Goals and publishing policy

1. Dados is open to the submission of unpublished manuscripts in the field of social sciences that contribute to theoretical or methodological innovation and/or empirical analysis. We are keen in fostering contributions that are thematically and conceptual plural, of academic and social relevance and written in an intelligible manner for an educated readership.

1.1 Original Articles: unpublished manuscripts with results of systematic academic research and that present a clear theoretical, empirical or methodological contribution to the current specialized bibliography on their subject. Dados does not accept essays, analysis of conjecture, reviews, interviews, bibliographic balances, case reports or translations. Dados does not open calls for papers or special issues as it works with a continuous flow submission system. All articles are submitted for evaluation by anonymous reviewers of the editorial board and/or external. The original manuscripts must be between 4.000 and 14.000 words (including bibliographic references, tables, and notes), and must not have been submitted or published in other academic journals, books, or special collections. Articles from preprint repositories are welcome.

1.2 Technical notes: texts that aim to provide the academic community with innovative codes, packages and databases, in order to define and discuss their implementation. Technical notes can be about databases and text codes already published in the journal or about ongoing research, results not yet published. They should be present the scope of the underlying codes, packages and models or concepts so that readers with knowledge of statistics can understand their operation. The overall analysis workflow should be illustrated by a non-trivial and enlightening case study. Notes will not be accepted without additions relevant to academic knowledge, which only use elements already published or already well-known by the specialized community. Full reproducibility is mandatory and the source code is published along with the note. The evaluation of these technical notes follows the normal course of an article, being evaluated by editorial board and/or external reviewers. They must have up to 6.000 words (including bibliographic references, tables, and notes).

1.3 Critical comments: texts that formulate critical evaluations of manuscripts published by the journal in the last five years, in which research results are debated in a qualified and courteous way, with the sole objective of advancing a given academic debate. Reviews must be strictly academic and stick to the content of the texts. Comments that contain ironies, ad hominem arguments or any other personal disqualification will be summarily rejected, as well as comments focused on only praising the analyzed manuscript. Authors of articles that are eventually the object of a critical comment published in the journal will have the right to a single rejoinder, without the possibility of submitting further reactions. The evaluation of these critical comments will follow the normal procedure of an article, being evaluated by editorial board and/or external reviewers. Critical comments and rejoinders must be up to 6.000 words (including bibliographic references, tables, and notes).

2. Submitted articles cannot have been previously published elsewhere, either in whole or in part, in the form of either book chapters or journal papers. Neither can they be simultaneously submitted to other journals. Manuscripts previously published in scientific conference proceedings, preprint platforms, as preliminary versions or working papers, are considered unpublished for these purposes.

3. Dados accepts the submission of manuscripts from different areas in the humanities conditioned upon their content being related to ongoing academic debates in the Social Sciences, particularly with the those in the fields of Political Science, Sociology, and International Relations.

4. Submitted manuscripts should necessarily focus on some of the following topics: 1) Democracy, elections, political parties, political institutions; 2) Economy, market, work, development and industry; 3) Social theory and social thought; 4) Political theory and political thought; 5) Inequalities, stratification, social class and education; 6) Collective action, social movements and unions; 7) Public policies, state capacities and management; 8) International relations, comparative politics and foreign policy; 9) Race, gender, migration and social identities; 10) Communication, media and social networks; 11) Culture; 12) City and urban issue; 13) Violence, crime, justice and human rights; 14) Political judicial and bureaucratic elites; 15) Science and Scientometrics 16) Climate, environment and rurality.

5. The manuscripts can be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French, however they will only be published in Portuguese, Spanish and English. In the latter case, depending on the article’s content and the final decision of the Editorial Board, the publication can occur simultaneously in Portuguese/Spanish and English.

6. The publication of articles is conditioned to the peer review of members of the journal’s Scientific Committees, of which there are three: an Editorial Board (comprising the editors of the journal and associate editors who convene periodically to take decisions, actively contributing in the editorial process and evaluation); the Scientific Board (constituted by leading experts in their respective fields in Brazil and abroad, whose function is to aid the Editorial Board) and the Consultative Board (comprised of ad hoc reviewers with proven expertise based in Brazil and abroad) which is responsible for aiding the editors in taking decisions concerning the received articles and thereby contributing to assure quality and scientific rigor.

7. Submissions go through a threefold evaluation filter. First the editor-in-chief and the secretary evaluate whether texts comply with the journal’s editorial and submission guidelines (below). Second associate editors and members of the editorial board decide whether papers suit the journal’s scope. Denied submissions ensue a letter to authors explaining the reasons why the paper was rejected. Accepted submissions are forwarded to reviewers selected amongst PhDs of renowned expertise in the field. After a double-blind review, the editor-in-chief makes a final decision with the aid of the advisory board and authors are informed by mail.

8. The letter containing the editor’s final decision may: i) accept the manuscript for publication either without or with revision requests, in which case authors must address requests and return the revised manuscript; ii) recommend significant revision requests and resubmission; iii) reject it. If authors choose to resubmit the manuscript, editors reserve the right to process a maximum of two reevaluations before making a final decision.

9. Resubmissions must invariably comply with the journal’s guidelines. Besides, authors must provide visual indication of revisions in the text, as well as detailed responses to reviewers in their cover letter.

10. The approximate time for a final decision is 2 months for manuscripts rejected in the first phase and 6 months for manuscripts sent to ad hoc reviewers. This time is calculated based on the dates of submission and final decision concerning publication. In order to shorten the time lapse between approval and publication, Dados will publish some articles ahead of print, at the discretion of its Editor-in-chief.

11. Accepted manuscripts are submitted to proofreading for formal and spelling mistakes and returned to authors, who must approve changes. After authors’ approval, texts are forwarded for typesetting and final layout. At this stage authors are no longer allowed to include or change texts, except for extraordinary cases. Editors may also change or edit manuscripts at their own discretion in order to adapt them to the journal’s requirements, always respecting the original content and the style of authors, who shall be consulted. Accepted manuscripts previously published in preprint platforms must include a link to the version published in Dados.

12. The author is responsible for the data (which must always be available for consultation after the publication), analyses and opinions contained in the article.

13. The double-blind review system encourages reviewers to evaluate manuscripts having the advancement of scientific knowledge as their sole interest. With the purpose of promoting high-quality scholar debates, Dados reserves the right to freely share the reviews of a manuscript with other guest reviewers. Reviews may also be published upon editorial board’s interest and authors’ and reviewers’ authorization. All parts involved must inform the editorial team of any potential conflicts of interest which may harm the objectivity and fairness of their deliberation.

14. Authors of manuscripts previously published on preprint servers must inform their online location (link, DOI etc.). They will be submitted to a blind review, in which reviewers are informed of authors’ identities. Manuscripts not previously published on preprint servers, on the other hand, go through a double-blind review, in which neither reviewers nor authors know each other’s identities. A complete list of preprint servers accepted by the journal can be found on

15. Dados adopts the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), of the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico and of the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo.

There is no fee for submission and evaluation articles.

Editorial norms and submissions guidelines

1. Manuscripts can only be submitted through the Scholar One Manuscripts platform, available on DADOS website or on Dados Scielo page provides a link to this platform, which can also be accessed directly at Instructions for submitting manuscripts are provided here and in the online platform.

2. In case of multiple authors, the manuscript must be submitted by the first author (or contact author). If the manuscripts is approved, all authors must express endorsement of its content. All authors must submit their Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) registration numbers. When there is more than one author, it should be indicated the specific contributions of each author in building the research and the manuscript. The same author may not submit more than one article, even co-authoring, simultaneously to Dados. The journal accepts submissions with a maximum of five authors.

3. To submit a manuscript, at least one of the authors would have a Master’s degree.

4. Manuscripts must be submitted in one-inch margins, 1.5 spacing throughout the document, font Times Roman typeface, size 12, and justified paragraphs. The manuscript must contain an abstract with no more than 150 words in length, written in the original language of the text and in a second language. The abstract must clearly state the article’s research questions or hypotheses, methods, conclusions and contributions to the academic literature in addition to 5 keywords, separated by semicolons. Manuscripts containing abstracts that do not meet these requirements will be rejected. Dados will be responsible for translating the text to other languages if necessary.

5. Online submissions must attach two .rtf, .doc or .docx files:


6. Charts and tables must be accompanied by the spreadsheets on which they are based, in separate and editable files, indicating units of measurement and sources for each value. Do not include high-resolution images in the main document. They may be attached separately. All charts and tables must have titles and sources. When they are the authors’ work, remember to include sources or databases used for their production.

7. Inquiries concerning the submissions or evaluation processes must be directed to our institutional e-mail:

8. Footnotes must be substantive in nature, restricted to additional comments to the text, numbered and placed at the end of the manuscript. Texts with more than 700 words in footnotes will not be accepted.

9. Bibliographical references, when necessary, must appear in the body of the text, with the author’s last name mentioned followed by the year of publication and the number of the page, when needed (Lynch, 2014:97). Literal citation of texts by other authors longer than three lines must appear as a separate paragraph, with a four point indentation.

10. All bibliographical references cited in the text must appear at the end of the article, in alphabetical order, following the format below:

For books

Example: LYNCH, Christian. (2014), Da Monarquia à Oligarquia: História Institucional e Pensamento Político Brasileiro. São Paulo, Alameda.

For book chapters

Example: WAGNER, Peter. (2015), “Modernity and Critique: Elements of a World Sociology”, in B. Bringel and J.M. Domingues (eds.), Global Modernity and Social Contestation. Londres/Nova Déli, Sage, pp. 21-35.

Journal articles

Example: ABERS, Rebecca; SERAFIM, Lizandra; TATAGIBA, Luciana. (2014), “Repertórios de Interação Estado-Sociedade em um Estado Heterogêneo: a Experiência na Era Lula”. Dados, vol. 57, no 2, pp. 325-357.

Digital articles

Example: VILLAS BÔAS, Glaucia. “A Recepção Controversa de Max Weber no Brasil (1940-1980)”. Dados [online]. 2014, vol. 57, no 1 [dia-mês-ano da consulta], pp. 5-33. Available on: ISSN 0011-5258 [páginas e ISSN facultativos].

Dissertations and theses

Example: FLORENCIO DE AGUIAR, Thais. (2013), Uma Genealogia dos Princípios de Demofilia em Concepções Utópicas de Democratização. Thesis (PhD in Political Science) – State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro.


Editorial norms for the presentation of databases

1. Approved manuscripts based on quantitative and qualitative data which can be made available to the general public must be accompanied by their respective consolidated databases.

2. Public access to databases owned by third parties may be enabled by links to original files.

3. Microdata about human subjects must be completely anonymous so as to protect sensitive classified information.

4. Authors who use quantitative databases must:

4.1 send code dictionaries (scripts, algorithms etc.) if available, along with a detailed description of variables, and the file containing complete replication codes for charts, tables and analyses.

4.2 inform the steps of data processing used for the aggregation or modification of original databases (if applicable).

4.3 supply databases and codes in formats accessible and replicable in at least one of the most commonly used statistical programs, such as R, Python, SPSS, Stata and Excel.

4.4 provide extensive, clear and objective comments to replication codes.

4.5 enable access to databases and codes through the journal’s page on the Dataverse website ( or another similar platform.

5. In order to allow replication, authors who do not use statistical software which enables replication through codes must describe the development of analyses step-by-step.

6. Manuscripts based on surveys must also supply the questionnaire used for data collection.

7. For qualitative databases, the following recommendations apply:

7.1 If your article is based on in-depth interviews, you should provide their full transcription, except when information is classified or may break with interviewees’ necessary anonymity.

7.2 If your paper is based on scanned historical documents, provide scanned files in readable resolution, duly identified or accompanied by links to their virtual sources.

7.3 If your paper is based on the analysis of texts and/or digital documents, provide scanned files in readable resolution, duly identified or accompanied by links to their virtual sources.

8. Authors must present each and every additional material which they deem relevant for the article’s replication.

9. Authors who fail to meet any of these requirements must provide reasonable justification, to be evaluated by the editors.

10. We encourage authors who may have previously published in Dados to publish their databases.