About the Journal

Video Journal of Social and Human Research - VJSHR (ISSN 2795-5745) is a biannual scientific journal, published in a partnership between the Universidade Aberta (UAb), Portugal; and the State University of Maranhão (UEMA), Brazil. The editorial policy of the video journal combines textual and audiovisual approaches of social sciences with human research, as well as topics related to political reality, to intercultural communication, education aimed at globalization, and to the social, economic and linguistic diversity of contemporary societies. It also aims to critically reflect on global issues from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective, especially on the role of societies and individuals in these processes. VJSHR intends to provide a platform for interdisciplinary research and aims to establish a new frontier in social and human publishing when it comes to scientific communication in video article format.

Theoretical or experimental video articles that have not yet been published, or that are not currently under editorial evaluation by another journal, will be considered for publication. Will be accepted papers written in Portuguese, English and Spanish. The texts written in Portuguese must fully respect the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement, and the texts written in English and Spanish will be submitted to a previous assessment, in order to evaluate their linguistic quality.


Peer Review Process

VJSHR uses a double-blind peer review system, which means that the authors do not know the identity of the reviewers, and the latter receive the manuscripts without the authors' identification.

The textual component of the submission will be evaluated by at least two reviewers and, in case of conflicting assessments, it will be sent to a third reviewer. The reviewers' assessments are taken into account for editorial decisions, reserving to the journal's Editorial Board whether or not to publish the submitted work.

To ensure the integrity of the double-blind review process, the manuscript must be submitted without any identifying information of the authors. To learn how to remove hidden data and personal information in Microsoft Word files click on the link.


Ethical and Legal Conditions 

The publication of a peer-reviewed paper is expected to follow standards of ethical behavior by all parties involved in the publishing act: authors, editors and reviewers. In order to ensure the integrity of the research of our publications, we work in close collaboration with authors and editors to promote compliance with the fundamental principles of publication ethics, as defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). For more information, click here.

All texts, videos and supporting files must conform to COPE's standards of ethical behavior.


Open Access Policy

This journal offers open access to its content, based on the idea that free dissemination of scientific information contributes to the democratization of knowledge.

The journal is also open to authors who wish to publish their work. There are no charges for submission, editing, or publication of the video articles. Authors have permission to share their published paper in open access repositories.


Data Sharing Policy

Committed to the Open Science principles, Video Journal of Social and Human Research - VJSHR encourages authors to share the data that supports the results presented in their articles. The data disclosure should be done before or at the time of the video article submission.

Datasets that under any circumstances compromise the protection, privacy and security of those involved in the investigation, or any other legal or ethical issue, should not be disclosed.

We recommend that authors submit the data to a repository with a long-term plan for file preservation and persistent identifier registration. To assist in identifying the appropriate repository, we recommend using the re3data.org portal to find one that suits the authors' needs or a general-purpose repository like Zenodo.

Authors are also encouraged to follow citation best practices regarding datasets. Information on where the data related to the article is hosted and the conditions under which it can be accessed should be provided, using the persistent identifiers, URL and DOI, when applicable.

To ensure double-blind peer review, this information should not appear in the article, but it should be included in the documents submitted to VJSHR and in the comments sent to the editor.


Digital Preservation Policy

The journal is digitally preserved by the Public Knowledge Project service.