Who can submit?

Anyone may submit an original article in Portuguese or in English to be considered for publication in PCS provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or are authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer). Currently, PCS only accepts submissions linked to our CFPs.

Format & Style

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items.

  • Articles should not exceed 8,000 words in length, including footnotes, bibliography, and an abstract of 100-150 words, in both English and Portuguese.
  • All manuscripts must follow the MLA Handbook (9th ed.).
  • They must be submitted as a Word document, in Times New Roman, sizes 12 (for the main text) and 10 (for the footnotes), with one-inch margins. Double-space throughout.
  • Italics. Use italics for work titles, words in languages other than the language of the essay, and metalinguistic references. Do not use boldface in any case.
  • Images. Paste supporting images directly on the main text of your submission. Include serially numbered captions below each image (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Upon acceptance, the author needs to provide reproduction permissions for each figure.
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. If any bibliographical discussions are necessary, integrate those in the main text. Footnote numbers should be placed at the end of the sentence, following punctuation signs.
  • Works Cited at the end of the document must follow the MLA Handbook (9th ed.).

Book Reviews

PCS welcomes critical reviews of recently published books in the humanities and the social sciences that focus on the cultures and countries of the Portuguese-speaking world and its diasporas. The journal is especially interested in reviewing books that posit interdisciplinary approaches, innovative theoretical perspectives, or comparative frameworks. Reviews may be written in Portuguese or English and may focus on a single monograph, an edited volume, or several works. The review or review essay must be between 1000 and 1500 words. Your review should give readers an engaging, informative, and critical discussion of the work. Please remember that the review aims to evaluate the book's original contribution to the field. Keep an even tone when assessing the work under review. Harsh or offensive comments undermine the process and reflect poorly on the reviewer. The review should offer constructive and responsible criticism.