Unit Journal | Caleidoscópio

Presentation, Mission and Objectives

Caleidoscópio is a scientific journal published every six month, constituting itself as an organ of expression of researchers at the Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies (CICANT), based in the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies.

The main objectives of the journal Caleidoscópio are the publication, support and dissemination of applied or theoretical scientific research developed by its members, and the encouragement of the scientific exchange with other national and foreign research centers working in the same or similar area.

The journal Caleidoscópio has an interdisciplinary nature and is mainly a publication in Portuguese, opening up, however, to research developed in Spanish and English, that may be recognized as having interest in the editorial project.

Thus, the journal Caleidoscópio is aimed primarily at students, teachers and researches of the Lusophone space, not excluding the possibility of access to other Spanish and English speaking countries, both due to the cultural proximity with the former, and the universality of expression in the latter is due to the excellence of the scientific articles submitted in these three languages.

The main research areas in the journal Caleidoscópio are as follows:

  • Media arts;
  • Applied communication;
  • Visual culture;
  • Film studies;
  • Cultural studies;
  • Media studies;
  • Information and communication technologies;
  • Theories of communication.


Caleidoscópio at Revistas Lusófona


The journal Caleidoscópio is organized as follows:

José Bragança de Miranda

Editorial Board:

Board of Editors

Augusto Deodato Guerreiro

Fernando Correia
Jorge Carvalho
Helena Elias
Edmundo Cordeiro
Paulo Renato Viveiros
Inês Gil
Rui Neves Estrela
Célia Maria Silvério Quico
Luís Cláudio dos Santos Ribeiro
Isabel Babo Lança
João Sousa Cardoso
Ricardo Almeida


Scientific Board

François Heinderyckx
Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Ieda Tucherman
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
José Bragança de Miranda
José Gomes Pinto
Kenneth Dancyger
New York University
Manuel José Damásio
Lothar Mykos
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF) \”Konrad Wolf\” Potsdam
Margarita Ledo
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Maria Cláudia Álvares
Mark Deuze
Indiana State University, USA
Moisés de Lemos Martins
Universidade do Minho
Nick Couldry
Goldsmith College‚ London University
Nico Carpentier
Université libre de Bruxelles
Scott Lash
Goldsmith College, London University).


The Director of the journal shall appoint the Editorial Board and submit to the Editorial Board the organization and approval of its Scientific Board; monitor its operation; keep its periodicity and ensure its scientific quality; call, together with the Editorial Board, meetings of the Scientific Board, submit, review or change, together with the Editorial Board, the journal‚ scientific arbitration procedures.

The Editorial Board shall: meet the guidelines given by its director; appoint and approve the replacement of the Journal Board of Editors; approve the Scientific Board; call, together with the director, meetings of the Scientific Board; meet the general standards of the journal; promote, manage and implement publishing activities; call for papers for the journal; listen to the Board of Editors on the themes of each issue; propose the organizers of the journal after hearing the Board of Editors.

In order to ensure the proper functioning of the journal, the Editorial Board normally meets once a month, and extraordinarily whenever called by the director of the journal at the request of at least two members of the Editorial Board, or at the request of at least four members of the Editorial Committee.

The Editorial Committee decides on the journal scientific policies, approves the thematic issues, proposes thematic issues, and approves the organizers of the thematic issues proposed by the Editorial Board. The Editorial Committee normally meets every six months or extraordinarily when called by the director, by at least two members of the Editorial Board, or when proposed by at least four of its members.

The journal Caleidoscópio also has its own Scientific Board proposed annually by the Director and approved by the Editorial Board. Its mission is to evaluate the articles submitted by its members or by other researchers from other national or international institutions. In order to ensure the scientific quality of articles published by the journal, the Scientific Board is responsible for the logistics leading to the double-blind review.

Thus, the procedures followed for the acceptance of scientific articles will be carried out by the organizers of the thematic issue, and they should obey the following requirements:

  1. Opening a call for papers held twice a year, accompanied by the drafting rules.;
  2. After submission of the articles to the Scientific Board and maintaining the principle of blind review, this Board meets and determines formally, which articles can proceed to a second review, this time a content review. This first review is done taking into account the procedures established in the call for papers: adequacy to the theme, bibliographic referencing, article length, etc.;
  3. If the item is not formally is accordance with the specified rules, the Scientific Board notifies its author, who now has seven days to resubmit his/her text;
  4. All articles that are approved at this first stage of formal and thematic analysis are then sent to two reviewers chosen according to the scientific field of expertise. Each reviewer does not know his/her peer. If reviewers are not available to review the article, they should submit a justification and new elements will be appointed;
  5. Each reviewer has a maximum of sixty days to send the revised article to the Scientific Board;
  6. At this stage, articles have two statutes;
  7. Refused;
  8. Conditionally accepted;
  9. Accepted;
  10. The revision of the article must be done in the electronic file, using the track changes function and the general appreciation of it must be presented in a separate document;
  11. The revision should take into account the following parameters: methodology, structure, contents, bibliography;
  12. Should there be changes to be made, if the article was conditionally accepted, the author will be informed of the assessment, receiving the article commented and the document with an assessment grid with parameters;
  13. The author has, if he/she so wishes, thirty days to review the article;
  14. If there are no corrections to be made, which will only happen when there is complete agreement between the reports of the two evaluators, the article will be considered as publishable;
  15. After this stage, the Scientific Board appoints a third reviewer who is unaware of the article and its background, to give an opinion on it;
  16. The opinion of this reviewer is decisive for the final publication of the article, with no possible recourse to comments from the author of the text.

The Scientific Board of the journal Caleidoscópio‚ Revista de Comunicação e Cultura may propose articles by renowned national and foreign scientists for immediate publication.

Publication guidelines:

The articles submitted must have a minimum length of 5000 words and a maximum length of 15000 words.

Title: it should be written in Times New Roman 12, italics, bold, upper case, justified. It should not be longer than two lines. Should there be quotes or other expressions that justify it, they should always appear between straight quotation marks.

Sub-title: should there be a sub-title, it should be written in Times New Roman 12, italics, bold, upper case, justified. The use of upper case may be made in author‚ names or common nouns that justify it. It should not be longer than two lines. Should there be quotes or other expressions that justify it, they should always appear between straight quotation marks.


Author’s name: it should be written in Times New Roman 12, normal, justified.

Name of second author or more: it should be written in Times New Roman 12, normal, justified. The names should be separated by a semicolon (;).

Abstract: The abstract should be between 10 to 15 lines or up to 1000 characters without space, Times New Roman 12, italics, single space and justified.

Keywords: it should contain between 3 to five keywords related to the research, Times New Roman 12, italics, single space, justified.

Text: The text should be written in Times New Roman normal, 12, justified, single space.

Quotes over three lines should appear in a separate paragraph, with a separation of 1 cm from the paragraph of the text body, Times New Roman 11 italics, justified, single space, without quotation marks.

Whenever there are shorter quotes, these appear in the text between straight quotation marks.

Smart quotation marks should be used in other circumstances: use of foreign words, key concepts, etc.

The system of bibliographic referencing in the text body should be the author-date-page, between brackets, using the following punctuation: (Benjamin: 2011, 273).

Whenever there are editions by the same author in the same year, these should be numbered in the final bibliography with the use of the letters a, b, c, etc. and appear in the text as follows (Benjamin: 2011b, 273).

Whenever there are sections, these should be written in Times New Roman 12, bold, justified.


These should always be used in footnotes for explanatory comments, basis for quotations, argument or supplementary bibliographic referencing. Their numbering will be continuous.

They should be written in Times New Roman 10, normal justified, single space. In footnotes, the bibliographic referencing should follow the same rule as the text.


  • It should be a separate section, written in Times New Roman, 12, bold, justified.


  • Elkins, James (2003), Visual Studies. Skeptical Introduction. New York & London: Routledge.
  • The use of the upper case should be made according to the language system in which is inserted.
  • Spanish speaking authors must be referenced by their first surname.

Chapters in books

  • Benjamin, Walter (2006), A obra de arte na época da sua possibilidade de reprodutividade técnica. In Benjamin, Walter (2006) A Modernidade. Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim, pp. 207-241.

Online articles


  • Einstein, Carl (2004), Methodological Aphorisms. OCTOBER 107, (Winter), pp. 147-157.
  • In case the journal contains volume, this should occur immediately after the number, between commas and proceeded by Vol.


  • Plagiarism and other ethical malpractice not identified by the reviewers are of complete responsibility of the author.
  • Legal responsibility should be put in action by the Editors or Publishers under complaint or by eventually identification of reviewers.

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