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Manuscript categories

All articles, irrespective of their category, should be written in accordance with RBGG guidelines, observing the study design of the article (described in the Checklist on the journal site –

Original articles: these must be original research papers that aim to publish new research findings concerning subject areas that are relevant to the study area. Although other structures may be accepted, in general, papers must adhere to the following structure: Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.

Papers may contain a maximum of 4,000 words, excluding the abstract, bibliographic references, tables and figures. Maximum 35 number of references and 5 tables and figures.

The trial registration identification number will be requested for the acceptance of original studies that contain randomized controlled trial and clinical trial data.

a) Systematic review - a type of review that aims to resolve a specific issue that is the focus of the review. It is conducted through a synthesis of the results of quantitative or qualitative original studies and describes the methodology adopted in researching the studies, the criteria that were used to select the studies that were included in the review and the procedures that were implemented in summarizing the results obtained.

b) Integrative revision - a broad method of review that allows for the inclusion of theoretical and empirical literature, in addition to studies that adopt alternative methodological approaches (quantitative and qualitative). The studies that are included in the review must be analyzed systematically with respect to their objectives, methodologies and the materials used.

Maximum of 4,000 words, excluding the abstract and bibliographic references. Maximum 50 number of references and 5 tables and figures.
Case studies: Unpublished reports, with a well-documented description, related to the thematic area of the journal. The purpose of this category is to announce new variations in disease processes, treatments or unusual results, etc., for which there has not yet been time for an analysis with a greater number of cases to be prepared and submitted as an "original article". The authors should describe, in the argument of the text, its relevant features and relationship with cases previously published in literature in this area. The text should include an Introduction, Method, Results (describing the unpublished experiment), Discussion and Conclusion.

Maximum of 3,000 words, excluding the abstract and bibliographic references. Maximum 25 number of references and 3 tables and figures.

Updates: descriptive and interpretative papers that are based on the overall current status of the subject that is being studied or that may undergo research.

Maximum of 3,000 words, excluding the abstract and bibliographic references. Maximum 25 number of references and 3 tables and figures.

Research briefs: Brief reports of the preliminary research results of studies in progress or which have been recently completed, anticipating innovative results. These need to be published as a matter of urgency as they demonstrate strong evidence of relationships between variables that may lead to public health risks, even though not all alternative hypotheses or effects have been fully understood.

Maximum of 1,500 words, excluding the abstract and bibliographic references. Maximum number of references: 10 and a table/figure.

Letter to the editor: An individual opinion about a determined article.

Maximum of 600 words, excluding the abstract and bibliographic references. Maximum number of references: 08.

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Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts in Portuguese, Spanish and English are accepted.

Manuscripts must be typed and submitted in .doc, .txt or .rtf format, in Arial 12 font on A-4 standard size paper, 1.5 line spacing ; left alignment.

The pages should not be numbered.

Title page:

a) Full title of the article, in Portuguese or Spanish and in English, including a short title for each page.

Abstract: papers must include an abstract that consists of a minimum of 150 and a maximum of 250 words. In addition to an abstract in English, papers that are submitted in English must have an abstract in Portuguese.

Abstracts of original papers must state the most salient aspects of the objectives, methodology, results and conclusions of the paper. For other types of articles, the format of the abstracts should also be narrative, however they must include the same information. Abstracts should not contain citations.

Keywords: indicate, in the specific field, from three to six terms that identify the study's subject matter using Health Science descriptors - DeCS - from Bireme (available at

Body of the paper: The total number of words in the article should not exceed 4,000, including Introduction; Method; Result; Discussion; Conclusion and Acknowledgements (the last of which is not compulsory).

Introduction: should contain the purpose and the justification of the study; its importance, scope, limitations, controversies and other information that the author deems relevant. It should be brief, except for manuscripts that are submitted as Review Articles. Methodology: this section should describe how the sample originated and the sampling process, and present data regarding the research metrics and the analysis strategy that was used.  For studies that involve humans, the project must include the use of an Informed Consent Form, which is presented to the study participants upon approval by the Ethics Committee of the institution where the project was undertaken. Results:  results must be presented in a clear, concise manner. Tables and figures must be presented in such a way as to be self-explanatory, and should mention statistical significance, when relevant. One should avoid repeating data that appears in the body of the paper. The maximum number of tables and/or figures is 5 (five). Discussion: this section should analyze the results, present the authors’ interpretation / evaluation based on observations that appear in current literature and the implications/ramifications that are implicit to knowledge about the subject. The challenges and limitations of the study should be mentioned in this section. Conclusion: this section should present the conclusions that drawn that are relevant to the project's objective and indicate future directions towards which research could progress.

Acknowledgments: acknowledgments of institutions or individuals that effectively collaborated with the work can be stated in this section in a paragraph of up to five lines.

References: references must be standardized in accordance with the Vancouver style. References in the text, tables and figures must be identified with Arabic numerals that correspond to their respective numbers in the list of references. References must be listed in the order they appear for the first time in the text (not in alphabetical order). This number must appear in the body of the paper in superscript. Each of the works that are cited in the text must appear in the references.

A minimum of 50% of references should be from publications in the last five years.

The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references, as well as their proper citation within the body of the paper.

Footnotes: should be limited to those that are absolutely necessary; an end note should not be included.

Footnotes: should be limited to those that are absolutely necessary; an end note should not be included.

Images, figures, tables, charts or drawings must be forwarded or produced in Excel or Word format and must be editable and in grayscale or black.

Graphs should use font size 11, be centralized, and include information about the location and year of the event/collection.

Work that is developed using other statistical software (such as SPSS, BioStat, Stata, Statistica, R, Mplus etc.) will be accepted, however, it should be edited afterwards in accordance with the requirements of the final normative statement and translated into English.

Studies involving human participants: must include information regarding approval by the ethics committee for research involving humans, in accordance with Resolution No. 466/2012 of the Conselho Nacional de Saúde (National Health Council). The last paragraph of the "Methodology" section must clearly state compliance with Resolution 466. The manuscript must include a copy of the authorization of the Ethics Committee's normative statement.

Clinical trials: the Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia (RBGG) supports the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors(ICMJE) policies for the registration of clinical trials and recognizes the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international public disclosure of information regarding clinical studies. As a result, beginning in 2007, the only clinical research papers that will be accepted for publication are those that have received an identification number from one of the Clinical Trial Registries certified in accordance with the criteria established by the WHO and ICMJE -, whose e-mail addresses are available on the ICMJE website - The identification number must appear at the end of the abstract.

The author must consult the following Checklists, in accordance with the type of study carried out:


Submission of manuscripts and Necessary documents

Submissions should be made through the journal site –, via the "article submission" link.

Following submission, the Editorial Board of the journal will confirm if all the submission guidelines have been met, and begin the article submission process.

Manuscripts must be original, sent exclusively to the Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia (RBGG) and may not be submitted to any other periodicals for simultaneous evaluatio.

The text must not include any information that allows the author to be identified; the contact information of the authors should be provided only in the specific fields on the submission form.

Items required upon submission:
Term of acceptance document with title page; copyright document; letter of acknowledgement, document indicating if research funding was provided. Our website ( provides a standard template for each document. A document confirming the approval of the research by an ethics committee should also be provided.

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Manuscript evaluation

The manuscripts that meet the standardization requirements shall be forwarded to undergo the evaluation phases. In order to be published, the manuscript must be approved across the following phases:

  1. Pre-analysis: the evaluation of the manuscript is conducted by the Scientific Editors, who base their assessment on the paper's originality, academic quality and its relevance to the fields of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
  2. External peer review: manuscripts that are selected during the pre-analysis phase are submitted for evaluation by scholars who specialize in the paper’s subject matter. Their reports are analyzed by the editors, who will then decide on whether or not to approve the manuscript. The final decision concerning publication of the manuscript lies with the editors.
  3. Final analysis: the phase in which the author makes the adjustments required for publication of the manuscript. During this editing and standardization process, the RBGG reserves the right to make formatting and spelling and grammar changes to the text before submitting it for publication.

Anonymity is guaranteed during the entire submission process.

The decision of the editors of RBGG on whether to publish the manuscript or not will be final.

Conflicts of Interest

Should any conflict of interest be detected among the revisers, the manuscript shall be forwarded to a different ad hoc reviewer.

Publication Fee

This fee exists to provide resources for the publication of the RBGG. As such, the author must pay RBGG a publication fee. This fee makes it possible for RBGG to ensure the quality of the revision of the texts in Portuguese and the translation of the scientific texts to English.

The publication fee is R$ 900.00 (nine hundred reais) per approved paper, i.e., the author does not pay the fee upon submitting his paper; the fee is only paid when the paper has been approved for publication.

No fee will be charged for the submission or evaluation of articles.

The authors also agree to pay for the translation of the article by a professional, native English speaking translator chosen by the journal

Once the paper is published, any reader can have free access to the journal online on our site and on the SciELO site as well.


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