Brazilian Journal of Pain
Brazilian Journal of Pain

Guidelines and Policies


The Brazilian Journal of Pain (BrJP), printed version: ISSN 2595-0118 and electronic version: ISSN 2595-3192, and the Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo da Dor (SBED - Brazilian Society for the Study of Pain) multidisciplinary medical magazine is publication that focuses on the study of pain in the contexts of clinics and research. The BrJP is directed towards all health professionals, including biologists, biomedical professionals, dentists, physical educators, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacologists, physiologists, physiotherapists, doctors, veterinary doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, occupational therapists, etc., and all professionals in any area of knowledge interested in the study and treatment of pain, members or not of the Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo da Dor (SBED). The articles are the sole responsibility of the authors. The authors are fully responsible for the articles. The periodicity is quarterly and since May 2020 the articles have also been published in the modality of advanced publication or Ahead of Print (AOP). All papers submitted are peer-reviewed and the journal complies with the Uniform Requirements of Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URM - The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - ICMJE). Articles received are sent to 3-4 reviewers, who are asked to inform whether or not they accept the review within 3 days. After accepting to review the article the evaluation must be returned in up to 15 days. The articles that require adjustments are returned to the authors. After the authors response, the articles are reevaluated by the same reviewers who did the first evaluation or by reviewers chosen by the Editor. Articles with no response from the authors after six months are rejected but may be resubmitted. There will be as many reviews as necessary, being the final approval decision made by the Editor. The authors shall guarantee that none of the material infringes any existing copyright or a third party right. BrJP follows the Editorial Policy Statements of the Council of Science Editors (CSE). Additional information on ethical aspects and misconduct can be found on the website ( and the online submission system. The evaluation process is very rigorous and anonymity between authors and reviewers is protected. The journal does not charge authors for the articles submission.  Manuscripts submitted to the BrJP are subject to evaluation through tools in order to detect plagiarism, duplication or fraud, and whenever these situations are identified, the Editor will contact the authors and their institutions. If such situations are detected, authors should be prepared for an immediate refusal of the manuscript. If the Editor is not aware of this situation prior to publication, the following issue will bring a disclaimer. The authors will have open access through the portal.




Articles should be submitted online through the platform, including the Copyright Assignment document, available in the publications folder of the portal, duly signed by the author(s). A Submission Letter should be sent along with the manuscript's files, containing information regarding originality, conflict of interests, sponsoring sources, as well as confirmation that the article is not under evaluation by another journal and has not been previously published. This letter should also confirm that the article, if accepted, will be entitled to exclusive publication in the BrJP, and that it respects ethical aspects, in the case of studies involving animals or humans. The articles may be sent in Portuguese or English. The printed publication will be in Portuguese and the electronic publication in Portuguese and English. Its the authors responsibility to declare conflict of interests in the manuscript itself, as well as to acknowledge financial support when appropriate. The BrJP considers the duplicate or fragmented publication of the same research an ethical infraction and is careful in using mechanisms to find text similarities and detect plagiarism.



When accepted, the articles will be forwarded for editorial processing, which should take place within 7 days, and then submitted to the corresponding author in PDF format for final approval, before being sent for publication in the advanced modality of articles or Ahead of Print. The author will have up to 3 days to approve the final PDF.



Title: Should be short, clear and concise, facilitating its classification. Must be sent in Portuguese and English. When necessary, a subtitle can be used.  Author(s): The full name(s) of the author(s) and affiliations (in the hierarchical order of: University, Faculty, Hospital, Department; mini curriculums are not accepted). Correspondence author: Name, conventional address, zip code, city, state, country, and e-mail address. The authors must inform the ORCID of all collaborators. 1. Structured abstract, with a maximum of 250 words. Research and Clinical Trials articles must include: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES, METHODS, RESULTS and CONCLUSION. Case reports must include: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES, CASE REPORT and CONCLUSION. Review articles must include: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES, CONTENT and CONCLUSION. Up to six descriptors may be included. The use of DeCS - Descritores em Ciência da Saúde da Bireme (Bireme Health Science Descriptors) is recommended, available at 2. Abstract: The English version of the abstract should be submitted within the article. Up to six keywords may be included. 3. Body text: The text should be organized according to the type of article. Original articles with humans or animals must have the approval of the Ethics Committee, and the process number, date of approval and the name of the Ethics Committee of the institution that approved the research project must be informed. For all articles that include information on patients or clinical photographs, written and signed consent must be obtained from each patient or family member, as well as the Free and Informed Consent Term (FICT), which do not need to be forwarded in the submission process. Generic names of drugs should be used. When trade names are used in the research, these names should be included in brackets in the METHODS chapter.


Up to six authors may be included. The body text structure should contain: Introduction - This session should briefly describe the scope and previous evidence-based knowledge for the research design, based on bibliographic references related to the topic. Should clearly describe, at the end, the objective of the research. Methods - Should include the study drawing, sample selection procedures, ethical aspects, exclusion and inclusion criteria, clear description of interventions and methods, data analysis, sample power and the statistical testings applied. Results - Should be described objectively, elucidated by figures and tables when necessary. Should include analyses performed and their results. Discussion - This section should discuss the results found in the research in the light of previous published knowledge in scientific sources, duly cited. Can be divided into subchapters. Should include the limitations of the study. Should include the clinical implications of the study and information on importance and relevance whenever possible. Avoid the use of authors' names in the text, only sue the superscript reference. Conclusion - This section should contain the work’s closure. Acknowledgments - Acknowledgments to collaborators, among others, may be cited in this section before the references. References - Must be formatted according to Vancouver standards ( Figures and tables should be sent together with the main text of the article or attached, in a format that allows editing.



Up to three authors may be included. Case reports that are relevant and original are welcome for submission in the BrJP. They must respect a limit of 1.800 words. The structure of the body text should contain: Introduction - This session should briefly describe the previous knowledge based on evidence for the clinical case, based on bibliographic references related to the subject. Case Report - This session should objectively describe the clinical case and the relevant details. Discussion - This section should discuss the relevant data of the clinical case in the light of previous knowledge published in scientific sources, duly cited. Should conclude with the relevant aspects of the case and information on the importance and relevance. References - Must be formatted according to Vancouver standards ( Figures and tables may be included and should be sent together with the main text of the article or attached, in a format that allows editing.



Up to six authors may be included. Meta-analyses, systematic and integrative reviews of the literature on relevant issues related to the study and therapy of pain, with critical analysis of the literature, are welcome. Should be structured as follows: Introduction - This session should briefly describe the scope for the design of the review. Content - This session should critically analyze the literature, with the objective of surveying, gathering and critically evaluating the research methodology and synthesizing the results of various primary studies, seeking to answer a clearly formulated research question, using systematic and explicit methods to retrieve, select and evaluate the results of relevant studies. Conclusion - This section should bring the completion of the review. Acknowledgments - Acknowledgments to collaborators, among others, may be cited in this section before the references. References - Must be formatted according to Vancouver standards ( Figures and tables may be included and should be sent together with the main text of the article or attached, in a format that allows editing.



Letters or comments to any article published in the magazine may be sent, with a maximum of 400 words and up to five references, formatted according to the Vancouver standards (


The BrJP adopts the "Vancouver Standards" ( as the style for formatting references. These should be presented in the text in sequential numerical order, superscribed. Unpublished papers should not be cited and preferably abstracts presented at scientific events should be not be cited. References older than five years should be cited if they are fundamental to the article. Articles already accepted for publication may be cited, informing that they are in the process of publication. Up to six authors may be cited and, if there are more, ''et al'' after the names should be included. The title of the journal should have its abbreviated name. The year, volume, issue and start and end pages should be informed. Coincident numbers should not be repeated, e.g. BrJP. 2019;5(3):251-5.



Journal articles:

1 author - Craig KD. The social communication model of pain. Can Psychol. 2009;50(1):22-32.- 2 authors - Araujo LC, Romero B. Pain: evaluation of the fifth vital sign. A theoretical reflection. Rev Dor. 2015;16(4):291-6. - 3 authors - Hampton AJD, Hadjistavropoulos T, Gagnon MM. Contextual influences in decoding pain expressions: effects of patient age, informational priming, and observer characteristics. Pain. 2018;159(11):2363-74. - More than 6 authors - Barreto RF, Gomes CZ, Silva RM, Signorelli AA, Oliveira LF, Cavellani CL, et al. Pain and epidemiologic evaluation of patients seen by the first aid unit of a teaching hospital. Rev Dor. 2012;13(3):213-9. Article with published errata: Sousa AM, Cutait MM, Ashmawi HA. Evaluation of the addition of tramadol over the regression time of lidocaine induced motor blocking. Experimental study in rats evaluation of tramadol addition on the regression time of lidocaine induced motor block. Experimental study in rats. Rev Dor. 2013;14(2):130-3. Errata in: Rev Dor. 2013;14(3):234.


Supplementary article: Walker LK. Use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for preoperative stabilization of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Criteria Care Med. 1993;2(2Suppl1):S379-80.


Book: (when strictly necessary) Doyle AC, editor. Biological mysteries solved, 2nd ed. London: Science Press; 1991. 477-80p. Book chapter: Riddell RP, Racine NM, Craig KD, Campbell L. Psychological theories and biopsychosocial models in paediatric pain. In: McGrath P, Stevens B, Walker S, Zempsky W. Paediatric Pain. Oxford, 1st ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2018. 85-94p. Theses and dissertations: not accepted.



All illustrations, including figures, tables and photographs must be cited in the text, in the preferred place of their entry. Must be listed in Arabic numerals. All must contain a title and legend. Photos and figures should be black and white, restricted to a maximum of three. The same result should not be expressed by more than one illustration. Graphic signs used in tables, figures or acronyms should have their correlation mentioned in the footnote. Figures and tables should be sent in a format that allows editing, recommended as follows: Digital format. The submission letter, the manuscript and the Assignment of Rights should be forwarded as attachments. The tables should be forwarded in DOC (Word) format and be present in the text at their place of insertion. The pictures and photos can be sent as attachments. Photos should be scanned with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI, in JPEG format. The file name should express the type and numbering of the illustration (for example - Figure 1, Table 2). Copies or reproductions of other publications shall be permitted only with the express authorization of the Publisher or the Author of the original article.


In the case of human studies, the authors must indicate whether the study procedures are in accordance with the ethical standards defined by the institutional or national Committee responsible for human studies, if applicable, and in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised in 2000. In the case of animal studies, the authors should indicate whether institutional and/or national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. For any research, clinical or experimental, in humans or animals, this information should be included in the Methods section. The approval number and year of the Research Ethics Committee should be cited. Clinical Trial Registration: The BrJP respects the policies of the World Health Organization and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for the registration of clinical trials, recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the international dissemination of information on clinical research with open access. Therefore, since 2012, articles or studies previously registered in a Clinical Trial Registry Platform that meet the requirements of the World Health Organization and the International Commission of Medical Journal Editors have preference for publication. The International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) list can be found on the ICTRP website. Among them is the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials (ReBEC), which is a free virtual platform for the registration of experimental and non-experimental studies, in progress or completed, conducted on human beings by Brazilian and foreign researchers, which can be accessed at



The title and abstract should not contain abbreviations. When expressions in the text are extensive, from the INTRODUCTION on they need not be repeated. After the first mention in the text, preceded by the acronym in parentheses, it is recommended that they be replaced by the initials in capital letters, for example: Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo da Dor (SBED).


The BrJP is sent to the members of the Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo da Dor (SBED), through payment of the annual fee, and free of charge to the Libraries, Associations, Universities, Colleges, Medical Societies, Regional SBED and Leagues of Pain registered on the SBED website.


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