Scope and editorial policy

Physis is a quarterly scientific journal published by the Social Medicine Institute of Rio de Janeiro State University concerned with academic production in the field of Collective Health. Its editorial guidelines emphasize interdisciplinary, critical and innovative approaches on themes considered current and relevant in the field of Collective Health. The journal is basically composed of unsolicited papers, as well as section of reviews, interviews, letters and comments. The Editorial Board may occasionally propose specific themes, considered relevant, and publish papers of invited authors who are specialists on the theme, and which will undergo a process of peer review as well.

Physis is currently classified as B1 in Collective Health area, according to the Qualis criteria of CAPES.


Preparation of manuscripts

Physis publishes articles in the following categories:

Original unsolicited articles (up to 7,000 words, including endnotes and references): unpublished papers resulting from research or bibliographical analysis. The Editorial Board decides on the publication of any submitted papers, based on anonymous assessment of reviewers – double-blind peer review – and according to space availability.

Original articles at the editor’s invitation (up to 8,000 words, including endnotes and references): unpublished articles resulting from research or bibliographical analysis. The Editorial Board and the invited editor may either ask experienced authors to forward original papers on previously decided themes, according to the journal planning, or decide on the acceptance, based on anonymous assessment of two reviewers (double-blind peer review). Reviews and comments usually come at the invitation to the authors by the Editors. Articles that, due to their authorial characteristic, cannot be anonymously assessed, will be analyzed by an anonymous reviewer (single-blind peer review). The number of authors will be limited to a maximum of two per manuscript, and each author may appear only in one article per issue.

Reviews (up to 4,000 words, including endnotes and references): Physis welcomes unsolicited reviews and invites authors to send them as well. The Editorial Board will decide on the publication, considering the theme, quality of manuscript and space availability. Reviews will only be accepted with a single author.

Interviews (up to 4,000 words): this section welcomes testimonies of people whose life stories or professional achievements are relevant to the journal’s scope.

Letters (up to 1,500 words): this section welcomes comments on articles published in the journal or notes and opinions on issues of interest to readers.

Comments (up to 1,500 words): this section welcomes short essays, notes and opinions on issues of interest to Collective Health.

Guidelines for presentation of articles and manuscripts:

1. The submission process is online only, through ScholarOne Manuscripts system at To submit originals, the author must register in the system, and once logged in, access the “Author Center” and start the submission process.

2.Texts must be typewritten in Word (6.0 version on) or RTF, using font Arial or Times New Roman size 12, according to the number of words established for each section (comprising text, notes and references); abstracts are considered separately. Articles should not bring any information about authorship; information about authors must be provided in specific fields of submission form.

3. Papers presenting the results of research involving human beings must contain a clear statement of compliance with ethical principles, according to the Helsinki Declaration and the Brazilian legislation issued by the Research Ethics National Committee (Resolution 466/12). Authors should indicate whether the research work has been sponsored, is based on a Master’s or Doctorate thesis, and must as well disclosure any potential conflict of interest. Information on financial support must appear on the item Acknowledgements, in the end of the manuscript or as endnote.

4. Physis welcomes articles written in Portuguese (preferably), English and Spanish. The Editorial Board may make changes and / or cuts in the texts, following the standards of the journal, however preserving style and content. Eventually, translated articles already published in another language, which by their relevance may merit greater disclosure in Portuguese, will be accepted. Authors are responsible for all concepts and information presented in the manuscripts, which may not necessarily reflect the views of the Editors and Editorial Board.

5. The abstract and key words in Portuguese should be included in the indicated steps of the submission (first and second, respectively) process. Abstract and key words in English must be included in the body of the article, after the references (in the sections of original articles and theme only). Each containing up to 200 words, they should highlight the main objective, the basic methods adopted, the most relevant results and main conclusions of the article. Should be included 3-5 keywords in Portuguese and English. The full title of the article must also be translated. The Editors may revise or remake the translations.

6. Pictures, figures or designs should be in tiff or jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 200 dpi, maximum size 12×15 cm, grayscale, with caption in Arial or Times New Roman 10. Tables and graphs tower can be produced in Word or similar. Other types of graphs should be produced in Photoshop or Corel Draw or similar. All illustrations should be in separate files and will be entered into the system in the sixth step of the submission process, indicated as “image“, “figure” or “table“, with their captions and numbering. In the text should be indication of where to insert each.

7. Endnotes must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, after the references, with size 10 font. As succinctly as possible, endnotes must be exclusively explanatory. There is no limitation to the number of endnotes.

8. References should be cited and organized following ABNT style (NBR 6023, issued August 2002). In the text, cite the author’s last name and year of publication, followed by page number in citations. All cited references should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order. Authors are responsible for the exactness of the references and their correct citation.

9. Articles published in Physis are under Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY license. Submission of work and acceptance to publish it imply transfer of publication rights to Physis. To reproduce texts published in Physis, even partially and for non-commercial use, reference to the first publication in the journal should be made. The authorship declaration must be signed by all authors, scanned and inserted into the sixth step of the submission process, and indicated as “supplemental file not for review” so that evaluators will not identify the author(s). Any other comments or observations forwarded to the editors should be entered in the “Cover letter” field.

10. Given the growth in the number of co-authors in many articles referred to Physis, the maximum number of authors is limited to four, and only with exceptional justification a larger number will be accepted. Moreover, the effective contribution of each author will be rigorously evaluated. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject articles whose authors do not provide satisfactory explanations about this item, and/or request the removal of participants without substantial contribution. The responsibilities of all the authors in the preparation of the article should be indicated in the “Statement of responsibility” (see model below), as approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. This statement must also be signed by the authors, scanned and sent as a supplementary document in the sixth step of the submission process. An item of “Acknowledgements” may be included in the end of the manuscript or as endnote to quote institutions that somehow enabled the research and / or people who collaborated with the study but did not meet the criteria for co-authoring.

11. In compliance with SciELO’s guidelines, identification of author’s affiliation should be restricted to the names of institutional entities, city, state and country. E-mail may be informed.

12. Papers which do not comply with these guidelines will not be published, even if they have been approved on merit by the reviewers. The Editors reserve the right to ask authors to suit the articles to the standards above, or even withhold their publication. Any other observation should come in the field “Cover letter”.

13. Physis does not charge for submission and publication of manuscripts.

14. If an article is already accepted for publication, it will be possible to publish it in English as well, if this is the author’s interest. However, the translation should be done by a qualified company (or one recommended by the editors of Physis), and translation costs shall be borne by the author.

15. Authors are responsible for all concepts and information presented in the papers and reviews.

16. The Editorial Board will decide on how to proceed for particular cases.


MODEL of Declaration of responsibility and copyright transfer

(To be sent in the sixth step of the submission process, indicated as “supplemental file not for review”)

The contribution of each author in the article / review ____________________ was the following:
(identification of author 1): (activities performed)
(identification of author 2): (activities performed)
(identification of author n): (activities performed)

The text is an unpublished work and has not been published in part or in full, or is being considered for publication elsewhere in print or electronic format.

In case of acceptance of this text by Physis: Journal of Collective Health, I (we) agree that copyright related thereto shall become the exclusive property of the journal and, in the case of reproduction, in whole or in part, in any form or means disclosure, printed or electronic, do I (we) include the appropriate claims.


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