ISSN 0102-6933 printed version
ISSN 1983-1447online version



Scope and Policy

Articles for publication should be sent exclusively to Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem (RGE), and their reproduction in other publications is permitted by means of authorization by the Editorial Board; in this case the original publication should be cited.

In RGE, articles written by specialists in other fields may be published, provided the subject is of interest to the nursing field.

One does not need to subscribe to the journal to submit a manuscript. However, fees for submission must be paid (when submitting the article; this fee will not be refunded to authors should the manuscript be archived or refused); and fees for publication (upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication).

Upon designation for publication, the manuscript should be transcribed for translation into English, the service fee for which should be agreed upon with the translation firm recommended by RGE.

Manuscripts may be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

Articles may only be submitted online, via the website:

At the time of submission, each author's full name, institution of origin, country, email and summarized biography i.e. full names of parents and credentials) should only be included in the metadata. Acknowledgments of financial, technical and other assistance relied on to carry out the work should not be mentioned at the time of submission. Only after the work is accepted will this information be inserted, after the references.

Authors of work submitted for evaluation should send a Declaration of Responsibility and Transference of Copyright, drawn up according to this journal's model ("Sobre" > "Políticas" > “Modelo de Declaração de Responsabilidade”), signed by all authors, and sent along with the article as supplementary documentation.

In manuscripts resulting from studies involving human beings, authors should indicate the procedures adopted to comply with the determinations of Resolution no. 466, December 12, 2012, by the Brazilian Board of Health (or Resolution 196/96) four studies prior to June 2013), as well as the approval protocol number for the research project in the text body. A copy of the protocol should be sent to RGE as supplementary documentation.

Conflicts of interest may arise when authors, reviewers or editors have interest that, even though they may not be completely apparent, can influence their judgments about what is published. Conflicts of interest can be of a personal, commercial, political, academic or financial nature. When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and revealing conflicts of interest that may influence the content of work submitted to RGE.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Writing should be clear and concise, with precise expression of objectives. Arguments should be founded on well justified evidence.

When preparing manuscripts, it is recommendable to search for and cite articles that are pertinent to the theme previously published in national and international scientific literature, facilitating contextualization, coherence and continuity for readers.

The journal is not responsible for grammatical errors and therefore reserves the right to decide on alterations and corrections.

Articles should be submitted in Windows Word format, Times New Roman 12, double spaced (including the abstracts), with all pages numbered, configured on A4 sized paper and with 2.5 cm margins. When articles are written in Portuguese, they should obey the Spelling Agreement of 1990, approved on December 29, 2008.

Titles of text sections should be emphasized by gradation, without being numbered. The title of the article and abstract should be uppercase and bold (ex.: TITLE; ABSTRACT); resumo and resumen, in uppercase, bold and italics (ex.:RESUMO; RESUMEN); first sections in uppercase and bold (ex.:INTRODUCTION); and secondary sections in lowercase and bold (ex.: History). Avoid using markers throughout the text (example: -,*, etc.], and avoid sub-items as well [a), b), c)...].

Original articles, systematic reviews and integrated reviews should be no more than 20 pages long, while theoretical reflective articles should be no longer than 10 pages long, equivalent to 4500-5000 and 2500 words, respectively.

The journal contains the following sections:

Editorial: These texts are the responsibility of the journal's Editorial Board (CDC), which can invite authorities to write them. Editorials should be no longer than 500 words long;

Original articles: These contributions are meant to promote original, previously unpublished research. They should be structured as follows: the introduction should present the guiding question, justification, review of the literature (pertinent and relevant) and objectives coherent with the proposal of the study. The methods employed, population studied, source of data and selection criteria should be described in an objective and complete manner. The results should be described in logical order. When presenting tables and illustrations, accompanying text should complement, not repeat what is described in them. The discussion, which should be written along with the results, should contain comparisons to results in the literature and interpretations by the author(s). Conclusions and final considerations should highlight the most important findings, comment on limitations and implications for new research. Articles should obey the limit of 20 total pages (including title, abstracts, keywords, text body, illustrations and no more than 20 references).

Systematic review articles: these are contributions whose research method is conducted by way of synthesizing the results of original quantitative studies, with the goal of responding to a specific question that is of relevance to nursing or health care. Methodological procedures should be described in detail in all of its stages regarding the search for original studies, criteria for inclusion and exclusion, preliminary test and levels of evidence, following the adopted theoretical and methodological references. Systematic reviews can be characterized as meta-analysis and/or meta-synthesis, depending on the type of methodological approach of the manuscript and study objective. Articles should obey the limit of 20 total pages (including title, abstracts, keywords, text body, illustrations and no more than 20 references).

Integrative review articles: these our contributions that use a research method guidance through synthesis and comparison of the results of research that is quantitative, original qualitative and critically supported theoretical reflections. Their goal is to respond to specific guiding questions, which express the state-of-the-art and/or gaps in knowledge regarding relevant phenomena to nursing and/or health care.  Methodological procedures should be detailed in all stages as called for by the primary references adopted (for example: Cooper, Ganon, Whittmore and Knalf, Brome, among others), which confers scientific credence to the study. These are not literature review articles.  Articles should obey the limit of 20 total pages (including title, abstracts, keywords, text body, illustrations and no more than 20 references).

Reflective articles: these are discursive formulations of a theoretical effect with a theoretical philosophical foundation regarding the global scenario in which a determined investigative or potentially investigative subject is found. Articles should obey the limit of 10 total pages (including title, abstracts, keywords, text body, illustrations and no more than 15 references).

Manuscripts should contain:

Title: which should be coherent with the objectives of the study and identify content in up to 15 words;

Abstract: the first abstract should be presented in the language of the manuscript, contain up to 150 words and be accompanied by its translation to Portuguese (Resumo) and Spanish (Resumen).

It should be drawn up obeying the structured abstract format, with the following items: 

Objectives: (guiding questions of the research) 
Methods: (type of study, sample, period and place of research, data collection, data analysis)
Results: (main findings with statistic data, if appropriate)
Conclusions: (responses to objectives based on results)

With theoretical reflective articles, the description of methodology may be omitted.

Keywords: at the end of the Abstract, indicate three to six words to identify the subject of the manuscript, in English; and their respective translations into Portuguese (Palavras Chaves) and Spanish (Palabras clave), according to “Descritores em Ciências da Saúde – DeCS” (in Portuguese at, RGE may modify them if necessary.

Title in other languages: indicate the title in Portuguese (título) and Spanish (título), right after that language's keywords.

Introduction: this should present the research problem, justification, review of literature (pertinent and relevant), the guiding question of the research and objectives coherent with the proposed research.

Methodology or Methods or Materials and Methods: this should present the method employed: type of study; theoretical references for the study and those used for data analysis, including statistical tests when appropriate; criteria for inclusion and exclusion of subjects/participants; period of the study; location of the study; ethical considerations (approval number by the Ethics in Research Committee); use of the Free and Clarified Consent Term and/or Consent Term for Use of Data, when appropriate.

Results: results should be described in logical order. When tables and illustrations are presented, accompanying text should complement, not repeat what is described in them. Results should be presented separate from the discussion when dealing with original articles resulting from studies with quantitative approaches.

Discussion: this should contain comparison of results with the representative literature and interpretation by the author(s). This should be written together with the results in qualitative studies.

Conclusions or Final Considerations: these should emphasize the most important findings, comment on limitations and implications for new research and for the body of knowledge in the field of Nursing and Health care.

References: No more than 20 references should be presented for original articles and 15 for reflective articles. There is no limit to references for systematic reviews and integrative reviews. References should be recent (last five years), but are acceptable outside of this period if they belong to the fundamental references for the study, and international references must also be cited. In the case of theses and dissertations, it is recommendable to quote, preferentially, the authors/articles used in them.

These should be typed with default spacing and separated by default spacing (1.15 lines). In this section, the title is "References" and not "Bibliographical References". The reference list should be composed of all works cited, numbered by their occurrence in the text body. The Vancouver reference style should be used, by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICM JE), updated in 2013, available at: and adapted by RGE (cf. reference examples). Titles of periodicals should be abbreviated according to NLM Catalog:Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases, available at: For periodicals not found on this website, abbreviations can be used from the Catálogo Coletivo Nacional de Publicações Seriadas (CCN), by IBICT available at: and the Portal de Revistas Científicas em Ciências da Saúde da BVS, available at:

Quotes: these should be presented in the text using the numeric system, with corresponding numbers between parentheses and superscript, without space between the word and quota number. In quotes, author names should not be mentioned, excluding expressions like: "according to...". When a quote is sequential, numbers should be separated by hyphens and when interspersed, should be separated by a comma. When words, sentences or paragraphs in the author's words are transcribed (direct quote), opening and closing quotation marks should be used for the text. Careful use of this feature is recommended, following ABNTNBR 10520/2002 (Informação e Documentação – Citações em documentos – Apresentação).

Research shows that...(1-4).
Several authors believe that...(1,4-5).
“[...] and the following years there was a repeat of the same”(7).

Manuscripts may also contain:

Statements: sentences or paragraphs said by subjects/participants of the research. Do not use quotation marks, and observe the following structure: paragraph indentation (1.25 cm), font size 11, in italics, default spacing, with identification within parentheses, coded according to the author's criteria and separated by default spacing. Omissions should be indicated by the use of ellipses within brackets "[...]" and interventions by the author on what was said by participants of the study should be presented within brackets.

Illustrations: no more than five (images, graphs and tables), in black and white, following these specifications:

-Images and graphs: presented according to ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Informação e documentação - Artigo em publicação periódica científica impressa – Apresentação);

-Tables: should be presented according to IBGE – Normas de Apresentação Tabular, available in Portuguese at:;

-Other illustrations: presented according to ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Informação e documentação - Artigo em publicação periódica científica impressa – Apresentação);

Symbols, abbreviations and acronyms: presented according to ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Informação e documentação - Artigo em publicação periódica científica impressa – Apresentação);

Use bold for emphasis and italics for foreign words.

The presentation of appendices (drawn up by the author(s)) and attachments (drawn up without intervention by the author(s)) should be avoided.


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