ISSN 0102-7638 printed version
ISSN 1678-9741 online version



Information for authors

The Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery (BJCVS) is the official journal of the Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery (BSCVS), it is a quarterly pulbication, with regular circulation since 1986. BJCVS is indexed in the Thomson Scientific (ISI), Medline/PubMed, SCOPUS, SciELO, LILACS, Scirus and SCImago database.

BJCVS aims to record the scientific production in cardiovascular surgery, encouraging the study, improving and updating the professional specialty.

Studies submitted for publication in BJCVS must deal with themes related to cardiovascular surgery and related fields. The journal publishes the following types of articles: original article, editorial, review article, special article, case report, how to do it, short communications, preliminary notes, clinical-surgical correlation, experimental study, multimedia and letter to editor.

Acceptance will be based on originality, significance and scientific contribution. Articles with merely propaganda or commercial purposes will not be accepted. The authors are responsible for the content and information contained in their manuscripts.

The journal will be published in full on the journal's website ( and SciELO (, with specific links in the BJCVS site ( and CTSnet (


Editorial policy


BJCVS adopts the Standards of Vancouver - Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, organized by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, available at:

Submission and Publication Policy

Only manuscripts whose data is not being assessed by other journals and/or have not been previously published will be considered for review.

Manuscripts accepted may only be reproduced in whole or in part, without the express consent of the editor of BJCVS.

Electronic Submission

Manuscripts should be compulsorily submitted electronically on site When entering this link, the system will ask for the username and password if the user have already registered. Otherwise, click on "I want to register" and register. Or, if the user have forgotten his password, the mechanism to remember the password can be used, which will generate an email containing such password.

The submission system is self-explanatory and includes eight steps:

Step 1: Classification of the article
Step 2: Adding title and keywords
Step 3: Registering for authors
Step 4: Inclusion of summary and Abstract
Step 5: Inclusion of the manuscript itself with references
Step 6: Sending images
Step 7: Generation of copyright declarations, conflict of interest and copy of the Opinion of the Research Ethics Committee of the Institution
Step 8: Author's approval/finalization of submission

The texts must be edited in word format and figures and tables should be in separate files.

Keep your records updated because communication with authors is exclusively by e-mail.

When finishing the submission of the study, it will generate an e-mail stating that the submission was made correctly, another email will be generated after checking if it is within the standards.

If the article is "Out of Standard", the author will be notified by email and can fix it into the SGP / BJCVS in

Authors may follow the course of their study at any time by SGP/BJCVS through the flow code automatically generated by GSP, or even by the title of his study.

Peer review

All scientific contributions are reviewed by the Editor, Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members and/or Guests Reviewers. The reviewers answer a questionnaire in which they rated the manuscript, their rigorous examination on all items that compose a scientific study by assigning a score for each of the questionnaire items. At the end, general comments about the study and suggestion if it should be published, corrected according to the recommendations or definitively rejected are made. With these data, the Editor will make a decision. In case of discrepancies between the reviewers, a new opinion can be requested in order to provide a best judgment.

When modifications are suggested, they will be forwarded to the author and then the reviewers to verify that these requirements have been met. The authors have 30 days to make the changes requested by reviewers and resubmit the article. In response to the comments/suggestions of the reviewers, authors should highlight the changes made in the text. The non-observance of this period will involve the removal of the article from the review process.

Once the article is approved, authors will be notified by e-mail registered on the site and shall forward an abstract of up to 60 words in Portuguese and English, of the article. They are inserted into the electronic mailing and sent to all members when the BJCVS is available online.

Once accepted for publication, a proof of the edited article (PDF format) will be sent to the corresponding author for assessment and final approval.


Articles should be written in Portuguese or English, using easily and accurately language and avoiding informality of colloquial language. For studies not translated  in English version or those considered inadequate by the editorial board, the journal will provide translation and costs should be assumed by the authors. BJCVS prioritize the publication of studies submitted in English version.

Research on human subjects must be submitted to the Ethics Committee of the institution, fulfilling the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised in 2008 (World Medical Association, available at: 17c.pdf) and Resolution 196/96 of the National Health Council (available at:

In experimental study involving animals the guidelines established in the Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals should be respected (Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, United States), 1996, and Ethical Principles Animal Experimentation (Brazilian College of Animal Experimentation - COBEA, available at:, 1991.

Randomized studies should follow the CONSORT guidelines (available at:

BJCVS supports policies for the registration of clinical trials of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international open access dissemination of information on clinical trials. Thus, only be accepted for publication, the clinical research articles that have received an identification number in one of the Clinical Trial Registers validated by the criteria established by WHO and ICMJE, whose addresses are available at the ICMJE website ( The number should be recorded at the end of the abstract.

The statement of approval of the study by the Ethics and/or Scientific Institutional Committee must be sent at the time of submission of the manuscript.

Copyright Transfer and Declaration of Conflict of Interest

The authors should submit manuscripts at the time of submission, the copyright declaration signed by all authors.

All published manuscripts become the permanent property of the Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery and can not be published without the written consent of the editor.

Likewise, for confirmation of the submission of the manuscript a statement of conflict of interest, signed by all authors should be sent.

Both documents, statement of copyright transfer and declaration of conflicts of interest, are standardized and generated by the SGP at the time of submission of the manuscript.

Authoring Criteria & Individual Contribution to Research

We suggest the author to adopt the criteria for authorship of the articles according to the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Thus, only those people who contributed directly to the intellectual content of the study should be listed as authors.

Authors should meet all the following criteria in order to be able to take public responsibility for the content of the study:

  1. have conceived and planned the activities that led to the study or interpreted the data it presents, or both;
  2. have written the study or revised successive versions and took part in the review process;
  3. have approved the final version.

People who do not meet the above requirements and who had purely technical or of general support participation, should be mentioned in the acknowledgments section.

On submission, the kind of contribution of each author when performing the study and manuscript preparation in the following areas should be made explicit:

  1. Study Design
  2. Collection, analysis and interpretation of data
  3. Drafting of the manuscript

Abbreviations and Terminology

The use of abbreviations should be minimal. When extensive expressions need to be repeated, it is recommended that their initial capital letters replace them after the first mention. It should be followed by the letters in parentheses. All abbreviations in tables and figures should be defined in the respective legends.

The use of abbreviations in the Summary and Abstract Should be avoided.

Only the generic name of the drug used should be cited in the study, and we discourage the use of trade names.

BJCVS adopts Universal Official Anatomical Terminology, approved by the International Federation of Anatomists Associations (FIAA).


Preparation of manuscript

Manuscript Sections

Title and Authors. The study title, in Portuguese and English, should be concise and informative. The full names of authors, titles and their institutional affiliation should be provided.

Summary and Abstract: The abstract should be structured in four sections: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion. The Abstract (literal version, in English, of Abstract in Portuguese) should follow the same structure of the summary into four sections: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion. Abbreviations should be avoided. The maximum number of words should follow the recommendations in the table. In the Articles Case Reports and How-I-Do, the abstract should not be structured (informative or free). The Clinical and Surgical Correlations and sections Multimedia exempt summary and abstract.

Descriptors: From three to five descriptors (keywords) should also be included as well as their translation. The descriptors can be found at the website, which contains terms in Portuguese, Spanish and English or for terms in English only, or in the respective links available at the submission system of the journal.

Body of the manuscript: Original Articles and Experimental Study should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Acknowledgements (optional). The Case Reports should be structured in sections: Introduction, Case Report and Discussion, and Clinical-surgical Correlations in Clinical Data, Electrocardiography, Radiogram, Echocardiogram, Diagnosis and Operation. The section Multimedia should have the following sections: Patient Characterization and Description of the Technique. The Review Articles and Special Articles can be structured into sections according the author's criteria.

Letters to the Editor, in principle, should comment, discuss or criticize articles published in BJCVS, but it can also be about other topics of general interest. It is recommended a maximum size of 1000 words, including references - that should not exceed five, and they may or may not include title. Whenever possible and appropriate, a response from the authors of the article in question will be published with the letter.


The references of the print and electronic records must be standardized according to the Vancouver standard, prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, available at:

References should be identified in the text with Arabic numerals in square brackets, following the order of citation in the text. The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the author. If more than two references were cited in sequence, only the first and last must be typed, separated by a dash (Example: [6-9]). In case of alternate citation, all references should be typed, separated by commas (Example: [6,7,9]).

Publications with up to six authors, all authors should be cited; publications with more than six authors, the first 6 followed by the Latin phrase "et al." should be cited.

Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE (available at:

References Models

Journal Article

Issa M, Avezum A, Dantas DC, Almeida AFS, Souza LCB, Sousa AGMR. Fatores de risco pré, intra e pós-operatórios para mortalidade hospitalar em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia de aorta. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc. 2013;28(1):10-21.

Organization as Author

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86.

No indication of authorship

21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325(7357):184.

Article electronically published before the print version ("ahead of print")

Atluri P, Goldstone AB, Fairman AS, Macarthur JW, Shudo Y, Cohen JE, et al. Predicting right ventricular failure in the modern, continuous flow left ventricular assist device era. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Online Journal Article

Machado MN, Nakazone MA, Murad-Junior JA, Maia LN. Surgical treatment for infective endocarditis and hospital mortality in a Brazilian single-center. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2013[cited 2013 Jun 25];28(1):29-35. Available from: <>

Book Chapter

Chai PJ. Intraoperative myocardial protection. In: Mavroudis C, Backer C, eds. Pediatric cardiac surgery. 4th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell; 2013. p.214-24.


Cohn LH. Cardiac surgery in the adult. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill;2012. p.1472.


Dalva M. Estudo do remodelamento ventricular e dos anéis valvares na cardiomiopatia dilatada: avaliação anátomo-patológica [Tese de doutorado]. São Paulo: Universidade de São Paulo, 2011. 101p.


Conselho Nacional de Saúde. Resolução n. 196, de 10 de outubro de 1996. Dispõe sobre diretrizes e normas regulamentadoras de pesquisas envolvendo seres humanos. Bioética. 1996;4(2 Supl):15-25.

Other examples of references can be found at:

Tables and Figures

Tables and Figures should be numbered according to the order of appearance in the text, with a title and be in separate files. Tables should not contain redundant data already cited in the text. They should be open on the sides and a totally white background.

The abbreviations used in the tables should be listed alphabetically at the bottom, with their forms in full. Likewise, the abbreviations employed in the figures should be explained in the legends.

The figures will be published in color only if the author agrees to bear the cost of printing color pages.

We will only accept images in TIFF or JPEG format with a minimum resolution according to the type of image, both for black and white and for color images, according the table below.

BJCVS prompts the authors to archive their possession the original images, as if the images submitted online present any impediment to print, we will contact the author to send us these originals.





Limits by Type of Article

Aiming at streamlining the space of the journal and allow a higher number of articles per issue, the criteria below outlined should be met according the type of publication. The electronic counting of words should include the home page, abstract, text, references, and figure legends. The titles have a maximum of 100 characters (counting spaces) for Original Articles, Review and Update Articles and Experimental Study and 80 characters (counting spaces) for the other categories.

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