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

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope

The Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine is an official journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine with open access. It is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes original researches related to tropical diseases, preventive medicine, public health, infectious diseases and related matters. Preference for publication will be given to articles reporting original observations or researches. The journal has a peer-review system for articles acceptance and its periodicity is bimonthly. The Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine is published in English.

 

Review policy

The manuscripts submitted for publication on the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine are initially evaluated by the Administrative staff regarding the adequacy of the text to the journal rules. The paper then will be sent to at least two reviewers for evaluation and emission of a reasoned report (peer review), which will be used by the editors to decide whether the paper will be accepted or not. In case of difference of opinion amongst the reviewers, the manuscript will be sent to a third reviewer to validate a final editorial decision, according to the workflow of the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine submission process (available online at http://www.scielo.br/revistas/rsbmt/iinstruc.htm#005)

The editorial office can be contacted as follows:
Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine.
Praça Thomaz Ulhôa, 706.
Po. 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 to publication Major Articles, Editorials, Reviewand Mini-Review Articles, Short Communications, Case Reports, TechnicalReports, Images in Infectious Diseases, Letters, Supplements and Obituaries.

Major Articles: must report original research not previously publishedor being considered for publication elsewhere. In case of Clinical Trials,the manuscript should be followed by the number and agency of registerof the clinical trial. This requirement is in according to BIREME/OPAS/OMSand International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org)and to Workshop ICTPR. The word limit is 3500 (excluding the abstractand references), abstract up to 250 words; structured using the headingsIntroduction, Methods, Results and Conclusions. A total of five illustrations(tables and figures) are allowed.

Review Articles: should be a critical review of recent trends and progress in infectious diseases not a literature review only; usually written under request of the editor. Should have an abstract with up to 250 words, same layout as the original article, maximum of 3500 words and five illustrations (tables and figures). Mini-reviews are also published by the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine. They must have an abstract containing up to 250 words, up to 3 illustrations (tables and figures) and a maximum of 3000 words.

Letters: readers are encouraged to write about any topic related to infectious diseases and tropical medicine according to the scope of the journal. Should be no longer than 1200 words, without abstract and keywords, with only one insertion (table or figure) and may discuss material previously printed in the journal with up to 12 references.

Editorials: usually written on invitation, consideringthe topics in the scope of the journal, with maximum 1500 words, withoutabstract and keywords and a maximum of one figure or table and 10 or lessreferences.

Short communications: should be reports on exciting new resultswithin the scope of the journal. Should not exceed four pages in print,with maximum length of 2000 words, same layout of the original articleincluding structured abstract with the sub-items introduction, methods,results and conclusions, and up to 15 references. A maximum of 3 illustrations(tables and figures) are allowed. An abstract with no more than100 words, up to 3 keywords. The body of the manuscript should not bedivided into topics (introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion).

Case Reports: must be brief reports, with maximum length of 1500 words with a maximum of 3 illustrations (tables and figures), up to 12 references, non-structured abstract with a maximum of 100 words. The body of the manuscript should be divided into the topics introduction, case report, discussion and references.

Technical reports: should be concise and report the results and recommendations of a meeting of experts. Will be considered if formatted as an editorial.

Images in Infectious Diseases: up to three photographs with thebest quality as possible. Only three authors and three references (notcited in the text) without acknowledgements is allowed. The maximum lengthis 250 words with emphasis on figure description. The themes should involvesome clinical lesson and the figure description.

Supplements: may be the proceedings of a symposium or a congress. Proposals related to suitability of topic, program organization, and production must be made in writing to the Editor and/or Guest Editor.

Obituaries: should be written by a close colleague and highlight the scientific profile and contribution of the dead professional.

 

Manuscript preparation

Authors are advised to read these instructions carefully and follow them to ensure that the review process and publication of their manuscript is efficient and timely. The Editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that are not in accordance with these instructions.

All manuscripts to be considered for publication in The Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine should be submitted in electronic form via the online submission system at http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo or http://www.scielo.br/rsbmt. The cover letter must contain a statement assuring that the material has not been published or is under consideration by another scientific journal. The author must choose on the item "Manuscript types" one manuscript category (Major Articles, Editorials, Review Articles, Short Communications, Case Reports, Technical Reports, Images in Infectious Diseases, Obituaries, Letters to the Editor, or Other, when it does not fit in any other category). The responsibility for the contents of the manuscript is entirely of the authors and co-authors.

Language Editing Pre-Submission: 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 an English editing and/or translation professional service. Language editing does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication.

Layout of Major Article

The manuscript should be prepared using standard word processing software and should be printed (font times new roman, size 12) double-spaced throughout the text, figure captions and references, with margins of at least 3cm. The word limit is 3500 (excluding abstract and references) with up to 5 insertions (figures and tables). Divide the manuscript into the following sections: Title page addressed to the chief editor, Structured abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions, Acknowledgments and References. Abbreviations should be used sparingly.

Title page: This should include authors' names in direct orderand without abbreviations, highest earned degrees, institutional affiliationswith complete contact information (address, telephone and fax numbers,and e-mail for both the corresponding author and all co-authors and grantsupport. The number of authors and co-authors per paper should be limited to eight, except for multicenter studies. Authorsare asked to provide names and contact information (e-mail, phone number)for 3 potential unbiased reviewers. Please, inform reviewers from a different institution and region of the authors.

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

Running title: with up to 70 characters.

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

Keywords: 3-6 items should be listed in English immediately belowthe structured abstract.

Introduction: should be brief and set out the purposes for which the study has been performed. Any relevant previous studies should only be cited when essential.

Methods: should be sufficiently detailed so that readers and reviewers can understand precisely what has been done and permit to be repeated by others. Standard techniques need only be referenced.

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

Results: should be a concise and impersonal account of the new information. Avoid repeating in the text the data presented in the tables and illustrations.

Discussion: should directly relate to the study being reported. Do not include a general review of the topic, avoiding that it becomes too long.

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

Conflict of Interest: all authors should disclosure 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.

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

Numbered references to personal communications, unpublished data or manuscripts either "in preparation" or "submitted for publication" should not be listed on the references. If essential, such material can be incorporated at the appropriate place in the text following the examples: (AB Figueiredo: Personal Communication, 1980); (CD Dias, EF Oliveira: Unpublished Data). Citations in the text should be given by the respective reference number upon the correspondent word, separated by comma (Ex.: World1,3,5; Life30,42,44-50.)

The references as at the end of the manuscript should accord with the system used in Uniform requirements for manuscript submitted to biomedical journals (Consult: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine).

The titles of the journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in the Index Medicus. Consult: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=journals&TabCmd=Limits

The following are sample references:

  1. 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. Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In: Katzung BG, editor. Basic and clinical pharmacology. 6th ed. Norwalk (CN): Appeleton and Lange; 1995. p. 361-80.
  3. Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.

Figures: should be submitted in separate files and named with 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: should be typed with double spacing at the end of the manuscript. Dimensions: The dimensions of the figures should not exceed the limit of 18 cm width by 23 cm height. See below the correct specifications for each figure format:

  • Photographs: must be submitted in high-resolution TIFF format. Verify that it was taken at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, preferably between 900 and 1200 dpi, and prepared using an image editing program (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 vectorized (drawn) professionally in high resolution by using CorelDraw or Illustrator software.
  • Images: should be produced using statistics software and converted to Excel format or, if the program allows, to PDF format.

Tables: should be typed with single spacing and a short descriptive title (above the table) and submitted in 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 width by 23 cm height, Times New Roman, size 9 font.

Process of Submission: All manuscripts should be submitted via the Internet to http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo and follow the instructions at the top of each screen. From this date on the peer review process will also be 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 requested changes have been made.

Resubmissions: if you have received a letter or 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 it is necessary to make changes to your manuscript according to the recommendations of the reviewers, when sending it back for a second analysis, please forward the revised manuscript with the same manuscript number.

After acceptance: once a paper is accepted for publication, the authors must provide:

  1. A copyright assignment form, provided by the Journal's Secretary, signed by the corresponding author.
  2. 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 4 days after received.
  3. The accepted articles will appear on the printed issues obeying the order that they were submitted, revised and accepted.
  4. The remaining accepted articles at each journal issue will be made available online, while they wait the priority to be published on the printed version.

Reprints: the journal provides free PDF offprint's file of the article for authors via e-mail.

Page charges: there will be no page charges.

The translation of all materials must be provided prior to submission of the manuscript. The hiring of and payment for translation services, are responsibility of the authors. The RSBMT does not provide any kind of translation services.

Costs for publication of color images, are responsibility of the authors.

 

New submission platform

Aiming for excellence in communication between authors, the editor andadministrative staff, and in order to give more celerity to the editingprocess and the final editorial decision, the Journal of the BrazilianSociety of Tropical Medicine has migrated to a new manuscript submissionplatform: ScholarOne Manuscripts. Since August 2012, new submissions havebeen made thought the address below: http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo

 

Workflow

WORKFLOW OF THE JOURNAL OF THE BRAZILIAN SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE SUBMISSION PROCESS

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

Journal's review policy (workflow):

1 - The manuscripts submitted for publication on the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine are initially evaluated by the Administrative staff regarding the adequacy of the text to the journal rules.

2 - After this step the manuscripts that meet the standards of the journal will be evaluated by the editor or associate editors regarding the adequacy of the scope and editorial policy of the journal. The Administrative staff sends the manuscript to the Editor-in-Chief.

3 - The Editor-in-Chief assigns to the Associate Editor or assigns reviewers.

4 - The paper then will be sent to at least two reviewers on a double blind manner for evaluation and emission of a reasoned report (peer review), which will be used by the editors to decide whether the paper will be accepted or not. In case of difference of opinion amongst the reviewers, the manuscript will be sent to a third reviewer to validate a final decision.

5 - Reviewer comments (Free Form Review) will be forwarded to the corresponding author (principal contact for editorial correspondence) to answer the queries made.

6 - The authors send the responses to the queries and return the revised version of the manuscript. The revised version will be sent back to reviewers who will give a final reasoned report.

7 - After the final analysis of the reviewers, the corrected version of the manuscript will be sent to reviewers in quantitative methods for analysis. Suggestions will be sent to authors for corrections and resubmitted to reviewers in quantitative methods for reassessment.

8 - Reviewers score and the author's responses are analyzed by the Associate Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief.

9 - Editor-in-Chief makes final decision.

10 - The final editorial decision (acceptance or rejection) is sent to the authors.

11 - After this step starts the editing process. The accepted manuscript is sent for English editing and proper review.

12 - The English proper review is sent to the authors for analysis and statement in terms of acceptance.

13 - After this step starts the layout process with close contact with corresponding author regarding figures, tables, photographs, maps, illustrations and general format.

14 - After this step, the authors are asked to disclosure any conflict of interest, financial support and 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 to compose the next issue and will be sent toAhead of Print in SciELO Platform.

17 - The printed version is published and will be available in open access at the http://www.scielo.br/rsbmt

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