(Updated: 2021/10/27)

About the journal


Basic information


Founded in 1988 Acta Paulista de Enfermagem is the technical-scientific electronic publication of the Escola Paulista de Enfermagem (Paulista School of Nursing - EPE) of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP). ISSN (electronic version): 1982-0194. Its mission is to promote scientific knowledge generated in the rigor of the research methodology and ethics. The purpose of Acta is to publish the outcomes of original research to advance the practice of nursing in the medical, surgical management, education, research and information technology and communication. The issues are published bimonthly (Jan/Feb) (Mar/Apr) (May/Jun) (Jul/Aug) (Sept/Oct) (Nov/Dec), with supplementary publications possible. Articles are published using the continuous publication methodology. Acta follows the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

The abbreviated title of Acta Paulista de Enfermagem is Acta Paul Enferm. which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references, citations, and bibliographic legends.



Sources of indexing


The articles published in Acta Paulista de Enfermagem are indexed in:

  • Isi - Web of Science - Web of Knowledge
  • Scopus - Sci Verse
  • Cinahl
  • Cuiden
  • Redalyc
  • Lilacs - Literatura Latina-Americana em Ciências da Saúde
  • BVS - Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Cabell’s - Directory
  • SCImago - SCImago Journal & Country Rank
  • Journal Citation Reports


Intellectual property


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.

The Acta Paulista de Enfermagem adopted until Aug/2015 the Creative Commons license attribution-type BY-NC. Actually, the license is the attribution-type BY.

The online journal is free and open access.



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The publication of this journal is financially supported by:



  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
  • Fundação de Apoio à Universidade Federal de São Paulo


Editorial Board



  • Alexandre Pazetto Balsanelli - Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
  • Janine Schirmer - Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Scientific editor

  • Marcia Barbieri - Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Technical editor

  • Edna Terezinha Rother - Acta Paulista de Enfermagem, São Paulo-SP, Brazil.


Associate editors

  • Adriana Amorim Francisco, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil; 
  • Ana Lúcia de Moraes Horta, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 
  • Ariane Ferreira Machado Avelar, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 
  • Bartira de Aguiar Roza, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil;
  • Camila Takao Lopes, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 
  • Denise Myuki Kusahara, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil; 
  • Edvane Birelo Lopes De Domenico, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 
  • Fabio D'Agostino, Saint Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences, Rome, Italy; 
  • Howard Karl Butcher, Florida Atlantic University, Florida, USA; 
  • Juliana de Lima Lopes, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 
  • Manuela Frederico-Ferreira, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal; 
  • Monica Taminato, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 
  • Paula Hino, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil;
  • Rosely Erlach Goldman, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 
  • Sílvia Caldeira, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisboa, Portugal; 
  • Thiago da Silva Domingos, Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil; 
  • Tracy Heather Herdman, Boston College, Massachusetts, USA


Editorial board

  • Donna K. Hathaway, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing; Memphis, Tennessee, EUA;
  • Dorothy A. Jones, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, EUA;
  • Emiko Yoshikawa Egry, Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Enfermagem, São Paulo, SP, Brasil;
  • Ester Christine Gallegos-Cabriales, Universidad Autónomo de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México;
  • Geraldyne Lyte, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, EUA;
  • Helen M. Castillo, College of Health and Human Development, California State University, Northbridge, California, EUA;
  • Ivone Evangelista Cabral, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil;
  • Jane Brokel, The University of Iowa, Iowa, EUA;
  • Joanne McCloskey Dotcherman, The University of Iowa, Iowa, EUA;
  • Kay Avant, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, EUA;
  • Leila Maria Geromel Dotto, Universidade Federal do Acre, Rio Branco, Acre, Brasil;
  • Luz Angelica Muñoz Gonzales, Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile;
  • Margaret Lunney, Staten Island University, Staten Island, New York, EUA;
  • María Consuelo Castrillón Agudelo, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colômbia;
  • Maria Helena Palucci Marziale, Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Enfermagem, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil;
  • Maria Márcia Bachion, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Faculdade de Enfermagem, Goiânia, GO, Brasil;
  • Maria Miriam Lima da Nóbrega, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa, PB, Brasil;
  • Maria Müller Staub, Institute of Nursing, ZHAW University, Winterthur, Suiça;
  • Martha Curley, Children Hospital Boston, Boston, New York, EUA;
  • Patricia Marck, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing, Edmonton Alberta, Canadá;
  • Shigemi Kamitsuru, Kangolabo, Tokyo, Japão;
  • Sue Ann P. Moorhead, The University of Iowa, Iowa, EUA


Editorial Office

  • Bruno Henrique Sena Ferreira


Instructions to authors

Scope and policy


Articles may be written in Portuguese or English. For papers submitted in English, a Portuguese version of the final manuscript will be requested.

The paper submitted to Acta Paulista de Enfermagem and should not have been simultaneously submitted to another journal. The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of the information and citations. If identified publication or simultaneous submission to another journal, the article will be rejected.

The Acta follows the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of http://publicationethics.org/



Manuscripts evaluation


The platform for online submission of Acta Paulista Nursing is denominated ScholarOne, which is a complete system of workflow management for scientific journals, which manages the submission, peer review, production and publishing process more efficiently providing intelligent information to help make strategic decisions.

The editorial office receives and gives all the presented documentation through the online submission. The cases of non-compliance are returned to the corresponding author for appropriateness.

The editorial office sends to the editor-in-chief the manuscripts that follow the instructions for authors for her first editorial decision, which can be: continue the evaluation process, request a revision, or reject the manuscript. If, at the discretion of the editor-in-chief, the manuscript content is current and contributes to knowledge, but requires a revision, the manuscript is returned to the authors with a deadline for them to submit a new version.

Manuscripts will continue in the evaluation process are forwarded to the platform of submission to one of the associate editors. After evaluation of the manuscript the editor may suggest rejection or, if necessary, ad hoc consultants to indicate the area of the article to the analysis.

After receiving the analysis of ad hoc consultants, the associate publisher issues a critical appraisal based on the advice of consultants and recommend the acception or minor corrections or rejection of the manuscript to the chief editor.

The editor-in-chief takes the editorial decision and manuscripts recommended for publication by the associate editors are sent for analysis by the technical editor. Depending on her opinion, the editor-in-chief makes the final editorial decision, sends the manuscript to the corresponding author and asks its certified translation into English or Portuguese within seven days.

The Act presents certified translators who, in addition to technical competence, have nurses in their body of translators providing the certificate of translation, without which the article can not be published, as for The Portuguese language.

Accepted manuscripts for publication are now known as articles and get into editorial production.

When your article is accepted and is in production process: You can celebrate!

Articles accepted undergo to production, being edited and typeset.





Publish results of original research for advancement of practices of clinical, surgical, and management nursing, as well as education, research, and information and communication technology.



Formats and preparation of manuscripts


Before submitting an article to Acta Paulista de Enfermagem, please read the instructions carefully and consult the Standards Publishing.



Preparing a manuscript for submission


Authors are reminded that rules of spelling and grammar in writing should be applied. If not meet these standards them manuscripts may be rejected immediately after submission. We suggest to send it to an independent expert to review the Portuguese before the first submission.

The academic plagiarism at any level is a crime and it goes against Brazilian law in Article 184 of the Penal Code and Article 7 paragraph three of the 9610-98 law that regulate the copyright, becoming thus civil and criminal matters.

The editorial conduct in case of detected plagiarism follows the guidelines of Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) 

Authors are entire responsible for manuscripts and its do not reflect the opinion of the journal editors.

1. Documents for submission

  1. Cover Letter - the author should explain in the letter, why his article should be published by Acta Paul Enfermagem and which contribution to the knowledge are presented by the results and its practical applicability;
  2. Authorization to publish and copyright transfer statement to the journal, signed by all authors, and addressed to the editor-in-chief as Model;
  3. Research involving humans conducted in Brazil, must submit documentation of aproval project by the Ethics Committee and/or CONEP, if applicable. Research involving humans conducted in other countries must submit ethics documentation where the research was conducted;
  4. Payment Certification of the submission fee (payment voucher);
  5. Manuscript (to learn how to the Main Document, see below);
  6. Title page (see item 2 what should contain in the title page).

2. Title page should contain:

  • Title of manuscript – written in language of article (Portuguese or English; ≤ 12 words; sentence case, UClc, not UC);
  • Authors' names (complete, without abbreviation; ≤ 8 authors), including institutions to which they belong (mandatory);
  • The specifications on which were the individual contributions of each author in the preparation of the article as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors authorship criteria, which provides as follows: authorship recognition must be based on substantial contribution related to the following aspects:

1. Conception and design, or analysis and data interpretation;
2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
3. Final approval of the version to be published. These three conditions must be entirely met;

  • Acknowledgements: the authors must acknowledge every sources of funding or support, institutional or private, for the study. Providers of materials or equipment, free or discount, can also be thankful, including the origin (city, state and country). The authors that have received productivity grant or scholarship masters  from developmental agencies should express appreciation, as follows: the National Council of Science and Technology - Conselho Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia (CNPq;  grant research productivity 1A level  for AB Example), Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel - Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES; master's scholarship for AB Example2). Studies without institutional financial resources and/or private, authors should state that the research hasn't received funding for its implementation.
  • Conflicts of interest: authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest, including political and/or financial related patents or property, provision of materials and/or supplies and equipment used in the study;
  • Clinical trials: articles which present partial or complete results of clinical trials conducted in Brazil, must submit evidence of the clinical research registration or certificate of submission in the database of the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos - (Rebec), http://www.ensaiosclinicos.gov.br/. For those prior to the RDC 36, 2012 June 27th of National Health Surveillance Agency, or studies conducted in other countries, certificate of registration will be accepted in other platforms of the International Clinical Trials Registration Platform (ICTRP / WHO);
  • Indication of the corresponding author's full name, institutional address and email.
  • Include the Orcid ID of all authors.

3. Main Document

It must presente the title, abstract with key words and text of manuscript (don't presente any authors identification).

3.1 Title

Title of manuscript [must be written] in English or Portuguese (≤ 12 words; Sentence case, UClc, not UC).

The title is the most read and circulated of a text and aims to inform the article content. Must be clear, accurate and attractive. Information that enable electronic retrieval sensitive and specific article must be included in the title. Therefore use the scpecific core descriptor as frasal core.

The title should not contain: abbreviations, formulas, excessive adjectives, cities, symbols, dates, slang, inaccuracies and dubious words, meaning obscure and superfluous words (considerations, contribution to the study, contribution to knowledge, study, research of, subsidies, etc...).

3.2 Abstract

According to the Houaiss Dictionary, abstract is a short presentation of a text. Should provide the context or background for the study, basic procedures, main findings, conclusions, in order to emphasize new and important aspects of the study. It is the most read in the scientific paper after the title. The purpose of the abstract is to facilitate the communication with the reader.

Prepare the abstract in the language of your manuscript with a maximum of 250 words and structured as follows:

  • Objective: establish the main question and/or hypotheses to be tested.
  • Methods: describe the study design, population and basic procedures.
  • Results: describe the principal result in a concise sentence. It should be as descriptive as possible. Levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals only when appropriate.
  • Conclusion: simple and straightforward sentence in response to the objective and based exclusively on the presented results in the summary.
  • Five Health Sciences descriptors, which can best represent the study, must be selected consulting DECS (list of descriptors used in the LILACS Database of BIREME). The Nursing Thesaurus of the International Nursing Index may be consulted as additional list when necessary or MeSH Keywords.

3.3 Body of manuscript

Acta joined the ICMJE and EQUATOR network initiatives to improve presentation of study results, not only to an increase in potential publication but also for international dissemination of articles. Therefore, the following international guides must be used:

Studies or trials


Randomized clinical trial


Systematic reviews and meta-analyzes


Observational studies in epidemiology


Qualitative studies*


*Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ): a 32-item checklist for interviews and focus groups (published in the Int. Journal for Quality in Health Care, 2007).

The manuscript text should contain separate paragraphs with Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements and References. Follow the standards of publishing of Acta. Link.

  • The introduction should presents the theoretical framework of the study object. The aim of introduction is to state the justifications and explanations, the originality and validity, purpose and applicability of the contribution to required knowledge. No more than four quotes must be used to support a single idea. Avoid the personal quote communications and unpublished materials. The objective should be in the last paragraph of the introduction. Remember that for every objective there should be a conclusion.
  • Methods: describes how the study was conducted and indicates the author's logic in the ordering of procedures and techniques used to obtain the results (the same order should be followed in the following sections). This section must be structured in (1) type of study design, place, and population (explaining the criteria for selection (inclusion and exclusion), (2) calculation of sample size, (3) measuring instruments (with information on their validity and reliability), (4) data collection and analysis (the statistical method and mathematical criterion for data significance must be declared).
  • Results - description of obtained in the survey, researcher exclusive, without citations, comments or personal interpretations (subjective).
  • Tables, Graphs and Figures, at most three, necessarily, must be inserted in the text of the article, always in original format. Use these resources when they express more than can be done by words in the same amount of space. Check the standards of publishing of Acta.
  • Discussion - a critical appraisal is presented with new and important aspects of the study and an explanation about the meaning of these results and its limitations, relating it to other studies. The critic language an past verbal tense must be used. The central part of the discussion is the results interpretation and its relationship with existing knowledge in order to achieve a conclusion. The discussion begins by explaining the limits of the results, as the limit is given by the chosen method. In the second paragraph stating the contribution of the results of this study and practical applicability for nurses.
  • Conclusion - written in a clear sentence, simple and straightforward showing compliance with the proposed objective. In case of more than one objective, there must be a conclusion for each one. No other comment should be included in the conclusion.
  • References - from scientific journals indexed in international databases, with a direct and relevant connection to the study subject (and consulted in full by the author), should be cited. References of printed and/or electronic documents must follow the Vancouver style, which was defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Presentation of references must be made with normal (neither bold, nor italic, nor underlined) fonts, alignment with the left margin, and numbered in the same order as that of citations in the manuscript. Titles of articles must be translated into English (within square brackets) indicating the language of the text at the end of the reference. Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus and International Nursing Index. The maximum number of 35 updated references (less than five years and indexed in international databases) should not be exceeded. Always consider currentness of any reference, because citation of recent studies in original articles is essential. References that cannot be recovered in the original language by the reader, support material (dictionaries, statistics, laws, annals, etc), inaccessible sources (such as handouts, personal stuff, etc), or works of low scientific expression will not be published. Please, carefully check your references, as they contribute to convincing the reader of the validity of the facts and arguments in the article text.
    • Citations in the text (Ref.: Acta guidelines for manuscript preparation);
    • Title: ≤ 12 words;
    • Authorship: ≤ 8 authors (including institutions);
    • Abstract: ≤ 250 words;
    • Text: ≤ 3000 words;
    • Tables, graphs, and figures: ≤ 3 figures; and
    • References: ≤ 35 references (published within four years, including 4 published within one year).

Documents in printed format

Documents in eletronic format



Submission of manuscripts


The articles must, necessarily, be submitted electronically, according to the instructions posted on the site: http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/ape-scielo

Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

Address: Napoleão de Barros street, 754, Vila Clementino, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Zip Code: 04024-002
Phone: +55 11 5576-4430 Extension 2589
E-mail: actapaulista@unifesp.br
Home Page: https://acta-ape.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/actapaulistadeenfermagem
Twitter: @ActaPaulEnferm

Submission Fee: R$ 350,00

NOTE: In case of refusal or filing, the submission fee will not be refunded.

Publication Rate: R$ 1.600,00

NOTE: The publication rate must be paid after receiving an acceptance letter sent by the Editor-in-Chief.

Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo R. Napoleão de Barros, 754, 04024-002 São Paulo - SP/Brasil, Tel./Fax: (55 11) 5576 4430 - São Paulo - SP - Brazil
E-mail: ape@unifesp.br