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Basic guidelines

REEUSP accepts unpublished and original manuscripts and condemns plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Texts that present similarities with already published materials will be excluded from the evaluation process.Commitee on Publication Ethics (COPE)( Already published ideas should be credited according to referencing norms.

The content of the manuscripts should comprise knowledge and represent a step forward to practice teaching or research in the fields of nursing and health.

In research involving human beings, it is necessary to send a copy of the approval by an Ethics Committee acknowledged by the Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa (CONEP—National Committee of Ethics in Research), according to the norms of Resolution 466/2012 of the Conselho Nacional de Saúde (CNS—National Health Council) or an equivalent body in the country, where research is being conducted.

The manuscripts can be submitted in Portuguese, English, and Spanish and should be exclusively sent to REEUSP. Simultaneously sending a manuscript to another journal, partially or completely, is thus not permitted.

REEUSP has an electronic version in English. When the manuscript is approved for publication, a translation should be provided according to the Journal guidelines; the authors would be fully responsible for the financial costs incurred.

The manuscript should be submitted online (, along with a letter addressed to the Scientific Publisher providing the objectives behind selecting REEUSP for submission. Additionally, the advances and contributions of the text should be highlighted, in comparison with recent publications regarding the same subject matter.

The authors should write their names in full, and sign and send in the Disclaimer and Copyright Notice (attached template).


Evaluation process

This process is undertaken in several steps, involving the Technical Team (ET), the Scientific Publisher (EC), the Associate Publishers (EA), and the reviewers ad hoc.

To assess the merit of the manuscript, we use the ScholarOne system tool.

Note: Anonymity is assured throughout the review process. The reviews between reviewers and authors may be disclosed with the approval of the aforesaid.

  • Step 1: Initial analysis by the REEUSP Secretariat regarding its compliance with the established norms in the Instructions for Authors; If the manuscript does not comply with the established norms, it will be returned for correction;
  • Step 2: Once adapted to the Journal’s norms, the manuscript is resent to the Scientific Publisher (EC);
  • Step 3: The Scientific Publisher assesses the quality and relevance of the manuscript for REEUSP and refers it to the Associate Publisher (EA);
  • Step 4: The Associate Publisher assesses the manuscript and refers it to two reviewers;
  • Step 5: The reviewers judge the merit of the manuscript using the ScholarOne tools. If the two opinions are not in agreement, the manuscript is referred to a third reviewer;
  • Step 6: The Associate Publisher makes an editorial decision (accept, review, or refuse) based on the reviewer’s opinions and refers it to the Scientific Publisher;
  • Step 7: The Scientific Publisher makes the editorial decision, based on the reviewer’s opinions and the Associate Publisher’s decision, and informs the authors;
  • Step 8: If the manuscript is accepted, it enters the process of editing for publication;
  • Step 9: Review in Portuguese: The manuscript is sent to a Portuguese reviewer;
  • Step 10: Bibliographic review: The librarian reads the manuscript to validate the references, verifying the sequence of citations in the text and their correlation to the final list. The librarian proceeds to standardize the references according to the “Vancouver” style and the descriptors according to the DeCS and MeSH Database.


Publication categories

a) Original Manuscript: Results of primary research, with rigorous and clear methodology, thorough discussion and an interface with national and international scientific literature. Limited to 15 pages (including abstracts, tables, pictures, and references).

b) Systematic review with or without meta-analysis or meta-synthesis: Analysis of primary studies, quantitative or qualitative, aiming at collecting evidence. Limited to 25 pages (including abstracts, tables, pictures, and references).

c) Theoretical study: Analysis of theories or methods that support the science of nursing or related fields that contribute toward the development of knowledge in Nursing. Limited to 15 pages (including abstracts, tables, pictures, and references).

d) Report of professional experience: Study of a situation of interest regarding the performance of nurses in different fields, containing an analysis of conceptual implications, description of procedures with intervention strategies, or adequate methodological evidence for efficacy assessment of a procedure or strategy. Limited to 15 pages (including abstracts, tables, pictures, and references).

e) Letter to the Scientific Publisher: Targeted at reader’s comments on the works published in the Journal, expressing agreement or disagreement on the approached subject. Limited to one page.


Qualification strategies for the manuscripts

Relationships that may establish a conflict of interest, even when this is not the case, should be clarified.

For research publication, REEUSP adopts the qualification strategies of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR) network, among others. Such strategies are resources that assist the publishing potential and its use in citations. Below, we present some validated international protocols to be used according to the research design:

Clinical trials: CONSORT ( downloads and identification of Registers of Clinical Trials validated under criteria established by WHO and ICMJE, webpages available on the website of ICMJE ( The identification number must be present at the end of the abstract. 

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: PRISMA Whenever possible, present the adopted concordance method for the analysis of included articles, for example, Kappa.

Observational studies in epidemiology: STROBE

Qualitative studies:

Note: Protocols of other types of studies may be found on EQUATOR network and in the article by Larson E, Cortazal M. Publication guidelines: Need widespread adoption. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2012; 65: 239-246.


Manuscript structure and preparation

  • File format: doc or docx (MS Word)

Text: Official orthography in A4 sheets; 1.5 line spacing; Times New Roman font, size 12, including tables. Top, bottom, and side margins should be 2.5 cm.

Title page (should contain):
Title: Maximum 16 words in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, with no abbreviations or acronyms, in bold, using uppercase only in the beginning of the title and proper nouns. No abbreviations, acronyms, or geographical location of research should be used.

Names of the authors: Full and without abbreviations, numbered in Arabic numerals, with the institutional affiliation, location, state, and country.

Responsible author: Statement of name, mailing address, telephone, and email. Preferably, avoid providing residential address.

Manuscript extracted from dissertation or thesis: Indicate with an asterisk, in a footnote, the title, year, and institution where it was presented.

Abstract: In Portuguese (resumo), English (abstract), and Spanish (resumen), up to 1290 characters with spaces. Should be structured with the following headings: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion, except for theoretical studies. Clinical Trials should have the clinical trial registration number at the end, as an attached document or in the letter to the editor.

Descriptors: Three to six descriptors which identify the subject matter, following the language of the abstracts (Portuguese, English, and Spanish descriptors); separated by a semi-colon; and extracted from the DeCS vocabulary (Descriptors in Health Sciences), by BIREME, or MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), by NLM (National Library of Medicine).

Note: The titles, abstracts and descriptors should also be in the Main Document without any identification of the authors.

Text content (Main Document): Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References, in distinct topics. Objectives should be inserted at the end of the Introduction.
Introduction: Brief definition of the problem studied, justifying its importance and the knowledge gaps, based on national and international updated references.

Objective: The main issue should be established, and the hypotheses to be tested

MethodType or design of the study; population/scenario; selection criteria; sample definition (if applicable); source, collection procedure, and period, data analysis/treatment, and other methodological aspects of the study. It is necessary to present in an attached document the approval protocol by the Research Ethics Committee and supply information in the text concerning compliance with required ethical standards.

Results: Presentation and description of the data obtained, with no interpretations or comments. It may contain tables, charts, and pictures for enabling better comprehension. The text should complement or highlight what is more relevant, without repeating data provided in the tables or pictures.

Discussion: Should be restricted to obtained data and achieved results, stressing new and relevant aspects observed in the study and discussing the agreement and divergences to other national and international published researches. It should indicate the limitations of the study and the advancements in the field of nursing/health.

Conclusion: Should be direct, clear, and objective, answering the hypotheses or objectives, and grounded in the results and discussion. Do not cite references.

References: Maximum 30 (except in review studies, depending on search and selection of study inclusion). Follow the proportion of 80% journal articles, with at least half of them citable. Maximum 15% of self-citation among those citable.

Citations of references in the text: Consecutively listed, in superscript Arabic numerals and between parentheses, without mentioning the name of the authors (except those representing a theoretical background). When they are sequential, indicate the first and last number, separated by a hyphen, e.g., (1-4). When non-sequential, they should be separated by a comma, e.g., (1-2,4).

Citations of references at the end of the text: Use “Vancouver” style, available at ( The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the: List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE ( Include only references strictly relevant to the approached subject, up-to-date (maximum 5 years), and of national and international scope. Avoid including an excessive number of references in the same citation. The reference list at the end of the manuscript should be numbered according to the sequence in which authors have been cited in the text.

Note 1: The authors have full responsibility for the accuracy of the references.

Note 2: References of articles published in the Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP (Journal of the USP Nursing School) and other Brazilian journals should be cited in English.

Testimonials: Sentences or paragraphs stated by the research participants should be cited in italic, with a codified identification in the author’s criterion, and should be enclosed within parentheses.

Quotations: Should be entered between quotation marks, not italicized, and integrated into the text.

Figures: Tables, Charts, and Diagrams, maximum five, should be mandatorily inserted into the body of the text, with no repeated information and with informative and clear titles, containing the year and place.

Photos and Images: Exclusively in B&W, with a final resolution of 300 DPI.

Funding sources: State the name of public and private institutions who provided funding, technical assistance, or other help.

Errata: After publishing the article, if the authors find the need for errata, they should send them immediately to the Journal’s Secretariat via an email. The deadline for this request is 30 days.

Acronyms: Restricted to a minimum and only after having been expanded initially and cited in the text; do not use abbreviations in title or abstract.


Examples of reference citations according to document type

Journal Articles

Standard articles

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

Articles with more than 6 authors (cite first six, followed by et al.)

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

Articles whose author is an organization

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

Articles with multiple organizations as author

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.

Articles of personal and organizational authorship

Orchard TJ, Temprosa M, Goldberg R, Haffner SRatner RMarcovina S, 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.

Articles in which the name of the author possesses a family title

King JT Jr, Horowitz MB, Kassam AB, Yonas HRoberts MS. 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, Scatena LM, Palha PF, Villa TCS. A porta de entrada para o diagnóstico da tuberculose no Sistema de Saúde de Ribeirão Preto/SP. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2001;45(4):898-904.

Articles with no author indication

Pelvic floor exercise can reduce stress incontinence. Health News. 2005;11(4):11.

Articles in a volume with supplement

Travassos C, Martins M. Uma revisão sobre os conceitos de acesso e utilização de serviços de saúde. Cad Saúde Pública. 2004;20 Supl 2:S190-8.

Articles in a section with supplement

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

Articles 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.

Articles in a section published in parts

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

Article in a section without volume

Tom Dwyer AMC. A pesquisa da sociabilidade on-line: três gerações de estudos. Rev USP. 2012;(92):100-13.

Articles in a special issue

Salvetti MG, Pimenta CAM, Braga PE, Corrêa CF. Disability related to chronic low back pain prevalence and associated factors. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2012;46(n.esp):16-23.

Articles with no indication of section or volume

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

Articles with pages in Roman numerals
Chadwick R, Schuklenk U. The politics of ethical consensus finding. Bioethics. 2002;16(2):iii-v.

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

Articles published electronically before printed version (ahead of print)

Chen SL, Lee WL, Liang T, Liao IC. Factors associated with gender differences in medication adherence: a longitudinal study. J Adv Nurs. 2014 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Articles in press

Pereira S, Vianna LAC. Cursos de capacitação em prevenção da violência: o impacto sobre os profissionais do setor da saúde. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2014;48(2). No prelo

Articles with DOI

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 books with a personal author

Marquis BL, Huston CJ. Administração e liderança em enfermagem: teoria e prática. Porto Alegre: Artmed; 2010.

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

Organizer, editor, coordinator as the author

Kurcgant P, coordenadora. Gerenciamento em enfermagem. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2005.

Institution as the author

Brasil. Ministério da Saúde; Secretaria de Atenção à Saúde, Núcleo Técnico da Política Nacional de Humanização. Acolhimento nas práticas de produção de saúde. 2ª ed. Brasília; 2009.

A book chapter, whose author is the same as the work (adapted)

 Moreira A, Oguisso T. Profissionalização da enfermagem brasileira. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2005. Gênese da profissionalização da enfermagem; p. 23-31.

 A book chapter, whose author is a contributor

Kimura M, Ferreira KASL. Avaliação da qualidade de vida em indivíduos com dor. In: Chaves LD, Leão ER, editoras. Dor: 5º sinal vital: reflexões e intervenções de enfermagem. 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. 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. 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. Brasília: Senado; 1988.

Electronic documents

Articles from journal

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

Articles from journal with DOI

Leonello VM, Oliveira MAC. Integralidade do cuidado à saúde como competência educativa do enfermeiro. Rev Bras Enferm [Internet]. 2010 [citado 2010 jul. 10];63(3):366-70. Disponível em: // DOI 10.1590/S0034-71672010000300003.

Full books

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

 A book chapter

Loizzo F, Menthonnex E, Menthonnex P, Filipack VA. A regulação das saídas das unidades móveis de cuidados intensivos na França (SMUR) e no Brasil (UTIM). In: Martinez-Almoyna M, Nitschke CAS, organizadores. Manual de regulação médica dos serviços de atendimento médico de urgência: SAMU [Internet]. Florianópolis; c1999 [citado 2008 nov. 7]. Disponível em:

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 [Internet]. Brasília; 2007 [citado 2009 mar. 25]. Disponível em:

For other examples, we recommend consulting the document, Citing Medicine, adapted by the NLM for its databases and currently used by the Uniform Requirements (

Observation: One should avoid citing documents not indexed in scientific literature and not easily accessible to readers, and in general of any dissemination limited to an institution or event. Similarly, information cited in the text and extracted from electronic documents that are not permanently available on the internet, should not be part of the reference list. In the case of theses and dissertations, give preference to articles extracted from the former.


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