Open Access Policy
This Journal offers immediate open access to its content, based
on the principle that offering the public free and unrestricted
access to scientific knowledge leads to a better democratization
of knowledge in the world.
The RPAS accepts national
and international submissions in Portuguese, English or Spanish.
If the paper is submitted in English or Spanish, in order to avoid
delays in the Journal’s release, we suggest that it be reviewed
by a native speaker – a scientist of the same field, if
possible. Both orthographic and grammar reviews are the author’s
responsibility, however the Journal's Editorial Board may
execute grammar and similar adaptations.
The manuscripts must be written and submitted in strict accordance
with the directions listed in the Instructions for Contributors section.
The papers submitted to the Editorial Board must not
have been previously published (except as a brief report) and must not
have been simultaneously submitted to other Journals for publication.
The veracity of the information and the bibliographic citations are the
author's sole responsibility.
Each submission is reviewed by at least two peer reviewers; its acceptance is based on its scientific content and presentation.
Researches on or involving the use of animals, human
beings and/or the environment must be approved by a Research Ethics
Committee. Thus, the manuscript must be submitted together with a
Certificate of Approval provided by the Ethics Committee of the
Institution where the research was carried out.
The authors' opinions and concepts are their exclusive
responsibility, and do not represent the opinions and beliefs of the
Journal's Editorial Board.
All papers submitted to the RPAS are subject to a
review and approval process called peer review. Each submitted article
is directed to the editors, who review it to check its accordance with
the minimum requirements for publication and to see if the paper obeys
all the Journal's submission guidelines.
Next, the Board sends the article to two reviewers, who
are experts in the pertinent area. The reviewers must never be from the
same institution as the article's, and their identity remain unknown
for the authors during the whole process.
After receiving the reviews, the Editorial Board decides
if the paper should be accepted, refused, or if it must be sent back to
the author with suggestions for modifications. An article may be sent
back to the author several times for elucidation, and, at any time may
be refused by the Editorial Board, which has the authority to make the
Finally, proof sheets will be sent to the author(s) for
correction of printing errors. The proof sheets must return to the
Editorial Staff until the established date. Other alterations in the
original manuscripts will not be accepted in this stage.