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About the journal


Basic information


Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira, founded by Prof. Saul Goldenberg in 1986. It is the Official Journal of the Brazilian Society for the Development of Research in Surgery [Sociedade Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Cirurgia-SOBRADPEC], a Federation of 24 branches in Brazil. 

The journal has a Board of National Consultants and a Board of International Consultants. 

It is the only continuously published journal in English language solely devoted to experimental surgery in Latin America. The Editorial Board considers only papers judged to offer significant contributions to surgical research. Manuscripts should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira at the

A Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira has joined a number of other leading medical journals that follows the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication" of the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors updated in December 2014.Authors need to follow the specific instructions published by the journal. 

A Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira publishes original papers on basic and applied research in surgery, mainly in experimental surgery, new surgical techniques, surgical education and advances in surgery. 

The abbreviated title of the journal is Acta Bras Cir, which should be used in footnotes and bibliographical references as well as in strips.

Case reports and retrospective articles are not acceptable. Reviews only by invitation. 



 Open access statement


Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira offers free and immediate access to its content, following the principles of gratuity and the democratization access to scientific knowledge. To maximize the dissemination and use of published material, Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira adopts a Creative Commons license with CC BY 4.0 attribution. Thus, the copyright will belong to the authors and third parties are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or create links to the full texts of the articles, crawl for indexing, pass as data to software or use it for any other lawful purpose, including commercial, if due credit is given.



Indexed in


The journal is covered by: 

  • Indice Médico Latino Americano
  • Medline/PubMed
  • Excerpta Medica-EMBASE
  • Scopus
  • Thomson (ISI)
  • JCR Science Edition 
  • Biblioteca Universia, CAB Abstracts
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Free Full Text, Google Academic
  • El Indice Latino
  • Portal Brasileiro da Informação Científica-Periódicos CAPES
  • Scientific Eletronic Library Online (SciELO)


Institutional sponsors


The publication of the journal is financed by the:

  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq). Programa de Apoio a Publicações Científicas.
  • Mec/CAPES

The journal is associated to:

  • Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors-ABEC
  • Surgical Forum of the Brazilian College of Surgeous


Editorial Board


Founder Editor

  • Saul Goldenberg in memoriam
    Universidade Federal de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil



  • Alberto Goldenberg
    Universidade Federal de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil
  • Edna Frasson de Souza Montero
    Universidade de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil


Scientific Editors

  • Alberto Schanaider
    Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
  • Gaspar de Jesus Lopes Filho
    Universidade Federal de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil
  • Lydia Masako Ferreira
    Universidade Federal de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil


Associate Editors

  • Ádám Deák 
    University of Debrecen
    Debrecen, Hungary
  • Aldo da Cunha Medeiros
    Universidade Federal de Rio de Grande do Norte
    Natal – RN – Brasil
  • Cristina Pires Camargo
    Universidade de São Paulo/
    São Paulo-SP, Brazil
  • Edinaldo Miranda
    Universidade Estadual do Piauí
    Teresina-PI, Brazil
  • Eiji Kobayashi
    Keio University School of Medicine
    Tokio – Japan
  • Engin Deveci
    University of Dicle
    Diyarbakır, Turkey
  • Everson de Almeida Artifon
    Universidade de São Paulo
    São Paulo-SP, Brazil
  • Francisco José Barcellos Sampaio
    Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
  • José Maria Soares
    Universidade de São Paulo
    São Paulo-SP, Brazil
  • Luís Grande
    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
    Barcelona – Spain
  • Marcelo Moura Linhares 
    Universidade Federal de São Paulo
    São Paulo-SP, Brazil
  • Marcelo Augusto Fontenelle Ribeiro
    Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery
    Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Abu Dhabi
  • Marcus Vinicius Henriques Brito
    Universidade Estadual do Pará
    Universidade Federal do Pará
    Belém – PA – Brasil
  • Maria de Lourdes Pessole Biondo-Simões
    Universidade Federal do Paraná
    Curitiba – PR – Brasil
  • Natalia Lausada
    Universidad Nacional de La Plata
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Norma Sueli Pinheiro Módolo
    Universidade Estadual Paulista
    Botucatu - SP - Brazil
  • Norbert Nemeth
    University of Debrecen
    Debrecen – Hungary
  • Rames Mattar Júnior
    Universidade de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil
  • Renato Micelli Lupinacci
    Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses de la Croix Saint-Simon
    Paris - France
  • Sigmar de Mello Rode
    Universidade Paulista
    Botucatu-SP, Brazil


Assistant Editors

  • Tânia Pereira Morais Fino
    Universidade Federal de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil


Editorial Board

  • André Ivan Bradley dos Santos Dias
    Universidade Federal do Paraná
    Curitiba-PR, Brazil
  • Camila Faccin 
    Universidade Federal do Paraná
    Curitiba-PR, Brazil
  • Carlos Alberto Guimarães
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
  • Daniela Francescato Veiga
    Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí
    Pouso Alegre-MG, Brazil
  • Gary A. Levy
    Toronto General Hospital
    Toronto – Canada
  • Herbert Stegemann
    Hospital Vargas de Caracas
    Caracas – Venezuela
  • Ilka de Fátima Santana Ferreira Boin
    Universidade Estadual de Campinas
    Campinas – SP – Brasil
  • Jeffrey Morgan
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston – USA
  • José Eduardo Ferreira Manso
    Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
  • José Luiz Martins
    Universidade Federal de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil
  • Márcio Fernandes Chedid
    Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul
    Porto Alegre – RS – Brasil
  • Miguel Srougi
    Universidade de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil
  • Osvaldo Malafaia
    Universidade Federal do Paraná
    Curitiba – PR – Brasil
  • Paulo Ney Aguiar Martins
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Massachusetts – USA
  • Paulo Roberto Leitão de Vasconcelos
    Universidade Federal do Ceará
    Fortaleza – CE – Brasil
  • Samir Rasslan
    Universidade de São Paulo
    São Paulo – SP – Brasil
  • Steven D. Wexner
    Cleveland Clinic
    Cleveland – USA



Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original papers on basic and applied research in surgery, and biomedical sciences, new surgical techniques, surgical education, advances in biomedicine and scientific communication, which is relevant to surgical practice and teaching.

Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira meets the standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira is registered in PubMed/MEDLINE, JCR Science Edition, PubMed Central, SCOPUS, Directory of Open Access Journals, and SciELO. It also complies with funding agencies’ policies that require depositing the published articles they finance into overt databases. Articles become freely accessible as soon as they are published.

Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira has norm, standard and style that must be fulfilled. Authors must follow the Instructions available from All articles are checked through Crossref - Similarity Check to ensure originality. Acceptance will be based on originality, relevance and scientific contribution. Articles with merely advertising or commercial purposes will not be accepted. Articles should be submitted only in English, using simple and accurate language and avoiding the informality of colloquialisms. Only manuscripts whose data are not being evaluated by other journals and/or not previously published will be considered for evaluation.

Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira adopts the continuous publication mode.

Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira  accepts manuscripts already published in preprint, considered reliable by the editorial committee,  and must be informed in the Open Science Compliance Form that must be submitted as a supplementary file to the Manuscript.



Ethical Considerations


Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research, Authorship and Contributorship, and International Clinical Trial Registration. For Brazilian Clinical trials visit The research in laboratory animals must be submitted to the Ethical Committee of the Institution (case number) in accordance with Brazilian law and the Council for International Organization of Medical Sciences-CIOMS.
The Journal adheres to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As per these guidelines, failure to adhere to the conditions outlined within will result in the editor publishing an appropriate correction, a statement of retraction, or enacting a withdrawal of the article. It should pay attention to plagiarism, duplicate or redundant publication, data fabrication and falsification, corrections and retractions.

The research on human subjects must be submitted to the Ethical Committee of the Institution (case number) in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 as revised in 2013 (World Medical Association) and Brazilian National Health Council Resolution 466/2012. Manuscripts should be accompanied by a statement that the research was conducted with the informed and appropriate consent of each participant. Written consent must be obtained from the patient (legal guardian or executor, if appropriate) for the publication of any detail or photograph that may identify an individual.

The research in laboratory animals must be submitted to the Ethical Committee of the Institution (case number) in accordance with Brazilian law and the Council for International Organization of Medical Sciences-CIOMS.

Conflict of Interest: Before submitting an article to Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira, the corresponding author must fill out the ICMJE Conflict of Interest form. The form must be included upon submission.

The Journal reserves the right not to accept an article on the grounds that appropriate ethical or experimental standards have not been reached.

Corrections and retractions policy

Retractions, Additions, and Corrections may be requested by authors or the Editor-in-Chief after discussions with the corresponding author. These actions may be applied to address important issues or correct errors and omissions that arise after an article is published. Articles that contain seriously flawed or erroneous data such that their findings and conclusions cannot be relied upon may be retracted in order to correct the scientific record. 

These actions will be subject to approval by the Editorial Board, and corrections and additions that do not compromise the content of the article will not be published. The corresponding author must obtain the approval of all authors of the article before submitting one of these actions or provide evidence that such approval has been sought. Additions, Corrections, and Retractions will contain information about the title of the original article, the list of authors, and the reason for the retraction. The originally published article will remain available except in extraordinary circumstances.



Editorial review and processing


Manuscripts submitted by authors to the Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira will be initially evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief, regarding the scope, standards, and similarity index.

In this phase, the manuscript may be rejected or returned to the author for adjustments. If the manuscript is in accordance with the rules, it will be forwarded to the Associate Editor, who shall designate the peer-reviewers (single-blinded) for evaluation of the scientific content.

Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira  is committed to the open science initiatives and will progressively offer the open review option, opening the  identities  of authors and peer reviewers, according to the use of the Open Science Compliance Form that must be submitted as a supplementary file to the manuscript. The Associate Editor communicates to the Editor-in-Chief for the final decision.

The process can be followed by the author in the management system. All accepted manuscript will be edit by our publishing team to fit format of the journal. Authors should revise carefully the final version of the manuscript before approve, because it will be not possible to alter/include or exclude authors after publication. After authors’ approval, the manuscript will be forwarded to the publishing process. The manuscript should be reviewed by experts in scientific English prior to submission. All approved manuscripts will receive a final professional English revision provided by the Journal.

Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira considers all article participants as authors. Authors are considered those who have effective intellectual and scientific contribution to the work. It is not the role of the editor, arbitrate conflicts related to authorship. The lead author is responsible for the integrity of the article as a whole, not necessarily be the first author, however must be the corresponding author. The Journal does not accept undergraduate and graduate as lead authors. The lead author takes responsibility for the effective participation of each author and the agreement with the content of the article. Participants who had purely technical activity (surgery, literature review, department heads, services or funded) should be listed in the acknowledgements.

Research Data and other Materials Availability: The manuscripts of the articles must cite all other content underlying the text in order to facilitate and promote understanding of the research, its peer review, reproducibility, reuse, preservation and visibility.

Therefore, before or in parallel with the submission of manuscripts, authors must make available the underlying content in a data repository or in more than one in the case of different types of files and content. Authors can choose to keep these files closed until the article is approved and published. They may also request to keep them closed after publication for reasons that the journal may or may not accept.
Alternatively, authors may declare that data will be available from the corresponding author upon request or make then available in the supplementary material of this manuscript.
If data sharing is not applicable to the article as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study, it must be stated.
Research data includes, but is not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, protocols, methods, materials. Visit to help identify registered and certified data repositories relevant to subject area. Otherwise, you may use your institutional repository.
The author responsible for the submission must inform whether the manuscript cites the data, software codes and other materials underlying the articles. If so, the respective URLs must be informed; otherwise, the author must justify himself. For this, SciELO recommends the use of the Open Science Compliance Form that must be submitted as a supplementary file to the manuscript and accessible to peer reviewers.

The initial manuscript evaluations and later that of the associate editors and referees are requested to check the availability of data, software codes and other materials following the journal's evaluation guide and form.



Publication types


The journal accepts research articles, preferably on experimental surgery, clinical research and review requested by the Editorial Board. Systematic review and meta-analysis focusing on surgical topics of current interest will be considered for publication. All contents published on Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira are under license from Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0).

Experimental Research: It should follow the Animal Research Reporting of in Vivo Experimental (ARRIVE) guideline, that allows the planning of animal experiments, ensuring a robust design of the study and reliable and reproducible results.

Clinical Research: Depend on the type of the study, the authors need to follow the relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines. For instance, Randomized controlled trials should include a Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) showing the number of participants in each intervention group, as well as a detailed description of how many patients were excluded at each step of the data analysis. All clinical trials must be recorded and made available on an open-access website. The trial protocol (including the complete statistical analysis plan) should be submitted with the manuscript. The clinical trial must be registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry platform at or before the time of first patient enrollment. The trial registry name and URL, and the registration number must be included in the submission document.

Review Article: Systematic methods and explicit criteria to identify, select, and critically evaluate relevant research. This category includes Systematic Review with and without meta-analyzes. Protocols of systematic reviews should be registered with PROSPERO, or made available on an open access site. Systematic reviews should be reported in accordance with PRISMA guidelines, and should include the flow chart as a figure and the checklist as supplementary material.

Presentation of the manuscripts

Author should review accurately the manuscript before submitting it for publication, otherwise, the manuscript will be unsubmitted by the Editorial Office, during the desk review.

The Main document in the electronic system must contain title abstract and the manuscript.

Title page, figures with legends, and tables with title should be uploaded in the specific file.

Title Page

  • The title of the article should be concise but informative.
  • Full name of all authors with the sequence arabic number superscript indicating below the highest academic degree of each author, including institutional affiliation (division/department and university).
  • Open Researcher and Contributor ID - ORCID of all authors.
  • Author's contribution:  Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira endorses the ICMJE guideline for authorship that should be based on the following 4 criteria:

    • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and 
    • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
    • Final approval of the version to be published; and
    • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work he or she has done, an author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors.
The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that contributions of all authors are correct, and it is expected that all authors will have reviewed, discussed and agreed to their individual contributions and institutional affiliations as shared by the submitting author.


Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira encourages to consider acknowledgment for contributors that does’ not fit all those criteria.

Authorship Changes: Any addition, deletion or reorganization of author names in the authorship list should be done only prior to acceptance of the manuscript and only if approved by the Journal Editor. To request such change, the Editor must receive the following email from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in the author list and (b) written confirmation (email, letter) from all authors that they have agree to the addition, removal or reorganization. In the case of adding or removing authors, this includes confirmation of the author being added or removed. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider adding, deleting, or rearranging authors after acceptance of the manuscript. While the Editor considers the request, the publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online edition, any requests will be accepted.

Main Document

  • Must contain title of the article;
  • Abstract: Must not exceed 250 words and should be presented in a structured format:
    • Purpose: clear, precise and concise, without comment.
    • Methods: sample and procedures.
    • Results: main findings with specified data and statistical significance.
    • Conclusion: clear, precise and concise, answering the purpose, without comment.
    • Key words: should be provided 3 to 6 terms based on Medical Subject Headings – Mesh. Terms that are not part of MeSH impede the location of the article.
  • Introduction: Clearly state the purpose of the study and give only pertinent citations, and do not review the subject extensively. Authors should be presented in lowercase or simply cited by superscript numbers, without the year article.
  • Methods: Ethical information should be included here. The sample (quantity and quality) and procedures in sufficient detail should be included to allow other researchers to replicate the results. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dosage(s), and route(s) of administration. Do not use patient's names, initials, or hospital numbers. Describe statistical methods with detail and provide references to established procedures. Main author is responsible for the accuracy of the data including all statistical calculations.
  • Results: In the text, emphasize the important findings. Include the statistical significance.
    • Tables: are open and numbered in sequence (use arabic numerals), and supply a brief title for each at the top. Use only approved abbreviations. Explain in footnotes all non-standards abbreviations that are used in each table. Must be without vertical lines.
    • Figures (illustrations, photos, photomicrographs, and graphics): must be with good quality. Digital files are recommended to have 350 dpi or higher, and TIFF or JPEG (editable formats).
    • Do not repeat in the text all the data in tables and figures. Figures should also be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. The legends must be in the bottom of the figure.
  • Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspect of the study. Compare the method and the results with those formerly published. Do not repeat results.
  • Conclusion: It should be clear and concise and answer the purpose of the study. Avoid repeat data and comments.
  • Funding: The financial support received for the elaboration of the manuscript must be declared in this item. The funding agency should be written out in full, followed by the Funder registry DOI and the grant number. Multiple grant's number of same agency or multiple agencies should also be informed. If the research is not funded by a specific project grant include this information: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
  • Acknowledgements: Recognize those who contributed to the work, but without holding the characteristics of authors.
  • References
    • References should be updated, select and use the most important relevant research published in peer-reviewed journal;
    • The rules of Vancouver must be followed, including doi;
    • The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in MEDLINE/PubMed;
    • References should be numbered consecutively in the order they were first mentioned in the text;
    • References to abstracts are not accepted, personal communication or any other non-indexed source (text books and thesis).
  • Correspondence author: Full name, phone number and e-mail address
  • Declaration

Conflict of interest: Visit to obtain the form.

  • Home Institution/Laboratory

At the end of the manuscript, mentioning the venue of the research: laboratory, research center, school, department and institution. If it is a thesis or part of the thesis, it should be informed the name of the Tutor and the Post Graduate Program.



Article Processing Charge


In order to participate in publication costs, International Authors have a charge of US$ 1,500.00 and Brazilian Authors R$ 1.500,00 for each accepted manuscript. Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira considers discounted rates for emerging countries on a case-by-case basis.



Online Submission


The articles should be sent through the electronic management system at:





Further information or questions please contact the editorial office:




Sociedade Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Cirurgia - São Paulo - SP - Brazil