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



Scope and Policy


The Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology (BJGG) succeeds the publication Texts on Ageing, created in 1998. It is a specialized periodical that publishes scientific papers on Geriatrics and Gerontology, and whose aim is to contribute to deepen human ageing issues. It is a quarterly publication open to contributions from the national and international scientific communities. The manuscripts must be exclusively addressed to the Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology.


Original articles: reports on original manuscripts aimed to divulge unpublished research results on important themes in the field of study, structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion, though other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.

Review articles: critical synthesis of available knowledge on a specific theme, containing literature review and conclusions. System of data collection must be specified (up to 5,000 words and 50 references).

Case reports: priority is given to significant reports of multidisciplinary and/or practical interest, related to BJGG’s thematic field (up to 3,000 words and 25 references).

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 and 25 references).
Short 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).


Manuscripts should be standardized according to the Vancouver style and guidelines should be observed on the number of words, references and key words.


The paper should be approved by the Ethics Committee of the institutions where the research was carried out and comply with the ethical standards recommended by the Helsinki Declaration, besides meeting the legal requirements. 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.


The Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology 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.


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 inclusion of names of authors whose contribution does not meet the above criteria is not justifiable, and in such case, their names 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.


Manuscripts that meet the standards of the "Instructions to Authors" will be sent to ad hoc reviewers selected by the editors. Otherwise they will be returned for proper adequacy. Each manuscript is sent to two ad hoc reviewers of recognized competence in the theme.
The process of peer review is double-blind concerning the identity of authors and reviewers. The reviewers may indicate: [a] acceptance without revision, [b] accepted with revisions; [c] refusal stating that the manuscript may be resubmitted after revision, and [d] rejection. In all these cases, authors will be notified. The text should not include any information that allows identification of authorship; this information must be provided on the title page.

The final decision on whether to publish the manuscript or not is always issued by the editors. In the process of editing and formatting according to the journal’s style, the BJGG reserves the right to make changes to the text in relation to form, spelling and grammar before sending it for publication.


- Having identified a 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”.
- Authors will receive a proof of the manuscript in PDF format in order to identify printing errors or divergence from the original text. Changes in the original manuscript will not be accepted during this phase.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


Manuscripts should be exclusively submitted to the Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology. The Journal welcomes papers written in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Documents must be delivered with a printed copy and in a CD-ROM. This material will not be returned to authors.

Text: typewritten on one side of 21x29,7 cm white paper (A-4 format), double-spaced throughout, font Arial size 12, 3 cm margins. All pages must be numbered. Tables: must be presented in separate archives, individually printed in separate sheets, consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals. Their insertion in the text must be indicated. Avoid repetition in graphs of data already presented in tables. Tables should have no internal horizontal or vertical lines; charts must have open borders. Each figure must have a short title. Images: authors are responsible for the quality of all figures (drawings, illustrations and graphs), which must be delivered in a high-quality print, in black-and-white and/or gray, in the original software (Excel, Corel etc.) or in 300 dpi when non-editable. Footnotes: used as fewer as possible; must be indicated by an asterisk.

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, last titration 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 250 words. 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 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 work’s objective and justification; its importance, scope, blanks, controversies and other data considered relevant by the authors. It should be as concise as possible, except for manuscripts classified as Review Article. 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 free informed term of consent 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.

Acknowledgements: should be made to institutions and individuals whose effective collaboration helped the development of the work, in an up-to-five lines paragraph.

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.



One author
Marina CS. O processo de envelhecimento no Brasil: desafios e perspectivas. Textos Envelhecimento 2005 jan-abr;8(1): 43-60.
Up to three authors
Daumas RP, Mendonça GAS, León AP. Poluição do ar e mortalidade em idosos no município do Rio de Janeiro: análise de série temporal. Cad Saúde Pública 2004 fev; 20(1):311-19.
More than three authors – only the first one should be listed followed by “et al” 
Silva DMGV, et al. Qualidade de vida na perspectiva de pessoas com problemas respiratórios crônicos: a contribuição de um grupo de convivência. Rev Lat Am Enfermagem 2005 fev;13(1):7-14.


Individual as author
Minayo CS. O desafio do conhecimento: pesquisa qualitativa em saúde. 10 ed. São Paulo: Hucitec; 2007.
Organizer as author
Veras RP, Lourenço R, organizadores. Formação humana em Geriatria e Gerontologia: uma perspectiva interdisciplinar. 1ª ed. Rio de Janeiro: UnATI/UERJ; 2006.
Institution as author
Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS). Envelhecimento ativo: uma política de saúde. Brasília: Organização Pan-Americana de Saúde; 2005.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 documents

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: politica%20nacional%20de%20saude%20da%20pessoa%20idosa.pdf


a) Authorization for publication and copyright transfer

Authors should attach to the manuscript, a cover letter transferring the editorial rights, as follows:

(b) 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.


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, shoud the article be accepted for publication, the Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology will hold its copyright, which shall become the exclusive property of the Journal, and that any reproduction is prohibited, whether total or partial, without the due acknowledgment to the Journal.

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

Date, signature and complete address of all authors


Send of the manuscripts

Manuscripts may be submitted online or sent to the journal at the address below. A printed copy of the manuscript must be accompanied by permission for publication signed by all authors and an electronic file of the manuscript in Word.

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