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.

Plagiarism policy

To identify plagiarism, submitted manuscripts will be analyzed regarding their originality and novelty through the tool CrossRef Similarity Check.

Scientific integrity policy

As reference for scientific integrity policy RBSO adopts the international standards attested by the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE ( for editors’ and authors’ ethical research publication

The manuscripts assessment process

Manuscripts, submitted accordingly to the instructions to authors and RBSO editorial policy, are checked by the Executive Editorial Board in regard to the following: their adequacy to the journal scope, their originality and their layout following the essential aspects of a paper presentation. If considered adequate, the manuscripts will be assessed by the Scientific Editor who considers the merit of the contribution. At this stage, manuscripts involving statistics are forwarded to two statistics consultants who will give their independent opinions. If they meet the necessary scientific criteria, an Associated Editor is appointed and will indicate at least two peer reviewers known for their expertise on the theme of the manuscript. In case it is considered unsuitable for publication it will be refused.

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 may be signed either by all authors in a sole document, or by each author separately. For a quicker procedure the signed agreements can be scanned and sent by e-mail. Nevertheless, the documents with the original signatures must be sent by post to the following address:

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.

RBSO adopts the CC BY Creative Commons License ( published content. The moment the manuscripts are submitted, their authors agree that, if approved, they will be published under this license.

Proposals for thematic dossiers
Propositions for thematic dossiers to be published by RBSO are continuously accepted. They must be forwarded for the editors’ assessment through RBSO e-mail with the following minimum content:

  • The proposal authors (name, title, institutional affiliation).
  • The dossier theme and proposed title.
  • Short contextualization/ reason for proposing the theme (with citations and references).
  • Kind of contributions expected: types/ contents/approaches (inform also if there is a intention of including a debate article).
  • Name and profile of possible collaborators (researches and others, in case there are any) including the intended geographic coverage (national/other countries). It is important to note that a public call for the dossier papers may be opened and that, despite the fact that some authors may eventually be invited, all the submitted papers will have to be assessed by editorial board and peer review, according to  the journal procedures.
  • Suggestion of RBSO Editors and Invited Editors for the dossier. Attention: RBSO editors will necessarily appoint one of its members to join the dossier group of editors. RBSO asserts its right to refuse or suggest names (included or not in its editorial board) to take part in the dossier editorial board.
  • Proposed text for the call for papers (one page)
Manuscripts in Portuguese, English and Spanish will be accepted.


Manuscripts shape and presentations

Types of contribution

Article: acontribution aimed at publicizing the results of an empirical, experimental, or conceptual research (up to 4,500 words, excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and references)

Review: acritical and systematized review of literature on a specific subject; the review purpose must be mentioned, the criteria for searching and selecting 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 knowledge gaps must be presented; for systematic reviews, we recommend the guidelines of PRISMA ( or MOOSE ( (up to 6,000 words, excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and bibliographic references)

Essay: acircumstanced 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; the same applies to the introductory essays of thematic dossiers (up to 4,500 words, excluding titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and  references).

Reports on experience: areport 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  4,500 words, 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 3,000 words, excluding  titles, abstract, tables, pictures, and  references).

Book review: a critical analysis of a book published in the previous two years (up to  1,200 words).

Letter: a text discussing an article recently published by RBSO (up to 750 words).

Note: informative content related to OSH, including interviews, debates, technical notes and other kinds of texts considered relevant on the editorial board criteria (this is not a free submission type of contribution).

Preparation of manuscripts

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

Submissions in English are encouraged. Manuscripts submitted in Portuguese or Spanish may also be published in English, on the editors’ discretion. RBSO will be in charge of producing the English version, which has to be reviewed and approved by the manuscript author. Attention, this service does not exempt authors from presenting the English abstract when submitting the manuscript. It is important to highlight that the quality of the translations and consequently decision  of publishing their English version, lies greatly on the quality of the original text.

Aiming at improving the manuscripts assessment and editorial process, we request the authors to check carefully these important issues before submitting their manuscripts:

  • Check if the manuscript has the size stipulated for the several types of contribution
  • Review the whole text giving special attention to:
  •  the use of correct language and  consistent verbal tenses along the whole text.
  • writing, which must be straightforward, avoiding repetitive, long sentences.
  • titles of tables, charts and figures, which must allow the reader to identify their aims as well as their time and space delimitation.
  • methodology, which must be clearly described broaching the population and the sample, statistic methods (when employed), used tools, collecting procedures and data analysis; each with its respective references.
  • the bibliographic references which must be suitable, updated and appropriate to the submited text and correctly quoted at the end.
  • the abstract, which must be presented in a structured format for  Articles( and preferably also for the other types of contribution) with no more than 200 words and a conclusion that is restricted to the study aim. The English abstract must be coherent with the Portuguese version and produced preferably by a native speaker.
  • the descriptors adequacy.

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 Portuguese or Spanish and in English. It must be pertinent, complete, and abridged (up to 50 words).

b) Abstract: Manuscripts must have one abstract written in Portuguese or Spanish and one in English, each with no more than 200 words. The IMRaD structure is compulsory  to Articles and recommended to the other types of manuscripts.
c) Key-words/descriptors: minimum of three and no more than five, in Portuguese or Spanish and in English. It is recommended that authors use structured vocabulary of Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (Health Science Descriptors) – DeCS - available at the Biblioteca Virtual de Saúde (Health Virtual Library)( and/or at Medial Subject Headings- MeSH (

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: The accepted maximum number of references per manuscript is  40 (forty). Reviews may exceed this limit. 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 the same numerical order, following the Vancouver style, and according to therecommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), available at:
Authors are fully responsible for the references and citations 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. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the  figures will be required in a high quality electronic file 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.

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:

The English HELP Page for authors can be acessed in:

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

or by e-mail:


After-approval reviews

Approved manuscripts will be subjected to the revisions required for publication. RBSO safeguards its rights to alter the text in order to improve understanding, grammar and the quality of scientific writing. Authors will have the opportunity to check and approve the reviews before the manuscript is published. After this review process, the electronic files needed for the on-line publication are produced.

RBSO adopts the rolling pass system where the approved manuscript is published on-line as soon as it has been revised and the electronic files produced.

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