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Editorial guidelines

Editorial scope

Etnográfica is an international journal of social and cultural Anthropology. It publishes research articles, dossiers on specific topics and review articles, besides other contributions considered to be of interest to the journal’s readership.

All manuscripts submitted by authors and editors of thematic dossiers must be original and should not duplicate any previously published work.


Each annual volume of Etnográfica is composed of three issues, published in February, June and October. There are no deadlines for the submission of original manuscripts.

Languages of publication

Etnográfica publishes articles in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Extension of contributions

Articles should not be longer than 60.000 characters (with spaces and including bibliography) or 9000 words. Dossiers on specific topics should preferably include a maximum of five articles.

Title, abstract and keywords

Submissions should include a (not very long) title, an abstract and a maximum of six keywords in two languages: the main language of the text and Portuguese or English.

Author’s identification

Authors should be identified by name, institutional affiliation (research centre, department, university), country and publishable e-mail address. This information is omitted during the peer review process.

Bibliographic references

Bibliographic references in the text must use the “Author (date)” system. Only works cited in the text should be included in a reference list at the end of the article, following the journal’s style (for examples, see below or previously published articles).

Tables and figures

Tables and figures may be included as a complement to clarify the written text. Authors are responsible for providing formats in black and white of the highest possible quality.


Submissions are made through the e-mail in a text file (Word or equivalent), at any given moment. The acceptance of a special dossier on a specific topic is subject to the evaluation of each of its articles; however, the editorial board may consider the pertinence of a proposal before its formal submission. For this purpose, dossier editors should submit a brief presentation of the dossier and a list of the articles to be included (with title, author, and abstract).

Evaluation and selection

The editorial board is responsible for selecting and accepting manuscripts for publication, following a peer-review system. Theoretical innovation and ethnographic grounding constitute two key qualities Etnográfica is on the lookout for. Research and review articles considered for publication are subject to double-blind peer-review by external referees. Thematic dossiers are also evaluated as a whole. Editorial decisions are usually communicated to the author or editors within a six-month period.

Bibliographic references – examples

In the text

The statement was proven wrong shortly after (Smith 1921: 345).

Different scholars agree, though (Smith 1921; Jones 1965).

Milton (2002, 2003) has developed the argument later.

According to Evans-Pritchard, “What can he do anyhow?” (1965 [1940]: 166).

In the reference list

ANTUNES, José M., 2004, “Passado, presente e futuro dos artigos online”, Revista de Informática Experimental, 6 (3), available from <> (accessed 14/09/2005).

BASTOS, Cristiana, Miguel Vale de ALMEIDA, and Bela FELDMAN-BIANCO (eds.), 2004, Trânsitos Coloniais: Diálogos Críticos Luso-Brasileiros. Lisbon, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.

CABRAL, João de Pina, and Nelson LOURENÇO, 2003, Em Terra de Tufões: Dinâmicas da Etnicidade Macaense. Macau, ICM.

CANTÓN DELGADO, Manuela, et al., 2004, Pentecostales Gitanos. Seville, Signatura Deimos.

DIAS, Jill, 2002, “Novas identidades africanas em Angola no contexto do comércio atlântico”, in Cristiana Bastos, Miguel Vale de Almeida and Bela Feldman-Bianco (eds.), Trânsitos Coloniais: Diálogos Críticos Luso-Brasileiros. Lisbon, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 293-320.

EVANS-PRITCHARD, Edward E., 1965 [1940], The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

FERNANDES, António, 2002, “Como citar textos eletrónicos”, em <> (accessed 12/05/2003).

FERNANDES, António, 2003, Tudo sobre Textos Electrónicos. Lisbon, Editora E-livros, em <> (accessed 23/04/2004).

MALINOWSKI, Bronislaw, 1921, “Classificatory particles in the language of Kiriwina”, Bulletin of The School of Oriental Studies, 1 (4): 33-78.

Copyright of published contributions

By accepting to publish in Etnográfica, in both its print and electronic forms, authors agree that the Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA) is the only copyright holder of all published material, responsible for advertising and sales in any format considered appropriate for the promotion of scientific knowledge. Authors are responsible for the articles’ contents and Etnográfica will ensure that authorship is duly accredited for.