• Scope and Policy
  • Preparing and formatting manuscripts
  • Submitting manuscripts


Scope and Policy


The journal, which is mainly aimed at the academic community, welcomes articles in the most diverse methodological and critical trends. The journal's main areas of interest are literary studies, Brazilian literature and comparative literature, focused on the work of Machado de Assis.

The journal receives, reviews and publishes articles in Portuguese and English. The articles, which are received and published on a rolling basis, must be unpublished. In line with open science practices, the journal accepts submission of articles previously deposited on the SciELO Preprints server, whose rules are defined on the site

All papers received by the editors will be submitted to review by the journal's editorial board and/or ad hoc reviewers, members of the Brazilian and international academic community, specially invited for each review and who hold a doctoral degree.

Every article will be assessed by two reviewers. In the case of a discrepancy in the evaluation, the editors will make the final decision. Based on the recommendation of the reviewers, the editors will communicate to the authors whether the paper was accepted for publication.

Also in line with the practices of open science, the journal offers authors and reviewers the option to open the peer review process, with or without identification of their names. Authors may authorize the disclosure of their names when submitting the article, and peer reviewers may authorize their names when filling out the Evaluation Form.

Should the reviews underlying the decision to publish the article be published, they may be edited by the journal's editorial board.

Texts accepted for publication are submitted to editorial treatment and are sent to their respective authors for their final approval.

Sometimes the journal publishes articles originally presented at conferences, public talks and papers delivered at scientific events organized or not by the journal board itself or by individual members of the editorial board.

The editors also publish book reviews about Machado de Assis's work, or about new editions of his books. The reviews also go through the peer review process.

The moral and intellectual rights of the articles belong to the respective authors, and are not the property of the journal, which is also not responsible for the opinions expressed by the authors.


Preparing and formatting manuscripts

Articles on the work of Machado de Assis, in Portuguese or English and unpublished in Brazil, should have a minimum of 20,000 and a maximum of 35,000 characters with spaces. Articles that do not fall within these parameters will be returned to the authors before the evaluation process begins. Only in very exceptional cases may the editors approve articles with more or fewer characters than stipulated above.

If the author does not wish to be identified by the evaluators, the file containing the article should not have any trace of authorship, and when citing their own works, authors are requested to do so in an impersonal manner. In a separate electronic document, authors should include a text of about 600 characters containing their academic degree, institutional affiliation, recent production, the author's e-mail address, which will be published along with the article in case of approval, and identification number on the ORCID platform.

Works submitted to the journal must be accompanied by titles and abstracts in Portuguese and English (120 words at most), as well as (three to five) key words in Portuguese and English.

All articles are received by the editors and distributed for evaluation by members of the editorial board and ad hoc reviewers, members of the Brazilian and international academic community, invited especially for each evaluation. Each article is evaluated by two reviewers, and the editors are responsible for arbitrating in cases of discrepancy. Based on the recommendation of the reviewers ("Accept", "Accept with reservations", "Necessary corrections", "Resubmit", "Refuse"), the editors communicate to the authors the acceptance or refusal of their articles for publication. The texts accepted for publication undergo editorial treatment, are submitted to the respective authors for final approval, and are available to the editors for publication on the first opportune occasion.

Paper submissions should be made via the link

The papers must be sent in word processors compatible with the Windows platform, with top and left margins of 4 cm, bottom and right margins of 3 cm, in Times New Roman font, size 12, line spacing 1.15 and paragraphs starting at 1.0 cm from the margin). The figures, if any, should be in high resolution and in JPEG format.

All of the quotations must be rigorously compared to the texts in the editions consulted. Recommended sources for citing texts by Machado de Assis, include critical editions by the Machado de Assis Commission (Comissão Machado de Assis), which is published by the Instituto Nacional do Livro/ Civilização Brasileira; editions made by a university press, or by a trustworthy commercial publisher; the editions of the novels and short stories available at

Quotations of more than 45 words should be indented to the right, with a 2 cm margin, without quotation marks, size 11, line spacing 1.15. Quotations of less than 45 words should appear in the body of the text, between quotation marks.

Footnotes should be used as little as possible, only to complement the content. Bibliographical references should be made in parenthetical form, indicating the author's last name in capital letters, the year of publication and the page (in the case of a quotation). Example: (ASSIS, 2004, p. 158).

Complete and accurate bibliographical references are placed at the end of the text under the heading of "References," according to the following format:


ASSIS, Machado de. Contos: uma antologia. Seleção, introdução e notas de John Gledson. 2. ed. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2004. 

Chapter in book
SARAIVA, Juracy Assmann. Artifícios de sedução em Dom Casmurro. In:______ (Org.).  Nos labirintos de Dom Casmurro: ensaios críticos. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, 2005. p. 109-136. 

MAGALHÃES, Pedro Armando. Vozes da narração em Esaú e Jacó. IN: ROCHA, João Cezar de Castro (Org.). À roda de Machado de Assis: ficção crônica e crítica. Chapecó (SC): Argos, 2006. p. 259.

Articles in periodicals
FARIA, João Roberto. Machado de Assis, leitor de Musset. Teresa - revista de Literatura Brasileira, São Paulo, n. 6-7, p. 364-384, 2006.

Texts in electronic support
MEYER, Augusto. Os galos vão cantar. Machado de Assis em Linha: revista eletrônica de estudos machadianos, Rio de Janeiro, n. 1, jun. 2008. Accessible at: Acesso em: 27 jul. 2008. 

Authors are asked to conform to these norms when submitting their articles.

Reviews should be between 750 and 1,500 words long. Only in very exceptional cases may the editors approve reviews with more or fewer characters than stipulated above.

The format and the standards must be the same as those recommended for articles (see above).

The title of the review must follow the following format:



EULÁLIO, Alexandre. Tempo reencontrado: ensaios sobre arte e literatura. Organização de Carlos Augusto Calil. São Paulo: Instituto Moreira Salles; Editora 34, 2012. 272p.


Submitting  manuscripts

All submissions should be made via the online submission system at Articles are received on a rolling basis.

Submitted articles that do not comply with the specifications outlined above will be returned to their authors for adapting them to the standards before proceeding to the peer review stage.

There are no fees or charges for submitting articles and having them evaluated.