Critical Care Science

Formerly Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva

ISSN: 2965-2774

Free Online Access

Official Journal of the Associação de Medicina Intensiva Brasileira and the Sociedade Portuguesa de Cuidados Intensivos

Editorial policies

Authorship criteria

The journal assumes that all authors have agreed upon the content of the manuscript, given tacit consent to its submission and obtained the consent of the responsible authorities of the institute/organization where the study was conducted before submission.
Authors are advised to adhere to the authorship guidelines applicable to their specific field of research. In the absence of specific guidelines, it is recommended that authors whose names appear on the submission have:

  • - Contributed substantially to the conception or design of the work; the collection, analysis or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software used in the work.
  • - Written or revised the work critically regarding the relevant intellectual content.
  • - Approved the version to be published.
  • - Agreed to be responsible for all aspects of the publication to ensure that issues related to the accuracy or completeness of any part of the manuscript are properly investigated and resolved.

Peer review process

All manuscripts submitted to Critical Care Science are subject to a rigorous review process. Initial submissions are reviewed by the editorial team to ensure adherence to Critical Care Science guidelines and policies, including ethical requirements for human and animal experimentation. Once the initial evaluation is complete, the article may be returned to the authors for adjustment.
Subsequently, the submitted manuscripts will be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts without merit, with significant methodological errors or that do not fit the editorial policy of the journal will be rejected, without the formal process of peer review. The average turnaround time for this immediate rejection is one week.
Manuscripts approved by the Editor-in-Chief (or a designated editor) will be sent to two or more reviewers. Reviewers will always be from institutions other than the origin of the manuscript, and anonymity will be maintained throughout the editorial process. Our average turnaround time for the first response to the authors is 30 days, although a longer period of time may be needed. After this evaluation, the editors will decide on acceptance, minor review, major review, rejection and resubmission or rejection.
After receiving the reviewers’ feedback, the authors must submit the revised version within 60 days, including the suggested changes and a point-by-point response to each reviewer suggestion. Authors may contact Critical Care Science ( if they need an extension. If it is not submitted within six months, the manuscript will be removed from the database, and any resubmission will follow the process of an initial submission. After resubmission, editors may choose to send the manuscript to external reviewers or make a decision based on their expertise.
The opinions expressed in the articles, including the reviewer requested changes, will be the only authors responsibility.

Anti-plagiarism policy

Any contributions submitted to Critical Care Science must be original, and the manuscript nor any part of it, must not be under consideration by any other journal. In addition, authors should not submit the same manuscript in different languages to different journals. Authors must declare any publications that may coincide at the time of submission for appreciation and evaluation by the editor. We submit the manuscripts to plagiarism detection tools to detect any duplication, redundant publication or misconduct. Whenever any of these situations are detected, the Editor-in-Chief will contact the authors and their institutions. If the editor identifies a situation of plagiarism, the authors will be subject to immediate rejection of the submitted manuscript. If the editor is unaware of the situation when accepting the manuscript, there will be a retraction in subsequent edition of the journal.


When reporting a study involving humans, their data or biological material, the authors must include a statement confirming that the study was approved (or that approval exemption was granted) by the institution’s Research Ethics Committee and/or the Ethics Committee for National Research, including the name of the committee, and certify that the study was conducted according to the ethical standards established in the Declaration of Helsinki of 1964 and its subsequent amendments or equivalent ethical standards. For studies conducted in Brazil, registration on the Plataforma Brasil and the Certificate of Presentation of Ethical Assessment (CAAE - Certificado de Apresentação de Apreciação Ética) is mandatory.
When reporting experiments on animals, the authors must indicate whether the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed and whether the experiments were approved by the competent Ethics Committee. In any clinical or experimental study, human or animal, this information should be included in the Methods section.
The ethics statements of Critical Care Science can be found on our website.

Open scientific practice

Although Critical Care Science supports open science communication practices, the journal will continue to use its current double-blind peer review model and will not require research data to be available in repositories. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data related to an article for editorial review, and they should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases) if practicable. It is desirable that data be kept for a reasonable period of time after publication.

Information about article processing fees

The journal is completely free to access, and there are no fees for processing or publishing articles.

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