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Note to authors

Lusotopie publishes articles in French, Portuguese and English. It uses a double-blind peer review system. Authors should submit only unpublished works (except, occasionally, translations of articles already published in other languages). Articles may not exceed 45,000 characters with spaces or 7.500 words and reviews 10.000 characters with spaces (footnotes and references included).

Author page

Prepare a separate title page, which includes the full title of the manuscript, the names, emails and scientific affiliation of all authors.

Manuscript Structure

Double space the entire manuscript with wide margins on all sides. Do not justify right-hand margins.

-Title in the 3 languages of the journal,

- A 500 characters with spaces or 100 words abstract in the 3 languages of the journal,

- 5 key-words in the 3 languages of the journal,

- The text of the article,

- The list of the bibliographical references,

- The mention of any acknowledgment or financial support for the research.


Bibliographical references, either in text, notes or figures, have to follow the (author date: page) rule, separated by a comma if necessary (author date: page, author date: page).

If you mention several references of the same author, add use lower case letter after the date, as much as necessary (author datea: pages).

References must be listed, in alphabetic order, after the text and before the acknowledgments. Quotations of texts or figures must be precisely referenced (author date: page).

In the final list of references, all the information needs to be mentioned in the original language of the editor of the reference (city, names of the publisher, spaces, etc.), independently from the language used to write the article submitted to Lusotopie.

Single-author book
Vidal, D. 1998, La politique au quartier, Paris, Éditions de la maison des sciences de l’homme.

Edited book with two authors
Axel, J.-V. & Kahan C. eds. 1990, Les hauts de la ville. Essais sur Douala, Paris, Plon.

Edited book with three or more authors
J. Lagroye, et ali. eds. 2015, Mobilisations électorales. Le cas des élections municipales de 2001, Paris, PUF.

Chapter in an edited book
Lavaud, J.-F. 1993, “Détruire, dit-elle”, in A. Léotard & J. François eds., Construire l’avenir ?, Saint-Flour, Éditions du coin: 123-154.

Article in journal
Axel, J. 1995, “Pourquoi la ville ? Douala entre deux eaux”, Revue de Géographie, XII (3): 25-47.

Electronic paper and chapter
Cachado, R. Ávila 2013, “O registo escondido num bairro em processo de realojamento: o caso dos hindus da Quinta da Vitória”, Etnográfica, 17 (3), accessed January 28, 2017.; DOI: 10.4000/etnografica.3201
Mattos, H. 2016, “De pai para filho: África, identidade racial e subjetividade nos arquivos privados da família Rebouças (1838-1898)”, in M. Cottias & H. Mattos eds., Escravidão e subjetividades no Atlântico luso-brasileiro e francês (Séculos XVII-XX), Marseille, OpenEdition Press, accessed January 28, 2017.; DOI: 10.4000/books.oep.792

Unpublished document (except archives)
Costa, A. Bénard da 2003, Estratégias de sobrevivência e reprodução social de famílias na periferia de Maputo, tese de doctoramento em estudos africanos interdisciplinares, Lisboa, Instituto superior de ciências do trabalho e da empresa.

Reference to newspapers and magazines needs to be mentioned in footnotes.
Leite, A. Pinto 1994, “O despertar do Atlântico”, Expresso-Revista, 3 December 1994, 1153: 18.
Pitombo, J. P. 2012, "ACM Neto ‘plantou mentira sórdida’ sobre o Bolsa Família, diz Lula", O Globo, 24 novembre 2012, accessed on June, 1 2018,

Internet page or site
Reference to Internet pages and sites needs to be mentioned in footnotes.
Portal Brazil, accessed on January, 30 2017.

Reference to archival documentation needs to be mentioned in footnotes. The name of the collection has to be in full when it appears for the first time, followed by its abbreviation between brackets, so the abbreviation can be used in subsequent footnotes. 
Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo (ANTT), PIDE, Delegação de São Tomé, processo n° 3456/D. Inv., relatório n° 4, 4 janeiro 1955, 3 p. ms.
The documents clearly sourced with a title, an author, a date (as internal administrative report for instance) should be referred to in the following way: 
Monteiro, M. 1966, Relatório sobre a situação em Gaza, 1965, Lourenço-Marques, PIDE, in ANTT, PIDE/Delegação de Moçambique, proc. n° 3789, 7 janeiro 1967, fls 345-472.

Formatting and layout rules

Figures, such as images, work of art, photographs, maps and graphs are very welcome but have to be copyright-free. Insert a number for each piece in the text, with precise referenced legend (author date : page). Send each figure in a single separate file.

No dots (PALOP rather than P.A.L.O.P.). The meaning must be given the first time the logogram is used, between brackets, including in the bibliographies (PS, Partido socialista). In French and Portuguese, only the first word has an initial capital letter (Comunidade dos países de língua portuguesa).

For direct quotes, double quotation marks (“xxx”) should be used. For terms under consideration, please use single quotation mark (‘xxx’).

Foreign language quotations and terms
Terms and quotations which are not in the language of the article must be given in italics with quotation marks, and translated between brackets, except when difficulties of meaning justify otherwise. In this latter case, the translation must be given in a footnote.

Sections and subsections
To be used at least every 7.000 characters or 1.000 words. Titles and subtitles must be clearly distinguished by their typography.

Please use continuous numbering in Arabic numeral system for your footnotes. Do not use endnotes.

Update 20/08/2018

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