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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and Policy

Submission and Publication Policy: Manuscripts are considered for review only under the conditions that they are not under consideration elsewhere and/or have not been previously published, except in summaries with less than 400 words. The first author of an approved article should forward to the address rbci@sbhci.org.br, before publication, the Copyright Transfer Agreement Form (available in: www.rbci.org.br), duly signed by him/her and by the other authors. The approved manuscripts can only be totally or partly reproduced with written consent of the editor of RBCI.

Areas of interest for publication: RBCI is aimed at publishing manuscripts on percutaneous intervention in cardiac (coronary and non-coronary), peripheral and cerebrovascular diseases. Manuscripts exploring pharmacological, pathophysiological and diagnostic aspects related to percutaneous intervention in cardiovascular diseases are also considered for publication.

Types of articles: Among the categories of articles accepted for publication are Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports, Images in Cardiovascular Intervention, Editorials and Letters to the Editor.

Reports of peer review procedures of the journal: All papers sent to RBCI are initially submitted to editor assessment, that will decide if manuscripts will be sent further or not for peer review among members of the Editorial Board or invited specialists. In case of discrepancy between the reviewers, a new opinion may be requested for better judgment. The authors have 30 days to implement changes requested by the reviewers and resubmit the article. Non compliance with this deadline will mean withdrawal of the article from the review process. The initial expert's report is produced, whenever possible, within 4 weeks and the final expert's report in up to 12 weeks, counting from the day it was received.

Target public: Professionals with interest in percutaneous intervention in cardiovascular diseases.

 

Form and preparation of manuscripts

All manuscripts should follow the style adopted by RBCI. It is understood that the first author is responsible for following the instructions for submission, although the other authors should be informed about these instructions, should have participated of the manuscript preparation and should agree with its contents. Ahead are the specific instructions for each article category accepted for publication.

Original Articles

In this category are included randomized studies, observational studies, registries, as well as basic research with animal experimentation.

Manuscript structure:
- Page configuration: double space, with 2.5 cm margins and numbered pages.
- Manuscript: maximum 5,000 words (including references, figure legends and tables).
- References: 25 maximum.
- Tables and figures: 8 maximum.
- Sequence of manuscript elements: 1) first page; 2) second page; 3) text; 4) references; 5) figure legends; 6) tables; 7) figures.

Manuscript elements:
1) First page
- Complete title of the manuscript, in Portuguese and in English.
- Complete name of the authors and respective institutions they are affiliated to (specifying city, State or County and the Country) and funding sources, if any (see item "Conflict of Interest").
- Data for contact (name of the author responsible for correspondence and by approval of the PDF proofs, complete address, telephone/fax and electronic address).
- Total number of words of the manuscript (including references, figure legends and tables).
- Abbreviated title (45 characters maximum).

2) Second page
- Summary (250 words maximum) structured in four sections: "background" (containing study rationale and objectives), "Methods" (brief presentation of methods used), "Results" (presentation of main results) and "Conclusions" (short interpretation of the data).
- Abstract (literal English version of the Summary in Portuguese) following the same Summary structure, in four sections: "Background", "Methods", "Results" and "Conclusions".
- At the end of the Summary and Abstract, between three and five descriptors should be indicated, in accordance with the language, Portuguese (DESCRITORES) or English (KEY-WORDS), taken from Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (Health Sciences Descriptors, DeCS, prepared by BIREME, available in: http://decs.bvs.br) and/or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH, prepared by the National Library of Medicine/NLM, available in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh).

3) Text
- The body of the manuscript should be subdivided in the following sections: "Background", "Methods", "Discussion", "Conclusions" and "Acknowledgments" (optional).
- Figures, tables and references should be numbered in sequence, respecting the order of citation in the text.
- Abbreviations may be used (6 maximum), since the respective complete forms are present in the first instance they are mentioned.
- Acknowledgments (50 words maximum) may be made to persons that collaborated intellectually with the work, once they do not fulfill the requisites to participate as an author, as well as to institutions that offered financial and/or logistic support. Persons mentioned should send a letter authorizing the inclusion of their name in this section (because of eventual implication in supporting data and conclusions). It is not necessary a written consent if the acknowledgments are made to members of the working team.

4) References
- References of printed and electronic documents should be made according to the Vancouver style, prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), updated in 2009 (available in: http://www.icmje.org).
- The accuracy of references is the author's responsibility.
- The references should be identified, in the body of the text, by Arabic numbers superscript, in accordance with the order of citation in the text.
- In case of sequential citation, only the first and the last references should be mentioned, separated by hyphen (i.e. 3-6). In case of alternate citation, all references should be mentioned, separated by a coma (i.e. 4,6,8).
- Abstracts may be cited if they are the only source of information, and should be identified as [abstract] after the title. Abstracts more than two years after publication should not be cited.
- In publications with up to 6 authors, all of them should be cited; in publications with more than 6 authors, the first 6 should be cited, followed by the Latin expression "et al.".
- Journal titles should be abbreviated in accordance with the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE (available in: http://www.nlm.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html).
- Only indexed journal citations, as well as books that have International Standard Book Number (ISBN) will be accepted.

Reference models

a) Journals
- Standard article
Kehat I, Molkentin JD. Molecular pathways underlying cardiac remodeling during pathophysiological stimulation. Circulation. 2010;122(25):2727-35.

- Article with more than 6 authors
Freitas LZF, Feres F, Costa JR Jr, Abizaid A, Staico R, Costa R, et al. Tratamento de reestenose intrastent com o novo stent farmacológico FirebirdTM, liberador de sirolimus - resultados angiográficos e ultrassonográficos de um ano de evolução. Rev Bras Cardiol Invasiva. 2010;18(4): 379-86.

- Articles when the author is an organization
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke rt-PA Stroke Study Group. Tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischemic stroke. N Engl J Med. 1995;333(24): 1581-7.

- Articles in which the name of the author has a family designation
Adams HP Jr. Ischemic cerebrovascular complications of cardiac procedures. Circulation. 2010;121(7):846-7.

Santos ECM, França Junior I, Lopes F. Qualidade de vida de pessoas vivendo com HIV/AIDS em São Paulo. Rev Saúde Pública. 2007;41 Supl 2:64-71.

- Articles published electronically before the printed version ("ahead of print")
Leira EC, Kaldjian LC, Ludwig BR, Torner JC, Olalde HM, Hacke W, et al. Lack of International Consensus on Ethical Aspects of Acute Stroke Trials. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2010 Aug 17. [Epub ahead of print]

b) Books
- Standard book
Braunwald E, Zipes DP, Libby P, Bonow R. A textbook of cardiovascular medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2008.

- Book chapter
Nabel EG, Nabel GJ. Gene therapy for cardiovascular disease. In: Harber E, editor. Molecular cardiovascular medicine. New York: Scientific American; 1995. p.79-96.

- Legislation
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.

c) Electronic documents
- Article of Internet journal
Habara M, Kinoshita Y, Suzuki T. Novel use of a local drug delivery catheter for coronary perforation. J Invasive Cardiol [Internet]. 2011 [citado 2011 Feb 6];23(1):E236-9. Available from: http://www.invasivecardiology.com/articles/novel-use-local-drug-delivery-catheter-coronaryperforation
Collet CA, Costa JR Jr, Gama FFG, Costa R, Sanchez A, Siqueira D, et al. Stent com liberação de everolimus vs. stent com liberação de zotarolimus na prática clínica do mundo real. Rev Bras Cardiol Invasiva [Internet]. 2010 [citado 2011 jan. 12];18(4):400-6. Disponível em: http://www.rbci.org.br/detalhe_artigo.asp?id=511

- Entire books (ebooks)
Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS. Harrison's online [Internet]. 16th ed. Columbus (OH): McGraw-Hill; c2006 [cited 2006 Nov 20]. Available from: http://www.accessmedicine.com/resourceTOC.aspx?resourceID=4

- Website
Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. DATASUS. Mortalidade para causas selecionadas - 2006 [Internet]. Brasília; 2007 [citado 2010 jul. 16]. Disponível em: http://www2.datasus.gov.br/DATASUS/index.php

5) Figure legends
- They should be sent in a separate sheet.
- The abbreviations used should be mentioned in alphabetical order at the end of each legend, with the respective names in full.

6) Tables
- They should be formatted in Word, with double space, black and white and presented in separate sheets.
- The table number and the title should be centered above the page and explanatory notes below the table. Arabic number should be used. Table numbers must correspond with the order cited in the text.
- The table number should be followed by a point and by a brief title.
- The foot notes should be identified by symbols, in the following order: *, †, ‡, §, ¶, ||, #, **, ††, etc.
- The abbreviations used in the tables should be mentioned in alphabetical order after the foot notes, with the respective names in full.

7) Figures

- They should be sent in separate file.
- Images will only be accepted in TIFF, EPS or JPEG formats with a minimal resolution of 300 dpi, for black and white as well as for colored images. The GIF format, normally used in Internet publications, is not recommended for off-set printing.
- For standardization purposes, graphics should only be presented in black and white.
- Figure numbering with Arabic numbers should observe the order in which they are cited in the text.
- The figure size of 8 cm or 17 cm should be respected for images that occupy one column or two columns, respectively.
- Symbols used in the images (arrows, circles, etc.) should be explained in the legends.
- Letters, numbers and symbols should follow the same visual identity (size suggested: 9 points).
- Patients should not be identified in the figures.
- In case a figure was previously published, written permission should be provided from the copyright owner, citing the source in the respective legend.

Review Articles

In this category are included critical and orderly literature evaluations on themes of contemporaneous interest for the readers. Professionals of acknowledged experience are invited to write the reviews. Besides these requested articles, RBCI also accepts review articles spontaneously sent by the scientific community. The references should be up to date, preferably published maximum 5 years ago.

Manuscript structure:
- Page configuration: double space, with 2.5 cm margins and numbered pages.
- Manuscript: 5,000 words maximum (including references, figure legends and tables).
- Authors: 4 maximum.
- References: 50 maximum.
- Tables and figures: 8 maximum.
- Presentation sequence of manuscript elements: 1) first page; 2) second page (non structured summary and abstract, with 250 words maximum each); 3) text; 4) references; 5) figure legends; 6) tables; 7) figures.

Case Reports

Description of patients or special situations, especially rare diseases, as well as new forms of diagnosis or treatment. The text should contain the following sections: "Background" (directs the reader to the subject importance and presents objectives of the report in question), "Case Report" and "Discussion" (featuring the relevant aspects and comparing with data available in the literature).

Manuscript structure:
- Page configuration: double space, with 2.5 cm margins and numbered pages.
- Manuscript: 2,000 words maximum (including references, figure legends and tables).
- Authors: 6 maximum.
- References: 10 maximum.
- Tables and figures: 3 maximum.
- Presentation sequence of manuscript elements: 1) first page; 2) second page (non structured summary and abstract, with 100 words maximum each); 3) text; 4) references; 5) figure legends; 6) tables; 7) figures.

Images in Cardiovascular Intervention

Image publication, including angiography, CT scan, nuclear magnetic resonance, intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography, besides publication of new techniques used or unusual treatments in this specialty. This text does not allow discussion by the authors, as well as references.

Manuscript structure:
- Page configuration: double space, with 2.5 cm margins and numbered pages.
- Manuscript: 300 words maximum (including figure legends).
- Authors: 4 maximum.
- Figures: 3 maximum.
- Presentation sequence of manuscript elements: 1) first page; 2) text; 3) figure legends; 4) figures.

Editorials

Texts prepared under invitation of the Editor of the RBCI. Spontaneous texts will not be accepted.

Manuscript structure:
- Page configuration: double space, with 2.5 cm margins and numbered pages.
- Manuscript: 1,000 words maximum (including figure legends, tables and references).
- Authors: 3 maximum.
- References: 10 maximum.
- Tables and figures: 2 maximum.
- Presentation sequence of manuscript elements: 1) first page; 2) text; 3) references; 4) figure legends; 5) tables; 6) figures.

Letters to the Editor

Correspondence of scientific content related to published articles in RBCI maximum 3 months ago will be evaluated for publication. The authors of the cited article will be invited to respond.

Manuscript structure:
- Page configuration: double space, with 2.5 cm margins and numbered pages.
- Manuscript: 400 words maximum (including references).
- Authors: 3 maximum.
- References: 5 maximum.
- Tables and figures: are not allowed.
- Presentation sequence of manuscript elements: 1) first page; 2) text; 3) references.

 

Send of the manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted using RBCI's website (www.rbci.org.br), by clicking at "Online Submission", which will provide access to the Publication Management System (PMS). This system enables the submission of manuscripts and a totally computerized review process by the editorial staff using the web.

 

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