ISSN 0034-7299 printed version
ISSN 1806-9312 online version



Editorial policy

The editorial policy of the "Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia" aims the divulgation of scientific papers of great interest to the specialty and associated areas, privileging original articles (specially, clinical trials and experimental studies) and serving as outflow to the researches conducted in post-graduation courses of the area, but obeying the order of submission of the manuscripts. Case reports of great impact for the scientific knowledge, as well as review articles may be also considered to publication. In addition, each issue has an editorial that discusses maters of scientific, academic or professional interest to the specialty.

All manuscripts submitted are peer reviewed by two or more reviewers of acknowledged scientific activity in private or public institutions related to the education and training in otolaryngology.

The journal is directed basically to otolaryngologists of all over the world, since it has an indexed English version, but also to professional of correlated areas, such as audiologists, speech therapists, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, pediatricians, odontologists, among others.

The "Revista Brasilera de Otorrinolaringologia" supports the policy for clinical trials registry of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), acknowledging the importance of this initiatives for the registry and international divulgation of information about clinical studies, in open access. Then, we only accept clinical trials for publication if they have a number of identification issued by one of the WHO and CMJE certified Clinical Trial Registries, whose websites are available in the ICMJE website. This number of identification must be at the end of the abstract.


Preparation of manuscripts

Length and Presentation

The article shall not exceed 25 pages of 21cm x 29,7cm paper, with Times New Roman 12 pt fonts, double space between lines, superior, lateral and inferior margins of 3 cm. If the reviewer consider adequate, he may suggest the suppression of graphics and tables or even the shortening of the text.

Title and authors

The title must have up to tem words and describe in a clear manner the theme of the article.

Only those who effectively participated in the article must be included as authors. More than 7 authors will be accepted only in multidisciplinary or basic sciences studies.

If an individual do not match the criteria to be an author be have considerable importance for the work, he or she can be included at the final acknowledgements.

Abstract and Key-words

Each article must have an abstract in Portuguese and in English with about the maximum of 200 words, with its topics clearly highlighted  as follows:

1) Introduction (theoretical foundations and justification);
2) Aim;
3) Material and Methods;
4) Study Design (case study, series study, retrospective, prospective, clinical trial or experimental);
5) Results;
6) Conclusion.

In clinical trials, the number of the Register of Clinical Trials in one of the database certified by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) must be included at the end of the abstract.

After the abstract three to five key-words must be offered for indexation purposes. These key-words must be extracted from the DeCS (Descritores em Ciências da Saúde) and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) list, that can be accessed in the BIREME (Biblioteca Regional de Medicina) site,


The original articles must organized in the so called IMRDC format: introduction, material and methods, results, discussion e conclusion.

In Introduction is included the literature review, the theoretical fundaments, the justification and the aim of the research.

In Material and Methods one shall find a detailed description of the sample and the tools used in the investigation.

In studies involving human beings or animals, the protocol number of approval of the study by a Research Ethics Counsel.

The sample must be well defined and the inclusion and exclusion criteria clearly described, as well as the way of selection of groups.

The method must be coherent with the question presented and the study design must be clearly expressed (cohort, case-control, longitudinal or transversal, experimental, contemporary, historical, retrospective etc)

The Results must be presented in a simple and clear way. The use of graphics and tables are stimulated, as well as descriptive or comparative statistic analysis.

In Discussion the author (s) must present personal experiences and theoretical referential and discuss the results in the context to this fundaments.

The Conclusion(s) must be short and correspond to the objective(s) proposed.

The REVISION ARTICLES must have a good introduction formatted according to the needs of the subject, as well as present the criteria for the literature review. This introduction shall not have personal opinions, which must be reserved to the final comments.

CASE REPORTS must contain an introduction with adequate literature review that justifies its importance, either for its rarity or its clinical impact. The report must also present the case with visual and description details, as well as final comments, with a good discussion that make this article worthy for publication. No abstract is needed.

1) Title – short, with a maximum of 100, characters, avoiding the expression "case report" or "literature review";
2) Key-words – Five at most, in alphabetical order;
3) No more than 5 authors. If it is exceeded a justification must be sent;
4) Text – Structured as follows: introduction, case report, discussion and final comments;
5) The whole article, except for the title and the references, shall not exceed 600 words;
6) References – Maximum of six;
7) Only 1 table or picture.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Is used for the readers of the Journal to express their opinions about themes or article published. Its submission will made on-line (as well as any other kind of article) and with the following structure:

1) The format must be the same of the case reports;
2) The letter will be sent to the author of the article commented, who will have 6 weeks to reply it;
3) The reply must follow the same format;
4) The letter and the reply will be published in the same issue of the Journal, with no more replies.
5) The letters will not be reviewed by the editorial board. However, if they present personal or aggressive character, they may have its publication denied.


The references must be coherent with the subject and up-to-dated.

All them must be cited in the text, numerated consecutively as overwitten font, according to the order of appearing. At the end of the article these citations will constitute the list of references organized according to the Vancouver rules.


The tables must regroup values in lines and columns easy to comprehend. They must be double spaced, self-explained and complement (not duplicate) the text. They shall not contain excess information not to be confusing.

The tables must have a short but complete title, in order to make easy for the reader to determine what has been tabled.  Must also indicate the place, date and source of information, if it is the case.


The illustrations (graphics, diagrams, maps, photographs) must be comprehensible and add information. They may be published in colors, depending on the quality of the material, the necessity of color identification and the financial capacities of the journal.

The photographs must be digitalized with at least 300 dpi (in non compacted .TIFF or .JPG articles).

Any material already published, the original source must be indicated and a written permit from the copyright owner must be presented.

Photograph of individuals shall not identify the person or must be followed by written approval for its use and publication.


In double space, numbered according to its order of appearance in the text.

Measure Units

For length, use meters and decimals; for weight, grams and decimals; for volume, liters and decimals; for temperature, degrees Celsius; for blood pressure, millimeters of mercury. The laboratorial analysis data must be presented in the metric system in terms of the Units International System.


For the first time in the text, on must write the full term, followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis.


Sending manuscripts

All manuscripts will be submitted in Portuguese. We can accept articles in English only when none of the authors is Brazilian. The manuscripts must be written in double space.

The submission must be made on-line through the internet address The system will ask the user name and password. If the author is not yet registered, he or she must click on "Quero me cadastrar" and proceed to the register.

The rules for formatting and the steps for submission are described in the link


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