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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 article is written in English and should also contain a portuguese title, abstract and keywords.
  • The article has not already been published or been submitted to another journal.
  • The article is submitted in Microsoft Word format and has a maximum of 5MB.
  • The article follows the ethical and deontological principles as well as the laws and applicable rules, recommended in the Declaration of Helsinki.
  • The conflict of interest and author agreement has declared in the “CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATION AND AUTHOR AGREEMENT FORM ”. (if applicable).
  • The article follows the standards listed on section policies.

Author Guidelines

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Editorials are to be submitted upon invitation by the Editor or Editorial Board and concern comments on currently relevant topics. Editorials should not exceed 1200 words, use a maximum of two figures or tables and a maximum of 15 references. Abstract is not required.

Original Articles

Text should be divided in Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. It must not exceed 5000 words, eight tables or figures, and 40 references. The abstract follows the same structure of the text and should not exceed 250 words. A maximum of seven keywords are allowed.

Review Articles

Review articles should be structured in Introduction, Objectives, Text, and Conclusions, and not exceed 5000 words, five tables or figures, and 80 references. The abstract must not exceed 250 words and should be structured according to the main text. A maximum of seven keywords are allowed.

Case Reports

This type of publication reports one or several clinical cases which, due to their rarity, therapeutic innovation, or unusual aspect, are relevant to the scientific community. Clinical cases should be exemplary, properly studied and discussed, and include a brief introduction, a description of the case(s), and a brief discussion which shall include a summary conclusion. The text must not exceed 2500 words and 15 references. The abstract should have a maximum of 150 words and have the same structure as the text. A maximum of seven keywords are allowed.

Imaging Cases

This modality is appropriate for clinical cases in which image proves fundamental for diagnosis. Suitable images (two or three) include clinical images of patients or complementary exams. Text should be no longer than 1000 words, starting with a description of the case followed by the question: What is your Diagnosis? This should be followed by patient’s diagnosis, disease management, and a brief discussion. A maximum of 10 references are allowed. Abstract is not required, but up to a maximum of seven keywords should be included.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor consist of a comment regarding an article published in Nascer e Crescer – Birth and Growth Medical Journal or a short statement regarding a clinical case or subject. They should not exceed 500 words and five references and may include one figure or table. Regarding comments to articles published in the journal, they should refer to articles published during the last semester and article authors will be subsequently invited to reply. Both the letter and authors’ reply will be published in the same journal issue.

Current Perspectives

Perspectives are commissioned by the Editorial Board and address current topics of interest in line with the scope of the journal. They should not exceed 1200 words and ten references and may include one figure or table. If an author wishes to submit this type of article, he must first send a summary to the editor-in-chief, indicating authors, affiliations, and article title, for assessment of work relevance.

 

PUBLICATION RULES

SUBMISSION

Manuscripts should be submitted online through the journal’s interface at https://revistas.rcaap.pt/nascercrescer.
Manuscripts must be submitted in a current Microsoft Word version, together with the cover letter and with the authorship and conflict of interest statements.
Manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review process, after which the Editor may:
a) Accept it without modifications;
b) Accept it after modifications suggested by reviewers;
c) Reject it.

Manuscripts should be written in English language and have the following structure: 1 – Title in English and Portuguese; 2 – Name of the authors; 3 – Abstract in English and Portuguese. Keywords in both languages; 4 – Text; 5 – References; 6 – Figures; 7 – Tables; 8 – Legends; 9 – Acknowledgements and clarifications.
Pages should be consecutively numbered according to the abovementioned structure.

First page
a) Explicit and concise title, in English and Portuguese, not identifying the institution where the study took place.
b) Author names (first and last or clinical name) followed by their affiliations (Unit, Department, Institution) and email contacts.
c) Identification of the Corresponding Author, indicating postal address, email, and telephone number.

Second page
a) Abstract in Portuguese and in English, avoiding the use of abbreviations.
b) Abstracts must follow the specific structure of the type of article in question.
c) After the abstract, keywords written in English and Portuguese must be provided, in alphabetical order, which will be used for indexing purposes. Keywords must be in accordance with the recommended nomenclature in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

 

GENERAL RULES
– Abbreviations used must be adequately specified. When their use is necessary, they must be defined at first mention. If more than six are used, an explanatory table should be included with all abbreviations. Abbreviations should not be used in the title.
– Measurements or values must be expressed in international units (SI units, The SI for the Health Professions, WHO, 1977), using the respective abbreviations adopted in Portugal.
– Numbers 1 to 10 must be written in full, except when used as measurement units or have decimals. Numbers greater than ten shall be written in Arabic numerals, unless at the beginning of a sentence.
– Results should not be duplicated in the text and in tables/ figures; only the main results should be highlighted in the text.

 

References
– References should be numerically cited in the order they appear in the text, with Arabic numbers in superscript (ex.: 4).
– Consecutive references are given as a range with an en rule, indicating only the first and the last (ex.: 4-7). When nonconsecutive, all references must be indicated, separated by a comma (ex.: 4,7,9).
– References must conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscript submitted to Biomedical Journals (www.nlm. nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html) and journal names should be abbreviated in their standard form as in Index Medicus. Authors may refer to the NLM’s Citing Medicine webpage for formatting recommendations regarding different reference types.

Examples:
a) Medical journal: give the six first authors, followed by et al (in italic) in case of seven or more authors, manuscript title, journal name, publication year, volume, number, and pages. Ex.: Haque KN, Zaidi MH, Haque SK, Bahakim H, el-Hazmi M, el- Swailam M, et al. Intravenous Immunoglobulin for prevention of sepsis in preterm and low birth weight infants. Pediatr Infect Dis 1986; 5(6): 622-65.
b) Book chapter: author(s), chapter title, Editor(s) name(s), book title, edition number, publisher city and name, publication year, first and last page number of the chapter. Ex.: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78.
c) Book: author(s), book title, edition number, publisher city and name, publication year, and page number. Ex.: Jenkins PF. Making sense of the chest x-ray: a hands-on guide. 2nd. London: Taylor & Francis; 2013. p. 120.
d) Electronic reference: journal article in electronic format. Ex.: Jeha G, Kirkland J. Etiology of hypocalcemia in infants and children. January, 2010. (Assessed May 8, 2013). Available at: http://www.uptodate.com.

 

FIGURES AND TABLES
– Should be submitted on an individual page, in high-quality digital format, with an accompanying explanatory title and legend whenever necessary.
– Each table and figure should be consecutively numbered with Arabic numbers in the order they appear in the text.
– All abbreviations and symbols should have an accompanying legend.
– If the figure or table is an integral or modified copy from another publication, the original source and authorization by original authors should be mentioned when appropriate.
– Clinical pictures and complementary exams from patients should be anonymised to prevent their identification and accompanied by respective publication consent, signed by the patient or a legal representative.
– The total number of figures and tables should not exceed what is stipulated for each publication type.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND CLARIFICATIONS
Acknowledgments, declaration of interest statement, and funding source should be mentioned in the last page of the article.

 

MODIFICATIONS AND REVISIONS
In the case of articles accepted for publication but requiring modifications, changes should be made by authors within fifteen days.
Proofs will be sent to the authors in electronic format, with indication of the revision deadline according to editorial requirements of Nascer e Crescer – Birth and Growth Medical Journal.
Non-compliance with the time limit determined by the journal disobliges authors from performing the revision, which will be exclusively performed by the journal’s editorial staff.

Original Articles

The original articles should contain the following sections: Introduc­tion; Material and Methods; Results; Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if applicable) and References. The abstract should contain no more than 250 words and follow the same structure of the main text. Below should include a list of three to ten keywords in portuguese and english. The main text should not exceed 5000 words and may contain up to 8 figures and tables. The maximum number of references is 40.

Review Articles

The review articles can be systematic, quantitative or literature reviews and  the structure is: Introduction, Objectives, Development, Conclusions and References. The abstract should include a maximum of 250 words and follow the same structure of the main text. The maximum number of words in the main text should be 5000, which may include up to eight figures/tables and a maximum of 80 references.

Case Reports

The case reports should be unique cases duly studied and discus­sed. They should contain: a brief Introduction, Case description and a suc­cinct discussion including a summary conclusion. Should follow the following structure: Introduction Case report, Discussion/Conclusions and References. The abstract should contain no more than 150 words and follow the same estructure of the main text. The text must contain a maximum of 2500 words at five figures/tables  References should be at most 15.

What is your Diagnosis?

The section of What is your Diagnosis? Is indicated to small case reports where the image is fundamental to the diagnosis. The images (two or three) should be relatived to the clinical observation of the patient or a supplementary diagnosis. Should contain a discription of the case that ended with a question: What is your Diagnosis? Must be follewed by the diagnosis, the orientation of the patient and a brief discussion. Should contain three to ten keywords, text should contain 2500 words and the maximum number of references should be 15.