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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.
  • The text follows the journal's formatting requirements according to the "Guidelines for Authors"found in the "Submissions" section.

Author Guidelines

Documentation and Forms

At least 3 files must be transferred for article submission and made available to the publisher: a cover page, the Research Ethics Committee approval document and the main document. Below are the instructions for their preparation and formatting.

Click here to download the cover page template. Complete as instructed and upload the document upon submission as a supplementary document.

The cover page must have the following information:

  • 1. Full name of each author
  • 2. Identification of the contribution of each author to the study, which will be informed in the published article.
  • 3. Conflicts of Interest Statement by each author.
  • 4. ORCID information of each author. Authors who do not have an ORCID should register at

Data collection must have been completed no more than two (2) years from the beginning of the current year, and literature research should be updated by the semester preceding the date of submission.

Please note: completing the cover page does not exempt the submitting author from filling in the complete metadata on the website, and it is very important to provide the full names of all authors and their VALID emails in the metadata.

The cover page should be separate from the main document and will not be made available to reviewers, as Scientia Medica uses the double-blind peer review system:

The original articles and case reports must necessarily have followed the ethical principles of human research ( and have passed the approval of a Research Ethics Committee, and this fact should be clearly stated in the description of the methodology. It is not sufficient to inform the CAAE number.

If relevant, inform that free and informed consent has been obtained from all adult participants or, in the case of minors or the disabled, from their legal representatives.

In case of an experimental animal study, inform that the keeping and care of animals follow the institution or country guidelines for the use of animals in research.


We ask the authors to fill in their scientific production on the Lattes Platform (CNPq) and the Sucupira Platform (CAPES), regarding the new publications, informing the ISSN 1980-6108 (electronic), as from 2015 Scientia Medica does no longer have a print edition. However, ISSN 1806-5562, previously granted to the print edition, remains valid and is currently referred to as ISSN-L.

Where CV Lattes requests page numbers, do not place the numbers at the bottom of the article pages. In the place for the first page number, enter the article ID. Please check the note on "How to cite this article" on the first page of each document.


  • The text must contain title, abstracts and keywords in the languages indicated by the journal.
  • The author must keep his registration profile updated and, for submission of a new text, fill out the information items below under “Conditions for Submission”.
  • Information about the authors should contain the following data: full name with the correct spelling; ORCID (see:; affiliation: institution, city, state and country (in no case should affiliations be accompanied by the authors' titles or mini-curricula). These, when present, should be published separately from affiliations as author's notes). email; complete physical postal address of the corresponding author, which may be the institutional one, provided at the end of the article; research funding source (if any); potential conflicts of interest (if any).
  • Optionally, the authors may indicate at the end of the article: a) acknowledgements; b) mini curriculum: academic and professional training.


There should be a Portuguese version of the Abstract (or Spanish, if the main text is in this language) and an English version, with up to 340 words each. Both versions must have exactly the same content. All information that appears in the Abstract versions should also appear in the main text. The Abstract versions should be structured, according to the table below.

Descriptors (Indexers or Keywords) and Keywords

Descriptors are terms used in article indexing so that it can be found by subject by electronic search engines. Correctly filling in the descriptors is essential for their publication to be easily found by other researchers. Scientia Medica uses as key words the Health Science Descriptors (DeCs) available from BIREME / PAHO / WHO at where the terms in both Portuguese and English are found, which should also be placed in the original.


It should be divided into subtitles according to the type of article (according to the table below). In the Original Articles, Scientia Medica does not accept that the results and discussion are combined in the same subtitle. Conclusions should not constitute a separate item, but should be placed as the last paragraph of the Discussion. In Review Articles, Conclusions may be the last subtitle, which may alternatively be called Discussion or Final Considerations. Subtitles should not be numbered in any of the article types.

Subtitles of the Abstract versions and main text according to article type

Technical Standards

Numbers one through nine must be written in full unless followed by unit of measure or when composing a series. Units of measurement must follow the International Measurement System.

Foreign terms and names of microorganisms and animal or plant species must be written in italics.

Acronyms of compound terms or abbreviations may be used if the term appears at least five times in the text. In the first citation, the term must be spelled out, followed by the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses. Do not use acronyms or abbreviations in abstracts.

In the quotation of trademarks inform the name of the manufacturer and the place of manufacture (city, country), in parentheses.

All figures should be numbered in order of appearance in the text, in Arabic numbers (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.) and the text must contain the indication of each. The figures are placed after the tables at the end of the document, with their numbers and labels at the bottom. Subtitles should be succinct but self-explanatory, with clear information, so as not to consult the text.

The following biomedical reference standards refer to the Vancouver Group of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, available at the PUCRS Library for consultation ( and via the link Vancouver -General Rules

Originals must be typed in Word (Microsoft Office) format, A4 page size, and 2.5 cm margins. The size of each document should not exceed 2 MB.

Preferably use the "Style" feature of Word. Apply the "Normal" style throughout the document. To configure it, right-click on "¶Normal" and left-click on "Modify". Choose the following settings:

  • Font: Times New Roman 12.
  • Paragraph: justified alignment; first line indentation by 1.25 cm; without any spacing before or after; double line spacing.
  • Do not use space or tabs to indent first line, just use paragraph setting.

Original Articles

Original articles are those that result from a research. In GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS there are more details on the rules for this type of article.

Case Reports

Case Reports may include up to three cases, while a larger number features a Case Series. Case Reports require approval by a Research Ethics Committee, as well as Original Articles. See more details in GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS A maximum of five authors, which have participated effectively in the preparation of the report, are admitted.

Review Articles

Currently, Scientia Medica is only publishing review articles invited by the journal's editorial staff. Nevertheless, even those invited articles will be submitted to peer-review, following the usual procedure.

Please see more details on the guidelines for this type of article in RULES FOR REVIEW ARTICLES

Education in Health Sciences

This section includes articles on Medical Education or other disciplines within the Health Sciences

Brief Comunications

Brief Communications are short articles, with a limit of 1,500 words (excluding references and tables). The paper should follow the structured format of the original articles. A Brief Communication is justified only in special cases of a given research which data are very important to be disclosed, but are not yet complete.