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Scope and policy

1. Description of the journal’s editorial policy

The main aim of the Hamsa Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies is to create a virtual multi-disciplinary space in which all perspectives of the History, Language and Literature of Jews and Muslims can converge, as well as themes on Judaism and Islam in general. In this context, Hamsa strives to be a privileged space for the dissemination of studies in these areas, with a special focus on Iberian Muslims and Jews and their Diaspora, entraining a comparative analysis of historiographical, philosophical, anthropological and sociological discourses. This is an international journal with a peer review system.

2. The publication’s specific areas of interest and type of articles and other matters published

The aim of the journal is to publish articles of high quality in the area of Jewish and Islamic studies, with special focus on the Iberian context, and it welcomes diverse proposals within that scope. Hamsa comprises the following sections:

  • Articles.

  • “Invited” articles and the publication of talks by guest speakers.

  • Critical edition of documents.

  • Critical reviews.

  • Universities and Research.

3. The Journal’s peer review procedures

All manuscripts are subject to the following procedures:

  1. They are sent to 2 of the journal’s directors (journal’s email: who decide whether their general framework is in keeping with the Journal’s profile and suggest the names of 2 referees;

  2. Following the agreement of these 2 referees, the paper is sent to them (without identifying its author), and they are asked to give their expert opinion on the scientific content. Except it the rare cases where no observations are made in these opinions, they are then sent to the authors for consideration, reformulation or the justification of the respective positions;

  3. Once the author’s answer or reformulated text (depending on the case) is received, it is sent to the 2 referees for reappraisal. In the case of a serious discrepancy between the author and one of the referees, it is sent to a 3rd referee or, where justified by the content of the discrepancy, the matter is assessed in conjunction with the directors.

  4. After the referees reach agreement on the manuscript, it goes for publication and the final layout is prepared in conjunction with the author;

  5. Once the above work is complete, the text is placed on line and made available for the printed version.

4. The Journal’s target public

Academics and scholars from different countries interested in this field.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

5. Languages accepted for the publication of texts

Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Ladino (in the case of the latter, the author should clearly state the transcription system used).

6. Transliteration systems from Hebrew and Arabic

6.1. Hebrew (Simple) transliteration rules to Portuguese1

  • 1 In the case of other languages, the author should specify the transliteration system used.

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6.2. Arabic (Simple) transliteration rules to Portuguese2

  • 2 In the case of other languages, the author should specify the transliteration system used.

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7. The formats and forms in which the original should be sent to the journal

The articles and other contributions should be sent in digital format, preferably in Word, attached to an email addressed to

The articles must not exceed 45,000 characters and must include a 100 word abstract and 5 key words in both Portuguese and English.

8. The layout of the journal

The articles and other contributions will be presented by indicating the title in bold, followed by the author’s name, academic position (where applicable) and email.

Chapters should be identified so as to be perfectly visible in Word's Navigation Panel and the structure of the article (introduction, body and conclusion) be clearly perceptible at first impression.

Texts and bibliography must be written in Times New Roman, size 12, with a space and a half space between the lines.

Notes should be written in Times New Roman, size 10, with a simple interval between the lines.

Citations in the test s3hould be duly indicated with “…”. Long citations (of more than four lines) should be separated from the text in a new paragraph, using font size 10, and also in inverted commas.

Notes should be placed at the bottom of the pages.

Calls for footnotes should not be attached to titles, headers or to the author's name at the beginning of the articles. Acknowledgments regarding research funding or other general notes should be included as "Author's notes"

Charts and tables should be sent in the same file, placed in the correct position within the text, and with the necessary captions. Images and photographs should be sent in a separate file, numbered sequentially, in JPG or PNG format (preferential), with 300 dpi minimum and up to 3000pxs and in the text should clearly indicate where they should be inserted

Authors are fully responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce images, photographs and other elements protected by copyright, and proof of such permission may be required when the final version of the manuscript is submitted.

The articles must present a final bibliography with all the references of manuscripts and printed papers cited in a note, in a complete form.

9. Norms for journal’s bibliographic references

The use of idem and ibidem for bibliographical references is not permitted in footnotes nor in the bibliography. The following form of citation should be used on every case.

Citation in footnote

Follows the abbreviated norm of author, title and page (if necessary).


In the Bibliography: Anita Novinsky, Cristãos-Novos na Bahia: A Inquisição, São Paulo, Editora Perspectiva, s.d. (in the case of a classical author, this should be placed in braces followed by the date of republication and the date of the original publication).

Citations from the same work in note: A. Novinsky, Cristãos-Novos …, p.

Study or entry in a collective work

In the Bibligraphy: Vincent Barletta, “La literatura aljamiado-morisca: textos, lectura e interacción”, in Minorias étnico-religiosas na Península Ibérica. Períodos medieval e moderno, ed. Maria Filomena L. de Barros and José Hinojosa Montalvo, Lisbon, Edições Colibri, 2008, pp. 431-442.

Citations from the same study in note: V. Barletta, “La literatura aljamiado-morisca …”, p.

Article from a journal

In the Bibliography: Elena Romero, “Nueva bibliografia de ediciones de obras de teatro sefardíes”, Sefarad 66 (2006), pp. 183-218.

Citations from the same study in note: E. Romero; “Nueva bibliografia …”, p.

Archival data

In the Bibliography: must be cearly and explicitly indicated as in the following example: “Assento para o dinheiro do cabedal que foi para Cochim”, Goa, 7.IV.1630, in Historical Archives of Goa (AHG), Assentos do Conselho da Fazenda, book (liv.) 4, codex (cod.) 26-M-1162.

Citations of the same source in note:

“Assento para o dinheiro …”, Goa, 7.IV.1630, in AHG, Assentos do Conselho da Fazenda, liv. 4, cod. 1162, fol. 197.

In the case of a document cited in a work, a study in a collective work or article, the norms described in the above paragraph should be followed, adding in, and depending on the case, followed by the examples set out for citation of work, study or article.

In the Bibliography: Documentação para a História do Padroado Português do Oriente, Índia (DPPPO, India), ed. A. da Silva Rego, Lisboa, Agência Geral das Colónias, vol. 1, 1948.

Citation o the same source in note: [“document”] in DPPPO, India, vol. 1, 1948, pp .

The use of passim, ibidem, loc. cit. should be avoided. Idem is used only when reference to other works by the same authors appear sequentially in the same footnote e.g. S.D. Goiten, “New Ligth on the beginning of the Karim Merchants”, in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 1 (1958), pp. 175-184; idem, Jews and Arabs: Their contacts Trough the Ages, New York, Schocken Books, 1974, p. 25.

The directors of H-REJI should be consulted in relation to the use of material not specified herein or regarding any other doubt.

Due to the linguistic range, each author should follow the norms of abbreviation as long as the procedure is exemplified and clarified, as indicated above.


It follows the same logic as the reference in a note, but the surname of the author or editor must appear first and in capital letters. The ordering will be alphabetical and by the surname of the author or editor. All elements must be explicitly presented according to the examples mentioned above “In the Bibliography”.


1 In the case of other languages, the author should specify the transliteration system used.

2 In the case of other languages, the author should specify the transliteration system used.

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