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Scope and Policy

RBSO publishes new original articles with scientific relevance in the field of Occupational Safety & Health. 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.

Publication of articles resulting from research involving human beings must follow ethical principles 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 title page and 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.

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.

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

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

Submission of papers must be followed by a signed document on Responsibility and Copyright Transfer Agreement, available through the link

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

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:

Title page (all items should be informed in the manuscript; the title page should be sent separately from the rest of the manuscript) with the following: 

a) Type of contribution (see definitions above and abide by the correct number of characters).

b) Title in the main language (Portuguese or Spanish) and in English. It must be pertinent, complete, and abridged. When appropriate, it should include geographic (place) and time (when the study was carried out) information.

c) The authors' complete names.

d) Each author's complete institutional affiliation including city, state, and country (refers to professional/academic relationship and not to university degree).

e) Authorship - each contribution to the study must be specified. According to ICMJE authorship criteria, authors must simultaneously fulfill the following conditions: 1. significantly contributed to either the project design and planning or data analyses and interpretation; 2. significantly contributed to the manuscript draft or critical review of its contents; and 3. have been involved with the manuscript final version approval.

Fund raising, data collection, and overall supervision of the research project are not sufficient for authorship. All individuals listed as authors should fulfill the authorship criteria, and all those who fulfill them, must be named as authors.  All authors should be involved with the research article to an extent to make public their responsibility for its contentsIndividuals who do not fulfill authorship criteria should be named along with their specific contributions in the manuscript's acknowledgments.

f) Name, address, phone number, and e-mail of the author who will be in contact with the journal editorial office and board.

g) Name of one of the authors, with address and e-mail, to be published in the article, in case readers wish to contact authors.

h) Inform whether the project was funded; in case it was, describe the type of funding, inform the funding agency name and the grant awarding document number.

i) Conflict of interest (see information above).

j) Inform the registration number and data of approval by the Research Ethics Committee (Institution where Committee is affiliated and registry number). Present the reasons in case the study was not submitted to a Research Ethics Committee.

k) Inform whether the manuscript is based on a thesis/dissertation. If it is, inform its title, year, and institution where it was submitted.

l) Inform whether the study was presented at a scientific meeting. In case it was, inform whether it was published (available online) as an abstract or a complete version. Inform the event name, place and date.

m) Location and date. 


 a) Title in the main language (Portuguese or Spanish) and in English.

b) Abstract: Manuscripts must have one abstract written in the main language (Portuguese or Spanish) and one in English, each with no more than 1400 characters, including spaces.

 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: RBSO adopts the standards of Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT) (Brazilian Technical Standards Association) NBR 10520 version 2002. Parenthethical referencing must be all in upper case, and when otherwise, only the first character in capital letter. Indirect citations within the text must bring the authors' surname and the publication year, as in Souza (1998) or (SOUZA, 1998); for two authors: Lima and Araújo (2006) or (LIMA; ARAÚJO, 2006). In case there are three authors: Vilela, Iguti and Almeida (2004) or (VILELA; IGUTI; ALMEIDA, 2004). When there are more than three authors, only the first author's surname should be mentioned followed by et al.,as in Silva et al. (2000) or (SILVA et al., 2000). In case of a direct citation (literal), the page(s) of the original text must be indicated, as in the following: Ex.1- ... as described by Ali (2001, p. 17): "A great number of these dermatoses are neither counted in the statistics nor cared by the company heath service". Ex.2- (SOUZA; SILVA; ALMEIDA, 2004, p. 24). Ex.3, when there are four or more authors - (FONSECA et al., 2003, p. 41). Direct quotations of up to three lines must be within quotation marks as in Ex.1 above. Direct quotations with more than three lines must be highlighted with a 4.0 cm indentation in the left margin, with a smaller font than the one used in the text without quotation marks - Ex:

Conference calls allow individuals to take part in national meetings without having to leave their homes. Commonly conference calls use television, telephone and computer... (NICHOLS, 1993, p.181).  

g) Authors are fully responsible for the reference and quotation accuracy. References must be listed in alphabetical order in the reference section at the end of the manuscript, organized in accordance with the standards of (ABNT) NBR 6023, version 2002, as in the following examples:


WALDVOGEL, B. C. Acidentes do trabalho: os casos fatais - a questão da identificação e da mensuração. Belo Horizonte: Segrac, 2002.

Book chapter

NORWOOD, S. Chemical cartridge respirators and gasmasks. In: CRAIG, E. C.; BIRKNER, L. R.; BROSSEAU, L. Respiratory protection: a manual and guideline2. ed. Ohio: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1991. p. 40-60.

Journal article

BAKER, L.; KRUEGER, A.B. Medical cost in workers compensation insurance. Journal of Health Economics, Netherlands, v. 14, n. 15, p. 531-549, 1995.

GLINA, D. M. R. et al. Saúde mental e trabalho: uma reflexão sobre o nexo com o trabalho e o diagnóstico, com base na prática. Cadernos de Saúde Pública, Rio de Janeiro, v. 17, n. 3, p. 607-616, maio/jun. 2001.

Article of magazine, newspaper, etc.

NAVES, P. Lagos andinos dão banho de beleza. Folha de São Paulo, São Paulo, 28 jun. 1989. Folha Turismo, Caderno 8, p. 13.

Thesis, dissertation or monograph

SILVA, E. P. Condições de saúde ocupacional dos lixeiros de São Paulo. 1973. 89 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Saúde Ambiental)-Faculdade de Saúde Pública, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, 1973.


SEMINÁRIO PROMOÇÃO DA SAÚDE AUDITIVA: ENFOQUE AMBIENTAL, 2., 2002, Curitiba. Anais... Curitiba: Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, 2002.

Abstract or complete work presented at a congress, conference, etc.

FISCHER, R. M.; PIRES, J. T.; FEDATO, C. The strengthening of the participatory democracy. In: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THIRD-SECTOR RESEARCH (ISTR), 6., 2004, Toronto. Proceedings... Toronto: Ryerson University, 2004. v. 1, p. 1.



Technical report

ARCURI, A. S. A.; NETO KULCSAR, F. Relatório Técnico da avaliação qualitativa dos laboratórios do Departamento de Morfologia do Instituto de Biociências da UNESP. São Paulo. Fundacentro. 1995. 11p.


SOUZA, J. C. et al. Tendência genética do peso ao desmame de bezerros da raça nelore. In: REUNIÃO ANUAL DA SOCIEDADE BRASILEIRA DE ZOOTECNIA, 35, 1998, Botucatu. Anais... Botucatu: UNESP, 1998. 1 CD-ROM.

MORFOLOGIA dos artrópodes. In: ENCICLOPÉDIA multimídia dos seres vivos. [S.l.]: Planeta DeAgostini, 1998. CD-ROM 9.

Vídeo cassete

CENAS da indústria de galvanoplastia. São Paulo: Fundacentro, 1997. 1 videocassete (20 min), VHS/NTSC., son., color.

Document in eletronic media

BIRDS from Amapá: banco de dados. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 28 nov. 1998.

ANDREOTTI, M. et al. Ocupação e câncer da cavidade oral e orofaringe. Cad. Saúde Pública. Rio de Janeiro, v. 22, n. 3, 2006. Disponível em: < _arttext&pid=S0102-311X2006000300009&lng=pt&nrm=iso&tlng=pt>. Acesso em: 15 abr. 2006.


BRASIL. Lei nº 9.887, de 7 de dezembro de 1999. Altera a legislação tributária federal. Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília, DF, 8 dez. 1999.

Federal Constitution

BRASIL. Constituição (1988). Texto consolidado até a Emenda Constitucional nº 52 de 08 de março de 2006. Brasília, DF, Senado, 1988.


SÃO PAULO (Estado). Decreto nº 48.822, de 20 de janeiro de 1988. Lex: Coletânea de Legislação e Jurisprudência, São Paulo, v. 63, n. 3, p. 217-220, 1998. 

h) Tables, charts and figures: will be published in black and white. 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 abridged title contextualizing the presented data. In the tables the title should be on the top of the main body. In photos and illustrations the title should be placed under the main body. 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 files. Illustrations must be produced in Coreldraw software version 10 or older (extension cdr) or Illustrator CS2 (extension .ai) and sent in the original file format. Photos and illustrations will only be published if their quality is considered satisfactory. Figures should not repeat data presented in the tables. The total number of tables, charts and figures is restricted to 5 (five).

Summarizing the information about figures:

tables, charts

Word (doc or docx)


Excel (xls)


jpg or tiff or eps (300 DPIs - minimum resolution)

illustrations (drawings)

Corel Draw (cdr), version 10 or smaller or Illustrator CS5 (.ai)

i) 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 should be e-mailed to

with a copy to, in Word format (doc or docx) (see details in

the topic Preparation of manuscripts above)

Further explanations can be obtained through the above e-mail address or by:

55-11 3066-6099 (phone) or 55-11 3066-6060 (fax)

Responsibility and copyright transfer agreement form:

The form model can be downloaded from:

After the manuscript is e-mailed, a "Statement of responsibility and copyright transfer agreement form" signed by all its authors must be sent by mail to:

RBSO - Revista Brasileira de Saúde Ocupacional
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05409-002 • São Paulo / SP


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