ISSN 0037-8682 printed version
ISSN 1678-9849 online version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope

The Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical is an official journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine. It is a multidisciplinary, open-access journal (Creative Commons License - CC-BY - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) that publishes original research related to tropical diseases, preventive medicine, public health, infectious diseases, and related matters on a bimonthly basis. Publication preference will be given to articles reporting original observations or research. The journal has a peer-review system for evaluating submitted articles. The Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical is published in English.

 

Review policy

Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropicalare initially evaluated by the administrative staff to ensure compliance with journal guidelines. Those manuscripts that meet the basic requirements will then be sent to at least two reviewers for evaluation through a peer review system. The journal editors will use the reviewers' detailed reports to decide whether to accept a submitted paper. If there is a difference of opinion amongst the reviewers, the manuscript will be sent to a third reviewer to validate a final editorial decision, in accordance with the submission workflow of the Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical (available online at http://www.scielo.br/revistas/rsbmt/iinstruc.htm#005).

The editorial office can be contacted at the following address:
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Av. Getúlio Guaritá s/n
P.O. Box 118
Zip code: 38001-970
Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Telephone: 55-34-3318-5287
Fax: 55-34-3318-5279
e-mail: rsbmt@rsbmt.uftm.edu.br
http://www.scielo.br/rsbmt

 

Manuscript types

The journal invites the following types of manuscripts for consideration: Major Articles, Review and Mini-Review Articles, Editorials, Short Communications, Case Reports, Technical Reports, Images in Infectious Diseases, Letters and Special Numbers.

Major Articles: Major article manuscripts must report original research not previously published or in consideration for publication elsewhere. Major articles have a 3,500-word limit (excluding the abstract, title and references). Manuscripts must include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words, organized using the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The manuscript text should be organized using the following headings: Title, Running Title, Structured Abstract, Keywords (up to five words), Manuscript Text (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion), Conflict of Interest Statement, References List and Figures Titles/Legends. A total of five illustrations (tables and figures) are allowed.

Review Articles: Review articles should present a critical review of recent trends and progress in the study of infectious diseases, rather than a mere literature review; such articles are usually written at the direct request of the editor. Review articles have a 3,500-word limit (excluding the abstract, title and references) and should be accompanied by a non-structured abstract of up to 250 words; Five illustrations (tables and figures) are allowed. The Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical also publishes mini-reviews. These articles have a 3,000-word limit (excluding the abstract, title and references) and must be accompanied by a non-structured abstract of up to 200 words; mini-reviews may contain up to three illustrations (tables and figures). The manuscript should be organized using the following headings: Title, Running Title, Abstract (non-structured), Manuscript Text, Conflict of Interest Statement, References List and Figures Titles/Legends.

Editorials: Editorial pieces are usually written on invitation, bearing in mind the scope of the journal and its preferred topics; they have a 1,500-word limit, without abstract and keywords, may use one illustration (table or figure), and should have 10 references or fewer.

Short Communications: Short Communication manuscripts should be reports on exciting new results of research or investigation occurring within the scope of the journal. Such articles have a 2,000-word limit; they should have a structured abstract of no more than 100 words (with the subheadings Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions) and may include up to 15 references. Up to three illustrations (tables and figures) are allowed. Up to three keywords are allowed. The body of the manuscript should not be divided into topics or subheadings. A Conflicts of Interest Statement must be included.

Case Reports: Case reports must be brief reports of up to 1,500 words, with a maximum of three illustrations (tables and figures), up to 12 references, and a non-structured abstract of up to 100 words. The body of the manuscript should be divided according to the following headings: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, References and Figures title/legend.

Technical Reports: Technical reports should be concise reports on the results and recommendations of a meeting of experts. Such reports may be also considered if they are formatted as an editorial.

Images in Infectious Diseases: An “Images in Infectious Diseases” submission must include up to three photographs of the best quality possible. Only three authors and three references (not cited in the text) are allowed. The maximum length of such an article is 250 words (excluding title and references), with an emphasis on figure description. The themes should involve some clinical lesson and provide appropriate illustrations and figure descriptions to clarify that lesson.

Letters: Readers are encouraged to write about any topic related to infectious diseases and tropical medicine that fits with the scope of the journal. Letters should be no longer than 1,200 words, without abstract and keywords, with only one illustration (table or figure), and may discuss material previously printed in the journal and cite up to 12 references.

Special Numbers: Proposals for supplemental materials must be made in writing to the Editor and/or Guest Editor. They will be evaluated on the suitability of a topic, program organization, or production according to the scope of the journal.

 

Manuscript preparation

Authors are advised to read these instructions carefully and follow them closely to ensure the timely and efficient review and publication of their manuscript. The Editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Online submission system: All manuscripts to be considered for publication in the Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropicalshould be submitted in electronic form via the online submission system at http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo or http://www.scielo.br/rsbmt. The author must choose one manuscript category from the “Manuscript types” menu: Major Articles, Editorials, Review Articles, Mini-Review, Short Communications, Case Reports, Technical Reports, Images in Infectious Diseases, Letters, Authors Reply or Other (when a submission does not fit in any other category). Authors and co-authors are entirely responsible for the contents of the manuscript.

Cover Letter: a) It must contain a statement to ensure that the proposed manuscript describes original research and is not published or under consideration by another scientific journal. The cover letter must also state that the data/results of the manuscript are not plagiarized. b) The letter must be signed by all authors and, when strictly impossible, the first and the last author may sign by proxy for the other co-authors. c) In the Cover Letter, the authors must include a declaration of their acknowledgment that the manuscript, after submission, may not have the order or the number of authors altered without providing any justification and/or information to Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical. d) The authors must declare that they agree, if the manuscript is accepted for publication, to the transfer of all copyrights to Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical.

Authors' contribution: The authors must include, in a separate document, a statement of authorship responsibility, specifying the contribution of each author to the study.

Pre-Submission Language Editing: All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine must be in English. To make the process easier and faster, it is highly recommended that the authors use a professional English editing and/or translation service prior to submission. However, engaging in language editing does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication.

 

Manuscript layout

The manuscript should be prepared using standard word processing software and should use Times New Roman size 12 font with double spacing throughout the text, figure title/legends, and references, with margins of at least 3 cm. Divide the manuscript into the following sections: Cover Letter (addressed to the Editor-in Chief), Title Page, Manuscript Title, Running title, Abstract, Keywords, Manuscript Text, Conflict of Interest statement, Acknowledgments, Financial Support, References and Figure Title/Legends. Cover Letter, Title Page, Acknowledgments and Financial Support must be included in a separated document. Acknowledgments and Financial Support information can be included in the Title Page document. Abbreviations should be used sparingly.

Title Page: The title page should include the authors' names in direct order and without abbreviations, along with institutional affiliations (e.g. each author's department, institution, city, state, and country). The complete address of the corresponding author must be specified, including telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. Financial Support and Acknowledgments could be included in Title page too. The number of authors and co-authors per paper should be limited to eight, except for multicenter studies.

Potential reviewers: Authors are asked to provide names and contact information (e.g., e-mail and Institutional Affiliation) for three potential unbiased reviewers, preferably from a different institution or region than the authors.

Title: The title should be as concise, clear and, informative as possible. It should not contain abbreviations and should not exceed 200 characters, including spaces.

Running Title: The running title may include up to 50 characters.

Structured Abstract: The structured abstract should summarize the results obtained and the major conclusions in such a way that a reader not already familiar with the particular topic of the paper can understand the implications of the article. The abstract should not exceed 250 words (100 words in the case of short communications) and must be structured according to the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Abbreviations should be avoided.

Keywords: Three to five important keywords should be listed in English immediately below the structured abstract.

Introduction: The article's introduction should be brief, setting out the purposes for which the study has been performed. Any relevant previous studies should be cited only when essential.

Methods: The methods used in the study should be reported in sufficient detail that readers and reviewers can understand precisely what has been done; any description should be thorough enough to allow repetition or replication by others. Standard techniques only need to be referenced; detailed descriptions are not required.

Ethics: When reporting on experiments on human beings, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional, regional, or national) and in keeping with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964, as revised in 1975, 1983, 1989, 1996, and 2000. When reporting on experiments on animals, indicate whether a national research council's guide for animal experimentation or any law on the care and use of laboratory animals was complied with and the approval number must be sent to the journal.

Clinical trials: In the case of clinical trials, the manuscript should be accompanied by the number and agency of register of the relevant clinical trial (REBEC platform). This requirement is in accordance with guidelines set by BIREME/OPAS/OMS and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org) and the Workshop ICTPR.

Results: The results section should be a concise and impersonal account of the new information revealed by the study or research in question. Avoid repeating in the text the data presented in any tables or illustrations.

Discussion: The discussion section should directly relate to the study being reported. Do not include a general review of the topic and keep the discussion concise and relevant.

Acknowledgments: Any acknowledgments should be short, concise, and restricted to those that are absolutely necessary. In case of sponsoring institutions, do not use acronyms.

Conflict of Interest: All authors should disclose any type of conflict of interest during the development of the study.

Financial Support: List all the financial support received from agencies, institutions, and other organizations that funded the research in whole or in part.

References: References should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. List all authors when there are up to six. For seven or more authors, list the first six, followed by “et al.” Type the reference list on a separate page at the end of the manuscript, using double spacing.

Numbered references to personal communications, unpublished data, or manuscripts either “in preparation” or “submitted for publication” should not be listed among the references. If essential, such material can be incorporated at the appropriate place in the text in accordance with the following examples: (AB Figueiredo: Personal Communication, 1980); (CD Dias, EF Oliveira: Unpublished Data). In-text citations should be indicated using the appropriate reference numbers as superscripts to the corresponding word, using parentheses and no commas (e.g. World(1) (2) (3); Life(30) (42) (44) (45) (46) (47) (48) (49) (50).)

The references at the end of the manuscript should follow the system used in the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals (for more information, please see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine).

The titles of any journals referenced should be abbreviated according to the style used in the Index Medicus (for more information, please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=journals&TabCmd=Limits).

The following are sample references:

1. Articles citation in general: Authors, Article title (original language), Periodical name, year, Issue/Volume, articles pages.
Russell FD, Coppell AL, Davenport AP. In vitro enzymatic processing of radiolabelled big ET-1 in human kidney as a food ingredient. Biochem Pharmacol 1998; 55:697-701.

2. Book chapter: Authors' book chapter, Chapter title, Editors, Book name, Edititon, City, Publisher, Year and chapter pages.
Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In: Katzung BG, editor. Basic and clinical pharmacology. 6th ed. Norwalk (CN): Appeleton and Lange; 1995. p. 361-380.

3.Book: Book authors, Book name, edition, City, Editor and Year.
Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.

4. Dissertation/Thesis: Author, Dissertation/Thesis name, Year, Number of pages (total), Book Type, Publisher, Year, Place of Publication.
Cosendey MAE. Análise da implantação do programa farmácia básica: um estudo multicêntrico em cinco estados do Brasil. 2000. 358 p. (Doctor's Thesis). Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública. Fundação Oswaldo Cruz; 2000 Rio de Janeiro.

Figures: All illustrations should be submitted as separate files and named using only the figure number (example: Figure 1; Figure 2). All figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals and cited consecutively in the text.

Title and Legends: Any titles and legends should be typed at the end of the manuscript with double spacing.

Dimensions: The dimensions of any necessary illustrations and figures should not exceed 18 cm wide by 23 cm high. Correct specifications for each figure format are as follows:

  • Photographs: must be submitted in high-resolution TIFF format. Verify that any photograph was taken at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi—preferably between 900 and 1200 dpi—and prepared using an image editing program (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Corel Photo Paint, etc.).
  • Graphics: should be created using Microsoft Excel and saved using the original extension (.xls).
  • Maps and Illustrations: should be professionally vectorized (drawn) in high resolution by using CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator software.
  • Images: should be produced using statistics software and converted to Excel format (.xls) or, if the program allows, to PDF format.

Tables: Any necessary tables should be typed with single spacing, include a short descriptive title (positioned above the table), and submitted as separate files. Legends for each table should appear at the bottom of the same page as the table. All tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals and cited consecutively in the text. Tables should not have vertical rules, and horizontal rules should be kept to a minimum. Tables should be a maximum of 18 cm wide by 23 cm high, using Times New Roman, size 9 font.

Submission Process: All manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo and must follow the instructions at the top of each screen. From this date on, the peer review process will also take place completely online.

On Resubmissions and Revisions: The journal differentiates between: a) manuscripts that have been rejected and b) manuscripts that will undergo further consideration after any requested changes have been made.

Resubmissions: If you have received a letter of rejection and wish the Editors to reconsider their decision, you may resubmit your work. In this case, your file will be considered a new submission and you will receive a new manuscript number.

Revision: If the peer reviewers recommend revising your manuscript, please send it for a second analysis and review, forwarding the revised manuscript with the same manuscript number as the original.

After Acceptance: Once a paper is accepted for publication, the publication process includes the following steps:

    a) A copyright assignment form, provided by the journal's Secretary signed by the authors must be returned to the journal.
    b) Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to be carefully checked for typesetting accuracy. Changes or additions to the edited manuscript cannot be allowed at this stage of the editing process. The corrected proofs should be returned to the journal within four days after their receipt by the corresponding author.
    c) Accepted articles will appear in the printed issues of the journal in the order that they were submitted, revised, and accepted.
    d) Any accepted articles that have not yet appeared in print will be made available online while they await publication in the printed version.

Reprints: The journal provides free PDF files of published articles to authors via e-mail.

Page Charges: There will be no page charges for publication in the journal.

All materials must be translated into English prior to submission of the manuscript. The authors are solely responsible for selecting, hiring, and paying for any necessary translation services. The Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical does not provide any kind of translation services. Costs for publication of color images are responsibility of the authors.

 

Workflow

SUBMISSION WORKFLOW OF THE REVISTA DA SOCIEDADE BRASILEIRA DE MEDICINA TROPICAL

The Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical is an official journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine. It is a multidisciplinary, open-access journal that publishes original research related to tropical diseases, preventive medicine, public health, infectious diseases, and related matters on a bimonthly basis. The journal has a peer-review system for evaluating submitted articles. All manuscripts to be considered for publication in the Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical should be submitted in electronic form via the online submission system at (http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo).

Journal's review policy (workflow):

  1. All manuscripts submitted for publication in the Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical are initially evaluated by the journal's administrative staff to ensure that the text adheres to the journal's rules.
  2. Manuscripts that meet the standards of the journal are evaluated by the Editor or Associate Editors to determine whether they fit with the scope and editorial policy of the journal. The administrative staff then sends these manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief.
  3. The Editor-in-Chief assigns each manuscript to an Associate Editor or assigns reviewers for the manuscripts.
  4. Each submitted paper is sent to at least two reviewers for a double-blind peer review culminating in an evaluation and comprehensive written report. The Editors use these reports to decide whether to accept the paper. If there is a difference of opinion amongst the reviewers, the manuscript will be sent to a third reviewer to help support a final decision by the journal's editorial staff.
  5. Reviewer comments (Free Form Review) are forwarded to the corresponding author (principal contact for editorial correspondence); the corresponding author must answer any queries made.
  6. The authors must respond to the queries and return a revised version of the manuscript. The revised version is then sent back to reviewers, who provide a final, reasoned report on the manuscript.
  7. After the final analysis by the reviewers, the corrected version of the manuscript is sent to reviewers specializing in quantitative methods for analysis. Any suggestions will be sent to the authors to be addressed and a corrected version should be resubmitted to the reviewers in quantitative methods for reassessment.
  8. Reviewers' scores of the manuscript and the authors' responses are analyzed by the Associate Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief.
  9. The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision on accepting the manuscript for publication.
  10. The final editorial decision (acceptance or rejection) is sent to the authors.
  11. The editorial process begins after the manuscript's official acceptance. First, the accepted manuscript is sent for English editing and a full review.
  12. The English review results and edited document are sent to the authors for analysis; the authors must state whether they accept the edited version.
  13. Next, the layout process begins. The journal will communicate closely with the corresponding author regarding figures, tables, photographs, maps, illustrations, and the article's general format.
  14. Authors must disclose any conflicts of interest or financial support and must provide a signed copyright assignment form.
  15. Proofs are sent to the corresponding authors to be carefully checked for typesetting accuracy.
  16. The final version of each manuscript is selected, in the order received and edited, for use in issues of the journal; manuscripts that are ready for publication are sent toAhead of Print in SciELO Platform.
  17. The printed version of the journal is published on a bimonthly basis; the journal is also available online in open access form at http://www.scielo.br/rsbmt.

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