The literatures, cultures and histories of the Portuguese-speaking world
A journal publishing 2 issues per year
Portuguese Studies is a peer-reviewed biannual multi-disciplinary journal devoted to research on the cultures, literatures, history and societies of the Lusophone world. The chair of the Editorial Board for 2021 is Catarina Fouto, and the Reviews Editor is Paul Melo e Castro.
Submissions. Scholarly contributions are invited on all subjects within the fields of the literature, culture, and history of Portugal, Brazil and the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa. Material on Galician studies will be considered where there is a substantial relevance to Lusophone literatures, cultures and histories. All articles and reviews should be written in clear English and conform to MHRA Style. Submissions in Portuguese may be considered, but full peer review and publication will be conditional on provision of a satisfactory translation by or on behalf of the author. For more, see the Notes for Contributors section below.
Themed issues. The journal combines general issues, which include material on topics right across our remit, with themed issues. Themed numbers are often edited by guest editors, who work together with the Editorial Committee but take the main responsibility for the contents. To express an interest in editing a themed issue, please complete the special issue proposal form and submit this to the current Chair.
In particular, the journal is currently seeking young scholars to edit our Autumn 2022 number — please clich the link for full details.
Books for review. Each issue of Portuguese Studies carries a reviews section. Books for review should be sent to: Reviews Editor, Portuguese Studies, Dr Paul Melo e Castro, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, 221b, Hetherington Building, Bute Gardens, GLASGOW G12 8RS.
Sample. Originally published in Portuguese Studies 32.1 (2016), Anna Matheson's article The Subversion of Hate Literature in Anrique da Mota’s Farce of the Tailor (click on the title to read the PDF) examines a verse play written around 1500. Though the Farce ostensibly mocks Jews who convert to Christianity, it can also be read as a bold attack on the policy of forcing such conversions.
History. Portuguese Studies was founded in 1985 by the novelist and poet Helder Macedo, once a political exile in London, who held the senior chair of Portuguese at King's College London from 1982 until his retirement in 2004. Then as now, King's was one of the UK's leading centres for Lusophone studies, and the journal was edited as an annual paperback by its academic staff. Portuguese Studies was reconfigured as a twice-annual journal, in a larger page format, from volume 22 (2006). Titles were issued by Maney Publishing on MHRA's behalf until volume 25 (2009), after which MHRA continued the journal under its own imprint. The editorial team was widened in 2013 as part of a fruitful collaboration between MHRA and the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists, and the journal's reviews section made its debut in volume 32.1 (2016).
Institutional subscriptions. Our institutional journal subscriptions for 2018 are being handled by Turpin Distribution. (Note that this is a change from 2017, when subscriptions were handled by JSTOR.) Please use the above link for details of regions and pricing in USD, UKP or EUR.
It continues to be possible for libraries to subscribe to five of our journals (AS, MLR, PS, SEER and YES) as an online package: see this link.
Individual subscriptions. Individual subscriptions are available only to members of the Association, and are priced at $50.00; members may alternatively subscribe to MHRA's entire JSTOR Current Scholarship library, including MLR, for $55. (Membership is easy to arrange by following this link and the annual fee is only £12.50/$20.) Students registered for a higher degree can obtain entirely free electronic access for up to three years by becoming Postgraduate Associates (free of charge).
Notes for Contributors. Articles to be considered for publication may be on any subject within the field but must not exceed 7,500 words, and should be submitted in a form ready for publication in English, sent as an email attachment to the Editorial Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions whose standard of English is inadequate will be returned. Any quotations in Portuguese must be accompanied by an English translation. Submissions in Portuguese may be considered, but full peer review and publication will be conditional on provision of a satisfactory translation by or on behalf of the author. The Editorial Assistant may undertake translations on request for a reasonable charge.
Text and references should conform precisely to the conventions of the MHRA Style Guide, 3rd edn. All articles are subject to independent, anonymous peer review by experts in the field; authors receive written feedback on the editors’ decision and guidance on any revisions required. Portuguese Studies regrets it must charge contributors for the cost of corrections in proof deemed excessive.
It is a condition of publication in this journal that authors of articles and reviews assign copyright, including electronic copyright, to the MHRA. Inter alia, this allows the General Editor to deal efficiently and consistently with requests from third parties for permission to reproduce material. The journal has been published simultaneously in printed and electronic form since January 2001. Permission, without fee, for authors to use their own material in other publications, after a reasonable period of time has elapsed, is not normally withheld. Authors may make closed-access deposit of accepted manuscripts in their academic institution’s digital repository upon acceptance. Full open access to the accepted manuscript is permitted no sooner than 24 months following publication of the Contribution by the MHRA. Contributions may also be republished on authors’ personal websites without seeking further permission from the Association, but no earlier than 24 months after publication by the MHRA.
International Advisory Board
Copyright forms. If your article or review is accepted by this journal, then you will be asked to sign this copyright form (follow the link to read it in PDF form). The reasons we ask you to assign copyright to MHRA are as follows:
Open access. MHRA supports Open Access under the Green Route, with an embargo of 12 months. Under this model, if your Contribution is accepted for publication you may make a ‘closed’ deposit of your accepted manuscript in your academic institution’s digital repository upon acceptance. Full open access to the accepted manuscript is then permitted 12 months after publication.
Licensing content. All requests for permission to reproduce material first published in MHRA books and journals beyond the scope of fair use/fair dealing and the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements should be directed to: email@example.com. Please give specific details of the proposed new publication and the permission you require, including: media (print/electronic); print run; selling price; market; language.
Also available in book form:26.1. The Portuguese-Speaking Diaspora in Great Britain and Ireland (Edited by Jaine Beswick and Mark Dinneen)