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Author Guidelines

Articles/Book reviews

The articles submitted to Journal of Communication and Languages should be submitted electronically, after registration in to the system. 



The propositions, in English and Portuguese, must be containing:

  • Title in Portuguese and English;
  • The abstract (in English and Portuguese) should have until 400 words, and up to five keywords should be defined,
  • 5 bibliographical references
  • brief biographical reference (200 words)
Full papers should have between 5.000 to 8.000 words, including title, footnotes and references.
The complete texts must be following this Guidelines

Bibliographic references

Bibliographic references must follow the Chicago Author-Date System (and NOT Footnotes and Bibliography).


Audiovisual works references

The citation of clips, extracts and complete audiovisual items, both in-text or in a final "Filmography", must follow the British Universities Film & Video Council guidelines, available here.



Each text may include up to 4 images. Images must be inserted in the body of the text (and not at the end). All images must have numbered captions. Captions must also include copyright mentions, when applicable, using the following format: "Image 1: caption content | (c) information about copyright" . No images will be published without caption or copyright mention.

Formatting instructions


Garamond, size 14, centered


Body text

Garamond; size 12; 1,5 space paragraph; justified alignment; with first line indentation of 1,25.



Top 2,5 cm; Bottom 2,5 cm; Left 3 com; Right 3 cm


Section headings

Garamond bold, size 13, left justified. No indentation after section heading.



Footnotes are marked numerically Garamond, size 10, single space paragraph, justified alignment;


All quotes must be marked by double quotation marks "..."

Quotes within quotes must be marked by single quotation marks '...'

Quotations over 3 lines long must me separated from the body text by a paragraph and a further 1,25cm indent (keeping the same formatting of the body text).



- Page break after last sentence of article, before bibliography

- Centered title Garamond bold, size 14

- Double space between each entry

- Single spaced for same entry

- Garamond size 13 for Bibliography text

- Hanging indent past first character of top line
  Ex.: This is bibliographic entry
          this is the second line of bibliographic entry


Biographical note 

with some curricular data and with complete information on the affiliation of all authors, including the name of the institution. The complete addresses (including street, postal code, city and country), electronic address and ORCID or Ciência Viate must also be mentioned.

Acknowledgements and funding

Identification of the funding organisation in full form, including: full name and grant reference.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  2. The submission is an original and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
  3. Submissions in Portuguese, Spanish and English will be accepted;
  4. The manuscript follows all the formatting and reference instructions described in the Author Guidelines section, as well as the word limit defined in the Section Policies.

  5. Submission files are in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF format (and are under 2MB). Images, tables and diagrams are inserted in the text.
  6. The title, abstract and the keywords must be filled in the Metadata section of the online submission form. Submissions in English must fill in these data in English. Articles in Castilian or Portuguese, must fill in these data in the article’s original language and in English.
  7. If the author is making a submission to a peer review section (such as the Essays section), the instructions available in Ensuring a Blind Peer Review have been followed.
  8. When submitting a document, encure all hyperlinks are active

Copyright Notice

The articles published here are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Every effort has been made to credit copyright holders of the images used. If you claim ownership of any of the images presented here and have not been properly identified, please contact RCL and we will be happy to make a formal acknowledgement in a future issue.



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