ISSN 1415-5273 printed version
ISSN 1678-9865 online version



Scope and Policy

The Revista de Nutrição (Brazilian Journal of Nutrition) (e-ISSN 1678-9865) is a specialized periodical that publishes articles that contribute to the study of Nutrition in its many sub-areas and interfaces. It is published bimonthly and open to contributions of the national and international scientific communities.

Submitted manuscripts may be rejected without detailed comments after initial review by at least two Revista de Nutrição (Brazilian Journal of Nutrition) editors if the manuscripts are considered inappropriate or of insufficient scientific priority for publication in the Journal.

All articles must be submitted electronically at <>.

All manuscript assessments will end on the second and last version.
The Revista de Nutrição (Brazilian Journal of Nutrition) does not publish more than 1 (one) article from the same author in the same year (volume) to avoid endogeneity. This procedure aims to increase the number of themes and collaborations made by national and foreign authors

Open access policy
The Journal provides open access to all its content, which is protected by the Creative Commons license (CC-BY).

Research involving living beings
Results of research involving human beings and animals, must contain a copy of the Research Ethics Committee approval.

Registration of Clinical Trials
Articles with results of clinical researches must present an identification number in one of the Register of Clinical Trials validated by criteria established the the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), whose addresses are available at the ICMJE site <>.

The identification number must be included at the end of the abstract.

Conflict of interest

Authors: The authors must declare explicitly and individually any potential, direct or indirect, financial or nonfinancial conflict of interest, etc., and any conflict of interest with ad hoc referees.

Ad hoc referees: If any of the referees declare a conflict of interest, the Editorial Board will send the manuscript to another ad hoc referee.

The Journal will use a tool for plagiarism detection on all submitted articles after the peer review process.

Social Networks
In order to increase its dissemination, the Revista de Nutrição (Brazilian Journal of Nutrition) asks the authors to disseminate their articles published at the SciELO site at the social networks below, among others: –
Mendeley –
ResearchGate –
Google Scholar -


Article Category

The Journal only publishes original articles in English. However, the authors may submit the articles in Portuguese, and if the article is accepted for publication, the Journal will provide the name and contact information of translators certified by the Journal. The translation is paid for by the authors.

Original: contributions that aim to disclose the results of unpublished researches, taking into account the relevance of the theme, the scope and the knowledge generated for the research area (maximum limit of 3,500 thousand words).

Review (by invitation): synthesis of the knowledge available on a given theme, based on analysis and interpretation of the pertinent literature, aiming to make a critical and comparative analysis of the works in the area and discuss the methodological limitations and its scope. It also allows the indication of perspectives of continuing studies in that line of research (maximum limit of 4 thousand words). There will be a maximum of two reviews per issue.

Scientific note: partial unpublished data of an ongoing research (maximum limit of 1,500 thousand words).

Thematic Section (by invitation): section whose aim is to publish 2 or 3 coordinated articles from different authors covering a theme of current interest (maximum of 10 thousand words).

Articles category and subjet area
Authors should indicate the article's category and subject area, namely: food and social sciences, nutritional assessment, nutritional biochemistry, nutrition, nutrition education, epidemiology and statistics, micronutrients, clinical nutrition, experimental nutrition, nutrition and geriatrics, nutrition, maternal and infant nutrition in meal production, food and nutrition policies and health.

The Journal of Nutrition does not assess studies that have already been presented in national or foreign events and/or translated into other languages in order to preserve the originality of the study




The list of authors, included below the title, should be limited to 6. The authorship credit must be based on substantial contributions, such as conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of the data. The inclusion of authors whose contribution does not include the criteria mentioned above is not justified. Individuals who made smaller contributions may be listed in the Acknowledgment section. The first page of the article must contain the main institutional affiliation and academic titles of each author.

Manuscript assessment will only begin after the inclusion of this information in the title page.

The identification page must also contain a paragraph clearly describing the contribution made by each author.

Inform the ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) Record number. If you do not have one, register for free at <>. Click here to learn more.

The authors may indicate three referees for assessing the manuscript and their respective e-mails and institutional affiliations. Alternatively, the authors may indicate three referees that should not assess their manuscript.


Manuscript Assessment Process

Original manuscripts will be accepted for assessment as long as they have not been submitted to any other journal and/or published in events to preserve the original character of the article. Manuscripts must contain a letter signed by all authors requesting the Journal to publish their manuscript.

All manuscripts will only start undergoing the publication process if they are in agreement with the Instructions to the Authors. If not, they will be returned for the authors to make the appropriate adjustments, include a letter or other documents that may be necessary. See item preparation of the manuscript.

Articles with any of the mistakes mentioned above will be returned even before they are submitted to assessment regarding the merit of the work and the convenience of its publication.

Pre-analysis: assessment is made by the Scientific Editors based on the originality, pertinence, academic quality, and relevance of the manuscript for the area of nutrition.

Manuscripts approved in this stage will be sent to ad hoc referees. Each manuscript will be sent to three referees of known competence in the theme. The authors may choose one of them. If there is disagreement, the manuscript will be sent to a fourth referee.

Articles with any of the mistakes mentioned above will be returned even before they are submitted to assessment regarding the merit of the work and the convenience of its publication.

The entire manuscript process will end on the second version, which will be final.

The peer review process used is the blind review, where the identity of the authors and the reviewers is not mutually known. Thus the authors must do everything possible to avoid the identification of the authors of the manuscript.

The opinions of the reviewers are one of the following: a) approved; b) new analysis needed; c) refused. The authors will always be informed of the reviewers' opinion.

The referees’ opinions will be analyzed by the associated editors, who will then suggest to the Scientific Editor whether the manuscript should be published. The Editor-in-Chief will make the final decision regarding the publication of the manuscript (Approved or Rejected).

Rejected manuscripts that can be reformulated may be submitted again as a new manuscript and undergo a new assessment process.

When changes are requested by the referees, the manuscript will be returned to the authors along with the referees’ opinions and suggestions. The authors have 30 (thirty) days to make the adjustments, respecting the Greenwich (London) time.

Accepted manuscripts: manuscripts accepted for publication may return to the authors for approval of eventual changes made during the editing and formatting processes, according to the Journal’s style.

Publication in English: if approved, the articles indicated by the Editorial Board will be published in English. For the manuscript to be published, the authors must provide the English translation of the version approved by the Journal. The translation is paid for by the authors.

In order to guarantee the quality and uniformity of the translated manuscripts, the manuscript must be translated by a highly trained translator with proven experience in the translation of scientific texts, indicated and certified by the Journal.

If the manuscript needs reviewing by one of the translators indicated by the Journal, the authors must follow the formatting instructions provided by e-mail by the Journal. The authors are responsible for verifying the entire translation (body of the text, illustrations, tables, charts, etc.).

PDF proofs will be sent to the authors for correction of the final art of the manuscript. The proofs must return to the Editing Center of the Journal before the deadline (within 48 hours). Other changes to the manuscript will not be accepted during this stage.

Only spelling corrections or the substitution of one or another word and numerical data in the tables and graphs will be accepted. The inclusion and/or exclusion of sentences, paragraphs, images, and references will not be accepted. If something needs correcting, please do so as follows:

  1. In the PDF file using the available resources; or
  2. Place a note in upper case letters in the margin of the paper and send only the scanned pages with corrections; or
  3. Make a list in a Word document informing: page, column (right or left), corresponding paragraph, beginning of the sentence, and its respective line.
The authors must sign the terms of agreement with the final art (text and illustrations), whose models will be sent along with the proofs.


Preparation of the manuscript

Submission of papers

Manuscripts need to be accompanied by a letter signed by all the authors describing the type of work and the thematic area, a declaration that the manuscript is being submitted only to the Journal of Nutrition, an agreement to transfer the copy rights and a letter stating the main contribution of the study to the area.

If the manuscript contains figures or tables that have already been published elsewhere, a document given by the original publisher authorizing their use must be included.

The manuscripts need to be sent to the Editorial Center of the Journal, to the site <> with a line spacing of 1.5, font Arial 11. The file must be in Microsoft Word (doc) format version 97-2003 or better.

Any other form of submission will not be accepted by the editors.

The body of the article cannot have any information that can lead to the identification of the author(s), which includes references to previous studies by the same author(s) and the institution, for example.

The pages must be numbered starting at the cover page, which should be numbered 1. Use page size A4, with upper and lower margins of at least 2.5 cm and left and right margins of at least 3 cm. Use line spacing of 1.5 and Arial font size 11. Save the file in a text editor similar to Microsoft Word 2010.

It is strongly recommended that the author(s) seek professional language services (reviewers and/or translators certified in the Portuguese or English languages) before they submit articles that may have semantic, grammar, syntactic, morphological, idiomatic or stylistic mistakes.

The authors should still avoid (i) the use of personal pronouns (my study, we observed, etc.). The scientific discourse must be impersonal, without value judgement, and using the third-person singular; (ii) numbers starting sentences must be written in full, not in Arabic digits; (iii) sentences must be short, clear, and objective; (iv) paragraphs containing only one sentence are not acceptable.

The articles should have approximately 30 references, except for review articles, which may contain about 50 references. A reference must always contain the Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

Reviewed version: send the copies of the reviewed version to the site <>. The author(s) must send only the last version of the work.

All corrections requested by the referees must be made with blue font or underlined. The author(s) must attach a letter to the editor to the corrected version of the manuscript, reiterating their interest in publishing in the Journal and listing the changes that were made in the manuscript. If the author(s) disagree with any of the recommendations made by the referees, they must present arguments that justify their position. The manuscript title and protocol number must be specified.

The cover page must contain:

Complete title in Portuguese: (i) the title must be concise and avoid unnecessary and/or redundant words, such as “assessment of,” “considerations about,” “an exploratory study about;” (ii) do not use abbreviations or indicate the geographic location of the study.

Suggest a short title in English and Portuguese or Spanish for the header with no more than 40 characters with spaces.

Include complete title in English compatible with the title in Portuguese
Include the full name of each author. Do not abbreviate the first names.

Inform the origin, title, and current institutional affiliation of each author in full. Do not use abbreviations.

Indicate the full address of the institution of the corresponding author.

Inform the telephone number and e-mail address of all authors.

Indication of category and thematic area of the article.

Explicitly inform the contribution made by each author. Authorship credit must be based on substantial contributions, such as study conception and design, data analysis and interpretation, article review, and approval of the final version. Including the names of authors who have not made any of the contributions above is not justified.

Inform the ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) record number. If you do not have one, register for free at: <>. Learn more here.

Inform whether the article is based on a dissertation or thesis, indicating the title, author, university, and year of publication.

The authors may include a footnote to acknowledge the sponsor and indicate the number of the process and/or notice, and to acknowledge the collaboration of peers and technicians. The paragraph may not exceed three lines. Note: this must be the only part of the text identifying the authors.

Abstract: all articles submitted in Portuguese or Spanish must contain an abstract in the original language and in English, with at least 150 words and at most 250 words.

The articles submitted in English must contain an abstract in Portuguese in addition to the abstract in English.

Original articles must contain structured abstracts containing objectives, basic research methods, information regarding study location, population and sample, results and most relevant conclusions, considering the objectives of the work and indicating ways of continuing the study.

The other categories should contain a narrative abstract but with the same information.

The text should not contain citations and abbreviations. Provide from 3 to 6 keywords using Bireme's Health Sciences descriptors. <>.

Text: except for the manuscripts presented as Review, Communication, Scientific Note and Assay, the works must follow the formal structure for scientific works:

Introduction: must contain a current literature review pertinent to the theme and appropriate to the presentation of the problem, also emphasizing its relevance. It should not be extensive except for manuscripts submitted as Review Articles.

Methods: must contain a clear and brief description of the method, including the corresponding literature: procedures, universe and sample, measurement tools, and validation method and statistical treatment when applicable.

Regarding the statistical analysis, the authors should demonstrate that the procedures were not only appropriate to test the hypotheses of the study but were also interpreted correctly. The statistical significance levels (e.g. p<0.05; p<0.01; p<0.001) must be mentioned.

Inform that the research was approved by an Ethics Committee certified by the National Council of Health and provide the number of the protocol.

When experiments with animals are reported, indicate if the guidelines of the institutional or national research councils - or if any national law regarding the care and use of laboratory animals - were followed.

Results: whenever possible, the results must be presented in self-explanatory tables and figures and contain statistical analysis. Avoid repeating the data in the text.

Illustrations: All types of tables, figures, graphs, drawings, schemes, flowcharts, photographs, maps, organograms, diagrams, blueprints, charts, pictures, etc. are considered illustrations, which serve to illustrate study data. All empirical studies must include the study location and year. Figures must not repeat the data in tables or already described in the text.
The maximum number of illustrations accepted per article is 5 (five), regardless of type.

The illustrations must be inserted after the references and also submitted separately in their original file formats at the ScholarOne platform.

The illustrations must be editable. Files from the following applications are accepted: Excel, GraphPrism, SPSS 22, Corel Draw Suite X7, and Word. If another application is used, use the standard font Frutiger size 7, which is the font used by the Journal during editing.

Images must have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Graphs and drawings must be generated in graphic design programs, such as Microsoft Excel, CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, etc., and accompanied by their quantitative parameters in a table. Include the names of all variables.

Graphs must not contain the grid lines, and their elements (bars, circles) must be two dimensional (3D not accepted).

The author is responsible for illustration quality. It must be possible to reduce illustration size without loss of definition to the size of one or two columns (7 cm and 15 cm, respectively). The landscape format is not accepted.

Provide a short and concise title to each illustration and number them consecutively and independently using Arabic digits in the order that they are mentioned in the text. Charts and tables must have open side borders.

Graphs must contain the title of all axes ans  all columns of Tables and Charts must have headers.

The words Figure, Table, and Attachment in the text must be capitalized and accompanied by the respective number. Indicate in the text where the illustrations should be inserted. Keep titles concise.

Always include explanatory notes. If any abbreviation or symbol (bold, asterisk, etc.) is used, inform its meaning in the subtitle of the illustration.

If illustrations published in other references are used, attach the document containing the authorization for their use and cite the source.

The contents of illustrations, tables, charts, and figures in bilingual articles or articles in any language other than Portuguese must be translated, and numbers must agree with the language of the article. For example, articles in English use a period to indicate the decimal mark: 1,254.76 grams.

The use of color images is recommended, and color articles are published free of charge.

Discussion: the discussion must properly and objectively explore the results under the light of other observations already published in the literature.

Conclusion: present the relevant conclusions, considering the objectives of the work, and indicate ways to continue the study. Literature citations will not be accepted in this section.

Acknowledgments: may be made in a paragraph no bigger than three lines to institutions or individuals who actually collaborated with the work.

Attachments: should be included only when they are essential to the understanding of the text. The editors will decide upon the need of their publication.

Abbreviations and acronyms: should be used in a standardized fashion and restricted to those used conventionally or sanctioned by use, followed by the meaning in full when it is first mentioned in the text. They must not be used in the title and abstract.

References must follow the Vancouver style
References must be numbered consecutively according to the order that they were first mentioned in the text, according to the Vancouver style.
All authors should be cited in references with two to six authors; if more than six authors, only the first six should be cited followed by et al.

The abbreviations of cited journals should be in agreement with the Index Medicus.

At least 80% of the references must have been published within the last five years in indexed journals, and 20% within the last two years.

Citations/references of undergraduate monographs, works presented in congresses, symposiums, workshops, meetings, among others, and unpublished texts (classes among others) will not be accepted.

If an unpublished study is cited (article in press), the authors must send a copy of the acceptance letter (the article must be approved and have a publication date) of the journal that will publish the article.

If unpublished data obtained by other researchers are cited in the manuscript, it is necessary to include a letter authorizing the use of such data by the original authors.

Literature citations in the text should be in numerical order, Arabic numerals, placed after the citation in superscript, and included in the references. If two authors are mentioned, both are cited using the "&" in between; if more than two authors, the first author is cited followed by the et al. expression.

Direct citations translated by the authors must be accompanied by a footnote containing the text in the original language. Indicate that the citation was translated by the author as follows: (Rodgers et al., 2011, our translation).

The accuracy and appropriateness of references to works that have been consulted and mentioned in the text of the article are of the author(s) responsibility. All studies cited in the text must be listed in the References.


Article with more than six authors
Oliveira JS, Lira PIC, Veras ICL, Maia SR, Lemos MCC, Andrade SLL,et al. Estado nutricional e insegurança alimentar de adolescentes e adultos em duas localidades de baixo índice de desenvolvimento humano. Rev Nutr. 2009; 22(4):453-66. 10.1590/S1415-52732009000400002.

Article with one author
Burlandy L. A construção da política de segurança alimentar e nutricional no Brasil: estratégias e desafios para a promoção da intersetorialidade no âmbito federal de governo. Ciênc Saúde Coletiva. 2009; 14(3):851-60. 10.1590/S1413-81232009000300020.

Article in electronic media
Sichieri R, Moura EC. Análise multinível das variações no índice de massa corporal entre adultos, Brasil, 2006. Rev Saúde Pública [Internet]. 2009 [acesso 2009 dez 18]; 43(suppl.2):90-7. Disponível em: <>. 10.1590/S0034-89102009000900012.

Alberts B, Lewis J, Raff MC. Biologia molecular da célula. 5ª ed. Porto Alegre: Artmed; 2010.

Electronic book
Brasil. Alimentação saudável para pessoa idosa: um manual para o profissional da saúde. Brasília: Ministério da Saúde; 2009 [acesso 2010 jan 13]. Disponível em: <>.

Book chapters
Aciolly E. Banco de leite. In: Aciolly E. Nutrição em obstetrícia e pediatria. 2ª ed. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2009. Unidade 4.

Electronic book chapters
Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs). In: World Health Organization. Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use. 4th ed. Geneva: WHO; 2009 [cited 2010 Jan 14]. Available from: <>.

Dissertations and theses
Duran ACFL. Qualidade da dieta de adultos vivendo com HIV/AIDS e seus fatores associados [mestrado]. São Paulo: Universidade de São Paulo; 2009.

Electronic texts
Sociedade Brasileira de Nutrição Parental e Enteral. Assuntos de interesse do farmacêutico atuante na terapia nutricional. 2008/2009 [acesso 2010 jan 14]. Disponível em: <>.

Software de avaliação nutricional. DietWin Professional [programa de computador]. Versão 2008. Porto Alegre: Brubins Comércio de Alimentos e Supergelados; 2008.

For other examples  please see the norms of the Committee of Medical Journals Editors (Vancouver Group) at <>.



  • Documents: (i) Declaration of responsibility and transfer of the copyrights signed by all authors, respecting the order of authorship used in the article. (ii) Include the permission of editors for the reproduction of figures and tables published elsewhere. (iii) Copy of the approval given by the Research Ethics Committee.
  • Verify if the text, including the abstract, tables and references use font Arial size 11 and have 1.5 spacing between the lines.
  • Verify if the upper and lower margins have at least 2.5 cm and the left and right margins have at least 3.0 cm.
  • Verify if the information of the captions of figures and tables is complete.
    Prepare a title page with the requested information.
  • Cover page with complete identification of the authors as recommended in the item Preparation of the Manuscript.
  • Include structured abstracts for original works and narrative abstracts for the other categories with a maximum of 250 words, in both languages, Portuguese and English, or Spanish when applicable, with the respective keywords.
  • Verify if the references are listed according to the Vancouver style, numbered according to the order in which they appear for the first time in the text and if all of them are cited in the text.
  • When submitting the manuscript at the ScholarOne site, include all illustrations in their original files (in addition to their insertion after the references in the text file) and all the documents signed by all authors.



The following documents must accompany articles submitted to the Journal of Nutrition: (1) Declaration of responsibility; (2) Transfer of the copyrights; and (3) Study justification. When applicable, also include a document that authorizes the use of illustrations (tables, graphs, figures, etc.) published in other sources.

All documents must contain:
- Title of the manuscript;
- Full name of all authors (in the same order that they appear in the manuscript);
- Corresponding author;
- Signature of all authors.

Document templates:

Declaration of responsibility
- "I certify that I participated in the conception of the work and make public my responsibility for its content and that I did not omit any connections or funding agreements among the authors and companies that may have an interest in the publication of this article".

- "I certify that the manuscript is original and that the work, in part or in full, or any other work with a substantially similar content, of my authorship, was not sent to another journal and will not be sent to another journal while its publication is being considered by the Brazilian Journal of Nutrition, either in printed or electronic format".

Author(s) signature(s):

Date ___/___/___

Transfer of Copyrights
“If the manuscript is accepted for publication by the Journal of Nutrition, the Journal of Nutrition will have the manuscript copyright and we, the authors, may reproduce, distribute, transmit, or reuse the manuscript immediately after it is published at the SciELO site at, necessarily citing the source.” 

Author(s) signature(s):

Date ___/___/___

Justification of the article
I point out that the main contribution of the study to the area to which it belongs is the following: __________________________________
(Write a paragraph justifying why the journal should publish your article, pointing out its scientific relevance, and its contribution to the discussions of the area to which it belongs, the point(s) that characterizes its originality and the consequent potential to be cited).

Given the competence of the study area, I indicate the name of the following (three) researchers that may act as reviewers of the manuscript. I also declare that there is no conflict of interests for this indication.

All authors listed in the cover page must sign the documents. The signed documents must be submitted in Stage 6 of the submission process of the ScholarOne platform.

Pictures of signatures will not be accepted. Only scanned or electronic signatures are accepted to avoid any type of fraud. The documents should be submitted in image and PDF formats.

Journal of Nutrition
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