About the Journal

GEOTECNIA was first published in 1971. Its founder was Úlpio Nascimento and its first Director was José Folque. Since that date it has been continuously published, with three issues per year. As of March 2007, it has been edited jointly by the Geotechnical societies of Portugal and Brazil, and as of July 2014, it has been edited by the Geotechnical societies of Portugal, Brazil and Spain.


Sociedade Portuguesa de Geotecnia

Cooperation in publication:
Associação Brasileira de Mecânica dos Solos e Engenharia Geotécnica
Sociedad Española de Mecánica del Suelo e Ingeniería Geotécnica

Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra

Supporting companies:
BELGO GeoTech, belgogeotech.com.br
COBA – Geologia e Geotecnia, www.coba.pt
DF+, dfmais.eng.br
GEOBRUGG – Geoharzard Solutions, www.geobrugg.com
GEOCONTROLE – Geotecnia e Estruturas de Fundação, www.geocontrole.pt
HUESKER, www.huesker.com.br
JETsj, www.jetsj.com
MACCAFERRI, www.maccaferri.com.br
TECNILAB PORTUGAL, www.tecnilab.pt
TEIXEIRA DUARTE – Engenharia e Construções, teixeiraduartecontrucao.com
TPF – Consultores de Engenharia e Arquitectura, www.tpf.pt


Editorial Policy:

The journal accepts research articles, case-study articles, state-of-the-art review articles, technical notes and discussions of previously published papers, in all domains related to Geotechnical Engineering - Soil Mechanics, Rock Mechanics, Geosynthetics, Environmental Geotechnics and Engineering Geology - in a broad interpretation of this field, with theoretical and / or practical contributions.

Papers must be written in Portuguese or Spanish. The works are rigorously reviewed by peers, with the consultation of at least two reviewers, a process that aims to ensure the relevance, innovation and updated information of the papers.


Peer Review Process

All items accepted by the Editorial Board will be submitted to a system of anonymous referees, entrusted to two external reviewers. If necessary, a third reviewer will be auscultated. In light of advice received the Editorial Board may determine that the authors adopt the suggestions contained in them and, ultimately, may decline to accept the text.


Open Access Policy

This journal offers immediate free access to its contents. We strongly believe that free and public access to scientific knowledge is fundamental for democratizing that knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and allows them to create permanent archives of the journal for its preservation and restoration


Fees for submission and articles publication

Geotecnia journal doesn't charge any fee from authors to articles submission, peer review, revision, journal publishing, and distribution, publication and download in the World Wide Web. 



The Editors, Reviewers and Authors of Geotecnia journal have the duties of ethical behaviour and compliance with rules of good practice.



When submitting a work to Geotecnia journal, the corresponding author ensures that: 1. all authors of the work are nominated and agree to the submission; 2. the submitted work is original and has not been previously published; 3. the work is not submitted to any other means of publication; 4. the same investigation is not described in another publication; 5. all publications relevant to the work are properly cited; 6. there is no form of plagiarism in the submitted work; 7. that any significant errors or inaccuracies eventually detected are immediately communicated to the Editors and the authors will collaborate with the Editors to correct them.



The Editors ensure that: 1. the submitted works are evaluated for their value and merit, without prejudice of any kind, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religious, political philosophy; 2. the responsibility of the publication is the Editor's, based on their opinion, and / or that of the other editors and / or the peer reviews to which the submitted work is subject; 3. information about a submitted work is only revealed to other editors, reviewers of the work and authors; 4. no unpublished information will be used without the express consent of the author; 5. complaints regarding a submitted or published work are analysed by the editors and reasonable measures are taken.



The Reviewers (academic peers) ensure that: 1. they undertake to assist the editors in order to guarantee the quality of the published works, collaborating with them with suggestions for the improvement of the submitted works; 2. the submitted works are evaluated by their value and merit, without prejudice of any kind, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religious, political philosophy; 3. all works received for review are treated with confidentiality; 4. no unpublished information will be used without the express consent of the author; 5. the review of the works is objective, resulting in clear indications and supported by arguments; 6. criticisms are not directed at the authors; 7. reviews of papers for which the reviewer feels without qualifications or without the possibility of being completed promptly are declined; 8. reviews of works in which conflicts of interest are identified with the authors or companies or institutions related to the works are declined.