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Scope and policy
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical/Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine is a multidisciplinary, open-access, and peer-reviewed journal publishing original research from all fields of tropical medicine (including epidemiology, clinical studies, pathology, and immunology) and infectious diseases. It is the official journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine. The journal publishes Major Articles, Short Communications, Case Reports, Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Images in Infectious Diseases, Technical Reports, Obituaries, and Special Numbers (supplements). Review articles are invited by the Editor or Associate Editors. The journal publishes manuscripts only in English. Its content is freely accessible to readers, and no publication fee is charged from the authors.
From 2017, the journal has established that the authors will be requested to send the certificate of English review and editing by a professional English editing company during the manuscript submission process.Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical/Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine has adopted the yearly continuous publication modality, which is available online on SciELO database.
Submission to Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical/Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine implies that the manuscript has not been published previously (except in abstract format), and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
Poor use of English language in manuscripts is the major cause of delay in publication. We strongly advise authors with English as a foreign language to have their manuscripts preferably translated and edited by a professional English translation and editing company, or checked by a scientist who is a native English speaker. A copy of the certificate should be sent to the journal.
Fast-track submissions: According to the established editorial policy, manuscripts considered eligible for fast-track evaluation by the Journal’s Editors will be peer-reviewed within one week and, if accepted, they will be published within four to eight weeks. Disease priority will be determined by the Editorial Board according to its epidemic occurrence in Brazil or worldwide.
Preprints: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical/Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine supports the international initiatives that resulted in a more transparent editorial process, currently known as the “Open Science” tendency. Thus, manuscripts deposited in the preprint server (bioRxiv) could be submitted to Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical/Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine. The peer-review process for articles based on preprint servers will be decided by the Journal’s Editorial Board.https://blog.scielo.org/en/2019/10/23/tropical-medicine-infectious-and-parasitic-diseases-journals-align-with-open-science-editorial-practices/#.XbMJH5JKiJA).
The journal invites the following types of manuscripts for consideration: Major Articles, Review and Mini-Review Articles, Editorials, Short Communications, Case Reports, Obituaries, Technical Reports, Images in Infectious Diseases, Letters to the Editor, and Special Numbers (Supplements).
Major Articles: Major Article manuscripts must report original research, not previously published or in consideration for publication elsewhere. Major articles have a limit of 3,500 words (excluding the abstract, title, references, and illustrations). Manuscripts must include a structured abstract of not more than 250 words, organized using the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The manuscript text should be organized into the following sections: title, running title, structured abstract, keywords (three to six), manuscript text (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion), acknowledgments, conflict of interest statement, financial support, references, and figure legends. A total of five illustrations (tables and figures) are allowed.
Systematic Reviews and meta-analyses: We consider submissions with systematic reviews and meta-analyses as research articles. Authors may submit these manuscripts by selecting the “major articles” modality. Reports of systematic reviews and meta-analyses must adhere to the PRISMA (http://www.prisma-statement.org) Statement or other guidelines applicable to the study design.
Review Articles: Review articles should present a critical review of recent trends and progress in the study of infectious diseases/tropical medicine, rather than a simple literature review. Review articles are usually invited by the Editor or Associate Editors. Review articles have a limit of 3,500 words (excluding the abstract, title, references, and illustrations) and should be accompanied by a non-structured abstract of up to 250 words. Five illustrations (tables and figures) are allowed. The journal also publishes mini-reviews. These articles have a limit of 3,000 words (excluding the abstract, title, references, and illustrations) and must be accompanied by a non-structured abstract of up to 250 words. Mini-reviews may contain up to three illustrations (tables and figures). The manuscript should be organized into the following sections: title, running title, abstract (non-structured), manuscript text, acknowledgments, conflict of interest statement, financial support, references, and figure legends.
Editorials: Editorials are typically written on invitation, bearing in mind the scope of the journal and its editorial policy. Editorials have a limit of 1,500 words, and do not require an abstract and keywords. They may use one illustration (table or figure), and should have a conflict of interest statement, and a list of 10 or fewer references.
Short Communications: Short communication manuscripts should be reports on exciting new results/techniques of research or investigation in areas within the scope of the journal. Such articles have a limit of 2,000 words (excluding the abstract, title, references, and illustrations). They should have a structured abstract of not more than 100 words (with the subheadings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions) and may include up to 15 references. Up to three illustrations (tables and figures) are allowed. Three to six keywords are allowed. The body of the manuscript should not be divided into topics or subheadings. Acknowledgments, conflict of interest statement, and financial support must be included.
Case Reports: Case Reports must be brief reports with a limit of 1,500 words (excluding the abstract, title, references, and illustrations), with a maximum of three illustrations (tables and figures), up to 12 references, three keywords, and a non-structured abstract of up to 100 words. The body of the manuscript should be divided according to the following headings: Introduction, Case report, Discussion, References, and Figure legends. Acknowledgments, conflict of interest statement, and financial support must be included.
Technical Reports: Technical reports should be concise reports on the results and recommendations of a meeting of experts. Such reports may be also considered if they are formatted as an editorial.
Images in Infectious Diseases: An Images in Infectious Diseases submission must include up to three photographs/figures with the best possible quality. Up to three authors and three references are allowed. The maximum length of such an article is 250 words (excluding title and references), with an emphasis on figure description. The theme should involve the clinical lesson clarified by appropriate illustrations and figure descriptions.
Letters to the Editor: Readers are encouraged to write about any topic related to infectious diseases and tropical medicine that fits into the scope of the journal. Letters should be no longer than 1,200 words, without abstract and keywords, and with only one illustration (table or figure). Letters may discuss material previously published in the journal and cite up to 12 references.Special Numbers: Proposals for special numbers (supplements) must be made in writing to the Editor and/or Guest Editor. They will be evaluated on the basis of suitability of the topic, program organization, scientific format or production, according to the scope of the journal.
Authors are advised to read these instructions carefully and follow them closely to ensure the timely and efficient review and publication of their manuscript. The editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that do not comply with these guidelines.
Online submission system: All manuscripts to be considered for publication in the journal should be submitted in electronic form via the online submission system at http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo. The author must choose one manuscript category from the “Manuscript types” menu: Major Article, Editorial, Review Article, Mini-Review, Short Communication, Case Report, Technical Report, Images in Infectious Diseases, Letter to the Editor, Authors’ Reply, or Other (when a submission does not fit any other category). Authors and co-authors are entirely responsible for the contents of the manuscript.
Cover Letter: a) It must contain a statement that the proposed manuscript describes original research and is not published or under consideration for publication by another scientific journal. The cover letter must also state that the data/results of the manuscript are not plagiarized. b) The letter must be signed by all authors and, when strictly impossible, the first and the last author may sign by proxy for the other co-authors. c) The authors must include a declaration of their agreement that the manuscript, after submission, may not have the order or the number of authors altered without providing any justification and/or information to Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical or Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine. d) The authors must declare that if the manuscript is accepted for publication, they agree to the transfer of all copyrights to the journal.
Authors’ contribution: The authors must provide one or more contributions each, specifying the contribution of each author to the study, in a separate document, in the submission system. The authors’ contributions will be published at the end of the manuscript.
Supplemental material: it is defined as files related to a specific manuscript, which authors supply for publication linked to their manuscripts. Generally, they are additional pieces to the article that could not be included in the issue, such as appendices, spreadsheets, tables, figures that is impossible to present within the article. All supplementary material will be sent to reviewers for peer review. The Editor-in-Chief, Associated, and Section Editors will define the about limits for received supplementary material.
We strongly recommend that Supplementary Material uploaded into the system be in the following format:
The manuscript should be prepared using a word processing software, and saved as a .doc or .docx file. Preferred font is Times New Roman, size 12, with double spacing throughout the text, figure legends, and references, with margins of at least 3 cm. Organize the manuscript into the following sections: Cover Letter (addressed to the Editor-in-Chief), Title Page, including Manuscript Title, Running title, Abstract, Keywords, followed by Manuscript Text, Conflict of Interest statement, Acknowledgments, Financial Support, References, and Figure Legends. Cover Letter, Title Page, Acknowledgments, and Financial Support must be provided as separate documents. Abbreviations should be used sparingly.
Title Page: The title page should include the authors’ names in direct order and without abbreviations, along with institutional affiliations in the following sequence: author’s institution, department, city, state, and country. For Brazilian authors, please do not translate the names of institutions. Complete address of the corresponding author must be specified, including telephone number and e-mail address. The number of authors and co-authors per paper should be limited in accordance with the number of authors that contributed to the manuscript. Except for national and international multicenter studies, up to 20 authors and co-authors will be allowed. The remaining authors’ names will be published in a footnote. Provide the ORCID number of the corresponding author and all co-authors.
Potential reviewers: Authors must provide names and contact information (e-mail address and institutional affiliations) of three potential unbiased reviewers, from an institution different from that of the authors.
Title: The title should be as concise, clear, and informative as possible. It should not contain abbreviations and should not exceed 250 characters.
Running Title: The running title may include up to 100 characters.
Structured Abstract: The structured abstract should summarize the results obtained and the major conclusions in such a way that a reader not already familiar with the particular topic of the paper can understand the implications of the article. The abstract should not exceed 250 words and must be structured with the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The use of abbreviations should be avoided.
Keywords: Three to six keywords should be listed immediately below the structured abstract (Example: Tuberculosis. Primary health care. Structure of services.). Please visit the website https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh for reference.
Introduction: The article’s introduction should be brief, and stating the purposes for which the study has been performed. Previous studies should be cited only when essential.
Methods: The methods used in the study should be clear and sufficiently detailed, so that the readers and reviewers can understand precisely what has been done and allow replication of the study by others. Standard techniques only need to be referenced.
Ethics: If the work involves human subjects, the author should indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional, regional, or national) and in accordance with the principles of Declaration of Helsinki, 1964, as revised in 1975, 1983, 1989, 1996, and 2000. For animal experiments, the author should indicate whether a national research council’s guide for animal experimentation or any law on the care and use of laboratory animals was complied with. The approval number must be sent to the journal. In case of research on humans, authors must include in the methods section (ethical considerations subsection), a statement that the study was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee.
Clinical trials: In the case of clinical trials, the manuscript should be accompanied by the registration number and agency of registration of the clinical trial (REBEC platform).
Results: The results section should be a concise and impersonal account of the new information (all relevant positive and negative findings) revealed by the study. Avoid repeating in the text the data presented in the tables or illustrations and use past tense to write the results.
Discussion: The discussion section should be limited to the significance of the new information and tightly argued, considering the clinical relevance, strengths, and study limitations. Do not include a general review of the topic. Keep the discussion concise and relevant. The main conclusions should be presented as the last paragraph of the discussion section.
Acknowledgments: Any acknowledgments should be short, concise, and restricted to those that are necessary and do not meet the authorship criteria. In case of sponsoring institutions, do not use acronyms.
Conflict of Interest: All authors are required to disclose any type of conflict of interest during the development of the study.
Financial Support: List all the financial support received from agencies, institutions, and other organizations that funded a part or whole of the research.
References: Only references cited in the text should be included in the list at the end of the manuscript. The references should be numbered consecutively in progressive order using Arabic numerals as they appear in the text. The reference list should be formatted according to the Vancouver style. All authors, up to six, must be listed. For seven or more authors, list the first six, followed by “et al.” Type the reference list on a separate page at the end of the manuscript, using double spacing.
Following are the sample references:
Illustrations: All illustrations should be submitted as separate files, and named using only the figure number (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2). All figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals and cited consecutively in the text. Authors can upload colored, or black and white figures.
Titles and Legends: Titles and legends should be typed at the end of the manuscript with double spacing.
Dimensions: The dimensions of the illustrations and figures should not exceed 18 cm width by 23 cm height. The correct specifications for each figure format are as follows:
Images/Photographs must be submitted in high-resolution TIFF format. Verify that the photograph must have been taken at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi-preferably between 900 and 1200 dpi-and prepared using an image editing program (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Corel Photo Paint).
Graphics should be created using any statistical software and saved/exported using the original extensions (.xls, .xlsx, .wmf, .eps., or .pdf).
Maps should be professionally vectorized (drawn) in high resolution using CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator software.
Tables: Tables should be typed with single spacing, with a short descriptive title (positioned above the table), and submitted as separate files. Legends for each table should be placed below the table. All tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals and cited consecutively in the text. Tables should not have vertical lines, whereas, horizontal lines should be kept to a minimum. Tables should be a maximum of 18 cm wide by 23 cm high, using Arial, size 9 font.
Submission Process: All manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo in accordance with the instructions at the top of each screen. The peer review process is performed completely online.
On Resubmissions and Revisions: The journal differentiates between: a) manuscripts that have been rejected, and b) manuscripts that will undergo further consideration after requested changes have been made.
Resubmissions: If you have received a letter of rejection and wish the editors to reconsider their decision, you may resubmit your manuscript. In this case, your file will be considered a new submission and you will receive a new manuscript number.
Revision: If the peer reviewers recommend revising your manuscript, please send it for a second analysis and review, forwarding the revised manuscript with the same manuscript number as the original.
After Acceptance: Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the publication process includes the following steps:
SUBMISSION WORKFLOW OF REVISTA DA SOCIEDADE BRASILEIRA DE MEDICINA TROPICAL/JOURNAL OF THE BRAZILIAN SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE
All manuscripts to be considered for publication in Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical/Journal of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine should be submitted in electronic form via the online submission system (http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rsbmt-scielo).
Journal's review policy (workflow):
1 - All manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal are initially evaluated by the journal's administrative staff to ensure that the text complies with the journal's rules.
2 - Manuscripts that meet the standards of the journal are evaluated by the Editor, Associate Editors, or Section Editors to determine whether they fit into the scope and editorial policy of the journal. Subsequently, the administrative staff sends these manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief.
4 - Each submitted manuscript is sent to at least two reviewers in a double-blinded manner, and a statistical reviewer for evaluation and generation of a reasoned report (peer-review system), which is used by the editors to decide whether to accept the manuscript or not. In case of difference of opinion among the reviewers, the manuscript is sent to a third reviewer to help reach a final decision by the journal's editorial board.
5 - Reviewer comments (free form review) are forwarded to the corresponding author to address the queries raised by the reviewers.
6 - The authors must respond to the queries, point by point, of each reviewer, highlighted with a different color in the text and return a revised version of the manuscript in accordance with the journal's guidelines. The revised version is sent back to the reviewers, who provide a final and reasoned report on the manuscript.
7 - Reviewers' scores of the manuscript and the authors' responses are analyzed by the Editor, Associate Editors, or Section Editors.
8 - The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of the manuscript for publication.
9 - The final editorial decision is sent to the authors.
10 - After this step, the editing process is initiated. The accepted manuscripts are checked in the iThenticate – Crossref Similarity Check (anti- plagiarism tool) to verify its originality and then are sent for English editing and proper review.
11 - The English review results and edited document are sent to the authors for analysis. The authors must state whether they accept the edited version.
12 - Next, the layout process begins. The journal will communicate closely with the corresponding author regarding figures, tables, photographs, maps, illustrations, and the article's general format.
13 - Authors must disclose any conflicts of interest or financial support and must provide a signed copyright assignment form.
14 - Proofs are sent to the corresponding author to be checked, along with all co-authors for typesetting accuracy.
15 - The final version of each manuscript will be available in 100% open access at http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_issues&pid=0037-8682&lng=en&nrm=iso
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