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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management / Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada is a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes articles dealing with all the subjects related to coastal management, namely focused on coastal oceanography (physical, geological, chemical, biological), engineering, economy, sedimentology, sociology, ecology, history, pollution, laws, biology, anthropology, chemistry, politics, etc.

Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management / Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada (JICZM / RGCI) publishes Research articles, Review articles, Case studies, Technical notes, Comments, Corrigenda and Book Reviews. In order to reach the international audience, the authors are strongly encouraged to submit their work in English

Original manuscripts should be submitted as attached files to an e-mail message sent either to rgci.editor@ualg.pt, one of the editors, or to aprh@aprh.pt. All further correspondence will be made via e-mail.

Article Type

Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management / Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada (JICZM / RGCI) publishes Research articles, Review articles, Case studies, Technical notes, Comments, Corrigenda and Book Reviews (as much as possible written in English).

Research articles report new results from original research work within the scope of the journal. Manuscripts may include supplementary information i.e. raw data that support the findings, as well as other complementary material (photographs, tables, figures, small descriptive texts, …) that facilitate better article understanding. A good research paper has a clear statement of the problem the paper is addressing, the description of the work done, and results achieved. It puts clearly the research done within the scope of state of the art .

Review articles summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the scope of the journal. They should bring up the most important current topics or present interpretative and critical accounts, but not simple compilation, on subjects of general interest. They should provide a summary of the major discoveries and the work that is being done in the field.

Case studies are articles that can cover a wide range of subjects, from the local to regional or national level, but do not compulsorily contain new scientific research results of broad international interest. These articles should treated as a way of exchange of information among the coastal stakeholders .

Technical notes are articles giving a brief description of novel aspects of experimental and theoretical methods, techniques or procedures relevant for scientific research on coastal zones. Manuscripts of this type should be short (a few pages only). Highly detailed and specific technical information such as computer programme code or user manuals can be included as Supplementary Information to the Technical Note.

Comments (and replies thereon) continue the discussion of published papers. They undergo the same process of peer-review and publication. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to".

Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR.

Book Reviews that are intended to have two goals: to inform the reader about the content of the book, and to provide an evaluation of the book’s quality.

Preparing a manuscript for submission

By submitting an article to JICZM / RGCI you are trying to communicate the conclusions of your work to the international scientific community. Thus, the most important part of an article is the conclusion. Conclusions must be important enough to be communicated to researchers from around the world and fairly concise and objective, avoiding extensive considerations (which must be in other parts of the manuscript or in Supporting Information).
Thus, the article body should only contain what is essential to justify and support the conclusions. All other relevant material must be included in the Supporting Information (a kind of attachments).
Here are some things to keep in mind in crafting a manuscript for a typical Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management / Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada submission:

Titles should be no more than 200 characters.
Text should start with a brief introduction describing the paper's significance and a short state-of-art description, followed by the objectives of the work (that must be in complete coherence with the conclusions).
Tables should be embedded directly in the manuscript file. In the article body only small tables are acceptable. Larger tables should appear in Supporting Information. Each table should include a legend before that table.
Figures should be embedded directly in the manuscript file. In the article body only a limited amount of figures is enabled. Figures that are not essential to understand and justify the conclusions should appear in Supporting Information. Each figure should include a legend in the line following that figure. Photos and graphics should be included in the figures
Symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms should be defined the first time they are used.
All tables and figures should be cited in numerical order.
References should be arranged accordingly to the journal style [see the corresponding section]. Authors should avoid as much as possible the use of grey literature (thesis, dissertations, reports, white papers etc.).

Cover letter

The cover letter should include the following information:

Title (no more than 200 characters)
List of authors (with e-mail addresses) with affiliations that should include university, or organizational affiliation, department, address and country (do not include academic or professional qualifications).
Each author listed on the manuscript should have made a real and concrete contribution to the submission, and each person who contributed to the manuscript should be listed. The contributions of all authors must be described (as much as possible in a short phrase). Author lists should accurately reflect contributions to the work.
Type of the submitted manuscript (Research article / Review article / Case study / Technical note)
Suggestion of three to five potential accredited and independent referees (whose names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses should be provided) suitable to proceed to this manuscript review. These researchers should not be from the same region and, as far as possible, the major part of them should have a nationality other than the authors.
Statement declaring that the manuscript:
is original,
has not published before (except in the form of an abstract or a thesis),
is not under consideration for publication elsewhere,
do not configure situations of plagiarism (even auto-plagiarism),
submission has been approved by all authors
the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright
you have read and agree with the “Publication ethics and malpractice statement” (http://www.aprh.pt/rgci/ethics_eng.html) in what concerns the authors of articles.


For the initial submission the article must be sent in a single combined Word file containing manuscript text, figures and tables (that must be inserted in the appropriate place, with the caption). If the article contains equations, a supplementary pdf file should also be sent.
Manuscripts must be preferably submitted in English, although manuscripts in Portuguese or Spanish can also be accepted.
Prepare manuscripts to be submitted in the following form:

Manuscript text should be double-spaced.
Do not format text in multiple columns
Include page numbers and line numbers in the manuscript file.
Limit manuscript sections and sub-sections to 3 heading levels. Make sure heading levels are clearly indicated in the manuscript text.
Avoid footnotes. If your manuscript contains footnotes, move the information into the main text or the reference list, depending on the content.
Define abbreviations upon first appearance in the text. Do not use non-standard abbreviations unless they appear at least three times in the text. Keep abbreviations to a minimum.
When appropriate refer to Supporting Information. The article should be structured in relatively short texts. Longer texts should be in Supporting Information.
Manuscripts should be organized as follows.
Title (no more than 200 characters)
Abstract and resumo (for non Portuguese speaking authors the Editorial Board can take in charge the translation for Portuguese)
Introduction (with shorts state-of-art and characterization of the working area if needed). In this item more detailed longer texts should be transferred to Supporting Information.
Materials and Methods (can be renamed as needed). In this item more detailed longer texts should be transferred to Supporting Information.
Results. In this item more detailed longer texts, figures and tables not strictly essential to support the conclusions should be transferred to Supporting Information.
Discussion. In this item more detailed longer texts, figures and tables not strictly essential to support the conclusions should be transferred to Supporting Information.
Conclusions, that must be fairly concise and objective.
Acknowledgments (optional).

Supporting Information

Supporting Information (SI) is auxiliary to the main content of the article and is equally accessible in Internet.
There are no restrictions on word count, number of figures, or amount of supporting information.
In the submission you should send Supporting Information as one single file or as individual, standalone files.
Supporting Information items should be roman numbered, have a short name (SI-I_Name; SI-II_Name; …). We highly recommend including a one-line title as well. Each item may or may not have multiple components (text, figures, tables, etc.).
We recommend that you cite SI in the manuscript text, but this is not a requirement. If you cite SI in the text, citations do not need to be in numerical order. Referring to an element within an SI file, such as a table or figure within a supporting text, cite it in one of the following ways: “Table A in SI-II”, “Figure X in SI-II”, “Text B in SI-III” or “data in SI-IV”.

Citations and references

All citations in the text should refer to:

Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
Two authors: both authors' names separated by "&" and the year of publication;
Three or more authors: first author's name followed by "et al." and the year of publication.
Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first chronologically, then alphabetically.

References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.

The name of the journals should not be abbreviated. Include the journal full name in italics. Format for volume, issue and pages is VV(ii):pp-pp (without spaces).

Journal Articles with DOI: Dias, J.A.; Boski, T.; Rodrigues, A.; Magalhães, F. (2000) – Coast line Evolution in Portugal since the Last Glacial Maximum until Present – A Synthesis. Marine Geology, 170(1-2):177-186. DOI: 10.1016/S0025-3227(00)00073-6

Journal Articles without DOI: Silva, J.S.; Costa, M. (2009) - Fisheries in Protected and Non-Protected areas: is it different? The case of Anomalocardia brasiliana at tropical estuaries of Northeast Brazil. Journal of Coastal Research (ISSN: 0749-0258), SI56:1454-1458, Lisboa, Portugal. Available on-line at http://e-geo.fcsh.unl.pt/ics2009/_docs/

Books and Monographs: Bruun, P.; Gerritsen, F. (1960) – Stability of Coastal Inlets. 123p., North-Holland Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISBN: 978-0720416015.

e-books: Dias, J.A. (2004) - A Conquista do Planeta Azul: o início do reconhecimento do oceano e do mundo. Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal. http://w3.ualg.pt/~jdias /JAD/e_b_CPAzul.html.

Book Chapters: Widmer, W.M. (2003) - Recreational boats and submerged marine debris in Sydney Harbour, Australia. In: Narendra K. Saxena (org.), Recent Advances in Marine Science and Technology, pp.565-575, PACON International, Honolulu, HI, USA. ISBN: 978-0963434357. Available on-line at http://nippon.zaidan.info/seikabutsu/2002/00223/contents/142.htm.

Dissertations: Polette, M. (1997) - Gerenciamento costeiro integrado: Proposta metodológica para a paisagem da microbacia de Mariscal – Bombinhas (SC). 499p., Dissertação de Doutorado, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianololis, SC, Brasil. Unpublished.

Unpublished reports: Costa, C.L. (1994) - Final report of sub-project A "Wind wave climatology of the Portuguese Coast". Instituto Hidrográfico/LNEC, Report 6/94-A, 80p., Lisboa, Portugal. Unpublished.

Internet – reports (e-reports): Rodrigues, R.; Brandão, C.; Costa, J.P. (2004) – A Cheia de 24 de Fevereiro de 2004 no Rio Ardila. 11p., Ministério das Cidades, Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente, Instituto da Água, Lisboa, Portugal. http://snirh.pt/snirh/download/relatorios/

Internet – reports with unidentified author (web sites): Instituto de Meteorologia (s/d) – Extremos Climatológicos. Instituto de Meteorologia, Lisboa, Portugal. In: http://www.meteo.pt/pt/oclima/extremos