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.
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
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.
Editorial Procedures and Peer-Review description
All submitted manuscripts received by the Editorial Office will be checked to determine whether they are properly prepared and whether they follow the ethical policies of the journal. Manuscripts that do not fit the journal's ethics policy or do not meet the standards of the journal will be returned to the authors for revision and resubmission.
After these checks, the manuscript goes to Editor-in-chef/Adjunct editors to determine whether the manuscript fits the scope of the journal and whether it is scientifically sound. No judgment on the potential impact of the work will be made at this stage. Reject decisions at this stage will be verified by the Editor-in-Chief.
Once a manuscript passes the initial checks, it will be assigned to at least two independent experts for peer-review. A double-blind review is applied, where authors' identities are unknown to reviewers. Peer review comments are confidential.
In the case of regular submissions, Editor-in-chef will invite experts. These experts may also include Editorial Board Members as Associated editors of the Pensar Enfermagem Journal. Reviewers should not have published with any of the co-authors during the past three years and should not currently work with co-authors.
Editorial Decision and Revision
All the articles published in Pensar Enfermagem Journal go through the peer-review process and receive at least two reviews. The Editor-in-chef/Adjunct editors will communicate the decision, which will be one of the following:
- Accepted: The paper is accepted, without revision.
- Minor Revisions: The paper is in principle accepted after revision based on the reviewer’s comments. Authors are given 7 days for minor revisions.
- Major Revisions: The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. A maximum of two rounds of major revision per manuscript is normally provided. Authors will be asked to resubmit the revised paper within a 14 days, and the revised version will be returned to the reviewer for further comments.
- Reject: The article has serious flaws, and/or makes no original significant contribution. If additional experiments are needed to support the conclusions, the manuscript will be rejected, and the authors will be encouraged to re-submit the paper once further experiments have been conducted.
All reviewer comments should be responded to in a point-by-point fashion. Where the authors disagree with a reviewer, they must provide a clear response (Rebuttal letter).
Once the paper is accepted the librarian will review the Vancouver norms. Then the authors will be contacted to carry out the translation / language revision of the article. The article returns to the Editorial Office to continue the editing processes. After that, it goes back to the authors for a final review. Authors are given 4 days for final revisions. After final adjustments on editing processes, the article will be published in online-rolling-pass.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
The Pensar Enfermagem journal respects its autonomy and independence, and so it may assume institutional sponsorships, under protocols established with ESEL. Due the purpose of rigour and transparency, we will not accept resources from advertising, commercial or from any other sources with declared conflicts of interest.
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.
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.
2.1.3 Complaints management
The Journal Pensar Enfermagem follows the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines regarding misconduct and retractions, regarding the processes set out in its flowchart (COPE’s flowcharts). All ethical claims are considered, and it is the Journal's responsibility to maintain the integrity of the scientific record as far as possible.
The relationship with authors is based on trust and submitted material is published in good faith. However, if a possible violation of ethical principles is brought to our attention, we follow the COPE guidelines on responding to whistle-blowers (COPE guidelines on responding to whistle-blowers), which includes protecting the complainant anonymity.
Please consider, that the Journal Pensar Enfermagem has the right to:
- Contact an author's employing institution regarding allegations of misconduct or research departments and finally inform responsible entities such as professional orders. During the entire enquiry process, the review or publication process will be suspended;
- Request proof of identity in cases where there is suspicion or allegation of identity theft;
- To request access to the raw data related to any manuscript, under review or published, at any time;
- To issue an expression of concern about an article that is the subject of an ongoing investigation, whenever there is no possibility of quickly solving the situation or when a third party is involved;
- Withdraw an accepted or published article, subject to a full investigation, which is found to have violated the Journal's publication license and/or which meets the COPE criteria for article withdrawal;
- Reject or rescind article acceptance in cases where an ethical violation is suspected with an unpublished paper during the review process;
- Not to work with anyone who is abusive towards the Journal's staff, authors, reviewers or editors.
To report any concerns regarding potential misconduct, please contact the Journal's editorial office.
2.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
After acceptance of the article for publication, the copyright is transferred to Pensar Enfermagem, under the terms of Creative Commons - Atribuição 4.0 Internacional, for the use and availability of the article in open access.
This copyright assignment allows immediate free access to the work and enables any reader to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them on as data for software or use them for any other lawful purpose.
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 CLOCKSS. Authors can share their articles in academic or research repositories with due reference to Pensar Enfermagem.
A Pensar Enfermagem fulfils the DOAJ definition of open access (https://doaj.org/apply/transparency/). The full text of all content is available for free and open access without delay to anyone. No embargo period. No requirement for users to register to read content.
Pensar Enfermagem Journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research. We encourage research data to be shared, citable, and recognized as an intellectual product of value. All papers must contain a methodology detailed enough for someone in the field to reproduce the methods. We encourage authors to make their data as open as possible by one of the following methods:
Data openly available in a public repository that issues datasets with DOIs – The data that support the findings of this study should be made available by indicating the name of the repository, http://doi.org/[doi], or a reference number.
Data openly available in a public repository that does not issue DOIs – The data that support the findings of this study should be made available by indicating the repository name, URL, or reference number.
Data derived from public domain resources – The data that support the findings of this study should be made available by indicating the repository name, URL/DOI, reference number, or public domain.
Embargo on data due to commercial restrictions – The data that support the findings should be available by indicating the name of the repository and URL/DOI after the period determined for the commercialization of research results.
Data available on request due to privacy/ethical restrictions – The data that support the findings of this study should be made available on request from the corresponding author. The data are not publicly available due to privacy or ethical restrictions.
Data subject to third party restrictions – The data that support the findings of this study will be made available by third parties or via a URL, with the permission of the third party.
Data available on request from the authors – The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.
Data sharing not applicable – There is no new data. Data sharing is not applicable to this article as no new data were created or analyzed in this study.
Author elects to not share data – Research data are not shared.
Data available in article supplementary material – The data that supports the findings of this study will be available in the supplementary material of this article
Data sharing not applicable – Data sharing is not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analysed during the current study.
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 article must be submitted in Word format, by filling in the template provided by the journal (download here - Article text)
- 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 10, and following the structure of the templates regarding margins, columns, 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.
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 8.
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.
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.
Pensar Enfermagem | Journal of Nursing informs that it is temporarily unavailable to accept the submission of review protocols.
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.
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.
Formatting of superscript numbers in the text should be followed, according to the example:
When paraphrasing the author:
...as the author refers to the most difficult times are followed by others of greater tranquillity.1
When quoting the author directly:
...as the author refers to "After the storm comes the bonanza". 1(p23)
The author's name may also be included in the text - Benner 1 states that...
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.
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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2021.101112
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Translation is only required if and when the article is accepted for publication.
To ensure the quality of the translation, Pensar Enfermagem only accepts translations with a certificate or proof of translation issued by entreprises or translators recognized by Pensar Enfermagem.
Pensar Enfermagem has a list of translators with special prices available.
Authors are responsible for the payment of the translation/linguistic review service.
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:email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
Translation is only required if and when the article is accepted for publication.
To ensure the quality of the translation, Pensar Enfermagem only accepts translations with a certificate or proof of translation issued by entreprises or translators recognized by Pensar Enfermagem.
5. Acceptance and publication
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
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