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ISSN 1806-3756 online version



The Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia (JBP, Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology) ISSN-1806-3756, published on a rolling basis every two months (6 issues a year), is the official organ of the Brazilian Thoracic Association for the publication of scientific papers on pulmonology and related areas. The JBP is indexed in PubMed Central ( and SciELO (

Manuscripts will be analyzed and, at the discretion of the Editorial Board, will be sent to qualified reviewers. Anonymity will be preserved throughout the review process. Articles that fail to present sufficient merit, have significant errors in methodology, or are not in accordance with the JBP editorial policy will be directly rejected by the Editorial Board, with no recourse.

Articles may be written in Portuguese, Spanish, or English. All articles will be made available online in Spanish or Portuguese, as well as in English, at Each article will be given a reference number upon submission for future queries.

No fees are charged for article submission or processing, and eventual publication.

The JBP upholds the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) policies regarding the registration of clinical trials, recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international, open-access dissemination of information on clinical trials. Therefore, the JBP only accepts clinical trials that have been given an identification number by one of the clinical trials registries meeting the criteria established by the WHO and the ICMJE. The addresses of these registries are available on the ICMJE website. This identification number must be included at the end of the abstract.

Within this context, the JBP adheres to the definition of a clinical trial as described by the WHO, which can be summarized as "any research study that prospectively assigns human beings to one or more interventions to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related outcomes. Such interventions include the administration of drugs, cells, and other biological products, as well as surgical procedures, radiological techniques, the use of devices, behavioral therapy, changes in treatment processes, preventive care, etc."

Human studies should include in the Methods section a statement that the study was approved by the relevant local or national research ethics committee, preferably with the protocol number, and must be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Experimental animal studies must comply with ethical principles.

Manuscripts are accepted for consideration by the JBP with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. The JBP uses Crossref Similarity Check software (iThenticate) to assess the degree of similarity between submitted manuscripts and previously published articles.


Authorship Criteria

An individual may be listed as an author of an article submitted for publication only if he/she has made a significant intellectual contribution to its creation. The individual must have participated in at least one of the following phases: 1) design and planning of the study, as well as interpretation of findings; 2) writing and/or revision of all preliminary drafts and the final version; and 3) approval of the final version.

Mere data collection and cataloging do not constitute authorship. Likewise, authorship should not be conferred on technicians performing routine tasks, referring physicians, doctors who interpret routine exams, or department heads who are not directly involved in the research. The contributions made by such individuals may be acknowledged in a section at the end of the text (before the references). The contribution of each author to the study and any acknowledgments must be included in the title page (see Title Page).

The accuracy of all concepts presented in the manuscript is the sole responsibility of the authors.

The JBP allows up to 10 authors for original articles, although exceptions could be made for papers considered to be extremely complex. For papers with more than 10 authors, a letter should be sent to the JBP describing the participation of each.


Presentation and submition of manuscripts

Manuscripts must be sent electronically by means of the ScholarOne submission system: The instructions and submission process are described below:

The copyright transfer form must be signed (in ink; we do not accept electronic signatures) by all authors and uploaded as a supplementary file to the manuscript. The form is available here: click here

Authors are requested to follow the JBP editorial guidelines carefully, especially regarding the maximum number of words, tables, charts, and figures allowed, as well as the preparation of references. Failure to comply with the writing instructions for authors will result in the manuscript being returned to the authors so that the pertinent corrections can be made before it is submitted to the reviewers.

Special instructions apply to the preparation of Guidelines and Consensus Statements, and authors should consult these instructions on the JBP homepage before preparing such documents. Guidelines and Consensus Statements will be published on a rolling basis as Special Articles in regular issues of the JBP.

The JBP reserves the right to make stylistic, grammatical, and other changes on accepted manuscripts


Manuscript preparation

Title Page: The title page should include the title (in Portuguese and in English); the full names, highest academic degrees and institutional affiliations of all authors; complete address, including telephone number, fax number and e-mail address, of the principal author; and a declaration of any and all sources of funding.

Abstract: The abstract should present the information in such a way that the reader can easily understand without referring to the main text. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts should be structured as follows: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion. Abstracts for review articles and case reports may be unstructured. Abstracts for brief communications should not exceed 100 words.

Summary: An abstract in English, corresponding in content to the abstract in Portuguese, should be included.

Keywords: Three to six keywords in Portuguese defining the subject of the study should be included as well as the corresponding keywords in English. Keywords in Portuguese must be based on the Descritores em Ciência da Saúde (DeCs, Health and Science Keywords), published by Bireme and available at:, whereas keywords in English should be based on the National Library of Medicine MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), available at:


Original articles: For original articles, the text (excluding the title page, abstracts, references, tables, figures and figure legends) should consist of 2000 to 3000 words.

Tables and figures should be limited to a total of five. The number of references should not exceed 30. Original articles should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, and References. The Methods section should include a statement attesting to the fact the study has been approved by the ethics in human research committee or the ethics in animal research committee of the governing institution. There should also be a section describing the statistical analysis employed, with the respective references. In the Methods and Results sections, subheadings may be used, provided that they are limited to a reasonable number. Subheadings may not be used in the Introduction or Discussion.

Review and Update articles: Review and Update articles are written at the request of the Editorial Board, which may occasionally accept unsolicited manuscripts that are deemed to be of great interest. The text should not exceed 5000 words, excluding references and illustrations (figures or tables). The total number of illustrations should not exceed eight. The number of references should not exceed 60.

Pictorial essays: Pictorial essays are also submitted only at the request of the Editors or after the authors have consulted and been granted permission by the Editorial Board. The text accompanying such essays should not exceed 3000 words, excluding the references and tables. No more than 12 illustrations (figures and tables) may be used, and the number of references may not exceed 30.

Case Reports: Case Reports should not exceed 1500 words, excluding title page, abstract, references and illustrations. The text should be composed of: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion and References. It is recommended that any and all information that might identify the patient be withheld, and that only those laboratory exams that are important for the diagnosis and discussion be presented. The total number of illustrations (figures or tables) should not exceed three, and the number of references should be limited to 20. When the number of cases presented exceeds three, the manuscript will be classified as a Case Series, and the same rules applicable to an original article will be applied.

Brief Communications: Brief communications should not exceed 1500 words, excluding references and tables. The total number of tables and figures should not exceed two, and the references should be limited to 20. The text should be unstructured.

Letters to the Editor: Letters to the Editor should be succinct original contributions, not exceeding 800 words and containing a maximum of 6 references. Comments and suggestions related to previously published materials or to any medical theme of interest will be considered for publication.

Tables and Figures: All tables and figures should be in black and white, on separate pages, with legends and captions appearing at the foot of each. All tables and figures should be submitted as files in their original format. Tables should be submitted as Microsoft Word files, whereas figures should be submitted as Microsoft Excel, TIFF or JPG files. Photographs depicting surgical procedures, as well as those showing the results of exams or biopsies,in which dying and special techniques were used will be considered for publication in color, at no additional cost to the authors. Dimensions, units and symbols should be based on the corresponding guidelines set forth by the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT, Brazilian Association for the Establishment of Technical Norms), available at:

Legends: Legends should accompany the respective figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations) and tables. Each legend should be numbered with an Arabic numeral corresponding to its citation in the text.

In addition, all abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols should be defined below each table or figure in which they appear.

References: References should be listed in order of their appearance in the text and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. The presentation should follow the Vancouver Style, updated in October of 2004, according to the examples below. The titles of the journals listed should be abbreviated according to the style presented by the List of Journals Indexed in the Index Medicus of the National Library of Medicine, available at:

A total of six authors may be listed. For works with more than six authors, list the first six, followed by 'et al.'


Journal Articles
1. Neder JA, Nery LE, Castelo A, Andreoni S, Lerario MC, Sachs AC et al. Prediction of metabolic and cardiopulmonary responses to maximum cycle ergometry: a randomized study. Eur Respir J. 1999;14(6):1204-13.

2. Singer M, Lefort J, Lapa e Silva JR, Vargaftig BB. Failure of granulocyte depletion to suppress mucin production in a murine model of allergy [abstract]. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2000;161:A863.

Chapter in a Book
3. Queluz T, Andres G. Goodpasture's syndrome. In: Roitt IM, Delves PJ, editors. Encyclopedia of Immunology. 1st ed. London: Academic Press; 1992. p. 621-3.

Official Publications
4. World Health Organization. Guidelines for surveillance of drug resistance in tuberculosis. WHO/Tb, 1994;178:1-24.

5. Martinez TY. Impacto da dispnéia e parâmetros funcionais respiratórios em medidas de qualidade de vida relacionada a saúde de pacientes com fibrose pulmonar idiopática [thesis]. São Paulo: Universidade Federal de São Paulo; 1998.

Electronic publications
6. Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12]; 102(6): [about 3 p.]. Available from:

7. [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:

Other situations:
In other situations not mentioned in these author instructions, authors should follow the recommendations given by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Updated October 2004. Available at



Toda correspondência para a revista deve ser encaminhada para:
Rogerio Souza
Editor-Chefe do Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

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