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Scope and Policy

Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia is a journal by the ‘Associação Brasileira de Limnologia’ (Brazilian Association of Limnology) which publishes original articles, short notes, review articles and opinion articles aiming to contribute to the scientific development of Limnology.

The Journal covers a broad spectrum, including any theme of the ecology of continental waters from ecosystems, such as streams, rivers, lakes, floodplains, swamps, reservoirs and estuarine zones. The scope of Acta Limnologica Brasiliensiacomprises all aspects of theoretical and applied continental aquatic ecology, management and conservation, ecotoxicology, and pollution. Taxonomic works may also be accepted, provided that they contain ecological and geographic distribution information. Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be original with no simultaneous submission to other periodicals. The authors assume the intellectual and legal responsibility for the results and the considerations presented.

Authors are entire responsible for manuscripts and its do not reflect the opinion of the journal editors. The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of the information and citations. The academic plagiarism at any level is a crime.

Submitted manuscripts will first be checked for language, presentation, and style. Scientists who use English as a foreign language are strongly recommended to have their manuscript read by a native English−speaking colleague.

Authors should prepare their papers for submission following the instructions given below. As long as it adheres to the journal’s standards, each manuscript will be sent (online) to two peer reviewers for evaluation. The journal uses the double-blind procedure. After examination of the content of the work, the Editor in Chief sends the opinions (online) to the author’s reformulation. After a paper has been accepted, a “proof print” of the article is sent (online) to the authors for a final revision.

There are four categories of contributions to Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia:

1. Primary research papers (generally comprising up to 25 printed pages (including tables, figures and references). See below “Form and preparation of manuscripts”.

2. Short research notes, 2-4 printed pages, presenting concise information on timely topics. Abstract (English and Portuguese), keywords (English and Portuguese), and references are required; the remainder is presented as continuous text.

3. Review articles. Review articles should cover subjects falling within the scope of the journal which are of active current interest. They may be submitted or invited.

4. Opinion articles. These articles should approach academic discussion on a topic relevant to the journal scope. The opinion articles should contain up to 3000 words and express views on theoretical, methodological or current topics in limnology and should be supported and justified by bibliographic elements. At the Editorial Board criterion, the journal will publish responses or considerations of other researchers stimulating discussion on the topics. The views expressed in the opinion articles are full responsibility of the author (s).


Form and  preparation of  manuscripts

Manuscripts submitted to Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia should be original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission should be done in a single file by SciELO Publication System in the journal link: Manuscripts should be submitted in English, and an abstract in Portuguese must also be included. We strongly recommend that authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscript checked by an English-speaking colleague prior to submission.

The following order must be used. First page: title in English (in bold type) and Portuguese, authors’ full name (e.g., Antonio Fernando Monteiro Camargo), affiliation, address and email address of all authors. All the authors should be identified by a superscript number. Second page: Abstract (in English and Portuguese) and keywords. Third and following pages: text of the article (Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References). The following information should accompany all species cited in the text: a) for zoology, author name and the publication date of the original description should be given the first time that species is cited in the article; and b) for botany, only the name of the author who made the description should be given the first time that species is cited in the article.

The concise abstract (250-300 words) should be structured into the following topics: aim, methods, major results, and conclusions. The topics should be highlighted in bold. Four to five keywords should be supplied and should be distinct from those used in the title.

Tables and Figures
Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (Table 1, 2, 3 etc. and Figure 1, 2, 3, etc.). In the first version, the tables and figures should be inserted in the text as they are cited. In the final version, the tables and figures should be inserted after the references. Figures should be in high resolution (300 DPI or more). Photographs and figures in color can be used in the electronic version Tables and figures must be mentioned in the text.

Units, Symbols
Use the International System Units (SI), separating the units from the value with a space, except in the case of percentages; use abbreviations whenever possible. For compost units, use exponentials and not forward slashes (e.g., instead of mg/day, Xmol.min-1 instead of Xmol/min). Do not add spaces to shift to the next line if a unit does not fit on a line.

Supplemental Material
Inclusion of supplemental material is permitted in the electronic version.

Citation from dissertations, theses, undergraduate monographs, technical reports or abstracts for congresses  should be avoided as much as possible and only in exceptional circumstances and with the referees and the Editor in Chief consent may be used.Citation in the text: Use the name and year system:
Schwarzbold (2009); (Calijuri, 2009); (Santoro & Enrich-Prast, 2010); for more three authors use “et al.”. Citations from the list of references should follow the ISO 690/2010 standard: All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically in uppercase letters according to the first authors. References should start on a separate page.


The academic paper references must be presented in the correct established way: name of the author abbreviated (surname, given name), title of the work, journal title, date of publication, edition number, and page numbers without omission of any relevant information.

ESTEVES, K.E., LÔBO, A.V.P. and HILSDORF, A.W.S. Abiotic features of a river from the Upper Tietê River Basin (SP, Brazil) along an environmental gradient. Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia, 2015, 27(2), 228-237.

Chapter or Section in Book:

THOMAZ, S.M. and ESTEVES, F.A. Comunidade de macrófitas aquáticas. In: ESTEVES, F.A., ed. Fundamentos de limnologia. Rio de Janeiro: Interciência, 2011, pp. 461-518. 3 ed.

TUNDISI, J.G. and MATSUMURA-TUNDISI, T. Limnologia. São Paulo: Oficina de Textos, 2008.

A complementary copy of the edition will be sent to the first author of the manuscript


Send of the manuscripts

The manuscripts prepared according to the aforementioned instructions need to be sent in Word for Windows by SciELO Publication System ( Brazilian Association of Limnology does not charge any fee for submission and evaluation of manuscripts. Manuscripts submission by SciELO Publication System will be done from January 4, 2016. Submissions prior to this date must be made by e-mail From January 4, 2016, all procedures for manuscripts evaluation (between author, editor and reviewers) submitted by SciELO Publishing System will be done via system.


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