ISSN 0103-0582 printed version
ISSN 1984-0462 versión online



Target and policy


The Revista Paulista de Pediatria is a quarterly publication of São Paulo Pediatric Society (Associação de Pediatria de São Paulo). Since 1982, it publishes publishes original articles, case reports and clinical or methodological reviews about health and diseases of neonates, infants, children and adolescents. The objective is to disseminate research with methodological quality on issues that comprise the health of children and adolescents. All articles are freely available online, via SciELO, with their complete texts in Portuguese and in English. It is indexed to Pubmed Central, Medline, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica Database), SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online), LILACS (Literatura Latino-Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde), Index Medicus Latino-Americano (IMLA) BR and Sumários.


Each submitted article is sent to one of the editors, who will verify if it follows the minimum specified publication rules patterns and whether the subject is in the scope of Revista Paulista de Pediatria. After that, the article is sent to two reviewers, experts in the field, blind in relation to the authorship, with a specific form for reviewing. After the review, the editors decide if the article will be accepted without alterations, if it will be refused or if it will be sent back to the authors for modifications for posterior re-evaluation. Faced with this last option, the article is analyzed again by the editors for decision related to acceptance, refusal or need for new alterations.


Original articles: epidemiological, clinical or experimental studies.

Case reports: cases of patients with rare diseases or innovative interventions.

Review articles: non-invited critical or systematic analysis of the literature related to a selected subject.

Letters to the editor: reflect the writers point of view about other articles published in the journal.

Editorials: invited by the editors to discuss a theme or some original controversial and/or interesting paper to be published in the journal.


Instructions for original article


The article should be typed in format A4 (210X297mm), 25mm margins in all sides, double space in all sections. Use Times New Roman font, size 11, pages numbered on the upper right corner (start with face page) and text processor Microsoft Word®. The manuscripts must have, at most:

- Original articles: 3000 words (not including: face page, summary, abstract, tables, charts, figures and bibliographic references) and up to 30 references.

- Reviews: 3500 words (not including: face page, summary, abstract, tables, charts, figures and bibliographic references) and up to 55 references.

- Case reports: 2000 words (not including: face page, summary, abstract, tables, charts, figures and bibliographic references) and up to 25 references.

Clinical trials are only accepted if the registration number and database are given, following the clinical trial standards of PORTARIA No. 1.345, DE 2 DE JULHO DE 2008, Ministry of Health of Brazil.
Available in:

    • According to RDC 36, issued by ANVISA in June 27, 2012, amending the RDC 39/2008, all clinical studies (Phase I, II, III, and IV) should present proof of registration on the database of the Brazilian Clinical Trials Registry (Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos - ReBEC) (, a registry of clinical studies on humans, funded publicly or privately, conducted in Brazil, which is administered by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. The registration number should appear in parentheses at the end of the last abstract (The registration number is - homepage). For cases prior to 2012, proofs of other primary records of the International Clinical Trials Registration Platform (ICTRP/OMS) will be accepted. (


It is compulsory to send the submission letter signed by all authors. In this letter, the authors should refer that the article is original, has never been published and that was not or will not be sent to another journal as long as its publishing is being considered by Revista Paulista de Pediatria. It must be declared in the letter that all authors took part of the conception of the project and/or analysis of obtained data and/or the final writing of the paper and that they all agree to the version sent for publishing. It also must mention that no information has been omitted about financing for research or connection with people or companies that may have interest in the data.Finally, it should indicate that the authors are responsible for the manuscript's content.

Transferring copyrights: By submitting the manuscript to evaluation process at Revista Paulista de Pediatria, all authors must sign the form available at submission homepage, on which the authors recognize that, from that moment of acceptance for publication, the São Paulo Pediatric Society (Associação de Pediatria de São Paulo) is the withholder of the manuscripts copyrights.


Each of the items below should be uploaded in the system as separate files:

1) Submission letter; 2) Opinion of the Institutional Research Ethics Committee; 
3) Transferring copyrights document; 4) Title page; 5) Manuscript with abstract in Portuguese and English, key-words in Portuguese and English, text, references, and tables - Don’t put the authors’ name in this archive; 6) Supplemental file with figures and charts, where relevant.

For original articles, attach a copy of the projects approval by the Committee for Ethics in Research from the institution where the research has been developed. The Revista Paulista de Pediatria adopts the resolution 196/96 of the National Health Council Brazilian Health Ministry, which has approved the New Regulating Policies and Rules of Research involving Human Beings (DOU 1996 Out 16; no201, section 1:21082-21085). For case reports it is also necessary to send the approval of the Committee for Ethics in Research and, if there is the possibility to identify the patient, send a copy of the patients consent to publicize the clinical case. For literature reviews, letters to editor and editorals, there is no need for this approval.

The Revista Paulista de Pediatria checks for plagiarism.


The complete content of the original article must obey the Uniform Requirements for Originals Submitted to Biomedical Magazines, published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements, available at Each of the following sections must start at a new page: front page; abstract and key words in Portuguese; abstract and key-words in English; text; acknowledgement and references. Tables and figures must be numbered with Arabic algarisms and put at the end of the text. Each table and/or figure must contain the title and footer notes. Each table and/or figure must be at a separate page.


Format with the following items:

  • Title of the article in Portuguese (avoid abbreviations) limited 20 words followed by running title limited 60 characters with space.
  • Title of the article in English (avoid abbreviations) limited 20 words followed by running title limited 60 characters with space.
  • FULL name of each of the authors followed by employment or educational institution, which they belong to (must be only one), city, state and country.
  • Correspondent author: define the correspondent author and put full address (with P.O Box, phone number, fax number and, compulsorily, electronic mail).
  • Institution: declare the educational institution, research or assistance in which the work has been developed, with city, state and country.
  • Declaration of interest conflict: describe any connections of any of the authors to companies that may have any interest in publishing the manuscript submitted to the publication. If there is no interest conflict, write: nothing to declare.
  • Financing source of the project: describe if the research has received financial support, what is the source and the number of the process.
  • Total number of words: in the text (exclude face page, summary, abstract, thanks, references, tables, charts and figures), in the abstracts. Put also total number of tables, charts and figures and number of references.

ABSTRACTS (Portuguese and English):

Each of them must have, at most, 250 words. Do not use abbreviations. They must be structured according to the following orientations:

  • Original article: It must contain the following sections: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions.
  • Review articles: It must contain the following sections: Objective, Data sources, Synthesis of data and Conclusions.
  • Case reports: It must contain the following sections: Objective, Case description and Comments.

For the abstract, it is important to obey English grammatical rules. It must be done by someone who is fluent at English.


Provide, below the summary in Portuguese and English, 3 to 6 describers, which will help the adequate inclusion of the paper in the bibliographic data banks. Use exclusively describers from the list Describers in Sciences of Health, elaborated by BIREME and available at This list shows correspondent terms in Portuguese and English.


  • Original article: divided in introduction (succinct, with 4 to 6 paragraphs, only to justify the work and showing, at the end, the objectives); method (specify the outline of the study, describe the population studied and selection methods, define the used procedures, detail statistic method. It is compulsory to declare the approval of procedures by the Committee for Ethics in Research of the institution); results (clear and objective the author should not repeat information from tables and charts in the text); discussion (interpret results and compare with literature data, emphasizing important aspects of the study and their implications, as well as their limitations end this section with conclusions related to the objectives of the study).
  • Review articles: They dont obey a rigid scheme of sections, but it is suggested that they have an introduction to emphasize the importance of the subject, the reviewing itself, followed by comments and, when necessary, by recommendations.
  • Case reports: divided into introduction (succinct, with 3 to 5 paragraphs, to stand out what is known of the disease or of the procedure); case description itself (do not use data that can identify the patient) and discussion (in which is made the comparison to other cases of literature and the innovative or relevant perspective of the case in question).


To avoid using tables on landscape format, the Revista Paulista de Pediatria recommends its authors to use the maximum of 100 characters in each line of the table. However, if the table has two or more columns, the author must remove 5 characters per line. Ex: If there are two columns, the author should use a maximum of 95, if there are three, 90 and so on.


Thank succinctly people or institutions that have contributed for the study, but are not authors.The journal recommends that acknolegements to be put in the first revision in order to avoid interest conflict of the reviewers.

Describing any connections of the authors to companies that may have any interest in publishing the manuscript submitted to the publication. If there is no interest conflict, write: no interest conflict.


In the text: They must be numbered and ordered according to the order of appearance in the text and must be identified by superscripted Arabic numbers without parentheses, and after the punctuation.

At the end of the text (list of references): They must follow the recommended style from International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements and available at, according to the following examples:

1. Articles in Periodicals

Up to 6 authors: list all the authors:

Jih WK, Lett SM, des Vignes FN, Garrison KM, Sipe PL, Marchant CD. The increasing incidence of pertussis in Massachusetts adolescents and adults, 1989-1998. Infect Dis. 2000;182:1409-16.

More than 6 authors:

Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935:40-6.

Research groups:

a. Without a defined author:

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40:679-86.

b. With defined author:

Vallancien G, Emberton M, Harving N, van Moorselaar RJ; Alf-One Study Group. Sexual dysfunction in 1,274 European men suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms. J Urol. 2003;169:2257-61.

No authors:

Non-referred authorship. 21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325:184.

Volume with supplement:

Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42 Suppl 2:S93-9.

Article published electronically, before the printed version:

Yu WM, Hawley TS, Hawley RG, Qu CK. Immortalization of yolk sac-derived precursor cells. Blood; Epub 2002 Jul 5.

Articles accepted for publishing still in press:

Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. In press 2002.

Articles in portuguese:

Follow the style above, in the Portuguese Language.

2. Books, thesis and annals


Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.

(If it is the 1st edition, it is not necessary to mention the edition).

Chapters of books:

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.

(If it is the first edition, it is not necessary to mention the edition).

Conference published in annals:

Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza's computational effort statistic for genetic programming. Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland. p. 182-91.

Abstracts published in annals:

Blank D, Grassi PR, Schlindwein RS, Melo JL, Eckhert GE. The growing threat of injury and violence against youths in southern Brazil: a ten year analysis. Abstracts of the Second World Conference on Injury Control; 1993 May 20-23; Atlanta, USA. p. 137-8.

Mastership or doctorate thesis:

Afiune JY. Avaliação ecocardiográfica evolutiva de recém-nascidos pré-termo, do nascimento até o termo [master's thesis]. São Paulo (SP): USP; 2000.

3. Other published material

Articles in Newspapers, bulletins and other lay press:

Tynan T. Medical improvements lower homicide rate: study sees drop in assault rate. The Washington Post. 2002 Aug 12. p. 1.

Laws, regulations and recommendations:

Brasil - Ministério da Saúde. Recursos humanos e material mínimo para assistência ao RN na sala de parto. Portaria SAS/MS 96; 1994.

Brasil - Ministério da Saúde. Secretaria de políticas de saúde - área técnica de saúde da mulher. Parto, aborto e puerpério: assistência humanizada à mulher. Brasília: Ministério da Saúde, 2001.

Brasil – Presidência da República. Decreto n° 6.871, de 4 de junho de 2009, do Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento. Regulamenta a Lei n° 8.918, de 14 de julho de 1994, que dispõe sobre a padronização, a classificação, o registro, a inspeção, a produção e a fiscalização de bebidas. Brasília: Diário Oficial da União; 2009. Available from:

(If material is available in the internet, put Available from http://www...)

4. Electronic material

Article from electronic periodical:

Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002;102(6) [cited 2002 Aug 12]. Available from:

Monograph in the internet or electronic book:

Foley KM, Gelband H. Improving palliative care for cancer [homepage on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001. Available from:

Homepage/web site: [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:

Part of a homepage or a web site:

American Medical Association [homepage on the Internet]. AMA Office of Group Practice Liaison [cited 2002 Aug 12]. Available from:

Brasil - Ministério da Saúde - DATASUS [homepage on the Internet]. Informações de Saúde- Estatísticas Vitais- Mortalidade e Nascidos Vivos: nascidos vivos desde 1994 [cited 2007 Feb 10]. Available from:

Observation: Personal communication must not be mentioned as references.


Each table must be at a separate page with a title and numbered in the order of appearance in the text. Explanations must be on the footer of the table, not in the title. Do not use any space beside the symbol ±. Type the tables in the text processor Word, using lines and columns do not separate columns as tabulation marks. Do not import tables from Excel or Powerpoint.


Number the graphics according to the order of appearance in the text and put the title under it. The graphics must always be two-dimensional, in black/white (do not use colors) and made in PowerPoint. Send the file apart from the text: do not import charts to the text. Revista Paulista de Pediatria does not accept scanned charts.


The figures must be numbered in order of appearance in the text. Explanations must be in the subtitles (send subtitles with the text file of the manuscript, at a separate page). Figures from other sources must indicate this condition at the subtitle, and there must be a written permission from the source for their reproduction. Obtaining permission to reproduce the images is under the author's responsibility. For pictures of patients, these must not allow the identification of the person in case it is possible to identify the person, it is compulsory to have a consent letter signed by the photographed person or his/her responsible, allowing the publication of the material. Images generated in the computer must be attached with the formats .jpg, .gif or .tif, with minimum resolution of 300 dpi, in a separate file (do not import to the text). It is also possible to send the figure in paper and, in that case, the journal will not be responsible for misplacements, so the author should keep in his/her files the original. The journal does not accept scanned figures.


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