ISSN 0103-3352 printed version
ISSN 2178-4884 on-line version



Scope and Policy

The Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política publishes original articles related to politics from varying theoretical and methodological perspectives. The journal is particularly interested in publishing methodologically rigorous work.

The journal publishes articles that are positively evaluated by peers and the editorial committee. Papers submited must be original work and should not be under review at any other journal.

The Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política adopts a double-brlind review process. The journal takes a decision about publication based on at least two peer reviews. The review process takes about 4 months on average.

Articles submitted to the Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política are evaluated according to their relevance for the field of political science, the extent to which they are inovative, methodologically rigorous and clearly written.

The Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política also publishes reviews of books published in the last 36 months. Book reviews are evaluated by the editorial committee based on two criteria: (i) the book review falls within the scope of interest of the journal; and (ii) is judged relevant to the discipline of political science. The book review editor is free to request external peer evaluations if desired.

Finally, note that both articles and book reviews are either “accepted for publication”, “invited to be revised and resubmitted”, or “rejected.” When rejected, articles and book reviews cannot be resubmitted again.


Open access policy

Access to the Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política and its content is free of charge and open.

Archiving policy

This journal uses the LOCKSS system to distribute and make available its content to participating databases and libraries and to allow preservation and restoration of its content. To read more...

Ethical orientation

The Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política is committed to the norms defined by the Committee for Integrity in Scientific Activity of Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Comissão de Integridade na Atividade Científica do Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – CNPq, and is also guided by the directions for ethics in publication of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE (

Guided by those sets of norms and directions, the editors have been acting to prevent malpractices and anti-ethical behavior in the publishing of articles, with special attention to prevent plagiarism, as it follows:

1. Publication and authorship:

When authors submit their articles, they have to declare that their content is original, that it has not been published or submitted to any other publication, in any language.
All articles contain a list of references as well as institutions and agencies that have financially supported research.
Norms related to plagiarism and fraudulent data are clearly announced and authors have to declare their knowledge when submitting their paper. Editors are permanently committed to avoid publication of plagiarism and fraudulent data. Reviewers are also informed about national and international rules, so that they act in concert with editors to avoid plagiarism.  

2. Author’s responsibilities:

Authors are academic researchers, engaged in serious and systematic work in their specific fields and subfields.
Authors signing the articles have, all of them, significantly contributed to the research.
It is author’s responsibility to guarantee that all information and data in the article that is being submitted is authentic. They have to state that all information is authentic when submitting the article.
They also have to point clearly institutions and research projects within which their work has been developed, as well as the organizations that have conceded financial support to their research.
It is author’s responsibility to inform the editors in case they find out any mistakes, incorrect data or misleading information. When submitting the article, they agree to inform and correct any mistakes.
Authors are committed to work as reviewers for other articles in their subfield of knowledge. 

3. Peer review and responsibility for the reviewers:
Reviewers have a clear guide, received concomitantly to the article to be reviewed, of the topics to be evaluated in any article and the pattern of quality to be guaranteed. This guide keeps reviews objective and comparable.
Reviews evaluate relevance, correctness, originality, actuality of discussions and references, adequacy to the field of knowledge, the rigor of methodology adopted and patterns of quality of the publication.
When accepting to review an article, reviewers state that they have no conflict of interests with respect to authors and research.
Reviews are strictly confidential.

4. Editorial responsibilities:
Editors analyze all articles received and have responsibility and authority to reject or accept articles, based on referees.
Editors have responsibility to select reviewers appropriately, considering the themes of the articles and the production and respectability of academics considered as reviewers.
Editors have responsibility to guarantee patterns of quality accorded.
Editors have responsibility to prevent mal-practices and anti-ethical behavior, specially plagiarism and fraudulent data.
Editors have responsibility to correct eventual mistakes, publishing corrections or retraction.
Editors have responsibility to preserve permanently the anonymity of reviewers as well as the anonymity of the authors of the articles under review.

5. Publishing ethics issues
Clear guides concerning publishing ethics are stated and accessible, so that authors and reviewers have knowledge of them: articles have to be authentic and no fraudulent data or plagiarism is accepted.
Correction and quality are permanently safeguarded, with a clear compromise to clarify, retract and correct any mistakes by authors or resulting from editing process.

Editorial board is permanently guided by these statements, so that the conduct of editors safeguards publishing ethics

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License that allows sharing the work with recognition of its initial publication in this journal.

b. Authors are able to take on additional contracts for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the paper published in this journal (ex .: publish in institutional repository or as a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

c. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (eg .: in institutional repositories or on their website) at any point before or during the editorial process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as increase the impact and the citation of published work (see the effect of open access and downloads on citation impact).


Form and preparation of manuscripts

In order to guarantee anonymity in the reviewing process any reference enabling the identification of author should be eliminated from the text.

ARTICLES should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, spacing 1,5. Articles must not have more than 30 pages, although some exceptions will be considered.
Articles must contain:

a) Abstracts in Portuguese and in English (no more than 10 lines each), summarizing the main topic, hypothesis, methodology and conclusions; 

b) 4 to 6 keywords in Portuguese and in English, identifying the main topics discussed in the article.

BOOK REVIEWS will be considered when they discuss books published in the last 36 months. They should have at most 2500 words, in Times New Roman, size 12, space 1,5, abstract and 4 to 6 keywords in Portuguese and in English

Quotations must refer to original authors in the text with: Last name, year of the article/book, pages. Examples: (Reis, 1989) or (Reis, 1989, p. 64). Different titles from the same author, if published in the same year, must be identified with a letter after the year. Ex.: (Diniz, 2003a), (Diniz, 2003b).

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online platform in either “.doc” or “.docx” format. Maps, figures and tables must be sent within the text. Images and/or figures must be in jpeg, 300 dpi. When needed, copyright must be provided by the author.

References should be presented at the end of the article, in alphabetical order and in accordance with the following norms:

Book: LAST NAME, First name (year). Title and subtitle in italic. Edition number (when not the first edition). Place: publisher.

Chapter in edited book: LAST NAME, First name (year). “Title in quotes”, in Last name, First name (editors). Anthology title in italics. Number of edition (when not the first edition). Place: name of publisher.

Journal articles: LAST NAME, First name (year). “Title of article in quotes”. Journal title in italics, volume and issue, pages covered.

Dissertations and PhD theses: LAST NAME, First name (year). Title in italics. Dissertation or Thesis. Place: Institution.

Internet (electronic documents): LAST NAME, First name (year). Title in italics [online]. URL. Accessed on [date of access]

Manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for review.


Send of the manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted through the Scielo Submission System: In the submission process, the author must follow the instructions provided here and in the online platform.

Inquiries concerning the submissions or evaluation processes must be directed to our institutional e-mail:

There are no fees for submission and evaluation of manuscripts.


Privacy policy

Note that all personal information about authors and reviewers are used exclusively for the journal’s purposes and are not used in other ways or made available to third parties.


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