The following rules were based on the standard proposed by ICMJE and
published in the article "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted
to Biomedical Journals", updated in October 2008, and available at:
- The papers must be double-spaced typed between lines in every section,
from the cover page to the references, tables, and captions. Each
page must contain approximately 25 lines in one column. The Microsoft
Word® text editor is preferred, as well as the font Times New
Roman, size 12. Do not highlight passages of the text, do not underline
or apply bold. All pages should be numbered, starting with the cover
- Do not use capital letter in names (except for the initial one)
in the text or references. Do not make use of period in acronyms (DPP
instead of D.P.P.). Acronyms or abbreviations should be fully written
at the first time they appear in the text. Each section should begin
in a new page: cover page; abstracts and keywords; text; acknowledgments;
references; individual tables and images' captions.
Present the title of the paper in English; the complete name of the
authors without abbreviations; e-mails that are valid for all authors
(optional, replacing the submission letter); the name of the institution
where the study was carried out; institutional affiliations of the authors;
information about support received by means of financing, equipment
or drugs catering. It is obligatory that the address of the institution
where the paper was developed, which is published in the first page
of the paper, should be provided. Indicate the name, address, telephone
and fax number, and e-mail of the author responsible for the correspondence.
These personal information are only for contacting the journal and they
should only be published if there is a request from the author(s).
The abstract must appear in the second page. For complete papers, a
structured abstract should be written and divided into identified sections:
objective, methods, results, and conclusions. It should comprise approximately
300 words stating relevant information that allows the reader to have
a general idea of the article. A summarized description of all employed
methods and of the statistical analysis should be included, as well
as the most relevant numeric results, and not only the statistical significance.
Conclusions must be based on the results of the study and not on the
literature. Abbreviations, symbols, and references should be avoided.
Right after the abstract, the registry number or the identifications
for randomized controlled and clinical trials should be indicated (see
item 5 from the "General Information").
In the same page, at least three keywords or expressions must be cited
for composing the annual index of the journal. They should be based
on the Health Science Descriptors (DeCS, acronym in Portuguese), published
by Bireme, which is a translation of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
of National Library of Medicine, and is available at: http://decs.bvs.br.
The abstracts of Case Reports and Update and Review Articles do not
have to be structured and are limited to 150 words.
In the first page of introduction, the titles should be complete in
Portuguese and English. In this section, show the current knowledge
situation about the studied topic, divergences and lack of information
that may eventually justify the development of the paper, but without
an extended literature review. In Case Reports, a summary of the already
presented cases, epidemiology of the reported condition, and a justification
for the presentation as an isolated case must be stated. The objectives
of the study should be clearly exposed.
This section should be initiated with the indication of the study setting
up: if it is a prospective or retrospective, clinical or experimental
trial, if the distribution of cases was randomized or not, and so on.
Describe the criteria for the selection of patients or Experimental
Group, including Controls. Identify the equipment and reagent used (manufacturer,
city and country). If the applied methodology has already been employed,
the references and a short description of the method must be indicated.
Statistical methods employed and comparisons, to which each test was
indicated, should also be described.
The papers that have the purpose of evaluating the efficacy or toleration
of a treatment or drug must necessarily include an adequate Control
Group. For additional information on the design of this kind of papers,
see ICH Harmonized Tripartite Guideline - Choice of Control Group and
Related Issues in Clinical Trials (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hpfb-dgpsa/tpd-dpt/e10_e.html),
and also items 4 and 5 of "General Information".
The results must be presented in logical sequence: text, tables, and
figures. The results that are relevant for the purpose of the study
should be exposed and discussed. Do not repeat, in this section, all
the data presented in the tables and figures, but describe and emphasize
the most important ones, without interpreting them (also see "Tables").
In Case Reports, the sections "Methods" and "Results"
are replaced by "Case description", prevailing the others.
The new and original information obtained during the investigation
must be highlighted in this section. Do not repeat information already
mentioned in the sections "Introduction" and "Results".
Avoid citing tables and figures. Bounce the adequacy of the employed
methods during investigation. Compare and relate the authors' observations
to those of other researchers, commenting and explaining the differences.
Provide details of the implications of the findings, as well as their
limitations, and make referable recommendations. In Case Reports, the
discussion must be based on extended and updated literature review.
Information of already published cases should be presented for comparisons
to be made.
They are directed to those who have intellectually contributed to the
study, but whose contribution does not justify co-authorship, and to
those who have given material support.
All authors and papers cited in the text must be listed in this section
and vice-versa. The references must be numbered in the list by order
of appearance in the text, and they should be referred to by their respective
numbers when cited. Excessive number of references should be avoided,
being selected only those with relevance for each statement; also, the
most recent ones should be preferred. Do not cite references of difficult
access, like abstracts of studies presented in congresses or publications
of restrict circulation (non-indexed). Also, "non-published observations"
and "personal communication" references should not be referred
to. Articles that were submitted and accepted for publication should
be referred to as "in press" being indicated the journal,
its volume and year of publication. Papers accepted by online journals
that have no indication of volume and year must be referred to as "ahead
Other publications of the same authors (self-citation) should be employed
only if there is a clear need and if they are related to the subject.
In this case, only original references that have been published in regular
and theme-related journals should be included (do not cite chapters
The number of references must be around 35. Authors are responsible
for the exactitude of data presented in the bibliographical references.
For all references, the authors' names should be cited till the sixth.
When the number of authors exceeds it, the sixth one should be followed
by the expression "et al.", as follows:
- Journal articles
Ceccarelli F, Barberi S, Pontesilli A, Zancla S, Ranieri E. Ovarian
carcinoma presenting with axillary lymph node metastasis: a case
report. Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2011;32(2):237-9.
Jiang Y, Brassard P, Severini A, Goleski V, Santos M, Leamon A,
et al. Type-specific prevalence of Human Papillomavirus infection
among women in the Northwest Territories, Canada. J Infect Public
- Articles with titles in English and text in Portuguese or other
Use the title in English, between brackets and by the end of the
reference, indicate the language in which the article was published.
Prado DS, Santos DL. [Contraception in users of the public and private
sectors of health]. Rev Bras Ginecol Obstet. 2011;33(7)143-9. Portuguese.
Taketani Y, Mizuno M. [Application of anti-progesterone agents
for contraception]. Rinsho Fujinka Sanka. 1988;42(11):997-1000.
Baggish MS, Karram MM. Atlas of pelvic anatomy and gynecologic
surgery. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2006.
- Book chapter
Picciano MF. Pregnancy and lactation. In: Ziegler EE, Filer LJ,
editors. Present knowledge in nutrition. Washington (DC): ILSI Press;
1996. p. 384-95.
Only official statistical information and citation of nonprinted journal
are included here. For official statistics, the responsible entity,
electronic address, and name of the file or entrance should be cited.
The numbers of screens, date and hour of access should be included.
Terms like "serial", "periodic", "homepage",
and "monograph" are no longer used. All documents must be
indicated only as [Internet]. For electronic documents as DOI (Digital
Object Identifier), it should be mentioned at the end of it, besides
the following information:
Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. DATASUS [Internet]. Informações
de Saúde. Estatísticas vitais. Mortalidade e nascidos
vivos: nascidos vivos desde 1994. Brasília (DF): Ministério
da Saúde; 2008. [cited 2007 Fev 7]. Available from: http://tabnet.datasus.gov.br/cgi/deftohtm.exe?sinasc/cnv/nvuf.def
Tables should be presented in separated pages with double space and
font Arial, size 8. They must be numbered sequentially with Arabic numerals
and in order of citation in the text. All tables must have a title,
and all their columns should be identified with a heading. It should
contain captions that allow the reader to understand the content of
tables and figures, even without reading the paper integrally. Horizontal
lines should be simple and limited to two in the top and one at the
end of the table. Do not use vertical lines nor employ functions of
table creation, justification commands, decimal or centralized tabulations.
Tabulation command (Tab) should be used instead of the "space"
key for separating the columns and, for a new line, the "enter"
key. In the baseboard of the table, the subtitles for abbreviations
and statistical tests that were employed must be presented.
Figures (graphics, photographs, illustrations)
Figures must be presented in separated pages and numbered sequentially
with Arabic numerals, following their order of citation in the text.
All images must have an adequate graphical quality and present title
and caption. To avoid problems that compromise the journal pattern,
scanning images must obey the following requirements: in graphics and
schemes, 300 dpi/bitmap for lineament must be used; in illustrations
and photos (black and white), 300 dpi/RGB or grayscale should be used.
In all cases, the files must have the extension .tif and/or .jpg. For
curve illustrations (graphics, illustrations and schemes), extension
files such as .xls (Excel), .eps and .psd are also accepted. Up to five
images will be accepted. If any of them have been already published,
they must be sent with a written authorization of the author/editors,
including the source in the captions.
Captions must be printed with double space and accompanied by the respective
figures (graphics, photographies, and illustrations). Each caption must
be numbered with Arabic numerals corresponding to each figure and in
the order of citation in the paper.
Abbreviations and acronyms
These must be preceded by their complete name when first cited in the
text, as well as when they are presented in tables and figures' subtitles.
Abbreviations or acronyms should not be used in the main title nor in