ISSN 1516-8034 printed version
ISSN 1982-0232 online version



Scope and policy

After the scientific editorial board approval, the manuscript will be analysed and evaluated by two reviewers who will be kept anonymous throughout the whole analysis process. The reviewed manuscript will be sent to the authors for proper modifications or justifications. Only after final approval by the editors and reviewers the manuscript will be published. As from 2012, all manuscripts from Brazilian authors will be bilingual Portuguese/English. Hence, after technical review, the authors of accepted articles will receive instructions regarding the translation of the manuscript into English. The English version will be of the authors' full responsibility. Articles that do not specifically follow the instructions will not be analyzed.

The journal has the following sections: Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports, New Reflexions, Reviews, Abstracts and Letters to the Editor.

Original articles: it will be considered as original an article that presents results from scientific investigation or research with no prior publication. Its structure contains: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Abstract and References from literature. The results must be interpreted, indicating statistical relevance found for the data, hence avoiding mere presentation of tables, charts and figures. Data presented on the text should not be duplicated on the tables, charts and figures and/or vice-versa. It is recommended that data receive inferential statistical analysis, in order to be more conclusive. At least 70% of the cited references (maximum 30) must refer to articles published in national or international journals.

In the manuscripts regarding research carried out with human beings or animals (as well as surveys focusing institutional records or documents), it is mandatory the citation of the protocol number for the approval of the Ethics Committee of the institution where the research was executed in the Methods section, and the statement that all individuals involved (or their caregivers) signed the Free and Informed Consent Term, according to the Resolution 196/96 (BRASIL. Resolução MS/CNS/CNEP 196/96 de 10 de outubro de 1996). In articles where patients' images are used, their Free and Informed Consent Term must be enclosed.

Case reports: report singular, non-routine cases or experiences with up to ten subjects, interesting to professional practice, describing its aspects, history, procedures, etc. Must include: Abstract and keywords (both in Portuguese/Spanish and English), Introduction (with brief literature review), Clinical case presentation, Discussion, Final comments, and References (maximum 15).
The Clinical case presentation section must contain the statement that all subjects involved (or their legal guardians) signed the Free and Informed Consent Term, thereby allowing the implementation and dissemination of the research and its results. If images from the subjects are used, a copy of the Free and Informed Consent Term, authorizing the use of the images for scientific purposes, must be attached.

Review articles: constitute systematic and critical revision of published material on a specific topic and updates on the subject, written upon editor's invitation. It must contain: Abstract and keywords (both in Portuguese/Spanish and English), Introduction of the theme, Literature review, Discussion, Final comments, and References (maximum 40, with at least 70% from articles published in national or international journals).

New reflexions: a recent and innovative article is presented and commented by a specialist, upon editor's invitation. It must include the complete reference of the commented article and name, institution and email of the commenter.

Reviews: commented summaries of scientific literature. They must include the complete reference of the article and name, institution and email of the commenter. 

Abstracts: abstracts of relevant articles, thesis, researches presented in scientific events etc... They must include the complete reference of the material in the title page.

Letters to the editor: objective and educational critics to manuscripts published on the journal, or discussions of specific current issues. They will be published at editors' criteria. The letters should be brief (250-500 words).

The Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia supports the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) policies, recognizing the importance of these initiatives in order to register and divulge clinical trials information, in open access. Therefore, only clinical research articles presenting an identification number validated by WHO and ICMJE criteria available at will be accepted for publication. The identification number should be cited at the end of the abstract.


Preparation of manuscripts

All submitted manuscripts must follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors guidelines proposed on the article Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, version published in October 2007, available at:

Technical guidelines:
Every submission must necessarily include, besides the manuscript file, the following supplementary documents (digitalized):

a) cover letter signed by all authors, including permission for the reproduction of the material and copyrights transfer upon the acceptance of the manuscript for publication, and a brief statement about the contribution of each author;
b) copy of the Ethics Committee approval letter or protocol, when the manuscript refers to research involving human beings or animals;
c) copy of the Free and Informed Consent Term signed by the subject(s) (or their legal guardians), authorizing use of the image, when it is the case;
d) disclosure of any possible conflicts of interest, when pertinent.


The text must be typed in Microsoft Word, RTF or WordPerfect, ISO A4 (8½ x 11 inch) page, double-spaced, with font Arial 12, 2.5-cm (1-inch) margins in each side, justified paragraph, and Arabic numbered pages; each section must begin in a new page, in the following sequence: identification page, Abstract and keywords in Portuguese or Spanish, Abstract and keywords in English, text (according to the items necessary for the type of article), Acknowledgments, References, tables, charts, figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations), and appendixes, with their respective legends. The manuscript's total number of pages (including tables, charts, figures, appendixes and references) must not exceed 30 pages.

Title page:
Must include:

a) title of the article, in Portuguese (or Spanish) and English. The title must be concise, but informative;
b) short title of the manuscript, with up to 40 characters;
c) full name of each author, followed by department and/or institution;
d) department and/or institution where the research was carried out;
e) name, institutional address, and electronic address (e-mail) of the responsible author, to whom correspondence must be sent to;
f) funding sources, if any;
g) a statement disclosing the existence or inexistence of conflicts of interest.

Abstract and keywords:
The second page should present the abstract, in Portuguese (or Spanish) and English, with up to 250 words. The abstract must be structured according to the section the manuscript was sent to, summarizing the main parts of the study and emphasizing the most significant data. Hence, for Original articles, the structure must be, in English: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion; in Portuguese: Objetivo, Métodos, Resultados, Conclusão. The abstracts of manuscripts for the sections Case reports and Review articles should not be structured. Below the abstract, it must be specified five to ten keywords, which define the theme of the manuscript. Such keywords must be based on the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) of the National Library of Medicine, available at:

The text should follow the demanded structure for each type of article. References must be cited in the text using sequenced upperscript Arabic numbers in parentheses, avoiding reference to year or authors names, as it follows:

"... Any speech disorder associated either to a nervous system lesion or a sensory-motor dysfunction may be classified as a motor disorder(11-12)..."

Foreign words or expressions must be written in italic. Numbers from zero to ten are to be written out.

All tables, charts, figures, and appendixes should have their entrance indicated in the text and be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the manuscript. All tables, charts, figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations), and appendixes must be black and white (or grey scale), arranged at the end of the article, after the references.

Include recognition to people or institutions that effectivelly colaborated with the execution of the study. Acknowledgement to funding agencies that have provided financial support for the implementation of the research.

Must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers, in the order in which they appear cited in the text. The reference system shall essentially follow the Vancouver Style, as exemplified below, and the journals titles must be abbreviated according to the style presented at the List of Journal Indexed in Index Medicus, of the National Library of Medicine, available at:

It is recommended to use references of studies published in the last tem years.

For all references, all authors must be cited. When a work has six or more authors, the first six should be cited, followed by the expression et al.


Shriberg LD, Flipsen PJ, Thielke H, Kwiatkowski J, Kertoy MK, Katcher ML et al. Risk for speech disorder associated with early recurrent otitis media with effusions: two retrospective studies. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2000;43(1):79-99.

Wertzner HF, Rosal CAR, Pagan LO. Ocorrência de otite média e infecções de vias aéreas superiores em crianças com distúrbio fonológico. Rev Soc Bras Fonoaudiol. 2002;7(1):32-9.


Northern J, Downs M. Hearing in children. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1983.


Rees N. An overview of pragmatics, or what is in the box? In: Iwin J. Pragmatics: the role in language development. La Verne: Fox; 1982. p. 1-13.

BOOK CHAPTERS (same author)

Russo IC. Intervenção fonoaudiológica na terceira idade. Rio de Janeiro: Revinter; 1999. Distúrbios da audição: a presbiacusia; p. 51-82. 


Minna JD. Recent advances for potential clinical importance in the biology of lung cancer. In: Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association for Cancer Research; 1984 Sep 6-10; Toronto. Proceedings. Toronto: AMA; 1984; 25:2293-4.


Rodrigues A. Aspectos semânticos e pragmáticos nas alterações do desenvolvimento da linguagem [dissertação]. São Paulo: Universidade de São Paulo - Faculdade de Filosofia Letras e Ciências Humanas; 2002.


ASHA: American Speech and Hearing Association [Internet]. Rockville: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; c1997-2008. Otitis media, hearing and language development. [cited 2003 Aug 29]; [about 3 screens] Available from:

Present tables separated from the text, each one on a different page, at the end of the document. Tables must be typed with double space and in Arial 8, and sequentially numbered, in Arabic numbers, following the order in which they appear in the text. All tables must have a short, self-explanatory title, inserted above it, and all columns must be identified with a headline. Any abbreviations and information about statistic tests used should be presented at the bottom of the table. The number of tables should be enough to concisely describe data, and they must not repeat information presented textually. Regarding the presentation form, tables must have horizontal lines separating headline, body and conclusion, with open laterals. The maximum number of tables accepted is five.

Must follow the same guidelines described for tables, except for the presentation form, that can use vertical lines and must be laterally closed. The maximum number of charts is two.

Figures (graphics, photographs and illustrations):
The figures must also be presented separately from the text, at the end of the document, consecutively numbered in Arabic numbers, following the order in which they appear in the text. All figures should be black and white (or grey scale), with proper graphic quality (use only white background), and present the title in legend, typed in Arial 8. The figures can also be uploaded as supplementary documents in electronic file separate from the text (the image applied in the text processor doesn't necessarily mean that the original is copied). To avoid problems that compromise the pattern of the journal, the image digitalization process (scan) must have the following parameters: for graphics or schemes, use 800 dpi/bitmap for trace; for illustrations and photographs (black and white), use 300 dpi/RGB or grayscale. In all cases, the files must have extension .tif and/or .jpg. Files with extensions .xls (Excel), .cdr (CorelDraw), .eps and .wmf will also be accepted for illustrations in curve (graphics, drawings, schemes). There should not be more than five figures. If the figures were already printed elsewhere, written permission of the author/editor must be sent along with the article, and the source must be cited at the legend of the figure.

Present the legends using double space, following the respective tables, charts, figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations), and appendixes.

Abbreviations and codes:
Should be preceded by the full name when cited for the first time in the text. Legends of figures, tables, charts and appendixes must also be accompanied by the full name. Abbreviations and codes should not be used in the title or in the abstract.


Submission of papers

All articles must be submitted through the online editing system, available at

The authors of the manuscripts cannot submit their research to other publications, national or international, until it is effectively published or rejected by the editorial board. Only the editor can authorize the reproduction of articles published in Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia elsewhere.

Authors of manuscripts selected for publication will be notified about it, and will be further instructed regarding technical editorial procedures. Authors of manuscripts not selected for publication will be notified about the reasons of the denial.


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