The History of the Journal
The Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil (RBSMI) / Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health (BJMCH) is a journal of international circulation, published by the Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP) with the mission of disseminating scientific articles investigating women's health, pregnant women and children in their clinical and epidemiological dimensions. In this sense, it is closely articulated with the same objectives of its sponsoring Institution, IMIP.
The BJMCH is the continuation of the Revista do IMIP (Journal of IMIP), which was edited uninterruptedly since its foundation in 1987 until the year 2000.
Professor Fernando Figueira’s presence was fundamental in these undertakings, as a medical editor and founder of the Revista do IMIP a great encourager for BJMCH, who achieved to widen the Revista do IMIP (Journal of IMIP) in becoming international.
The BJMCH is open to health researchers from all over the world. Most of the published articles were not only come from Brazil, but from all Latin America, Portuguese-speaking African Countries, Portugal and Spain.
The selection of each article rigorously obeys the following procedure:
As soon as the corresponding manuscript is received, it is verified by a checklist with the minimum editorial requirements (mission, scope and category of the article). After checking, the manuscript it is then evaluated by the editor-in-chief who sends it to the associate editor to be submitted for analysis and receive the opinion of two Ad Hoc reviewers to be evaluated for scientific merit. In case of disagreement among their opinions, a third reviewer will be requested. The associated editor may in the same way at his/her criteria, issue a third opinion.
Based on their opinions and on the judgment of the associate editor, the executive editor, and the editor-in-chief, the manuscript receives one of the following classifications: 1) accepted; 2) recommended, but with minor revision; 3) recommended, but with major revision; 4) rejected. In classifications two and three, the opinions are sent to the author(s), who have the opportunity to revise and resubmit to the journal accompanied by a reply letter detailing the items that have been suggested by the reviewers and the modification made; and in condition four, the manuscript is returned to the author(s). In case of acceptance, the article is published according to the flow of manuscripts and the cronograma of the editorial. Since the journal adopts the ScholarOne system to manage the flow of manuscripts, having clear knowledge of the process, authors can follow all the steps in the editing of the article.
Articles submitted to the BJMCH will undergo plagiarism detection before sending for Ad Hoc evaluation. Thus, to ensure the originality of the manuscripts, there may be questions for the authors to clarify anyinformation identified by the software. If there is evidence of plagiarism, an unacceptable editorial practice, the authors involved will not be permitted to submit new articles to the journal.
All approved articles submitted in Portuguese or Spanish will be translated into English. In this case, the translation must be done by qualified professionals who issue a certification or appointed by the journal. The translated article must be accompanied with a statement from the translator.
The approved manuscript is edited for revision on the scientific writing (clarity, precision and robustness), grammar and style. The BJMCH reserves the right to make changes or recommend grammatical revision to the authors for optimal communication with the readers.
Before publication of the article the manuscript proof is submitted to the author(s) to verifiy and give the final approval. The article is only published after the author(s)’ approval. For the management of manuscripts, the BJMCH uses the website - ScholarOne.
The average processing time until the acceptance for publication of each article is six months.We receive an average of 120 manuscripts each quarter from which we publish between 12 to 15 articles maintaining an average of 7.7% of acceptance rate for each issue.
The editorial team is composed by
Editor-in-Chief: Lygia Carmen de Moraes Vanderlei
Executive Editor: Alex Sandro Rolland de Souza
Ana Coelho Albuquerque
Ana Laura Carneiro Gomes Ferreira
Aurélio Antônio Ribeiro da Costa
Gabriela Cunha Schechtman Sette
Héctor Javier Sánchez Pérez
Nathália Paula de Souza
Noemia Teixeita de Siqueira
Paola Soledad Mosquera
Sheyla Costa de Oliveira
Leila Regina Martins da Silva
Michele Késia de França
The collection of our journal is available at SciELO Base since 2001 with no previous editions.
There were several important factors for the National and International Recognition of the Journal, should be highlighted as followed:
1. IMIP has total commitment of maintaining the journal with a high level of qualification;
2. IMIP is responsible to search for professional consultants with expertise in scientific publications in Brazil and abroad;
3. Total commitment in maintaining a team of qualified Scientific Editors in the areas of scope;
4. Indexation since its beginning in the Scientific Eletronic Library Online (SciELO) and afterwards in 12 other international bases, including Scopus;
5. Membership and active participation in the Associação Brasileira de Editores Científicos (ABEC) (Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors), of which it is a partner and integrated as a general secretary for 4 years;
6. Maintenance of a uniform standard of technical and editorial quality (Layout, Format, Punctuality of publication and Regularity of the cronograma);
7. Regular contact and has service with SciELO technical recommendations;
8. Commitment of the editorial production team with technical preparation in the area, and highly integrated;
9. Integration to the international requirements of good practices for scientific publishing (ethical aspects respecting the authors and everyone involved in the publication: CCBY, DOAJ, ORCID, etc.)
10. Scientifically certified by SciELO and Scopus indexations, it occupies one of the first five positions among more than 60 health journals indexed. In Scopus it has an H index at level 21;
11. In the Qualis Capes ranking it is classified with B1 in the area of collective health and nursing; B2 in physical education and psychology; and B3 in medicine III and nutrition.
The Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health is published quarterly (March, June, September and December) by the Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP) in continuation to the Revista do IMIP (Journal of IMIP), whose mission is the dissemination of scientific articles covering the field of maternal and child health.
It is an interdisciplinary journal on the biomedical, epidemiological, and sociocultural aspects of women and children's health.
The Journal has an abbreviated title, which is Rev. Bras. Saúde Mater. Infant., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, and bibliographical references and subtitles.
The articles published in the Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil / Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health are indexed or abstracted by:
All content of the journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY License.
The publication receives funding from:
Editor in Chief
Special Thematic Consultants
The Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil (RBSMI) / Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health (BJMCH) has a quarterly publication (March, June, September and December) whose mission is the dissemination of scientific articles covering the field of maternal and child health. Contributions address the different aspects of maternal health, women's health, and child’s health, and may take into account their multiple epidemiological, clinical, and surgical determinants.
Each article is published in English and Portuguese or English and Spanish according to the source language of the submitted manuscript, and may be submitted in any of the three languages. The evaluation and selection of manuscripts is based on the principle of peers’ review. There is nocharge for submission, review, and publication of articles.
It is required that the submitted manuscript has not been published previously and is not being submitted concomitantly to another journal.
The Journal adopts the CC-BY license of the Creative Commons system, which allows copying and reproduction in any format, as well as remixing, transforming and creating from the material for any purpose, even commercial, without the need of authorization, as long as the source is cited. Approved manuscripts must be accompanied by the Copyright Transfer Declaration, signed by the authors (template). The concepts emitted in the articles are the exclusive responsibility of the authors.
The Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised in 2000, must be respected. For Brazilian articles, it will be required that the Declaration of Approval of the Ethics Committee according to the guidelines of the Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa (CONEP) (National Commission for Research Ethics) and, for the articles from abroad, the Declaration of Approval of the Ethics Committee from the place of origin where the research was carried out, must be mentioned in the methods section of the article, including the number and date of the opinion and submitted in the ScholarOne system. For articles that do not require approval from the Ethics Committee, a statement signed by the author waiving the requirement must be entered into the ScholarOne system. In order to conduct the publication according to the ethical standards of scientific communication, the Journal adopts the Ithenticate system to identify plagiarism.
2. Conflicts of interest
When submitting the manuscript the authors should inform about the existence of conflicts of interest that could potentially influence the work.
Criteria for manuscript approval and article publication policy
In addition to the observation of ethical conditions in the conduct of research, the selection of a manuscript will take into consideration its originality, opportunity for publication according to the scientific scenario of the area, as well as priority in the editorial cronogram of the Journal. Therefore, the rationale should be clearly stated, requiring knowledge of the literature and adequate definition of the problem under study, based on a solidly grounded research question based on data from the pertinent literature. The manuscript should be written in a way that is understandable even to the reader who is not an expert in the field covered by the scope of the Journal.
After verifying the manuscript is then evaluated by the editor-in-chief, who will send it to the associated editor to be reviewed by two Ad Hoc reviewers for scientific merit assessment. In case of disagreement among their opinions, a third reviewer will be requested. The associated editor may in the same way at his/her criteria, issue a third opinion.
Based on their opinions and on the judgment of the associated editor, the executive editor, and the editor-in-chief, the manuscript receives one of the following classifications: 1) accepted; 2) recommended, but with minor revision; 3) recommended, but with major revision; 4) rejected. In classifications two and three, the opinions are sent to the author(s), who have the opportunity to revise and resubmit the article to the Journal accompanied by a reply letter detailing the items that have been suggested by the reviewers and the modification made; and in condition four, the manuscript will be returned to the author(s). In the case of acceptance, the article is published according to the manuscript flow and the Journal editorial chronogram.
Upon the acceptance, if there are minor inadequacies, ambiguities, or lack of clarity in the text, the Associated, Executive, and/or Chief Editors reserve the right to correct them for the uniformity of the Journal's style. Language proofreaders will correct occasional language errors. Before the publication of the article manuscript proof will be submitted to the author(s) to verify and final approval.
Sections of the Journal
Editorial written by one or more Editors or by invitation of the Editor-in-Chief or the Executive Editor, being mandatory to include the bibliographical references of the citations.
Review descriptive and analytical evaluation of a topic theme, supported by relevant literature, taking into account the relationships, interpretation and critique of the studies analyzed, as well as suggestions for new studies on the subject. It can be narrative or systematic, and the latter can be expanded with meta-analysis. Narrative and integrative reviews will only be accepted by invitation from the editors. The organization may contain topics referring to sub-themes according to the relevance to the text, and for systematic reviews, follow the recommendations of the PRISMA statement. The reviews should be limited to 6,000 words and up to 60 references. It is recommended to register the protocols of systematic reviews, such as PROSPERO, which is not mandatory, but if done should be mentioned in the article.
Original Articles These disseminate results of unpublished research and should seek to offer sufficient methodological quality to permit reproduction. For original articles, it is recommended to follow the conventional structure, according to the following sections: Introduction: where the relevance of the theme is presented, preliminary studies of the literature and the initial hypotheses, the research question and its justification as to the objective, which should be clear and brief; Methods: describe the studied population, the criteria selection for inclusion and exclusion of the sample, define the variables used and inform the way that allows the reproducibility of the study, in relation to technical procedures and instruments used. Quantitative studies must inform the statistical analysis used. Results: should be presented in a concise, clear and objective manner, in logical sequence and supported by illustrations such as tables and figures (graphs, drawings and photographs); Discussion: interprets the results obtained, verifying their compatibility with those cited in the literature, highlighting new and important aspects and linking the conclusions to the objectives of the study. Manuscripts should have a maximum of 5,000 words, tables and figures should be no more than five in total, and it is recommended that up to 30 references be cited. For each study design, international recommendations should be followed, using their respective checklists, such as the STROBE statement for observational studies, the STARD statement for diagnostic accuracy studies, the CONSORT statement for clinical trials, etc.
Qualitative papers are accepted, and should follow the usual methodological principles and criteria for the preparation and writing. The qualitative article must explicitly present analyses and interpretations based on some theory or theoretical reflection that promotes dialogue between Social Sciences and Humanities and Public Health. It is acceptable to present the results and discussion in a single section, in which the item "Final Considerations" may be added.
Research Notes concise reports on preliminary results of the research, with 1,500 words, a maximum of three tables and figures in total, with up to 15 references.
Case Report/Case Series rare and unusual cases. The structure should follow: Introduction, Description and Discussion. The word limit is 2,000 words and up to 15 references. They may include up to two figures.
Technical-Institutional Reports refer to relevant information from research centers concerning the scientific and organizational activities. It should have a structure similar to a Narrative Review. On the other hand, citations may be made, at the author's criterion, in the text and the respective references at the end. The word limit is 5,000 words and up to 30 references.
Point of View qualified opinion on themes within the scope of the Journal (by editors’ invitation).
Review Critic reviews of books published and printed in the last two years or in online communication networks (maximum 1,500 words).
Letters critique of works recently published in the Journal, with a maximum of 600 words and up to 10 references.
Special Articles texts whose theme is directly or indirectly linked to the scope of the Journal, is considered relevant by the editors, and does not fit into the categories mentioned above. The word limit is 7,000 words and up to 30 references.
1. In all file types, word count excludes titles, abstracts, keywords, tables, figures and references.
2. At the time of submission, the authors must inform the number of words of the manuscript.
3. In articles with a long title (12 or more terms), the short title (maximum 9 terms) is also required.
4. Cover Letter: text forwarding the manuscript to the Journal that must inform about its originality and the reason why it is being submitted to the BJMCH. It should also inform the participation of each author in the elaboration of the work, that all authors have reviewed the version submitted, that the article has not been submitted to any other journal, the author responsible for the correspondence and the sources, type of support and name of the funding agency.
Presentation of the manuscripts
Manuscripts should be typed in Microsoft Word for Windows, font Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced.
Identification title of the paper (Portuguese or Spanish and English), full name and address of the authors and their institutions (only one per author) and the ORCID number of the authors.
Abstracts should have a maximum of 210 words and be written in Portuguese or Spanish and English. For Original Articles and Research Notes the abstracts should be structured as follows: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. Case Reports/Case Series should be structured as follows: Introduction, Description, Discussion. In Systematic Review articles, the abstracts should be structured as follows: Objectives, Methods (data source, period, descriptors and selection of studies), Results, Conclusions. For Technical-Institutional Reports and Special Articles the abstract is not structured.
Key words to identify the content of the articles, the abstracts should be accompanied by three to six key words in Portuguese or Spanish and English, using the Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (DECS) (Descriptors in Health Sciences) of the LILACS Methodology and its correspondent in English the Medical Subject Headings (MESH) of MEDLINE, adapting the terms designated by the authors to these vocabularies.
Illustrations tables and figures only in black and white or gray scales (graphs, drawings, maps and photographs) should be inserted after the References section. Graphs should be two-dimensional.
Acknowledgements to the collaboration of people, technical assistance and financial and material support, specifying the nature of the support and funding entity.
Citations and References citations in the text should be numbered in superscript according to the order in which they appear. References must be organized in numerical sequence corresponding to the citations; they must not exceed the number stipulated in each section according to these Instructions for Authors.
The Journal adopts the standards of the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors - ICMJE (Vancouver Group), with some changes; follow the format of the examples specified here:
Book (Author. Title. Edition. Place: publishing house; Year)
Heeringa SG, West BT, Berglund PA. Applied survey data analysis. 2nd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group; 2017.
Book chapter (Author. Title of the chapter. In: organizers. Book Title. Edition. Place: publisher; Year. Beginning and final pages of the chapter)
Demakakos P, McMunn A, Steptoe A. Well-being in older age: a multidimensional perspective. In: Banks J, Lessof C, Nazroo J, Rogers N, Stafford M, Steptoe A, editors. Financial circumstances, health and well-being of the older population in England. The 2008 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (Wave 4). London: The Institute for Fiscal Studies; 2010. p.131-93.
E-book Editor, Organizer, Compiler (Author(s), Publisher. Title. Place: publisher; Year)
Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer. Washington (D.C): National Academy Press; 2001.
Events as a whole (Meetings, Scientific Meetings) (Event; Date; Event location. Place: publisher; Year)
The IX Annals State Congress of Veterinary Medicine; July 13-16, 1985; Santa Maria, RS. Santa Maria: Federal University of Santa Maria; 1985.
Proceedings of the 12th International Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association; 1994 Aug 15-19; Toronto, CA. Toronto: IEA; 1994.
Paper presented at event (published proceedings) (Author. Title of the work. In: event; Date; Place of the event. Place: publisher; Year. Beginning and final pages)
Jung MRT. The techniques of marketing in the Librarianship service. In: IX Annals Brazilian Congress of Librarianship and Documentation; May 18-19, 2005; Salvador BA. Brasília, DF: Brazilian Association of Librarians; 2005. p. 230-9.
Paper presented at event (unpublished) (Author. Title. Event; Date; Place of Event]
Philippi Jr A. Transportation and environmental quality [Presentation to the Seminar Risks of Daily Life in Urban Space: challenges for public health; 1994 Sep 20; Rio de Janeiro Brazil].
Theses and Dissertations (Author. Title [dissertation / thesis]. Place: responsible entity; Year.)
Pedroso M. Intelligence decision-making and public policy analysis: the case of the Care Units (UPAs) [thesis]. Brasília (DF): Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting at the University of Brasilia; 2011.
Jardim DMB. Father-companion and his understanding on his child’s birth process [dissertation]. Belo Horizonte (MG): Federal University of Minas Gerais; 2009.
Considering that the Vancouver style does not consider the information in Brazilian laws , so there are adaptations:
Documents of Governmental Nature Competence (country, state, city). Title (specifications of the legislation, number and date). Summary. Title of the official publication. Place (city): publisher and Date (year, month and day); Section, volume, number, pagination. [date of access]. Website available
Ministério da Saúde (BR). Portaria no 1.459, de 24 de junho de 2011. Institui, no âmbito do Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS - a Rede Cegonha. Brasília (DF): DOU 27 de junho 2011. [access in 2020 sep 20]. Available from: https://bvsms.saude.gov.br/bvs/saudelegis/gm/2011/prt1459_24_06_2011.html
Ministério da Saúde (BR). Lei nº 8.080, 19 de setembro de 1990. Dispõe sobre as condições para a promoção, proteção e recuperação da saúde, a organização e o funcionamento dos serviços correspondentes e dá outras providências. Brasília (DF): DOU 20 de setembro de 1990. [access in 2022 sep 15]. Available from: http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/leis/l8080.htm
Ministério da Saúde (BR). Portaria nº 154, 24 de janeiro de 2008. Cria os Núcleos de Apoio à Saúde da Família (NASF). Brasília (DF): DOU 4 de março de 2008. [access in 2022 sep 15]. Available from: https://bvsms.saude.gov.br/bvs/saudelegis/gm/2008/prt0154_24_01_2008.html
Ministério da Saúde (BR). Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde. Boletim Epidemiológico: Sífilis 2019. Brasília (DF): Ministério da Saúde; Outubro de 2019. [access in 2022 sep 15]. Available from: https://www.gov.br/aids/pt-br/centrais-de-conteudo/boletins-epidemiologicos/2019/sifilis/boletim_sifilis_2019_internet-1.pdf/view
World Health Organization (WHO). Ear and hearing care: indicators for monitoring provision of services. Geneva: WHO; 2019. [access in 2022 sep 15]. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/ear-and-hearing-care-indicators-for-monitoring-provision-of-services
Article Published in Journal (Author. Title. Acronym of the Journal. Year; Volume (number): beginning and final pages)
Stewart JE, Bentley JE. Hearing loss in pediatrics: what the medical home needs to know. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2019 Abr; 66 (2): 425-36.
Article Published in Supplemental Issue (Author. Title. Acronym of the Journal. Year; Volume (supplementary number): beginning and final pages)
Ko JY, DeSisto CL, Simeone RM, Ellington S, Galang RR, Oduyebo T, et al. Adverse pregnancy outcomes, maternal complications, and severe illness among US delivery hospitalizations with and without a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Diagnosis. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Jul; 73 (Supl. 1): S24-S31.
Citation from Editorial, Letters (Author. Title [Editorial/Letter]. Acronym of the Journal. Year; Volume (number): beginning and final pages)
Cabral-Filho JE. Qualitative Research, a focus of BJMCH [Editorial]. Rev Bras Saúde Matern Infant. 2022; 22 (2): 195.
Souza ASR, Katz L, Amorim MMR. Efforts to combat maternal mortality due to COVID-19 in Brazil [Letter]. Rev Bras Saúde Matern Infant. 2022; 22 (2): 451-2.
Article Published in electronic journal (Author. Title. Abbreviation of the Journal [Internet]. Year [date of access]; Volume (number): beginning and final pages. Website available)
Neuman NA. Multimixture of bran does not combat anemia. J Pastoral Criança [Child [periodical on line]. 2005 [access in 2006 jun 26]. 104: 14p. Available from: www.pastoraldacriança.org.br/105/pag14/pdf.
Najim RA, Al-Waiz MM, Al-Razzuqi RA. Acetylator phenotype in Iraqui patients with atopic dermatitis. Dermatol Online J [Internet]. 2006 [access in 2007 Jan 9]; 12 (7). Available from: http://dermatology. cdlib.org/127/original/acetylator/najim.html
National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa. Use of generic alendronate in the treatment of osteoporosis. S Afr Med J [Internet]. 2006 [access in 2007 Jan 9]; 96 (8): 696-7. Available from: http://blues.sabinet.co.za/WebZ/Authorize?essionid=0:autho=pubmed:password=pubmed2004&/AdvancedQuery?&format= F&next=images/ejour/m_samj/ m_samj_v96_ n8_a12.pdf
Article accepted for publication in a Journal (Author. Title. Acronym of the Journal. Year. (In press).
Yang AF, San Chun K, Yu L, Walter JR, Kim D, Lee JY, et al. Validation of a hand-mounted wearable sensor for scratching movements in adults with atopic dermatitis, J Am Acad Dermatol. 2022. (in press).
Electronic materials available on CD-Rom (Author. Title [type of material]. Publisher, Edition. Version. Place: Publisher; Year.)
Reeves JRT, Maibach H. CDI, clinical dermatology illustred [monografia em CD-ROM]. Multimedia Group, producers. 2nd ed.Version 2.0. San Diego: CMEA; 1995.
Material exclusively accessible in electronic media
Authorship. Title. [support]. Place; Year [access year month day]. Availability of access
Oswaldo Cruz Institute. Department of Education. IOC Teaching [Internet]. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 2004. [access in 2004 mar 3]. Available from: http://188.8.131.52/ensino/cgi/public/cgilua.exe/web/templates/html
For more information check ICMJE website.
Submission of manuscipts
The submission is done, exclusively online, through the Sistema de gerenciamento de artigos (Article Management System).
It should be verified the compliance of the BJMCH publication norms according to the items of presentation and structure of the articles according to the sections of the Journal.
At the time of manuscript submission, the authors must inform the approval of the Ethics Committee of the Institution, the Copyright Transfer statement, signed by all authors. Authors must also inform that the manuscript is original and is not being submitted to any other journal, as well as the participation of each author in the work.
Availability of the BJMCH
The Journal is open and free access, therefore, there is no subscription required for reading and downloading, as well as for copying and dissemination for educational purposes.
Secretary / Contact
Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira - IMIP
Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health - Executive Secretary
Rua dos Coelhos, 300 Boa Vista
Recife, PE, Brazil CEP: 50.070-902
Phone: +55 +81 2122.4141