Instructions to authors

The Journal of the Health Sciences Institute has as its purpose to contribute in the area of the health sciences, publishing original articles, reports of clinical cases, revision and divulgence. It is open to the scientific community’s collaborators in national and international wide.
These instructions are based on “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”* (the Vancouver style) elaborated by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

1. General Norms
1.1 The works sent for publication should be unpublished, not being allowed its presentation in another journal in printed or electronic format.
1.2 The works will be submitted to scientific referees chosen inside of the specialty and they will only be accepted after the opinion of the same ones, which can request modifications. The works no accepted by the Editorial Board will be returned to the authors.
1.3 The concepts emitted in the works are of the authors’ exclusive responsibility, not reflecting Editorial Board’s opinion.
1.4 To the Journal all are reserved of the copyrights of the published work, allowing, however, its subsequent reproduction as transcription and with the due citation of the source.
1.5 The reception date and acceptance of the original will consist, obligatorily, in the end of the same, when of its publication.
1.6 When reporting experiments accomplished in human or animals, the number of approval and the Committee of Ethics that analyzed the research, the author should sent the Certificate of Approval of the Committee of Ethics by electronic means in TIF format. The human beings cannot be identified unless they give the consent in writing.
1.7 Author’s name should be mentioned only in the title page. After manuscript approval, all of the authors must sign Declaration of Public Responsibility for the content and Copyright Transfer Form (they will be sent to corresponding author after the approval).
1.8 The eventual citation of commercial products and brands does not express the recommendation from the Journal for their use.

2. Manuscript submission
2.1 The manuscripts should be sent, by e-mail,, for evaluation by the Editorial Board. It will not be accepted works out of norms.
The manuscripts can be send in Portuguese or English for consultant’s of the área appreciation. Once accepted the work for analysis the answer of the Editorial Board will be by e-mail.
2.2 The e-mail must have the title: “Manuscript submission”.
2.3 Figures and illustrations must be sent in different files from the text, in the same e-mail. They must be in TIF format with 300 dpi resolution for images and 1200 dpi for grayscale line schemes.

3. Preparation of manuscript
3.1 The text should be prepared in A4 paper format, with 1,5 line space (Arial font, body 12). All of the pages should be numbered starting from the title page. Lateral margins with 3 cm and superior and inferior with 2,5 cm. The works should be typed in Microsoft Word. The manuscript should have aprox. 3000 words. The authors should maintain a copy of the material.
3.2 The title page should contain the information in the following order:
a. Title in English, complete and concise;
b. Running title, with maximum of 60 characters, included space;
c. Full name of the authors (in small letters), separated by comma;
d. The corresponding author's address, telephone and e-mail;
e. Indication of numbers of the authors’ institucional affiliations (only two), without abbreviations;
f. Sources of support, scholarship and equipments mentioning the name of the financing agency and the number of the process;
g. Declaration release of conflicts of interest.
h. Specific area of the article should be determined.
3.3 The abstracts in English, should be consist at page 2. The original articles should contain the abstract in a structured format, with the maximum of 250 words, with the following items in format of only one paragraph with headers in bold inside of the text. Objective – (objectives of the study based on fundamental references). Methods – (description of the object of the work such as, patient, animals, plants etc. and the used methodology). Results – (logical order without the author’s interpretation). Conclusions – (to link the conclusions to the objective of the study).
To give preference to the third person’s and impessoal form. For other categories of articles the format of the abstract should be the narrative with up to 250 words.
The descriptors identify the content of the paper. A maximum of five descriptors should be used. To indicate the descriptors in English consult “Medical Subject Headings” (MeSH). Other sources can be used such like “Descritores em Odontologia” (DeOdonto), “Index to Dental literature” and “International Nursing”.
In case they are not located descriptor to express the content can be suitable have consecrated.
3.4 The illustrations (drawings and pictures) are considered Figure and the legends should be presented in separate sheet after references section. The graphs are represented by the word Graph. Each type of illustration must be sequentially numbered in each group. The pictures should be in black and white. Colored pictures won't be published, unless in cases of absolute need and to criterion of the Editorial Board, possible being financed by the authors. The position of the illustrations must be indicated in the text.
a. Figures must be submitted as image digital files will in TIF format, in 10 x 15 cm minimum size and 300 dpi resolution.
b. Images inserted in text or presentation applications (Word, Power Point) will not be accepted.
c. Out of focus images will not be accepted.
3.5 The tables and charts are represented by the words Table or Chart, sequencialy numbered, in Arabic numerals, in the order that they appear in the text. Legends must be placed bellow tables and charts. For the tables use the “Normas de Apresentação Tabular” (IBGE). The tables are open at laterals, with horizontal lines of separation of the head and the end. The charts are closed. The explanatory notes should come in the footnote of the table.
The tables that were extracted of published works should have the author's permission in writing and it should be mentioned the origin source.
3.6 The names of medicaments and registered materials, as well as commercial products must be written out in full and not abbreviated; the text should contain only generic names, followed in parenthesis, by the name of manufacturer, the city and the country where it was manufactured, separated by commas.
3.7 For the abbreviations the standardized form should be used and, for units of measure, the legal units of the International System of Units should be used (SI).
3.8 The footnotes will be suitable for asterisks and restricted to the indispensable.

4. Structure of the text
4.1 For the original articles to follow the format: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (optional) and References.
4.2 Clinical cases must present an Introduction concise, brief Literature review, Case report, Discussion and Conclusions.
4.3 Reviews must present Introduction, Literature review, Discussion and Conclusions.

5. References
References must be in order of appearance in the text, numbered in growing order and must follow the Vancouver style ( bsd/uniform_requirements.html). There can be more than 30 references.
The titles of the periodicals must be abbreviated in accordance with the “List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus” (
For National and Latin-American publications should be consult After the abbreviated title a dot must be placed.
The mention of the references in the text must made by Arabic numeral in potency form and numbered in accordance with the list of the references (being able to however to be added of the authors' names and it dates from publication IF necessary). If there are two authors it should be mentioned in the text both separated by the conjunction "and". If there are more than two authors, to mention following by the expression et al. The accuracy of the references and the citation in the text are of the author's responsibility.
Personal communication or not published document should come in footnote in the page of the text where they are mentioned.


Periodical articles
Of an author up to six authors, to mention all.
More than six authors, to include the first six authors following by et al. Separating them by comma.
Cordeiro MCR, Armonia PL, Scabar LF, Chelotti A. O creme dental fluoretado, a escova dental e a idade da criança como fatores de risco da fluorose dentária. Rev Inst Ciênc Saúde. 2007;25(1):29-38.

Book with two authors
Armonia PL, Rocha RG. Como prescrever em Odontologia – marcas e genéricos – avaliação cardiovascular. 9ª ed. São Paulo: Santos; 2010.

Book chapter
Costa ALS, Bianchi ERF. Convivendo com o estresse. In: Calil AM, Paranhos WY, organizadoras. O enfermeiro e as situações de emergência. São Paulo: Atheneu; 2007. p.117-26.

Corporative author
World Health Organization. World Health Day 2007: international health security. Geneva: WHO; 2007.

Digital format
Ministério da Saúde. Secretaria de Atenção à Saúde. Departamento de Atenção Básica. Guia de recomendações para o uso de fluoretos no Brasil. Brasília; 2009 [acesso 01 mar 2010]. Disponível em:

Scabar LF. Estudo morfológico através de microscopia eletrônica de varredura do esmalte dental humano irradiado com laser de ’ND:YAG’ utilizando o verniz fluoretado e o carvão vegetal como fotoabsorvedores [dissertação em CD-ROM]. São Paulo: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Odontologia da Universidade Paulista; 2003.

Dissertation and thesis
Allegretti CE. Avaliação clínica e microbiológica de próteses parciais fixas com limites supra e subgengivais [dissertação de mestrado]. São Paulo: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Odontologia da Universidade Paulista; 2007.

Study presented at an event
Lima FPC, Moura MRS, Marques Júnior AP, Bergmann JAG. Correlações de Pearson para parâmetros andrológicos e zootécnicos em touros Nelore elite. In: Anais do XVII Congresso Brasileiro de Reprodução Animal: 2007; Belo Horizonte. Belo Horizonte, MG: Colégio Brasileiro de Reprodução Animal; 2007. v.1 p.116.

Submission by e-mail
1. Title of the e-mail: “Manuscript submission”
2. Statement that the study has the approval of the Committee of Ethics and Research
3. Complete address, telephone and e-mail of corresponding author
4. References according Vancouver style
5. Figures legends in separate sheet

After approval
1. The authors must sign and present a declaration of authorship and responsibility and copyright transfer form.


* Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Bethesda: NLM; 2006 [updated 2006 Feb; cited 2007 Jan]. Available from: