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Author Guidelines

Instructions for submission

All manuscripts should be electronically submitted according to the Manuscript Preparation and Manuscript Format instructions below, and uploaded using the instructions given in this web page.

Two anonymous copies of the electronic manuscript must be submitted, one in PDF and another in MS-Word (2003 or later) format. A third attached file in ASCII (TXT) format, containing a 150-word abstract is also mandatory. The three documents must uploaded as AuthorName.pdf, AuthorName.doc, and AuthorNameAbstract.txt according to the instructions given after you are logged in.

Manuscript preparation

For preparing the manuscript, please follow the instructions of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors at

Manuscript format
General organization

The title must be centered in Times New Roman 14 pt, followed by the manuscript text, which includes an extended abstract, the text body with tables and figures, the optional acknowledgments, the references and an optional appendix. The abstract text must be in Times New Roman 11 pt, italics, centered, and preceded by the word Abstract, also centered in a single line. The abstract must be followed by a set of five keywords. The text body must be prepared in Times New Roman 11 pt or equivalent, one-and-a-half-spaced with 2.5 cm margins on all sides, and page numbers assigned. The sections should follow the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors referred to in the Manuscript preparation section. All section headings must be numerated with Arabic numbers (1., 1.1. 2., 2.1., etc) on a separate line, in bold and aligned leftwards. Any appendices should follow the text and precede the references.

Extended abstracts

Papers must include an abstract between 150 and 300 words. Contributions in Portuguese or in French should be accompanied by a 1-page abstract (circa 500 words) in English, which may contain figures, tables and references.

Tables and figures

All tables and figures should be included as for publishing in the text body. The number and caption of each table should be placed just above the table. The number and caption of each figure should be placed just below the figure. Please, try to make both, tables and figures self-readable by supplementing concise, but complete information in the captions that guide the reader how to interpret them.


Footnotes should be avoided as far as possible.

Additional video or audio files

They are highly recommended. Please prefer easily accessible formats such as WAV and MP3 for audio and WVM for videos.


Please, follow the Vancouver style accessible here:

NOTE: Follow the Vancouver style just for the references.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission files are in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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