Editorial Policy

Headache Medicine Journal has a clear editorial policy describing the responsibilities due to editors, reviewers and authors. We have also gathered information about the manuscript review process; ethics, plagiarism and misconduct; as well as guidelines and recommendations to ensure the quality of publications. 

The responsibilities of the editors are: to give all the conditions and to guarantee the transparency of the whole editorial process of the journal; adopt clear processes and procedures regarding ethical aspects, conflicts of interest and comply with the compliance policies of the institution to which the journal is affiliated; investigate all complaints arising from submissions, whether approved or not, and offer authors the opportunity to respond whenever asked; position themselves impartially, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors; be impartial and clear in publishing sponsored supplements and / or any other sponsorship, so that articles are considered for evaluation and accepted solely for their academic and scientific merit and without any commercial influence; ensure open access and inform in all articles the modality of the Creative Commons license adopted by the journal; keep all documentation related to journal submissions.

The reviewer's responsibilities are: To assist in the decision-making process and support the improvement of article quality by reviewing, criticizing and making new suggestions to the manuscript objectively and in a timely manner; maintain the confidentiality of any information provided by the publisher; vigilance for similarity and alert the publisher whenever it detects any resemblance to published content or ongoing study that may be plagiarism; certify that any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relations between the reviewer and the author) are declared.

The authors' responsibilities are: to guarantee and declare that the manuscript submitted is original and has not been submitted and / or accepted for publication in another journal; ensure compliance of studies involving humans or animals, in accordance with national, local and institutional laws and requirements (Declaration of Helsinki (2013), Declaration of Animal Rights (UNESCO, 1978) or if applies, in the Plataforma Brasil (national and unified database for research involving human subjects), declare conflicts of interest by written document and signed by all collaborators, inform editor-in-chief when identifying a significant error in publication and provide all the necessary information for errata publication, retraction and / or correction; make available the records associated with the manuscript, whenever requested by the editor; The journal allow the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions, and to retain publishing rights without restrictions. Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) platform at https://orcid.org/signin

Authorship Criteria: All designated authors must qualify for authorship by sufficiently participating in the work to be responsible for its content. Authorship includes substantial contributions to: (a) conception and design, analysis and interpretation of data; (b) writing or critical review of intellectual content; (c) approval of final version. Additional information on authorship credit criteria can be obtained at www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html. Participation in resource acquisition, data compilation, and general oversight of the research team does not justify authorship. The number of authors should follow NML / NIH / Index Medicus guidelines which, depending on the type of contribution, may be increased at the discretion of the publishers.


Headache Medicine journal reserves a special page for the electronic submission system for handling the manuscript editorial process. The system allows complete process management, from submission through peer review, double-blind, technical proofing, grammar proofing, translation as needed and diagramming. 

Manuscripts are initially received by the editorial office, which certifies that all documents are in agreement; the quality of images, tables and graphics; and ORCID of the authors, submitted in the electronic system. If the documentation does not comply with the journal's policies, the manuscripts are returned to the corresponding author, with a date set for their return.

The manuscripts are reviewed by the editor in chief and the scientific editor. After initial approval, they are sent to the associate editors, in their respective areas of the manuscripts, who analyze their importance, originality and clarity, as well as the relevance of the study to knowledge. Associate editors reject or recommend continuing the process, appointing at least two reviewers. After peer review, the editor-in-chief forwards the manuscripts to the corresponding author for corrections requested in the review process. After corrections, the manuscripts are sent to the reviewer for analysis of the requested changes.

The editor-in-chief makes the editorial decision based on the recommendations and submits the manuscripts for technical review. Depending on the technical opinion, the final decision on new technical corrections, acceptance or rejection is made and communicated to the corresponding author.

After this phase, all articles go through grammar review and English translation when necessary, and go into editorial process.

Ethics, Plagiarism and Misconduct 

Headache Medicine adopts specific procedures to respect intellectual property protection and combat the practice of plagiarism in publications. All manuscripts submitted for publication, upon final approval, are reviewed in the  Similarity Check. When plagiarism is detected in the technical review process of the manuscript, the author is notified so that the plagiarized citations are reviewed and the sources correctly cited. When, in the final analysis of plagiarism, the index is higher than 25%, the article is rejected and the author and his respective institution notified. 

Other decisions regarding the ethical relationship, misconduct, and integrity of scientific research are based on the guidelines of the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors (COPE), available at http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf, and from the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), available at http://www.wame.org.

In experimental work involving animals, the standards set by the 1996 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (National Institute of Sciences, Washington, DC, United States) and the Ethical Principles in Animal Experimentation (Brazilian College of Animal Experimentation - COBEA, available at www. Cobea.org.br), 1991.

The concepts issued in the submitted manuscripts are the sole responsibility of the authors, not reflecting the opinion of the journal's editors. 

Guidelines for manuscript quality 

Headache Medicine recommends that manuscripts should comply with the following guidelines before manuscript submission:

CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials)

STARD (Standards for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy Studies)

PRISMA (Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyzes)

STROBE (Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology)

Headache Medicine is an open access journal and does not charge any fees for article submission, proofreading, translation and publication. All processes are performed electronically.