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INSTRUCTIONS TO THE AUTHORS
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Book (Author. Title. Edition. Location: publishing house; Year)
- 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)
- E- book
- Events (Meetings, Scientific Meetings)
- Work presented at an event (published annals)
- Work presented in event (not published)
- Theses and Dissertations
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
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.saude.gov.br / 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: http://dtr2004.saude.gov.br/dab/docs/legislacao/ portaria154_ 24_01_08.pdf
- Article Posted in Journal
- Article Published in a Supplementary Number
- Editorial Quote, Letters
- Article Published in electronic journals
- Article accepted for publication in a Journal
- Electronic materials available on CD-Rom
- Exclusive material access in electronic media
Authorship. Title. [support]. Location; Year [access day month year]. Availability to access
For further information, please consult ICMJE website: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html
The submission is done exclusively online, through the Article Management System: http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rbsm-scielo
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