ISSN 0303-7657 printed version
ISSN 2317-6369 versión online



Scope and Policy

RBSO publishes new original articles with scientific relevance in the field of Occupational Safety & Health (OSH). The journal adopts a multidisciplinary approach and brings several aspects of OSH in the different economic sectors of the formal and informal world of work including: the work and health relationship between; conceptual aspects and analyses of occupational accidents; risk analyses; risk management and OSH management systems; epidemiology; etiology of occupational illnesses; exposure to chemicals and toxicology; relationship between workers' health and environment; OSH education and training; behavior at work and its physiological, psychological and social dimensions; mental health and work; muscle-skeletal disorders, psychological conditions and their relationship to organizational aspects and production restructuring; OSH professions and professional practice; health services organization and occupational safety at public and private companies; labor regulation and laws; workplace inspection; social, organizational, and political aspects of OSH.

Authors are entirely responsible for the opinions they express in the articles.

RBSO does not charge submission or article processing charges (APC). This is an open access journal which, according to the definition of BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative), means that “its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

Publication of articles resulting from research involving human beings must follow ethical principles (Declaration of Helsinki - adopted in 1964 and amended in 1975, 1983, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2013) and comply with the specific legislation of the country where it was carried out. In Brazil authors must inform about the research protocol approval by the Research Ethics Committee. The information should be included in the manuscript.

RBSO endorses both policies for registration of clinical trials: the World Health Organization – WHO (, and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - ICMJE ( as well as (, and recognizes the relevance of these initiatives for international registering and international dissemination of information on clinical trials through open access. Therefore, RBSO only publishes articles on clinical trials that have previously obtained an identification number in one of the Clinical Trials Registration Offices certified by WHO and ICMJE standards . Addresses of Registration Offices are available through ICMJE website : . Identification number must be indicated underneath the abstract.

Research support and funding

Authors must reveal all sources of support and funding received by the study presented in the submitted manuscript.

Conflicts of interests

Authors, reviewers, and editors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest concerning the elaboration or assessment of a submitted manuscript, no matter how unlikely they are. Conflicts may involve financial/commercial, academic, political, or personal interests.

Reviewers must also inform the journal editorial board whether there is any conflict of interest that may influence their opinion or analysis, and state specifically when their participation as a reviewer of a manuscript is inadequate or inappropriate.

The manuscripts assessment process

Manuscripts submitted accordingly to the instructions to authors and RBSO editorial policy are initially screened by the Scientific Editor. In case it is considered unsuitable for publication, it will be refused; otherwise it will be forwarded to peer review.

Each manuscript is analyzed by at least two reviewers known for their expertise on the theme of the manuscript.

Both parts (author/reviewer) involved in the assessment process will be kept unnamed.

The Scientific Editor's decision is based on both the reviewers' analysis and the associated editors' assessments. If necessary, authors are asked to make alterations in their manuscripts, which are essential for publication acceptance. At this point, not responding in a timely manner may lead to manuscript rejection.

Non-acceptance of a manuscript can happen at any time on the Scientific Editor's criteria. When this happens, authors will receive a written document explaining the reasons for their manuscript refusal.

The journal office is free from any obligation to send back the rejected manuscript originals to authors.

Responsibility and copyright

Articles accepted for publication become property of the journal.

Approved paper authors must post a signed document of Responsibility and Copyright Transfer Agreement , available through the link

It must be signed by all authors and posted to the journal office to:

RBSO – Revista Brasileira de Saúde Ocupacional
Rua Capote Valente, 710
05409-002 • São Paulo / SP

Authors must obtain copyright permission to use pictures, tables, methods or any element which has already appeared in other publications.


Manuscripts shape and presentation

Types of contribution

Article: a contribution aimed at publicizing the results of an empirical, experimental, or conceptual research (up to 56 ,000 characters including spaces, and excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and references).

Review: a critical and systematized review of literature on a specific subject; the review purpose must be mentioned, the criteria for searching the literature and the researched universe must be specified (in methods), the obtained results must be discussed, and suggestions of studies that will fill in the current gaps in knowledge must be presented (up to 56 ,000 characters including spaces, and excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures , and bibliographic references).

Essay: a circumstanced reflection, in a writing style that suits the purpose of a scientific publication, which grants authors more freedom to defend a certain view, and intends to deepen a discussion or to present a new contribution/approach on a relevant theme (up to 56 ,000 characters including spaces, and excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and references).

Reports on experience: a report on an original intervention case or a successful experience. It must refer to an innovative experience with important impact, which could be reproducible. The manuscript must characterize the problem (case) as well as describe the case in a condensed and straightforward manner, presenting and discussing its results. It can also suggest recommendations. Its writing style must be suitable to the purpose of a scientific publication. The methodology employed to deal with the reported case and to assess its results must be described. The references must be pertinent. (Up to 56 ,000 characters, including spaces and excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and references).

Short Communication: a report on the partial or preliminary results of a research, or for publicizing the outcome of a study of small complexity (up to 20 ,000 characters including spaces, and excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and references).

Book review: a critical analysis of a book published in the previous two years (up to 11 ,200 characters including spaces).

Letter : a text discussing an article recently published by RBSO (up to 5 ,600 characters including spaces).

Preparation of manuscripts

Original contributions in Portuguese and Spanish are accepted. Authors are responsible for their manuscript grammar corrections.

Text should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, on white paper sheets with 3 cm wide lateral margins and simple spacing. It should include:

a) Title in the main language (Portuguese or Spanish) and in English. Title must be concise and informative (limit of 50 words).

b) Abstract: Manuscripts must have one abstract written in the main language (Portuguese or Spanish) and one in English, each with no more than 200 words. The IMRaD structure is recommended.

c) Key-words/descriptors: minimum of three and no more than five, in the main language (Portuguese or Spanish) and in English. It is recommended that authors use structured vocabulary DeCS ( adopted by LILACS.

d) The text structure must follow the conventional format of scientific article writing.

e) Authors should avoid mentioning the name of the institution and/or the department responsible for the study in the manuscript, so that authors and/or research groups are not identified during the peer review process.

f) Citations and references: Citations shall be numbered consecutively with Arabic number (bold and superscript) in accordance with the order in which they appear in the text. References shall be listed at the end of the article in numerical order following the general norms of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), available at:

Authors are fully responsible for the reference and quotation accuracy.

g) Tables, charts and figures: The total number of tables, charts and figures is restricted to 5 (five). Figures should not repeat data presented in the tables. They must be presented in separated sheets, paginated sequentially in Arabic numbers in the same order as they are mentioned in the text. To each one should be given an synthetic title contextualizing the presented data. No vertical lines should be used in the tables. Sources, notes, and observations concerning the tables, charts and figures contents must be presented under their main body. Figures (diagrams, photos. charts, etc) should also be presented individually in different files in an electronic file format that allows high quality printing (not in Word file extension doc or docx). Diagrams should be produced in Excel software (file extension xls or xlsx) and sent in the original format. Photos and illustrations must have a high image resolution, over 300 dpi, and must be in jpg or tiff or eps files. Photos and illustrations will only be published if their quality is considered satisfactory.

Summarizing the information about figures:

Tables, charts, diagrams, schemes

Word (.doc )


Excel (.xls)

Photos, illustrations

.jpg or .tiff or .eps (at least 300 DPIs )

h) Acknowledgment (optional) refers to those who collaborated intellectually to the study, either by providing scientific assistant, or by producing a critical review of the research, or even by collecting data, but who did not meet the authorship criteria, with the nominees' permission. Institutions which offered financial, material, or any other support may also be included in these acknowledgments.


Sending the manuscripts

Manuscripts must be e lectronically submitted by using ScholarOne Manuscripts, available at:

Further explanations can be obtained by phone:
55-11 3066-6099 (phone) or 55-11 3066-6060 (fax)

or by e-mail:


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