Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, a journal of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, publishes three times a year the results of advanced research in all fields of the social and human sciences. It favours works with a transdisciplinary approach which contribute to theoretical discussion, epistemological thinking, and critical knowledge about contemporary reality on a global scale. RCCS accepts submissions about all geographical contexts, giving special attention to studies which contribute to a critical knowledge of the Portuguese context and Portuguese-speaking areas, as well as to theoretical and epistemological innovation coming from these areas, and more broadly, from the global South.

The journal publishes mostly thematic issues, guest-edited by renowned researchers from different fields, although it also publishes on average a non-thematic issue per year. All submissions are subjected to double-blind peer review.

Historical Note

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) was created in 1978 by a group of Sociology teachers from the School of Economics of University of Coimbra, under the direction of Boaventura de Sousa Santos. From the no. 4/5 (October 1980) onwards, the Editorial Board also included teachers from the School of Arts and Humanities, materializing the creation of a place of dialogue between social and human sciences, which has been, since then, one of the key features of the publication.

Until December 2004, the editor of RCCS was Boaventura de Sousa Santos, followed by António Sousa Ribeiro. In 2009, Claudino Ferreira became the journal’s editor and, in 2015, it was the turn of José Manuel Mendes. Until the present day, the Editorial Board of RCCS has included the following teachers and researchers:

Ana Cristina Santos (2012-2015)
Ana Paula Relvas (2015--)
Alexandre Oliveira Tavares (2015--)
António Casimiro Ferreira (1993-1995; 2002-2004)
António Gama Mendes (1978-1989)
António Sousa Ribeiro (1980-2008)
Augusto Rogério Leitão (1978)
Boaventura de Sousa Santos (1979-2000)
Bruno Sena Martins (2012--)
Carlos Fortuna (1978-1995; 1996-2002)
Carlos Lencastre (1978-1983)
Chiara Carrozza (2016--)
Clara Keating (2009-2015)
Claudino Ferreira (1996-2015)
Elísio Estanque (2000-2008)
Elsa Lechner (2012-2015)
Fernando Ruivo (1978-1989; 1996-2000)
Graça Abranches (1983-1989)
Helena Machado (2015-2016)
Hermes Augusto Costa (2002-2012)
Jacques Houart (1978)
João Arriscado Nunes (1996-2004)
João Paulo Moreira (1990-1999)
João Peixoto (1990)
João Tolda (2000-2004)
José Castro Caldas (2009-2015)
José Manuel Mendes (1996-2008; 2015--)
José Manuel Pureza (2000-2004)
José Reis (1980-2000)
Lina Coelho (2015--)
Maria Adosinda Henriques (1990-1995)
Maria Ioannis Baganha (1996-2000)
Maria Irene Ramalho (1983-2002; 2015--)
Maria Manuel Leitão Marques (1983-1995)
Marianne Lacomblez (1978)
Miguel Cardina (2012--)
Patrícia Branco (2015--)
Paula Abreu (2000-2008)
Paula Duarte Lopes (2009--)
Pedro Hespanha (1978-2001)
Rita Serra (2012-2015)
Silvia Rodríguez Maeso (2009-2013)
Sílvia Portugal (2002-2012)
Teresa Tavares (2000-2015)
Teresa Toldy (2012--)
Tito Cardoso e Cunha (1980-1982)
Virgínia Ferreira (1981-1989; 1990-1993)
Walter Rossa (2015--)