ISSN 1519-3829 printed version
ISSN 1806-9304 online version




The Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health (BJMCH) / Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil (RBSMI) is a quarterly publication (March, June, September and December) whose mission is to promote scientific articles in the field of maternal and child health. The contributions contemplate different aspects in maternal health, women's health and child health and it may take into account the multiple epidemiological, clinical and surgical determinants. Each article is published in English and Portuguese or English and Spanish according to the origin language of the submitted manuscript. For the submitted manuscripts written only in Portuguese or Spanish, the English version will be requested as soon as the manuscript is accepted for publication. The evaluation and selection of the manuscripts are based on the principle of the peers’ evaluation. For submission, evaluation and publication of the articles there are no fees. The only requirement is that the submitted manuscript has not been previously published and is not being submitted concomitantly to any another journal.


The Journal adopts the Creative Commons System CC-BY license, which makes it possible to copy and reproduce in any format, as well as to remix, transform and create from the material for any purpose, even commercially, without the need for authorization, as long as the source is quoted. The submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by the Copyright Transfer Declaration and signed by the authors (model). The concepts emitted in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors. 

Ethical Aspects

1. Ethics

The Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised in 2000, must be respected. For the Brazilian articles, the Ethics Committee Declaration of Approval according to the National Commission for Research Ethics (CONEP) guidelines and, for the articles from abroad, the Ethics Committee Declaration of Approval of place where the research had been performed. In order to conduct the publication according to the ethical standards of scientific communication, the Journal adopts the Ithenticate system to identify plagiarism. 

2. Conflicts of Interest

When submitting the manuscript, the authors should report the existence of conflicts of interest that may potentially influence the work. 

Criteria to approve manuscript and publication policy for articles

Besides observing the ethical conditions in the performance of the research, the selection of a manuscript will be taken into account by its originality, opportunity of publication according to the scientific scenario of the area, as well as the priority in the Journal editorial chronogram. Therefore, the rationale must be clearly stated, requiring knowledge of the literature and an adequate definition of the problem studied, based on a solidly research question based on the data from relevant literature. The manuscript should be written comprehensibly even to a non-expert reader in the area covered by the scope of the Journal. The first stage of evaluation is carried out by the Associated Editors. Two external reviewers, indicated by the editors, will be consulted to evaluate the scientific merit in the manuscript. In an event of disagreement between the reviewers, an opinion of a third reviewer shall be solicitated. Based on their opinions and the judgment of the Associated Editors and the Executive Editor, the manuscript will receive one of the following classifications: 1) accepted; 2) Recommended, but with changing requirements; 3) Not recommended for publication. In classification 2, the opinions will be sent to the author(s) that will have the opportunity to review and send to the Journal accompanied by a letter-response detailing the items that have been suggested by the reviewers and the modifications performed; in condition 3, the manuscript will be returned to the author(s); in case of acceptance, the article will be published according to the manuscript flow and the Journal editorial chronogram. After accepting the manuscript, if there are minor inadequacies, ambiguities or lack of clarity of the text, the Associated Editors and Executive Editor will reserve the right to correct them for the uniformity of the Journal style. Language reviewers will correct any language errors. Prior to the publication of the article the proof of the manuscript will be submitted to the author(s) for final conference and approval. 

The Journal Sections 

Editorial written by one or more Editors or at the invitation of the Editor in Chief or the Executive Editor. It is recommended to include the bibliographical references of the citations. 

Review descriptive and analytical review of a topic, supported by relevant literature, taking into account the relationships, interpretation and criticism of the studies analyzed as well as suggestions for further studies related to the subject. The Reviews may be narrative or systematic, the latter can be extended with a meta-analysis. The Narrative reviews will only be accepted upon the invitation from the Editors. The organization may contain topics pertaining to subthemes according to the irrelevance in the text. The Reviews should be limited to 6,000 words and up to 60 references. 

Original Articles disseminate results of unpublished research and should provide sufficient methodological quality to allow its reproduction. For original articles it is recommended to follow the conventional structure, according to the following sections: Introduction: where the relevance of the theme is presented in previous studies from literature and the initial hypotheses, the research question and its justification for the objective, which it should be clear and brief; Methods: describe the studied population, the criteria selection for inclusion and exclusion of the sample, define the variables used and inform the way which allows the reproducibility of the study, in relation to technical procedures and instruments used. Quantitative work should inform the statistical analysis used. Results: should be presented in a concise, clear and objective manner, in a logical sequence and supported by illustrations such as: tables and figures (graphics, drawings, photographs); Discussion: interprets the results obtained verifying the compatibility with those cited in the literature, highlighting new and important aspects and linking the conclusions to the objectives of the study. Other formats of original articles are accepted, when pertinent, according to the nature of the work. 
The manuscripts should have a maximum of 5,000 words, and the tables and figures should be a maximum of five in total; it is recommended to cite up to 30 bibliographic references. 
              In case of a randomized controlled clinical trial, the authors must indicate the registration number according to CONSORT. 
              Qualitative work is also accepted, and must follow the principles and the usual methodological criteria for the preparation and the writing. The format is admitted to present the results and discussion in a single section. Dimension: 5,000 words; 30 references.

Research Notes concise reports on preliminary research results with 1,500 words, maximum of three tables and figures in total of up to 15 references.

Case Report / Case Series - rare and unusual cases. The structure should follow: Introduction, Description and Discussion. The limit of words is 2,000 and up to 15 references. It can be included up to two figures. 

Technical and Institutional reports refer to relevant information research centers concerning the scientific and organizational activities. It should be structured similar to a Narrative Review. On the other hand, it can be made, at the author's discretion, cites in the text and the respective references at the end. The limit is 5,000 words and up to 30 references.

Point of view qualified opinion on the Journal’s scope themes (at the invitation of the editors). 

Review Critic on a book published and printed in the last two years or online (maximum 1,500 words). 

Letters critic to papers published recently in the Journal and may have a maximum of 600 words. 

Special Articles texts with themes that are directly or indirectly linked to the Journal’s scope, it has to be considered relevant by the Editors and does not fall within the categories mentioned above. The word limit is 7,000 and up to 30 references. 

1. In all file types, the word count exclude titles, abstracts, keywords, tables, figures, and references; 
              2. At the time of submission, the authors must inform the number of words in the manuscript. 
              3. In articles of extensive title (12 or more words) it is also required to present the short title (maximum 9 words).
              4. Cover Letter. In the submission of the manuscript text for the Journal (cover letter) it must inform about the originality of the manuscript and the reason it was submitted to BJMCH. Besides this, it must also inform the participation of each author in the elaboration of the work, the responsible author for the exchange of correspondence; the sources and the type of the funding support and the name of the financial organization.


Presentation and submission of manuscripts

The manuscripts should be typed in Microsoft Word for Windows program, Times New Roman font, size 12, double spacing.

Structure of the manuscript

Identification title of the work: in Portuguese or Spanish and in English, full name and the authors’ complete address and the respective institutions (one per author).

Abstracts should have a maximum of 210 words and written in Portuguese or Spanish and in English. For Original Articles, Research Notes and Systematic Review Articles, the abstracts should be structured in: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. Case Report / Case Series should be structured as: Introduction, Description, Discussion. In the Systematic Review articles, the abstracts should be structured in: Objectives, Methods (data source, period, descriptors, selection of studies), Results, Conclusions. For the Technical Institutional Information and Special Articles the abstract is not structured. 

Keywords to identify the content of the work in the abstracts it should be accompanied by three to six key words in Portuguese or Spanish and in English, using the Health Sciences Descriptors (DECS) of LILACS Methodology and the correspondent in English, Medical Subject Headings (MESH) of MEDLINE, adapting the terms designated by the authors to these vocabularies. 

Illustrations tables and figures only in black and white or grayscales (graphics, drawings, maps, photographs) should be inserted after the References section. The graphs should be two-dimensional.

Acknowledgments to the collaboration of the individuals, technical assistance, financial funding and material support, and specify the financial organization. 

Citations and References the citations in the text should be overwritten number as the order of appearance. The references must be organized in a numbered sequence corresponding to the citations; it should not exceed the stipulated number in each section according to the Instructions to the Authors. The Journal adopts the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors - ICMJE norms (Vancouver Group), with some alterations; follow the format of the examples specified below: 

              When the author is from the same publishing house: do not mention the publishing house
WHO (World Health Organization) . WHO recommendations for prevention and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Geneva; 2011.

- Book (Author. Title. Edition. Location: publishing house; Year)
Heeringa SG, West BT, Berglund PA. Applied survey data analysis. 2 ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group; 2017.

- Chapter of a Book (Author. Title of the chapter: In: organizers. Title of the book. Edition. Location: publisher house; Year, Pages of the initial and end of the chapter)
Demakakos P, McMunn A, Steptoe A. Well-being in older age: a multidimensional perspective. In: Banks J, Lessof C, Nazroo J, Rogers N, Stafford M, Steptoe A, editors. Financial circumstances, health and well-being of the older population in England. The 2008 English Longitudinal Study of Aging (Wave 4). London: The Institute for Fiscal Studies; 2010. p.131-93.

- E- book
Publisher, Organizer, Compiler (Author(s), Publisher. Title. Location: publishing house; Year)
Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 2001.

- Events (Meetings, Scientific Meetings)
(Event; Date; Place of event; Location: publisher house; Year)
The IX Annals State Congress of Veterinary Medicine; July 13-16, 1985; Santa Maria, RS. Santa Maria: Federal University of Santa Maria; 1985.
Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of the International Triennial Ergonomics Association; 1994 Aug 15-19; Toronto, CA. Toronto: IEA; 1994.

- Work presented at an event (published annals)
(Author. Title of the work: In: event; Date; Place of the event. Location: publisher house Year. Initial and final pages)
Jung MRT. The techniques of marketing in the Librarianship service. In: IX Annals Brazilian Congress of Librarianship and Documentation; May 18-19, 2005; Salvador BA. Brasília, DF: Brazilian Association of Librarians; 2005. p. 230-9.

- Work presented in event (not published)
(Author. Title [Event; Date; Place of Event]
Philippi Jr A. Transportation and environmental quality [Presentation to the Seminar Risks of Daily Life in Urban Space: challenges for public health; 1994 Sept. 20; Rio de Janeiro Brazil].

- Theses and Dissertations
(Author. Title [dissertation / thesis]. Location: entity, Year.) 
Pedroso M. Intelligence decision-making and public policy analysis: the case of the Care Units (UPAs) [thesis]. Brasília: Faculdade de Economia, Administration and Accounting, University of Brasília; 2011.

Jardim DMB. Father-companion and his understanding on his child’s birth process [dissertation]. Belo Horizonte: Federal University of Minas Gerais; 2009.

Considering that the Vancouver style does not consider the Brazilian laws information, so there are adaptations:

- Governmental Documents
Competence (country, state, city). Title (specifications of legislation, number and date). Title of official publication. Location (city), Date (day, abbreviated month and year); Section, volume, number, page.
Brazil. Ministry of Education and Culture. Secretary of Culture. Document n.23, on October 26, 1982. Modifies the National Plan of Microfilming in Brazilian Periodicals created by the document DAC n. 31 on December 11, 1978. Official Journal of the Union [DOU]. Brasília, December 1, 1982; Section 1, v.120, n.227, p. 22438.

Brazil. Ministry of Health. Law N. 8.080, September 19, 1990. Provides for the conditions of promotion, protection and health recovery, the organizational and operational of the corresponding services and other measures. [access on May 10, 2009]. Available at: http// / portal / archives / pdf / LEI8080.pdf

Brazil. Ministry of Health. Document N.154, January 24, 2008. The Family Health Support Centers are created (NASF). [access on Sept. 20, 2009]. Available at: portaria154_ 24_01_08.pdf

- Article Posted in Journal
(Author. Title. Journal abbreviation. Year. Volume (number): initial and final pages)
El Hachem H, Crepaux V, May-Panloup P, Descamps P, Legendre G, Bouet PE. Recurrent pregnancy loss: current perspectives. Int J Women Health. 2017; 9: 331-45.

- Article Published in a Supplementary Number
(Author. Title. Journal abbreviation. Year; Volume (supplement number): initial and final pages)
Lothian JA. The coalition for improving maternity services evidence for the ten steps of mother-friendly care. J Perinat Educ. 2007; 16 (Suppl.): S1-S4.

- Editorial Quote, Letters
(Author. Title [Editorial/Letter] Journal abbreviation. Year; Volume (supplement number): initial and final pages)
Cabral-Filho JE. Poverty and human development: response of scientific journals to the challenge of the Council of Science Editors [editorial]. Rev Bras Saúde Matern Infant. 2007; 7 (4): 345-6.
Fernandes EC, Ferreira ALCG, Marinho TMS. From action to words [Letter]. Rev Bras Health Mater Infant. 2009; 9 (1): 95-6.

- Article Published in electronic journals
(Author. Title. Journal abbreviation [internet]. Year [access date]; Volume (number): initial and final pages. Site available from)
Neuman NA. Multimixture of bran does not combat anemia. J Pastoral Child [periodical on line]. 2005 [access June 26, 2006]. 104: 14p. Available from: www.pastoraldacrianç
Najim RA, Al-Waiz MM, Al-Razzuqi RA. Acetylator phenotype in Iraqui patients with atopic dermatitis. Dermatol Online J [Internet]. 2006 [cited 2007 Jan 9]; 12 (7). Available from: http: //
National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa. Use of generic alendronate in the treatment of osteoporosis. S Afr Med J [Internet]. 2006 [cited 2007 Jan 9]; 96 (8): 696-7. Available from: essionid=0:autho=pubmed:password=pubmed2004&/AdvancedQuery?&format=F&next=images/ejour/m_samj / m_samj_v96_ n8_a12.pdf

- Article accepted for publication in a Journal
(Author. Title. Journal abbreviation. Year. (In press).
Quinino LRM, Samico IC, Barbosa CS. Analysis of the implementation of the Schistosomiasis Control Program in two municipalities in the forest area of ​​Pernambuco, Brazil. Cad Collective Health (Rio J.). 2010. (In press).

- Electronic materials available on CD-Rom
(Author. Title [type of material]. Publisher. Publishing. Version. Location: Publishing; Year.)
Reeves JRT, Maibach H. CDI, clinical dermatology illustred [monography on CD-ROM]. Multimedia Group, producers. 2  ed. Version 2.0. San Diego: CMEA; 1995.

- Exclusive material access in electronic media

  • Homepage

Authorship. Title. [support]. Location; Year [access day month year]. Availability to access
Oswaldo Cruz Institute. Department of Education. IOC teaching [online]. Rio de Janeiro Brazil; 2004. [Access Mar 3, 2004]. Available from:   http: // templates / html

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Manuscript Submission 

The submission is done exclusively online, through the Article Management System: 
              You should verify the BJMCH publication standards compliance according to the presentation and structure of the articles according to the Journal sections. 
              Upon submission of the manuscript, the authors must inform the Ethics Committee Institution of Approval, the Copyright Transfer Declaration signed by all the authors. The authors should also inform that the manuscript is original and it is not being submitted to any another journal, as well as the participation of each author in the work. 

BJMCH  Availability
The journal is an open and free access, so there is no need to subscribe for reading and downloading, as well as copying and disseminating for educational purposes. 
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Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health - Executive Secretary 
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