(Updated: 2022/08/31)

About the journal


Basic information


The Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem (RGE), created in 1976 by the Nursing School College of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, had as its main goal to provide the nurses in the South of Brazil a place for the publication of their studies.  It was the fourth Nursing journal in the country and the first in the region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. RGE appeared after the Revista Brazileira de Enfermagem(Nursing Brazilian Journal), Enfermagem em Novas Dimensões(Nursing in New Dimensions, currently not available) and Revista da Escola de Enfermagem (Journal of the Nursing School) of the University of São Paulo. This journal was linked to the Department of Professional Assistance and Guidance of the Nursing School, being adopted in 1982 by the Direction of the Nursing School.

The online version was first launched in May, 2008, with the use of the SEER (OJS) platform, adopted by UFRGS, where the complete collection is available from vol.1, 1976. In 2010, RGE was included in the electronic library SciELO and as of 2018 (v.39) it started being published in rolling pass mode, exclusively online (e-ISSN 1983-1447), having as its main goal to contribute in the dissemination of knowledge in the health care field, publishing scientific articles relevant for national and international Nursing.

RGE is in process of adhering to open science principles to optimize the process of dissemination of knowledge.

RGE is classified in Nursing in the A2 level of Qualis Reference which consists of the procedures created by the Coordination of Higher-Level Personal Improvement (CAPES) for the stratification of the quality of intellectual production of post-graduate programs.

Besides being available on SEER and SciELO platforms, RGE has its collection preserved on IBICT's Cariniana Network (Brazilian Network of Digital Preservation Services), associated with Stanford University's LOCKSS Program (LotsOf Copies KeepStuff Safe), and LUME - Digital Repository of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, which ensures its integrity and reliable and permanent access to its content.

Its abbreviated title is Rev Gaúcha Enferm, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic notes.





International Indexation

  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature)
  • CUIDEN (Base de datos de Enfermería da Fundación Cuiden)
  • International Nursing Index
  • LILACS: (Literatura Latino-americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde)
  • LAPTOC (Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents)
  • LatIndex (Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal)
  • MEDLINE/PubMed
  • MEDLINE Complete - EBSCOhost Research Databases
  • Scielo Citation Index

National Indexation

  • BDENF (Base de Dados de Enfermagem)
  • BVS Enfermagem (Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde - Enfermagem)
  • SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online
  • Portal de Periódicos da Capes
  • Rev@Enf - Portal de Revistas de Enfermagem

Participation in collective catalogues/directories

  • CCN (Catálogo Coletivo Nacional de Publicações Periódicas - IBICT)
  • Diadorim - Diretório das Políticas Editoriais das Revistas Científicas Brazileiras
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Portal de Revistas Científicas em Ciências da Saúde
  • SHERPA/RoMEO - Publisher Copyright Policies &Self-archiving


Intellectual property


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







Editorial Board




Administrative Board





  • Maria da Graça Oliveira Crossetti
    Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS,
    Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil (mgcrossetti@gmail.com)

Substitute Editor-in-chief



Publishing Board/Editorial Board


Chief Editor/Editorial Board Coordinator

Associate Editors



Editorial Production



Editorial Assistant



Editorial Board





Instructions to authors

Scope and Policy


The Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem (RGE) has the mission of contributing to the dissemination of knowledge in the health area, publishing scientific production of interest to Nursing. In RGE, articles written by specialists from other areas can be published, as long as the subject is of interest to the area of ​​Nursing.

The submission of manuscripts is carried out exclusively through the ScholarOne Manuscripts Platform.

Submissions of manuscripts in Portuguese, Spanish or English are accepted.

Manuscripts must be sent exclusively to RGE, and their reproduction in other publications is permitted, in this case, the citation of the original publication in RGE must be included, thus respecting the principles of ethics in scientific publication.

RGE publishes a maximum of two manuscripts by the same author and/or co-author per year. Articles are limited to eight authors, with the exception (duly justified in the cover letter) of multicenter studies.


RGE requests the completion of the Open Science Compliance Form which must be submitted in the ScholarOne system as supplemental file.

In addition, RGE embraces the following open science principles:

  • Preprints:

RGE accepts manuscript submissions from non-commercial Preprints servers, such as SciELO Preprints. provided they have not been submitted for peer review in another journal and/or another server simultaneously.

The responsible author must indicate in the cover letter at the time of submission if the manuscript is a preprint, informing the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​and the name of the server where it is deposited. It is reiterated that every manuscript submitted from the preprint repository will be mandatorily evaluated by peers, according to the evaluation process of this journal.

  • Data sharing:

It is mandatory for accepted articles to deposit and share research data that support the publication of the article and that are potentially useful for the development of new research, such as: database, models, methods, software, procedures, questionnaires, statistics, reports, protocols, program codes, algorithms, field diaries and other useful materials.

Sharing must be made available in repositories recognized by the academic community, such as: SciELO Data, Emerging Researcher Information (EmeRI) and Medrxiv.

After accepting the article, authors will be asked to cite and indicate the link to the materials in the manuscript, in the SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL chapter, after the conclusion or final considerations and before the references.

  • Opening of the editorial process:

In the articles accepted for publication, the name of the Associate Editor and the Chief Editor conducting the evaluation process will be made available.

  • Open Access:

RGE follows the policy of Open Access, open access, and has its articles available for full access, free of charge, as well as adopting the continuous flow publication system.



The Journal adopts the partially open peer review system to assess the content and technical-scientific adequacy of the manuscript.

The process of evaluating a manuscript at RGE comprises the following steps: document evaluation; evaluation by the pre-analysis Associate Editor; evaluation by the Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise; evaluation by ad hoc consultants; elaboration of the opinion substantiated by the Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise, indicating reformulations or refusal of the manuscript; and decision of the Editor-in-Chief and its communication to the authors.

In the documentary evaluation, the documents requested in the submission of the manuscript are checked.

The Associate Editor responsible for the pre-analysis evaluates the manuscript in terms of compliance with the rules for preparing the manuscript, relevance of the article, ethical aspects, basic aspects of the method and scientific writing, filling out the pre-analysis checklist. Manuscripts that do not conform to the standards by the third round of evaluation by the pre-evaluation checklist will be archived. The evaluation of textual similarity is also carried out, using a tool for detecting similarity (Software Ithenticate), accepting the limit of 30% (references not formatted by the Word numbering marker are computed as similarity by the software). In the pre-assessment stage, it is possible to decide not to proceed with the assessment process because it does not meet these requirements, without returning the submission fee and forwarding the refusal letter. In case of a positive evaluation, in view of meeting the above requirements, the manuscript is forwarded to the Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise.

The Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise, evaluates the merit and quality of the manuscript according to the scope of the journal, then forwards the manuscript to at least two ad hoc consultants or a third, if necessary, a specialist in the subject and/or in the research method, which assess its originality, merit, relevance of its content, academic quality, convenience of publication and relevance to Nursing/Health and related areas.

The opinions of the ad hoc consultants are evaluated by the Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise, who prepares a single substantiated opinion, which may include other relevant recommendations and then forwards it to the Editor-in-Chief, who decides whether to accept, reformulate or reject the manuscript. This decision is forwarded to the author(s).

When reformulations are necessary, the author(s) returns the manuscript to the Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise, including a response letter explaining the changes and/or justifying items not covered. The Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise will assess compliance with the recommendations of the substantiated opinion issued and will return the assessment with its recommendation to support the Editor-in-Chief's editorial decision. The reformulation process may take place in several rounds until the manuscript meets the quality criteria established by the Editorial Board until the final decision of the Editor-in-Chief.

In case of rejection of the manuscript, the decision will be communicated to the author(s) with a letter indicating the motivations through a substantiated opinion.


The Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem publishes the following sections:

Editorial: Text under the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal or of professionals invited by him/her.

Original Articles: Contributions meant to disseminate results of original and unpublished research, with the possibility of replication. They must conform to the following textual structure: introduction, method, results, discussion, conclusion or final considerations. The articles should be limited to 20 pages, not including the references (maximum 30).

Systematic review articles: Researches conducted through the synthesis of results from original studies that aim at answering a specific question of relevance to Nursing or Health Care field. The systematic review may be characterized by meta-analysis and/or meta-synthesis, depending on the type of methodological approach of the manuscript and the purpose of the study. The methodological procedures must be detailed in all the steps recommended by the primary framework adopted (for example, PRISMA). They are limited to 20 pages (not including the references) and references are not limited. The Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem requires that the protocols of the reviews be registered in PROSPERO, or made available in an open access Web site.

Articles of integrative review or scoping review: These are temporarily suspended..

Reflection articles: Discursive formulations with theoretical and philosophical foundation on the state-of-the-art in which a certain subject is. They should present the argumentation and interpretation of the author(s) of the article regarding the debated reasoning. They are limited to 15 pages (including the references) and should contain up to 20 references.

Experience or case reports: Descriptive and contextualized contributions based on a case, experience, or innovation. In the case of a clinical case report, it is mandatory to send the approval report of the Research Ethics Committee Involving Human Beings as a supplementary document. Clinical case reports are limited to 10 pages (including the references) and must contain up to 20 references.



Form and preparation of manuscripts


For the preparation of the manuscripts, it is recommended to comply with the Equator Network guidelines.

In addition, RGE strongly recommends authors to avoid fragmentation of results, since that may affect the evaluation of the manuscript.

The text of the article must be formatted in Word for Windows, Times New Roman 12, double-spaced (including abstracts), with all pages numbered in the lower right margin, configured on A4 paper and with four 2.5 cm margins. No italics should be used. References must be formatted with Word numbering marker. No information should be presented in the text that can identify the authors.

The wording must be clear and concise. The argument must be based on well-justified evidence, using national and international scientific literature. RGE does not assume responsibility for grammatical mistakes, and therefore it reserves itself the right to decide on changes and corrections. The previous submission to grammatical and orthographic revision by a qualified professional is recommended, and the statement of the reviewer must be included in the supplementary documents.

The titles of text sections should be emphasized by gradation, without being numbered, aligned to the left of the text. The title of the article and the abstract must be in capital letters and in bold (e.g.: TITLE; ABSTRACT); resumo and resumen, in capital letters and bold (e.g.: RESUMO; RESUMEN); primary section, in capital letters and bold (e.g.: INTRODUCTION); and secondary section, in lower case and bold (e.g.: Background). The use of bullets throughout the text (e.g.: -, *, etc.) and items [a), b), c) ...] should be avoided

Manuscripts must contain:

Title: The title must be consistent with the objectives of the study and identify the content of the article in up to 15 words. The three titles (Portuguese, English and Spanish) must be written in capital letters, centralized, in bold and without italics. Articles presented in a language other than Portuguese must first present the original language followed by the others.

Abstract: The first abstract must be presented in the language of the manuscript, contain up to 150 words, and be accompanied by its version in the other languages Portuguese and Spanish. It must be structured, justified, without acronyms, presenting the following information: Objective: in language consistent with the type of study and the same as that presented in the body of the text. Method: type of study, sample, period, research location, data collection and data analysis. Results: main findings. Conclusion: must respond to the objective(s).

Palavras-chave/Keywords/Palabras clave: present three terms according to the “Health Sciences Descriptors - DeCS”, in Portuguese, English and Spanish; and three terms according to MeSH that allow to identify the subject of the manuscript. They present the first letter of each keyword in uppercase, separated by a period.

Introduction: The introduction presents the research problem, the justification, the (pertinent and relevant) literature review, the guiding question of the study and/or hypothesis and the objective(s) consistent with the study proposal.

Method: The Method presents type of study, location of the research, methodological framework used, population and sample (which must be identified, be coherent and include sample calculation when indicated), eligibility criteria (inclusion and exclusion - be careful not to consider using the Free and Informed Consent Term as inclusion criteria), data collection period and strategy, data analysis, and ethical aspects (include CAAE number registered at Plataforma Brazil and approved by the Research Ethics Committee).

For a randomized clinical trial, use the following CONSORT (checklist and flow chart).

For systematic reviews and meta-analysis, follow the PRISMA guide (checklist and flow chart).

For observational studies in Epidemiology, follow the STROBE guide (checklist).

For qualitative studies, follow the COREQ guide (checklist).

Use CARE for case studies. 

Use STARD checklist and flowchart for diagnostic accuracy studies.

Results: The results must be presented in a logical sequence and be separated from the discussion when dealing with original articles resulting from studies with quantitative approaches. To describe the results, past tense should be used. There should be no more than five tables (compliant with IBGE standards) and figures (compliant with ABNT standards). The text complements what is described in them, not repeating it. The table must be mentioned in the text that precedes it.

When presenting tables (according to IBGE norms) and illustrations (according to ABNT norms), total a maximum of 5. The text complements and does not repeat what is described in the tables. The table must be mentioned in the text that precedes it.

Discussion: The discussion can be written together with the results in qualitative research. It must contain a comparison of the results with the literature and the interpretations of the authors, pointing out the progress of current knowledge. They must present the limitations of the study, as well as the contributions and innovations for teaching, research, management and/or assistance in nursing and health.

Conclusion or Final Considerations: These answer punctually to the objectives and research question.

References: References must be presented according to the limit of each category of the manuscript. Both in national and international scope, they must be updated (at least 75% from the last three to five years), being acceptable outside this period if they constitute a primary or classic reference on a given subject. Up to 2 preprint references are accepted as long as they are extremely necessary. It is strongly suggested that during the peer review process and the press test, authors verify that the cited version of the preprint has already been published, and, if possible, update it with the corresponding journal reference. In the case of theses and dissertations, it is recommended that the authors/articles used in them are preferably cited.

References must be typed in single space and separated by a single space, numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and formatted by Word’s numeric marker. In this section, the title “References” is used. The list of references must consist of all the works cited.

Use the Vancouver reference style of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Journal titles must be abbreviated according to the NLM Catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases. For journals that are not on this Web site, the abbreviations of the Portal of Scientific Journals on Health Sciences of the Virtual Health Library (VHL) can be used, as well as those in IBICT National Collective Catalog of Serial Publications (CCN).

Citations: They are presented in the text according to the numerical system, with the numbers in parentheses and superscripts, with no space between the word and the number of the quotation, before the period. In the citations, the name of the authors should not be mentioned, excluding expressions such as: “as stated by...”, “according to ...”. In the case of sequential citation, the numbers must be separated by a hyphen and, when interspersed, they must be separated by a comma. In the case of transcription of words, phrases or paragraphs with the author's words (direct citation), initial and final quotation marks must be used in the sequence of the text. It is recommended to use this resource carefully, following the Brazilian standard ABNT NBR 10520/2002 (Information and Documentation - Citations in documents - Presentation).

Testimonials: These are phrases or paragraphs spoken by the research subjects/participants. Do not use quotation marks and observe the following structure: indentation of the paragraph (1.25 cm), font size 11, in italics, single spacing, with its identification in parentheses, coded at the discretion of the author and separated by a single space. Suppressions must be indicated by the use of the ellipsis between brackets “[...]”, and the interventions of the authors to what was said by the study participants must be presented in brackets.

Graphic elements: Maximum of five (graphs, charts, and figures), in black and white, according to the following specifications:

Graphs and charts: These must be presented in accordance with ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Information and documentation - Article in printed scientific periodical publication - Presentation).

Tables: They must be presented according to IBGE - Tabular Presentation Rules.

Other graphic elements: Presented in accordance with ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Information and documentation - Article in printed scientific periodical publication - Presentation).

Symbols, abbreviations and acronyms: They must be presented according to ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Information and documentation - Article in printed scientific periodical publication - Presentation).

Use bold for emphasis and italics for foreign words.

Appendices (prepared by the authors) and attachments (created without the intervention of the authors) should be avoided.  

Acknowledgments for financial, technical and other assistances for carrying out the work should not be mentioned at the time of submission. Only after acceptance of the article this information will be included after the References.

In manuscripts resulting from studies involving human beings, authors must indicate the procedures adopted to comply with Resolution No. 466, of December 12, 2012, of the National Health Council, as well as the number of the project approval protocol search in the body of the text. A copy of the protocol should be included in Step 6 of ScholarOne platform, as supplementary documentation.

Conflicts of interest can arise when authors, reviewers or editors have interests that, while not being completely apparent, may influence their judgments about what is published. The conflict of interest can be personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial. When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and revealing conflicts of interest that may influence the content of the work submitted to RGE.



Send of manuscripts


The submission of articles should be done exclusively online at: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rgenf-scielo.

At the time of submission, the full name of each author, ORCID, institution of origin, country, e-mail and summary of the biography (complete affiliation and credentials) must be informed only in the metadata.

When submitting the manuscript, a cover letter indicating the originality, the relevance of the article for Nursing and its contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area must be attached. Do not include the authors' name or mini resume. If the manuscript is a preprint, the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and the name of the server where it is deposited must be informed in the cover letter.

When sending the submission, the ORCID identifier indication of all authors of the manuscript is mandatory.

It is also mandatory to inform the contribution of each author in the manuscript according to CRediT - CASRAI taxonomy.

Authors of works sent for evaluation must send a Declaration of Responsibility and Transfer of Copyright, prepared according to the model of the Journal, signed by all authors, attached as a supplementary document with the article.

Authors must fill and send the Open Science Compliance Form, attached as a supplementary document along with the article. According to the model available.

The Journal charges submission and publication fees.

The submission fee (R$ 200.00) must be paid in advance and the receipt must be attached at the time of submission. This fee will not be refunded to the authors if the manuscript is filed or rejected.

The publication fee (R$ 1,000.00) must be paid after the acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

The costs of translating the manuscript into English and/or Portuguese, with companies indicated by RGE, are the responsibility of the authors. The grammar review may be carried out by a professional chosen by the authors, and the appropriate proof must be attached.

Information for payment of fees

The payment of fees must be made through an identified bank deposit.

Account holder: FAURGS - Fundação de Apoio da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Bank: 001 - Banco do Brasil

Agency: 3798-2

Account: 323.573-4

Identifier Code: CPF or CNPJ bailor

CNPJ: 74.704.008/0001-75

Bank deposit receipts must be digitalized and later attached as supplementary documents on the ScholarOne platform (Step 2).

After the acceptance for publication, the authors will be asked to translate the complete manuscript. They are responsible for choosing and contacting the translation company. Authors must send the translation to RGE, accompanied by the translation certificate sent by the company that translated the text. We emphasize that the revision of the translated manuscript is the sole responsibility of the authors.

After this process, the manuscript will be forwarded for editing.

The Editorial Committee is responsible for defining the volume of RGE in which the article will be published.



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