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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 A3 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.







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Instructions to authors

Scope and Policy


The Revista Gaucha de Enfermagem (RGE) journal has as its mission to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge in healthcare, publishing relevant scientific production in Nursing. RGE also publishes articles written by experts from other fields as long as the subject is relevant for Nursing.

Manuscripts should be submitted exclusively through the ScholarOne Manuscripts Platform.

Manuscripts can be submitted either in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

Manuscripts should be sent exclusively to RGE; they can be reproduced in other publications provided that they present the citation of the original publication in RGE, respecting the ethics principles for scientific publications.

RGE publishes two manuscripts from the same author and/or co-author per year as maximum. The articles are limited to eight authors, except in multicentric studies; this exception must be justified in the cover letter.



RGE requires that the Open Science Compliance Form is filled in and submitted to the ScholarOne system as a supplementary file.

Besides, RGE adopts the following principles of open science: 


RGE accepts the submission of manuscripts that come from preprint non-commercial servers, such as SciELO Preprints, as long as they have not been submitted simultaneously for peer review in a different journal and/or other server. 

The responsible author should indicate if the manuscript is a preprint in the cover letter upon submission, informing the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and the name of the server where it has been deposited. Every manuscript submitted from a preprint repository will be necessarily assessed by peers, according to the journal’s assessment process.

Data sharing:

Research data deposit and sharing is recommended for accepted articles when the data supports the publication of the article and is potentially useful for the development of new research, such as: data banks, models, methods, software, procedures, questionnaires, statistics, reports, protocols, program codes, algorithms, field journals and other useful resources.

Research data should be shared in repositories that are recognized by the academic community, such as: SciELO Data, Emerging Researcher Information (EmeRI), and Medrxiv.

In case the article is accepted, the authors will be requested to cite and indicate the link to the material in the manuscript in the SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL chapter, after the Conclusion or Final Considerations and before the References.

Start of the editorial process

In the case of articles accepted for publication, the name of the Associate Editor and of the Editor-in-Chief who lead the assessment process will be made available. The dates of submission and article approval will also be informed.

Open Access:

RGE adopts the policy of Open Access and leaves its articles available for full access, for free, adopting the continuous flow publication system.



RGE adopts the recommendation of the code of conduct for scientific publication ethics from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As pre-requisite for publication, submitted manuscripts must comply with ethical and legal guidelines involved in the development of academic, technical, and scientific papers and in research with human beings or animals.

In the manuscripts that result from studies involving human beings, in compliance to Resolution N. 466 of December 12th 2012 from Brazil’s National Council for Health (CNS), Brazilian authors must send a copy of the approval by the Research Ethics Committee (CEP) from the Research Ethics National Commission (CONEP) as a supplementary document, according to the guidelines and regulations of CNS, or the equivalent organism in the country where the research studies have been developed. The protocol number with the approval of the research project must be included within the text. A copy of the protocol should be attached at Step 6 in the ScholarOne platform as a supplementary document.

Conflicts of interest can appear when authors, reviewers or editors have interests that, although not totally apparent, may influence their judgment about what is published. The conflict can involve personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial interests. When the authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for acknowledging and disclosing conflicts of interests that may influence the content of the paper submitted to RGE.



RGE adopts the peer evaluation system to assess the content and the technical and scientific adequacy of the manuscript, ensuring the anonymity of the authors and reviewers during the evaluation process. 

The evaluation process of a manuscript for RGE includes the following steps: documentation evaluation; pre-analysis Associate Editor evaluation; evaluation by the Associate Editor per area of expertise; evaluation by the ad hoc consultants; writing of the substantiated opinion by the Associate Editor per area of expertise, indicating reformulations needed or the rejection of the manuscript; and Editor-in-Chief decision and its communication to authors.

The documentation evaluation consists of the verification of the documents required at manuscript submission.

The Associate Editor responsible by the pre-analysis verifies the compliance to the manuscript preparation guidelines, the relevance of the article, the potential contribution to scientific knowledge in the field, ethical considerations, basic points on scientific method and writing. The manuscripts that have not yet complied with the guidelines after the third evaluation round will be filed away. The text goes through a plagiarism check with a specific tool for detecting plagiarism (software Ithenticate®), where a limit of 30% is accepted (references not formatted by line numbers at Microsoft Word are computed as similarities by the software). In the pre-evaluation stage, it might be decided that the evaluation process will not go further because the article has not fulfilled the requirements; in that case, the submission fee will not be returned, and the letter of rejection will be sent to the author(s). In case of positive evaluation, the manuscript will be sent to the Associate Editor according to the area of expertise.

The Associate Editor per area of expertise evaluates the merit and the quality of the manuscript according to the journal scope; afterwards, the Associate Editor sends the manuscript to at least two ad hoc consultants who are experts in the field or in the research method, and they will evaluate its originality, merit, content relevance, academic quality, publication convenience and relevance for Nursing/Healthcare and similar fields of knowledge.

The opinions of the ad hoc consultants are verified by the Associate Editor per area of expertise, who will write a single substantiated opinion, include other pertinent recommendations if necessary, and send it to the Editor-in-Chief, who will decide whether to accept, suggest changes or reject the manuscript. That decision is then sent to the author(s).

When it is necessary to make changes, the author(s) send(s) the manuscript back to the Associate Editor per area of expertise, including a reply letter that explains the changes and/or justifying unchanged items. The Associate Editor per area of expertise will evaluate if the recommendations in the substantiated opinion sent were applied and will send the evaluation with his/her recommendation to support the editorial decision of the Editor-in-Chief. The process of article reformulation can occur in several rounds until the manuscript reaches the quality criteria established by the Editorial Commission, as finally decided by the Editor-in-Chief.

In case of rejection of the manuscript, the author(s) will be informed about the decision with a letter indicating the reasons through a substantiated opinion.



RGE publishes the following sections:

Editorial: the journal’s Editor-in-Chief or professionals indicated by him/her are responsible for this text.

Original articles: contributions for sharing original and unpublished research results, with the possibility of replication. Limited to 20 pages, except references (30 max.).

Review articles: research conducted by summarizing the results of studies with the goal of answering a specific question that is relevant for Nursing or Healthcare. It should follow scientific excellence standards and guidelines. These include the systematic review studies with or without meta-analysis, or meta-synthesis and scoping review. They are limited to 20 pages (except references) and they are not limited in the number of references. RGE requires that the review protocols are registered in repositories that are adequate to the review method. The submission of integrative review articles is temporarily suspended.

Reflection articles: discursive formulations with theoretical and philosophical base on the state of the art of a certain subject. They must present the argumentation and interpretation of the author(s) of the article regarding the debated ideas. They are limited to 15 pages (including references) and must have a maximum of 20 references. They are temporarily suspended.

Experience or case reports: descriptive and contextualized contributions based on a case, experience, or innovation. If it is a clinical case report, it is necessary to include the approval document from the Research Ethics Committee Involving Human Beings as a supplementary document. They are limited to 10 pages (including references) and must have a maximum of 20 references. [They are temporarily suspended].        

Manuscript preparation

The preparation of the manuscripts should follow the Equator Network guidelines according to the type of study. A copy of the guidelines filled in with the correct information should be attached as supplementary document. 

For randomized clinical study, use the CONSORT guidelines (checklist and flow diagram).

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

For observational studies in epidemiology, follow the STROBE guidelines (checklist).

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

For case studies, use CARE.

For diagnostic accuracy studies, use the STARD checklist and flow diagram.

RGE strongly recommends that authors avoid the fragmentation of results, since this can affect the evaluation of the manuscript.

Writing should be clear and concise. Argumentation should be based on solid and reliable evidence, using national and international scientific literature. RGE does not take responsibility on grammar mistakes, and therefore has the right to decide on changes and corrections. It is recommended that the authors send their paper to a certified professional for grammar review prior to the submission of the article; the proofreader’s declaration should be attached with the supplementary documentation.

All the submitted manuscripts should be elaborated using the template available with the RGE norms, in the language of submission.

Access link to the template for submitting articles in Portuguese: TEMPLATE_PORTUGUÊS_RGE

Access link to the template for submitting articles in English:TEMPLATE_ENGLISH_RGE

Access link to the template for submitting articles in Spanish: TEMPLATE_ESPAÑOL_RGE

Supplementary material: all the accepted articles should cite and indicate the links for useful material that supports the research and that are available in repositories recognized by the academic community.

Acknowledgement for financial support, technical assistance and other support received to complete the paper should not be included in the submitted article. This information should be included only after the article is accepted, in the section after the References.                                                   

Manuscript submission

The submission of the articles must be done exclusively online at:

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

At the manuscript submission, the cover letter must be filled in indicating the originality and relevance of the article for Nursing and its contributions for knowledge and advancement in the field. Do not include author’s name or short curriculum. If the manuscript is a preprint, the cover letter must inform the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and the name of the server where it has been deposited.

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

The authors of the articles submitted for evaluation must send a Declaration of Responsibility and Copyright Transfer, written according to the journal’s model, signed by all the authors, and attached as a supplementary document with the article. 

The authors should fill in and send the Open Science Compliance Form as an attachment as supplementary document together with the article. According to the available model.

The Journal charges submission and publication fees.

The submission fee (R$ 200,00) is paid before the submission and its receipt should be attached when submitting the article. That fee will not be returned to the authors in case of manuscript filing or rejection.

The publication fee (R$ 1.300,00) will be paid after the manuscript acceptance for publication.

The expenses with manuscript translation into English and/or Portuguese with companies recommended by RGE should be paid by the authors. The grammar proofreading can be done by professionals freely chosen by the authors, and the certification of the proofreading must be also attached during submission.

Information for fee payment

Fees should be paid with an identified bank deposit.

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

Bank: 001 - Banco do Brasil

Bank Branch: 3798-2

Account number: 323.573-4

Identifying code: inform the CPF or CNPJ of the depositor

CNPJ: 74.704.008/0001-75

PIX Key:

The bank deposit receipts must be scanned and attached as supplementary documentation in the ScholarOne platform (Step 2).

After the acceptance for publication, the authors will be required to provide the complete translation for the manuscript. The authors are responsible for the selection and contact with the translation company. Authors should send RGE the translation and the translation certification issued by the company that translated the text. It is important to highlight that the revision of the translated manuscript is the authors’ responsibility.

After this process, the manuscript will be sent for formatting and layout.

The volume of the RGE where the article will be published will be decided by the Editorial Commission.



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