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Author Guidelines

1. General guidelines

Since 2017, the journal only publishes articles that are written by at least one author with a Ph.D. Ph.D. students can submit their articles by signing with their advisors. Any exception to the rule is submitted to the Lex Humana Editorial Board to be evaluated based on the authors' justifications.

The process of submission and evaluation of articles is free of charge, according to the institutional policy. We recommend that you read the copyright policy before submitting your article.

The article submitted for possible publication should be written in Portuguese, English, Spanish or French according to the model available here.

The article must be sent exclusively through UCP's electronic editing and publication system (SEER). The article must be sent in .doc or .docx format.

The submitted article must not contain any information that would allow the identification of authorship, due to the double blind review system. The identification of authorship is done by the author's registration in the electronic system of the journal and its knowledge is restricted to the editor of the journal and is not shared with the reviewers. Therefore, the journal requests collaborators to remove from the original file any information that allows the identification of authorship.

2. Submission steps

The submission process involves the following steps:
1. You must register as an author on the journal's website by filling out the electronic form.
2. After logging in to the journal, you must start the submission process.
3. At the beginning of the submission, the author must choose the section (articles or reviews) pertinent to his/her contribution and agree with the terms of the copyright statement.
4. Next, the author must upload the document with his/her contribution (.doc, .docx., .rtf or .dot);
5. The next step is to include the metadata, that is, information about the author(s), title and abstract of the contribution, indexing, and whether it was supported by a funding agency;
6. The penultimate step is the transfer of supplementary documents (optional), which is mandatory for the inclusion of figures, for example;
7. The last step of submission is confirmation, without which the process will not be completed.

3. Length and formatting of the article

The article should contain at least 10 pages and at most 25 pages, typed in A4 format, with top and left margins of 3cm and bottom and right margins of 2.5cm, paginated, with a justified paragraph, and the usual indentation of 1.5cm on the first line. The font for the body text should be Times New Roman, size 12, for footnotes, size 10, and for quotations with more than three lines in the body text, size 11.
Paragraph spacing should be
1. Simple for the abstract, footnotes and citations longer than three lines in the body text;
2. 1.5 spacing for the remaining paragraphs.

4. Structuring of the article

Every paper should contain the following parts: 1:

1. title and subtitle of the paper, in Portuguese and English, at the top of the page, centered, font Times New Roman, size 14, verse, italic, bold. After the title, leave two lines blank, font size 12.
2. Abstract and keywords: after the title and subtitle, the abstract and keywords should be written, first in Portuguese and then in English, in Times New Roman font, size 12, single-spaced, justified, no indentation in the first line, with no more than 15 lines.
The body of the text should be subdivided into at least three parts, corresponding to the introduction, development and final considerations. The titles of the sections of the article should be numbered progressively, according to NBR 6024 (2003) and aligned to the left margin.
4. Long quotations, with more than three lines, must be typed without quotation marks, in size 11, with 4cm indentation from the left margin, without typographical resources (italic, bold, etc.), with simple line spacing. Short quotations are inserted with quotation marks normally in the text, using double quotation marks.
5. References: should be presented in alphabetical order, according to ABNT technical standards (NBR 6023, 2018).

5. Citations
Citations by author's name should be in parentheses, containing the author's last name in capital letters followed by the year of publication and page, separated by commas, according to the examples below:

Example 1:

"Itaque tum Scaevola cum in eam ipsam mentionem incidisset, exposuit nobis sermonem Laeli de amicitia habitum ab illo secum et cum altero genero, C. Fannio Marci filio, paucis diebus post mortem Africani. " (CICERO, 2000, p. 10)

Example 2:

According to Cicero (200, p. 10), "itaque tum Scaevola cum in eam ipsam mentionem incidisset, exposuit nobis sermonem Laeli de amicitia habitum ab illo secum et cum altero genero, C. Fannio Marci filio, paucis diebus post mortem Africani."

Example 3:

According to Cicero (2000, p.10):

"Itaque tum Scaevola cum in eam ipsam mentionem incidisset, exposuit nobis sermonem Laeli de amicitia habitum ab illo secum et cum altero genero, C. Fannio Marci filio, paucis diebus post mortem Africani. Eius disputationis sententias memoriae mandavi, quas hoc libro exposui arbitratu meo; quasi enim ipsos induxi loquentes, ne 'inquam' et 'inquit' saepius interponeretur, atque ut tamquam a praesentibus coram haberi sermo videretur."

6. References

The accuracy and appropriateness of references to works that have been consulted and mentioned in the text are the responsibility of the author. Information from personal communications, works in progress, and unpublished works should not be included in the reference list, but indicated in a footnote where they are cited.

7. Illustrations

Illustrations should be sent in separate files, saved in .tif or .jpg extension, with 300dpi resolution.

8. Practices not accepted for article submission

Listed below is a summary of practices not accepted in the journal for article submission. If these practices are found, the editor will reject the submission at the initial evaluation stage:

Multiple submissions: submission of the same article to multiple journals simultaneously will not be allowed. The journal requires that the article is not being considered by any other publication at the same time.

PDF submission: submissions must be in a specific Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx), so it is important to check the journal's guidelines before submitting.

Copyright infringement: an article should not include copyrighted material without obtaining the appropriate permission or license. Authors should ensure that they have the necessary permissions and licenses before submitting their work.

Self-plagiarism: a paper will be disapproved if it has been published previously or includes significant portions of previously published work without proper citation or acknowledgement. Authors must ensure that their submissions are original and have not been previously published.

Incomplete submissions: a submission that does not meet the journal's requirements or guidelines will not be accepted.

Lack of originality: a paper that lacks original research or significant contributions to the social sciences will not be accepted. Authors must ensure that their work is new, innovative, and makes a significant contribution to the field.

9. LLM Usage Policy

Lex Humana will not accept text generated by Language Model Tools (LLMs) as credited authorship in research. AI tools cannot take responsibility for the work, and any attribution of authorship carries with it responsibility for the content.

Authors who use LLMs in their research should explicitly disclose this fact in their manuscript. This disclosure should include the name and version number of the model used and be provided in the methodology or acknowledgments section of the manuscript.

The method or acknowledgements section should describe in detail how the generated text was produced using the LLM, including the parameters and settings used, and any additional pre- or post-processing steps applied to the generated text should be reported.

Authors should ensure that the generated text is factually accurate, relevant to the research question, and consistent with existing knowledge in the field. The original writing and the LLM-generated text should be clearly distinguished, and the generated text should be in italics and in quotation marks.

Authors should acknowledge the potential limitations of LLMs in their manuscript, including the potential for bias and errors. They should also explain how they have addressed these issues to the best of their ability.

The use of LLMs in research should be justified based on the specific research question and the potential benefits of using the tool. The manuscript should explain the reasons for using LLMs and how they contributed to the research question.

The Lex Humana editorial team reserves the right to request access to the raw data and code used in LLM-assisted research to verify the authenticity of the results.



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