General Recommendations

There is no charge for any amount, either in the submission or publication of articles. To maintain this free collaborative activity, we have set a target of 120 days from the time that elapses between the receipt and publication of articles. For this we adopt a continuous flow publishing system. No APC costs.

Between 2015 and 2019 the references were in accordance with ABNT rules and appearing in alphabetical order. From 2020 onwards this journal adopts APA rules. In year 2020, the journal will publish primarily articles in English and Spanish language. Articles in Portuguese can be published in Special Sections. Articles published not in english must present in english language: the title, abstract and Keywords.

Since July/2019 RPD publish articles with structured abstracts (must contain: Purpose, Methodology/Approach, Findings, Research Limitation/implication, Originality/Value of paper) in English and a second language that can be Portuguese or Spanish. Abstract, Resumo or Resumen must contain the same information and should not exceed 200 words each.

Above Abstract, it must include 3 to 5 keywords. It is required that the descriptors be different words from those used in the title, in order to improve the search engine functionality.

Record at the end of the article submission the contribution of each of authors and contributors. Use the options: a. Active participation in the discussion of results; or b. Review and approval of the final version of the paper.

Article submissions that not use the journal template will be declined. Articles that do not use a conceptual basis reinforced by articles published in journals or do not present an original theme and of broader interest to world researchers, will be rejected by the editors.

This journal register in the submission metadata the ORCID iD from authors.




In Introduction section of the article, the author should describe the state of the art of the problem, as well as justify and present the problem and the objectives of his work. The introduction is the opening text of the article, which should present: general considerations about the theme, other similar articles published recently in journals about the theme, the science gap, the purpose and objectives of the proposed work, as well as limitations among other relevant issues that explore the topic addressed, and the contribution of the article. At the end of the Introduction section (a last paragraph), you must present a presentation of the article. For example, beyond the Introduction, what else did you do?. Similar to a summary.

There are no strict formatting requirements but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.

Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.

The text must present a scientific language and cannot be written in the first person. Must be original, unpublished, and be written in English.

The article must be submitted by the electronic system of the journal in ".doc" format, with tables and figures included in the body of the text. The entire body of the text should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, justified and with single line spacing, and between paragraphs from zero to item before and 6 points to after. The page margins should be 2 cm (top and bottom) and 2 cm (left and right). All paragraphs should have a 1.25cm tab and the tables and figures should be quoted in full in the text body (eg, Figure 1, Table 1). Throughout the text, the international system of units (IS) should be used to indicate measures.

The availability of a template for submission aims to standardize the graphic standard of the journal, reducing the publishing period, and making possible the scheduled periodicity. Do not use footnotes. It is hoped that this document will support the formatting of articles submitted to RPD, with a view to establishing a textual and graphic standard, minimizing revision by submissions without the expected formatting. These standards are suitable for the main journals and indexing criteria and have as main objectives:

a) To facilitate the correction of texts;

b) Assist the author in the formatting process;

c) Standardize the style and layout of the journal (covers, logos, layout and content).



A Theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lay the foundation for further work, it will make possible a study from a theoretical basis. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

The Literature Review must give cientific support to the developed article, that is, the state of the art must be presented. It is expected that the author presents traditional references on the subjects investigated, as well as suggesting that at least 65% of the cited references used are from articles published in journals in the last 3 years.



Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.

Papers that have used human beings as object of study or animal experimentation must indicate in the text the number of the approval by the respective Committees of Ethics. The article should not be simultaneously under evaluation by another journal and all authors should be aware of the submission.



Results should be clear and concise. The results must dialog with the literature review presented. Discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.

Math formulae: Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).

Figure captions: Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

Tables: Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the associated text in the article. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.



The main conclusions of the study can be presented in a short section, which should present the results achieved in the study, which science gap was able to contribute, the limitations of the research, the expected findings and unexpected findings, if any, and suggestions for future studies.


  1. REFERENCES (news for 2020)

Bibliographic citations must be included as references to the text. The bibliography should not include any references not cited in the text. The number of references must be sufficient and necessary for contextualizing the theoretical framework, the methodology used and the results of research in an international research context. These are to be presented alphabetically by the author’s first surname (adding the second surname only when the first surname is very common and attached with a hyphen). Bibliographic citations must be taken from the original documents –preferably journals and, to a lesser extent, books– always indicating the initial and final page of the article or work from which they have been taken, except for complete works. Given the importance for indexing purposes of citations and calculations of impact factors, correct citation will be assessed in accordance with the APA style 7 th edition (, valuing the inclusion not only of national but also international references from prestigious international journals

The Reference text must use Times New Roman and font size 10 should be used, without tabulation and single spacing. Only the references cited in the article should be mentioned. Justified alignment and 6-point spacing should be maintained between references. For the best understanding and visualization, the following are transcribed some examples of references.