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The Brazilian Journal of Pain (Br J Pain), printed version: ISSN 2595-0118, electronic version: ISSN 2595-3192, is the multidisciplinary medical journal of the Brazilian Society for the Study of Pain (SBED). This is a journal focusing on the study of pain in clinical and research contents, gathering scientists, physicians, dentists, veterinaries, epidemiologists, psychologists, physiotherapists and other health professionals aiming at publishing their basic or applied research in this area of knowledge. Articles are of full responsibility of the authors and its periodicity is quarterly. All submitted papers are reviewed and the journal follows the Uniform Requirements of Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical

Journals (URM) – The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors – ICMJE.

Submitted articles are sent to 2-4 reviewers, who are asked to return their evaluation within 20 days. After receiving the opinion, authors have 15 days to answer to reviewers’ suggestions. Articles with no answer within six months shall be resubmitted. As many reviews as necessary shall be carried out and the final approval decision will depend on the editor. Authors are asked to present guarantees that no material violates existing copyrights or the rights of third parties.

Br J Pain follows the Editorial Policy Statements of the Council of Science Editors – CSE. Additional information about ethic and misbehavior aspects may be found in the website ( or by the online submission system.


Articles shall be submitted online:, including the Copyright Assignment document duly signed by the author(s). A submission letter shall be forwarded together

with manuscript files with information about originality, conflicts of interest or sponsoring, as well as with the statement that the article is not currently being evaluated by another journal nor has been

previously published. The letter shall also state that Br J Pain shall have the exclusive right of publication of the article, if accepted, and that ethic aspects are respected in case of studies involving animals or humans.

Articles may be submitted in Portuguese or English; however, the printed publication shall be in the original language of submission and the electronic publication shall be in Portuguese and English.

Authors are responsible for stating conflicts of interests in the manuscript itself, as well as to acknowledge financial support, when applicable.

Final Correction and Approval for Publication: When accepted, articles shall be sent to the editorial processing, which shall take place within 5 days, and then submitted to authors in the PDF format for their final approval, before being forwarded for publication and printing. Authors shall have 3 days to approve the final PDF.


Submitted manuscripts shall be followed by a Submission Letter with the following data: originality, conflicts of interests, financing, that the article is not being evaluated by another journal and has not

been previously published. This letter shall also have the information that Br J Pain shall have the exclusive right of publication of the article, if accepted, and that ethic aspects are respected in case of studies involving animals or humans.

The manuscript shall have the following items:


Title: The title shall be short, clear and concise to help its classification.

When necessary, a subtitle may be used. The title shall be sent in Portuguese and English.

Author(s): Complete name(s) of author(s) and affiliations (in the order: University, College, Hospital or Department; mini-resumes shall not be accepted).

Author for correspondence: Name, conventional address, Zip Code, city, state, country and electronic address.

Sponsoring sources: (if applicable).

1. Structured abstract, with no more than 250 words. For Research articles and Clinical Trials, please include: BAKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES, METHODS, RESULTS and CONCLUSION. For

case reports, please include: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES, CASE REPORT and CONCLUSION. For review articles, please include: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES, CONTENTS and CONCLUSION. Please include up to six keywords. We recommend the use of Bireme’s Health Sciences Descriptors – DeCS, available at

2. Abstract: The English version of the abstract shall be forwarded together with the article. Please include up to six keywords.

3. Body of text: Organize the text according to the types of below described articles. In original articles with humans or animal’s ethic aspects shall be informed in addition to the number and the year of the Institution’s Ethics Committee process. Acknowledgments to other collaborators may be mentioned at the end, before the references.


The submission of experimental or clinical research articles, with humans or animals, implies that authors have obtained approval from the relevant Ethics Committee and that they comply with the Declaration of Helsinki. This type of statement shall be included in the chapter “METHODS”.

For all articles including information about patients or clinical pictures, the written and signed consent from each patient or relative shall be obtained to be forwarded to the journal with the submission

process. Generic drug names shall be used. When trade names are used in the research, these names shall be included in brackets in the chapter “METHODS”.


1. Introduction – this section shall briefly describe the scope and previous evidence-based knowledge for the design of the research, based on subject-related references. At the end, the research objective shall be clearly stated. Please include up to six authors.

Methods – shall include study design, sample selection processes, ethic aspects, exclusion and inclusion criteria, clear description of interventions and methods used, in addition to data analysis as well as sample power and applied statistical tests.

Results – shall be objectively described, further explained with figures and tables when needed. Analyses carried out and their results shall be included.

Discussion – this section shall discuss research results at the light of previous knowledge published by scientific duly mentioned sources.

This section may be divided in sub-chapters. Please include study limitations and close with the conclusion of the paper. Whenever possible, include clinical implications and information about importance and relevance of the study.

Acknowledgments – acknowledgments to collaborators, among others, may be mentioned in this section, before references.

References – shall be formatted according to Vancouver standards (

Figures and Tables – shall be sent separately from the text of the article in a format allowing for edition (figures in Excel and tables in Word).


1. Case reports with relevance and originality are invited to be submitted to Br J Pain. A limit of 1800 words shall be respected. Findings shall be clearly presented and discussed at the light of scientific literature, mentioning references. Please include up to three authors. The body of the text shall contain: INTRODUCTION, CASE REPORT, DISCUSSION, Acknowledgments and References. Figures and tables illustrating the text may be included.


Literature reviews on relevant pain subjects, with literature critical review and systematically carried out are welcome. They shall contain no more than 3000 words and be structured as follows: INTRODUCTION, CONTENTS, CONCLUSION, REFERENCES.

3. Letters

Letters or comments to any published article shall be sent to the journal, with no more than 400 words and up to five references.


Br J Pain adopts the “Vancouver Standards” ( as style to format references. These shall be presented in the text in numerical sequential order in superscript. Unpublished papers shall not be mentioned and preferably avoid mentioning abstracts presented in scientific events. References older than 5 years shall be mentioned if fundamental for the article. Articles already accepted for publication may be mentioned with information that they are in publication process. Up to six authors may be mentioned and, if there are more, include et al. after the names. Journal title shall be abbreviated.


Journal articles:

- 1 author - Wall PD. The prevention of postoperative pain. Pain. 1988;33(1):289-90.

- 2 authors - Dahl JB, Kehlet H. The value of pre-emptive analgesia in the treatment of postoperative pain. Br J Anaesth. 1993;70(1):434-9.

- 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 erratum:

Sousa AM, Cutait MM, Ashmawi HA. Avaliação da adição do tramadol sobre o tempo de regressão do bloqueio motor induzido pela lidocaína. Estudo experimental em ratos avaliação da adição do tramadol sobre o tempo de regressão do bloqueio motor induzido pela lidocaína. Estudo experimental em ratos. Rev Dor. 2013;14(2):130-3. Erratum in: Rev Dor. 2013;14(3):234.

Supplement article:

Walker LK. Use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for preoperative stabilization of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Crit 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:

Lachmann B, van Daal GJ. Adult respiratory distress syndrome: animal models. In: Robertson B, van Golde LMG, editors. Pulmonary surfactant. Amsterdam, 2nd ed. Batenburg: Elsevier; 1992. 635-63p.

Theses and dissertations: Shall not be accepted.


All illustrations (including figures, tables and pictures), shall be compulsorily mentioned in the text in the preferred place for their inclusion. Please number them in Arabic numbers. All shall have title and captions. Please use pictures and figures in black and white and restrict their number to a maximum of three. The same result shall not be expressed by more than one illustration. Graphic signs, figures of acronyms used in tables or figures shall have their correlation mentioned as footnote.

Figures and tables shall be sent separately from the text and in format allowing for edition, according to the following recommendations.

Digital Format

Submission Letter, Manuscript and Figures shall be forwarded in DOC format (Windows Word standard); figures in bars or lines shall be forwarded in Excel (extension XLS). Pictures shall be digitalized with minimum resolution of 300 DPI, in JPEG format. File name shall express illustration type and number (Figure 1, Table 2, for example). Copies or reproductions of other publications shall be allowed only after attachment of express authorization of the Editing Company or of the Author of the original article.


When reporting experiments with human beings, please indicate whether procedures were in compliance with ethical standards of the Committee in charge of the human experiment (institutional or regional), and with the Declaration of Helsinki from 1975, amended in 1983. The number of the Research Ethics Committee approval shall be mentioned.

Registry of Clinical Trial:

Br J Pain respects World Health Organization and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors – ICMJE policies for the registry of clinical trials, acknowledging the importance of such initiatives for international disclosure of information about clinical research with open access. So, as from 2012, preference shall be given to the publication of articles or studies previously registered before a Platform of Clinical Trials Registry meeting the requirements of the World Health Organization and of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The list of Platforms of Clinical Trials Registry may be found at, from the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP). Among them there is the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials (ReBEC), which is a virtual platform with free access for the registry of experimental and non-experimental studies carried out with human beings, in process or closed, by Brazilian and foreign researchers, which may be accessed at The registry number of the study shall be published at the end of the abstract.

Use of Abbreviations:

Title, summary and abstract shall not contain abbreviations. When long expressions are present in the text, they do not have to be repeated after INTRODUCTION. After their first mention in the text, which shall be followed by the initials in brackets, it is recommended that their initials in capital letters

replace them.