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Scope and politics

The journal accepts original researches in Portuguese, English or Spanish. After the approval of the Scientific Editorial Board, the manuscripts will be analyzed and evaluated by two reviewers, who will be kept anonymous throughout the whole analysis process. The reviewers' comments will be sent to the authors for proper modifications or justifications. Only after final approval by the editors and reviewers the manuscripts will be published. All manuscripts from Brazilian authors will be bilingual Portuguese/English. Hence, after technical review, the authors of accepted articles will receive instructions regarding the translation of the manuscript into English. The English version will be of the authors’ full responsibility. Manuscripts not in agreement with the journal's guidelines will not be reviewed.

The journal has the following sections: Original articles, Case reports, Evidence-based Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Brief communications, and Letters to the Editor.

Original articles: present the results from original unpublished scientific investigation. Its structure must contain: Abstract and keywords (both in Portuguese/Spanish and English), Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References. The results must be interpreted, indicating statistical relevance found for the data, hence avoiding mere presentation of tables, charts and figures. Data presented on the text should not be duplicated on the tables, charts and figures and/or vice-versa. It is recommended that data receive inferential statistical analysis, in order to be more conclusive. At least 70% of the cited references (maximum 30) must refer to articles published in national or international journals.

In the manuscripts regarding research carried out with human beings or animals (as well as surveys focusing institutional records or documents), it is mandatory the citation of the protocol number for the approval of the Ethics Committee of the institution where the research was executed in the Methods section, as well the statement that all individuals involved (or their legal guardians) signed the Free and Informed Consent Term.

Case reports: report singular, non-routine cases or experiences with up to ten subjects, interesting to professional practice, describing its aspects, history, procedures, etc. Must include: Abstract and keywords (both in Portuguese/Spanish and English), Introduction (with brief literature review), Clinical case presentation, Discussion, Final comments, and References (maximum 15).

The Clinical case presentation section must contain the statement that all subjects involved (or their legal guardians) signed the Free and Informed Consent Term, thereby allowing the implementation and dissemination of the research and its results. If images from the subjects are used, a copy of the Free and Informed Consent Term, authorizing the use of the images for scientific purposes, must be attached.

Evidence-based Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: systematic review manuscripts that demonstrate evidence based on studies available in international literature. Result from a methodological research with the aim of identifying, collecting and analyzing previous studies testing the same hypothesis, systematically gather similar data in graphs, tables and charts, and interpret the evidence. Numerical results from the studies included in the review can, in many circumstances, be statistically analyzed by means of meta-analysis. Articles submitted to this section must contain the following structure: Abstract and keywords (both in Portuguese/Spanish and English), Introduction, Objectives, Research strategy, Selection criteria, Data analysis, Results, Conclusion, and References. All studies selected for the systematic review must be listed.

Brief communications: brief research articles, with the aim to present interesting results, impacting for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. They are limited to 4500 characters, (from Introduction to Conclusion). It must include: Abstract and keywords (both in Portuguese/Spanish and English), Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References. Can contain a maximum of two tables/charts/figures and 15 references.

Letters to the editor: objective and educational critics to manuscripts published on the journal, or discussions of specific current issues. They will be published at editors' criteria. The letters should be brief (250-500 words).

The Jornal da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia - JSBFa supports World Health Organization (WHO) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) policies, recognizing the importance of these initiatives in order to register and divulge clinical trials information, in open access. Therefore, only clinical research articles presenting an identification number validated by WHO and ICMJE criteria available at will be accepted for publication. The identification number should be cited at the end of the abstract.


Preparation of manuscripts

All submitted manuscripts must follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors guidelines proposed on the article Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, version published in October 2008, available at:

Every submission must necessarily include, besides the manuscript file, the following supplementary documents (digitalized):

a) cover letter signed by all authors, including permission for the reproduction of the material and copyrights transfer upon the acceptance of the manuscript for publication, and a brief statement about the contribution of each author;

b) copy of the Ethics Committee approval letter or protocol, when the manuscript refers to research involving human beings or animals;

c) copy of the Free and Informed Consent Term signed by the subject(s) (or their legal guardians), authorizing use of the image, when it is the case;

d) disclosure of any possible conflicts of interest, when pertinent.


The text must be typed in Microsoft Word, RTF or WordPerfect, ISO A4 (8½ x 11 inch) page, double-spaced, with font Arial 12, 2.5-cm (1-inch) margins in each side, justified paragraph, and Arabic numbered pages; each section must begin in a new page, in the following sequence: identification page, Abstract and keywords in Portuguese or Spanish, Abstract and keywords in English, text (according to the items necessary for the type of article), Acknowledgments, References, tables, charts, figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations), and appendixes, with their respective legends. The manuscript's total number of pages (including tables, charts, figures, appendixes and references) must not exceed 30 pages.

Identification page:
Must include:

a) title of the manuscript, in Portuguese (or Spanish) and English. The title must be concise, yet informative;

b) short title of the manuscript, with up to 40 characters;

c) full name of each author, followed by department and/or institution;

d) department and/or institution where the research was carried out;

e) name, institutional address, and electronic address (e-mail) of the responsible author, to whom correspondence must be sent to;

f) funding sources, if any;

g) a statement disclosing the existence or inexistence of conflicts of interest.

Abstract and keywords:
The second page should present the abstract, in Portuguese (or Spanish) and English, with up to 250 words. The abstract must be structured according to the section the manuscript was sent to, emphasizing the most significant data. Hence, for Original articles and Brief Communications, the structure must be, in English: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion; in Portuguese: Objetivo, Métodos, Resultados, Conclusão. For manuscripts sent for the section Evidence-Based Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the abstract must be structured in: Purpose, Research strategy, Selection criteria, Data analysis, Results, Conclusion (in Portuguese: Objetivos, Estratégia de pesquisa, Critérios de seleção, Análise dos dados, Resultados, Conclusão). The abstracts of manuscripts for the sections Case reports and Brief communications should not be structured. Below the abstract, it must be specified five to ten keywords, which define the theme of the manuscript. Such keywords must be based on the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) of the National Library of Medicine, available at:


The text should follow the demanded structure for each type of article. References must be cited in the text using sequenced upperscript Arabic numbers in parentheses, avoiding reference to year or authors names, as it follows:

"... Any speech disorder associated either to a nervous system lesion or a sensory-motor dysfunction may be classified as a motor disorder(11-12)..."

Foreign words or expressions must be written in italic. Numbers from zero to ten are to be written out.

All tables, charts, figures, and appendixes should have their entrance indicated in the text and be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the manuscript. All tables, charts, figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations), and appendixes must be black and white (or grey scale), arranged at the end of the article, after the references.

Include recognition to people or institutions that effectively collaborated with the implementation of the study. Acknowledgement to funding agencies that have provided financial support for the implementation of the research must be included.

References must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers, in the order in which they appear cited in the text. The reference system shall essentially follow the Vancouver Style, as exemplified below, and the journals titles must be abbreviated according to the style presented at the List of Journal Indexed in Index Medicus, of the National Library of Medicine, available at:

It is recommended to use references of studies published in the last ten years.

For all references, all authors must be cited. When a work has six or more authors, the first six should be cited, followed by the expression et al.


Wuyts FL, Heylen L, Mertens F, Du Caju M, Rooman R, Van de Heyning PH, et al. Effects of age, sex, and disorder on voice range profile characteristics of 230 children. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2003;112(6):540-8.

Befi-Lopes DM, Puglisi ML, Rodrigues A, Giusti E, Gândara JP, Araujo K. Perfil comunicativo de crianças com alterações específicas no desenvolvimento da linguagem: caracterização longitudinal das habilidades pragmáticas. Rev Soc Bras Fonoaudiol. 2007;12(4):265-73.


Ballantyne J, Martin MC, Martin A. Surdez. 5a ed. Porto Alegre: Artes Médicas; 1995.


Russo ICP, Almeida K. Considerações sobre a seleção e adaptação de próteses auditivas para o deficiente auditivo idoso. In: Almeida K, Iorio MCM, organizadores. Próteses auditivas: fundamentos teóricos e aplicações clínicas. São Paulo: Lovise, 1996. p. 177-90.

BOOK CHAPTERS (same authorship)

Reed VA. An introduction to children with language disorders. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company; 1994. Toddlers and preschoolers with specific language impairment; p.117-52.


Minna JD. Recent advances for potential clinical importance in the biology of lung cancer. In: Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association for Cancer Research; 1984 Sep 6-10; Toronto. Proceedings. Toronto: AMA; 1984; 25:2293-4.


Pagan-Neves LO. Descrição acústico-articulatória e perceptiva das líquidas do português brasileiro produzidas por crianças com e sem transtorno fonológico [tese]. São Paulo: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas da Universidade de São Paulo; 2008.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2005) [Internet]. (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders [Technical Report]. [cited 2008 Feb 4] Available from:

Present tables separated from the text, each one on a different page, at the end of the document. Tables must be typed with double space and in Arial 8, and sequentially numbered, in Arabic numbers, following the order in which they appear in the text. All tables must have a short, self-explanatory title, inserted above it, and all columns must be identified with a headline. Any abbreviations and information about statistic tests used should be presented at the bottom of the table. The number of tables should be enough to concisely describe data, and they must not repeat information presented textually. Regarding the presentation form, tables must have horizontal lines separating headline, body and conclusion, with open laterals. The maximum number of tables accepted is five.

Must follow the same guidelines described for tables, except for the presentation form, that can use vertical lines and must be laterally closed. The maximum number of charts is two.

Figures (graphs, photographs, and illustrations):
The figures must also be presented separately from the text, at the end of the document, consecutively numbered in Arabic numbers, following the order in which they appear in the text. All figures should be black and white (or grey scale), with proper graphic quality (use only white background), and present the title in legend, typed in Arial 8. The figures can also be uploaded as supplementary documents in an electronic file separate from the text (the image applied in the text processor doesn't necessarily mean that the original is copied). To avoid problems that compromise the pattern of the journal, the image digitalization process (scan) must have the following parameters: for graphs or schemes, use 800 dpi/bitmap for trace; for illustrations and photographs (black and white) use 300 dpi/RGB or grayscale. In all cases, the files must have extension .tif and/or .jpg. Files with extensions .xls (Excel), .cdr (CorelDraw), .eps and .wmf will also be accepted for illustrations in curve (graphs, drawings, schemes). There should not be more than five figures. If the figures were already published elsewhere, written permission from the author/editor must be sent along with the article, and the source must be cited at the legend of the figure.


Present the legends using double space, following the respective tables, charts, figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations), and appendixes.

Abbreviations e Codes:

Should be preceded by the full name when cited for the first time in the text. Legends of figures, tables, charts and appendixes must also be accompanied by the full name. Abbreviations and codes should not be used in the title or in the abstract.


Submission of papers

All articles must be submitted through the online editing system, available at

The authors of the manuscripts cannot submit their research to other publications, national or international, until it is effectively published or rejected by the editorial board. Only the editor can authorize the reproduction of articles published in Jornal da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia - JSBFa elsewhere.

Authors of manuscripts selected for publication will be notified about it, and will be further instructed regarding technical editorial procedures. Authors of manuscripts not selected for publication will be notified about the reasons of the denial.


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