ISSN 1519-3829 printed
Scope and policy
The Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health / Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil (BJMCH / RBSMI) is a quarterly publication (March, June, September and December) whose mission is to include scientific articles in the field of mother and child health. The manuscripts should address various aspects of maternal health, women’s health and child health, and its various epidemiological, clinical and surgical determinants. The manuscripts will be published in Portuguese and English. In case the manuscript is accepted, we kindly ask that the manuscripts which are written in Portuguese should also be written in English. The evaluation and selection will be based on the peer review. No fee will be charged for submission, evaluation or publication of the articles.
The Journal adopts the CC-BY license from the Creative Commons System being able 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 necessity of authorization, as long as the source is cited. The submitted manuscripts should accompany the Copyright Ownership Transfer Statement, signed by the authors (model). The concepts given on the manuscripts are exclusively under the authors´ responsibility. The concepts emitted on the manuscripts are total responsibility of the authors.
The 1975 Helsinki Declaration, reviewed in 2000, should be respected. Brazilian manuscripts are required to submit an Ethics Committee Declaration of Approval, in accordance with the directives of the National Commission for Research Ethics (CONEP) and in case of overseas submitted manuscripts, the Approval Declaration from the Ethics Committee in the location where the research was undertaken is necessary. In order to conduct the publication according to ethical patterns of the scientific communication the journal adopts the Ithenticate system to identify plagiarism.
2. Conflicts of Interest
While submitting the manuscript, the authors should state whether they have any conflicts of interest that may influence their work.
Criteria for approval and publication of articles
In addition to the observation of the research ethics conditions, the selection of a manuscript will also be taken into consideration its originality and relevance. The rationale should be clear demonstrating knowledge of the relevant literature and adequate definition of the issue studied. The manuscript should be written in a way that it can be clearly understood even by a non- specialized reader of the fields by the scope of the Journal.
The first stage of evaluation is carried out by the Associated Editors. Two external reviewers indicated by the Associated Editors, will be consulted to evaluate the scientific merit of the manuscript. In the case of the two reviewers do not agree, the opinion of a third reviewer will be solicited. On the basis of the reviewers’ reports 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 needs alterations; 3) Not recommended for publication. In the case the manuscripts receives a 2 classification, the reviewers’ reports will be sent to the authors, who will have the opportunity to review and resubmit their manuscript to the Journal accompanied by a letter-respond listing the changes made suggested by the reviewers; in the case the manuscript receives a 3 classification, the manuscript will be returned to the authors; in the case the manuscript is accepted, the manuscript will be published with other accepted manuscripts according to the Journal’s chronogram. After the acceptance, in case of small inaccuracies and ambiguities to be adjusted or the lack of clarity, the Associated Editors and the Executive Editor reserve the right to correct the manuscripts according to the Journal´s style. Language Reviewer Specialists will correct any linguistic errors. Before the publication of the manuscript, a proof of the manuscript will be sent to the authors to verify and give the final approval to publish.
Sections of the Journal
Editorial written by one or more Editors or by the Editor in Chief or the Executive Editor ´s invitation.
Review Article a descriptive and analytical evaluation of an issue, based on relevant literature, should be taken in account the relations, the interpretations and the critics on the analyzed studies, as well as suggestions on new relevant studies on the issue. It may be narrative or systematic, and the latter may include meta-analysis. Narrative reviews will only be accepted by the Editors´ invitation. The reviews should be no more than 6,000 words and can include up to 60 references.
Original Articles report the results of an original research and should try to offer methodological quality to allow to be reproduced. It is recommended that original articles follow the conventional structure, according to the following sections: Introduction: which explains the relevance of the issue, presents the initial hypotheses, the research question and justification as well as the objective, which should be clear and brief; Methods: describing the population studied, the sample criteria selection for inclusion and exclusion, define the variables used and inform how the study could be reproduced in terms of technical procedures and instruments used. Quantitative studies should state the statistical analysis used. Results: these should be presented in a concise, clear and objective form, in a logical sequence and supported by illustrations, such as tables and figures (graphs, drawings and photographs; Discussion: this section interprets the results obtained, confirming whether or not they are consistent with those cited in the literature, pointing out any new and important features of the research and relating to the conclusions of the objectives of the study. Other formats may also be accepted for the original manuscripts, when appropriate, according to the nature of the work.
The manuscripts should contain a maximum of 5,000 words, and there should be no more than five tables and figures. It is recommended that no more than 30 bibliographical references be cited In the case of controlled randomized clinical trials, the authors should state the registration number of the trial, the same as the CONSORT.
Research Notes reports concisely on the preliminary result of 1,500-word on the research anda maximum of two tables and figures, and up to 10 references. Case Reports/Case Series uncommon and rare cases. The structured should be as follows: Introduction, Description and Discussion. The word limit is 2,000 and up to 10 references. And may include up to two figures.
Technical Institutional Reports refer to relevant information on research centers in its scientific activities and organizations. It should have a similar structure for Reviews. On the other hand, citations in the text and references at the end may be done, according to the author. The word limit is 5,000 words and the maximum number of references is up to 30. Point of View qualified opinion on mother and child health (on the Editors´ invitation).
Reviews critic on published and printed book in the last two years or on-line communication (maximum 1,500 words). Letters critic on recent published manuscripts in the Journal with a maximum of 600 words.
Special Articles texts whose theme may be considered relevant by the Editors but do not fit into any of the above-mentioned categories. The world limit is 7,000 and the article may contain up to 30 references.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Presentation and submission of manuscripts
The manuscripts should be written in Portuguese and in English, typed on Microsoft Word for Windows, in Times New Roman, size 12 and double-spaced.
Structure of the manuscript
Identification the title of the manuscript: in Portuguese and in English, complete name and full address of the authors and their respective institutions; indication of an author to be responsible for correspondence; source of assistance: citing the name of the funding agency and the type of assistance received and conflict of interest.
Editor, Organizer, Compiler
Chapter in a Book
Congress consider as a whole
Manuscripts presented at events
Dissertation and Thesis
Document in electronic format – Manuscript in the Journal
Sending of manuscripts
Submission of the Manuscripts
You should verify the publication norms compliance on the RBSMI as the items to present and structure the manuscripts according to the Journal´s sections.
In case the manuscript is submitted the authors should send to the Ethics Committee of that Institution, The Copyright Ownership Transfer Statement signed by all the authors. The authors should also inform that the manuscript is not being submitted to another journal.
Availability of BJMCH
Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira - IMIP Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil / Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health - Secretaria Executiva / Executive Secretary
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