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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).Once the articles are submitted to the evaluation process, at no time they may be submitted to other journals.
  • Book reviews should examine recent literature, being the publication no longer than two years old.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The journal do not charge fees to the author for publishing their paper.

Author Guidelines

Preparing Your Paper


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract (between 150 and 200 words); keywords (4 to 6 keywords, alphabetically ordered); main text introduction; materials and methods, results, discussion; conclusion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references.

Word Limits

A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 6000 words, inclusive of endnotes and references.

Book reviews should be no more than 2,000 words.

Style Guidelines 

Please refer to these guidelines when preparing your paper, rather than any published articles or a sample copy.

This journal publishes articles in Portuguese and English. All articles written in Portuguese should comply with the rules relating to the 2009 Portuguese orthographic agreement.

Any spelling style is acceptable so long as it is consistent within the manuscript.

Please use single quotation marks, except where a quotation is “within” a quotation. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

Citations from third-party sources must comply with current copyright laws following Ethical Standards.

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer review for submission to this journal, at no time may the author in the main text identify himself or provide any information that allows his identification, under penalty of being excluded from the process.


Endnotes should be avoided.

Block Quotations

Quotations of 40 words or more shall be structured as block quotes, without quotation marks and with (author, year, p. X) at the end. 

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures must be numbered (Arabic numerals) and an explanatory title must be added. 

Tables and figures should be inserted in editable format, within the text at the appropriate points.


Please follow the APA style 6th edition, when preparing your paper.  

APA style requires both in‐text citations (Author, Year) and a final references list, so for every in‐text citation there must be a full citation in the reference list, and vice versa.

In-text citations must list the author’s last name, date of publication, and page number(s) when applicable (Author1, Year, p. 6; Author2, Year, pp. 31-35; Author3, Year, pp. 5, 7, 18-20)

See the following examples for further details on references:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of the article in sentence case. Journal in Title Case, volume(issue), first page-last page.

Author, A. A. (year). Title of the book in sentence case. Location: Publisher.

Author, A. A. (year). Title of the chapter in sentence case. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book in sentence case (pp. first page-last page). Location: Publisher.

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of thesis in sentence case (Type of thesis/dissertation). Faculty, University, Location.

Author, A. A. (year). Title of the webpage. Website. Retrieved from


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