Mana. Studies in Social Anthropology, quarterly publication of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology, National Museum, UFRJ has 19 years of existence. Mana is a major Brazilian publication in the field of anthropology, included in the database of the major international indexes - and, notably, the most prestigious of them, ISI Web of Knowledge - and evaluated by the instrument Qualis CAPES and international as A (A1).
The objectives of Mana. Studies in Social Anthropology include:
Its abbreviated title is Mana, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.
All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.
Mana receives support from:
Editor in charge
Editorial assistant: Rafael Fernandes Mendes Júnior
Editorial support and Social Media
Aim and editorial policy
Mana: Social Anthropology Studies accepts the following types of contributions:
Original articles in Portuguese or in Spanish. They must have a maximum of 11,500 words.
The dossier must have 5 to 8 original articles in Portuguese or Spanish. The dossier editors must present the proposition to Mana editorial board, indicating its title and including an abstract of up to 1000 words in which the theme and the objectives of the dossier are clearly stated, and also including abstracts of up to 250 words of the articles that will be present in the dossier. The proposal must be sent to email@example.com. It will be analysed by the editorial board. After the proposition is accepted, the articles will be evaluated by ad hoc peer reviewers. Each article must have up to 11,500 words and follow the formal guidelines of regular articles. Mana will also receive open dossier proposals. In this modality, the dossier editors must send the dossier’s name and general abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. An open call for papers will be published by the journal. The articles will be received through Mana’s Scielo submission website and will be screened by the dossier editors before being evaluated by ad hoc peer reviewers.
Original work in Portuguese or in Spanish. They must have up to 4,400 words, including references and notes. Texts must be critical essays of a particular book or of several works addressing related questions through which the work of an author is analysed.
In Portuguese or in Spanish. Reviews must have a maximum of 1,600 words and be about works released in the last 5 years.
Starting 2021, Mana will diversify the reviewed contents, which may be:
a) Recent books
c) Phonographic products
d) Academic events
The interview must be in Portuguese or Spanish, have a maximum of 9,000 words (including references), must be original and can be conducted by any given number of researchers. It must have a specific theme; for instance, the interviewee’s academic trajectory, their ethnographic journey, comments about a recent book, their dialogue with their peers in a particular field of knowledge, or the development of a concept or a category associated with their work.
Original work in Portuguese or in Spanish. It must be based on the academic trajectory of an author (living or deceased), raise critical questions, and highlight their main contributions to the area of Anthropology. The authors being paid tribute can be of any nationality. Although this section is open to authors from all anthropological fields, areas and approaches, submissions on less canonical authors are particularly encouraged. Texts in this section must follow the same guidelines as regular articles. The texts will be evaluated by ad hoc reviewers.
This section in destined to the publishing of translations to Portuguese of texts of social anthropology originally written in other languages (except for Spanish). This section follows the journal’s general guidelines for references. Those interested in publishing a translation must present their proposition with the name of the article and a minimum of 20% of the article already translated, alongside with a document signed by the owner of the article’s intellectual rights authorizing the publication. After its approval and complete translation, the article will be reviewed by a professional translator appointed by Mana. The proponent is responsible for the costs of this review.
Original work in Portuguese or in Spanish. This section is devoted to publishing essays that, in images and texts, present the processes and/or the results of a research. The text must consist in an anthropological reflection linked to the images in a dynamic and creative way. The photographic essay must have at least 8 and up to 12 images and their respective authorizations, in the format of a contract of assignment of rights provided by Mana (with credits to the author and information on location, date, and name of the picture), must be signed. The essays must have up to 3.500 characters (with space). After the approval for publication, the images must be sent separately, in .jpeg, .gif or .png format, with resolution of 1.2M and 300dpi. The images must be named in the same order as they appear in the text. Photographic essays follow the journal’s general guidelines for references.
The Debate section is dedicated to reflect upon a particular text. The text must be original or a translation to Portuguese of a key text recently published. The Debate editor must invite up to five anthropologists to comment of the text in question and must guarantee, at their discretion, that different perspectives are represented and add up to the discussion. The central article of the Debate can have up to 11,500 words. Comments must have a maximum of 1,600 words each. The Debate section follows the journal’s general guidelines for references. The texts will be evaluated by ad hoc peer reviewers.
The Controversies section aims to incentivize the discussion and exposition of divergent ideas and thoughts, for we believe that this exercise is fundamental to the production of knowledge. Hence we seek the approximation of different academic approaches to particular subjects and the representation of distinct ways of making and thinking of Anthropology. If divergences around concepts such as “culture” or “identity” were keystones to our discipline, our goal is to know and publicize other controversies that are shaping ideas in Anthropology.
Original work in Portuguese or Spanish. This section is dedicated to publishing articles that review the theoretical and/or ethnographic production regarding a particular theme or subject. These reviews may have a geographic frame (for instance, studies on riverside communities in Brazil); a temporal frame (for example, studies on militarism in Brazil between 1950 and 2000); or be based on transnational dialogues (for instance, the influences of George Simmel in Latin-American anthropological thought). The reviews are expected to be widely representative of their subjects, avoiding biases and including the production of different schools and regions. The Field Review articles have a maximum of 11,500 words. They follow the same reference guidelines as the other sections. Submissions will be evaluated by ad hoc reviewers.
The Documenta section focuses on publishing texts of historical value, such as archive materials, rare or barely known documents, retranslations of classic texts, memorials, tributes, and conferences.
To send your text, access:
Presentation of originals
1. The relevance for publication will be evaluated by the Editorial Committee (as to the adequacy of the journal's profile and editorial line) and by ad hoc reviewers (as to the content and quality of the contributions). Originals in Portuguese and Spanish are accepted. There is no cost for shipping and evaluating items.
2. Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word after registering in the SciELO platform. All references to the author must be suppressed.
3. Articles must include an abstract of between 100 and 150 words, in Portuguese, English and Spanish, as well as titles and keywords in the same languages. Only his institutional affiliation should be included below the author’s name. After the conclusion the author should insert a small professional biography, indicating institution, position, title, and main research interests, as well as electronic address.
4. Footnotes should come at the end of the text and should not be simple bibliographical references.
5. Bibliographical references should appear in the body of the text with the following format: author’s surname / space / year of publication: / space / pages), as the example: (Wagley 1977: 160-162).
6. The bibliography in alphabetical order should come after the endnotes and follow the format used in the following examples (with particular attention to punctuation, spaces, use of italics, and capitalization):
SAHLINS, Marshall. 1985. Islands of History. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
DOUGLAS, Mary (org.). 1970. Witchcraft, Confessions & Accusations. London: Tavistock Publications.
Article in a collectanea
FERNANDES, Florestan. 1976. “Aspectos da Educação na Sociedade Tupinambá”. In: E. Schaden (org.), Leituras de Etnologia Brasileira. São Paulo: Cia. Editora Nacional. pp. 63-86.
Article in a jornal
LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. 1988. “Exode sur Exode”. L’Homme, XXVIII(2-3):13-23.
Thesis and Dissertation
CROCKER, Cristopher. 1967. Social Organization of the Eastern Bororo. Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard University.
7. Review articles and book reviews should include the full reference of the works analyzed, indicating the number of pages for each one. Book reviews should not have a title nor contain notes or bibliographical references.
8. Submission of articles implies ceding of the copyright to the journal.
9. For more information, consult the editors of Mana Journal through the email email@example.com.
10. The articles will be peer reviewed by at least two reviewers whose work falls into the same area of research. Reviewers will be from national and/or foreign research and/or teaching Institutions, and will have a proven record of scientific output. Following the incorporation of any necessary changes and suggestions, the article will be accepted if approved by two reviewers and rejected if at least one reviewer provides an unfavourable assessment.
11. We will only accept articles from authors registered on the ORCID platform.