Instructions to authors


1 – Editorial Policy
2 – Categories of Manuscripts
3 – Preparation of Manuscripts
4 – Submission Process of Manuscripts
5- Assessment Process of Manuscripts
6 – Proofreading of the Portuguese and Translation of Manuscripts
7- Assessment and Editing Fees

1 – Editorial Policy

REBEn has the mission of disseminating the Science of Nursing and Health. It accepts manuscripts in Portuguese, English and Spanish. It is published only in the electronic version by means of regular fascicles and thematic numbers.

Manuscripts written in Portuguese or Spanish must be translated into English in their final version.

The manuscripts should be exclusively addressed to REBEn, and their simultaneous submission to other journal(s).

Declaration on Ethics and Research Integrity

For the publication, REBEn considers it a sine qua non condition that the submitted manuscripts have complied with the ethical-legal guidelines that involve the elaboration of academic and/or technical-scientific works and the research with humans or with animals.

In the case of research involving human beings, and in compliance with the provisions of CNS Resolution 466/2012 (, the author(s) should mention in the manuscript, the approval of the project by the Ethics Committee recognized by the Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa (CONEP – Brazilian Commission for Research Ethics), the Brazilian National Health Council (CNS –  Conselho Nacional de Saúde), or by an equivalent body, when has been carried out in another country.

REBEn adopts the World Health Organization and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’s requirements to register clinical trials (randomized experimental studies) on a platform that meets the criteria developed by these two organizations (Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos – REBEC –

In experimental research involving animals, Law 11,794 of October 8, 2008, which regulates item VII of paragraph 1 of Article 225 of the Federal Constitution, must be respected, establishing procedures for the scientific use of animals; and the standards set forth in the 1996 Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, Washington, D.C., USA) and the Ethical Principles in Animal Experimentation (Colégio Brasileiro de Experimentação Animal – COBEA, available from:, 1991. This information must be included in the method according to the recommendation of ARRIVE ( ).

REBEn supports the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. These recommendations, regarding integrity and ethical standards in driving and in the search report, are available from:

It also supports international standards for the publication of responsible research, developed by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and intended for publishers and authors (available from:

Concepts, ideas or opinions expressed in manuscripts, as well as the origin and accuracy of the citations contained therein, are the sole responsibility of the author(s).

The Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem adopts the Ithenticate system to identify plagiarism. Practices that hurt scientific integrity such as plagiarism and self-plagiarism will be taken for assessment by the Editorial Board for decision of penalties as: suspension of publishing in the periodical by a period determined by the Editorial Board. Authors will be immediately notified of all stages of this process.

2 – Categories of manuscript

Types of articles considered:

  • Editorial: text on a subject of interest to the historical moment or the production of the knowledge conveyed to a certain issue, with possible repercussion in Nursing and Health. May contain up to two (2) pages, including up to 4 references, if available.
  • Original articles: studies that aggregate new information for Nursing and Health. Randomized clinical trials, case-control studies, cohort, prevalence, incidence, accuracy studies, case study, and qualitative studies are included in this category. Original articles must contain a maximum of fifteen (15) pages, including abstracts and a maximum of 50 references and up to 7 authors.
    • Authors should adopt the guidelines to write any type of article. It is mandatory to indicate in the method in “study design” which Equator instrument was used to guide the methodology. Failure to comply with this standard will lead to the archiving of the manuscript.
  • Review: it uses systematic methods and explicit criteria to identify, select and critically assess relevant research, and to collect and analyze data from studies included in the review. Included in this category are: systematic review with and without meta-analyzes, integrative review and Scoping Review. Reviews should contain a maximum of twenty (20) pages, including abstracts, with a maximum of 50 references and up to 6 authors.
    • Systematic literature reviews and meta-analyzes: PRISMA
    • Scoping Review: PRISMA ScR
  • Reflection – In-depth discursive formulation, focusing on concept or theoretical construct of Nursing or related area; or discussion on a specific topic, establishing analogies, presenting and analyzing different points of view, theoretical and/or practical. It must contain a maximum of ten (10) pages, including abstracts, maximum of 10 references and up to 4 authors.
  • Experience Report and/or Technological Innovation – Study describing a situation of technological practice and/or technological innovation (teaching, assistance, research or management/administration), intervention strategies and assessment of their effectiveness, of interest for professional performance. It must contain a maximum of ten (10) pages, including abstracts, a maximum of 10 references and up to 4 authors.
  • Letter to the Editor – Maximum of 1 page.
  • Author’s answer – maximum of 250 words.

3 – Preparation of Manuscript

We recommend using the guidelines available from to consolidate the manuscript. Inform in the methods which was used (exception: Report of Experience and Reflection).

REBEn adopts Vancouver recommendations, available at URL

Manuscripts will only be accepted for assessment if they are strictly in accordance with the model available in the Template 1.

Manuscripts of all categories accepted for submission to REBEn should be prepared as follows:

Microsoft Office Word file, with mandatory page setting on A4 (210x297mm) paper and 2 cm margins on all sides, Times New Roman font size 12, 1.5 pt spacing between lines, paragraphs with 1.25 cm.

  • The use of bold should be restricted to the title and subheadings of the manuscript.
  • Italics will be applied only to highlight terms or expressions relevant to the subject of the study, and
  • In the citations of authors, ipsis litteris:
  • With up to three lines, use quotation marks and insert them in the normal text sequence;
  • For those with more than three lines, highlight them in a new paragraph, without quotes, Times New Roman font size 11, single spacing between lines and 3 cm indentation of the left margin.
  • In the case of speaking deponents or research subjects, highlight them in a new paragraph, without quotation marks, Times New Roman font size 11, single spacing between lines and 3 cm indentation of the left margin.
  • The citations of authors in the text should be consecutively numbered, in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text;
  • Arabic numerals should be used, in parentheses and superscripts, without space between the number of the citation and the previous word, and preceding the punctuation of the sentence or paragraph [For example, care(5),].
    • In the case of sequential citations, the numbers will be separated by a dash [For example, care(1-5).], when merged, separated by commas [For example, care(1,3,5).].
  • Footnotes should be kept to the minimum necessary.
  • Appendices and annexes will be disregarded.
  • Do not number the pages or paragraphs in the manuscript.

3.1 Text’s structure

Abbreviations should not be used in the title and subheading of the manuscript, in the abstract, in tables and figures.

In the text, use only standardized abbreviations. In the first citation, the abbreviation is presented in parentheses, preceded by the term in full. 

Research and Review articles should follow the conventional structure: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusions (quantitative approach research) or Final Considerations (qualitative approach research) and References. Manuscripts from other categories may follow different structure.

3.2 Main Document (Template 1)

The main document, without identification of the authors, must have:

  • Title of the article: up to 15 words in the language of the manuscript. Use at least 3 descriptors for the composition;
  • Abstract and descriptors: abstract limited to 150 words in the same language as the manuscript. It should be structured in Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion or Final Considerations.
  • Below the abstract include five descriptors in the three languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish):
  • Body of the text: consists of the body of the manuscript itself;

The structure of the manuscript in the categories research and review is: Introduction, Objective, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion (for quantitative research) or final considerations (qualitative research); all captions should be highlighted in bold in the text.

Figures, tables and charts should be presented in the body of the manuscript.

Illustrations (tables, pictures and figures, such as photographs, drawings, graphs, etc.) shall be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are inserted in the text and shall not exceed five.

Whatever the type of illustration, its identification appears in the upper part, preceded by the designative word (table, figure, picture) followed by the order number of its occurrence in the text, in Arabic numerals, indent and its title (E.g., Table 1 – title). After the illustration, at the bottom, insert the caption, notes and other information necessary for your understanding, if any (see: ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Standards) NBR 14724/2011 – Information and documentation – Academic work – Presentation). The source consulted should be included below the images only if it is secondary data. Abbreviations should be reported in note below the figure.

The tables should be standardized according to recommendations of the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics – IBGE). Tabular presentation rules. 3rd ed. Rio de Janeiro, 1993, available from

Subheadings of the method and discussion should be highlighted in bold as recommended by the checklist.

Illustrations should be in good high-resolution reading quality. Tables, graphs and charts should be presented in .doc format, editable in the body in the manuscript.

  • Funding:  it is mandatory to cite source of research funding (if any). This information should be entered on the title page.
  • Acknowledgements: are optional to the persons who contributed to the study, but are not authors and should be presented on the title page until the assessment is completed for reasons of confidentiality.
  • References: the number of references is limited according to the category of the manuscript. References, presented at the end of the paper, should be consecutively numbered according to the order in which they were included in the text; and in the style indicated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Examples of the Vancouver style are available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website in Citing Medicine
    • At least 50% of the references should preferably be published productions in the last 5 years and of these, 20% in the last 2 years. REBEn suggests that 40% of the references are from Brazilian journals, from the Scielo and RevEnf collection.
    • For articles available in Portuguese and English, the English version must be cited, with the corresponding pagination.
    • Avoid citations of theses, dissertations, books and chapters, non-scientific journals or journals (Magazines) and in press, except when it is a theoretical reference (E.g., Cochrane Handbook).
    • REBEn encourages the use of DOI, as it guarantees a permanent access link for the electronic article.
    • For articles or texts published on the Internet that do not contain the DOI, indicate the address of the complete URL as well as the date of access in which it was consulted.

Most common examples of references:

  • Articles with the DOI identifier:

Lavorato Neto G, Rodrigues L, Silva DARD, Turato ER, Campos CJG. Spirituality review on mental health and psychiatric nursing. Rev Bras Enferm. 2018;71(suppl 5):2323-33. doi: 10.1590/0034-7167-2016-0429

  • Electronic Articles:

Polgreen PM, Diekema DJ, Vandeberg J, Wiblin RT, Chen YY, David S, et al. Risk factors for groin wound infection after femoral artery catheterization: a case-control study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol [Internet]. 2006 [cited 2018 Jan 5];27(1):34-7. Available from:

  • Articles in another language

Cruz MSD, Bernal RTI, Claro RM. [Trends in leisure-time physical activity in

Brazilian adults (2006-2016)]. Cad Saude Publica. 2018. 22;34(10):e00114817. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00114817 Portuguese.

  • Book

Jenkins PF. Making sense of the chest x-ray: a hands-on guide. New York: Oxford University Press; 2005. 194 p.

  • Book on the Internet

Higgins JP, Green S, editors. Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions [Internet].Version 4.2.6.Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.; 2006 [cited 2018 Oct. 15]. 257 p. Available from:

4 – Submission Process of Manuscripts

The manuscripts must be submitted to REBEn by means of the URL, accessing the link Online Submission.

To initiate the process, the person in charge of the submission must register previously in the system like author. The system is self-explanatory and, upon completing the process, an ID will be generated for the manuscript, with numeric code (For example, REBEn 2019-0001).

The submitting author must have at hand all the necessary documentation: The checklist to assist the authors in the submission is available for download.

  • Title Page (Template 2);
  • Main Document in the Indicated Template (Template 1);
  • Declaration of Responsibility for Authorship, Exclusivity and Transfer of Copyrights and Science of REBEn Instructions to authors (Declaration Template);
  • Letter to the Editor (cover letter);
  • Proof of approval of the research project by the Ethics Committee;
  • Proof of payment of assessment fee;

The submitter will receive a message informing the URL of the manuscript and a login, so that you can follow the progress of the document in the steps of the editorial process in the system administration interface.

Only the manuscripts that are formatted in the submission template will be checked by the editorial office for compliance with the standards (Template 1). Before submitting the manuscript, the authors must check the REBEn standards, strictly follow the checklist and have all necessary documents for submission. It is mandatory to complete the metadata in the submission form.

Each document must be attached separately in the field indicated by the system.

To initiate the process, the submitter must register in advance in the system as author creating/associating the ORCID register (Open Researcher and Contributor ID – All authors must have the register associated with the updated ORCID.

Authors should indicate four possible reviewers for assessment of the manuscript. These nominees must be doctors, have no conflict of interest and do not belong to institutions of any of the authors. Reviewers may or may not be complied with by the associated editors. Possible reviewers can be located on the lattes plataform, according to the subject of the manuscript.

Manuscripts that do not conform to the standards in the second round of the checklist will be archived without a return of the assessment fee.

5 – Assessment Process of Manuscripts

After approval the manuscript is sent by the Editors-Heads to the associated editors and sent to peer review, adopting the double-blind review.

5.1 Peer Review Process

The technical revision of the language, translation of the abstract into the Spanish and English versions and the translation of the manuscripts into the English version must be provided by the authors, as directed by REBEn Secretariat. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the archiving of the manuscript.

6 – Proofreading of the Portuguese and Translation of Manuscripts

When the article is accepted, the author will receive an email with the automatic message of not submitted article (unsubmitted). This message frees the manuscript from translation and proofreading of language. REBEn certified translators and reviewers are listed in this document. The return of the manuscript in the translated, proofread and certified versions as well as the proof of payment of the publishing fee must be added to the system within a period of up to 25 calendar days. This deadline and non-conformity with the template (Template 1) will cause the archiving of the manuscript.

7 – Assessment and Editing Fees

ASSESSMENT FEE R$ 300.00 (three hundred reais). Proof of payment of assessment fee
EDITING FEE R$ 1,300.00 (one thousand and three hundred reais). Proof of payment after acceptance of the manuscript

Method of payment: Exclusively by PAGSEGURO (Brazilian company that acts as an electronic payment mean)


Without proof of payments by the system, the article will be archived definitively.

The assessment fee will not be refunded if the manuscript is not accepted for publication.


Doubts about the rules, submission and resubmission will be answered exclusively by e-mail CONTACT US (FALE CONOSCO) (

Prior to the use of CONTACT US (FALE CONOSCO) carefully review the rules above. Only questions not covered in the Instructions to Authors will be answered.

At the beginning of the submission of the manuscript the author is aware and in agreement with the norms of the Journal.