ISSN 0034-7280 printed version
ISSN 1982-8551 online version



Scope and policy

The Brazilian Journal of Ophthalmology (Rev Bras Oftalmol.) - ISSN 0034-7280, scientific publication of the Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology, aims to disseminate articles that contribute to the improvement and development of the practice, research and teaching specialties of Ophthalmology and like. All manuscripts, after approval by the Editors will be evaluated by two or three qualified reviewers (peer review), with guaranteed anonymity throughout the judging process. The reviewers' comments will be returned to authors for changes in the text or justification for their conservation. Only after final approval by reviewers and editors, manuscripts will be submitted for publication. Articles not present merit, containing significant errors in methodology or do not meet the journal's editorial policy, will be rejected with no recourse.

The articles published in the Brazilian Journal of Ophthalmology follow the uniform requirements proposed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, updated February 2006 and available on the website

Authors will not be charged with any fees for the editorial processing and publication of accepted articles.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The article submitted should be accompanied by a letter signed by all authors authorizing its publication, stating that it is unprecedented and has not been, or is being submitted for publication in another journal and was approved by the Institutional Research Ethics Committee in that it was carried out.

This letter must be attached:
• Declaration of Conflicts of Interest, where applicable. The Declaration of Conflicts of Interest, according to Resolution of the Federal Council of Medicine No. 1595/2000, which prohibits in scientific article is made promotion or advertising of any commercial products or equipment;
• Information on possible sources of funding for research;
• Article dealing with clinical research with human subjects must include a statement that the participants signed an Informed Consent.
All research, both clinical and experimental, should have been implemented in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki.

The Brazilian Journal of Ophthalmology does not endorse the opinions of the authors, absolving themselves of any responsibility for the signed materials.

Articles can be written in Portuguese, Spanish, English or French. The version "online" magazine may have articles in English only.
The Brazilian Journal of Ophthalmology receives for publication: Original Articles of basic research, clinical or surgical experimentation; Disclosure and conduct in clinical cases of great importance; Reviews of specific topics, Updates; Letters to the editor. The Editorials are written by invitation, presenting comments relevant work of the magazine itself, published important research or communications of the editors of interest to the specialty. Articles with commercial or propagandistic purposes will be refused. Manuscripts should follow the following structures:

Original Article: describes experimental research or clinical research - prospective or retrospective, randomized and double blind. Must have: Title in Portuguese and English, structured Summary, Key words; Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and References.

Review Article: Its purpose is to examine the literature published on a particular subject, making a critical and systematic review of the literature on a particular topic and present the key findings, based on this literature. They will only be accepted for publication when requested by the editors. Must have: Text, Summary, Keywords, Title in English, Abstract, Keywords and References.

Article Update: Reviews of the state of the art on a given topic, written by an expert at the invitation of the Editors. Must have: Text, Summary, Keywords, Title in English, Abstract, Keywords and References.

Case Report: It should be informative and should not contain irrelevant details. Only reports of clinical cases of high importance will be accepted either by rarity as disease entity or by the unusual form of presentation. Must have: Introduction, objective Case Description, Discussion, Summary, Keywords, Title in English, Abstract and Keywords and References.

Letters to the Editor: aim comment or discuss papers published in the journal or to report ongoing original research. They will be published at the Editors' discretion, with its replica where appropriate.
Preparation of the manuscript:
A) cover sheet must contain:
• Article title in Portuguese and English, containing ten to twelve words not counting articles and prepositions. The title should be motivating and should give an idea of ​​the objectives and content of the work;
• Full name of each author, without abbreviations, but if the author already has a format used in its publications, must inform the journal's secretary;
• Indication of the academic degree and / or academic function and affiliation of each author separately. If more than one institutional affiliation, indicate only the most relevant. Positions and / or administrative functions should not be shown.
• Institution indication where the work was done;
• Name, address, fax and e-mail the corresponding author;
• Sources of aid to research, if any;
• Declaration of no conflict of interest.

B) Second sheet
Summary and Key Words: Abstract, in Portuguese and English, maximum 250 words. For original articles should be structured (Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion), highlighting the most significant data of the job. For Case Reports, Reviews or Updates, the abstract should be structured. Below the abstract, specify at least five and at most ten descriptors (Keywords) that define the subject of the work. The descriptors must be based on DeCS - Health Sciences - available at the website

Below summary, indicate, for Clinical Trials, registration number in Clinical Trials base ( *

C) Text
Should strictly follow the structure for each category of manuscript.
In all manuscript categories, the citation of authors in the text should be numbered sequentially using Arabic numerals in parentheses and superscript. Citations in the text should be numbered sequentially in overlapping Arabic numerals and must avoid nominal citation of the authors.

Introduction: It should be brief, contain and explain the objectives and the subject of the work.

Methods: must contain enough information to know is what was done and how it was done. The description should be clear and enough for another researcher to reproduce or to continue the study. Describe the statistical methodology used in sufficient detail to allow any reader with reasonable knowledge on the subject and access to the original data to verify the reported results. Avoid using vague terms such as random, normal, significant, important, acceptable, without defining them. The survey results should be reported in this chapter in logical and concise sequence.
Information on the management of post-operative pain, both in humans and in animals, should be reported in the text (Resolution No. 196/96, the Ministry of Health and Protection of International Standards to Animals).

Results: Whenever possible should be presented in tables, charts and figures.

Discussion: All work results are to be discussed and compared to the literature.

Conclusion: These should be based on the results.
Thanks: people from collaborations should be included, institutions or thanks for financial support, technical aid, which deserve recognition but do not justify the inclusion as an author.

References should be updated, preferably containing the most relevant papers published in the last five years on the subject. It should not contain no such work in the text. Where relevant, it is recommended to include papers published in RBO. References should be numbered consecutively in the order they are mentioned in the text and identified with Arabic numerals. The presentation should follow the format called "Vancouver Style" as models below. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style presented by the National Library of Medicine, available in the "List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus" at the website: /query.fcgi?db=journals.
 For all references, mention all authors up to six. When in greater numbers, mention the first six authors followed by et al.

Journal Articles:

Dahle N, Werner L, L Fry, MAMALIS N. Localized, central optic snowflake degeneration of a polymethyl methacrylate intraocular lens: clinical report with pathological correlation. Arch Ophthalmol. 2006; 124 (9): 1350-3.
The Arnarsson, Sverrisson T, Stefansson E, Sigurdsson H, Sasaki M, Sasaki K, et al. Risk factors for five-year incident age-related macular degeneration: the Reykjavik Eye Study. Am J Ophthalmol. 2006; 142 (3): 419-28.

Yamane R. Semiology eye. 2nd ed. Rio de Janeiro: Medical Culture; 2003.

Book chapters:
Oréfice F, Boratto LM. Biomicroscopy. In: R. Yamane Semiologia eye. 2nd ed. Rio de Janeiro:
Medical culture; 2003.
Dissertations and Theses:
Cronemberger S. contribution to the study of some aspects of aniridia [thesis]. Sao Paulo: Federal University of São Paulo; nineteen ninety.
Electronic publications:
Herzog Neto G, Curi RLN. Anatomical characteristics of the lacrimal pathways in functional blocks or Milder syndrome. Rev Bras Oftalmol [serial on the Internet]. 2003 [cited 2006 July 22]; 62 (1): [about 5p.]. Available in:

Tables and Figures: The presentation of this material should be in black and white on separate sheets, with subtitles and their numbering printed at the foot of each illustration. On the back of each figure and table should be annotated the manuscript name and authors. All tables and figures should also be sent in digital file, the first preferably in Microsoft Word (r) and other Microsoft Excel files (r), Tiff or JPG. Quantities, units and symbols used in the tables must comply with national nomenclature. Photos surgery and biopsies where colorings and special techniques were used will be considered for color printing, and the additional cost of the authors.

Captions: Print the legends using double space, following the respective figures (graphics, photographs and illustrations) and tables. Each legend must be numbered in Arabic numerals corresponding their citations in the text.

Abbreviations and Acronyms: must be preceded by the full name when cited for the first time in the text or in the legends of tables and figures.
If the illustrations have already been published shall be accompanied by written consent of the author or publisher, stating the reference source where it was published.

The text should be printed on the computer, double, white paper space, 210mm x 297mm or A4 format, in separate, numbered pages, with margins of 3 cm and size of letters to facilitate reading (we recommend the of 14). The original must be sent in a way, accompanied by CD with version of the manuscript, with its illustrations, entered in the "Word for Windows 6.0.

The Brazilian Journal of Ophthalmology reserves the right not to accept for review articles that do not meet the above criteria formulated.

Portuguese-English version: Following the standards of the worldwide leading journals, the Journal of Ophthalmology will have an electronic version in English of all issues. In this way the printed magazine will continue to be in Portuguese and the electronic version will be in English.

The Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology, Brazilian Society of Cataract and Intraocular Implants and Brazilian Society of Refractive Surgery, undertake to pay for the translation of articles into English, but their authors once they have approved your articles are willing to translate the final version English, is published in the electronic version will advance the printed publication (ahead of print).

Scientific work submitted for assessment that do not have response from the author for more than 3 months will be excluded from the evaluation process and returned to the author.

* Important note: The "Journal of Ophthalmology" in support of policies for the registration of clinical trials of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Intemational Committee of Medical Joumal Editors (ICMJE), recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and disclosure international information on clinical trials, access will only accept for publication, from 2008, the clinical research articles that have received an identification number in one of the clinical Trial Registries validated by the criteria established by wHO and ICMJE, available at : or Pubmed site, the item <>.
The number should be registered under the summary.

Entries may be submitted over the Internet, the site -


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