ISSN 1413-4853 printed version
ISSN 1982-2170 online version



Scope and Policy

The Boletim de Ciências Geodésicas, a trimestrial publication journal, publishes original papers such as Articles, Communications/ Technical papers, Thesis and Dissertation abstracts in the areas of Geodetic Sciences and correlated ones (Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Cartography and Systems of Geographical Information among others). The Editors are entitled to accept or not the papers submitted for publication provided that they are adequate to the Bulletin editorial line. Paper submission is a dynamic process which can be done at any time of the year. Papers presented as a sequence or split into parts are not accepted. The authors are fully responsible for the issued concepts and the bibliographical references.

The received papers are firstly analysed by the General Editor and the Associate Editors. In case the manuscripts are presented according to the BCG publishing rules, they will be sent to 2 (two) ad hoc consultants who should be highly qualified in the area for analysis and formal opinion about the paper recommending them or not or not for publication. If the two consultants have different opinions about the submitted paper, a third one will be heard.

The Editorial Committee will always decide about the paper publication, taking into consideration the paper originally sent, the consultants' opinions and the modifications made by the author. In the modified version (corrected) by the author (due in 60 days after having received the evaluation result), the authors should include a letter to the Editor, specifying the changes and justifying the ones they did not consider applicable (pertinent). Small changes will be made by the Editorial Committee to make the evaluation and publication viable and quick. The submitted papers which were turned down may be presented again provided that they are reformulated according to the comments made by the consultants and the Editorial Board; in that case the papers will be sent to the same consultants who revised them previously. The papers submitted to the Journal will be published under the condition that authors accept the Terms expressed in the Creative Commons License.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The paper should follow the model presented below , which specifies rules for digitation and formatting


Normas para formatação de artigos para publicação no Boletim de Ciências Geodésicas





1Institution and address of author 1

2Institution and address author 2

e-mail: of the authors



The purpose of these instructions is to assist authors while preparing their papers for publication in the Boletim de Ciências Geodésicas. The instructions should be followed as a model for the article. Abstracts should contain from 150 to 200 words (authors should make use of the tool "Word Count").

Keywords: minimum: 3, maximum: 6.



O propósito das presentes instruções é orientar os autores de trabalhos a serem publicados no Boletim de Ciências Geodésicas. Observe que o formato destas instruções pode ser tomado como modelo para a digitação dos artigos. O resumo deve conter 150 a 200 palavras (use a ferramenta "contar palavras" no MS Word)

Palavras-chave: mínimo 3 e máximo 6.




Original articles on Cartography, Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and correlated areas will be accepted for publication. Every article should be 22 page long - maximum, with the following formatting:

Font: normal Time New Roman; Paper: A5 format (148mm x 210mm); margins top: 15mm, bottom: 2,0mm, left: 18.5mm, right 10mm; tabulation: 7.5mm.

The articles should be written preferably in Portuguese, but the ones in English and Spanish will also be accepted. Whichever the language chosen, an abstract should be included.

The articles should not be sent in the PDF format. Articles sent in that format will not be taken into consideration.

The following model should be used for diagramming and formatting the article for publication.

Articles should be prepared in font Time New Format, and on the first page the centered information should be presented as follows: 1st - the paper title (upper case letters, font size 12, in bold, centered with 30 pt before and 18 pt after ) in English, and followed by the same in Portuguese (in lower case letters, in italic, font size 10, centered and simple spaced), 2nd - name of the author(s) ( font size 10, upper case letters, centered and simple spaced), 3rd - entities ( entity) which the authors represent and their address ( font size 10, centered and simple spaced), 4th - the authors' e-mails ( font size 10, centered and simple spaced. There should be a line space between each and every one of the above mentioned group of information.

The text should be typed in simple space in font normal Time New Roman.

The words RESUMO and ABSTRACT should be centered (font size 10, in bold) and the text should be justified on the right and on the left in font size number 10 (normal letters).

The article should be typed on A5 page, justified in one column and simple spaced between the lines.

Footnotes are not recommended.



Every title of the main section of the article should be typed in upper case letters, font size 10, in bold, in Arabic numbers, as it is exemplified in this article. There should be a space after each section, but the first one which starts double spaced right after the keywords.


2.1 The Manuscript Subsections

The subsections should be numbered, starting from the number of the main section, followed by a dot and the number which corresponds to it. They should be written in upper and lower case letters, in bold. There should be a space after each subsection.


2.1.1 Sub-Subsections of the Manuscript

In case the subsections are split, the numbering follows the subsection, adding a dot and the corresponding number. There should be a space after each sub subsection.



Tables, figures and mathematical formulas should be typed in a way which respects the top and bottom spaces in the adequate way.

Equations should be digitized in the tool EQUATION WORD or similar, which can be imported by this one, following the conventional rules: symbols in italic (α β λ), lower case letters for vectors (v, r), upper case letters and in italic for normal symbols (ATA). The transposition of a matrix (AT), for example, should be made in upper case letters. All the symbols should be defined when used for the first time, and the same conventions and symbols should be used throughout the text, and the same should be applied to figures and tables.

The mathematical expression should be numbered with Arabic numbers between brackets, indented to the right. Inside the text, the equation should be referred to by the corresponding number (1). For instance:


K=(ej+ Lf) -1/2                                                 (1)


Indices and exponents should be clearly recognized. Hence, the used types should be chosen very carefully so as to avoid ambiguity.


3.1. Inserting Figures

Photographs - figures should be drawn on TIF or JPG format and numbered, there should always be a subtitle above them. The names - tables, figures and charts should be digitized in Times New Roman, font size 10 and there should be a period in the end of the text. There should not be any abbreviations for Tables, Figures and Charts, which should be numbered.


Figure 1 - Image of Apollo 11 lunar modulus.




Color figures should be avoided, even if they represent graphics, as the paper edition will be in black and white.

Color impression may be accepted for publication provided that the authors agree in paying for the extra printing costs. In that case, the authors should get in touch with the General Editor of the Journal and request for more information on this particular subject.


3.2. Inserting Tables

The titles of the tables should be centered above them and follow the model below. Notice the right and left borders which are transparent (open).


Table 1 - Estimations áreas (km2) in image TM and discrepancies.


Area in Image TM

Area in the












The acknowledgements should be placed in the end of the text , immediately preceding the references.



Bibliographical references should be according to ABNT rules and single spaced.

References cited in the paper should be listed in alphabetical order, placing the author's family name in the section f bibliographical references.

Use the following examples when preparing the References section:


AGOURIS, P.; GYFTAKIS, S.; STEFANIDIS, A. Uncertainty in image-based change detection. In: Accuracy 2000, Amsterdam, p. 1 - 8, 2000.

GUO, T.; YASUOKA, Y. Snake-based approach for building extraction from high-resolution satellite images and height data in urban areas. 2003. Accessed 30/06/10.

LIU, Z. J. et al. Building extraction from high resolution satellite imagery based on multi-scale image segmentation and model matching. International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications, 2008. Proceedings, p. 1-7, 2008.

ZIEDAN, N. I. Extended Kalman Filter Tracking and Navigation Message Decoding of Weak GPS L2C and L5 Signals. ION GNSS 18th International Technical Meeting of the SatelliteDivision, 13-16 September 2005, Long Beach, CA.


Submission of manuscripts

The manuscripts should be sent either to the site SER or to the Editor-in-Chief by e-mail

The papers should be processed in MS Word for Windows following the format presented previously. They may be written in Portuguese, English or Spanish, and there should always be an abstract in Portuguese, in English and in the original language of the produced manuscript.

The manuscripts should not be longer than 22 (twenty-two) pages; figures, tables and graphics included.


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