ISSN 0103-7331 printed version
ISSN 1809-4481 online version



Scope and editorial policy

Physis is a quarterly scientific journal concerned with academic production in the field of Collective Health. Its editorial guidelines emphasize interdisciplinary critical and innovative approaches on themes considered current and relevant in the field of Collective Health. The journal is basically composed of unsolicited papers, as well as section of reviews, interviews, letters and comments. The Editorial Board may occasionally propose specific themes, considered relevant, and publish papers of invited authors who are specialists on the theme, and which will undergo a process of peer review as well.


Preparation of typescripts


Original unsolicited articles (up to 7,000 words, including endnotes and references): unpublished papers resulting from research or bibliographical analysis. The Editor reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted papers, following the recommendations of its Editorial Board, based on anonymous assessment of reviewers - double-blind peer review - and according to space availability.

Original articles at the editor's invitation (up to 8,000 words, including endnotes and references): unpublished articles resulting from research or bibliographical analysis. The Editorial Board and the invited editor may either ask experienced authors to forward original papers on previously decided themes, according to the journal planning, or decide on the acceptance, based on anonymous assessment of two reviewers (double-blind peer review). Reviews and comments usually come at the invitation to the authors by the Editors. Articles that, due to their authorial characteristic cannot be anonymously assessed, will be analyzed by an anonymous reviewer (single-blind peer review). The number of authors will be limited to a maximum of two per manuscript, and each author may appear only in one article per issue.

Reviews (up to 4,000 words, including endnotes and references): Physis welcomes unsolicited reviews and invites authors to send them as well. The Editorial Board will decide on the publication, considering the theme, quality of typescript and space availability. Reviews will only be accepted with a single author.

Interviews (up to 4,000 words): this section welcomes testimonies of people whose life stories or professional achievements are relevant to the journal's scope.

Letters (up to 1,500 words): this section welcomes comments on articles published in the journal or notes and opinions on issues of interest to readers.

Comments (up to 1,500 words): this section welcomes short essays, notes and opinions on issues of interest to Collective Health.

Presentation of articles and reviews:

1. The submission process is done online only, in ScholarOne Manuscripts system at To submit originals, the author must be registered in the system, login, access the "Author Center" and begin the submission process.

2.Texts must be typewritten 1.5 spaced throughout, with the file in Word (6.0 version on) or RTF, using font Arial or Times New Roman size 12, according to the number of words established for each section (comprising text, notes and references). Articles should not bring any information about authorship; information about authors must be provided in specific fields of submission form.

3. Papers presenting the results of research involving human beings must contain a clear statement of compliance with ethical principles, according to the Helsinki Declaration and the Brazilian legislation issued by the Research Ethics National Committee (Resolution 466/13). Authors should indicate whether the research work has been sponsored, is based on a Master's thesis or Doctorate dissertation, and must as well disclosure any potential conflict of interest. Information on financial support must appear on the item Acknowledgement, in the end of the manuscript or as endnote.

4. Physis welcomes articles written in Portuguese (preferably), English and Spanish. The Editorial Board may make changes and / or cuts in the texts, following the standards of the journal, however preserving style and content. Eventually, translated articles already published in another language, which by their relevance, may merit greater disclosure in Portuguese, will be accepted. Authors are responsible for all concepts and information presented in the papers and reviews, which may not necessarily reflect the views of the Editors and Editorial Board.

5. The abstract and key words in Portuguese should be included in the indicated steps of the submission (first and second, respectively) process. Abstract and key words in English must be included in the body of the article, after the references (in the sections of original articles and theme only). Each containing up to 200 words, they should highlight the main objective, the basic methods adopted, the most relevant results and main conclusions of the article. Should be included 3-5 keywords in Portuguese and English. The full title of the article should also be translated as well as the short title. The Editors may revise or redo the translations.

6. Pictures, figures or designs should be in tiff or jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 200 dpi, maximum size 12x15 cm, grayscale, with caption in Arial or Times New Roman 10. Tables and graphs tower can be produced in Word or similar. Other types of graphs should be produced in Photoshop or Corel Draw or similar. All illustrations should be in separate files and will be entered into the system in the sixth step of the submission process, indicated as "image", "figure" or "table", with their captions and numbering. In the text should be indication of where to insert each.

7. Endnotes must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, after the references, with size 10 font. As succinctly as possible, endnotes must be exclusively explanatory. There is no limitation to the number of endnotes.

8. References should be cited and organized following ABNT style (NBR 6023, issued August 2000). In the text, cite the author's last name and year of publication, followed by page number in citations. All cited references should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, according to the examples below. Authors are responsible for the exactness of the references and correct citation.

9. Articles published in Physis are under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Submission of work and acceptance to publish it imply transfer of publication rights to Physis. To reproduce texts published in Physis, even partially and for non-commercial use, reference should be made to the first publication in the journal. The authorship declaration must be signed by the authors, scanned and inserted into the sixth step of the submission process, and indicated as "supplemental file not for review" so that evaluators will not identify the author(s) of article. Any other comments or observations forwarded to the editors should be entered in the "Cover letter" field.

10. Given the growth in the number of co-authors in many articles referred to Physis, we are limiting the maximum number of authors to four, and only with exceptional justification we will accept a larger number than that. We are evaluating rigorously the effective contribution of each author. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject articles whose authors do not provide satisfactory explanations about this item, and/or request the removal of participants without substantial contribution. The responsibilities of all the authors in the preparation of the article should be indicated in the "Statement of responsibility" (see model below), as approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. This statement must also be signed by the authors, scanned and sent as a supplementary document in the sixth step of the submission process. An item of "Acknowledgements" may be included in the end of the manuscript or as endnote to quote institutions that somehow enabled the research and / or people who collaborated with the study but did not meet the criteria for co-authoring.

11. In compliance with SciELO's guidelines, identification of author's affiliation should be restricted to the names of institutional entities, city, state and country. E-mail may be informed.

12. Papers which do not comply with these guidelines will not be published, even if they have been approved on merit by the reviewers. The Editors reserve the right to ask authors to suit the articles to the standards above, or even withhold their publication. Any other observation should come in the field "Cover letter".

13. If an article is already accepted for publication, it will be possible to publish it in English as well, if this is the author's interest. However, the translation should be done by a qualified company, recommended by the editors of Physis, and translation costs shall be borne by the author.

14. Authors are responsible for all concepts and information presented in the papers and reviews.

15. The Editorial Board will decide on how to proceed for particular cases.


Declaration of responsibility and copyright transfer (MODEL)

(To be sent in the sixth step of the submission process, indicated as "supplemental file not for review")

The contribution of each author in the article / review ____________________ was the following:
(identification of author 1): (activities performed)
(identification of author 2): (activities performed)
(identification of author n): (activities performed)

The text is an unpublished work and has not been published in part or in full, or is being considered for publication elsewhere in print or electronic format.

In case of acceptance of this text by Physis: Journal of Collective Health, I (we) agree that copyright related thereto shall become the exclusive property of the journal and, in the case of reproduction, in whole or in part, in any form or means disclosure, printed or electronic, do I (we) include the appropriate claims.


PHYSIS - Revista de Saúde Coletiva
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References should be organized in accordance with the following examples

Books and brochures:

BIRMAN, J. Pensamento freudiano. Rio de Janeiro: J. Zahar, 1994. 204p.

ANÁLISE do desempenho hospitalar: III trimestre. Rio de Janeiro: CEPESC, 1987. 295 p.

Book chapters:

LUZ, M. T. As conferências nacionais de saúde e as políticas de saúde da década de 80. In: GUIMARÃES, R. (Org.). Saúde e sociedade no Brasil: anos 80. Rio de Janeiro: Relume Dumará, 1994. p. 131-152.

Abstracts published in congress proceedings:

CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE EPIDEMIOLOGIA, 1., 1990, São Paulo. Anais... São Paulo: UNICAMP, 1990. 431p. MENDONÇA, G. A. Câncer no Brasil: um risco crescente.

In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE EPIDEMIOLOGIA, 2., 1994, Belo Horizonte. Anais... Belo Horizonte: ABRASCO, 1994. p. 63-77.

Dissertations and theses:

CALDAS, C. P. Memória de velhos trabalhadores. 1993. 245 p. Dissertação (Mestrado em Saúde Coletiva) - Instituto de Medicina Social, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 1993.

CAMARGO JUNIOR, K. R. de. A construção da Aids. Racionalidade médica e estruturação das doenças. 1993. 229 p. Tese (Doutorado em Saúde Coletiva) - Instituto de Medicina Social, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 1993.

Scientific journals:

MARTINS, A. Novos paradigmas e saúde. Physis, Rio de Janeiro, v. 9, n. 1, p. 83-112, 1999.

PHYSIS: Revista de Saúde Coletiva. Rio de Janeiro: UERJ,IMS, 1992- . Semestral. ISSN 0103-7331.

SILVA, A. A. M. da; GOMES, U. A.; TONIAL, S. R. et al. Cobertura Vacinal e fatores de risco associados à não vacinação em localidade Urbana do nordeste brasileiro. Rev. Saúde Pública, São Paulo, v. 33, n. 2, p. 147-156, 1999.


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SÃO PAULO (Estado). Decreto nº. 42.822, de 20 de janeiro de 1998. Dispõe sobre a desativação de unidades administrativas de órgãos da administração direta e das autarquias do Estado e dá providências correlatas. Lex-Coletânea de Legislação e Jurisprudência, São Paulo, v. 62, n. 3, p. 217-20, 1998.

Documents in electronic format:

REVENGE, S. J. The internet dictionary. Avon : Future, 1996. 98p.

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ALEIJADINHO. In: ALMANAQUE abril: sua fonte de pesquisa. São Paulo: Abril, 1996. 1 CD-ROM.

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