Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem was founded in 1976 with the objective of offering to nurses from southern Brazil a vehicle for the diffusion of their research. It is the forth magazine of the country and the only of the field in Rio Grande do Sul. Following Revista Gaúcha, two other periodicals came out: Enfermagem em Novas Dimensões (no longer available) and Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP. Initially Revista Gaúcha was linked to the Professional Advisory and Assistance Department of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, and was later on assumed by Nurse School, in 1982. This publication is one of the Brazilian Nursing periodicals indexed in MEDLINE (since 1986). This is the reason why Revista Gaúcha was indexed in SCOPUS database. Initially, Revista Gaúcha was a semestral publication, But in 2003 it became a quarterly periodical, and in 2006, a trimestral publication. In 2009, it was qualified as a Qualis B1 periodical by CAPES.
Since 2003, Revista Gaúcha works with normalization in accordance to the exigencies for periodicals in the Nursing field, including: the size of publication; data of the issue at the book spine and top corner; texts in two columns; each article's list of references in its first page; severe control at the choice of descriptors, in accordance with DeCs; a patterned size for the abstracts; information about cover and contents, norms for the authors and signature in three languages; references in accordance with international norms.
The objective of Revista Gaúcha is to publish primarily original articles derived from research, theses or dissertations and written exclusively to Revista Gaúcha, as well as articles of systematic review, considerations, experience reports, brief papers, reviews, and letters to the editor.
The issues were first made available on the Internet in May, 2008 with the use of SEER database. There, the reader can find abstracts of articles published since 1993 and full texts since 1998. The staff was trained to use the database and the ISSN was obtained (1983-1447). The publication is available at: www.ufrgs.br/revistagauchadeenfermagem.
The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. (Online), which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.
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