ISSN 0102-8529 printed version
ISSN 1982-0240 online version



Scope and Policy

Contexto Internacional is committed to publishing analytically strong and theoretically original scholarship in International Relations and related fields. Contexto is particularly suited for innovative, investigative and exploratory articles that provide insight into the realities and situated knowledges that stem from and around the Global South.

Contexto Internacional is published in English three times a year. It invites submissions from researchers and practitioners from all over the globe.  The journal accepts research articles, review essays, book reviews as well as proposals for special issues. Contexto Internacional particularly welcomes proposals for special issues on themes relevant to the problems and political processes affecting the Global South and to the development of a more diverse understanding of International Relations.

Manuscripts may be submitted in English (the journal language), French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Manuscripts are reviewed in the language of submission. If the review process results in a decision to publish, it is the responsibility of the author alone to translate the article into English. Contexto reserves the right to reject articles if the level of English is insufficient.

Contexto Internacional adopts a rigorous double-blind peer-reviewing policy. The response from the first round of reviews will normally be provided within 120 days from the submission. Authors are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within 48 hours of receipt.

Authors should hold a PhD or be enrolled in a PhD program, and/or have a strong professional/academic background in International Relations, Political Science or related field at the time of submission. The editors will reject manuscripts before review if they are not suitable for the journal, for example, because of low adherence to Contexto Internacional’s editorial policy and scope, inadequate or imprecise analytical development, inconsistent formatting or non-compliance with our submission guidelines, and poor writing style (this list is not exhaustive).


All content published by Contexto, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC. It is a condition of publication that all contributing authors grant to Contexto Internacional the necessary rights to the copyright in all articles submitted to the Journal. Authors are required to sign an Article Publishing Agreement to facilitate this. This will ensure the widest dissemination and protection against copyright infringement of articles. The “article” is defined as comprising the final, definitive, and citable Version of Scholarly Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final and revised form, including the text, abstract, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material.

As an author, you are required to secure permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills, and screenshots, and any supplemental material you propose to submit. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.

There is no fee for submission and review articles.


Manuscript Format and Structure

Contexto Internacional uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission: Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Contexto Internacional considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Contexto, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Contributions to Contexto must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.

General Guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, space between lines 1.5 throughout the manuscript (including all quotations, endnotes and references).
  • Pages should be numbered consecutively.
  • Notes should be listed consecutively at the end of the article (endnotes), and clearly marked in the text at the point of punctuation by superior numbers. Endnotes should be used for clarification purposes only.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format (.doc or .docx). PDF files will not be accepted.
  • All the authors of a paper must attach their short curriculum vitae (CV), which must consist of a single one paragraph-text of 100-120 words in length, each.
  • The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.
  • All manuscripts submitted to Contexto should be free from jargon and be written as clearly and concisely as possible. Non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used. Articles should be properly referenced following the Harvard Referencing System and strictly follow Contexto Internacional’s style norms (see Style Guidelines below).
  • All submissions should be made online via Contexto Internacional ScholarOne Manuscripts site, except for special issue proposals, which should be emailed (see Remittance of Manuscripts below).

Research Articles

Research articles should be based on original research and develop an original argument falling within the scope of journal. The articles are subjected to blind peer review. Research articles should be 7000-10000 words in length (including notes and references), and include:

  • Title
  • Abstract of up to 200 words
  • 5-7 keywords
  • Main text
  • References
  • Endnotes (if appropriate)
  • Acknowledgements (if appropriate)
  • Author(s) short bio(s)
  • Table(s) and Figure(s) with caption(s) (on individual files) (if appropriate). Obs: Tables should be in Word format (doc or docx.) and figures in jpeg at 300 dpi.

Review Essays

Review essays should cover a specific set of literatures, authors or traditions of thought. They should be written with the aim of communicating the contributions of these literatures to the Contexto audience. Reviews of literatures in/of the Global South are particularly welcome. Review essays will be subjected to blind peer review. Review essays should not exceed 6000 words in length (including notes and references).

Book Reviews

Contexto invites publications of book reviews falling within the scope of the journal. A book review should cover at least one recently published book. Book reviews are not subject to blind peer review and will be evaluated by the editorial team. Book reviews should not exceed 1000 words in length (including notes and references).

Special Issue Proposals

Contexto welcomes proposals for special issues. A special issue includes 5-7 research articles speaking to a common theme / set of questions. In collaboration with the Contexto editorial team, the Guest Editor(s) will select articles for review, oversee the peer review process, and be involved in finalizing the editorial. Guest Editor(s) should expect to develop the special issue in dialogue with the editorial team and must be prepared to respect and enforce the deadlines agreed upon in this process. Special Issue proposals should not exceed 4000 words in length (including notes and references), and should include:

  • Title of Special Issue
  • Name, affiliation, contact details, and short bio of Guest Editor(s)
  • Brief statement about the issue theme
  • A rationale justifying the proposal
  • Titles, abstracts, and five keywords of any article the Guest Editor would like to include
  • Names, affiliation, and contact details of each contributor

Note: Articles submitted for special issues should follow the standard guidelines for manuscript submissions and will be subjected to the same blind peer review process as regular manuscripts.

Style Guidelines

Authors are expected to follow the Harvard Referencing System, also known as author-date system. All manuscripts should follow Contexto Internacional Style Guide available here: CINT Style Guide.pdf


Remittance of manuscripts

Research articles, review essays, and book reviewsshould be made online at Contexto Internacional ScholarOne Manuscript website: New users should first create an account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website.

Special issue proposals should be submitted via COntexto’s email address:

All manuscripts should be submitted in Word format (.doc or .docx), and strictly follow the instructions to authors described in Manuscript Format and Structure section above.


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