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



Scope and policy

The Brazilian Journal of Nutrition 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 Brazilian Journal of Nutrition editors if the manuscripts are considered inappropriate or of insufficient scientific priority for publication in the Journal.


Article category

The Journal accepts unpublished articles in Portuguese, Spanish or English, with title, abstract and keywords in the original language and in English, in the following categories:

Original: contributions that aim to disclose the results of unpublished researches, taking into account the relevance of the theme, the scope and the knowledge generated for the research area (maximum limit of 5 thousand words).

Special: invited articles on current themes (maximum limit of 6 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 6 thousand words). There will be a maximum of two reviews per issue.

Communication: information reported on relevant themes and based on recent research, whose objective is to subsidize the work of professionals who work in the field, serving as a presentation or update on the theme (maximum limit of 4 thousand words).

Scientific note: partial unpublished data of an ongoing research (maximum limit of 4 thousand words).

Assay: works that can bring reflection and discussion of a subject that generates questioning and hypotheses for future research (maximum limit of 5 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.


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.

The authors must indicate three possible reviewers for the manuscript. Alternatively, the authors may indicate three reviewers to whom they do not want their manuscript to be sent.


Editorial procedures


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 manuscripts must explicitly contain in the identification page the contribution of each one of the authors.

Manuscript judgment process

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.

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 must also avoid using the first person of the singular, "my study...," or the first person of the plural "we noticed...," since scientific texts ask for an impersonal, non-judgmental discourse.

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-evaluation: Scientific Editors evaluate manuscripts according to their originality, application, academic quality and relevance in nutrition.

Once the articles are approved in this phase, they will be sent to ad hoc peer reviewers selected by the editors. Each manuscript will be sent to two reviewers of known competence in the selected theme. One of them may be chosen by the authors' indicatiton. If there is disagreement, the manuscript will be sent to a third reviewer.

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.

Reviews are examined by the Editors who will recommend or not the manuscript’s approval by the Scientific Editor.

Rejected manuscripts that can potentially be reworked can be resubmitted as a new article and will undergo a new peer review process.


Conflict of interest

If there are conflicts of interest regarding the reviewers, the Editorial Committee will send the manuscript to another ad hoc reviewer.

Accepted manuscripts: accepted manuscripts may return to the authors for the approval of changes done in the editorial and normalization process, according to the Journal's style.

Proof sheets: the proof sheets will be sent to the authors for correction of printing mistakes. The proof sheets need to be sent back to the Editorial Center within the stipulated deadline. Other changes to the manuscript will not be accepted during this phase.


Preparation of the manuscript

Submission of works

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.

It is essential that the body of the article does not contain any information that may identify the author(s), including, for example, reference to previous works of the author(s) or mention of the institution where the work was done.

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.

Please use a color font (preferably blue) or underline all the changes made to the text. Include a letter to the editor confirming your interest in publishing your article in this Journal and state which changes were made in the manuscript in the reviewed version. If the authors disagree with the opinion of the reviewers, they should present arguments that justify their position. The title and the code of the manuscript must be specified.

Title page must contain

a) full title - must be concise, avoiding excess wording, such as "assessment of...," "considerations on...," "exploratory study...."

b) short title with up to 40 characters (including spaces) in Portuguese (or Spanish) and English;

c) full name of all the authors, indicating the institutional affiliation of each one of them. Only one title and affiliation will be accepted per author. The author(s) should therefore choose among their titles and institutional affiliations those that they deem more important;

d) all data of the titles and affiliations must not contain any abbreviations;

e) provide the full address of all the universities to which the authors are affiliated;

f) provide the full address for correspondence of the main author for the editorial procedures, including fax and telephone numbers and e-mail address.

Observation: this must the only part of the text with author identification.

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.

Tables, charts and figures should be limited to five in all and given consecutive and independent numbers in Arabic numerals, according to the order the data is mentioned, and should be presented in individual sheets and separated, indicating their location in the text. It is essential to inform the location and year of the study. Each one should have a brief title. The charts and tables must be open laterally.

The author(s) are responsible for the quality of the figures (drawings, illustrations, tables and graphs) that should the large enough to fit one or two columns (7 and 15cm respectively); the landscape format is not accepted. Figures should be in jpeg format and have a minimum resolution of 400 dpi.

Graphs and drawings should be made in vector design software (Microsoft Excel, CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator etc.), followed by their quantitative parameters in a table and the name of all its variables.

The publication of color images will be paid by the author(s) once the technical viability of their reproduction is verified. If the authors are interested, the Journal will provide the costs which will vary according to the number of images, their distribution in different pages, and the concomitant publication of color material by other author(s).

Once the authors are informed of such costs, they are expected to pay via wire transfer. The information for the wire transfer will be given at the appropriate time.

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.

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 the unpublished work of one of the authors of the manuscript is cited (that is, an in press article), it is necessary to include the letter of acceptance 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.

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 authors whose works were cited in the text should be listed in the References section.


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. doi: 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. doi: 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: <>. doi: 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 [Internet]. 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 [Internet]. 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 [Internet]. Assuntos de interesse do farmacêutico atuante na terapia nutricional. 2008/2009 [acesso 2010 jan 14]. Disponível em: < php?pg=13&ct=A>.


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)



- Declaration of responsibility and transfer of copyrights signed by each author.
- 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.
- Indication of category and thematic area of the article.
- Verify if the information of the captions of figures and tables is complete.
- Prepare a title page with the requested information.
- Include the name of the sponsors and the number of the process.
- Indicate if the article is based on a thesis/dissertation, and include its title, name of institution and year of defense.
- Include the title of the manuscript in Portuguese and in English.
- Include a short title with a maximum of 40 characters including spaces for use as caption in all pages.
- 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.
- Include the permission of editors for the reproduction of figures and tables published elsewhere.
- Copy of the approval given by the Research Ethics Committee.



Declaration of responsibility and transfer of Copyrights

Each author must read and sign the documents (1) Declaration of Responsibility and (2) Transfer of Copyrights, which must contain:

- Title of the manuscript:

- Full name of the authors (in the same order that they appear in the manuscript).

- Author responsible for the negotiations:

1. Declaration of responsibility: all people listed as authors must sign declarations of responsibility as shown below:

- "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".

2. Transfer of copyrights: "I declare that, if the article is accepted for publication, the Brazilian Journal of Nutrition will have the copyrights to the article and the ownership of the article will be exclusive to the Journal; any partial or full reproduction of the article in any other part or publishing media, printed or electronic, is strictly forbidden without the previous and necessary authorization of the Journal; if granted, a note thanking the Journal must be included".
Signature of the author(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.


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