The Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Solo (RBCS) is a journal that publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts, edited by the Sociedade Brasileira de Ciência do Solo (SBCS). The RBCS aims to disseminate original and relevant contributions in different areas of Soil Science.
The publications are organized in Scientific Divisions and Commissions, in accordance with those adopted by the SBCS and the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).
The journal began to be published in 1977 in a non-continuous format. After 1996, three numbers started to be published annually. During 1997 to 2002 and 2003 to 2015, the journal periodicity was four and six numbers published per year, respectively. During all these years, the journal was published in the printed form.
In 2016 the RBCS was submitted to a significant restructuring, when the journal adopted the electronic format; moved to a continuous publication model; the manuscripts exclusively published in English, although it was optional since 2007; the editorial and the manuscripts review process board was restructured; and, although RBCS had adopted electronic submission since 2007, which was performed through its own software, in 2015 the journal adopted ScholarOne, an internationally known online submission and paper management system.
The journal management is performed by the Editorial Board, which is composed by the Editor-in-Chief, Co-Editor, Technical Editor, Associate Editors, and Area Editors.
To promote the widest-possible visibility of your research and to inspire new research focused on Soil Science, the RBCS encourages to deposit the data published in the manuscripts in open access repositories. Suggested repositories: The Free Brazilian Repository for Open Soil Data (febr) (http://www.ufsm.br/febr) and/or Hydrophysical Database for Brazilian Soils (http://www.cprm.gov.br/publique/Hidrologia/Pesquisa-e-Inovacao/HYBRAS-4930.html). Other repositories can be found at Scientific Data website (https://www.nature.com/sdata/policies/repositories).
The submitted manuscripts are forwarded to technical pre-screening, which is conducted by the technical editor. In this stage, a general check is performed to ensure that the manuscript: i) is complete (i.e. title page, cover letter, main document, figures, and tables); ii) complies with instructions provided in the Guide for Authors; iii) is within of journal scope; and iv) is original, which means that the manuscript will be checked by an originality detection service – Crossref Similarity Check. Submitted papers not meeting these requirements will be returned to the authors who may re-submit their paper after corrections.
A manuscript with accepted submission is assigned to one of the Area Editors (AreaEd). The Area Editors may endorse or not the manuscript suitability to the journal scope and, additionality, he/she examines, in a general way, if the manuscript contributes with new knowledge to the Soil Science.
If the AreaEd considers the manuscript suitable, he/she will forward the manuscript to the Associate Editor (AE). The AE assesses if the specific scientific merit is attended, and then it will be sent to, at least, three ad hoc reviewers with appropriate knowledge, skills, methodological expertise, and experience to assess the manuscript. Based on the comments of, at least, two reviewers and on its own experience,, the AE recommends if the manuscript should be rejected, accepted, or needs revision before acceptance for publication. This decision will be endorsed or not by the AreaEd. The final decision is taken by the Editor-in-Chief, based on AE and AreaEd recommendations. Manuscripts, whose processing were interrupted by the AreaEd and AE, will also be forwarded to Editor-in-Chief gives the final decision. Other attributions under Editor-in-Chief responsibility are: to coordinate activities developed by AreaEd, AE, and reviewers; and keep a communication channel with the authors.
The manuscript processing is conducted without anonymity until reaching the AE, which means that identities are not disclosed only between authors and ad hoc reviewers.
After the manuscript is published, all the publication rights are reserved to the RBCS. The manuscripts will be available at the journal website (www.rbcs.org.br) and in online libraries, such as SciELO (www.scielo.br) and Redalyc (www.redalyc.org), or any other database in which RBCS becomes indexed in the future.
The RBCS applies the Creative Commons (CC BY) license to published manuscripts. This license allows others to use, reproduce, disseminate, or display the article in any way, including for commercial purposes, so long as they credit the author for the original creation.
Authors are responsible for all ideas and information presented in the manuscripts, which may not necessarily reflect the views of the RBCS’s Editors and Editorial Board.