Launched in 2005, Brazilian Journalism Research (BJR) is a scientific journal published by the Brazilian Association of Researchers in Journalism (SBPJor). It was initially published twice a year and has always been an open access publication.
BJR has always been concerned with the internationalization of Brazilian research. The journal originally published its articles only in English, but as of 2008, it became a bilingual periodical, and has been publishing its articles in both English and Portuguese.
In 2008, BJR began to publish exclusively on the internet. In that same year, the journal initiated an indexing process in databases. To date, the journal is indexed in the following 26 databases and data repositories, both multidisciplinary and exclusive to Social Science journals and periodicals: .
In 2013, BJR began to publish texts in the Spanish language, adding them to the Portuguese edition of the journal. Starting that year, all articles published in the journal must include a Spanish version of the abstract. Another recent development was the inclusion of BJR in the list of journals recommended by the French National Agency for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (AERES) in the field of Information and Communication Sciences.
2014 marked the magazine's tenth anniversary and to further promote its internationalization, BJR started to work all year round. Another change was the addition of more collaborators. Besides the numerous peer reviewers, reviewers, and translators, BJR is open to renowned researchers in the area who are interested in proposing Dossiers on specific themes. This is done with the goal of encouraging publication of unpublished articles by authors from Brazil and abroad.
In 2017, BJR switched to publishing three editions per year (April, August, and December). In this same year it also adopted APA as a citation standard, in line with of other internationally recognized journals.
In 2018, BJR was accepted for indexing in Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), Social Science Database (ProQuest) and the REDIB platform (Ibero-American Network for Innovation and Scientific Knowledge).
In 2019, the journal’s editorial committee started performing desk reviews of all submitted articles. It also started to invest in open science initiatives, such as making reviews of articles accepted by the journal available and publishing the research data in an open repository.
Moreover, since 2020 the journal has accepted the submission of preprints. Lastly, in 2021, BJR was accepted and integrated into the SciELO Brasil database.