About the Journal

Focus and Scope

O&S (Organizations & Society) aims to foster dialogue and innovation about an understanding of organizations, through the publication of research that add value to society and is socially meaningful. It publishes multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, creative, critical, theory-driven, international, and nontraditional research, rooted in a wide variety of disciplines, inspired by diversity, open to epistemological and methodological plurality. O&S aims to be a learning community of authors, reviewers, editors and readers, driven by passion for ideas, open-minded intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and adherence to the best scholarly standards. 

O&S welcomes two types of articles: theoretical development and empirical investigation. Empirical articles should draw on empirical work and robust theorizing process to make strong contribution to organization studies and practice. In empirical articles, there is an interplay between theorizing and empirical research; they are mutually informative. Theoretical articles must advance theory or the theory development process about organizations, research methodology and/or societal issues. Theoretical papers (a) develop new organization theory, (b) significantly challenge, expand or clarify current theory, (c) synthesize recent advances and ideas into fresh theory, (d) initiate a search for new theory by identifying and carefully delineating a novel theoretical problem, or (e) craft ways to improve the process of theory development.

Peer Review Process

The publishing process for articles submitted to O&S comprises five phases.

PHASE 1 - Preliminary Evaluation

Authors: Submission of an article according to the parameters required by the journal (Submission Preparation Checklist).

Executive manager: Evaluation of format (adequacy of the article to the required standardization and formatting rules) and plagiarism (use of similarity detection system). 

Editor-in-chief: Preliminary evaluation (on desk) relate to the editorial policy (focus, scope and section policy) with decision to reject or forward to associate editor. Evaluation parameters: Is the article fully aligned with the journal’s focus and scope? Does the article represent a robust, relevant, well-developed, explicit, well-argued and grounded conceptual-theoretical contribution to the advancement of knowledge in its field of expertise? Does the article present a strong theoretical and methodological coherence? Is the article composed (writing, grammar, spelling, bibliographic references, etc.) according to all communication standards of excellence? 

Associate editor: Preliminary evaluation (on desk) with decision of rejection or foward to anonymous reviewers (at least two experts) by the double-blind review system. Evaluation parameters: Does the article represent a robust, relevant, well-developed, explicit, well-argued and grounded conceptual-theoretical contribution to the advancement of knowledge in its field of expertise? Does the article present a strong theoretical and methodological coherence? Is the article composed (writing, grammar, spelling, bibliographic references, etc.) according to all communication standards of excellence?

PHASE 2 - Academic Evaluation and Review

Anonymous reviewers: Evaluation of the article (without information on its authorship) according to various parameters (theoretical-conceptual contribution, abstract, research goal, theoretical-epistemological foundation, research method, analysis, presentation and discussion of empirical and/or theoretical results, conclusion, references, language, structure and organization of the text) to make comments and suggestions for improvement. 

Associate editor: Evaluation based on the evaluations of anonymous reviewers with a decision to reject or forward the evaluations to the authors to produce a revised version of the article. 

Authors: Production of a revised version (all changes made to the text must be made using track changes), attaching a letter explaining and describing in the changes made. 

Executive manager: Forwarding the revised version to anonymous reviewers, including all evaluations produced in the process, so that reviewers can learn about past evaluations made by other reviewers and by the associate editor. 

Anonymous reviewers: Evaluation of the revised version, considering the past evaluations carried out by other reviewers and by the associate editor. 

Associate editor: Evaluation of the revised version, considering the new and old evaluations produced by the reviewers, with a decision of (a) rejection, (b) forward to a new evaluation round (revision of the revised version) or (c) partial approval (forward to phase 3).

PHASE 3 - Layout Review

Authors: Layout of the final text (approved in phase 2) according to the journal’s visual model (Article model in Portuguese or Article model in English), including all information in the model such as funding, notes, conflict of interests, authors’ contributions, full name, biography, e-mail and ORCID, for each author, and acknowledgements (if necessary). 

Proofreader: Linguistic and standardization revision, producing a standardized version of the article. 

Authors: Review of the standardized version of the article. 

Proofreader: Finalization of the standardized version of the article. 

Executive manager: Partial approval of the article and forwarding to phase 4.

PHASE 4 - Production of a Version in a Complementary Language

Authors: Production of a version in a complementary language (English or Portuguese) of the article approved at the end of phase 3. This version must be formatted in the O&S layout (according to the O&S visual model - Model for articles in Portuguese or Model for articles in English) and certified in relation to its linguistic quality. Authors must follow one of these options:

OPTION A - Translation or proofreading by an O&S partner organization. The costs will be borne by the authors. Please forward to O&S the file with your article and the certification file (Language Quality Certificate) provided by the O&S partner organization.

OPTION B - Translation or proofreading by an organization that is not on the list of O&S partner organizations. The costs will be borne by the authors. Send the produced version to Caledonia English (www.caledoniaenglish.com.br - krisgillespie@caledoniaenglish.com.br) and request a language quality certificate. The cost of this certification (RS$ 100.00) will be borne by the authors and must be dealt with directly between the authors and Caledonia English. If the article does not obtain the certificate from Caledonia English, it will be up to the authors to provide a better version until they are able to obtain the language quality certificate provided by Caledonia English. The costs of redoing translations or requesting recertification from Caledonia English will be borne by the authors.

Executive manager: Partial approval of the article and forwarding to phase 5.

PHASE 5 - Dissemination and Publication

Authors: Production of a video with a maximum duration of 60 seconds, that does not exceed 25 MB in size, within a maximum period of 30 days from the date of approval of the article in phase 4. The authors agree that the video will be used by O&S on its social networks to disseminate the articles published in the journal. In the video, one or more authors of the article should talk about its relevance and originality. The video should not explain the entire article but encourage people to take an interest in reading it.

Editor-in-chief: Final approval of the article for publication. 

Executive manager: Inclusion of the article for publication in the next available issue of O&S, providing authors with a PDF version of the article with information on year, volume, number, pagination and DOI.

Publication, Frequency and Languages

O&S Journal is bilingual (English and Portuguese) and is published continuously with four-monthly editions (February, July and November), in the context of the NPGA - Núcleo de Pós-graduação em Administracão (Graduate Center for Management), a unit of the School of Management, at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.

Open Access Policy

O&S is totally free of charge, from the process of submission of articles, publication and reading published material. Its content can be accessed freely from anyone. Thus, O&S seeks to maximize the impact and benefits of research by prioritizing barrier-free access to research findings, data and methodologies. Open access reflects a fundamental belief that the pursuit of knowledge benefits directly from collaboration, transparency, rapid dissemination and accessibility.

O&S History

Launched in 1993 and published uninterruptedly ever since, O&S (Organizations & Society) was the first journal in the area of Administration created by and within a federal university in Brazil. In addition, the journal dared to define its scope beyond the Administration, considering that organizations cover a broader and multifaceted context. Since its foundation and over the years, the journal has always highlighted its open, plural and multidisciplinary position. That is, it has always housed articles expressing a diversity of visions, theories, methodologies, epistemologies, extrapolating orthodoxy and valuing innovative themes. 

During the flow of publications, many themes have occupied the attention of thematic issues (for example, the contribution of Alberto Guerreiro Ramos, football as organization, the carnival as organization), as well as several personalities such as literary João Ubaldo Ribeiro (2006, n. 37 and 38). From 2013, the journal begins its e-publishing process, abandoning print publishing and turning to open diffusion on the digital base. The journal was included in important databases, accelerated the process of peer review, improved its quality and accentuated its internationalization.

In addition to the Administration area, O&S is acknowledged in the areas of History, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Interdisciplinary, Social Work, Urban and Regional Planning. O&S represents and symbolizes a lot for Brazilian researchers, in the context of the development of the Administration area and, specifically, in the maturation and flowering of the field of Organizational Studies in Brazil. O&S has offered, over time, a space of expression for the emergence of the different, the new, the unusual. The journal promotes heterodox positions in Organizational Studies, but above all a vision of the organization in and for the society.

Past Editors-in-chief

1993-1996 - Maurício Serva

1996-2013 - José Antônio Gomes de Pinho

2013-2014 - Mônica Mac-Allister

2014-2016 - Antônio Sérgio Araújo Fernandes, Ariádne Scalfoni Rigo e Sandro Cabral

2016-2019 - Ariádne Scalfoni Rigo

Ethics and Conduct

The O&S is signatory to DORA - The Declaration on Research Assessment - https://sfdora.org

Articles submitted to the journal Organizações e Sociedade (O&S), to be published, must be in line with the basic guidelines for integrity in scientific activity established by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq - National Council for Scientific and Technological Development- http://www.cnpq.br/web/guest/diretrizes).

Ethical conduct of the editorial team. The editorial team of O&S must 

  • take responsibility for all journal publications; 
  • meet the demands of readers, authors and reviewers; 
  • make ongoing improvements in the journal; 
  • ensure the quality of publications; 
  • safeguarding the confidentiality of reviewers’ identity; 
  • guarantee freedom of expression, acting in an integral, impartial, transparent and agile manner; 
  • verify if articles are in line with ethical guidelines accepted nationally and internationally; 
  • thoroughly investigate suspected cases of misconduct; 
  • ensure ethical conduct all along the whole process of submission, peer reviewing and publication.  

Ethical conduct of reviewers. Reviewers of O&S must:

  • act in an ethical, proba and impartial manner; 
  • alert the editorial team to the occurrence of similar work already published or under analysis in another journal; 
  • not use inside information, obtained due to his/her status as reviewer, for any purpose; 
  • maintain the confidentiality of the material under evaluation; 
  • respect the deadline for reviewing the article under her/his responsibility; 
  • communicate to the editorial team the occurrence of any conflict of interest that undermines the integrity of the reviewing process. 

Ethical conduct of the authors. Authors, when submit articles to O&S, must 

  • ensure the integrity of the research sustaining the article; 
  • guarantee the authorship and originality of the article; 
  • verify the correct authenticity of all citations when referring to sources and data of third parties; 
  • value the ethical writing of the text regarding the commercial, intellectual or industrial property of third parties; 
  • testify that your article has not been submitted to another journal; 
  • notify the editorial team when detecting inaccuracies in the article and perform its speedy rectification; 
  • ensure that all co-authors have effectively participated in its elaboration and master its content.

 O&S takes action against plagiarism and ethical misconduct (for example, suspected plagiarism, duplicate publication, changes in authorship, conflict of interest, inclusive language, ethical issue, data fabrication, and misuse of articles by the reviewer upon submission, and, even after the publication of the article) according to the guidance of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE - https://publicationethics.org). If you suspect misconduct or have questions about the good practices of publishing in O&S, please contact us via email: revistaoes@ufba.br.

In case of suspected misconduct, doubts about good practices for publishing at O&S, omissions or other suggestions, please contact revistaoes@ufba.br.

  • Post-publication corrections: In case of need for post-publication corrections, errata will be linked to the original publication and to the original records in indexers such as Scielo. The same is true for evidence of unreliable information.
  • Appeals: After an article is rejected, an appeal to the Editor-in-Chief may be submitted for review. Appropriate reviews will be carried out and the decision will be transmitted to the parties involved.
  • Misconduct: If the evaluator does not comply with ethical conduct, he will be removed, under penalty of future prohibition.
  • Conflicts of interest: Reviewers are only accepted if they declare that they have no conflicts of interest with the article under review.

Intellectual property. In order to protect the intellectual rights of authors, O&S adopts the Creative Commons Attribution BY License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) for all works published (unless copyright owners define specific conditions) and uses similarity detection software (Plagiarism Software 15.5.4).


O&S uses the LOCKSS system to create an archival system distributed among participating libraries and allows the creation of permanent journal archives for preservation and restoration. 

Indexers and Directories

Scielo - Scientific Electronic Library Online http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_home&lng=pt&nrm=iso

Scilit - https://www.scilit.net/journal/1540134

SPELL - Scientific Periodicals Electronic Library http://www.spell.org.br/

Redalyc.org - Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal http://www.redalyc.org/

EBSCO Information Services  https://www.ebsco.com

Catálogo Latindex - Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal http://www.latindex.unam.mx/?opcion=2 http://www.latindex.unam.mx/index.html?opcion=2&subT=&porReg=90

Directorio Latindex - Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal http://www.latindex.unam.mx/latindex/directorio.html

DOAJ - Directoryof Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/

REDIB - Red Iberoamericana de Innovación y Conocimiento Científico https://www.redib.org/recursos/Record/oai_revista599-organizac%C3%B5es--sociedade

Sumarios.org - Sumários de Revistas Brasileiras http://www.sumarios.org/

Periódicos CAPES - Portal Brasileiro da Informação Científica http://www-periodicos-capes-gov-br.ez10.periodicos.capes.gov.br/index.php?option=com_phome&Itemid=68&

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com/login

Periódicos Eletrônicos da UFBA https://periodicos.ufba.br/

Repositório Institucional da UFBA https://repositorio.ufba.br/ri/ https://repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/1603

Partner organizations: Translation, proofreading and layout

American Journal Experts - www.aje.com

A2Z Serviços de Idiomas e Soluções em Gestão LTDA - a2zsolucoes@gmail.com - Contact: Anderson Giovani/Zoe Hamlet. Telephone: + 55 (48) 9 9968 69 96

Caledonia English - www.caledoniaenglish.com.br - krisgillespie@caledoniaenglish.com.br - Contact: Kris Gillespie

Editage - https://www.editage.com.br

Editing Services - Taylor & Francis - https://www.tandfeditingservices.com

Editora Cubo - www.editoracubo.com.br - comercial@editoracubo.com.br - Contact: Rafael Mozeto, Telephone (16) 3307-2068 ramal 2033

Elsevier Author Services - https://webshop.elsevier.com

Good Deal Consultoria Linguística - www.gooddealconsultoria.com - tatiane@gooddealconsultoria.com - Contact: Tatiane Abrantes

Insight - www.ilepub.com - info@ilepub.com - Contact: Priscila Porchat

Language Services - SAGE Author Services - http://languageservices.sagepub.com/en/ 

Librum Soluções Editoriais www.librum.com.br - librumeditora@gmail.com

Santos & Dinham, Consultoria e Traducoes Ltda - robdinham@gmail.com Contact: Rob Dinham

Tikinet www.tikinet.com.br - adm@tikinet.com.br

Wiley Editing Services - wileyeditingservices.com