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Submission Guidelines

General Information

1. Comunicação Pública is an open access online academic journal created by the academic community of the School of Communication and Media Studies; it is open to contributions from external researchers working in the same areas of interest.

2. Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form or be under consideration for publication in another journal.

3. Comunicação Pública accepts articles in Portuguese, English or Spanish.

4. Manuscripts submitted to Comunicação Pública go through an initial critical evaluation by the editorial board. The results of this initial review are either approval to enter the peer review process (Blind peer review) or rejection. The first step in the peer review process involves sending the manuscript to 2 or 3 external reviewers with expertise in the paper’s topic and/or field. The evaluation procedure can have one of three outcomes: rejection, acceptance with changes suggested by referees, or acceptance for publication without changes. If accepted, the author will be notified on the forecast issue of the journal in which the article will be inserted.

5. Comunicação Pública does not charge authors for processing, reviewing and publishing their articles (APCs – article processing charges). Authors must ensure that the manuscript is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors.

6. Articles submission is done through a preformatted template, send by e-mail (as attachment) to

Materials accepted for publication

Comunicação Pública accepts:
• ARTICLES: the complete texts of articles, with references and attachments, must not exceed 50,000 characters (with space).
• BOOK REVIEWS: the complete texts of the articles, with references and annexes, should not exceed 10,000 characters (with space).
• DOSSIERS: sets of three or four articles with thematic unit, specially organized for the magazine. the organizers should start by submitting a dossier proposal.

Preparing your manuscript

1. Comunicação Pública follows the standard APA reference Style. In-text citations must follow the following examples:
According to Mitchell (2017, p. 189) … or (Mitchell, 2017, p. 189)
According to Mitchell, Smith e Thomson (2017, p. 189) … or (Mitchell, Coyne, & Thomson, 2017, p. 189)
According to Clore et al. (2017, p. 189) … or (Clore et al., 2017, p, 189)
According to several authors (e.g., Mitchell, 2017; Smith, 2000)
Smith (2000, cited by Mitchell, 2017) … or (Smith, 2000, cited by Mitchell, 2017)

References should be inserted at the end of the article, respecting the following formal structure:

Mitchell, J. A., & Thomson, M. (2017). A guide to citation (3rd Ed.). London: London Publishings.

Mitchell, J. A. (2017). How citation changed the research world. The Mendeley, 62(9), 70-81.

Mitchell, J. A. (2017). How citation changed the research world. The Mendeley, 62(9) [online]. Available at: (Accessed: 15 November 2016).

William, S. T. (Ed.) (2015). Referencing: a guide to citation rules. New York: My Publisher.

Troy, B. N. (2015). Harvard citation rules. In S. T. Williams (Ed.), A guide to citation rules (pp. 34-89). New York: NY Publishers.

Mitchell, J. A., Thomson, M., & Coyne, R. P. (2017). A guide to citation. E-book library. Available at: (Accessed: 10 September 2016).

Bonacho, F. (2013). A leitura em ambiente digital: Transliteracias da comunicação. (Tese de Doutoramento não publicada). Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.

2. Formatting your article (cf. world template)
• Title: Centered, Times New Roman 16pt, bold;
• Authors Name: Centered, Times New Roman 11pt;
• Affiliation, e-mail address: Centered, italic, Times New Roman 11pt;
• Abstract: Justified, Times New Roman 11pt;
• Text: Justified, Times New Roman 12pt, line spacing 1.5.;
• Headlines: headlines should follow a sequenced numbering – 1,2,3… ; the same applies to subheadlines – 1.1., 1.2., 1.3. The headlines titles will be written in Times New Roman 14pt, bold, and the subheadings in Times New Roman 12pt, bold. Introduction and Conclusion should not be numbered;
• Special formats should not be used, such as: styles (headings, hyperlinks, etc.); columns; headers; different fonts; underlines; automatic hyphenation; automatic numbering of chapters, sections or paragraphs.

3. Artwork guidelines:
• Illustrations, pictures and graphs should be sent in a separate file, duly identified and referring to any copyright. The text document should specify only its location.
• the numbering and titles of the illustrations must be inserted in the body of the text, in Word format, and never in the illustrations themselves;
• submit figures and diagrams separately in their original format and not as a Word file;
• tables and graphs should be submitted as an Excel file.