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Scope and Policy

Cadernos Saúde Coletiva (CSC) publish unedited studies considered as being relevant for the Collective Health field.

Conflict of interests: All of the authors of the manuscript must declare situations that may influence the development or the conclusions of the work in an improper manner. These situations can be financial, political, academic or commercial.

Ethical issues: All articles resulting from research involving human beings are conditioned to the fulfillment of the ethical principles from the Helskinki Declaration (1964, restructured in 1975, 1983, 1989, 1996 and 2000), from the World Medical Association.

The article must contain the number of the process and the name of the Ethics Committee to which it was submitted. When necessary, it must inform that the subjects of the research signed the informed consent form. The Editorial Board of CSC might request information on the ethical procedures used in the study, if necessary.

Authorship: All of the authors of the manuscript must meet the authorship criteria from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: (1) I have contributed substantially with the conception and planning, or analysis and interpretation of data; (2) I have contributed significantly with the elaboration of the draft or the critical review of the content; and (3) I have participated in the approval of the final version of the manuscript.

The contribution of each author must be detailed in the document of responsibility for authorship.

Judgment process: The submitted articles which meet the instructions to collaborators and are in accordance with the editorial policy of the journal will be forwarded for evaluation.

Pre-analysis: The first analysis is conducted by the Associated Editors based on originality, pertinence, academic quality and relevance of the manuscript for public health.

Peer evaluation: the articles selected at the pre-analysis are evaluated by experts on the approached theme.

Anonymity is ensured during the whole judgment process.

The journal adopts free softwares to identify plagiarism.


Format and preparation of manuscripts

Studies in Portuguese, Spanish and English will be accepted. The title page must contain the title of the work, position and professional connection of each author, as well as address, telephone number and e-mail of the main author.

The article should contain the title in Portuguese, title in English, resumo and abstract, with palavras-chave and keywords. Information in the title page should not be in the article. It is suggested that the article be divided into sub-items. The articles will be submitted to at least two reviewers, members of the Scientific Council of the publication, or ad hoc reviewers. The editorial board of CSC will send a response letter informing the acceptance or not of the article.

The approval implies the immediate cession of copyrights for the publication in this journal, which will hold exclusivity to publish the unpublished text. The author will still possess the copyright for publication afterwards.

Formatting: Papers should be formatted in A4, double space, Arial 12, with the following margins: 3.0 cm left, 2.0 cm up, and 2.5 cm down. The title must be in bold; foreign words, and whatever should stand out, in italic; literal quotes, with less than 3 lines, must appear inside quotation marks within the text; longer literal quotes must appear in another paragraph, with 3 cm indentation to the left, with simple space. All quotes must be followed by their references. All pages must be numbered.

Illustrations: the number of charts, tables and/or figures (graphs, maps etc.) must be low (at most, 5 per article, with some exceptions, which must be justified in a file attached to the title page).

Tables: They should be separated from the text, consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals, with the same order with which they were mentioned in the text. Each should have a short title, without the use of internal horizontal or vertical lines. Explanatory notes must be placed at the footnote of the tables, and not in the title or heading.

Figures: Photographs, drawings, graphs, maps etc. must be cited as figures. They should be consecutively number with Arabic numerals, with the same order with which they were mentioned in the text. Captions should be presented at the end of the figure; illustrations should be clear enough to be reproduced, with minimal resolution of 300 dpi.

Equations must be centered and sequentially numbered, with numbers in parentheses, adjusted to the right.

Abstract: all articles submitted in Portuguese or Spanish should contain an abstract in its original language (from 100 to 200 words) and its version in English. The abstract must concisely present the core subject of the research, the used methods, the results and the response to the core theme of the paper. It should also contain at least 3 and at most 5 keywords, translated into each language (keywords, palavras-chave), preferentially using Descritores para as Ciências da Saúde, DeCS (obtained in

Acknowledgements: To those who gave some assistance to the paper, but who do not fulfill the authorship criteria, such as institutions that supported the study, as long as they give an expressed permission for that (document of responsibility for the acknowledgements).

Papers will be accepted for the following sections:

Original articles: articles resulting from empirical, experimental or conceptual research, or theoretical essays; maximum of 4,000 words.

Review: systematic review on a specific subject; maximum of 4,000 words.

Debate: theoretical article followed by opinions from authors of different institutions, to be invited by the editor; maximum of 6,000 words.

Notes: report of preliminary or partial results of studies in progress; maximum of 1,200 words.

Opinions: opinions on themes related to Collective Health, of responsibility of the authors, which do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editors; maximum of 1,800 words.

Letters: these must be short, critical to the articles published in previous issues; maximum of 1,200 words.

Clinical trials

Articles that present results of clinical trials must be followed by the registration number of the trial. This demand is in accordance with the guidelines by BIREME/OPAS/OMS concerning the registration of clinical trials to be published according to the guidelines by the World Health Organization – WHO, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( and the Worksjop ICTPR.

The institutions that register clinical trials according to the guidelines by ICMJE are:

  • Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR)
  • International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN)
  • Netherlands Trial Register (NTR)
  • UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (UMIN-CTR)
  • WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

The standard adopted for the preparation of references is Vancouver.


Sending manuscripts

The authors should be registered in the system of the publication to submit originals, which should be sent online. The electronic address is: In this address, it is possible to register in the system, as well as verify the general guidelines for submission, such as: types of accepted manuscripts, formatting.

There are no fees for submission and evaluation of articles.


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