nursing; health; care; patients; wellness; disease; evidenced based practice

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


Our mission is to register, retrieve and disseminate information in the form of important scientific evidence, defending the editorial freedom and global integration of knowledge between researchers and practitioners of nursing and health.


Our vision is to emerge as the best electronic journal of nursing in Latin America, through recognition by the major international indexing databases and through its inalienable defense of excellence, accuracy and ethical precepts in publications in the field of health.

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Section Policies


Expresses the politics and philosophy of the journal, and points to emerging or neglected areas that deserve to be better discussed by the scientific community

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Invited Editorial

It is an invitation to experts to present a discussion of topics, trends and policies that affect the performance of medical and health treatment.

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Original Articles

Manuscripts should be written in a format consistent with the research design. A comprehensive range of research forms is acceptable. All research manuscripts must include a clear and concise summary of the purpose and objectives of this research, including conditions, importance, and relevant literature, theoretical framework or orientation, typology (design, method or study design), the participants, the collection of data processes, and procedural analysis, ethical protection, issues and legitimacy and credibility of the approaches, findings and implications of these findings. Cross-sectional studies that use a quantitative approach should, minimally, provide measures of association and significance level for the analysis of categorical variables, since simple and/or relative frequency do not characterize quantitative approach. Such papers submitted shall have priority in the evaluation process.

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Review Articles

A critical analysis and review of the literature are fundamental to the advancement of knowledge development in nursing. Manuscripts that take into account an analysis and systematic and rigorous assessment of the current literature are welcome. The format for such manuscripts should include the focus of the review; the scope and rationale for the literature selected; a detailed description of the analysis; the evaluation criteria and processes used; significant findings; issues and gaps identified; and the implications for research, practice and knowledge development. Priority will be given to manuscripts that have the potential to expand knowledge regarding subjects that relate to health and nursing.

In terms of REVIEW ARTICLES, the following arrangements are accepted: SYSTEMATIC REVIEW, META-ANALYSIS, META-SYNTHESIS and INTEGRATIVE REVIEW. In this case, the minimum quality standards** require be clear in terms of methodology: time frame, databases, thesauri and/or descriptors, inclusion and exclusion criteria, date of data collection, the existence of a second evaluator and their qualifications, quantitative results of bibliographic searches, reasons for exclusion of bibliography , and flowcharts.

** These are also applicable to BIBLIOMETRIC studies

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Case Study

A single case within a particular time period that focuses on nursing issues in accordance with the following guidelines:

  1. Anonymity of the patient and approval by an ethics committee.
  2. Depending on the nature of the case study, the patient's consent and a letter of permission from the hospital may be necessary. If this is the case, supporting documentation should be sent with the submitted article.
  3. No defamatory or direct criticism of treatment practices that could lead to litigation should be included. However, constructive criticism and the exploration of alternative approaches to treatment can be debated if supported by the literature, and where no defamatory material is included.

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Undergraduate Research Training

Refers to research findings by graduate students, preferably with regard to projects covered by scholarships for science development official organs, for example, CNPq, FAPERJ, FAPESP, etc.

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Brief Communications

It refers to PRIMARY RESEARCH with RESULT obtained AFTER APPROVAL BY THE ETHICS COMMITTEE. It is characterized by short texts containing ONLY ONE OBJECTIVE and COMPLETE RESULT. Submission of NEGATIVE RESULTS of further research is encouraged to this section

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Peer Review Process




1.The Author reads the rules, submits the manuscript, performs the payment of submission fee;
2.The Author performs the manuscript upload, additional documents (pictures, DUDE and proof of payment of submission fee);
3.The Financial Sector confirms receipt of the submission fee and releases the article submitted for analysis of the librarian;
4.The Librarian performs Check A (pre-analysis) and verifies the adequacy to the rules prescribed by the OBJN;
5.The Head Editor evaluates the relevance of the manuscript to the OBJN and designates the Section Editor.

 NOTE: The inadequacy to the requirements allows the rejection of the submission in the sub-processes 3, 4 and 5.



1.The Section Editor applies Checklist B (method) and, in case of score ≥ 8.0, the article will be designated to two expert reviewers;
2.Each reviewer has 15 days to issue an opinion according to the standardization of the journal, which will determine a score from the reviewer, Check C (expert  evaluation );
3.The Section Editor in possession of the advice and recommendations of the reviewers decides on: rejection; submission to a new round after the adjustments of the author; acceptance of the new round after adjustments of the Author and; acceptance after minor formatting adjustments. The decision of the Section Editor is informed to all Authors by e-mail;
4.The Section Editor, possibly after the second round, presents his recommendation to the editor;
5.The Head Editor decides on the approval of the manuscript and informs the Author that, if positive, he will also receive information regarding the translation and complete filling of metadata by means of proper form, plus the payment of a publication fee process.

NOTE: The inadequacy to the requirements allows the rejection of the submission in the sub-processes 4 and 5.



1.The Author, in possession of the final version of the article, approved by the Chief Editor, and of the metadata form obtained from the link received through approval email, performs the quotation of translation services at the companies accredited by OBJN;
2.The Author pays the publication fee, sends the scanned voucher to the Financial Sector of the OBJN and informs the name of the company contracted for translation services;
3.The chosen company performs: Portuguese revision, English version, English revision (native translation), Spanish version, Spanish revision (native translation), filling/revision of the metadata form (attached). After Portuguese review the final material is sent to the author for corrections, when necessary, and proof reading;
4.The Author returns the text to the contractor with possible modifications;
5.The Accredited Company sends to the Financial Sector of the OBJN the following: original text, final version in Portuguese, final version in English, final version in Spanish; metadata form, filled out and, eventually, processed images;
6.The Financial Sector confirms receipt of the publication fee, releases information on OJS and forwards all materials to the librarian;
7.The Librarian carries out the general revision of the standardization and use of the Vancouver style in the three languages and forward all documents to the text editor;
8.The Text Editor evaluates and eventually proceeds the changes of the small adjustments and sends all documentation to the Head Editor;
9.The Head Editor reviews all the material and schedules in SEER, the edition in which the material will be published. 



1.The technical staff of the OBJN prepares versions in HTML, PDF and EPUB in the three languages; performs the correct completion of metadata based on the received document, performs markup of the DTD standards of SciELO, DOI (Digital Object Identifier) assignment, performs the upload of all files in OJS;
2.The Head Editor reviews the entire process, publishes the issue and emits notification to all users registered in OBJN.



Publication Frequency


(March – Autumn Edition; June – Winter Edition; September – Spring Edition; December – Summer Edition)


Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of it content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.



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