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Manuscript preparation

Topoi.Revista de História’s main target audience is scholars and students of the disciplines within Social Sciences and Humanities. It publishes original and previously unpublished articles, essays, interviews, debates, translated works and critical reviews in History.

Topoi. Revista de História has a double-blind peer review process. For
submission, manuscripts should obtain a preliminary approval by the
Editorial Board. They are then evaluated by two outside reviewers. If there is disagreement between the two reviewers, the work goes to a third reviewer. Final acceptance depends on the reviewers’ recommendation, on the author’s or authors’ compliance with the requests for whatever changes are deemed necessary, and on the final approval by the Editorial Board.


Manuscripts organization and format

The journal’s editorial guidelines are the following:

  1. Articles, or essays, should have between 36,000 and 64,000 characters with spaces, including notes and references.
  2. Book reviews should have between 10,000 and 18,000 characters with spaces. Only works published in the last two years, or titles out of print but with a recent new edition, will be considered for reviews. Taken into account the requirements for historical approaches, reviews on other expressions of culture such as films, exhibitions, plays etc. may also be considered.
  3. Translations should have between 36,000 and 64,000 characters with spaces, including notes and references. Submission of translations must include legal permission by the author of the original text.
  4. Submitted manuscripts must be original and unpublished, should not be under consideration by other publication outlets and should not contain any indication of authorship in the text. Authors should delete from the file any information that might identify the authorship of the work.
  5. Submissions should always be electronic documents, in Microsoft Word or RTF format. If they contain images, illustrations, tables and/or graphics, these should be included in the text. Tables and graphs are to be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, followed by a title. Images, in JPG format, are numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers, and must include captions with the term Figure, and with attribution of sources.
  6. A separate file in the same format described above, shall contain the author(s)’ personal data (full name, address, phone, email), as well as a brief biography, including degree(s), institutional affiliation and most relevant publications (three references maximum).
  7. The sections of an article or essay are, in this order: text, notes, documental sources (when applicable), references, resumo and palavras-chaves (in Portuguese), abstract and keywords.
  8. Articles and essays must include in the first page the title in Portuguese and English, in Times New Roman 12-point bold font, centered; only the first word is capitalized (and any proper noun in the title, when appropriate). Reviews must have a title (in Portuguese and English), followed by the complete reference of the reviewed piece. Reviews do not need abstract, keyword, notes or references.
  9. Subtitles for articles or essays, when appropriate, should be in bold and only the first word (or any proper noun in the subtitle) is capitalized. Line spacing between the previous paragraph and the subtitle is one blank line, while between the subtitle and the next paragraph is none.
  10. Text should be in Times New Roman 12-point font; fully justified; standard tab (1.25 cm) at the beginning of each paragraph; line spacing 1.5; A4 page size; top, bottom, left and right margins should be set at 2.5 cm.
  11. Block quotations (quotations with more than three lines) are set off from the main text as a paragraph, without quotation marks, with 1.5 cm of left indentation, in Times New Roman 11-point font, single line spacing. Quotations with less than three lines are included in the body of the text, in run-in quotes, between quotation marks, regular size font. Italics should be used only for words and excerpts in foreign language.
  12. Quotations in foreign language should appear in translation in the main text; the original, untranslated text should be in a note, with clear indication of the source of the translation.
  13. Notes appear at the end of the text, in normal Times New Roman 10-point size, single line spacing, left-justified. They may be bibliographic or explicative (the journal guidelines do not accept in-text author-date citation style). When appropriate, authors whose work was funded in whole or in part by funding institutions should acknowledge them in the first note.
  14. Bibliographic references are listed at the end of the article in alphabetic order. They should follow ABNT guidelines, and be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font, left justified, single line spacing, and one blank line after each reference.
  15. After the bibliographic references, authors should provide a resumo (in Portuguese) in a single paragraph, maximum 10 lines (700 to 1,500 characters with spaces), followed by five palavras-chaves (also in Portuguese). An abstract and keywords in English should also follow, with the same requirements.
  16. Appendices and/or auxiliary material are to be included only when essential to the understanding of the text.
  17. All texts are submitted after thorough grammar and orthographic proofreading, observing the Novo Acordo Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa. In some cases, manuscripts in Spanish, English or French may be submitted; however, publication is contingent to the viability of translation, in addition to the approval in the evaluation process.
The submission of manuscripts entails the cession of authorial and publication rights to Topoi. Revista de História. Content and opinions presented in the articles and essays, as well as the accuracy of the bibliographic and documental references, however, are exclusively the responsibility of the authors.


Submission of manuscripts

Topoi.Revista de História publishes original articles, essays, interviews, debates, translations and critical reviews in the field of History, and accepts collaborations year-round, via email to It follows a rolling submission deadline policy.


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