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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Papers must be original and may not have been partially or totally submitted to any other journal for publication. Otherwise, this must be justified in "Comments to the Editor".
    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Pensar Enfermagem will be reviewed.
    The submitted article must meet the journal's standards according to the authorship criteria.

Author Guidelines

It is recommended to read these guidelines, as well as the specific guidelines for each type of article.

1. Editorial Policy

   1.1 Peer review policy

   1.2 Editorial Process

   1.3 Authorship

    1.4 Acknowledgments

    1.5  Conflicts of interest and Funding

    1.6 Research ethics

      1.6.1 Research participants’ consent

2. Publishing Policy

    2.1 Publication Ethics

       2.1.1 Plagiarism

      2.1.2 Prior publication

    2.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    2.3 Open access and author archiving

3. Preparing your manuscript for submission 

    3.1 Structure and formatting

      3.1.1 Tables

      3.1.2 Figures

      3.1.3 Abbreviations and Acronyms

      3.1.4 Title page guidelines

      3.1.5  Type of articles

    3.2 Reference style

    3.3  Linguistic review and translation services

4. Submitting your manuscript

    4.1 ORCID

    4.2 Information required for completing your submission

    4.3 Permissions

    4.4 Information on publication costs

5. Acceptance and publication

    5.1 Edition

    5.2 Online publication

    5.3 Promoting your article

6. Further information

 

1. Editorial Policy

1.1 Peer review policy

Pensar Enfermagem operates under a double-blind (reviewer doesn't know the identity of the author, and vice-versa). 

In-house submissions, i.e. papers authored by members of ESEL, Editors or Editorial Board members of the title, will be sent to reviewer’s unaffiliated with the author or institution and monitored carefully to ensure there is no peer review bias.

This journal is committed to ensuring integrity in the peer review process. Accordingly, we expect all peer reviewers to comply with COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, including respecting the confidentiality of peer review and not revealing any details of a manuscript or communications related to it, during or after the peer review process, beyond those that are released by the journal. 

1.2 Editorial Process

Pensar Enfermagem is committed to ensuring integrity and transparency along the editorial  process. Please, see our editorial flow.

1.3 Authorship 

Pensar Enfermagem recommends that, from the perspective of attribution of accountability, attribution of credit for intellectual work and to ensure transparency, authors follow the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) based on the following 4 criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. 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.

The journal accepts articles by up to a maximum of 7 authors. It is up to the submitting author to present to the Editor-in-Chief the need and justification for including more authors.  If it is a review article it must have at least two authors.

1.4 Acknowledgments 

Anybody who contributes without meeting the 4 criteria should be listed in an  acknowledgments section . This usually  happens with purely technical contributions, business affiliation or for some specific contribution.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements only at the Title Page, separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

1.5  Conflicts of interest and Funding

Conflicts of interest and Funding sources should be disclosed.

Public trust in the scientific process and the credibility of published articles depends on the transparency of the relationships and activities of authors directly or indirectly related to the work during the planning, implementation, drafting, peer review, editing, and publication of scientific work. 

If there is any conflict of interest, the authors should make it clear in the article. The recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) must be followed. 

Please complete and submit the provided form ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest).

If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

For undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article we follow COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) recommendations.

Pensar Enfermagem requires all authors to acknowledge their funding or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

1.6 Research Ethics

All papers reporting human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

We accept manuscripts that report humans for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. 

Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at Home - ClinicalTrials.gov) or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE. If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page.

1.6.1 Research participants’ consent

Identifying details of individuals or organizations should be omitted if they are not essential. Informed consent should be obtained and be indicated in the submitted article.

 

2. Publishing Policy

2.1 Publication Ethics

Pensar Enfermagem is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors. 

2.1.1 Plagiarism

Pensar Enfermagem protects the rights of the authors and always investigates claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. We also seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. We follow COPE’s guidelines  and encourage authors to read and apply them at all research stages. 

As members of Crossref, we use the Similarity Check service as a first assessment and, during revision, other checks will be performed.

In the case of plagiarism, we inform the authors, and reserve the right to take action to publish an erratum or corrigendum (correction), and request an investigation to the authors’ institution.

2.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in the Pensar Enfermagem journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief in case of doubt.

2.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

The author retains copyright in the work but grants Pensar Enfermagem the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright under the following terms Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International:

  • You are free to Share - copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; and Adapt - remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
  • Attribution - You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

2.3 Open access and author archiving

Pensar Enfermagem offers open access publishing under the terms Creative Commons - Atribuição 4.0 Internacional and archive via OJS/PKP Platform. Authors can share their articles in academic or research repositories with due reference to Pensar Enfermagem.

 

3. Preparing your manuscript for submission

It is recommended to read these guidelines as well as the specific guidelines for each type of article. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Prior to submission, authors should pay attention to the Journal's standards and complete the checklist for the different types of articles. 

Documents to be submitted:

  • Title page
  • Article in editable format (Word)
  • Figures (PNG) (not included in the article)
  • Checklist - depending on the type of article
  • Evidence of authorization from an ethics committee (if applicable)
  • Declaration of conflicts of interest available at: [http://www.icmje.org/disclosure-of-interest/]

Double blind review procedure: do not include in the article any information identifying the author(s), acknowledgments, or mention of conflict of interest. This information will be included in the article after acceptance for publication.

As part of the submission process, authors will be required to declare:

  • The submitted article is original.
  • It has not been submitted to/published in any other journal or book chapter, among other media.
  • Copyright is assigned to the journal.
  • Authorization from the institution where the study was performed (if applicable).
  • Declaration from the Ethics Committee where the study was conducted (if applicable).
  • All the authors take responsibility for the article's content.

The journal accepts article submissions in Portuguese and/or English. The journal publishes all articles in Portuguese and English.

3.1 Structure and formatting

  • The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. 
  • The paper should be submitted with a title page separate from the main document. 
  • The article should not exceed the stipulated number of words. Original/review/theoretical articles should not exceed 6000 words (excluding abstract, images, tables/charts, and bibliographical references).
  • Articles should be submitted in Garamond font, size 12, with all margins formatted at 2.5 cm. Text formatted in a single column, justified, with numbered page lines and pagination.
  • Number of tables/figures (maximum 6).
  • Images in separated files, in PNG format.
  • Access to Supplementary material, relevant to the understanding of the study (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc), may be provided.

3.1.1 Tables

Tables should provide detailed and precise information. They should be provided in editable format, not pasted as images (they can be inserted in the article or provided in a separate file).

All abbreviations and symbols should be explained in footnotes. The symbols *, **, *** should be reserved for p-values. Statistical measurements such as standard deviation (SD) should be identified in the headings.

If a table has previously been published, it is the author's responsibility to acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it.

The title of the table and its numbering (which should be Arabic and sequential, in the order it appears in the text) should be placed before the table. The caption and the source must appear below the table.

The text in tables should be Garamond font, size 10.

3.1.2 Figures

A wide range of formats, sizes and resolutions are accepted, however authors should submit figures in the highest possible quality (PNG format). Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they are cited in the text. 

If a figure has previously been published, it is the author's responsibility to acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it. Permission is required, regardless of authorship or publisher, except for public domain documents. 

The title of the figure and its numbering (which should be Arabic and sequential in the order it appears in the text) should be placed below the figure.

The caption and the source must appear below the figure.

3.1.3 Abbreviations and Acronyms

Use only standard abbreviations and acronyms. They should be avoided in the title and abstract of the article. The abbreviation/acronym should be spelled out in full when it is first mentioned, followed by the abbreviation/acronym in brackets, unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

 3.1.4 Title page guidelines

The title page should be submitted separately from the paper.

See the Title page form.

3.1.5  Type of articles 

Original articles - primary research such as descriptive, observational, experimental, and historical research studies (among others). They should contain the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion.

Quantitative Original Articles - Specific Guidelines

Qualitative Original Articles - Specific Guidelines 

Literature review articles: Systematic, integrative, scoping and rapid reviews are accepted. They should contain the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.

Note: Narrative/exploratory literature reviews are not accepted.

Review Article - Specific Guidelines

Theoretical articles that can include works of critical discussion of existing theoretical content on the discipline, methodology or tests, such as reflections, experience reports and critical reviews. Experience reports should be relevant to the practice of nursing - dissemination of good practices, such as intervention projects, case studies, clinical cases, and professional/academic experiences. A critical review is a critical appraisal of a written work, book, or essay, and is written by an expert in the field. They should contain the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Method (if applicable), Development, and Conclusion. 

Theoretical Articles - Specific Guidelines

Letters to the Editor should be drafted based on individual and reasoned opinions, commenting on articles published in the journal or on current affairs, either as a proposer or by invitation, with a letter addressed to the Editorial Board. Letters to the editor aim to stimulate debate on the topic.

The journal has specific critical analysis criteria for different categories of articles (original articles; literature reviews; theoretical articles/essays/critical reviews/experience reports). It is recommended to use the specific EQUATOR NETWORK guidelines for the different types of studies.

The author should pay attention to all items and validate them on the respective checklist, to be submitted along with the article.

3.2 Reference style

The Journal follows the Vancouver style

Authors should provide direct references to original research sources whenever possible, and should not cite articles from predatory journals or pseudo-journals (see Beallist). 

Published articles should refer to the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). 

References should be prepared in the Vancouver style and should appear at the end of the article, listed numerically in the order in which they are cited. It is recommended the use of reference management software, such as Mendeley.

References Manual

https://guides.lib.monash.edu/citing-referencing/vancouver

based on: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/  

or PDF https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK7256.pdf

Articles should be referenced in the version in which they are consulted, in hard copy or digital, and should be specifically cited according to examples.

Examples: 

Online Article

Silva C, Galinha de Sá F, Potra T, Perdigão A. Cross-sectional study of healthcare accessibility in rural regions among patients with acute myocardial infarction. Int Emerg Nurs [Internet]. 2022 Jan; 60:101112. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2021

Online Article more than 6 authors

Costa A, Sousa CJ, Seabra PRC, Virgolino A, Santos O, Lopes J, et al. Effectiveness of Social Prescribing Programs in the Primary Health-Care Context: A Systematic Literature Review. Sustainability [Internet] 2021; 13(5):2731. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su13052731 

Print Book 

Pereira P. Frutos do Amor: dinâmicas conjugais na parentalidade inaugural (quando dois passam a três). Lisboa: Coisa de Ler; 2009.

Print Book Chapter

Henriques HR, Menoita E, Brás C, Sousa D. Capítulo 22: Prevenção e tratamento de úlceras por pressão. In: Henriques E. O cuidado centrado no cliente - da apreciação à intervenção de enfermagem. Loures: Sabooks Lusodidacta; 2021. p.307-335.

Online Book

Collins SR, Kriss JL, Davis K, Doty MM, Holmgren AL. Squeezed: why rising exposure to health care costs threatens the health and financial well-being of American families [Internet]. New York: Commonwealth Fund; 2006 Sep [cited 2006 Nov 2]. 34 p. Available from: http://www.cmwf.org/usr_doc/Collins_squeezedrisinghltcarecosts_953.pdf 

Online Book Chapter

Higgins JP, Green S, editors. Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions [Internet]. Version 4.2.6. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.; 2006 [updated 2006 Sep]. Chapter 3, Guide to the contents of a protocol and review; [cited 2006 Nov 17]; p. 37-57. Available from: http://www.cochrane.org/resources/handbook/handbook.pdf

Official Documents

Portugal. Ministério da Saúde. Informação no 009/2020 - COVID-19: Fase de Mitigação Uso de Máscaras na Comunidade [Internet]. Direção-Geral da Saúde (DGS), editor. 2020 [cited 2022 Apr 22]. Available from: https://www.dgs.pt/normas-orientacoes-einformacoes/informacoes/informacao-n-0092020-de13042020-pdf.aspx

Lei n. ̊ 49/95 de 30 de Agosto, https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/547979

Decreto-Lei n. ̊ 1/2020 de 9 de janeiro, https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/127899795  

Lei n. ̊ 23/2006 de 23 de junho, art. 16, no. 4, https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/359360, alterado pela 

Lei n. ̊ 57/2019 de 7 de agosto, https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/123770987

Thesis

Pereira P. O amor na relação terapêutica em enfermagem : experiência vivida do enfermeiro de saúde mental [dissertation on the internet]. Lisboa (Portugal): Universidade de Lisboa; 2015 [cited 2022 Jan 12]. 206 p. Available from:  http://hdl.handle.net/10451/20503

Thesis Chapter

Henriques HR. Experiência do autocuidado e identidade pessoal: um estudo fenomenológico com pessoas idosas que vivem com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crónica [dissertation on the internet]. Lisboa (Portugal): Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Instituto de Ciências da Saúde; 2015. Capítulo 2:  Percurso Metodológico; p. 37-58. Available from: https://repositorio.ucp.pt/handle/10400.14/18573 

More examples: https://guides.lib.monash.edu/ld.php?content_id=48260115

3.3  Linguistic review and translation services

Authors should submit their papers with scientific writing. Portuguese and English are accepted. Once the article is accepted for publication, the authors should contact the translators recommended by the Pensar Enfermagem Journal. Paying for the translation/linguistic review is the authors' responsibility. A certificate of translation must be submitted. Consult the list of recommended translators.

 

4. Submitting your manuscript

Pensar Enfermagem is hosted on OJS/PKP Platform, a web based online submission and peer review system to manage and publish online submitted articles.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please use the following email:revistapensarenfermagem@esel.pt

4.1 - ORCID

ORCID provides a unique digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name. It supports  automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process on Pensar Enfermagem. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. 

Many systems ask for your ORCID iD in order to create a link between you and your research institutions and results. With your ORCID iD and giving organizations permission to update their registration whenever they request it, you can be credited for your work and reduce the time spent on future registration updates.

If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one and get all the information. https://orcid.org/

4.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations. 

4.3 Permissions

Ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. 

4.4 Information on publication costs

Submission or publication is not subject to payment. When the article is accepted for publication, the authors will be responsible for the payment of the translation/linguistic review service.The journal publishes all articles in Portuguese and English languages. Once the article is accepted, the authors should contact the translators recommended by the Pensar Enfermagem Journal. A certificate of translation must be submitted. Please, see the list of recommended translators.

All articles published in our journal are open access and freely available online, immediately upon publication.

 

5. Acceptance and publication

5.1 Edition 

Pensar Enfermagem Editorial Support will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Final proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned in the recommended days. Authors are asked to check their proofs carefully, to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

5.2 Online publication

Pensar Enfermagem assumes a publication in continuous flow (rolling pass), in digital open access version, and can edit, extraordinarily, special issues to be defined by the Editorial Board.

5.3 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process. Pensar Enfermagem assumes, as well the authors, the dissemination of the articles. 

 

6. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Pensar Enfermagem editorial office as follows:

Editorial Office Revista Pensar Enfermagem

Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa - Polo Artur Ravara

Av. Dom João II, Lote 4.69.01, 

1990-096 Lisboa, Portugal

Telefone +351 217 913 400

Email: revistapensarenfermagem@esel.pt

 

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