About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Categories of articles

Original Articles

Original articles include observational studies, experimental or quasi-experimental studies, program evaluation, cost-effectiveness analyses, decision making analyses and evaluation studies of diagnostic screening tests. All articles should have clear objectives and hypotheses, study design and methods, results, discussion and conclusions.

They also include theoretical essays (critical reviews and presentation of major theoretical knowledge) and articles for presentation and discussion of methodological issues and approaches to public health research. In this case, their contents should be divided into topics for guiding readers through essential elements of the subject of interest.

Before submitting a manuscript, authors should use the applicable checklist:

  • CONSORT checklist and flow chart for controlled randomized trials
  • QUOROM checklist and flow chart for systematic reviews
  • MOOSE checklist and flow chart for meta-analyses
  • STARD checklist and flow chart for diagnostic accuracy studies
  • STROBE for observational studies

Additional information:

  • Articles should have a maximum of 3,500 words, excluding abstracts, tables, figures and references.
  • Tables and figures, limited to a maximum of 5, should include only essential information. Figures should not display the same information as in Tables.
  • References, limited to a maximum of 25, should include only those strictly applicable and relevant to the subject of interest. An excess number of references in one citation should be avoided. Citation to unpublished documents or not indexed in the scientific literature (theses, reports and others) should be avoided. When they cannot be replaced, they cannot be included in the references list and should be specified in page footnotes.

Abstracts should have a structured presentation, limited to a maximum of 300 words, including Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions. The same does not apply to theoretical essays and articles about methods and approaches applied to research studies whose narrative abstracts should be limited to 150 words.

Original research articles should have the following conventional structure: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. But other formats may be accepted. Introduction should be brief, define the subject studied, summarize its relevance and highlight the gaps in the knowledge that will be addressed in the article. Methods should include a comprehensive and thorough but concise description of study population, sources of information, sampling and selection criteria, and analytical procedures, among others. Results should include only the results found without any interpretations or comparisons. The text content should add to, but not repeat, what is presented in tables and figures. Discussion should include authors' appreciation on the study limitations, confrontation of the results to other studies, authors' interpretation of outcomes and their main implications, and eventual suggestion of new lines of research. Qualitative research studies can combine Results and Discussion, or even have them named differently but following the accepted structuring of scientific articles.

Brief communications - They include brief reports of findings relevant to public health, but do not contain comprehensive analysis and robust discussion.

Additional information:

  • They should have a maximum of 1,500 words (excluding abstracts, tables, figures and references), one table or figure and no more than 5 references.
  • Its format follows the same guidelines of original articles, except for the abstract, which is non-structured and should have a maximum of 100 words.


Systematic review and meta-analysis - By summarizing results of original, quantitative or qualitative studies, these articles intend to answer to a specific question relevant to public health. They detail the search of original studies, selection criteria for studies included in the review and the summary of results obtained from the studies reviewed (which may be or not meta-analysis approaches).

Narrative review/critical review - A narrative or critical review has a descriptive-discursive content focusing on comprehensive presentation and discussion of scientific issues in public health. They should include a clear presentation of the scientific object of interest, logic argumentation, theoretical-methodological review of studies and a conclusion summary. They should be produced by experts in the area of interest or renowned specialists.

Additional information:

  • They should have a maximum of 4,000 words.
  • The abstract should have a narrative format with a maximum of 150 words. Or either a structured format, with no more than 300 words.
  • There is no limited number of references.


Their purpose is to instigate the consideration, stimulate discussion and "fuel" controversies about major public health issues. The text content should be divided into topics or subtopics and Introduction should present the subject and its relevance. References should support the main issues addressed in the article.

Additional information:

  • They should have a maximum of 2,000 words, excluding abstracts, tables, figures and references
  • Abstract should have a narrative format, up to a maximum of 150 words.
  • References should not be over 25.

Letter to the Editor, limited to a maximum of 600 words and 5 references, are also published.

Publication Frequency


Information services

Articles published in Revista de Saúde Pública are indexed or abstracted in the following databases:


  • CAB-Abstracts
  • CAB-Health
  • Health Plan
  • Human Nutrition
  • Life Science Collection
  • Medline
  • PubMed
  • Popline
  • Web of Sciences (ISI)
  • Wildlife Worldwide (NISC)

Latin American

  • Lilacs

The journal is also indexed in the following printed bibliographies:

  • Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases
  • Abstracts on Zooparasitology
  • Biological Abstracts
  • Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Science
  • Entomology Abstracts
  • Excerpta Medica
  • Index Medicus
  • Microbiology Abstracts
  • Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews - Series B
  • Review Medical Veterinary Entomology
  • Safety Science Abstracts Journal
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Tropical Diseases Bulletin
  • Veterinary Bulletin
  • Virology Abstracts


Copyright by Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo.

Any reproduction of material, even partial, is forbidden without the authorization of the Scientific editor. The use of any material for commercial ends is also prohibited.


The publication of the journal is financed with resources of the following institutions:

  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)

  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)

  • Secretaria da Saúde do Governo do Estado de São Paulo

  • Universidade de São Paulo. Agência USP de Gestão da Informação Acadêmica (AGUIA)

Journal History

Organ of the Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo, the Revista de Saúde Pública publishes results of original researches, reviews, comments and scientific notes.

The journal is specialized in the several interdisciplinary areas of the public health, with emphasis in epidemiology, and published bimonthly since 1967 in February, April, June, August, October and December.

Some articles have online English version since August 2003.