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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.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, Libreoffice, RTF, Latex or PDF document file format and were prepared with the template available at the journal website.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The contribution is written in Portuguese or Spanish.
  • The work is suited to the scope of the journal.
  • The title is concise and sufficiently descriptive.
  • The abstract reflects the content of the work.
  • Keywords are appropriate and indicative of the content of the work.
  • The objectives are clear and well defined.
  • The work is well organized.
  • The description of commercial products or their use, if any, is done in an objective manner and does not represent a form of advertising for them.
  • The quality of writing and presentation is correct/appropriate.
  • All figures and tables are really needed.
  • The dimension of the work is appropriate to the type of work and its technical-scientific contribution.
  • The conclusions are presented clearly and are consistent with the objective and content of the work.
  • Units of the International System are used.
  • All tables and figures are cited in the text.
  • The quality of the figures is adequate.
  • The symbols used are the internationally standardized or traditionally used.
  • The symbols in the tables and figures coincide with those used in the text.
  • All symbols used in the text, figures and tables have been properly defined.
  • All works cited in the text are listed in the reference list.
  • Data on each cited reference is presented in full, in journal style and including URLs when available.

Author Guidelines

1.     Rules for the presentation of texts

  • The titles of articles should be presented in capital letters, Times New Roman, Bold, 16 points, left aligned and not exceeding three lines
  • The titles of articles in English should be presented in lower case, in Times New Roman, normal, 14-point font and aligned to the left.
  • Authors' names should appear with the following organization: First(s) Name(s) and Surname(s) in Times New Roman, normal, 11-point format. Next to each name, a footnote should be created with the e-mail contact and ORCID of the author. In addition, the institutional affiliation of each author, demarcated by the equivalent footnote call, should be entered below in Times New Roman, normal, size 9. For example:


  • First Name(s) and Surname(s)a, First Name(s) and Surname(s)b, First Name(s) and Surname(s)c

    a Department of Civil Engineering, University of ... ..., Country.
    b National Institute of ... ..., Country
    c Company, Country


  • RESUMO – Summary of the work written in Portuguese in Times New Roman font, 9 points. It should be written concisely and should not exceed ten lines (about 150 words).
  • ABSTRACT – Summary of the work written in English, Times New Roman font, 9 points.
  • Palavras-chave – Three words or expressions, written in Portuguese, Times New Roman, 8 points.
  • Keywords – Three words or expressions, written in English, in Times New Roman, 8 points.


2.     Introduction 

  • Title in capital letters, in Times New Roman, 10 point size, bold, leaving a space before and after the title with a size of 10 points.
  • Text of the article written in Portuguese and in the third person. The paper should be written with single line spacing, in Times New Roman font, size 10 points, and organized into sections and subsections. The corresponding titles and subtitles should be placed to the left of the page margins: left - 2.5 cm; right - 4.5 cm; top - 2 cm and bottom - 7 cm (as in this document).
  • In total the article should not exceed thirty pages.
  • All section and sub-section titles should be numbered sequentially. Figures, charts and/or tables should be included throughout the article, after being called out in the text, and inserted in the most appropriate places, so that the space of each page of the article is filled, trying not to leave large blank spaces throughout the text and between successive pages.


3.     Title of second section - tables, figures and photographs

Charts, graphs, plants, figures and photographs should always be in black and white, and may include shades of grey with a good level of contrast. They should be inserted in the text of the article, centred and as far as possible, next to its reference in the text. The size of figures and tables should not exceed the size of the spot. Photographs should present clear contrasts and should be considered as figures. Tables should have their identification at the top and figures at the bottom.


Table 1 - Identification of table 1- should be placed at the top of the table and centered.

Example of a table


























If they have been scanned, they should be of good quality. Images with coloured areas according to colour scales, should present sufficient contrast between the various colours used, so that they are visible in a greyscale printout.


Fig. 1 - Identification of figure 1.


4.     Title of the third section - equations

Equations and mathematical expressions should be centred and numbered sequentially, with the equation number justified to the right, and written in brackets. Equations should be in the same font as the text, except if using the Word equation editor, in which case the font will be Cambria Math. Conventional symbols and units of the International System (SI) should be used. Symbols and variables used in equations should be identified in the text or below the equation (as for example equation 1). In the case of equations followed in several lines the numbering can be done in the line of the last equation. The following is an example of two equations with automatic numbering:

where a, b, f e g are ...(identification of their meaning); G1 and G2 are ... (identification) and A is ... (identification).


a. First subtitle of the third section - Times New Roman, 10 point, bold

b. Second subheading of the third section - Times New Roman, 10 point, bold

i. Subtitle - Times New Roman, 10 points, italic, bold

1. Subtitle - Times New Roman, 10 point, italic, normal


5.     Title of the fourth section - references

References cited throughout the text should be made by indicating the author's last name (without initials), followed by the year of publication in brackets, for example: Hall (2003), ASTM D 4254-00 (2000) and ENV ISO 10722-1 (1997). In case of two authors they should be cited as follows: Klosinsky and Rafalski (1994). For more than two authors: Whittle et al. (1994). When there is more than one reference to the same author(s) and the same year, suffixes a), b), etc. should be used.

All references called throughout the text should be listed at the end of the paper, in alphabetical order, in the bibliographical references section. All references should include surname of the author(s), initials of first name, year of publication, title, publication, publisher, and if applicable, volume and page numbers of the publication.


6.     Final considerations


7.     Acknowledgements

When existing, they should be written before the bibliographical references section.


8.     Bibliographical references - written in alphabetical order

ABNT (1984). NBR 6459 – Solo – Determinação do Limite de Liquidez. Método de Ensaio, Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil, 6 p.

ASTM D 4254-00 (2000). Standard test methods for minimum index density and unit weight of soils and calculation of relative density. Annual Book of ASTM Standards 2001, Volume 04.08, pp. 552-560.

ENV ISO 10722-1 (1997). Geotextiles and geotextile-related products – Procedure for simulating damage during installation – Part 1: Installation in granular materials. CEN, Brussels, Belgium.

Hall, L. (2003). Simulations and analyses of train-induced ground vibrations in finite element models. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 23, nº 5, pp. 403-413.

Klosinsky, B.; Rafalski, L. (1994). Bearing capacity of steel piles embedded in hardening slurry. Proceedings of 13th International Conference of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, vol. 2, pp. 915-918, New Deli.

Whittle, A. J.; Degroot, Don J.; Ladd, C. C. (1994). Model prediction of anisotropic behaviour of Boston Blue Clay. Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, vol. 120, nº 1, pp. 199-224.

Zienkiewicz, O. C. (1977). The finite element method. 3ª edição, McGraw-Hill Book Company Limited (UK), England.


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