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Purpose and editorial policy
Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais(Rev. Bras, Ci. Soc.) is one of the leading interdisciplinary journals in the field of the social sciences in Brazil. Its mission is to publish cutting edge knowledge production of the three great areas forming both the scope of the Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais (ANPOCS) and the very tradition of the social sciences: Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology. The Journal encompasses the characteristically broad thematic diversity of those areas, as well as their corresponding plurality in terms of methodology and theoretical and conceptual development. When clearly engaged with social sciences' debates, articles from other areas will occasionally be accepted. The Journal regularly publishes book reviews in order to contribute to the circulation of relevant national and international knowledge for social sciences.
Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais publishes inedited articles – not previously published in books, magazines or journals – with explicit substantive empirical and theoretical contributions to their fields. Review essays are published only when specifically commissioned by the Editorial Board (ANPOCS publishes BIB, a bibliographical review journal). Book review articles, on the other hand, are published by the Revista and must be inedited and cover books concerned with the three mentioned areas and their subareas. Specifics about articles' layout are can be consulted in the “Guidelines for the authors”. The Journal accepts of articles and reviews submissions in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, which will be published in the original language.
Publication and evaluation criteria
The publication of articles is subjected exclusively to criteria of merit. The process of merit evaluation is the same for all articles – including those which could occasionally be ordered by the Editorial Commission. After their submission, the articles undergo a process of desk review in order to assess their adequacy to the Journal’s purpose and editorial policy. Not later than 30 days from the moment of the submission, the authors will be informed of the results of this first phase. The approved articles will be subjected to a double blind peer review. There are four possible results from this second phase: approval for publication without modifications; approval for publication conditioned to modifications; recommendation of revision, and re-submission; and refusal. The third result does not imply that the Journal would necessarily publish the article in the event of a re-submission. The Journal will not accept re-submission if the two peer reviewers suggest “revision and resubmission” or if one of them refuses the article and his/her opinion is considered adequate by the editorial commission. The average time for the second phase is of five months. The opinions related to the articles submitted in English of Spanish will be formulated in one of those idioms, according to the preferences of the community of the Journal’s peer reviewers. The review expenses of approved English or Spanish written articles should be covered by the authors. RBCS do not charge fees for publishing.
Articles having received both a favorable evaluation and a recommendation for revision and re-submission shall be sent to the Journal within three months after the reception of those opinions of by the author(s). Once elapsed this period, such articles will be removed from the agenda of the Editorial Commission. Articles with approval for publication conditioned to modifications shall be revised and re-submitted within thirty days. The Editorial Commission reserves the right to suggest new modifications of form, or of punctual character in terms of content, in order to turn the article adequate to the Journal’s editorial or graphical profile.
The order of publication follows the criterion of a single row with the exception of brief ad hoc texts – as tributes or honors, for instance – and bibliographic accounts occasionally ordered by the Editorial Commission.
The authors who submit articles to the Journal commit themselves to provide blind peer reviews when occasionally invited to do so by the Journal. The Editorial Board reserves the right of not submitting to the second phase of evaluation (double blind peer reviews) articles whose authors repeatedly decline the delivery of reviews when invited by the Journal.
Copyrights, exclusivity and CC-BY license
The submission of any collaboration implies the integral cession of copyrights to ANPOCS, including those of translation, in the case of the article acceptance for publication. The authors are, of course, authorized to reproduce their articles provided that the original source (Rev. Bras. Ci. Soc.) and reference are mentioned.
Good scientific practices
The views expressed in signed articles and the integrity of their contents are of absolute responsibility of their authors.
The abstract shall have up to 1.000 characters with spaces, in the same configuration of the article, and shall specify: the problem, the central argument of the article, its contribution to the field, as well as its empirical instances of observation and its methodological choices.
Mentions to authors along the text shall follow the form – (Author, date) or (Author, date, page), as in the examples: (Jaguaribe, 1962) or (Jaguaribe, 1962, p. 35). In the case of more than one title of the same author in the same year, the differentiation shall be established by adding a letter after the date, as in the examples: (Adorno, 1975a), (Adorno, 1975b), etc.
When inferior to two lines, the quotations shall be expressed in italics in the body of the text, and in italics in a new paragraph when larger than that. They shall be translated to the language used by the article, mentioning in a footnote the translator’s name by occasion of the first translated quotation.
In general, footnotes shall contain only complementary substantive information without exceeding 250 characters with spaces per footnote.
In articles with tables, tableaux, graphics and figures, the respective source shall be informed in each case, including those in which the elaboration is due to the author himself (for instance: author’s elaboration based on IBGE 2005, or author’s elaboration based on Santos 2002). When the data involved result from a project coordinated by the author, the name of the project shall be informed as source.
The basic rules for using abbreviations are: use capital letters for abbreviations with up to three characters (ex: USP, PUC, OAB); for all the abbreviations susceptible of pronunciation as words, from 4 characters onwards, use only the first in capital letter (ex: Fapesp, Unicamp, Uerj); for abbreviations, from four characters onwards, but not susceptible of pronunciation as words, use only capital letters (ex: UFMG, UFRJ; ABNT). These rules for composition of abbreviations shall be applied also to the bibliographic references.
Bibliographic references shall conform to the following rules, according to the types of materials involved:
Example: SACHS, Ignacy. (1986), Ecodesenvolvimento, crescer sem destruir. Tradução de Eneida Cidade Araújo, 2a edição, São Paulo, Vértice.
Example: REIS, Elisa. (1982), “Elites agrárias, state-building e autoritarismo”. Dados, 25, 3: 275-96.
Example: REIS, Elisa Pereira; REIS, Fábio Wanderley & VELHO, Gilberto. (1997), “As ciências sociais nos últimos 20 anos: três perspectivas”. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 12 (35). Available at www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102-69091997000300002, consulted in 30/6/2013.
Example: ABRANCHES, Sergio Henrique. (1987), “Governo, empresa estatal e política siderúrgica: 1930-1975”, in O.B. Lima & S.H. Abranches (org.), As origens da crise, São Paulo, Iuperj/Vértice.
Example: SGUIZZARDI, Eunice Elena. (1986), O estruturalismo de Piaget: subsídios para a determinação de um lugar comum para a Ciência e a Arquitetura. Tese de Mestrado. Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo, São Paulo.
Example: AMORIM, Celso. (2002), “Guerra contra o Iraque é evitável”. Folha de S. Paulo, 25 set. (caderno Cotidiano).
Example: “A PESQUISA em saúde nas ciências sociais e humanas: tendências contemporâneas”. (2005), Folha de S. Paulo, 22 ago. (Caderno Cotidiano)
Revision and correction
Exclusive online submission of articles and book reviews
Two files in .doc or .docx shall be annexed in order to proceed to the online submission. The first of them, directed exclusively to the Editor in the form of a cover letter, shall include the article’s title, abstracts in Portuguese and English, and biographic data of the author(s) (academic degree, academic appointment, more recent relevant publications, and institutional e-mail address). Such file may include information revealing the authorship of the text and acknowledgements, and is also destined to the eventual inclusion of comments and justifications to the Editor on any aspects related to the course of the evaluation. The second file is the main document for it will be the one to be read by the ad hoc peer reviewers. For this reason, the article must be sent through this second file without any kind of reference or information that could identify the author(s), and shall include only the title, the text, and the bibliographical references – excluded those which could permit the identification of the author(s).
There is no fee for submission and evaluation articles.
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