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Scope and Editorial policy

Religion & Society is a quarterly magazine devoted to the theme of religion in all its possibilities of relations with society. It publishes cutting-edge research results and conceptual and methodological reflections, as well as reviews of recent works on its theme, in English and Spanish. It is open to various approaches, trends, perspectives and proposals for interpretation within the humanities, especially in the field of social sciences. Each issue includes articles by Brazilian and foreign researchers from different regionally diverse institutions.

The three issues of the journal released every year consist of flow articles and reviews of works recently published in Brazil and abroad. In some cases, also by articles linked to thematic dossiers proposed by national and international researchers and announced in the journal's media. Based on the decision of the Editorial Committee, considering the relevance criterion of the Social Sciences area, it is possible to edit translations of texts originally published in other languages.

Religion & Society accepts the following contributions:

• Unpublished articles (between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including notes and bibliography);
• Reviews (up to 1,500 words);
• Translations of classic or contemporary articles from Social Sciences on the theme of religion;
• Interviews.

There are no fees for article submission and evaluation


Committed to the standards of ethics and good practices in the scientific community, Religião & Sociedade establishes the following rules for collaboration:

1. For article submission
The texts must be sent only through the Scielo collection online system (, in open Word format or other compatible format. The text may have between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, which should come at the end of the text. The notes must contain complementary and substantive information and cannot consist of bibliographic references only. The standards for bibliographic references are set out below. The cover page should contain: article title and text summary in Portuguese and English (between 80 and 120 words). In the document sent by the system there cannot be any kind of information that identifies the authorship of the article.

Please note: For separate articles, interviews and article translations, choose the “Articles” section. For dossiers, choose the “Section” item and point to the intended dossier. For reviews, choose the section "Section" then clicking on "Reviews"
The texts will be analyzed first by the journal's editorial committee, which will give a desk review to assess standards of academic quality and adequacy to the journal's scope, objectives and editorial policy / mission.

Then, the texts that pass in this first stage will be subjected to double-blind peer review with attention to the non-occurrence of conflicts of interest.

There are four possible outcomes of step two: 1) approved for unmodified publication, 2) approved for conditional publication, 3) revised and resubmitted, and 4) declined.  The Journal will not accept resubmissions if the two reviewers indicate “revise and resubmit” or if one of the referees refuses the article and the editorial board deems the opinion appropriate.

In case of approval, the author (s) must send to Religion and Society the final version of the text with the alterations defined by the editors based on the previously issued opinions. Papers that are being simultaneously evaluated by other journal (s) will not be sent to the evaluation stages described above.

On average, articles take two months to receive an initial evaluation from editorial committee and forwarded to reviewers. This second step may take between six and ten months, depending on the availability of the evaluators.

The modifications made to the articles by their authors and sent to the editors of the journal, as requested by the editors and reviewers, should appear as "change control" or in a different color in the text for easy identification.

It is also recommended that authors of articles send attached remarks directly to the editors presenting what was modified and/or justifying the suggestions that were not incorporated. The authors must send the articles with the suggested modifications within 30 days after receiving the editors' requests. 

If accepted, the author must submit on the Scielo platform the new version of the article accompanied by the following items:

(a) title in Portuguese and English;
(b) a summary in Portuguese and English (between 80 and 120 words);
(c) a list of up to five keywords, in Portuguese and English, that express the most important concepts of the text and refer to recurring themes in academic studies;
(d) data about the author (s) (institutional link, latest publications, full address, e-mail); No additions or modifications will be accepted after the works are submitted for composition;
(e) ORCID number.

The interstice for publication in Religião & Sociedade is 24 months between the publication of one article and the submission of another by the same author or co-author.

In the case of proposals for translation of articles, it is the responsibility of the author of the translation to request the necessary authorizations, sending them, in time, to the journal for filing. Articles for translation must be from classical or contemporary authors whose relevance in the present time is attested by the wide citation by the scientific community, according to the interest of the editors of the journal.

1.1 Bibliography presentation rules

References should be located in the body of the text and the notes. They follow the form (Author Year) or (Author Year: Page), as in the example (Mauss 1960: 32). If there is more than one title by the same author in the same year, they will be distinguished by a letter after the date, as in the example (Mauss 1960a; Mauss 1960b).

Bibliography, at the end of the paper, must be in the following format:
Book: Author's last name, first name. (date), Title of Work. Place of publication: publisher, issue number if not first.

WEBER, Max. (1965), The Sociology of Religion. Boston: Beacon Press, 2nd ed.

Article: Author's last name, first name. (date), “Article Title”. Journal title, issue number: pages.
LATO, Eliane. (1996), “The Times of Power”. Notebooks of Anthropology and Image, no. 3: 35-52.

Collection: Author's last name, first name. (date), “Chapter Title”. In: initials of the name followed by the surname of the organizer (s). Collection title. place of publication: publisher, issue no. if not 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.

Academic Theses: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME, first name. (date), Title of the thesis. Place: Academic degree to which it refers, institution in which it was presented.
GUIMARÃES, Patricia. (1997), Rites of the Kingdom of God: Pentecostalism and Ritual Invention. Rio de Janeiro: Master Thesis in Social Anthropology, UERJ.

2. For submission of reviews

The reviews published in Religion and Society intend to present to their readers recently released books (in the last 2 years) on the theme of religion in its various possibilities of connections with society, and which contain reflections resulting from original research from the complex of disciplines. of the humanities and social sciences.

All reviews received will be evaluated by the Editors of Reviews and the Editorial Board. Will be accepted reviews able to 1) make explicit the general thesis of the work; 2) to clarify its relevance within the social sciences field in its interface with religion; 3) summarize the main arguments of the chapters that compose it; 4) consider the potentialities and limits of the analyzes presented therein.

Reviews can give rise to critical discussions about the interpretation of the facts, the methods adopted or the proposed theoretical choices. In order to preserve textual clarity, it is recommended to gather critical comments in a specific part after the summary itself. Reviews containing allusive (unfounded) criticism and personal attacks will be disregarded.

The review editor may request a specific opinion if deemed relevant. Likewise, you may also order reviews of works that are recognized as important for the social science debate in your religious interface, in Brazil and abroad.

Based on the criteria indicated above, the evaluation may have three results: “approved review”, “approved review with modifications” and “rejected review” (no resubmission). The last two results will be communicated with a brief opinion.

The review should have a maximum of 1,500 words. The author (s) are requested to give a title to the review available in Portuguese and English. The bibliographic reference of the reviewed work should come at the beginning, according to the rules regarding the submission of articles: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME, first name. Title of the work. Place of publication: publisher, date, no. if not the first edition, no. of pages. For example, GEERTZ, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan, 1989, 325pp. Other works cited in the review should have their complete references presented in a note at the end of the text.

We do not receive printed reviews. All contributions must be submitted through the Religion & Society magazine's SciELO platform:

3. Copyright, Exclusiveness and CC-BY License

By submitting an article or review, authors commit not to submit it to another journal during the review process. Conversely, the Journal does not accept articles that are still under review in other journals. Neither will the Journal receive two simultaneous evaluations by the same author, understanding that it configures simultaneity to submit a new article while another has not yet been published or rejected.

The submission of any collaboration automatically implies the full assignment of the copyright to Religion & Society, including translation, if the article is approved for publication. Authors are allowed to reproduce their articles as long as the original source (Relig. Soc.) is cited.

The Journal adopts CC-BY license used internationally by leading open access journals and publishers, in accordance with SciELO. Such a license maximizes the dissemination of articles. It is understood that every author of an article published in Religião & Sociedade agrees to the use of this type of license.

4. Good scientific practices

In line with advances in the field of ethics and good scientific practice, all articles approved in the first stage will be subjected to plagiarism testing and “self-plagiarism” or republishing (publication as unpublished material of texts already published). Any cases of bad practice will be examined and decided by the Editorial Committee  The opinions expressed in signed articles and the integrity of the content of the articles are the sole responsibility of their authors.

These rules follow the Basic Guidelines for Integrity in Scientific Activity of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq ( and the Principles of Transparency and Good Practice in Academic Publications recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE ( and of ABEC BRASIL - CSE Guidelines to promote integrity in scientific journal publications (

All contributions must be sent through the SciELO website We also provide an email address of for questions.

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