ISSN 0034-7167 printed version
ISSN 1984-0446 online version



Editorial Policy

The REBEn is published in both print and electronic formats. Its target audience consists of nursing and health professionals and students. The journal accepts manuscripts submitted in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

In the case of manuscripts finally accepted for publication in Portuguese, we request a translation of the final version into English, which will be available online.

In addition to six regular editions per year, special editions may sometimes be published, should the Publication Committee or Editorial Board of REBEn find it pertinent to do so, and upon the express approval of the National Board of the Brazilian Nursing Association (ABEn).

Manuscripts must be sent exclusively to the REBEn; simultaneous submission to other periodicals is not allowed. Once published, the manuscripts become the property of the journal. Therefore, their content cannot be partially or fully reproduced, through any means of publication, whether in print or electronic format, without prior consent of the journal’s Scientific Editor.

The REBEn journal is a signatory to the requirements set forth by the World Health Organization and the International Committee for Medical Journal Editors and requires that clinical trials (randomized experimental studies) be previously registered on platforms that meet the criteria formulated by these two organizations. Publication of the manuscript is contingent on the authors including the registry number of the clinical trial in a footnote on the manuscript’s Identification Page.

  • Declaration on Research Ethics and Integrity

For publication, REBEn requires that submissions adhere to the ethical and legal guidelines involving the production of academic and/or technical and scientific studies and research involving humans or animals.

In the case of research involving human subjects, according to Resolution No. 466/2012 of the Brazilian National Health Council, authors must mention the study’s approval number in the manuscript, as provided by a subcommittee recognized by the National Research Ethics Committee, part of the Brazilian National Council of Health (CONEP-CNS), or by any similar institution if the study was conducted in another country. In the same way, the authors must document the procedures adopted regarding the signing of Informed Consent Forms by the study participants.

In experiments involving animals, researchers must abide by Law No. 11.794 of October 8, 2008, which regulates Subsection VII of the first paragraph of Article 225 in the Brazilian Federal Constitution that sets forth procedures for the scientific use of animals. These studies must also adhere to the norms established in theGuide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., USA) of 1996, and the 1991 Ethical Principles for Animal Experimentation (Brazilian College of Animal Experimentation – COBEA, available at: <>). Authors must mention the study’s approval number in the manuscript, as provided by the Brazilian Ethics Committee on Animal Use (CEUA), which is accredited by the Brazilian National Council for the Control of Animal Experimentation (CONCEA), an entity of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The REBEn is a signatory of the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. These recommendations, relative to the integrity and ethical standards for conducting and reporting research, are available at <>. In the same way, we adhere to the international standards for publication of responsible research developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) which are designed for editors and authors (available at: <>).

All concepts, ideas, and opinions expressed in the manuscripts, as well as the origin and accuracy of the citations, are the sole responsibility of the authors.


Manuscripts Categories

Editorial – Texts on a subject of interest relating to the historical moment or the production of knowledge revealed in a given edition, with possible repercussions for nursing and health. They must not exceed two (2) pages, including no more than two references.

Research articles – Original and new studies that add new information or corroborate previously available knowledge on the object of investigation related to the fields of nursing and health. Randomized clinical trials are included in this category. They are limited to a maximum of fifteen (15) pages, including the abstracts and a maximum of 30 references.

Review articles – Studies that summarize the results of research related to a specific theme in an organized fashion. These articles help explain and understand the differences found among several primary studies investigating the same issue, and provide in-depth knowledge on the object of study. They use systematic and explicit criteria to identify, select, and critically assess relevant research, and collect and analyze data presented in the studies included in the review. Reviews must contain no more than twenty (20) pages, including abstracts and references.

Theoretical articles – In-depth expansive formulations that focus on a concept or theoretical construct in nursing or a similar field, or a discussion of a specific theme, establishing analogies, and presenting and analyzing different points of view, theoretical and/or practical. Manuscripts must not exceed ten (10) pages, including abstracts and a maximum of 10 references.

Case studies – Studies that describe a practical situation of concern for professional practice (teaching, health care, research, or management), the intervention strategies used, and an assessment of their effectiveness. They must not exceed ten (10) pages, including abstracts and a maximum of 10 references.

The following may also be published occasionally:

Invited Papers – Manuscripts written by invited authors. They must not exceed 15 pages, including abstracts and a maximum of 30 references.

Book Reviews – Reviews of contemporary works considered to be of interest to the REBEn target audience. They must be no more than 2 pages, including a maximum of 2 references.

Letter to the Editor - 1 page.


Manuscript Preparation

General aspects

The REBEn is a journal signatory to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE); the committee’s requirements, updated April 2010, are known as the Vancouver Style and are available at URL <>.

In order to be accepted by the REBEn, manuscripts in all the above categories should be prepared as follows:

- Saved in Microsoft® Office Word, with mandatory A4 (210x297mm) page size and 2 cm (0.79 in) margins on all sides, Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 pt line spacing, and a 1.25 cm (o.49 in) paragraph indentation.

  • Pages must be numbered consecutively up to the References.
  • The use of bold print should be restricted to titles and subtitles.
  • Italics will only be applied to emphasize terms or expressions relevant to the study.
  • If shorter than three lines, direct citations must be placed in quotation marks and included in the normal sequence of the text. If the citation is longer than three lines, it must be set in a free-standing block, without quotation marks, in Times New Roman font, size 11, single line spacing, and 3 cm (1.18 in) from the left margin. In the case of spoken quotations from interviewees or research subjects, the same procedure applies.

Author citations must be numbered consecutively, in the order of first appearance in the text. To indicate such references, Arabic numbers in superscript should be used between parentheses, with no space between the citation number and the previous word, and inside any punctuation [Example: care(5)]. When the citations are sequential, the numbers should be separated by a dash [Example: care (1-5)]; when interspersed, they should be separated by a comma with no space between the numbers [Example: care(1,3,5)].

Do not use abbreviations in titles or subtitles.

Only standardized abbreviations should be used in the text. On first mention of a term, it should be used in full and followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Footnotes must be used as little as possible, and endnotes are not accepted.

Illustrations (tables, charts, and figures such as photographs, drawings, graphics, etc.) must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, in the order in which they are inserted in the text, and there should be no more than five.

Regardless of the type of illustration, a title must be placed above it, preceded by a designative word (drawing, scheme, flowchart, photograph, graph, map, organogram, plan, table, portrait, figure, image, etc.), followed by an Arabic number in the order of its occurrence in the text, a dash, and the title in sentence case (Example: Table 1 – Sociodemographic characteristics of participants). Below the illustration, insert the source, subtitles, notes, and any other necessary information for comprehension (see: The Brazilian Association of Technical Norms - ABNT NBR 14724 / 2011 – Information and Documentation – Academic work — Presentation).

Tables must be standardized according to the recommendations of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics – IBGE. Normas de apresentação tabular. 3.ed. Rio de Janeiro, 1993, disponíveis em <>.

The authors of manuscripts submitted to the REBEn must provide written permission for the use of illustrations extracted from previously published work.

Structure of the text

Research and Review papers must follow the conventional structure: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions (quantitative approach research) or Final Considerations (qualitative approach research). Manuscripts within other categories may be structured differently.

Regardless of category, all manuscripts must include:

a) Title page with author identification

This is a specific document that must contain, in this order, the following information: title of the article (maximum 12 words) in the three languages (Portuguese, English, and Spanish); name of the author(s), indicating, in a footnote, their positions and functions, the institutions they are affiliated with and to which the research must be attributed, and an electronic address for correspondence.

b) Main document

The main document, without author identification, must contain:

1) Title of the article: A maximum of 12 words in the three languages (Portuguese, English, and Spanish);

2) Abstract and descriptors: The abstract is limited to 150 words. It must be written clearly and objectively, designed to increase the interest of the target audience in reading the manuscript in full. The abstract should be presented first in the main language of the article, followed by translations into the other two required languages. The structure of the abstract, regardless of language, must be in terms of Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusion. Immediately following each abstract, there should be three DECs descriptors and three palabras clave (key words) <>. The English version must include three MeSH key words from <>;

3) Body of text: Consists of the body of the manuscript proper, in addition to the references;

4) Acknowledgements (optional): Placed before the reference list, where authors can include acknowledgements to funding agencies or persons who supported the development of the research;

5) References: The number of references is limited according to the category of the manuscript. References are included at the end of the paper and must be numbered consecutively, according to the order in which they were first included in the text. They should be structured in accordance with Vancouver Style. Examples of this style, elaborated and updated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), can be found at URL <>.

For referenced articles available in both Portuguese and English, the English version must be cited, with the corresponding page. Avoid using theses, dissertations, books, and chapters, except in the case of theoretical references (e.g., the Cochrane Handbook).


Submission and Manuscript Assessment Process

Manuscripts must be submitted to the REBEn through URL <>, by accessing the Submissão Online (Online Submission) link.

Before submitting manuscripts, authors must check to be sure they are in compliance with REBEn guidelines. Submission metadata must be filled out completely.

The author responsible for the submission must also provide all the necessary documentation: title page; main document; a Declaration stating that the authors are aware of the REBEn publication guidelines (Declaration Model); a cover letter; proof that the study was approved by an ethics committee; proof of payment of submission fee; and a Statement declaring responsibility for authorship, exclusive submission to the REBEn, transferal of Copyright, and the absence of conflict of interests (Declaration Model).

To help with the submission process, a checklist is available in print and online.

To initiate the process, the author responsible for submission must be previously registered in the system as the author. The system is self-explanatory and, when the process is concluded, it will generate a numeric code for the manuscript ID (Example: 000001). The same author will receive a message with the manuscript’s URL and login access to the system’s administration interface, which tracks the progress of the document throughout the editorial process.

First, the editors evaluate whether the manuscript adheres to the preparation guidelines; whether the clinical trial number has been included, if need be, in a footnote; whether Vancouver Style guidelines for the reference list have been used; the clarity and objectivity of the abstract; the inclusion of DeCS(Health Sciences Descriptors) descriptors and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) key words; and finally, the manuscript’s potential for publication and possible reader interest.

If any one of these aspects is considered unsatisfactory, the manuscript is rejected and automatically archived into the system. If it receives a positive evaluation, the manuscript proceeds to a double-blind peer review, which ensures the anonymity of authors and reviewers. Reviewers can rule the manuscript as accepted, rejected, or needs review (whether in form or content). The Scientific Editor then assesses the rulings issued by the reviewers, and the final ruling is sent to the registered author.


Manuscript Translation

Authors of articles in English are responsible for providing a translation of the manuscript into Spanish or Portuguese, according to the orientation provided by the REBEn Office. Manuscripts that do not meet this requirement will be archived.


Submission and Publishing Fees

When submitting a manuscript for publication in REBEn, a SUBMISSION FEE of R$200 (two hundred reais) is required.

If the article is accepted, a PUBLICATION FEE of R$700 (seven hundred reais) is required.

Fees should be paid via identified bank deposit in the name of the Associação Brasileira de Enfermagem (Brazilian Nursing Association), CNPJ 33.989.468-0001-00, Banco do Brasil (Bank of Brazil), Agency: 3475-4, Checking Account: 220.482-7. The identified bank deposit requires an identification code, which in the case of a natural person, corresponds to the CPF number (Brazilian individual taxpayer number), and in the case of legal persons, the CNPJ number (Brazilian corporate taxpayer registration number).

For a wire transfer, the user must use the following codes: SWIFT– BRASBRRJBSA and IBAN (International Bank Account Number) - BR4800000000034750002204827C1 – Banco do Brasil. Receiving account: Associação Brasileira de Enfermagem (Brazilian Association of Nursing).

Proof of payment of the SUBMISSION FEE must be included in the system at the time of manuscript submission in the form of a Supplementary Document. In the initial process of checking the submitted documents, manuscripts that are not accompanied by this proof of payment will be archived immediately. After the manuscript has been submitted and reviewers have verified its compliance with publication guidelines, it will proceed through the publication process. Submission fees are non-refundable should the manuscript be rejected in the next phase.

Proof of payment of the PUBLICATION FEE must be sent to within seven days of receipt of confirmation of acceptance for publication. Non-compliance with this condition subjects the article to definitive archiving.


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