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Editorial Policy

All papers must be submitted through the ScholarOne platform system of submission. Please read carefully the instructions on this page before submitting.

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Papers submitted for publication go through a double-blind peer review, limiting possible bias in the process. The journal has reviewers specialized in its many areas of publication. Editors have the final decision on the publication of each paper, based on the reviewers’ judgment.

The articles submitted to Public Sciences and Policies must be unpublished in Portugal and in foreign countries and cannot be under evaluation process for publication in any other publication vehicle. Remove any identification/mention to the authors of the article in the submitted file, ensuring, therefore, the Blind Peer Evaluation.

In order to clarify any question, please contact the editorial board through the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Double Blind Review Evaluation

The submitted papers will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process, and the Editorial Board reserves the right not to publish the articles received when this decision is supported by the evaluation of the reviewers.

The process is divided into three stages:

Stage 1: Initial assessment in Desk review by the Editorial Board, who will decide on the advancement of submitted articles to the peer-review stage.

Stage 2: Detailed evaluation of the selected articles by reviewers in a double-blind process. Reviewers may suggest changes to authors. This phase aims to stimulate a constructive dialogue between reviewers and authors, aiming to improve the quality of the text, until its final version for publication. The number of times a text returns to authors does not mean low quality but rather a stimulus to its improvement.

Stage 3: The Editorial Board has the final decision over the publication of the selected articles, supported by the evaluations from reviewers.


Article Structure for Public Sciences & Policies

  1. Title in Portuguese and English.
  2. Abstract in Portuguese and English with a maximum of 500 words. The abstract must indicate, clearly, the aim of the work, the methodology adopted, relevance to scientific community, results archived and principal conclusions.
  3. Three to five keywords in Portuguese and English.
  4. Introduction with proper framework, problem stated, aim of investigation, relevance, and contribution to the field in study.
  5. Theoretical framework.
  6. Methodological approach used to fulfil the study.
  7. Discussion of results, with interpretation and implications.
  8. Conclusion, mentioned limitations and future lines for the investigation.
  9. Bibliographic references, following the American Psychological Association (sixth edition).


Article Layout for Public Sciences & Policies

  1. Paper: A4 (29.7 x 21 cm).
  2. Margins: Upper and left 3cm, lower and right 2cm.
  3. Font: Times New Roman, size 12 for title, abstract, content and references and size 10 for tables, figures and footnotes.
  4. Spacing: Simple (between characters, words and lines), and indentation (1.25cm) at the beginning of paragraphs.
  5. Alignment: text justify.
  6. Size of the article: The article should contain between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including title, abstract, content itself, tables, figures, notes and bibliographical references.
  7. Details: Bold should only be used for titles and subtitles; Italic should only be used for words in a foreign language; "Double quotes" should be used for direct quotes and sentences of interviewees; and [Brackets] should be used within double-quote text to isolate material that in the original font was enclosed in quotation marks.
  8. References: American Psychological Association (sixth edition).
  9. Any table, graphic or figure must be send in its original version and in editable files, when not produced in Word.


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