About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Translation Matters is a twice-yearly peer-reviewed journal published by the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto. It explores all aspects of translation, ranging from the theoretical and descriptive to the practical and technical. It thus welcomes: descriptive studies of translated texts in different languages, periods, cultures and media; theoretical articles about translational issues; papers relating to the practice of translation in different domains (technical, pragmatic, literary, scientific, legal, audiovisual, etc.), interpreting, translator training and translation pedagogy, research methods in Translation Studies and translation technologyOur target audience includes, primarily, of scholars of Translation Studies, Cultural Studies, Literature, Linguistics and Intermediality.

It aims to be, above all, a platform for young researchers, a staging post in their trajectory to the wider world of international Translation Studies. Thus, irrespective of the editorial decision, all authors will be given advice about how their articles can be improved.

ISSN: 2184-4585


Ethics and malpractice statement

All parties involved in the publishing (authors, editors and reviewers) are expected to confirm to principles of publication ethics. Translation Matters is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (COPE) published on the website https://publicationethics.org/core-practices.

Autors’ responsibilities

The manuscripts submitted for publication must be the result of entirely original and unpublished research. All data included in the manuscript must be real and authentic. Plagiarism, multiple publications, as well as manipulation of data constitutes serious ethical misconduct. The authors must adequately cite content reproduced from other published research, as well as identify in the bibliography the original sources that have contributed to the content of the manuscript. The authors must not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to another journal unless they are notified of its rejection.

Reviewers’ responsibilities

Information regarding papers submitted must be confidential. The reviewers must not use data from unpublished papers—including unaccepted manuscripts—in their own research and must objectively judge the quality of the paper. The reviewers must specify their critiques and be objective in their commentaries; all observations must be formulated clearly. The reviewers confirm that there is no conflict of interest with respect to the articles they review. If the selected reviewer feels unqualified to review the research submitted, s/he should refuse to participate in the review process. If the reviewer cannot complete the review within the stipulated time, s/he should communicate this to the editor immediately.

Editorial Team’s responsibilities

The editors must be impartial in the treatment of manuscripts submitted for publication and are obliged to maintain confidentiality on the papers received until they are published. They must not use data from unpublished papers—including unaccepted manuscripts—in their own research. The Editorial Team must ensure that the manuscripts are evaluated by at least two experts in the field (double-blind process) and solely on the basis of academic merits. The editors must always recognise the authors’ right to respond in case their manuscript has been evaluated negatively and must always act in a balanced, objective, and fair way toward all the authors without any discrimination. In the event of disagreement between the reviewers, the editors must request another review from a different reviewer. If errors are found, the editors must ensure a publication of an erratum or retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary, preserving the anonymity of reviewers. The editors confirm that there is no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject or accept. The Editorial Team must adopt reasonable procedures in the event of complaints from the authors and should prevent the publication of manuscripts where research misconduct has occurred, including but not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, citation manipulation, conflict of interests, fault in transparency, and data falsification, among others

Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the Editorial Team at any time by anyone. The Editorial Team is open to publishing corrections, clarifications, and apologies when needed. 

In the event that journal’s editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal, they must follow COPE’s guidelines in dealing with allegations: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices.



The journal is indexed in Scopus, MLA International Bibliography, Latindex Catálogo 2.0, ERIH Plus, Ulrichsweb, SHERPA/RoMEO, Crossref, ROAD, RCAAP, Communication & Mass Media Index, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, and MIAR.

Publication Frequency

Translation Matters is published twice a year (in June-July and in November-December). 

Reviewing process

  1. Authors submit their manuscripts to our platform: https://ojs.letras.up.pt/index.php/tm/about/submissions. Every article will be initially reviewed by an Associate Editor who will coordinate the revision process. If the article is in line with the scope of Translation Matters and meets the formal requirements, it will be sent to experts (referees).
  2. The referees are external experts who will send a report to the journal suggesting modifications or rejecting the manuscript publication. Translation Matters employs double-blind reviewing (authors and reviewers remain anonymous throughout the process). Each submitted article is reviewed by at least two experts.
  3. The decision adopted should be one of the next:
    • Acceptance without modifications.
    • Acceptance with minor changes.
    • Major changes. The modified manuscript should be reviewed again.
    • Rejection

The authors will receive the referees' comments and the Associate Editor’s report about the decision.

Translation Matters has an international team of reviewers that is periodically updated according to the manuscripts received for evaluation. The reviewers are experts in the subjects covered by the journal, who carry out an in-depth double-blind peer-review of the articles.

Originality and Plagiarism

Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original works. Plagiarism is unacceptable: manuscripts submitted to Translation Matters are screened for detection of plagiarism using Turnitin Software.


The  articles  published  in  this  journal  are  covered  by  the  Creative  Commons “AttributionNonCommercial-NoDerivs”  license (see http://creativecommons.org).  They may be reproduced in their entirety as long as Translation Matters is credited, a link to the journal’s web page is provided, and no charge is imposed. The articles may not be reproduced in part or altered in form, or a fee charged, without the journal’s permission. Copyright remains solely with individual authors. The authors should let the journal Translation Matters know if they wish to republish.

No publication fees

There are no publication fees. The publication of papers in the journal does not grant any remuneration, nor does the evaluation or editing process involve any cost to the authors.

Translation Matters does not accept advertising.

Open Access Policy

This journal offers immediate open access to all its content, following the principle that making scientific knowledge available for free to everyone is a way of contributing to worldwide knowledge democracy. 

File hosting

This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create a distributed hosting system between participating libraries and allows them to create permanent copies of the journal for perservation and restoration

Submitted version / Accepted version / Published version of the paper is deposited in Digithéke (revistas da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto = journals of Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto).

The contents of the summaries in electronic format are accessible by OAI-PMH: https://ojs.letras.up.pt/index.php/tm/oai.