Editorial Criteria

In an attempt to expedite the publication process, the Editors of the Tinta Journal request that authors follow the upcoming norms when preparing their manuscripts.



Submission norms

All manuscripts are reviewed first by the responsible editor. Once approved, they are submitted to two referees who, through a blind evaluation, shall give their final assessment of the manuscript.

All manuscripts should be submitted online by the author (or one of the authors) using this Submission Form

All essays submitted should be prepared according to the guidelines in the APA Publication Manual.

Please make sure that your name does not appear anywhere in the initial submission of your manuscript, including references to your own work. Acknowledgment notes should not be included in the submission. Make sure that there is no identification of the author(s) in the body of the text or in the file properties. The author's information must be indicated only at the Submission Form.


Text dimensions

Tinta Journal accepts submissions of articles and reviews. All texts submitted must be in line with each section's particularities:

Articles: the text should be a result of research, presenting a theoretical reflection that deepens a theme or a new important approach to an academic debate in the fields of Language and Literature. If submitted to a Dossier section, the text must be in compliance with the proposed theme. The article should also present the employed procedures in the research and the results. Extension: 4000 to 9000 words (16800 to 31500 characters), including spaces and comprehending all parts of the article.

Reviews: text that presents a critical review of newly published (last 3 years) books in the fields of Language and Literature. Extension: 1500 to 2500 words (6300 to 10500 characters), including spaces and comprehending all parts of the review.


Editorial guidelines

Tinta Journal's editorial committee establishes the following guidelines in order to accept unpublished articles or reviews:

Page setup

All texts must follow this configuration:

a) Margins: use 1-in. (2,54 cm) margins on all sides of the page (top, bottom, left, and right);

b) Font: use font Avenir, size 12 for main body of the text, abstract, and "works cited" list; size 11 for block quotations;

c) Page format: A4; align to left margin; 0.5 in (1,27 cm) indentation at the beginning of paragraphs; and,

d) Page numbers: Put a page number in the top right corner of every page, including the title page or cover page, which is page 1. 


Other instructions

1. The first page of your manuscript must include the paper title (bold, centered, double-spaced, only first letter of important names and/or words are capitalized).


2. Two double-spaced lines after the title, an abstract in the text's language that must follow these criteria:

a) from 150 to 250 words long;

b) preceded by the word ABSTRACT / RESUMO / RESUMEN, in capitals and in bold, align to left margin;

c) the abstract's text goes in the next line (standard font, 1.5 for line spacing, do not indent the first line, align to left margin);

d) directly below the abstract content, list 3 to 5 keywords (separated by commas, lowercase letters), preceded by the expression Palavras-chave / Keywords / Palabras claves, in bold; and,

e) an abstract and keywords in a chosen foreign language must be provided on the Submission Form, in compliance with the same rules used for the abstract and keywords in the text's language.


3. Body of the article:

a) two double-spaced lines below the keywords, insert the designated title of the first section of your text, such as INTRODUCTION, in capitals and in bold, align to left margin;

b) directly below each section title, your text must be double-spaced (including block quotations and the "works cited" list). Do not add extra spacing between paragraphs;

c) paragraphs of more than an entire page are extremely difficult to follow. Divide excessively long paragraphs where appropriate to the logic of the argument;

d) block quotations (40 words or more) are typed on a new line, size 11, justified, and indented 0.5 in (1,27 cm); and, 

e) ensure that your final manuscript still adheres to the limit of 9000 words (including “Notes” and “Works Cited”).


4. Place all notes at the end in a separate “Notes” section. Use the same font as the rest of the text.

a) the "Notes" section must always precede the “Works Cited”;

b) no footnote is allowed in the title of the article; and,

c) use only one note indicator per sentence. Place the note number at the end of the sentence, outside the period if the article is in English and inside the period if the article is in Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan or Galician.


5. The list of Works Cited / Referências / Referencias should conform with the APA Style guidelines for references

a) the section title must follow the same rules applied to the other sections on the text;

b) include complete titles of all materials cited throughout the text; 

c) when quoting text from an original source, quote in the same language as the original quote. Do not rewrite the quote by translating the text yourself; 

d) for each journal entry included in the “Works Cited”, include the issue number when available, along with the volume number; and,

e) it is the author's responsibility to verify the accuracy of all quoted material in the manuscript.


6. Figures setup:

a) figures (images, tables etc.) must be centered in the page;

b) the figure number (e.g., Figure 1:) appears one double-spaced line below the figure, followed by the image's title, all in bold;

b) number figures in the order in which they are mentioned in the paper; and,

c) a figure legend, if present, should be positioned centered within the borders of the figure.


7. If your essay is accepted, you are responsible for securing permissions for any material you want to include in your article. You must then send us these permissions in writing.