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The Ponto Urbe (ISSN 1981-3341) is an biannual electronic journal by LabNAU – Laboratory of Urban Anthropology of the University of São Paulo, hosted at Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences, São Paulo, Brazil. Its aim is to present and discuss research results in the area of Urban Anthropology, in dialogue with other anthropological areas and fields of knowledge that are concerned with scientific debate on cities and urbanities.

The journal was created in 2007 by LabNAU, with support by the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the University of Sao Paulo. (GPSA-USP). With over ten years of uninterrupted issues, the journal has national and international coverage. The editorial policy of the Journal is ruled by its statute. We advise to all collaborators to read the following rules before submitting to Ponto Urbe.

Ponto Urbe’s statute

Goals and scope

Ponto Urbe Journal’s main goals are:

  • To keep an electronic space available to the dissemination and discussion of new researches and theoretical and methodological approaches on urban issues in Brazil and abroad, privileging Anthropology and ethnographic approaches.

  • To promote the democratization of anthropological knowledge and the opportunity to debate Urban Anthropology related works that also are dialoguing with other fields of knowledge.

  • To assure to LabNAU a periodic journal meeting according to its history and academic excellence degree.

As such, the journal is divided in the following sections: Unpublished Articles that shows an acute anthropological focus in methodological, conceptual, empirical or theoretical terms; Translations of rare and contemporary works, unavailable in Portuguese; Interviews with renowned urban anthropologists and other researchers; Ethnographics, a space meant to field reports of ongoing researches and also to undergraduate students to publish their work; Ethnographic audiovisual works, such as photographic or video essays; Dossier gathering a selection of articles on a common theme.

The journal also receives contributions of authors that are not anthropologists but whose works connect with our field and engage concepts, methods and research strategies akin to anthropology in order to question and widen the study frames of their own fields. Thus, the section Cir-kula. The reference to the well-known exchange institution described by anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski and commented by Marcel Mauss, in his famous essay “The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies”, points toward the opening to wider contacts.

For the purpose of presenting the journal’s metrics, we consider articles the content published in the section Articles, Dossier (except the presentation), Ethnographics, Cir-Kula and Interviews.

The journal has a national and international scope, with authors ranging from undergraduate students experimenting their first researches to renowned authors, prominent in their fields, also encompassing the different collaborative projects between the Laboratory of Urban Anthropology Center and other research institutions in Brazil or abroad.

The journal receives submissions in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.


Ponto Urbe, first Brazilian journal on Urban Anthropology has the mission to stimulate and publicize innovative researches on urban anthropology field, in Brazil and abroad, assuring the authorship variety of the published content and chosen approaches.

The editorial staff of Ponto Urbe understands that the academic production, resulting from work conditions assured by the premises of public university, should be widely available and publicized free of all charges.

Ethical principles of anthropological investigation and its publishing are strictly observed, and the editorial staff are entitled to engage any legal means available if any of those principles are violated by the author(s) of published or submitted content. Those violations include plagiarism, fraudulent manipulation of information or other forms of disrespect toward the readers.

Editorial composition

  • The selection of all published content by Ponto Urbe, its form and diagramming are the responsibility of its editorial staff and follows the adequacy criteria of the journal scope and norms, CAPES guidelines and an evaluation of quality and innovation.

  • The journal editorial staff is formed by chief-editors, section editors and assistant editors. The editorial aim is to stimulate the submission of relevant social anthropology academic content. Thus, the journal has the collaboration of an Editorial board composed by academics with relevant scientific production, affiliated to national and international universities and research centers.

Editors’ obligations

  • To be responsible for the selection of all content submitted to Ponto Urbe, as well as its form and diagramming.

  • To be guided by the journal’s adequation criteria and scope, CAPES guidelines and scientific ethics. Reasonable measures shall be taken to identify and prevent the publishing of documents fruit of research misconduct. The Editorial Committee can be consulted in the decision-making process.

  • To answer through institutional e-mail ( all submissions. To maintain dialogue with all proponents and reviewers through the editorial process of each issue.

  • To aim that at least 70% of the published content of every issue are authored by collaborators external to the University of São Paulo. In the evaluation process, there shall not be any race, gender, nationality, class, religion, institutional link or geographical origin discrimination concerning the authors.

  • To assure that the selected reviewers do not belong to the same institution and, preferably, geographical region of the author, and that they have a higher or equivalent (in case of PhD authors) degree as the proponent author.

  • To guarantee the journal’s periodicity, that is, an issue by semester.

  • To publicize the reviewers list of the published issues every two years, in order to assure the reviews anonymity.

  • To make transparent the selection of the published content criteria and the editorial procedures of the evaluated content.

  • To make public the composition of the Editorial Staff , the Submission Norms and relevant Information, in order to assure the editorial transparency of Ponto Urbe Journal to authors and the academic community.

  • To publish corrections, clarifications and retractions.

Reviewers’ obligations

  • To assist the editorial staff decisions, collaborating to the academic excellence of the issues.

  • To care for the confidentiality of all content sent by the journal. No document shall be discussed or presented to a third-party.

  • To identify bibliographical sources omitted by the analyzed texts and inform it to the authors at the review form.

  • To mind any interest conflict due to collaborative issues of other relationships and links with any of the authors or institutions connected to the submissions. If so, the evaluation must be interrupted. Those situations are assessed and dealt with by the editorial staff.

  • To obey the negotiated deadlines with the editorial staff.

Authors’ obligations

  • To be informed of Ponto Urbe Journal’s statute.

  • To follow the submission rules and Ponto Urbe’s deadlines.

  • To assure the originality of the submissions. Fraudulent statements and plagiarism of any kind are considered unethical behavior and will not be tolerated. If detected, authors shall present retractions. We recommend that all authors also check the Committee on Publications Ethics guidelines before submitting manuscripts for evaluation. Available at:

  • To make adequately quotes from other authors, including images. Every submission should also present enough details in order to enable the work’s replication by others with due references.

  • To present research products that follows Ponto Urbe’s Ethic Code which is under the guidelines of the Brazilian Anthropology Association, as described at

  • To make explicit in the submissions any conflict of interest that may affect its final publicizing. The editorial staff will decide the development of such cases. Any sponsorships and supports must be mentioned.

  • To stress any possible imprecisions of the work after publication and report to the editorial staff through Ponto Urbe’s institutional email .


Ponto Urbe Journal is a biannual journal. New issues are released in July and December.

Target public and authors’ academic degree

Ponto Urbe is meant to academic readers, particularly from human sciences and anthropologists. Submissions of any academic degrees are welcomed. To undergraduate students, we suggest the submission to the Ethnographic Section. The submission of undergraduate articles is conditioned to co-authorship with their advisor teachers, which must be copied in the submission emails.

Evaluation process

The evaluation process of any academic content, sent to Ponto Urbe Journal’s institutional e-mail (, follows two steps:

First Step: when received, all submissions are tested for authenticity and plagiarism check using the software CopySpider®. If something is wrong, the submission is returned to its sender. The cleared submission is then analyzed by the editorial staff regarding its adequation to the journal’s scope, the submission rules, originality and scientific ethics. Unsuited submissions are rejected.

Inadequate manuscripts are rejected. Works with editorial inadequacies are returned to its authors’ for emends. The editorial staff may suggest that the authors redirect their submission to a different section than the originally chosen.

Submissions destined to Sections Ethnographic, Audiovisual, Interviews and Translations are evaluated by the PhD Editors members of the editorial staff, who may ask for an outsider review. Dossier proposals are made by external proponents and negotiated with the editorial staff. The selected submissions selected by the organizer or solicited by the editorial staff are sent to external reviewers following the double-blind system.

Submissions destined to the sections Articles and Cirkula, once considered adequate by the Editorial Staff as relevant to anthropological field and the journal’s readers are then sorted and sent to ad hoc reviewers in a double-blind system, starting the next step.

Assuring a double-blind peer review

Manuscripts accepted for evaluation are prepared to assure the double blind peer review by means of the following procedures:

Author’s name and identification below the title are removed.

Self quotes and references in the 1st person are changed to the 3rd person, as long as they don’t interfere with the article argument.

Example: As I have described in a previous article (MAGNANI, 2005) -> As described in a previous article (MAGNANI, 2005)

Blurring of author’s identification in images, as long as they don’t interfere with the article argument.

Self quoted works are replaced in the text as (ANONYMOUS, 2007) and in the references as:

ANONYMOUS, 2007. Details deleted for double-blind peer review.

Sponsorships references are removed, as long as it doesn’t compromise the article argument.

Acknowledgements are removed.

Archive identification informations are removed.

Second Step: Any authorship identification of the received manuscripts is removed before sending it to an external reviewer in a double-blind peer-review system. The reviewer must be versed in the submission topic and he or she should be affiliated to a different institution and region of the authors’.

The submission evaluations correspond to criteria such as relevance, originality and approach contribution to the anthropological research; satisfying structure and cohesion; solid and clear theoretical and methodological development. The reviewers may choose between three options: to approve its publication without corrections, to deny its publications and to publish after suggested corrections. In case of corrections required, the text will be returned to the author in order to be adjusted and resubmitted to the editorial staff, which will check the modifications and may accept or reject the publication. If there is any disagreement throughout the process, the editors will make the final decision. The whole process takes around five months.

Free cost publication statement

Ponto Urbe Journal is maintained by the Laboratory of Urban Anthropology Center of the University of São Paulo, associated to the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology of the University of São Paulo and, thus, sponsored by public resources. The submission and processing of all academic content implies in no fees or charges and do not generate any payment to authors and collaborators.

Free Access Policy

Resulting from the previous item, this journal offers free and immediate access to its content without any restrictions at

Creative Commons License – Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

This license allows sharing and adapting the published content of Ponto Urbe Journal, for commercial and non-commercial purposes, as long as the appropriated credit is given to the original creation, the license link provided and the modifications indicated. The legal text may be accessed at:

Copyright and filing

Authors maintain the rights of their own work and grant the Journal the publication rights. Thence, authors may publish their work elsewhere as long as mentioning that the work was originally published in Ponto Urbe. Ponto Urbe grants access, filing and sharing of the articles’ published version. Filing or sharing of previous versions is not authorized.

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