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About the journal


Basic Information


Topoi. Revista de História is a quartely journal published by the Graduate Program on Social History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, its main goal-since its first issue, in 2001-is to foster academic debate through articles, interviews, book reviews and critical essays on history. By publishing research and analyses on multiples disciplines and topics in history, Topoi. Revista de História upholds its mission of serving as a dissemination center for Brazilian contemporary historiography. The Editora 7Letras printed the journal until its 17th issue, in December 2008, when Topoi. Revista de História became a free-access online journal.

Its abbreviated title is Topoi (Rio J.), which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.



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Intellectual Property


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.





Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)







Editorial Board



  • Silvia Liebel  - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Instituto de História (IH), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil,


Editorial Advisory Committee

  • Hanna Sonkajarvi - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Faculdade Nacional de Direito (FND), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil,
  • José Augusto Pádua - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Instituto de História (IH), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil,
  • Luiza Larangeira da Silva Mello - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Instituto de História (IH), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil,
  • Marieta de Moraes Ferreira - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Instituto de História (IH), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil,
  • Paulo Fontes - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Instituto de História (IH), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil,
  • Vinicius Liebel - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Instituto de História (IH), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil,


Editorial Board

  • Alberto da Costa e Silva - Academia Brasileira de Letras (ABL); Ministério das Relações Exteriores/Itamaraty, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil.
  • Andrea Daher - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Instituto de História (IH), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil.
  • Caio Boschi - Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Minas), Departamento de História, Belo Horizonte (MG), Brasil.
  • Eduardo Viveiros de Castro - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Programa de Pós-graduação em Antropologia Social (PPGAS), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil.
  • Evaldo Cabral de Mello - Ministério das Relações Exteriores/Itamaraty, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil.
  • Francisco Bethencourt - King’s College London, Department of History, Londres, Inglaterra.
  • Francisco José Calazans Falcon - Universidade Salgado de Oliveira (Universo), Programa de Pós-graduação em História, São Gonçalo (RJ), Brasil.
  • Ilmar Rohloff de Mattos - Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio), Departamento de História, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brasil.
  • Jacques Revel - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)/Centre de Recherches Historiques (CRH), Paris, França.
  • João Adolfo Hansen - Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Departamento de Letras, São Paulo (SP), Brasil.
  • João José Reis - Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Departamento de História, Salvador (BA), Brasil.
  • José Carlos Chiaramonte - Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)/Instituto Ravignani, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Maria Helena Pereira Toledo Machado - Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Departamento de História, São Paulo (SP), Brasil.
  • Maria Stella Martins Bresciani - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Departamento de História, Campinas (SP), Brasil.
  • Peter Burke - University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Inglaterra.
  • Renato Janine Ribeiro - Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Departamento de Filosofia, São Paulo (SP), Brasil.
  • Ronaldo Vainfas - Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Departamento de História, Niterói (RJ), Brasil.
  • Silvia Hunold Lara - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Departamento de História, Campinas (SP), Brasil.
  • Silvia Regina Ferraz Petersen - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Departamento de História, Porto Alegre (RS), Brasil.
  • Stuart B. Schwartz - Yale University, Department of History, New Haven, Connecticut, Estados Unidos da América.


Editorial Production


Agnes Rissardo (since 2019)
Clarice Cintra (from 2014 to 2019)
Daniel Dutra (since 2018 to 2020)
Jhoanna Prada Merchán (since 2017)
Luciana Inhan. 
Ronald Polito (from 2011 to 2014)

Editora 7Letras (from 2000 to 2008, printed version).

Editora 7Letras (from 2000 to 2008, printed version).
Riocom Design (since July 2008 to 2020, online version).




Instructions to authors


Scope and Policy


Topoi. Revista de História’s main target audience is scholars and students of the disciplines within Social Sciences and Humanities. It publishes original articles, essays, interviews, debates, translated works and critical reviews in History. It  follows a rolling submission deadline policy.

Topoi. Revista de História follows a double-blind peer review process. Submitted manuscripts first obtain a preliminary approval by the Editorial Board. They are then evaluated by two outside reviewers. If there is disagreement between the reviewers, the work goes to a third reviewer. Final acceptance depends on the reviewers’ recommendation, on the author’s or authors’ compliance with the requests for whatever changes are deemed necessary, and on the final approval by the Editorial Board. 

Book reviews and essays are evaluated by the editors, and are not send to reviewers. Likewise, translations of previously published articles depend exclusively on the approval by the Editorial Board.

Authors must inform the editors about any potential conflict of interest, including but not limited to political or financial constrains connected to the research. When necessary, authors should acknowledge, in the first footnote of the text, the institution or funding agency which supported the research pertinent to the manuscript.

The Topoi the editorial board tools for online plagiarism detection, as Plagium, TurnitinPlagiarism and iThenticate.



Manuscripts organization and format


We encourage the authors, before they submit their manuscripts, to check all the following guidelines. Topo does not evaluate articles or essays that ignore one or more of the substantive, stylistic, or formatting preparations or procedures stated below.

1) Articles, or essays, should have between 40,000 and 60,000 characters with spaces, including notes and references.
2) Book reviews should have between 10,000 and 18,000 characters with spaces. Only works published in the last two years, (or four years, in case of foreign publications) or titles out of print but with a recent new edition, will be considered for reviews. Taken into account the requirements for historical approaches, reviews on other expressions of culture such as films, exhibitions, plays etc. may also be considered.
3) Translations should have between 40,000 and 70,000 characters with spaces, including notes and references. Submission of translations must include legal permission by the author of the original text.
4) Except for translations, submitted manuscripts must be original and unpublished, should not be under consideration by other publication outlets and should not contain any indication of authorship in the text. The Editorial Board may verify the occurrence of double submission, plagiarism and other intellectual misconduct. Manuscripts may include the authors’ previously published material only when clearly acknowledged and when the manuscript does represent significant original contribution.
5) Submissions should always be electronic documents, in Microsoft Word, OpenDocument or RTF format. If they contain images, illustrations, tables and/or graphics, these should be included in the text. Tables and graphs are to be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, followed by a title. Images, in JPG format, are numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers, and must include captions with the term Figure, and with attribution of sources. Authors should delete from the file any information that might identify the authorship of the work.
6) A separate file in the same format described above, shall contain the author(s)’ personal data (full name, address, phone, email), as well as a brief biography, including degree(s), institutional affiliation and most relevant publications (three references maximum).
7) The sections of an article or essay are, in this order: title, title in English, resumo and palavras-chaves (in Portuguese), abstract and keywords, and bibliographic references. Authors should provide a resumo (in Portuguese) in a single paragraph, maximum 10 lines (700 to 1,500 characters with spaces), followed by five palavras-chaves (also in Portuguese). An abstract and keywords in English should also follow, with the same requirements. Topoi adopt footnotes, with complete reference, numbered consecutively with arabic algarisms.
8) Articles and essays must include in the first page the title in Portuguese and English, in Times New Roman 12-point bold font, centered; only the first word is capitalized (and any proper noun in the title, when appropriate). Book reviews must have a title (in Portuguese and English), followed by the complete reference of the reviewed piece. Reviews do not need abstract, keyword, or references, but may include footnotes when absolutely necessary
9) Subtitles for articles or essays, when appropriate, should be in bold. Only the first word (or any proper noun in the subtitle) is capitalized. Line spacing between the previous paragraph and the subtitle is one blank line, while between the subtitle and the next paragraph there is none.
10) Text should be in Times New Roman 12-point font; fully justified; standard tab (1.25 cm) at the beginning of each paragraph; line spacing 1.5; A4 page size; top, bottom, left and right margins should be set at 2.5 cm.
11) Block quotations are set off from the main text as a paragraph, without quotation marks, with 1.5 cm of left indentation, in Times New Roman 11-point font, single line spacing. Quotations with less than three lines are included in the body of the text, in run-in quotes, between quotation marks, regular size font. Italics should be used only for words and excerpts in foreign language.
12) Quotations in foreign language should appear in translation in the main text; the original, untranslated text should be in a footnote, with clear indication of the source of the translation.
13) Footnotes are typed  in normal Times New Roman 10-point size, single line spacing, left-justified. They may be bibliographic or explicative (the journal guidelines do not accept in-text author-date citation style).  Bibliographic references are also listed at the end of the article in alphabetic order.
14) Bibliographic references in the footnotes should follow ABNT guidelines. See examples below:

BARTH, Fredrik. Process and form in social life. Londres: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981.

BROCA, Brito. A vida literária no Brasil: 1900. 4. ed. Rio de Janeiro: José Olympio; Academia Brasileira de Letras, 2004.

Book chapter
CASSIRER, Ernst. A linguagem. Introdução e exposição do problema. In: ________. A filosofia das formas simbólicas. São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2001. p. 9-74.

Edited volume
CARDOSO, Ciro Flamarion; MALERBA, Jurandir (Org.). Representações: contribuições a um debate transdisciplinar. Campinas: Papirus, 2000.

Chapter in edited volume
HANSEN, João Adolfo. Para uma história dos conceitos das letras coloniais luso-brasileiras dos séculos XVI, XVII e XVIII. In: FERES JÚNIOR, João; JASMIN, Marcelo (Org.). História dos conceitos: diálogos transatlânticos. Rio de Janeiro: PUC-Rio; Edições Loyola; IUPERJ, 2007. p. 253-266.

Journal article
LIMA, Luiz Costa. Perguntar-se pela escrita da história. Varia Historia, Belo Horizonte, v. 22, n. 36, p. 395-423, jul./dez. 2006.

PALTI, Elias José. É possível pensar a história em uma era pós-subjetiva? Topoi. Revista de História, Rio de Janeiro, v. 11, n. 20, p. 4-14, jan./jun. 2010. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 20 set. 2010.

Conference proceedings
LOURENÇO, Eduardo. Dois fins de século. In: ENCONTRO DE PROFESSORES UNIVERSITÁRIOS BRASILEIROS DE LITERATURA PORTUGUESA, XIII, 1990, Rio de Janeiro. Atas... Rio de Janeiro: Lynx, 1992. p. 32-40.

Electronic conference proceedings
ARAÚJO, Rodrigo Cardoso Soares de. O polêmico Corsário, um pasquim da Corte Imperial (1880-1883). In: SEMINÁRIO DIMENSÕES DA POLÍTICA NA HISTÓRIA: ESTADO, NAÇÃO, IMPÉRIO, I, 2007, Juiz de Fora. Anais... Juiz de Fora: Clio Edições, 2007. p. 500-513 (Anais eletrônicos).

Unpublished thesis or dissertation
AZEVEDO, Francisca Lucia Nogueira de. Carlota Joaquina, Infanta de Espanha e Princesa do Brasil (1808-1814). Tese (Doutorado em História Social) – Programa de Pós-graduação em História Social, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 1997.

Newspaper article
GLEISER, Marcelo. Newton, Einstein e Deus. Folha de S.Paulo, 13 jun. 2010. Ilustrada, p. A23.

15) Appendices and/or auxiliary material are to be included only when essential to the understanding of the text.

16) All texts are submitted after thorough grammar and orthographic proofreading, observing the Novo Acordo Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa.

17) Topoi accepts manuscripts in Spanish, English or French may be submitted; publication is contingent to the viability of translation, in addition to the approval in the evaluation process.

18) The submission of manuscripts implies the cession of authorial and publication rights to Topoi. Revista de História. Content and opinions presented in the articles and essays, as well as the accuracy of the bibliographic and documental references, however, are exclusively the responsibility of the authors.



Submission of manuscripts


Topoi. Revista de História publishes original articles, essays, interviews, debates, translations and critical reviews in the field of History, and accepts collaborations year-round, via this website.

There are no fees for submission and review articles.




Programa de Pós-Graduação em História Social da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Largo de São Francisco de Paula, n. 1., CEP 20051-070, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil, Tel.: (55 21) 2252-8033 R.202, Fax: (55 21) 2221-0341 R.202 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil