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Brief Background


Ambiente & Sociedade is an annual publication of ANPPAS, the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Environment and Society. It contributes to the interdisciplinary field of knowledge about Environment and Society.

Ambiente & Sociedade publishes scientific papers from national and international collaborators based on reviews by ad hoc advisors.

The journal began its activities in 1997 as a result of an inter-institutional collaboration of researchers in a still-emerging field at that time, the interface between Environmental issues and Social Sciences. Until 2010, the Center for Environmental Studies and Research (NEPAM) at Unicamp was responsible for administrative support. Since 2011, ANPPAS has taken over editorial responsibility.

The journal has been published since 2011 only in digital format - Online ISSN 1809-4422 and print version ISSN 1414-753X (until 2011).

Since 2018, the journal has adopted a continuous publication system, resulting in annual volumes.



Open Science Compliance


Ambiente & Sociedade is committed to Open Science communication practices.

Open Access: Ambiente & Sociedade follows the Gold Open Access model. This means that all published articles are freely available for anyone to access.

From May 2024, in line with the principles of Open Science, Ambiente & Sociedade has started implementing actions to integrate and promote the openness, publicity, and broad discussion of the data and research results submitted for evaluation. Among these actions, the following stand out:

  • Authors must submit the Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form along with their submission;
  • Encourages the sharing of data, codes, methods, and other materials used and resulting from the research (described in more detail in the "Open Data" section);
  • Encourages the publication of preprint articles (described in more detail in the "Preprints" section).


Ethics in Publication


Ambiente & Sociedade is strictly committed to good practices and ethics in scientific publishing. The journal adopts the publication ethics principles established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The editors and the editorial team are responsible for preventing any form of unethical behavior, including plagiarism.

All individuals involved in the process (editors, editorial team, authors, among others) must read and follow the following documents:

Authors must indicate the role of each co-author, following the CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) specifications. In the "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form", there is a section dedicated to this issue.

Authors submitting articles to the journal declare that their content is original and guarantee that the work has not been published, nor is it under review/evaluation in any other journal. In the "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form", there is a section dedicated to this issue.

Information on the rules related to the submission of a document proving the approval of the ethics committee for conducting the research is presented in the "Ethics Committee" section.



Focus and Scope


Ambiente & Sociedade publishes works from national and international collaborators, based on the editors' evaluation and reviews by ad hoc advisors.

Articles submitted for publication must be original, whether in print or electronic media, except for those available in preprint repositories. Simultaneous submission for evaluation in another journal is not allowed.

The journal publishes original and unpublished articles and book reviews in the interdisciplinary field that address the interaction process between Society and the Environment, presenting original and relevant contributions from a theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and/or empirical point of view.

Articles of a strictly disciplinary nature, focusing on environmental or human transformations separately, or those that do not discuss the relationship between environment and society, should be submitted to other journals and will not be considered for publication, regardless of their quality.

Examples of articles outside the scope:

  • Technical reports
  • Final course papers
  • Disciplinary texts that do not establish a dialogue between the environmental and social perspectives


Digital Preservation


Ambiente & Sociedade follows the standards defined in the "SciELO Program Digital Preservation Policy".



Indexing Sources




Bibliographic Journal Information


  • Journal title: Ambiente & Sociedade
  • Abbreviated title: Ambiente Soc. (Online)
  • Published by: ANPPAS - Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ambiente e Sociedade
  • Frequency: Annual
  • Publication mode: Continuous publication
  • Year of creation: 1997


Websites and Social Media




Editorial Policy



Ambiente & Sociedade encourages the publication of preprint articles on the public platform SciELO Preprints, so that, if applicable, they can be openly discussed before being published.

It is important that authors indicate in the Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form the prior submission of the article as a preprint.

In case of acceptance and publication of the article in Ambiente & Sociedade, authors must update the records on the preprint server and provide the complete reference of the publication made in this journal.

Peer Review Process

The manuscript evaluation process works as follows:

(1) Preliminary Evaluation: The journal's technical team, together with the chief editors, conducts a verification of compliance with the editorial policy, including supplementary documents, such as:

  • Evaluation of scope compliance (read more in the "Focus and Scope" section).
  • Verification of the submission of all necessary supplementary documents (read the "Supplementary Documents" section).

In this phase, manuscripts may be rejected if they do not meet the scope of Ambiente & Sociedade and/or if the requested documents are not submitted.

Authors will be notified to make adjustments up to two times, and if the manuscript still has pending issues, the work will be rejected.

(2) Initial Screening: The assistant editors of the journal review the manuscript to check compliance with the publication guidelines on the website (in the Instructions for Authors). After that, if necessary, the editors will request adjustments from the authors according to the editorial criteria of Ambiente & Sociedade. The sooner the author meets the requirements, the faster the evaluation process will be. The maximum time to respond to the pending issues is two weeks. If these are not addressed, Ambiente & Sociedade may reject the manuscript. In such cases, authors may resubmit the article with the corrected issues. It is very important that authors pay attention to compliance with the guidelines presented on this page. Authors will be notified to make adjustments up to two times, and if the manuscript still has pending issues, the work will be rejected. In this phase, an anti-plagiarism evaluation is conducted (read the "Adoption of Similarity Check Software" section).

(3) Pre-Analysis: The manuscript will be evaluated by the associate editors. At this stage, some requirements are analyzed, such as originality, methodological soundness, and interdisciplinary discussion. Failure to meet the requirements may result in the rejection of the text. The evaluation is done without identifying the authors.

(4) Assignment: If the articles are approved in the pre-analysis stage, the manuscripts will be forwarded to the associate editors. They oversee the evaluation and appoint reviewers who will proceed with the review of the article.

(5) Peer Review: In this final stage, the manuscript is reviewed by a pair of reviewers. If the reviews are contradictory, the manuscript may be reviewed by the chief editors.

(6) New Rounds of Evaluation: It is very common for reviewers to suggest a series of adjustments in the editorial decision, which will trigger a new round of evaluation. The sooner the author provides the changes, the faster the analysis process of this new round will be. For this new round, authors must resubmit the revised manuscript in the ScholarOne system and must do so while maintaining the original manuscript type (Step 1: Type, Title & Abstract), and not as "review". Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the manuscript being returned for correction.

Important: The ScholarOne System operates on Eastern Time, not Brazilian Time. Therefore, we recommend that authors submit revisions and corrections at least two days before the deadline set by the ScholarOne system and communicated in emails to authors.

Since 2012, Ambiente & Sociedade has published all its articles in a bilingual version: in the original language (Portuguese or Spanish) and the English version. Optionally, approved articles may also be published in all three languages. The costs of translation into any language will be the authors' responsibility.

Articles approved in stage 4 will be published in the current volume, provided they are accepted for publication by August of the current year or until the maximum number of articles published annually is reached.

Texts must be submitted at the following link:

Open Data

In line with Open Science communication practices, the journal adopts the following practices in its editorial policy:

  • We encourage the authors to share data sets, instruments, statistical analysis scripts, protocols, and additional materials in appropriate data repositories.
  • We also encourage the authors to share software, code, models, algorithms, protocols, methods, and other useful materials related to research to facilitate reproducibility and data reuse.
  • Research data vary according to the area of knowledge and include textual documents, spreadsheets, statistics, lab notebooks, field notebooks, diaries, questionnaires, transcripts, audio files, videos, photographs, methodologies, workflows, partial reports, and other materials prepared and/or collected during the research development.
  • If any of the files mentioned above are shared, we suggest including the access address to the materials in the manuscript.

Examples of repositories:

  • SciELO Data - a repository for research data deposit.
  • Zenodo - a repository for research data deposit.
  • GitHub - is a repository for code deposits (such as statistical analysis, software, and models, among others).

Relevant documents prepared by SciELO on the topic:

A section of the "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form" is dedicated to this issue.


Due to the reduction in financial support from research funding agencies, Ambiente & Sociedade has been charging an online submission fee for manuscripts since 2012.

As of 01/10/2022, the submission fee will be R$150.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Reais) per submitted manuscript. Authors must pay an additional fee of R$600.00 (Six Hundred Reais) for manuscripts approved for publication. This payment reform aims to reduce the submission cost by increasing the fee only for articles approved for publication, as production costs for inclusion in the SciELO collection must be covered.

The submission fee is non-refundable in case of manuscript rejection or incorrect payment. The editors hope to count on the collaboration of all authors by meeting the requirements that guide the journal's production.

For payments within Brazil, the fees must be paid to Banco do Brasil:

  • Agency: 3559-9
  • Current Account: 51117-X
  • CNPJ: 04.484.842/0001-17

For authors without a bank account in Brazil, the payment of fees must be made exclusively through the PayPal service. The fees will be R$170.00 (One Hundred and Seventy Reais) for submission and R$620.00 (Six Hundred and Twenty Reais) for publication. In both cases, the service fee (charged by PayPal) is included. For this, authors must send an email to requesting this payment method.

Authors must attach the payment receipt of the submission fee in the system during the online submission in the "File upload" section as "Supplemental File NOT for Review". The submission will only be considered if the payment receipt is attached.

A fee of R$150.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Reais) is required to submit a book review.

Ethics and Misconduct, Correction and Retraction Policy

Ambiente & Sociedade adopts the publication ethics principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct.

Ethical issues and/or matters that may harm the journal's reputation will be evaluated and addressed by the Editorial Board of Ambiente & Sociedade.

In cases of misconduct, the retraction policy will be applied by the journal, following the Guidelines on Best Practices for Strengthening Ethics in Scientific Publication proposed by SciELO.

The registration and publication of errata and retractions will follow the recommendations proposed by SciELO. In case of doubts, consult:

Policy on Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest can be of a personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial nature. Conflicts of interest may occur when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that could influence the preparation or evaluation of manuscripts. When submitting the manuscript, authors are responsible for acknowledging and disclosing financial or other conflicts that may have influenced the work. If there is, even potentially, a conflict of interest, the author(s) must disclose it in a signed document attached to the submission platform. For more information, see: Disclosure of Financial and Non-Financial Relationships and Activities, and Conflicts of Interest.

A section of the "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form" is dedicated to this issue.

Adoption of similarity software

All manuscripts will undergo a plagiarism check using CopySpyder software (or equivalent software) during the initial screening.

If elements indicate a considerable absence of proper citation, the article will be preliminarily rejected. If similar passages can be corrected and there are no indications of bad faith, the article will be returned to the author for corrections.

On the Use of Artificial Intelligence

This policy guides the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) in our publication, ensuring the integrity, transparency, and excellence of the research we endorse.

Authorship: AI tools or similar do not qualify for authorship and cannot be included as a co-author.

Responsibility: The authors must carefully supervise the use of AI, and they are responsible for errors, plagiarism, and other malpractices that may occur in their research due to the use of AI mechanisms. Ambiente & Sociedade understands that the responsibility for the article's content lies with the people who sign it.

Authenticity and Originality: Authors who employ AI to generate or analyze content must ensure their work is original and significantly contributes to the field of study.

Declaration of AI Use: All manuscripts that use AI, whether in generation, analysis, review, or any other capacity, must clearly indicate this in the materials and methods section. Additionally, authors must explicitly mention the extent of AI involvement.

Transparency: Authors must be transparent about the use of AI in the manuscript writing process, including detailed information (name, version, model, source, parameters used) on how the technology was used and the role of AI in developing the text.

Limitations: If AI is used as a research tool, authors must discuss its limitations and potential biases in the text.

Gender and Sex Issues

The editorial team of the journal Ambiente & Sociedade, as well as the authors who publish in the journal, must always observe the guidelines Sex and Gender Equity in Research (Sex and Gender Equity in Research – SAGER). The SAGER guidelines comprise a set of guidelines that guide the reporting of information on sex and gender in the study design, data analysis, and results and interpretation of findings. In addition, the journal Ambiente & Sociedade observes gender equity policy in the composition of its editorial board.

Ethics Committee

The journal Ambiente & Sociedade pays strict attention to ethical standards when conducting research.

Authors must attach proof of approval from the ethics committee of the institution responsible for approving the research. If approval was not required, authors must provide a justification (based on the most current legislation).

The statement must be attached in the ScholarOne system during online submission, in the "File upload" section as "Supplemental File NOT for Review".

For research conducted in Brazil: Research involving human subjects must be registered on the Plataforma Brasil, as defined in Resolution 196/96. The Chapter XI of Resolution No. 674, dated May 6, 2022, presents relevant information, such as which research is exempt from registration on the Plataforma Brasil. It is mandatory that authors include in the manuscript the name of the ethics committee responsible for approval, along with the reference number of the approved project.

For research conducted outside Brazil: Authors must follow the specific recommendations, legislation, and/or standards of the country where the research was conducted and/or funded.

A section of the "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form" is dedicated to this issue.


Authors of articles published by Ambiente & Sociedade retain the copyright of their works, licensing them under the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY license, which allows articles to be reused and distributed without restriction, provided the original work is properly cited.

Intellectual Property and Terms of Use

The content, opinions, and concepts expressed in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors.

All content of the journal and the articles published by Ambiente & Sociedade, except where otherwise specified, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Authors of articles published by Ambiente & Sociedade retain the copyright of their works, licensing them under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license. This license allows articles to be reused and distributed without restriction, provided the original work is properly cited.

Ambiente & Sociedade encourages authors to self-archive their accepted manuscripts by publishing them on personal blogs, institutional repositories, and academic social media, as well as posting them on their personal social media, as long as they include the full citation to the version on the journal's website.



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In memoriam

  • Héctor Ricardo Leis - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), SC, Brasil





Ambiente & Sociedade uses the ScholarOne submission platform. To submit articles, visit:

We ask authors to carefully read all the submission process requirements below.

The ScholarOne System requires authors to provide their ORCID code at the time of submission. This code can only be entered into the system by the author or co-author of the manuscript.

Contact with the journal is made exclusively via email:

Types of Documents Accepted

The following documents are accepted for submission, as well as the category to be chosen in the submission step "Type, Title & Abstract":

  • Original Article - Original Article
  • Book Review - Book Review
  • Literature Review - Literature Review

Ambiente & Sociedade accepts submissions in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Ambiente & Sociedade accepts the submission of preprints (read the "Preprints" section).

Authors' Contribution

Authors must indicate the role of each co-author, following the CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy).

A section of the "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form" is dedicated to this issue.

Manuscript Preparation

Ambiente & Sociedade recommends that authors carefully check before submission whether the manuscript complies with all the guidelines presented on this page.

Article Submission Format

For the submission of Original Articles, authors must observe the following guidelines:

  • The maximum number of authors and co-authors per submitted manuscript should be 7 people.
  • The manuscript must be structured as follows: Title in Portuguese, Abstract in Portuguese, Keywords in Portuguese, Title in English, Abstract in English, Keywords in English, Title in Spanish, Abstract in Spanish, Keywords in Spanish, introduction, text development, and references. Footnotes are optional.
  • The document must be submitted in .doc or .docx format.
  • Font: Arial 12, spacing: 1.5 between lines.
  • All pages of the manuscript must be sequentially numbered.
  • The entire manuscript file must have a minimum of 35,000 and a maximum of 50,000 characters, including spaces and references. The publication of articles does not include annexes or appendices. If the authors want this information to appear in the article, they must include it in the text, or it can be cited if stored in digital repositories.
  • The title of the article must have a maximum of 15 words.
  • The abstract in Portuguese, abstract in English, and abstract in Spanish must each contain 100 to 150 words. They should not be written in the first person and must include the general topic, research problem, objectives, methods, and main conclusions. The abstracts must be clear, easily readable, and provide a comprehensive article summary.
  • The keywords in Portuguese, keywords in English, and keywords in Spanish must be at least 5 and at most 8, in all three languages.
  • Acknowledgments (optional) should be cited in a footnote along with the title. They cannot contain references, direct or indirect, to the authorship.
  • Footnotes are explanatory in nature and should be avoided. They should only be used as an exception when strictly necessary for the understanding of the text and with a maximum of three lines. Notes will have consecutive numbering, in Arabic, in the order they appear in the text.
  • Blind Review: When submitting the article through the electronic system, the author must remove all authorship identifications (direct and indirect) from the text that will be sent for blind review by external reviewers. The authorship information will be recorded in the system. When saving the document, remove Word metadata (author; last modified by) so that the author's identification is not included. Manuscripts with any type of authorship information will not be accepted and will be returned to the author for necessary adjustments.

For the submission of Literature Review Articles, authors must observe the following guidelines:

For the submission of Book Reviews, authors must observe the following guidelines:

  • Reviews can be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
  • The document must be submitted in .doc or .docx format.
  • Font: Arial 12, spacing: 1.5 between lines.
  • All pages of the original document must be sequentially numbered.
  • Reviews should be between 10,000 and 15,000 characters with spaces and contain the complete reference of the book, as well as the title and identification of the author of the reviewed book at the end of the text (full name and institutional affiliation).
  • Reviews of books published in the last five years will be accepted.
  • It is requested to review the book as a whole, avoiding a chapter-by-chapter review if possible.
  • Book reviews should be classified as "Book Review" in the submission step "Type, Title & Abstract".
  • Authors must remove all authorship identifications.
  • A fee of R$ 150.00 (one hundred and fifty reais) will be required for the submission of the review.
  • Payment will follow the same rules provided in the "Fee Charges" section.

Digital Assets

Graphic Elements (Tables, Charts, and Figures):

  • Only five elements are allowed, numbered in Arabic numerals in the sequence they appear in the text.
  • They must be in an original format that allows their editing and must be included in the body of the text.
  • All graphic elements must have a source, including those created by the authors.
  • Charts and tables must not exceed one page.
  • Follow ABNT standards for references and insertion of captions and sources in each element.
  • Color and black-and-white images must be electronically scanned in .png format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, presented in dimensions that allow their enlargement or reduction while maintaining readability.

Recommendations Related to Accessibility

  • Tables added as images will not be accepted, as this impairs accessibility, making it impossible to access the content using screen readers.
  • For the creation of visualizations (graphs, figures, maps, etc.), we recommend following good accessibility practices in visualization. We suggest reading the following text: "Accessibility in scientific visualizations", and that authors strive to adapt the visualizations (except for interactivity, considering that articles are also published in PDF).
  • After each visualization and its source, an alternative text (Alt text) with a brief image description should be added. This is important for accessing the content using screen readers. We suggest reading the following text: "Image Alt Text: How to Make Your Scientific Publication More Accessible".

Citations and References

Citations in the body of the text and references must comply with ABNT standards and, optionally, Vancouver for authors affiliated with foreign universities.

General Recommendations

We encourage authors to explore and integrate previously published articles in Ambiente & Sociedade into their submissions whenever relevant. This not only enriches the discussion but also strengthens connections within the academic community in the field.

We encourage the use of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), as it guarantees a permanent access link to the electronic article.

For articles or texts published on the internet that do not contain a DOI, indicate the complete URL address, as well as the access date when they were consulted.


Citations must follow the author-date system of the ABNT NBR 10520:2023 standards. We recommend consulting the Guide for Preparing Citations, prepared by the Library and Documentation Service of the University of São Paulo (Bauru Campus):

References must follow the ABNT NBR 6023:2018 standard. We recommend consulting the Guide for Preparing References, prepared by the Library and Documentation Service of the University of São Paulo (Bauru Campus):

Some examples are provided below:

KRENAK, A. A vida não é útil. 1. ed. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2020. 128 p.

Book Chapter:
- CONWAY, D. Water Security in a Changing Climate. In: Lankford, B. et al. (Coord.). Water Security: Principles, Perspectives and Practices. London, Routledge, 2013. p. 80-100.

Journal Article:
- FORMIGA-JOHNSSON, R. M.; BRITTO, A. L. Water security, metropolitan supply and climate change: some considerations concerning the Rio de Janeiro case. Ambiente & Sociedade, v. 23, 2020. Available at: Accessed on 15 May 2024.


For authors who choose to use the Vancouver style, we recommend consulting the guide prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (examples of references available at:

References must be identified in the body of the text with Arabic numerals, superscript, in square brackets, following the order of citation in the text. The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the author.

If more than two references are cited in sequence, only the first and the last should be typed, separated by a hyphen (Example: [6-9]). In the case of alternating citations, all references must be typed and separated by commas (Example: [6,7,9]).

Some examples are provided below:

- Ailton Krenak. Life Is Not Useful. Polity; 2023.

Book Chapter:
- Conway D. Water Security in a Changing Climate. In: Water Security: Principles, Perspectives and Practices. London: Routledge; 2013 [cited 2024 May 15]. p. 80–100. Available from:

Journal Article:
Formiga-Johnsson RM, Britto AL. Water security, metropolitan supply and climate change: some considerations concerning the Rio de Janeiro case. Ambiente & Sociedade. 2020 [cited 2024 May 15];23. Available from:

Supplementary Documents

Supplementary documents must be attached during submission in the section “Step 2: File upload”. The documents must be attached as “Supplemental File NOT for Review”. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the manuscript being returned.

The following supplementary documents are required:

  • Proof of payment of the submission fee (read more in the "Fee Charges" section).
  • List of potential reviewers: To expedite the peer review process, authors must provide the full name and email address of at least five potential reviewers at the time of submission.
  • "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance" form (read more in the "Open Science Compliance" section).
  • Document proving that the research was approved by an institutional ethics committee (when applicable) (read more in the "Ethics Committee" section).

Financing Statement

Authors must disclose sources of support for the work, including the names of sponsors, contract numbers (if any), along with explanations about the role of these sources.

A section of the "Open Science and Research Ethics Compliance Form" is dedicated to this issue.


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