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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Updated: 07/29/2016

 

Scope and policies

The Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia (the Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology) is the extension of the journal Textos sobre Envelhecimento (Texts About Aging), which was launched in 1998. The RBGG is a specialized journal that publishes scientific texts concerning Geriatrics and Gerontology with the aim of contributing to the further study of human aging. The journal is published bimonthly and is open to contributions from the national and international scientific communities .

RBGG is published in Portuguese/Spanish and English.

Manuscripts may be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

 

Manuscript categories

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.

Thematic articles: these papers must contain empirical, experimental or conceptual research results and/or revisions of the subject area researched.
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.

Revisions:
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: should preferentially consist of significant reports that are of multidisciplinary and/or practical relevance that are related to the overall background of the journal.

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 papers summarizing research or professional experience providing methodologically adequate evidence.  Reports that describe new methodology or techniques shall also be considered.

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

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

 

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. A good title allows the subject of the article to be identified.

b) Authors: The full names of the authors must be listed, together with their e-mail addresses, and the institutions they are associated with (including university, college, department, the city and country). The individual contributions of each author in developing the article must be listed as well as the author that may be contacted for inquiries.  The authorship information must be listed in a separate file and attached in accordance with Step 6, in an individual text not contained in the blind study itself.

The concept of authorship is based on the contribution of each author to the conception and planning of the research project, the collecting or analysis and interpretation of data, writing and critical review etc. Material that cannot be classified by these criteria should be listed in the "Acknowledgments" section. The authors are responsible for obtaining written authorization from the persons that are listed in the acknowledgments, since the views of these individuals underpin the content of the work.

c) Research financing: if the study was subsidized, the type of subsidy must be stated, as well as the name of the financing institution and the registration number of the study at the institution.

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 http://www.bireme.br/decs).

Body of the paper: papers describing research or studies must adhere to the format: introduction, methodology, results, discussion and conclusions. 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.

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. 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.

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.  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 requests of the final normative statement and translated into English.  All illustrations must be submitted in separate files. Illustrations will be inserted in the system during the sixth submission step, indicated as "image", "figure" or "table", with their respective subtitles and numeration. The text of the paper must include an indication of where each of these items should be inserted. The maximum number of the set of tables and figures is five. Tables should be page sized at most.

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 - http://www.who.int/ictrp/network/primary/en, whose e-mail addresses are available on the ICMJE website - http://www.icmje.org. The identification number must appear at the end of the abstract.

The author must consult the following Checklists:

 

Submission of manuscripts – online

Manuscripts should only be submitted via RBGG's website – www.rbgg.com.br – where the author should access the link "submissão de artigos" (“article submission”).

Once a manuscript is submitted, the Editorial Commission of the Journal will check if each of the submission prerequisites has been met; the publication process will then begin, provided each prerequisite was complied with.

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

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

Items that are requested upon submission:
As part of the submission process, the authors must verify the items that are required upon submission, in accordance with the following:

  1. Declaration of Responsibility and Transfer of Copyright, including the address and signature of each author. This document must be input into the system as a "file not for review".
  2.  Signed declaration by the first author of the manuscript concerning the consent of the persons that are named in the Acknowledgments section.
  3. Document attesting to the approval of the study by an ethics committee, where applicable.
  4. Authorization from editors for the reproduction of figures or tables that have already been published.
  5. The authorship declaration must be signed by the authors, scanned and included in the sixth step of the submission process. It must be identified as a "supplemental file not for review", so that the evaluators have no means by which to identify the author(s) of the paper;
  6. Authorization for the reproduction of tables and figures - If the manuscript contains tables and/or figures that were extracted from another previously published work, the authors must request written authorization for their reproduction. This document must be fed into the system as a “file not for review”;
  7. As for studies involving human participants, the Ethics Committee approval document must also be forwarded;

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.

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$ 1,100.00 (thousand and one 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.

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

 

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