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Purpose and editorial policy

Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais(Rev. Bras, Ci. Soc.) is one of the leading interdisciplinary journals in the field of the social sciences in Brazil. Its mission is to publish cutting edge knowledge production of the three great areas forming both the scope of the Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais (ANPOCS) and the very tradition of the social sciences: Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology. The Journal encompasses the characteristically broad thematic diversity of those areas, as well as their corresponding plurality in terms of methodology and theoretical and conceptual development. When clearly engaged with social sciences' debates, articles from other areas will occasionally be accepted. The Revista mainly publishes inedited articles. Keynote address delivered at the ANPOCS Annual Meetings are published as well. The Journal regularly publishes book reviews in order to contribute to the circulation of relevant national and international knowledge for social sciences.

Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais publishes inedited articles – not previously published in books, magazines or journals – with explicit substantive empirical and theoretical contributions to their fields. Review essays are published only when specifically commissioned by the Editorial Board (ANPOCS publishes BIB, a bibliographical review journal). Book review articles, on the other hand, are published by the Revista and must be inedited and cover books concerned with the three mentioned areas and their subareas. Specifics about articles' layout are can be consulted in the “Guidelines for the authors”. The Journal accepts of articles and reviews submissions in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, which will be published in the original language. The Revista publish keynote address given at t ANPOCS Annual Meeting aiming at making available to wider publics the speeches of outstanding international scholars, often financed with public founding. The Revista does not publish dossier in regular issues, neither translations of non inedited articles.


Publication and evaluation criteria

The publication of articles is subjected exclusively to criteria of merit. The process of merit evaluation is the same for all articles – including those which could occasionally be ordered by the Editorial Commission. After their submission, the articles undergo a process of desk review in order to assess their adequacy to the Journal’s purpose and editorial policy. Not later than 30 days from the moment of the submission, the authors will be informed of the results of this first phase. The approved articles will be subjected to a double blind peer review. There are four possible results from this second phase: approval for publication without modifications; approval for publication conditioned to modifications; recommendation of revision, and re-submission; and refusal. The third result does not imply that the Journal would necessarily publish the article in the event of a re-submission. The Journal will not accept re-submission if the two peer reviewers suggest “revision and resubmission” or if one of them refuses the article and his/her opinion is considered adequate by the editorial commission. The average time for the second phase is of five months. The opinions related to the articles submitted in English of Spanish will be formulated in one of those idioms, according to the preferences of the community of the Journal’s peer reviewers. The review expenses of approved English or Spanish written articles should be covered by the authors. RBCS do not charge fees for publishing.

Articles having received both a favorable evaluation and a recommendation for revision and re-submission shall be sent to the Journal within three months after the reception of those opinions of by the author(s). Once elapsed this period, such articles will be removed from the agenda of the Editorial Commission. Articles with approval for publication conditioned to modifications shall be revised and re-submitted within thirty days. The Editorial Commission reserves the right to suggest new modifications of form, or of punctual character in terms of content, in order to turn the article adequate to the Journal’s editorial or graphical profile.

The order of publication follows the criterion of a single row with the exception of brief ad hoc texts – as tributes or honors, for instance – and bibliographic accounts occasionally ordered by the Editorial Commission.

Articles submission and evaluation by double blind peer review system implies the commitment of the author(s) to address as satisfactorily as possible to the observations and criticisms of the reviewers. The Journal appreciates reviewers' work and, accordingly, will not submit to peer evaluation texts having received negative reviews in other journals if their authors have not made the effort address reviewers' observations. By the same token, the Journal reserves the right to decline articles whose revision disregards the suggestions of the reviewers without reasonable justification.

The authors who submit articles to the Journal commit themselves to provide blind peer reviews when occasionally invited to do so by the Journal. The Editorial Board reserves the right of not submitting to the second phase of evaluation (double blind peer reviews) articles whose authors repeatedly decline the delivery of reviews when invited by the Journal.

Book Reviews
Book reviews are accepted for evaluation when referred to works published no more than 24 months before the moment of their submission to the Journal. All book reviews are subject to the evaluation by the Book Reviews Editor and the Editorial Board. Such evaluation is guided by three criteria: adequacy to Journal's editorial policy and profile; relevance of the book reviewed for social sciences in general, and according to the current debates in the three great areas of the social sciences in Brazil. The Editor of Book Reviews may ask for a specific expert evaluation if judged convenient. In some circumstances, as in the case of works admittedly important for the debate of the social sciences in the country, the Book Reviews' Editor may commission book reviews. There are three possible results of the evaluation guided by the above criteria. Book reviews may be “accepted”, “accepted with modifications”, or “declined” – book reviews resubmission is not admitted. In the cases of the two last results, evaluation brief reports will be delivered.

Copyrights, exclusivity and CC-BY license
When submitting an article or a book review, the authors commit themselves to not send them to another journal during the process of evaluation. Conversely, the Revista does not receive articles yet under evaluation in other journals. It will not either proceed to two simultaneous evaluations of the same author, considering that this would amount to a simultaneous submission (submitting a new article while another one has not yet been published or declined).

The submission of any collaboration implies the integral cession of copyrights to ANPOCS, including those of translation, in the case of the article acceptance for publication. The authors are, of course, authorized to reproduce their articles provided that the original source (Rev. Bras. Ci. Soc.) and reference are mentioned.
In accordance with SCIELO, the Journal adopts the CC-BY license, internationally used by the open access leading journals and publications. It is understood that any author of an article published in the RBCS agrees with the use of such kind of license.

Good scientific practices
In tune with the advancements in the field of ethics and the good scientific practices, all the articles approved in the first phase will be subjected to tests in order to avoid plagiarism and “auto-plagiarism” or republication (publication as inedited of articles already published). Occasional cases of bad practice will be assessed and decided by the Editorial Board according to the Diretrizes Básicas para a Integridade na Atividade Cienífica [Basic Guidelines for the Integrity of Scientific Activity] of the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – CNPq ( and the Código de Boas Práticas [Good Practices Code] of the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo – FAPESP (

The views expressed in signed articles and the integrity of their contents are of absolute responsibility of their authors.

Layout Norms
The articles submitted shall be inedited and exclusive while in the process of evaluation in the Rev. Bras, Ci. Soc. (see editorial policy). The manuscript shall be presented in its final version, orthographically and grammatically revised in the original idiom, and without revision marks. The length of an article shall be of a minimum of 50.000 and a maximum of 70.000 characters with spaces, including bibliography, tables and diagrams. Articles shall be submitted in Times New Roman source, size 12, with space 1,5. Articles not complying with these norms will not be submitted to evaluation.

The abstract shall have up to 1.000 characters with spaces, in the same configuration of the article, and shall specify: the problem, the central argument of the article, its contribution to the field, as well as its empirical instances of observation and its methodological choices.

Articles and book reviews can be submitted in Portuguese, English and Spanish. If accepted, they will be published in the original language. The articles' revision costs in English and Spanish shall be covered by the authors, being the professionals for such task assigned by the RBCS. Submissions in English may receive peer reviews in that language or in Spanish. Submissions in Spanish and Portuguese may receive peer reviews in one of the three languages. When submitting an article, the author implicitly agrees in receiving peer reviews in those languages.

Text organization
The article’s title shall have, as maximum, 90 characters with spaces. The author(s) name(s) shall be accompanied by the institutional affiliation and the indication of the corresponding city, state, and country, as well as that of the institutional e-mail address.

Mentions to authors along the text shall follow the form – (Author, date) or (Author, date, page), as in the examples: (Jaguaribe, 1962) or (Jaguaribe, 1962, p. 35). In the case of more than one title of the same author in the same year, the differentiation shall be established by adding a letter after the date, as in the examples: (Adorno, 1975a), (Adorno, 1975b), etc.

When inferior to two lines, the quotations shall be expressed in italics in the body of the text, and in italics in a new paragraph when larger than that. They shall be translated to the language used by the article, mentioning in a footnote the translator’s name by occasion of the first translated quotation.

In general, footnotes shall contain only complementary substantive information without exceeding 250 characters with spaces per footnote.

In articles with tables, tableaux, graphics and figures, the respective source shall be informed in each case, including those in which the elaboration is due to the author himself (for instance: author’s elaboration based on IBGE 2005, or author’s elaboration based on Santos 2002). When the data involved result from a project coordinated by the author, the name of the project shall be informed as source.

The basic rules for using abbreviations are: use capital letters for abbreviations with up to three characters (ex: USP, PUC, OAB); for all the abbreviations susceptible of pronunciation as words, from 4 characters onwards, use only the first in capital letter (ex: Fapesp, Unicamp, Uerj); for abbreviations, from four characters onwards, but not susceptible of pronunciation as words, use only capital letters (ex: UFMG, UFRJ; ABNT). These rules for composition of abbreviations shall be applied also to the bibliographic references.

Bibliographical criteria
The bibliography shall be indicated in alphabetical order at the final of the article or book review, according to the criteria and rules mentioned below.
Some general criteria are the following:

  • Titles of books, periodicals, newspapers, magazines, disks, motion pictures, paintings and sculptures shall be expressed always in italics.
  • Names of chapters, poems, songs, as well as titles of articles shall be expressed between quotation marks.
  • Names of newspapers shall be expressed exactly as in the original: for instance, O Estado de S. Paulo, Diário de S. Paulo, Folha de S. Paulo, Jornal do Comércio (Recife).

Bibliographic references shall conform to the following rules, according to the types of materials involved:

  • Book: author’s last name (in capital letters)/COMMA/ author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/ COMMA/ title of the book (in italics)/PERIOD/full name of the translator/PERIOD/number of the edition, if it is not the first/COMMA/place of publication/COMMA/name of the publishing house/PERIOD.

Example: SACHS, Ignacy. (1986), Ecodesenvolvimento, crescer sem destruir. Tradução de Eneida Cidade Araújo, 2a edição, São Paulo, Vértice.

  • Article: author’s last name/COMMA/author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/COMMA/title of the article (between quotation marks)/PERIOD/name of the periodical (in italics)/COMMA/volume of the periodical/COMMA/  number of the edition/COLON/page numbers/PERIOD/.

Example: REIS, Elisa. (1982), “Elites agrárias, state-building e autoritarismo”. Dados, 25, 3: 275-96.

  • Electronic article: author’s last name/COMMA/ author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/COMMA/title of the article (between quotation marks)/PERIOD/name of the periodical (in italics)/COMMA/volume of the periodical/COMMA/number of the edition/COLON/page numbers/PERIOD/address of the site in which the article is available/name of the Journal and ISSN/PERIOD/date in which it has been consulted)/PERIOD/.

Example: REIS, Elisa Pereira; REIS, Fábio Wanderley & VELHO, Gilberto. (1997), “As ciências sociais nos últimos 20 anos: três perspectivas”. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 12 (35). Available at, consulted in 30/6/2013.
Example: WALKER, R. (2005), “The double outside of the modern international”. Available at, consulted in 17/9/2007.
Example: FAUSTO, Carlos. (2008), “Donos demais: maestria e domínio na Amazônia”. Mana – Estudos de Antropologia Social, 14 (2): 329-366. Available at, colsulted in 4/7/2011.

  • Collected writings: Author’s last name (in capital letters)/COMMA/ author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/COMMA/ title of the chapter (between quotation marks)/COMMA/in (in italics)/initials of the first name(s) followed by the last name of the editor(s)/COMMA/mention, between parentheses, of such qualification/COMMA/title of the collection (in italics)/COMMA/name of the publishing house/PERIOD/.

Example: ABRANCHES, Sergio Henrique. (1987), “Governo, empresa estatal e política siderúrgica: 1930-1975”, in O.B. Lima & S.H. Abranches (org.), As origens da crise, São Paulo, Iuperj/Vértice.

  • Academic theses and dissertations: Author’s last name/COMMA/author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of presentation (between parentheses)/COMMA/title of the thesis or dissertation (in italics)/PERIOD/academic degree to which it is related/PERIOD/institution to which it was presented/PERIOD/city in which the institution is situated/PERIOD/.

Example: SGUIZZARDI, Eunice Elena. (1986), O estruturalismo de Piaget: subsídios para a determinação de um lugar comum para a Ciência e a Arquitetura. Tese de Mestrado. Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo, São Paulo.

  • Newspaper signed articles: Author’s last name/COMMA/author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses/COMMA/title of the article (between quotation marks)/PERIOD/name of the periodical (in italics)/COMMA/date of publication/PERIOD/name of the part or section (between parentheses)/PERIOD/.

Example: AMORIM, Celso. (2002), “Guerra contra o Iraque é evitável”. Folha de S. Paulo, 25 set. (caderno Cotidiano).

  • Newspaper non-signed texts: name of the text or article (between quotation marks and with the first word in capital letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/COMMA/newspaper’s name (in italics)/COMMA/day and month/PERIOD/name of the part or section (between parentheses)/PERIOD/.

Example: “A PESQUISA em saúde nas ciências sociais e humanas: tendências contemporâneas”. (2005), Folha de S. Paulo, 22 ago. (Caderno Cotidiano)

Revision and correction
All the texts will be submitted to a process of ample revision, involving orthography, grammar, and style. Once revised, the texts will be subjected to the approval of the author(s) before the publication. The revision aims at assuring the adequate comprehension and the formal quality of the texts published by the Journal. The Editorial Commission reserves the right of not publishing articles whose reformulation disregards the suggestions of the text reviser without a reasonable justification.

Book reviews
Book reviews shall have titles of up to a maximum of 50 characters with spaces, may contain bibliography, and shall respect the limit of 20,000 characters with spaces. The manuscript shall be presented in its final version, in a corrected orthographic and grammatical form, and without marks of revision. Book reviews shall be submitted in source Times New Roman, size 12, with space 1.5. Book reviews nonconforming with these norms will not be considered.

Exclusive online submission of articles and book reviews
Articles and book reviews shall be submitted exclusively at the page of the Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais – RBCS, via Open Journal System – OJS platform, through the address: All the steps indicated for the submission shall be followed. In the case of an article with more than one author, it shall be submitted by the author who will be in contact with the Journal, following all the editorial process and being responsible for answering to the evaluation.

Two files in .doc or .docx shall be annexed in order to proceed to the online submission. The first of them, directed exclusively to the Editor in the form of a cover letter, shall include the article’s title, abstracts in Portuguese and English, and biographic data of the author(s) (academic degree, academic appointment, more recent relevant publications, and institutional e-mail address). Such file may include information revealing the authorship of the text and acknowledgements, and is also destined to the eventual inclusion of comments and justifications to the Editor on any aspects related to the course of the evaluation. The second file is the main document for it will be the one to be read by the ad hoc peer reviewers. For this reason, the article must be sent through this second file without any kind of reference or information that could identify the author(s), and shall include only the title, the text, and the bibliographical references – excluded those which could permit the identification of the author(s).

Any doubts about the process of submission or evaluation of the articles and book reviews may be elucidated through the e-mail:

There is no fee for submission and evaluation articles.


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