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Editorial scope

Etnográfica Press is an editorial project of Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA) that aims to make relevant works from the social and human sciences available to a wide audience. Dedicated especially to anthropology, but also open to other subjcts (history, sociology, geography, cultural studies), the catalogue of Etnográfica Press includes original works and reissues of books from older and prestigious collections. This project aims to take advantage of all the potential of open access electronic publishing.

Etnográfica Books Collection

Addressing a great diversity of ethnographic contexts, this collection emphasizes the quality of empirical research, the diversity of analytical perspectives and theoretical innovation. The collection publishes monographic works in four languages whose coexistence represents one of the originalities of Etnográfica Press (Portuguese, English, French, Spanish).

Antropologia Collection

It’s a generalist collection that brings together unpublished works and reissues of older studies in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish. It seeks to follow the theoretical, methodological and thematic evolutions of anthropology, while being open to the contribution of other subjects in social and human sciences (history, sociology, geography or cultural studies).

Portugal de Perto Collection

Portugal de Perto collection, originally published by Edições Dom Quixote, is the most important collection of Portuguese anthropology. As stated by the director, Joaquim Pais de Brito, all works “refer to the Portuguese space, studying the most diverse aspects of its culture (we could say: of their cultures) and this study is done in greater or lesser proximity, based on a work of direct collection, sometimes proposing to bring closer neglected or unknown slices of the real. All this within the limits of a subject area which, roughly speaking, ranges from ethnography to anthropology and is aimed not only at scholars and specialists, but also at the curiosity of the general public”. By putting this collection online and in open access, Etnográfica Press makes available to a wide audience the complete set of these works that remarkably illustrate the history of Portuguese anthropology and its diversity.

How to submit a mansucript

Although open to the reissue of important texts, Etnográfica Press seeks to publish original contributions. Proposals for original books must not be in the process of being evaluated by other publishers. In justified cases, we are available to receive proposals for works of recognized merit that have already been published, namely translations.

The manuscripts proposed for publication must be sent by e-mail to in a text file (Word or equivalent), in its entirety, including title, authors’ identification (and organizers, if applicable), index and bibliography. Additionally, they must be accompanied by a presentation, with a maximum of 1200 words, on the theme and objectives of the work and on the audience to which it is addressed, and with indication of up to seven keywords that identify the topics of the proposal. A brief biographical note must also be sent from each of the authors (and organizers, if applicable) including their current institutional affiliation. The original files of all tables and figures must also be attached in an editable format, ensuring that all images have good resolution.

Publication languages

The texts can be presented in Portuguese, English, Spanish or French.

Size of contributions

The original manuscript shouldn’t exceed a total of 300 pages (600 000 characters with spaces).

Evaluation and selection system

The proposal is the subject of a first appraisal by the members of the editorial board of Etnográfica Press, with theoretical innovation and ethnographic grounding being valued and the suitability of the work to the specificities of each collection assessed. If the review of the editorial board is favourable, the manuscript is sent to two experts for blind peer review, who are asked for opinions on the general quality of the work and suggestions for changes to the text. The editorial board is responsible for the final decision on whether to accept the manuscript for publication. The decision will be communicated to the authors / organizers within a maximum period of six months.

Once accepted for publication, the text should be reformulated by the authors according to the eventual recommendations of the reviews, in line with the general formatting rules of Etnográfica Press and sent in a revised and complete version by email to

Publishing costs

Etnográfica Press is especially dedicated to electronic publishing in open access. The option of making the work available also in print edition will be up to the author/proponent, who must ensure the respective costs.

General formatting rules

The book is made of chapters identified sequentially in arabic numbering (1, 2, 3 ...), eventually grouped into parts in roman numbering (I, II, III ...) without interrupting the numbering of the chapters.

Immediately after the title page, where the title and possible subtitle of the work are indicated, as well as its authors or organizers, the general index of the book is presented, comprising all the chapters that compose it and any parts that group them, as well as any possible elements that precede the first chapter (preface, acknowledgments, biographical notes of the authors, list of acronyms, introduction ...) or that follow the last one (attachments, sources, bibliography, index...).

Notes should be inserted at the foot of the page, identified with arabic numbering that restart in each chapter, and consist of a single paragraph, without including any extratext. The note call must be placed after the adjacent punctuation and never in titles of the text or in extratext.

Double quotes should be used (“quotes”), and single quotes should be used inside them (“include ‘quotes’ inside quotes”).

Longer citations should be highlighted in an autonomous and re-entered paragraph and placed in quotation marks.

Italics should be used for words in other languages. No bold or underlined emphasis should be used.

Tables and figures (designating the term "figures", graphs, photographs, maps, drawings or other visual elements) are numbered separately and sequentially, starting over at the beginning of each chapter (table 1, figure 1).

Bibliographic references

Bibliographic references must be made in the “(Author date: page)” system in the body of the text, and the bibliography referred to (and only the referred one) must be listed at the end of the book or of each of the chapters, in case they are signed by different authors, in the defined format. The reference date is the date of the consulted edition, and the date of the original edition may be added in square brackets.

References in the text

Other opinions were already registered (Malinowski 1921: 345; Evans-Pritchard 1965 [1940]).

Several authors worked on the subject (Cabral e Lourenço 2003; Bastos, Almeida and Feldman-Bianco 2004).

Fernandes (2002, 2003) exposed this issue.

As stated by Evans-Pritchard, “What can he do anyhow?” (1965 [1940]: 166).

References in final bibliography

ANTUNES, José M., 2004, “Passado, presente e futuro dos artigos online”, Revista de Informática Experimental, 6 (3): 100-138. Available at < > (last consulted in September 2005).

BASTOS, Cristiana, Miguel Vale de ALMEIDA, and Bela FELDMAN-BIANCO (eds.), 2004, Trânsitos Coloniais: Diálogos Críticos Luso-Brasileiros. Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.

CABRAL, João de Pina, and Nelson LOURENÇO, 2003, Em Terra de Tufões: Dinâmicas da Etnicidade Macaense. Macao: ICM.

CANTÓN DELGADO, Manuela, et al., 2004, Pentecostales Gitanos. Seville: Signatura Deimos.

DIAS, Jill, 2002, “Novas identidades africanas em Angola no contexto do comércio atlântico”, in Cristiana Bastos, Miguel Vale de Almeida and Bela Feldman-Bianco (eds.), Trânsitos Coloniais: Diálogos Críticos Luso-Brasileiros. Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 293-320.

EVANS-PRITCHARD, Edward E., 1965 [1940], The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

FERNANDES, António, 2002, “Como citar textos eletrónicos”. Available at < > (last consulted in May 2019).

FERNANDES, António, 2003, Tudo sobre Textos Electrónicos. Lisboa: Editora E-livros. Available at < > (last consulted in April 2019).

MALINOWSKI, Bronislaw, 1921, “Classificatory particles in the language of Kiriwina”, Bulletin of The School of Oriental Studies, 1 (4): 33-78.

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