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Special Issue Brazil and Rio+20

Call for Papers

FACTS Reports is a unique forum that publishes manuscripts and opinion pieces related to field-based activities in the areas of economics, health, education, agriculture, and environmental issues:

The journal focuses on activities in developing countries, emerging countries, and impoverished areas of developed countries.

FACTS Reports was founded and is supported by Philippe Kourilsky, Professor at the College de France in Paris and General Director of the Pasteur Institute from 2000 to 2005. It is also supported by a panel of distinguished personalities that includes among others, Amartya Sen, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Ellis Rubinstein, Ismail Serageldin, Mamphela Ramphele, Federico Mayor and Bernard Kouchner.

Aims and Scope

The goal of FACTS Reports is to collect and disseminate knowledge and best practices on field activities. Many field actors implement projects throughout the world to address issues related to the economy, health, agriculture, education, the environment and development in general. There are many opportunities to learn from the outcomes of these projects. Therefore, the aim of FACTS Reports is to provide a forum for communicating the results to a broad audience in order to capitalize knowledge and promote good practices.

Articles are submitted to peer review. The main criterion for publication is that the articles describe actions that are useful and can be reproduced. Editorials and opinions are also published. This process ensures critical input from world experts, allows for cooperation and competition among authors, and promotes a high level of science.


FACTS Reportspromotes the capitalization of knowledge related to field actions at an international level. The journal represents the first Initiative of this type in the world. It provides key international development actors a neutral and independent platform for spreading good practices. In addition, it allows them to express freely their views and opinions, exchange experiences, and cooperate with other international development actors across the world. Additionally, the FACTS Initiative promotes activities such as international conferences, training courses, symposia, and educational awards.

Subject Coverage for Special Issue on “Brazil

FACTS Reports is already publishing articles for a special issue on Brazil. The issue contains articles on field actions relating to economics, health, agriculture, education, and the environment in Brazil:

FACTS Reports will participate in the “Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development” in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012:

In order to contribute to discussions taking place at the conference, FACTS Reports welcomes articles describing Brazilian field actions related to the seven critical issues highlighted at the conference.

  • Jobs: enhance employment in agriculture, industry, services and administration that contribute to preserving or restoring the quality of the environment.

  • Energy: promote initiatives to ensure universal access to energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources.

  • Cities: allow cities to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty.

  • Food: develop the food and agriculture sector with the goal of eradicating hunger and poverty.

  • Water: provide clean, accessible water for all populations.

  • Oceans: manage carefully the oceans, which are essential for a sustainable future.

  • Disasters: reduce risks caused by earthquakes, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters.

Articles submitted to FACTS Reports will be published in the special issue on Brazil.

Specific Notes for Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting papers are available in the Guidelines for authors at

Presubmission inquiries should be sent by e-mail to David Ojcius at:

Manuscripts in MS Word format should be sent by e-mail to:

Papers should not exceed 5000 words and should contain appropriate references. Examples of questions that can be addressed in papers include:

  • What was the goal of the project or program?

  • How was the project implemented?

  • What were the barriers/problems?

  • How were they overcome?

  • What were the benefits/impacts of the project?

  • How could this project be improved or duplicated?

Submission Guidelines

Only original and unpublished field action papers are considered, and manuscripts must be in English or Portuguese.  Full articles will be published in both English and Portuguese (FACTS Reports will translate the submitted manuscripts into the second language), while abstracts will also be published in French and Spanish.

The deadline for initial manuscript submissions is 15 June 2012. Please contact David Ojcius if you would like to submit a manuscript at a later date, providing a tentative date for submission.

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