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About the journal


Basic Information


The Brazilian Journal of Nutrition (e-ISSN 1678-9865) is a specialized journal linked to the Graduate Program in Health Sciences at the Catholic University of Campinas (PUC). Founded in 1988, the journal has adopted the continuous publication modality since 2019, focusing on original or review articles that contribute to the study of Nutrition in its various subareas and interfaces.

The Brazilian Journal of Nutrition is open to contributions from the national and international scientific community and is part of Open Access. All its content is available and protected under the Creative Commons license (CC-BY). In addition, it does not charge fees for the submission, evaluation, or publication of articles.



Indexing sources


The Journal is indexed by:

  • CAB Abstract
  • Chemical Abstract
  • DOAJ
  • Excerpta Medica
  • Food Science and Technology Abstracts
  • JCR
  • Lilacs
  • NISC
  • SciELO
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science
  • Latindex
  • Clase

Impact Factor: 0.8



Copyright and use license


In all articles published by the Brazilian Journal of Nutrition, copyright is held by the authors. The articles are protected under an open access Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license, which means anyone can download and read the article at no cost. Furthermore, the article can be reused and cited as long as the original published version is mentioned. These conditions allow maximum use and exposure of the study while ensuring that authors receive due credit.





The publication of the journal is financed with resources from:

  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (PUC-Campinas)



Editorial Board





Associate editors


Alimentation and Social Sciences

Nutritional Assessment

Nutritional Biochemistry


Epidemiology and Statistics


Clinical Nutrition

Experimental Nutrition

Nutrition and Geriatric

Mother-infant Nutrition

Nutrition in Meal Production

Public Alimentation and Nutrition Policies

Community Health



Manager editor

  • Caroline Reolon – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil


Editorial board



Editorial production


Normalization and Review – Librarians

  • Jacqueline Coutinho Costa - Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil
  • Tatiane Roberta de Carvalho – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil

Administrative Support

  • Maria Fernanda de Medeiros – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil


Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


The Brazilian Journal of Nutrition accepts the submission of articles in English and Portuguese. Articles submitted in Portuguese, if approved, will be published in English, and authors must provide their complete version (as approved) in English, bearing the costs of translation.

In line with the Open Science movement, the publication supports the use of preprint servers and accepts manuscripts previously deposited on trusted servers such as SciELO Preprints.

The Journal supports the use of repositories for deposits aimed at the preservation, dissemination, and reuse of data such as SciELO Data.


All articles must be submitted electronically through the page <>.

Any other form of submission will not be accepted by the editors.

At the time of submission, the following must be attached:

(1) The article (complete file in Word format, including cover page, abstract – in Portuguese and English, text, references, and illustrations);

(2) The illustrations (in a separate and editable file, in the formats accepted by the journal, in the following programs: Excel, GraphPrism, SPSS 22, Corel Draw Suite X7 and Word; in the following extensions: .cdr, .pzf, .spv, .jpg , .jpeg, .xls, .xlsx, .doc, .docx, .vsdx, .vst.);

(3) Documentation required by the journal (duly signed by all authors).

Manuscripts may be rejected without detailed comments after initial analysis, carried out by at least two editors of the Journal, if the articles are considered inadequate or of insufficient scientific priority for publication in the Journal.


Authors are required to submit the following attached documentation together with the article:

  • Cover letter of the article for submission. [Model]
  • Completed submission checklist [Model]
  • Open Science Compliance Form [Model]

In cases where it applies:

  • Declaration of Translation Certificate;
  • Approval copy of the Research Ethics Committee's Assessment;
  • Clinical Trial Registration Declaration, validated by the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and inclusion of the registration number at the end of the abstract;
  • Document attesting permission for the use of illustrations (tables, photos, graphs, and others).

All persons listed as authors must sign the documents. Photos or collages of signatures will not be accepted, only scanned or electronic signatures are allowed, in order to avoid any type of fraud. All documentation must be sent scanned and delivered in PDF format.

The submitted manuscript must follow the model article made available by the journal, as well as indicate the category and area to which it belongs, as follows:

Original: contributions that are intended for the dissemination of results of unpublished research, given the relevance of the topic, scope, and knowledge generated for the research area. (Maximum limit of 3,500 words, excluding abstracts, tables, graphs, figures, and references; they must be prepared in 1.5 line spacing, Arial font size 11, and A4 size sheet).

Review (by invitation): synthesis of available knowledge on a given topic, through the analysis and interpretation of the relevant bibliography, which contains a critical and comparative analysis of works in the area that discuss methodological scopes and limits. And, with that, they allow indicating perspectives of continuity of studies in that line of research. (Maximum limit of 4 thousand words, excluding abstracts, tables, graphs, figures, and references).

Research note: partial unpublished data from ongoing research. (Maximum limit of 1,500 words, excluding abstracts, tables, graphs, figures, and references; prepared in 1.5 line spacing, Arial font size 11, and A4 size sheet).

Thematic section (by invitation): section intended for the publication of coordinated articles, by different authors, who debate a topic of current interest. (Maximum of 5 thousand words in total, excluding abstracts, tables, graphs, figures, and references; prepared in 1.5 line spacing, Arial font size 11, and A4 size sheet).

Thematic area of the article:

  • Food and Social Sciences
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Dietetics
  • Nutritional Education
  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Micronutrients
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Geriatrics
  • Nutrition in Meal Production
  • Experimental Nutrition
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Food and Nutrition Policies
  • Collective Health

Privacy Policy

The names and addresses provided in this magazine will be used exclusively for the services provided by this publication and will not be made available for other purposes or to third parties.

Research with living beings

Manuscripts with research related to humans and animals must be accompanied by a copy of the assessment approval of a Research Ethics Committee, all in accordance with Resolution No. 466 of December 12, 2012, which deals with research and tests on human beings.

Clinical Trial Records

Articles with clinical research results must have the identification number in one of the Clinical Trials Registers validated by the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), whose addresses are available on the ICMJE website. The identification number must be recorded at the end of the abstract.

Conflict of interest

Authors: Authors must explicitly and individually declare any potential financial, direct and/or indirect, conflict of interest as well as non-financial, etc.

Ad hoc reviewers: If a conflict of interest is identified by the reviewers, the Editorial Committee will forward the manuscript to another ad hoc reviewer.


The Journal will check the submitted articles, through a plagiarism detection tool called CrossCheck, after the peer-review process.


This publication disseminates its articles on Twitter and on the SciELO blog, in perspective, and encourages authors to disseminate the articles on their personal and institutional social networks.



The journal is limited to publishing articles that have a maximum of six authorship indications below the title. Authorship credit should be based on substantial contributions, such as (a) conception and design, (b) analysis and interpretation, and (c) review and approval of the final version of the article. The inclusion of names of authors whose contribution does not fit the above criteria is not justified. The authors' contribution must be informed in plain text of up to four lines. The institutional link must be informed in up to three levels (ex: University, College, Program, Center, School, Department). The indication of the corresponding author must be based on the highest title degree, and all authors must have and inform the ORCID® registration number. Registration is free, available at:

The journal strongly recommends that all authors and co-authors have their curriculum vitae updated on the Lattes Platform for article submission.

Important: no inclusions or exclusions of authors will be accepted after submission.

The Brazilian Journal of Nutrition does not publish more than 1 (one) article by the same author in the same year (volume) to avoid endogeny. This procedure aims to increase the number of themes and collaborations from national and international authors.

Evaluation process

The manuscript processing will only begin if they are in accordance with the instructions given to the Authors. Otherwise, they will be returned for compliance with the rules, the inclusion of a letter, or other documents that may be necessary.

The Brazilian Journal of Nutrition does not evaluate works that have been sent to other journals, previously presented at events (national and international), and/or translated into other languages ​​in order to preserve the original character of the work.

Authors must indicate three possible reviewers for the manuscript with their respective e-mails and the institutions to which they are linked. Optionally, they can nominate three reviewers to whom they would not like the paper sent.

Appreciation by the editorial board

Pre-analysis: the evaluation is carried out by the Scientific Editors based on originality, relevance, academic quality, and relevance of the manuscript to the area of ​​nutrition.

If approved at this stage, the manuscripts will be forwarded to ad hoc reviewers selected by the editors. Each manuscript will be sent to three reviewers of recognized competence in the subject addressed, and one of them can be chosen by the indication of the authors. In case of disagreement, the original will be sent to a fourth reviewer, and so on.

The journal adopts the blind review system in peer review and is confidential as to the identity of authors and reviewers. Therefore, the publication requests that authorship information be indicated only on the title page, which will be removed for evaluation.

Documents created in Microsoft Word must have the author identification removed from document properties: From the main menu, click Save As > Tools (or Options on Mac) > Security Options... > Remove Personal Information from File on Save > OK > Save.

Reviewers' assessments have three possibilities: a) approval; b) resubmission; c) refusal. In any of these cases, the author will be notified.

The assessments are analyzed by the associate editors, who propose to the Scientific Editor the approval or not of the manuscript. The final decision on the article's opinion (approved or rejected) will rest with the Editor-in-Chief.

Rejected manuscripts, but with the possibility of reformulation, may return as a new work, initiating another evaluation process.

The works that receive suggestions for resubmission will be returned to the authors for the necessary corrections, with the assessments issued. They must be returned within a maximum period of 10 (ten) days, respecting the time zone used by the system (London time, UTC+0).

The changes must be highlighted in blue font, and a letter to the editor must be attached in which the interest in publishing in this Journal is reiterated and informs which changes were processed in the manuscript. If there is disagreement regarding the consultancy's recommendations, the author(s) must present the arguments that justify their position. If the revised manuscript and the response letter are not forwarded within the stipulated period, the editorial process will be terminated at any stage of submission. The title and protocol number of the manuscript must be specified.

Approved manuscripts may return to the authors for approval of eventual changes, in the editing and standardization process, according to the style of the Journal.

The complete evaluation process takes approximately 6 months.

Data deposit policy

Data are the scientific records that validate research results. Research data varies by knowledge area and covers: written documents, spreadsheets, statistics, lab notebooks, field notebooks, diaries/journals, questionnaires, transcripts, audio files, videos, photographs, methodologies, workflows, partial reports, and other materials prepared and/or collected during the development of the research. Supported by the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), the Brazilian Journal of Nutrition recommends that research data be deposited in SciELO Data after approval of manuscripts and that the Research Data Deposit Guide be consulted for this purpose.





Manuscript preparation

The Journal provides the following template for the article: [Template]

Pages must have personalized numbering from the cover page (which must be numbered 1). The paper must be of A4 size, with the formatting of upper and lower margins (at least 2.5 cm), left and right (at least 3 cm), prepared in 1.5 line spacing, with Arial 11 font. The file must be saved in a text editor similar to the 2010 version of Word.

It is strongly recommended that the author(s) seek professional linguistic advice (proofreaders and/or certified translators in Portuguese and English) before submitting manuscripts that may contain morphological, syntactic, idiomatic, or stylistic inaccuracies and/or inadequacies.

The text must include the number of words according to the article's category.

On the cover page

  • Full title in Portuguese:
    • should be concise and avoid unnecessary and/or redundant words,
    • no abbreviations and acronyms or geographic location of the research.
  • Mandatory suggestion of an abbreviated title for the header, which does not exceed forty characters (including spaces), written in Portuguese (or Spanish) and English.
  • Full title in English, compatible with the title in Portuguese.
  • Full name of each author (do not abbreviate first names), and the ORCID® registration number.
  • Information on the authors' academic qualifications (whether they are masters, PhDs, etc.), current institutional affiliation (only one link per author) at three levels (e.g.: University, College, Program, Center, School, Department) without abbreviations or acronyms, in addition to the city, state, and country.
  • Indication of the corresponding author that should be based on the highest degree of qualification, with the full address of the institution to which he is linked.
  • Telephone and e-mail information of all authors.
  • Explicit information on the contribution of each of the authors to the article, in plain text of up to four lines;
  • Information indicating whether the article comes from a Dissertation or Thesis, indicating the title, author, university, and year of publication.
  • Information indicating whether the article has already been submitted to a Preprint platform. If so, inform the name of the repository and the complete reference of the article.
  • Indicate the following items:
    • Article category;
    • Thematic area;
    • Total number of illustrations (tables, charts, and figures);
    • Total number of words (according to manuscript category).

A footnote containing financial support and the number of the process and/or notice may be included, as well as acknowledgments for the collaboration of colleagues and technicians, in a paragraph of no more than three lines.

Note: This section must be the only part of the text with the identification of the authors, and other types of notes will not be accepted (except in translation of quotes).


The abstract must contain a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 250. The use of acronyms, abbreviations, or quotations is not allowed. It should be structured in: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusion (except in review articles).

In addition, it must contain three to six keywords or descriptors, and they must be present in the thesauri of the area, namely:

Health Science - DeCS (Bireme) and/or MeSH (PubMed)

It is recommended that the indicated keywords are not present in the title.

Articles submitted in English must be accompanied by an abstract in Portuguese, in addition to the abstract in English.


The text of all work submitted for publication must have a clear and concise organization.

Except for manuscripts presented as Review, Communication, Research Note, and Essay, the works must follow the formal structure for scientific texts:

Introduction: must contain a review of the updated literature relevant to the topic, adequate to the presentation of the investigation, and that highlights its relevance. It should not be extensive, except for manuscripts submitted as a Review Article.

Methods: this section must contain a clear and succinct description of the method used, accompanied by the corresponding bibliographic citation, including adopted procedures; universe and sample; measurement instruments and, if applicable, validation method and statistical treatment.

Regarding the statistical analysis, the authors must demonstrate that the procedures used were not only appropriate to test the hypotheses of the study, but also correctly interpreted. Statistical significance levels (e.g., p<0.05; p<0.01; p<0.001) must be mentioned.

It must be informed that the research was approved by an accredited Ethics Committee, together with the National Health Council, and provided with the process number.

When reporting experiments on animals, it should be indicated whether institutional or national research council guidelines — or if any national laws relating to the care and use of laboratory animals — have been followed.

Results: whenever possible, the results presented in tables, charts, or figures must, in addition to following the standards of the journal, be prepared in a self-explanatory manner and with statistical analysis.

Discussion: the results discussed in the light of other observations already registered in the literature must be explored, adequately and objectively.

Conclusion: the relevant conclusions must be presented, considering the objectives of the work, and the ways of continuing the study should be indicated. Bibliographic citations will not be accepted in this section.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments may be recorded in a paragraph not exceeding three lines, addressed to 1) individuals who have effectively contributed to the work, although they do not meet the authorship requirements, [explain the reason, for example: a critical review of the manuscript, collection of data, etc.]. It is mandatory to send the express permission of these persons. 2) Acknowledgments to institutions that supported the research may be included.

Abbreviations and acronyms: should be used in a standardized way, being restricted only to those conventionally used or sanctioned by usage, accompanied by the meaning, in full, when cited for the first time in the text. They should not be used in the title and abstract.

Citations and References in Vancouver style

Citations and references should be numbered consecutively, following the order in which they were first mentioned in the text, in Vancouver style. In references with up to six authors, all must be cited. In references with more than six authors, the first six should be cited and then include the expression et al.

The editors estimate contemporary references that dialogue with the current scientific community, so it suggests that the relevance of the references is at least 80% of the last five years and coming from indexed journals and 20% of the last two years. Citations to books should be avoided.

Citations/references from undergraduate theses, works from Congresses, Symposia, Workshops, Meetings, among others, and unpublished texts (classes, lectures, etc.) will not be accepted.

If a work under publication, authored by one of the authors of the manuscript and/or from other sources, is cited (i.e., an article in press), it is mandatory to send a copy of the letter of acceptance (article already approved with expected publication date) of the journal that will publish the article. Otherwise, the citation/reference will be deleted.

If unpublished data obtained by other researchers are cited in the manuscript, it will be necessary to include an authorization letter from the authors approving the use of such data.

When the cited document has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​number, this number must be informed, dispensing with the date of access to the content (see examples of electronic material). The prefix must be used:

Citations in the text must be numbered progressively in the order in which they appear in the text, in Arabic numerals, within square brackets after the citation (example: [1], [2], [3]), and must appear in the References list.

The accuracy and adequacy of references to works that have been consulted and mentioned in the text of the article are the responsibility of the author. All works cited in the text should be listed in the References section.

Examples of references

The abbreviations of the titles of the cited journals must be in accordance with the Index Medicus.

Journal articles

Canuto JMP, Canuto VMP, Lima MHA, Omena ALCS, Morais TML, Paiva AM, et al. Fatores de risco associados à hipovitaminose D em indivíduos adultos infectados pelo HIV/aids. Arch Endocrinol Metab. 2015; 59(1):34-41.

Organization as author

Organização Mundial da Saúde. Tabagismo & saúde nos países em desenvolvimento. Genebra: Organização, 2003 [cited 2019 Nov 15]. Available from:

Article with more than six authors from the Internet

Fuermaier ABM, Tucha L, Janneke K, Weisbrod M, Lange KW, Aschenbrenner S, et al. Effects of methylphenidate on memory functions of adults with ADHD.s Appl Neuropsychol Adult. 2017 [cited 2017 May 15];24(3):199-211. Available from:

Article with the DOI number

Lazarini FM, Barbosa DA. Intervenção educacional na Atenção Básica para prevenção da sífilis congênita. Rev Latino-Am Enferm. 2017; 25:e2845.


Damiani D. Endocrinologia na prática pediátrica. 3rd ed. Barueri: Manole; 2016.

Book in electronic format

Baranoski MCR. A adoção em relações homoafetivas. Ponta Grossa: UEPG; 2016 [cited 2017 May 25]. Available from:

Book chapters

Cominetti CR, Horst MM, Aderuza M. Parte 4: nutrientes, genômica nutricional e relação saúde-doença. In: Cominetti CR, Horst MM, Aderuza M. Genômica Nutricional: dos fundamentos à nutrição molecular. Barueri: Manole; 2015.

Electronic book chapter

Baranoski MCR. Cidadania dos homossexuais. In: Baranoski MCR. A adoção em relações homoafetivas. Ponta Grossa: UEPG; 2016 [cited 2017 May 25]. Available from:

Dissertations and Theses

Agena F. Avaliação da prevalência de síndrome metabólica ao longo do primeiro ano pós-transplante renal [tese]. São Paulo: Universidade de São Paulo; 2017.

Text in electronic format

Loss S. Nutrição enteral plena vs hipocalórica no paciente crítico. São Paulo: Sociedade Brasileira de Nutrição Parenteral e Enteral; 2017 [cited 2017 May 25]. Available from:

Data/articles in repositories

Appel AL, Albagli S. The adoption of Article Processing Charges as a business model by Brazilian Open Access journals [dataset]. 2019 Feb 1 [cited 2019 Jun 25]. Zenodo. 2019. 1 data set (3CSV, 2XLSX, 1TXT files).

Computer program

Brubins Comércio de Alimentos e Supergelados. Dietwin: software de nutrição. Porto Alegre: Brubins Comércio de Alimentos e Supergelados Ltda; 2017.

QSR Internacional. nVIVO. Version 10.0 for Windows [software]. Melbourne, Australia; 1999-2014.

Institutional electronic documents

Organização Mundial da Saúde. Tabagismo & saúde nos países em desenvolvimento. Genebra: Organização, 2003 [cited 2019 Nov 15]. Available from:

 For other examples, we recommend consulting the guidelines of the Committee of Medical Journals Editors (Vancouver Group): <>.>


Any type of table, figure, graph, drawing, diagram, flowchart, photograph, map, organization chart, diagram, plan, chart, portrait, etc., which serve to illustrate the research data, are considered illustrations.

Information on the place and year of the study is essential for empirical articles. Figures are not allowed to represent the same data from tables or data already described in the text.

The journal admits up to five figures in total, covering any mentioned nomenclature.

The author is responsible for the quality of the illustrations (above 600 dpi), which must allow reduction without loss of definition and must have a maximum width of 16 cm.

Graphs and drawings must be generated in vector drawing programs (Microsoft Excel, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, etc.), accompanied by their quantitative parameters, in the form of a table and with the name of all the variables.

After acceptance


They will be sent to the corresponding author, and she/he is responsible for transmitting the version to the co-authors (if any).

SBI Publishing Center

Campus II, Av. John Boyd Dunlop, s/n., Prédio de Odontologia, Jd. Ipaussurama, 13060-904, Campinas, SP, Brasil.

Phone: +55 (19) 3343-6875






Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas Núcleo de Editoração SBI - Campus II , Av. John Boyd Dunlop, s/n. - Prédio de Odontologia, 13059-900 Campinas - SP Brasil, Tel./Fax: +55 19 3343-6875 - Campinas - SP - Brazil