MERCATOR, the Journal of Geography of the Federal University of Ceará, associated to the Post-graduation in Geography, aims to strengthen the channel of scientific dissemination in Brazilian Geography.

The print version was created in 2002 and in 2008 it was consolidated as an online journal, adopting a database made available by the IBICT (SEER / OJS) in order to broaden access to its public and facilitate the procedures for the referral  and analysis of the papers submitted. 

Online access broadens the Journal's scope of action, allowing free access to scientific output, both in the back issues (printed versions of the magazine available in PDF) and the recent online-only issues.

May MERCATOR continue to instigate reflections and analyzes, as evoked by its name, a homage to the great geographer who reformulated Geography in the sixteenth century.


MERCATOR is a privileged space for the dissemination of scientific works, resulting from in-depth research (Master's, Doctorate and similar) dealing with preeminent issues for academic society and the natural and social sciences.  


The target public are researchers in Physical and Human Geography, as well as in related sciences.


MERCATOR seeks to contribute to the dissemination of reflections on current issues related to geography, such as: environmental issues, modernization in the field, the use and conservation of natural resources, urban issues and the processes of metropolization, natural dynamics, social movements in the field and in the city, tourism and coastal transformation, regional problems, geoprocessing, globalization and development.


The Journal classifies collaborations according to the following sections:

  1. a) Technical-Scientific Articles: texts that contain complete reports of studies or research completed at least at the master's level.

At the discretion of the Editorial Committee, relevant articles and classic works of national and international dissemination may be published, in accordance with copyright rules.

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The Journal has been in continuous publication since 2017, with articles being published every month of the year. 

Review Process

This journal utilizes the Double Blind Peer Review process, where the names of both authors and reviewers are omitted.


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 Conflicts of Interest

In the case of a close relationship between people, institutions or places, attention must be increased to avoid a conflict of interest. In the art of evaluating a manuscript, involving authors and proofreaders, MERCATOR' editorship prioritizes establishing a policy to avoid involving people in personal relationships, friendships or adversity, as well as people and institutions.
This procedure aims to confer reliability to the process of analysis of the submitted material, with a consequent increase in the credibility of the published articles. In this sense, authors and reviewers are requested to contact the Editorial Board of the Journal in cases where the following are apparent:

. links and personal and institutional conflicts (of a family and partisan nature) between reviewers and authors;

. financial support obtained in the development of the work that may influence the reading and impair the reliability of the material produced.

The Adoption of Keywords

In order to ensure the optimal placement of the submitted article and to facilitate research with the new tools, special attention should be given when indicating the keywords in topic 3.4 (Submission Indexing), with a selection that is representative of the content of the work.

 Publishing Languages

With a view to its internationalization, MERCATOR strives to make works available, preferably, in English and Portuguese. The originals will be published in these two languages; on the request of an author it is possible to publish only in Spanish, French or English. 

The manuscripts must be written in accessible language, avoiding the theoretical jargon and mathematical formulations, as long as this does not detract from the quality of the work.


M524 - MERCATOR - year 1, n. 1 (jan./jul. 2002-. - Fortaleza: UFC, 2002

ISSN: 1676-8329 (2002 - 2008)
electronic ISSN: 1984-2201 (2007- present)
Semestral (2002-2007)
Quarterly (2008 - present)
Trimestral (2016)
Continuous (2017 - present)

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MERCATOR follows the recommendations outlined in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines and the principles described in Core practice:, which intend to prevent plagiarism, self-plagiarism, falsification, and data fabrication resulting from ethics violations.

This scientific misconduct produces works based on the presentation of false data, the manipulation of data, procedures, and results, as well as the misappropriation of ideas from third parties without the appropriate acknowledgment.
The following are indicated to implement action to inhibit such conduct:

1. COPE best practices and guidance ( ) should be consulted and followed;

2. Procedures should be adopted to ensure compliance with the criteria, specifically the use of software and/or plagiarism detection mechanisms. The results generated by these processes shall support the decisions made by editors and the editorial board on whether to proceed with a peer review and, consequently, whether or not to initiate the submission evaluation process. The article's final approval is the sole responsibility of the editors and the editorial board, and rejection can occur both before and after publication. In the latter case, the article will be retracted or removed together with an explanatory note.

MERCATOR's adherence to this policy promotes ethics and integrity in scientific practice, based on impersonality, transparency, and confidentiality and also the preservation of the rights of the authors, reviewers, and institutions involved in the publication of the magazine.



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Creative Commons License CC-BY

MERCATOR adopts the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (CC-BY) license that permits distribution, remixing, adaption and creation based on its work, even for commercial purposes, provided that the author's credit is verified in the manner specified by the CSP.