Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Lusophone Studies is the official journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association. It is peer-reviewed and published twice a year.

In keeping with the founding principles of APSA, the Journal of Lusophone Studies strives to foster the expansion and diffusion of knowledge on the peoples and cultures of Portuguese-speaking countries and diasporas. It achieves this by publishing the scholarly work of APSA members.

The journal’s commitment to open access is an extension of APSA’s founding principles. It shows our support for the accelerated discovery of information through the unrestricted sharing of ideas, and it allows us to increase public enrichment through the free presentation of cutting-edge research on the languages, peoples, and cultures of countries where Portuguese is spoken.


Section Policies


  • Executive Editors
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

  • Kimberley DaCosta-Holton
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All articles, interviews, and translations published in JLS undergo full peer review, key characteristics of which include:

  • All materials are reviewed by at least two suitably qualified experts.
  • All publication decisions are made by the journal's Executive Editor on the basis of the reviews provided.
  • Members of the Editorial Board lend insight, advice, and guidance to the Executive Editor/s generally and provide assistance with decision-making on specific submissions


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Lusophone Studies is published twice a year. We publish general issues and special dossiers proposed by and guest-edited by area experts.

Upcoming Special Dossiers

  • Spring 2017 (JLS 2.1): Portuguese Cinema (edited by Clara Rowland and Estela Vieira)
  • Fall 2017 (JLS 2.2): The End of the Portuguese Colonial Empire in Lusophone Cinema (1974-2014) (edited by Teresa Pinheiro and Robert Stock)
  • Spring 2018 (JLS 3.1): Luso-Masculinities (edited by Jeremy Lehnen and Rex Nielson)
  • Spring 2019 (JLS 4.1): Lusophone Queerness (edited by César Braga and Anna Klobucka)


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...