Instructions for Authors
TYPES OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Original articles. Pieces of work resulting from scientific research presenting original data about experimental or observational aspects of medical, biological, biochemical and psychosocial character and including descriptive statistical analysis and/or inferences of own data. These articles have priority for publication. They must be composed of: title page, abstract and keywords, text (divided in Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion or equivalent, Conclusion), acknowledgments (if applicable), references, tables (if available), figure legends (if available) and figures (if available).
Reviews. Papers whose aim is to summarize, analyze, evaluate or synthesize investigative papers already published in scientific journals. They must include a synthesis and critical analysis of the researched literature and cannot be confused with update articles. They must be composed of: title page, abstract and keywords, text, references, tables (if available), figure legends (if available) and figures (if available).
Update or opinion articles. Papers reporting usually current information on themes of interest to certain specialties (such as a new technique or method). They have different characteristics from reviews, since they do not display critical analysis of the literature. They must be composed of: title page, abstract and keywords, text, references, tables (if available), figure legends (if available) and figures (if available).
Case reports. Articles representing descriptive data of one or more cases, exploiting a method or problem through example(s). The selected cases should be of great interest, with unusual disease or evolution or submitted to unexpected or alternative treatments. They must involve humans or animals and should present the studied individual’s characteristics (gender, age, etc.). They must be composed of: title page, abstract and keywords, text (divided in: Introduction, Case Description and Discussion or equivalent), references, figure legends (if available) and figures (if available).
Letters to the reader. Letters to the editor commenting, discussing or criticizing articles published in JBRA Assisted Reproduction will be welcome and published as long as they are accepted by the Editorial Board. They must be composed of: title, name of author, identification of the publication being commented on and references (if available). It is recommended to include 500 words at the most, references inclusive. Whenever possible, a reply by the authors will be published alongside with the letter.
You have to prepared a cover letter for your submission, explaining why we should publish your manuscript and elaborating on any issues relating to our editorial policies detailed in the instructions for authors, and declaring any potential competing interests. This should be provided using the 'cover letter' section of the submission process.
The cover letter have to carry the following information:
PREPARATION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS
Preferably use Microsoft Word® processor. Papers should be typed in Times New Roman font sized 12, single-spaced and aligned to the left. Every section should be started on a new page in the following order: title page, abstract and keywords, text, acknowledgements, references, tables, figure legends and figures. All of the pages should be numbered consecutively.
Abbreviations should be spelled out in the first mention in the text; and after the first appearance, only the abbreviation should be used. In the abstract, the use of abbreviations should be avoided.
Chemicals should be presented by their generic name. If relevant, commercial name of the substance and the manufacturer’s name must be informed in parentheses.
The presentation of units of measurements should follow the International System (IS).
Genes of animals should be presented in italics with capital letter initials (example: Sox2); genes of human beings should also be presented in italics; however, with all capital letters (example: SOX2). Proteins should follow the same pattern: capital/small, without italics, though.
The title page should carry the following information:
The content of the texts should not exceed 250 words.
For original articles, the abstract should be structured as follows: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion. For case reports, reviews and update articles, the abstract should not be structured. The use of abbreviations should be avoided in the abstract, and references should not be cited. Right after the abstract, three to six keywords should be presented.
This part is dedicated to acknowledging the work of those who have helped intellectually, but whose contribution does not justify co-authorship or those people or institutions who have given material support.
In the text, the citations will be identified by the author’s last name in parentheses followed by the publication year.
Examples: one author (Steptoe, 1978), two authors (Edwards & Steptoe, 1980), and more than two authors (Van Steirteghem et al., 1988).
The references should be presented in alphabetical order (each author’s surname followed by his/her first two initials), and should not be numbered. Papers by the same author should be chronologically organized; papers by the same author in the same year should be identified with letters after each year (2000a, 2000b, etc.). The presentation of references will follow the format proposed in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (see examples below). All references cited in the list should be mentioned in the text and vice-versa.
Tables And Figures
Tables and figures (graphs, photographs, etc.) should be numbered in Arabic numerals according to the order in which they appear in the text and should have individual legends, presented at the end of the paper.
In the tables, use horizontal lines only, and each piece of information should be in an independent cell. Explanations about items in the tables should be presented in footnotes identified by the following symbols, in this sequence: *,†, ‡, §, ||,¶,**,††,‡‡.
Figures must be submitted in electronic formats such as .jpg, .gif or .tif, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
Photographs of patients should not allow their identification.
Figures previously published and included in submitted articles should include the original source in the legend and should be accompanied by a permission letter from the copyright’s holder (publisher or journal).
SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES
To facilitate the articles publication, JBRA Assisted Reproduction prefers online submission. Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on their behalf. The submitting author takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review.
You will be also asked to provide the contact details (including email addresses) of potential peer reviewers for your manuscript. These should be experts in their field, who will be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Any suggested peer reviewers should not have published with any of the authors of the manuscript within the past five years, should not be current collaborators, and should not be members of the same research institution. Suggested reviewers will be considered alongside potential reviewers recommended by the Editor and/or Editorial Board members.