(Updated: 2022/01/31)

About the journal


Basic Information


The journal Saúde em Debate, created in 1976, is a publication by Centro Brasileiro de Estudos em Saúde (CEBES) which is directed to the public policies of the health field. Published quarterly since 2010, that is, in March, June, September and December.

Its abbreviated title is Saúde debate, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.



Indexed in

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (Doaj)
  • História da Saúde Pública na América Latina e Caribe (Hisa)
  • Literatura Latino–Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde (Lilacs)
  • Periódica – Índice de Revistas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias
  • Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal (Redalyc)
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)
  • Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina,el Caribe, España y Portugal (Latindex)
  • Sumários de Revistas Brasileiras (Sumários)


Intellectual Property


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

That license permits copying and redistributing the material in any support or format. It is also permitted that the material be adapted through remixing, transformation, and/or creation, for any purpose.



Open access policy


This journal offers immediate open access to its content, following the principle that making scientific knowledge freely available to the public provides greater world-wide democratization of that knowledge.




  The reduction in public funding for the maintenance of the journal has forced us to review the gratuity of the publication. Thus, as of August 15, 2021, a publication fee in the amount of R$500,00 will be charged for articles approved in any section of the journal. After the articles's approval, the authors will receive an email advising on the procedures for payment of this fee. This rule takes effect for submissions made after August 15, 2021.  




The journal receives financial support from:

  • Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ



Editorial Board


Chief Editor



Associate Editors



Publishing Council



Executive Editor



Assistant Editor




Instructions to authors


Scope and editorial policy


The journal ‘Saúde em Debate’ (Health in Debate), created in 1976, is published by Centro Brasileiro de Estudos de Saúde (Cebes) (Brazilian Center for Health Studies), that aims to disseminate studies, researches and reflections that contribute to the debate in the collective health field, especially those related to issues regarding policy, planning, management and assessment in health. The editors encourage contributions from different theoretical and methodological perspectives and from various scientific disciplines are valued.

The journal is published on a quarterly basis; the Editors may decide on publishing special issues, which will follow the same submission and assessment process as the regular issues.

‘Saúde em Debate’ accepts unpublished and original works that bring relevant contribution to scientific knowledge in the health field.

The journal has an Editorial Board that contributes to the definition of its editorial policy. Its members are part of the Editorial Committee and/or the database of referees in their specific areas.

Authors are entirely and exclusively responsible for the submitted manuscripts, which must not be simultaneously submitted to another journal, be it integrally or partially. It is Cebes’ policy to own the copyright of all articles published in the journal.

In case of approval and publication of the work in the journal, the copyrights referred to it will become property of the journal, which adopts the Creative Commons License CC-BY and the open access policy, so the texts are available for anyone to read, download, copy, print, share, reuse and distribute, with due citation of the source and authorship. In such cases, no permission is required from authors or publishers.

'Saúde em Debate’ accepts preprints from national and international databases that are academically recognized, such as SciELO Preprint. The submission of preprints is not mandatory and doing it does not prevent the concomitant submission to the ‘Saúde em Debate’ Journal.

The Journal adopts the ‘Rules for the presentation of papers submitted for publication in medical journals’ – International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), ‘Principles of Transparency and Good Practice in Academic Publications’ recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (Cope). These recommendations, regarding the integrity and ethical standards in the research's development and the reporting, are avaliable in the URL http://www.icmje.org/urm_main.html. The portuguese version was published in Rev Port Clin Geral 1997, 14:159-174. ‘Saúde em Debate’ follows the SciELO's ‘Guide to Good Practices for the Strengthening of Ethics in Scientific Publishing’. Authors are advised to read.

For any kind of work approved for publishing, it is the authors' responsibility to do the grammar check (required) and the english translation (optional), based on a list of proofreaders and translators indicated by the journal.

Furthermore, the reduction in public funding for the maintenance of the journal has forced us to review the gratuity of the publication. Thus, as of August 15, 2021, a publication fee in the amount of R$500,00 will be charged for articles approved in any section of the journal. After the articles's approval, the authors will receive an email advising on the procedures for payment of this fee. This rule takes effect for submissions made after August 15, 2021.

Before being sent for peer review, articles submitted to the journal 'Saúde em Debate' undergo plagiarism-detecting softwares. Thus, it is possible that the authors are questioned about information identified by the tool to guarantee the originality of the manuscripts, referencing all the sources of research used. Plagiarism is an unacceptable editorial behavior, so if its existence is proven, the authors involved will not be able to submit new articles to the journal.

NOTE: Cebes editorial production is a result of collective work and of institutional and individual support. Authors' contribution for the continuity of 'Saúde em Debate' journal as a democratic space for the dissemination of critical knowledge in the health field shall be made by means of association to Cebes. In order to become an associate, please access http://www.cebes.org.br.



Guidelines for the preparation and submission of articles


Articles should be submitted exclusively on the website: www.saudeemdebate.org.br. After registering, the author responsible for the submission will receive a login name and a password.When submitting the article, all information required must be supplied with identical content as in the uploaded file.

Types of texts accepted for submission

  1. Original article: scientific research outcome that may be generalized or replicated. The text should comprise a maximum of 6,000 words.
  2. Essay: critical analysis on a specific theme relevant and of interest to Brazilian and international topical health policies. The text should comprise a maximum of 7,000 words.
  3. Systematic review or integrative review: critical review of literature on topical theme in health. Systematic review rigorously synthesises research related to an issue. Integrative review provides more comprehensive information on the subject. The text should comprise a maximum of 8,000 words.
  4. Opinion article: exclusively for authors invited by the Editorial Board. No abstract or summary are required. The text should comprise a maximum of 7,000 words.
  5. Case study: description of academic, assistential or extension experiences that bring significant contributions to the area. The text should comprise a maximum of 5,000 words.
  6. Critical review: review of books on subjects of interest to the field of public health policies, by decision of the Editorial Board. Texts should present an overview of the work, its theoretical framework and target audience. The text should comprise a maximum of 1,200 words. A high resolution cover should be sent through the journal's system.
  7. Document and testimony: works referring to themes of historical or topical interest, by decision of the Editorial Board.

Important: in all cases, the maximum number of words includes the body of the article and references. It does not include title, abstract, keywords, tables, charts, figures and graphs.

Text preparation and submission

The text may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English. It should be typed in Microsoft® Word or compatible software, in doc or docx format, to be attached in the corresponding field of the submission form. It must not contain any information that makes it possible to identify the authors or institutions to which they are linked.

Type in size standard A4 (210X297mm); all four margins 2.5cm wide; font Times New Roman in 12pt size; line spacing 1.5.

The text must comprise:

Title: expressing clearly and briefly the contents of the text, in no more than 15 words. The title should be in bold font, using capital letters only for proper nouns. Texts written in Portuguese and Spanish should have the title in the original idiom and in English. The text in English should have the title in English and in Portuguese.

Abstract: in Portuguese and English or in Spanish and English, comprising no more than 200 words, clearly outlining the aims, the method used and the main conclusions of the work. It should not be structured, without topics (introduction, methods, results etc.); citations or abbreviations should not be used, except for internationally recognized abbreviations.

Keywords: at the end of the abstract, three to five keywords should be included, separated by period (only the first letter in capital), using terms from the structured vocabulary (DeCS).

Clinical trial registration: 'Saúde em Debate' journal supports the policies for clinical trial registration of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), thus recognizing its importance to the registry and international dissemination of information on clinical trial. Thus, clinical researches should contain the identification number on one of the Clinical Trials registries validated by WHO and ICMJE, whose addresses are available at . Whenever a trial registration number is available, authors should list it at the end of the abstract.

Ethics in research involving human beings: the publication of articles with results of research involving human beings is conditional on compliance with the ethical principles contained in the Declaração de Helsinki, of 1964, reformulated in 1975, 1983, 1989, 1996, 2000 and 2008, of the World Medical Association; besides complying with the specific legislations of the country in which the research was carried out, when existent. Articles with research involving human beings should make it clear, in the last paragraph of the material and methods section, the compliance with ethical principles and send a declaration of responsibility in the act of submission.

The journal respects the authors' style and creativity regarding the text composition; nevertheless, the text must contemplate conventional elements, such as:

Introduction: with clear definition of the investigated problem and its rationale;

Material and methods: objectively described in a clear and objective way, allowing the reproductbility of the research. In case it involves human beings, the approval number of the Research Ethics Committee (CEP) must be registered;

Results and discussion: may be presented together or separately;

Conclusions or final considerations: depending on the type of research carried out;

References: only cited authors should be included in the text and follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, of the ICMJE, used for the preparation of references (known as 'Vancouver Style'). For further clarification, we recommend consulting the Reference Normalization Manual prepared by the Cebes editorial.


The journal does not use underlines and bold as an emphasis. Use single quotes to draw attention to expressions or titles of works. Examples: 'gateway'; 'Saúde em Debate'. Words in other languages should be written in italics, except for proper names.

Avoid using capital letters in the text, except for absolutely necessary ones.

Testimonials of subjects should be presented in italics and in double quotation marks in the body of the text (if less than three lines). If they have more than three lines, they should be written in italics, without quotes, highlighted in the text, with a 4 cm backspace, simple space and font 11.

Footnotes should not be used in the text. If absolutely necessary, footnotes should be indicated with sequential superscript numbers.

Repetition of data or information in the different parts of the text should be avoided.

Figures, graphs, charts and tables should be supplied in high resolution, in black-and-white or in gray scale, and on separate sheets, one on each sheet, following the order in which they appear in the work (they should be numbered and comprise title and source). Their position should be clearly indicated on the page where they are inserted. The quantity of figures, graphs, charts and tables should not exceed five per text. The file should be editable (not taken from other files) and, in the case of images (photographs, drawings, etc.), it must be in high resolution with at least 300 DPI.

In case there are photographs, subjects must not be identified, unless they authorize it, in writing, for the purpose of scientific dissemination.

Information about authors

The journal accepts a maximum of seven authors per article. Information should be included only in the submission form, containing: full name, abbreviated name for bibliographic citations, linked institutions with up to three hierarchies, ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) code and e-mail.


The scientific papers, when funded, must identify the source of the funds. The ‘Saúde em Debate’ Journal meets the Ordinance nº 206 of 2018 from the Ministério da Educação / Fundação Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior / Gabinete sobre Citação obrigatória da Capes, for any work made or published, in any medium, resulting from activities totally or partially funded by Capes.




Assessment process


Every manuscript received by ‘Saúde em Debate’ is submitted to prior analysis. Works that are not in accordance to the journal publishing norms shall be returned to the authors for adequacy and new submission. Once the journal’s standards have been entirely met, manuscripts will be appraised by the Editorial Board, composed of the editor-in-chief and associate editors, for originality, scope, topicality, and compliance with the journal’s editorial policy. Articles recommended by the Board shall be forwarded for assessment to at least two reviewers, who will be indicated according to the theme of the work and to their expertise, and who will provide their approval, refusal, and/or make recommendations to the authors.

‘Saúde em Debate’ uses the double-blind review method, which means that the names of both the authors and the reviewers are concealed from one another during the entire assessment process. In case there is divergence between the reviewers, the article will be sent to a third reviewer. Likewise, the Editorial Board may also produce a third review. The reviewers’ responsibility is to recommend the acceptance, the refusal, or the reformulation of the works. In case there is a reformulation request, the authors shall return the revised work until the stipulated date. In case this does not happen, the work shall be excluded from the system.

The editorial Board has full authority to decide on the final acceptance of the work, as well as on the changes made.

No additions or changes will be accepted after the final approval of the work. In case the journal’s Editorial Board has any suggestions regarding changes on the structure or contents of the work, these shall be previously agreed upon with the authors by means of e-mail communication.

The typeset article proof will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author; it must be carefully checked and returned until the stipulated date.



1. Declaration of responsibility and assignment of copyright

All the authors and co-authors must fill in and sign the statement following the models available.

2. Approval statement by the Research Ethics Committee (CEP)

In the case of researches involving human beings, carried out in Brazil, in compliance with Resolution 466, of 12th December 2012, from the National Health Council (CNS), the research approval statement of the Research Ethics Committee from the institution where the work has been carried out must be forwarded. In case the institution does not have a CEP, the document is-sued by the CEP where the research has been approved must be forwarded. Researches carried out in other countries: attach declaration indicating full compliance with the ethical principles and specific legislations.


1) Statement of spelling and grammar proofreading
Upon acceptance, articles must be proofread by a qualified professional to be chosen from a list provided by the journal. After proofreading, the article shall be returned together with a statement from the proofreader.

2) Statement of translation
The articles accepted may be translated into English on the authors’ responsibility. In this case, the translation shall be carried out by a qualified professional to be chosen from a list provided by the journal. The translated article shall be returned together with a statement from the translator.

Correspondence address

Avenida Brasil, 4.036, sala 802
CEP 21040-361 – Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil
Tel.: (21) 3882-9140/9140
Fax: (21) 2260-3782
E-mail: revista@saudeemdebate.org.br




Centro Brasileiro de Estudos de Saúde Av. Brasil, 4036, sala 802, 21040-361 Rio de Janeiro - RJ Brasil, Tel. 55 21-3882-9140, Fax.55 21-2260-3782 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil
E-mail: revista@saudeemdebate.org.br