Standards in Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira

Saul Goldenberg


Standards in Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira

Saul Goldenberg

Acta Cir Bras Founder

"Quality is not an act, it is a habit".


We reached the end of another year. The Journal turns 26. A retrospective analysis points out the reason why it is a well-established and highly-regarded publication. The Journal follows a well-defined editorial policy and publication standards.

Standardizing is salutary1-3.

1. The Journal has a relevant scientific content in the field of Experimental Surgery. It is the only publication devoted to Experimental Surgery in Latin America. It has ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) – Print ISSN: 0102-8650; Online ISSN: 1678-2674. The Journal is an official organ of the Brazilian Society for the Development of Research in Surgery (SOBRADPEC).

2. The Journal is supported by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) since 1987.

3. The Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board Members are highly respected and renowned researchers in the field. The Editorial Board is composed by Brazilian and international members. Each article is reviewed by at least two referees.

4. Original articles in English comprise 95% of the published pages.

5. Published continuously since 1986. Publication frequency: quarterly, from 1986 to 2001; bimonthly, from 2002 to 2011; and monthly starting in 2012.

6. The Journal follows international standards for the publication of scientific journals: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Authorship and Contributorship available at

7. Clear instructions for authors are available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish at

8. It details the actual intellectual and scientific contribution of each author.

TheActa Cirúrgica Brasileira considers all those who have participated in the study to a significant extent to be authors. Authors are those who have made substantial scientific and intellectual contributions to the work.

The Journal identifies the primary author. The primary author is responsible for the integrity of the article as a whole and is not necessarily the first author. The primary author provides information on the contribution of each author listed on the manuscript submitted for publication.

9. Academic classification of each author

All authors are required to inform their highest academic degrees, current title and position, and institutional affiliation, including Division, Department and Institution.

Positions and titles have been standardized in English4.

The participation of graduate students in studies submitted for publication are welcome as long as they are enrolled in a Graduate Research Program and their intellectual and scientific contributions correspond to their expected educational level.

10. Abstracts are written in Portuguese and English.

11. Key words

The importance of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) descriptors is emphasized ( They are fundamental for searching and locating medical articles.

12. Ethics

Brazilian studies on laboratory animals should be approved by the Ethics Committee for Animal Use (CEUA), according to the Federal Law No. 11794 of October 8, 2008 ( regulated by Federal Decree No. 6689 of July 15, 2009 (

International authors should follow the ethical code for animal experimentation published by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) [WHO Chronicle. 1985;39(2):51-6].

Studies involving human subjects should be approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the institution where the research was conducted, according to the Resolution No. 196/96 of the Brazilian National Health Council.

The Journal requires that the signed approval letter from the institutional Research Ethics Committee be provided upon submission of the manuscript.

13. Figures are required to be of good quality and preferably in color.

14. References

The reference style is standardized according to international guidelines. All authors are to be listed for each reference "et al." should not be used. Abstracts, personal communications, and any other non-indexed publications are not accepted as references. Books, thesis, and dissertations are not accepted as references because they are not indexed. References should be directly related to the topic of the study and published in indexed journals.

15. Authors are required to report conflicts of interest and disclose financial support from funding agencies.

16. Indexing

The Journal is indexed in the following databases: LILACS, SciELO, Medline/PubMed, ISI Web of Science, JCR Science Edition, Excerpta Medica, EMBASE, Scopus, Latindex, Biblioteca Universia, CAB Abstracts, Directory of Open Access Journals, Free Full Text, and Google Scholar.

The published content is freely available at the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) since 1997 (

17. The mean time between submission and publication of a manuscript is not more than 4-6 months.

18. Journal classification in the Qualis/CAPES System

Medicine III - Surgery: QUALIS A2

Selected by Coordinators of Postgraduate Programs

Supported by CNPq since 1987.

FAPESP expressed the opinion that the Journal is an "important publication for the Brazilian scientific community".

19. There is a growing interest in the Journal in Brazil and abroad.

"Carrying out research

and communicating it

are inseparable companions".

A. J. Meadows

  • 1. Goldenberg S. Normalizar é salutar. Acta Cir Bras. 2000;15(2):79.
  • 2. Goldenberg S, Fino TPM. Carta aos autores. Acta Cir Bras. 2006;21(6):360-1.
  • 3. Goldenberg S, Fino TPM. Apelo aos autores. Acta Cir Bras. 2011;26(3):153-5.
  • 4. Goldenberg S, Matone J. Academic degrees. Standardization in English language. Acta Cir Bras. 2006;21(2):60.

Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    29 Nov 2012
  • Date of issue
    Dec 2012
Sociedade Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Cirurgia Al. Rio Claro, 179/141, 01332-010 São Paulo SP Brazil, Tel./Fax: +55 11 3287-8814 - São Paulo - SP - Brazil