The articles submitted shall be inedited and exclusive while in the process of evaluation in the RBCS (see editorial policy). The manuscript shall be presented in its final version, orthographically and grammatically correct in the correspondent idiom, and without revision marks. The length of an article shallbeof a minimum of 50.000 and a maximum of 70.000 characters with spaces, including bibliography, tables and diagrams. Articles shall be submitted in Times New Roman source, size 12, with space 1,5. Articles not complying with these norms will not be submitted to evaluation.
The abstract shall have up to 1.000 characters with spaces, in the same configuration of the article, and shall specify: the problem, the central argument of the article, its contribution to the field of the literature in which it is inscribed, as well as its materials or empirical instances and its methodological choices.


Articles and book reviews can be subjected in Portuguese, English and Spanish. If approved, they will be published in the original language. The costs with the revision of the articles in English and Spanish shall be covered by the respective authors, being the professionals for such task assigned by the RBCS. Submissions in English mayreceive peer reviews in that language or Spanish. Submissions in Spanish and Portuguese may receive peer reviews in one of the three languages. When submitting an article, the author implicitly agrees in receiving peer reviews as referred above.

Text organization

The article’s title shall have, as maximum, 90 characters with spaces. The author(s) name(s) shall be accompanied by the institutional affiliation and the indication of the corresponding city, state, and country, as well as that of the institutional e-mail address.
Mentions to authors along the text shall follow the form – (Author, date) or (Author, date, page), as in the examples: (Jaguaribe, 1962) or (Jaguaribe, 1962, p. 35). In the case of more than one title of the same author in the same year, the differentiation shall be established by adding a letter after the date, as in the examples: (Adorno, 1975a), (Adorno, 1975b), etc.
When inferior to two lines, the quotations shall be expressed in italics in the body of the text, and in italics in a new paragraph when larger than that. They shall be translated to the language used by the article, mentioning in a footnotethe translator’s name by occasion of the first translated quotation.
In general, footnotes shall contain only complementary information of substantive nature without exceeding 250 characters with spaces per footnote.
In the articles with tables, tableaux, graphics and figures, the respective source shall be informed in each case, including those in which the respective elaboration is due to the author himself (for instance: author’s elaboration based on IBGE 2005, or author’s elaboration based on Santos 2002). When the data involved result from a project coordinated by the author, the name of the project shall be informed as source.
The basic rules for using abbreviations are: use capital letters for abbreviations with up to three characters (ex: USP, PUC, OAB); for all the abbreviations susceptible of pronunciation as words, from 4 characters onwards, use only the first in capital letter (ex: Fapesp, Unicamp, Uerj); for abbreviations, from four characters onwards, but not susceptible of pronunciation as words, use only capital letters (ex: UFMG, UFRJ; ABNT). These rules for composition of abbreviations shall be applied also to the bibliographic references.

Bibliographical criteria

The bibliography shall be indicated in alphabetical order at the final of the article or book review, according to the criteria and rulesmentioned below.
Some general criteria are the following:
• Titles of books, periodicals, newspapers, magazines, disks, motion pictures, paintings and sculptures shall be expressed always in italics.
• Names of chapters, poems, songs, as well as titles of articles shall be expressed between quotation marks.
• Names of newspapers shall be expressed exactly as in the original: for instance, O Estado de S. Paulo, Diário de S. Paulo, Folha de S. Paulo, Jornal do Comércio (Recife).
Bibliographic references shall conform to the following rules, according to the types of materials involved:
• Book:author’s last name(in capital letters)/COMMA/ author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/ COMMA/ title of the book(in italics)/PERIOD/full name of the translator/PERIOD/number of the edition, if it is not the first/COMMA/place of publication/COMMA/name of the publishing house/PERIOD.
Example: SACHS, Ignacy.(1986), Ecodesenvolvimento, crescer sem destruir. Tradução de Eneida Cidade Araújo, 2a edição, São Paulo, Vértice.

• Article: author’s last name/COMMA/author’s first name(s)(in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/COMMA/title of the article (between quotation marks)/PERIOD/name of the periodical (in italics)/COMMA/volume of the periodical/COMMA/ number of the edition/COLON/page numbers/PERIOD/.
Example: REIS, Elisa. (1982), “Elites agrárias, state-building e autoritarismo”.Dados, 25,3:275-96.

• Electronic article: author’s last name/COMMA/ author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication(between parentheses)/COMMA/title of the article (between quotation marks)/PERIOD/name of the periodical (in italics)/COMMA/volume of the periodical/COMMA/number of the edition/COLON/page numbers/PERIOD/address of the site in which the article is available/name of the journal and ISSN/PERIOD/date in which it has been consulted)/PERIOD/.
Example: REIS, Elisa Pereira; REIS, Fábio Wanderley & VELHO, Gilberto. (1997), “As ciências sociais nos últimos 20 anos: três perspectivas”. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 12 (35). Available at, consulted in 30/6/2013.
Example: WALKER, R. (2005), “The double outside of the modern international”. Available at, consulted in 17/9/2007.
Example: FAUSTO, Carlos. (2008), “Donos demais: maestria e domínio na Amazônia”. Mana – Estudos de Antropologia Social, 14 (2): 329-366., access in 4/7/2011.

• Collected writings: Author’s last name (in capital letters)/COMMA/ author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/COMMA/ title of the chapter (between quotation marks)/COMMA/in (in italics)/initials of the first name(s) followed by the last name of the editor(s)/COMMA/mention, between parentheses, of such qualification/COMMA/title of the collection (in italics)/COMMA/name of the publishing house/PERIOD/.
Example: ABRANCHES, Sergio Henrique. (1987), “Governo, empresa estatal e política siderúrgica: 1930-1975”, in O.B. Lima & S.H. Abranches (org.), As origens da crise, São Paulo, Iuperj/Vértice.

• Academic theses and dissertations: Author’s last name/COMMA/author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower-case letters)/PERIOD/year of presentation (between parentheses)/COMMA/title of the thesis or dissertation (in italics)/PERIOD/academic degree to which it is related/PERIOD/institution to which it was presented/PERIOD/city in which the institution is situated/PERIOD/.
Example:SGUIZZARDI, Eunice Elena. (1986), O estruturalismo de Piaget: subsídios para a determinação de um lugar comum para a Ciência e a Arquitetura. Tese de Mestrado. Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo, São Paulo.

• Newspaper signed articles: Author’s last name/COMMA/author’s first name(s) (in capital and lower case letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses/COMMA/title of the article (between quotation marks)/PERIOD/name of the periodical (in italics)/COMMA/date of publication/PERIOD/name of the part or section (between parentheses)/PERIOD/.
Example:AMORIM, Celso. (2002), “Guerra contra o Iraque é evitável”.Folha de S. Paulo,25 set. (caderno Cotidiano).

• Newspaper non-signed texts: name of the text or article (between quotation marks and with the first word in capital letters)/PERIOD/year of publication (between parentheses)/COMMA/newspaper’s name (in italics)/COMMA/day and month/PERIOD/name of the part or section (between parentheses)/PERIOD/.
Example: “A PESQUISA em saúde nas ciências sociais e humanas: tendências contemporâneas”. (2005), Folha de S. Paulo, 22 ago. (CadernoCotidiano)

Revision and correction

All the texts will be submitted to a process of ample revision, involving orthography, grammar, and style. Once revised, the texts will be subjected to the approval of the author(s) before the publication. The revision aims at assuring the adequate comprehension and the formal quality of the texts published by the Journal. The Editorial Commission reserves the right of not publishing articles whose reformulation disregards the suggestions of the text corrector without a reasonable justification.

Book reviews

Book reviews shall have titles of up to a maximum of 50 characters with spaces, may contain bibliography, and shall respect the limit of 20,000 characters with spaces. The manuscript shall be presented in its final version, in a corrected orthographic and grammatical form, and without marks of revision. Book reviews shall be submitted in source Times New Roman, size 12, with space 1.5. Book reviews nonconforming with these norms will not be considered.

Exclusive online submission of articles and book reviews

Articles and book reviews shall be submitted exclusively at the page of the RevistaBrasileira de CiênciasSociais – RBCS, via Open Journal System – OJS platform, through the address: All the steps indicated for the submission shall be followed. In the case of an article with more than one author, it shall be submitted by the author who will be in contact with the Journal, following all the editorial process and being responsible for answering to the evaluation.
Two archives in .doc or .docx shall be annexed in order to proceed to the online submission. The first of them, directed exclusively to the Editor in the form of a cover letter, shall include the article’s title, abstracts in Portuguese and English, and biographic data of the author(s) (academic degree, academic position, more recent relevant publications, and institutional e-mail address). Such archive may include information revealing the authorship of the text and acknowledgements, and is also destined to the inclusion of comments andjustifications to the Editor on any aspects related to the course of the evaluation. The second archive is the main document for it will be the one to be read by the ad hoc peer reviewers. For this reason, the article must be sent through this second archive without any kind of reference or information that could identify the author(s), and shall include only the title, the text, and the bibliographical references – excluded those which could permit the identification of the author(s).


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