The course of Int Braz J Urol during the XXXVII Brazilian Congress of Urology was a sucess

The course of Int Braz J Urol during the XXXVII Brazilian Congress of Urology was a sucess. The course aims to develop new reviewers and demonstrate how a scientific paper should be written and submitted to Int Braz J Urol.

Participated:  doctors Sidney Glina (editor); Francisco Sampaio (editor between 2000-2010) and Luciano Alves favorito (Elected new editor in chief for the períod 2020 to 2024) and with the support of AUA present with Dra. Angela Smith and the secretary general of AUA Dr. Jonh Densdent.



We are rated higher than 1!

In the end of June, publishing companies and editors receive the Impact Factor grade of journals, that is now published by Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Institute for Scientific Information – ISI). This year we were very pleased to know that our International Brazilian Journal of Urology received an impact factor higher than 1, now 1,046.

Among international urological magazines, this fact may not be remarkable, but for Int Braz J Urol is a great achievement, since not too many Brazilian health journals have an impact factor higher than 1.

Probably, Int Braz J Urol is one of very few medical journals in the World maintained by a medical society, without the aid of a big publishing house; also,  it is an open access magazine that does not charge any fee for submission and publishing. Int Braz J Urol has been continuously published for 45 years and nowadays receives almost 800 articles per year from all continents; and it is not easy to publish at Int Braz J Urol : our rejection rate is around 75% at peer review.

Urologists that do not attend academic centers may regard a scientific magazine as not an important issue, but our Journal is an important source of learning and updating, that may be consulted with a few  clicks of the computer , with no fees or other inconvenience.

Many may not know that a few years ago, when the editor was Prof. Francisco Sampaio and Int Braz J Urol was indexed at Pubmed, our impact factor was higher than 1, but it lowered along time.

The merit of this current rise must be credit to the authors, that believe in Int Braz J Urol and submitted high quality papers that generate citations; to the reviewers, that voluntarily evaluate and select the best papers; and to the associated editors, that coordinate all work.

I particularly thank the last four Brazilian Society of Urology management members (coordinated by Drs. Aguinaldo Nardi, Carlos Corradi, Archimedes Nardoza and Sebastião Westphal) that understood how important is for the Society to maintain an internationally respected journal, and that did not measure efforts even when the serious crisis that has hit our society occurred, maintaining the continuity of Int Braz J Urol .

But none of that would be guaranteed if we did not have a fantastic team that effectively produce the Journal: Ricardo Morais, that produces IBJU for more than 15 years, Bruno A. Nogueira and Patricia Gomes, that has been helping in the last years.

To exceed 1 is just one step, but a large one; I hope the authors, in special Brazilians, submit more and more their best works to IBJU and that we can celebrate an impact factor of  2, 3 or higher in a not far distant future. It is important for this growth that residents be accustomed to read our magazine and not only foreign journals, and that discuss IBJU papers in their journal clubs meetings.

This year I finish my chief editor’s office of IBJU, and I am very proud to have exercised this job. Every new citation of a Int Braz J Urol paper gave me great joy, and a sense of duty fulfilled and well done.

Read, publish and cite the International Brazilian Journal of Urology!

Sidney Glina

Selection process for the new Editor-in-Chief of the International Brazilian Journal of Urology


Selection process for the new Editor-in-Chief of the International Brazilian Journal of Urology

All associates are invited to participate in the selection process for the new Editor-in-Chief of the International Brazilian Journal of Urology, according to the process defined in articles 12.2.1, 12.2.2,, and, of the internal regiment of the Society. Candidates should apply from this date to June, 1st, 2019, by sending an email to the International Brazilian Journal of Urology (, with the following attached documents: (i) curriculum vitae; (ii) a list of features that qualifies the candidate for the job; (iii) list of projects that would like to implement in IBJU during the four years of term of office; the email for inscription (subject) must contain the phrase: “candidate for Editor-in-Chief Int. Braz. J. Urol.”. BSU board of directors will propose an Examination Board that will analyze the documents, and the qualified candidates will be summoned by email for an interview with the Examination Board in a determined place, date and time during the Brazilian Congress of Urology 2019. Once concluded the selection process of the qualified candidates, the Examination Board will announce the winning candidate, based on the submitted documents and interview. The new Editor-in-Chief will be announced at the final ceremony of the Brazilian Congress. The elected Editor-in-Chief will participate in the daily activities of the current Editor, aiding with the elaboration of editions 05 and 06 of 2019 of IBJU, and will posteriorly be in charge of the new editions from January 1st, 2020.
Minimum requirements to apply for the position of IBJU Editor-in-Chief:

  • a. Full urologist TiSBU member
  • b. Doctorate degree more than 5 years;
  • c. Publications in journals of Clarivate impact factor (Web of Science) and in International Brazilian Journal of Urology;
  • d. Proved editorial experience (including reviewer);
  • e. Curriculum vitae emphasizing scientific and editorial production
  • f. Justification of features that qualifies the candidate and reasons why decided to apply for Editor-in-Chief; and
  • g. List projects that pretends to implement at IBJU during term of office.

Rio de Janeiro, February 21st, 2019.

Sebastião Westphal
BSU President, 2018-9

Int Braz J Urol Annual Report – 2019 and new Editor

Sidney Glina 1
1 Departamento de Urologia, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brasil

This is the first issue of 2019, a special year for International Brazilian Journal of Urology.
It will complete 45 years of uninterrupted publication of our magazine. This is a landmark, since Int Braz J Urol is a journal always supported by the Brazilian Society of Urology, without the aid of any other publishing company. Also, this is an open access journal that has never charged the authors for any publishing fee.

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Best videos and reviewer of the year selection 2018

Philippe E. Spiess 1,2
1 Section Editor, International Brazilian Journal of Urology, 2 Department of GU Oncology, Assistant Chief of Surgical Services Moffitt Cancer Center, USA

One of my distinct honors as the editor of the video section is to reflect on the prior year and to highlight some of our major accomplishments and contributions, with once again our submitting authors highlighting the incredible surgical talents and innovation being adopted across the world. In this regard, I am pleased to once again share with you the selection of the three best videos of the year, with the criteria for selection being the accepted videos that most vividly depict the creative approaches to surgery within our field, with the ultimate goal of optimizing patient related outcomes. In this regard, I am pleased to announce the 1st prize selection being the video by Luciano Favorito et al. from the Hospital Federal de Lagoa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil entitled “Double inlay plus ventral onlay buccal mucosa graft for simultaneous penile and bulbar urethral stricture” (available at.

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Best videos of the year in 2017


This year has been another memorable year for the International Brazilian Journal of Urology with quality international submissions to the video section from across the World. It highlights the commitment by the urology community in continually striving to improve the outcomes of surgical patients. We should never accept that good is good enough particularly with the plethora of surgical tools at our disposal. In this regard, it gives me a distinct pleasure to introduce the three best videos for 2017. These selections were made based on their novelty and potential to favorably impact the surgical care of urological patients. Making these selections is always challenging, being that all accepted videos are already of an incredibly high quality; hence, I would like to congratulate all authors for accepted videos over the past year and look forward to receiving your future submissions in the months to years to come. The selection of best videos of the year are as follows:
The third prize goes to the video entitled “Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for multiple (four) tumors” by Lessandro Curcio et al. from the Hospital Federal Ipanema in Brazil, published in the May-June issue (43(3): 567) (1) of our Journal. The authors nicely depict in this video a two-stage approach to managing a patient with multifocal renal tumors using a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach in which the larger tumors were approached in na initial setting using a conventional clamp technique, followed by which the two smaller ones were approach in a non-clamped manner. This video nicely depicts that each case must be approached in a personalized fashion with the individual tumor characteristics, multifocality, and location aiding in the selection of the most suitable surgical strategy, including appropriateness of minimally invasive and clamp versus non-clamp vascular hilar control techniques.

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Selection of best videos of the year for 2016

Dear esteemed colleagues and friends,

            As we begin a new year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your commitment in supporting our journal and expanding its readership. This past year has been truly exceptional in the quality of submissions we have received within the video section of the International Brazilian Journal of Urology. We are committed in publishing the highest quality videos detailing novel surgical techniques and approaches by leading surgical teams from across the world. Similarly, we encourage groups pushing the envelope in terms of how we can continually refine the art of surgery and ultimately improve the outcomes of our patients. In this regard, I am pleased to share with you this year’s selection for best videos of the year for 2016. Many individual criteria were taken into account in making this selection including novelty, superior quality in terms of video depiction and narration, and lastly vides that best depict re-defining surgical approaches to urological diseases. On that note, here are the selections:

First Prize:

            Robotic ureteroureterostomy for treatment of a proximal ureteral stricture by Andrade HS et al. from the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) published in volume 42(5):1041-1042, September-October 2016 (see video) (1). This video is truly a masterful depiction on how minimally invasive robotic surgery can be used to tackle benign ureteral stricture disease. Excellent perioperative surgical outcomes are reported and the authors provide sufficient follow-up of 27 months to insure these favorable outcomes are maintained with adequate follow-up. There is no question this surgical approach and specifically this video can be used by surgeons skilled and interested in conducting such surgical procedures.

Second Prize:

            Robotic repair of vesicovaginal fistula- initial experience by Jairath A et al. from the Department of Urology, Muljbhai Patel Urological Hospital (Nadiad, India) published in volume 42(1):168-169, January-February 2016 (see video) (2). The authors presents a surgical series of 8 vesicovaginal fistulas approached using a robotic assisted laparoscopic transabdominal extravesical approach. The authors report excellent outcomes with no recurrences at short-term follow-up of 3 months.

Third Prize:

            Retzus-sparing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: A step-by-step technique description of this first Brazilian experience by Tobias-Machado M et al. from the Departmento de Urologia, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil and other centers of excellence in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil published in volume 42(6):1250, November-December 2016 (see video) (3). This surgical video is quite elegant in its demonstration that Retzus sparing RRP is not only feasible and reproducible but can enhance continence recovery following initial catheter removal. This is furthermore an excellent depiction of the wonderful surgical collaborations taking place in Brazil.

            I would like to conclude this editorial by once again thanking each of you for the support of the International Brazilian Journal of Urology. We are committed in publishing the very best original articles and videos from across the world and similarly will continue to do so in a very timely manner, with a rigorous peer review process by the very best subject leaders. Lastly, I send my very best wishes to you and your families for 2017.


  1. Andrade HS, Kaouk JH, Zargar H, Caputo PA, Akca O, Ramirez D, Autorino R, Noble M, Stein RJ. Robotic Ureteroureterostomy for Treatment of a Proximal Ureteric Stricture. Int Braz J Urol. 2016;42:1041-1042.
  2. Jairath A, B SS, Mishra S, Ganpule A, Sabnis R, Desai M. Robotic repair of vesicovaginal fistula – initial experience. Int Braz J Urol. 2016;42:168-9.
  3. Tobias-Machado M, Nunes-Silva I, Hidaka AK, Sato LL, Almeida R, Colombo JR Jr, Zampolli HC, Pompeo AC. Retzus-sparing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: a step-by-step technique description of this first brazilian experience. Int Braz J Urol. 2016;42:1250.


Philippe E Spiess, M.D, MS, FACS, FRCS(C)
Video Section Editor, International Brazilian of Urology
Associate member, Department of GU Oncology Moffitt Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, USA

Reviewers: the soul of a scientific journal

            Peer review system is like democracy: it is absolutely imperfect, but the best available. It allows criticism to articles, suggestions for improvement under different perspectives and allows the editor to make a fairer decision about the future of the article.

            The reviser is the soul of a medical journal like International Brazilian Journal of Urology.  He/she dictates the quality of publishing, the velocity by which each article reaches the reader, being a voluntary job that takes time. A good reviser is rapidly identified by different magazines and is overloaded by many requests.

            A good reviser is not necessarily famous in his/hers specialty, but a dedicated person that spends precious time without payment in order to evaluate a paper and to decide if its valuable enough to be published or if it needs improvements and guidance to authors.

            International Brazilian Journal of Urology has received 641 new submissions in 2016, added to other 275 that were revised and resubmitted. 456 revisers participated in that task and it is important to nominate, as we have been doing in the past years, the most efficient and more collaborative.

            We created a formula  by which this choice is not subjective and only based on the opinion of the Associated Editors:

Reviser score = (completed revisions/invitations)x R-score

                                   Median time consumed for revision

The result is multiplied by 100.

R-score: given note that each AE gives to each revision (1= bad revision to 3-excelent review)


            Based on that formula we have elected the 5 most efficient revisers of 2016 and we specially thanks them for their dedication:

John Denstedt, University of Western Ontario London, ON, Canada

Fabio Vicentini, Departamento de Urologia, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brasil

Renato Pedro, UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brasil and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brasil

Marco Arap, Hospital Sírio Libanês, SP, Brasil

Lisias Castilho, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brasil

            Al of them evaluated at least 10 papers in 2016 and took 2 to 6 days to perform the revision. This effort and the agility of the Associated Editors allowed a median time of 54.2 days from submission to final decision for publishing, with an acceptance rate of 27.1%.

            With the update of the journal website ( and the policy of publication on line (Ahead of Print) quite fast of the accepted papers, today it is possible to have a paper published at International Brazilian Journal of Urology and consequently at Medline in a median time of 90 days following submission.

            Another novelty of the website (very important to Brazilian authors and urologists) is the possibility to access on line all editions in full of the old Brazilian Journal of Urology, since number 1, 1974.

            The International Brazilian Journal of Urology is totally costed by Brazilian Society of Urology and all publishing production is made by regularly employed officials at the Society headquarters. The joint effort of Ricardo de Morais, Technical Editor, Bruno Nogueira, Production Editor and Patricia Gomes, Secretary, has made our Journal more interactive and more competitive over the years.


Sidney Glina, MD, PhD
Professor Titular Disciplina de Urologia da Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brasil

The International Brazilian Journal of Urology has been included on The Urology Green List


Dear Readers,
It is our pleasure to announce that The International Brazilian Journal of Urology has been included on The Urology Green List. This site ( has been created to be a reference to assist urology researchers to know which journals are safe to publish in. It is a protection to the investigators against invitations from predators journals and publishers. We thank to and congratulate Professor Henry Woo for this initiative.
Sidney Glina, MD, PhD
Int Braz J Urol