Purpose and objectives


Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria is the official journal of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology. The mission of the journal is to provide neurologists, specialists and researchers in Neurology and related fields with open access to original articles (clinical and translational research), editorials, reviews, historical papers, neuroimages and letters about published manuscripts. It also publishes the consensus and guidelines on Neurology, as well as educational and scientific material from the different scientific departments of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology.

The ultimate goals of the journal are to contribute to advance knowledge in the areas of Neurology and Neuroscience, and to provide valuable material for training and continuing education for neurologists and other health professionals working in the area. These goals might contribute to improving care for patients with neurological diseases. We aim to be the best Neuroscience journal in Latin America within the peer review system.

Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria publishes one volume per year, consisting of twelve monthly issues, from January to December, in two versions:

  • Arq Neuropsiquiatr - ISSN 1678-4227 (online version)
  • Arq Neuropsiquiatr - ISSN 0004-282-X (printed version)


Texts should present characteristics that allow them to fit into the following sections:

  • Original Articles: original clinical or experimental research.
  • Views and Reviews: critical analyses on current relevant topics in Clinical Neurology and Neuroscience.
  • Historical Notes: history of neurology and data on descriptions on neurological signs, diseases or syndromes.
  • Images in Neurology: original images that illustrate neurological diseases.
  • Letters: Comments on articles previously published in Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria.
  • Brazilian Academy of Neurology: institutional texts on regional issues, consensus, topics related to the activities of the Scientic Departments of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology, annals of scientific meetings and other issues.

The texts should be unpublished, clear and concise, and in English both for the online version and for the printed version.


Only clear and concise texts in English will be accepted.

The section Brazilian Academy of Neurology may be published in Portuguese and is only included in the printed form.

It is essential that manuscripts should conform to the international standards of text composition that have been adopted by Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria.



Article format

  Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria adopted the editorial standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for manuscripts submitted to journals in biomedical fields, as update in October 2005 (www.icmje.org).

Authors must submit their originals in the Microsoft Word text processing format, using font size 12 (Arial or Times New Roman). The text must contain, in this order:

1) Title:

    Up to 100 characters.

Avoid citing the region of place where the work was conducted, except in regional studies; otherwise, the work may cease to have universal interest.
Avoid correlating the topic with the methods used: "Neurotuberculosis in the Brazilian prison population".
Preferentially correlate the topic with the conclusion: "Mortality due to neurotuberculosis is higher in the prison population".
The title in Portuguese or Spanish must be placed below the title in English.


Complete given names and surnames.

The family names must be stated exactly how they should appear in indexation systems.

3) Complementary information:

Affiliation: name of the institution in the native language, with up to three levels (for example: University, School, Department), City, State or Province, Country.
Sectors in which the work was performed should not be stated (clinic, laboratory, outpatient service).
Complete address for correspondence and e-mail address.
Funding agency(ies).
Declaration of conflict of interest.

4) Abstract and Resumo (in Portuguese) or Resumen (in Spanish):

Up to 250 words for Original Articles and Views and Reviews and 150 words for Historical Notes.
Images in Neurology
 and Letters do not have Abstract or Resumo / Resumen.
Presentation in structure format: Background; Objective; Methods; Results; Conclusions.
Only refer to relevant data, in a clear and concise manner.
Avoid abbreviations, unless they are used universally.
This is the most important part of the study: if readers do not read the complete text, they should have access through the Abstract/Resumo/Resumen to the relevant information of the article.
The Resumo or Resumen should be placed after the Abstract and Keywords.

5) Keywords and Palavras-chave (in Portuguese) or Palabras-Clave (in Spanish):

Only use terms that are include in the English-language Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and the Portuguese-language Health Science Descriptions (http://decs.bvs.br/).

6) Text

a) Original Aticles: up to 3,000 words*. Introduction methods (with explicit reference to compliance with ethical standards, including the name of the Ethics Committee that approved the study and the informed consent declaration made by patients or members of their families); results; discussion; acknowledgments; references. Do not repeat in the text data are expressed in tables and illustrations. 
b) Views and Reviews: up to 5,000 words*. Systemetic reviews or meta-analysis on data from the literature; critical analysis of the present state of knowledge; purely descriptive surveys of data in the literature will not be accepted.
c) Historical Notes: up to 1,000 words*. Concise presentation of original data of historical interest to neuroscientists; manuscripts with excessively regional interest should be avoided.
d) Images in Neurology: up to 100 words*. Only relevant images should be sent with a summary of the clinical data and comments on the images.
e) Letters: up to 700 words*. Comments on studies published in Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria.

*The maximum number of words refers only to the study and excludes the abstract, resumo/resumen and the reference list.

7) Tables

    a) Original Articles and Views and Reviews: up to 5.
    b) Historical Notes: up to 2.

Submit tables as complementary files, include sequential number, title and legend.

8) Illustrations

    a) Original Articles and Views and Reviews: up to 5.
    b) Historical Notes and Letters: up to 2.
    c) Images in Neurology: up to 4.

All figures must be submitted in JPG , TIFF or PNG format.
No identification relating to patients or institutions is permitted. 
Photos of people who might be recognized on the image need to have been authorized in writing.
Each image must be placed in a separate file, with the figure number indicated in the file.
Images must be uniform in size and magnification and must not be redundant.
The significant findings should be properly marked out on the images. 
Authorization in writing must be provided for use of images that have previously been published and the original citation must appear in the legend.
Images need to have the following resolution:

a. artwork in black and white: 1,200 dpi/ppi.
b. half-tones: 300 dpi/ppi.
c. combination of half-tones: 600 dpi/ppi.
Legends should be typed with double spacing and figures should be numbered in the order in which they are referred to in the text.

9) References

    a) Original Articles: up to 40;
    b) Views and Reviews: up to 60;
    c) Historical Notes: up to 20;
    d) Letters and Images in Neurology: up to 5.

References must:

Be listed at the end of the article in the order in which they appear in the text.
Not use underlining, boldface or italics.

Reference format:

a) Articles: Author(s). Title of the article. Title of the journal. Year; volume(number): first page-last page of the article;

b) Books: If there are up to six authors, list all of them; if more than six, list the first six followed by et al. Author(s). Title of the book. Edition (from the 2nd edition onwards). City: Publishing house; year of publication;

c) Chapters of books: When the author of the chapter is the same as the author of the book: Author(s) of the book. Title of the book. Edition (from the 2nd edition onwards). City: Publishing house; year of publication. Title of the chapter; first page-last page of the chapter. Different authorship: Author(s) of the chapter. Title of the chapter. In: author or editor of the book. Title of the book. Edition (from the 2nd edition onwards). City: Publishing house; year of publication. First page-last page of the chapter;

d) Books in electronic media: Author(s). Title of the book. Edition (from the 2nd edition onwards). City: Publishing house; year of publication [date of access, using the expression “accessed on”]. Available at: link.

e) Studies presented at events: Author(s). Title of the study. In: Annals of the number of the event title of the event; date of the event; city, country where event was held. City of publication: Publishing house; year of publication. First page-last page of the study;

f) Dissertations, theses or academic studies: Author. Title of the thesis [degree level]. City of publication: Institution at which it was defended; year of defense of the study.



Submission of manuscripts


Only online submissions will be accepted: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/anp-scielo.

Articles submitted to the Editorial Board for publication must include:
a. Declaration of acceptance for publication and declaration of conflicts of interest, in PDF, signed by all the authors;
b. Indication of three to five referees of the authors' preference, with their e-mail addresses;
c. Indication of the author's opposed reviewers.

Processing of the manuscript

The journal's office will verify whether the manuscript is in conformity with the Instructions for Authors and whether it fits within the scope of Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria.

Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be rejected (reply within seven days).

An Editor-in-Chief will be designated (reply within seven days).

The Editor-in-Chief designates an Associate Editor (reply within seven days).

The Associate Editor indicates the reviewers. The process of seeking, inviting and designating reviewers will be completed within seven days. Reviewers have 15 days to submit their recommendation.

The author can follow the processing of the manuscript on the website (http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/anp-scielo).


Manuscripts will be accepted in accordance with the chronological order in which they reach the final format, after fulfilling all stages of the editorial processing.


Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria does not require fees for publication of accepted manuscripts.


The manuscript will be published both in online and in printed form;

Original Articles may be published in advance online in the Ahead of Print (AOP) form and may be cited even if they have not been published formally.

It is established at the outset that the authors will assume the intellectual and legal responsibility for the results described and for the remarks presented. The authors also agree to publication exclusively in this journal and to automatically transfer reproduction rights and permissions to the journal's publisher.


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