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Scope and policy

The mission of the Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas is to publish original works in Anthropology, Archaeology, Indigenous Languages, and in related fields. The journal does not accept expanded abstracts, reports, or work which has been previously published in proceedings, CDs, or other media. It accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French.

The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas has an International Advising Board. The manuscripts are first examined by the Editor or by one of the Associate Editors. The Editor has the right of recommending alterations be made to the papers submitted or to return them when they fail to comply with the Bulletin's editorial policy.
Upon acceptance, the manuscripts are submitted to peer-review and are reviewed by two specialists who are not members of the Editorial Commission. In the event of disagreement, the manuscript is submitted to a third referee. In the event changes or corrections need to be made, the manuscript is returned to the authors who have thirty days to submit a new version. Manuscripts not accepted for publication will be destroyed or deleted.

Publication means fully assigning and transferring all copyrights of the manuscript to the Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas. The Liability Statement and Assignment of Copyrights will be enclosed with the notice of acceptance, and must be signed by all authors and returned.

In order to guarantee originality of its contents, the Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas applies anti-plagiarism tools that are available on the Web.


Preparation of manuscripts

  • The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish, English
    and French for the following sections:

    Research Articles - Scientific and original analytical articles reporting on research that effectively contributes to the advancement of knowledge. Maximum length: 30 pages.
    Review Articles - Analytical texts or essays that contain a bibliographical or theoretical review of a certain subject or topic. Maximum length: 30 pages.
    Short Communications - Short preliminary reports (shorter than a paper) on field observations, challenges faced and progress made in ongoing research emphasizing hypotheses, mentioning sources, partial results, materials and methods. Maximum length: 15 pages.
    Memory - This section includes texts on collections or items of collections considered relevant for scientific research; fully or partially transcribed documents with an introductory text; biographical essays, including obituaries or individual memories. Maximum length: 15 pages.
    Book Reviews - Descriptive and/or critical reviews of publications published in print or electronically. Maximum length: 5 pages.
    Thesis and Dissertations – Theses and dissertations abstracts, without references section. Maximum length: one page. The Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas (Human Sciences) publishes abstracts of theses and dissertations, but does not publish chapters of these works. We recognize that need and academic interest in disseminating results stemming from graduate-level work exist, and in these cases recommend drafting a scientific article containing unique text which differs from the original, emphasizing notable points in the research and utilizing direct citations where appropriate.

    • Submission

    In order to submit a new contribution, authors must log into their account on the online platform and click on “AUTHOR CENTER”. After completing this step, proceed to the “AUTHOR RESOURCES” window and start the submission process via the link “CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A NEW MANUSCRIPT”, following seven steps:

    • Step 1: Type, Title, & Abstract
    º Choose type of manuscript (article, review, etc.).
    º Title of manuscript.
    º Provide the abstract.

    • Step 2: File Upload
    º Upload the files.
    (At least one of the files should represent the Main Document)

    • Step 3: Attributes
    º Add key words (3 to 6).

    • Step 4: Authors & Institutions
    º Declare whether the manuscript is submitted by the author, or by another person.

    • Step 5: Reviewers
    º Optionally name potential reviewers that are preferred, or non-preferred.
    º Specify Corresponding Author.
    º Provide CRediT Contribution.

    • Step 6: Details & Comments
    º Specify who funded the research that resulted in the submission.
    º Declare that the work was submitted exclusively to the Boletim and has not been published elsewhere.
    º Declare that the work is in accordance with ethical norms.
    º Confirm that the submitted files are entirely anonymous, so as to enable anonymous peer review.
    º Declare whether there is any conflict of interest. If there is, please specify.

    • Step 7: Review & Submit
    º Verify that all information and files are complete, view the PDF proof, and finalize the submission by clicking on “SUBMIT”.

    The journal has a Scientific Council. Manuscripts are first examined by the Editor or by one of the Associate Editors. The Editor has the right to recommend alterations to the submitted manuscripts or to return them when they fail to comply with the journal’s editorial policy.

    Upon acceptance, manuscripts are submitted to peer-review and are reviewed by at least two specialists who are not members of the Editorial Board. In the event of discrepancy between the reviews, the manuscript is submitted to other referee(s). In case changes or corrections are recommended, the manuscript is returned to the author(s), who have thirty days to submit a new version.

    Once accepted, submissions are published according to the order in which they were received. The Scientific Editor also may determine the appropriate time for publication.
    Publication of a manuscript entails transfer of copyright to the journal. A declaration of Assignment of Copyrights of the published work, signed by all authors, must be submitted together with the revised manuscript sent by Secretariat.

    • Preparing the manuscript for submission

    All manuscripts have to be submitted via the online platform ScholarOne. Original manuscripts must be prepared observing the following requirements:

    1.   Word for Windows format, Times New Roman font, size 12, line spacing 1.5, and pages must be numbered. Articles on linguistics must use a font that is compatible with the Unicode standard, such as Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Déjà Vu, Tahoma and others that include the IPA extended set of phonetic symbols. Times New Roman is preferred, but it includes the full IPA in Unicode only in more recent editions of Windows. One should never improvise IPA characters such as ɨ, ʉ, etc. by applying strike-through of common characters.

    2. The cover page must contain the following information:
    a. Title (in the original language and in English);
    b. Abstract;
    c. Resumo (a Portuguese abstract in case the original is English);
    d. Keywords and their equivalent palavras-chave in Portuguese.

    3.   The manuscript must include neither the name(s) of the author(s) nor acknowledgements.

    4.   To highlight terms or phrases, please use single quotation marks.

    5.   Only foreign language words and phrases and Latinized scientific terms should be in italic type.

    6.   The articles should follow the recommendations of the APA 6th Edition - Citation Guide for the presentation and use of bibliographical information: citation in documents and references.

    7.   Tables should be in Word format, numbered in sequence, with clear captions.

    8.   All figures (illustrations, graphs, pictures, diagrams, etc.) should be presented on separate, numbered pages with their respective captions, and submitted separately on the online platform. Images require minimum resolution of 300 dpi and minimum size of 1,500 pixels, in JPEG or TIFF format. If possible, respect the page sizes of the Bulletin, namely 16.5 cm wide and 20 cm tall (for images occupying two columns) or 8 cm wide and 20 cm tall (for images occupying one column). When text is contained in images, the font used should be Arial, 7 to 10 pt.

    9.   Images created in vectoral programs should be provided in open format, with either a .cdr (X5 or inferior), .eps or .ai (CS5 or inferior) extension.

    10. All tables, graphs and images must obligatorily be mentioned in the body of the text.

    11. Sections and subsections in the text must not be numbered.

    12. Only page numbering and the numbering of footnotes should be automatic. Texts containing automatically numbered sections, paragraphs, figures, examples or any other automatized processes cannot be accepted.

    13. Texts must fully comply with scientific naming rules, abbreviations and other conventions current in the specific fields of discipline.

    14. Footnotes should be used only when strictly necessary, never for reference to published work, and should be indicated in Arabic numbers.

    15. Reference to works cited throughout the text should conform to the following convention: author’s last name (not in upper case), year, page(s). Examples: (Goeldi, 1897, p. 10); Goeldi (1897, p. 10).

    16. All references used throughout the text must be listed at the end of the article, and all works listed should be mentioned in the text.


  • Basic text structure

    Title - The title must appear both in the original language of the text and in English (when English is not the original language). Title must be centralized and in bold. Do not use block capitals. The title must be written the same way on the cover page and on page two.
    Abstract - This section should be one paragraph long and highlight the goals, methods and results of the study. Minimum length: 100 words. Maximum length: 200 words. The abstract should be presented both in the original language of the text and in English. The authors are responsible for the English translation.
    Keywords - Three to six words that identify the topics addressed, for the purpose of indexing the paper in databases (Please verify the specific descriptors of the respective scientific field).
    Body of the text - Papers should preferably be divided in the following sections: introduction, theoretical background, development, conclusion, and references. Lengthy paragraphs and/or sentences should be avoided. Acronyms should be preceded by the word or phrase to which it refers to when appearing for the first time. E.g. The Federal University of Pará (UFPA). Quotations under three lines should be included in the body of the text between quotation marks ("). Quotations over three lines are separated from the text and indented in block, with no quotation marks, and the font must be smaller than the font used in the text.
    Acknowledgements - Acknowledgements are brief and can mention: support and funding; connections to graduate programs and/or research projects; acknowledgement to individuals and institutions. The names of the individuals and institutions acknowledged should be written in full together with what motivated the acknowledgement.
    References -References should appear at the end of the text in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author. In the event of two or more references to a same author, please use chronological order starting with the earliest work. References should comply with APA 6th Edition - Citation Guide recommendation, following the examples below (for other examples and more information, see

  • Book:

    Veríssimo, J. (1906). A educação nacional (2nd ed.). Rio de Janeiro: Livraria Francisco Alves.

    Quote in the text: Veríssimo (1906) or (Veríssimo, 1906).

  • Book chapter:

    Zaccara, M. (2017). Mulheres artistas em Pernambuco: uma introdução. In M. Zaccara (Org.), De sinhá prendada a artista visual: os caminhos da mulher artista em Pernambuco (pp. 16-48). Recife: Madalena Zaccara.

    Quote in the text: Zaccara (2017) or (Zaccara, 2017).

  • Series/Collection:

    Goeldi, E. (1900). Escavações arqueológicas em 1895: Executadas pelo Museu Paraense no litoral da Guiana Brasileira entre Oiapoque e Amazonas. (Memórias do Museu Goeldi, n. 1). Belém: Museu Paraense de História Natural e Ethonografia.

    Quote in the text: Goeldi (1900) or (Goeldi, 1900).

  • Newspaper article

    Naves, P. (1999, june 28). Lagos andinos dão banho de beleza. Folha de S. Paulo, Turismo, Caderno 8, p. 13.
    Quote in the text: Naves (1999) or (Naves, 1999).

  • Work presented in event

     Brayner, A. R. A., & Medeiros, C. (1994, december). Incorporação do tempo em SGBD orientado a objetos. In Anais do Simpósio Brasileiro de Banco de Dados, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo.

    Quote in the text: Brayner and Medeiros (1994) or (Brayner & Medeiros, 1994).

  • Legal document

    Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil de 1988 (18th. ed.). (1998). São Paulo: Saraiva.

    Quote in the text: Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil de 1988 (1998) or (Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil de 1988, 1998).

  • Academic works (theses, dissertations and monographs)

    Benchimol, A. (2015). Resgate e ressignificação da pesquisa no Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi: Presença e permanência de cientistas estrangeiros (1894-1914) na produção científica de autores atuais (1991-2010) (Doctoral dissertation). Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.

    Quote in the text: Benchimol (2015) or (Benchimol, 2015).

  • Archive document

    Campos, E. (1964, january 11). Carta à Bienal de São Paulo. Arquivo Histórico Wanda Svevo. Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo.

    Quote in the text: Campos (1964) or (Campus, 1964).

    Manuscript submission

    All submissions must be sent through the online platform ScholarOne. (

    Before submitting your work, please make sure you have followed all the instructions detailed in this document; this is crucial in order to begin the editorial process.

    There are no fees for submission and review articles.


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