(Updated: 2022/01/31)

About the journal

 

Basic information

 

SOCIEDADE & NATUREZA journal was founded in 1989, and was published by the Instituto de Geografia and the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geografia of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU.

Is a scientific journal which aims at publishing original papers on Geography and its correlating areas. We publish the results of empirical, experimental and conceptual research. We wish to exchange knowledge with domestic and foreigners researchers and institutions, defend and respect the pluralism of philosophical, political and scientific ideas. 

The journal has one yearly issue and publishes articles continuously, i.e. they are published as soon as they are accepted and edited. The continuous publication reduces the time between the submission, decision, and online publication of the articles. The Journal is totally Open-Access and there are no charges on authors and subscribers.

The abbreviated title of the journal is Soc. Nat., Which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic strips.

 

 

Indexed in

 
  • Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJ
  • Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal - REDALYC
  • Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal – LATINDEX
  • EBSCO Discovery Service - EBSCO
  • Sumários de Revistas Brasileiras - SUMÁRIOS
 

 

Intellectual property

   

 

Sponsors

 

Sociedade & Natureza is sponsored by:

 

 


 

Editorial board

 

Editor [or editors]

   

 

Associated editors

   

 

Editorial comission

 

EDITORIAL BOARD

SCIENTIFIC BOARD

 

 

Editorial production

  Revisão
  • Silvio Carlos Rodrigues, Ana Flávia Brandão Rocha and Alison Nascimento Teixeira

Composição

  • Silvio Carlos Rodrigues, Ana Flávia Brandão Rocha and Alison Nascimento Teixeira

Arte Final

  • Silvio Carlos Rodrigues, Ana Flávia Brandão Rocha and Alison Nascimento Teixeira
 

 


 

Instructions to authors

 

Scope and policy

 

SOCIEDADE & NATUREZA is a journal devoted to publishing original scientific papers focusing on Geography and its related areas. It aims at encouraging the exchange of experience in its specialty with other institutions, national or foreign, which maintain similar publications, and defending and respecting the principles of pluralism of philosophical, political and scientific ideas.

Public of the journal: Professors, researchers, students of geography and similar areas.

All articles are reviewed by at least two specialists chosen by the editors. The evaluation is based on originality, importance in the context of the theme,; adequacy of the theoretical basis and methodology, clarity in exposing the subject, relevance of results, correct writing and quality of graphic illustrations.

Submissions in Portuguese and Spanish must also provide an English version of the manuscript after acceptance. Translations must attend to the journal's requirements and the high standards of scientific writing. For that reason, authors whose native language is not English must provide a translation/language-checking certificate attesting the writing adequacy of the translated version.

Sociedade & Natureza is a journal supporting and executing Open Science, to assure transparency and reliability to all the articles we publish. Therefore, authors are invited to deposit their submissions in reliable preprint servers. Authors who wish to deposit their articles previously as preprints should contact the editors prior to submission for further information about the process and to sign the Consent Form.

Authors hold the copyrights for articles published in this journal. The journal has the rights for first publication. As they appear in a publicly accessible journal, the articles are free to use, with their own attributions, in educational applications.

 

 

Form and preparations of manuscripts

 

Original empirical, experimental or conceptual articles will be accepted for publication in the Sociedade & Natureza. We expect to recieve articles resulting from master, doctorate or similar density research, on subject specific to Geographic Science.

Preparing the article for submission

Authors are entirely responsible for following all the instructions below. Articles that do not comply to the instructions will be rejected during pre-review.

  • Articles must be submitted in Word format, 12 MB maximum file size, between 4000 and 6000 words (abstract and references included);
  • Font Century Schoolbook, size 12, double spaced. Lines should be numbered continuously;
  • The following strucuture is mandatory:

Title (short and concise)
Abstract (200-300 words)
Keywords (3 - 5 words);
Introduction;
Main text;
Final Considerations;
References.

  • Title: titles must be short and informative. They are important for search mechanisms, so authors must avoid generic titles and choose those that may attract the interest of specialists from various fields, referring to the main result found in the search. Authors should not use abbreviations   unless they are widely known (e.g. DNA, ONU, OMS, SIG, LANDSAT, etc...).
  • Abstract: here authors must summarize their article. Most readers define whether they will read the paper based on the Abstract, so be careful when writing it. The first phrase should contextualize in a few words how the article relates to a broader scientific field. Then, authors should narrow their  focus to present their research. In the sequence, the OBJECTIVES / METHODS and then the results. The last sentence should highlight the main CONCLUSIONS of the study. Do not include quotes and abbreviations in this section.
  • Keywords: after the abstract, authors must submit a list of at least three and at most five keywords. They must be different from the words used in the Title. Compound keywords must have no more than three elements.
  • Introduction: the Introduction will always be the first section  of the article. In this section, authors must contextualize the topic of the article, from a broader to a more specific approach, ending with the presentation of the objectives and hypothesis (if there are any) In the Introduction there should be no subsections.
  • Main text: after the Introductions, the following sections must be numbered sequentially (2, 3, 4…). Sub-sections must be numbered 2.1. (2.1.1, 2.1.2...), 2.2., etc. In the Main text authors must present their research methods, results and discussions. Many authors use the IMRAD structure  (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion – these latter joint or separately) but conceptual articles may use other structures, given that they start with the Introduction. Authors must  not use topics, footnotes and headnotes in the Main text.
  • RESULTS, should be clearly stated.
  • Final Considerations: after the Main text, authors must elaborate their conclusions. These should be brief and related to the research objectives and hypothesis. The advancements provided by the research should be stated, and directions for future studies. Please have in mind that this section is not a copy of the Abstract. The Final Considerations should not be written as topics.
  • References: authors must provide a list of the references cited in the article. We use the ABNT reference standards.
    • Avoid using hard-to-get references (CD-ROMS, pendrives, etc...);
    • Citations in the text should be like: Abreu and Silva (2019) or (ABREU; SILVA, 2019); Silva (2012a) or (SILVA, 2012a), when there are multiple citations from the same author in a single year; Silva (2012; 2019) or (SILVA, 2012; 2019), for citations from the same author in different  2 years; citations with three authors or more, please use Vigevani et al. (2008) or (VIGEVANI et al., 2008).
    • At the end of this document there are examples of references formating. Authors must provide the DOI number to all references that have it. You may search for DOI numbers at https://apps.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery, copy and paste your references in the form and click Submit. All links must be active.

Authors' contribution: the authors must indicate in the "Letter to the Editor" document, to be sent at the moment of the submission, the contribution of each of the authors to the development of the work, with minimum criteria: actively participating in the discussion of the results; and Review and approval of the final version of the work. We recommend assigning roles according to the CRediT authorship roles, which are: Project Administration, Formal Analysis, Conceptualization, Data Curatorship, Writing – First Writing, Writing – Reviewing and Editing, Research, Methodology, Obtaining Funding, Resources, Software, Supervision, Validation and Visualization. Regardless of the contribution and registration system, all authors are equally responsible for the article.

Guidelines to elaborate Tables and Figures

  • Figures:
    • Every graphical element (drawing, scheme, flowchart, photograph, graph, map, board, picture, image, etc…) must be named Figure.
    • Figures must have at least 300 dpi and shall not exceed one page size. Please use jpeg, png, bitmap or tiff.
    • Figures must be cited in the text (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.) and should be inserted close to their citation. Avoid citing figures such as “Figure 1 shows the results of the vegetation cover analysis for the rainy season”. Instead, use “In the rainy season, vegetation cover was greater than in the dry season (Figure 1)”.
    • Multiple images inside the same figure must be identified with capital letters (e.g. A, B, C, etc.). Do not position figures side by side using tables, but save them as a single figure.
    • Figure title must have all the information necessary to understand the figure. It must be positioned above the figure, and the source below it.
    • If the figure is self-made, please use “Source: the authors.”;
    • Bot not use borders or effects.
  • Tables and Charts:
    • Tables and Charts must be formatted directly in Word and not as images.
    • Tables and Charts must be cited in the text (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.) and should be inserted close to their citation. Avoid quotes such as “Table 1 shows the results of the vegetation cover analysis for the rainy season”. Instead, use “In the rainy season, vegetation cover was greater than in the dry season (Table 1)”.
    • The title must have all the information necessary to understand the table/chart. It must be positioned above and the source below the table/box
    • If the table/chart is self-made, please use “Source: the authors.
    • Avoid tables/charts that exceed one-page size.
    • Do not use spaces, section breaks, paragraphs, etc. to position elements inside tables and charts.

Additional instructions:

  • Acronisms should be spelled at first mention. E.g.: according to Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE)... IBGE is responsible for the census of the brazilian houses.
  • The number of decimal places should be standardized throughout the text.
  • All links (including the References) must be active.
  • Articles are published continuously and are available online on the journal’s website.
 

 

Send of the manuscripts

 

The article must be submitted through the journal website.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to verify the compliance of the submission in relation to all items listed in the Conditions for Submission.

Authors are responsible for the content and opinion in their article. It does not represent the opinion of the journal Sociedade & Natureza.

 

 

Manuscript evaluation policy

 

When authors submit an article to Sociedade & Natureza, it enters a pre-review assessment by the Editorial Board before we decide whether to send it out for further review. The editors will evaluate three criteria: 1) the paper suits the journal's Aims and Scope; 2) the paper follows the instructions available in the Guide for authors and 3) the paper is an original manuscript. This stage can take up to 15 days from the moment of submission. Papers that do not meet all these criteria will be returned to the authors without further consideration.

After the pre-review assessment, an editor will be assigned to the submission and he/she will send the paper to at least two independent reviewers, which will evaluate its scientific content. The standard peer-reviewing is double-blinded, i.e. the anonymity of authors and reviewers is guaranteed. However, we follow Open Science standards and we allow authors and reviewers to identify themselves during peer-reviewing. Authors wishing to have their names made available should indicate it in the Letter to the Editor, and reviewers should sign their names after their comments.

Each reviewer has 30 days to deliver his/her review after accepting the invitation. If a reviewer refuses the invitation or does not comply with the deadlines, the editor will assign a new one. Therefore, there is no established deadline for the completion of the evaluation process, as it is conditioned to the compliance of the deadlines by reviewers.

The reviews follow five parameters: originality, scientific relevance, clarity, and quality of illustrations. Reviewers may either: 1) Accept the paper; 2) Suggest minor corrections; 3) Suggest resubmission or 4) Reject the paper. The reviewers are free to propose changes, correct, suppress or add excerpts and increase, point out ambiguous, redundant, incoherent descriptions or misuse of terminology and concepts, etc. In addition, they can upload files that supplement the comments registered in the system. The criteria have a consultative nature, and the editor is responsible for the final decision on the article.The evaluators are free to propose changes, correct, suppress or add excerpts and increase, point out ambiguous, redundant, incoherent descriptions or misuse of terminology and concepts, etc. In addition, they can upload files that supplement the comments registered in the system. The criteria are of a consultative nature, with the submission editor being responsible for the final decision on the article. After sending the evaluations, the authors will be informed about the editorial decision. If changes are requested, authors must pay attention to the deadlines established for sending the corrected version of the article. The article will only be published upon sending corrections and/or justifications for those suggestions for alteration that are not accepted. The editorial decision will not be subject to reconsideration, except in exceptional situations to be analyzed by the editors.

 

 

Ethics statement

 

The journal Sociedade & Natureza works in accordance with the ethical principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), of the Code of Ethics American Educational Research Association - , the Code of Good Scientific Practice - FAPESP and the Council of Science Editors (CSE) regarding publication.

To promote the integrity of research, the strengthening and transparency in the process, all the material published in is in accordance with the Guide to Good Practices for Strengthening Ethics in Scientific Publication and the Open Science Compliance Form.

The SOCIEDADE & NATUREZA joournal adopts as a definition of misconduct the one pointed out by the "Office Research Integraty - ORI", which consists of:

  • Fabrication: is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification: is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism: is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. The authors are responsible for the information contained in their manuscripts.

Papers will be screened for plagiarism on Plagius - Plagiarism Detector Software, version 2.3.4 prior to the external review. If plagiarism is detected, just a paragraph without its proper citation is sufficient for the article to be returned to the authors. Regarding self-plagiarism, a manuscript may have less than 10% overall similarity to another article from the same author or 50% when it is the result of a master's or doctoral thesis. Above it, the article is sent back to the authors with an indication of the problem.

Cases of plagiarism reported to the Journal after the publication of the articles will be analyzed by the Editorial Committee and, if the complaint is confirmed, the article will be removed from the Journal immediately. The authors may also be penalized.

It is understood that "Research misconduct" does not include honest errors or differences of opinion, the Authors being subject to the sanctions established by the Editorial Board when actions relevant to the concept presented here are detected.

In the case of Duplicate and Redundant Publication, Correction and Retractions, the Sociedade & Natureza Journal adopts the publication of original material, which has not been previously published or which is being revised in other journals, even if in other languages.

Articles submitted to Sociedade & Natureza Journal cannot be submitted to any other journal while it is under evaluation in Sociedade & Natureza. Duplicate publication is the practice of submitting the same manuscript in more than one journal. Redundant publication is one that implies an inadequate division of the study results in more than one article, and if detected, it results in the rejection of the article or its retraction, and the Authors are subject to the sanctions established by the Editorial Board.

In the case of corrections and retractions, resulting in errors or failures, regardless of nature or origin, and which do not imply "Misconduct in publication", they may be corrected through errata. In the case of manuscripts already published in which "Misconduct in publication" is identified, they will be subject to retraction through the explanation of the reasons, in which case authors and co-authors must agree with the content.

Research related to humans and animals must be accompanied by a copy of approval from the ethics committee.

 

 

Conflict of interests

 

The conflict of interest can be of a personal, commercial, political, academic or financial nature. Conflicts of interest can occur when authors, reviewers or editors have interests that can occur in the generation or evaluation of manuscripts. When submitting the manuscript, the authors are responsible for declaring conflicts that may have influenced the work. If there is a conflict of interest, the authors must inform you in a document signed and attached to the submission platform.

 

 

Clinical trial registry

 

Given its scope, Sociedade & Natureza does publish papers with clinical trials.

 

 

Plagiarism and editorial misconduct

 

The journal Sociedade & Natureza works in accordance with the ethical principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), of the Code of Ethics American Educational Research Association, the Code of Good Scientific Practice - FAPESP and the Council of Science Editors (CSE) regarding publication.

To promote the integrity of research, the strengthening and transparency in the process, all the material published in is in accordance with the Guide to Good Practices for Strengthening Ethics in Scientific Publication and the Open Science Compliance Form. Research related to humans and animals must be accompanied by a copy of approval from the ethics committee.

 

 

Preparing the manuscript evaluation policy

 

When authors submit an article to Sociedade & Natureza, it enters a pre-review assessment by the Editorial Board before we decide whether to send it out for further review. The editors will evaluate three criteria: 1) the paper suits the journal's Aims and Scope; 2) the paper follows the instructions available in the Guide for authors and 3) the paper is an original manuscript. This stage can take up to 15 days from the moment of submission. Papers that do not meet all these criteria will be returned to the authors without further consideration.

After the pre-review assessment, an editor will be assigned to the submission and he/she will send the paper to at least two independent reviewers, which will evaluate its scientific content. The standard peer-reviewing is double-blinded, i.e. the anonymity of authors and reviewers is guaranteed. However, we follow Open Science standards and we allow authors and reviewers to identify themselves during peer-reviewing. Authors wishing to have their names made available should indicate it in the Letter to the Editor, and reviewers should sign their names after their comments.

Each reviewer has 30 days to elaborate his/her evaluation after accepting the Journal’s request . If a reviewer refuses the invitation or does not comply with the deadlines, the editor will assign a new one. Therefore, there is no established deadline for the completion of the evaluation process, as it is conditioned to compliance with the deadlines by the evaluators.

Evaluations will be prepared considering the following criteria : originality, scientific relevance, clarity, and quality of illustrations. At the end of the evaluation, each reviewer will express himself, in his opinion, through one of the following options: I) Accept; II) Mandatory orrections; III) Submit the new round of evaluation or IV) Reject are completely free to propose changes, correct, suppress or add excerpts and sections, point out ambiguous, redundant, incoherent descriptions or misuse of terminology and concepts, etc. In addition, they will be able to upload files that complement the comments registered in the system. The evaluations are of a consultative nature, with the submission editor responsible for the article's final decision.

 

 

Submission check list

 

Manuscript Submission Requirements:

  • This is an orginal and unpublished contribution (content, whole or in parts, has not been previously published in Journals/Annals of Events, etc.) and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The authors declare that the text appropriately uses the citation rules, avoiding what can be considered academic plagiarism. In addition, the authors are aware that plagiarism constitutes a crime against intellectual property (Lei 10.695, de 01 de Julho de 2003).
  • All submission files are in Microsoft Word format.
  • All URL addresses in the text (e.g.: http://pkp.ubc.ca) are active.
  • The text follows the formatting requirements of the journal under the Authors Guidelines found in sections \"About\" and in TEMPLATE.
  • All hyperlinks (e.g.: http://pkp.ubc.ca) are active.
  • All authors are presented in the metadata of the submission and their respective information of professional experience and academic formation (full information is essential for evaluation), including the ORCID code.
  • The author's name has been removed from the "Document Properties" option in the "File" menu of MS Word.
  • All figures are inserted in the text with the resolution of 300 dpi (at least) and in JPG file.
  • The authors agree with the journal's Open Access policy.
  • Authors are aware and agree with the conditions for submissions and the Authors' Guidelines.
 

 


 

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