ISSN 2183-9417
[electronic version]




Scope and policy


The journal publishes original articles, review articles, case reports and opinion articles related to Maternal Fetal, Neonatal and Pediatric Health.

The articles submitted must not have been published previously in any form. The opinions therein are the full responsibility of the authors.

Published articles will remain the property of the Journal and may not be reproduced, in full or in part, without the prior consent of the editors.

The journal is available in open access and is published in electronic format.



Form and preparation of manuscripts

Nascer e Crescer – Birth and Growth Medical Journal complies with the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Updated July 2011).

All the components of the paper, including images must be submitted in electronic form.
Manuscripts for publication should be submitted throught the journal's website in
Submitted articles should follow the instructions below, and are subject to an editorial screening process based on the opinion of at least two anonymous reviewers. Articles may be:
- accepted with no modifications,
- accepted with corrections or modifications,
- or rejected.

This is based opinion of at least two reviewers who review anonymously. Reviewers' proposals for modifying the article or the grounds for refusal shall always be communicated to the authors.

All the components of the paper, including images must be submitted in electronic form. The papers must be presented as following:
1 - Title in English and Portuguese;
2 - Authors;
3 - Abstract in english and portuguese and keywords in both;
4 - Text;
5 - References;
6 - Legends;
7 - Figures;
8 - Tables;
9 – Acknowledgements.

Pages should be numbered according the above sequence. If a second version of the paper is submitted, this should also be sent in electronic format.

Title and Authors: The first page should contain only the title in English and Portuguese. The title should be concise and revealing, not mentioning the identification of the institution where the study was held. A separate page should contain name(s) degree(s), the authors' professional affiliations, the name and the contact details of all authors (postal address, electronic address and telephone).

Abstract and Key-words: TThe abstract should be written in the same language of the text and also in portuguese, provide on a separate page of not more than 250 words for original papers. 150 words for case reports and 250 for reviews. For original papers the abstract should consist of four paragraphs, labelled Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Case report abstracts should contain an Introduction, Case report and Discussion/Conclusions. Do not use abbreviations. Each abstract should be followed by the proposed key-words in Portuguese and English in alphabetical order, minimum of three and maximum of ten. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings from Index Medicus (MeSH).

Text: The text may be written in English.

Original articlesshould contain the following sections: Introduction; Material and Methods; Results; Discussion and Conclusions.

Review articlesthe structure should include: Introduction; Past landmarks and Present developments and Conclusions.

Case reportsshould be unique cases duly studied and discussed. They should contain: a brief Introduction, Case description and a succinct discussion or Conclusion.

Any abbreviation used should be spelled out the first time they are used. Abbreviations are not accepted in the titles of papers. Parameters or values measured should be expressed in international (SI units, The SI for the Health Professions, WHO, 1977), using the corresponding abbreviations adopted in Portugal. Numbers 1 to 10 should be written in full, except in the case of decimals or units of measurements. Numbers above 10 are written as figures except at the beginning of a sentence.

References: References are to be cited in the text by Arabic numerals, and in the order in which they mentioned in the text. They should be limited to 40 for original papers, 15 to case reports and 80 for reviews. The journal complies with the reference style in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals ( Abbreviate journal titles according to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus. Authors should consult NLM's Citing Medicine for information on its recommended formats for a variety of reference types. The following details should be given in references to (a) journals, (b) chapters of books by other authors, or (c) books written or edited by the same author.

a) Journals: Names of all authors (except if there are more than six, in which case the first three are listed followed byet al.”), the title of the article, the name of the journal (using the abbreviations in Index Medicus), year, volume 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: 622-65.

b) Chapters of books: Name(s) and initials of the author(s) of the chapter or contribution cited. Title and number of the chapter or contribution. Name and initials of the medical editors, title of book, city and name of publisher, year of publication, first and last page 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) Books: Name(s) and initials of the author(s), title of the book, number of edition, city and name of publisher, year of publication, page. Ex: Jenkins PF. Making sense of the chest x-ray: a hands-on guide. 2nd. London: Taylor & Francis; 2013. p. 120.

d) Online reference: Journal article on the Internet: Ex.: Jeha G, Kirkland J. Etiology of hypocalcemia in infants and children. January, 2010. (Accessed 8 May 2013). Available at:

Tables and Figures: All illustrations should be in digital format of high quality. Each table and figure should be numbered in sequence, in the order in which they are referenced in the text. They should each have their own page and bear an explanatory title and caption when necessary. All abbreviations and symbols need a caption. If the illustration has appeared in or has been adapted from copyrighted material, include full credit to the original source in the legend and provide an authorization if necessary. Any patient photograph or complementary exam should have patients' identities obscured and publication should have been authorized by the patient or legal guardian.
The total number of figures or tables must not exceed eight for original articles and five for case reports. Figures or tables in colour, or those in excess of the specified numbers, will be published at the authors' expense in the paper version.

Acknowlegments: All authors are required to disclose all potential conflicts of interest.
All financial and material support for the research and the work should be clearly and completely identified in an Acknowledgment section of the manuscript.

Modifications and Revisions: If the paper is accepted subject to modifications, these must be submitted within fifteen days of notification. Proof copies will be sent to the authors in electronic form together with an indication of the time limit for revisions, which will depend on the Journal's publishing schedule. Failure to comply with this deadline will mean that the authors' revisions may not be accepted, any further revisions being carried out by the Journal's staff.

Letters to the editor: Letters to the Editor should be a comment to scientific manuscript or a small note about an important new clinical practice. A letter should not exceed 500 words and have a maximum of 5 references.


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