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

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

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.

There is no fee for submission and review articles.

Submission

All articles must be submitted electronically at <http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rn-scielo>.

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

At the time of submission must be attached: (1) The article (complete file in Word format, including cover sheet, abstract, text, references and illustrations); (2) The illustrations (in editable file, in the formats accepted by the magazine); (3) All documentation required by the magazine (duly signed by all authors).

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.

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 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.

Plagiarism
All submitted articles will be screened using the plagiarism detection tool CrossCheck before 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:
Academia.edu – https://www.academia.edu/
Mendeley – https://www.mendeley.com/
ResearchGate – http://www.researchgate.net/
Google Scholar - https://scholar.google.com.br/schhp?hl=pt-BR

Referees

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 review as long as they have not been submitted to any other journal in parallel and/or published previously to preserve the original character of the article. They should be accompanied by: a submission cover letter, a completed submission checklist, and all other documents listed in the item "Documents". All documents must be signed by all authors.

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.

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 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.).

 

Preparing the Manuscript

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.


Article Category

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 - including resumo, abstract, tables, graphs, figures and references).

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 โ€“ including resumo, abstract, tables, graphs, figures and references). There will be a maximum of two reviews per issue.

Research note: partial unpublished data of an ongoing research (maximum limit of 1,500 thousand words โ€“ including resumo, abstract, tables, graphs, figures and references).

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 โ€“ including resumo, abstract, tables, graphs, figures and references).

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 text should not exceed the number of words established according to article category.

Text structure

The manuscript text should be prepared as follows:

  • 1.5 spacing between the lines;
  • Arial 12 pt;
  • The total number of words in the manuscript should be within the word limit according to its category (the word count should include the words in the abstract and body of the manuscript but not the cover page, references, and illustrations);
  • It should be arranged in the following order, including the items that must be presented on separate pages:
    • Cover page (page 1);
    • Resumo/Abstract (page 2);
    • Text (page 3);
    • References (in a separate page below the text);
    • Illustrations (include each one on a separate page below the references);
  • Manuscript should be prepared using a word processor similar to Microsoft Word 2010;
  • Use A4 paper; top and bottom margins of 2.5 cm; left and right margins of 3 cm;
  • Page numbers must be placed on the lower left-hand corner;
  • References format should facilitate manuscript revision and editing. Therefore, they should be written according to the Vancouver style, using 1.5 spacing between the lines and 12-point font size;
  • The illustrations (Figures and Tables) must be inserted below the References, each one on a separate page, regardless of their size.
  • The cover page must contain:

    a) 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.

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

    c) Include complete title in English compatible with the title in Portuguese.

    d) Include the full name of each author. Do not abbreviate the first names. The list of authors, included below the title, should be limited to 6. The Journal strongly recommends that every author and co-authors keep their CV updated on the Lattes Platform for the submission of articles.

    e) Include the authors' academic degree (master's, doctor's, etc.), their current institutional affiliation (only one affiliation per author in 3 levels of affiliation, without abbreviations or acronyms), and city, state, and country.

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

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

    h) 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. Authors' contribution should be written in the language the article will be published.

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

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

    k) Indicate the following items:
    Article category;
    Subject Area;
    Total number of illustrations (tables, pictures, and figures);
    Total number of words (according to the manuscript category).

    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, and other types of notes will not be accepted (except in translation of quotations).


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

    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 text should not contain citations and abbreviations. Provide from 3 to 6 keywords using Bireme's Health Sciences descriptors. <http://decs.bvs.br>.

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


    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.

    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.

    In references that have up to 6 authors, display all of the author names. If the reference has more than 6 authors, cite the first 6 authors and then write "et al".

    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.

    Citations of a journal article in press, whether it was written by one of the authors or by different sources, must be accompanied by a copy of the letter of acceptance (article accepted but not yet published) from the journal it is going to be published. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the citation/reference will be excluded.

    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.

    When the cited document has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, inform the number and exclude the access date (see examples of electronic material). The hyperlink https://doi.org/... must be used.

    Reference citations in the text should be presented in numerical order, in Arabic numerals enclosed in square brackets (eg. [1], [2], [3]), after the author's surname, and they must be included in the list of references.

    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.

    Examples

    Journal article in print
    Canuto JMP, Canuto VMP, Lima MHA, Omena ALCS, Morais TML, Paiva AM, et al. Fatores de risco associados à hipovitaminose D em indivíduos adultos infectados pelo HIV/aids. Arch Endocrinol Metab. 2015;59(1):34-41.

    Article with more than six authors in eletronic media
    Fuermaier ABM, Tucha L, Janneke K, Weisbrod M, Lange KW, Aschenbrenner S, et al. Effects of methylphenidate on memory functions of adults with ADHD. Appl Neuropsychol Adult. 2017 [cited 2017 May 15]; 24(3):199-211. Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23279095.2015.1124108

    Article that includes a DOI number
    Lazarini FM, Barbosa DA. Intervenção educacional na Atenção Básica para prevenção da sífilis congênita. Rev Latino-Am Enfermagem. 2017 [citado 2017 maio 2];25:e2845. https://doi.org/10.1590/1518-8345.1612.2845

    Book
    Damiani D. Endocrinologia na prática pediátrica. 3ยช ed. Barueri: Manole; 2016.

    Electronic book
    Lomer M. Advanced nutrition and dietetics in gastroenterology. Oxford: Wiley; 2014 [cited 2017 June 6]. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118872796.fmatter/pdf

    Book chapter
    Cominetti CR, Horst MM, Aderuza M. Parte 4: nutrientes, genômica nutricional e relação saúde-doença. In: Cominetti CR, Horst MM, Aderuza M. Genômica Nutricional: dos fundamentos à nutrição molecular. Barueri: Manole; 2015.

    Electronic book chapter
    Baranoski MCR. Cidadania dos homossexuais. In: Baranoski MCR. A adoção em relações homoafetivas. Ponta Grossa: UEPG; 2016 [citado 2017 maio 25]. Disponível em: http://books.scielo.org/id/ym6qv

    Dissertations and Theses
    Lee T. Comparing mindfulness-enriched weight management to current standard practices [these]. Lexington: University of Kentucky; 2017.

    Electronic texts
    Loss S. Nutrição enteral plena vs hipocalórica no paciente crítico. São Paulo: Sociedade Brasileira de Nutrição Parenteral e Enteral; 2017 [acesso 2017 maio 25]. Disponível em: www.sbnpe.com.br/news-braspen/atualizacao-em-tn/nutricao-enteral-plena-vs-hipocalorica-no-paciente-critico.

    Software
    Brubins Comércio de Alimentos e Supergelados. Dietwin: software de nutrição. Porto Alegre: Brubins Comércio de Alimentos e Supergelados Ltda; 2017.

    For other examples  please see the norms of the Committee of Medical Journals Editors (Vancouver Group) at <http://www.icmje.org>.

 

Preparing the 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 below the references and should also be submitted as separate files in their original source file through the ScholarOne platform, in Step 6.

The illustrations must be editable. The following graphic design software and word processor are accepted: Excel, GraphPrism, SPSS 22, Corel Draw Suite X7, and Word. Therefore, images can be submitted only in the following file extensions: cdr, .pzf, .spv, .jpg, .jpeg, .xls, .xlsx, .doc, .docx, .vsdx, .vst. If a different software 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 the quality of the illustrations. Make sure it is possible to reduce the size of the illustrations to the widths of one or two columns (7 cm and 15 cm respectively) without loss of resolution. 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.

Manuscripts written in languages other than Portuguese should include accurate translation of the illustrations (tables, charts, and figures) and use the proper decimal separator. For example, in manuscripts written in English, the dot or period is used as the decimal point within numbers: 1,254.76 grams.

If illustrations published in other sources are used, attach the document containing the authorization for their use and cite the source. In the case of photographs, it is necessary to include a statement with a written permission to use the image, even if there is an attempt to hide the identity of the person (s) in the photographs.

The authors are responsible for ensuring that nothing in the manuscript infringes any existing copyright or intellectual property right of a third-party, otherwise they may be subjected to legal action, according to the Law No. 9.610/98, which governs copyright.

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

 

Submission Checklist

Download the submission checklist here. Its completion is mandatory, and it must be signed and attached to ScholarOne, along with the other documents.

Reviewed version

Send the copies of the reviewed version to the site http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rn-scielo. 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. If the authors do not resubmit the reformulated article and response letter within the deadline, the editorial process will be terminated at any phase of the submission. The manuscript title and protocol number must be specified.

After acceptance

Proofs

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.

 

Documents

At the time of submission, it is mandatory that the authors send the following documentation with the article:

1) Cover letter for the submission of the article. [Template]
2) Completed and signed submission checklist.
3) All authors' Curriculum Lattes updated in the last three months (only Brazilian authors). [Template]
5) Copy of the approval letter from the Research Ethics Committee.
6) Proofreading declaration of the translated manuscript.

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.

Revista de Nutrição (Brazilian Journal of Nutrition)
All articles must be submitted electronically according to the instructions published at <http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rn-scielo>.

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