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Scope and Policy

Editorial Policy

The journal Saúde e Sociedade disseminates the critical and reflective scientific output related to the Public/Collective Health field. It also aims to publicize new approaches. It hosts the technical output which brings forth the results of relevant pieces in institutions dealing with Public/Collective Health, which embody a relevant contribution for the progress of the debate on challenging health topics. Articles prioritizing the interface between health and social and human sciences are particularly appreciated.

Areas of interest

Since its creation, Saúde e Sociedade has published works from different fields of expertise related to or concerned with Public/Collective Health. It aims to encompass the output from different branches of the human and social sciences, incorporating both the scientific and theoretical production and that related to proposals for intervention and institutional practices.

Types of articles

All types of manuscripts must rigorously follow the rules of presentation available in the section "Preparation of Manuscripts", as well as the section "Ethics in scientific publication and plagiarism policy".

Saúde e Sociedade publishes original material of research and knowledge update, in the form of:

a) Articles - analytical texts resulting from original theoretical or empirical research, related to topics of interest to the journal (up to 6000 words);

b) Essays - texts based on theoretical, methodological or thematic discussions, eliciting innovative aspects or discussing issues at stake in the range of interest of the journal (up to 7000 words);

c) Experience reports - in the areas of research, education and health services provision (up to 6000 words);

d) Comments: short texts responding to previously published material in the journal, offering complementary information, contributions or respectful and constructive criticism, in order to foster the academic and technical debate of the field output -- by indicating the type of material on the Scholar System, please identify it as Letter to the Editor (up to 1000 words); and

e) Interviews - testimonies of personalities or experts of the field aiming both the restoration of Public/Collective Health history and the update of topics of interest to the journal (up to 6000 words).

The Journal publishes both spontaneous contributions fitting its editorial policy and experts’ articles written by request. At the invitation of editors, Saúde e Sociedade may thus publish:
- Dossiers - essay-like or analytical texts resulting from original studies or research on a topic indicated by editors and at their request;
Editorials - thematic texts under the editors or invited researchers' responsibility (up to 2000 words);
- Short comments, news or reviews of published books of interest to the field, at the request of the editorial board; 
Annals - of congresses or other scientific events pertaining to the journal editorial guidelines, at the request of editors.

Peer review procedure

The selection of articles for publication assesses the scientific merit and their compliance to the editorial norms adopted by the journal. All text sent for publication is submitted to  pre-assessment of the Editorial Board. Once approved, it is forwarded for peer review (at least two ad hoc referees). Both the identity of authors as well as referees shall be kept confidential. The material is then returned to authors if the reviewers suggest changes and/or corrections. In the case of divergent reviews, the text is forwarded to a third referee for arbitration. The final decision about the merit is under the Editorial Board's responsibility (editors, associate editors and ad hoc associate editors).

The texts are the responsibility of the authors, and do not necessarily correspond to that of editors or the journal Editorial Board. 

On the originality of material

The contents of the articles submitted for publication must not have been previously published or simultaneously submitted to any other journal. The articles already published in Saúde e Sociedade to be reproduced by other publications, even partially, must get written approval from editors, stating the fact it has been previously published in Saúde e Sociedade, its volume, number and year of publication.

Ethics in scientific publishing and plagiarism policy

The detection of plagiarism implies the immediate exclusion of the assessment system.

Saúde e Sociedade takes the practice guidelines and the plagiarism policy elaborated by the Committee on Publications Ethics -- COPE ( as a reference and, from 2019 onwards, will adopt specific softwares to measure textual or content similarity between the material submitted to assessment/publication and other publications, including those of the authors.

The intellectual output disseminated by the journal must be authorial and original. The editorial board will ascertain inadequate practices for scientific purposes, according to the aforementioned principles, without prejudice to the critical academic production and the expression of freedom of thought.

The Journal emphatically refutes all forms of plagiarism or any attempt of misappropriation of others' intellectual work, including self-plagiarism based on the demands of academic productivism, which is incompatible with the responsible knowledge sharing. The originality of pieces submitted to assessment/publication is considered both with regards to the authorial sources of the developed and/or referred contents and to the formal aspects of writing.

Upon submitting the texts, we request the authors to ponder about the actual need to include the name of co-authors in manuscripts, including the cases of participation of academic research supervisors and coordinators. There must be a particular caution regarding works derived from Master's, PhD's and post-doc research, so that the authors do not commit self-plagiarism. Even in the cases of manuscripts inspired by or derived from stricto sensu research, it is important that the sources of contents, while preserving the identity of authors during the assessment process, are duly referred to and the text is effectively original.


In case the text results from research funded by public or private entities, this information must be mandatorily provided in the final version of publication, but not in the submitted manuscript.

On Authorship

People designated as authors must have participated in the preparation of the papers, so that they may take public responsibility for its contents. To be qualify as author, they must have taken part in the conception, design, analisys or interpretation of data, or must have written the paper or participated of its critical review and approval of the version to be published.

At the end of the article, the individual contributions of each author for the paper must be specified.

In the file of the manuscript, the authors and their contribution must be left out, for the proper blind peer review. 

Form and preparation of manuscripts


A4 paper, 2.5 cm margins, 1.5 space, font Times New Roman 12.

The maximum number of words, including figures and bibliographical references, varies according to the type of article (see item Type of Articles).


Title: Up to 50 words. Concise and informative. In the original language and in English.

Author(s) name(s): everyone must inform her/his institutional affiliation (in descending order, for instance: University, College, and Department) and e-mail. The author responsible for correspondence must also inform her/his full address (street, city, ZIP code, state, country).

Data related to authorship, information on authors and funding must come apart from the article, in a file not submitted to blind review (supplemental file NOT for review).

Abstract: it should reflect the fundamental aspects of the piece, in up to 200 words including goals, methods and results. The abstract should precede the text and be in the language of the text and in English.

Keywords: up to 5, in the language of the text and in English, presented after the abstract. The authors should consult DeCS (Descritores em Ciências da Saúde) and/or Sociological Abstracts.

Graphs and tables: Graphs and tables should be presented in the original program (for example, Excel: in .xls), properly identified, in shades of grey, in files apart from text. Figures, tables and images must be inserted as files apart from text.

Images: Images (figures and photos) should be in high resolution (300 dpi), in JPG or TIF, at least 8 cm wide, in shades of grey, in files apart from text.

Images that may identify the authors should not be in the original text. They may also be included in files apart from text.

Citations in the text: They must follow the ABNT standard.


Thirty references at the most are admitted per article, except for literature review. The authors are responsible for accuracy of the references cited in the text. They must comply with ABNT NBR 6023 [Brazilian Association of Technical Standards], be presented at the end of the work in alphabetical order by the last name of the first author. See some examples below:


FORTES, P. A. de C.; RIBEIRO, H. (Org.). Saúde global. São Paulo: Manole, 2014.

Book Chapter

GOTLIEB, S. L. D.; LAURENTI, R.; MELLO JORGE, M. H. P. Crianças, adolescentes e jovens do Brasil no fim do século XX. In: WESTPHAL, M. F. Violência e criança. São Paulo: EDUSP, 2002. p. 45-72.

Journal Article

BASTOS, W. et al. Epidemia de fitnessSaúde e Sociedade, São Paulo, v. 22, n. 2, p. 485-496, 2013.


SANTOS, A. L. D. dos. Histórias de jovens que vivenciaram a maternidade na adolescência menor: uma reflexão sobre as condições de vulnerabilidade. 2006. Tese (Doutorado em Saúde Materno-Infantil)-Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2006.

Electronic Documents

WHO GLOBAL MALARIA PROGRAMME. World malaria report: 2010.
Geneva: WHO, 2010. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 7 mar. 2011.

Legislation (Law, Ordinance etc.)

- Print version

BRASIL. Lei nº 9887, de 7 de dezembro de 1999. Altera a legislação tributária federal. Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília, DF, 8 dez. 1996. Seção 1, p. 13.

- Electronic version

BRASIL. Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego. Portaria nº 485, de 11 de novembro de 2005. Aprova a Norma Regulamentadora nº 32 (Segurança e Saúde no Trabalho em Estabelecimentos de Saúde). Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília, DF, 16 nov. 2005. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 17 jan. 2007.

Newspaper article

CUPANI, G. População sedentária preocupa médicos reunidos em simpósio. Folha de S. Paulo, São Paulo, 15 out. 2010. Equilíbrio e Saúde, p. 14.

Papers presented at events (Congresses, Symposia, etc.)

- Print version

COUTO, M. T.; SOTT, R. P. Ética, diversidade e saúde reprodutiva. In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE CIÊNCIAS SOCIAS EM SAÚDE, 2., 1999, São Paulo. Livro de resumos... São Paulo: Abrasco: Unifesp, 1999, p. 100.

- Electronic version

CARVALHO, C. A. Religião e aids: segredos e silêncios. In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE PREVENÇÃO EM DST/AIDS, 4., 2001, Cuiabá. Anais... Brasília, DF: Ministério da Saúde, 2001, p. 71-72. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 18 ago.2006.

Open Access

Saúde e Sociedade uses the Open Access publishing model, so its content is free to read and download, favoring the dissemination of knowledge.


Saúde e Sociedade does not charge submission fees, review or publication of articles.

The translation of an accepted article into a second language (not that of the submission) may be considered or even suggested by the editorial board. The interested authors must bear the costs of such translation.


Material submission 

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