Author Guidelines

The Revista de História da Arte welcomes original contributions that critically analyse and address historical and current conditions of art practice and theory in the global field, with a particular focus on Portuguese narratives and discourses, and their global resonances and articulations. 

We publish in Portuguese and English, and are committed to diverse, creative and experimental approaches that engage with and catalyse post-colonial ecologies of visual arts. We welcome a variety of submissions, from scholarly articles to more experimental approaches. We do not consider previously published material. All Submissions will only be published if recommended by peer reviewers and accepted by the Editor in Chief and editorial board members.


We welcome submissions in the following formats:

  • academic research articles (8000-10000 words, including footnotes and bibliography)
  • creative responses (2000-3000 words)
  • audio/video/visual essays and interactive art (5-10 min or 5-10 images + a brief supporting statement 700-1000 words)
  • interviews (2000-3000 words).

Other types of submissions may be considered at the discretion of the Editor in Chief and the Associate Editor. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding the format or type of your prospective submission. 

Please read the journal description before sending us your submission.


Supplementary material

Please send us a separate Word document with:

  • your full name, institutional affiliation and email.
  • a 150-word abstract of your article (in English; or in Portuguese and English for submissions in Portuguese), and 5-10 keywords (commencing with your own name) for online searches. 
  • a biographical note (up to 80 words). 


Academic research articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. Creative responses should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography.

  • Articles should be submitted as a Word document with no headers or footers. Text should be double spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. Please use left side alignment with indentation for paragraphs, no line space between paragraphs. 
  • Please format your article using British spelling, taking Chambers Dictionary as a guide; eg ‘realise’ and ‘emphasise’ (not ‘realize’ and ‘emphasize’), ‘colour’ (not ‘color’).
  • Dates set out as day, month, year, no commas, eg 15 March 2022. 
  • Italics are used for titles of artworks, whole publications and films. Single quotes are used for exhibition titles, chapters or essays within a publication.
  • Please do not follow abbreviations by full stops, so eg, ibid, op cit, etc
  • Please ensure that punctuation following italicised titles is not itself italicised; punctuation should only be italicised if it is part of the title.
  • Full stops should be followed by a single space.
  • Uncommon and/or non-English words are italicised on first mention.
  • Use single quotes throughout, “double quotes” are only used if there is a quote within a quote.

References & bibliographies

We use the author-date referencing system, which means that all references should appear as in-text citations: for example, (Silva 2003: 3). News articles, interviews and personal communications should appear in footnotes, rather than as in-text citations. 

All sources should be listed in your final bibliography using the Chicago Manual of Style, for example:

  • Monographs: Silva, José Custódio Vieira da. 2003. O Fascínio do Fim. Lisbon: Livros Horizonte. 
  • Articles published in journals: Moreira, Rafael. 1988. ‘D. Miguel da Silva e as origens da arquitectura do Renascimento em Portugal’. O Mundo da Arte. Revista de Arte, Arqueologia e Etnografia. 2nd series, 1: 111-23. 

Please consult the Chicago style guide on .

You can use footnotes to add explanations but please keep these to minimum. They are included in the final word count.


  • Quotes of forty words or more are indented 0.5 cm left, 1.5 line spacing. 
  • Quotes of less than forty words are set in single quotes within the text.
  • If there is italicised emphasis within a quote, please indicate ‘emphasis in the original’ or ‘emphasis added’. 


Where quoted passages have been translated into English or Portuguese by the author of the article, this should be acknowledged either in a footnote or in the main text. 

Where publications have been translated, the translator should be acknowledged in the bibliography.


Audio/video/visual essays and interactive art should address concerns of interest to the journal. 

We encourage you to include an accompanying text (700 – 1000 words), a written description and critical reflection, with your creative work. If appropriate, include a bibliography. 

  • Video and audio essays should be 5-10 mins long. They should be submitted in mp4 or m4v (MPEG-4) format (maximum of 300mb). 
  • Visual essays should include 5-10 images. Still images should be submitted as jpg files. Minimum quality 720p (1280x720px).
  • For video essays and interactive art, please include a short description (50-100 words) and a poster image in jpg format.

Please ensure that you have permissions (copyright) to use all visual and audiovisual materials.


We are a visual arts journal and place great importance on the quality of the images. Please seek to obtain the highest quality professional images. 

  • For text submissions you can submit up to seven images to accompany your article.
  • Images should be submitted as separate jpegs and the resolution should be 300 dpi.
  • Please provide us with a separate file with full image captions, including any courtesy lines and photo credits. 
  • Please ensure to include image placements within the text, eg [Insert Figure 1 here].


You must obtain the necessary permissions to reuse third-party material in your contribution. Send us the written permission to reproduce material from the copyright holder. You are responsible for paying any associated fees.

Screen grabs or film stills are generally considered to fall in the realm of fair use for academic publishing. As a general rule, if you are in any doubt, it is advisable to contact the copyright holder.


Please prepare your submission and send it with the supplementary material to Include the word ‘Submission’ followed by the title of your project in the subject line.

Audiovisual files can be sent via a link to Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer through which we can download a copy.

Please ensure your submission is thoroughly checked for spelling and grammatical errors. If it is accepted for publication, it will be copyedited and you will be given access to the proof of your submission before it is published online.