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Author Guidelines

The article submission may be in Portuguese, English or Spanish and can be accepted at the discretion of the Editorial Board. The texts must be original and do not have simultaneous submissions to other journals. Authors have a responsibility to declare financial and other conflicts of interest, as well as to thank all financial support for the study. Manuscripts written in Portuguese or Spanish must be translated into English in its final version. The translation fees are the responsibility of the authors, according to the translation commitment term. Published articles will be the sole responsibility of the authors.
The Journal of Epidemiology and Infection Control does not charge fees during the submission or publications process, being a scientific vehicle that totally supports the Open Acess politicy.

The manuscripts received by RECI are submitted to the Similiarity Check text comparison tool powered by iThenticate. The journal condemns unethical practices and part from the premise that the authors guarantee the originality of the document and when they use information from other authors that they are cited and referenced correctly. Therefore, it is possible that the authors receive questions during the process of evaluation of the work submitted, referring to the possible nonconformities indicated by the tool used.
If bad practices are confirmed, the author (s) involved will receive the notice of rejection and archiving of the work.

Because of the importance of accurately identifying the authors, the Journal of Epidemiology and Infection Control requests that RECI authors include ORCID in their metadata at the time of manuscript submission.
This identifier individualizes the researcher, distinguishing one from the other and at the same time preventing problems with ambiguities in the entries and spellings of the same name. Another important feature is that it is unrestricted and enables the exchange of metadata.
Using an ORCID ID, researchers are connected with their activities, search results, publications, and affiliations.

The ORCID registration can be obtained free of charge through the website

We suggest that author(s) review the checklist below before submitting his article:

  • CONSORT checklist and flowchart for controlled and randomized papers.

  • STARD checklist and flow chart for studies of diagnostic accuracy.

  • MOOSEchecklist and flowchart for meta-analysis.

  • PRISMAchecklist and flowchart for systematic reviews.

  • STROBE checklist for observational studies in epidemiology.

  • RATS checklist for qualitative studies.

Registration policy of systematic reviews and clinical tests

The Journal of Epidemiology and Infection Control supports the clinical trial registration policies of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and recognizes the importance of such initiatives for the registration and international dissemination of information on randomized controlled trials with access. Thus, since 2011, clinical trial manuscripts are only accepted for publication if they have received an identification number from one of the clinical trial records (the options are at The identification number must be stated at the end of the abstract. Articles describing systematic reviews should provide the protocol record number in the PROSPERO database. Authors of randomized clinical trials and systematic reviews should therefore register their studies prior to submitting them for publication in the Journal of Epidemiology and Infection Control

Manuscript format and preparation

1. Cover sheet (submit it in supplementary files section)

Click here to download: Cover sheet example
Click here to download: Nomination of Ad Hoc Evaluators

Title: The title of the article must be short, clear and concise to facilitate its classification. It must be written in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Author(s): The full name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, resumés in the Lattes system and ORCID of each author. The corresponding author must inform an address, phone number and e-mail.
        E.g.: Joana da Silva1
        1Postgraduate Program in Collective Health, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, RS, Brasil
* The individual contributions of each author in the preparation of the article must be specified.
* The journal is based on the deliberations of the ICMJE, which determines the following: recognition of authorship must be based on a substantial contribution related to the following aspects: 1. Conception and design or analysis and interpretation of data; 2. Writing of the article or relevant critical review of intellectual content; 3. Final approval of the version to be published; 4. Be responsible for all aspects of the work in ensuring the accuracy and integrity of any part of the work. These four conditions must be fully met.

Affiliation: Full postal address (street, city, zip code) of the institution that each author represents.

2- Full text items
The manuscript title must be short, clear and concise for easy classification. It must be sent in Portuguese and English.
Summary in Portuguese
Original articles: it must contain no more than 250 words and must have a structured format, containing the following sections: Background and Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusion.
Review articles: it must contain no more than 250 words, highlighting Background and Objectives, Content and Conclusion.
Descriptors (Keywords)
For all articles, indicate three to five descriptors. It is recommended to select descriptors from DeCS (Health Science Descriptors of Bireme) available at The DeCS were created to standardize a single language for indexing and retrieval of scientific papers.
Original articles: faithful version of the summary, written in English, with a maximum of 250 words and structured format containing the following sections: Background and Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusion.
Review articles: faithful version of the summary, written in English with a maximum of 250 words, highlighting the following sections: Background and Objectives, Contents and Conclusion.
For all articles, indicate three to five descriptors, using the English version of the descriptors used in the Summary in Portuguese; it is recommended to select descriptors from DeCS (Health Science Descriptors of Bireme) available at
ORIGINAL ARTICLES: must be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. The information regarding the number of the process of the Institutional Ethics Committee or Commission must be included in the Methods section. They must contain a maximum of 4,000 words. Original articles must also contain at least 10 and no more than 25 references. A maximum of 5 figures and/ or tables can be included, which must be presented in the middle of the text.
REVIEW ARTICLES: must be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements and References. Review articles must have at least 30 and at most 40 current references, from the last 5 years.
BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS, CASE REPORTS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must have a maximum of 900 words and 10 references.
FEATURED IMAGES and WHAT IS YOUR DIAGNOSIS? must have a maximum of 500 words, two figures, and up to 10 references.
Parts of the Abstract and the Full Text according to the type of article.

The RECI adopts the "Vancouver Norms", available at as reference for the publication of its articles; for abbreviations of journals, check the Index Medicus / MedLine.
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
It is a standard for the identification of documents in computer networks, such as the Internet. This identifier, consisting of numbers and letters, is assigned to the digital object so that it will be uniquely identified on the Internet. It uses the ISO standard (ISO 26324). The DOI system provides a technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of interoperable persistent identifiers, called DOIs for use on digital networks.
Ex.: Almeida MF, Facchini LA, Portela LE. EDITORIAL. Rev Bras Epidemiol.  [Internet]. 2012  Dec [cited  2015  May  07] ;  15( 4 ): 691-693.  doi:10.1590/S1415-790X2012000400001.
References must be arranged in numerical sequential order throughout the text, and their citation is mandatory, in superscript and without parenthesis, always at the end of the sentence after the full stop, separated by commas; in case of sequential numbers of references, separate them by a hyphen, listing only the first and last reference of the sequential citation interval (example: 7,10-16). Avoid the author's name citation highlighted in the text.
References must be listed according to the order of citation in the text; each reference must contain up to the three first authors’ names, followed by et al. for the others.
The citation of unpublished works or those presented at scientific meetings is not recommended. References that are older than five years, textbooks and conference summaries must be limited to the essential ones. Include references accessible to readers. When the citation is from an article already accepted for publication, include "in press", indicating the journal and the year. Personal communications are not accepted.
See below some examples:
Journal articles

  1. Posma DM, Bill D, Parker RJ, et al. Cardiac pace makers: current and future status. Curr Probl Cardiol1999;24(2):341-420.

  2. Maron KJ, Proud I, Krev B. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Ann Intern Med 1996;124(4):980-3.

- Issue with Supplement

  1. Geerts WH, Pineo GF, Heit JA, et al. Prevention of venous thromboembolism: the Seventh ACCP Conference. Chest 2004;126(Suppl 3):338S-40.

- Number with supplement

  1. Malta DC, Leal MC, Costa MFL, Morais Neto OL. Inquéritos nacionais de saúde: experiência acumulada e proposta para o inquérito de saúde brasileiro. Rev Bras Epidemiol 2008 mai 11(2 Supl 1):159-67.

- In press

  1. Freitas LRS, Garcia LP. Evolução da prevalência do diabetes e diabetes associado à hipertensão arterial no Brasil: análise das pesquisas nacionais por amostra de domicílios, 1998, 2003 e 2008. Epidemiol Serv Saude In press 2012.


  1. Doyle AC, (editor). Biological mysteries solved, 2nd ed. London: Science Press; 1991. p. 5-9.

- Institutional Authorship

  1. Ministério da Saúde (BR). Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde. Departamento de Vigilância Epidemiológica. Guia de vigilância epidemiológica. 7. ed. Brasília: Ministério da Saúde; 2009.

  2. Secretaria de Estado de Planejamento e Coordenação Geral (Mato Grosso). Informativo populacional e econômico de Mato Grosso: 2008. Cuiabá: Secretaria de Estado de Planejamento e Coordenação Geral; 2008.

- Book chapters

  • When the author of the chapter is not the same of the book.

  1. Lachmann B, van Daal GJ. Adult respiratory distress syndrome: animal models, In: Robertson B, van GoldeLMG, (editors). Pulmonary surfactant. 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1992. p. 635-63

  • When the author of the book is not the same of the chapter.

  1. Löwy I. Vírus, mosquitos e modernidade: a febre amarela no Brasil entre ciência e política. Rio de Janeiro: Fiocruz; 2006. Capítulo 5, Estilos de controle: mosquitos, vírus e humanos; p. 249-315.

Congress Annals
- Publications in books.

  1. Samad SA, Silva EMK. Perdas de vacinas: razões e prevalência em quatro unidades federadas do Brasil. In: Anais da 11ª Expoepi: Mostra Nacional de Experiências Bem-Sucedidas em Epidemiologia, Prevenção e Controle de Doenças; 2011 31 out - 3 nov; Brasília, Brasil. Brasília: Ministério da Saúde; 2011. p. 142.

- Publications in journals

  1. Oliveira DMC, Montoni V. Situação epidemiológica da leishmaniose visceral no Estado de Alagoas – 2002. In: 19ª Reunião Anual de Pesquisa Aplicada em Doença de Chagas; 7ª Reunião Anual de Pesquisa Aplicada em Leishmanioses. 2003 out 24-26; Uberaba. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical; 2003. p. 21-2. (Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, vol. 36, supl. 2).

Decrees and Laws

  1. Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. Portaria nº 116, de 11 de fevereiro de 2009. Regulamenta a coleta de dados, fluxo e periodicidade de envio das informações sobre óbitos e nascidos vivos para os Sistemas de Informações em Saúde sob gestão da Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde. Diário Oficial da República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília (DF), 2009 fev 12; Seção 1:37.

  2. Brasil. Casa Civil. Lei nº 9.431, de 6 de janeiro de 1997. Decreta a obrigatoriedade do Programa de Controle de Infecção Hospitalar em todos os hospitais brasileiros. Diário Oficial da República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília (DF), 1997 jan 7; Seção 1:165.

Electronic documents

  1. Rede Interagencial de Informação para a Saúde. Indicadores básicos para a saúde no Brasil: conceitos e aplicações [Internet]. Brasília: Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde; 2008 [citado 2012 fev 5]. 349 p. Available at:

  2. Malta DC, Morais Neto OL, Silva Junior JB. Apresentação do plano de ações estratégicas para o enfrentamento das doenças crônicas não transmissíveis no Brasil, 2011 a 2022. Epidemiol Serv Saude [Internet]. 2011 dez [citado 2012 fev 6]; 20(4):93-107.

Available at:
Theses and dissertations

  1. Waldman EA. Vigilância epidemiológica como prática de saúde pública [tese]. São Paulo (SP): Universidade de São Paulo; 1991.

  2. Daufenbach LZ. Morbidade hospitalar por causas relacionadas à influenza em idosos no Brasil, 1992 a 2006: situação atual, tendências e impacto da vacinação [dissertação]. Salvador (BA): Universidade Federal da Bahia; 2008.

Article with published erratum:

  1. Síndrome compartimental abdominal. Rev Bras Clin Med 2009:7(5):313-321. [erratum at: Rev Bras Clin Med 2009;7(6):360].

Tables and figures:
Their citation in the text is mandatory. The following must be listed in numerical sequential order: graphs, figures, tables and charts in Arabic numerals. They must contain a summarized title and legend and, in the case of figures, the legend must be placed below them. The title of tables, graphs and charts must be placed above them. Use color photographs whenever possible. The same result must not be expressed by more than one type of illustration. Graph symbols and acronyms used in tables or graphs must have their correlation mentioned at the footer. The good quality of charts and graphs is the authors’ responsibility. Percentages both in tables and in the text must only have up to two places after the decimal point.
Use of digital resources:
Texts in doc format (Winword standard) format; bar graphs and lines must be sent in doc format, photos or other illustrations must be scanned at a minimal resolution of 300 DPI in doc format. All charts and figures must be mandatorily included in the text. Titles and captions of illustrations must be duly numbered and must be in the text file. Copies or reproductions from other publications will be allowed only if express permission of the publisher or the author of the original article is provided.
Free and informed consent form (FICF):
Patients have a right to privacy that must not be infringed without free and informed consent. Any identifying information, including patients’ name initials, hospital registration number, must not be published through descriptions in the text, photographs or any other type of information, unless it is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or guardian) provides the signed FICF for publication. The FICF for this purpose requires the patient to see the manuscript
that will be published.
Ethical Considerations
When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed are in accordance with the ethical standards of the Committee responsible for human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the recommendations of resolution 466/2012 of the National Health Council.
Clinical trial registration:
Clinical trials must be registered in accordance with guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) available at The WHO considers clinical trials including preliminary trials (phase I), any study with prospective recruiting of research subjects to undergo health-related interventions (drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, diets, changes in health care) with the aim to evaluate the effects on clinical outcomes (any biomedical or health-related variable, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse effects). The RECI has the right not to publish clinical studies that do not comply with these and other ethical standards determined by international guidelines.
Use of Acronyms:
Acronyms with up to three letters should be written in capital letters (e.g., DOU; USP; OIT). When first appearing in the text, unknown acronyms must be written in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
Acronyms and abbreviations consisting only of consonants must be written in capital letters. Acronyms with four or more letters are written in upper case if each is pronounced separately (e.g., BNDES; INSS; IBGE). Acronyms with four or more letters that form a word, or that include vowels and consonants, must be written with only one capital letter (e.g., Funasa; Datasus; Sinan). Acronyms that include uppercase and lowercase letters must be originally written as they were created (e.g., CNPq; UNB).
For foreign acronyms, we recommend using the corresponding translation in Portuguese, if it is widely accepted; or using the original form highlighted in italics, if there is no correspondent term in Portuguese, although the full name - in Portuguese - does not correspond to the acronym. (e.g. WHO = World Health Organization, UNESCO = UNESCO; MRPII = Manufacturing Resource Planning). Some acronyms popularized by the media, have taken on their own meaning; that is the case of AIDS = acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, which the Ministry of Health recommends be used in their documents and be reproduced as the disease name, aids’, in small letters, therefore. (Brasil. Fundação Nacional de Saúde. Manual de editoração e produção visual da Fundação Nacional de Saúde. Brasília: Funasa, 2004. 272p.)
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check the conformity of submission regarding all items listed below. Submissions that do not comply with the rules will be returned to the authors.

  1. The contribution is original and unpublished, and is not being assessed for publication by any other journal; otherwise, it should be justified in "Comments to the Editor" section.

  2. The submission file is in .doc format (provided they do not exceed 10MB).

  3. All Internet addresses (URLs) mentioned in the text (Ex: are activated and ready to be clicked on.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-size font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); has figures and tables inserted in the text, not at the end of it.

  5. The text follows the style and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, in the "About" section at the RECI journal website.

  6. The identification of authorship of this work was removed from the file and from the Properties option in Word, thus ensuring the journal's confidentiality criterion, if submitted for peer review (ex.: articles), according to instructions available at Ensuring a Blinded Peer Review section.

1stManuscripts are submitted only by registering at the site:
All authors and affiliations must be correctly identified in the system at the time of submission.
After submission at the RECI system, the manuscript undergoes a first review and will be subject to minor corrections or modifications of editorial standardization, which do not alter the author's style. At this step, the Declarations of Originality, Responsibility and Copyright Transfer will be requested. When alterations are necessary, the manuscript is sent to the author for the necessary changes. After the changes are made, it must be returned back through the system; otherwise, the submission process will be finalized and the manuscript will be filed. When manuscripts are not accepted, they will be returned with the editor’s justifications.

2nd If approved without corrections or after alterations are carried out, the article is then forwarded to peer review. If the evaluator request changes to be made, a report will be sent to author with suggestions for correction. Authors should provide all requested information and corrections, which should be marked in the text, using different font colors for alteration markings, so that these changes are evident in the text.

3rd The corrected version undergoes a new evaluation by the editorial board, where new adjustments may be necessary. If the article does not require changes by the reviewers, acceptance is communicated. If all changes have not been met, the manuscript is sent back to the author with the requests. In case of a new return without the necessary corrections, the manuscript is archived.

4thAfter acceptance of the article for text editing. It will be the last moment for major alterations. The deadline for evaluating the editor's text edition is 10 days.

5thAfter the author returns with the duly revised version, the author will receive the version for translation and a list of reviewers pointed by RECI to carry out the TECHNICAL REVIEW of the Portuguese / English / Spanish language of the entire text, and also arrange for the translation of the full text in English (if the text is not in English). The return of the revised and translated manuscript must be attached to the system, together with the certificate issued by the reviewer (in supplementary documents), proving its revision, within 25 days. It is the responsibility of the authorship to assume the fees of this review. Not meeting this requirement will cause the manuscript to be archived.

6thOnce the revised version is received, the work will be published and published in the system as an “article in press”.

7thAfter correcting the text editing, the article will be forwarded to the Layout section and returned to the author to proofread, at this moment it is only possible to register typographical and layout errors.

8thAfter reading proofs and due adjustments, the article in its final version is published on the journal.

Some declarations are required before the publication.
Copyright transfer
Declaration of Responsibility
Declaration of Originality
The submission of manuscripts to the journal implies the transfer of copyright by the authors of the printed and digital versions of the manuscript. The copyright for the published articles are the author’s, with the journal having the right of the first publication. Authors may only use the same results in other publications after clearly indicating the journal as the means of the original publication. By virtue of being an open access journal, we allow the free use of articles in educational and scientific applications, as long as the source is mentioned.
- Text formatting
- Applied Methodology
- Language and Writing
- Content Domain
- Quality
- Analytical tests
- Readability
- Originality
- Scientific Relevance
- Literature review


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.

  1. The contribution is original and unpublished, and is not being evaluated for publication by another journal; otherwise, justify it in "Comments to the Editor".
  2. The file for submission are in .doc format (it can't exceed 10MB).
  3. All web page addresses (URLs), included in the text (Ex .: are active and ready to click.
  4. The text is single-spaced in the abstract and 1.5 in the body of the paper; uses a 12-point font; uses italics instead of underlining (except URL addresses); with figures and tables inserted in the text, and not at the end.
  5. The text follows the style standards and bibliographic requirements described in Guidelines for Authors, in the “About” section of the RECI./submissions#authorGuidelines"> Guidelines for Authors section, in the About the Magazine section.
  6. The authorship identification of this work has been removed from the file and from the Properties option in Word, thus guaranteeing the journal's secrecy criterion, if submitted for peer review (eg articles), according to instructions available in Ensuring blind peer Review.
  7. Os metadados deverão ser incluídos corretamente no sistema. Não havendo pendências em relação ao autor da submissão e aos demais colaboradores.
  8. The author has the responsibility to include, as supplementary document: the statement of the ethics committee recognized by the CNS - National Health Council - for studies of human and animal experimentation, Declaration of Originality, Declaration of Responsibility and Transfer of Copyright, Term Translation Commitment, and, word file with indication of 3 Ah Hoc evaluators. (available for download on the magazine page).
  9. The title, abstract and keywords must come with their Spanish, Portuguese and English equivalences.
  10. The author(s) informed their ORCID record in the submission metadata, remembering that it must be in “public mode” on the original page for possible access

Copyright Notice

The author must state that the paper is original (has not been published previously), not infringing any copyright or other ownership right involving third parties.
Once the paper is submitted, the Journal reserves the right to make normative changes, such as spelling and grammar, in order to maintain the language standard, but respecting the author’s style.
The published papers become ownership of RECI, considering that all the opinions expressed by the authors are their responsibility. Because we are an open access journal, we allow free use of articles in educational and scientific applications provided the source is cited under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.

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