Normas para os autores

Manuscript submission

  • Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before in a journal or a book; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all coauthors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institution where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


  • Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere, are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Format (title page)

The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s);
  • A concise and informative title;
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s);
  • The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author;
  • Abstract: please provide an abstract of up to 150 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations.

Format (text)


  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format at 12-point font;
  • Repeat the title, include an abstract, and provide up to three keywords or phrases.

Word template:

  • Headings: please use the decimal system of headings with no more than three levels;
  • Abbreviations: abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter;
  • Footnotes: footnotes on the title page are not given reference symbols. Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters. [check APA formatting]
  • Acknowledgments: acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full;
  • Citation: reference citations in the text should be identified by the author's family name and year of publication, e.g. Ruben (2004) - in line, or (Ruben, 2004);
  • Reference list: The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. The entries in the list should be in alphabetical order. Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal's name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations. Examples:
    • Gerstner, W., 1999. Spiking neurons, in: Pulsed Neural Networks, W. Maass, C. Bishop, MIT Press, Cambridge.
    • Hodgkin, A. and Huxley, A., 1952. A quantitative description of membrane current and its application to conduction and excitation in a nerve, Journal of Physiology, 117, 500- 544.
  • Tables: all tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. Tables should always be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order before the table is presented. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • After acceptance: upon acceptance of an article, an email will be sent notifying authors and providing further instructions to close the publication procedure.
  • Copyright transfer: authors will be asked to verify that all material that is not original has been appropriately cited and then transfer copyright of the article to the Publisher (or grant the Publisher exclusive publication and dissemination rights). This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws.
  • Proofreading: the purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor.
  • Languages: articles and abstracts must be in English, but the journal accepts additional abstracts in other languages of the author's choice (for instance, in the author's first language, if not English). Such abstracts are optional. Authors would need to supply such abstracts themselves, certify that they are a faithful translation of the official abstract, and they must be supplied in Unicode (see for details), especially if they are using nonroman characters. Such abstracts in other languages will carry a disclaimer: "This abstract is provided by the author(s), and is for convenience of the users only. The author certifies that the translation faithfully represents the official version in the language of the journal, which is the published Abstract of record and is the only Abstract to be used for reference and citation."
  • Copyright information: submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before (except in form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as - tacitly or explicitly - by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out. The author also certifies that the manuscript is free of plagiarism. Transfer of copyright to this Journal's host institution becomes effective if and when the article is accepted for publication. The author warrants that this contribution is original and that he/she has full power to make this grant. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors.