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Instructions for Authors

Prof. Dr. Domingo M. Braile
Av. Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, 1.505 – Jardim Tarraf I
15091-450 – São José do Rio Preto – SP - Brazil
E-mail: bjcvs@sbccv.org.br


General Information

The Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery (BJCVS) is the official journal of the Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular (SBCCV). It is a bimonthly publication with regular circulation since 1986. The BJCVS is indexed in the database of the Thomson Scientific (ISI), PubMed Central, PubMed/Medline, Redalyc, SciELo Scopus (SCImago), LILACS, LATINDEX, ProQuest. EBSCO and Google Scholar.

The BJCVS aims to record the scientific production in cardiovascular surgery and encourage the study, improve and update the expertise of professionals.

The papers submitted for publication in the BJCVS must be about topics related to cardiovascular surgery and related fields. The journal publishes the following categories of articles: original article, editorial, review article, special article, case report, “how-to articles”, short communications, preliminary notes, clinical surgical correlation articles, experimental work, multimedia and letter to the editor.

Acceptance will be based on originality, significance and scientific contribution. Articles with merely propagandistic or commercial purposes will not be accepted.

The authors are responsible for the content and information contained in their manuscripts. The BJCVS vehemently rejects plagiarism and self-plagiarism, manuscripts in this condition will be summarily excluded from the evaluation process.

When submitting the manuscripts, authors should demonstrate potential conflict of interest, as well as accountability for any violation.

The journal will be published in its entirety on the journal website (www.bjcvs.org) and SciELO (www.scielo.br/rbccv), with specific links on the SBCCV website (www.sbccv.org.br) and CTSNet (www.ctsnet.org).

Authors’ roles & responsabilities

Each author is required to certify that he or she has participated sufficiently in the work to take responsibility for a meaningful share of the content of the manuscript. Each author must specify his or her contributions to the work. The corresponding or submitting author will indicate during the submission process that he/she vouches for the accuracy and completeness of all of the data reported in the manuscript. Except for new technology articles, statements regarding scientific responsibility do not appear in the published manuscript.

The BJCVS recommends that authorship be based on the following four criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Freedom of Investigation

I declare that the manuscript was prepared with freedom and independence of outside interests in controlling the design of the study, acquisition of data, and collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and having freedom to fully disclose all results.

 Editorial Policy

The BJCVS adopts the Vancouver Norms - Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, organized by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), available at: www.icmje.org.

The BJCVS follows the recommendations of the ICMJE.

Open Acess Option

The online journal is free and offers an open access option. All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons type BY attribution.

Submission and Publication Policy

Articles must be submitted in English only, using easy and precise language, avoiding informality of colloquial language.

The manuscripts considered for evaluation are only those whose data are not being evaluated by other journals and/or have not been previously published.

Manuscripts approved can only be reproduced in whole or in part with the express consent of the BJCVS editor.

Keep your registration up-to-date because communication with the authors is exclusively by email.

Electronic Submission

Manuscripts must be compulsorily submitted online to ScholarOne system at the link below, accompanied by a letter to the editor, with the reasons why the BJCVS was selected for submission, mentioning the scientific contributions of the manuscript to the theme approached.


Peer Review

All scientific contributions are reviewed by the Editor, Area Editor, the Editorial Board Members and/or Guest Reviewers, with the following steps:

  • Phase 1: Initial analysis by the Editorial Assistant, regarding compliance with the standards set out in the guidelines. If the manuscript does not meet the established standards, it will be returned for correction.
  • Phase 2: Once the manuscript is adequate to our publishing standards, it is forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief;
  • Phase 3: The Editor-in-Chief evaluates the quality and interest of the manuscript and forwards it to the Area Associate Editor;
  • Phase 4: The Area Editor evaluates the manuscript and forwards it to three Reviewers;
  • Phase 5: Reviewers send their opinions directly to ScholarOne system;
  • Phase 6: The Associate Editor, based on the opinions, makes the editorial decision (accept, revise or reject) and sends it to the Editor-in-Chief;
  • Step 7: The Editor-in-Chief decides on the approval or rejection for publication, and then informs the authors;
  • Step 8: If accepted, the manuscript enters the editing process for publication;
  • Step 9: English Revision: the manuscript is submitted to the language of the review;
  • Phase 10: A literature review is conducted by the Scientific Assistant, which reads the manuscript to validate references, verifies the sequence of citations and the correlation with the final list and standardizes the references with the Vancouver system.

Research with Human Beings and Animals

Research on human subjects must be submitted to the Ethics Committee of the institution, fulfilling the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised in 2008 (World Medical Association, available at:
http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/17c.pdf) and Resolution 466/2012 of the National Health Council, available at: http://bvsms.saude.gov.br/bvs/saudelegis/cns/2013/res0466_12_12_2012.html.

In experimental studies involving animals, we must respect the rules established in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, United States) from 1996, and Brazilian Guidelines on Care and Use of Animals for Scientific and Teaching Purposes (DBCA), National Council for Animal Experimentation Control – CONCEA, available at: www.cobea.org.br), 2013.

The randomized trials should follow the CONSORT guidelines (available at www.consort-statement.org/consort-statement).

The BJCVS supports the policies for registration of clinical trials 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 dissemination of information on clinical trials with open access. Therefore, the clinical research articles will only be accepted for publication if they have received an identification number in one of the Clinical Trial Registries validated by the criteria established by WHO and ICMJE, whose addresses are available on the ICMJE website (http://www.icmje.org/). The identification number should be at the end of the abstract.

Copyright Transfer and Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors should send the copyright transfer statement signed by all the authors after the acceptance of the manuscript for publication. All published manuscripts become the permanent property of the Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery and may not be published without the written consent of the editor.

Click here to download the Copyright Transfer https://goo.gl/l6WwQT

Abbreviations and Terminology

The use of abbreviations should be minimal. When extensive expressions need to be repeated, it is recommended that its initial capital letters replace the term after its first mention. This should be followed by the initials between parentheses. All abbreviations in tables and figures should be defined in the respective captions.

The BJCVS adopts the Official Universal Anatomical Terminology, approved by the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA).

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript Sections

Title and Authors
The title in English must be concise and informative. The full names of authors, titles and institutional affiliation of each of them must be provided.

This part of the manuscript must be structured in four sections: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion. Abbreviations should be avoided. The maximum number of words should follow the recommendations table. In the case reports and howto articles, the abstract should be unstructured. Clinical surgical correlations and multimedia sections do not require the abstract.

Authors must also include from three to five descriptors. The descriptors are available at http://decs.bvs.br/, which contains terms in Portuguese, Spanish and English or at www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh, for terms in English only.

Manuscript Body

Original Articles must be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements (optional) and References.

Case Reports must be structured in: Introduction, Case Report and Discussion. Clinical Surgical Correlations in: Clinical Data, Electrocardiography, Radiogram, Echocardiography, Diagnosis and Operation.

Multimedia section must have the following sections: Patient Characterization and Description of the Technique Employed.

Review Articles and Special Articles can be structured in at authors’ discretion.

Letters to the Editor, in principle, should comment, discuss or criticize articles published in BJCVS, but it can also be about other topics of general interest. It is recommended a maximum length of 1000 words, including references, which should not exceed five, with or without title. When appropriate and possible, a response from the authors of the article under discussion will be published along with the letter.


References of paper and electronic documents must be standardized according to the Vancouver system, prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, available at: http://www.icmje.org).

References must be identified in the text with Arabic numerals, subscripts, between brackets, following the order of citation in the text. The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the author. If more than two references are cited in sequence, only the first and the last should be given, separated by a dash (Example: [6-9]). In case of alternate citation, all references must be typed, separated by commas (Example: [6,7,9]).

Publications in which there are up to six authors, all of them must be cited; publications with more than six authors, only the first six are cited followed by the Latin expression “et al.”.

Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE (available at: http://www.nlm.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html).

References Models

Journal Articles
Issa M, Avezum A, Dantas DC, Almeida AFS, Souza LCB, Sousa AGMR. Fatores de risco pré, intra e pós-operatórios para mortalidade hospitalar em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia de aorta. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc. 2013;28(1):10-21.

Organization as author
diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86.

No indication of authorship
21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325(7357):184.

Article published electronically before the printed version
Atluri P, Goldstone AB, Fairman AS, Macarthur JW, Shudo Y, Cohen JE, et al. Predicting right ventricular failure in the modern, continuous flow left ventricular assist device era. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Journal article from the internet
machado MN, Nakazone MA, Murad-Junior JA, Maia LN. Surgical treatment for infective endocarditis and hospital mortality in a Brazilian single-center. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2013[cited 2013 Jun 25];28(1):29-35. Available from: <http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102-76382013000100006&lng=en&nrm=iso>

Book Chapter
Chai PJ. Intraoperative myocardial protection. In: Mavroudis C, Backer C, eds. Pediatric cardiac surgery. 4th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell; 2013. p.214-24.

Cohn LH. Cardiac surgery in the adult. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill;2012. p.1472.

Dalva M. Estudo do remodelamento ventricular e dos anéis valvares na cardiomiopatia dilatada: avaliação anátomopatológica [Tese de doutorado]. São Paulo: Universidade de São Paulo, 2011. 101p.

National Health Council. Resolution no. 196 of October 10, 1996 set the regulatory guidelines and standards for research involving human subjects. Bioethics. 1996; 4 (Suppl 2): 15-25.
Other examples of references can be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html

Tables and Figures

Must be numbered according to the order of appearance in the text, have a title and be in separate files. Tables must not contain redundant data already cited in the text. They must be open on the sides and completely white in the background.

Abbreviations used in the tables must be listed in alphabetical order, at the bottom with their forms in full. Similarly, the abbreviations used in the figures must be explained in the captions.

Colored figures will be published only if the author agrees to pay for the printing costs of color pages.

We will only accept images in TIFF or JPEG formats with a minimum resolution according to the type of image, both black and white images as to colored images, as shown in the table below.

The BJCVS asks the authors to keep the original images in their possession, because if the online images submitted present any printing problems, we will contact you to send us the original images.

 Limits by Article Type

In order to rationalize the journal space and allow more articles per issue, the criteria outlined below should be observed. Electronic word count should include the initial page, abstract, text, references and figure captions. The titles have a 100 character limit (counting spaces) for Original Articles, Review and Update Articles. If the title needs to be longer, it must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief.


Original Article Editorial Review
New Technology evaluation Case Report How-to Brief Communication/ Previous Note Letters to the Editor Clinical- Surgical Correlation
Abstract – maximum number of words 250 -------- 100 250 100 100 100 -------- --------
Maximum number of words 5.000 1.000 6.500 5.000 1.500 1.500 2.000 400 800
Maximum number of references 25 10 75 25 6 6 6 6 10
Maximum number of figures and tables 8 2 8 8 2 4 2 1 2
Running Title – maximum
number of characters
100 100 100 100 40 40
40 -------- 40


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