Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

ISSN (on-line): 1806-3756 | ISSN (printed): 1806-3713


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The Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia (JBP, Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology) ISSN-1806-3756, published on a rolling basis every two months (6 issues a year), is the official organ of the Brazilian Thoracic Association for the publication of scientific papers on pulmonology and related areas. The JBP is indexed in PubMed Central ( and SciELO (


Manuscripts will be analyzed and, at the discretion of the Editorial Board, will be sent to qualified reviewers. Anonymity will be preserved throughout the review process. Articles that fail to present sufficient merit, have significant errors in methodology, or are not in accordance with the JBP editorial policy will be directly rejected by the Editorial Board, with no recourse.


Articles may be written in Portuguese, Spanish, or English. All articles will be made available online in Spanish or Portuguese, as well as in English, at Each article will be given a reference number upon submission for future queries.


No fees are charged for article submission or processing, and eventual publication.


The JBP upholds the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) policies regarding the registration of clinical trials, recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international, open-access dissemination of information on clinical trials. Therefore, the JBP only accepts clinical trials that have been given an identification number by one of the clinical trials registries meeting the criteria established by the WHO and the ICMJE. The addresses of these registries are available on the ICMJE website. This identification number must be included at the end of the abstract.


Within this context, the JBP adheres to the definition of a clinical trial as described by the WHO, which can be summarized as "any research study that prospectively assigns human beings to one or more interventions to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related outcomes. Such interventions include the administration of drugs, cells, and other biological products, as well as surgical procedures, radiological techniques, the use of devices, behavioral therapy, changes in treatment processes, preventive care, etc."


Human studies should include in the Methods section a statement that the study was approved by the relevant local or national research ethics committee, preferably with the protocol number, and must be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Experimental animal studies must comply with ethical principles.


Manuscripts are accepted for consideration by the JBP with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. The JBP uses Crossref Similarity Check software (iThenticate) to assess the degree of similarity between submitted manuscripts and previously published articles.





An individual may be listed as an author of an article submitted for publication only if he/she has made a significant intellectual contribution to its creation. The individual must have participated in at least one of the following phases: 1) design and planning of the study, as well as interpretation of findings; 2) writing and/or revision of all preliminary drafts and the final version; and 3) approval of the final version.


Mere data collection and cataloging do not constitute authorship. Likewise, authorship should not be conferred on technicians performing routine tasks, referring physicians, doctors who interpret routine exams, or department heads who are not directly involved in the research. The contributions made by such individuals may be acknowledged in a section at the end of the text (before the references). The contribution of each author to the study and any acknowledgments must be included in the title page (see Title Page).


The accuracy of all concepts presented in the manuscript is the sole responsibility of the authors.


The JBP allows up to 10 authors for original articles, although exceptions could be made for papers considered to be extremely complex. For papers with more than 10 authors, a letter should be sent to the JBP describing the participation of each.




Manuscripts must be sent electronically by means of the ScholarOne submission system: The instructions and submission process are described below:


The copyright transfer form must be signed (in ink; we do not accept electronic signatures) by all authors and uploaded as a supplementary file to the manuscript. The form is available here:


Authors are requested to follow the JBP editorial guidelines carefully, especially regarding the maximum number of words, tables, charts, and figures allowed, as well as the preparation of references. Failure to comply with the writing instructions for authors will result in the manuscript being returned to the authors so that the pertinent corrections can be made before it is submitted to the reviewers.


Special instructions apply to the preparation of Guidelines and Consensus Statements, and authors should consult these instructions on the JBP homepage before preparing such documents. Guidelines and Consensus Statements will be published on a rolling basis as Special Articles in regular issues of the JBP.


The JBP reserves the right to make stylistic, grammatical, and other changes on accepted manuscripts.




Main text files should be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx). The table below shows a summary of specifications for the types of manuscripts that can be submitted to the JBP.




Original Article

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses

Review Articles

Pictorial Essays

Brief Communications

Letters to the Editor




Images in Pulmonary Medicine   

Maximum number of authors










Abstract -
maximum number of words

250     structured   

250       structured  

250   unstructured  

250         unstructured  

 100 unstructured





Maximum number of words










Maximum number of references










Maximum number of figures and table










Max #: maximum number.


Original Articles


The text, excluding the abstract, references, and illustrations (i.e., tables, charts, and figures), should consist of 2,000 to 3,000 words. Illustrations should be limited to a total of 6. The number of references should not exceed 40. The main text should be structured as follows: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgments (if applicable); and References. The Methods section should include a statement that the study was approved by the relevant human or animal research ethics committee. In addition, this section should describe the statistical analysis, with the respective references. Subheadings are allowed in the Methods and Results sections, as long as they are not used excessively, but they are not allowed in the Introduction or Discussion.


Case Series

Case series should follow the same specifications as those for original articles.


Review Articles and Meta-analyses

For systematic reviews and meta-analyses, abstracts should be structured the same way as abstracts for original articles. The text (excluding the abstract, references, and illustrations) should be no longer than 5,000 words. The total number of illustrations should not exceed 8. The number of references should be limited to 60.


Reviews and Updates

Reviews and updates are by invitation only from the Editorial Board. The text (excluding the abstract, references, and illustrations) should be no longer than 5,000 words. The total number of illustrations should not exceed 8. The number of references should be limited to 60.


Pictorial Essays

Pictorial essays are by invitation or by permission from the Editorial Board. The text (excluding references and illustrations) should be no longer than 3,000 words. The total number of illustrations should be limited to 12, and the number of references should not exceed 30.


Brief Communications

The text (excluding references and illustrations) should be no longer than 1,500 words. The total number of illustrations should be limited to 2, and the number of references should not exceed 20. The text should be unstructured, without subheadings.


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor are original contributions containing preliminary results. They should be no longer than 1,000 words with up to 10 references and 1 illustration.



Comments and suggestions regarding materials previously published by the JBP will be considered for publication. Correspondence should be no longer than 500 words with up to 3 references.



Editorials are by invitation. The text (excluding references and illustrations) should be no longer than 1,000 words. The total number of illustrations is 1, and the number of references should not exceed 12.


Images in Pulmonary Medicine

For images in pulmonary medicine, the text, including the title and the body of text, should be limited to 200 words with up to 3 references. Authors may include up to 2 figures, bearing in mind that the entire document will be published on a single page.


Case Reports are not accepted by the JBP.




Title Page

The title page should include the title of the paper (in Portuguese and in English); the full names (including middle names spelled out) and institutional affiliations of all authors; the complete address, including telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address, of the corresponding author; and, if applicable, the name of the funding body and the funding identifier. The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) of each author should be provided. For instructions on how to obtain an ORCID, visit The places where the study was conducted should be included. In addition, the contribution of each author to the study and any acknowledgments must be included in the title page. Acknowledgments and contributions will be published at the end of the body of the manuscript and before references. The title page should be sent as a separate Word file.



The abstract should present information in such a way that readers can easily understand it without referring to the main text, and should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts for Original Articles and Meta-analyses should be structured with the following headings: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Abstracts for Review Articles and Pictorial Essays should be unstructured. Abstracts for Brief Communications should be unstructured and should not exceed 100 words. There should be an English-language version of the abstract in articles submitted in Portuguese or Spanish.



Three to six keywords in Portuguese/Spanish describing the subject of the paper, as well as the corresponding keywords in English, should be provided. Keywords in Portuguese/Spanish must be taken from the Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (DeCS, Health Sciences Descriptors) list, published by the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME) and available at, whereas keywords in English must be taken from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list, available at


Body of text

Abbreviations other than those for units of measure should be avoided as much as possible, and only widely accepted abbreviations should be used. These can be found in the JBP list of abbreviations and acronyms accepted without definition. Click here (List of Abbreviations and Acronyms). Abbreviations other than those listed by the JBP are allowed if the term to be abbreviated is used at least three times in the body of text. Such abbreviations must be defined at first mention-for example, C-reactive protein (CRP). Thereafter, the spelled-out term should not be used. Single words should not be abbreviated-for instance, tuberculosis (TB). Abbreviations other than those accepted without definition should not be used in titles and avoided in abstracts if possible. When referencing in the text, names of authors should be avoided, and preference should be always given to numerical citations.


Whenever any substance or uncommon piece of equipment is mentioned in the text, authors must include the catalogue model/number, the manufacturer's name, and the city and country of origin. For example: "...ergometric treadmill (model ESD-01; FUNBEC, São Paulo, Brazil)"


For products coming from the USA or Canada, the name of the state or province should also be included. For example: "... guinea pig liver tTg (T5398; Sigma, St. Louis, MO, USA)"


Tables, Charts, and Figures (Illustrations)

All tables, charts, and figures should be in black and white. Illustrations should be submitted electronically in their original format. Tables should be submitted as Microsoft Word files, whereas figures should be submitted as JPEG files, at least 300 dpi. Photographs depicting surgical procedures, as well as those showing the results of exams or biopsies, in which staining and special techniques were used will be considered for publication in color, at no additional cost to authors. Dimensions, units, and symbols should be based on the corresponding guidelines set forth by the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT, Brazilian Association of Technical Standards), available at: All tables and figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of appearance in the text.



Legends should accompany all illustrations. Legends for figures (graphs, photographs, etc.) should be placed below the corresponding figure and should be submitted as a Word file. Legends for tables and charts should be placed at the top. All legends should be numbered with Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text. Footnotes should be as follows: first, spell out all abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols; indicate details and extra information regarding the illustration with lower-case, superscript letters-e.g., aValues expressed as n (%); and indicate statistics with typographic characters, all of which but * should be superscript-e.g., *p < 0.05. Typographic characters should be used in the following sequence: *; +; ++; ¶; §; ||; and #.



References should be listed in order of appearance in the text and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. When referencing in the text, avoid names of authors-instead, use "one study" or "one author/group of authors", for example. References should be presented in the Vancouver Style, as exemplified below. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus style, available at All authors should be listed when there are six or fewer. When there are more than six authors, list the first six, followed by "et al."



Original Articles

  1. Neder JA, Nery LE, Castelo A, Andreoni S, Lerario MC, Sachs AC et al. Prediction of metabolic and cardiopulmonary responses to maximum cycle ergometry: a randomized study. Eur Respir J. 1999;14(6):1204-13.



  1. Singer M, Lefort J, Lapa e Silva JR, Vargaftig BB. Failure of granulocyte depletion to suppress mucin production in a murine model of allergy [abstract]. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2000;161:A863.


Chapters in a Book

  1. Queluz T, Andres G. Goodpastures syndrome. In: Roitt IM, Delves PJ, editors. Encyclopedia of Immunology. 1st ed. London: Academic Press; 1992. p. 621-3.


Official Publications

  1. World Health Organization. Guidelines for surveillance of drug resistance in tuberculosis. WHO/Tb, 1994;178:1-24.



  1. Martinez TY. Impacto da dispnéia e parâmetros funcionais respiratórios em medidas de qualidade de vida relacionada a saúde de pacientes com fibrose pulmonar idiopática [thesis]. São Paulo: Universidade Federal de São Paulo; 1998.


Electronic Publications

  1. Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12]; 102(6): [about 3 p.]. Available from:



  1. [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:


Other situations:

In situations other than those mentioned above, authors should follow the ICMJE recommendations (last updated December 2017), available at


Online Supplement

An online supplement may be added to original articles and review articles. This supplement should be submitted simultaneously with the main manuscript as a Supplementary File. Supplementary data on methodology and results, including tables, charts, figures, and videos, may be included and will be evaluated by the editors and reviewers. Illustrations added to the online supplement should be numbered as Table S1, Figure S1, and so on.


All correspondence to the JBP should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Bruno Guedes Baldi Editor-Chefe do Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

SCS Quadra 01, Bloco K, Salas 203/204 - Ed. Denasa. CEP 70.398-900, Brasília, (DF), Brasil.

Tel./Fax: +55 61-3245-1030 or +55 61-3245-6218.


JBP e-mail addresses (Editorial Analyst: Luana Campos)


The Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology is indexed in:

Latindex Lilacs SciELO PubMed ISI Scopus Copernicus pmc


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Secretariat of the Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology
SCS Quadra 01, Bloco K, Salas 203/204 Ed. Denasa. CEP: 70.398-900 - Brasília - DF
Fone/fax: 0800 61 6218/ (55) (61) 3245 1030/ (55) (61) 3245 6218

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