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Scope and policy

The mission of the Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas is to publish original works in Anthropology, Archaeology, Indigenous Languages, and in related fields. It accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French.

The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas has an International Advising Board. The manuscripts are first examined by the Editor or by one of the Associate Editors. The Editor has the right of recommending alterations be made to the papers submitted or to return them when they fail to comply with the Bulletin's editorial policy.
Upon acceptance, the manuscripts are submitted to peer-review and are reviewed by two specialists who are not members of the Editorial Commission. In the event of disagreement, the manuscript is submitted to a third referee. In the event changes or corrections need to be made, the manuscript is returned to the authors who have thirty days to submit a new version. Manuscripts not accepted for publication will be destroyed or deleted.

Publication means fully assigning and transferring all copyrights of the manuscript to the Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas. The Liability Statement and Assignment of Copyrights will be enclosed with the notice of acceptance, and must be signed by all authors and returned.

In order to guarantee originality of its contents, the Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas applies anti-plagiarism tools that are available on the Web.


Preparation of manuscripts

  • The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish, English
    and French for the following sections:

    Research Articles - Scientific and original analytical articles reporting on research that effectively contributes to the advancement of knowledge. Maximum length: 30 pages.
    Review Articles - Analytical texts or essays that contain a bibliographical or theoretical review of a certain subject or topic. Maximum length: 30 pages.
    Short Communications - Short preliminary reports (shorter than a paper) on field observations, challenges faced and progress made in ongoing research emphasizing hypotheses, mentioning sources, partial results, materials and methods. Maximum length: 15 pages.
    Memory - This section includes texts on collections or items of collections considered relevant for scientific research; fully or partially transcribed documents with an introductory text; biographical essays, including obituaries or individual memories. Maximum length: 15 pages.
    Book Reviews - Descriptive and/or critical reviews of publications published in print or electronically. Maximum length: 5 pages.
    Thesis and Dissertations – Theses and dissertations abstracts, without references section. Maximum length: one page.

    The text must be sent in Word for Windows format, in Times New Roman, font 12, 1.5 spacing between lines, and pages must be numbered. Papers in the field of Indigenous Languages must use a Unicode compatible font such as Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Déjà Vu (freely available on the Internet), Tahoma or any other which includes IPA phonetic symbols. Times New Roman is of preference but only more recent Windows versions include IPA in Unicode. One should never improvise IPA symbols such as ɨ, ʉ, using strike-through of common letters.

    To highlight terms or phrases, please use single quotation marks. Quotations and epigraphs should be in double quotation marks. Only foreign language words and phrases, and Latinized scientific names should be in italics.

    Manuscripts should comply with ABNT recommendations: abstracts: NBR 6028; quotations: NBR 10520; references: NBR 6023; papers in scientific publications in print: NBR 6022.

    To quote or mention authors throughout the text, please use the following format: author's last name, year, page. All quotations in the body of the text must be accurate and listed at the end of the paper, in alphabetical order.

    Tables should be in text format (Word), numbered in sequence, mentioned in the body of the text and should have clear captions. Any pictures or graphs should be on separate files and numbered, with their respective captions. Images must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and minimum size of 1,500 pixels, in JPEG format, or TIFF. Must have a maximum of 16.5 cm wide and 20 cm tall (for use in two columns), or 8 cm wide and 20 cm tall (for use in a column). The text information contained in the images must be in Arial font with size between 7 and 10 pts.

    Texts must fully comply with scientific naming rules, in addition to respecting the abbreviations and conventions adopted in the respective fields. Footnotes are to be used when strictly necessary, never for references, and are to be indicated in Arabic numbers.

    After the text-formatting phase, authors will receive their paper in PDF format for final approval. Authors must return the file in ten days informing the Editors in writing of any changes in the text and/or approval issues. At this stage, changes concerning content or changes resulting in an increase or decrease in the number of pages will not be accepted. In the event the author does not meet the 10-day deadline, the paper will be published according to the last version approved by the author.

  • Basic text structure

    Title - The title must appear both in the original language of the text and in English (when English is not the original language). Title must be centralized and in bold. Do not use block capitals. The title must be written the same way on the cover page and on page two.
    Abstract - This section should be one paragraph long and highlight the goals, methods and results of the study. Minimum length: 100 words. Maximum length: 200 words. The abstract should be presented both in the original language of the text and in English. The authors are responsible for the English translation.
    Keywords - Three to six words that identify the topics addressed, for the purpose of indexing the paper in databases (Please verify the specific descriptors of the respective scientific field).
    Body of the text - Papers should preferably be divided in the following sections: introduction, theoretical background, development, conclusion, and references. Lengthy paragraphs and/or sentences should be avoided. Acronyms should be preceded by the word or phrase to which it refers to when appearing for the first time. E.g. The Federal University of Pará (UFPA). Quotations under three lines should be included in the body of the text between quotation marks ("). Quotations over three lines are separated from the text and indented in block, with no quotation marks, and the font must be smaller than the font used in the text.
    Acknowledgements - Acknowledgements are brief and can mention: support and funding; connections to graduate programs and/or research projects; acknowledgement to individuals and institutions. The names of the individuals and institutions acknowledged should be written in full together with what motivated the acknowledgement.
    References - References should appear at the end of the text in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author. In the event of two or more references to a same author, please use chronological order starting with the earliest work. References should comply with ABNT recommendation NBR 6023, following the examples below:

  • Books:

    VERÍSSIMO, José. A Educação Nacional. 2. ed. Rio de Janeiro: Livraria Francisco Alves, 1906.

  • Chapters:

    CUNHA, Manoela Carneiro. Política Indigenista no Século XIX. In: CUNHA, Manuela Carneiro (Ed.). História dos Índios no Brasil. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, Secretaria Municipal de Cultura, FAPESP, 1992.
    p. 133-154.

  • Papers in periodicals:

    GOELDI, Emílio. O estado atual dos conhecimentos sobre os índios do Brasil, especialmente sobre os índios da foz do Amazonas, no passado e no presente. Boletim do Museu Paraense de Historia Natural e Ethnographia, Belém, v. 2, n. 4, p. 397-417, 1898.

  • Series/Collections:

    GOELDI, Emílio. Escavações arqueológicas em 1895: executadas pelo Museu Paraense no Litoral da Guiana Brasileira entre Oiapoque e Amazonas. Belém: Museu Paraense de História Natural e Ethnographia, 1900. (Memórias do Museu Goeldi, n. 1).

  • Theses and Dissertations:

    MOORE, Denny. Syntax of the language of the Gavião Indians of Rondônia (Brazil), 1984. 200 f. Thesis (PhD Anthropology thesis) - University of New York, Nova York, 1984.

  • Electronic documents:

    IBGE. Fundação Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística. Disponible in: <http//
    >. Retrieved on: Jan. 23, 2004.


    Manuscript submission

    All submissions must be sent through the online platform ScholarOne. (

    There are no fees for submission and review articles.


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