Guidelines for Authors
PSR solicits original research articles, as well as review essays, book
reviews and other material focusing on Portugal, Brazil, all African and
Asian countries or territories with a history of Portuguese presence or
contact, and all the maritime spaces, islands, and other geographical
areas playing a role in the continued development of Lusophone or Portuguese-influenced
identities, diaspora communities, and cultural contexts. The results of
pure and applied research are equally acceptable. Particularly welcome
are the disciplines of history, geography, economics, economic history,
political science, international relations, policy studies, anthropology,
ethnology and folklore, archaeology, cultural studies, and cultural and
natural heritage conservation. The Review is committed to methodological
pluralism: no combination of disciplines and methodologies will be turned
away a priori, as long as it proves to be effective and rigorous.
Article-length manuscripts submitted to the PSR should ideally not exceed
8,000 words (exclusive of notes, tables, and graphics), and should not
include more than 100 notes. Longer articles will be considered for publication
if warranted by quality and topic, but only as space permits. Manuscripts
should be submitted in English, Portuguese, French, or Spanish, exclusive
of dialects. Works will be published in the original language. Besides
research articles, the PSR solicits submissions for the following sections:
Research Notes, Comments and Responses, Archives and Multimedia, Review
Essays, and Research Reports.
The double-blind peer review process (preserving the anonymity of both
author and reviewer) involves two anonymous referees. Authors may suggest
referees best suited for evaluating their submissions. The referees will
be asked to follow standardized evaluation criteria, set out in the Guidelines
for Referees. Should one of the referees reject the work, a third opinion
will be sought. If rejected by two referees, the submission will be turned
down. The process may take up to four months, but the PSR constantly seeks
to streamline the procedure in order to ensure prompt response to authors.
The final decision to publish rests with the Editors (where matching the
Review's profile and editorial policy is concerned), and is based on the
recommendations of the referees (with respect to quality of content).
If no revisions are suggested, the work will be accepted for publication.
If revisions are called for, the manuscript will be returned to the author,
with the appropriate anonymous annotations and comments. In the case of
minor revisions, the Editors will verify compliance and make the decision
to publish. In the case of substantial revisions, the revised version
will be sent to the original referees for evaluation. Should further changes
be required, the manuscript will be once again returned to the author.
All manuscripts requiring revision should be returned to the Editors within
three months from receipt. Please advise the Editors if you require more
time, or your manuscript will be considered withdrawn.
Manuscripts may be edited to comply with house style, as required (minor
matters of style and layout). Manuscripts in English should use American
spelling and punctuation, and manuscripts in Portuguese should comply
consistently with either Portuguese or Brazilian usage.
Authors bear responsibility for the accuracy and veracity of their statements,
as well as for the adequacy of references. Items published in the PSR
represent the opinions of the author(s), and should not be construed to
reflect the opinions of the Editors, the Editorial Board, the PSR, or
the PSR's home institution. The main author is the guarantor of the fact
that the article reflects the opinions of all co-authors, and that all
personal communications cited in the text or the notes have the approval
of the person(s) cited.
Manuscripts submitted to the PSR must be previously unpublished works,
and cannot be under simultaneous consideration by other publishers. Manuscript
submission implies the understanding that if the work is accepted for
publication, copyright (including translation rights, and worldwide rights
to reproduce the article in all forms of media, known or yet to be invented)
shall be assigned exclusively to the Portuguese Studies Review as per
our Author Contract. In return, the PSR will not deny any reasonable request
to reproduce any of the authors' works.
Each author (or team of co-authors) will receive 5 hard copy offprints of their article.
Manuscripts should be sent to the Chief Editor, accompanied by the author's
statement releasing the work for publication in the PSR, accepting responsibility
for the content, asserting status as original work, and undertaking not
to submit the same work simultaneously to other publications (please use
our Author Release, on this Website). Authors
are urged to keep copies of all the material sent to the PSR, to avoid
complications in case of loss in transit or other mishap. Upon receipt,
each submission will receive a serial number, and the author will be advised
by e-mail, fax, or letter whether the manuscript has been received in
good order and whether it satisfies requirements for peer review.
correspondence relating to editorial matters should be addressed to:
Ivana Elbl, Chief Editor
Portuguese Studies Review
Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 7B8
Manuscripts will not be returned, even if rejected. The PSR cannot accept
submissions made by e-mail alone, without fulfilling the other requirements.
Editors are open to all suggestions. Authors are encouraged to discuss
article proposals with the Editors.
should be returned to the Editors within a week from receipt. At this
point, authors should make only minor corrections, not substantive alterations,
deletions, or additions. The Review declines responsibility for any errors
not identified and marked up by the author(s) during the proofing stage.
If corrections are still required after proofing, they shall be billed
to the author.
General Guidelines Submission