Preparation of the Manuscripts

The title page and the manuscript (main text) should be elaborated and forwarded in independent files.

Title page: should contain a) title of the manuscript (short but informative, maximum of 15 words), in the original language only, in bold and capital letters; b) full name of each author, with the highest academic title and institutional affiliation, city, state, country and e-mail; c) name, full address, and e-mail of the corresponding author; e) Acknowledgements, if any.

On the title page, the individual contributions of each author in the elaboration of the manuscript should be specified, addressing the following items: 1. Conception and project or analysis and interpretation of the data; 2. Writing of the article or relevant critical review of the intellectual content; 3. Final approval of the version for publication. These three conditions should be fully attended as indicated in the previous item “authorship”.

The manuscripts should compulsory be prepared in accordance with the journal’s editorial standards, written in accordance with official spelling standards and typed on numbered A4 pages with interlining of 1.5 cm, left and upper margins of 3 cm and right and lower margins of 2 cm. The font used should be Times New Roman size 12, elaborated in Word for Windows 97-2003 or a compatible word processor. Tables, pictures and figures should be displayed in simple lining and font Times New Roman 12.

Observation: The manuscript should be forwarded in the primary author’s language of origin. If the manuscript was written in English and the authors are Brazilian, the manuscript should also be forwarded in Portuguese for the editorial team of Texto & Contexto Enfermagem to assess the quality of the translation.



– Title in manuscript language only

– Structured abstract in manuscript language only

– Descriptors in manuscript language only

– Introduction

– Methods

– Results

– Discussion

– Conclusion

– References



Abstract and Descriptors: the abstract should be displayed on the first page, in the manuscript language, with a maximum length of 250 words. The following headings should be used: objective(s), method, results and conclusion. Below the abstract, five to eight descriptors should be included in the original language. To determine the descriptors, consult the list of Health Sciences Descriptors (DeCS) elaborated by BIREME, available online at: or the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of Index Medicus. For studies with an interdisciplinary focus, use descriptors universally accepted in the different areas or disciplines involved. Clinical trials should display the registration number of the clinical trial at the end of the abstract. The following are not permitted in an abstract: abbreviations, except when internationally recognized and citations of authors.

Headings: the text should be organized without progressive numbers for titles and subtitles, which should be distinguished by means of the font size. For example:


First subtitle = Routes followed

Second subtitle = The cure through prayer



Tables should be displayed according to the Standards for Table Presentation of the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics Foundation (IBGE), available from:

  • informative, concise and clear title, containing “what”, “from whom”, city, acronym of the state, country, year of data collection, followed by a full stop. The legend should be located above the table. Next, the size of the study sample should be displayed between parentheses, preceded by the letter N.
  • example:

Table 1 – Distribution of female victims of domestic violence according to age, color, marital status and education. Salvador, BA, Brazil, 2014. (N=209);

  • the data should be separated correctly using lines and columns, so that each piece of information is displayed in one cell;
  • gridlines only below and above the heading and at the bottom of the table. No gridlines at the sides of the table.
  • same font as the text (Times New Roman, size 12), simple interlining, use bold in the heading only, capital letters at the start of the variable and for abbreviations and standardized acronyms;
  • not allowed: line breaks using Enter, indents using Tab, spaces to separate the data, underlines, markers from Microsoft® Office Word and colored cells;
  • avoid long tables, extending over more than one page;
  • short tables should be converted into text;
  • legends should be located after the bottom line of the table, restricted to a minimum, without using bold, displaying the term in capital letters, separated from the descriptors by a colon (e.g.: VCM: volume corpuscular médio). Between the legends, a semicolon should be used. Font Times New Roman, size 10.
  • the statistical test used should be mentioned in the legend;
  • results should not be displayed in the body of the table, but in the heading, using %, n, average, median, p-value, among others;
  • cite the source in a footnote to the table, below the legend (if any) or below the bottom line of the table. E.g.: Source: DATASUS12


The pictures should be displayed as follows:

  • informative, concise and clear title, expressing the content and located at the top part of the picture;
  • differs from the tables mainly because they contain textual data, are closed at the sides and gridlines;
  • same font as the text (Times New Roman, font 12), simple interlining, bold in the heading only, capital letters only at the start of the variable and in the abbreviations and standardized acronyms;
  • avoid long tables extending over more than one page;
  • when the picture was taken from another authorship, the source should be cited in a footnote. If any legend is included, use the same format as in the tables and place the legend before the source of the picture, on a different line.


Should not repeat the data shown in texts or tables.

  • Informative, concise and clear title, expressing the content and located at the bottom part;
  • Should be completely readable, clear and self-explanatory;
  • Several graphs in a single figure will only be accepted if the joint display is fundamental to interpret the figure.


  • should be displayed in high resolution (minimum 300 dpi) and be fully readable and clear;
  • black-and-white or colored;
  • photographs of people should be treated to impede identification;
  • if the photograph is protected by copyright, a letter authorizing publication should be provided.

Photographs should be mentioned in the same form as the tables and the title follows the same orientations as for the pictures.

Citations in the text: indirect citations should contain the number of the reference they were taken from, esxluding the name of the author. The punctuation (point, comma or semicolon) should appear before the number in superscript, without any space between the final stop and the citation number. Example: the workers also use non-verbal language.7

When the citations from two or more authors are presented sequentially in the reference (for example, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), superscript should be used, separated by a hyphen. Example: established the principles of good administration, adopting the classical view of the manager’s functions.1-5

Citations in the text for articles in the category Review. The citation number can be followed by the name(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication. If two authors are cited, both are linked by the conjunction “and”; for more than two authors, the first author is cited, followed by the expression “et al.”.


According to Oliveira et al.,9 the network is understood as the overcoming of frontiers, the opening of connections, multiplicity, flexibility, transparency, interdependence and access to all information.

The network is understood as the overcoming of frontiers, the opening of connections, multiplicity, flexibility, transparency, interdependence and access to all information.9

Direct citations (textual transcription) should be displayed in the body of the text between inverted commas, indicating the reference number and citation page, independently of the number of lines. Example: […] “the West emerged in front of us like this infernal machine that crushes men and cultures for unwise purposes”.1:30-31

Verbatim citations from qualitative research are displayed in italics, in the body of the text, identifying authorship between parentheses and respecting anonymity. The identification of authorships should be displayed without italics. Example: […] involving students and professionals more in social projects, getting to know the community problems more (e7).

Footnotes: the text should contain three footnotes at most, indicated by: * first note, ** second note, *** third note.


The references should be consecutively numbered in the order in which they appear in the text for the first time, in accordance with the Uniform Requisites of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors – ICMJE. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to theList of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus( Nursing Index.

There is no limit as to the number of references in the manuscripts.

Special attention is needed to: recent references (preferably from the last five years); priority of references to articles published in scientific journals; citations in English of references available online in that language; restrict to 30% the use of references the reader cannot recover in the original version and/or whose scientific impact cannot be measures (dissertations, theses, course conclusion monographs, handouts, annals, decrees and official publications) or works of limited scientific expression.

No reference needs to be made to National Health Council Resolution 466/12, which establishes the guidelines and regulatory standards for research involving human beings.

All references should be displayed correct and completely. The author(s) is(are) fully responsible for the veracity of the information in the reference list.

In case any bibliographic reference management software is used (e.g.: EndNote), the authors should convert the references into text.


Journal article with up to 6 authors

Senna MH, Andrade SR. Indicators and information in local health planning: the perspective of the family health strategy nurses. Texto Contexto Enferm [Internet]. 2015 Dec [cited 2016 Mar 17]; 24(4):950-8. Available from:

Journal article with more than 6 authors

Teixeira CC, Boaventura RP, Souza ACS, Paranaguá TTB, Bezerra ALQ, Bachion MM, et al. Vital signs measurement: an indicator of safe care delivered to elderly patients. Texto Contexto Enferm [Internet]. 2015 Dec [cited 2016 Mar 07]; 24(4):1071-8. Disponível em:


Article with organizational authorship

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and pro insulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002; 40(5):679-86.


Article without indication of authorship

21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002; 325(7357):184.


Article published in fascicle with supplement

Andrade ACS, Peixoto SV, Friche AAL, Goston JL, César CC, Xavier CC, et al. Social context of neighborhood and socioeconomic status on leisure-time physical activity in a Brazilian urban center: The BH Health Study. Cad Saúde Pública [Internet]. 2015 Nov [cited 2016 Mar 17]; 31(Suppl 1):136-47. Available from:


Article published in issue with supplement

Nowinski CJ, Victorson D, Debb SM, Gershon RC. Input on NIH Toolbox inclusion criteria. Neurology. March 12, 2013; 80 (1 Supplement 3):S7-12.


Article published in special issue

Morera JAC, Parada AR, Ogowewo B, Gough H, Alava MMS, Zeferino MT, et al. The role of family relations, spirituality and entertainment in moderating peer influence and drug use among students of eight universities from five countries in Latin America and three from the Caribbean. Texto Contexto Enferm. [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2016 Mar 17]; 24(Spe):106-16. Available from:


Article in journal without fascicle and without volume

Outreach: bringing HIV-positive individuals into care. HRSA Careaction. 2002 Jun:1-6.


Article with page numbers indicated by Roman figures

Chadwick R, Schuklenk U. The politics of ethical consensus finding. Bioethics. 2002; 16(2):iii-v.


Article containing retraction

Feifel D, Moutier CY, Perry W. Safety and tolerability of a rapidly escalating dose-loading regimen for risperidone. J Clin Psychiatry. 2002; 63(2):169. Retraction of: Feifel D, Moutier CY, Perry W. J Clin Psychiatry. 2000; 61(12):909-11.


Articles with published errata

Callegari DC, Correa JA, Pires OC, Braga RBC, Gimbo AFM, Souza AA, et al. Efeito hiperálgico da fentolamina, por via subaracnoidea, em ratos. Rev Bras Anestesiol. 2015 Abr; 65(2):111-6. Errata em: Rev Bras Anestesiol. 2016 Fev; 66(1):111-4.


Article republished with corrections

Mansharamani M, Chilton BS. The reproductive importance of P-type ATPases. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2002; 188(1-2):22-5. Corrigido e republicado de: Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2001; 183(1-2):123-6.


Article published electronically ahead of print

Ribeiro AM, Guimarães MJ, Lima MC, Sarinho SW, Coutinho SB. Fatores de risco para mortalidade neonatal em crianças com baixo peso ao nascer. Rev Saúde Pública; 43(1). ahead of print Epub 13 fev 2009.


Article in print

Baggio MA, Erdmann AL. The occurrence of the care ‘of us’ in the movements and fluctuations of the interactive processes in the hospital environment. Texto Contexto Enferm. 2016 prelo.


Article with number instead of traditional page numbers

Williams JS, Brown SM, Conlin PR. Videos in clinical medicine. Blood-pressure measurement. N Engl J Med. 2009 Jan 29; 360(5):e6. PubMed PMID: 19179309.

Newspaper article

Conselho da UFSC aprova adesão do Hospital Universitário à Ebserh. Diário Catarinense, 2015 Dez 01; Notícias.


Standard book

Dornelles S,Padilha MI,Ramos FRS, Silva DGV, Leopardi MT, Erdmann AL. Investigação em Enfermagem de Reabilitação um novo conhecimento para guiar a prática de cuidados. Porto (PT): Universidade do Porto; 2014.

Book chapter

Vargas MAO, Marques AMFB, Schoeller SD, Ferrazzo S, Ramos FRS, Heineck LH . Bioética social: delineando modos de cuidar em enfermagem. In: Sousa FGM, Backes DS, organizadores. Cuidado em enfermagem e saúde: diversidades e complexidades. Florianópolis (SC): Editora Papa-livro; 2015.

Book with organizer, editor or compiler

Padilha MI, Borenstein MS, Santos I, organizadores. Enfermagem – Historia de uma profissão. 2ª ed. São Caetano do Sul (SP): Difusão Editora; 2015.


Book edited by an organization

Ministério da Saúde (BR). As cartas da Promoção da Saúde. Brasília (DF): Ministério da Saúde; 2002.


Book with unknown and/or estimated publication date/editor

Ministério da Saúde. Secretaria de Recursos Humanos da Secretaria Geral (BR). Capacitação de enfermeiros em saúde pública para o Sistema Único de Saúde: controle das doenças transmissíveis. Brasília (DF): Ministério da Saúde; [199?].

Hoobler S. Adventures in medicine: one doctor’s life amid the great discoveries of 1940-1990. [place unknown]: S.W. Hoobler; 1991.


Book fully available on the internet

Amarante P. Saúde mental e atenção psicossocial [internet]. 4 ed. Rio de Janeiro (RJ): Editora Fiocruz; 2007. [acesso 2016 Mar 03]. Disponível em:


Paper presented at congress

Lima ACC, Kujawa H. Educação popular e saúde no fortalecimento do controle social. In: Anais do 7o Congresso Nacional da Rede Unida, 2006 Jul 15- 18; Curitiba, Brasil. Curitiba (PR): Rede Unida; 2006. Oficina 26.

Legal documents

Ministério da Saúde (BR), Conselho Nacional de Saúde, Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa. Resolução n 466 de 12 de dezembro de 2012: diretrizes e normas regulamentadoras de pesquisa envolvendo seres humanos. Brasília (DF): MS; 2012.

Brasil. Lei N. 7.498, de 25 de junho de 1986: dispõe sobre a regulamentação do exercício da Enfermagem e dá outras providências. Diário Oficial da República Federativa do Brasil, 26 Jun 1986. Seção 1.

Corporate entity

Ministério da Saúde (BR), Departamento de Monitoramento e Avaliação do SUS. Planejamento estratégico do Ministério da Saúde: 2011-2015: resultados e perspectivas. 3ª ed. Brasília (DF): MS; 2014.


Alvarez AG. Tecnologia persuasiva na aprendizagem da avaliação da dor aguda em enfermagem [tese]. Florianópolis (SC): Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem; 2014.

Audiovisual material

Lessmann JC, Guedes JAD, entrevistadoras. Lúcia Hisako Takase Gonçalves entrevista concedida ao acervo do Grupo de Estudos de História do Conhecimento da Enfermagem GEHCE/UFSC [fita cassete 60 min]. Florianópolis (SC): UFSC/GEHCE; 2006 jul 23.


Santos RO, Moura ACSN. Santa Catarina: físico [mapa]. Florianópolis (SC): DCL; 2002.


Ferreira ABH. Dicionário Aurélio da Língua Portuguesa. Curitiba (PR): Editora Positivo; 2014.


Ministério da Saúde [página na Internet]. Brasília (DF): MS; 2015 [acesso 2016 Mar 07]. Disponível em:

Legislation on the internet

Brasil. Lei 13021, de 8 de agosto de 2014: dispõe sobre o exercício e a fiscalização das atividades farmacêuticas. 2014. [acesso 2016 Mar 06]. Disponível em:

Electronic material

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem. Anais do 3o Seminário Internacional de Filosofia e Saúde [CD- ROM]. Florianópolis (SC): Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem; 2006.

Waterkemper R, Prado ML, Medina JLM, Reibnitz KS. To be the shadow – awareness of undergraduate nursing students: a case study. Texto Contexto Enferm. [Internet]. 2015 Dec [cited 2016 Mar 17]; 24(4):1079-86. Available from: Epub Nov 24, 2015.

Ferreira AC. História de vida de pessoas com deficiência física adquirida [dissertação da internet]. Florianópolis (SC): Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem; 2015 [acesso 2016 Mar 07]. Disponível em:

Databases/retrieval systems on the internet with individual/organizational authorship

Ministério da Previdência Social (BR). Base de dados históricos do Anuário Estatístico da Previdência Social: resumo de acidentes do trabalho – 2013 [Internet]. Brasília (DF): 2015 [acesso 2016 Mar 07]. Disponível em:


Organizational reports

Ministério da Saúde (BR). IV Conferência Nacional de Saúde Mental: Intersetorial, 27 de junho a 1 de julho de 2010. Brasília (DF): Conselho Nacional de Saúde; Ministério da Saúde; 2010. Relatório final.

Open access book

Amarante P. Saúde mental e atenção psicossocial [Internet]. 4 ed. Rio de Janeiro (RJ): Editora Fiocruz; 2007 [cited 2016 Mar 03]. Available from:

Homepage on the internet

Revista Texto e Contexto Enfermagem [internet]. Florianópolis: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; 2015 [acesso 2016 Mar 06]. Disponível em:

Observation: unpublished studies should not be included in the references but in a footnote. For other examples of references please consult: For abbreviations of journal titles in Portuguese, consult: and, in other languages, if necessary, consult: International Nursing Index, Index Medicus or


Randomized clinical trials, Systematic reviews, Meta-analyses, Observational studies in epidemiology and Qualitative studies

Text & Context Nursing supports the clinical trial registration policies of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), acknowledging the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international disclosure of information on open-access clinical studies. Therefore, articles based on clinical research will only be accepted with an identification number in one of the Clinical Trial Registries validated by the WHO and ICMJE criteria, whose addresses are available on the ICMJE website. The identification number has to be included at the end of the abstract.

Manuscripts submitted to the journal need to comply with the editorial policy and instructions for authors, which follow the EQUATOR network and the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts(

The following entities register clinical trials in accordance with the ICMJE criteria:

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR)

International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN)

Nederlands Trial Register (NTR)

UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (UMIN-CTR)

WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos (ReBEC)

Texto & Contexto Enfermagem defends initiatives to improve the presentation of scientific research results by encouraging the authors’ use of international guidelines in the preparation of articles from randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, observational studies in epidemiology and qualitative studies. The international guidelines consist of checklists and flow charts published in the international declarations CONSORT (randomized clinical trials), PRISMA (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), STROBE (observational studies in epidemiology) and COREQ (qualitative studies). Their use to prepare the manuscript can enhance the publication potential and, after publication, increase the use of the manuscript in further research.

. Randomized clinical trial – CONSORT (checklistandflowchart).

. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses – PRISMA (checklistandflowchart).

. Observational studies in epidemiology – STROBE (checklist)

. Qualitative studies – COREQ (checklist) published in the Int. Journal for Quality in Health Care in 2007 in the form of a table in the study Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ): a 32-item checklist for interviews and focus groups.


Translation and instrument validation studies

In the English and Spanish versions, translation and instrument validation studies should maintain the instrument items in Portuguese, the language the study was developed in.