General Features
of the Research Proposal

The first stage of this process consists in the submission of the essay or the artistic proposals under 2000 words. In case of acceptance to the second stage, the proposal submitted for peer review should be between 7,500 and 10,000 words, and we suggest following the guidelines laid out in the next paragraphs. Authors should be aware that the format of the submitted text, namely page margins, image labelling, among other editing details, will be adjusted in the final edition according to the graphic criteria adopted by RIACT.

When writing the texts and preparing the artistic proposals, the use of Chicago Style is expected as the preferred referencing system, although we allow the choice between “author-date” or “quote-note” systems. If the option is for the latter, we suggest the use of footnotes. Texts are submitted in Arial or Times New Roman, character-size 12, line spacing 1.15.

Abstract and Keywords

  • An abstract of 250 words, with translation into English or French, summarizing key concepts and arguments explored in the research proposal.
  • A judicious set of five keywords, that is, the paper’s five most representative notions.

Introduction and Development

  • An Introduction should present the main arguments to be made, the key notions under research, the materials and methods used, as well as a brief presentation of the article’s development.
  • A robust development is based on the description of the notions proposed by author in critical relation with other relevant authors, supported by quotations with an autonomous but consistent value, according to the accepted practice within academic circles.


We suggest the article include a generous set of images that are aesthetically relevant to the theme in point, taking into account the following aspects: The images are submitted with the author’s permission of reproduction, except in cases where they do not require such procedures and have the appropriate legal framework. Authors may submit up to fifteen (15) images (color or black and white) in tiff or jpeg format, with a minimum of 300 dpis. Images must be submitted in a separate folder with clearly labeled documents for this purpose.

Images that do not possess the required technical specifications will not be considered. On the other hand, in cases where submitted images are found to lack artistic quality and aesthetic relevance in relation to the themes of a given edition, the Scientific Committee can refuse them and suggest their replacement. 

As a rule, images should be labeled as follows, notwithstanding the need to allow for necessary adaptations in specific cases:

1. Image of painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, installation, Comics, Public Art, other


Author; Title in italics (or without title in italics); media; materials; dimensions; year of production; physical or virtual place of presentation (public or private) or conservation of the work; photographic credits.

2. Photographic image


Author; Title in italics (or untitled);
used photographic technique; used materials in the public presentation of the photography (if justified); year of production; physical or virtual place of presentation (public or private) or conservation of the work (if justified).

3. Motion picture (Video, Cinema, Graphic Novel)


Name of the artist or person responsible for producing the work; Title in italics (or Untitled); exact time of the presented still frame; year of production; physical or virtual place of presentation (public or private) or conservation of the work (if justified).

Final Considerations

Critical presentation of the research results supporting the author’s perspective and further possibilities of inquiry.


Set of bibliographic references used or mentioned in the article.


Set of web references accessed or mentioned in the article.