Inaugurated in 1967 by the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, Revista de Saúde Pública celebrates, in 2016, 50 years of uninterrupted publication dedicated to the field of Public Health. During this time, the journal has grown, improved, and been modernized, reaffirming its commitment to the health of the Brazilian population. It became a reference in Public Health, being nationally and internationally recognized.
The origins of Revista de Saúde Pública were the Boletins do Instituto de Higiene de São Paulo, published during 27 years, between 1919 and 1946. After them followed the publication of Arquivos da Faculdade de Higiene e Saúde Pública, from 1947 to 1966, totaling 100 years of editorial scientific activity in the field, consolidating the vocation of this School in the dissemination of studies and research in Public Health.
The main change in relation to Arquivos was the decision to publish original scientific contributions open to any researcher in the field of Public Health and not just to those associated with the School. In addition, the evaluation process of the manuscripts by external peers was also created.
The proposal of creation of the RSP came from a group of professors of FSP, formed by Armando Piovesan, Elza Salvatori Berquó, Flavio Wagner Rodrigues, Oswaldo Paulo Forattini, Paulo Nogami, Reinaldo Ramos, Walter Belda, and Odair Pacheco Pedroso. The proposal was approved by the director of FSP at the time, Rodolfo dos Santos Mascarenhas. From this group, Oswaldo Paulo Forattini worked as the editor responsible for changes and modernizations of the journal during 38 consecutive years (1967-2005). In his honor, nowadays RSP includes him as its Honorary Editor. In 2006, Prof. Carlos Augusto Monteiro became the editor.
The modernization of the journal had a great advancement with its inclusion, in 1997, in the SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) collection. This meant making all its contents free and with universal access, via Internet, and also implied big editorial and editorial management changes. Revista de Saúde Pública is a founding member of SciELO Public Health.
Currently, the journal is published in Portuguese and English and it is indexed in the main bibliographic bases such as PubMed Central (PMC), PubMed/Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, and Lilacs, among others. It manages its manuscripts using the ScholarOne system (Thomson Reuters/SciELO). From 1967 to 2015, more than 4,000 articles were published – all available at the SciELO online platform.
More recently, Revista de Saúde Pública adopted the use of social media as effective tool for spreading scientific knowledge. The journal created, in 2015, a profile on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn adopting a simpler and more direct approach to the understanding of the general public, hoping, thus, to increase the impact of the Public Health science on the everyday life of the population.
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Manuscripts are accepted in the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English.
The manuscript of an original research should follow the structure known as IMRD: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (Text Structure). Manuscripts based on qualitative research may have other formats, assimilating Results and Discussion in a single section and Final Remarks/Conclusions. Other categories of manuscripts (reviews, commentaries etc.) follow appropriate specific text formats.
Studies should be presented so that any interested researcher may be able to reproduce the results. Therefore, we encourage the use of the following recommendations, according to the category of the submitted manuscript:
Details of the items required for submission of the manuscript are described according to the article category.
a) Original Articles
Include observational studies, experimental or quasi-experimental studies, programs evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, decision analysis and studies on evaluation of diagnostic tests performance for population screening. Each article should contain clear objectives and hypotheses, design and methods used, results, discussion and conclusions.
Also include theoretical essays (critical and formulation of relevant theoretical knowledge) and articles dedicated to the presentation and discussion of methodological aspects and techniques used in public health research. In this case, the text should be divided into topics to guide the reader, regarding the essential elements of the argument being developed.
Measuring instruments in population surveys
Manuscripts dealing with measuring instruments may include aspects of the development, evaluation and cross-cultural adaptation for use in population studies, excluding those of clinical application, which do not fall within the scope of RSP.
To the manuscripts exploring measuring instruments, we recommend the presentation of a detailed assessment of the construct being evaluated, including possible intensity gradient and sub-dimensions. The development of a new instrument should be supported by the existing literature, explicitly identifying the failure of previous proposals and justifying the need for a new instrument.
The proposal, selection and preparation of the items should be detailed, as well as the employment of strategies to adapt them to the construct, including the use of qualitative research techniques (in-depth interviews, focus groups etc.), meetings with expert panels, among others. The route taken in defining the way items are measured and pre-tests conducted with its preliminary settings, should be described in the text. The evaluation of face, content, criterion, construct and/or dimensional validity should be presented in detail.
Instrument reliability analysis should also be presented and discussed, including internal consistency measures, test-retest reliability and/or inter-observer agreement. Authors should explain the selection process of the final instrument and place it in a critical and comparative perspective with other instruments used to measure the same construct or similar constructs.
Manuscripts on cross-cultural adaptation of measuring instruments, should meet, in general, all the recommendations mentioned above, and should also clarify the guiding theoretical model used in the process. Authors should also justify the choice of an instrument for adaptation to a specific sociocultural context, based on thorough literature review. Finally, authors should explicitly state which steps of the theoretical model were used, and how they were employed, for the adaptation of the work submitted for publication.
Note: The measurement instrument should be included as an annex of the submitted articles.
During the preparation of the manuscript, in addition to the recommendations mentioned above, please check the following formatting instructions.
b) Brief communications
The presentation should follow the same guidelines required for all original articles.
c) Review articles
Systematic review and meta-analysis – By summarizing results of original studies, quantitative or qualitative, it seeks to answer the specific question of relevance to public health. It describes in detail the search process of the original studies, the criteria used to select those that were included in the review and the procedures used in the synthesis of the results obtained through the studies reviewed. Check:
Narrative/critical review – The narrative or critical review has a descriptive-discursive character, dedicated to the comprehensive presentation and discussion of scientific issues in the field of Public Health. Should clearly formulate a scientific object of interest, logical reasoning, theoretical and methodological review of the studies consulted and a concluding summary. It should be elaborated by researchers with experience in the field concerned or by experts of recognized competence.
Aim to stimulate discussion, introduce the debate and “fuel” controversies about relevant aspects of public health. The text should be divided into topics or subtopics and the Introduction should include the subject and its importance. Cited references should support the main issues addressed in the article.
We also publish Letters to the Editor with up to 600 words and 5 references.
Data for Manuscript Identification
The concept of authorship is based on the substantial contribution of each of the people listed as authors, especially regarding the design of the research project, analysis and interpretation of data, writing and critical review. The contribution of each author should be made clear in a statement for this specific purpose. The inclusion of authors whose contribution does not meet the above criteria are not justified.
Author’s identification data (registration)
Name and surname: The author should follow the format in which he/she has already been indexed in the databases.
Correspondence: It must contain the name and address of the author responsible for correspondence.
Institution: Up to three institutional affiliation hierarchies may be included (e.g. department, college, university).
Coauthors: Identify the coauthors of the manuscript by name, surname and institution, following the order of authorship.
Research funding: If the research was subsidized, the type of aid, the name of the funding agency and the process number should be indicated.
Prior Presentation: If the research has already been presented at a scientific meeting, indicate the event name, place and year of completion.
Conflict of Interests
When based on a thesis or dissertation, indicate the author's name, title, year, name of the graduate program and the institution where it was presented.
The public confidence in the peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend, in part, on how conflicts of interest are managed during the writing, peer review and decision-making by the editors.
Conflicts of interest may arise when authors, reviewers and editors have interests that, clear or not, may influence the development or the evaluation of the manuscripts. Conflict of interest can be personal, commercial, political, academic or financial in nature.
When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial conflicts or others, which may have influenced their work. Authors must acknowledge all financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections linked to the research. The reporter should disclose to the editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and, when appropriate, should declare himself/herself unqualified to review it.
If the authors are not certain what may constitute a potential conflict of interest, they should contact the editorial office.
Statements and Documents
In accordance with the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, some documents and statements are requested from the author(s) for the evaluation of the manuscript. Observe the list of documents below and, when applicable, attach the document to the process. The moment when these documents will be requested varies:
a) Presentation letter
The letter should be signed by all the authors and should contain:
b) Responsibility Statement
According to the authorship criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, authors should meet all the following conditions: (1) have significantly contributed to the conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; (2) have significantly contributed to the elaboration of the draft or critical review of the content; and (3) have been involved in the approval of the final version of the manuscript.
In case of a large or multi-centered group having developed the work, the group should identify the individuals who accepted direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fulfill the criteria for authorship defined above and editors will ask them to submit the statements required in the submission of manuscripts. The corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation for the group name and identify its members. Usually, names will be listed at the end of the article.
Acquisition of funding, data collection, or general supervision of the research group, alone, do not justify authorship.
All those listed as authors must sign a responsibility statement.
Should include the names of those who, though not fulfilling the requirements for authorship, provided collaboration to the work. The reason for the acknowledgement should be cited, for instance, scientific advice, critical review of the manuscript, data collection etc. Those mentioned should have allowed the inclusion of their names and the author must attach the Responsibility Statement for the Acknowledgments. This part may also include any logistical support from institutions.
d) Copyright Transfer
All authors should read, sign and send this document, transferring their copyrights. The article will only be released for publication when the document is in the possession of RSP.
Models of Statements
a) PRESENTATION LETTER
City, Month Day, Year.
Dear Mr. Editor, Revista de Saúde Pública
We submit to your appreciation the work “____________[title]_____________”, which is within the purview of the areas of interest of RSP. The journal was chosen due to the [insert the justifications of the journal’s choice for the publication of the manuscript].
Author 1 participated on the conception, planning, analysis, interpretation and writing of the work; and, author 2 participated on the interpretation and writing of the work. Both authors approve the final submitted version.
The work is being submitted exclusively to RSP. The authors disclose no conflict of interest regarding this work. (If there is conflict, specify).
b) RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT
I, (complete name), certify that I have participated as an author in the manuscript entitled (title) according to the following terms:
“I guarantee that I have sufficiently participated of the work, thus making public my responsibility with its content.”
“I guarantee that the manuscript represents an original work and that neither this manuscript, partly or fully, or any other work with substantially similar content, of my authorship, was published or is being considered for publication in another journal, be it in the printed or the electronic format, except for the described in the attachment.”
“I attest that, if requested, I will provide or fully cooperate in obtaining and providing data on which the manuscript is based, for the editors’ examination.”
c) STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I, (complete name of the author responsible for the submission), author of the manuscript entitled (complete title of the article):
d) COPYRIGHT TRANSFER STATEMENT
I agree that the copyright related to the unpublished study [TITLE], approved for publication in the Revista de Saúde Pública, will be the exclusive property of the Faculdade de Saúde Pública, and it can be reproduced, in whole or in part, by any other means of disclosure, either printed or electronic, provided that the source is cited, giving due credit to the Revista de Saúde Pública.
Preparation of the Manuscript
Title in the original language of the manuscript and in its English version
Figures and Tables
Introduction – Should be short, describing the context and the justification of the study, supported by references relevant to the objective of the manuscript, which must be made clear at the end of this part. No results or conclusions of the study being presented should be mentioned.
Methods – The procedures adopted should be clearly described; as well as the variables analyzed, with its respective definitions when necessary and the hypothesis to be tested. Descriptions should include population and the sample, measuring instruments, with the presentation, if possible, of the validity measures; and contain information on the collection and processing of the data. Due reference to the methods and techniques employed, including statistical methods should be included; new or substantially modified methods should be described, explaining the reasons for their use and citing their limitations. The research ethical criteria must be met. The authors should state that the research was conducted within the ethical standards and approved by the ethics committee.
Results – Should be presented in a logical sequence, starting with the description of the most important data. Tables and figures should be restricted to those necessary for argument and description of the data in the text should be restricted to the most important. Graphs should be used to highlight the most relevant results and summarize complex relationships. Data in graphs and tables should not be duplicated or repeated in the text. Numerical results should specify the statistical methods used in the analysis. Extra or additional material and technical details may be disclosed in the electronic version of the article.
Discussion - From the data obtained and the results achieved, new and important aspects observed should be interpreted in the light of the scientific literature and existing theories in the field. Arguments and evidence based on personal communication or disclosed in restricted documents cannot serve to support the author's arguments. Both the limitations of the work and its implications for future research should be clarified. Include only assumptions and generalizations based on work data. The results should bring up the rear of this part, reiterating the article’s objective.
Listing – References should be standardized according to the Vancouver style - Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication, organized in order of citation. The titles of the journals should be referred to in their abbreviated format, according to PubMed, and italicized. In cases of publications with up to six authors, cite them all; above six, cite the first six, followed by the Latin expression “et al”. References by the same author should be arranged in ascending chronological order. Whenever possible, include the aforementioned documented DOI in accordance with the following examples.
For a readable table, the maximum number of columns is 10, depending on the amount of the contents of each cell. Notes in tables should be indicated by letters and be underlined.
Illustrations (photographs, drawings, graphs etc.) should be cited as Figures and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order they are mentioned in the text and presented after the tables. Should contain a title and caption displayed at the bottom of the figure. They will only be accepted for publication if sufficiently clear and with digital quality, preferably in the vector format. In the JPEG format, the minimum resolution is 300 dpi. Graphs presented with gridlines will not be accepted, and the elements (bars, circles) should not present volume (3-D). If there is a figure extracted from another work, previously published, authors must request permission in writing to reproduce it.
Checklist for submission
a) Review of the scientific writing
To be published, the approved manuscript is submitted for review of scientific writing, grammar and style. RSP reserves the right to make amendments, seeking perfect communication with the readers. The corresponding author will have access to all the modifications suggested until the very last proof submitted. Even the English version of the article will be available for review.
After its approval by the editors, the manuscript will be checked by a team, responsible for reviewing: scientific writing (clarity, brevity, objectivity and soundness), grammar and style.
The corresponding author will receive a proof, in text file (doc, docx or rtf) with the comments/changes made by the technical reading staff. The deadline for reviewing this proof is two days.
If there are still doubts in this proof, the editorial team will contact the author for a review, until a final version of the text can be reached. Then, the final text will undergo a grammar review. After this review, the author will receive a new proof, in the final form for publication. In this last review, only error corrections can be made, format adjustments will not be accepted. The deadline for the final review is of one day.
Articles submitted in Portuguese or Spanish will be translated into English. About a week after the author has finished proofreading the article, RSP will send the English version of the article for the author’s consideration. During this review, the author should pay attention to possible misinterpretations, vocabulary area and mainly content equivalence with the “approved original” version. The deadline for reviewing the English version is two days.
The Journal adopts a continued publishing system (rolling pass). Thus, the publication of the article becomes faster: it is not dependent on other articles to compose an issue, but the individual process of each article. Therefore, we request compliance with the deadlines.
Charge Per Article Published
Although journals receive subsidies from public institutions, these are not sufficient for their maintenance. Thus, charging a publication fee has become an alternative to ensure the necessary resources for the production of RSP.
University of São Paulo ensures basic resources, but they are not sufficient. So, we have to rely on additional resources, besides funding agencies.
RSP completed 50 years in 2016, and only in 2012 it has started charging publication fees, an imperative fact to ensure its continuity, especially allowing to evolve with more advanced technologies that also require higher quality and technological resources.
The amount charged is evaluated regularly. Therefore, for articles submitted from January 2017 onwards, the fee values will be BRL 2,200.00 (or the equivalent in US dollars) for original articles, reviews and comments, and BRL 1,500.00 (or the equivalent in US dollars) for brief communication.
The RSP will provide authors the required proof of payment for requesting reimbursement from their home institutions, graduate programs or support of research agencies.