About us

Convergences – Journal of Research and Arts Education, has Open Access Jornal and is a scientific research journal with E-ISSN and double-blind peer review, which publishes papers in the areas of design, music and visual arts.

The Convergences Journal publishes free of charge, in open access, the original results evaluated by peers, which explain experiences and results from research and practice in the areas of design, music and the visual arts. Through Original papers, Case Reports or Review Papers, by by professionals researchers and scholarly contributors, it promotes knowledge related to the activities of design, music and other visual arts in all its domains of application, as well as its history, its teaching and learning.

The authors and readers of this journal are mainly professionals, students, researchers and scholars from all fields of design, music and visual arts at an international level.

This is an open access journal, which means that all content is available free of charge, at no cost to the user or their institution. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without prior permission from the editor or author, within the BOAI's definition of open access.




We are committed to the importance of research in the areas of design, music, and visual arts, individually and in their intersections and convergences.
Research through and from practice has an exploratory character which can catalyze innovative results from ways of thinking, practice experience and user-centred approaches.

On the other hand, teaching practices foster the systematization of knowledge, promoting better pedagogy and engaging learning environments, interfaces, and tools, to improved comprehension, retention, and fruition. 

Research based on existing knowledge makes it possible to gather, sort and correlate scattered results and data, enhancing them in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary way.

Design, music and art issues of disciplinary or interdisciplinary nature, among their different fields of application, providing analysis, development and discussion of fundamental aspects. Including history and theory, enabling a better understanding of the issues, methods, practices and concepts of each discipline.
Applied results, from educational, cultural, social, aesthetic and symbolic approaches, considering namely current challenges and transdisciplinary approaches.

The convergences of design, music and visual arts are relevant to the study of methods, principles, practices and experiences. In addition, it allows for a better understanding of technological advances and their intersections with other areas of knowledge and artistic approaches, expanding creative possibilities and pointing to new research perspectives, skills and methodologies. In this way, progress is made towards a deeper understanding of the cognitive, social and cultural dimensions of the teaching, practice and understanding of design, music and visual arts.



Convergences is published in May and November of each year and accepts papers written in Portuguese, English or Spanish.


Call for papers

Call for papers is permanently open. We are use the end of March submissions as the reference for the May issue and September submissions as the reference for the November issue.


Aim and scope

Act as an international forum for discussion between academic researchers and industry practitioners, reporting new research, principles, procedures or techniques relevant to design, visual arts and musicology/music.

We aim to disseminate new theoretical perspectives, new practices, processes, methods and techniques that result from project-grounded research, theory and teaching experience or from other relations between existing data, with applicable results in the areas of design, visual arts and musicology/music.


Peer Review Process

Convergências Journal has adopted the double-blind peer review system. The editor makes a first analysis of the submitted manuscripts, ensuring their suitability to Convergências' scope and editorial policy, anonymity, article presentation format according to the guidelines and template for articles, and potential for publication. If approved at this stage, the manuscript is sent for evaluation by two or more reviewers.
Articles are submitted to a maximum of three rounds of review, not to exceed five months. The evaluation process is double-blind, protecting the identity of authors and reviewers, ensuring impartiality in the peer review system.
The evaluation is done by PhDs (national and international) with experience in the subject matter of the submitted manuscripts.


Plagiarism Checking Policy

The editorial team uses a specific software for plagiarism checking before the manuscript is sent to the peer review process. In cases where plagiarism is incurred, Convergências Journal adopts the Principles of Ethics and negligence statement provided in its Ethics statement, which follows the recommendations of Elsevier, SciELO and the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE.
All submissions are submited to Turnitin service for plagiarism checking.


Open Access Policy

Convergências promotes and offers immediate open access without the need to register for reading, being allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or reference partially or entirely the texts, process them for indexing, as input data for software programs, or use them for any other legal purpose, without financial barrier, within the legal and technical framework. Articles submitted to Convergências - Revista de Investigação e Ensino das Artes are licensed under CC BY. Detailed information can be found at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

You have the right to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially.
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Authors can share articles and deposit them in institutional repositories or academic social networks.



Convergências journal is digitally preserved by OJS/PKP Preservation Network (PKP PN).

In addition to exporting metadata to various databases, since 2020, all Convergences Journal articles are deposited in the SciELO Portugal collection and in the Scientific Repository of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, also in Open Access. Convergences is listed on Sherpa/Romeo and on the Internet Archive.
The printed version of the Journal is delivered to the ISSN National Centre of the National Library of Portugal, as well as to the catalogue of the Library of the School of Applied Arts of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco.
Authors can self-archive, namely by deposit in institutional or thematic repository (Preprint, Accepted Manuscript or Published Article), as well as in social networks, namely dedicated to research.


We do not include any kind of advertisements from entities outside the IPCB. Our policy of almost zero advertising has as exception the promotion of research congresses in the scope of our journal and that are an initiative of the IPCB, without conflict of interest between advertising and the content published by us.


E-ISSN (Online) 1646-9054
ISSN (Print) 2184-0180