Scope and policy

The Archives of Gastroenterology publishes originals and unseen contributions, from national and foreign researchers, compatible with the goals of the Journal and suited to the scientific and editorials standards.

The submission of the manuscript implies that the work in full or part (s) it has not been published in another source or means of communication and not under review in another journal for publication.

Only Original studies, from clinical or surgical nature, new techniques, epidemiology studies and Review articles are accepted. Case reports are not published. The Original Article sections are: Endoscopy, Surgery, Hepatology, Digestive Motility, Clinical Gastroenterology, Experimental Surgery, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Gastroenterological Clinical Pathology, and Nutrition.

It also publishes Editorials, Letter to the Editor, Consensus, Brief Communication, Supplements and E-Video.

The assessment work is done impartially and anonymous that is, omitting to the reviewers, any identification of its origin. Original Articles are evaluated by at least two reviewers (peer review). The estimated time process is 90 days from submission. The decision about acceptance for publication is taken by the Editorial Board.

No fee is required from authors for submission, evaluation and publication of articles. The Archives of Gastroenterology is available online with an open and free access. It is not necessary to ask the journal for permission for electronic copy, provided that the proper credit is given to the original source.

No any article processing charge are impose to the authors. The Archives of Gastroenterology is full available with an open and free access.



Preparation of manuscripts

General rules

The text must be in English language.

The number of authors is limited to six for Original Articles and three for Brief Communication. Exceptions can be made in the case of multicentric studies.

The word limit for Brief Communication recommended is no more than 2500; it may contain a figure and a table and the references do not exceed 15.

Articles of research involving human subjects must be marked in Methods section, expressly agreed with the ethical standards and with due informed consent of the participants. Research with human must bring the title page the number of the opinion of the Committee’s approval of Research Ethics. Brazilian studies should be in accordance with Resolution 466/2012 of the National Health Council of the Ministry of Health (Brazil), which deals with the Code of Ethics for Human Research, and for studies outside Brazil, shall be in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki.

Studies involving animals should state the agreement with international ethical principles (e.g., Committee for Research and Ethical Issues of the International Association for the Study of Pain, published in PAIN, 16: 109-110, 1983) and national instructions (Laws 6638 / 79, 9605/98, 24665/34 Decree) governing animal research and bring the number of the opinion approved by the Ethics Committee on Animal Research.

For clinical trials, the presentation of the clinical trial registration number on the Methods is mandatory. The complete list of all clinical trials registries can be found at:

It is recommended a cover letter with the intention in publish on the Archives of Gastroenterology, highlighting the importance of this publication and research. This letter must be written in the “Author’s Cover Letter” field in the online submission.

By determination of SciELO, the adoption of ORCID as an identifier of the authors will become mandatory from January 2019.


The submitted manuscript must be sent in Microsoft Word format and organized as follows:

1) Title in English and Portuguese; for foreign authors the translation will be done.

2) Authors names; do not insert staff positions or similar adjectives.

3) For each author should be described his participation in the study. (e.g. data collection, survey execution, writing of text, statistical analysis and so on).

4) The department and institution where the work was performed.

5) Orcid from all authors.

6) Acknowledgement of grants and other financial support. Interest of conflicts must be declared or not if so. If so, sponsors must be declared.

7) Structured Abstract (Background, Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion) – The papers should be sent in English and Portuguese (200 – 600 words); abbreviations, footnotes and references should be avoided; for foreign authors the translation will be done.

8) Headings (3 to 10). Always use terms of Medical Subject Headings (MESH) list from MEDLINE. Available from:

9) We strongly recommend this paper division: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgements.

10) All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship may be mentioned in Acknowledgments.

11) References – Archives of Gastroenterology adopts the Vancouver format. Complete text in: Cite references in the text using Arabic numerals in the order of appearance, within parentheses. For up to six authors, list all authors. For more than six authors, list first six authors followed by “et al.”.

12) Tables and Figures should be cited in the text in Arabic numerals. Preferably, attached separately in JPG or PNG. If they are inside the article, they should after the references. Please do not insert tables and figures in the middle of the text.

13) Tables (in Microsoft Word or Excel format) – Is called Table only when there are numeric results. Explanations and abbreviations should be placed in the footer of the table.

14) Figures – Named as “Figure” whenever it is: written questionnaire, photographs, graphics and drawings. They must be sent in high resolution digital format (2 mb). The Figures should contain a short text on the subject.



Instructions for electronic manuscript submission

Submissions only through the ScholarOne interface, on SciELO Portal:

We reiterate that no fee is required from authors for submission, evaluation and publication of articles. Archives of Gastroenterology is available online with an open and free access:



– E-Videos may have a maximum of six authors.
– Authors names: do not insert staff positions or similar adjectives. Include the department and institution where the work was performed.
– The name, telephone number and electronic address of author to whom galley proofs and requests for reprints should be sent.

Main text:
– Title: (in English and Portuguese); for foreign authors the translation will be done.
– Please include the following in the main text:
– Text: no more than 400 words.
– A Video legend must be insert after the main text and must be as short as possible (maximum 40 words).

– Only one video is allowed for each submission.
– Note for not appear any identification from the patient (name or institutional number for example).
– Only AVI or MP4 formats are acceptable.
– Video time should not exceed 4 minutes.
– Make sure that steps and/or main findings explained and highlighted in the video must have overlay titles.

– A maximum of six images can be submitted: Upload it separately in TIF or JPG format with at least 300 dpi. Each one must have a number and a legend.


– The reference rules are the same as those of articles. Please read above. No more than six and numbered and cited at the main text.