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Selection process

Call for articles: selection and evaluation

MIDAS adopts a system of call for papers. Submissions are sent to Editors (at any given moment), and external specialists (see scientific committee) undertake a peer-review selection process. Its procedures are as follows:

  • MIDAS verifies if the article submitted is original, and checks for plagiarism using automated software and internet research; Plagiarism in its different forms is unacceptable;

  • Editors analyse the relevance of the submitted article and its adequacy to the journal’s profile and guidelines. For thematic issues of MIDAS, the coordinator or organizer is responsible for the first selection of submission;

  • Articles then follow the peer-review process. Articles are sent in double blind review to two specialists/referees from the scientific committee, who in accordance with an evaluation form decide on the submission’s suitability for publication. In case of a split decision, Editors undertake a third evaluation;

  • Referee evaluations are forwarded to the submission authors to undertake the necessary changes. At this moment, authors of submissions not accepted are informed;

  • After the necessary modifications have been undertaken, referees receive them for validation;

  • Editors finally review articles for more detailed analysis concerning, for example, grammatical errors and other formal aspects in order to maintain the quality of presentation;

  • Final decisions are emailed to authors no longer than 6 months after submission.

MIDAS accepts articles that demonstrate a good theoretical frame, critical reflection, innovation and originality. Taking in consideration an article’s structure, the following criteria will be considered: abstract (clarity, objectivity, adequacy); introduction (clear definition of the study and objectives, methodologies adequacy); theoretical framework (structure, coherency, quality and scientific accuracy); conclusions (consistency of findings regarding the objectives set, appropriate recommendations); bibliography (references update, and state of the art of the theme); writing (clarity and quality); complementary material: images/illustrations/tables/schemes (quality, accuracy and adequacy); article dimension (adequacy); relevance, originality and creativity.

Call for thematic issues: submission, selection and evaluation

MIDAS journal welcomes, on a permanent and regular basis, proposals for thematic issues on original and innovative topics within the scope of museological theory and practice. Proposals should be sent by email (as a Word file) to:

The proposal should include: title; introductory text on the context, objectives and contributions of the thematic issue (up to 2500 words); list of the most relevant bibliographical references on the theme (no more than 15); titles and abstracts of the articles; biographical note of each author (up to 100 words) and of each organizer.

All contributions to the thematic issue must be previously unpublished, in print or online.

Contributions to the thematic issue can be written in the working languages of MIDAS: Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

The Editors of MIDAS select the proposals based on the following criteria: quality, originality and relevance of the proposal; scientific merit of the organizers; and institutional and geographical diversity of the authors of the articles that compose the proposed issue.

Proposals sent in by 15 February of each year are considered by MIDAS and a reply is sent by 31 March. If so, the complete issue (external peer-review and editorial revision completed) must be sent out by 15 September at the latest.

A thematic issue should consist of an introduction (2,500 to 4,000 words) and a section of articles, with a minimum of four articles and a maximum of eight articles. Each article should not exceed 6 000 words (no bibliography included).

Positively evaluated proposals will be published at the beginning of the following year.

Responsibilities of the thematic issue organizers:

  • Managing the peer-review process: all articles go through the scientific refereeing process, being analysed by the issue’s coordinators and by two external specialists (double blind review);

  • Ensuring the linguistic revision of articles written in other languages (Spanish, English and French);

  • Communicating with the authors about the revisions, and during the remaining stages of the editing process;

  • Editing texts and references following MIDAS publication guidelines;

  • Ensuring that the deadlines for editing and publication are met;

  • Writing the introduction text for the thematic issue;

  • The selection of the image for the cover should be discussed with MIDAS Editors;

  • Organizing the launch event of the thematic issue.

Responsibilities of MIDAS:

  • Contribute with guidance on the editing and publishing process;

  • Final approval of contributions for publication;

  • Sharing the proofs of all contributions for final comments and corrections;

  • Publication of the thematic issue on the MIDAS website;

  • Disseminating and communicating the thematic issue and its contributions.

The Editors of MIDAS reserve the right to make direct invitations within the scope of organising thematic issues on relevant topics of the scientific agenda of museology. Any proposals sent within this scope will be subject to all the procedures described above.

More information

Editors are responsible for the selection of texts included in the following sections: Notações, Reviews, Essays and Interviews.

MIDAS doesn’t charge authors for publication (APCs).

The collaboration of external specialists (referees) in the peer-review process works on a “pro bono” basis.

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