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Scope and Policy
MERCATOR has as target audience researchers of physiography and human geography, as well as related sciences.
The double-blind evaluation process is the one implemented on MERCATOR. To ensure the integrity of the double-blind evaluation, the authors, as well as reviewers, must take all possible measures to not reveal their identities in the evaluation process. This requires that authors, editors and evaluators (liable to send documents to the system, as part of the evaluation process) take some precautions with the text and the properties of the document.
In accordance to the method in focus, each article presented to the journal for publishing, will be evaluated by at least two scientific advisors, or if the thematic imposes the participation of ad hoc consultants (external evaluators), upon which the Editorial Board will accept, reject or even request changes.
In case of conflicting opinions, it will be referred to a third appraiser or external evaluator who shall resolve the doubts about the property or impropriety of the publication of the article, taking into account only its academic quality.
I. The title of the article is appropriate and represents the smallest summary of its contents?
II. Suitable summaries describe the objective, indicate theoretical referential, methods, main results and conclusions?
III. Content evaluation:
After evaluation of the terms above the manuscript will receive, based on the assessments, the following recommendations: accept, mandatory corrections, resubmit for review, send to another journal or reject.
The editor will inform each of the writers on the state of the manuscript and, if accepted and having fulfilled the requests made by the reviewers and the editors, initiate the process of publishing the work aiming to publish it on the platform.
In the meantime it becomes essential the involvement of the author in meeting the demands related to the formatting of the article, with greater emphasis related to the graphical quality of the material related to additional documents (pictures, tables and graphs).
In order to improve the quality of the graphic elements and clarity of figures, our responsible for the layout of the journal will thoroughly evaluate the documents and can suggest changes, additions, complements, reformatting and deleting material not suited to the demands of MERCATOR. Failure to meet the demands will justify the archiving of the submission on our platform.
There are no fees for submission and review articles.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
The journal will classify the contributions in accordance with the following sections:
At the discretion of the Editorial Board, relevant articles and classical works of national and international diffusion may be published, in accordance with the rules of copyright.
PRE-CONDITIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
Title of the article: The title, in Portuguese and English, must be brief and sufficiently specific and descriptive, containing the keywords that represent the content of the article.
Abstract: Must be included an informative abstract of approximately 200 words in Portuguese, accompanied by a translation in English, Spanish or French, written according to the standards of ISO 6028, from the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT).
Acknowledgement: Acknowledgement for support received for the preparation of the work must be mentioned at the end of the article.
Notes: note to the article body should be indicated with a high number immediately after the sentence related. Should come at the end of the text.
Graphic materials: sharp photographs and graphics (strictly indispensable to clarity of text) can be accepted as long as in the jpg format, colored version and a minimum resolution of 300 dpi's. Should be indicated in the text, by an item number, the places where they should be inserted. If the illustrations submitted have already been published, mention the source. Their inclusion in the platform should be performed on individual files, keeping the above specifications.
Tables and charts: tables and charts should be accompanied by header in order to understand the meaning of the data gathered, without the need of reference to the text, following the current rules of tabular presentation from the IBGE Foundation. They must also have its own sequential numbering for each type and their locations should be marked in the text, indicating the number of its order.
OF THE NORMALIZATION OF ARTICLES
. In quotations, calls to the author's surname, the responsible institution or title included in the sentence must be uppercase and lowercase letters, and when they are in parentheses, should be capitalized.
. Specify in the text the page(s), volume(s), tome(s) or section(s) of the source consulted, in direct quotations. These must follow the date separately and preceded by a comma with the term that is characterized in abbreviated form. In indirect quotations, indicating the page(s) consulted is optional.
. Direct quotations in the text, up to three lines, must be enclosed in double quotes. Single quotes are used to indicate quotations within a quotation.
. Direct quotations in the text, with more than three lines, should be highlighted with indenting 4 cm from the left margin, with font shorter than the text used and without quotes.
Citations should be indicated in the text by a calling system: [...] author-date.
. Quotes from various documents of the same author, published in the same year are distinguished by adding lower case letters in alphabetical order, after the date and without spaces, according to the list of references.
Indirect quotes from various authors of various documents mentioned simultaneously, must be separated by semi-colons, in alphabetical order.
Thesis or dissertation:
CHECKLIST FOR SUBMISSION
Mercator is committed to the ethical principles of the "Committee on Publication Ethics" (http://publicationethics.org/). Under these terms we are committed to act ethically in the implementation of the characteristic steps of the editorial process. Our goal is to carry out the evaluation process in an impersonal and confidential manner, thus preserving the rights of the reviewers, authors and institutions involved in the editorial procedures. Practices characterized as plagiarism, defamation and copyright infringement will bring about the immediate rejection of the work in question. This editorial action is based on the Plagius - Plagiarism Detector software, version 2.3.4.
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