Instructions to Authors

Objectives and editorial policy

  Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira (RAMB), edited by the Associação Médica Brasileira, since 1954, aims to publish articles that contribute to medical knowledge. RAMB is indexed in the SciELO, Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Scopus, Web of Science, Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Index Copernicus, LILACS, MEDLINE and CAPES - QUALIS B1 databases. Currently, the journal is edited monthly and produced only in an online version, with free access at ( and ( and articles are published in English only. .

RAMB accepts for publication articles in the following categories: Original Articles, Review Articles, Correspondence, Point of View, Quick Communication, Comments. The Editorial Board strongly recommends that authors read the online version of RAMB and analyze the articles already published as a model for the elaboration of their works.

The submission of articles is completely free, without charging any fee to the authors. By submitting the article to RAMB, the author(s) accept and agree with the rules of the journal.



Intellectual Property/Open Access Policy

  The Journal allows free and online access to its content for research and promotion of studies, with the aim of democratizing knowledge. In this way, all content of the journal, except where indicated, is licensed under a Creative Commons - tipo BY-NC.  


General information

  How to submit articles/Language

Articles and correspondence should only be sent via the Internet to the following ScholarOne email address.

All you need to do is register, followed by sending the manuscript, in compliance with the rules described here. Only articles that, among their authors, contain at least one doctor will be accepted.

The article must be submitted in English only.

The content of the material sent for publication in RAMB cannot be under evaluation, have already been published, nor be submitted later for publication in other journals. At the discretion of the editor-in-chief, all articles received are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board.

The Editorial Board recommends that authors search for articles related to the topic and previously published in RAMB or in other indexed journals, using the same keywords as the proposed article.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts are submitted to RAMB through the “ScholarOne” system, which sends them for initial evaluation by the editors, who assess whether the manuscript fits the journal's profile and/or meets the editorial standards. Then, the article is forwarded to an editor in a specific area (specialty), who selects four reviewers who are recognized as “experts” and have an adequate number of publications to be evaluators, and “ScholarOne” even provides the latest published works. , as well as the number of articles. Our policy is to evaluate blindly by peers selected on merit. Both reviewers and authors are anonymous in our model. This review, as well as the observations of each reviewer, is used by the area editor, who issues his opinion and comments for the final decision of the editor-in-chief of RAMB.

Free access policy

The Journal allows free and online access to its content for research and promotion of studies, with the aim of democratizing knowledge. In this way, the publication is accredited with a  Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC.

Informed consent

The publication of research papers involving human beings is the responsibility of the authors and must comply with the Norms and Guidelines for Research Involving Human Beings in force in Brazil (CNS Resolution 466/2012 and CNS Resolution 510/2016).

The principles of the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association (1964 and subsequent reformulations, prior to 2008) must also be considered, in addition to complying with the specific legislation of the country where the research was carried out, sending information on approval by the local ethics committee, as well as as if the volunteers provided formal authorization (informed consent) for their voluntary participation. It is mandatory that the authors include in the manuscript the declaration of approval of the research by an Ethics Committee and that the informed consent was obtained from the participants.

Research undertaken in Brazil must inform the protocol number (CAAE) in the CEP/Conep System, in addition to attaching a copy of the approval report to the submission platform.

RAMB supports the clinical trial registration policies of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international open access dissemination of clinical trial information. . Therefore, only research articles on clinical trials that have received an identification number in one of the Clinical Trials Registers validated by the criteria established by the WHO/ICMJE will be accepted.

  •  The description of the research method must be complete and detailed. It is essential to identify the research subjects, how, where and when the study was carried out, which data collection and analysis techniques were used, including the name of the programs used and the measurement measures adopted.
  •  When approving research articles, authors must send a disclaimer regarding the content of the work, attesting also to the absence of conflict of interest that may have influenced the results.

Interest conflicts

All authors must declare any financial or personal relationships with other people or organizations that may inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment relationships, consultancies, ownership of patents, products or processes, honoraria, grants and grants. If there is no conflict of interest, then explicitly state that there is no conflict (ICMJE).

Regulations according to the type of study

  •  Cluster randomized trials must be reported in accordance with extended CONSORT guidelines.
  •  Randomized trials reporting harm must be described in accordance with extended CONSORT guidelines.
  •  Diagnostic accuracy studies should be reported according to STARD guidelines.
  •  Systematic reviews must be written according to Cochrane Collaboration guidelines.
  •  Observational studies (cohort, case-control, or cross-sectional designs) must be reported in accordance with the STROBE statement.



The Editorial Board of RAMB is composed of the General Editor, Associate Editors, Contributing Editors and the Editorial Board in the following areas: Internal Medicine, Surgical Clinic, Public Health, Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Bioethics, Cancerology, Emergency and Intensive Medicine, Pharmaceutical Medicine and Evidence Based Medicine. The Editorial Board will be responsible for reviewing and accepting or not the articles sent to the journal for publication. The editor-in-chief has the prerogatives that the position gives him to accept or not any article, regardless of peer review, as well as to define the edition of its publication.

Upon receiving the reviewers' opinion, the authors must forward, in a separate communication, all the amended points of the article that were requested by the reviewers. In addition, the text containing the changes requested by the reviewers must be forwarded to RAMB in red, and the previous text must be kept and underlined.

The order of publication of articles will be chronological, although there may be exceptions defined by the Editorial Board. Works accepted for publication will be sent to the authors and must be reviewed and returned within two days, otherwise the article will be published in its original form. After final approval or not by the authors, it will NOT be possible to modify the text.

Journal style and manuscript preparation

The manuscript must have a maximum of 2,800 words (including summary and bibliographic references and contain a maximum of 25 bibliographic references for original articles and other articles). For review articles, a maximum of 40 bibliographic references will be accepted. Bibliographic references must be recent, 50% of them from the last five years. A maximum of 3 tables or 3 figures or 3 images are accepted. The article must be written in size 12, 1.5 line spacing, with a margin of 3 cm on each side, and sent in Word (.doc file).

It’s necessary to follow the article:

a) Title page: It must be sent in a separate file containing the following items: concise work title and not exceed 75 touches or one line; Name, surname of the author and institution to which the author belongs; Orcid number of all authors; contribution of all authors to the work; Name and address of the institution where the work was carried out; Corresponding author (who will be responsible for all communications with the journal) and full mailing address (including zip code, city, state and country), telephone and email; Cover letter, being responsible for the content of the manuscript.

b) Ethical aspects: must be mentioned in the article, in addition to sending a letter from the authors revealing possible conflicts of interest (professional, financial and direct or indirect benefits) that may influence or have influenced the research results or the content of the work. The letter must also include, when applicable, the date of approval of the work by the Research Ethics Committee of the institution to which the authors are linked and the registration number of the clinical trial (if applicable). For international submissions, authors must declare that the study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and followed the ethical standards of the country of origin;

c) Copyright term: It is absolutely mandatory to send, together with the article, the copyright term, available on the ScholarOne  website (instruction & forms) duly signed by the authors, without which the article will not follow its normal flow of evaluation.

Article topics

Original articles must contain an Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and Bibliographic References.


Only when strictly necessary; must be highlighted in the text and presented on a separate sheet after the abstract, with the subtitle "Footnote".


Only to those who collaborate in a significant way in carrying out the work. It must come before the bibliographic references.


The summary, with a maximum of 250 words, must contain objective, methods, results and conclusions. After the abstract, a maximum of six Uniterms should be indicated (the controlled vocabulary of DeCS – Descriptors in Health Sciences, published by BIREME – Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information is recommended). For terms in English, MeSH from the Medline database is recommended. The Summary aims to allow a perfect understanding of the article. It must be followed by keywords.


Bibliographic references (totaling a maximum of 25 references for original articles and other articles, and 40 references for review articles) must be arranged in order of entry in the text and numbered consecutively, their citation being mandatory. All authors must be cited, totaling six; above this number, the first six followed by et al. Bibliographic references must be recent, 50% of which must be from the last five years. The journal must have its name abbreviated according to the LIST OF JOURNALS INDEXED IN INDEX MEDICUS for the current year, also available online ou or, if this is not possible, the Association of Technical Standards (ABNT). Examples:

1. Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Friedl HP, Ivanov E, et al. Childhood leukaemia in Europe after Chernobyl: 5 year follow-up. Br J Cancer 1996;73:1006-12.

2. Vega KJ, Pina I, Krevsky B. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med 1996;124:980-3.

3. The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing. Safety and performance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 164-282-4.

4. Cancer in South Africa [editorial]. S Afr Med J 1994;84:15.

5. Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brener BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995.p.465-78.

6. Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on line] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1996 Jun 5];1(1):[24 screens]. Available from: URL:

7. DP Milk. Prescribing pattern for hospitalized pediatric patients: a pharmacoepidemiological approach [dissertation]. Campinas: Faculty of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas, 1998.

References to “unpublished results” and “personal communication” should appear, in parentheses, following the individual name(s) in the text. Example: Oliveira AC, Silva PA and Garden LC (unpublished results). The author must obtain permission to use “personal communication”.


Bibliographic citations in the text must be numbered with superscript Arabic numerals, in the order in which they appear in the text. Example: Even in normoglycemic situations6.


Tables, photographs, graphs or figures must be inserted in the original. We do not publish any type of attachment. They must be presented only when necessary, totaling a MAXIMUM of THREE and using one page each. We do not publish any type of attachment and supplemental materials.

a) Figures must be original and of good quality. The letters and symbols must be in the legend.

b) The legends of figures and tables must allow their perfect understanding, regardless of the text.

c) The tables, with title and legend, must be in individual files.

d) It is necessary to indicate, in each figure, the name of the first author and the figure number. Figures and tables, with their respective legends, must be numbered separately, using Arabic numerals, in the order in which they appear in the text. Figures/images must be sent in .jpg file


The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. When long expressions need to be repeated, it is recommended that their capital initials replace them after the first mention. This must be followed by the initials in parentheses. All abbreviations in tables and figures must be defined in the respective legends. Only the generic name of the drug used should be mentioned in the work.


Aiming at using official terms from published works, RAMB adopts the Official Universal Anatomical Terminology, approved by the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (FIAA). The bibliographic indications for consultation are as follows: FCAT – IFAA (1998) – International Anatomical Terminology – Stuttgart – Germany – Georg Thieme Verlag, Publisher Manole.