The Revista Estudos Feministas was created in 1992 and initially edited by the Coordenação Interdisciplinar de Estudos Contemporâneos of the Escola de Comunicação of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After that, the responsibility for the journal was assumed by the Graduate Program in Social Sciences of the Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais of the same university.
The Revista Estudos Feministas was created in 1992, having been initially edited by the Interdisciplinary Coordination of Contemporary Studies of the School of Communication of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In a second moment, the Graduate Program in Social Sciences and the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro assumed responsibility for editing the Journal. As of 1999, it became headquartered by the Center for Philosophy and Human Sciences and by the Center for Communication and Expression of the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Currently, it is part of the Institute for Gender Studies, a body that brings together researchers from different areas of knowledge and work at UFSC, having feminist studies and the gender perspective as common denominators.
The Revista Estudos Feministas is quarterly publication, in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and has the following sections:
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Sources of Support
REF thanks the Federal University of Santa Catarina for the support in terms of equipments and physical space. Special thanks go to the volunteer work of the researchers on its editorial staff, which has allowed for the continuity of its publication.
Debate Section Editors
Book Review Editors
Focus, scope and policy
The Editorial Committee of Revista Estudos Feministas has decided to use the feminine grammatical gender as the norm for texts explaining its guidelines and editorial policies. This decision seeks to ensure textual accessibility for visually impaired people, and to promote affirmative action in appreciation of the writings of women, who are the majority in the making of the journal. We hope everyone feels included.
Launched in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, Revista Estudos Feministas (REF), edited in the Federal University of Santa Catarina since 1999, is a quarterly journal which publishes original articles, essays and reviews about gender, feminisms and sexualities, either in the context of a specific discipline or from an interdisciplinary perspective in terms of methodology, theory and bibliography. With the aim of spreading the vast production in these fields, it offers subsidies for theoretical debates as well as analytical tools which might contribute to social movements involving women, feminisms, gender and sexualities.
The journal contains the following sections: articles, point of view, dossiers, thematic section, debate, and reviews. The dossiers alternate issues with the thematic and debate sections. Point of view includes essays and interviews. With three issues yearly, REF circulates nationally and internationally, being an important reference in Brazil and in Latin America. Original manuscripts may be submitted all year round in Portuguese, English and Spanish. (For more information, check the section policies and the “Guidelines for Authors”.).
The Revista Estudos Feministas does not accept articles and essays that have been submitted to other publications or that have already been published elsewhere. The editors recommend the use of the SciELO Preprint platform before submission for evaluation, an information which should be given at the time the article is sent.
In case of doubt about the preprint, please access: SPINAK, Ernesto. “O que é este tema dos preprints?” SciELO em Perspectiva, 2016. Available in: https://blog.scielo.org/blog/2016/11/22/o-que-e-este-tema-dos-preprints/
Composition of the journal
The different sections of the journal are composed of articles (including a maximum of two translations), thematic articles, essays, interviews, dossiers, thematic section, section debate and reviews.
The Articles will contain analyses of empirical studies or of theoretical or methodological issues, following rules and criteria well established in academic culture.
The Thematic Articles comprise a set of articles already evaluated and accepted for publication that are coincidentally related to the same subject. One or more of the journal’s editors or other academic specialists are invited to organize and present them, according to their area of expertise.
The Point of View section consists of essays and interviews. The Essays are papers resulting from considerations on a specific topic without the academic formality of the articles, and are so classified, upon submission, by the Editorial Committee. The Interviews should be carried out with professionals, academics or activists with a relevant contribution to the field.
The Thematic Section,differently from the Thematic Articles, proposed beforehand by an organizer, who places a call for submissions on a subject of their interest and expertise. The proposal must be approved by the Editorial Committee and the articles must go through the process of blind external evaluation.
Organized by professionals with recognized expertise on the theme proposed, the Dossiers should contain discussions of current and controversial issues that contribute to the epistemological and political debate in the area of gender and feminist studies. Proposals, consisting of a group of papers related to a specific political or social movement, inside or outside the academy, must be submitted to the editorial committee. The papers may include, besides articles and essays, several other genres, such as testimonies, proposals, manifestos, case studies, or other non-academic documents related to politically engaged organizations.
The Debate section is dedicated to revisiting or introducing a relevant topic in women’s studies or gender, through the republishing of a seminal or controversial article, followed by comments and reviews by experts in the field. It is organized by the editors of the section, who are responsible for the evaluation of the texts.
The Reviews section publishes critical comments, evaluated by the Editorial Committee, on relevant work in the field published in Brazil in the last two years or abroad in the last four years.
Manuscripts undergo a preliminary evaluation by the technical team to assess whether they follow the journal’s norms. If problems are detected, they are rejected, and the authors are advised to make the needed corrections and make a new submission. At this point, the texts also go through a similarity recognition tool in order to detect any plagiarism.
Please check all information about norms and formatting in the “Guidelines for Authors” on the menu. Texts not in accordance with the journal’s specifications will not be considered.
Important: manuscripts are evaluated by the Editorial Committee to check whether they fit the scope of the journal in terms of originality, quality and thematic appropriateness. If approved, they are sent to external referees.
Revista Estudos Feministas has a policy of “double-blind” evaluation, whereby neither author(s) nor referees have their names known to each other.
Manuscripts that have been submitted to or published in other journals or in books are not accepted. If you have any doubts about this, or need further information, please get in touch: email@example.com.
Texts approved in the initial evaluation are sent to two ad hoc reviewers who are experts in the area.
If they diverge, the manuscript is sent to a third referee. If the result remains still inconclusive, a member of the editorial committee has the final word.
Referees are asked to provide a response in 20 days. After this process, the unidentified comments will be sent to the author(s).
If the external reviews are favorable, the text will be accepted under the condition that the author(s) adequately addresses the issues raised in the comments. The article should be resubmitted within no more than 30 days, with highlighting to the changes made. The text will then be examined by members of the editorial committee and, if deemed necessary, by at least one of the original ad hoc evaluators. This is to ensure that the suggested changes have been adequately made.
A text may be rejected after the initial evaluation, after the peer evaluation, and also after revision and resubmission of the work. If the ad hoc evaluators call for substantial rewriting or revision, the manuscript will not be accepted.
The editorial committee hopes that authors understand the reasons for such a careful evaluation system, a needed step for securing high academic quality. Even recognizing that no system is immune to error, REF’s editorial policy hopes to maintain the standards of an academic journal that is reference in feminist, gender and sexualities studies.
Instructions for author/s
Submission Preparation Checklist
We accept contributions of people holding Master’s Degrees, doctoral students and Doctors. Manuscripts by Master’s students must necessarily be submitted by their advisors, in co-authorship.
The journal reserves the right not to accept more than one submission by the same author in a period of a year, or while a previous submission is being evaluated.
How and where to send
All materials must be submitted electronically via the website: http://www.periodicos.ufsc.br/index.php/ref through the OJS Platform. All fields must necessarily be filled in full, including ORCID. The resumé should not exceed 5 lines.
The metadata required by the system must be duly filled for all kinds of submissions, or the manuscript will not be considered. This does not exclude the need to fill out the forms listed in “Documents for online submission”.
Carefully read the publication guidelines before starting the submission process, for papers which do not follow the norms will be rejected during the initial evaluation.
Documents for online submission
Guidelines for publication
Ensuring a Blind Peer Review
To ensure the integrity of the “double-blind’ peer review, we need to make every effort to preserve the anonymity of authors and reviewers alike.
When preparing the article for submission, please observe the following:
The editorial board understands that even though it is difficult to conclusively remove everything that could lead to the identification of the author, care must be taken to eliminate all the obvious sources that allow her identification, avoiding obvious indicators of authorship on the part of the evaluators. Currently, REF is starting to accept articles submitted for peer review in a preprint system, using the platform offered by SciELO (https://preprints.scielo.org/index.php/scielo).
Format of submissions
1. When submitting files for consideration by the REF (articles, essays, reviews and interviews), the authors must:
2. To meet the journal's graphic design, titles should fit the width of the page. They should be short, inspiring and attractive. Long titles may have to be edited by the Committee.
3. The following items should be observed double quotation marks for quotation of up to three lines;
4. References: the sources of quotations or paraphrases should be indicated between parentheses in the text, immediately after the citation and never in footnotes (following the system author-date of ABNT’s NBR 10520/2002), with only AUTHOR’S LAST NAME, year of publication, initial and final pages.
5. References should follow this format:
b) Book Chapter:
c) Journal article:
d) Electronic journal article:
e) Dissertations and Theses:
f) Papers presented at scientific events:
g) Laws and official publications:
Guidelines for constructing an accessible text
In order to promote accessibility to visually impaired readers (who need reading softwares which do not grasp the content of images, graphs, tables and the like), we include below procedures for preparing manuscripts for submission.
1. Avoid the use of double spacing between words;
2. Non-textual content (photos, illustrations, tables, graphs, gifs) must include a verbal description;
3. Avoid the use of merged cells in tables and charts. In the case of complex tables and charts, we suggest a brief description of its format, such as number of columns, lines and colors;
4. Insert the description immediately below the item “Source”, keepig the same format;
5. In the description, follow the #SoEveryoneCanSee order: what/who + where + how + does what + how + when + where from; or use the simplified pattern: form + subject + setting + context + action.
All articles published in REF from 2020 on must follow accessibility norms, following the text submission model available in “Guidelines for Authors”.
Guidelines for image, tables and charts insertion
1. It is the author’s (or authors’) responsibility to ensure the reproduction rights for images (photos, pictures, paintings etc.) inserted in articles and essays. Permission for their use should be sent to REF, for the final approval of the text will depend on the resolution of these issues.
2. Figures, graphics and images should be sent in separate files, in TIFF format, 300 dpi, loaded in the system in the field, and in JPG format inserted in the text. Title, source and observations must be in the text and should not be part of the image. Materials which do not follow these specifications cannot be used.
3. Tables should come in text form (without footnote insertion inside the table) AND in TIFF format image and 300 dpi resolution, in “Supplementary Documents”. The maximum size of tables should be 13 x 17 cm, vertically. Avoid large tables, with many cells and/or much text in each cell. This may cause the text to become illegible.
4. Whenever possible, detach them from a specific paragraph so as to allow some flexibility in the layout of the text and the images on the page. However, there must be somewhere in the text the indication, in bold, of the image (Image 1, for example).
5. The images, tables and graphs must have a title, a source and a written description for accessible reading (#SoEveryoneCanSee). The description should come immediately below the graphic element, as specified in the model available in “Guidelines for Authors”.
6. The use of images should be kept to a minimum. No more than 10 are allowed.
Guidelines for articles and essays
Articles: no more than 4 authors.
Essays: only one author.
1. Articles and essays should not exceed 9,000 words or 45,000 characters, spaces included, (approximately 25 A4 pages), inclusive of references, notes and tables.
2. Each article or essay should have:
Use the Checklist available in the menu “Guidelines for Authors”, to facilitate revising the items according to REF norms.
Guidelines for Book Reviews
No more than two authors.
1. Reviews should have between 5,000 and 10,000 characters, including spaces (about 2,000 words).
2. The books reviewed should be related to the subject of feminisms, gender or sexuality and should be preferably recent: four years for books published abroad and two for those published or translated in Brazil.
3. Review must contain:
4. The reviewer should also send a mini-biography (of up to five lines and fill in the submission metadata in the system.
5. Book reviews should follow the same guidelines indicated in “Submission Format”.
6. All sources and references should be informes, according to Item 5 of the “Submission Format”.
Guidelines for Interviews
1. Interviews should be preceded by a short authoral introduction, contextualizing their subject matter and the setting in which they took place, so as to enhance reader interest.
2. Use short questions, preferably one sentence only. Space should be given to the interviewee, not the interviewer Longer questions should be edited before submission.
3. Long answers dealing with different themes may be edited by the author via the inclusion of questions breaking the text.
4. Comments to similar themes appearimg at different moments during the interview may be edited to provide a better flow.
5. After the interview, please check the spelling of names cited and make sure to get complete references for the works cited.
6. Whenever possible have the person interviewed check the transcript before submission.
7. Interviews should follow the same guidelines indicated in “Submission Format”.