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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines


The text should be written in English. It must be typed using the Microsoft® Word software or similar, saved in .doc or .docx format.

The standard sheet size is the A4 format (210X297mm), in “portrait” orientation, margins of 2.5 cm in all sides, alignment set as justified, font Verdana 10 (except for the title), line spacing of 1.5.

Pages cannot be numbered, no extra space before and after paragraphs (0 pt), no paragraph indent nor footnotes.

The text must have up to 8,000 (eight thousand) words, counted from the title to the last bibliographical reference used.

To ensure the process of blind review, the article cannot have any information that may indicate the authorship of the work, including in the proprieties of the file.


It must be the most objective possible, without abbreviations or jargons. It must be in bold, font Verdana, size 12. It must be written in the same language of the article, with the first word in capital letters, except when it is an own name.


The abstract must be organized in the following sections:

- Highlights: they should be presented in four short sentences as highlights of the article

- Goal: must be presented using the infinitive verb tense

- Design / Methodology / Approach: must present the techniques, the instruments and the period for data collection, the subjects involved (when applicable), and the types of approach used

- Results: main results originated from data collection

- Limitations of the investigation: the main limitations of the research related to method and results

- Practical implications: the central practical contribution to the findings of the study

- Originality / Value: call attention to what the article presents as original in comparison to others of the same topic


At the end of the abstract, include three to five keywords, with the first letter capitalized, separated by semicolon. They must be simple and indicate the content of the article, including from its thematic area to the singularities approached in the topic.


It is acknowledged the style and the creativity of the authors to compose the text, however, they must include conventional elements, such as:

Introduction, with a clear definition of the investigated issue, and the goal(s) to be achieved;

Methods described in an objective format;

Results and discussion can be presented together or as separated elements;



The titles of the sections cannot be numbered, but they must be written in bold and capitalized. It is suggested to avoid the use of subtitles (secondary sections), but in the case they seem necessary, they must be typed in bold and only the first letter is capitalized.


INTRODUCTION (primary section)



Profile of respondents (secondary section)




It is considered an illustration all types of visual, non-textual representations, such as photos, graphics, flowcharts, maps, charts, and tables. They must be numbered, have a title, and a source. If the source comes from data found by the author, it must be indicated “Source: The author(s) himself(themselves)”. If the data was organized by the author and extracted from another source, it must be indicated “Source: Designed from the source (year)“.

The illustrations must be placed in the body of the text, in the place of its insertion, and as separated documents, annexed as editable supplementary documents (which means, they can be manipulated for further review and for the process of translation) in the following formats, according to their typology:

- Graphs and charts: Microsoft Excel

- Diagrams/Flowcharts: Microsoft PowerPoint

- Maps and other illustrations that require special softwares, send as the file of the software to be used and in image format .jpeg or .png, in high resolution.


Charts must be used only when the data demonstrated were quantitative ones; they must be open on the sides. See Chart 1.

Chart 1. Stratification of companies in the 2011 ISE Bovespa by economic subsector



Participation %




Financial Intermediaries



Lumber and paper l



Steel and metallurgy



Mobile Phone



Water and Sewage






Source: Aded et al. (2012)



Figures are considered schematic models, flowcharts, graphs, charts, etc. Try to use grey scale or hatches to help distinguish the items of the caption. Depending on the information, the author must choose the most adequate type for organization/graphic display (lines, columns, circle, etc.). See Figure 1.

Figure 1. Consumption of natural gas per sector in 2008

Source: ABEGÁS (2009)

Equations and units of measurement

It is necessary to use the tool Equation (under Microsoft Word®) or equivalent. Equations must be mentioned in the text, numbered in sequence, as seen in the Equation 1. The equation must be centered, and its key in justified, as in the example below.

In which,

: energy [J]

: mass [Kg]

: speed of light in the vacuum [m/s]

The units of measurement must follow the International System (IS), unless the use of another system is more adequate to the article.


The citations and references must adopt the standard author-date of the Harvard standard. This style preconizes that the references must have complete bibliographical details, and that the titles of the journals cannot be abbreviated. Citations should appear in the body of the text in parentheses.


- In the body of the text, the citations must be done by the last name of the author (only the first letter is capitalized) and the year of publication.

Example: (Martins, 2010).

- For literal citations, there must be presented the corresponding page.

Example: (Martins, 2010, p. 12).

- When there are two authors, the last names must be separated by semicolon.

Example: (Martins; Silva, 2010)

- When there are more than two authors, there must be cited the first, followed by “et al.”.

Example: (Martins et al., 2014).

- For multiple citations of the same author, published in the same year, use a, b, c... immediately after the year of publication.

Example: (Martins et al., 2014a; Martins et al., 2014b).

- The citations of organizational authorship follow the same rules. In the cage of organizations of well-known acronyms, they can be used in the body of the text. But in the references, the full name must be used, followed by the acronym.


... to unlock greater growth and competitiveness (European Commission, 1998);

... so that local organizations can help new and growing businesses (DTI, 2002).

- Short literal citations (up to 40 words) they must show during the text, with quotes, indicating the authorship placed immediately after the closing quotes and before the full stop sign, Example: National culture is "perhaps the broadest social context within which negotiation can occur" (Carnevale, 1995, p. 310).

- Long literal citations (more than 40 words), as well as those from empirical data (interviews, focal groups, etc.), must be presented in a single block, indent of 2 cm from the left margin, in quotes, indicating the authorship at the end of the citation, after the full stop sign. Example:

"Holistic approaches rely on experience-based knowledge rather than on abstract knowledge and a search for the 'middle way' between opposing propositions". (Nisbett et al., 2001)

In all the stages of the process of management there are moments of decision making that are consisted in the selection of the directives and alternatives that will guide the enterprises towards their goals and objectives”. (Interviewee 4)


They must be fully presented in the end of the article, ordered alphabetically by the last name of the first author of each element.

- Articles published in more than one language must be referenced according to the English version

- Non-scientific sources should be avoided

- Give preference to scientific articles over theses and dissertations


Last name, initials (year of publication), Title, edition, publisher, place of publication.

Example: Kaplan, R. (2004), Mapas estratégicos: convertendo ativos intangíveis em resultados tangíveis, 2nd ed., Elsevier, Rio de Janeiro.

Chapter of a book

Last name, initials (year of publication), “Title”, in Last name, initials (Ed. or Org.), Title, edition, place of publication, initial page-last page.

Example: Bourdieu, P. (1977), "The forms of capital", in Richardson, J.G. (Ed.), Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education, Greenwood Press, New York, NY, pp. 311-56.

Article of printed journal

Last name, initials (year of publication), “Title”, full name of the journal, volume number, edition number (if applicable), initial page-last page.

Example: Baron, R.M.; Kenny, D.A. (1986), "The moderator-mediator variable distinction in social psychological research", Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 1173-82.

Article of online journal

Last name, initials (year of publication), “Title”, full name of the journal, volume number, edition number (if applicable), available from: full electronic address (URL) (access date).

Examples: Búrigo, R. G.; Amboni, N. (2016), “Innovation and continuous improvement in the Búrigo clinical analysis laboratory”, Sistemas & Gestão, Vol. 11, No. 2, available from: http://www.revistasg.uff.br/index.php/sg/article/view/723/484 (access 16 Dec. 2016).

Theses and dissertations

Last name, initials (year of publication), Title, type of document and area of study, institution, location.

Example: Côrtes, R. (2011), Análise da viabilidade econômica da ecoeficiência em construções: o caso da construção civil no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Tese de Doutorado em Engenharia Civil, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, RJ.

Symposiums and congresses

Last name, initials (year of publication), “Title”, name of event, location, event date.

Example: Cruz, A.; Benzecry, J. et al. (2012), “Avaliação de empresas em condições de incerteza”, artigo apresentado no CNEG 2012: Congresso Nacional de Excelência em Gestão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 8-9 de jun. 2012

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