Pessoa Plural
patrocinadores / sponsors: flad & instituto camÕES


Sobre / About






Pessoa Plural was established in 2012 as an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to studies of Fernando Pessoa. We publish two issues per year through the joint publishing efforts of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University and the Department of Humanities and Literature of the University of the Andes. We welcome submissions in the form of essays, documents, and commissioned book reviews.


We are an open access journal, and all of our digital archives can be accessed for free through Brown's Digital Repository. We abide by the COPE Code of Conduct for all issues related to Ethics and Publication Malpractice. Pessoa Plural's ethical statement, the details of our peer review process, and our submission guidelines can be found and downloaded below.


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A Pessoa Plural foi fundada em 2012 como uma revista académica internacional com revisão por pares dedicada aos estudos de Fernando Pessoa. Publicamos dois números por ano através dos esforços conjuntos do Departamento de Estudos Portugueses e Brasileiros da Brown University, o Departamento de Estudos Ingleses e Comparativos da Warwick University e o Departamento de Humanidades e Literatura da Universidad de los Andes. Aceitamos trabalhos na forma de ensaios, documentos e resenhas de livros que tenham sido solicitadas.


Somos uma revista de acesso aberto e é possível aceder a todos os nossos arquivos digitais pelo Repositório Digital da Brown University. Respeitamos o Código de Conduta COPE para todas as questões relacionadas com Ética da Publicação e Declaração e Conduta Incorrecta de Publicação. A declaração ética da Pessoa Plural, os detalhes do nosso processo de revisão por pares e as nossas normas de submissão podem ser encontradas e descarregadas abaixo.




Pessoa Plural – A Journal of Fernando Pessoa Studies is an international, peer-reviewed scholarly journal, committed to ensuring the highest standards of publication ethics. All parties involved in the act of publishing (editors, authors, reviewers and the publisher) have to agree upon standards of ethical behavior. We state the following principles of Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE.


The editors and the editorial board of Pessoa Plural are responsible for:

  • Deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be published. In making these decisions, they are guided by the policies of the journal (Pessoa Plural's Guidelines for Submission and Publication of Manuscripts) and by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.
  • Providing guidance to guest editors, authors and reviewers on everything that is expected of them and also a description of the peer review processes.
  • Providing new editorial board members with guidelines on everything that is expected of them and keeping existing members updated on new policies and developments.
  • Evaluating manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic and intellectual merit. The author(s)’ race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class must not be allowed to shape the evaluation process in any way.
  • Ensuring a fair and unbiased double-blind peer review of the manuscripts and that all information related to them is kept confidential. Editors also ensure that both authors’ and peer reviewers’ identities are protected. They must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • Ensuring that appropriate reviewers considered experts in the subject-matter are selected.
  • Developing and maintaining a database of suitable reviewers and updating it on the basis of reviewer performance.
  • Ensuring that unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript are not used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.
  • Taking reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints are presented concerning a submitted or published manuscript. In cases of suspected misconduct, they must follow the COPE flowcharts
  • Publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever needed.
  • Communicating to authors regarding the acceptance of their work in time (two months).


Guest editors are responsible for:

  • Defining the subject matter and role of every article in a thematic issue.
  • Providing clear guidelines to authors regarding the topic and boundaries of their contributions and the overall design of the issue.
  • Ensuring, in collaboration with the executive editorial board, that appropriate reviewers considered experts in the subject-matter are selected for all the articles (whether they have been commissioned or submitted as a result of a call for papers).
  • Establishing, in collaboration with the executive editorial board, a timeline for draft paper submission, peer review, revision and final paper submission, and ensuring that all deadlines are met.
  • Writing the Introduction to the issue.


  • Authors of research papers should present an accurate account of the work performed, as well as an objective discussion of its significance. All data and all quotations should be represented accurately in the manuscript. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements or quotations constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
  • Authors must ensure that they have written original works and that any work or words of other authors, contributors or sources have been appropriately credited and referenced.
  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Plagiarism is defined as repeating another’s wording as one’s own; adopting a particularly apt phrase as one’s own; paraphrasing someone else’s argument as one’s own; presenting someone else’s line of thinking as one’s own; similarly, wording, arguments or lines of thinking of the author used in a different work must have their corresponding credit and quotation.
  • Manuscripts that have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication, they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license, which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.
  • Authors should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research or presenting essentially the same argument in more than one journal or primary publication.
  • Authors should not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to more than one publication at a time. This constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
  • Authors submitting their works to Pessoa Plural for publication as original articles confirm that the submitted works represent their own contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works without clearly citing the source. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the submitted work.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the paper. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.
  • Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the paper should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
  • The corresponding author with the journal should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
  • Authors should disclose financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support should be disclosed.
  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors and cooperate with them to retract or correct the manuscript.


  • Peer review assists the editors and executive editorial board of Pessoa Plural in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.
  • Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  • Reviewers must report to the editor of Pessoa Plural if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s part.
  • Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.
  • Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic and intellectual merit. The authors’ race, age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class must not be allowed to shape the evaluation process in any way.
  • Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from: a) belonging to the same institution (department, research unit, university) and b) collaborating in the present on a joint project. In such cases, reviewers should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.


As publisher of Pessoa Plural, the Brown University Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies:

  • Provides practical support to the editors and executive editorial board of Pessoa Plural so that they can follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal.
  • Ensures the autonomy of editorial decisions.
  • Protects intellectual property and copyright.
  • Ensures that good practice is maintained to the standards defined above.







General email: [email protected]

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Jerónimo Pizarro
[email protected]
Departamento de Humanidades y Literatura
Universidad de los Andes
Calle 18A No. 0-19 Este, Bloque ÑE





Onésimo Almeida
[email protected]
Box O
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912


Paulo de Medeiros
[email protected]
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom


Editor das recensÕes / Book Review Editor



Patrícia Martinho Ferreira

Antonio Cardiello 







Carlos Pittella
[email protected]
Consulting Editor






Antonio Cardiello (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Arnaldo Saraiva (Universidade do Porto)

Carlos Pittella (Universidade de Lisboa)
Cláudia Pazos-Alonso (Wadham College, Oxford University)

Cleonice Berardinelli (Academia Brasileira de Letras)

Eduardo Lourenço (Universidade de Nice) from 2012-2020
Ellen Sapega (University of Wisconsin at Madison)

Fernando Martinho (Universidade de Lisboa)

George Monteiro (Brown University) from 2012-2019
Helena Buescu (Universidade de Lisboa)
João Dionísio (Universidade de Lisboa)
John Pedro Schwartz (American University of Malta)
José Barreto (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisboa)
José Carlos Seabra Pereira (Universidade de Coimbra)

José Blanco (Pessoa Scholar)

Leyla Perrone-Moisés (Universidade de S. Paulo)
Lurdes Sampaio (Universidade do Porto)
Marco Pasi (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Maria Irene Ramalho (Universidade de Coimbra)

Patricio Ferrari (Rutgers University)
Patrick Quillier (Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis)

Steffen Dix (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)