(Updated: 2022/06/10)

About the journal


Basic information


Religião & Sociedade is a journal published three times a year dedicated to religious subjects in all its relationship with society. It was created in 1977 by the Center for Religion Studies (CER) and the Institute for Religion Studies (ISER), which currently publishes it. It publishes cutting-edge research results, conceptual and methodological reflections, as well as visual essays and reviews of recent works in its theme. Religião & Sociedade is one of the most important journals within the Social Sciences area and since its foundation has been contributing to the exchange of the production of different postgraduate programs and research centers in Brazil and abroad on the theme of religion.
Among its objectives, we highlight:

  1. Disseminate articles, reviews visual essays and interviews that reconcile academic excellence and scientific accuracy in addressing substantive issues of society.
  2. Contribute to the interlocution of researchers, postgraduate programs and research centers, ensuring the circulation of ideas, theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Its abbreviated title is Relig. Soc. , which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.



Indexing sources

  • CSA-Sociological Abstracts
  • Latíndex
  • Clase - Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades
  • SciELO Latin American Social Sciences Journals English Edition
  • Index to the Study of Religions Online:
  • Dataíndice
  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Google Scholar
  • Scopus



  • Spontaneous sending of any paper automatically implies in a full cession of copyrights to Religião e Sociedade, licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC.


Institutional sponsors

  • ISER
  • FAPERJ – Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro




Editorial Board



  • Carly Barboza Machado (Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Christina Vital da Cunha (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brasil)
  • Edilson Sandro Pereira (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)


Editor of Reviews

  • Paola Lins - Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brasil, paolalins@gmail.com


Editorial Board

  • Alejandro Frigerio (Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Ari Oro (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil)
  • Carlos Alberto Steil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil)
  • Carlos Brandão (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brasil)
  • Cecília Mariz  (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Clara Cristina Jost Mafra (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) in memoriam
  • Eduardo Diatahy B. de Menezes (Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brasil)
  • Emerson Giumbelli (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil)
  • Frank Usarski (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil)
  • Joanildo Burity (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/Fundação José Bonifácio, Recife, Brasil)
  • José Jorge de Carvalho (Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brasil)
  • Kenneth Serbin (University of California, San Diego, EUA)
  • Léa Freitas Perez (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil)
  • Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Márcia Leite (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Maria das Dores Campos Machado (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Maria Helena Villas Boas Concone (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil)
  • Maria Isaura Pereira de Queiroz (Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil) in memoriam
  • Maria Laura Viveiros de Castro Cavalcanti (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Marion Aubreé (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, França)
  • Mattijs van de Port (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdã, Holanda)
  • Miriam Rabelo (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brasil)
  • Otávio Velho (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Paul Freston (Calvin College, Grand Rapids, EUA)
  • Paula Montero (Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil)
  • Patrícia Birman (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Pedro Ribeiro de Oliveira (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil)
  • Peter Fry (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Pierre Sanchis (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil) in memoriam
  • Ralph Della Cava (University of New York, Nova Iorque, EUA)
  • Ramón Sarro (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Portugal)
  • Raymundo Heraldo Maués (Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brasil)
  • Regina Novaes (Pesquisadora Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Brasília, Brasil)
  • Renata Menezes (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Ronaldo Almeida (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brasil)
  • Sandra Carneiro (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Véronique Boyer (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, França)
  • Yvonne Maggie (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)


Executive Secretary



Instructions to authors


Scope and Editorial policy


Religion & Society is a quarterly magazine devoted to the theme of religion in all its possibilities of relations with society. It publishes cutting-edge research results and conceptual and methodological reflections, as well as visual essays and reviews of recent works on its theme, in English and Spanish. It is open to various approaches, trends, perspectives and proposals for interpretation within the humanities, especially in the field of social sciences. Each issue includes articles by Brazilian and foreign researchers from different regionally diverse institutions.

The three issues of the journal released every year consist of flow articles and reviews of works recently published in Brazil and abroad. In some cases, also by articles linked to thematic dossiers proposed by national and international researchers and announced in the journal's media.

Religion & Society accepts the following contributions:

  • Unpublished articles (between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including notes and bibliography);
  • Reviews and visual essays (up to 2,000 words);
  • Interviews.

There are no fees for article submission and evaluation



Rules for papers submission


1. For article submission

The texts must be sent only through the Scielo collection online system (http://www.scielo.br/rs), in open Word format or other compatible format. The text may have between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, which should come at the end of the text. The notes must contain complementary and substantive information and cannot consist of bibliographic references only. The standards for bibliographic references are set out below. The cover page should contain: article title and text summary in Portuguese and English (between 80 and 120 words). In the document sent by the Scielo.com system there cannot be any kind of information that identifies the authorship of the article.

Please note: For separate articles and interviews, choose the “Articles” section. For dossiers, choose the “Section” item and point to the intended dossier. For reviews, and visual essays choose the section "Section" then clicking on "Reviews and Visual essays"

The texts will be analyzed first by the journal's editorial committee, which will give a desk review to assess standards of academic quality and adequacy to the journal's scope, objectives and editorial policy / mission.

Then, the texts that pass in this first stage will be subjected to double-blind peer review with attention to the non-occurrence of conflicts of interest.
There are four possible outcomes of step two: 1) approved for unmodified publication, 2) approved for conditional publication, 3) revised and resubmitted, and 4) declined.  The Journal will not accept resubmissions if the two reviewers indicate “revise and resubmit” or if one of the referees refuses the article and the editorial board deems the opinion appropriate.

In case of approval, the author (s) must send to Religion and Society the final version of the text with the alterations defined by the editors based on the previously issued opinions. Papers that are being simultaneously evaluated by other journal (s) will not be sent to the evaluation stages described above.

On average, articles take two months to receive an initial evaluation from editorial committee and forwarded to reviewers. This second step may take between six and ten months, depending on the availability of the evaluators.

The modifications made to the articles by their authors and sent to the editors of the journal, as requested by the editors and reviewers, should appear as "change control" or in a different color in the text for easy identification.

It is also recommended that authors of articles send attached remarks directly to the editors presenting what was modified and/or justifying the suggestions that were not incorporated. The authors must send the articles with the suggested modifications within 30 days after receiving the editors' requests. 

If accepted, the author must submit on the Scielo platform the new version of the article accompanied by the following items:

(a) title in Portuguese and English;
(b) a summary in Portuguese and English (between 80 and 120 words);
(c) a list of up to five keywords, in Portuguese and English, that express the most important concepts of the text and refer to recurring themes in academic studies;
(d) data about the author (s) (institutional link, latest publications, full address, e-mail); No additions or modifications will be accepted after the works are submitted for composition;
(e) ORCID number.

The interstice for publication in Religião & Sociedade is 24 months between the publication of one article and the submission of another by the same author or co-author.

In the case of proposals for translation of articles, it is the responsibility of the author of the translation to request the necessary authorizations, sending them, in time, to the journal for filing. Articles for translation must be from classical or contemporary authors whose relevance in the present time is attested by the wide citation by the scientific community, according to the interest of the editors of the journal.

1.1 Bibliography presentation rules

References should be located in the body of the text and the notes. They follow the form (Author Year) or (Author Year: Page), as in the example (Mauss 1960: 32). If there is more than one title by the same author in the same year, they will be distinguished by a letter after the date, as in the example (Mauss 1960a; Mauss 1960b).

Bibliography, at the end of the paper, must be in the following format:

Book: Author's last name, first name. (date), Title of Work. Place of publication: publisher, issue number if not first.

WEBER, Max. (1965), The Sociology of Religion. Boston: Beacon Press, 2nd ed.

Article: Author's last name, first name. (date), “Article Title”. Journal title, issue number: pages.
LATO, Eliane. (1996), “The Times of Power”. Notebooks of Anthropology and Image, no. 3: 35-52.

Collection: Author's last name, first name. (date), “Chapter Title”. In: initials of the name followed by the surname of the organizer (s). Collection title. place of publication: publisher, issue no. if not first.
BELLAH, Robert. (1979), “New Religious Consciousness and the Crisis in Modernity”. In: P. Rabinow (ed.). Interpretative Social Science: a Reader. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Academic Theses: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME, first name. (date), Title of the thesis. Place: Academic degree to which it refers, institution in which it was presented.
GUIMARÃES, Patricia. (1997), Rites of the Kingdom of God: Pentecostalism and Ritual Invention. Rio de Janeiro: Master Thesis in Social Anthropology, UERJ.

2. For submission of reviews and visual essays


This section is dedicated to the publication of authorial and critical essays that present new contributions in the scientific approach to themes relevant to Religião & Sociedade. Visual productions and reviews of recent works will be accepted, as they result from original research in the area of social sciences, humanities and arts, in connection with the theme of religion in its multiple possibilities of expression and approach.

The reviews must present works published in the last five years, whether academic or literary books, ethnographic documentaries and videos, photobooks, exhibitions, and other scientific and cultural productions. It should indicate the connection and contribution of the analyzed work to the most recent debates in the journal.

Reviews can give rise to critical discussions about the interpretation of the facts, the methods adopted or the proposed theoretical choices. In order to preserve textual clarity, it is recommended to gather critical comments in a specific part after the summary itself. Reviews containing allusive (unfounded) criticism and personal attacks will be disregarded.

Based on the criteria indicated above, the evaluation may have three results: “approved review”, “approved review with modifications” and “rejected review” (no resubmission). The last two results will be communicated with a brief opinion.

The author (s) are requested to give a title to the review available in Portuguese and English. The bibliographic reference of the reviewed work should come at the beginning, according to the rules regarding the submission of articles: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME, first name. Title of the work. Place of publication: publisher, date, no. if not the first edition, no. of pages. For example, GEERTZ, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures. Rio de Janeiro: Guanabara Koogan, 1989, 325pp. Other works cited in the review should have their complete references presented in a note at the end of the text.


The Visual Essays - of photography, ethnographic drawing or visual arts - must result from detailed research and in connection with debates pertinent to the journal's profile. The images (in 300 dpi) will be accompanied by a text and, optionally, by subtitles, presenting the conditions of elaboration of the essay, its poetics and methodology. They must also present title, abstract, and keywords in English. The authors must send a signed statement authorizing the publication of the images and taking responsibility for the right to use them. The declaration must be attached as a "supplementary document" at the time of submission.

Reviews and Visual Essays should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, including bibliographical references and title. They will be evaluated by the Editors of Reviews and the Editorial Board, who may request a specific opinion if deemed appropriate.

All contributions must be submitted through the Religion & Society magazine's SciELO platform: http://submission.scielo.br/index.php/rs

3. Copyright, Exclusiveness and CC-BY License

By submitting an article or review, authors commit not to submit it to another journal during the review process. Conversely, the Journal does not accept articles that are still under review in other journals. Neither will the Journal receive two simultaneous evaluations by the same author, understanding that it configures simultaneity to submit a new article while another has not yet been published or rejected.

The submission of any collaboration automatically implies the full assignment of the copyright to Religion & Society, including translation, if the article is approved for publication. Authors are allowed to reproduce their articles as long as the original source (Relig. Soc.) is cited.

The Journal adopts CC-BY license used internationally by leading open access journals and publishers, in accordance with SciELO. Such a license maximizes the dissemination of articles. It is understood that every author of an article published in Religião & Sociedade agrees to the use of this type of license.

4. Good scientific practices

In line with advances in the field of ethics and good scientific practice, all articles approved in the first stage will be subjected to plagiarism testing and “self-plagiarism” or republishing (publication as unpublished material of texts already published). Any cases of bad practice will be examined and decided by the Editorial Committee  The opinions expressed in signed articles and the integrity of the content of the articles are the sole responsibility of their authors.

These rules follow the Basic Guidelines for Integrity in Scientific Activity of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq and the Principles of Transparency and Good Practice in Academic Publications recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE and of ABEC BRASIL - CSE Guidelines to promote integrity in scientific journal publications.

All contributions must be sent through the SciELO website. We also provide an email address of religiaoesociedade@iser.org.br for questions.

All articles published in the journal since its launch in 1977 are available at www.scielo.com.br/rs and at www.iser.org.br.




Instituto de Estudos da Religião ISER - Av. Presidente Vargas, 502 / 16º andar – Centro., CEP 20071-000 Rio de Janeiro / RJ, Tel: (21) 2558-3764 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil
E-mail: religiaoesociedade@iser.org.br