ISSN 2179-975X on-line version
ISSN 0102-6712 printed version



Scope and Policy

Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia is a journal published by the Associação Brasileira de Limnologia (Brazilian Association of Limnology) that publishes original articles which contribute to the scientific development of Limnology.

The Journal covers a broad spectrum, including any theme of the ecology of continental waters from all ecosystems, such as streams, rivers, lakes, floodplain, swamps, reservoirs and estuarine zones. The scope of Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia comprises all aspects of theoretical and applied continental aquatic ecology, management and conservation, ecotoxicology, and pollution. Taxonomic works may also be accepted provided they contain ecological and geographic distribution information. Research articles submitted to the journal must be original with no simultaneous submission to other periodicals. Notes and Review articles may also be submitted.

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. Provided it adheres to the journal’s standards, each article 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 (on line) to the author’s reformulation. After a paper has been accepted a “proof print” of the article is sent (on line) by the editing service to the authors for a final revision.

There are three categories of contributions to Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia:

1) Primary research papers (generally comprise up to 25 printed pages (including tables, figures and references). Se below preparing the manuscript.

2) Short research notes, 2-4 printed pages, present concise information on timely topics. Abstract (English and Portuguese), key words (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.


Form and  preparation of  manuscripts

Manuscripts submitted to Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia should be original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. An electronic version (in Word for Windows) of the manuscript, including tables and figures should be sent in one file to the Editor in Chief ( Manuscripts should be submitted in English and an abstract in Portuguese must also be included. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscript checked by an English-speaking colleague prior to submission. Manuscripts must be typed in A4 paper, 17 × 23 cm, double-spaced with wide margins. All the pages should be numbered; as well as all the lines of each page. Manuscripts should be examined by two peer reviewers.


The following order must be used. First page: title in English (in bold type) and Portuguese, authors in full name (e.g. Antonio Fernando Monteiro Camargo), addresses (including e-mail addresses). 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, the 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 include be structured into the following topics: aim, methods, major results and conclusions. Four to five keywords should be supplied. The same format applies to the abstract in Portuguese.

Tables and Figures

Tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Each table must be typed on a separate sheet after references. Figures should be numbered consecutively using the Arabic numerals and typed on separate sheets after tables. Photographs in color can be used, but will be subjected to payment of charges. 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 always when possible. For compost units use exponentials and not forward slashes (Ex.: 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.


Citation from theses, master’s dissertations, undergraduate monographs, or abstracts for congresses will not be accepted. Citation in the text: Use the name and year system: Schwarzbold (2009); (Calijuri, 2009); (Santoro and Enrich-Prast, 2010). For more three authors use “et al.” Citations from the list of references in line with ISO 690/1987: All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically in capital letters according to the first authors; References should start on a separate sheet.



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

CARVALHO, P., BINI, LM., DINIZ-FILHO, JAF. AND MURPHY, KJ. 2009, A macroecological approach to study aquatic macrophyte distribution patterns. Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia, vol. 21, no. 2, p. 169-174.

Chapter or Section in Book:

BONECKER, CC., LANSAC-TÔHA, FA. AND JÚLIO JÚNIOR, HF., 2009. A origem e a consolidação do conceito de ecossistema. In LANSAC-TÔHA, FA., BENEDITO, E. AND OLIVEIRA, EF. (Orgs.). Contribuições da história da ciência e das teorias ecológicas para a Limnologia. Maringá: Eduem, 527 p.


TUNDISI, JG. AND MATSUMURA-TUNDISI, T. 2008. Limnologia. São Paulo: Oficina de Textos, 632 p.


A complimentary copy of the edition will be sent to the first author of the article. If the Brazilian Society of Limnology has no available funds for the publication, the author(s) of the article will be charged a fee for the cost of each page.


Send of the manuscripts

The manuscripts prepared by instructions above need to be send to the Editor-in Chief in Word for Windows file attached to the e-mail The procedures for valuation of the manuscripts (between author, editor and referees) is made by e-mail. .


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