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Guidelines for authors

Please read our guidelines before writing your paper.
(click here to download the guidelines in PDF file)

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 either a single-blind or double-blind peer-review process, as the authors choose. The journal’s policy of screening for plagiarism includes the use of a plagiarism checker on all submitted manuscripts. 

Soils and Rocks embraces the international Open Science program and is striving to meet all the recommendations. Authors are invited to deposit their submissions in reliable preprint servers. Authors who wish to pre-deposit their articles as preprints should contact the editors prior to submission for more information about the process and to sign the Consent Form. Authors are encouraged to make available all content (data, program codes, and other materials) underlying the manuscript text prior to or at the time of publication. Exceptions are allowed in cases of legal and ethical issues.

Soils and Rocks provides a manuscript template available HERE.

A template for cover letter can be found HERE.

Authors and reviewers: find and remove hidden data and personal information HERE.

Instructions for "Curriculo Lattes" users: check the format of your name in the DOI metadata of your paper. To do so, go to and enter your paper´s DOI in the format 10.28927/SR.XXXX.XXXXX. Make sure you have registered, in Lattes, the exact name format used by Soils and Rocks when registering the DOI of your paper. To do so, go to Lattes >> Identificação >> Nome em citações bibliográficas.

1 - Category of Papers

2 - Paper length

3 - Scientific style

4 - Submission requirements and contents

4.1 - Cover letter

4.2 - Title page

4.3 - Permissions

4.4 - Declaration of interest

4.5 - Authors' contributions

4.6 - Data availability

5 - Plagiarism checking

6 - Formatting instructions

6.1 - Citation

6.2 - References

6.3 - Artwork and Illustrations

6.4 - Tables

6.5 - Mathematical equations

7 - Reviewing procedures

8 - Instructions for authors opting for a double-blind evaluation procedure