Call for papers

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Calendar for Volume 11, number 1, 2015:

Submission of articles: by February 28, 2015

Peer review: April 15th 2015

Submission of revised manuscripts in english or portuguese/spanish: May 15th 2015

Publication: July 31st 2015

Thematic Issue: Contemporary Journalistic Narratives

The act of narration is accompanying us since the dawn of civilization and is one of the main actions in the process of trying to make sense of the world and turn chaos into cosmos. Creation myths, heroic epics, historical deeds were narrated in order to give meaning and guide the lifes of individuals, confer indetity to people, organize their societies and construct a collective memory, as well as establish nexus about many points of the world as experienced by them. With the rise of the press, narratives also became part of the journalistc praxis, be it in its own genres, e.g. the sketch or reportage, or in other enunciative sites.

In the contemporary world, the art of the narrative is practiced in several levels in the press and broadcasting media, as well as in digital environments such as portals, websites, blogs and social media of the most diverse natures , mixing several different media, sometimes repeating itself over and over, sometimes overcoming its and their boundaries. In the Journalism Studies field, the discussion on narrative are present in several domains that aim to reflect on the narrative construction and its relations to historical, sociological, aesthetic, discoursive, ideological, economic and psychological aspects, among others.

Wishing to systematize discussions and concepts on Journalistic Narratives, Brazilian Journalism Research is open until February 28th 2015 for submissions to its thematic issue on Contemporary Journalistic Narratives (v.11, n.1 jan./jun. 2015). The issue will cover manuscripts that focus on the narrative and journalism issue through many possible approaches, which may include (however are not limited to):

– Journalistic Narratives as an environment for representations and mediations;

– Journalistic Narratives and their relation to journalistic praxis;

– Epistemological aspects of studies on Journalistic Narratives;

– Methodological issues of the field, including discussions on methods such as Life History, Oral History and Family History etc, as well as techniques such as In-Depth Interviews;

– Journalistic Narratives and the subject;

– Intersections of journalism and other fields of knowledge in the production of journalistic narratives;

– Narrative as an aesthetic and discoursive strategy in journalism;

Panoramic or individual analyzes of relevant authors or narrative genres (biography, profile, travel writing, essay etc);

– Journalistic narrativity in specific segments: politics, science, sports etc;

– Journalistic Narratives and the construction of gender, ethnicity, sexuality etc;

– Journalistic Narratives and the new media.

Texts must be between 30.000 and 40.000 characters long (including spaces). Since Brazilian Journalism Research publishes two versions of each issue (portuguese/spanish and english), authors of accepted manuscripts submitted in english must provide a translation to portuguese or spanish by the deadline we inform below. Likewise, authors of accepted papers submitted in portuguese or spanish, must provide an english version.

The papers must be submitted through the Open Journals System on the journal website:

Author guidelines can be found on the url:

Editor of the Dossier: Monica Martinez

Assistent Editor: Mateus Yuri Passos

In addition to the thematic dossier, the editors will accept articles for the Articles section

2 BJR´s presentation and typology of texts

Brazilian Journalism ResearchBJR – is a semi-annual scientific journal published by the Brazilian Association of Journalism Researchers (SBPJor). The Association and its journal are dedicated to theory and research in journalism (both theoretical as well as empirical work). The journal is published in English and Portuguese. For more information about the SBPJor, visit the site

Articles are received for the Dossier, Articles and Book Review Sections and should adhere strictly to the journal´s norms.

Articles: Academic works involving Journalism Theory, Research and Criticism. The article should contain between 30 thousand and 40 thousand characters, including spaces. Brazilian Journalism Research publishes preferentially research results.

Dossier: Texts regarding a specific topic in the Journalism area which is described in detail in the Call for Paper of a particular edition. The article should contain between 30 thousand and 40 thousand characters, including spaces. Brazilian Journalism Research publishes preferentially research results. Some editions may not contain a Dossier and may be devoted only to articles.

Book Review: The journal includes a section of reviews of books on journalism and related areas, with each review containing between 6 thousand and 7 thousand characters, including spaces.

3 General guidelines

The journal Brazilian Journalism Research accepts original unpublished works by authors with doctor degrees and doctorate students. Authors with master degrees, master students and graduating students should submit works in co-authorship with researchers who hold doctor degrees or who are doctorate students. The volume 8, number 2 edition of BJR may accept articles by authors with master degrees, master students and graduating students that were submitted to the journal before the publication of this Call for Paper.

The work submitted should result from the author´s own intellectual production. The author should correctly identify the data and references utilized and give credit to the author or source of information consulted. He should also declare that all the material included in his work is free of copyright restrictions and that he is liable for any judicial litigation of any kind or for any claim involving intellectual property rights, thus exempting the Brazilian Association of Journalism Researchers (SBPJor), the journal and its editors from all liability with regard to the material presented.

In order to submit his work, the author should utilize exclusively the journal´s electronic system

Work to be submitted for evaluation by the journal may be written in Portuguese or English. The author who submits a work undertakes the commitment to send the version of the article in the other language (Portuguese or English, depending on the language of the work evaluated) within 15 (fifteen) days following communication of the acceptance by BJR, if the article is approved by the advisors without alterations. In the case of articles approved conditionally subject to alterations, the author should provide the translation in the other language within 15 (fifteen) days following approval of the new version by the journal´s editors.

4 The articles should be submitted with the following elements:

Title and subtitle: In Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Abstract: The articles should be accompanied by an abstract (containing the topic, the objectives, methodology and the main conclusion) of approximately 10 lines (or up to one thousand characters) in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Key-words: Between three (3) and five (5) key-words in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

– Each one of the two versions of the article (English and Portuguese) should be typed using the Times New Roman font, size 12, with 1.5 cm. space between the lines, and should contain from 30 thousand to 40 thousand characters (including spaces, bibliographic references and notes), with introduction and subheadings in italics which should not be numbered, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings to facilitate reading;

– Notes should be displayed at the end, before the bibliographic references;

– References and notes should be cited in the text with (AUTHOR, date, and page);

-Tables, figures, photos and illustrations should be of good quality and high definition, in black and white, numbered consecutively by category and clearly identified (Examples: Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2, etc.).

A Bibliographical Reference section in alphabetical order should follow the text; use the ABNT style.

The information identifying the authors should be inserted in the respective fields of the electronic system at the time of the submission of the texts and should not be included in the text of the article. In the SEER System, authors should furnish a curriculum with the highest academic degree obtained, institutional link, city, country, e-mail and other relevant data.

Permissions from copyright holders: authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any quotation, illustration or photograph previously published elsewhere or that have been produced by persons other than the author of the article.

If the text is approved for publication, the author(s) should sign a declaration – in accordance with the established model – transferring the copyright to the journal and authorizing Brazilian Journalism Research to publish it utilizing printed, electronic, CDRom and/or Internet or other known media.

5. Additional information: For information regarding the SBPJor, visit the Association´s website In order to know about earlier editions of BJR and the present edition, visit the website of the journal Brazilian Journalism Research ( ).

The follow-up of the editorial process involving the article submitted may be accomplished via the SEER System. If necessary, contact Kênia Maia, Executive Editor (

Detailed guidelines for authors are available for download using this link.

Brazilian Journalism Research – BJR

Director: Cláudia Lago

Executive Editor: Sonia Virginia Moreira

Assistant Editors: Luciana Mielniczuk & Fábio Henrique Pereira

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Graphic Designer: Daia Carpes

Revisor: Carolina Calvo & Fabíola Barreto

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