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



Scope and policy

The Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health is a quarterly publication (March, June, September and December) whose mission is to promulgate scientific articles in the field of mother and child health. Submissions should address the various aspects of maternal health, women's health and child health, and its various biomedical, socio-cultural and epidemiological determinants. Articles are accepted in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Selection is based on peer review by specialists in various areas of women's and child health.

For submission, evaluation and publication of articles there is no fee collection.


Published articles are the property of the Journal, and total or partial reproduction or translation into other languages is forbidden without prior authorization by the Journal. Submitted manuscripts should be accompanied by a Copyright Transfer Declaration signed by the authors. The ideas contained in the articles are the exclusive responsibility of the authors.

Ethical Considerations

1. Ethics

The Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised in 2000, should be respected. Brazilian articles 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 the case of articles submitted from overseas, a Declaration of Approval from the Ethics Committee of the location in which the research was undertaken.

In order to drive the publication as the ethical standards of scientific communication, the Journal adopts iThenticate system for plagiarism identification.

2. Conflicts of Interest

On submission of 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 research ethics conditions, the selection of a manuscript will also take into consideration its originality and relevance. The rationale should be clearly laid out, showing knowledge of the relevant literature and adequate definition of the issue under study. The manuscript should be written in such a way that it could be understood even by a reader not specialized in the fields covered by the scope of the Journal.

The first stage of the evaluation is carried out by the Technical and Scientific Editors in collaboration with the Associate Editors. Two external reviewers are consulted to assess the scientific merit of the manuscript. In the case of the two reviewers not being in agreement, the opinion of a third reviewer will be solicited. On the basis of the reviewers' reports and the judgment of the Technical and Scientific editors and the Executive Editor, the manuscript will receive one of the following classifications: 1) accepted; 2) recommended, but with alterations; 3) not recommended for publication. In the case of articles receiving a 2 classification, the reviewers' reports will be sent to the authors, who will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit their article to the Review accompanied by a letter listing the changes suggested by the reviewers and the modifications made. In the case of articles receiving a 3 classification, the manuscript will be returned to the authors. In the case of an article being accepted, the article will be published as and when the Journal's timetable permits. After acceptance, in cases where there is a need for small occasional inaccuracies and ambiguities to be adjusted, the Technical and Scientific Editors and the Executive Editor reserve the right to correct them so as to conform to the house style of the review. Language specialists will correct any linguistic errors. Before publication of the article the proof will be sent to the authors for them to check and give final approval for publication.

Sections of the Journal

Editorial written the invitation of the publisher

Review Article a descriptive and analytical evaluation of an issue, based on relevant literature, which should take into account the relations between and interpretations and critics of the studies analyzed. It may be narrative or systematic, and the latter may include meta-analysis. Narrative reviews shall only be accepted on the invitation of the Editors. Reviews should be of no more than 6,000 words and include up to 60 references.

Original Articles report the results of original research and allow these to be reproduced under the conditions cited in them. It is recommended that original articles follow the conventional structure, with the following sections: Introduction: which explains the relevance of the issue, presents the initial hypotheses, the research question and justifies it in terms of an objective, which should be clear and brief; Methods: describing the population studied, the sample selection criteria for inclusion and exclusion, the variables used and how the study could be reproduced in terms of technical procedures and instruments used. Quantitative studies should state the form of statistical analysis employed. Results: these should be presented in a concise, clear and objective manner, 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 the conclusions to the objectives of the study. Other formats may also be accepted for original articles, where appropriate, according to the nature of the work.

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.

Research Notes are concise 1,500-word reports of the preliminary results of research, with a maximum of two tables and figures and up to ten references.

Case Reports/Case Series are rare. They should be structured as follows: Introduction, Description and Discussion. The word limit is 2,000 and up to 10 references are allowed. The report may include up to two figures.

Technical Institutional Reports should have a structure similar to that of reviews. However, at the discretion of the author, citations may be made in the text and referred to in the final list of references. The word limit is 5,000 words and the maximum number of references is 30.

Point of View a qualified opinion on a child and mother health related issue (on the invitation of the editors).

Book Reviews presents a critical review of book published and printed within the previous two years or on-line (maximum 1,500 words).

Letters present criticism of articles recently published in the Review, with a maximum of 600 words.

Special Articles are text whose subject matter 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.


1. In all file types the page numbering excludes abstracts, tables, figures and references;

2. On submission, the authors should state the number of words contained in the manuscript.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Presentation and submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted online, through  the link on the Journal's homepage: They should be typed using Microsoft Word for Windows, in double-spaced Times New Roman, 12pt font. On submission of the manuscript, the authors should provide evidence of approval by their institution's Ethics Committee, and a Copyright Transfer Declaration signed by all authors. The authors should also state that the manuscript is not being submitted to any other periodical.

Structure of the manuscript

Identification Page the title of the work in Portuguese, or the language of the text, and in English, the name and full address of the authors and their respective institutions; the author responsible for correspondence; sources of assistance: citing the name of the funding agency and the type of assistance received.

Abstracts two abstracts should be presented for Original Articles, Research Notes, Case Reports/Case Series, Technical Institutional Reports, Special Articles and Review Articles, one in Portuguese or the language of the text and the other in English. The abstracts for Original Articles, Research Notes, Technical Institutional Reports and Special Articles should contain a maximum of 210 words and should be structured into the following sections: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. The abstracts for Case Reports/Case Series should be structured as follows: Introduction, Description and Discussion. Review articles and should be accompanied by abstracts with the following structure: Objectives, Methods (sources of data, period, descriptors, study selection), Results (summary of data) and Conclusions.

Key words to identify the content of the work, abstracts should be accompanied by three to six key words in English and Portuguese. The Journal uses the LILAC methodology's Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (DECS) and its English equivalent, MEDLINE's Medical Subject Headings (MESH), adapting the terms used by the authors to those of these systems.

Illustrations page tables and figures, in black and white only or shaded, (graphs, drawings, maps, photographs) should be included on separate pages. Graphs should be two-dimensional.

Captions Page the captions to illustrations should follow the numbering of the tables and figures and should appear on a separate page.

Acknowledgements to collaborators, technical assistants and those providing financial and material support, specifying the nature of the support.

References should be given in the order in which they are cited in the text and numbered consecutively. The number should not exceed the number stipulated for each section. The Journal adopts the standards of the Committee of Medical Journals Editors (Vancouver Group), with some alterations, as shown in the following examples:


Ogden CL, Yanovski SZ, Carroll MD, Flegal KM. The epidemiology of obesity. Obes Gastroenterol. 2007; 132: 2087-102.


Sherlock S, Dooley J. Diseases of the liver and biliary system. 9 ed. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications; 1993.

Editor, Organizer or Compiler as author

Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

Book Chapter

Timmermans PBM. Centrally acting hipotensive drugs. In: Van Zwieten PA, editor. Pharmacology of anti hypertensive drugs. Amsterdam: Elservier; 1984. p. 102-53.

Whole Congress

Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North Holland; 1992.

Paper presented at event

Bengtson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5.

Dissertation or Thesis

Pedrosa JIS. Ação dos autores institucionais na organização da saúde pública no Piauí: espaço e movimento [dissertation]. Campinas: Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas; 1997.

Diniz AS. Aspectos clínicos, subclínicos e epidemiológicos da hipovitaminose A no Estado da Paraíba [thesis]. Recife: Departamento de Nutrição, Centro de Ciências da Saúde da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco; 1997.

Document in electronic format - Article

Neuman NA. Multimistura de farelos não combate a anemia. J Pastoral Criança [periódico online]. 2005 [acesso em: 26 jun. 2006]. 104: 14p. Disponível em: www.pastoraldacrianç


Sending of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be sent to:

Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil

Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira - IMIP
Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health - Executive Secretary
Rua dos Coelhos, 300 Boa Vista
Recife, PE, Brasil CEP: 50.070-550
Tel / Fax: +55 +81 2122.4141

There is no fee for submission and evaluation articles.


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