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About the journal


Editorial Policies and Instructions for Authors


The principal aim of the Brazilian Anthropological Association’s digital journal Vibrant : Virtual Brazilian Anthropology is to disseminate Brazilian anthropology through the publication of articles and audiovisual works in English, French and Spanish authored by anthropologists working or studying in Brazilian institutions or studying at Brazilian institutions or dialoguing with them. From its outset, the journal was conceived and divulged as an online periodic.

Vibrant was created by Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, in 2004, as a journal published by the Brazilian Anthropology Association to disseminate Brazilian anthropology beyond the borders of the Portuguese language. In 2011, it became part of the SciELO collection. In 2017, it adopted the publication of scientific articles in rolling pass format. Since 2019, the journal has used the single annual publication system, which enables great flexibility in the divulgation and composition of the issues. In this publication format, the accepted and edited article is not temporarily “archived” until the moment of quarterly publication (Vibrant’s previous periodicity) but published immediately.

Its abbreviated title is Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and captions.



Indexing sources


Vibrant is evaluated by the Qualis CAPES in the fields of Anthropology and Archeology as A1




Digital preservation Policy
The OJS – Open Journal Systems is compatible with the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system, used to ensure secure and permanent archiving of the journal’s cache. LOCKSS is a free software developed by the Stanford University Library, which allows online journals to be preserved by archiving their contents. Each file is continuously validated against copies of other libraries. If the content is corrupted or lost, the copies are used for restoration.

Open Access Statement
Vibrant is an open access journal. All the journal’s content, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type CC-BY. Under attribution-type CC-BY you are free to:

- Share - copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format;
- Adapt - remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially;
- The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
Under the following terms:
- Attribution - You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license and indicate if changes were made. You must do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use;
- No additional restrictions - You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.



Privacy policy


The names and e-mail addresses on this site will be used exclusively for the purposes of the journal, and are not available for other purposes.



Fee publication charges policy


Vibrant does not charge authors an article processing  charge. (APCs – Article Processing Charges / Article Submission Charges).


Review Policy


The articles are sent to two ad hoc reviewers for qualitative analysis of their form and content, according to the double-blind review process. The ideal average time to evaluate an article is 21 days. When the evaluation is received, it is sent to the author(s) of the article for them to read and, if appropriate, make the suggested modifications. The average term between submission of the work and its publication is 24 weeks.

The final evaluation is the responsibility of the General Editor, with the support of the Editorial Board when necessary.



Ethics and Malpractice Statement


Norms of conduct regarding researchers, authors, editors and evaluators are applied to define the ethical integrity of the scientific activities. In order to do so, reading the following basic guidelines documents for the integrity of the scientific activity and publications is recommended:

a) The Singapore Declaration on Research Integrity, 2010;
b) The FAPESP’s Good Practices in Research Code, 2014;
c) The CNPq’s Directives for the Integrity of Research, 2011;
d) The Document of Cooperation between Research Institutions and Journals Regarding Integrity in Research: Guidance of the [International] Committee on Ethics in Publications - COPE;
e) The Resolution of the National Health Council No. 510, of April 7, 2016 - Addresses the norms applicable to research in Human and Social Sciences.
f) Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics.

Concerning conflicts of interest: regarding ad hoc consultants, it is considered to be a conflict of interest when identified the existence of any political, religious, relational, or other factors that may compromise one's ability to render objective judgment, favorably or unfavorably affecting impartial treatment of articles submitted for review. As for the authors, the journal considers a conflict of interests the existence of financial and / or professional dependence that could compromise the objective production of research results, as well as their interpretation. In both cases, it will be up to the editorial board to decide whether the case does or does not involve a conflict of interest.



Anti-Plagiarism Policy


Before being sent to the reviewers, articles submitted to the journal will be verified by software for identification of plagiarism. Authors must guarantee the originality of the manuscripts and, if they use articles by other authors, they must be duly cited. Practicing plagiarism in all its forms is an inadmissible editorial behavior. In this way, it is possible that the authors receive possible questions during the process of evaluation of the work submitted, referring to indications shown by the software used. If plagiarism is proven, the author (s) involved will no longer be able to submit articles to the journal.

The journal uses software (Copia e Cola) to evaluate the content of plagiarism of submitted works.



Digital Preservation Policy


The OJS platform is compatible with the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system, used to ensure secure and permanent archiving of the journals cache. LOCKSS is free software developed by the Stanford University Library, which allows one to preserve online journals by archiving their contents. Each file is continuously validated against copies of other libraries. If the content is corrupted or lost, copies are used for restoration.





Vibrant currently receives funding from:


Editorial Board








Co-editor for scientific communication



Honorary Editor

  • Peter Henry Fry, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil


Editors for International Relations

  • Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, Professor, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Lerma (Mexico); Level 3 Researcher, National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT –Mexico); International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Honorary Member,, ORCID:
  • Carmen Silvia de Moraes Rial, Anthropology Professor, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Researcher PQ-2 (CNPq - National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – Brazil), World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) President,, ORCID:


Graphic Design, Typesetting & Site Maintenance



Translation and Revision







Editorial Comission



  • Antonio Arantes, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas/SP, Brasil
  • Bela Feldman Bianco, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas/SP, Brasil
  • Claudia Fonseca, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil
  • Cornélia Eckert, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil
  • Jane Beltrão, Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), Belém/PA, Brasil
  • João Pacheco de Oliveira Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Museu Nacional (UFRJ/MN), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brasil
  • Karina Kuschnir, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brasil
  • Lux Vidal, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo/SP, Brasil
  • Manuela C. da Cunha, Universidade de Chicago, EUA
  • Mariza Peirano, Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brasília/DF, Brasil
  • Omar Thomas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas/SP, Brasil
  • Paul Elliott Little, Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brasília/DF, Brasil
  • Rafael M. Bastos, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis/SC, Brasil
  • Ruben Oliven, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil


  • Alejandro Grimson, Universidad Nacional San Martín, Argentina
  • Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Barbara Glowczevski, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Cristiana Bastos, ICS, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Diana Brown, Bard College, New York, USA
  • Ikunori Sumida, Diector, Brazilian Studies Centre, Kyoto, Japan
  • João de Pina Cabral, ICS, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Joaquim Pais de Brito, Director, Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Lisboa, Portugal
  • John Gledhill, Max Gluckman Professor of Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK
  • Matthew Gutmann, Brown University, USA
  • Michel Agier, EHESS, Paris, France
  • Miguel Vale de Almeida, ISCTE, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Myriam Jimeno, Profesora Titular, Departamento de Antropología/Centro de Estudios Sociales CES, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Nina Glick Schiller, Director Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, University of Manchester, UK
  • Peter Wade, University of Manchester, UK
  • Philippe Erickson, University of Paris-X, France
  • Richard Parker, Director, Center for Gender, Sexuality and Health, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Roger Sansi-Roca, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
  • Rosana Guber, Instituto de Desarrollo Econômico y Social, Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento, Argentina
  • Sergio Caggiano, Investigador del CONICET en el Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (IDES), Buenos Aires, y profesor en la Universidad Nacional de La Plata – FPyCS, Argentina
  • Verena Stolcke, Universidad Autónoma, Barcelona, España
  • Véronique Boyer, EHESS, Paris, France
  • Virginia Garcia Acosta, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), México


Instructions to authors


Focus and Scope


VIBRANT - Virtual Brazilian Anthropology was created by the Brazilian Association of Anthropology with the purpose of disseminating Brazilian anthropology beyond the frontiers of the Portuguese language. It publishes articles and audiovisuals of anthropologists linked to Brazilian institutions in English, French and Spanish, in order to promote a greater transnational exchange of ideas and to increase the diversity of anthropological production worldwide.



Section Policies


As Vibrant aims to disseminate anthropology made in Brazil, it only accepts works produced by anthropologists working in Brazilian institutions or linked to them, or in dialogue with Brazilian anthropologists and/or institutions during the period of production of the proposed work.
VIBRANT accepts the following types of contributions:

  •  Unpublished articles;
  •  Bibliographic Essays;
  •  Thematic dossiers with unpublished articles (see the guidelines for the organization of dossiers below);
  •  Translations into English, French or Spanish of classic articles of Brazilian anthropology, which will be published in the Déjà Lu section;
  • Audiovisual works.

The suitability of the article or audiovisual production for publication will be evaluated by the Editorial Board (assessing whether it matches the journal’s profile and editorial line) and by ad hoc reviewers (assessing the content and quality of contributions), with regard to the content and quality of contributions), in line with the Peer Review Policy (see "About the Journal"). Reviewers will not have access to the article’s authorship during the double-blind peer review process.

Texts can be submitted in Portuguese. Audiovisual productions can also be submitted in Portuguese, but must be subtitled in English, French or Spanish. If approved for publication, the author will be responsible for the article’s translation into one of the three languages, using the translators indicated by Vibrant (see "Editorial Board" – Translation and Proofreading).

Vibrant will only accept translations made by translators indicated on its web page. If the text was originally written in a foreign language, it must be submitted to one of the translators indicated by the journal for review purposes. In no case will translations made by other translators be accepted. We suggest that authors seek funding from their institutions and research sources for the translation of texts, since Vibrant does not have the resources for such purposes.

[Section] Unpublished articles:
Vibrant will prioritize the publication of articles resulting from original research presenting empirical material, as well as essays and theoretical texts on clearly delimited issues.

[Section] Bibliographic Essays:
The bibliographic essays should focus on specific themes of the anthropological production carried out in Brazil within a given period, paying special attention to theoretical concepts and paradigms.

[Section] Thematic Dossiers:
Vibrant publishes thematic dossiers composed of at least 8 unpublished articles and an introductory article, which may be established in two ways:

  • At the invitation of the Journal's General Editor or the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Anthropology Association, or when the Editorial Board's suggests that organizers prepare an issue on a specific theme;
  • Through the proposal of a theme by one or more effective members of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology.

In the second case, the General Editorial Board and the Editorial Board of the Journal will evaluate the proposal. In both cases, the dossier may be compiled through an open call of papers, published on the Vibrant website and by the Brazilian Anthropology Association, or by direct invitation made by the dossiers’s organizers to the authors of the articles.

In both cases, articles intended for inclusion in Thematic Dossiers should follow the same guidelines for the texts published in the Unpublished Articles section submitted to the same system and criteria for evaluation. The introductory texts cannot contain less than 5 pages of 1,400 characters each.

The editors of the Thematic Dossiers will be responsible for managing the flow of articles evaluated for their dossier in the SciELO Submission System. To enable this follow-up work, they will be registered in the system by the Editorial Team and sent the SciELO operating manual. It is up to the Editorial Team to provide technical assistance to the editors of dossiers and to finalize the approved and translated texts in a timely manner. Organizers of the Dossier will be responsible for nominating and, where necessary, substituting reviewers, following the criteria endorsed by the journal and SciELO for each article forming part of their section.

In the case of proposals for Thematic Dossiers that do not reach the minimum number of 8 (eight) articles and an introductory text, the decision on whether to publish will be made by the General Editor and the Editorial Board. In the case of those that exceed the number of 12 (twelve) articles, the Thematic Dossier can be presented in two parts, in two numbers of VIBRANT.

A Thematic Dossier can be combined with the publication of translations of classic Brazilian anthropology articles on the chosen theme. Such translations should appear in the Déjà Lu section, and in the same, issue, remembering that this important task does not count for the purpose of indexed databases such as SciELO.

Due to Vibrant’s editorial deadlines, the articles and the introduction to dossiers, must be, submitted complete and translated and with the translations of the text, including the introduction, revised and approved by the journal’s General Editor six months in advance.

[Section] Déjà Lu:
This section is intended for the publication of translations of articles considered to have become classic references in Brazilian anthropological production, where texts have not been translated into English, French or Spanish yet. The General Editor, VIBRANT Editorial Board, or General Board of the Brazilian Anthropology Association may also suggest the translations of articles. Organizers of a Thematic Dossier may likewise suggest the translation of classic articles so that they come out in the same journal issue.
In all cases, responsibility for covering the costs of translation will lie with the proponents of the text.
The rights of the texts proposed for this section should be either in the public domain or have received explicit approval for publication from the author or heirs.

[Section] Global Anthropological Dialogues
Created in 2021, this section recognizes that the internationalization of anthropology, as indeed any scientific knowledge, is achieved in dialogue with researchers from different countries. This section thus welcomes dossiers organized by Brazilian researchers in partnership (or not) with foreign researchers working at institutions in other countries.

These dossiers should be composed of a significant number of authors working at institutions located in Brazil and also authors situated in other countries and will follow the same rules presented in the Thematic Dosiers section.

Vibrant especially, though not exclusively, welcomes authors located in the Global South, in particular Portuguese-speaking countries and Latin America.

[Section] Audiovisual productions:
The section will publish photo essays, sound and visual files (small videos) that will also be submitted to the double-blind peer review system. The proponent must have the image rights to the material that intend to publish.

Video: MP4 - CODEC H264 low compression

Audio: MP3 – from 128KBPS

In all these modalities, Vibrant welcomes and encouragescoauthorships by professionals situated in Brazilian institutions with authors located in other countries, recognizing the level of internationalization already attained by the anthropology produced at institutions in Brazil.

Extensive citation of the Brazilian literature is strongly recommended, including the tools needed for bibliographic localization, in this and all other cases.



Form and preparation of manuscripts

  1. Article files will be attached through the Submission System and must be in .DOC, .RTF or similar compatible format;
  2. Articles must be typed in Times New Roman 12, with 1,5 line spacing and accompanied by an abstract containing between 100 and 150 words in the text’s original language;
  3. Articles should preferably have a maximum of 12,000 words (including references and attachments);
  4. The notes should come in the footer and cannot consist of simple bibliographical references. These should appear in the body of the text in the following format: author's surname / space / year of publication: / space / pages), as the example: (Wagley 1977: 160-162);
  5. Articles must not have more than 4 authors;
  6. Authors must place in the line below their names only their academic affiliation only: university, college and department, in this order. The names of the institutions and programs should be presented in full in both the language of the article and in English;
  7. The texts will be reviewed by the editorial committee, the editorial team and later submitted to the authors' approval. The name of the translator (if any) should be placed at the end of the article, before bibliographic references;
  8. In the case of translations made by translators other than those indicated by Vibrant, the translations will be evaluated under the supervision of the General Editor of the journal and may be rejected, and in such case must be re-done and re-submitted;
  9. The author's correspondence address must be presented separately at the end of the article;
  10. The Bibliographical Essays must present the complete reference of the works analyzed, indicating the number of pages of each one;
  11. Audiovisual files must be sent via a web host provider in order to be submitted for assessment;
  12. Submitting a text or an audiovisual production implies transferring copyright and publishing rights to the journal;
  13. The images included in the articles (figures, maps, sketches and graphics) must be sent preferably in TIFF (uncompressed), PNG or JPEG format with resolution of at least 200 dpi in the final size intended for printing. Maximum width: 12 cm; maximum height: 16 cm (or 1417x1890 pixels);
  14. Authors are fully responsible for the information and opinions expressed in their texts;
  15. Bibliographical references are sorted alphabetically from the author's surnames, and must be placed at the end of the text. They should adhere to the format shown in the following examples (attention must be paid to punctuation, spaces, use of italics and capitals):
  16. Vibrant recommends citation of the relevant Brazilian literature and encourages the reading and use of articles published in the journal previously.


GLUCKMAN, Max. 1955.The Judicial Process Among the Barotse of Northern Rhodesia. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


WAGLEY, Charles. 1951. Races et classes dans le Brésil rural. Paris: UNESCO.

Book chapter

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 Journal

FOSTER, George M. 1972. “The Anatomy of Envy: A Study in Symbolic Behavior”. Current Anthropology, 13(2): 165-169.

Academic thesis

MASSART, Guy. 2002. Communication et postmodernité : Approche ethnographique de la pragmatique des identités en Afrique Lusophone (Iles du Cap-Ver.t et Mozambique). Thèse de Doutorat, École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines – Lyon

Bibliographical references follow the Chicago norm (




Sending manuscripts - Online submission system



Contributions must be sent via the online submission system of SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online.

  • If you are not registered in the SciELO system

When accessing the website, just click on "REGISTRATION". If you prefer, click here. Fill in the information indicated, and check the "Author" option in "Register as".

  • If you are already registered in the SciELO system

Access the website address, and just fill in your login and password information. The "User Page" will be displayed. To subscribe to VIBRANT, access the link
Having completed either of these two instructions for entering the system, you may now submit contributions to VIBRANT. Just click on "[New Submission]".

IMPORTANT: Please note the section to which you wisj to make the submission. For separate articles, choose the "Articles" section. For dossiers, choose the "Section" item with the title of the dossier to which you wish to submit the work. For "Bibliographic Essays" and for "Déjà Lu", select the section with its respective name.

Submission metadata must be completed in full using the form available at
Authors' ORCID information is indispensable, and can be obtained by registering at (

It is also essential to explain the participation of each author in the elaboration of the article.



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