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Author Guidelines

1. All the articles should be submitted online on this website. If you have any question submitting your article, contact us to Each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality, making use of appropriate software to do so (SafeAssign by Blackboard: Originals submitted for publication are sent to recognised specialists for independent refereeing on the basis of a "double-blind" review. The Editor makes the final decision on selection, after hearing the Editorial Committee.

2. Articles submitted should be originals. Authors undertake not to present them simultaneously for publication elsewhere and not to re-publish them without the specific authorization of this journal.

3. The articles should be formatted with line spacing: 1.5/12 point type.

4. Articles should not have more than 50.000 characters (with spaces), including diagrams, tables and bibliography. The title shouldn't exceed 95 characters. Contributions should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 650 characters and 3 or 4 key-words. The abstract should state the article’s goals, its principal contributions to the progress of knowledge, the methods employed and the main results and conclusions. Each article should not exceed a total of seven tables or figures. Must also present few footnotes.

5. Other texts, such as projects, sociographical materials, documents, opinions and critical reviews should adhere to the following page limits:
a) news items, one to two pages;
b) other items, five pages.

6. It is recommended that articles use at most two title levels, without numbering (preferably) or with Arabic numbering.

7. Quotes should be opened and closed with inverted commas. Words in other languages should appear in italics.

8. Non-textual elements in the articles should be organized as tables and figures which are identified with continuous Arabic numbering for each of these types of item.

9. Numbers alone, without brackets, should be used for note references. Numbering should be continuous from the beginning to the end of the article.

10. Bibliographical references to works cited should conform to these guidelines:
a) Books: Surname, Given Name (year, reference to the first edition, if applicable), Title. Subtitle, Place of publication, Publisher;
b) Articles in periodicals: Surname, Given Name (year), "Title of the article: subtitle", Name of the Periodical, volume (number), page references;
c) Texts in compilations: Surname, Given Name (year, reference to the first edition, if applicable), "Title of the text: subtitle", in Given Name and Surname (org.), Title of the Compilation. Subtitle, Place of publication, Publisher, page references.

11. All originals submitted to the Editor should:
a) consist of the final version of the text, ready to publish and duly revised for possible typing errors;
b) be accompanied, when graphics or icons are included, by the originals, with an indication of the places in the text where they should be inserted (though the managing committee reserves the right not to accept figures involving disproportionately difficult graphical work); except for photographs (or similar images), figures should be constructed and submitted in vectorial format, with the program and version indicated. All graphics should be designed in black and white or shades of grey;
c) clearly show any expressions to be printed in italics or to be shown up using any other graphical means;
d) articles submitted for publication should be accompanied by short versions of the authors' CVs mentioning their qualifications, their professional status and institutional references, as well as e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

e) Articles must be accompanied by a declaration stating that they have been revised by an accredited translator or a native speaker of the language in which the text is written, in the event that that is not the author(s)’ native tongue.

12. No costs associated to the submission of articles.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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 must be original, unpublished and not awaiting revision or publication by another journal. If this is not the case, an explanation must be given in "Comments to the Editor".

  2. Files must be submitted in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF (as long as they do not exceed 2MB).

  3. URLs for references must be provided when available.

  4. Texts must be formatted as follows: spacing 1.5 lines (also applicable to notes and bibliographies); figures and tables must be inserted into the text and not at the end of the document in the form of annexes.

  5. The text must comply with the styling standards and bibliographic requirements described in the Reviewing section of Instructions for Authors.

  6. The instructions set out in Ensuring Blind Peer Reviews must have been followed.

  7. Submissions must be accompanied by a complete biography.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish in this Journal must agree the following terms and conditions:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal the right to first publication, while simultaneously agreeing to a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to share their work on condition that they cite the original author(s) and recognise that the latter’s work was first published in this Journal.
  2. Authors are authorised to enter into additional contracts separately, for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the work that is published in this Journal (e.g. publication in an institutional repository or as a book chapter), subject to recognition of initial publication in this Journal.


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