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About the journal

Informações básicas


Brazilian Journalism Research (BJR) is a quarterly scientific journal published by the Brazilian Association of Journalism Researchers (SBPJor). The goal of SBPJor is to encourage the growth and unification of a network of journalism researchers and establish a unique place for developing research in this field.

BJR regularly receives submissions of scientific articles in the English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French languages. The editions of the journal are published in English, and consultation versions of the articles may be published in Portuguese, Spanish and/or French. The magazine also produces special editions that deal with specific themes.

Thematic Coverage. Communication; Journalism and Publishing
Publication Frequency. Tri-annual
Country of Publication. Brazil


Brazilian Journalism Research’s mission is to establish itself as an academic journal of excellence for journalism researchers, one that presents research results from scientific articles and stimulates debates on theoretical-methodological issues of research in journalism, while also helping to build and strengthen a network of researchers in journalism at both the national and international levels.

History of the Journal

Launched in 2005, Brazilian Journalism Research (BJR) is a scientific journal published by the Brazilian Association of Researchers in Journalism (SBPJor). It was initially published twice a year and has always been an open access publication.

BJR has always been concerned with the internationalization of Brazilian research. The journal originally published its articles only in English, but as of 2008, it became a bilingual periodical, and has been publishing its articles in both English and Portuguese.

In 2008, BJR began to publish exclusively on the internet. In that same year, the journal initiated an indexing process in databases. To date, the journal is indexed in the following 25 databases and data repositories, both multidisciplinary and exclusive to Social Science journals and periodicals.

In 2013, BJR began to publish texts in the Spanish language, adding them to the Portuguese edition of the journal. Starting that year, all articles published in the journal must include a Spanish version of the abstract. Another recent development was the inclusion of BJR in the list of journals recommended by the French National Agency for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (AERES) in the field of Information and Communication Sciences.

2014 marked the magazine's tenth anniversary and to further promote its internationalization, BJR started to work all year round. Another change was the addition of more collaborators. Besides the numerous peer reviewers, reviewers, and translators, BJR is open to renowned researchers in the area who are interested in proposing Dossiers on specific themes. This is done with the goal of encouraging publication of unpublished articles by authors from Brazil and abroad.

In 2017, BJR switched to publishing three editions per year (April, August, and December). In this same year it also adopted APA as a citation standard, in line with of other internationally recognized journals.

In 2018, BJR was accepted for indexing in Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), Social Science Database (ProQuest) and the REDIB platform (Ibero-American Network for Innovation and Scientific Knowledge).

In 2019, the journal’s editorial committee started performing desk reviews of all submitted articles. It also started to invest in open science initiatives, such as making reviews of articles accepted by the journal available and publishing the research data in an open repository.

Moreover, since 2020 the journal has accepted the submission of preprints. Lastly, in 2021, BJR was accepted and integrated into the SciELO Brazil database.


The abbreviated title of the journal is Braz. journal. res., which should be used in bibliographies, reference notes, references and bibliographic legends.



Indexed in



Academic Journals Database
Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades - CLASE
Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJ
Ebsco Communication Source (Core Collection)
Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
Google Acadêmico
ICI Journals Master List database (Index Copernicus International)
REDIB (Red Iberoamericana de Innovación y Conocimiento Científico)
Social Science Database (ProQuest)

Preprint Repository

Emerging Research Information - EmeRI
SciELO Preprints


Periódicos Capes


EZB (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek)
ROAD - Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources



Intellectual Property


Todo o conteúdo do periódico, exceto onde está identificado, está licenciado sob licença CC-BY 4.0 Internacional.


Spons ors


A revista é editada pela Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores de Jornalismo, que prioritariamente financia a sua publicação.

A BJR também recebe apoio eventual dos seguintes órgãos públicos de fomento do Brasil: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) e Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES).



Editorial Board



Assistant Editors


Associate Editors


Scientific Council


Editorial Production



Editorial Secretary

  • Eder Luis Cordeiro de Santana

Graphic Designer

  • Daia Carpes
  • IR Publicações


Instructions to authors

Scope and Policy


BJR is dedicated to publishing high quality scientific articles on Theory, Research and Criticism, which have journalism as an object of study from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Journal’s Public

Brazilian Journalism Research is aimed mainly toward professors, researchers, and students in the field of journalism, communication and social sciences. The journal also distributes its content among journalism and communication professionals.

Guidelines for Authors

Original and unpublished articles. Articles submitted to BJR must be original and unpublished, may be written by doctorates or doctoral students on the Theory of Journalism, Research in Journalism, and Criticism of Journalism, and must prioritize research results. Master’s degree holders and undergraduate and Master’s students may submit articles that have been co-authored by PhD researchers or doctoral students.

Proceedings and versions. Any article previously published in proceedings, journals, books or repositories, regardless of language, will be automatically rejected during the initial evaluation stage.

Special Issues and constant flow. BJR accepts a constant flow of articles, preferably those that present research results. In addition, the journal publishes special issues on specific topics in journalism, the submission schedule of which is detailed in a Call for Papers.

Time between publications. Authors who have already published in the journal must wait for a period of 16 months (four issues) before having a new article (authorship or co-authorship) published.

Submission limits. The editors recommend that authors submit only one article for review, as per the time between publications described above.

Intellectual authorship. The submitted article must be the intellectual property of the author. The author must correctly include the data and references used and give credit to the author or source of information consulted. The author must also declare that all material included in his/her work is copyright free and that any legal disputes or claims related to intellectual property rights are the responsibility of said author, thus absolving the Brazilian Association of Researchers in Journalism (SBPJor), the journal itself and its editors of any responsibility for the materials presented in the articles.

Authors contribution. Articles with two or more authors must inform of each researcher’s contribution to the article. Authors must compulsorily meet the following two basic requirements for contributing to articles submitted to the journal: a) actively participate in the discussion of results; b) review and approve the final version of the article. Additionally, we recommend that specific contributions regarding the article layout, the theoretical and methodological procedures, and the writing of the text be listed.

Languages for submissions.  BJR accepts submissions in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English. Any author who submits an article in Portuguese, Spanish or French must also send an English version 15 (fifteen) days after the article has been accepted by BJR.

OJS system. The submission of articles and monitoring of the editorial process must be carried out via the OJS System. If necessary, the editors may be contacted by email:

Open Science

The journal accepts preprints. If you have submitted this article to a preprint server, please enter the DOI at the time of submission in the “Comments to the Editor” box.

Submitting research data. Brazilian Journalism Research encourages authors to share their research data. Authors who wish to do so must include, at the time of submission, a supplementary file in Word format containing the data, and an authorization allowing the availability of such data under the CC-BY 4.0 International license. The data will be formatted and entered into the BJR Open Data repository, hosted at OSFHome.

Authors may also host the data on another repository and forward the access data (URL or DOI) to the editors. A link to access the research data must be included in the article for publishing.

Publication Costs

BJR does not charge a submission or publishing fee for articles accepted for publication.

Copyrights and Privacy

Declaration of Copyrights. The copyright of articles published in this journal belongs to the authors, with the journal having the right to first publication. As a public access journal, the articles can be used for educational and non-commercial purposes.

Copyright Permissions. Authors are responsible for obtaining any copyright permissions in order to reproduce quotations, illustrations or photographs previously published elsewhere or produced by persons other than the author of the article.

Privacy Policy. Names and email addresses provided to the journal are used exclusively for scientific dissemination purposes. This data will not be made available by BJR for other purposes.



Norms for Submission


Authors must submit their articles on the journal's website:

Articles submitted to BJR must contain 40,000 to 55,000 characters (including spaces, bibliographic references and notes). Articles must be formatted according to the journal's template, available here.

Title and subtitle. In Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Abstract. Articles must include an abstract (containing the theme, objectives, methodology, and main conclusion) of up to 100 words in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Keywords. Between three (3) and five (5) Keywords in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Notes. Notes must be included at the end of the text before the bibliographic references.

In-text references. References and notes must be cited in the article (Author, date, page number).

Visual elements. Tables, figures, photos and illustrations must be of good quality and high resolution, black and white, numbered sequentially by category and clearly identified (For example: Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2, etc.).

Bibliographic References. References should be listed in alphabetical order, as they appear in the article. Use the APA style and the 6th edition of the APA manual.

Author identification. Author identification must be included only when submitting articles on the website and must not be included in the article itself. Authors must include a curriculum vitae in the SEER System, listing the most current degree obtained, institutional affiliation, city, state, country, e-mail, ORCID identifier, and other relevant data.

Template. The final format for the article must adhere to the BJR template, available here.


Send of the manuscripts


Authors must submit their articles on the journal's website:


Manuscript evaluation policy


Peer Review Process

Plagiarism. All submitted articles are initially checked for plagiarism and self-plagiarism, and for compliance with the journal's template.

Desk Review. Next, the editorial team performs a desk review based on the following criteria: International scope; Methodological clarity; Originality; Quality and topicality  of references; and nature of descriptive or analytical research.

Blind Review. Articles that meet the desk review criteria will be sent for blind peer review; neither authors or reviewers are identified during this stage.

Each article is reviewed by at least two external evaluators who are chosen based on the theme of the articles, the theoretical and methodological frameworks adopted, and in some cases, the geographic area of the research. Any reviewer who may have some conflict of interest; for example, having previous knowledge of the study or come from the same institution as the author – will not be selected.

Preprint Review. BJR may also choose to include some submissions in the EmeRI preprint repository in order to speed up the evaluation process. In line with the Open Science practices adopted by the journal, authorship of the article will be revealed. However, this does not take away the originality of the article. More information about preprints here.

Editing Process. For accepted articles, the BJR editorial team may make formal, spelling, and grammatical changes which are carried out by specialized reviewers – after having consulted the authors.

Articles not accepted for publication in BJR may be submitted to other journals. A summary of the Editorial Process and the evaluation and publication deadlines for articles submitted to BJR can be accessed here.

Open Reviews. BJR reserves the right to fully or partially publish reviews issued for articles accepted for publication – provided that they are duly authorized by the reviewers. This practice is in line with the Open Science policy adopted by BJR.



Ethics Statement


BJR adopts a policy of promoting integrity in research, following the guidelines of the SciELO Good Practice Guide for strengthening ethics in scientific publishing. In addition, we encourage authors to consult the Journal's Code of Conduct and Good Research Practices and the rules of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

In this way, we present the main guidelines that guide the best practices of authors, reviewers and editors of the journal.

BJR adopts a research promotion policy. As described in article 24 of its Regulation:

“Article 24 – BJR is committed to developing practices that guarantee the appropriateness and quality of articles it publishes.
I – The Code of Conduct and Good Research Practices adopted by the journal are available on its website.
II – BJR encourages its collaborators (editorial staff and reviewers) to comment on the originality of articles and to be aware of duplicate publication and/or plagiarism.”

In this way, we present the main guidelines that guide the best practices of authors, reviewers and editors of the journal.

Duties of Authors

Originality. All articles from authors must be original. Any citations must be referenced in accordance with the Guidelines for Authors. Plagiarism or self-plagiarism is a crime under law (Law 9.610/98) and will be treated as such.

BJR exercises a plagiarism detection policy. If plagiarism is detected, the journal reserves the right to publish an erratum and/or remove the article from the journal, and/or prohibit the author from publishing.
Multiple Publications. Authors should not submit the same article to more than one journal at a time.
Authorship and Collaboration. Authorship is restricted to those who made a significant contribution to the concept, planning, execution or interpretation of the study. Any individual who participated in any part of the research project and/or the submitted article should be listed as a contributor in a footnote.

The primary author of the article, co-authors, and other credits are defined based on scientific merit and the type of contribution provided to the article, regardless of the status or title of the authors, this includes cases where articles are co-signed by thesis or dissertation supervisors.

All authors and co-authors must be cognizant of and in agreement with the submission of the article.

Author Contributions. Articles which have two or more authors must describe the contributions each researcher made to the article. We recommend that authors fulfill at least two basic functions in the elaboration of the article they intend to submit to the journal: a) active participation in the discussion of the results; b) review and approval of the final version of the article. We further recommend that specific contributions regarding the layout, theoretical and methodological approaches, and the writing of the article be listed.

Funding. If funding is available, all sources must be properly cited in the submission.
Request for Review. All authors have the right to request a second review if they consider the first review to be inappropriate. Requests for review must be sent to the editor in a letter stating the reasons why a second review is solicited. Requests for review will be evaluated by the journal's management after consulting with the editor in charge of submissions.

Duties of Reviewers

Function. Reviewers are responsible for evaluating whether the article should be accepted for publication in the journal, or not. Reviewers must analyze the articles for originality, for appropriateness to the scope of the journal and/or the thematic dossier. They also analyze the methodology, scientific rigor, topicality, and relevance of the theoretical framework.
Confidentiality. Evaluations are blind. Reviewers must treat documents as confidential. Reviewers must not show or discuss the article with others, or disclose any information said article contains before it is published.
Qualifications. Any reviewer who does not feel qualified to review the article must contact the editor as soon as they have access to the request email.
Punctuality. Reviewers must be able to meet the evaluation deadline and communicate their availability in the journal's system. If any reviewer is unable to meet the deadline due to some unforeseen event, they must inform the editor as soon as possible so another reviewer can be assigned.
Feedback to authors. Reviewers do not send direct feedback to the author. This is handled by the editor in charge of submissions.
Plagiarism. Reviewers must work together when identifying self-plagiarism and plagiarism.
Submitting Articles. Reviewers submit articles to the journal and follow the same rules and regulations that apply to authors. However, editors should avoid requesting reviews from researchers whose submissions are being evaluated by the BJR at that time.

Duties of Editors

Editing. The editors are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the review process. Editors must comply with all legal requirements regarding defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
Confidentiality. The editors, and other members of the editorial team, must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript, except to reviewers.
Publication. The editors must inform the author of which edition the article will be published in.

Conflicts of Interest. The editors must refuse to edit any manuscript which they may have a conflict of interest with due to competitive or collaborative issues, or any other relationship or connection to any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with said manuscript.
Involvement and Cooperation with Investigations. The editors must follow necessary guidelines when ethical complaints are raised regarding a submitted manuscript or published article.     



Conflict of interests


Authors must state in the article that no connections or links to funding organizations, including commercial or political institutions, have been omitted. Any commercial or financial involvement that may represent a conflict of interest must be brought to the attention of the editor, in the form of a letter, at the time of submission. Conflicts of interest can occur between authors, reviewers, and editors.

For articles based on research involving human beings, the authors themselves are responsible for adopting and adhering to the ethical procedures of the particular field, which may include submission of the article to the Research Ethics Committees of their institutions or countries, when applicable.

BJR follows the SciELO Good Practice Guide for strengthening ethics in scientific publishing. In addition, we encourage authors to consult the Journal's Code of Conduct and Good Research Practices and the rules of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Plagiarism and Editorial Misconduct


BJR follows the SciELO Good Practice Guide for strengthening ethics in scientific publishing. In addition, we encourage authors to consult the Journal's Code of Conduct and Good Research Practices and the rules of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Submission check list


Regulations for Submission

As part of the submission process, authors must adhere to the submission requirements listed below. Submissions that do not meet the requirements will be returned to the authors.

  • Articles must be original and unpublished, and not be under evaluation for publication by any other journal. If any of these conditions are not met, they must be stated in the "comments to the editor".
  • The manuscript's DOI identifier must be informed when submitting a preprint, under comments to the editor.
  • I am aware that BJR adopts Open Science practices. I authorize the editors to submit the preprint version of the manuscript in the EmeRI repository and to publish the opinions on my article after its publication.
  • Articles must be submitted in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF format.  
  • DOIs and URLs for references must be included, when possible.  
  • Articles must meet the Norms for Submission and the journal's template; use italics instead of underlining (except for URL addresses). Figures and tables must be included in the article, and not as an attached file at the end of the document.
  • Articles must follow the style standards and bibliographic requirements outlined in Guidelines for Authors.  
  • The instructions in Ensuring Blind Peer Review must be followed.


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