Portuguese Studies

The literatures, cultures and histories of the Portuguese-speaking world

A journal publishing 2 issues per year

0267-5315 print
2222-4270 online

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 Emanuelle Rodrigues Dos Santos.

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 Emanuelle Rodrigues Dos Santos, Ashley Building, Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.

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.

Editorial. For queries on style or translation, contact the Editorial Assistant, Richard Correll. For queries on layout or image format, contact the Production Editor, Graham Nelson.

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 portuguese@mhra.org.uk.

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.


  • Founding Editor: Helder Macedo
  • Chair: Catarina Fouto
  • Jane-Marie Collins
  • Tori Holmes
  • Paulo de Medeiros
  • Hilary Owen
  • Emanuelle Rodrigues Dos Santos
  • Claire Williams

International Advisory Board

  • David Brookshaw
  • João de Pina Cabral
  • Ivo José de Castro
  • Thomas F. Earle
  • John Gledson
  • Anna Klobucka
  • Maria Manuel Lisboa
  • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Laura de Mello e Souza
  • Maria Irene Ramalho
  • Silviano Santiago

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:

  • (i) ownership of copyright by the publisher tends to ensure maximum international protection against infringement, libel, or plagiarism
  • (ii) it enables the MHRA to deal efficiently with requests from third parties to reproduce or reprint a Contribution, or part of it, and in accordance with a general policy which is sensitive both to any relevant changes in international copyright law and to the general desirability of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge.
In assigning your copyright you are not forfeiting your proprietary rights, including patent rights. Nothing in the Agreement you sign shall restrict your rights as the Author(s) to revise, adapt, prepare derivative works, present orally, or otherwise make use of the contents of the Contribution, provided that these do not conflict with the MHRA's financial interests. You may do this after obtaining our permission. The MHRA is a charity which has the encouragement and dissemination of scholarship as its object, and permission to use the contents of your work elsewhere will not normally be withheld provided that the MHRA journal is acknowledged as the original source with a full bibliographical reference.

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: rights@mhra.org.uk. 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)

37.2Literatures and Cultures of the Indian Ocean
Edited by Ana Mafalda Leite 
Portuguese Studies 37.231 December 2021
37.1Brazil in the Midst of Neoliberal Turmoil: Devastation and Resistance
Edited by Márcio Seligmann-Silva 
Portuguese Studies 37.14 July 2021
36.2Modern Portuguese Poetry
Edited by Paulo de Medeiros and Rosa Maria Martelo 
Portuguese Studies 36.24 November 2020
36.1Portuguese Studies 36.122 July 2020
35.2Transnational Portuguese Women Writers
Edited by Cláudia Pazos Alonso and Maria Luisa Coelho
Portuguese Studies 35.223 January 2020
35.1Portuguese Studies 35.129 March 2019
34.2The Cinema of Fernando Vendrell
Edited by Paulo de Medeiros and Hilary Owen
Portuguese Studies 34.22 October 2018
34.1Portugal, Forty-Four Years after the Revolution
Edited by Sebastián Royo
Portuguese Studies 34.124 April 2018
33.2Portuguese Studies 33.228 November 2017
33.1Portuguese Studies 33.15 May 2017
32.2Authoritarian States and Corporatism in Portugal and Brazil
Edited by Paula Borges Santos and Luciano Aronne de Abreu
Portuguese Studies 32.210 October 2016
32.1Portuguese Studies 32.114 March 2016
31.2In Medieval Mode: Collected Essays in Honour of Stephen Parkinson on his Retirement
Cláudia Pazos Alonso and Claire Williams
Portuguese Studies 31.230 October 2015
31.1Portuguese Studies 31.110 April 2015
30.2João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999)
Edited by Sara Brandellero
Portuguese Studies 30.21 September 2014
30.1Portuguese Studies 30.120 March 2014
29.2Portuguese Studies 29.226 September 2013
29.1Portuguese Studies 29.11 May 2013
28.2Formal and Informal Empire: Portuguese Relations with the Non-European World
Edited by Toby Green and Malyn Newitt
Portuguese Studies 28.21 October 2012
28.1Portuguese Studies 28.12 April 2012
27.2Portuguese Studies 27.25 September 2011
27.1Papers from the Gilberto Freyre Conference
Edited by Maria Lúcia G. Pallares-Burke
Portuguese Studies 27.111 March 2011
26.2Portuguese Studies 26.21 October 2010
26.1The Portuguese-Speaking Diaspora in Great Britain and Ireland
Edited by Jaine Beswick and Mark Dinneen
Portuguese Studies 26.124 March 2010
25.2Portuguese Studies 25.210 October 2009