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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


The Brazilian Journal of Environmental Sciences (Revista Brasileira de Ciências Ambientais – RBCIAMB) publishes full articles of original scientific papers or review papers with relevance to the area of Environmental Sciences. RBCIAMB prioritizes articles with perspective and interdisciplinary themes. The central focus of the magazine is the discussion of issues that fall within the broad relation of society and nature, involving environmental aspects in development, technology, and conservation processes.

RBCIAMB does not publish simple diagnostics, which are applications of known techniques and constitute technical works that do not contribute to the advancement of science. Likewise, bibliometric analyses will not be published in the journal, as it is understood that bibliometrics is a means activity, not an end. A bibliometric analysis can be published if it is included in the literature review of an article. Also, strictly disciplinary works will not be accepted, circumscribed predominantly in a field of knowledge, without interface with other areas and without convergence of various knowledge.

Papers presented at congresses must have substantial modifications and alterations for submission to the journal, with at least 50% different content.



For submissions made from 02/01/2020, the publication will be only in English. Submission may be in English or Portuguese and, if approved, the authors must provide the final English version.   


Structure and Formatting

Title, Abstract and Keywords:

The Portuguese text must also contain title, abstract and keywords in English.

The English text must also contain title, abstract and keywords in Portuguese (Brazil). 

Abstract: with a maximum of 250 words in the text language.

The paper must be formatted in page size A-4, margins of 3 cm to the left and top and of 2 cm to the bottom and right; Times New Roman font, size 12 and the spacing between lines should be 1.5. The pages must be properly numbered and the full article must have a maximum of 25 pages.

At the time of submission, when entering the authors in the System, it is mandatory to inform: full name, e-mail, ORCID, title, complete institutional link containing institution, function, city, country. This information should only appear in the System, filled in at the time of registration. IMPORTANT: do not put this information in the body of the article when sending the original contribution.

For submissions from 10/15/2020, the authors should insert an attached document with the following information (in item 2. Upload submission - Select article component - Other):

a) whether or not there is a conflict of interest

b) source of funding

c) contribution of the authors (Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal Analysis, Funding, acquisition, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Resources, Software, Supervision, Validation, Visualization, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing)



From 10/15/2020 the references must be presented at the end of the manuscript, in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author, model authors, date. The Brazilian Journal of Environmental Sciences  (Revista Brasileira de Ciências Ambientais) adopts the Chicago standars with adaptations (Chicago Manual of Style).

All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references that must be organized alphabetically in the names of the authors and chronologically by author. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of the author's names and dates are exactly the same as in the text as in the reference list.

The text refers to the author's name (without initial) and year of publication, followed - if necessary - by a brief reference to the appropriate pages.

If the reference is made in the text to a publication written by more than two authors, the name of the first author should be used followed by "et al". This indication, however, should never be used in the reference list. In this list should be mentioned names of first authors and co-authors.

The use of DOI is highly recommended. In the test phase, the data that are missing from the references will be requested from the authors for correction. References should be organized according to the following examples:


Citation in the Text

One author:
In paragraph  Schultz (2020) or
Between parentheses: (Schultz, 2020)

Two authors:
In paragraph Schultz and Luz (2020) or
Between parentheses: (Schultz and Luz, 2020)

Three or more authors:
In paragraph:  Mello et al. (2020)
Between parentheses: (Mello et al., 2020)
Documents by the same author, published the same year:
In paragraph:  Brazil (2020a, 2020b) or
Between parentheses: (Brazil, 2020a, 2020b)

Citation with page number

One page: Schultz and Luz (2020, p. 201)

Page interval: (Schultz and Luz, 2020, pp. 201-210)

Reference List

Article in a  Journal
Soares, R.; Silva, S.; Souza Filho, F.; Studart, T.; Frota, R., 2020. Groundwater vulnerability to agrochemical contamination. Brazilian Journal of Environmental Sciences (Online), v. 55, (4), 440 - 455. https://doi.org/10.5327/10.5327/Z2176-947820200531.
Gaugh, Jr., H.G., 1992. Statistical Analysis of Regional Field Trials. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 278 pp.

Book Chapter

Cox, G.; Lowe, P.; Winter, M., 1990. The political management of the dairy sector in England and Wales. In: Marsden, T.; Little, J. (Eds.), Political, Social and Economic Perspectives on the International Food System. Avebury, Aldershot, pp. 82-111.

Dalberto, G., 2020. Coloniality and Security: discourses and practices of security sector reform in Liberia. Doctoral Thesis, Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo. doi:10.11606/T.8.2020.tde-04112020-212829. Retrieved 2020-11-05, from www.teses.usp.br


Brasil. Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente – CONAMA. 2005. Resolução CONAMA n. 357, de 17 de março de 2005. Diário Oficial da União, Brasília.

Washington State Department of Ecology, 2020. Washington Geospatial Open Data Portal (Accessed November 15, 2019) at:. http://geo.wa.gov/datasets.


Billing System

The Brazilian Journal of Environmental Sciences, charges a fee of R$ 200.00 for article submission, through the PayPal system, but does not charge an article processing fee.

  • The fee is for non-ABES members. In case the author is a partner, send an e-mail to rbciamb@abes-dn.org.br informing one’s ABES registration number for exemption from the fee. Join ABES: http://socio.abes-dn.org.br/
  • Note: The submission fee will not be refunded in case the manuscript is refused, and the payment of the fee does not guarantee its acceptance.
  • Regarding the translation, the authors can count on the service of the Zeppelini Editorial team, or any other company that they deem appropriate, in both cases negotiating the costs directly.


The articles undergo an initial screening with the Plagius software to check for plagiarism


Articles submitted to RBCIAMB will undergo pre-evaluation, according to the criteria informed in Tables 1 and 2. The response to the authors regarding the pre-evaluation will be within 15 days. If approved in this stage, they will be forwarded to ad-hoc reviewers, external to RBCIAMB, in the “double-blind assessment” system. In case the reviewers request changes, they must be made within a period of up to 30 days or at the discretion of the Editor. The responsible author should send a corrected version of the manuscript highlighting the changes made (remembering to, if using the Word reviewer, hide the authors’ identification). The Editor is responsible for the final decision.


Table 1 – Pre-evaluation






PERTINENCE - the central theme of the article is the environment


RELEVANCE – the article presents a significant scientific contribution to the area, and demonstrates this


INEDITISM - there is no plagiarism. If the article has already been presented at a conference, the version for the journal must be at least 50% different from the conference article


ETHICS - the work does not make undue promotion or criticism of an individual, organization and/or product


WRITING - the work is written in good Portuguese, with a logical structure and in a clear and concise manner


SCOPE – the article demonstrates its insertion in the scope of the journal, demonstrating its relationship with works already published in it

If at least one answer to the six items above is negative, the article must be rejected


Table 2 - Evaluation







TITLE (appropriate to the content of the article) - adherence to the scope of the journal (environmental theme)





RESUMO - highlights the objective, the methodology, and the results (in Portuguese)





ABSTRACT - properly uses the English language and reflects the contents of the resumo





Palavras-chave (keywords) - pertinent and do not repeat title terms











It presents the theme in a problematic way





Demonstrates an overview of the literature, that is, an approach of the literature to highlight the gap that the work intends to fill





Presents the importance of the work done





At the end of the introduction, the objective of the article is presented





Objective is aligned with the work title





Objective is formulated with a single verb and in the infinitive






Literature review (incorporated in the introduction)





Features exhaustive research on what has already been published on the subject





Harmonizes various points of view





Provides a panoramic view of the literature





Features current references





It is not merely conceptual





Presents similar works (raises the state of the art on the subject)





Addresses national and international authors





Follows structure of ideas according to FUNNEL (from general to specific)





It makes interconnection between Items: opening, closing, connection between items.






MATERIAL AND METHODS / Methodological Procedures





Does the description of the procedures explicitly explain how all objectives were met?





Was the procedure DETAILED ENOUGH to be reproduced in other studies?





Have the procedures for data collection been presented?





How WAS the DATA ANALYSIS described?











The applied methods were described previously





The results presented are discussed





Tables are used to facilitate understanding of the results





Figures are used to facilitate understanding of the results





The discussion of the results is of good quality, presenting coherence, pertinence, and originality in the argument and reflection











Are clearly established





Are supported by the work’s data





Are relevant to the state of the art





Generalizations are restricted to the sample universe











Work has at least 50% of bibliographic references and citations from articles published in quality scientific journals





Work has at least 25% of bibliographic references and citations from articles published in international scientific journals





This work has at least 50% of bibliographic references and citations from articles published in scientific journals in the last five years