ISSN 1809-9823 printed version
ISSN 1981-2256 on-line version



Scope and Policy


Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia / Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology succeeds the publication Textos sobre Envelhecimento, created in 1998. It is a specialized journal that publishes scientific papers on Geriatrics and Gerontology, and aims to contribute to deepen human ageing issues. It is a quarterly publication open to contributions from the national and international scientific communities.

RBGG is published in Portuguese and English. The printed version publishes articles in Portuguese and  also in Spanish; the electronic version publishes articles in English, and in Portuguese and Spanish.


Original articles: Reports on original manuscripts aimed to divulge unpublished research results on important themes in the field of study, structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion, though other formats may be accepted (up to 5,000 words, excluding references, tables and figures; references should be limited to 35).

For original article acceptance enclosing randomized controlled trials and clinical trials, the identification number of register of the trials will be requested.

Theme Articles: Shall contain results of empirical, experimental and conceptual research, and reviews on the topic in question (up to 5,000 words, excluding references, tables and figures; references should be limited to 35).

Reviews: (a) Systematic review - Review planned to answer a specific question, object of the review. It is done through the synthesis of results of original, quantitative or qualitative studies, and describes the process of finding studies, the criteria used to select those that were included in the review and the procedures used in the synthesis of the results obtained by the studies. (b) Integrative review - wide review method, which allows inclusion of theoretical and empirical literature, and studies with different methodological approaches (quantitative and qualitative). The studies included in this review should be systematically analyzed in relation to their goals, materials and methods. (Maximum 5,000 words, excluding references; up to 50 references).

Case reports: Priority is given to significant reports of multidisciplinary and/or practical interest, related to RBGG’s thematic field (up to 3,000 words, excluding references; references are limited to 25).

Updates: Descriptive and interpretative works based on recent literature concerning the global situation in which a certain investigative or potentially investigative issue is found (up to 3,000 words, excluding references; and maximum 25 references).

Brief Reports: short descriptions of research or professional experience with methodologically appropriate evidence. Reports that describe new methods or techniques will also be considered (up to 1,500 words, excluding references; up to 10 references and one table/figure).

Letter to the Editor: up to 600 words, excluding references. Maximum 8 references.


Before submitting a manuscript, authors should use the applicable checklist:


Manuscript preparation

  1. Authorship: The concept of authorship is based on each author’s contribution, in regard to the conception and design of the research project, acquisition or analysis and interpretation of data, drafting and critical review, etc. The names of those who do not meet the above criteria should appear in "Acknowledgements". Individual contributions of each author must be specified. Authors must obtain written authorization by all people mentioned in the acknowledgements, since one may infer that these can subscribe the content of the manuscript.
  2. Format: RBGG welcomes papers written in Portuguese, Spanish or English, with title, abstract and key words in the original language and in English. Authors are responsible for all concepts and information presented in the papers and reviews, which may not necessarily reflect the views of the Editors and Editorial Board.

Texts: Must be typewritten on A-4 format, double spaced throughout, with the file in DOC, DOCX OU RTF, using font Arial size 12, 3 cm margins. All pages must be numbered. Footnotes: used as fewer as possible; do not include endnotes.

Pictures, figures or designs should be in tiff or jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 200 dpi, maximum size 12x15 cm, grayscale, with caption in Arial or Times New Roman 10. Tables and charts can be produced in Word. Other types of graphs should be produced in Photoshop or Corel Draw. All illustrations should be in separate files and will be entered into the system in the sixth step of the submission process, indicated as "image", "figure" or "table", with their respective captions and numbering. There must be indication of where to insert each in the text. The maximum number of the set of tables and figures is five. The maximum table size is one page.

Front page: (a) Title: Must contain the article’s complete title, in Portuguese or Spanish, and in English, and short title for the other pages. A good title allows immediate identification of the article’s theme. (b) Authors: should be cited as authors only those who really took part in the work and will have public responsibility for its content. Inform the names and complete addresses of all authors, including email, highest degree and institutions of affiliation (informing department, college, university). Inform the individual contributions of each author in the preparation of the article. Indicate the corresponding author. (c) Research funding: if the research was supported, indicate the type of aid, the name of funding agency and case number.

Abstract: Articles should be submitted with an abstract from 150 to 500 words, inserted in the appropriate form during the submission process. Articles written in English should have an abstract in Portuguese, besides the English one. For original papers, abstracts should be structured as follows: objectives, methods, results and most relevant conclusions. For the remaining categories, abstract should be structured as a narrative containing the same information. No quotations are allowed in the abstracts.

Key words: Indicate, in the appropriate form, between 3 and 6 terms which best describe the contents of the paper, using Bireme’s DeCS/MeSH terminology, available at <>.

Text: Papers that present investigations or studies must be structured as follows: introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusions. Introduction: Must contain the study’s objective and justification; its importance, scope, gaps, controversies and other data considered relevant by the authors. It should be as concise as possible, except for manuscripts classified as Reviews. Methods: Must contain a description of the studied sample and data on the investigation’s instrument. For studies involving human beings, authors must mention the existence of a Informed Consent Term presented to participants after approval by the Ethics Committee at the institution where research was carried out. Results: Must be presented in a concise and clear manner, with self-explanatory tables or figures which present statistical analysis. Avoid repetition of data already included in the text. Maximum number of tables and/or figures is restricted to five. Discussion: Must explore the results, presenting the author’s own experience and other observations already reported in literature. Methodological difficulties can be presented in this item. Conclusion: Must present relevant conclusions in relation to the paper’s objectives, indicating ways for the continuation of the research work.

  1. Research involving human beings: The paper should include approval by the Ethics Committee according to the Resolution 466/2012 of the Brazilian National Health Council. The last paragraph in the “Methods” section should contain a clear statement to this effect. Attached to the manuscript, there must be a copy of the Research Ethics Committee approval.
  2. Clinical trials: RBGG follows the policies of the World Health Organization (WHO) and of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for clinical trial registration, recognizing the importance of those initiatives for international dissemination of information on clinical research, in open access. Accordingly, from 2007 on only articles of trials previously registered in one of the Clinical Trial Registries that meet WHO and ICMJE requirements will be accepted for publication. The list of registries accepted by WHO and ICMJE is available on ICMJE website. The trial registration number should be published at the end of the abstract.
  3. Acknowledgements: Should be made to institutions and individuals whose effective collaboration helped the development of the work, in an up-to-five lines paragraph.
  4. The texts published in Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia are registered under the Creative Commons CC-BY license. Submission of work and acceptance to publish them imply transfer of publishing rights to the journal. Upon reproduction of published texts, even partially and for non-commercial use, reference should be made to the first publication in RBGG.
  5. Authors are responsible for all concepts and information presented in articles and reviews.
  6. References: Should be standardized according to the Vancouver style. The identification of the references in the text, tables and figures should be made by the Arabic numeral corresponding to their numbering in the reference list. References should be listed in the order they are first mentioned in the text (and not alphabetically). This number should be placed in exponent. All publications cited in the text should appear in the references. Authors are responsible for the exactness and correct citation of the references. Examples of references are presented as follows:
(a) Articles in journals

Article with one author
Marina CS. O processo de envelhecimento no Brasil: desafios e perspectivas. Textos Envelhecimento 2005 jan-abr;8(1):43-60.

Article up to six authors, cite all
Lima RMF, Soares MSM, Passos IA, Da Rocha APV, Feitosa SC, De Lima MG. Autopercepção oral e seleção de alimentos por idosos usuários de próteses totais. Rev Odontol UNESP 2007;36(2):131-6.

Article with more than six authors: cite six and use “et al.”
Dias-da-Costa JS, Galli R, De Oliveira EA, Backes V, Vial EA, Canuto R, et al. Prevalência de capacidade mastigatória insatisfatória e fatores associados em idosos brasileiros. Cad Saúde Pública 2010;26(1):79-89.

(b) Books

Author as an individual
Minayo CS. O desafio do conhecimento: pesquisa qualitativa em saúde. 10 ed. São Paulo: Hucitec; 2007.

Author as organizer
Veras RP, Lourenço R, organizadores. Formação humana em Geriatria e Gerontologia: uma perspectiva interdisciplinar. 1ª ed. Rio de Janeiro: UnATI/UERJ; 2006.

Author as institution
Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS). Envelhecimento ativo: uma política de saúde. Brasília: Organização Pan-Americana de Saúde; 2005.

(c) Book chapter

Prado SD, Tavares EL, Veggi AB. Nutrição e saúde no processo de envelhecimento. In: Veras RP, organizador. Terceira idade: alternativas para uma sociedade em transição. 1ª ed. Rio de Janeiro: Relume Dumará; 1999. p. 125-36.

(d) Abstract in congresso proceedings

Machado CG, Rodrigues NMR. Alteração de altura de forrageamento de espécies de aves quando associadas a bandos mistos. VII Congresso Brasileiro de Ornitologia; 1998; Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: UERJ/NAPE; 1998.

(e) Thesis and dissertation

Lino VTS. Estudo da resposta imune humoral e da ocorrência de episódios de gripe após a vacinação contra influenza em idosos. [tese]. Rio de Janeiro: Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz; 2001.

(f) Legal document

Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. Conselho Nacional de Saúde. Resolução 196/96, de 10 de outubro de 1996. Dispõe sobre Diretrizes e Normas Regulamentadoras de Pesquisa envolvendo seres humanos. Diário Oficial da União 1996; 16 set.

(g) Material from the internet

Article in newspaper
Meira EC, Reis LA, Mello IT, Gomes FV, Azoubel R, Reis LA. Risco de quedas no ambiente físico domiciliar de idosos: Textos Envelhecimento [Internet]. 2005 [Acesso em 2007 nov 2]; 8(3). Disponível em URL: &pid=51517-59282005000300006&ing=pt&nrm=iso.

Assis M, organizador. Promoção da saúde e envelhecimento: orientações para o desenvolvimento de ações educativas com idosos. Rio de Janeiro; 2002. 146p. (Série Livros Eletrônicos) [acesso em 2010 jan 13]. Disponível em: URL: http//

Legal document
Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. Política Nacional de Saúde da Pessoa Idosa. Portaria nº 2.528, de 19 de outubro de 2006.  Brasília: 2006. [Acesso em  2008 jul 17]. Disponível em: URL:


Submission of manuscript - online

Submissions must be sent by electronic mail only, in accordance with the guidelines of the site:

The manuscripts should be originals, exclusively submitted to Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia / Brazilian Journal of Geriatric and Gerontology, and must not be considered for publication by any other journal.

The text should not include any information that enables the identification of authorship; authors' data should be informed only in specific fields of the submission form.

The authorship declaration must be signed by the authors, scanned and inserted into the sixth step of the submission process, and indicated as "supplemental file not for review" so that evaluators will not identify the author(s) of article.

Any other comments or observations forwarded to the editors should be entered in the "Cover letter" field.

Items required in the submission

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission's compliance with all of the following items:

  1. The manuscript complies with the format guidelines as indicated in the “Instructions to Authors”.
  2. Full names of the authors, with addresses and e-mails; affiliation institution, name of the institution, department, course or college.
  3. Structured abstracts for original research papers (Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions).
  4. Narrative abstracts for original manuscripts other than research.
  5. Key words: 3-6 descriptors contained in the controlled vocabulary - Descriptors in Health Sciences>>
  6. If the research work is a clinical trial, should be informed the identification number in one of the Clinical Trial Registries valid by the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The identification number received by the Clinical Trial Registration is shown at the end of the article summary.
  7. If the research work received any grant, indicate the name of the funding agency, case number and the type of aid.
  8. In the case of articles based on thesis / dissertation, name the institution and year of submission.
  9. References: all cited references must be identified by Arabic numerals and superscript; there is no space between the quotation overwritten reference and the previous word; punctuation characters such as semicolons are placed before the reference quote.
  10. Tables have maximum size of a page; they are not closed by dashes in the left and right side, and do not contain internal features. They are cited in the text, have titles above them, indicating the city, state and year. They are in maximum number of five, in conjunction with the figures.
  11. Illustrations (graphics, drawings and photographs) are identified as figures and have title below them; they must be legible in black and white or grayscale, high resolution (300 dpi), and are indicated in the text; maximum number of five, in conjunction with the tables.
  12. Statement of Responsibility and Copyright Transfer with address and signature of each author.
  13. Declaration signed by the first author regarding the consent of individuals named in the Acknowledgments.
  14. Document confirming the approval of the research by the ethics committee, where applicable.
  15. Editors' permission for reproduction of already published figures or tables


Manuscript evaluation

Manuscripts that meet the standards of the "Instructions to Authors" will be sent to evaluation phases. To be published, the manuscript must be approved in the following phases:

Pre-evaluation: Scientific editors evaluate manuscripts according to their originality, application, academic quality and relevance of the manuscript for the areas of Geriatrics and Gerontology.

Peer reviews: manuscripts selected in the pre-evaluation are sent to external consultants for peer review. Reviews are examined by the Editors who will recommend or not the manuscript's approval. The final decision on whether to publish the manuscript or not is issued by the editors.

In the process of editing and formatting according to the journal’s style, RBGG reserves the right to make changes to the text in relation to form, spelling and grammar before sending it for publication.

Identities are kept confidential throughout the entire peer review process.


Upon identification of conflict of interest among reviewers, the manuscript will be sent to another ad hoc reviewer.

Possible conflicts of interest by authors should be mentioned and described in the “Statement of Responsibility”.

Any other comments or observations forwarded to the editors should be inserted in the field "Cover letter".


Authorization for publication and copyright transfer
Authors should attach to the manuscript, a cover letter transferring the editorial rights, as follows.
This document must be included in the form as “file not for review”.

Authorization for reproduction of figures and tables
If the manuscript presents tables and figures drawn from other previously published work, authors should request written permission for their reproduction.
This document must be included in the form as “file not for review”.

In research involving humans, attach a copy of the document for the approval of the Ethics Committee.




Title of manuscript:

1. Declaration of responsibility:
I certify my participation in the work above mentioned and I take public my responsibility for its content.

I certify that I have not omitted any agreement with people, entities or companies to whom the publication of this article might be of interest.

I certify that the manuscript represents original work and that neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under my authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, either in print or in electronic format, except as described as an attachment.

2. Copyright transfer:

I declare that, should the article be accepted for publication, the Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia will hold its copyright, which shall become the exclusive property of the Journal and, in the case of reproduction, in whole or in part, in any form or means disclosure, printed or electronic, I will include the appropriate claims.

3. Conflicts of interest

I attest that there are no conflicts of interest concerning this manuscript.


Date, signature and complete address of all autho

Publication Fee

The Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia  (RBGG) will be published in two languages, Portuguese and English, from July/2015. The Portuguese version will continue to be published in print and electronic formats, and the English version, only in electronic format. With this change, RBGG seeks to increase the visibility of the published articles and indexing in renowned international databases. In order to fit this new context, a fee by each submitted article will be charged, to be paid by all authors who have their manuscript accepted for publication. The fee is intended to complement public resources, is essential to ensure quality, regularity and the journal editing process, including review of scientific writing and translation into English of all approved manuscripts.The value of this rate is R$900.00 (nine hundread reais) per published article. The author will receive instructions on how to pay the fee, once the article is approved.

The quality of the review and translation of scientific texts into English will be guaranteed by the work of English native experts in academic and scientific texts, making it impossible to carry out the translation by the authors. Even when the text is submitted in English, the revision by native experts working for RBGG is required.


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