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Acta Scientiae Anatomica requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript.

Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker’s fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must state this at the end of the manuscript before the REFERENCES. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter (if applicable) to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (in the footnotes, Conflict of Interest or Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.


Acta Scientiae Anatomica uses a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to us, you agree that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works. All submitted manuscripts must be original and must not have been published previously either in whole or in part, except in abstract form; manuscripts published previously in another language may not be submitted. Also, manuscripts submitted to us must not be under consideration by any other journal.

  • Original Research: Original research in the fields of morphological sciences (anatomy, histology, embryology, morphogenesis, anthropology, cytology, cytogenetics, biology of the reproduction and the development). These manuscripts should not exceed 18 typed written pages and the references should be limited to 30.
  • Case Reports: The manuscript must include a short description of the embryological basis for the variation and its impact from a practical, clinical, evolutive or anthropological point of view. Such reports must not exceed 10 typed written pages with 3 figures, 1 table, and references limited to 15. The abstract should be unstructured.
  • Reviews (systematic reviews, comprehensive reviews and meta-analyses): A comprehensive but critical analysis of a topic that includes perspectives of the past, present, and future, if applicable. There are no limits regarding page numbers or references. The abstract should be unstructured.
  • Clinical Images: Showcases interesting photographs or images (CTs, MRIs, polysomnographic tracings, OR setups, etc) from unusual cases. 300 words limit, up to 3 figures and a maximum of 5 references. The abstract should be unstructured.
  • Short communications: Short communications may be published more rapidly than original articles. They should be a short report of new research findings and should be no more than 2,000 words, excluding references and 3 figures. Summaries of short communications should not exceed 100 words.
  • Letters to the Editor: These will be published at the discretion of the editor. They should be limited to 500 words and should include no more than 5 references. This section does not require an abstract.

 All articles are subject to peer-review (double-blind policy).



General Information

  • The manuscript should be typed double-spaced throughout for paper 8 1/2″ × 11″ (22 × 28 cm) with at least a 1″ (2.5 cm) margin on all sides.
  • Do not hyphenate words at the end of lines.
  • Spell out the word Figure in the text except when it appears in parentheses: Figure 2, (Figs. 4–6).
  • Anatomical terms must conform with those set forth in Terminologica Anatomica (1998) Stuttgart: Thieme translated to English as used in standard English language textbooks, and eponyms, if used, must appear in parentheses alongside the TA term.
  • Spell nontechnical terms according to recommendations in the current Webster’s International Dictionary. American spelling will be used (e.g., center, analyzed ).
  • Always spell out numbers when they stand as the first word in a sentence; abbreviations may not follow such numbers. Numbers indicating time, weight, and measurements are to be in Arabic numerals when followed by abbreviations (e.g., 2 mm; 1 sec; 3 ml). In general, write out the numbers one to ten in the text. All higher numbers should be given as numerals.
  • Write dates as follows: October 11, 2012
  • All measurements should use the metric system.
  • Keep the document’s format as simple as possible. Refrain from any complex formatting.

Separate Title Page

Upload a separate title page in Microsoft Word DOCx format containing the following elements:

  • The title in English and in Portuguese.
  • Abbreviated title (running headline) not to exceed 48 letters and spaces in english only.
  • The complete names of the authors (last name should be in bold) and their affiliation.
  • The name, telephone number, fax and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  • The manuscript category that your paper belongs.

Jane C. Doe1, John D. Doe1,2
1Department of Morphology,Fluminense Federal University, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2Department of Orthopedics, Salgado Filho Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*Correspondence to: Jane C. Doe, Department of Surgery, Joe Doe University, City, State, Country. E-Mail: [email protected]

Main Document

The main document should have a uniform style and should be submitted in Microsoft Word DOCX format. The main document should not include the authors’ names, affiliations, or any other identifying information. The document should consist of subdivisions in the following sequence.

ABSTRACT (structured in “Introduction”, “Material and Methods”, “Results”, “Conclusions”).

Start each subdivision on a new page.

Title & Abstract. The first page of the manuscript should include the complete title of the manuscript and an abstract of 250 words or less that will serve in lieu of a concluding summary and when published will precede the introductory section of the text. The abstract must be written in complete sentences, and succinctly state the objectives, experimental design of the paper, the principal observations and conclusions. It should be intelligible without reference to the rest of the paper. The abstract should contain the following sections in boldface: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Key words should be included with the abstract and should not, in total, exceed 85 letters and spaces. Key words should be set in lower case (except for essential capitals), separated by a semicolon.

Case reports, clinical images, review articles, short communications and letters to the editor should contain UNSTRUCTURED abstract.

The title, abstract and keywords should be also in Portuguese (Título, Resumo e Palavras-chave).

Materials and Methods. Ethics committee or institutional review board approval should be stated in the Materials and Methods section.


All references must be cited in the text. References in the text to the literature should follow the Vancouver style in square brackets, e. g. [1-5]; [2, 7].

References List

Literature cited is to be arranged as order of citation. Abbreviations of journal titles follows those used in Index Medicus. Format follows the style described below and punctuation matches the examples listed in the sample references.

Citation for a standard journal article:

Doe J, Doe J. Article name. Acta Sci Anat. 2018;1(1):4-10.

Citation for a standard book: 

Testut L, Latarjet A. Tratado de Anatomía Humana. 8th ed. Barcelona: Salvat; 1958.

Citations for edited books:

Whitehouse GH, Worthington BS, editors. Techniques in diagnostic imaging. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1996.

If you have a reference manager software such as EndNote, please download our EndNote style here



All tables must be cited in the text and have titles. Table titles should be complete but brief. Information other than that defining the data should be presented as footnotes. Since tabular material is expensive to reproduce, it should be simple and uncomplicated, with as few vertical and horizontal rules as possible.

Tables should be submitted at the end of the manuscript after REFERENCES.


All illustrations must be cited in the text and must have legends; legends should be listed at the end of the main document after the TABLES (if present) or REFERENCES.

  • Each illustration must be in a separate TIF, JPEG or EPS file that indicates the figure number in the file name, e.g., Figure1.tif. Large files can be compressed using LZW compression.
  • All illustrations must be submitted in complete and finished form with adequate labeling.

To ensure good resolution, authors are advised to submit illustrations of the size they would wish printed. Lines and lettering must be large and dense enough to be legible.

  • Black-and-White Images. To achieve optimum halftone quality, photographic prints submitted for reproduction must be of adequate contrast; and when more than one print is included in a single figure, they should be of similar density and tone to prevent loss of detail. Black-and white halftones should be submitted at a minimum resolution of at least 600 dpi.
  • Color Images. Color images are published in the journal at no charge. Any color images should be submitted at a minimum resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • Line Drawings. The artwork should be sharp and black to achieve maximum contrast. Use ‘‘stippling’’ and ‘‘hatching’’ techniques to achieve tonal quality. Avoid the use of shading (pencil, wash, or airbrush) for a tonal effect unless the drawing is to be reproduced as a halftone with its attendant gray-tint background. Any line drawings should be submitted at a minimum resolution of at least 600 dpi; 1200 dpi is the preferred resolution for line drawings to ensure that faint lines are rendered appropriately in the final article.

Rapid Inspector TM gives authors of scientific, technical, and medical journals a resource for certifying their illustrations prior to submission. Utilizing this software will ensure that your graphics are suitable for print production. To download this journal’s free Rapid Inspector software, please visit


Submit all new manuscripts online. Launch your web browser and go to Check for an existing account. If you are submitting for the first time, and you do not have an existing account, create a new account. Follow all instructions.

At the end of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with manuscript number will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If this does not happen, please check your submission and/or contact tech support at [email protected]

Submit manuscript and all figures as separate files if possible. You do not need to mail any paper copies of your manuscript. Corresponding authors should include address, telephone number, fax number, and E-mail address.

No paper that has been published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere will be considered for publication by Acta Scientiae Anatomica. A statement to this effect must accompany the manuscript.

The editors and the publisher reserve the right to return manuscripts and illustrations that are not in proper finished form to the author for revision.

The editorial board will consider expediting the publication of manuscripts of significant interest to the readership. Such manuscripts must be sufficiently high quality and timeliness to pass through the review/revision process quickly.

If the submission uses cadaveric tissue, please acknowledge the donors in an acknowledgement at the end of the paper.

Upon receipt, each manuscript is sent to two or more experts for review. The review process is confidential. We expect reviewers to protect the confidentiality of each manuscript, and we do not disclose the identity of reviewers or any confidential material they provide the editorial offices.

Article Processing Charges. Acta Scientiae Anatomia is a free of charge and open access journal.

Page Proofs. An electronic page proof will be sent to the corresponding author. All corrections should be marked clearly and returned in a timely manner. Specific instructions for returning the page proofs will be included with the page proof.


For additional information contact:


E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

Rua Professor Hernani Melo, 101.

São Domingos, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

ZIP CODE: 24210-130


Managing Editor
E-mail: [email protected]