(Updated: 2021/06/22)

About the journal

Basic information


Inaugurated in 1967 by the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, Revista de Saúde Pública celebrates, in 2016, 50 years of uninterrupted publication dedicated to the field of Public Health. During this time, the journal has grown, improved, and been modernized, reaffirming its commitment to the health of the Brazilian population. It became a reference in Public Health, being nationally and internationally recognized.

The origins of Revista de Saúde Pública were the Boletins do Instituto de Higiene de São Paulo, published during 27 years, between 1919 and 1946. After them followed the publication of Arquivos da Faculdade de Higiene e Saúde Pública, from 1947 to 1966, totaling 100 years of editorial scientific activity in the field, consolidating the vocation of this School in the dissemination of studies and research in Public Health.

The main change in relation to Arquivos was the decision to publish original scientific contributions open to any researcher in the field of Public Health and not just to those associated with the School. In addition, the evaluation process of the manuscripts by external peers was also created.

The proposal of creation of the RSP came from a group of professors of FSP, formed by Armando Piovesan, Elza Salvatori Berquó, Flavio Wagner Rodrigues, Oswaldo Paulo Forattini, Paulo Nogami, Reinaldo Ramos, Walter Belda, and Odair Pacheco Pedroso. The proposal was approved by the director of FSP at the time, Rodolfo dos Santos Mascarenhas. From this group, Oswaldo Paulo Forattini worked as the editor responsible for changes and modernizations of the journal during 38 consecutive years (1967-2005). In his honor, nowadays RSP includes him as its Honorary Editor. In 2006, Prof. Carlos Augusto Monteiro became the editor.

The modernization of the journal had a great advancement with its inclusion, in 1997, in the SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) collection. This meant making all its contents free and with universal access, via Internet, and also implied big editorial and editorial management changes. Revista de Saúde Pública is a founding member of SciELO Public Health.

Currently, the journal is published in Portuguese and English and it is indexed in the main bibliographic bases such as PubMed Central (PMC), PubMed/Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, and Lilacs, among others. It manages its manuscripts using the ScholarOne system (Thomson Reuters/SciELO). From 1967 to 2015, more than 4,000 articles were published – all available at the SciELO online platform.

More recently, Revista de Saúde Pública adopted the use of social media as effective tool for spreading scientific knowledge. The journal created, in 2015, a profile on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn adopting a simpler and more direct approach to the understanding of the general public, hoping, thus, to increase the impact of the Public Health science on the everyday life of the population.

Read more:

Antunes JLF, França-Júnior I, Andrade MT, Barata RB, Monteiro CA. Desafios editoriais da Revista de Saúde Pública. Cien Saude Colet 2015;20(7):1997-2006. DOI:10.1590/1413-81232015207.02672015.

Forattini OP. Vigésimo aniversário da Revista de Saúde Pública [editorial]. Rev Saúde Pública 1986;20:409-10.

Forattini OP. A Revista de Saúde Pública em seu 25º aniversário [editorial]. Rev Saúde Pública 1991;25:1-2.

Forattini OP. Trinta anos [editorial]. Rev Saúde Pública 1996;30:1-2.

Monteiro CA, Barata RB, Antunes JLF. Cinquenta anos da Revista de Saúde Pública. Rev. Saúde. 2016: Mar 08, DOI:10.1590/S01518-8787.2016050006855ED.

Monteiro CA, Barata RB. Homenagem ao nosso Editor Professor Oswaldo Paulo Forattini. Revista de Saúde Pública, 39(4), 519-520. DOI: 10.1590/S0034-89102005000400001.

Silva LJ. Revista de Saúde Pública: 30 anos de evolução. Rev Saúde Pública 1996;30:503-5.



Information services


Articles published in Revista de Saúde Pública are indexed or abstracted in the following databases:


  • CAB-Abstracts
  • CAB-Health
  • Health Plan
  • Human Nutrition
  • Life Science Collection
  • Medline
  • PubMed
  • Popline
  • Web of Sciences (ISI)
  • Wildlife Worldwide (NISC)
Latin American
  • Lilacs

The journal is also indexed in the following printed bibliographies:

  • Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases
  • Abstracts on Zooparasitology
  • Biological Abstracts
  • Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Science
  • Entomology Abstracts
  • Excerpta Medica
  • Index Medicus
  • Microbiology Abstracts
  • Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews - Series B
  • Review Medical Veterinary Entomology
  • Safety Science Abstracts Journal
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Tropical Diseases Bulletin
  • Veterinary Bulletin
  • Virology Abstracts




All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.





The publication of the journal is financed with resources of the following institutions:

  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)

  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)

  • Ministério da Saúde do Governo Federal



Editorial Board

Honorary Editor

  • Oswaldo Paulo Forattini (In Memorian)


Council of Editors

  • Carlos Augusto Monteiro: Presidente – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • José Leopoldo Ferreira Antunes – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP – Brasil
  • Alexandre Dias Porto Chiavegatto Filho - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP - Brasil 
  • Euclides Ayres de Castilho – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP – Brasil
  • Karina de Cássia Braga Ribeiro - Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo – São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Marco Aurélio de Anselmo Peres - Duke/NUS Medical School (Duke University e Universidade Nacional de Singapura) - Singapura
  • Margareth Crisóstomo Portela - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ) - Rio De Janeiro/RJ - Brasil


Scientific Editors

  • Carlos Augusto Monteiro – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Rita de Cássia Barradas Barata – Santa Casa de São Paulo – São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • José Leopoldo Ferreira Antunes – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Euclides Ayres de Castilho - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP - Brasil


Associated editors

  • Alexandre Dias Porto Chiavegatto Filho - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Eliseu Alves Waldman - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Fredi Alexander Diaz-Quijano - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Frida Marina Fischer - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • João Luiz Bastos - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) - Florianópolis/SC - Brasil
  • Karina de Cássia Braga Ribeiro - Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo (FMSCSP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Kelly Samara da Silva - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) - Florianópolis/ SC - Brasil
  • Leandro F. M. Rezende - Universidade Federal de São Paulo- (UNIFESP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Marco Aurélio Peres - Duke/NUS Medical School (Duke University e Universidade Nacional de Singapura) - Singapura
  • Margareth Crisóstomo Portela - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ) - Rio de Janeiro/RJ - Brasil
  • Mariângela Leal Cherchiglia - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) - Belo Horizonte/MG - Brasil
  • Marly Augusto Cardoso - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Nelson da Cruz Gouveia - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Patrícia Coelho de Soárez - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Paulo Frazão - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Sandhi Maria Barreto - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) - Belo Horizonte/MG- Brasil
  • Semíramis Martins Álvares Domene - Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) - Santos/SP - Brasil
  • Tonantzin Ribeiro Gonçalves - Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) - São Leopoldo/RS - Brasil


Editor of Comments

  • Eliseu Alves Waldman – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP - Brazil 


Editor of Reviews

  • João Luiz Bastos – Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) – Florianópolis/SC - Brazil


Executive editor


  • Maria Teresinha Dias de Andrade (Honorary)
  • Angela Maria Belloni Cuenca – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo/SP - Brazil

Assistant editor

  • Milena Maria de Araújo Lima Barbosa – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brazil

Descriptors selection


  • Helene Mariko Ueno – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo/SP - Brazil

Technical and administrative support

  • Library/CIR: Centro de Informação e Referência em Saúde Pública da Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP
  • Secretary: Maria do Carmo Silva de Oliveira – Biblioteca/CIR da Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP

Editorial production

  • Caboverde Tecnologia e Serviços Ltda.


Instructions to authors



Manuscripts in the following languages are accepted: Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Articles submitted in Portuguese or Spanish are translated by our journal into English and published in both languages. For articles submitted in English, there is no translation to Portuguese.

The original research manuscript must follow the structure known as IMRAD: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (Text Structure). Manuscripts based on qualitative researches may have other formats, with Results and Discussion being accepted in the same section, as well as Final Remarks and Conclusions. Other manuscript categories (reviews, commentary, etc.) must follow the text format suited to them.

The studies must be presented so that any interested researcher may reproduce its results. For that, we encourage using the following recommendations, according to the submitted article category:

  • CONSORT checklist and flowchart for controlled and randomized tests;
  • STARD checklist and flowchart for diagnostic accuracy studies;
  • MOOSE checklist and flowchart for meta-analyses and systematic review of observation studies;
  • PRISMA checklist and flowchart for systematic reviews and meta-analyses;
  • STROBE checklist for observation studies in epidemiology;
  • RATS checklist for qualitative studies.

Details on the items required for presenting the study are described according to the article category.

As a way of evaluating the occurrence of plagiarism, all received manuscripts are submitted to a program for text similarity detection.

The first author’s ORCID, as well as all other co-authors’ ones, must be informed when submitting the manuscripts, in the cover letter. 

Resolution of conflicts of interest and ethical violations

Editors will take the necessary steps to identify and prevent the publication of articles where research misconduct or ethical violations occur, including plagiarism, manipulation of citations and falsification / fabrication of data, absence of relevant authorizations, discrimination, among others. Situations and allegations that come to the attention of editors and evaluators will be forwarded to the Editorial Committee, which will take the appropriate measures, including referral to higher levels of the university, if necessary.



Article categories


a)    Original Articles
Include observational, experimental or quasi-experimental studies, program evaluation, cost-effectiveness analyses, decision analyses, and studies on the evaluation of the performance of diagnose tests for populational triage. Each article must contain clear objectives and hypothesis, used design and methodology, results, discussion and conclusions.

They also include theoretical essays (critique and formulation of significant theoretical knowledge) and articles dedicated to present and discuss methodological aspects and techniques used in public health research. In this case, the text must be organized into topics to guide the reader in relation to the essential elements of the argument developed.

Measurement tools in populational research

Manuscripts that deal with measurement tools may include aspects related to transcultural development, evaluation, and adaptation for usage in populational studies, excluding the ones with clinical application, which do not meet the RSP scope.

For measurement manuscripts, we recommend the presentation of a detailed appreciation of the evaluated construct, including its possible intensity gradient and its occasional sub-dimensions. The development of a new tool must be based on a literature review, which can explicitly identify the insufficiency of previous proposals and justify the need for a new tool.

The following must be detailed in the text: item proposition, selection, and elaboration, as well as the employment of strategies to adequate it to the construct’s definition, including the use of qualitative techniques in research (in-depth interviews, focal groups, etc.), meetings with specialist panels, among others; the path traced in the definition of how to measure items and the performing pre-tests, along with its preliminary sets; and the evaluation of face, content, criteria, construct or dimensional validity.

Tool reliability analyses must also be presented and discussed, including measures for internal consistency, test-retest reliability, or interobserver concordance. The authors must expose the process of selecting the final tool and place it in critical and comparative view in relation to other tools destined to evaluate the same or similar constructs.

For manuscripts on the transcultural adaptation of measurement tools, besides fulfilling the aforementioned recommendations on the whole, it is necessary to explain the theoretical model guiding the process. The authors must just as well justify the choice for a certain tool for adaptation to a certain socio-cultural context, based on a through literature review. Lastly, they should also explicitly indicate how, and which were the adapting theoretical model’s phases used in the work submitted for publication.

The measurement tool must be included as an annex in the submitted article.



Manuscript organization


Besides the mentioned recommendations, authors must verify the following formatting instructions:

a)    Original article

  • Should have a maximum of 3,500 words (excluding abstract, table, figures, and references).
  • Number of table and figures: up to 5.
  • Recommended number of references: up to 30.
  • Abstract in the structured format with up to 300 words.

b)    Concise communication - Short reports on findings which are of interest to public health, but which do not comprise a wider analysis or a more extensive discussion. Its presentation must follow the norms required for original articles.

  • Should have a maximum of 1,500 words (excluding abstract, tables, figures, and references).
  • Number of tables and figures: one table or figure.
  • Recommended number of references: up to 5.
  • Abstract in narrative form with a maximum of 100 words.

c)    Review article

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis - Through the synthesis of results in original, quantitative or qualitative, studies, it aims to answer a specific question, which is significant to public health. It describes in detail the process of looking for original studies, the criteria used for selecting the ones included in the review and the procedures employed for synthetizing the results obtained by the reviewed studies. Consult:
  • MOOSE: checklist and flowchart for meta-analyses and systematic reviews of observational studies;
  • PRISMA:  checklist and flowchart for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
  • Narrative or critical review - The narrative or critical review has a descriptive-discursive character, and it is dedicated to comprehensively present and discuss themes of scientific interest in the field of public health. It must present a clear formulation of a scientific interested object, logical argumentation, theoretic-methodological critique of consulted works, and a concluding synthesis. It must be designed by researchers with experience in the studied field or specialists of recognized knowledge.


  • It must have a maximum of 4,000 words (excluding abstract, tables, figures, and references).
  • Number of tables and figures: up to 5.
  • Number of references: no limitation.
  • Abstracts in the structured format must have up to 300 words, or 150 words for narrative formats.


d)    Commentary - They aim to encourage the discussion, introduce a debate, and “fuel” controversies on significant aspects of public health. The text must be organized into topics or subitems. The introduction must highlight the subject and its significance. Mentioned references must support the main aspects covered by the text.

  • They must contain a maximum of 2,000 words (excluding abstracts, tables, figures, and references).
  • Recommended number of references: up to 30.
  • Number of tables and figures: up to 5.
  • Abstracts in the narrative form must have a maximum of 150 words.


We also publish Letters to the Editor with up to 600 words and a maximum of 5 references.






The notion of authorship is based on the substantial contribution of each one of the persons listed as author, in regards of the conception of the research project, data analysis and interpretation, writing, and critical review. Each author’s contribution must be explained in a specific declaration for that end. The inclusion of authors whose contribution does not fit the mentioned criteria is not justified.

Author identification data (registry)

Name and surname: The author must follow the format in which he/she is already indexed in databases and which is registered in the ORCID.

Corresponding address: The name and address of the author responsible for letter exchange must be mentioned.

Institution: Up to three hierarchy institutional levels of affiliation may be included (for example: university, institute, department).

Co-authors: Identify the manuscript’s co-authors by their names, surnames, and institutions, according to the authorship order.

Research support: If the research was subsidized, the type of support, name of financing agency, and the respective number of the process must be indicated.

Previous presentation: If the research was presented in a scientific meeting, the event’s name, place, and year must be indicated.



Conflict of interests


Public reliability in the peer revision process and the credibility of published articles depend partly on how conflicts of interests are managed during writing, peer revision, and decision-making by the editors.

Conflicts of interests may arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests, visible or not, that may affect manuscript elaboration or evaluation. The conflict of interests may be personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial.

When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and revealing financial or other conflicts that may have influenced their work. The authors must indicate in the manuscript all financial support given to the work or other financial or personal connections in relation to the research. The reviewer must report to the editors any conflict of interests that may affect their opinion on the manuscript and, when applicable, must declare him/herself non-qualified to review it.

If the authors are unsure of what may be considered a potential conflict of interests, they should contact the RSP’s editorial secretary.


Declarations and documents 


According to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), some documents and declarations by the authors are required for evaluating their manuscripts. Read the following document list and, if applicable, attach the documents to the process. The moment in which each document is required varies:


Who must sign it

When to attach

a. Cover letter

All authors or the first one signs and inserts the ORCID of all authors informed in the cover letter

 When submission

b. Declaration of Responsibility for Acknowledgments

Responsible author

 After the approval

c. Declaration of Copyright Transference

All authors

After the approval


a. Cover letter

The cover letter must be signed by all authors or at least by the first author. The ORCID of all authors must be informed in the letter. 

The cover letter must have:

  • Information on the manuscript’s findings and most important conclusions and explanation about its significance for public health;
  • Information of the study’s novelty and why it should be published in this journal;
  • Mention of up to three articles, if any, published by the authors in the same research line of the manuscript;
  • Attestation of exclusively submitting the manuscript to RSP;
  • Declaration of the authors’ potential conflict of interests;
  • Each authors’ contribution to the manuscript.

According to the authorship criteria by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), authors should fulfill all following conditions: (1) contributing significantly to the conception and planning, or data analysis and interpretation; (2) contributing significantly to draft elaborations or to the content’s critical review; and (3) participating in the approval of the manuscript’s final version.

In the case of multicentric groups, or if a great number of authors has developed the work, the group must indicate the individuals that accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals must completely fulfill the aforementioned criteria for authorship. In this case, the editors will ask them for the required declarations when submitting the manuscripts. The corresponding author must clearly indicate the preferred way of mentioning the group’s name and identification of its members, which will be listed at the end of the article.

Do not comprise authorship: those who only acquired financing, gathered data, or performed a general supervision of the research group.

b. Declaration of Responsibility for Acknowledgements

The authors must mention the names of those who, although they did not fit the authorship requisites, have collaborated to the work. It will be necessary to explain the reason for the acknowledgement (e.g.: scientific consultancy, manuscript critical review, data collection, etc.). Mentioned people should express their permission and the responsible author must attach the Declaration of Responsibility for Acknowledgements. It may also comprise the logistical support by institutions.

c. Declaration of Copyright Transference

All authors must read, sign and send the document transferring copyrights. The article will be authorized for publication only when this document is in the possession of RSP.

The copyright transference document will be requested after the article is approved.





Title in the manuscript’s original language

The title must be concise and complete, containing significant information that can enable the recuperation of the article in databases. The limit is 90 characters, including spaces. If the manuscript is submitted in English, it will be also necessary to inform the title in Portuguese.

Short title

It is the title that will appear in the article’s header. It must contain the subject in a maximum of 45 characters.


For manuscripts written in Portuguese or Spanish, the authors must indicate 3 to 10 descriptors extracted from the Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (DeCS) by BVS/Bireme. For English, authors should use the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) by the National Library of Medicine (USA). If descriptors suited to the article’s theme are not found, keywords may be indicated.


The abstract must be written in the original language of the manuscript. Specifications regarding the abstract type are described in each of the article categories. As a general rule, the abstract must include: aim of the study, main methodological procedures (studied population, place and year of performance, observational and analytical methods), main results and conclusions.



Text structure


Introduction – Must be short, reporting the context and justification of the study, supported by references suited to the manuscript’s objective, which must be clear at the end of this section. 

Methodology – It is indispensable to clearly describe the procedures adopted, the analyzed variables (with their respective definition, if needed), and the hypothesis to be tested. The population, sample, and measuring tools must also be described, presenting, if possible, validity measures. It is necessary to indicate information on data collection and processing. Due references for methods and techniques employed, including statistical methods, must be included; it is essential that new methods or the ones that were substantially modified be described, justifying the reasons for employing it and mentioning its limitations. Ethic criteria in research must be respected. The authors must explain that the research was conducted according to the ethic standards and approved by an ethics committee.

Results – It is necessary to present them in a logical sequence, beginning with the description of the most important data. Tables and figures should be restricted to the ones that are necessary for the argument and the description of data in the text must be restricted to the most important ones. Graphs should be used to highlight significant results and to summarize complex relations. Data in graphs and tables should not be duplicated nor repeated throughout the text. Numerical results must specify the statistical method used in the analysis.

Discussion – Based on the data obtained and results reached, new and significant aspects observed should be interpreted in the light of scientific literature and pre-existing theories in the field. Arguments and proofs based on personal communication or published in restricted documents cannot be used as bases for the author’s argumentation. Both the work’s limitation and its implications for future research must be described. It is necessary to include only hypotheses and generalizations based on data from the study. The Conclusions must close this section, recovering the work’s objective.





List: References must be normalized according to the Vancouver style - Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication, listed according to the order of apparition. Journal titles must be cited in abbreviation, according to the PubMed. For publications with up to six authors, all of them should be cited; for more than six, only the six first should be cited, followed by the Latin expression “et al.”. References by a same author must be organized in ascending chronological order. Whenever possible, include the DOI of the cited work.


Journal articles

Brüggemann OM, Osis MJD, Parpinelli MA. Apoio no nascimento: percepções de profissionais e acompanhantes escolhidos pela mulher. Rev Saude Publica. 2007;41(1):44-52. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102006005000015


Wunsch Filho V, Koifman S. Tumores malignos relacionados com o trabalho. In: Mendes R, coordenador. Patologia do trabalho. 2. ed. São Paulo: Atheneu; 2003. v.2, p. 990-1040.

Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer Washington: National Academy Press; 2001[cited 2003 jul 13] Available at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10149

For other examples, we recommend consulting the norms (“Citing Medicine”) by the National Library of Medicine, available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=citmed.



In-Text citations


It is necessary for the reference to be indicated by its number in the list, as an exponent (superscript) before the punctuation, without parenthesis, brackets or similar symbols. In cases when the author’s name and year are significant, the reference number must be typed before the author’s name. Works by two authors must cite both authors connected by “and”. In cases of multiple authors, cite only the first author followed by ”et al.”.


The promotion of population health has as reference the article by Evans and Stoddart9, who consider the distribution of income, social development, and individual reaction in the determinations of health-disease process.

According to Lima at al.9 (2006), the prevalence of mental disorders in medicine students is higher than in the general population.


They should be presented at the end of the text, after the references, and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, in the same order they were mentioned in the text. Each table must have a short title. Do not use internal horizontal or vertical dashes. Explanatory notes must be inserted at the foot of the table and not in the title. If there is a table extracted from a previously published work, the authors must formally ask the authorization of the journal that published it for its reproduction.
To build a legible table, the maximum number is 10 columns, depending on the amount of content in each space. Notes in tables must be indicated by letters and superscripted.


Boxes differ from tables for containing text instead of numerical data. They should be presented at the end of the text, after the references, and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, in the same order they were mentioned in the text. Each chart must have a short title. Explanatory notes must be inserted at the foot of the box and not in the title. If there is a chart extracted from a previously published work, the authors must formally ask the authorization of the journal that published it for its reproduction.


Images (photography, drawings, graphs, etc.) must be cited as Figures and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, in the same order they were mentioned in the text and presented after the tables. They also must have a title and legend inserted on the lower part of the figure. Figures will only be accepted for publication if they were sufficiently clear and have digital quality, preferably in a vector format. For JPEG format, the minimum resolution must be 300 dpi. Graphs with grid lines are not accepted, and their elements (bars, circles) cannot have volume (3-D). If there is a figure extracted from a previously published work, the authors must formally ask the authorization of the journal that published it for its reproduction.


Submission checklist


1. Name and affiliation institution of each author, including e-mail and telephone.
2. Title of the manuscript in English, as well as in its language of origin (Portuguese or Spanish), if applicable.
3. Summarized title with 45 characters.
4. Text presented in Arial font, body size 12, in Word or similar formats (doc, docx, and rtf).
5. Structured abstract for original research papers in the original language of the manuscript.
6. Narrative abstract for non-research manuscripts in the original language of the manuscript.
7. Cover letter, containing signed authorship responsibility. It must be signed by all authors or at least by the first author and contain the ORCID of all authors.
8. Name of the supporting agency and number(s) of the process(es).
9. References normalized according to the Vancouver style, presented in citation order. It is necessary to verify if all references are cited in the text.
10. Tables numbered sequentially, with title and notes, with a maximum of 10 columns.
11. Figure in vector format in pdf, tif, jpeg, or bmp, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Graphs should not have grid lines nor volume.
12. Tables, boxes, and figures must not be, altogether, more than five.
13.We do not publish supplementary materials, annexes and appendices.




a)    Evaluation

Pre-analysis: the Scientific Editor evaluates manuscripts based on their quality and relevance for the public health field and decides whether the manuscript will be selected for peer reviews or not. 

Peer review: if selected in the pre-analysis, the manuscript is sent to one of the Associate Editors registered at the system according to his/her respective area of expertise. The Associate Editor selects the reviewers (two) according to their area of expertise and submits the manuscript for evaluation. If the Associate Editor considers that the received opinions are insufficient for a conclusion, he/she should refer another (other) reviewer(s). Based on the opinions, the Associate Editor decides: to refuse it, if the manuscript has major deficiencies; to accept it; or to allow a new submission, and, in this case, he/she should indicate in his/her comments the important modifications for possible reformulation and for re-evaluation by reviewers.

b)    Scientific writing review

To be published, the approved manuscript will be edited by a team that will review grammar, style, and scientific writing (clarity, conciseness, objectivity, and solidity). RSP reserves the right of making changes aiming at a perfect communication with readers. The responsible author will have access to all suggested changes until the last proof sent. 

c)    Proofs

The author responsible for correspondence will receive a proof, in a text file (doc, docx, or rtf), with observations and changes made by the technical reading team. The deadline for reviewing the proof is two days.

In case there are doubts regarding this proof, the editorial team will contact the author to review the text, until a final version of it is reached. 

Articles submitted in Portuguese or Spanish will translated into English. About 20 days after the author has finished the article’s proof, RSP will send the article’s version in English for appreciation by the author. During this review, the author should pay attention to possible interpretation errors, field vocabulary, and especially to the content equivalence to the approved original version. The deadline for reviewing the English version is two days.

The RSP adopts the continuous publication system. Therefore, the publication is faster: it does not depend on a set of articles for closing an issue, but on the individual process of each article. Because of that, we ask authors to observe the stipulated deadlines.




Although journals receive subsidies from public institutions, such subsidization is not enough to maintain them. Thus, charging publication fees was the alternative found to ensure the necessary resources to produce the RSP.

In 2012, RSP started charging a publication fee, an imperative fact in order to ensure its continuity, specially allowing it to evolve with more advanced technology, which also demands higher quality and technological resources.

The fees charged are assessed annually. Therefore, for articles submitted after July 1, 2019, the fee is R$ 2,400.00 for original articles, review and commentary, and R$ 1,600.00 for brief communication.

RSP provides the authors with the necessary documentation to prove the payment of the fee for employing institutions, post-graduate programs or research funding agencies.

After having the article approved, the authors must wait to receive the proforma invoice with the information on how to pay the fee.


City, _[day]_ of month year.

Dear Mr. Editor, Revista de Saúde Pública

[Inform the most important finding and conclusions in the manuscript and explain its meaning for public health]

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I certify that this manuscript represents an original work and that it, or another work with substantially similar content by me, has not been published, in parts or completely, nor is it being considered for publication by another journal, be it in print or digital publications.

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