Format Evaluation

The format evaluation step is performed by the Editorial Staff, which analyzes whether the article meets the norms and formatting requirements of RAE, according to the section to which the article was submitted, and considering the following requirements:

  • Text length
  • Presence and extension of metadata
  • Authorship
  • Title (length, versions in Portuguese, English and Spanish)
  • Abstract (length and versions in Portuguese, English and Spanish)
  • Keywords (quantity and versions in Portuguese, English and Spanish)
  • Headings (hierarchical typologies)
  • Formatting and insertions of formulas, tables, graphs, figures, images, attachments, appendices etc.
  • Font used in the text (type, size, typologies etc.)
  • Alignment
  • Line spacing
  • Citations and references

During this step of the process, articles with inadequate formatting or structure are rejected, and can be resubmitted after corrections listed by the Editorial Staff.

It is important that the author verifies if his or her article is in the format utilized by RAE beforehand, because it will make the process more agile which will be to the author’s benefit. It is important to note that the annual rate of article rejection for formatting has been around 40% in the past.

The most common reasons for the RAE Editorial Office’s rejection of articles are:

  • Tables, Figures, Exhibits and Graphs in the body of the text: the format of an article submitted for evaluation is different from the format of an article once it is published in the journal. Diagrams must be inserted at the end of the article, after the References and where they are to be placed should be noted throughout the text.
  • Identification of the authors on the first page of the article: to ensure the smooth functioning of our evaluation process, our scientific editors cannot know who the authors of the submitted articles are, nor can the authors know who the reviewers are.
  • Number of words exceeds 8,000: we permit articles to surpass this limit by up to 10%, but authors should use this limit with parsimony.
  • Footnotes: when relevant they should be inserted in the body of the text.

The Format section of the RAEpub provides more details about article formatting.

18/08/2016 - 16:07



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