Instructions to Authors

Submission of articles and book reviews to Cadernos do Arquivo Municipal are temporarily made through the journal's e-mail:

Cadernos do Arquivo Municipal does not charge any fees for the submission process, as well as for peer review, publication and availability of the texts.



As part of the process, authors are required to check the compliance of the submission against all items listed below. Submissions that do not conform to the standards will be returned to the authors.

• The submission is original, has not been previously published and parts from other works must be duly referenced. It is not before another journal for consideration or an explanation has been provided in "Comments to the Editor".

• Authorship is subject to a grace period of four issues.

• For the same issue, only one proposal will be accepted per author and/or co-author, to be submitted through the template for submission.

• Language of the text in Portuguese (with the new orthographic agreement), Spanish, French or English. Title, abstract and keywords in the language of the text, in English and Portuguese. Abstract with a maximum of 150 words and up to 5 keywords.

• 10000 words limit for articles and 2000 for book reviews, considering footnotes and bibliographical references.

• Maximum of 10 images, although this limit may be changed by the Editors. All images, tables and charts sequentially numbered, with a caption associated and its exact location in the text. Images should be mentioned in the text. From the Lisbon Municipal Archives may be used in accordance with their availability on the website. Those that do not belong to the Lisbon Municipal Archives must be delivered in separate files, either in JPEG or TIFF.

• Obtaining publication rights for images used in the articles, or other material subject to rights (copyright, patrimonial, etc.), which are not part of the Lisbon Municipal Archive collection, is the exclusive responsibility of the authors and will only be published after presentation of proof of authorisation for publication.

• The text adheres to the bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, in this section. Where available, DOIs are provided.

• Author's name, ORCID, institutional (Research centre, Faculty, University) and email address.

• The Authorization and Transfer of Rights for Publication Agreement must be completed, signed and submitted with the article.



All citations of studies and printed sources in the text must be included in a single final bibliographic reference list, presented according to the APA (7th edition). See examples in the template for submission.

Citations from handwritten sources should be presented in a footnote.



1. Desk Review
The submitted text is examined by the editors and the scientific coordination of the respective issue, considering its originality, relevance and quality, as well as compliance with formal (stage 1) and thematic (stage 2) requirements.

Stage 1
. Confirmation of the use of the article submission form, as well as the full details of the author(s).
. Identification of plagiarism and/or self-plagiarism. In case it is verified, the work is returned to the author. Papers published in other journals or translations are not accepted.
. Verification of conformity of the text with the standards of the submission template: titles, abstracts and keywords, citations and bibliographical references and other academic standards of the scientific text.

Stage 2
. The editors make a preliminary evaluation of the scientific quality of the text and forward it to the  scientific coordination, which observes the following elements: introduction, objectives, theoretical and methodological approach and final considerations, among others; structure of the article; clarity of the writing; adequate scientific language; contribution to the scientific field of the work.

The text that does not meet the requirements identified above will be returned to the author(s) at the end of the Desk Review. If it is reformulated, the author may submit it again, one last time. The text that does not meet these criteria will be definitively rejected.

2. Peer Review
Each article is sent to two external reviewers who ensure the peer review process with double anonymity of authors and reviewers (double-blind peer review). If necessary, further reviewers will be asked for their opinion.

The following elements are considered in the scientific review: originality of the article; relevance, coherence and depth of the topic; adequacy of the title, abstract and key words as well as of the introduction and conclusion; clarity of the language and quality of the writing; logic and consistency of the argumentation; adequacy of the research methods; adequacy of the rigorous analysis and interpretation of sources; adequacy of the bibliography used.

According to these criteria, the evaluators may accept the text in its entirety, suggest alterations or refuse its publication. The opinions received are forwarded by the editors to the author(s) for reformulation of the text that will be submitted to evaluation again. In the limit, the article may be refused.

The editors may request opinions from the evaluators as many times as necessary in order to substantiate the final decision.

The arbitration process lasts three months and its result, unappealable in all cases, is communicated to the author(s) within six months.

3. Copy Desk
Once the article has been approved, the process of editing for publication begins.

The editors reserve the right to make essential formal changes, namely the rectification of citations and bibliographic references, as long as the meaning of the text is not altered.

During the Copy Desk the author may be asked to make adjustments or complete missing elements.

4. Publication
A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is assigned to each article. After completion of the previous steps, the article is published in continuous publication mode and the author(s) are informed of the publication of their article by the Editors. The deadline for publication of articles is 12 months.