ISSN 0100-8587 print version
ISSN 1984-0438 versão online



Scope and Editorial policy

Religião & Sociedade is a journal published three times a year dedicated to religious subjects in all its relationship with society. It publishes cutting-edge research results, conceptual and methodological reflections, as well as reviews of recent works in its theme. It is open to any focus, tendency, perspective, and possible interpretations, including dialogues or interreligious confrontation, within all disciplines of humanities and social sciences.

Publishes texts in Portuguese and, exceptionally, in Spanish. In each issue, we pursue to include papers by Brazilian and foreign researchers, from different regionally diversified institutions.

There’s a constant flow of random topics’ articles submitted to the Journal. There’s also a specific flow about theme ads for each issue. By the Editors’ decision, there is the possibility of editing special issues with ordered articles. These special issues are added up to regular ones. The Journal also publishes reviews about recent published works in Brazil or abroad. Texts’ translations originally published in other languages, considered relevant by their repercussion, will be eventually accepted.

Religião & Sociedade accepts the following contributions:

  • Unpublished articles (10 thousand words, including notes and bibliography);
  • Reviews (until 1.500 words)


There is no charge for articles submission and evaluation



Rules for papers submission

1. Articles submission

Texts should be sent only by Scielo’s online system (, in Word open format (.doc or .docx) or anther compatible format. The text can have a maximum of 10.000 (ten thousand) words, including notes and bibliography, which should come at the end of the text. Notes must contain complementary and substantive information, not just bibliography information. The bibliographical references formats are presented below. The front page must contain: title and abstract (between 80 to 120 words). It is very important remark that the main version of the manuscript which must be attached at Scielo’s system, can not contain any kind of reference or information that reveal the identity of the author’s article.

The manuscripts will be first evaluated by Editorial Board, aiming to check minimum standards of academic quality and if the manuscript conforms to the scope of the Journal.

Then, the manuscripts will be read by two peer reviewers, which evaluation will base the Editorial board’s decision, notifying it to the author(s). The double-blind review evaluation process is assured. In case of positive decision, the author(s) must send to Religião & Sociedade the article’s final version with the changes defined by the Editorial Board, based on the expert’s opinions previously issued.

The final version must contain: (a) an abstract, in Portuguese and in English (between 80 e 120 words); (b) a list with until 5 key-words, in Portuguese and English expressing the most important ideas of the text, referring to usual topics in academic studies; (c) author(s)’ information (academic degrees, last publications, institutional bonds, complete address, e-mail); (d) an English version of the title. Any increasing or modifications will not be accepted after the papers were submitted for composition.

Bibliographical references format

Bibliographical references must be located in the body text and end notes in the format (Author Year) or (Author Year:Page), for example (Mauss 1960:32). If there is more than one tittle of the same author in the same year, they’ll be differentiated by a letter after the year, like the following example (Mauss 1960a; Mauss 1960b).
Bibliography, at the end of the paper, must be in the following format:

Book: LAST NAME, First name. (year), Title of the book. Place of publication: Publishing house, edition number if not the first.
WEBER, Max. (1965), The Sociology of Religion. Boston: Beacon Press, 2º ed.

Paper: LAST NAME, First name. (year), “Title of the paper”. Title of the Journal, edition number: pages.
LATOUR, Eliane. (1996), “Os tempos de poder”. Cadernos de Antropologia e Imagem, nº 3: 35-52.

Collection: LAST NAME, First name. (year), “Title of the chapter”. In: initials of the first name followed by organizers’ last name. Title of collection. Place of publication: Publishing house, edition number if not the first.
BELLAH, Robert. (1979), “New Religious Consciousness and the Crisis in Modernity”. In: P. Rabinow (ed.). Interpretative Social Science: a Reader. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Dissertations and thesis: LAST NAME, First name. (year), Title of thesis or dissertation. Place: academic degree, institution.
GUIMARÃES, Patrícia. (1997), Ritos do Reino de Deus: pentecostalismo e invenção ritual. Rio de Janeiro: Dissertação de Mestrado em Antropologia Social, UERJ.

2. Bibliographic reviews submition

Bibliographical reviews published in Religião & Sociedade intend to present to their readers recently published books (in the last 2 years) about religion theme on its various possibilities of connections with society, with reflections resulting from cutting-edge research from the field of humanities and social sciences
Bibliographic reviews received will be evaluated by the Editorial Review and Editorial Board. The reviews will be accepted if they could be capable to: 1) explain the general thesis of the work; 2) determine its relevance within the field of social sciences in its relation with religion; 3) summarize the main arguments of the chapters; 4) to consider the potentialities and limits of the analyzes presented in the book.
Bibliographic reviews could bring critical reflections about interpretation of facts, adopted methods or theoretical choices proposed. To preserve textual clarity, it is recommended to gather the critical comments in a specific part after the abstract itself. Reviews containing allusive (unsubstantiated) criticism and personal attacks will be disregarded
The Editorial Review may request specific opinion if it is considered necessary. In the same way, it could also ask for reviews of works recognized as important to social sciences debate in religious interface, in Brazil and abroad.
By the criteria exposed above, the evaluation could have three results: “review approved”, “review approved with modifications” and “review refused” (with no resubmission). The last two results will be communicated with a short opinion.
Outras obras citadas na resenha devem ter suas referências completas apresentadas em nota ao final do texto. The review must have at most 1.500 words. The author(s) must give a title to the review. The review’s bibliographic reference should appear at the beginning of the text, observing the following format: LAST NAME, First name. Title of the work. Place of publication: Publishing house, year, edition number if not the first, number of pages. For example GEERTZ, Clifford. A Interpretação das Culturas. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan, 1989, 325pp. Other works mentioned in the review should have their complete references presented in a note at the end of the text.

All contributions must be submitted by the Scielo’s online system ( and in a word compatible file to or




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