Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science is an online open-access peer-reviewed journal specialized in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.  Published by Centre Simão Mathias of Studies in History of Science, PUC-SP (CESIMA), issues are published twice a year, in June and December. Contributions are published in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish or in two or more of these languages (provided one is English). Indexing/abstracting: Isis Current Bibliography; Latindex; DOAJ; OCLC/WorldCat; CiteFactor; ProQuest; ROAD

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Guest editorial

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Letters to the Editors

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Original Articles

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Debates

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Dissertation Abstracts

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Brief reports

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Book Reviews

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Young Researcher

Editors
  • Silvia Waisse
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Peer Review Process

Submissions to Circumscribere which comply with the journal’s focus and scope are sent for peer-review (double-blind). Submissions that do not comply with the Circumscribere focus and scope are returned to the authors accompanied with an explanatory letter and removed from the list of active submissions.

Submissions which comply with the Circumscribere focus and scope are sent to two reviewers, selected from the Board of Consultants or named ad hoc. Reviewers will judge submissions according to: 1) relevance of the subject for the History of Science; 2) theoretical consistency; 3) methodological consistency; 4) internal coherence; 5) relevance and scope of bibliographical references. Reviews take usually 3 to 6 months. Peer-review is double blind: neither authors nor reviewers are aware of each other's identity. As a result of assessment, reviewers are requested to provide one of the following recommendations: 1) Accept submission; 2) Revisions required; 3) Resubmit for review; or 4) Decline submission. 

In case of discrepancy, submissions are sent to a third reviewer. Final decision is made by the Editorial Board considering agreement between two among the three independent reviews.

Once a decision is made it is final and authors might no longer require reconsideration. Reviews are strictly confidential, their contents being restricted to author(s) and the Editorial Board.

Once a decision is made it is formally communicated to author(s) via e-mail, including all relevant comments and suggestions made by reviewers and the Editorial Board.

When submissions are accepted for publication, they are sent for language and style review, copyediting and layout. The resulting version is sent to author(s) for approval and eventual corrections/alterations. Author(s) are given one month to return the approved version. Authors who thus request will receive a signed letter communicating the submission’s approval.

When changes are requested, author(s) should send a revised version indicating the changes made and/or duly justified rebuttals to the reviewers’ comments and suggestions.

The Editorial Board is entitled to make style, copyediting and layout changes considered adequate for the journal style.

 

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published twice a year, in June and December. Translations into other languages of published articles may be added later during the editorial year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal offers immediate open access to its contents following the principles that free availability of scientific knowledge favors universal democratization of knowledge.

Access to articles is fully free. Authors are not requested any payment for the edition and publication of articles. Readers are not requested any payment to access articles nor to subscribe to the journal.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration