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Author Guidelines

A. Guidelines for submission of manuscripts

All manuscripts have to be send through the electronic platform (Open Journal System).

The manuscripts can be written in Spanish, Catalan, French or English and should be original, those can be accepted for publication if they have not been published before, nor submitted for review to other scientific journals. In order to ensure originality of the received manuscripts, we recommend the authors to use programs of plagiarism detection. You can visit the following information on iThenticate:

BRAC will not publish more than one article of the same authorship or co-authorship within 24 months period.

BRAC do not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs) to its authors for publication.

The manuscripts will have to:

- Address an important topic in the field of contemporary art;

- Adequately incorporate existing, relevant and updated literature; and contemporary art exhibitions and other relevant artistic events.

- Contribute to and expand our understanding of the wide processes of artistic creation.

The following pieces of work will be reviewed for publication: articles, book reviews and doctoral dissertations.

Writing style: The manuscripts have to follow the APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2009). The following are some citation examples:

  • [Book] Lareau, A. (2004). Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life. Berkeley, CA: University of California.
  • [Edited book] Meyer, D. S. (1999). How the Cold War Was Really Won: The Effects of the Antinuclear Movements of the 1980s. In M. Giugni, D. McAdam, & Ch. Tilly (Eds.), How Social Movements Matter (pp. 182-203). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • [Journal article] Lareau, A., & Lopes Muñoz, V. (2012)."You're Not Going to Call the Shots": Structural Conflicts between the Principal and the PTO at a Suburban Public Elementary School. Sociology of Education, 85, 201-208. doi:10.1177/0038040711435855

Format: The manuscripts submitted should have and extension between 4.000 and 8.000 words, including abstract, notes, references and annexes. The manuscripts should be presented in the format MS Word, WordPerfect or RTF. The manuscripts writing style will be Times New Roman, size 11, spacing 13, full justification and without tabulations. Return will only be used to separate sections. Pages will have to be configured with the following margins: 1,41 cm (right), 1,41 cm (left), 1,41 cm (top), 1,41 cm (bottom).

Structure: The first page should contain the title of the article. In the second page should include an abstract and keywords. From the third page the manuscript should include the title of the article and the text with the notes (if necessary) and references. The title, abstract and key words should appear at least in English and Spanish.

Abstract and keywords: All manuscripts should include an abstract between 150 and 200 words explaining concisely the reasons and object of the manuscript, the methodology used and the main results and conclusions. It is also necessary to include between three and five keywords that defined the article and serve to identify the content of the work.

Source of funding: In the case that the research from which the article has been developed has received funding. The name of the agency and the project code must be indicated both in the specific section of the form for sending the article and in the article itself in the section on acknowledgments.

Notes: These should be avoided when possible. Notes will be at the end of the text and not footnotes to avoid distractions while reading.

Tables and graphs: Diagrams, charts, graphs and tables will have a brief title and explanation and have to be send in a separate document.

Abbreviation: The only abbreviations that can be used are those universally accepted.

Gender equality: Follow the indications of the guide APA 7th edition for the use of an inclusive language in the writing of the article; Include the full name of the authors who sign the article; Inform about the original data of the research, taking into account the sex in order to allow the identification of possible differences.

Author identification: The authors should avoid disclosing their identity, especially in the first pages of the manuscript. The name of the author(s) must not appear on any page of the manuscript. This information will be included in the electronic platform and it should not appear in the manuscript sent for review. In the platform has to be stated the name and last name of each of the authors (in order of preference), full name of the work place of each of the authors and postal address and electronic address of the responsible or first author as the responsible of the correspondence.

The authors that send a manuscript to BRAC, they are invited, including their professional data, to add their ORCID Id (If they have it). Regarding those authors who have not this ID, we invite you to register in ORCID in the following web:

Contribution to the preparation of the article: Information on the specific contribution of each of the authors of the submitted article should be provided in a separate document to be attached to the submission. This document will indicate the criteria chosen for the order of signature of each author and the specific contribution of each of them in the preparation of the article. 

Title of the page headline: It should be included also in the first page a title of less than 25 characters. The title should be informative and specific to explain the meaning and aims of the work.

Language: Manuscripts submitted should be grammatically correct independently of the language used. It is responsibility of the authors to ensure that the submitted manuscript follow the language standards required by the publication of the scientific journal. If English is not the first language, authors are invited to use the author's services of language edition.

Hipatia Press requires to future authors to send the manuscripts with an excellent language edition. If the manuscript is written in a second or third language, it is recommended to first contact a language reviewing service to avoid grammar and style mistakes.

Evaluation Procedure: When a manuscript is submitted, the editors screen the manuscripts to make sure that all the files have no identifying information on the authors and that the article has not been published elsewhere. Then, in a time period of 45 days maximum from the date of reception of the article, the journal editor will assign it to two external evaluators that will carry out a blind review of the article (double blind peer review). Over the review period of the article, both the names of the authors as well as the evaluators will be anonymous.

Peer reviewers are identified by editors of the journal, who are experienced researchers in their fields. The most suitable reviewers are selected according to the submission received and the reviewer's expertise; also a network of scholars can collaborate as reviewers in our journal.

The Editors are in charge of exploring the reviewer's reports and exchange opinions with some members of the editorial board in order to make a proper decision whether an article could be publishable or not. The decision is reached through the reviewers' reports.

Editors check all the reviews done and contrast the reviewers' notes with the content of the article before sending decisions and reviewers comment to authors. If reviewers do not carry out their duty correctly, editors will delete them from the list and send the article to another reviewer or to a member of the editorial board to carry out a fast-track review of the manuscript.

In cases where Editors have doubts after the process of review, they double-check the evaluation with some members of the Editorial board, according to their field of specialization, in order to reach an agreement and a decision on the manuscript. If the article is not publishable, such decision will be argued to the author and information will be given for a modification of the same..

The result of the evaluation will be send to the authors in a maximum period of 3 months from the date of reception.

B. Guidelines for the images

Authors can include images of other authors, that must be cited in accordance with article 32 of the current Intellectual Property Law, with the following restrictions : JPG file, the with will be no more than 400 pixels. The visual content must be accompanied by its photographic foot line with the complete reference of the artwork, the publication and the place where the image was obtained.

For instance:

Image 1. Cartier-Bresson, H. (1938). Juvisy [Gelatin silver print, 23,3 x 34,8 cm.]. We are grateful for this file to The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

Image 2. Schmitz, H. (2011). The Forest [online, C-print, 70 x 90 cm.]. Found at de <> 

Image 3. Orozco, G. (1999). The Office [Color Photography on a poliéster surface, 40,64 Å~ 50,8 cm.]. reprint of Gabriel Orozco (p. 74) [Exhibition’s Catalog], S. Emerson (ed.), 2000, Los Angeles, Mexico City: Museum of Contemporary Art, Conaculta, INBA.

Image 4. Wurm, E. (1990). No title [Installation, variable size]. Reprint of Erwin Wurm. Ostfildern (p. 102) [Exhibition’s catalogue presented at la Neue Galerie de Graz], P. Weibel (ed.) 2002. Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Image 5. Schematic drawings of the section of a canvas and the phenomenon of life difussion. Reprint of “Analisys of the coherence between the pictorial process of Yves Klein and the idea of the duplicity on his monochromes of the IKB- International Klein Blue” by J. Fortuny, 2017. BRAC, 5 (1), p. 100.

C. Guidelines for the submission of exhibition reviews, comments of art pieces, book reviews and doctoral thesis

Reviews of contemporary art, exhibitions, relevant publications related to contemporary art, projects of creation or artistic furtherance and doctoral thesis will be accepted.

The reviews must be not older than two years since the date of your presentation. The criteria will be the following:

- The amount of specialization, innovation and prestige of the author of the work of art or the book, as well as the place where it has been exhibited and the editorial in which the work has been published.

- The level of innovation and creativity of the artwork or the creation project. The topicality of the subject as well as its date of publication.

- Strictly informative material such as textbooks or teaching material must be avoided.

- The level of artistic criteria based on innovation will be given priority or, in the case of books, the scientific criteria managed by the publisher of the publication itself.

- In the review, both the quality of the text and the scientific criteria of the author’s review will be evaluated, which in no case may exceed 700 words.

- The review will be headed by the technical data of it’s artwork reference.

In the case of works of art, exhibitions and projects:

- ARTISTIC NAME OF THE AUTHOR OR PROJECT OF CREATION. Year of creation. Title of the work, if available. Year of exhibition. Place: Exhibition space or media. Title of the review. In the case of books:

- SURNAME AND NAME of the author. Year of publication. Title of the book. Place of publication: editorial. Title of the review.

In the case of thesis:

- SURNAME AND NAME of the author. Year of submission. Thesis title. College name. Title of the review.

- The name of the author of the review will appear at the very end of the text.

- The reviews may be accompanied by images, as long as the author has the copyrights or other relevant legal permissions.

D. Guidelines for the submission of visual pages

The visual pages are original artwork, created specifically for this publication. They should not be configured as a simple set of images, but they must constitute a coherent discourse or narrative. It can consist on a single image and you can submit up to a maximum of 15, arranged in one single PDF file.

The visual page will contain the following information:

- SURNAME AND NAME of the author. ARTISTIC NAME OF THE AUTHOR. Title of the work. Year of realization ... Complete detailed technical specifications.

Optionally, the visual page can be attached to a text with a maximum length of 150 words that can be included either at the beginning or at the end of the article. This information will be submitted in a .doc file.

The submitted documentation of the work will be attached to a file of the work in PDF format, in a vertical DIN A4 with a maximum resolution of 300 pixels / inch with the definitive arrangement of the images. It is understood that this file is the author's final layout and will not be modified whatsoever for the final publication.

It is also mandatory for the author to submit either a quality print, with a 300 pixels / inch resolution and a maximum of DIN A3 paper size, that must be signed by the author, or signed originals from which the author has configured the "Visual Pages", along with a file and document for its donation that BRAC magazine will provide. These originals become part of the University de Barcelona’s BRAC collection of the Patrimony of Contemporary Art, constituting an indivisible set that will be disseminated in publications and exhibitions.

The books to be reviewed should be sent to Dr. Àlex Nogué Font, Universitat de Barcelona, Departament d'Arts Visuals i Disseny, Carrer Pau Gargalló, 4, 08028 Barcelona (ESP).


The opinions and contents of the published articles in BRAC are the exclusive responsibility of the authors. In addition, it is their responsibility to obtain the corresponding permits to include published material in other journals or books as well as to reproduce images, texts, tables or figures from other authors.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

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