts that have never been published elsewhere, in the form of free demand articles, analytical articles and/or essays, current issues reviews, critical reviews, experience reports, debates, interviews, and also letters and notes about events and matters of interest. The journal’s Editorial Board can propose, from time to time, specific themes considered relevant, developed by invited authors who are experts in the subject.

Translations of texts published in another language are not accepted.

All the submitted manuscripts have their scientific merit evaluated by peers.

The editors reserve the right to change and/or cut the received originals in order to adjust them to the journal’s standards, maintaining style and content.

The journal’s abbreviated title, Interface (Botucatu), must be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic references.

Manuscripts are submitted exclusively online, by means of the ScholarOne Manuscripts system.
All the manuscripts submitted to Interface must comply with the standards described below. Failure to follow these rules may result in the rejection of the submission in the initial screening of manuscripts.


Editorial – text written by the editors or by invited researchers (up to two thousand words).

Dossier – set of thematic essays or analytical texts invited by the editors, resulting from original studies and research of interest to the journal (up to six thousand words).

Articles – analytical texts resulting from original theoretical or field research referring to issues of interest to the journal (up to six thousand words).

Review – texts of literature review about current issues that are pertinent to the journal’s scope (up to six thousand words).

Debates – set of texts about current and/or polemic issues proposed by the editors or by collaborators and debated by specialists, who expound their points of view. The editors are responsible for the final editing of the texts (Opening text: up to six thousand words; debaters’ texts: up to one thousand and five hundred words; reply: up to one thousand and five hundred words).

Open Space – theoretically grounded texts that describe and critically analyze experiences that are relevant to the journal’s scope (up to five thousand words).

Interviews – testimonies of people whose life stories or professional achievements are relevant to the journal’s coverage areas (up to six thousand words).

Critical reviews – critical analysis texts of  publications released  in Brazil or abroad in the last two years, in the form of books, films or other recent productions that are relevant to the journal’s scope  (up to three thousand words).

Creation – reflection texts on issues of interest to the journal, in an interface with the fields of Arts and Culture, which use, in their formal presentation, iconographic, poetic, literary, musical and audiovisual resources, among others, in order to strengthen and give consistency to the proposed discussion.

Brief notes – notes on events, happenings, innovative projects (up to two thousand words).

Letters to the Editor – comments on journal’s publications and notes or opinions about matters of interest to the readers (up to one thousand words).

Note: the text’s total number of words includes tables and excludes title, abstract and keywords.



1 The manuscripts must be keyboarded in Word or RTF, using 12-point Arial font, respecting the maximum number of words established for each section of the journal. All the manuscripts submitted for publication must contain abstract and keywords related to the theme (except the following sections: Critiques, Interviews, Brief notes and Letters to the Editor).

2 The text must not contain information that enables the identification of its authors. Authors’ data are informed only in a specific field of the submission form. Authors must take the following precautions when they submit their manuscript:

- To remove, from the text, data that identify the text’s authorship in references, footnotes and citations, replacing them by NN [eliminated for the purpose of peer review].
- In case of research with human beings, only the process number must be indicated, without mentioning the institution in which the project was approved.
- In Microsoft Office documents, please remove the author’s identification from the Document’s Properties (in the menu File > Properties), starting on File, in the main menu, and clicking in sequence: File > Save as… > Tools (or Options in Mac) > Security options… > Remove personal information from file properties on save > OK > Save.
- In PDFs, please remove the authors’ names from the Document’s Properties, in File, in the main menu of Adobe Acrobat.

Note: In the case of manuscript approval, all information that were excluded should be included again by the authors.

3 The maximum number of authors is limited to five. From that number it is necessary to present a justification, which will be examined by the editor. Authorship implies assuming responsibility publicly for the content of the text submitted for publication. The journal adopts the following minimum authorship criteria: a) having participated in the discussion of the study’s results; b) having participated in the revision and approval of the text’s final version.

Note: The maximum number of the same author manuscripts, in Supplements, is limited to three.

4 Information on institutions that supported the research and/or on people who collaborated with the study but do not meet the authorship criteria must be included in a specific field of the submission form.

5 The manuscript’s initial page (Main Document) must contain the following information (in Portuguese, Spanish and English): title, abstract and keywords. The title and keywords are not included in the abstract’s total number of words.

- Title: must be concise and informative (up to twenty words).
- Abstract: must highlight the work’s fundamental aspects. It can include the main objective, the theoretical focus, the methodological procedures, the most relevant results and the main conclusions (up to 140 words).
- Keywords: must reflect the addressed theme (from three to five words).

6 Footnotes are identified by small superscript letters in parentheses. They must be succinct and used only when strictly necessary.

7 Manuscripts referring to research with human beings must include information on the approval by an Ethics Committee in the area, according to Resolution no. 466/13 of Brazil’s National Health Council, indicating only the process number. Such information must be presented at the end of the section about the study’s methodology and must also be included in a specific field of the submission form.
8 Images, figures or drawings must be in tiff or jpeg format, with minimum resolution of 300 dpi, maximum size of 16 x 20 cm, caption, and 9-point Arial font. Tables and bar graphs can be produced in Word or Excel. Other types of graphs (circle graph, line graph, etc.) must be produced in an image program (Photoshop or Corel Draw). All of them must be in files separated from the original text (Main Document), with their respective captions and numeration. In the text, there must be indications of the place in which each one must be included.

- In the case of texts sent to the Creation section, the images must be scanned with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and sent in jpeg or tiff formats, minimum size of 9 x 12 cm and maximum size of 18 x 21 cm.

9 Interface adopts the Vancouver system for the style of citations and references in its manuscripts.

Starting in 2014, the journal Interface is changing over to the Vancouver standard as the style to use for citations and references in manuscripts submitted.

Citations should be numbered consecutively, according to the order in which they are presented in the text. They should be identified using Arabic numerals as superscripts.

According to Teixeira1,4,10-15
Important note: Footnotes will now be identified by means of lower-case letters, as superscripts, in parentheses. They should be succinct and should only be used when necessary.

Specific cases of citations:
a) Reference with more than two authors: in the body of the text, only the name of the first author should be cited, followed by the expression "et al."
b) Literal citations: These should be inserted in the paragraph between quotation marks ("xx"). If the citation already came in quotation marks in the original text, replace them with single quotation marks ('xx').

"The 'Uniform Requirements' (Vancouver style) are largely based on the style standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), adapted by the NLM."1
c) Literal citation of more than three lines: in a paragraph inset from the text (with a one-line space before and after it), with a 4 cm indentation on the left side, single spacingfont size smaller than that used in the text, without quotation marks,without italics and with its right side at the right margin of the text.
Note: To indicate fragmentation of the citation use square brackets: [...]we foundsome flaws in the system[...]when we reread the manuscript, but nothing could be done[...].

This meeting has expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and has established the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Presented to Biomedical Journals: the Vancouver Style 2.

All the authors cited in the text should appear among the references listed at the end of the manuscript, in numerical order, following the general standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) ( The names of the journals should be abbreviated in accordance with the style used in Index Medicus (
The references should be aligned only with the left margin and, so as to identify the document, with single spacing and separated from each other by a double space.
The punctuation should follow the international standards and should be uniform for all the references: 
Leave one space after a full stop/period. 
Leave one space after a semicolon. 
Leave one space after a colon. 
When the reference occupies more than one line, restart in the first position.


Author(s) of the book. Title of the book. Edition (number of the edition). City of publication: Publishing house; Year of publication.
Schraiber LB. O médico e suas interações: a crise dos vínculos de confiança. 4a ed. São Paulo: Hucitec; 2008.
* Up to six authors, separated by commas, followed by "et al.", if this number is exceeded. 
** Without indicating the number of pages.

If the author is an entity
Ministério da Educação e do Desporto. Secretaria de Educação Fundamental. Parâmetros curriculares nacionais: meio ambiente e saúde. 3a ed. Brasília, DF: SEF; 2001. 
In the case of series and collections
Migliori R. Paradigmas e educação. São Paulo: Aquariana; 1993 (Visão do futuro, v. 1).

Author(s) of the chapter. Title of the chapter. In: name(s) of the author(s) or editor(s). Title of the book. Edition (number). City of publication: Publishing house; Year of publication. First-last page of the chapter.
If the author of the book is the same as the author of the chapter
Hartz ZMA, organizador. Avaliação em saúde: dos modelos conceituais à prática na análise da implantação dos programas. Rio de Janeiro: Fiocruz; 1997. p. 19-28.
If the author of the book is different from the author of the chapter
Cyrino, EG, Cyrino AP. A avaliação de habilidades em saúde coletiva no internato e na prova de Residência Médica na Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu - Unesp. In: Tibério IFLC, Daud-Galloti RM, Troncon LEA, Martins MA, organizadores. Avaliação prática de habilidades clínicas em Medicina. São Paulo: Atheneu; 2012. p. 163-72.
* Up to six authors, separated by commas, followed by "et al.", if this number is exceeded. 
** It is obligatory to indicate the first and last pages of the chapter, at the end of the reference.

Author(s) of the article. Title of the article. Abbreviated title of the journal. Date of publication; volume (number/supplement): first-last page of the article.
Teixeira RR. Modelos comunicacionais e práticas de saúde. Interface (Botucatu). 1997; 1(1):7-40.
Ortega F, Zorzanelli R, Meierhoffer LKRosário CA, Almeida CF, Andrada BFCC, et al. A construção do diagnóstico do autismo em uma rede social virtual brasileira. Interface (Botucatu). 2013; 17(44):119-32.
* Up to six authors, separated by commas, followed by "et al.", if this number is exceeded.
** It is obligatory to indicate the first and last pages of the article, at the end of the reference.

Author. Title of study [type]. City (State): Institution where it was presented; year when study was defended.
Macedo LM. Modelos de Atenção Primária em Botucatu-SP: condições de trabalho e os significados de Integralidade apresentados por trabalhadores das unidades básicas de saúde [thesis]. Botucatu (SP): Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu; 2013.
Martins CP. Possibilidades, limites e desafios da humanização no Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) [dissertation]. Assis (SP): Universidade Estadual Paulista; 2010.

Author(s) of the study. Title of the study presented. In: editor(s) responsible for the event (if applicable). Title of the event: Proceedings or Annals of ... title of the event; date of the event; city and country of the event. City of publication: Publishing house; Year of publication. First-last page.
Paim JS. O SUS no ensino médico: retórica ou realidade [Internet]. In: Anais do 33° Congresso Brasileiro de Educação Médica; 1995; São Paulo, Brazil. São Paulo: Associação Brasileira de Educação Médica; 1995. p. 5 [accessed Oct 30, 2013]. Available
* When the study has been consulted online, mention the data of access (abbreviated month and day followed by comma, year) and the electronic address: Available at: http://www......

Title of the law (or bill of law, or code...), publication data (city and date of publication).
Constituição (1988). Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil. Brasília, DF: Senado Federal; 1988.
Lei n° 8.080, de 19 de Setembro de 1990. Dispõe sobre as condições para a promoção, proteção e recuperação da saúde, a organização e o funcionamento dos serviços correspondentes e dá outras providências. Diário Oficial da União, 19 Set 1990.
*This follows the standards recommended in NBR 6023 of the Brazilian Technical Standards Association (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas, ABNT, 2002), with its graphical standard adapted to the Vancouver Style.

Author(s). Place: Publishing house, year. Review of: Author(s). Title of the study. Journal. Year;v(n):first-last page.
Borges KCS, Estevão A, Bagrichevsky M. Rio de Janeiro: Fiocruz, 2010. Resenha de: Castiel LD, Guilam MC, Ferreira MS. Correndo o risco: uma introdução aos riscos em saúde. Interface (Botucatu). 2012;16(43):1119-21.

Author of the article. Title of the article. Name of the newspaper. Date; Section: page (column).
Gadelha C, Mundel T. Inovação brasileira, impacto global. Folha de São Paulo. 2013 Nov 12; Opinião:A3.

Author [letters]. Journal (City). Year;v(n.):first-last page.
Bagrichevsky M, Estevão A. [letters]. Interface (Botucatu). 2012;16(43):1143-4.

When the interview consists of questions and answers, the entry is always according to the interviewee.
Yrjö Engeström. A Teoria da Atividade Histórico-Cultural e suas contribuições à Educação, Saúde e Comunicação [interview conducted by Lemos MPereira-Querol MAAlmeida, IM]. Interface (Botucatu). 2013;715-29.
When the interviewer transcribes the interview, the entry is always according to the interviewer.
Lemos MPereira-Querol MAAlmeida, IM. A Teoria da Atividade Histórico-Cultural e suas contribuições à Educação, Saúde e Comunicação [interview with Yrjö Engeström]. Interface (Botucatu). 2013:715-29.

Author(s). Title [Internet]. City of publication: Publishing house; date of publication [date of access with the expression "accessed"]. Address of the website with the expression "Available at:"
With page numbering:
Wagner CD, Persson PB. Chaos in cardiovascular system: an update. Cardiovasc Res. [Internet],1998 [accessed Jun 20, 1999]; 40. Available at:

Without page numbering:
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [accessed Aug 12, 2002];102(6):[about 1 p.]. Available at:
* The authors should check whether the electronic addresses (URLs) cited in the text are still active.
If the reference includes the DOI, this should be maintained. Only in this case (when the citation was taken from SciELO, the DOI always comes with it; in other cases, not always).

Other examples can be found at



1 The submission process is performed only online, in the system ScholarOne Manuscripts. To submit manuscripts, you must be registered in the system. Please access the link and follow the instructions on screen. Once you are registered and logged in, click on “Author Center” to begin the submission process.

Note: In the register of all the authors, it is necessary that the keywords referring to their areas of action are filled out. To edit the register, each author must log in the system with his/her user ID and password, access theMmenu, click on the item “Edit Account”, located in the upper right corner of the screen, and enter the areas of action at step 3. The areas of action are described in the system as “Areas of expertise”.

2 Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação accepts collaborations in Portuguese, Spanish and English for all sections. Just original and unpublished papers submitted only to this journal shall be evaluated. The authors must state they complied with these conditions in a specific field of the submission form. In case a simultaneous publication or submission to another journal is identified, the manuscript shall be disregarded. Submission must be accompanied by an authorization for publication signed by all the authors of the manuscript. The model of the document is available for upload in the system.

3 The main text must not include information that allow the identification of the authors. Authors’ data are informed in a specific field of the submission form and include:

- Main author: institutional affiliation – Department, Unit, University, city, state, country (only one, in full). Full institutional address for correspondence (city, state, country and ZIP code). Cell phone, telephones and e-mails (preferably institutional).
- Coauthors: institutional affiliation – Department, Unit, University, city, state, country (only one, in full). Institutional e-mail.

Note: if there is no institutional affiliation, please inform professional education. Authors’ titles must not be informed.

4 Information on institutions that supported the conduction of the research and/or on people who collaborated with the study but do not meet the authorship criteria must also be included in the specific fields of the submission form.

5 If the text contains illustrations, they must be in separate files and must be included as documents supplementary to the Main Document, in a specific field of the submission form.

6 The title (up to 20 words), the abstract (up to 140 words) and the keywords (from three to five), in the manuscript’s original language, must be included in a specific field of the submission form.

7 To submit the text, in “Cover Letter”, the author must write a letter explaining whether the text is original, whether it has been already published elsewhere, whether it is the result of a Master dissertation our PhD thesis, whether there are conflicts of interest and, in case of research with human beings, whether it was approved by an Ethics Committee in the area, informing the process number and the institution. Information on institutions that supported the conduction of the research and/or on people who collaborated with the study but do not meet the authorship criteria must also be included. If the text has two authors or more, the individual responsibilities of each one in the preparation of the manuscript must be specified in the “Cover Letter”, respecting the following minimum authorship criteria: a) having participated actively in the discussion of the study’s results; b) having participated in the revision and approval of the text’s final version.

8 In the item “Contribution to Current Literature”, the author must answer the following question: What does your text add to what has already been published in the national and international literature?

Note: In this brief description, it is necessary to address the specificity of the research results and of the review or experience in the scenario of national and international literature about the matter, highlighting the original nature of the work. Manuscripts that focus on issues of local interest only and present essentially descriptive approaches to the problem should be avoided.

9 The author can indicate one referee (from Brazil or abroad) to evaluate his/her manuscript. If it is necessary, he/she should also inform about researchers with whom there may be conflicts of interest arising from the article.


Every text submitted to Interface shall be screened to check if it complies with the submission standards and to identify missing documents in the submission process. The text shall only advance to the evaluation stage if it complies with all the publication standards and when all the requested documents are included in the system.

 The evaluation process has two stages: pre-evaluation and peer evaluation.

1 Pre-evaluation: is performed by the editors and associate editors. The texts that advance to peer review are those that:
- meet the minimum requisites of a scientific paper and comply with the journal’s scope;
- have relevance and present original issues and results and adequacy of theoretical-methodological approach.

2 Peer review: the text approved in pre-evaluation advance to double-blind peer review and is evaluated by, at least, two referees. The material is returned to the author in case the referees suggest minor changes and/or corrections. In this case, there will be a second round of evaluation of the revised manuscript.
In case of divergence of opinions, the text will be sent to a third referee for arbitration.
The Editorial Board (editors and associate editors) is responsible for the final decision about the manuscript’s scientific merit.


Interface – Comunicação, Saúde e Educação is an online digital open-access periodical. This format involves substantial costs that are currently not fully covered by public funding. Therefore, Interface has implemented a submission fee and a publication fee for approved manuscripts, in order to help to partially cover the journal’s operational costs and ensure that its quality is maintained, along with open access to published manuscripts.

Submission fee
The journal’s editorial office will ask authors to pay the submission fee just after the initial screening stage for manuscript submissions, if the manuscript falls within the journal’s scope.
Note: This fee will not be returned if the article is rejected at the pre-evaluation and/or peer review stage.
Amount: R$ 150.00 (Brazilian reais, BRL)
This fee should be paid as a deposit in the bank account of the following entity:
Fundação para o Desenvolvimento Médico e Hospitalar
CNPJ: 46.230.439/0001-01
Its bank account details are as follows:
Banco Santander
Branch: 0039
Current account number: 13001550-1
Code: 11890-4

After the deposit has been made, the authors should send the proof of payment through the submission system, as a supplementary document, in step 6 of the submission process.
Note: authors whose manuscripts have been approved in the initial screening will receive instructions about these procedures from the journal’s editorial office.

Publication fee
The procedures for paying the publication fee will be informed by the journal’s editorial office after the article has been approved, at the time of beginning the process of preparing the originals for publication.
Note: This fee will only be charged for manuscripts that have been approved for the following sections: Dossier, Articles, Reviews and Open Space.
1 For manuscripts of up to 5000 words: R$ 600.00
2 For manuscripts of more than 5000 words: R$ 700.00
Note: this amount does not include the cost of translation of the article into English, if this is of interest. The authors of the manuscript that is to be published will continue to have individual responsibility for this cost.


- Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação adopts the Turnitin plagiarism system for identification.
- The authors are responsible for their texts. The texts do not necessarily coincide with the point of view of the journal’s Editorial Board.
- Interface – Comunicação, Saúde, Educação is an open-access journal. Its entire content, except when informed otherwise, is licensed under a Creative Commons license of the CC-BY type.
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- Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação follows the principles of ethics in scientific publications that are contained in the code of conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics <>


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