Scope and policy
The Radiologia Brasileira (ISSN 0100-3984), a bimonthly publication, is the official organ of scientific dissemination of Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem and is dedicated to the publication of scientific studies of interest in the areas of Radiology, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasonography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiation Physics and Biology. Radiologia Brasileira accepts for publication studies from Brazilian and foreign collaborators. Manuscripts forwarded to Radiologia Brasileira and accepted for publication, become a property of Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem. Any whole or partial reproduction of articles published in Radiologia Brasileira is forbidden without the previous consent from Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem.
Instructions for Authors
Note on authorship: Except for multicentre studies or those of outstanding complexity, the Journal considers eight (8) as the maximum acceptable number of authors for Original Articles, six (6) for Review Articles, Iconographic Essays and Case Reports, and two (2) for the remaining categories. In the case of a higher number of authors, a letter describing the participation of each author in the study should be submitted to the Editorial Secretariat.
Materials submitted for publication must be unpublished, and must not be under consideration for publication by other journals.Articles written either in Portuguese or in English shall be accepted for review and publishing, irrespective of the institution of origin.
Articles will be initially reviewed by the editors regarding the minimum Radiologia Brasileira standards, and the compliance with all requirements concerning submission of original manuscripts. After that the editors will submit the article to the scrutiny of two peer reviewers, specialists in the concerned area, selected from the Editorial Board and/or from the accredited reviewers body of the Journal. The reviewers always come from institutions different from those in which the manuscripts were originated, and will not be informed about authors' identities and institutions where the manuscript was originated. The opinions expressed in the articles, including changes made by the editors, are sole responsibility of the authors.
Types of published articles
Radiologia Brasileira classifies the articles under the following categories, grouping them within the sections of each subspecialty:
Original Articles: New information of interest for clinical diagnosis or related to experimental or laboratory research. The manuscript shall be no longer than 3,000 words (excluding tables and references). The total number of tables and illustrations shall not exceed eight (8) (in case an illustration is broken down into parts - A, B, C...-, each part is to be counted as one illustration). A maximum of thirty (30) references shall be included.
Review Articles: Requested by the Editors from specialists in the field. These are articles that synthesize well established subjects, with a critical analysis of the literature reviewed and conclusions. They can be up to 4,000 words long, with twelve (12) illustrations, four (4) tables and fifty (50) references.
Iconographic Essays: Requested by Editors from specialists in the field. Their primary objective is the demonstration through images of the topics presented. The text (up to 1,200 words) and the references (maximum of ten) should be summarized. Total number of illustrations should not exceed fourteen (14).
Case Reports: Brief discussion of one single case with unique characteristics of interest for the class. A second case may reinforce the discussion or the illustration of findings, however only a single case should remain in focus. The text must include an Introduction, the Case Report, Discussion and References. Maximum length is 700 words, eight (8) references and four (4) illustrations.
Letters to the Editor: Criticism on previously published material, in a constructive, objective and educative manner, inquiries on diagnostic situations. Discussion on specific matters of Radiology will be published at Editors' discretion. Letters should be concise, no longer than 250-500 words.
Editorial: Can be written by the Editors or by any other member of Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem. Subjects of political matter should be approved by the Editorial Board.
Thesis Abstracts: Selected by members of the Editorial Board, they should comprise the same contents of the dissertation/thesis presented to a University.
Reviews: Comments, in a clear and succinct style, in which a general and summarized overview of a book, article, or any type of scientific text is presented.
News in Radiology: Brief description of a technique or specific procedure, modification of a technique or new equipment of interest to radiologists.
General guidelines for scientific papers
The recommendations below are based on the "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals" established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver Group) available at http://www.icmje.org. Even when prepared and written under such recommendations, articles will be edited according to the Journal style.
Manuscripts shall be typed in double space (all pages), with margins of at least 3 cm in Times New Roman 11 point font, comprising the following parts: a) title page; b) abstract and keywords; c) text and acknowledgments; d) references.
a) Title Page
This page should include the following information: article title in Portuguese, article title in English, authors' names (full names and abbreviated forms), authors' main academic degree, academic activity, and the names of the main institutions to which each author belongs, their full addresses, information on sponsorships and/or other contributions. The name of the institution where the study was developed must be mentioned. The corresponding author must be clearly identified, and his full mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers must be informed. A short running head with no more than 60 characters (including letters and spaces) should also be included, to appear on the top of the pages in the printed version of the Journal.
b) Abstract and Keywords
A structured abstract (in Portuguese and English) with 200 words or less should be submitted with each Original Article manuscript. The abstract should comprise the following items: OBJECTIVE: A description of the tested hypothesis or evaluated procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A brief description of what was done, the materials utilized, the number of patients, the methods adopted for data evaluation and to avoid bias. RESULTS: The findings of the study, including indicators of statistical significance. Actual figures and percentages should be included. CONCLUSION: The conclusion or conclusions based on the findings should be summarized in one or two sentences. Immediately below the abstract, between three to six keywords, preferably in accordance with the Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (DeCS) [Health Science Descriptors] or with the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the National Library of Medicine (http://www.mlm.nih.gov).
For News in Radiology and Case Reports, abstracts of 60 words or less should be submitted with each article. Such abstracts shall describe a) what was done; b) what the finding was; c) what the conclusion was. Such information is not to be broken down into items. From three to six keywords are to be listed.
For Review Articles and those of similar nature, 100-200-word abstracts should synthesize the articles' content, which should not be broken down into items. Three to six keywords are to be listed.
References are not to be mentioned in the abstracts.
Original articles are to be broken down into the following items: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion.
Introduction: A brief description of the investigation objectives and an explanation about its relevance.
Materials e Methods: A description of the research plan, the materials (or patients) and the methods adopted, in this order. A detailed explanation on how the disease was confirmed should be included, as well as explanations on how the observations subjectivity was controlled. In order to assure the anonymity in the review process, the name of the institution where the study was developed and the authors' names should not be mentioned.
Results: The results are to be presented in a logical and clear sequence. If tables are included, tabular data should not be duplicated in the text, which should, instead, point out significant topics and trends.
Discussion: The limitations of the research plan, materials (or patients) and methods should be described considering the objectives and results of the study. When the results are different from those obtained in previous studies, the discrepancy should be justified.
Conclusion (s): When it is the case, conclusions are to be described in summarized sentences.
The references should be consecutively numbered, in the same order as in the text, and should be formatted in the Vancouver style, according to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, published in "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals", updated in 2007, and available at http://www.icmje.org. The abbreviations utilized for the periodicals mentioned in references should follow the PubMed standard.
Article from a printed or electronic periodical
1. Glazebrook KN, Magut MJ, Reynolds C. Angiosarcoma of the breast. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008;190:533-8.
2. Teixeira AC, Urban LABD, Schwarz RS, et al. Valor da ultra-sonografia na avaliação das alterações endometriais em pacientes tratadas com tamoxifeno. Radiol Bras [Internet]. 2007 Nov/Dec [accessed on Feb. 6, 2008]; 40(6):365-9. Available at: http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rb/v40n6/a03v40n6.pdf
When more than three authors are listed, only the first three should be mentioned, followed by the expression et al.
Printed or electronic book
3. Web RW, Müller NL, Naidich D. High-resolution CT of the lung. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002.
4. Richardson ML. Approaches to differential diagnosis in musculoskeletal imaging [Internet]. Version 2.0. Seattle: University of Washington School of Medicine; c2000 [revised 2001 Oct 1; cited 2006 Nov 1]. Available from: http://www.rad.washington.edu/mskbook/index.html
Chapter of printed or electronic book
5. Stoller D. MRI of the knee. In: Edelman R, Hesselink JR, Zlatkin M, editors. Clinical magnetic resonance imaging. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1997; p. 1917-72.
6. Mouchawar J, Taplin S, Ichikawa L, et al. Late-stage breast cancer among women with recent negative screening mammography: do clinical encounters offer opportunity for earlier detection? In: Vogt TM, Wagner EH, editors. Health care systems as research platforms: the cancer research network [Internet]. Bethesda: Oxford University Press; 2005 [cited 2006 Nov 20]. p. 39-46. Available from: http://jncimono.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/2005/35/39
Abstracts presented in Congresses and published in Journals
7. Andrade CS, Amaral RP, Brito MC, et al. Conhecendo as leucodistrofias [resumo]. In: XXXVI Congresso Brasileiro de Radiologia; 2007 Out 11-13; Salvador (BA). São Paulo: Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia; 2007. p. 41. (Radiologia Brasileira; vol. 40, supl. 1).
Note: A complete list of examples of bibliographic citations can be found at: http://www.icmje.org http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=citmed.TOC&depth=2
References corresponding to abstracts, editorials and letters shall be registered as such. It is the author's responsibility that all references are precisely listed.
Unpublished data and personal communications should not be included in the references list, but may be mentioned on the text in parenthesis: (Smith DJ, personal communication), (Brown AC, unpublished data). These data include articles submitted but not yet accepted for publication.
Each table should be typed in double space, and 11 point font, without vertical or horizontal lines. Each table must have a brief descriptive title. They should not be more than one page long, and should present at least four lines and two columns of data. Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals, in the same order as mentioned in the text. Abbreviations and explanations must be identified in notes under each table, and not in its title, and identified by letters in sequence: (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) ....The tables shall be self explanatory, and should not duplicate data presented in the text or in illustrations. The accuracy of all arithmetic calculations (percentages, totals, differences) must be verified, and table data must match data mentioned in the text.
f) Illustrations and Legends
Each illustration shall be separately entered into the system. All illustrations must have a legend, and it is essential that such legend describes all characteristics of the illustration. Illustrations should be limited to the needs of showing essential characteristics described in the manuscript. Preferably, each illustration should depict only the area(s) of interest, with enough surrounding visual context to allow proper orientation. It is mandatory to indicate all characteristics described in the legends, using different pointers for each one of them (equilateral triangles shall be avoided as arrows). The pointers are to be directly applied on the figure, touching the lesions (or structures) that one wishes to evidence. In the case of more than one illustration belonging to the same case, they should be grouped over a single legend, and each one should be identified with letters (A, B, C, etc....).
Color illustrations will only be so published in case the Editors conclude that the colors are necessary to properly convey the information on the illustration. Photographic images must be submitted as jpg, gif or tif files, with a 300 dpi resolution for an approximate size of 9 x 12 cm.
g) Units and Abbreviations
Radiation measurements and laboratory values are to be based on units of the International System of Units in Radiation Protection and Measurements, NCRP Report. 28, August 1985.
Abbreviations or acronyms must be avoided. They should never be utilized in the manuscript title, and also, preferably, never in the abstract. When utilized in the text, they should be totally described when first mentioned, followed by the abbreviation or acronym in parenthesis.
h) General Information
The Journal will not accept editorial materials with commercial purposes.
Conflict of interests: All situations that might inappropriately influence the development, or the conclusions of the study, shall be clearly mentioned. Among these situations, the ownership, either wholly or in part, of companies or their competitors involved in the production of drugs or equipment utilized or mentioned in the study. Support received, relations of subordination in work, consulting services etc., are also considered as sources of conflict of interest.
Committee for Ethics in Research: Studies reporting results with humans shall be supported by the appropriate authorization from the Committee for Ethics in Research of the institution where the study was developed.
Term of free and informed consent: Articles approaching clinical research with humans shall include the declaration that the participants have signed a term of free and informed consent.
Clinical trials registration: Since August of 2007, all the periodicals indexed in the Lilacs and SciELO databases require the randomized controlled trials and clinical trials submitted for publication to be registered in a Clinical Trials database. Such decision is based on the orientation from the International Clinical Trial Registry Platform (ICTRP) of the World Health Organization (WHO), and from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Instructions for registration are available at the ICMJE website (http://www.icmje.org/clin_trialup.htm) and the registration can be made on the Clinical Trial database of the National Library of Medicine available at http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui.
Acknowledgements: The support from people or institutions as well as financial or technical support deserving recognition should be mentioned, but by no means justify the inclusion of such people, institutions and supporters amongst the authors.
Instructions for on-line material submission
Currently, articles must be submitted on-line, by means of the Sistema de Gestão de Publicações - SGP (Publications Management System).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ON-LINE MATERIAL SUBMISSION
Access to system (PMS): http://www.rb.org.br
The on-line submission system will request:
1. Entry of illustrations and legends, up to the maximum number allowed for each type of article.
2. List of author and co-authors, and respective titles.
3. Entry of titles and keywords, in Portuguese and English. A condensed title (maximum of 60 characters, including spaces) should be included to appear on the top of the pages in the printed version of the Journal.
4. The classification of the article (which may be changed by the editors/reviewers).
5. Entry of the abstract (in Portuguese and English), besides other additional information.
6. Entry of article contents (text and references) which may be copied and pasted from a Word or similar file, except for the illustrations and parts previously entered (items 1 thru 5).
7. Print the Copyright Assignment Agreement which shall be signed and sent by fax or mail to the Journal.
8. Once all the steps are accomplished, the manuscript should be approved, and forwarded to the editors.
Mailing address: Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem - Secretaria Editorial da Radiologia Brasileira. Avenida Paulista, 37, 7o andar, conjunto 71. São Paulo, SP, Brazil, 01311-902.
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