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Scope and policies

Articles may be written in Portuguese, English and Spanish. They must be unpublished and sent exclusively to the Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP - REEUSP. Each article should not have been simultaneously submitted to another journal, whether entirely or partially and regarding both the text and the figures or tables. At any stage of the evaluation process, articles that exhibit similarities with previously published articles will be excluded.

For papers submitted in English or Spanish, a Portuguese version of the final manuscript will be requested.

For research involving humans, the authors must submit a copy of the approval issued by an ethics committee that is recognized by the National Research Ethics Committee (Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa - CONEP) in compliance with the guidelines of Resolution 196/96 from the National Health Council (Conselho Nacional de Saúde – CNS) or an equivalent institution in the country where the research was conducted.

REEUSP supports the policies of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for the registration of clinical trials, recognizing the importance of these initiatives for registration and international dissemination of information on clinical studies using open access. Thus, only articles derived from clinical trials that have received an identification number from one of the Clinical Trials Registries validated in accordance with the criteria established by the WHO and the ICMJE, the addresses of which are available on the ICMJE site (, will be accepted for publication. The identification number must be provided at the end of the abstract.

The authors are entirely responsible for their texts and must sign and submit the Authorship Responsibility and Copyright Transfer Statements in accordance with the attached model. The Journal strongly condemns plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Authors must make sure that the content is unpublished and original. Previously published ideas should be properly cited in accordance with the norms.

REEUSP has an online edition in the English language. After the work is approved for publication, its translation should be provided in accordance with the Journal guidelines; however, the financial cost is the responsibility of the authors.

Categories of articles accepted by the Journal

Original Article: previously unpublished research that involves rigorous methodology, clearly stated results, a condensed discussion and recognizable benefit to nursing science. Limited to 15 pages.

Theoretical Study: analysis of theoretical constructs of nursing science or related areas, leading to the questioning of existing models and the development of hypotheses for future research. Limited to 15 pages.

Review Article

Integrative review: research method that synthesizes several published studies and facilitates general conclusions regarding a specific area or topic, thereby contributing to the expansion of knowledge. High standards of methodological rigor and clarity in the presentation of the results are necessary such that the reader can identify the characteristics of the studies included in the review. The steps of integrative review are as follows: development of the research question, literature review, data collection, critical analysis of the studies included, discussion of the results and presentation of the integrative review. Limited to 20 pages.

Systematic Review: wide research method, conducted by rigorously synthesizing the results from original (quantitative or qualitative) studies with the goal of clearly answering a question that is specific and relevant to nursing or health. The review must describe in detail the search strategy used to retrieve original studies, the criteria used to select the studies included in the review and the procedures employed in synthesizing the results obtained by the reviewed studies, which may or may not include meta-analysis or meta-synthesis. Limited to 20 pages.

Professional experience report: case study containing analysis of conceptual implications, description of procedures with intervention strategies or appropriate methodological evidence of efficacy evaluation that is of interest to the work of nurses in different fields. Limited to 10 pages.

Letter to the editor: intended for reader comments regarding works that have been published in the Journal, expressing agreement or disagreement with the subject matter. Limited to half a page.

Description of procedures

Each article submitted to the Journal is initially analyzed by the Secretariat regarding compliance with the standards established in the Author Guidelines and is returned to the authors for revision if it does not meet these standards. If approved at this stage, the article is sent to the Scientific Editor who, in
collaboration with Associate Editors, will begin the content evaluation from a scientific point of view and with consideration of the article's contribution to the development of nursing science. The article is later forwarded to two reviewers, who analyze it based on the Analysis and Evaluation Instrument prepared specifically for this purpose and opine on the methodological rigor of the approach utilized. If there is a disagreement between the reviewers' evaluations, the article is sent to a third reviewer. The anonymity of the reviewers is guaranteed during the entire review process. The reviewer's opinions are analyzed by the Editorial Council, which indicates the changes to be made, if necessary. Articles proceed for publication only after final approval by both the reviewers and the Editorial Council.

Any conflicts of interest should be disclosed.


Article format and preparation

The text should be typed using the official orthography on sheets of A4 paper with
1.5-line spacing between the lines; use of Times New Roman font, size 12; and
2.5-cm top, bottom and side margins.

  • The Title page should contain the following:

    article title (maximum of 16 words) in Portuguese, English and Spanish without
    abbreviations and acronyms;

    full names of the authors (without abbreviations), numbered with Arabic
    numerals, along with the highest academic degree of each author and the
    Institutions to which they belong;

    name of the main author responsible for the article, including the address for
    correspondence, contact telephone number and e-mail address. The use of
    residential addresses should be avoided because this information will be made
    available on the Internet;

    if the article is extracted from a thesis or dissertation, then the title, the year and
    the institution where it was presented must be indicated by an asterisk in the

  • Abstract: must be submitted in Portuguese (resumo), English (abstract) and Spanish (resumen), using no more than 150 words (maximum of 900 characters) and explaining the research objective, methodology, results and conclusion.
  • Descriptors: between three and six descriptors that allow the identification of the research topic must be indicated based on the language of the abstracts: Portuguese (descritores), English (descriptors) and Spanish (descriptores), taken from the DeCS (Health Sciences Descriptors/ Descritores em Ciências da Saúde) vocabulary developed by BIREME or the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) vocabulary, developed by the NLM (National Library of Medicine).
  • Text

    The body of the text should contain separate paragraphs and should include the following sections: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and References.

    Introduction: must be brief, defining the investigated problem and highlighting its importance and the existing gaps in knowledge.

    Method: the methods used, the studied population, the source of data and the selection criteria should be described objectively and completely. It is necessary to include the Research Ethics Committee approval protocol number and to state whether the research was conducted in compliance with the required ethical standards.

    Results: must be presented in a clear and objective manner, describing only the data obtained without interpretations or comments. The results may be accompanied by tables, charts and figures to facilitate understanding. The text should complement and not repeat the information presented in the illustrations.

    Discussion: should be restricted to the data and results, emphasizing new and important aspects observed in the study, discussing the agreements and differences with other published results.

    Conclusions: must correspond to the study objectives or hypotheses, be based on the results and discussion and be consistent with the title, hypothesis and method adopted. The study's limitations should also be highlighted.


    In the text, citations should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in superscript and parentheses without mentioning the names of the authors. If sequential, the citations should be indicated by the first and the last number, separated by a hyphen, e.g., (1-4); when discontinuous, the citations should be separated by commas, e.g., (1-2,4).

    Printed and electronic document references must be formatted in accordance with the "Vancouver" style, which was developed by ICMJE and is available at the electronic address (; the titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE ( Include references that are strictly relevant to the research topic, are current (within the previous five years) and have national and international coverage. Avoid the inclusion of an excessive number of references in the same citation. The reference list presented at the end of the article must be numbered according to the sequence in which the authors were cited in the text. The number of references should not exceed 30. The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the authors.

    Articles published in the Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP after 2009 should be cited preferentially in English in the online version.

Statements: sentences or paragraphs that are stated by subjects participating in the research must be cited using quotation marks and italics, with the subject's identity being coded (within parentheses) at the discretion of the author.

Illustrations: tables, charts and figures, up to a maximum of five, must be inserted in the body of the text.

Photos and Images - will be published only in B&W, with a final resolution of 300 dpi.

Acknowledgments: should be expressed to people who collaborated intellectually to the research, provided that there is explicit permission of the individuals named; included should be funding sources from public or private institutions who have provided support, technical assistance and other aid.

Errata: if authors identify the need for corrections after publication of the article, they should send the erratum or errata to the Secretariat of the Journal by e-mail.


References models


Standard article

Allen G. Evidence for practice. AORN J. 2010;92(2):236-41.

Article with more than three authors

MacNeela P, Clinton G, Place C, et al. Psychosocial care in mental health nursing: a think aloud study. J Adv Nurs. 2010;66(6):1297-307.

Article with an organization as author

American Diabetes Association. Diabetes update. Nursing. 2003;Suppl:19-20,24.

Article with multiple organizations as authors

American Dietetic Association; Dietitians of Canada. Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: nutrition and women's health. J Am Diet Assoc. 2004;104(6):984-1001.

Article with both a personal author and an organization as author

Orchard TJ, Temprosa M, Goldberg R, et al.; Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. The effect of metformin and intensive lifestyle intervention on the metabolic syndrome: the Diabetes Prevention Program randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(8):611-9.

Article with authors' names contain suffixes

King JT Jr, Horowitz MB, Kassam AB, et al. The short form-12 and the measurement of health status in patients with cerebral aneurysms: performance, validity, and reliability. J Neurosurg. 2005;102(3):489-94.

Oliveira MF, Arcêncio RA, Ruffino-Netto A, et al. The front door of the Ribeirão Preto Health System for diagnosing tuberculosis. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2011;45(4):898-904.

Article without indication of authorship

Understanding and treating cancer-related fatigue. J Support Oncol. 2006;4(2):72.

Article published in a supplementary volume

Nascimento AF, Galvanese ATC. Avaliação da estrutura dos Centros de Atenção Psicossocial do município de São Paulo [Structure assessment of the São Paulo city Psychosocial Care Centers], SP. Rev Saúde Pública. 2009;43 Supl 1:8-15.

Article published in a supplementary issue

Crawford M, Mullan J, Vanderveen T. Technology and safe medication administration. J Infus Nurs. 2005;28(2 Suppl):37-41.

Article in a volume published in parts

Abend SM, Kulish N. The psychoanalytic method from an epistemological viewpoint. Int J Psychoanal. 2002;83 Pt 2:491-5.

Article in an issue published in parts

Rilling WS, Drooz A. Multidisciplinary management of hepatocellular carcinoma. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2002;13(9 Pt 2):S259-63.

Article published in an issue without volumes

Tom Dwyer AMC. A pesquisa da sociabilidade on-line: três gerações de estudos [Survey on sociability online: three generations of studies]. Rev USP. 2012;(92):100-13.

Article published in a special number

Silva MS, Kimura M, Stelmach R, et al. Quality of life and spiritual well-being in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2009;43(n.esp):1187-92.

Article with no indication of the issue and volume

Outreach: bringing HIV-positive individuals into care. HRSA Careaction. 2002 Jun:1-6.

Article with pagination in roman numerals

Chadwick R, Schuklenk U. The politics of ethical consensus finding. Bioethics. 2002;16(2):iii-v.

Article with published errata

Altizer L. Strains and sprains. Orthop Nurs. 2003;22(6):404-11. Erratum in: Orthop Nurs. 2004;23(1):38.

Article published electronically before the printed version (ahead of print)

Wangensteen S, Johansson IS, Björkström ME, et al. Critical thinking dispositions among newly graduated nurses. J Adv Nurs. 2010 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Forthcoming article (in press)

Guedes RN, Fonseca RMGS, Egry EY. Limits and possibilities for evaluating the family health strategy to gender violence. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2012;47(2). In press

Article with DOI provided

Eduardo LP, Egry EY. Brazilian Child and Adolescent Statute: workers' views about their practice. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2010;44(1):18-24. DOI: 10.1590/S0080-62342010000100003.


Standard book with a personal author

Marquis BL, Huston CJ. Administração e liderança em enfermagem: teoria e prática. [Nursing management and leadership]: theory and practice]. Porto Alegre: Artmed; 2010.

Eyre HJ, Lange DP, Morris LB. Informed decisions: the complete book of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. 2nd ed. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; c2005.

Organizer, editor or coordinator as author

Kurcgant P, coordinator. Gerenciamento em enfermagem [Nursing management]. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2005.

Institution as author

Brasil. Ministério da Saúde; Secretaria de Atenção à Saúde, Núcleo Técnico da Política Nacional de Humanização. Acolhimento nas práticas de produção de saúde [Sheltering in practices of health production]. 2ª ed. Brasília; 2009.

Book chapter whose author is also the author of the book

Moreira A, Oguisso T. Profissionalização da enfermagem brasileira [Professionalization of Brazilian nursing]. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2005. Gênese da profissionalização da enfermagem [Genesis of nursing professionalization]; p. 23-31.

Book chapter whose author is a collaborator

Kimura M, Ferreira KASL. Avaliação da qualidade de vida em indivíduos com dor [Quality of life assessment in individuals with pain]. In: Chaves LD, Leão ER, publishers. Dor: 5º sinal vital: reflexões e intervenções de enfermagem [Pain 5º vital sign: reflections and nursing interventions]. Curitiba: Ed. Maio; 2004. p. 59-73.

Legal documents (adapted)

Brasil. Lei n. 7.498, de 25 de junho de 1986. Dispõe sobre a regulamentação do exercício da Enfermagem e dá outras providências [Addresses the regulation of nursing practice and provides other measures]. Diário Oficial da União, Brasília, 26 jun. 1986. Seção 1, p. 1.

São Paulo (Estado). Lei n. 10.241, de 17 de março de 1999. Dispõe sobre os direitos dos usuários dos serviços e das ações de saúde no Estado e dá outras providências [Addresses the rights of health care service users and health actions in the State and provides other measures]. Diário Oficial do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, 18 mar. 1999. Seção 1, p. 1.

Brasil. Constituição, 1988. Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil [Constitution of the Federative Republic of Brazil]. Brasília: Senado; 1988.

Electronic documents

Journal article

Costa FA, Silva DLA, Rocha VM. The neurological state and cognition of patients after a stroke. Rev Esc Enferm USP [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2011 Nov 28];45(5):1083-8. Available from:

Journal article with DOI provided

Leonello VM, Oliveira MAC. Completeness of health care as an educational competence of nurses. Rev Bras Enferm [Internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 10]; 63(3):366-70. Available from: DOI 10.1590/S0034-71672010000300003.

Book in its entirety

Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS. Harrison's online [Internet]. 16th ed. Columbus (OH): McGraw-Hill; c2006 [cited 2006 Nov 20]. Available from:

Book chapter

Loizzo F, Menthonnex E, Menthonnex P, et al. A regulação das saídas das Unidades Móveis de Cuidados Intensivos na França (SMUR) e no Brasil (UTIM) [Regulation of the exits from the Mobile Intensive Care Units in France (SMUR) and Brazil (UTIM)]. In: Martinez-Almoyna M, Nitschke CAS, organizers. Manual de regulação médica dos serviços de atendimento médico de urgência: SAMU [Manual for medical regulation of emergency health care services: SAMU] [Internet]. Florianópolis; c1999 [cited 2008 Nov 7]. Available from:

Legal documents (adapted)

Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. Portaria n. 204, de 27 de janeiro de 2007. Regulamenta o financiamento e a transferência dos recursos federais para as ações e os serviços de saúde, na forma de blocos de financiamento, com o respectivo monitoramento e controle [Regulates financing and transfer of federal
resources for health actions and services, in the form of financing blocks, with its respective monitoring and control] [Internet]. Brasília; 2007 [cited 2009 Mar 25]. Available from: For other examples, we recommend consulting the document Citing Medicine, which has been adapted by NLM for its databases and is currently used by the Uniform Requirements (

Note: Avoid citations of documents that are not indexed in the world scientific literature and that are difficult to access (usually with dissemination restricted to an institution or event). Likewise, cited information extracted from electronic documents that are not permanently maintained on websites should not be part of the reference list.

Since October 1, 2012, REEUSP has instituted submission and publication fees (


Manuscript Submissions

Articles should be submitted online (, accompanied by a letter to the Editor stating the reasons REEUSP was selected for submission. Additionally, the progress and contributions of the text compared with recent publications published on the subject matter must be highlighted.


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We are aware that the manuscript may be excluded from the review process if any other study/
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