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Scope and Policy

The scope of the journal is to cover topics involving the following fields of knowledge: hydraulics, hydrology, relationship between water resources and environmental engineering, hydrometeorology, irrigation, drainage, qualitative and quantitative management of water, limnology, hydrogeology, erosion, sedimentation, environmental technologies, water resources economics, measurement and instrumentation in water resources.

Manuscripts can be submitted in Portuguese or English. Papers are published in English, and should contain Title, Abstract and Keywords in Portuguese. The translation of papers to English of accepted papers written in Portuguese is of the authors responsibility.

The manuscript should be sent by internet to the following address: according to the instructions for use, omitting the names of the authors and footnotes identifying them in the manuscript file. Besides the identification of the authors via the system, it is requested that (also via the system) the file be sent in Doc with the complete name and affiliation of the authors. This information will be used if the article is accepted for publication. The author must agree to the following conditions (via the system) when the manuscript is sent:
1) Commit to paying a deposit concerning for the fee charged per exceeding page, if any, after the review and final editing of the manuscript;

2) Take responsibility for the other authors, if any, as co-responsible for the technical and scientific content of the article, according to Article 5 of Brazilian Law N. 9610, regarding Copyright


The authors are fully responsible for all statements published in the article. All the material published becomes the property of the RBRH, which then holds the copyright and will be available with free and unrestricted access at: ABRH ( and SciELO ( or other databases where the RBRH - Brazilian Journal of Water Resources is or eventually becomes indexed. Total or partial reproduction of the work is allowed since the original work is explicitly referred.If the manuscript is accepted for publication, a copyright transfer agreement form to RBRH/ABRH will be requested from the authors

The manuscripts subdivided into parts I, II, etc, must be registered separately, but will be submitted to the same reviewers. The manuscripts may contain figures in color (pictures, graphs, plots, and other), but the maximum permissible size of the complete file is 30Mb (Megabytes). Manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to the authors to correct the problems. The classification of manuscripts sent as Scientific/Technical, and that Editors and/or Reviewers interpret as being in the style of a Technical Note should be altered, and they will be reevaluated if alterations are requested. If the authors do not agree with the change to the Technical Note, the manuscript will be rejected.

Processing and Peer Review system/ Criteria for refereeing

The manuscripts are sent to two reviewers for evaluation and should present a technical and scientific contribution to the community.

The manuscripts should be submitted through the RBRH’s electronic system for manuscript submission at, where the author responsible will be informed, as well as all the data for the identification of the co-authors. The manuscript received will be treated according to the procedures established by the Journal Editorial Board.

The manuscript-reviewing process in the RBRH is meticulous. Voluntary reviewers apply their knowledge and dedicate many hours of their precious time to ensure that the articles will be published within a defined period and will be appropriate for publication in the Journal.

Technical review: The papers will be evaluated first as to compliance with the rules of publication and documentation required to submit the manuscripts. If they are not in accordance with the instructions, they will be returned to the authors to adapt them to the scope of the journal. If the manuscript is not within the expected parameters, it will be returned to the corresponding author by the Chief Editor.
Pre-analysis: the manuscripts approved by the technical review will be submitted to the Associate Editors for appreciation regarding their adequacy to the scope of the journal. If the manuscript is not within the expected parameters it will be returned to the corresponding author by the Chief Editor.
Analysis of merit and content: the manuscripts approved by the Associate Editors will be evaluated for merit and scientific method by at least two ad-hoc reporters from units that are not those from which the paper comes, besides the Chief Editor. The Chief Editor will decide whether the manuscript will be accepted. When the original has to be revised, the manuscript will be returned to the corresponding author for modification. A revised version with the changes made will be re-submitted by the authors and reevaluated by the Chief Editor, Associate Editors and reviewers as needed. The manuscripts that have been refused, but which could possibly be reformulated can return as a new paper, beginning another judgment process.
After approval regarding scientific merit, the papers will be submitted to a final review by an independent professional appointed by the journal. This service will be paid for by the author(s), and the necessary procedure, the value of the service and the form of payment of the professional will be sent to the corresponding author. If they are not adequate, the papers will be sent to the authors for revision.

The concepts issue in the papers published will be the exclusive responsibility of the authors and are not obliged to reflect the opinion of the Chief Editor or Editorial Board.

Editorial Board
The editorial board of the RBRH comprises the Chief Editor, Associate Editors and Executive Editor (Look at Editorial Board). The Executive Editor is the main person responsible for following the manuscript review process at the RBRH, inviting Reviewers and informing Authors, and thus helping the Associate Editors in the process. The Chief Editor, besides establishing guidelines for the RBRH is also involved in polemical cases and analyzing appeals by authors regarding the Editorial Decision.

Appeals against an Editorial Decision
The author(s) can appeal an Editorial Decision to reject a manuscript. This procedure should be performed via the system using the option “Send E-mail”, for the rejected manuscript. The authors should supply elements that justify the appeal which will be analyzed by the Associate Editor and Chief Editor. If the appeal is accepted, the manuscript review process may be re-opened.

Submission Fee
For the values presented below, the corresponding author of the papers is considered for the classification at each category of the submission fee

  1. Submission fee for members: R$120,00
  2. Submission fee for non-members: R$300,00
  3. Discount for authors who have collaborated as RBRH reviewers in three or more reviews in 12 months: 50% of the amount of the fee corresponding to the category to which they belong.
  4. International authors (non-residents of Brazil) and work was completed at an International Institution will be exempt from the submission fee until the end of 2017.

The payments should be performed by Credit Card or bank slip issued by the ABRH system.

The process of evaluation will begin only after the payment is identified by the ABRH system.

This process is automatic, and the author does not have to do anything.

The submission fee will not be returned if the manuscript is rejected for publication by the RBRH.

No processing charges (APCs) are applied after the manuscript is accepted.

RBRH adopts the  "Crossref Similarity Check" system offered by SciELO for plagiarism identification.


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY (CC BY 4.0). 

The online journal is free and open access.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

File Format

The text should be compatible with the Microsoft Word editor format (Doc or Docx). The following guidelines should be obeyed:

* Configuration of the page

  • Size of paper: A4 (210x297 mm);
  • Columns: two columns of the same size, 8.1 cm wide and internal spacing 0.8 cm;
  • Spacing between lines: simple;
  • Figures or tables that exceed the width of a column should be inserted into a section at the end of the article or in an attached file:
  • Equations must not exceed the width of a column (8.1 cm).
  • Number the pages and do not use headers, footers or footnotes;
  • Number the lines of each page;
  • The name of the document that contains the article in a Word format should not contain parts or complete names of the principal author and/or co-authors
  • Fonts: text and tables: 10- point Garamond font
    • titles of tables and figures; 9-point Garamond bold
    • other titles ; 11- point Garamond bold
  • Illustrations and tables
    • Width recommended for figures: 8.1 cm (one column in the Journal); maximum size: 17 x12 cm;
    • The lines used in the figures and graphs should not be too fine and the texts and captions should not be too small or too big in relation to the figure size;
    • Captions: cross hatched or grayscale, black and white photos; the articles can  be printed in color if the author pays the additional printing costs;
    • Try to create tables that will fit into one column of the Journal or, at most, half a page;
    • The figures should be included in the text and sent in a separate file in TIFF, JPEG, PCX, GIF or BMP format, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Equations

Whenever possible, prepare mathematical characters and equations using the Microsoft Equation available in all versions of Word from Microsoft Office, 2003. Users of Word 2007/2010 can send files in the Docx format and use the new equation editor available in these versions.

  • References
    • All references must be cited in the text and vice versa;
    • Citations in the text should be in small letters and references in capital letters.

Scientific/Technical Article

This refers to the report on an original research, with a well defined hypothesis, favoring innovative topics. The texts should cover the items highlighted in capital letters and in bold, without a paragraph and without numbering, leaving two spaces (twice ENTER) after the previous item and one space (a single ENTER) to begin the text in the following order: title (English), name of authors; abstract, keywords; title (Portuguese), resumo and palavras chave. To make sure that peer analysis will be blind, the papers submitted should be presented without authors and footnotes.
TITLE: Centered; it should be clear and concise, allowing immediate identification of the article content, trying to avoid words such as: analysis, study and evaluation. The manuscripts should present the title in English andPortuguese , enabling the presentation of a bilingual summary.
AUTHORS: The number of authors should be the minimum possible, considering only people who actually participated in the article and are able to answer for it fully or in essential parts. The authors must present complete affiliation, indicating the institution, city, state and country. When necessary, the Editorial Board may request justifications to explain the presence of the authors in the paper, as well as present the indication of the contribution made by each author. The authors will be identified in the paper sent for evaluation. The editors will remove the authors’ names before sending them to the reviewers, and the information will only be inserted into the articles after the paper is approved.
ABSTRACT: The text must begin on the second line after the item, it should be clear, concise and must explain the intended objective(s) seeking to justify their importance (without including references), the main procedures adopted, the most significant results and conclusions, with a maximum of 12 lines. Below it, on the second line after the item, should appear the KEYWORDS (at most six trying not to repeat the words in the title), written in small caps and bold. 

INTRODUCTION: This presents the topic to be discussed, its objectives and purposes, informing what methods were used, precise delimitation of the research in relation to the field of knowledge, periods covered, and other elements needed to situate the topic of the work, using recent bibliography (last 5 years) and, preferably periodicals.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Depending on the nature of the work, a characterization of the experimental area must be inserted, clarifying the conditions under which the study was performed. When the methods are specifically known to be used, the reference alone will be enough, otherwise it is necessary to describe the procedures used and the adaptations made. Units of measure and symbols must follow the International System of Units.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Illustrations (figures, charts and photographs, etc.) must be presented with sufficient size and details for the final composition, preferably in the same position in the text, and may be colored. Illustrations can have parts that are colored, and the caption below. They must be numbered successively with Arabic numerals. Tables: avoid long tables with superfluous data, adapt their sizes to the workspace of the paper and, as far as possible, place only horizontal continuous lines; their captions should be concise and self-explanatory, and should also present the title in English. Photographs can be colored. In the discussion compare the results with the data obtained in the bibliography.
CONCLUSIONS: They should be based only on the results of the study. Avoid repeating the results in a subsequent listing, seeking to compare what was obtained with the initial objectives established. The conclusions should be written making it easier to interpret the article without the need to consult other items of the same.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT(S): insert it (them) when necessary concisely, after the conclusions.
REFERENCES: The references should be placed in alphabetic order and in capital letters, and normalized according to standard NBR-6023 Aug.2000) of the ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Norms). All authors mentioned in the text and in tables, figures or illustrations should be referenced. Avoid citations of abstracts, unpublished papers and personal communications. It is suggested that at least 70% of the references be from the last 5 years and 70% from articles and periodicals.
CITATIONS: All citations in the text should be in the list of References. The citations in the text should appear in small letters and, when inserted between parentheses at the end of the paragraph, should be in capital letters. If there are other citations of the same author(s), in the same year (other publications), they will be identified by small letters (a, b, c), after the year of publication. When there are three or more authors only the first author will be cited in the text, followed by et al, without italics, but in the final bibliographic list, the other names should also appear. When making a citation the work consulted directly is identified: the author and/or the work cited in this is indicated as follows: SILVA(2010) apud Santos (2012). If there are any doubts, consult the NBR-6023 standard of ABNT. It is advisable that before drafting the manuscript, the authors take an article published in the last issue of the journal as a formatting base.
Technical Note
It must present technological advances without presenting a hypothesis. When it is a case study, the conclusions should present propositions. It should be written in technical language, easy to understand, on an issue related to the fields of knowledge covered by the Journal, by author(s) showing experience on the subject matter, providing guidance for the different RBRH users. Only the presentation of articles that contribute to the subject is justified, not simply personal cases or cases with a limited interest. There is greater freedom  of style than for scientific articles, and technical notes should mostly contain the following items: Title, Author(s), Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Description of the Subject, Conclusions and References. The authors’ identification will be included only after the article is accepted for publication. The articles must be written according to the same guidelines for Scientific Articles, with the following particularities;
The header of the first page should show the identification:: TECHNICAL NOTE,  in capital letters, underlined, bold, centered and spaced 1.1 cm from the top margin.

INTRODUCTION:  should contain a brief history, explaining the importance, the current status of the subject based on a review of literature, clearly presenting the purpose of the article.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SUBJECT: with different titles that can be divided into sub-items, one should discuss the subject, pointing out the theoretical bases, presenting experiences and recommendations, discussing and critiquing situations, based as much as possible on bibliography and technical standards.

CONCLUSIONS: when appropriate, they should be written clearly and concisely, consistent with the goals set.  It should not be a simple restatement simply presenting the other paragraphs of the article again.


One author:
In paragraph  Silva (2000) or
Between parentheses: (SILVA, 2000)
Two authors:
In paragraph Santos and Luz (2010) or
Between parentheses: (SANTOS; LUZ, 2010)
Three authors:
In paragraph: Ribeiro, Carmo and Castelo Branco (2000) or
Between parentheses:  (RIBEIRO; CARMO; CASTELO BRANCO, 2000)
Four or more authors:
Melo et al. (2012) or
(MELO et al., 2012)

Documents by the same author, published the same year:
In paragraph:  Brasil (2000a,b)  or
Between parentheses: (BRASIL, 2000a,b)
In paragraph Pereira et al.1  (1947 apud REIS, NOBREGA, 2013, p.86)
Indicate the author cited in footnote, and the author consulted in the list of references
This type of citation should only be used in cases in which the original document has not been recovered (very old documents, data insufficient to locate the material, etc.).

Include only the references cited in the text, in tables and illustrations that have already been published, organized in alphabetic order by surname of author (s) and in capital letters. Use the typographic resource of italics to highlight the title of the work. At least 70% of the references should be from the last 5 years and 70% from articles in periodicals. If there is any doubt, consult the ABNT-NBR-6023 standard.
FERREIRA, P. A.; GARCIA, G. O.; MATOS, A. T.; RUIZ, H. A.; BORGES JUNIOR, J. C. F. Transporte no solo de solutos presentes na água residuária de café conilon. Acta Scientiarum Agronomy, v. 28, n. 1, p. 29-35, jan./mar. 2006.
VAZ, C. A. B.; SILVEIRA, G. L. O modelo PEIR e base SIG no diagnóstico da qualidade ambiental em sub-bacia hidrográfica urbana. RBRH: revista brasileira de recursos hídricos, v. 19, n. 2, p. 281-298, abr./jun. 2014. Disponível em: Accessed on Feb 12, 2015-06-21
Same author throughout the work
BRASIL. Ministério do Meio Ambiente. Secretaria de Recursos Hídricos e Ambiente Urbano. Programa de Ação Nacional de Combate à Desertificação e Mitigação dos Efeitos da Seca – PAN-Brasil. Brasília. DF: Ministério dlo Meio Ambiente 2005.
Different authors in the work
RUIZ, H. A.; FERREIRA, P. A.; ROCHA, G. C.; BORGES JUNIOR, J. C. F. Transporte de solutos no solo. In: van LIER, Q. J. Física do solo. Viçosa, MG: Sociedade Brasileira de Ciência do Solo, 2010. cap. 6, p. 213-240.

RENNER L.G. Geoquímica de soils basálticos da formação Serra Geral, Sul do Brasil, como base em rocha total e micro-análise de mineiras, 2010, 226 f. Thesis (Doctorate in Earth Sciences) – Instituto de Geociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, 2010

COSTA L. Contribuições para um modelo de gestão da água para a produção de bens e serviços a partir do conceito de pegada hídrica. 2014. 180 p, Dissertação (Mestrado em Engenharia de Produção) – Escola Politécnica, Universidade de São Paulo. São Paulo, 2014. Available at HTTP://íveis/3/3136/tde.29122014-170328/fr.php. Accessed on Feb 12, 2015.

BERLATO, M.A.; MARTINS, E.J.; CORDEIRO, A.P.A.; ODERICH, E.H. Tendência observada da precipitação pluvial anual e estacional do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul e relação com a temperatura da superfície do mar do Oceano Pacífico. In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE AGROMETEOROLOGIA, 15, 2007, Aracaju, SE, Anais...Campinas; Campinas: CBAGRO, 2007. CD-ROM

FECHINE, J.A.; GALVINCIO, J.D. Aplicação do teste de Menn-Kendall na análise de tendências climáticas em anos de El Niño - Bacia Hidrográfica do RIO Pontal – Estado de Pernambuco. In CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE METEOROLOGIA, 16., 2010, Belém. Anais... São José dos Campos; INPE, 2010. Available at HTTP://   Accessed on Feb 12, 2015



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