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Author Guidelines

Essay manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Lusophone Studies should not exceed 8000 words in length. They may be written either in English or Portuguese. All submissions must follow current MLA style (8th edition). All titles of works in Portuguese must be capitalized according to sentence-style, and all texts in Portuguese must follow the Acordo Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa de 1990. 

Authors will receive acknowledgement of the receipt of their article. It will then be sent out for blind peer review. A decision regarding publication will be made in light of the reports submitted by reviewers. This process can take up to four months to complete. Reviewers often recommend alterations to improve the article; these will be forwarded to the author along with the recommendations of the Editorial Board. For a submission to be published, it must incorporate these recommended changes.

Book Reviews

A book review may focus on only one book or monograph or several works. It must be no longer than 1000 words. It should give readers an engaging, informative, and critical discussion of the work. The review must follow the JLS style/structure guidelines listed below:

1. Introduction. A description of the general topic and/or problem addressed by the book in question; in essence, this implies a brief summary of the book's argument. If the book has an identifiable thesis statement, it should be presented here.

2. About the author(s). Basic biographical information about the author(s) or editor(s) of the book you are reviewing. Who are they? What are they known for? What qualifications and expertise do they bring to the subject? How might the work you are reviewing fit into a wider research or career trajectory?

3. Summary of contents. An indication of the range of substantive material covered in the book (e.g., chapter summaries).

4. Strength. Identify one particular area in which you think the book does well. This should, ideally, be its single greatest strength as an academic work.

5. Weakness. Identify one particular area in which you think the book could be improved. While this weakness might be related to something you actually believe to be incorrect, it is more likely to be something that the author omitted, or neglected to address in sufficient detail. This analysis of weakness must not dominate or saturate the review.

6. Conclusion. End your review with a concluding statement summarizing your opinion of the book. You should also explicitly identify a range of audiences whom you think would appreciate reading or otherwise benefit from the book.

Please keep in mind that the purpose of the review centers on evaluation of the book's original contribution to the discipline. Resist personalizing comments, and keep an even hand and tone when offering insights. Harsh or offensive reviews undermine the process and reflect poorly on the reviewer. The review process should focus on offering constructive, responsible criticism.

(adapted from: Brienza, Casey. "Writing Academic Book Reviews." Inside Higher Ed. 27 Mar. 2015. Accessed on 5 Jul. 2016.)


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.


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