ISSN 0872-0169
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Scope and policy

Portuguese Journal of Nephrology and Hypertension is the official organ of the Portuguese Society of Nephrology and is published quarterly. Supplementary issues on selected themes may also be published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

The Journal publishes articles on clinical or laboratory topics of relevance to nephrology, dialysis, transplantation and hypertension. Papers relating to basic immunology, physiology, genetics and epidemiology are accepted when kidney related.

Portuguese Journal of Nephrology and Hypertension publishes Editorials and in depth Reviews (by invitation only), Original Articles, Short Communications, Technical Notes, Case Reports and Letters. Articles are accepted and published only in English. Manuscripts submitted to the Portuguese Journal of Nephrology and Hypertension will be sent for peer review on the understanding that the author(s) have not published the material elsewhere.

Portuguese Journal of Nephrology and Hypertension complies with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals produced by the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal
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All submissions will be subject to an immediate editorial screening process by the Editor-in-Chief after which they will normally be sent to three reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief will make every effort to reach a decision on all submitted papers within 8 weeks of receipt. Papers will normally be published in the next issue to go to press after their acceptance. Papers that do not meet the scientific standards of the journal may be declined by the Editor-in-Chief without further review.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The typed manuscript should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief by electronic mail at the following address:

The text should be double spaced.

Manuscripts should bear the name, address and e-mail of the corresponding author. Should the manuscript be accepted for publication the authors will be asked to give signed consent for publication in a letter which must contain the statement that “the results presented in this paper have not been published previously in whole or in part except in abstract form”.

Title Page: The title page should carry the full title of the paper and the first name, middle initial (if applicable) and last name of each author, plus the name and address of the institution(s) at which the work was done; in the case of different institutions the author(s) should be identified using numbers.

Abstract: Not more than 300 words.

Do not use abbreviations.

Key Words: not more than 6, in alphabetical order, and the terms used (when possible) should be from the Medical Subject Headings list of the Index Medicus.

Text: The order of the text should be as follows: Introduction, Subjects and Methods (any statistical method must be detailed in this section), Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References (see below), Tables, Captions and Figures. All pages should be numbered consecutively commencing with the title page.

Tables: References to tables should be made in order of appearance in the text and should be in roman numerals in parentheses, e.g. (Table II). Each table should be typed on a separate sheet and have a brief heading describing its contents.

Figures: References to figures should be made in order of appearance in the text and should be in Arabic numerals in parentheses, e.g. (Fig. 2). If a figure has been published before, the original source must be acknowledged and written permission from the copyright holder must be submitted with the material. Patients shown in photographs should have their identity obscured or the picture must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph.

References: Must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited in the text. Each reference should give the name and initials of all authors unless there are more than six, when only the first three should be given followed by et al. The authors’ names should be followed by the title of the article, journal abbreviations according to the style used in Index Medicus, the year of publication, the volume number and the first and last page numbers. References to books should contain the title of the book, followed by place of publication, publisher, year, and relevant pages.


1. Journals:
Carrera F, Oliveira L, Maia P, Mendes T, Ferreira C.The efficacy of intravenous darbepoetin alfa administered once every 2 weeks in chronic kidney disease patients on haemodialysis. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2006;21:2846-2850

2. Books by a single author:
Botella García J. Manual de Nefrología Clínica. 1st ed. Barcelona: Masson SA, 2003: 209

3. Chapters:
Carrera F, Frazão JM. Thromboembolism and atheroembolic disease of the kidney. In: Schena, FP, ed. Nephrology. London: McGraw Hill International, 2001: 355-359.

End page: The end page should include the sources of any support for the work in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or any combination thereof. Potential conflicts of interest, for example concerning shareholding in or receipt of a grant, consultancy fee or honorarium from industry, should be explicitly stated in line with the ICMJE guidelines II:D1 on individual authors commitment and II:D2 on project support.


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