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Author Guidelines

Editorial Policy

REEUSP accepts scientific articles which convey original and unpublished contribution to the knowledge construction in Nursing and Health. In addition, the articles’ content has to aggregate knowledge and represent an advance for the clinical practice, teaching and/or research in Nursing and Health.

REEUSP is published in rolling pass, only in the electronic version. The review process of all articles submitted to REEUSP is peer review. The review process starts with the pre-analysis, conducted by the Scientific Editor, who will decide on its approval or rejection in this phase. Once approved in the pre-analysis, the text is forwarded to the Associate Editor, who send it to the reviewers. The Scientific and Associate Editors’ names will be identified in the published article.

REEUSP uses the CrossRef software to identify similar texts. Texts which present similarities with other already published, will be excluded from the review process. In these cases, REEUSP adopts the guidelines and flowcharts recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE (


Open Science incentive

REEUSP adopts the open access policy and the Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship’- FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable) (, which support the transparent and accessible sharing of knowledge through collaborative networks. The published content is under the Creative Commons (CC-BY).

REEUSP follows also the TOP recommendations Transparency and Openess Promotion( and accepts manuscripts deposited in non-commercial preprints servers such as SciELO Preprints -

A preprint is a manuscript version which was not peer reviewed. The author has to inform REEUSP the DOI number attributed to the preprint and the server where it was deposited. The material should obey the license Creative Commons for data sharing.

Still according to TOP recommendations, from 2021 onwards, REEUSP encourages research data sharing, which will be obligatory from 2022 onwards. Research data comprises models, methods, reports, softwares, procedures, questionnaires, statistics, in summary, data which may be shared and potentially useful for new researches.

Information on repositories, deposit and sharing of research data in public repositories may be found in https://data.scielo.org e It is recommended to cite and indicate the repositories’ links as Supplemental Material, after the manuscript’s item “Conclusion” or “Final Considerations”.

REEUSP requests the Open Science Compliance Form – SciELO (attached template), which have to be uploaded in the ScholarOne as Supplementary File for Review.

The manuscripts can be submitted in Portuguese, English, or Spanish and should be exclusively sent to REEUSP. Simultaneously sending a manuscript to another journal, partially or completely, is thus not permitted.

The Journal uses the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals” (Vancouver Style) (

In research involving human beings, it is necessary to send a copy of the approval by an Ethics Committee in Research (CEP – Comitê de Ética em Pesquisa) of the National Committee of Ethics in Research (CONEP – Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa) according to the directives and regulations of the National Health Council(CNS – Conselho Nacional de Saúde) or an equivalent in the country where research was conducted. In research involving animals, it is required the approval of the Ethics Committee on Animal Use.
Approval by the Research Ethics Committee and data collection: at maximum 5 years.

The manuscript should be submitted online at ScholarOne (, along with a letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief providing the objectives behind selecting REEUSP for submission. Additionally, the advances and contributions of the text should be highlighted, in comparison with recent publications regarding the same theme. 

People addressed as authors, should have participated substantially of the elaboration of the manuscript to assume the responsibility for its content. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends that authorship should comprise the following criteria: a) substantial contributions in the conception and design of the study; b) in the data collection, analysis and interpretation; c) in the writing and critical review of the article; d) in the final approval of the version to be published. All those designated as authors have to meet the four criteria of authorship.

The authors should write their names in full, provide a detailed contribution of each author, sign and send the Author’s Declaration of Responsibility (attached template).

All authors should provide their register number on ORCID in their profile at ScholarOne and inform it at the submission ( 

Publication costs

For foreign authors: 

Submission/Editorial Fee 

No submission fee will be charged. If the article is accepted for publication, an Editorial Fee of USD 500 (five hundred dollars) will be charged. Information regarding the payment of the editorial fee will be sent to the author individually.

Revision: The approved manuscripts submitted in English or Spanish have to be reviewed by a professional expert and this service is of the authors’ responsibilities.


Publication types

Original Article (preferably accepted): Results of primary research, with rigorous and clear methodology, thorough discussion and an interface with national and international scientific literature. Limited to 15 pages (including abstract, tables, figures and references).

Systematic review: Analysis of primary studies, quantitative or qualitative, aiming at synthesizing evidence. Limited to 25 pages (including abstract, tables, figures and references).

Scoping review: developed to map the key concepts which sustain a research area, as well as to clarify the definitions and/or the conceptual limits of a theme. Limited to 25 pages (including abstract, tables, figures and references).

Theoretical Study: Analysis of theories or methods that support the science of nursing or related fields that contribute to the development of knowledge in Nursing. Limited to 15 pages (including abstract, charts, figures, and references).

Evidence implementation report: reports on the implementation of the best scientific evidences in health services, according to the JBI methodology. Limited to 25 pages (including abstract, tables, figures, results, discussion of base audits and of following up, and references).

Professional Experience Report: Study of a situation of interest regarding the performance of nurses in different fields, containing an analysis of conceptual implications, description of procedures with intervention strategies, or adequate methodological evidence for efficacy assessment of a procedure or strategy. Limited to 15 pages (including abstract, tables, figures and references).

Letter to the Editor: Targeted at reader’s comments on the works published in the Journal, expressing agreement or disagreement on the approached subject. Limited to one page.

Editorial and Point of View: Usually invited by the Editor. They are not submitted to peer review and the editorial fee does not apply to it.


Qualification strategies for the manuscripts

Relationships that may establish a conflict of interest, even when this is not the case, should be clarified.

For research publication, REEUSP adopts the qualification strategies of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR network), Such strategies are resources that assist the publishing potential and its use in citations. Below, we present some validated international protocols to be used according to the research design:

Clinical trials: CONSORT and identification of Registers of Clinical Trials validated under criteria established by WHO and ICMJE, webpages available on the website of ICMJE ( The identification number must be presented at the end of the abstract.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: PRISMA Whenever possible, present the adopted concordance method for the analysis of included articles, for example, Kappa.

Scoping review: PRISMA-ScR ( and (

Observational studies in epidemiology: STROBE

Qualitative studies: Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research – COREQ (

Note: Protocols of other types of studies may be found on EQUATOR network and in the article by Larson E, Cortazal M. Publication guidelines: need widespread adoption. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2012; 65: 239-246.


Manuscript structure and preparation

File format: doc or docx (MS Word).

Text: Official orthography in A4 sheets; 1.5 line spacing; Times New Roman font, size 12, including tables. Top, bottom, and side margins should be 2.5 cm.

Title page (should contain):

Title: Maximum 16 words , only in the language of the manuscript, in bold, using uppercase only in the beginning of the title and proper nouns. No abbreviations, acronyms, or geographical location of research should be used.
The title is the most read and known part of a text and it aims at informing the article’s content. Thus, it should be clear, exact and attractive.

Names of the authors: Full and without abbreviations, numbered in Arabic numerals, with the institutional affiliation, location, state, and country. The authors should follow how their names are indexed in the databases and insert their ORCID iD in their profile at ScholarOne.

Institutions: up to three hierarchies’ institutional affiliation (University, Faculty, Department).

Corresponding author: Statement of name, mailing address, telephone, and email.

Manuscript extracted from dissertation or thesis: Indicate with an asterisk, in a footnote, the title, year, and institution where it was presented.

Abstract: Only in the language of the manuscript with up to 1290 characters with spaces. It should be structured with the following sections: ObjectiveMethodResults, and Conclusion, except for theoretical studies. Clinical Trials should have the registration number at the end of the abstract.

Descriptors: Three to six descriptors which identify the subject matter, following the language of the abstracts; separated by a semi-colon; and extracted from the DeCS vocabulary (Descriptors in Health Sciences), elaborated by BIREME, or MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), elaborated by NLM (National Library of Medicine).

Main document:

It should contain the title, abstract, descriptors and the text. Do not include any authors' identification.

Text content: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References, presented in distinct sections. Objectives should be inserted at the end of the Introduction.

Introduction: Brief definition of the problem studied, justifying its importance and the knowledge gaps, based on national and international updated references.

Objective: The main issue should be established, and the hypotheses to be tested.

Method: Subdivide the section in the topics: Design of study; Population; Local; Selection criteria; Sample definition (if applicable); Data collection, Data analysis/and treatment, Ethical aspects. 

Results: Presentation and description of the data obtained, with no interpretations or comments. It may contain tables, charts, and figures for enabling better comprehension. The text should complement or highlight what is more relevant, without repeating data provided in the tables or figures. The number of participants is part of the Results section.

Discussion: Should be restricted to the obtained data and achieved results, stressing new and relevant aspects observed in the study and discussing the agreement and divergences to other national and international published researches. It should indicate the limitations of the study and the advancements in the field of nursing/health.

Conclusion or Final Considerations: Should be direct, clear, and objective, answering the hypotheses or objectives, and grounded in the results and discussion. Do not cite references. 

Supplementary Material: According to the Open Science precepts, it aims at indicating the link(s) of the repository(ies) in which the research data is deposited.

References: Maximum 30 (except in review studies, depending on the search strategy and selection of study inclusion). Follow the proportion of 80% journal articles, with at least half of them indexed in the international databases. It is permitted a maximum of 15% of self-citation among those citable.

Citations of references in the text: Consecutively listed, in superscript Arabic numerals and between parentheses, without mentioning the name of authors (except those representing a theoretical background). When they are sequential, indicate the first and last number, separated by a hyphen, e.g., (1-4). When non-sequential, they should be separated by a comma, e.g., (1-2,4).

Citations of references at the end of the text: Use “Vancouver” style, available at ( The reference list at the end of the manuscript should be numbered according to the sequence in which the authors have been cited in the text. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the: List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE (

Include only references strictly relevant to the approached subject, up-to-date (of the last 5 years), and of national and international scope. Avoid including an excessive number of references in the same citation and concentration of citations to the same journal. The authors have full responsibility for the accuracy of the references.

References of articles published in the Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP and other Brazilian journals should be cited in English.

Statements: Sentences or paragraphs stated by the research participants should be cited in italic, with a codified identification in the author’s criterion, and should be enclosed within parentheses.

Quotations: Should be entered between quotation marks, not italicized, and integrated into the text.

Figures: Tables, Charts, and Figures, maximum five, should be mandatorily inserted into the body of the text, with no repeated information and with informative and clear titles. The Tables should contain in their titles the location, state, country and year of the data collection.

Graphs, flowcharts and similar should be editable, in vector format. Pictures, images and others should have the final resolution of 300 DPI. Both can be colorful and have to be legible.

When not elaborated by the authors, all illustrations should indicate the appropriate source.

Financial support: State the name of public and private institutions who provided funding, technical assistance, or other help. This information should be provided in the Title Page and ScholarOne.

Acronyms: Restricted to a minimum. They have to be cited in full in the first time it appears; and do not use abbreviations in the title or abstract. 



Journal Articles

Standard articles

Allen G. Evidence for practice. AORN J. 2010;92(2):236-41.

Articles with more than six authors (cite first six, followed by et al.)

MacNeela P, Clinton G, Place C, Scott A, Treacy P, Hyde A, et al. Psychosocial care in mental health nursing: a think aloud study. J Adv Nurs. 2010;66(6):1297-307.

Articles whose author is an organization

American Diabetes Association. Diabetes update. Nursing. 2003;Suppl:19-20,24.

Articles with multiple organizations as author

American Dietetic Association; Dietitians of Canada. Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: nutrition and women’s health. J Am Diet Assoc. 2004;104(6):984-1001.

Articles of personal and organizational authorship

Orchard TJ, Temprosa M, Goldberg R, Haffner S, Ratner R, Marcovina S, et al.; Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. The effect of metformin and intensive lifestyle intervention on the metabolic syndrome: the Diabetes Prevention Program randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(8):611-9.

Articles in which the name of the author possesses a family title

King JT Jr, Horowitz MB, Kassam AB, Yonas H, Roberts MS. The short form-12 and the measurement of health status in patients with cerebral aneurysms: performance, validity, and reliability. J Neurosurg. 2005;102(3):489-94.

Oliveira MF, Arcêncio RA, Ruffino-Netto A, Scatena LM, Palha PF, Villa TCS. A porta de entrada para o diagnóstico da tuberculose no Sistema de Saúde de Ribeirão Preto/SP. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2001;45(4):898-904.

Articles with no author indication

Pelvic floor exercise can reduce stress incontinence. Health News. 2005;11(4):11.

Articles in a volume with supplement

Travassos C, Martins M. Uma revisão sobre os conceitos de acesso e utilização de serviços de saúde. Cad Saúde Pública. 2004;20 Supl 2:S190-8.

Articles in an issue with supplement

Crawford M, Mullan J, Vanderveen T. Technology and safe medication administration. J Infus Nurs. 2005;28(2 Suppl):37-41.

Articles in a volume published in parts

Abend SM, Kulish N. The psychoanalytic method from an epistemological viewpoint. Int J Psychoanal. 2002;83 Pt 2:491-5.

Articles in an issue published in parts

Rilling WS, Drooz A. Multidisciplinary management of hepatocellular carcinoma. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2002;13(9 Pt 2):S259-63.

Article in an issue without volume

Tom Dwyer AMC. A pesquisa da sociabilidade on-line: três gerações de estudos. Rev USP. 2012;(92):100-13.

Articles in a special issue

Salvetti MG, Pimenta CAM, Braga PE, Corrêa CF. Disability related to chronic low back pain prevalence and associated factors. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2012;46(n.esp):16-23.

Articles with pages in Roman numerals

Chadwick R, Schuklenk U. The politics of ethical consensus finding. Bioethics. 2002;16(2):iii-v.

Articles with errata publication

Altizer L. Strains and sprains. Orthop Nurs. 2003;22(6):404-11. Erratum in: Orthop Nurs. 2004;23(1):38.

Articles with DOI

Loro MM, Zeitoune RCG. Collective strategy for facing occupational risks of a nursing team. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2017;51:e03205. DOI:


Standard books with a personal author

Marquis BL, Huston CJ. Administração e liderança em enfermagem: teoria e prática. Porto Alegre: Artmed; 2010.

Eyre HJ, Lange DP, Morris LB. Informed decisions: the complete book of câncer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. 2 nd ed. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; c2005.

Organizer, editor, coordinator as author

Kurcgant P, coordenadora. Gerenciamento em enfermagem. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2005.

Institution as author

Brasil. Ministério da Saúde; Secretaria de Atenção à Saúde, Núcleo Técnico da Política Nacional de Humanização. Acolhimento nas práticas de produção de saúde. 2ª ed. Brasília; 2009.

World Health Organization. State of inequality: childhood immunization. Geneva: WHO; 2016.

A book chapter, whose author is the same of the work (adapted)

Moreira A, Oguisso T. Profissionalização da enfermagem brasileira. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2005. Gênese da profissionalização da enfermagem; p. 23-31.

A book chapter, whose author is a collaborator

Kimura M, Ferreira KASL. Avaliação da qualidade de vida em indivíduos com dor. In: Chaves LD, Leão ER, editoras. Dor: 5º sinal vital: reflexões e intervenções de enfermagem. Curitiba: Ed. Maio; 2004. p. 59-73.

Legal documents (adapted)

Brasil. Lei n. 7.498, de 25 de junho de 1986. Dispõe sobre a regulamentação do exercício da Enfermagem e dá outras providências. Diário Oficial da União, Brasília, 26 jun. 1986. Seção 1, p. 1.

São Paulo (Estado). Lei n. 10.241, de 17 de março de 1999. Dispõe sobre os direitos dos usuários dos serviços e das ações de saúde no Estado e dá outras providências. Diário Oficial do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, 18 mar. 1999. Seção 1, p. 1.

Brasil. Constituição, 1988. Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil. Brasília: Senado; 1988.

Electronic documents

Articles from journal

Costa FA, Silva DLA, Rocha VM. The neurological state and cognition of patients after a stroke. Rev Esc Enferm USP [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2011 Nov 28];45(5):1083-8. Available from:

Full book

Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS. Harrison’s online [Internet]. 16th ed. Columbus (OH): McGraw-Hill; c2006 [cited 2006 Nov 20]. Available from:

Institution as author
World Health Organization. State of inequality: childhood immunization [Internet]. Geneva: WHO; 2016 [cited 2018 Apr 17]. Available from:

Legal documents (adapted)

Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. Portaria n. 204, de 27 de janeiro de 2007. Regulamenta o financiamento e a transferência dos recursos federais para as ações e os serviços de saúde, na forma de blocos de financiamento, com o respectivo monitoramento e controle [Internet]. Brasília; 2007 [citado 2009 mar. 25]. Disponível em:

Preprints without DOI

Alvarez R. Near optimal neural network estimator for spectral x-ray photon counting data with pileup. arXiv:1702.01006v1 [Preprint]. 2017 [cited 2017 Feb 9]: [11 p.]. Available from:

Preprints with DOI

Tomasi YT, Saraiva SS, Boing AC, Delziovo CR, Wagner KJP, Boing AF. From prenatal care to childbirth: a cross-sectional study on the influence of the companion on good obstetric practices in the Unified Health System in Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2019 [Preprint]. 2020 [posted 2020 Nov 10; cited 2020 Nov 13]. doi:

Available from:
Kording KP, Mensh B. Ten simple rules for structuring papers. BioRxiv [Preprint]. 2016 bioRxiv 088278 [posted 2016 Nov 28; revised 2016 Dec 14; revised 2016 Dec 15; cited 2017 Feb 9]: [12 p.]. Available from: doi:

Research data without DOI

Valera, FCP. Dados clínicos, demográficos e laboratoriais dos pacientes seguidos com papilomatose respiratória [dataset on the internet]. São Paulo: Repositório USP;2020 jul. 06 [citado 2020 nov.  13]. Disponível em:

Research data with DOI

Kraemer MUG, Sinka ME, Duda KA, Mylne A, Shearer FM, Brady OJ, et al. The global compendium of Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus occurrence [dataset]. 2015 Jun 30 [cited 2015 Oct 23]. In: Dryad Digital Repository [Internet]. Durham (NC): Dryad. 2008 Jan - . 3 files: 3.406 MB; 1.549 MB; 1.815 MB. Available from: Referenced in doi: 10.7554/eLife.08347 

For other examples, we recommend consulting the document “Samples of Formatted References for Authors of Journal Articles” (

Grey literature: One should avoid citing documents not indexed or difficult to access by the scientific community (except the indispensable ones), which are considered grey literature. It is classified as such official documents, books, theses, guidelines, legislation, norms, proceedings or event annals, etc.

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