Focus and Scope

Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies of Aarhus University intends to be a dynamic academic forum where scholars from diverse disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences will be able to publish their research, to establish academic discussion, exchange ideas and draw on each others’ research within the field of Brazilian Studies. Brazil is currently establishing itself as an economic and political power within a global context and, at the same time, the interdisciplinary study of Brazil is emerging at a high academic level. Several universities worldwide are offering programs under the term ‘Brazilian Studies’, which differs from the traditional Latin American Studies. Academic communities of Brazilianists exchange ideas across universities and collaborate on research projects inside and outside Brazil. This is an academic journal absolutely dedicated to Brazilian Studies. This journal has a significant role to play at this moment, when Brazilian Studies is developing as a new research area. It sets out to discuss the epistemological significance of the term Brazilian Studies and seeks to define it as an area of studies. To Danish academia this journal provides a solid platform in Brazilian Studies, both in Humanities and the Social Sciences, and it places Denmark firmly on the international map of ongoing academic discussions of Brazil. Each issue includes a special dossier, with 3 to 5 peer reviewed papers on aspects of Brazil from the perspective of Humanities and Social Sciences. These dossiers are interdisciplinary and bring subjects that are considered important to lay the foundations for academic discussions about Brazil. Besides the Dossier, each issue has a general section, with up to 3 peer reviewed papers, on the areas covered by the Journal e.g. Brazilian Literature, culture, sociology, economy, anthropology, music, language, history, geography, political science, strategy, etc. Special attention is given to the Book Reviews section, covering most recent and important academic publications about Brazil worldwide. Finally, the Journal includes a section dedicated to publishing call for conference papers, news about courses and seminars, as well as interviews with people important to the development of Brazilian Studies. The journal will publish papers in English, Danish, Spanish and Portuguese language.

Peer Review Process

Articles published in Brasiliana are submitted to a double-blind peer review procedure. The editors of each issue moderate and supervise the review process, and authors are able to follow each step of it.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Brasiliana does not take any charge for submission, review or publishing of articles.


The articles are stored via the National Danish Webarchive ( and backup services of The State and University Library (


As standard procedure, Brasiliana carries out checks on all submissions for both plagiarism and self-plagiarism. If a submitted article is shown to have plagiarised, the submission will be immediately declined. Under certain circumstances, Brasiliana will accept articles previously published on other platforms, however, this must be disclaimed before submission, and a reference will have to be made as a footnote in the published article. The same procedure will be applied to articles that have been translated from a previously published text.

If an article is found to have plagiarized after its publication, it will be immediately removed from the platform and the author(s) will be notified and removed from the list of contributors to the journal.

Brasiliana does not take any legal responsibility for plagiarism.

Journal History

BJBS was created in Aarhus University in 2012, and was moved to Brazil Institute at King's College London in 2014.