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Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica
publishes preferably original research articles that contribute significantly
for the growth of knowledge in the field of the Speech, Language and Hearing
Science. Other categories accepted for publication are: Reviews and Systematic
Reviews, Case Reports, Book Reviews, Commentaries, Letters to the Editor,
Research Letters, Clinical Reminders, Fillers/Special Sections, Conference
Peer review process
Manuscripts should be submitted on line (www.revistaprofono.com.br) and should be written in either Portuguese or English. The first analyses will be done with the text in Portuguese (if the manuscript was submitted in this language). If the text is approved by our reviewers and selected for publication, it should be translated into English (responsibility of the authors), having the maximum of 15 days to hand in the text. The translated version will be reviewed by a translator named by Pró-Fono. If this version is accepted, the final version of the text will be submitted to our International Editorial Board. The accepted manuscripts will be published in two versions: in Portuguese as the printed version and in English as the electronic version (www.revistaprofono.com.br).
After the initial technical and scientific assessment, done by a technical reviewer and by the Editor, and after the necessary reformulations made by the authors, manuscripts will be submitted to a peer review (Associate Editor, Advisory Reviewers in the specific field of knowledge, National and International Advisory Reviewers of other fields of knowledge), using the double blind system. Reviews will be sent to the authors within 90 days. Reformulations suggested by the reviewers can be accepted or contested, in which case the author can appeal in writing. The reformulated version will be published according to the chronological order of the finally approved documents. The authors will be then informed of the probable date of publication, when the dates of arrival, reformulations and final approval will be registered. Authors are responsible for the origin and authenticity of their work, including the use of illustrations, names, people, history, text citations, references etc. Authors compromise themselves to reveal any personal, commercial, political, academic or financial conflicts of interest.
The Journal’s Editorial Department has the right to modify the text, whenever necessary, without changing the content of the article in order to improve the presentation. Terms are standardized according to Stedman (Medical Dictionary: an English-Portuguese and Portuguese-English vocabulary of the medical field and correlated areas, with etymology, derivations and definitions. 23rd ed. Translated by Sergio Augusto Teixeira - doctor. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan, 1979. 2v. Illustrated. Original Title: Stedman Medical Dictionary) and the anatomical structures terminology is standardized according to Verlag, G.T. (Anatomical Terminology: international anatomical terminology. Translated by the Brazilian Society of Anatomy and by the Committee on Anatomical Terminology. Barueri: Manole, 2001. 2.v.). Text citations and references should follow the standards mentioned in the Vancouver style.
The author(s) is(are) responsible for the good quality and originality of the work, assuming from this moment any responsibility towards the Editorial Department of Pró-Fono and towards third parties, including illustrations, sketches, photographs, graphs etc., and taking responsibility for using names, people, historic references, text citations and bibliographical references. The authors compromise themselves to mention personal, commercial, political, academic or financial conflicts of interest.
Manuscripts not meeting all of the requirements outlined in the Guidelines to Authors of Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica will not be considered for publication and will not be returned to the authors. Only the reviews are sent to the authors.
Preparation and Presentation of manuscripts
Form and Presentation of Manuscript Categories
Read the instructions carefully. Manuscripts not meeting all of the requirements outlined below will not be considered for publication and will be returned to the authors for completion.
1. Manuscripts not meeting all of the requirements cannot be considered for publication.
2. Submissions to Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica should not have been previoulsy published (except as na abstract, in which case details should be given). Similarly, the article should not be under consideration by another journal.
3. Manuscripts should conform to the Uniform Requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (N Engl J Med 1997; 336: 309-15). http://www.icmje.org/
4. For reporting of randomized trials, authors are advised to work to the guidelines in the CONSORT statement.
5. Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (http://www.publicationethics.org.uk/). In accordance with the code of conduct we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism.
6. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the journal’s online submission system (http://revistaprofono.com.br). Files and Illustrations should be in Word.
7. The used references for all of the categories should be exclusively of indexed national and international journals, preferably in ISI.
8. All manuscripts will be submitted to peer review or will be analyzed by the Scientific Editor.
Please ensure that your paper meets all of the requirements established for each one of the categories described below
Research Papers: should include a structured abstract (Background, Aim, Method, Results, Conclusion) with a maximum of 250 words. Full text should contain a maximum of 2500 words; a maximum of 30 references (exclusively of nationally and internationally indexed journals, 50% preferably indexed in ISI); three tables or figures. For these manuscripts (of a quantitative or qualitative nature), introduction should have no more than a page and must be entailed to the exact content of the study. The emphases of the manuscript should be on the methodology and results, with clear and well determined statistical descriptions and analyses (for qualitative studies). Only the necessary figures will be accepted, those which replicate data already presented in statistical tables will not be accepted. Discussion and Conclusion should be resumed and exclusively based on the results of the study. Sections of this type of manuscript: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References.
Reviews and Systematic Reviews: we are particularly interested in reviews of any whole field or aspect of the Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences that is of relevance to our readership. These should be authoritative and identify any gaps in our knowledge or understanding. Systematic Reviews must contain a brief section entitled “Search strategy and selection criteria”. This should state clearly: the sources (databases, journal or book reference list, etc) of the material covered, and the criteria used to include or exclude studies – for example, all that was published in a certain journal in the last three, four or five years. Maximum of 3000 words, maximum of 30 references (exclusively of nationally and internationally indexed journals, 50% preferably indexed in ISI); structured abstract with 250 words (Background, Aim, Conclusion), maximum of 4 tables or figures. Sections of this type of manuscript: Introduction, Conclusion, References.
Case Reports: clinically interesting cases should be written in a maximum of 600 words (plus 125 word structured abstract – Background, Aim, Method, Results, Conclusion) with no more than one figure or table and maximum of 10 references (exclusively of nationally and internationally indexed journals, 50% preferably indexed in ISI). Case reports should be of conditions that provide new insight, describe rare but modifiable disorders or present new treatments and understanding. Sections of this type of manuscript: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References.
Book Reviews: we encourage reviews of international books which have been published in the last three years. The original should be completely cited, in its original language (author(s), title, edition, publishing company, city of publishing company, year, number of pages). Maximum of 1500 words.
Commentary: commentaries include debate articles, long comments or personal observations on current research or trends in the field of the Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences that is likely to be of interest to our readers. Maximum of 1500 words, 15 references (exclusively of nationally and internationally indexed journals, 50% preferably indexed in ISI), one table or figure.
Letters to the Editor: we welcome lively, provocative, stimulating and amusing letters on general points of interest, as well as comments on and criticism of articles previously published in the journal. Maximum of 450 words, 5 references (exclusively of nationally and internationally indexed journals, 50% preferably indexed in ISI), one table or figure.
Research Letters: a shorter article which should report original findings of already concluded parts of a larger research project (e.g. a pilot study). Research Letters should contain no more than two tables or figures, a maximum of 1500 words and a maximum of 30 references (exclusively of nationally and internationally indexed journals, 50% preferably indexed in ISI). These letters do not include an abstract. Authors of full articles may be invited to re-submit a shorter version of their manuscript for publication in this section.
Clinical Reminders: very short and simple resumes of Case Reports that are not unusual enough to be published in full, but are useful messages that could be of use to general readers and juniors. Clinical Reminders should be of no more than 150 words, 1 small table or figure and 3 references (exclusively of nationally and internationally indexed journals, 50% preferably indexed in ISI).
Fillers/Special Sections: we are always pleased to receive short pieces of a thoughtful or humorous nature that touch on the personal or professional experiences of colleagues working with speech-language and hearing pathologies. We also welcome suggestions for relevant short quotations from any source. Maximum of 900 words.
Conference Reports: we would be interested in reports distilling the essence of papers presented by our researchers in international conferences (unpublished in Brazil). The original paper should be entirely cited in its original language (author(s), title, conference were the work was presented, city, country). Maximum of 1000 words.
Web Sites: We are pleased to accept short descriptions of web sites that are likely to be of interest to our readers. Maximum of 200 words.
Examples of References (Vancouver Style): <http://nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html>
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