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Publication Guidelines

Submission of proposals


Articles should not exceed 6 000 words (without bibliography) or ca. 40 000 characters (with spaces). It must follow the classical structure of an academic paper. Articles should include abstract, keywords and the biography of the author(s).


Texts should not exceed 3000 words (without bibliography) or ca. 20 000 characters (with spaces): short articles, experiences, news about museum projects, short reports, etc.


Reviews (books and exhibitions) should not exceed 1500 words or ca. 10 000 characters (including spaces). Reviews do not need an abstract, keywords, nor an author biography. Please send reviews of books published recently (no more than 2/3 years) from the Portuguese and international panorama in the field of museums and cultural heritage. Contact the assistant editor for any questions.

The review should identify the author and the full bibliographic reference of the publication under review: (author. Year. Title. place published: publisher. number of pages, ISBN. Example:

Sandell, Richard, and Eithne Nightingale, ed. 2012. Museums, equality and social justice. London and New York: Routledge. 314 páginas, ISBN: 978-0-415-50468.

At the top of the review authors should indicate: name, institutional affiliation (research unit or workplace), country, and email (optional) as such:

Jennifer Lawson

British Museum, Uk



Portuguese, Spanish, English and French

Other specifications

Microsoft Office Word (file format); Times New Roman, 12 pt, justify text, line spacing 1,5, sequential page numbers, footnotes (numbering continuous)

Title and Subtitle

Should be clear and concise. Subtitle is optional. The editorial committee strongly advises against long titles. Titles should be written in lowercase. (Obs. Is not applicable in the case of book reviews)

Abstract (Mandatory for Articles and optional for “Notações”)

Should not exceed 250 words, or 1625 characters (including spaces). Texts under “Notações” section may include an abstract. (Obs. Is not applicable in the case of book reviews)

Keywords (Mandatory for Articles and “Notações”)

For each article a maximum of 5 keywords should be selected. These words should describe the article’s theme and its main issues. Composed terms can be used (ex. new museology). Keywords must be singular and, should they have dual gender, masculine gender is preferred. Keywords should be written in lowercase except for names, places and countries; and should be separated by commas.

Biography of the author(s) (Mandatory for Articles and “Notações”)

Articles should be accompanied of a short biography of the author (sent in a separate file) that should not exceed 100 words or 700 characters (including spaces). This short biographical statement should refer the most relevant information, such as research interests, academic background and institutional affiliation (research unit or workplace). Email address should be included if the author whishes to publish it in the article.

References and quotes

MIDAS adopts the author-date system of the Chicago Manual of Style (author, year, pages). Thus, footnote referencing should be avoided.

See the following example:

“The museum has always been a complex, contradictory site that is not always amenable to a reading based on a notion of power relations” (Witcomb 2003, 26).

This quote refers to page 26 of the following book:

Witcomb, Andrea. 2003. Re-imagining the museum: beyond the mausoleum. London: Routledge.

In case of more than four authors use “et al”, ex: (Karp et al. 2006, 254).

If, in the bibliography, there is more than one reference of the same author with the same year, a letter should be added after the year (ex. Witcomb 2003a).

More examples:

Several authors have discussed this theme (Sandell 1998, 2002; Sherman et al. 1994; Branco 2008).

Clara Camacho (1999) studied the subject

This strategy has been criticized by several authors (cf. Simpson 2007; Robertson 2005; Duarte 2009).

When a quote has two or three text lines should be in the text between quotation marks or in italic. If the quote is longer it should be highlighted and separated from the main text, with a smaller font size and distinctive indentation. See the example:

La nueva constituición [del ICOM] puede ser verdaderamente democrática [...], pero, afortunadamente, el ICOM se encuentra todavía en una fase inicial de su formación y dearollo [...]. Tan firmemente centralizada en París como está hoy, no tendría sentido elegir sus altos cargos entre quienes no dispongan de libertad para viajar a sus reuniones. El controlo práctico ha de estar forzosamente en manos de unos pocos entusiastas que disponen de ocasión y de ánimo para dedicarse a ese trabajo (Griggs 1951, 162).


References in the final bibliography. Some examples:

Barrett, Jennifer. 2011. Museums and the public sphere. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sherman, Daniel J., e Irit Rogoff. 1994. Museum culture: histories, discourses, spectacles. London: Routledge.

Karp, Ivan, Christine Mullen Kreamer, e Steven D. Lavine, eds. 1992. Museums and communities: the politics of public culture. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Karp, Ivan, et al., eds. 2006. Museum frictions: public cultures/global transformations. Durham: Duke University Press.

Sandell, Richard, ed. 2002. Museums, society, inequality. London: Routledge.

Varine, Hugues de. 2012. As raízes do futuro: o patrimônio a serviço do desenvolvimento local. Tradução de Maria de Lourdes Parreiras Horta. Porto Alegre: Medianiz.

Simpson, Moira. 2007. Um mundo de museus: novos conceitos, novos modelos. In O estado do mundo, ed. C. Pacheco et al., 121-160. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e Tinta da China.

Pais de Brito, Joaquim. 2006. O museu, entre o que guarda e o que mostra. In Museus: discursos e representações, ed. Alice Semedo e João Teixeira Lopes, 149-161. Porto: Edições Afrontamento.

Sandell, Richard. 1998. Museums as agents of social inclusion. Museum Management and Curatorship. 17(4):401-418.

Camacho, Clara. 1999. Renovação museológica e génese dos museus municipais da Área Metropolitana de Lisboa: 1974-90. Dissertação de mestrado, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Duarte, Adelaide. 2012. Da colecção ao museu. O coleccionismo privado de arte moderna e contemporânea, em Portugal, na segunda metade do século XX. Contributos para a história da museologia. Tese de doutoramento, Universidade de Coimbra.

Semedo, Alice, e Inês Ferreira. 2012. “Collaborative spaces of reflective practice”. Paper apresentado no The transformative museum conference, Odense, Dinamarca.

Branco, Jorge Freitas. 2008. Significados esgotados: sobre museus e coleções etnográficas. (consultado em fevereiro 12, 2011).

Semedo, Alice e Elisa Noronha Nascimento, coord. 2010. Actas do I seminário de investigação em museologia dos países de língua portuguesa e espanhola, vol. 3. Porto: Universidade do Porto. (consultado em setembro 16, 2012).

Pinto, José Madureira. 2010. A prática da razão sociológica: forçando os limites. In Actas do I seminário de investigação em museologia dos países de língua portuguesa e espanhola, ed. Alice Semedo e Elisa Noronha Nascimento, vol. 1. Porto: Universidade do Porto. (consultado em abril 13, 2012).

UNESCO. Ratified Conventions: Portugal. (consultado em março 20, 2012).

ICOM. 2004. Resolutions adopted by ICOM’s general assembly 2004: “Seoul declaration of ICOM on the intangible heritage”. (consult. abril 23, 2009).

For more information about this bibliographic style, consult the website: (Author-Date)

References of oral interviews should be included in a separate division of the bibliography such as “Additional Materials”, or “List of Interviews”, or “Other Sources”. See an example:

Lagerkvist, Cajsa. 2011. Interview conducted by the author, 15th July, at Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg.

For other possibilities see:

Note: The author’s name should be repeated in every reference, even when there are several references from the same author. In line with this don’t suppress the repetition of the author’s name by using a hyphen (due to technical requirements).


A maximum of 5 ilustrations are allowed - eg. photos, tables, drawings, maps and graphics are accepted. In case of images, the format should be JPEG, with a minimum of 300 dpi. All images should be indicated in the text (ex. Fig. 1; Fig.2; etc.). All information about captions should be as complete as possible (ex. title, year, author, copyright, etc.). Example:

Fig. 1 – Room Exhibiton, 1980. Museum of Brooklyn.

Photograph by João Carvalho © Museum archive

Illustration credits

Is the author’s responsibility to obtain authorization for publishing any material with author rights. Exceptionally, the journal may assist in the requests for authorization i on a case-by-case basis. Upon acceptance, authors are required to return copyright agreement forms.


The article’s intellectual property belongs to the authors. MIDAS has the right to edit and publish. All information delivered by the authors to this journal serves only the purposes of its publication and will not be delivered to others.

Licence terms

All contents of MIDAS journal, except when otherwise stated, are published under a Creative Commons License - Attribution CC BY-NC-SA.

Selection and publication

All submitted articles should be original texts and not submitted for the consideration of other other publications. Should articles result from a conference paper, authors should make such information clear.

MIDAS adopts a system of call for papers. All articles are submitted in a first phase to the appreciation of the Editors, and in a second phase are evaluated in anonymous way by referees of the Scientific Committee. Editors are responsible for the selection of texts included in the section “Notações” and Reviews.

The Editors are entitled to apply a uniformisation of bibliographical references, bibliography and formal alterations, considered essential, as long as they do not alter the meaning of the text.

Authors will be informed about a final decision no longer than 6 months after submission.

Evaluation parameters

MIDAS accepts articles that demonstrate a good theoretical frame, a critical and reflexive point of view, innovation and originality. Taking in consideration an article’s structure, the following criteria will be also considered: abstract (clarity, objectivity, adequacy); introduction (definition and clarity of objectives); theoretical framework (structure, coherency, quality and scientific accuracy); methodologies (clarity and adequacy); conclusions (consistency of findings regarding the objectives set, apropriate recommendations); bibliography (references update, and state of the art of the theme); writing (clarity and quality); complementary material: images/illustrations/tabels/shemes (quality, accuracy and adequacy); article dimension (adequacy); relevance, originality and criativity.

How to submit

Articles and other texts should be sent to the following e-mail:

In the email message authors should indicate the name for publication, a telephone number and affiliation to a research unit or place of work. All information regarding authors will be omitted during the peer-review process. The biographic note should be sent in a separate document. If there is non-digital material it should be sent to:

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