ISSN 0102-6933 printed version
ISSN 1983-1447online version


Scope and Policy

The Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem (RGE) has the mission of contributing to the dissemination of knowledge in the health care field, publishing scientific production that is of interest to Nursing. Articles written by specialists from other fields can be published in RGE, as long as the subject is of interest for the field of Nursing.

The submission of manuscripts should be sent through the ScholarOne Manuscripts Platform. (

Manuscript submissions are accepted in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

The manuscripts must be sent exclusively to RGE, and their reproduction in other publications is permitted with the authorization of the Publishing Committee, in which case the original publication must be cited.

RGE publishes a maximum of two annual manuscripts by the same author and/or co-author. The articles are limited to six authors, with the exception (duly justified in the cover letter) of multicenter studies.

When submitting the manuscript, a cover letter indicating the originality, the relevance of the article for Nursing and its contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area must be attached. Do not include the author's name or mini resume.

When filling out the submission, the ORCID identifier information of all authors of the manuscript in the RGE ScholarOne system is mandatory.

It is also mandatory to inform the contribution of each author in the manuscript according to CRediT - CASRAI taxonomy ( according to the information filled in the ScholarOne system.


The Journal adopts the partially open peer review system to evaluate the content and technical and scientific adequacy of the manuscript. At this point it is in the process of adopting the principles of open science.

The process of evaluating a manuscript at RGE comprises the following steps: documentary evaluation; evaluation by the Associate Editor of pre-analysis; evaluation by the Associate Editor by specialty area; evaluation by ad hoc consultants; preparation of the substantiated opinion by the Associate Editor by area of ​​specialty, indicating reformulations or rejection of the manuscript; and decision of the Editor-in-Chief and his/her communication to the author(s).
In the documentary evaluation, the documents requested in the submission of the manuscript are checked.

The Associate Editor responsible for pre-analysis assesses the manuscript for compliance to the rules for preparing the manuscript, relevance of the article, ethical aspects, basic aspects of the method and scientific writing filling pre-analysis checklist (Link). The evaluation of textual similarity is also carried out using similarity detection tools (Ithenticate Software), accepting the limit of 30% (references that are not formatted by Word numbering markers are computed as similarity by the software). In the pre-evaluation stage, it may be decided not to continue the evaluation process because it does not meet the requirements, without refund of the submission fee and forwarding the letter of refusal. After the evaluation, once the above requirements are met, the manuscript is sent to the Associate Editor by area of ​​specialty.

The Associate Editor by specialty area carries out the evaluation of the merit and quality of the manuscript according to the scope of the journal, and forwards the manuscript to two ad hoc consultants (Link) or, if necessary, to a third specialist in the subject and/or in the research method, and these consultants will assess its originality, merit, the relevance of its content, its academic quality, the convenience of publication and relevance to Nursing/Health Care and related areas.

The ad hoc consultants' opinions are assessed by the Associate Editor by area of ​​specialty, who will draw up a single substantiated opinion, which may include other relevant recommendations, and then will forward it to the Editor-in-Chief, who decides to accept, reformulate or reject the manuscript. This decision is sent to the author(s).

When there is a need for reformulations, the author(s) return(s) the manuscript to the Associate Editor by area of ​​expertise, including a reply letter (Link) explaining the changes and/or justifying missed items, and the Associate Editor will evaluate the compliance with the recommendations of the substantiated opinion issued and will return the evaluation with its recommendation to support the editorial decision of the Editor-in-Chief. The reformulation process can take several rounds until the manuscript reaches the quality criteria established by the Editorial Committee to the point of a final decision of the Editor-in-Chief.

In case of rejection of the manuscript, the decision will be communicated to the author(s) with a letter indicating its limitations through a substantiated opinion.


The Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem publishes the following sections:

Editorial: Text under the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal or of professionals invited by him/her.

Original articles: Contributions meant to disseminate results of original and unpublished research, with the possibility of replication. They must conform to the following textual structure: introduction, method, results, discussion, conclusion or final considerations. The articles should be limited to 20 pages, not including the references (maximum 20).

Systematic review articles: Researches conducted through the synthesis of results from original studies that aim at answering a specific question of relevance to Nursing or Health Care field. The systematic review may be characterized by meta-analysis and/or meta-synthesis, depending on the type of methodological approach of the manuscript and the purpose of the study. The methodological procedures must be detailed in all the steps recommended by the primary framework adopted (for example, PRISMA They are limited to 20 pages (not including the references) and references are not limited. The Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem requires that the protocols of the reviews be registered in PROSPERO, (, or made available in an open access Web site.

Articles of integrative review or scoping review: These are temporarily suspended.

Reflection articles: Discursive formulations with theoretical and philosophical foundation on the state-of-the-art in which a certain subject is. They should present the argumentation and interpretation of the author(s) of the article regarding the debated reasoning. They are limited to 15 pages (including the references) and should contain up to 15 references.

Experience or case reports: Descriptive and contextualized contributions based on a case, experience or innovation in the area of health care, teaching or research. In the case of a clinical case report, it is mandatory to send the approval report of the Research Ethics Committee Involving Human Beings as a supplementary document. Clinical case reports are limited to 10 pages (including the references) and should contain up to 15 references.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

For the preparation of the manuscripts, it is recommended to consult the Equator Network guidelines ( In addition, RGE strongly recommends authors to avoid fragmentation of results, since that may affect the evaluation of the manuscript.

The text of the article must be formatted in Word for Windows, Times New Roman 12, double-spaced (including abstracts), with all pages numbered in the lower right margin, configured on A4 paper and with four 2.5 cm margins. No italics should be used. References must be formatted with Word numbering marker. No information should be presented in the text that can identify the authors.

The wording must be clear and concise. The argument must be based on well-justified evidence, using national and international scientific literature. RGE does not assume responsibility for grammatical mistakes, and therefore it reserves itself the right to decide on changes and corrections. The previous submission to grammatical and orthographic revision by a qualified professional is recommended, and the statement of the reviewer must be included in the supplementary documents.

The titles of text sections should be emphasized by gradation, without being numbered, aligned to the left of the text. The title of the article and the abstract must be in capital letters and in bold (e.g.: TITLE; ABSTRACT); resumo and resumen, in capital letters and bold (e.g.: RESUMO; RESUMEN); primary section, in capital letters and bold (e.g.: INTRODUCTION); and secondary section, in lower case and bold (e.g.: Background). The use of bullets throughout the text (e.g.: -, *, etc.) and items [a), b), c) ...] should be avoided.

Manuscripts must contain:

Title: The title must be consistent with the objectives of the study and identify the content of the article in up to 15 words. The three titles (Portuguese, English and Spanish) must be written in capital letters, centralized, in bold and without italics. Articles presented in a language other than Portuguese must first present the original language followed by the others.

Abstract: The first abstract must be presented in the language of the manuscript, contain up to 150 words, and be accompanied by its version in the other languages Portuguese and Spanish. It must be structured, justified, without acronyms, presenting the following information: Objective: in language consistent with the type of study and the same as that presented in the body of the text. Method: type of study, sample, period, research location, data collection and data analysis. Results: main findings. Conclusion: must respond to the objective(s).

Palavras-chave/Keywords/Palabras clave: present three terms according to the “Health Sciences Descriptors - DeCS” (, in Portuguese, English and Spanish; and three terms according to MeSH ( that allow to identify the subject of the manuscript. They present the first letter of each keyword in uppercase, separated by a period.

Introduction: The introduction presents the research problem, the justification, the (pertinent and relevant) literature review, the guiding question of the study and/or hypothesis and the objective(s) consistent with the study proposal.

Method: The Method presents type of study, location of the research, methodological framework used, population and sample (which must be identified, be coherent and include sample calculation when indicated), eligibility criteria (inclusion and exclusion - be careful not to consider using the Free and Informed Consent Term as inclusion criteria), data collection period and strategy, data analysis, and ethical aspects (include CAAE number registered at Plataforma Brazil and approved by the Research Ethics Committee).
For all types of studies, use the Revised Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence guide (SQUIRE 2.0 - checklist
For a randomized clinical trial, use the following CONSORT (checklist and flow chart
For systematic reviews and meta-analysis, follow the PRISMA guide (checklist and flow chart
For observational studies in Epidemiology, follow the STROBE guide (checklist
For qualitative studies, follow the COREQ guide (checklist
Use CARE for case studies. (
Use STARD checklist and flowchart for diagnostic accuracy studies.
Improve the quality and transparency of research in health care research ( This can be used for all types of health care research.

Results: The results must be presented in a logical sequence and be separated from the discussion when dealing with original articles resulting from studies with quantitative approaches. To describe the results, past tense should be used. There should be no more than five tables (compliant with IBGE standards) and figures (compliant with ABNT standards). The text complements what is described in them, not repeating it. The table must be mentioned in the text that precedes it.

Discussion: The discussion must be written together with the results in qualitative research. It must contain a comparison of the results with the literature and the interpretations of the authors, pointing out the progress of current knowledge.

Conclusion or Final Considerations: These answer the objectives and present study limitations, contributions and innovations for teaching, research, management and/or assistance in Nursing and Health Care.

References: References must be presented according to the limit of each category of the manuscript. Both in national and international scope, they must be updated (at least 75% from the last three to five years), being acceptable outside this period if they constitute a primary or classic reference on a given subject. In the case of theses and dissertations, it is recommended that the authors/articles used in them are preferably cited.
They must be typed in single space and separated by a single space, numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and formatted by Word’s numeric marker. In this section, the title “References” is used. The list of references must consist of all the works cited.
Use the Vancouver reference style of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), available at:, adapted by RGE (cf. examples of references).
Journal titles must be abbreviated according to the NLM Catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases, available at: For journals that are not on this Web site, the abbreviations of the Portal of Scientific Journals on Health Sciences of the Virtual Health Library (VHL) can be used, available at:, as well as those in IBICT National Collective Catalog of Serial Publications (CCN), available at:

Citations: They are presented in the text according to the numerical system, with the numbers in parentheses and superscripts, with no space between the word and the number of the quotation, before the period. In the citations, the name of the authors should not be mentioned, excluding expressions such as: “as stated by...”, “according to ...”. In the case of sequential citation, the numbers must be separated by a hyphen and, when interspersed, they must be separated by a comma. In the case of transcription of words, phrases or paragraphs with the author's words (direct citation), initial and final quotation marks must be used in the sequence of the text. It is recommended to use this resource carefully, following the Brazilian standard ABNT NBR 10520/2002 (Information and Documentation - Citations in documents - Presentation).

Testimonials: These are phrases or paragraphs spoken by the research subjects/participants. Do not use quotation marks and observe the following structure: indentation of the paragraph (1.25 cm), font size 11, in italics, single spacing, with its identification in parentheses, coded at the discretion of the author and separated by a single space. Suppressions must be indicated by the use of the ellipsis between brackets “[...]”, and the interventions of the authors to what was said by the study participants must be presented in brackets.

Figures: Maximum of five (graphs, charts and tables), in black and white, according to the following specifications:

Graphs and charts: These must be presented in accordance with ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Information and documentation - Article in printed scientific periodical publication - Presentation).

Tables: They must be presented according to IBGE - Tabular Presentation Rules, available at:

Other illustrations: Presented in accordance with ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Information and documentation - Article in printed scientific periodical publication - Presentation).

Symbols, abbreviations and acronyms: They must be presented according to ABNT NBR 6022/2003 (Information and documentation - Article in printed scientific periodical publication - Presentation).

Use bold for emphasis and italics for foreign words.

Appendices (prepared by the authors) and attachments (created without the intervention of the authors) should be avoided.  
Acknowledgments for financial, technical and other assistances for carrying out the work should not be mentioned at the time of submission. Only after acceptance of the article this information will be included after the References.
In manuscripts resulting from studies involving human beings, authors must indicate the procedures adopted to comply with Resolution No. 466, of December 12, 2012, of the National Health Council, as well as the number of the project approval protocol search in the body of the text. A copy of the protocol should be included in Step 6 of ScholarOne platform, as supplementary documentation.

Conflicts of interest can arise when authors, reviewers or editors have interests that, while not being completely apparent, may influence their judgments about what is published. The conflict of interest can be personal, commercial, political, academic or financial. When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and revealing conflicts of interest that may influence the content of the work submitted to RGE


Send of manuscripts

The submission of articles should be done exclusively online at:

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

When submitting the manuscript, a cover letter indicating the originality, the relevance of the article for Nursing and its contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area must be attached. Do not include the authors' name or mini resume.

When sending the submission, the ORCID identifier indication of all authors of the manuscript is mandatory.

It is mandatory to confirm that the manuscript, if accepted, is authorized to be deposited at

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

Authors of works sent for evaluation must send a Declaration of Responsibility and Transfer of Copyright, prepared according to the model of the Journal, at:, signed by all authors, attached as a supplementary document with the article. Proof of approval of the research project must be sent by the Research Ethics Committee.

Authors must fill and send the Open Science Compliance Form, attached as a supplementary document along with the article. According to the model available at:

The Journal charges submission and publication fees.

The submission fee (R$ 200.00) must be paid in advance and the receipt must be attached at the time of submission. This fee will not be refunded to the authors if the manuscript is filed or rejected.

The publication fee (R $ 1,000.00) must be paid after the acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

The costs of translating the manuscript into English and/or Portuguese, with companies indicated by RGE, are the responsibility of the authors.

Information for payment of fees
The payment of fees must be made through an identified bank deposit.
Account holder: FAURGS - Fundação de Apoio da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Bank: 001 - Banco do Brasil
Agency: 3798-2
Account: 323.573-4
Identifier Code: CPF or CNPJ bailor
CNPJ: 74.704.008/0001-75

Bank deposit receipts must be digitalized and later attached as supplementary documents on the ScholarOne platform: (Step 2).

After the acceptance for publication, the authors will be asked to translate the complete manuscript. They are responsible for choosing and contacting the translation company. Authors must send the translation to RGE, accompanied by the translation certificate sent by the company that translated the text. We emphasize that the revision of the translated manuscript is the sole responsibility of the authors.

After this process, the manuscript will be forwarded for editing.

The Editorial Committee is responsible for defining the volume of RGE in which the article will be published.


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