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Author Guidelines


The Revista da Faculdade de Odontologia de Porto Alegre (RFO-POA) aims at publishing short communication, basic and clinical research work, clinical case reports, and review articles, with or without meta-analyses. All articles must be original, written either in Portuguese or English and submitted solely to RFO-POA without simultaneous submission elsewhere.
To submit, at least one of the authors must have a master’s degree.
Any manuscript that has already been published in a preprint server won't be accepted.
RFO-POA does not charge any fee for subscription, submission, evaluation, editions, or publication.



The Revista da Faculdade de Odontologia de Porto Alegre (RFO-POA) adheres to the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editor (ICMJE) regarding authorship agreements.

RFO-POA also states that the author is responsible for the content and for the integrity of the research, as informed in the Declaration of Singapore.

Conflicts of interest

Authors must declare an absence of conflicts of interest when submitting the paper. If potential conflict of interest is spotted while the proof is being reviewed, it must be reported, and the proof must be declined.

Ethical committee approval

Studies involving human subjects must be in agreement with resolution 466/12 of the Conselho Nacional de Saúde (if conducted in Brazil) and/or with the Declaration of Helsinki, obligated to be approved by an appropriate ethical research committee with its respective number of approval within the paper.
Studies that involve animal subjects must state in the text the approval given by an ethical committee and also must state where the animals were obtained and where the experiments were conducted.
Additionally, when submitting original articles or case reports involving humans or animals, it is mandatory to provide proof of approval by the ethical committee as a complementary document. Submissions that do not present the required documents will be immediately rejected before peer review.

Anti-plagiarism policy

All manuscripts will go through an investigation process for potential plagiarism before they are sent to the blind peer review.
The journal does not agree with plagiarism of ideas; it is the author’s responsibility to ensure the originality of the paper by following the process of quoting that is specified in the Author Guidelines. If plagiarism is identified, the article will be immediately rejected.

Ethical violations

In case of any ethical violation—plagiarism, unmentioned conflicts of interest, duplicate publication, authorship related matters, data fabrication, misappropriation of ideas or data by referees, etc.—anyone, whether a member of the academic community or not, is allowed to report by emailing
The journal follows COPE's flowcharges for identification and guidance regarding misconduct. Eventually, if a decision of misconduct is countercharged, a committee with members of the editorial board and apt non-members of the editorial board will analyze the decision.

Corrections and disclaimers

In cases where corrections and disclaimers may occur, the ICMJE recommendations will be followed.


Please check appropriate guidelines according the type of research work that was carried out.

Clinical trials: Manuscripts reporting clinical trials must be registered in one of the registration platform listed by the World Health Organization (REBEC, The registration number must be presented within the paper. The location that the study was registered and the initials and/or the number of the clinical trial must also be provided at the end of the article’s abstract. The submission of clinical trials must adhere to the CONSORT statement.

Observational studies: If submitting an observational study, authors are required to follow the STROBE's guidelines when preparing a manuscript.

Diagnostic studies: Follow STARD or TRIPOD's orientations.

Quality improvement studies: Follow SQUIRE's orientations.

Animal pre-clinical studies: Follow ARRIVE's orientations.

Qualitative research: Follow COREQ or SRQR's orientations.

Study protocol: Follow SPIRIT's orientations.

Case reports: Follow CARE's orientations.

Systematics reviews or meta-analysis observational studies: Follow PRISMA or MOOSE's orientations.


All manuscripts (no page limit) must be written with 12-point Arial font, 1.5 spacing, and 3-cm margins in an A4 paper page. They must be submitted in Microsoft Word format (file no bigger than 2 MB) and follow the instructions below:

The title
The title must be informative and concise (25-word maximum).

All abstracts must be written in both Portuguese and in English. The abstract must be followed by keywords found in the Descritores em Ciência da Saúde (DeCS) or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). The abstract must be limited to 250 (two hundred and fifty) words, and it must be organized by the following topics (headings must appear in the text), according to the type of manuscript, listed below:
• Case reports: Aim, case report, discussion, and conclusion.
• Review articles: Aim, literature review, results (when the article is a systematic review), discussion, and conclusion.
• Original articles: Aim, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. For clinical trials, registration platform and number must be given at the end of the abstract, according to the orientations of the international guideline.
• Short communication: Abstract topics vary according to the type of study (clinical case, literature review, or research paper).

Manuscript main text
Sections are mandatory and may vary according to the type of manuscript submitted:
• Case reports: Title, abstract (Portuguese and English), introduction, case report, discussion, conclusion, and references.
• Review articles: Title, abstract (Portuguese and English), introduction, literature review, results (when the article is a systematic review), discussion, conclusion, and references.
• Original articles: Title, abstract (Portuguese and English), introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, and references.
• Short communication: It should contain the same sections according to the type of study (clinical cases, literature review or research papers).

Additional observations
• Studies involving human beings and/or animal must mention in the text approval by the local ethical committee as well as its respective number of approval according to instructions in the Ethical Guidelines section.
• Clinical trials: The identification number of the trial must be presented in the text, and the registration must be authorized by a World Health Organization institution according to instructions in the International Guideline section.
• Orientations regarding international guidelines must be followed according to the type of manuscript.
• Authorship identification is not allowed in the main text and must also be removed from the "properties" option in Word.

Title page
To ensure blind peer review, the title page must be submitted SEPARATELY from the main text as a complementary document.
The display of data must follow the RFO-POA's title page template, and must include:
• Title in Portuguese and English
• Full name(s) of the author(s) with footnotes that inform their affiliation(s) in English
Orcid link for all authors
• Name of the corresponding author and their email address
• Declaration of no conflicts of interest
• Financial support: Sponsor and process number
• Acknowledgments
• Any other information that can be stated in the title page

IMPORTANT: The name of all authors along with their information must be included in the system when submitting on the site in Step 2 (include meta-data, "add author" button). The order of the authors in the system must be exactly the same as the order on the title page. Any contradiction between the title page and the meta-data will result in the devolution of the article before it is sent to peer review. RFO-POA will not be responsible for possible contradictions with the name of the authors.

All abbreviations must be defined at first mention in the text. They should be avoided in the title except when the abbreviation is more commonly used than the full term. If an abbreviation is used in the title, it should not be followed by its full meaning; instead, at first occurrence in the text, the full term should be used, followed by the abbreviation for identification.

Figures (photos, doodles, graphics, etc.)
All figures must be organized by numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) in the order of appearance in the text. All captions must be clear and short and placed at the bottom of the figure. All information about the figure must be presented in the caption, including abbreviation definitions. Pictures must not allow the identification of the patient. Micro pictures must present internal scales and vectors that contrast with the background. Electronic artwork such as tables must be added in .jpg format, with a minimum resolution of 150 dpi. Graphics being presented in a figure format are best presented in two dimensions.
All figures, when identified, must be presented in the main text file, located exactly where they should appear in the final edition. Additionally, all figures should also be submitted as complementary documents.

All tables must be inserted in the main text and formatted as text and not as a figure, including the respective caption and any footnotes. Tables must NOT be submitted separately.

All citations must be numbered and follow the Vancouver Reference System.
Citations with the name of the authors must follow the template:
• Citations with a maximum of two authors:
Mention all authors followed by the reference number: Henz and Nied¹
• Articles with three or more authors:
Mention only the first author followed by "et al." and the reference number: Toniolli et al.¹

All references must be presented according to the Vancouver Reference System, also known as Uniform Requirements, ordered and numbered as they appear in the main text and aligned to the left side of the page. The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the authors.

• The journal's title must be abbreviated according to recommendations of the Index Medicus; abbreviations can be found at the NLM publication List of Serials Indexed for Online Users.
• Personal communications, research work in process, and originals should not be listed as references but instead should be cited in footnotes.
• Using "et al.": For the references, the numbers of authors must be considered:
- Publications with up to six authors: All authors should be mentioned;
- Publications with more than six authors: Mention the first six authors and then add "et al".
• When referencing an organization or institution, the reference must begin with the full name e entity.of th
• When there is no author or entity, the reference must begin by its title.
• This material does not substitute consultation with the Uniform Requirements.

Reference types


Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (Brasil). Serviços odontológicos: prevenção e controle de riscos. Brasília; 2006.

Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. Secretaria de Atenção Básica à Saúde. Departamento de Atenção Básica. Diretrizes do NASF: Núcleo de Apoio a Saúde da Família. Brasília; 2010.

Ferreira FV. Ortodontia: diagnóstico e planejamento clínico. 7. ed. São Paulo: Artes Médicas; 2008.

Mccabe IF. Applied dental materials. 9th ed. Oxford: Blackwell; 2008.

Contributions to books

Kinane DF, Lindhe J. Periodontite crônica. In: Lindhe J, Karring T, Lang N, editores. Tratado de periodontia clínica e implantologia oral. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan; 2005. p. 205-11.

Parts of books

Barrett KE, Barman SM, Boitano S, Brooks HL. Fisiologia médica de Ganong. 24. ed. Porto Alegre: AMGH Editora; 2014. Capítulo 1, Princípios gerais e produção de energia na fisiologia médica; p. 3-33.

Journal articles

Baraldi CEE, Pretto SM, Puricelli E. Evaluation of surgically assisted maxillary expansion using acoustic rhinometry and postero-anterior cephalometry. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg [Internet]. 2007 Apr [acesso 2017 mar 8];36(4):305-9. Disponível em:

Bernhardt JM, Felter EM. Online pediatric information seeking among mothers of young children: results from a qualitative study using focus groups. J Med Internet Res. 2004 Mar;6(1):e7.

Lazos JP. Lesiones estomatológicas asociadas a terapia oncológica. Rev Asoc Odontol Argent. 2003 abr-mayo;91(2):100-3.

Oliveira MG, Chaves ACM, Visioli F, Rojas EU, Moure SP, Romanini J, et al. Peripheral clear cell variant of calcifying epithelial odontogenic tumor affecting 2 sites: report of a case. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Patol Oral Radiol Endod. 2009 Mar;107(3):407-11.

Pyysalo S, Salakoski T, Aubin S, Nazarenko A. Lexical adaptation of link grammar to the biomedical sublanguage: a comparative evaluation of three approaches. BMC Bioinformatics [Internet]. 2006 [cited 2007 Jan 9];7 Suppl 3:Article S2. Available from:

Prates N, Bacchi E. Tratamento ortodôntico da classe III. R Gaúcha Odontol.1989 set-out;37(5):331-4.

Dissertations and theses

Garcia R. Densidade óssea: estudo in vivo na área entre incisivos laterais e caninos na maxila [dissertação]. Porto Alegre (RS): Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Faculdade de Odontologia; 1995.

Legal documents

Brasil. Lei nº 9434, de 4 de fevereiro de 1997. Dispõe sobre a remoção de órgãos, tecidos e partes do corpo humano para fins de transplante e tratamento e dá outras providências. Diário Oficial [da] república Federativa do Brasil, Poder Executivo, Brasília, DF, 5 fev. 1997. Seção 1, p. 2191.

Brasil. Lei nº 6050, de 24 de maio de 1974. Dispõe sobre a fluoretação da água em sistemas de abastecimento quando existir estação de tratamento. Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Poder Executivo, Brasília, DF, 27 maio 1974. Seção 1, p. 6021.

Conference publications

Valauri AJ. Reconstrução mandibular. In: Anais do 1º Simpósio Latino-Americano de Reabilitação da Face e de Prótese Buco-Maxilo-Facial; 1977; São Paulo. São Paulo: Fundação Centro de Pesquisa em Oncologia; 1977. p. 197-198.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission must be original, and it cannot be in the process of evaluation by another journal.
  2. The authors must declare that they have no conflicts of interest and that they have followed all requirements listed in the Ethical Guidelines.
  3. All submission files (text) are in a Microsoft Word format (limited to 2 MB).
  4. The text uses 1.5 spacing and 12-point Arial. Italics are used rather than underlines (except for URL links). All figures and tables are inserted in the main text. Figures are also submitted in separated files, but tables are NOT. Tables must be in text format and NOT in image format inside the manuscript.
  5. All online links (URLs) included in the main text (e.g., are already active and ready for use.
  6. The main text follows the pattern and bibliographical requirements described in the Author Guidelines.
  7. Author information has been removed from the main file as well as the “Proprieties” option in Word, ensuring the double-blind peer review. At least one author must have a master's degree.
  8. The submitted title page follows the journal's template.
  9. All articles are open access and free. Authors retain all the copyrights, and the rights of the first print are given to the journal, being licensed by the Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows the dissemination of the article with authorship reinforcements.
  10. Authors are allowed to agree to additional and separate contracts for the non-exclusive distribution of the published article, such as publishing in an institutional repository, as long as the article has a recognition of authorship and first publication in this journal.
  11. RFO-POA can request, if necessary, that authors review the text with a capable and certified professional. In this case, a certificate will be requested.

Copyright Notice

All articles published in this journal adhere to Creative Commons License Attributions 4.0 (CC BY 4.0), and its use must be ruled by its licensed means.

Authors are allowed to agree to additional and separate contracts for the non-exclusive distribution of the article published in this journal, such as publishing in an institutional repository, as long as the article has a recognition of authorship and first publication in this journal.


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