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Editorial Policy

The journal publishes just first hand manuscripts. Issues in the psychoanalysis field and alike Social and Human Science field are the focus areas of interest.


Regards by the Editorial Council

The originals will be accepted for evaluation as long as they have not been published before, and to them should be attached a letter from the Managing Editor asking for its publication. In this letter, the author(s) should inform any eventual conflict of interest - professional, financial and direct or indirect benefits - that might influence in the result of the research. They should also reveal the financial source involved in the work, as well as ensure the privacy and the anonymity of the party involved in it.

The material submitted must also contain a declaration of the author(s) according to the following model: I, ___________________, hereby declare that the so titled article _______________, presented for publication in the Ágora - Estudos em Teoria Psicanalíticas Magazine, hasn't been previously published or shown for evaluation or publication in any other magazine or book, thus, it is an original work.

These documents must be attached in "Supplementary Documents", in the SciELO platform.

Firstly, the work will be judged by the Editor, who will send a letter or an e-mail to the author communicating the beginning of the editorial process, as long as the forwarded material is in agreement with the norms established by the Journal.

Then, the manuscript will be sent for evaluation to two anonymous parties who can either reject, recommend the publication with reconsiderations and corrections to be done to it or accept the publication without modifications. In the case of a publication disagreement between the parties, the work will be sent to a third party. All reviews will be sent to the author either simply to justify the final result or so that any necessary changes can be made, this being the case the author should make the necessary changes and forward the reformulated work back in a maximum of twenty days. The work will be resent to the evaluating party once again, and they will give once more their new evaluation.

It depends on the Editorial Council the final decision about the publication. Small changes could me made to the text by the Editorial Council in order to attend to the operational rules or criteria of the Journal.

Works will be accepted for publications in the Ágora - Estudos em teoria psicanaliticas Journal only have authors who have a Master or Doctor degree. There might be an exception to this rule in a case of authors who have notorious knowledge, and being the Editorial Council responsible for forwarding these authors' articles to the evaluating parties.

Given the growth in the number of co-authors per article in many manuscripts referred to Ágora - Estudos em Teoria Psicanalítica, the maximum number of authors is limited to three.

Ágora welcomes for evaluation articles written in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. When approved, articles written by authors of foreign affiliation must be translated into English and the costs involved will be borne by the authors themselves. Authors of Brazilian affiliation who wish to publish in the English language, should also preserve the Portuguese version (bilingual publication) and bear the costs of the translation.

The quality of the writing of the article became a decisive criterion of approval, which includes: grammar and spelling; clarity in the expression of ideas; citations submitted according to the norms of the journal; presentation, organization and article size. The author is responsible for the adequacy of his work to the "Publication Rules" that can be accessed through the link: If the author considers necessary for the article to undergo a professional review, we recommend that it should be done prior to the article submission request. Please be advised that if the reviewers request revision of the essay, the author will have to carry it out and will be responsible for the costs of the essay. In this case, we will indicate a qualified reviewer to carry out the work.

The authors are not subjected to an article submission fee or to an evaluation fee (APCs charges and submission charges).

It asked from the parties that these take in consideration the inclusion of the evaluated article in the comprehended Journal field, as well as the organization, the contents and the writing of the work, which should all follow the script below:

Work Organization:

Adequate Title
Clarity and briefing of abstract
Key words relevance
Inclusion in Journal's field


Delimitation and definition of the work's focus
Deep clarity in the work's premises
Consistency in the development of the work
Conclusions derived by the presented arguments
Adequate bibliography related to the studied issue


Clarity in expressing ideas
Rightful presentation of the quotations
Presentation, organization and article size
Harmony with the "publication's rules"

Final Judgment:

Favorable to publication without modifications
Favorable to publication with modifications
Not favorable to publication

The final result will be sent to the author with its detailed justification, pointing out the necessary modifications and making suggestions, with a proper indication of the passages and their localizations in the article (page number). In the case of a not favorable publication, it is asked an explanation of the reasons.

The Ágora Journal reserves the privacy of its consultants.


Target public

Since it is a specialized Journal in the psychoanalyses field, its target public is the professionals and researches in this field of knowledge. In this way, it is wise to consider the fundamental importance of a specialized Journal in this academic field. Ágora - estudos em teoria psicanalítica had a pioneer role in circumscribing the limits of the psychoanalytic knowledge in the academic field and clearly point out the need for a deeper study in psychoanalytic theory. In this context, the project of a magazine, which has characterized itself as an essential mean for the promotion of productions, has been done in many Programs. The same is true in relation to the productions of foreigner authors once the Graduation Programs keep a formal and informal partnership with many Programs abroad - e.g. Spain, Argentine and France. Such agreements are straightened also through researches done by many of these Programs' PhDs students.


Manuscript Format and preparation

Presenting the originals

The submission of the work should be done exclusively through online form that can be accessed following the link

The text must me written in Times New Roman, font 12, letter format, 1.5 cm space.

Opening page: Title in Portuguese; author's name, followed by academic and professional credits (maximum of 3 lines); author's mail and e-mail address; telephone number and fax number.

Abstract page: Summary in Portuguese (maximum of 100 words - approximately 580 characters with spaces); key words in Portuguese (minimum of three and maximum of five words); title in English, compatible with the title in Portuguese; abstract, in English, compatible with the summary; keywords, in English, compatible with the key words in Portuguese.

Text: The maximum number of characters with space (including full text, notes and bibliography) is 40 thousand and the minimum is 28 thousand.

Footprint patterns: The footprints, used when extremely necessary, must be indicated with Arabic algorisms through out the text and typed in a separate page, and entitled "Footprints", without the use of the automatic Word Footprint program.

References and Quotations

The references to authors must be done at the body of the text, where only the name and year of the work should be mentioned.

e.g.: (GREEN, 1982)

In the case of authors who the year and the name are important, insert the year it was written followed by the used published year.

e.g.: (FREUD, 1915/1974)

In the case of matching dates of a text or work, one should distinguish it using letters (1915a, 1915b), respecting the order by which the articles are quoted in the text.

In the case of texts compilation from the same author, one must include the year of the text followed by the used published year.

e.g.: (LACAN, 1946/1966)

In the case of multiple authors, they must all be quoted using "and" or "&".

e.g.: (PRIGOGINE & STENGERS, 1984)

In the case of text related quotations, in quotation marks, one must indicate the page.

e.g.: "É que o saber não é feito para compreender, ele é feito para cortar." (FOUCAULT, 1984, p. 28)

Text related quotations with less than three lines, in quotation marks, must be kept in the body of the text.

Text related quotations with more than three lines must be highlighted, taking in consideration the tab space, single space, and typed in Time New Roman, size 10.

Bibliographical References

The bibliography must come at the end of the article, in alphabetical order of surnames. The list will be guided by the chronological order of the texts; in other words, the works from the same author must be listed according to the year they were published.

They must follow these items order:

Book - surname in all-capital letters, author's first initial, year of publication - previewed, if applicable, by the year it was written - in parentheses, the title in italic, city, publisher.

e.g.: FOULCAULT, M. (1984) Microfisica do poder. Rio de Janeiro: Graal.

LACAN, J. (1959-1960/1988) O Seminário livro 7, A ética da pisicanálise. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar.

Freud's Quotation: Surname in all-capital letters, author's first initial, year the work was written and year the work was published in parentheses, title of the used publication in italic, city, publisher. Then, the name of the article in quotation marks, volume and page.

e.g.: FREUD, S. (1975) The standard edition of the complete psychological works. Londres: Hogarth Press.

(1900) "The Interpretation of dreams", v.IV and V, p. 1-734.

(1915) "Repression", v.XIV, p. 141-158.

Book article: Surname in all-capital letters, author's first initial, published year in parentheses, title of the article in quotations marks, followed by in (not in italic) and name of the coordinator, book title in italic, city, publisher.

e.g.: ANDRADE, R. (1995) "A teoria das pulsões no romantismo alemão", in MOURA, A. H. (org.) . As Pulsões. São Paulo: Escuta/Educ.

Chapter or part of a book - surname in all-capital letters, author's first initial, published year in parentheses, title of the text part in quotation marks, followed by in and the book's title in italic, city, publisher.

e.g.: LACAN, J. (1946/1966) "Propos sur la causalité psychique", in Écrits. Paris: Seuil.

Magazine Article: surname in all-capital letters, author's first initial, published year in parentheses, article title (in quotation marks), magazine's name in italic, volume (v.), number (n.), city, publisher, pages (use p. for page in plural or singular).

e.g.: SAFRA, G. (2000) Uma nova modalidade psicopatológica na pós-modernidade: os espectrais. Psychê, ano IV, n.6. São Paulo: Unimarco, p.45-51.


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