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Information and Instructions to Authors


The “Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia” is the official journal of the Portuguese Society of Surgery.

It is a scientific Journal published quarterly which has as objective the scientific promotion of Portuguese Surgery, by divulgation of scientific work with that purpose.

Its editorial policy follows rigour and respects ethics and the deontologic and scientific values of surgical practice, education and research following the international rules known as Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication and also follows authorship criteria proposed in the British Medical Journal and the general lines COPE related to the publication good practice. The Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia  follows the international rules known as Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication, as defined by the International Committee of Editors of Biomedical Journals, also known as Vancouver style (, and also follows authorship criteria proposed in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 1994; 308: 39-41) and the general lines COPE related to the publication good practice (

Authors are advised to consult all these rules so that conformity exists with all of it and for the manuscripts presented for publication to be prepared in accordance.

All texts published in “Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia” have a known authorship. The Journal assumes the compromise of respect all statements made under direct “speech”, trying, when necessary to edit it by space reasons, to keep all of the author’s meaning.

The “Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia” assumes the compromise to respect and to reproduce all results obtained in the studies presented as long as they fulfill publication criteria. All photos of individuals or products published will be, except when specifically mentioned, of own production. Any images of external production to be published will have all authorization permits obtained beforehand, being author(s)’ responsibility the obtention of such authorization.

The Journal publishes original and revision articles, clinical cases, editorials, opinion articles, letters to the Editor, introductory notes, controverises, technical issues, recommendations, image collections, general information and other types of papers related with any subject respecting general surgery practice, under either basic, advanced, theoric or applied form.

Papers for publication will be accepted in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish.

Results of multicentric studies shall be presented under the name of the primary group organizing the study. Methods for recognizing contribution to papers have been proposed (Lancet 1995; 345: 668). The Editors consider that those with a peripheral association with the work should simply be acknowledged (BJS- 2000; 87: 1284-1286).

To note that, besides the structure mentioned at the Uniform Requirements, the abstract of the paper must have, at least two versions (in Portuguese and in English) besides the one in the original language. Keywords must be a maximum of 5 following MeSH terminology (Medical Subject Headings do Index Medicus –

It is also important to note that research works must respect international rules on clinical investigation (Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association) and about animal research (from the American Society of Physiology); also randomized studies must follow CONSORT rules (

All papers published become full property of “Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia” and cannot be reproduced in full or partially without permission of the Editors. Authors take full responsibility by any statement made in their papers.

Subjects already published or papers submitted for publication in another Journal are not, in general, accepted for publication, clashing with international’s and this Journal’s rules. Nevertheless, can be considered for appreciation by reviewers, papers following the presentation of a preliminary report, completing it. As well, work being presented first hand at a conference, as long as not fully published in its proceedings are also accepted. In the same way, multiple publication, not acceptable in general, can be justified if certain rules are fulfilled, besides the ones mentioned in the Uniform Requirements:

  • To have the publication translated to a second language, different than the original publication.

  • To provide complete and full information to the Editors of both Journals and to have their agreement.

  • The second publication must have a minimum interval of one month.

  • To have the necessary adaptation (not a mere translation) to the readers of the second publication

  • To have absolutely identical conclusions using the same data and interpretation

    Clear information to the readers that it is a second publication and of where the first one was published.

    All work sent in other language than english (including papers in portuguese) must have a version of the title in english, as well as a Summary in that language. Authors are the responsible for these two parts of the paper

    Names of the authors must follow always this order: last name, first name intial of the middle name (if existing); last name will be the professional name chosen by the author – example: Smith Jones, James M. Because of consistence of indexing, the Editors will make this corection if the final version of authors will not be sent on time.

    Initial submission of the Manuscript
    Authors must submit to the Editors:

    A cover letter (or letters) signed by all authors, asking for publication of the paper. This letter must indicate which section of the Journal the authors believe is the most appropriate for its publication and their reasons for this, as well as the indication of the paper’s originality (or not, depending on the type of paper); it must also mention if any abstract of the paper has been published or not (with inclusion of all appropriate references). This letter (or letters) must mention if there is any potential, actual, personal, political or financing interest associated with the material, information or techniques described in the paper. It must also include the name(s) of sponsor(s) of any part of the contents of the paper, as well as the reference number(s) of eventual grants

    Agreement of Copyright transferral, with original signature(s); without this document it will not be possible to accept the paper’s submission.

    Permission Letters – it is author or authors responsibility to obtain written permission for reproduction (under any way, including the electronic one) of any material which has been published in any other publication. Editorial Secretariat may provide, if asked for, a draft of these letters. Name and contacts (address, e-mail address and phone contact) of the author responsible for correspondence must also be supplied.

    All these must be sent in electronic version – scanned – to;

    Electronic Submission of the version for appreciation and publication

    An electronic copy of the reviewed final manuscript, has to be sent to the Chief-Editor, as a Word file. It shall mention the title of the paper, author’s name and the name of the Journal and be sent

    Each image must be saved as a separate file, preferably, as JPEG format.

    Legends of images and tables shall be included at the end of the manuscript with the corresponding relation legend/image. The placement of the images within the text shall also be indicated; it is necessary to stress that, because of printing reasons this correspondence may not be total. 

    Categories and Types of Papers


    To be done by Editorial invitation. They are to be related with subjects and themes of actuality and with important subjects published in the correspondent issue of “Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia”. It should not exceed 1800 words.

    Opinion and Revision Papers

    The Editors will directly invite Opinion and Revision Papers which shall be focused on topics of current interest.

    Opinion papers will be, mainly, reflection papers on medical education, and on professional ethics or deontology.

    Revision papers will constitute monographs on actual subjects, recent advances, concepts under rapid evolution or new technologies.

    The Editors support and encourage the submission of Revision papers or meta-analysis on interesting topics. Non invited papers of this type, submitted for publication, will be sent to peer review by the Editorial Board before being accepted and the Editors reserve the right to alter the style and of shortening the length of texts for publication.

    These papers shall not exceed, respectively, 5400 and 6300 words.

    Original Papers

    They are original papers where research work is developed, as well as studies on specific pathologies and also those in which, because of some clinical situations research is done on causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, evolution, prognosis, treatment or prevention of medical situations. These texts shall not exceed 6300 words.


    It is work produced by Editorial invitation. It will relate with subjects regarding which no consensus exists and where opposed or markedly different positions exist on how to manage it. Two points of view will always be asked for, each covering one of the opposed options. The text of each one of the authors shall not exceed 3600 words.

    This section maybe complemented by an editorial comment and reader’s comments on the subject will be received at the “Forum de Controvérsias” which will be published in the next two issues. There will be a limit of 4 pages of the Journal for this Forum and, by this reason, the comments sent may have to be edited.

    Clinical Cases

    Relates of Clinical Cases, preferentially rare, didactic or on unusual forms of presentation. It shall not exceed 1800 words, five bibliographic references and two illustrations.

    Introductory Notes

    Brief communications, short research papers or casuistic or original clinical observations, or description of technical innovations, where the highlight shall be on some specific elements like clinical associations, preliminary results showing important trends, reports on adverse actions or other relevant associations. All shall be presented in a brief style and not exceed 1500 words, five bibliographic references and three illustrations.

    Letters to the Editor

    Its existence is strongly stimulated by the Editors.

    It shall contain, exclusively, scientific comments, comments or critical reflections about papers published in the Journal, regarding the 4 last issues. These letters are limited  to 900 words, a table/illustration and six bibliographic references. Editors reserve the right of publication, as well as the right to edit it for space reasons. To the authors of the papers object of the comments will be given identical conditions for answering.

    Images for Surgeons

    This section is reserved for publishing images (clinical, radiological., histological, surgical) related with surgical cases. The maximum amount of images and tables is five. The images must be of very high technical quality and of didactical value. It must accomplish the publishing criteria for images mentioned below (see 9. Images). Accompanying text is limited to 300 words.

    Other types of Papers

    Still, within the different types of papers to be published in the Journal, there are areas like “History and Careers”, “Selected Readings” and “Special Files”, besides the fact that the Editors can include others. In general the texts for these areas will be by Editorial invitation but authors’ submission can be considered. The Journal also has agreements with other similar Journals for cross publication, with full reference, of papers being considered of interest by the Editors; authors must note that this type of cross publication is automatically accepted by publishing in “Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia”

    Structure of Manuscripts

    All papers sent must follow the usual scientific structure including Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions followed by the listing of Bibliographic References, as mentioned before considering the diverse types of papers.

    If the paper is based in work done through questionnaires these must be included and all materials used as Methods must also be validated. Opinion and Revision Papers must also have Abstract and keywords.

    Reviewing and Analysing submitted work

    All papers sent for publication will be submitted to peer revision. Articles written under Editorial invitation will not be submitted to peer revision but have to acomplish Journal’s publication rules.

    Peer review will lead papers submitted to be:

  • Accepted without any changes

  • Accepted after corrections suggested by the Reviewers or by the Editorial Council and accepted by the authors

  • Refused

    Copies of the submitted work will be sent, anonymously, to 3 reviewers, kept also anonymous, chosen by the Scientific Editor, who will receive the papers under “confidential information”; whenever possible it will also be electronically “erased” by the Editors any references in the work which may identify the authors, not changing any of the sense or statements of it. Only submitted papers fulfilling all editorial rules will be considered for revision. Any work nor fulfilling the rules will be re-sent to the authors with information on the omissions. Paper reviewing is done under the same rules for all, within specified timings. The author responsible for contacts will be notified of Editor’s decision. Only papers fulfilling all mentioned criteria will be considered for publication. These criteria will be checked: initially, regarding completeness of all technical demands, after this, by Reviewers acceptance and by the inclusion of any changes eventually proposed by Reviewers or Editors (authors will be given 6 weeks to introduce these changes). If the changes are not accepted by the authors the paper will not be published.  

    Reviewers Board has been established by the Editors, following suggestions from the Chief-Editor and the Scientific Editor and it is constituted by the Scientific Board and, preferably, by Portuguese surgeons with recognised dedication and experience in the main field of the Paper in question. 

    To enable the publisher to disseminate the author's work to the fullest extent, the author(s) must sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement, transferring copyright in the article from the author(s) to Sociedade Portuguesa de Cirurgia, and submit the original signed agreement with the article presented for publication. A copy of the agreement form to be used will be e-mailed to you upon our receipt of your manuscript. If the article contains extracts (including illustrations) from, or is based in whole or in part on other copyright works (including, for the avoidance of doubt, material from online or intranet sources), the author must obtain from the owners of the respective copyrights written permission to reproduce those extracts in the article in all territories and editions and in all media of expression and languages. All necessary permission forms must be submitted to the publisher on delivery of the article.

    Other information
    A .pdf file with the exact version of the printed paper, as accepted for publication will be sent to the named contact author, together with a complimentary copy of the correspondent issue of the “Revista”.



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