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Basic guidelines

REEUSP accepts unpublished and original manuscripts. It uses iThenticate to detect similar texts and identify plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Texts that present similarities with already published materials will be excluded from the review process and the authors suspended from submission, the interval depending on the extension of the bad scientific conduct. In these cases REEUSP adopts the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ( and is supported by the definitions and interpretations presented in the national and international documents of renowned institutions.

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.

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.

The Journal uses the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals” (Vancouver Style) (

Following the international trends the Journal adopts the continuous model of publication (rolling pass).

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 in the country where research was conducted.

The manuscript should be submitted online at ScholarOne (, along with a letter addressed to the Scientific Editor 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.

People addressed as authors, should have participated substantially of the elaboration of the manuscript to assume the responsibility for its content. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends that authorship should comprise the following criteria: a) substantial contributions in the conception and design of the study; b) in the data collection, analysis and interpretation; c) in the writing and critical review of the article; d) in the final approval of the version to be published.

Those designated as authors should attend the four authorship criteria. The maximum number of authors is six.

The authors should write their names in full, provide a detailed contribution of each author, and sign and send the Declaration of Responsibility and Cession of Copyright (attached template).

All authors should provide their register number on ORCID in their profile at ScholarOne and inform it at the submission (

To provide open access articles, REEUSP adopts the Creative Commons License CC BY (http:///

Publication costs

For foreign authors:

Submission/Publication Fee

The Submission fee is US$ 50 (fifty dollars). If the article is accepted for publication, the fee will be US$ 360 (three hundred and sixty dollars). For European authors the submission fee is EUR 50 (fifty euros) and the publication fee EUR 360 (three hundred and sixty euros).

The fees will have to be paid through bank deposits or bank transfers:
DÓLAR (USD – code 220) / EURO (EUR – code 978)
Correspondent Bank: Standard Chartered Bank – New York – USA  
Clearing Code: ABA 026002561 / CHIPS UID 0256
Account Number: 3544034644001
Note: Correspondent bank data are not always requested by the bank.
Beneficiary Bank: Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A.
Beneficiary Name – Centro de Apoio à Escola de Enfermagem da Universidade de São Paulo (CEAP-EE),
Address: Av. Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar, 419, 1º andar, São Paulo – Brazil
Agency Number: 0201
Account Number (or IBAN): 13.004932-3

When submitting the manuscript in ScholarOne upload in Payment Proof the scanned file: deposit receipt or the transfer receipt.

The submission fee will not be refunded if the manuscript is not accepted for publication.

Fill in the form available at the following link for the receipt emission:

The approved manuscripts submitted in English or Spanish have to be reviewed by a professional expert and this service is of the authors’ responsibilities.


Review process

This process is undertaken in several steps, involving the Editorial Team (ET), the Scientific Editor (EC), the Associate Editors (AE), and the reviewers ad hoc.

To assess the merit of the manuscript, the ScholarOne system is used.

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 Editorial Team regarding its compliance with the established norms in the Instructions for Authors. If the manuscript does not comply with the established norms, it will return for correction;
Step 2: Once adapted to the Journal’s norms, the manuscript is resent to the Scientific Editor (EC);
Step 3: The Scientific Editor assesses the quality and relevance of the manuscript for REEUSP and refers it to the Associate Editor (AE); , according to the thematic area of the manuscript. At this step an immediate rejection may occur.
Step 4: The Associate Editor assesses the manuscript and refers it to two reviewers;
Step 5: The reviewers judge the merit of the manuscript and if the two opinions are not in agreement, the manuscript is referred to a third reviewer;
Step 6: The Associate Editor makes a recommendation (accept, review, or reject) based on the reviewer’s opinions and refers it to the Scientific Editor;
Step 7: The Scientific Editor makes the editorial decision, based on the reviewer’s opinions and the Associate Editor’s recommendation, and informs the authors;
Step 8: If the manuscript is accepted, it enters the process of editing for publication;
Step 9: 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 as provided by 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 abstract, tables, pictures figures 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 abstract, tables, figures and references).

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

d) Professional Experience Report: 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 abstract, tables, figures and references).

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

f) Editorials and Point of View: Usually are invited by the Editor. They are not submitted to peer review and the submission fee does not apply to it.


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 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 presented 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 , only in the language of the manuscript, 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.
The title is the most read and known part of a text and it aims at informing the article’s content. Thus, it should be clear, exact and attractive.

Names of the authors: Full and without abbreviations, numbered in Arabic numerals, with the institutional affiliation, location, state, and country. The author should follow how his name is indexed in the databases and insert his ORCID iD in his profile at ScholarOne.

Institutions: up to three hierarchies’ institutional affiliation (University, Faculty and Department).

Correspondent author: Statement of name, mailing address, telephone, and email.

Manuscript extracted from dissertation or thesis: Indicate with an asterisk, in a footnote, the title, year, and institution where it was presented. In cases that the title has an English version, this should also be provided.

Abstract: Only in the language of the manuscript with up to 1290 characters with spaces. It should be structured with the following sections: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusion, except for theoretical studies. Clinical Trials should have the registration number at the end of the abstract.

Descriptors: Three to six descriptors which identify the subject matter, following the language of the abstracts; 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).

Main document:

It should contain the title, the abstract, the descriptors and the text. Do not include any author’s identification.

Text content: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References, presented in distinct sections. 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.

Method: Type 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 by the Research Ethics Committee and supply information in the text concerning compliance with the required ethical standards, also providing the protocol number.

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

Discussion: Should be restricted to the 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 the search strategy and selection of study inclusion). Follow the proportion of 80% journal articles, with at least half of them citable in the international databases. It is permitted a maximum of 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 reference list at the end of the manuscript should be numbered according to the sequence in which the authors have been cited in the text. 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 (of the last 5 years), and of national and international scope. Avoid including an excessive number of references in the same citation. The authors have full responsibility for the accuracy of the references.

References of articles published in the Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP and other Brazilian journals should be cited in English.

Statements: 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 Figures, maximum five, should be mandatorily inserted into the body of the text, with no repeated information and with informative and clear titles. The Tables should contain in their titles the location, state, country and year of the data collection.

Graphs, flowcharts and similar should be editable, in vector format. Pictures, images and others should have the final resolution of 300 DPI. Both can be colorful and have to be legible.

When not elaborated by the authors, all illustrations should indicate the appropriate source.

Funding sources: State the name of public and private institutions who provided funding, technical assistance, or other help. This information should be provided in the Title Page and ScholarOne.

Errata: After publishing the article, if the authors find the need for errata, they should send it immediately to the Journal’s Editorial Team via email. The deadline for this request is 30 days after the article’s publication.

Acronyms: Restricted to a minimum. They have to be cited in full in the first time it appears; and do not use abbreviations in the 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 six authors (cite first six, followed by et al.)

MacNeela P, Clinton G, Place C, Scott A, Treacy P, Hyde 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 S, Ratner R, Marcovina 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 H, Roberts 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 an issue 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 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 in an issue 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 issue 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.

Articles 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 with DOI

Loro MM, Zeitoune RCG. Collective strategy for facing occupational risks of a nursing team. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2017;51:e03205. DOI:


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 stroke. 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:

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 “Samples of Formatted References for Authors of Journal Articles” (

Grey literature: One should avoid citing documents not indexed and of difficult access to the scientific community (except the indispensable ones), considered as grey literature. It is classified as such books, theses, guidelines, legislation, norms etc. In the case of theses and dissertations, give preference to the articles extracted from the former.


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