Portuguese Studies Review

ISSN 1057-1515
Appearing since 1991
Formerly published by the ICGP (International Conference Group on Portugal)
The PSR is an international academic forum for the study of countries, regions, communities, and institutions sharing, exploring, transforming, or developing a Portuguese, Brazilian, or other Luso-related heritage  
Multi-lingual peer-reviewed research journal. Articles, review essays, and book reviews in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish    

Author FAQs



Q: What is the best way to submit an article?

E-mail it to the PSR as attachment(s). If the file is very large (this will rarely be so), ZIP it and attach the ZIP. If you need to send us large image files (illustrations), ZIP them or put them up on a free Cloud server and send us the share link so that we could pull the material.

Q: Can I machine-translate (e.g. Google-translate) my abstract (or even worse, my article)?
No. The only thing we can say is: this is a very bad idea. A machine-assisted translation (MT) is useless and unpublishable in an academic or professional environment, as are "subprime translations" from fly-by-night outfits in China or India. Regardless of software manufacturer claims, NO existing software possesses the conceptual, intepretive, and stylistic abilities of an experienced human translator with decades of expertise in a particular specialized area. A machine translation is invariably crude and instantly recognizable. Submission of such material creates situations where the Editors or press staff would have to step in and clean up the product, or even retranslate from scratch. We simply cannot do that, for obvious reasons. We can commission a translation, but only for a fee, to be borne by the author. Translation rates vary significantly. Agency pricing listings, if given up front, typically do not take into account the complexity and nature of your translation projects. Accurate, specialized translations demand much more time and expertise than bad translations or easy, generic jobs. Done by a senior specialist, reviewed by a second specialist, and then proofread -- thus error-free and completely ready for print -- academic translation is commonly charged by reputable translation agencies around $0.25 CDN to $0.33 CDN per word, depending on the complexity of the text, tables, graphics, etc., and this excludes note reformatting (certified compliance of notes with publisher's format) or additional research (industry rates commonly range from $ 53.00 to $ 95.00 CAD / hr [$ 40 to $ 75 US / hr] depending on level of expertise).

Q: Why do you use OpenOffice?

Because it is an open-source application with excellent handling characteristics in case of crash and text recovery. Corrupted files are handled easily, compared to proprietary file formats.

Q: How can I speed up the publication of my article?

PSR content is made up in a flow process. Only conference proceedings are bundled together and authors have to wait until all the referee reports have been received for all contributors and all corrections have been made. If your article is not part of conference proceedings or of a thematic collected volume, is ready-to-go in all respects (above all note format) and the referee reports have been positive, you may be prioritized and put into an earlier issue than scheduled.
Q: What if I need to make changes to my text after proof corrections have been keyed in?
The PSR regretfully announces that multiple and repeated text alterations requested after proofs have been set, inspected by the author, and resulting corrections to proofs have been keyed in, will be accomodated only at the Editors' discretion and only for a paying charge of $ 60.00 CDN per 1 hour's worth of work or $ 120.00 CDN per 1 hour's worth of work for last-minute rush jobs.

A corrected and revised pre-press proof should not be treated as yet another kind of "draft." The PSR is very flexible and understanding, more so than many other academic journals, but proofs simply cannot be made a venue for ongoing incremental alterations, in bits and pieces, especially when this involves an author's back-and-forth changes of mind. Such alterations do not pertain at all to production but to the process of writing. They should all be resolved after receipt of the referee comments and before the final version has been submitted and page-set.

Q: What if my article needs editing?
If it does, this will be pointed out by the referee(s) or by the Editors. Sometimes the Editors will undertake the editing of a very important contribution. Most often, however, you will be advised to seek the services of a third-party editor. The PSR can also contract a professional editor for you, quite naturally for a standard industry fee.

Q: What if I want to share the published article on professional network sites (e.g. Academia.edu) or use it in course texts?
We subscribe to a fair OpenSharing policy, in terms of so-called "self-archiving rights".

You may share with colleagues and the general public the pre-press proofs of your contributions, as sent to you by the PSR. You may do so free of charge, through dedicated personal webpages or through personal pages on collegial/peer aggregator networks such as university repositories (open access), Intranets (restricted access), or sites like Academia.edu (where PDF or other file download is restricted to registered users). An institution employing you may archive the refereed pre-press proofs on its website or Intranet free of charge. No permission is required in either case, as long as proper acknowledgement of the original publication is clearly posted. You may link freely to such posted material, from other personal webpages or from professional profile sites such as LinkedIn.

The pre-press proofs may not be sold, however, re-sold, further posted with commercial e-pub distributors, or otherwise monetized. Use of articles in student course-packs is subject to a copyright fee. This is usually handled by the course-pack agency that assembles your text.

You may use text, illustrations and graphics from your articles in the classroom and in conference or public performance venues, without any limitation.

Unrestricted Internet and other online posting of PSR articles, complete PSR issues, or monographs in any form is not allowed, either in open respositories, or with file-sharing aggregators, or on private or public sites or Cloud servers. For redistribution permissions and contracts, contact the PSR.






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