Volume 43, N. 3

Special Issue: 70 years of ABMS (Invited Editor: Waldemar Hachich), July-September, 2020

A Journal is born...


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In 1975, a large delegation of professors and students from COPPE attended the V Pan American Congress of Soil Me-chanics and Foundation Engineering, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jacques de Medina, Dirceu de Alencar Velloso, WillyLacerda, and Francisco de Rezende Lopes were part of this “entourage”. It became evident during the conference that theamount of Brazilian papers outnumbered those presented by any other Association.At the Conference’s banquet, during a conversation, Prof. Norbert Morgenstern, who was one of the invited speakers atthat conference, directed himself to the four of us and made an interesting remark that was going to persist in our minds forthe next year: “Brazil has produced many research papers. It is time for you to have your own journal”. We contemplatedthat idea until one day, in 1976, during a meeting at Dirceu Velloso’s office, when we decided to create the magazine. ThenameSolos e Rochaswas an unanimity.Then came the practical questions. Who the editor would be? How to financially support the journal? How would we selectthe articles for the first issues? And so on. It was decided that Dirceu Velloso would be the first Editor ofSolos e Rochas,Francisco Lopes would be responsible for the production of issues, and Medina and I would be associates, starting as the firstreviewers. COPPE’s Director at the time was Professor Paulo Alcântara Gomes. When approached, he immediately agreedto fund the journal.And so it was. The first articles were written by invited authors. The article by Prof. Marcio M. Soares was ready for publi-cation by the end of 1976. The paper had to wait, until the journal found the required funding for the first issue. Soon, the firstpaper was followed by the manuscripts written by Paulo Cruz and Willy Lacerda, delivered for production by the end of1977.With COPPE’s support and the delivery of these two additional articles, the first issue was published in January, 1978.That would be the only issue of that year. A second issue followed, in 1979. By the end of 1979, COPPE could no longer af-ford to support the journal. To find a new source of funding, we reached out for help from Prof. Carlos de Souza Pinto, presi-dent of ABMS, proposing that the association should take over the direction ofSolos e Rochas. He immediately accepted theidea, with a new chapter of the journal starting in 1980, now publishing three issues per year. From this point, we switchedfrom publishing invited paper to a regular peer-review process, supported by numerous specialists. In 2007, during my termas President of ABMS, the journal became an international publication, with a brand-new name:Soils and Rocks. It has beena great satisfaction for me to follow the development of the journal to this day, and its commitment to excellence in the fieldof Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, thanks recently to the efforts of its latest editors, starting with WaldemarHachich.On August 25, 2020

Submitted on December 10, 2020.
Final Acceptance on December 10, 2020.
Discussion open until December 10, 2020.
DOI: 10.28927/SR.433i