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Scope and Policy

The Brazilian Journal of Population Studies is a semi-annual periodical consisting basically of original papers of recognized scientific merit. Manuscripts submitted will be sent anonymously to two evaluators, specialists in the area, to carefully assess the quality of the paper. In cases of differences of opinion, papers will be sent to a third blind reviewer. Papers recommended with extensive review of contents will be sent again to double-blind review process, preferably with the same previous reviewers. Rebep's Editorial Board gives final approval for publication and reserves the right to make minor changes in texts, tables and figures, in order to guarantee compliance with the journal's editorial criteria. The authors have the compromise of not submitting the paper to a different journal during three months after the acceptance of the submission.

The Journal adopts iThenticate system for identifying plagiarism.

Articles accepted for publication become property of the journal.


Form and Preparation of Manuscripts

Rebep accepts manuscripts for publication in the following categories:

  • Paper Reviews: critical reviews of the literature in population studies and correlated areas (maximum of 10,000 words and five illustrations);
  • Original papers: results of empirical, theoretical, experimental or conceptual research (maximum of 8,000 words and five illustrations);
  • Technical notes: presentation of ongoing analyses of research with significant results (maximum of 2000 words and three illustrations);
  • Viewpoints: qualified opinions on topics of importance or comments on articles published in the previous edition (maximum of 2000 words and two illustrations);
  • Book reviews: critical reviews of books published during the last three years (maximum of 1,500 words);
  • Debates: theoretical essays related to discussions on demographic topics; such essays are published together with evaluations by persons invited by the editor, accompanied by replies from the authors of the articles under discussion (maximum of 8,000 words and five illustrations).

Two copies of manuscripts, one with identification and another without it, should be sent to the editor by e-mail. Identification should appear on a separate page in order of appearance in the paper with the following information for all authors (ABNT NBR 12256):

  1. Name;
  2. Profession;
  3. Institution;
  4. Academic title;
  5. Complete mail address;
  6. E-mail;
  7. Telephone number for contact.

When the paper consists of a review or original work, a separate page should be included at the beginning containing an abstract of 150 to 250 words and three to six keywords. At the end of the text it must be includes a title, abstract and keywords in English in the case of papers in Portuguese or Spanish, and in Portuguese, in the case of papers in English or Spanish.

Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word format (version 6.0 or later), double-spaced, and preferably in Arial or Times New Roman 12 font.

  • Quotes: quotes of up to three lines should be kept in the body of the text, enclosed by double quotation marks. Single quotation marks should be used to indicate quotes within quotes. Quotes longer than three lines, that is, block quotes, should be avoided, but, when necessary, they should appear without quotation marks and with a 4-cm indented to the right. Font size of block quotes should be smaller than the text font size. Indicators of omission from or additions to quotes should be enclosed within brackets. The system of author/date/page number, between parentheses, should be used to identify sources of quotes (ABNT NBR 10520).
  • Explanatory notes: explanatory notes are used for comments, clarifications or explanations that cannot be included in the text. They should be kept to a minimum and inserted as footnotes numbered with Arabic numerals, using a single sequence of numbers for the entire article (ABNT NBR 10520).
  • Supplementary components: tables, charts, graphs and figures should appear in the text close to its first citation, and numbered consecutively and independently in Arabic numerals. The terms TABLE, CHART, GRAPH or FIGURE, followed by its sequential number, should appear right above the component. Tables and Charts must be inserted as objects and not as figures in the text. Titles of all components must identify clearly the contents of the component, explicitly informing the variables involved followed by the geographical location and date/period of reference. Axis titles must appear explicitly also. Source must identify the data base used in the component and the institution responsible followed by the reference period. Changes made in the original data can be identified in General Notes below the component, as well as the authorization for reproduction gathered from the responsible editors of material taken from other publications. (ABNT).
  • Maps, graphs, tables, charts and figures: these should be sent in their original files accompanied by the data that generated them. Maps and photos (or pictures) should be sent in EPS or WMF format in high resolution. The publication is black-white, hence components sent in color will be transformed to gray shades. It is advised do not send color components.
  • Bibliographic references: the essential data for references are author(s) name(s), title, subtitle (if any), edition, place, publisher, date of publication, volume and page number (if any) (ABNT NBR 6023).

In the article itself, references should indicate author's last name, date of publication and page number or numbers consulted. If there is more than one item by the same author for the same year, the letters, a, b, c, etc. should follow the year. E.g.: (MORTARA, 1982a, p. 427).
At the end of the article, sources cited should be listed in alphabetical order by last name (in upper case) of the first author mentioned. The second line is not indented in relation to the first. References must comply with ABNT norms, according to the following model:

-Book: authors’ LAST NAME, authors’ first initials. Title: subtitle. Edition number. Place: publisher, year of publication. E.g., NEWELL, C. Methods and models in demography. New York: Guilford Press, 1988. 217 p.
- Chapter of a book: authors’ LAST NAME, authors’ first initials. Chapter title. In: authors’ or organizers’ LAST NAME, authors’ or organizers’ first initials. Title: subtitle. Place: publisher, year of publication, first and last pages of chapter referred to. E.g., ABOUZAHR, C. Maternal mortality overview. In: MURRAY, C. J. L.; LOPEZ, A. D. (Orgs.). Health dimensions of sex and reproduction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998, p. 111-164.
- Article in periodical: authors’ LAST NAME, authors’ first initials. Title of article: subtitle. Title of periodical, place, volume number, installment, numbers of first and last pages of article referred to, date of publication. E.g., SCHELLEKENS, J. Family allowances and fertility: socioeconomic differences. Demography, V. 46, No. 3, p. 461-468, 2009.
- Thesis, dissertation or other academic text: author LAST NAME, author first initials. Title of text. Type of text (thesis, dissertation, term paper, etc.), academic institution, place and date of defense. E.g: CURTIS, S. L. Birth spacing, death clustering and infant mortality in Brazil. Ph.D, University of Southampton, U.K., 1992.
In electronic means: texts of any type consulted online should provide information about the electronic address, shown between the signs < > and preceded by the expression "Available at:", plus the date the document was accessed, preceded by the expression "Accessed on:". E.g.: AHMAN, E.; DOLEA, C.; SHAH, I. The global burden of unsafe abortion in the year 2000. In: WHO World Health Organization. Health statistics and health information systems. [Undated]. Available at: <>. Accessed on 8 mar. 2009.
Note: Rebep is not responsible for the references provided by authors.

  1. Texts will not be returned, even if not accepted for publication.
  2. Articles sent must be complete and fully proofread. Manuscripts will then be revised by the editors. Authors are responsible for the original texts sent.
  3. All texts are authored and will reflect the opinions of their authors and not necessarily those of the Editorial Committee.


Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts of texts should be sent to submission online at The submission is free of any types of charges. Any problem, please write to


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