(Updated: 2022/01/31)

About the journal

Basic information


Anais do Museu Paulista: has been published since 1922. From 1993 on, the journal began circulating a new series, with the subtitle História e Cultura Material. This is an academic journal that brings into discussion themes related to material culture as mediator of social practices, as well as innovative approaches to historical and museological processes.

In 2018, the journal started operating the system of continuous publication, in a single annual volume, with manuscript submission processed exclusively in the computerized system for receiving and managing manuscripts from the Scientific Journal Portal of the University of São Paulo (USP).

The abbreviation for its title is An. Mus. Paul., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, and references and bibliographic captions.



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Intellectual Property


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.





The publication  is edited by the USP Paulista Museum and it is sponsored by the USP Support  Program for Scientific Journals (Integrated Library System – SIBi/USP) and assistance from the Editorial  Program of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development  (CNPq).



Editorial Board




Advisory Board



Editorial staff

  • Editorial assistance: Virginia de Carvalho Ferraz
  • Front cover: Eleida Pereira de Camargo and Christine May Kauffmann Fidalgo
  • Conversion to XML: Foco Digital Serviços Editoriais Ltda
  • Graphic design and photo manipulation: Isadora Rodegheri Trevisan
  • Page layout: Eleida Pereira de Camargo
  • Bibliographic review and normalization: Tikinet Edição Ltda EPP
  • Graphical supervision - Claudio Rother


Instructions to authors

Scope and policy


1- Anais do Museu Paulista is a publication of the USP Museu Paulista. Access is free and non-commercial. 

2- The manuscript submission process is continuous throughout the year. Its publication, exclusively carried out in a virtual environment, is also continuous and this depends on complying with the editorial standards and the expert opinions issued by the Editorial Board and/or by ad hoc reviewers. The journal guarantees the anonymity of authors and reviewers during the editorial assessment. 

3- The content of published articles is the sole responsibility of their authors.

4- Anais do Museu Paulista publishes theoretical and monographic articles that bring into discussion themes related to material culture as mediator of social practices, as well as innovative approaches to historical and museological processes. The journal has six sections: Debates; Material Culture Studies; Museums; Conservation and Restoration Documents; and Reviews. 
The section Debates has papers with a conceptual and methodological nature or thematic stocktaking that are potentially controversial. The primary text is accompanied by comments and a response from the invited author. The section Material Culture Studies focuses on this theme by means of multiple disciplinary approaches coming, for instance, from history, anthropology, archeology, history of Art, architecture, urbanism, geography, and sociology. The section Museums has articles that combine the approach by the material culture field to the specific contexts of museums and museology, such as curatorial issues concerning exhibitions, audience studies, documentary systems, institutional collecting, educational practices, etc. Conservation and Restoration brings together papers that explore conceptual debates, research studies and innovative techniques for restoring documentary sources, especially objects, buildings, landscapes, and iconographies. The section Documents contains articles that discuss the organization of and approach to material, visual, and textual sources, which have been processed in museums or similar institutions The last session publishes reviews. Reviews must present works published in Portuguese in the area of History or related sciences. They must contain their own title in Portuguese and English, and present: editorial data, objectives and methodology, main arguments and conclusions. If citations are made, these must reference the exact page. Extrapolating the limits of a simple summary, the review must provide a critical analysis of the work, its impacts on historiography and inclusion in the debates on the topic addressed, in addition to the audience to which it is intended. There must not be an orientation relationship established between reviewer and reviewer. 

5- Only manuscripts submitted according to the standards set out will be accepted.



Rules for submission


The manuscript shall:

1. Be unpublished and exclusively aimed at the journal Anais do Museu Paulista. Substantially enlarged and reworked versions of papers published in annals of scientific events are accepted.

2. For an article with a good foundation, we suggest at least 20 pages (without illustrations, notes and bibliographies), considering that one page is equivalent to 2100 characters with spacing. As a limit, we accept 50 (fifty) typed pages (without illustrations, notes, and bibliographies). This number may be made more flexible by editorial decision.

3. Be written in portuguese, english, french or spanish.

4. Be prepared in format .doc or .docx, with Times New Roman font and body 12, with consecutive page numbering. 

5. Be sent through the USP Scientific Journal Portal: http://www.revistas.usp.br/anaismp/index  

6. The file should contain the manuscript anonymously, presenting its title, abstract (with a maximum of 250 words), keywords (from three to six), title in Portuguese, resumo, and palavras-chave. Authors should avoid any mention of authorship in the body of text, as well as in the footnotes, in order to guarantee a blind peer-review assessment. 

7. Submission: the author should register in the USP Scientific Journal Portal, filling out the form available.To start the submission process, the first step is clicking on “Make a new submission (paper submission).” The system displays a screen with five tabs that need to be filled out one by one to complete the process. When the submission is complete, confirmation is requested to send the manuscript to the journal. 

8. Images: they should be inserted in the body of the manuscript. Reference to figures should be placed directly in the body of text, in parentheses, for example: “as we can see on the handle of the teapot (Figure 1)”. Numbering should be sequential and without decimal indications. The files should be named according to their reference in the text. All figures shall be accompanied by their respective captions and identification of image origin. The captions should be arranged throughout the text at points close to the figure insertions and should provide a brief description of the element represented graphically, with complete credits, not exceeding three hundred characters.
Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., and Figure 1a, Figure 1b, etc. for cases of grouping of images. 
Figure 2 – Pedro Américo de Figueiredo e Mello. Independência ou Morte, 1888, óleo sobre tela, 7.660 x 4.150 cm. Acervo do Museu Paulista da Universidade de São Paulo. Reprodução: Helio Nobre.
Figure 3 – Vista parcial do Viaduto do Chá, 2014. Fotografia do autor.

8.1 In case of approval for publication, the images should be sent individually, i.e. if there is any grouping of images under the same caption, the images must be sent separately, in order to favor the standardization of graphic resources.

8.2 All files shall be digital and high resolution (at least 300 dpi, 15 x 18 cm, and 2,048 x 1,536 pixels), and they must be sent through the file sharing platforms Wetransfer.com, Google Drive, or Dropbox, in format TIFF or JPEG, if the images inserted have not complied with these specifications due to the limit supported.

8.3 The responsibility for obtaining the copyright lies solely with authors. After manuscript approval, due authorization should be sent to the editorial office of Anais do Museu Paulista, accompanied by a letter signed by the author in which he declares himself responsible for the publication of images. 

9. References: the bibliographical and documentary references used should be included at the end of the text, separated into: “Handwritten sources,” “Printed sources,” “Books, articles, and theses,” “Sites,” “Interviews.”
References should be listed in alphabetical order, based on the standardization provided by the NBR 6023/2018 of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT), which should also be referred to for other types of documents not exemplified in these editorial standards. 
Always include the DOI code in the references of articles that have it.
If there are quotes of foreign journals, edited in several countries by people linked to various institutions, it is allowed to indicate the city of the journal’s indexer.

9.1 Authorship: indicate authors by last name, in capital letters, followed by the first name and other surnames in full. When there is more than one author, the names are separated by a semicolon followed by a space. Examples: 
AMARAL, Aracy Abreu. [one author]
GERODETTI, João Emilio; CORNEJO, Carlos. [two authors]
HOLANDA, Sérgio Buarque de; DURAND, José Carlos; BRUNO, Ernani Silva. [three authors]
AMERICANO, Jorge et. al. [four authors or more]

9.2 Journal article
CAMPOS, Eudes. Nos caminhos da Luz, antigos palacetes da elite paulistana. Anais do Museu Paulista, São Paulo, v. 13, n. 1, p. 11-57, 2005.

9.3 Book
BREFE, Ana Cláudia Fonseca. O Museu Paulista: Affonso de Taunay e a memória nacional 1917-1945. São Paulo: Editora Unesp: Museu Paulista da USP, 2005.
Note: Subtitles are not italics.

9.4 Book chapter
RODGERS, Sylvia. Women’s Space in a Man’s House: the British House of Commons. In: ARDENER, Shirley (ed.). Women and Space: Ground Rules and Social Maps. Oxford: Berg, 1997. p. 46-69.

9.4.1 Book chapter having the same author for book and chapter
SAMARA, Eni de Mesquita. Mão-de-obra feminina, oportunidades e mercado de trabalho, no Brasil do século XIX. In: SAMARA, Eni de Mesquita. As ideias e os números do gênero: Argentina, Brasil e Chile no século XIX. São Paulo: Hucitec, 1997. p. 23-61.

9.5 Paper published in an event
BUENO, Beatriz Piccolotto Siqueira. Questão fundiária e imobiliária na história da cidade colonial e imperial: estudo comparativo de São Paulo e Santos. In: SEMINÁRIO DE HISTÓRIA DA CIDADE E DO URBANISMO, 9., São Paulo, 2006. Anais [...]. São Paulo: FAU-USP, 2006. p.66-69.

9.6 Thesis (Ph.D.) or Dissertation (MA)
CABRAL, Edson. Análise das alterações climáticas da cidade de São Paulo (1887-1995) no contexto da expansão de sua mancha urbana. 1997. 278 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Geografia) – Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, 1997.

9.7. Translated texts
BARTHES, Roland. O sistema da moda. Tradução de Lineide do Lago Salvador Mosca. São Paulo: Nacional: Edusp, 1979.
In the case of supplementary elements (book edition, translation), it is necessary that all references in the text follow the same pattern. Therefore, we recommend that only crucial data is included. Additional data is exceptionally allowed in articles comparing different translations or editions of a work, for example.
Anais do Museu Paulista does not use APA standards for quotes. Additional information on authorship should follow in notes. 

10. Quotes: indirect quotes should come in notes, which should be gathered at the end of the manuscript, numbered sequentially with the same formatting as the main text.
The journal adopts the abbreviations provided by the ABNT, such as Id. (when the subsequent quotation originates from a work by the same author of the previous quotation), Ibid. (when the subsequent quotation from the same work of the previous quotation), and Op. cit. (used to refer to a work by the same author already mentioned above, but in case of interspersed quotes).
Leaving excerpts out of quotes should be indicated by using square brackets with suspension points: […].

10.1 In indirect citations one should indicate the author’s surname, followed by the document’s year of publication. Example: Prado (2012). In direct quotations it is also indicated the page number. Example: Prado (2012, p. 15).

10.2 In case of title citation without author, use the first three words, followed by suspension points. Example: Carta aos fazendeiros… (1871).

10.3 if the year of publication of works by the same author coincides, the lowercase sequential letter is added. Example: Holanda (2009a, 2009b).

10.4 Only mention to works (without direct quotation) whose title or author is not mentioned before the reference to the note in the body of text is accompanied by “cf.”

10.5 Whenever there is an indication of work pagination, either in direct quotation or mention, “cf.” in the notes, is not used, only Author (year, p.).

10.6 The links quoted in the manuscript should be compressed through the URL shortcuts: https://bitly.com/ or https://goo.gl/ 
UNIÃO de facto regulamentada em Angola ao fim de mais de 25 anos. Diário de Notícias, Lisboa, 9 fev. 2015. Disponível em: http://bit.ly/2oh5PfB. Acesso em: 6 jun. 2016. 

11. Article edition: the titles of works cited in the body of text, in notes, and in references are highlighted in italics, as well as words in a foreign language. Transcripts of excerpts from documents or bibliographical works (if not exceeding three lines) will be quoted within the paragraph and not highlighted at the source.

11.1 The reference to notes in the text’s title and in the author’s name should use numbers. 
The standardization of titles and subtitles should comply with the following pattern:

11.1.1 The manuscript’s title should be in the upper/lower case letters format just as in a sentence: uppercase in the first letter of the first word and in the others only if there is grammatical obligatoriness (such as in proper names). Example: Antes do Parque Ibirapuera: a história do vazio (1890 – 1954).

11.1.2 Subtitles should be formatted in upper case letters. Example: CONFLITO PÚBLICO-PRIVADO: HIPÓDROMO VERSUS VIVEIRO (1929-1933).

11.1.3. Subdivision of subtitles should be in the upper/lower case letters format just as in a sentence: uppercase in the first letter of the first word and in the others only if there is grammatical obligatoriness (such as in proper names). Example: Composição química da atmosfera.



Manuscript submission and assessment procedures


As long as they meet the formal specifications related in the previous items, the papers undergo an initial screening, made by the Editorial Board.

After approval in the first screening, the texts enter the merit assessment process by asking two ad hoc reviewers (experts in the area or themes concerned, at least holding a Ph.D. degree) appointed by the Editorial Board, ensuring the double blind assessment system.

Subsequently, expert opinions and texts are reviewed together by the Editorial Board. In case of conflicting opinions, a third ad hoc reviewer may be appointed. This evaluation results in the approval or disapproval of texts, as well as the request for the author to make the reformulations that partially or fully meet the reviewers’ concerns and suggestions. If reformulation is required, the author has thirty days to submit a new version of the text, which is reassessed by the Editorial Board or by the reviewers who suggested changes.

The same procedure is applied to thematic dossiers, whose proposal should be submitted to the Editorial Board before the manuscripts are submitted, by means of a justification notice, titles, and abstracts of the articles planned.

Anais do Museu Paulista has the right to arrange the manuscript pages according to its graphic standard.
The journal offers free and immediate access to its content, following the principle that making scientific information freely available to the audience enables a greater global democratization of knowledge. Authors do not pay any fee for the submission or assessment of their manuscripts.



Ethics policy


Anais do Museu Paulista: História e Cultura Material pursues its work in accordance with ethical principles and policies to respect the academic culture and intellectual production, considering the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the publication: authors, editors, and manuscript reviewers.

The editorial decisions made by Anais do Museu Paulista are not influenced by commercial issues or by revenue sources.

Anais do Museu Paulista have a commitment to intellectual standards and ethical principles and it is willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when necessary.

Plagiarism, or the use of verbal, oral, or written ideas or formulations belonging to others without expressly and clearly giving them due credit, so as to reasonably generate the perception that these ideas or formulations belong to the author himself, is regarded as something ethically unacceptable by the scientific community – and its omission or concealment are also intolerable.

Authors should respond to the requirements of manuscript’s originality and novelty, in whole or in part, and ensure the explicitness of all sources and references included in the manuscript. Anais do Museu Paulista uses the Similarity Check (iThenticate) as a support for identifying all types of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism.



Duties of the editorial team


The editors are responsible for publishing the manuscripts and they are guided by the journal’s policies, which comply with the legal requirements in force concerning defamation, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.

Factors related to political or ideological positioning, ethnic, gender, or religious diversity, as well as differences in theoretical and methodological perspectives, should not influence the actions and decisions made during the editorial process.

The editors do not participate in the editorial process for manuscripts in respect of which a conflict of interest is established.

Where necessary, the editor designates a specific, exempt editor to take care of the editorial process for the manuscript or refer to the Advisory Board to discuss the best way to undertake the study assessment.

The editors do not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript, except for the reviewers and the Advisory Board, maintaining the confidentiality of submission.

The identity of authors and reviewers are kept anonymous. The Editorial Committee addresses the manuscripts as confidential documents.

The submission of dossiers and special issues is carried out in the same way as any other submission. The manuscripts are considered and accepted only for their academic merit, safe from any personal influence.

The editorial assistance deals with all facts that involve the editorial activities with secrecy and maximum discretion, especially those related to managing the procedures related to accusations of plagiarism and other ethical breaches.

In this regard, the editors take appropriate action in case of ethical complaints regarding submitted manuscripts or published articles, in order to cooperate in investigations. The journal’s action is taken on the basis of a formal and clearly identified complaint.

In case of suspicious misconduct, either in articles in print or those already published, following the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the editors act by giving authors the right to ample defense. All complaints are investigated, no matter when the article has been approved. The documentation relating to the complaint is kept by the journal.

Regarding the requests for reconsideration of rejected manuscripts, the editors may resort to three measures, according to a decision previously discussed by the committee mentioned above:

  • determine whether the decision was clearly explained to the author, ensuring that it was not based on misleading or questionable information, for instance, in a misinterpretation of the manuscript or lack of guidance from the reviewer;
  • reconsider rejected manuscripts when the author gives good reasons why the decision may have been inaccurate and be willing to send a new version of the manuscript in response to relevant comments provided by reviewers and editors;
  • encourage the resubmission of potentially acceptable manuscripts that have been rejected because they require major revisions or additional data, explaining objectively what is needed to make the manuscript acceptable, as well as the process and procedures that are adopted in the process of assessing the new version.


Duties of assessors (reviewers)


It is necessary to assess the manuscript objectively and constructively.

Papers received for analysis should be addressed as confidential documents, and no information on the manuscript should be disclosed, nor shown or discussed with other people.

The reviewers should register the conflict of interest statement, made available in the assessment form.

The reviewers should maintain the confidentiality of any information provided by the editor or the author, without keeping any copies of the manuscript. The information or ideas obtained by reading the papers should not be used for personal benefit. It is a responsibility of the reviewers to indicate relevant papers already published that were not cited by authors, as well as to draw the editors’ attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript at stake and any other published text of which they are aware.



Duties of authors


Any person who has effectively participated in the design, development, analysis, and interpretation of data and the final wording of the manuscript is regarded as an author. All those who made these contributions should be listed as co-authors. People who participated in certain aspects of the research project should be listed as collaborators, in notes. The main author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the article. The main author should make sure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication.

Manuscripts resulting from scientific initiation, Master’s, Ph.D., and Post-Ph.D. research should not be signed in co-authorship with research tutors and supervisors, and the latter should only be mentioned in notes.

Authors should know and agree with the submission conditions and the terms of the copyright statement available in the computerized system Open Journal Systems (OJS), hosted on the USP Scientific Journal Portal. They should follow the journal standards for manuscript submission and send the permissions to use, reproduce, and publish graphs, maps, diagrams, photographs, interviews, etc.

Authors should ensure that the manuscripts are original. Texts used for its execution should be duly cited. All forms of plagiarism constitute unethical and unacceptable behavior. They should also ensure that the manuscript has not been submitted for assessment nor has been published in any other communication outlet.

Any relevant information that affects analysis should be declared in “Comments for editor,” which is available in the online submission process (USP Scientific Journal Portal).

The authors should report any conflicts of interest that may affect the editorial evaluation process, as well as inform the actions taken to mitigate such conflicts.

It is a responsibility of authors to immediately notify the journal’s editor if he identifies significant errors in his publication, cooperating in the dissemination of errata, additions, corrections, or even article’s retraction when deemed necessary.

It is also a responsibility of authors to inform all funding and support sources that have contributed to carry out the research and produce the manuscript.

It is a responsibility of authors to know and accept the license and terms of use of the Creative Commons Attribution BY.



Procedures in cases of unethical behavior


Anais do Museu Paulista: História e Cultura Material is committed to investigate, after a formal and clearly identified complaint, cases of:

  • Misappropriation of third-party content – this infringement occurs when third-party content is used without proper authorization, particularly in cases of content not published, yet.
  • Plagiarism – consists of taking total or partial authorship of third-party material, which not only infringes ethics in scientific research, it is a crime.
  • Self-plagiarism – consists in the mere replication of results from previous papers without bringing new results.
  • Undue authorship – occurs when individual authorship is claimed, excluding the other co-authors. This misconduct also applies when co-authorship papers are submitted or published without authorization by the other co-authors, although having due information.
  • Violation of widely accepted research practices – occurs when there is adulteration or falsification of documentary sources, citations, and statistical or analytical data to obtain the desired results, which affects the research integrity and, consequently, the submitted or published article.

Constitute forms of inappropriate behavior in case of suspected misconduct in the investigation of the abovementioned cases:

  • Lack of willingness to cooperate in answering to questions on suspected scientific misconduct in relation to the author.
  • Failure to report cases or suspected misconduct.
  • Destruction of evidence related to infringement cases.
  • Retaliation against people involved in accusations of scientific misconduct.
  • False testimony regarding third-party misconduct.

The ethical breaches raised, after investigation and ample right of defense for those denounced, are tackled, according to their seriousness, by means of:

  • Case notification to the party or all those involved – the main author, all authors, the institution that employs the author(s), the study’s financier, and the third parties victimized by misappropriation and plagiarism.
  • Publication of formal news detailing the misconduct in a communication outlet deemed appropriate.
  • Publication of a formal retraction of the article already published.

The complaints received by Anais do Museu Paulista are addressed and responded by the Editorial Board, responsible for investigating the problems that arise, which and this take place in a confidential way.
In case of suspicious manuscripts, either denounced by reviewers or observed by the editors, the assessment process may:

  • Be interrupted, when there is clear evidence of its misconduct.
  • Be suspended, until the accusations’ validity is checked.
  • Generate notification to third parties affected, according to the cases of misconduct listed above.

If there is a formal complaint against the editors, a commission designated by the Direction of the USP Paulista Museum is responsible for the investigation.

Allegations, complaints, or ethical breaches other than those cited in this document are examined by the Editorial Board in the light of the practices provided by the COPE and/or by the Diretrizes da Associação Brasileira de Editores Científicos (ABEC Brasil).



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