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Editorial Policy

The Revista Brasileira de Educação Médica (Brazilian Medical Education Journal) publishes original articles, review articles, experience reports, essays, brief communications and book reviews about relevant themes in the area of medical education. It is ordinarily published quarterly, with special editions also published at the discretion of the Steering Board. The works are evaluated by means of peer review, with anonymity of the authors and reviewers preserved.

The Journal adopts the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (Vancouver Style) ( The RBEM follows the Core practices in publishing recommended by the Commitee on Publication Ethics (Cope) (

All articles that involve research with humans shall be forwarded to the Journal with a copy of the approval granted by a human research ethics committee (excluding data in the public domain). Clinical trial studies shall carry the Clinical Trials Approval Registration number (, which shall be sent to the Journal. For research that involves animals, approval by the animal research ethics committee shall be submitted.

Articles must be submitted via the electronic system ScholarOne ( in Portuguese, English or Spanish and addressed exclusively to RBEM. Simultaneous submission to any other publication is forbidden. RBEM considers duplicated publication or fragmented publication of the same study an ethical violation. Tools to identify similarity of texts are used by the Journal to detect plagiarism.



Editorial: responsibility of the editors or guest researchers (up to 4,000 words).

Original article: articles resulting from original theoretical or empirical research (up to 6,000 words).

Essay: article with critical analysis on a specific theme related to medical education (up to 6,000 words).

Review article: article based exclusively on secondary sources, containing critical review of literature pertinent to the scope of the Journal (up to 6,000 words).

Experience report: article that presents innovative experience in medical education, along with pertinent theoretical reflection (up to 6,000 words).

Letter to the editor: comment on materia published in previous editions of the Journal and notes or opinions on matters of interest to the readers (up to 1,200 words).

Summary of dissertation and thesis, defended and approved at a Brazilian or foreign university (up to 6,000 words).

Book review: critical analysis of publications launched in Brazil or abroad (up to 1,200 words).

The word count does not include the title, abstract, keywords, tables, figures and references.



Submission fee: no fee is charged for submitting articles.

Publication fee: R$800.00 for ABEM members with no fees in arrears, and R$1,000.00 for non-members or members with fees in arrears.

If the author wishes to have the entire article translated into English or Spanish, an additional fee of R$500.00 shall be charged.


Format and preparation of the manuscript


Word file, A4 paper (21 cm x 29.7 cm ou 8.3" x 11.7").

Font Arial 11, line space of 1.5 and margins of 2.0 cm (right, left, top and bottom).

Page numbering on all pages.

Preparation of the manuscript

1. The maximum number of authors is six. If the number of authors exceeds this number, a letter with justification must be sent to the editor ( No authors may be added after the article has been accepted.

2. Information for the authors: a cover sheet should be attached in the field SUPPLEMENTAL FILE NOT FOR REVIEW, containing:

  • Authors' names, their institutions and Orcid registration numbers (;(The order of the names in the publication will be the same as that on the cover sheet. The body of the article should not contain any information about the authors);
  • Full address, telephone number and e-mail of the main author, for
  • Information about any conflict of interest or lack of such. If there is any financial conflict of interest, the authors shall provide information on the funding, with the project registration number. For studies that directly or indirectly involve humans, the SISNEP project registration number should be provided, as per CNS Resolution 196/96;
  • Specific contribution of each author to the work, if the article has more than one author;
  • Acknowledgments, when applicable;
  • When the research directly or indirectly involves humans, either individually or collectively, the authors should declare that the project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee, indicating the case number and the institution and attaching the approval document.

3. Work title: this should contain no more than 15 words, and must be presented in English and, according to the language of the article, either Portuguese or Spanish.

4. Abstract: this should contain no more than 500 words, and must be presented in English and, according to the language of the article, either Portuguese or Spanish.

5. Keywords: there should be three to eight words extracted from the Health Science Descriptors (DeCS), available at <> for abstracts in Portuguese and Medical Subject Heading (MeSH), available at
<>, for abstracts in English.

6. Tables and charts: should be understandable independent of the text and submitted in individual files. No footnotes will be accepted and questionnaires and other survey instruments will not be published.

7. References: the Journal adopts the standards of the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (Vancouver Style) ( There is no maximum limit to citations, provided that they are all suitable for the text, cited
and numbered in the order they are presented.

We recommend authors to conduct a search on the SciElo database with the keywords from their work in order to highlight, when pertinent, Brazilian research.

Examples of references

Journal article
Ricas J, Barbieri MA, Dias LS, Viana MRA, Fagundes EDL, Viotti AGA, et al. Deficiências e necessidades em Educação Médica Continuada de Pediatras em Minas Gerais. Rev. bras. educ. med. 1998;22(2/3)58-66.

Journal article in electronic format
Ronzani TM. A Reforma Curricular nos Cursos de Saúde: qual o papel das crenças? Rev. bras. educ. med. [on-line].2007. 31(1) [accessed 29 Jan. 2009]; 38-43. Available at:

Batista NA, Silva SHA. O professor de medicina. São Paulo: Loyola, 1998.

Chapter of book
Rezende CHA. Medicina: conceitos e preconceitos, alcances e limitações. In: Gomes DCRG, org. Equipe de saúde: o desafio da integração. Uberlândia: Edufu; 1997. p.163-7.

Theses, dissertations and monographs
Cauduro L. Hospitais universitários e fatores ambientais na implementação das políticas de saúde e educação: o caso do Hospital Universitário de Santa Maria. Rio de Janeiro; 1990. Master's [Dissertation] – Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública.

Works presented at events
Camargo J. Ética nas relações do ensino médico. Annals of the 33rd Brazilian Congress on Medical Education. 4th National Forum of Medical Teaching Evaluation; 1995 Oct. 22-27; Porto Alegre, Brazil. Porto Alegre: ABEM; 1995. p. 204-7.

Field reports
MHR. A Universidade não será mais a mesma. Belo Horizonte: Conselho de Extensão da UFMG; 1984. (Report).

Legislative reference
Brazil. Ministry of Education. National Education Council. Chamber of Higher Education. Resolution CNE/CES 4, of 7 November 2001. Establishes the National Curriculum Guidelines for Medicine Undergraduate Courses. Official Gazette. Brasília, 9 Nov. 2001; Section 1, p. 38.


Online submission

Manuscripts shall be submitted electronically via the Journal's website

Following the process

Every article received is assessed for format. Should it fail to meet the standards, the article is returned to the author for correction and resubmission. If the article meets the standards it will be forwarded to the RBEM Chief Editor who will assess the thematic pertinence of the article and will forward it to the Associate Editors, and from them to two reviewers registered with RBEM for scientific review of the work.

The reviewers have 60 days to issue their review. The reviews will always be substantiated and present one of the following conclusions: Accept, Minor Revision, Major Revision, Reject & Resubmit, or Reject.

Authors who receive feedback with Minor Revision or Major Revision must send a letter to the reviewer answering in detail to the suggested alterations, marking in red all changes to the body of the article. The corrected article shall be sent within 60 days for the article to be reviewed again. Should the authors fail to manifest any response by that deadline, the article will be considered withdrawn.

Articles that receive a review of Reject & Resubmit must be fully reworked.

Articles that receive a review of Reject shall not be published.

Authors who receive a review of Accept shall receive an email informing them of the Journal edition in which the article will be published, as well as information about the fee payable for publication and a request for a Declaration of Authorship and Responsibility (see below). Once payment has been made the article will be sent to the grammar proofreaders.

Any alterations made by the proofreaders will be sent by email to the main author. The main author will then have 15 days to send a letter of full approval or else the article with any due corrections.

After this stage, no inclusion or change to the text or to the authors' information shall be accepted under any circumstances. Should the main author fail to manifest any response by the specified deadline, the article will have its publication suspended until a response it received from the author.

Articles accepted by the main author will be submitted for desktop publishing. Following the desktop publishing, the authors will receive the article for checking exclusively of the layout and desktop publishing.

Articles that have been accepted, reviewed and laid out in desktop publishing shall be published and become property of the Journal.

Declaration of Authorship and Responsibility

Every person named as an author should bear responsibility for authorship of the manuscripts and have participated sufficiently in the work to bear public responsibility for its content. To this end, once they have received the email approving the article, the authors must send to the email the following Declaration of Authorship and Responsibility:

"I hereby declare that I participated sufficiently in the conception and design of this study or of the analysis and interpretation of the data, as well as in writing this text, to assume authorship and public responsibility for the content of the article. I have reviewed the final version of this article and approved it to be sent for publication. I declare that neither this work nor any other with substantially similar content of my authorship have been published or submitted for appreciation by the Editors of another journal."


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