ISSN 1984-6487 on-line version



Scope and Policy

The on-line journal Sexuality, Health and Society is a project by the Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM-IMS/UERJ), seeking to promote the exchange of Latin American scholarly work, and its dissemination among researchers, activists, and policymakers. The journal receives unpublished articles that, with a focus on Latin America, explore sexualities’ cultural and political dimensions, and bring relevant and original contributions to that theme.

Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad- Revista Latinoamericana is mainly interested in:

a)Practices and social representations sexualities/eroticism, and their connections different to social markers of difference (gender, class, skin color/race, ethnicity/nationality, life course stages/generation, etc.);

b) public policy, juridical frameworks, and the action of different civil society actors (social movements, religious groups, NGOs, funding agencies, etc.) in the process of institution of sexual and reproductive rights in the domains of health, justice, and education, among others.
c) with emphasis on the role of public or collective health the development of research and public policy in this area.
c), with emphasis on the role of public or collective health in the development of research and public policy in this area.

The journal will privilege the perspective of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Articles may be written in one of three languages: English, Portuguese, or Spanish. The contributions may include include theoretical discussions; the analysis of empirical investigations results; literature reviews within the Journal's subject area;
For its Book Review section, pieces must pertain to the focus and scope of the journal, and refer to books published with the past two years.

Peer review system

Process of assessment by peers on a "double blind" basis
The thematic and disciplinary relevance of texts reviewed by peers on a "double blind" basis (double blind peer review)  will be previously defined by the editors.

The original articles sent to the Journal will be assessed by at least two assessors ad hoc, chosen among a group of of well-known specialists in the different of interest of the journal. These specialists will provide their opinion on the content quality of contributions.

In order to be published, the articles under revision have to get a favorable opinion on the part of the expert assessors. In cases of disagreement among the assessors, a third assessor ad hoc will carry out a critical review of the text. That review will be the basis for the editorial decision on whether to publish the text or not.

Once assessed by peers on a "double-blind" basis and approved by the editors for its publication, the article will undergone spelling and stylistic edition.

The articles sent for assessment by the Journal must not be under the process of assessment by any other publication.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


Articles must be unpublished and must present original discussions that are relevant and pertinent to the subject area of interest of the journal, and whose focus is on Latin American countries.
Articles are accepted for evaluation and may be published in English, Portuguese, or Spanish.
Articles must include an abstract (with spaces), and five keywords in the language in which the text is written, totaling of up to 1000 characters. The abstract must highlight the article’s main purpose, methods, results, and main conclusions.
Texts originally written in Spanish or Portuguese must also include a thoroughly proofread title, abstract and keywords in English. Articles written in English must include a Spanish translation of those elements. Translations may be reviewed and re-written by the journal.
To guarantee the anonymity of the peer-review process, manuscripts must not contain any marks of authorship, i.e., the authors’ names shall not appear in the body of the text, including references in notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, etc. Those pieces of information must be substituted by the symbol $, and may be reinserted once the article has been accepted for publication. Authors’ data (name, institutional affiliation, city/country, e-mail, etc.) must be inserted in the appropriate fields of the journal’s electronic submission form.

Article submission criteria
The following norms refer to manuscripts based on theoretical discussion empirical research, and literature revision.
Articles’ length must not exceed 50,000 characters (with spaces), including title, abstract (in both languages) keywords, notes, and bibliographic references.
Texts must be formatted and edited in Word, with .doc extension, Arial 12 typeset, and 1.5-point spacing.
Page layout must be A4, with 3.0 cm margins (top, bottom, left, and right). Page numbers must be on Arial 10 typeset, at the top right corner of the page.
The paper’s title must be centered, in lowercase Arial 14 bold font, 1.5-spaced. When applicable, subtitles must also be lowercase.
Abstracts must be formatted in Arial 12 font, single-spaced.

Book review submission criteria
1. Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad welcomes unpublished original reviews of books published within the past two years, on topics within the interest and scope of the journal (See "about" / Scope and editorial policy). Reviews submitted must not be under evaluation or edition by another publication.
2. Book reviews must not exceed 20,000 characters (with spaces) in length.
3. Book reviews do not have a title; they must be headed by the full bibliographic reference of the reviewed book (in accordance to the journal’s norms for bibliographic references).
4. The author of the review must insert, below the reviewed book’s full bibliographic reference, his or her name, title, institutional affiliation, city, country, and e-mail.
5. Book reviews must not include notes.
6. If the text of the book review includes other bibliographic citations, those must follow the journal’s Author Guidelines for bibliographic references.
7. In order to submit a book review, one must register as “author” in the journal’s electronic submission system.
8. After evaluation of the pertinence of the topic and the adequacy of written style, the journal’s Review Editors may accept the book review as is, suggest revisions, or reject it, according to the journal’s editorial criteria.
9. Acceptance of a book review for publication does not guarantee its inclusion in the next issue ofSexualidad, Salud y Sociedad.
10. Las reseñas aprobadas pasarán por revisión ortográfica y corrección de estilo.

Notes, citations, and bibliographic references
Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad follows ISO 690/87, e ISO 690-2/97 international standards (the latter specifically with regard to electronica documents).
1. Notes shall be inserted at the foot of the page, and must not consist only of bibliographic references.
2. Bibliographic citations identifying the publication from which a passage has been extracted shall be inserted in the main body of text, in the following format: author’s surname, year of publication of the version used, as listed in the article’s bibliographic references, page number/s, all between parentheses. If two or more references have the same author and year, they shall be differentiated by using lowercase letters (a, b, c) after the year. When paraphrasing an idea, use the same reference style, omitting the page number.
3. Direct citations, up to three lines, shall be transcribed between quotation marks. Citations of more than three lines must be indented 4 cm to the right of the left margin, without quotation marks, using Arial 10 fonts.
4. The complete list of bibliographic references cited must be placed at the end of the text, following ISO standards (see above), as in the following examples.
a. Book monographs
BENTO, Berenice. 2006. A reinvenção do corpo: sexualidade e gênero. 1ª ed. Rio de Janeiro: Garamond. 256 p.
b. Edited volumes
HEILBORN, M. et al. (eds.) 2005. Sexualidade, família e ethos religioso. 1ª ed. Rio de Janeiro: Garamond. 344 p.
c. Book chapter
PORTNOY, Fabián. 2005. "El embarazo en la adolescencia y los riesgos perinatales". In: GOGNA, M. (ed.).Embarazo y maternidad en la adolescencia. Estereotipos, evidencias y propuestas para políticas públicas. 1ª ed. Buenos Aires: CEDES. 344 p.
d. Journal article
CRAPANZANO, Vincent. 2005. "A cena: lançando sombra sobre o real". Mana. Estudos de Antropologia Social. Outubro de 2005. Vol. 11, nº 2, p. 357-383.
e. Thesis or dissertation
CROCKER, C. 1967. Social Organization of the Eastern Bororo. Ph. D. Dissertation, Harvard University.

Citing electronic documents
Bibliographic references to electronic documents shall follow ISO 690-2/97 standards. In general, they must include: author’s surname (in capital letters); name of the autor/s; date of publication (between parentheses); document title; type of media [CD ROM, online, etc.]; editor; 'Available at:' indicating URL; date of latest access [between brackets]. In the case of electronic periodicals or series, issue number shall also be included (volume, issue, etc.). URLs must be active at the time of submission.

ARRIADA LOREA, R. (18.10.2005). Aborto e direitos humanos na América Latina - Desconstruindo o mito da proteção da vida desde a concepção [online]. Centro Latinoamericano de Sexualidad y Derechos Humanos (CLAM/IMS/UERJ). Available at: [Accessed on 25.06.08].
Tables, charts and/or graphs shall be inserted along the text, and not at the end. They must be pasted using jpg format, of 300 dpi quality, in order to allow its direct reproduction. Titles and numbers shall be embedded, as well as sources and references, when applicable, all in Arial 10 fonts.

Articles submitted for evaluation must not be under consideration for publication by other journals.

Publishing Rights
By sending their paper to be assessed, the authors assume that the texts, illustrations, charts and bibliographic references, etc. therein are their own responsibility and reveal their own opinion rather than the opinion of Sexuality, Health and Society- Latin American Journal.

Just by sending their paper, the authors allow editors to eventually publish the paper and relinquish all rights to that end.

Letter Template
Right after sending an article for its assessment by Sexuality, Health and Society - Latin American Journal through the Journal´s electronic editorial management and publication system (, authors must send by mail a duly signed copy of the following letter:

I hereby certify that the article titled (title of the article) submitted to the Journal Sexuality, Health and Society- Latin American Journal, has not been published before. Furthermore, I promise not to submit the paper for assessment to any other publication while it is being assessed by Sexuality, Health and Society- Latin American Journal, in case it is approved by the former Journal.

I hereby declare that the article is original and that the contents therein are of my authorship. All the data and references to previous publications and their corresponding credits have been duly identified and included in the bibliographic notes and quotes that are indicated as such. If required, I have the corresponding authorizations granted by the owners of the respective rights. 

I hereby declare that the materials are copyright free and I assume responsibility for any law-suit or claim related to Intellectual Property Law, exonerating Sexuality, Health and Society - Latin American Journal of any responsibility.

In case the article is approved for its publication, I grant Sexuality, Health and Society- Latin American Journal authorization for its publication within an unlimited period of time. Full or partial reproduction of texts published in Sexuality, Health and Society - Latin American Journal by other publications shall clearly and unequivocally indicate that it was first published in the former Journal (stating number, date and pages).

Name(s) / Signature(s)

This letter shall be addressed to:

Sexuality, Health and Society – Latin American Journal
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Send of the manuscripts - Submission Preparation Checklist

Registration and login in are required to submit items online and to check the status of current submissions.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The contribution is original, unpublished, and it is not under assessment by other journal. if this is not the case, a "Note to the editors" must be added Submitted files must be in Microsoft Word, graphics and/or charters must be inserted in the text and not as an annex to the document) in jpg format, 300 dpi, with their corresponding names and numbers, references and sources.
  2. The articles includes an abstract (1000 character maximum, with spaces), and five keywords. The title of the article, its abstract and the key words must be also in English, as long as that is not the original language of the text. If that is the case, the same elements must also be in Spanish.
  3. All URLs referenced in the text are active.
  4. . Notes must be at the bottom of the page and cannot be only. The complete list of bibliographic references must be at the end of the text , in accordance with the directives for authors in the About the Journal section..


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