ISSN Online: 2177-1235 | ISSN Print: 1983-5175


The journal adopts the Vancouver style - Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, organized by the ICMJE - "Vancouver Group" ( Compliance with these instructions is mandatory for the study to qualify for analysis.


Title page

Write the title of the article concisely in Portuguese and English. Write the authors' full names with their respective titles, the institution where the study was performed, and the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. For studies presented at scientific meetings, indicate the name of the event, place, and presentation date. Declare potential conflicts of interest and sources of funding.
Please list up to eight authors and specify their contribution to the study. Authors are researchers who contributed substantially to the conception and design and/or data analysis and interpretation, drafted the manuscript or reviewed it critically for intellectual content, and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract in English and Portuguese

(only for Original Article, Special Article, Review Article, and Case Report)
The abstracts of Original Articles should contain Introduction, Method, Results, and Conclusions. The abstracts should explain the study's main findings without the need to resort to the main text. Write an abstract in English containing the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. This abstract should be a faithful translation of the Portuguese abstract. For Review Articles and Case Reports, write unstructured abstracts in English and Portuguese. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.


Include five to ten keywords. The descriptors should be based on the Health Sciences Descriptors (Descritores em Ciências da Saúde–DeCS) published by Bireme, which are translations of the Medical Subject Headings from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Main text

The number of sections depends on the article category. Cite references as superscripts in the order of citation in the main text.

The Introduction section should describe the purpose and rationale of the study and establish the study's theoretical basis. Indicate the importance of the study, and identify flaws or inconsistencies in the literature and/or difficulties in clinical practice that make the study relevant to the specialist.

The Objective section should indicate the purpose of the study clearly and concisely in one paragraph.

The Method section comprises observational and experimental elements, such as patients, laboratory animals, controls, inclusion and exclusion criteria when appropriate, and sufficient details to allow data reproduction in other studies. Add references for published but unfamiliar methods and describe new techniques in detail. Indicate the study period and study site(s) and the statistical methods and computer software used.
Authors should declare that the study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Institution where the work was carried out and include the registration number in the text.

The Results section presents data in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures but does not add data already present in the text.

The Discussion section demonstrates knowledge and critical thinking and compares the obtained results with literature data. The scope and points of view of the study and the limitations and future perspectives should be described.

The Conclusions section should be concise and related to the proposed objectives.

The Acknowledgments section should be presented at the end of the text and contain the names of collaborators who contributed intellectually or technically to the research but did not meet the criteria for authorship and funding agencies.

Cite the consulted references in Arabic numerals in superscript in the order of citation in the text. List the names of up to six authors; for references with more than six authors, cite the first six followed by et al. Present the references in the Vancouver style and abbreviate the journal titles according to the List of Journal Indexed in Index Medicus from the NLM. Different types of bibliographic references are shown below; other examples are available at the NLM website (

Quintas RC, Coutinho AL. Risk factors for the impairment of surgical margins in resections of basal cell carcinomas. Rev Bras Cir Plást. 2008;23(2):116-9.

Book Chapter
D'Assumpção EA. Problems and solutions in rhytidoplasties. In: Melega JM, Baroudi R, eds. Plastic surgery fundamentals and art: cosmetic surgery. Rio de Janeiro:Medsi;2003. p.147-65.

Saldanha O. Lipoabdominoplasty. Rio de Janeiro:Di Livros; 2004.

Freitas RS. Jawbone elongation using an internal device: quantitative analysis of the results [doctoral thesis]. São Paulo: University of São Paulo Medical School; 2003. 97p.

Carreirão S. Reduction mammoplasty. In: XXXVI Brazilian Congress of Plastic Surgery; November 11-16, 2001; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Include up to four tables and number them sequentially, in Arabic numerals, in the order of appearance in the text. All tables should have a title, headed columns, and a citation in the text. Add legends and statistical tests at the bottom of each table.
Add tables only when necessary to understand the research and do not provide the information described elsewhere in the text.

Number the figures (graphs, images, and illustrations) sequentially, in Arabic numerals, in the order of citation in the text.
Add legends at the bottom of the figures and not within the figures. Abbreviations should be explained in the legends.
Original Articles should have no more than 20 figures, and each image attached to the study is counted as one figure. For instance, Figures 1 A, B, C, and D will be counted as four figures out of a total of 20.
The images of patients should have a uniform color background without foreign objects (e.g., door handles and lamps). The photographed field should be strictly limited to the topic of interest. In face photos, use the available computer resources to avoid identifying the patient and, if this is not possible, the patient should grant permission to publish the photo.
Image resolution should comply with the following criteria:

  • Image 1: Di Lamartine J, Cintra Junior R, Daher JC, Cammarota MC, Galdino J, Pedroso DB, et al. Reconstruction of the nipple-areola complex with double opposing flap. Rev Bras Cir Plást. 2013;28(2):233-40.
  • Image 2: Alves JC, Fonseca RP, Silva Filho AF, Andrade Filho JS, Araujo IC, Almeida AC, et al. Extended resection in the treatment of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. Rev Bras Cir Plást. 2014;29(3):395-403.
  • Image 3: Alves JC, Fonseca RP, Silva Filho AF, Andrade Filho JS, Araujo IC, Almeida AC, et al. Extended resection in the treatment of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. Rev Bras Cir Plást. 2014;29(3):395-403.

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Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at Authors who have not yet registered should do so before uploading the manuscript, following the instructions on the web page. Insert the texts, figures, and tables in the respective fields of the electronic submission system.



Following the guidelines of the ICMJE, the following documents and statements should be uploaded together with the manuscript:

  • Cover Letter to the Editor-in-Chief describing the most relevant findings and conclusions of the manuscript and clarifying its scientific relevance. This letter should declare that the manuscript has not been previously published and has not been submitted for publication in another journal;
  • Declaration of Potential Conflicts of Interest (document generated in the electronic system before manuscript submission). Conflicts of interest include the employment, sponsorship, or funding of any person or institution, public or private, with economic interests in the article's content. This statement will be added to the published article;
  • Approval of the study by the Research Ethics Committee of the institution where the work was carried out, and attachment of the protocol number and name of the said committee;
  • Copyright transfer agreement (generated in the electronic system before manuscript submission). All published manuscripts become the permanent property of RBCP and cannot be republished without the written consent of the journal editors. The copyright corresponds to exclusive and unlimited rights to reproduce and distribute the accepted article in any form (printed, electronic media, or others). The RBCP is an open-access journal.



Once accepted for publication, a proof of the edited article (PDF format) is sent to the corresponding author for evaluation and approval.



Before submitting the manuscript, authors should refer to the following checklist according to the article category:


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