Thermal Applications in Geotechnical Engineering - Special Edition

Guest editors Prof. Fernando Saboya and Prof. John McCartney present the special issue 45(1) that features new developments on Thermal Applications in Geotechnical Engineering. The issue includes 8 article papers, 1 case study and 2 review articles.

Issue 44(4) Oct-Dec 2021

The last issue of 2021 features a lecture by Prof. Arumugam S. Balasubramaniam and eleven other papers from different fields.

Special Issue: Unsaturated Soils

The new issue 44(3) presents articles by invited speakers at the PanAM Unsat 2021 held in July 2021 in Rio de Janeiro. The issue includes Articles, Case Studies and Review Articles. Check out!

About the Journal

The first issue of the journal was released in 1978, under the name Solos e Rochas. The journal was originally published by the Graduate School of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1980, the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering took over the editorial and publishing responsibilities of Solos e Rochas, increasing its reach. In 2007, the journal acquired the status of an international journal, being since then published by the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and Portuguese Geotechnical Society under the title Soils and Rocks.

Aims And Scope

The aim of Soils and Rocks is to publish and disseminate basic and applied research in Geoengineering. Soils and Rocks publishes original and innovative peer reviewed articles, technical notes, case studies, reviews and discussions in the fields of Soil and Rock Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology and Environmental Engineering.

The Journal adopts continuous publication of papers with 4 issues per year in printed (ISSN 1980-9743) and electronic (ISSN-e 2675-5475) version.


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY. The online journal is free and open access. As an open access journal, the authors agree to publish the article under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Reusers have the permission to share, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format as long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use.

Submissions to the journal are completely free and all published papers are free to use. The journal has the rights for first publication. Articles do not require transfer of copyright as the copyright remains with the author.


Manuscripts submitted to Soils and Rocks cannot have already been published or submitted elsewhere. All authors have to approve the manuscript prior submission.

Soils and Rocks operates either single or double blind review process. All contributions are initially assessed by the editor. Papers deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor´s decision is final.


The authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. These should be declared in the cover letter of the submission. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, payment fees, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.

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Soils and Rocks is an international scientific journal published by the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) and by the Portuguese Geotechnical Society (SPG). The aim of the journal is to publish original papers on all branches of Geotechnical Engineering. Each manuscript is subjected to a single-blind peer-review process. The journal´s policy of screening for plagiarism includes the use of a plagiarism checker on all submitted manuscripts.

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The Journal is published quarterly, in March, June, September and December. The journal is open access

The members of ABMS and SPG can receive the printed version of the journal after subscription