How to disseminate scientific research in Performing Arts?

Gilberto Icle, Editor-in-chief, Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Publishing a scientific journal in Brazil, nowadays, is a constant challenge in the daily life of editors and publishers. When it is about an arts journal, it gains other dimensions, as there is a continuous need to intensely reinforce –  especially in relation to more consolidated areas –  its importance.

The history of journals in scenic arts in Brazil is recent, dating to the 1990s. With great difficulty, from the 2000s the area of ​​performing arts began to show a clearer professionalization process of its journals. Despite the difficulties, many new journals appeared on the national scene, mostly linked to emerging postgraduate programs.

Thus, this complex system that relates research, evaluation and dissemination of the output has undergone intense transformations (FERREIRA, 2010). In this history, the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies has a key role: it ensures the exchange between Brazil and abroad of a significant number of research studies published in different languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

Undoubtedly, its work adds to many others, who are now directed to place the Brazilian research in a network, disseminating it and taking it to different research systems around the world. This dissemination capacity is in full operation and has produced a growing increase in national research to broaden the spectrum of research results and articles citations.

The challenges to our journals in this context are huge and overcoming the hegemony of the English-speaking world with its immense indexing databases is one of them. Faced with the corporate dominance of such databases, the risk of being absorbed by the mechanisms undertaken by such conglomerates becomes more and more imminent. It is, of course, a difficulty about the expectation of achieving certain ends to equal the best journals in the world, as in the attempt to guarantee local elements and the production of autonomous and democratically transmitted knowledge, in the hope of us being too the protagonists of this process.

Professor Luiz Fernando Ramos talks about this context and the role of the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies in the panorama of Scenic Arts publications in Brazil.


FERREIRA, A. G. C. Bibliometria na avaliação de periódicos científicos. DataGramaZero, v. 11, n. 3, p. A05, 2010. Disponível em:

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About Gilberto Icle

Gilberto Icle

Gilberto Icle

Gilberto Icle holds a PhD in Education from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. He is a tenured professor at the Postgraduate Program in Education at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and at the Postgraduate Program in Performing Arts at the Universidade de Brasília. He is a 1D productivity fellow at CNPq. e-mail:

About Luiz Fernando Ramos

Luiz Fernando Ramos

Luiz Fernando Ramos

Luiz Fernando Ramos holds a PhD in Literature from the Universidade de São Paulo where he is a professor and lecturer in theater theory at the Escola de Comunicações e Artes. Since 2013 he has developed research on the aesthetic ideology of Gordon Craig, which refers to the philosophical foundations of that artist’s work and has already led to the publication by Editora Perspectiva in 2017 of a Portuguese translation of the first of three planned volumes, with comments on his main theoretical texts, as well as pieces and articles of The Mask magazine, ever translated. He is a Productivity Fellow at CNPq and a member of CA-CNPq.  e-mail:


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ICLE, G. How to disseminate scientific research in Performing Arts? [online]. SciELO in Perspective: Humanities, 2018 [viewed ]. Available from:


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