Submissions of Files
Articles prepared for submission should be saved in a single Microsoft Word document file, containing all sections described below (title page, abstract, main text, acknowledgements, references, tables, figures, and figure legends), which should be uploaded exclusively to the ScholarOne Manuscripts Publication System, available at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jpediatr.
Important notice: The submission web site is entirely written in English, but all text boxes can be filled with text in either English or Portuguese. This applies to all text boxes, including "Comments to the editor", "Competing interests", "Title"
Scope and policy
Updated July 2010
Jornal de Pediatria is the official publication of The Brazilian Society of Pediatrics (SBP). It has been continuously published by the SBP since 1934. Currently, the printed version of Jornal de Pediatria is distributed to almost 20,000 health professionals and institutions in Brazil and Latin America. An online, full-text version of Jornal de Pediatria is available from http://www.jped.com.br in both Portuguese and English. Access to the website is free of charge. Jornal de Pediatria is indexed in the following databases: Index Medicus/MEDLINE ( http://www.pubmed.gov ), SciELO (http://www.scielo.org), LILACS (http://www.bireme.br/abd/P/lilacs.htm), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (http://www.embase.com), Sociedad Iberoamericana de Información Científica (SIIC) Data Bases (http://www.siicsalud.com), Medical Research Index (http://www.purplehealth.com/medical-research-index.htm) and University Microfilms International.
Jornal de Pediatria publishes articles in the field of clinical investigation. Exceptionally, basic research articles are also accepted.
Papers can be submitted in either Portuguese or English. Authors are advised to use the language with which they feel most comfortable and confident that they will communicate more clearly. If a certain paper has been originally written in Portuguese, the authors should not submit an English version, unless it is a professional quality translation. Articles are published in English in the print version, and in English and Portuguese in the website (html and pdf). American spelling is used.
Important notice: The official language of publication of Jornal de Pediatria is English, and so is the language of its entire submission web site.
All materials published by Jornal de Pediatria undergo peer review. Each manuscript is sent to the editors, who make sure that minimum standards and format requirements are met. The manuscript is then sent to two expert reviewers who are not members of the editorial staff. The reviewers are never from the same institution as the authors. Based on the comments of these two reviewers, the Editorial Board decides whether the manuscript should be published as is, rejected or returned to the authors for amendment. A manuscript may be returned to its authors several times for clarification and improvement. Each revised version is analyzed by the Board, which makes the final decision
Types of articles
Jornal de Pediatria accepts submissions of original articles, brief communications, special articles, and letters to the editor.
Editorials and comments,which usually make reference to selected articles, are solicited from experts in the field. The Editorial Board may consider the publication of unsolicited comments.
Original articles include reports on controlled and randomized studies, screening and diagnostic studies, and other descriptive and intervention studies, as well as reports on basic research carried out with laboratory animals. Manuscripts in this category should not exceed 3,000 words, 30 references and four tables and figures.
Clinical trials should be registered in one of the Clinical Trial Registries recommended by the World Health Organization and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. In the absence of a Latin American registry, Jornal de Pediatria suggests the National Institutes of Health’s registry, available at www.clinicaltrials.gov . The clinical trial identification number should appear at the end of the abstract.
Brief communications are short papers with a maximum of 1,500 words (not including references and tables) describing observations that are insufficient for a full-fledged original article. Exceptionally, case reports describing unusual events involving patient management, rare and new diseases, and innovative approaches to diagnosis and treatment will be considered for publication as a short communication. Depending on the topic, the text should be organized as an original article (see above) or as a case report: start with a brief introduction to contextualize the reader concerning the importance of the subject and present the objectives of the case report. A short description of the case(s) presented should be included, with comments about relevant aspects, which will be compared against information available in the literature. A maximum of 15 references and two figures or tables may be included. The abstract should be structured according to the type of article (see Guidelines for manuscript preparation).
Letters to the editor usually express an opinion, discuss or criticize articles previously published in Jornal de Pediatria. Letters should not exceed 1,000 words and six references. Whenever possible, a response from the authors of the article to which the letter refers will be published along with the letter.
Review articles are systematic, critical assessments of the literature concerning topics of clinical relevance, with emphasis on aspects such as cause and prevention of diseases, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Usually, professionals of recognized expertise are invited to write review articles. Meta-analyses are included in this category. Jornal de Pediatria will also consider unsolicited review articles. For that, authors must submit an outline to the Editorial Board before submitting the manuscript.Review articles should not exceed 6,000 words, not including references and tables. A minimum of 30 up-to-date references should be cited.
Special articles do not fall under any of the categories above. They are considered to have special relevance and will be reviewed following special criteria. Special articles are not limited in terms of length or number of references.
Manuscripts must be submitted via e-mail. If the resolution of figures and photographs is not adequate for printing, original or high-resolution copies may be requested.
We recommend that authors keep a copy of the materials submitted, since they will not be returned to the authors.
What to send on e-mail
1. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Subject: Article's short title
3. Body of message: must contain the manuscript title and the name of the author in charge of pre-publication contacts, accompanied by a statement saying that:
4. Attached files: attach two separate files containing, respectively:
(a) cover letter, abstract in English (or Portuguese, matching the language
of submission), key-words, main text, and references; and
Guidelines for manuscript preparation
The manuscript - including tables, figures, and references - should be in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals," published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org).
Each section should start on a new page in the following order: title page, abstract, main text, acknowledgements, references, tables (print or insert each table, with title and footnotes, on a separate page), figures (print or insert each graph, with title and footnotes, on a separate page), and figure legends.
The main recommendations for each section are as follows:
The abstract should be structured as described below:
Abstract for original articles
Method: Describe the study design (if appropriate, state whether the study is randomized, blinded, prospective, etc.), setting (if appropriate, describe the level of care, i.e., primary, secondary or tertiary, private clinic or public institution, etc.), patients or participants (selection criteria, number of cases at the beginning and at the end of the study, etc.), interventions (include essential information, such as methods and duration of the study), and criteria used to measure the outcomes.
Results: Describe the most important findings, confidence intervals, and statistical significance of the findings.
Conclusions: Only describe conclusions that reflect the purpose of the study and that are supported by your findings. Discuss possible applications of the findings, with equal emphasis on positive and negative findings that have similar scientific merit.
Abstract for review articles
Sources: Describe all sources of information, defining databases and years researched. Briefly state the criteria used to select articles for review and to assess the quality of information.
Summary of the findings: State the main quantitative or qualitative findings.
Conclusions: State your conclusions and their clinical application, keeping generalizations within the scope of the subject under review.
Abstract for brief communications
Objective: State why the report deserves publication, with emphasis on matters of rarity, uniqueness, or innovation in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
Description: Briefly describe basic facts concerning the case(s), with emphasis on uniqueness and innovation.
Comments: Conclusions about the importance of the report for the pediatric community and perspectives for practical application of the innovative approaches.
Below the abstract, include three to six keywords that will be useful for indexing purposes. Please use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html. Whenever adequate descriptors are not available you may use new terms.
The main text in original articles should contain the following sections, indicated by a subtitle:
The sections in review articles may vary depending on the topic. We suggest that authors include a brief introduction, in which they explain (from the perspective of the medical literature) the importance of the review for the practice of pediatrics. It is not necessary to describe how data were selected and collected. The conclusions section should correlate the main ideas in the review to possible clinical applications, keeping generalizations within the scope of the subject under review.
Acknowledgements should be brief and objective; only individuals or institutions that contributed significantly to the study, but are not qualified for authorship, should be mentioned. Individuals cited in this section must agree in writing to the inclusion of their names, since readers may infer their endorsement of the conclusions of the study.
References should follow the Vancouver style, also known as the Uniform Requirements style, which is based largely on an American National Standards Institute style adapted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) for its databases. Authors should consult Citing Medicine, The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=citmed) for information on the recommended formats for a variety of reference types. Authors may also consult sample references (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html), a list of examples extracted from or based on Citing Medicine for easy general use; th es e sample references are maintained by NLM.
Jornal de Pediatria publishes color illustrations online. However, all figures will be converted into black & white format for publication in print. If the authors consider that color is essential, they should contact the editors. Computer-generated images, such as graphs, should be attached as .jpg, .gif, or .tif files, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, to enable good-quality reproduction. This resolution will be adjusted to 72 dpi for online publication. Do not submit three-dimensional graphs. If the resolution of scanned drawings, photographs, or illustrations is not adequate for printing, submit your manuscript via regular mail with two copies of the original illustrations (professionally drawn or printed with a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). In this case, affix a label to the back of the figure, indicating figure number, first author's name, and top of the figure (with an arrow).
Legends should be included on a separate page, identified by figure number.
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