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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 themed 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

Proposed articles that exceed 9,000 words or 60,000 characters (with spaces) will not be accepted for evaluation. However, authors will be invited to review the article for resubmission in order to meet this requirement.

Articles included in themed dossiers should not exceed 40,000 characters (with spaces) or 7,000 words (see below).

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), at any given moment.

Submissions of themed dossiers’ proposals follow specific norms (see below).

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.

Evaluation and selection of themed dossiers’ proposals follow specific norms (see below).

Anonymization of manuscripts

All manuscripts must have in the first page:

  • Author/s’ name/s

  • Author/s’ e-mail and affiliation

  • Author/s’ ORCID

  • Acknowledgements (if it’s the case)

  • Funding (if it’s the case)

In the text (footnotes included) anonymize:

  • All explicit information referring to the author, such as self-citations or references to previous works, using [reference suppressed for peer-reviewing]; or institution to which he/she belongs, using [information suppressed for peer-reviewing].

  • If the reference is essential to the text, the author must be mentioned in the third person, for example “Smith (2021) explains that” instead of “As I explained (Smith 2021)”

  • The place/institution in which the field work was carried out in case it reveals the author’s identity.

  • If it is necessary to distinguish one author from another, resort to numbering. Example, “[Author 1] went to a place, and [Author 2] went to another place”

  • Caso If the article is the result of a thesis, it shouldn’t have the same title as the thesis

In the bibliography:

  • Delete all references that were hidden in the text. At the end of the bibliography add [references suppressed for peer-reviewing]

Anonymizing the document:

  • Before opening the manuscript: click over the file with right button > properties > details > delete author’s name

  • With the manuscript opened: file > info > delete author’s name

Themed dossier: submission, evaluation and selection

Themed dossier proposals must be sent by email to in a text file (Word). The proposal must include: a presentation text (up to 2500 words), which gives an account of the purpose, contribution and unity of the dossier; titles and abstracts of articles; identification of authors; identification, contacts and a short biography (c. 150 words) of each of the organizers. Each dossier must include an introduction and a minimum of three articles.

Please note: Sending a proposal of a dossier to Etnográfica entails having the manuscript ready to be submitted in full, if selected by the editorial board for peer review.

Proposals sent by January 31st of each year are evaluated by the editorial board during the next two months. By March 31st the board will communicate to the organizers if the dossier will go to peer review. If so, the dossier must be submitted no later than April 30th.

The entire dossier must not exceed 40,000 words, including articles, introduction and any comment or other pieces. Each of the articles must not exceed 40,000 characters (with spaces) or 7,000 words.

The peer review focuses on each of the articles and also on the dossier as a whole.

Dossier/dossiers positively evaluated in the context of peer review will normally be published in the following year.

The editorial board considers the possibility of making direct invitations within the scope of organizing dossiers on topics that it deems critical on anthropology’s scientific and public agenda. Any proposals sent in this context will be subject to all the procedures described above.

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 at <> (last access September 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.

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”. Available at <> (last access may 2003).

FERNANDES, António, 2003, Tudo sobre Textos Electrónicos. Lisbon: Editora E-livros. Available at <> (last access April 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 withhold the copyright over the published materials. 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. In the framework of the Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0) license, any republication of the text should acknowledge Etnográfica as place of original publication

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