1. ORIGINAL ARTICLES Full papers will normally present no more than 10 pages (including the text, references, figures and tables and excluding the title page). The articles must be written in Arial font, size 12, 1.5 line spacing, normal margins, and with the indication of the line number in the lateral margin.
The article title should be as brief and as explicit as possible, not exceeding 15 words. It must not include abbreviations and should be presented in English and in Portuguese.
The text should start with a structured abstract not exceeding 300 words: Background; Material and Methods, Results, Conclusions. It must be presented in English and Portuguese.
Provide a list with up to six keywords of the article. It must be presented in English and Portuguese.
The introduction should include the previous knowledge about the topic being researched and the reasons for the investigation. Abbreviations should be indicated in parenthesis in the text the first time they are used. The units should be expressed as SI units. References should be placed throughout the text in Arabic numerals within parenthesis.
5.º Aim (s)
They should be clear and concise. The remaining text should answer them.
6.º Material and Methods
The methodology must be explicit and explain the techniques, methods and practices used. It also must describe all the materials, people and animals used and the time reference in which the study/investigation and statistical analysis (when applicable) were carried out. The methods used must be accompanied by the corresponding references.
The results should be presented in a clear and didactic way for easy perception. The figures and tables should be referred, indicating their name and Arabic number between parentheses. Example: (Figure 1) It should not be exceeded a limit of 6 representations in total figures, graphs and tables.
It is intended to present a discussion of the results obtained, comparing them with previous studies and related references indicated in the text by Arabic numbers in parenthesis. The discussion should also include the principal advantages and limitations of the study and its implications.
The major conclusions of the study should be presented. Statements and conclusions not based in the results obtained should be avoided.
These are optional. If there are conflicts of interest on behalf of any of the authors, they should be declared in this section. The source of funding for the study, if any, should also be mentioned.
References should be numbered by order of entry in the text and indicated between parentheses. The citation of an article should respect the following order: Author(s) name(s). Title. Year of publication; Volume: pages Example: Rodrigues S, Franchini B, Graça P, de Almeida MDV. A New Food Guide for the Portuguese Population. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2006; 38: 189 -195 For the citation of other references (book, book chapter, online reports…), please consult the international guidelines of biomedical journals at www.icmje.org. Only published papers should be cited (including those “in press”). The citation of personal communications and abstracts should be avoided.
12.º Figures, tables and respective legends
The reference of figures and tables should be indicated throughout the text in Arabic numbers in parentheses. These illustrations should be placed after the bibliographic references, on separate pages, and the order in which they should be inserted must be the same in which they are referenced throughout the text. The titles of the tables should be placed above them and referred with Arabic numbers (example: Table 1). The legend should appear under each figure and referred with Arabic numbers (example: Figure 1). Graphics and legends should be written in Arial font, size not less than 8.