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.

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 should hold a PhD or be enrolled in a PhD program 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-observance of author guidelines and poor writing style (this list is not exhaustive).


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 Office.

General guidelines

  • Papers are accepted in English (the journal language), French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Proposals will be 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 linguistic quality of the translation is insufficient. Any consistent spelling style may be used. Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’.
  • Articles should be 7000-10000 words in length (including notes and references), should be free from jargon and should be written as clearly and concisely as possible. Unsolicited articles cannot be returned. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
  • Abstracts of 100-150 words are required for all papers submitted.
  • Each paper should have 5-7 keywords.
  • All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. 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.
  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used.
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout (including all quotations, endnotes and references). Generous margins on both sides of the page should be allowed and pages numbered consecutively.
  • Notes should be marked clearly in the text at the point of punctuation by superior numbers, and listed consecutively at the end of the article. They should not be as footnotes to manuscripts pages.

Style guidelines

Authors are expected to follow the Harvard Referencing System, also known as author-date system. General guidelines can be found here.

Authors are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within 48 hours of receipt.

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.

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to Professor Carolina Moulin, Editor-in-Chief, A/C Cláudia Darze, Contexto Internacional, Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225 – Casa 20 – Vila dos Diretórios, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, CEP: 22.451-900, email:


Remittance of manuscripts

All submissions should be made online at the Contexto Internacional ScholarOne Manuscripts  site. 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. Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format.


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