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Author Guidelines


This journal is a national and international medium aiming at the publication of review and original articles in all relevant aspects of analytical and bioanalytical chemistry applied to pharmaceutical sciences. The articles published by this journal cover the analytical determination of drugs and medicines in different matrices, as well as, topics related to separation methods and analyses, usually employed in investigative practice.

The following categories of contributions that contemplate the scope of Drug Analytical Research, written in English, will be considered for publication:

Review Articles: articles that aim to synthesize and critically evaluate the present knowledge on a particular theme. They should be included in the same manuscript file (after references) and the figures should be submitted as additional documents in individual files. The Abstract should be no more than 300 words. 

Original Article: articles with unpublished research results, including full-length studies that contain all relevant information so that the reader may evaluate its results and conclusions, as well as replicate the research. Its formal structure should present the following topics: Introduction, Methodology or Experimental, Results and Discussion, Conclusion and References, accordingly to each study. Articles submitted in this category should contain no more than 25 pages and not exceed 3,000 words. Tables should be included together in the same manuscript file (after references) and figures should be submitted as an additional document in individual files. The Abstract should not exceed 250 words.


General Information

Manuscripts must be written using Microsoft Word for Windows, Times New Roman font, 12 points size and black color. Space between lines must be 1.5. Pages must be consecutively numbered, in the bottom right-hand corner of the page and subtitles in italics. All pages must have continuous lines numbers. Section titles must be written in bold style. Supplementary sections, if any, must contain relevant and complementary information, besides those presented in the manuscript. 

Title Page - First page should present the title of the manuscript, in bold and caps lock, the author's names, in bold and their addresses. If the address where the work was done is different from the current address of any author, a footnote indicating that must be included. Authors with different addresses must be listed using sequential letters. The corresponding author must be indicated with the symbol * along with his/her e-mail address. 

Abstract and Keywords - The second page should present the title and the Abstract (respecting the number of words described for each type of article - see above) and the indication of 3 to 5 keywords. The text should be initiated in the third page of the manuscript. 

Manuscript - The manuscript must be clear and concise. Th Introduction section should identify in a clear and brief way, through the use of relevant references, the nature of the problem under investigation and the previous knowledge about it. Extensive literature review will not be accepted. The Experimental section should precede the Results and Discussion one. Conclusions should summarize the main finding of the work and be written before Acknowledgements. The Experimental  section must describe in a clear and objective way the methodology used. The purity degree of reagents should be cited. Description of well-established procedures is not necessary. The instrumental applied should only be cited if not usual, indicating their brands and models. Every experimental study on humans or animals must be proven to have the prior approval of the appropriate institutional review body. 

Tables - They should be numbered consecutively, with Arabic numerals, in the order they were cited in the text and headed by a suitable title. Any extra information should be in under position in the table, as a footnote, using A, B and C letters, for example.

Figures and Charts - Illustrations (photographs, charts, drawings, etc.) should be sent in separate files, in JPG format(at a high resolution - at least 300 dpi). They should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, in the order that they are cited in the text and should be clear enough for reproduction and in the same language as the text. If there are figures extracted from other previously published studies, the authors should provide a written permission for their reproduction. This authorization shall accompany the manuscript submitted for publication. The figures must have title and subtitle (if necessary), which should both precede the figure itself. The figure captions should be listed on the last page of the manuscript, after the Tables.

Abbreviations - Must be explained at first mention. On the rest of the article, it is not necessary to repeat the full name. Name of medications: the generic name should be used. In case of citing appliances/equipment: all appliances/equipment cited should include manufacturer's name, model, city, and country of manufacture. 

Acknowledgements - Should include the collaboration of people, groups or institutions that have contributed to the study, but, whose contributions do not justify their inclusion as authors; this item should also include the acknowledgments for financial support, technical assistance, etc. This item should come before the References

Conflict of interest - If there is any conflict of interest, it should be declared. In case there is not, place in this section: "The authors declare no conflicts of interest" or "None to declare".

Referenced - Should be numbered consecutively, in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, any identified with Arabic numerals. The presentation must be based on a format called "Vancouver Style", as the examples below. The authors should ensure that the cited references in the text appear in the Reference list with exact dates and author's names correctly spelled. The accuracy of references is the author's responsibility.

Example of citing references:

Journal articles (from one to six authors)

Raju CK, Pandey AK, Gururaj S, Ghosh K, Pola A, Goud PSK, et al. Isolation and characterization of novel degradation products of Doxofylline using HPLC, FTIR, LCMS and NMR. J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2017; 140:1-10

Articles without the author's name

Cancer in South Africa [editorial]. S Afr Med J. 1994; 84:15.

Chapters from a book

Gonçalves JE, Storpirtis, S. O Sistema de Classificação Biofarmacêutica: Conceitos, Determinação da Solubilidade e Permeabilidade e Aplicações na Área Farmacêutica. In: Vieira, NR, Campos, DR, editores. Manual de Bioequivalência - série Pesquisa Clínica. 2nd ed. São Paulo: Dendrix; 2011, v.1, p. 137-170.

Books in which editors (organizers) are authors

Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996. Theses Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly's access and utilization [dissertation]. St Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 1995.

Papers presented at conferences

Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy, and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. p.1561-5.

Electronic Journal Articles

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infects Dis [serial onine] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1996 Jun 5];1(1):[24 screens]. Available from: URL:

 Nomenclature: Unities of weight and measurements, names of plants, animals, and chemicals should be mentioned according to the International Rules available. Concentration expressions should be presented like the following example: mg/mL, mg/g.