The Journal of Contemporary Administration (Revista de Administração Contemporânea – RAC) was created in 1997 and is published bimonthly (continuous publication) by ANPAD (Brazilian Academy of Management), with open access to its full text (peer-reviewed) content online. Registered under ISSN 1982-7849 (online) and ISSN 1415-6555 (print version from 1997 to 2010)

RAC accepts submissions from research efforts supported by different approaches. The submitted texts must address contemporary issues of regional importance without losing sight of the articulations of the global context. Thus, the objective is to encourage debates, the development of public policies, and new forms of management in line with contemporary social challenges. Proposals for special issues by guests are encouraged and welcomed. Besides the Editorial, the journal publishes seven types of manuscripts: Theoretical-empirical Articles; Theoretical Essays; Methodological Articles; Provocations; Executive Letters; Technological Articles; and Cases for Teaching.

RAC is aligned with Open Science practices: data, materials, and open codes, in addition to the dissemination of additional information related to the editorial process. The journal is a member and subscribes to the principles of COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics. RAC seeks to be the leading academic journal on administration in debates involving organizations and society on contemporary issues, with high-quality, peer-reviewed contributions. Thus, RAC always works to be a reliable source of data, information, and knowledge. In addition, RAC, through its editorial scope, prioritizes works that explore topics relevant to society. And, for that, it uses the themes highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.

By positioning itself at the forefront of theoretical and methodological innovation, RAC assumes an interdisciplinary perspective aiming at articulations between the regional and the global. Scientific contributions that investigate and problematize significant issues of economic, social, and political concern are welcome, especially where these perspectives demand attention on ethical, diversity, responsibility, governance, and sustainability issues. We prioritize works that promote critical epistemological approaches, that expand conceptual boundaries, and articulate theory and practice in a symbiotic (and not binary) way and in an innovative way in the production of responsible knowledge, inside and outside the academy. The horizons of contemporary administration are broad and involve all areas of administration and their respective interdisciplinary relationships, but themes of special concern for RAC from an ethical and sustainable perspective include, among other possibilities:

  • Responsible management;
  • Human and social management in organizations;
  • Organizational strategies;
  • Organizational and individual behavior;
  • Marketing and consumption;
  • New technologies and information and communication systems;
  • Administration and education;
  • Teaching and research in administration;
  • Sustainability;
  • Market and society;
  • Finance, governance, and compliance;
  • Public administration;
  • City management;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Organizational and management theories;
  • Market and labor relations.

RAC seeks to promote communication between governmental, business and industrial, academic and non-governmental organizations, which are fundamental in solving problems related to societal problems involving management, with a regional emphasis on global articulation. It also seeks to advance interdisciplinary research of social relevance on contemporary issues such as applied technologies, climate change, biodiversity, environmental pollution and waste, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, diversity, inequality, poverty, the labor market, and sustainability.

To this end, we understand that contemporary management values a diverse range of theories, methods, and approaches, especially where they engage with research traditions, evolving debates, and new directions in management studies in urban contexts.

Note to readers: According to Open Science Policy, all datasets and materials published by RAC are available on our page at Harvard Dataverse.


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Contemporary Administration (RAC) is published bimonthly in the continuous publication model. RAC also adopts advanced publication in Early Access.

In order to disseminate works accepted for publication earlier than the standard production and issue release cycles, in August 2021 RAC has implemented an “Early Access” option. Articles accepted for publication, yet scheduled for release in a forthcoming issue, will be displayed on a specific “Early Access” page so the articles can be read and cited before their scheduled release in a specific issue.

The papers published as Early Access are final full-text, peer-reviewed, copyedited articles made available to the audience as soon as they are complete, and are published online before being assigned to a volume and issue of the journal. Early Access articles are considered fully complete, and once posted online are considered to be fully published and no further changes can be made by the authors. If there is an error in a paper published as Early Access, it would need to be corrected with an erratum. Early Access articles are fully citable since they are given a DOI, which allows them to be cited and tracked. After the article is assigned to an issue, the DOI remains the same and can continue to be used to cite the article.