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About the journal


Basic Information


The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas is the successor of "Boletim do Museu Paraense de História Natural e Etnographia", founded by Emílio Goeldi in 1894. The mission of the journal is to publish original works in Anthropology, Archaeology, Indigenous Languages, and in related fields. It accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French for the following sections: Research Articles, Review Articles, Short Communications, Memory, Book Reviews, Thesis and Dissertations. It is published on a quarterly basis (April, August, and December).

Its abbreviated title is Bol. Mus. Para. Emílio Goeldi. Cienc. Hum., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.

The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas has a policy of open access.

In order to guarantee originality of its contents, the Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas applies anti-plagiarism tools that are available on the Web.



Indexed in

  • Anthropological Index Online
  • Anthropological Literature
  • Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades - CLASE
  • Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJ 
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences – IBSS
  • Redalyc
  • Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal - Latindex


Intellectual Property

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




The journal is supported by:

  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico/Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações - CNPq/MCTIC
  • Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi/Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações - MPEG/MCTIC








Editorial Board


Scientific Editor



Associate Editors



Scientific Editorial Council

  • Ângela Domingues (Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical - IICT, Lisboa, Portugal) 
  • Bruna Franchetto (Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil)
  • Eduardo Brondizio (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)
  • Eduardo Góes Neves (Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia, Universidade de São Paulo - USP, São Paulo, SP, Brasil)
  • Gustavo Politis (Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil, Argentina)
  • Janet Marion Chernela (University of Maryland, Maryland, USA)
  • Klaus Zimmermann (Universidade de Bremen, Bremen, Alemanha) 
  • Manuela Carneiro da Cunha (Universidade de Chicago, Chicago, USA)
  • Marcos Chor Maio (Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil)
  • Maria Filomena Spatti Sândalo (Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brasil)
  • Michel J. Heckenberger (Universidade da Flórida, Gainesville, USA)
  • Michael Kraus (Universidade de Göttingen, Göttingen, Alemanha)
  • Neil Safier (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canadá)
  • Nora C. England (Universidade do Texas, Austin, USA)
  • Rui Sérgio Sereni Murrieta (Universidade de São Paulo - USP, São Paulo, SP, Brasil)
  • Tânia Andrade Lima (Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil)
  • Walter Neves (Universidade de São Paulo - USP, São Paulo, SP, Brasil)
  • William Balée (Tulane University, Louisiana, USA)


Editorial Production


Editorial Assistants

  • Rafaele Lima and Talita do Vale

Editorial Support

  • Taíse Silva


Instructions to authors


Focus and scope


The Bulletin of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi Human Sciences has the mission to publish original work in archaeology, history, anthropology, indigenous linguistics, and correlated subjects, as well as promote diversity regarding equity of genders, ethical groups, and geographical representativity.



Section Policies


The journal accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French for the following categories:

Research Articles -  original scientific articles reporting on research, that effectively contribute to the advancement of knowledge Between 15 and 30 pages. 

Review Articles - analytical texts or essays that contain a bibliographical or theoretical review of a certain subject or topic.Between 15 and 30 pages. 

Short Communications - short preliminary reports on field observations, challenges faced and progress made in on going research emphasizing hypotheses, mentioning sources, partial results, materials and methods. Maximum length: 15 pages.

Memory - this category includes texts about collections or items in collections considered relevant for scientific research; fully or partly transcribed documents with an introductory text; biographical essays, including obituaries or individual memories. Maximum length: 20 pages.

Debate – critical essays on current issues. Maximum length: 15 pages.

Book Reviews - descriptive and/or critical reviews of printed or electronic publications. Maximum length: five pages.

Theses and Dissertations – a brief description (without bibliography) of master’s theses and doctoral or other postgraduate dissertations. One page.

The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas (Human Sciences) publishes abstracts of theses and dissertations, but does not publish chapters of these works. We recognize that need and academic interest in disseminating results stemming from graduate level work exist, and in these cases recommend drafting a scientific article containing unique text which differs from the original, emphasizing notable points in the research and utilizing direct citations where appropriate. This guidance contemplates monographs in general, as well as undergraduate program completion work.

The journal does not accept extended abstracts, texts in the form of reports, nor work previously published in any public access mean.

Peer evaluation process

The journal has a Scientific Council. Manuscripts are first examined by the Editor or by one of the Associate Editors. The Editor has the right to recommend alterations to the submitted manuscripts or to return them when they fail to comply with the journal’s editorial policy. Upon acceptance, manuscripts are submitted to peer-review and are reviewed by at least two specialists who are not members of the Editorial Board. In the event of discrepancy between the reviews, the manuscript is submitted to other referee(s). In case changes or corrections are recommended, the manuscript is returned to the author(s), who have thirty days to submit a new version. In keeping with the principles of equity of ethnicity, gender, and geographical representation, the journal is committed to potentializing the diversity of expert opinions, obviously safeguarding the required principles of expertise and education. After receiving the anonymous peer reviews, the Editor decides whether the article is accepted for publication. If accepted, the author is requested to revise the article on the basis of the reviews and the Editor’s observations. The author must also explain how the revision was done and provide justification in case the advice of the reviewer(s) was not followed. It is obligatory to use the “Track Changes” function in Word, when applying changes. The revised article should be submitted via the online platform, via the revision link at “AUTHOR RESOURCES”, by clicking on “CREATE REVISION”. An author may only submit a new contribution after twelve months, counting from the previous submission date.

Preprint policy

Following the guidance provided by SciELO Preprints, which seeks to accelerate scientific communication, upon receiving submissions of articles on themes that require immediate dissemination of the content, the journal suggests to the authors to deposit the texts at SciELO Preprints while the evaluation process occurs (SciELO, 2021).

Ethical recommendations

The journal follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), uses the “Guia de boas práticas para o fortalecimento da ética na publicação científica” (2018), and follows the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to guarantee the integrity of the results published by the journal. Plagiarism is seen as an editorial crime, being unacceptable conduct to the journal. As a way to prevent this harmful practice, the BMPEG

Human Sciences uses the anti-plagiarism software iThenticate, from Crossref.

Copyright statement

The entire content of the journal is licensed under a Creative Commons License of the BY attribution type. The journal follows the recommendations of the Open Access Movement, making its entire content available online and free of charge. Publication of a manuscript entails transfer of copyright to the journal. A declaration of Assignment of Copyrights of the published work, signed by all authors, must be submitted together with the revised manuscript sent by Secretariat.

Human research

Research involving human beings must comply with CNS Resolution No. 466/2012 ( In submissions resulting from research with human groups, it is the author(s) attribution(s) to send, at the time of submission of the manuscript, the term of free and informed consent, document pertinent to the registration of the study in the Ethics Committee in Research with humans. It is also recommended that the authors mention in the manuscript the approval of the research approval by the Ethics Committee recognized by the National Research Ethics Commission, of the National Health Council (CONEP-CNS).


  • Anthropological Index Online;
  • Anthropological Literature;
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ);
  • Citas Latinoamericanas em Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (CLASE);
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS);
  • Latindex;
  • Redalyc;
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO);

Article proposals

The Boletim only accepts original contributions in digital format. Digital manuscripts should be submitted via the online platform, which is accessible through the website of the Boletim or directly via ScholarOne the link, providing additional information requested during the various steps of the submission process. Before submitting your work, please make sure you have followed all the instructions detailed in this document; this is crucial in order to begin the editorial process.


Authors must register in order to create a password-protected personal account on the online platform in the section “CREATE NA ACCOUNT” or “NEW USER” and correctly fill in the profile. Registration and the creation of an account need be done only once. Thereafter, the account should be used for current and future submissions to the Boletim. At submission, all authors must inform ORCID IDs. Registering with ORCID at is a requirement to all including co-authors. The scientific publication attributes the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to the published works, as well as adopts the system of continuous publication of articles accepted



In order to submit a new contribution, authors must log into their account on the online platform and click on “AUTHOR CENTER”. After completing this step, proceed to the “AUTHOR RESOURCES” window and start the submission process via the link “CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A NEW MANUSCRIPT”, following seven steps:

  • Step 1: Type, Title, & Abstract
    • Choose type of manuscript (article, review, etc.).
    • Title of manuscript.
    • Provide the abstract.
  • Step 2: File Upload
    • Upload the files. (At least one of the files should represent the Main Document)
  • Step 3: Attributes
    • Add key words (3 to 6).
  • Step 4: Authors & Institutions
    • Declare whether the manuscript is submitted by the author, or by another person.
  • Step 5: Reviewers
    • Optionally name potential reviewers that are preferred, or non-preferred.
    • Specify Corresponding Author.
    • Provide CRediT Contribution.
  • Step 6: Details & Comments
    • Specify who funded the research that resulted in the submission.
    • Declare that the work was submitted exclusively to the Boletim and has not been published elsewhere.
    • Declare that the work is in accordance with ethical norms.
    • Confirm that the submitted files are entirely anonymous, so as to enable anonymous peer review.
    • Declare whether there is any conflict of interest. If there is, please specify.
  • Step 7: Review & Submit
    • Verify that all information and files are complete, view the PDF proof, and finalize the submission by clicking on “SUBMIT”.

After having been formatted by the editorial staff, the articles will be sent in PDF format to the authors via the ScholarOne e-mail system for final approval, and must be returned as soon as possible. Requested changes in the text have to be marked and commented as clearly as possible in the PDF document. At this stage, changes concerning content or changes resulting in an increase or decrease in the number of pages will not be accepted.

Author guidelines

All manuscripts have to be submitted via the online platform ScholarOne.

Original manuscripts must be prepared observing the following requirements:

1. Word for Windows format, Times New Roman font, size 12, line spacing 1.5, and pages must be numbered. Articles on linguistics must use a font that is compatible with the Unicode standard, such as Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Déjà Vu, Tahoma and others that include the IPA extended set of phonetic symbols. Times New Roman is preferred, but it includes the full IPA in Unicode only in more recent editions of Windows. One should never improvise IPA characters such as ɨ, ʉ, etc. by applying strike-through of common characters.

2. The cover page must contain the following information:
a. Title (in the original language and in English);
b. Abstract;
c. Resumo (a Portuguese abstract in case the original is English);
d. Keywords and their equivalent palavras-chave in Portuguese.

3. The manuscript must include neither the name(s) of the author(s) nor acknowledgements.

4. To highlight terms or phrases, please use single quotation marks.

5. Only foreign language words and phrases and Latinized scientific terms should be in italic type.

6. The articles should follow the recommendations of the APA 7th Edition - Citation Guide in for the presentation and use of bibliographical information: citation in documents and references.

7. Tables should be in Word format, numbered in sequence, with clear captions.

8. All figures (illustrations, graphs, pictures, diagrams, etc.) must be submitted to the online platform in separate files with their respective legends in the designated field. Minimum resolution is 300 dpi, minimum size 1,500 pixels: JPEG or TIFF files only. If possible, please use the Boletim’s page formatting proportions (16.5 cm wide x 20 cm  high, for two columns, or 8 cm wide x 20 cm high, for one column). Text contained in figures must be legible and in Arial, 7 – 10 pt.

9. Images created in vectoral programs should be provided in open format, with either a .cdr (X5 or inferior), .eps or .ai (CS5 or inferior) extension.

10. All tables, graphs and images must obligatorily be mentioned in the body of the text.

11. Sections and subsections in the text must not be numbered.

12. Only page numbering and the numbering of footnotes should be automatic. Texts containing automatically numbered sections, paragraphs, figures, examples or any other automatized processes cannot be accepted.

13. Texts must fully comply with scientific naming rules, abbreviations and other conventions current in the specific fields of discipline.

14. Footnotes should be used only when strictly necessary, never for reference to published work, and should be indicated in Arabic numbers.

15. Reference to works cited throughout the text should conform to the following convention: author’s last name (not in upper case), year, page(s). Examples: (Goeldi, 1897, p. 10); Goeldi (1897, p. 10).

16. All references used throughout the text must be listed at the end of the article, and all works listed should be mentioned in the text.

  • Basic text structure:

    Title - The title must appear both in the original language of the text and in English (or Portuguese, in case English is the original language). The title must be in lower case in bold type, centralized on the page.

    Abstract - This section should be a single paragraph and highlight the goals, methods and results of the research, with a minimum length of 100 words and a maximum length of 200 words. The abstract should be presented both in the original language of the text and in English (or Portuguese, in case the original language is English). The translated abstract must either be composed or corrected by a native speaker, which is the responsibility of the authors.

    Keywords - Three to six words that identify the topics addressed in the article, for the purpose of indexation in databases.

    Body of the text - The text should be subdivided subdivided into sections that are NOT numbered. Articles should preferably contain the following components/sections: introduction, theoretical background, main text,  conclusion, references. Lengthy paragraphs and/or sentences should be avoided. Acronyms should be preceded by the word or phrase to which it refers to when appearing for the first time. Example: “The Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA) ) is preparing a new admission exam”. Quotations of less than 40 words should be included in the body of the text between double quotation marks ("). Quotations of 40 or more words are separated from the text and indented in block, with no quotation marks, the font size being smaller than the font used in the text.
    The road down into the Guaporé Valley was in quite good condition, for it had not yet begun to rain heavily, and we made good time to the ranch known as Estrela do Guaporé. There, I talked briefly with the administrator, a man named Alvaro, and then with Kim, who was recuperating from malaria. Kim was very pale and weak, and our talk was brief and constrained. I found out later that he had actually gone to Brasília and told the FUNAI that Sílbene was urging the Indians to kill cattle. In fact, Sílbene had told the Indians to defend their gardens, which were on demarcated land, from invading cattle (Price, 1989, p. 119).

    Acknowledgements - Should be brief and can mention: support and funding; connections to graduate programs and/or research projects; acknowledgement to individuals and institutions. The names of the individuals and institutions should be written in full, together with a motivation for the acknowledgement. Note that the first submitted version of the article should be without acknowledgements, because of the anonymous peer-review process.

    References - Should be listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author. In the event of two or more references to a same author, please use chronological order. References should comply with APA 7th Edition - Citation Guide.

    Bibliographic rules and standards

    It is the author’s responsibility to comply with reference formatting norms and the most current usage rules for the Portuguese language in articles and other documents submitted to the journal. The following list contains various examples of the different types of references:


  • Book:

    Veríssimo, J. (1906). A educação nacional (2nd ed.). Rio de Janeiro: Livraria Francisco Alves.

    Quote in the text: Veríssimo (1906) or (Veríssimo, 1906).

    Vidal, W. N., & Vidal, M. R. R. (1986). Botânica-organografia: quadros sinóticos ilustrados de fanerógamos (3 ed.). UFV.

    Quote in the text: Vidal e Vidal (1986) or (Vidal & Vidal,1986)

    Wieczorek, A., Rosendahl, W., & Schlothauer, A. (Orgs.). (2012). Der Kult um Kopf und Schädel. Verlag Regionalkultur.

    Quote in the text: Wieczorek et al. (2012) or (Wieczorek et al., 2012)

  • Book chapter:

    Grünewald, R. A. (2004). Etnogênese e ‘regime de índio’ na Serra do Umã. In J. P. Oliveira (Org.), A viagem da volta: Etnicidade, política e reelaboração cultural no Nordeste indígena (pp. 139-174). Contra Capa Livraria.

    Citação no texto: Grünewald (2017) ou (Grünewald, 2017)

    Carneiro da Cunha, M. (1992). Política indigenista no século XIX. In M. Carneiro da Cunha (Org.), História dos índios no Brasil (pp. 133-154). Companhia das Letras.

    Citação no texto: Carneiro da Cunha (1992) ou (Carneiro da Cunha, 1992)


  • Series/Collection:

    Goeldi, E. (1900). Escavações arqueológicas em 1895: Executadas pelo Museu Paraense no litoral da Guiana Brasileira entre Oiapoque e Amazonas. (Memórias do Museu Goeldi, n. 1). Belém: Museu Paraense de História Natural e Ethonografia.

    Quote in the text: Goeldi (1900) or (Goeldi, 1900).


  • Scientific journal article

    Quote in the text: Tersis and Carter-Thomas (2005) or (Tersis & Carter-Thomas, 2005 Gurgel, C. (1997). Reforma do Estado e segurança pública. Política e Administração, 3(2), 15-21.

    Quote in the text: Gurgel (1997) or (Gurgel, 1997).

    Jantz, R. L., & Owsley, D. W. (2001). Variation among early North America crania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 114(2), 146-155.;2-E

    Quote in the text: Jantz and Owsley (2001) or (Jantz & Owsley, 2001)

    Posth, C., Nakatsuka, N., Lazaridis, I., Skoglund, P., Mallick, S., Lamnidis, T. C.,. . . Reich, D. (2018). Reconstructing the deep population history of Central and South America. Cell, 175(5), 1-13.

    Quote in the text: Posth et al. (2018) or (Posth et al., 2018)

    Velthem, L. H. V. (2012). O objeto etnográfico é irredutível? Pistas sobre novos sentidos e análises. Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas, 7(1), 51-66.

    Quote in the text: Velthem (2012) or (Velthem, 2012)

    Tersis, N., & Carter-Thomas, S. (2005). Investigating syntax and pragmatics: word order and transitivity in Tunumiisut. International Journal of American Linguistics 71(4), 473-500.

  • Newspaper article

    Naves, P. (1999, june 28). Lagos andinos dão banho de beleza. Folha de S. Paulo, Turismo, Caderno 8, p. 13.

    Quote in the text: Naves (1999) or (Naves, 1999).


  • Article and/or newspaper article in electronic media

    Justiça suspende obra de captação de água para a Grande São Paulo. (2017, maio 5). Folha de São Paulo.

    Quote in the text: “Justiça suspende” (2017) or (“Justiça suspende” 2017)

    Silva, I. G. (1998, setembro 19). Pena de morte para o nascituro. O Estado de S. Paulo.

    Quote in the text: Silva (1998) or (Silva, 1998)


  • Work presented in event

    Brayner, A. R. A., & Medeiros, C. (1994, december). Incorporação do tempo em SGBD orientado a objetos. In Anais do Simpósio Brasileiro de Banco de Dados, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo.

    Quote in the text: Brayner and Medeiros (1994) or (Brayner & Medeiros, 1994).

  • Work presented in event in electronic media

    Silva, R. N., & Oliveira, O. (janeiro, 1996). Os limites pedagógicos do paradigma da qualidade total na educação. In Anais Eletrônicos do Congresso de Iniciação Científica da UFPe, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife.

    Quote in the text: Silva e Oliveira (1996) ou (Silva & Oliveira, 1996)

  • Internet messages: electronic mailing list and other online communities

    Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas. (2018, julho 16). Boletim de Ciências Humanas do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi discute patrimônio indígena [Facebook].

    Quote in the text: Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas (2018) ou (Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas, 2018)

    Blog SciElo em Perspectiva Humanas. (2018, junho 13). Cultura ancestral para entender a Amazônia de ontem e de hoje [Blog].

    Quote in the text: Blog SciElo em Perspectiva Humanas (2018) ou (Blog SciElo em Perspectiva Humanas, 2018)

  • Legal document

    Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil de 1988 (18th. ed.). (1998). São Paulo: Saraiva.

    Quote in the text: Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil de 1988 (1998) or (Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil de 1988, 1998).

    Decreto n. 3.298. (1999, dezembro 20). Regulamenta a política nacional para a integração da pessoa portadora de deficiência, consolida as normas de proteção e dá outras providências. Brasília, DF: Presidência da República.

    Quote in the text: Decreto n. 3.298 (1999)


  • Legal document in electronic media

    Resolução n.17, de junho de 1991. Coleção de Leis da República Federativa do Brasil.

    Quote in the text: Resolução n. 17, de junho de 1991

    Medida Provisória n. 1.569-9, de 11 de dezembro de 1997. Estabelece multa em operações de importação, e dá outras providências. http://

    Quote in the text: Medida Provisória n. 1.569-9, de 11 de dezembro de 1997


  • Academic works (theses, dissertations and monographs)

    Benchimol, A. (2015). Resgate e ressignificação da pesquisa no Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi: Presença e permanência de cientistas estrangeiros (1894-1914) na produção científica de autores atuais (1991-2010) (Doctoral dissertation). Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.

    Quote in the text: Benchimol (2015) or (Benchimol, 2015).

    Moore, D. (1984). Syntax of the language of the Gavião Indians of Rondônia, Brazil [Tese de doutorado, University of New York].

    Quote in the text: Moore (1984) or (Moore,1984)

  • Archive document

    Campos, E. (1964, january 11). Carta à Bienal de São Paulo. Arquivo Histórico Wanda Svevo. Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo.

    Quote in the text: Campos (1964) or (Campus, 1964). 

    Salles, V. (1974, março 28). Carta a Lúcio Flávio Pinto. Material histórico-cultural - Vicente Salles. Correspondência expedida - Comunicação. Coleção Vicente Salles. Biblioteca do Museu da Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém.

    Quote in the text: Salles (1974) or (Salles, 1974)

  • Audiovisual media

    Herzog, W. (Produtor & Diretor). (1970). Os anões também começaram pequenos [Filme]. Werner Herzog Filmproduktion.

    Quote in the text: Herzog (1970) ou (Herzog,1970)



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Postal addres


Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi
Editor do Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas
Av. Perimetral, 1901 - Terra Firme
CEP 66077-830
Belém - PA - Brazil
Phone: 55-91-3075-6186





Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi
Ministério da Ciência Tecnologia e Inovações.




MCTI/Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi Coordenação de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação, Av. Perimetral. 1901 - Terra Firme, 66077-830 - Belém - PA, Tel.: (55 91) 3075-6186 - Belém - PA - Brazil