Publication guidelines

June 2021 version

Scope and policy

The SciELO in Perspective | General blog publishes posts on scholarly communication and related topics, such as: journal indexing, bibliometrics, scientometrics, journal management and editorial processes, training and updating in scientific publishing, marketing and dissemination, social networks, public policies to support research and scholarly communication, open access, etc.

The purpose of the SciELO in Perspective blog is to share information and knowledge oriented towards the development of scholarly communication, particularly, from SciELO journals, from national collections and from the SciELO Program and Network as a whole. It also promotes the open access movement to scientific knowledge. The perspective is that the blog continues to be a reference vehicle for the SciELO community and the communication and assessment of scientific research.

The SciELO in Perspective blog is open to the collaboration of editors, researchers, professionals and students of scientific information and scholarly communication. You can be an occasional or systematic contributor, submitting articles, article reviews, viewpoints, news, and comments.

Form and manuscript preparation


All authors should send, along with the post, their photo and short bio (up to 100 words) to be inserted at the end of the post.


Images may be suggested by the author considering their rights and attributions. All images published on the SciELO in Perspective blog must be free for publication or, when otherwise stated, formal permission for publishing in our blog from the copyright holder of the image should be obtained. Images must be submitted in high resolution.

When there is no image suggestion, those from image libraries licensed under a CC-BY license may be used. Likewise, images may also be composed and/or assembled by the SciELO team.

In the posts, there may be other images according to the content to be published (tables, graphs, illustrations, etc.). When applicable, the caption should come right below them.

Lead for interviews

The lead is the first part of a story, its opening, usually placed in relative prominence, providing the reader with basic information about the topic and intended to hold their interest. On the SciELO in Perspective blog | General, the lead is only used for interviews and its main function is to provide a preview, such as a description of an image, for example, about the subject to be covered or, in the blog, about the interview and the interviewee.

It has in its structure the main facts exposed in the first paragraph, to offer a clear and objective summary to the reader. The lead must be straightforward, avoiding subjectivity and focusing on accuracy, with clear and simple language. This does not mean, however, that the lead should be bureaucratic. The reader gets interested in the interview when the lead is well prepared and coherent.


As the pieces published in the SciELO in Perspective blog have a more journalistic character, we don’t work with reference citation the same way one would work with reference citations in a scientific article. References are only added as a note when there’s a direct citation, namely:

Among them, Ross-Hellauer, in the article “What is open peer review? A systematic review1 published in F1000, which focused on disclosing the identity of authors and reviewers, greater interaction between the actors involved in the process and publication of reviews, as well as the numerous possible results that emerge from the combination of these variables. (…)

Additional information to the text can also be considered as a note; during content verification, notes are selected and kept when there’s relevant information to the text, and that are directly cited.


Bibliographic references in all posts follow the ISO standard model adapted to the needs of the SciELO in Perspective blog. Whenever possible, we request authors to submit references following the ISO standard.

Unless a reference fits as a note, as described in the previous section, it is not necessary to reference it in the text, in numerical or author-date format, only in the list of references, which should come at the end of the post.

Journal publication

VELTEROP, J. Nanopublications: the future of coping with information overload. Logos [online]. 2010, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 119-122, ISSN: 1550-4267 [viewed 08 February 2015]. Available from: _The_Future_of_Coping_with_Information_Overload

Preprint server publication

LARIVIERE, V., et al. A simple proposal for the publication of journal citation distributions [online]. bioRxiv. 2016. [viewed on 24 January 2017]. Available from:

Book or monograph publication

FREDRIKSSON, E.H. (ed.) A century of science publishing: a collection of essays. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2001.

Book or monograph chapter publication

FREDRIKSSON, E.H. The Dutch Publishing Scene: Elsevier and North-Holland. In: FREDRIKSSON, E.H. (ed.) A century of science publishing: a collection of essays. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2001.

Website publication

CURRY, S. Peer review is essential to good science – it’s time to credit expert reviewers [online]. The Guardian. 2017 [viewed 11 September 2017]. Available from:

Blog publication

VELTEROP, J. The best of both worlds [online]. SciELO in Perspective, 2016 [viewed 20 June 2021]. Available from: 

External links

External links are generally websites addresses that relate to the post, but do not have specific content written in such a way that they constitute a bibliographic reference. They are kept below the references with a title and the URL provided just ahead. For example:

  1. COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics:
  2. ICMJE – International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

Sending posts

The submission of posts proposals must be done by e-mail directly from the authors to Post publication is subject to approval by the blog Editor-in-Chief.

Review, preparation, and translation

Posts approved for publication are subject to minor revisions and the normalization of notes and references, to adapt the text to the blog’s standard. This includes the topics listed above and minor vocabulary adjustments.

When applicable, the full text will be published and translated into the three languages (Portuguese, English, and Spanish). All posts will have the headline (title and abstract) published in the three languages.


The SciELO Blog in Perspective | General also republishes posts from other vehicles, such as the LSE Impact Blog. To do so, it is enough that they are under a CC-BY license or that proper permission for republishing is granted.