(Updated: 2022/01/31)

About the journal


Basic Information


The RBRH - Brazilian Journal of Water Resources is the official journal of the Brazilian Association of Water Resources (ABRhidro). Its goal is to publish original and novel research, with unquestionable scientific and technical contributions in the several fields of water resources.

RBRH has an editorial history dating back to 1978, when it was launched with the name of the Brazilian Journal of Hydrology and Water Resources, being published until 1981 with a semiannual distribution. In 1982, the Brazilian Association of Water Resources (ABRhidro) established an agreement with the Brazilian Journal of Engineering (RBE), funded by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CNPq), to publish the Notebook of Water Resources. During 13 years, until 1995, the scientific journal of ABRHidro circulated under the name of Water Resources Notebook of RBE. Initially, the periodicity of the publication was semi-annual, changing to quarterly in 1998 and, continuously from 2017 onwards. The published papers of RBRH are available at the ABRhidro webpage. The secretariat of ABRhidro in Porto Alegre keeps a collection of all the issues published during this period, for on-site consultation

Authors interested in submitting their manuscripts to RBRH, should visit www.abrh.org.br/RBRH or https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rbrh-scielo and follow the Instructions to Authors.



Indexed in


The Brazilian Journal of Water Resources (RBRH) is indexed in:

  • SciELO Brasil
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Directory of Research Journals Indexing
  • Crossref
  • Latindex
  • Scilit
  • Bibliat
  • ResearchBib
  • Scientific Indexing Service


Intellectual Property



Best Practices of Open Science


The RBRH journal supports the good practices of Open Science that result in a more transparent editorial process.

RBRH requests the Open Science Compliance Form - SciELO, which must be uploaded to ScholarOne as a Complementary File for revision.

1. Preprint publishing

Manuscripts deposited on preprint servers may be submitted to RBRH. The journal’s editorial committee will decide the peer review process for manuscripts from preprint servers.

Preprints are defined as an author's version for a research manuscript prior to formal peer review in a journal, which is deposited with a public servant. Preprints can be deposited at any time during the peer review process. The publication of preprints is not considered a prior publication and will not compromise the consideration of this journal.

Once the accepted manuscript is published in RBRH, the preprint version must be changed to include the link that directs to the final version published in the journal.

Authors can choose the preprint server. The journal’s editorial board recommends SciELO Preprints.

2. Open Peer Review

The names of authors, reviewers and editors are open throughout the review process.

3. Availability of databases

RBRH recommends that authors make the research databases used in the preparation of the manuscript available in the SciELO data repository. Research data can be made available when submitting your manuscript. The available databases may be considered in the manuscript evaluation process.

SciELO Data is a multidisciplinary repository for deposition, preservation and dissemination of research data from articles submitted and approved for publication, already published in SciELO Network journals or deposited in SciELO Preprints. For more information visit scielo.org.

Before any deposit, consult the SciELO Data Terms and Conditions of Use.

The guide for publishing the data is available at Data Preparation Guide (Portuguese only).





Brazilian Association of Water Resources (ABRhidro)

CNPq - Programa de Apoio a Publicações Científicas do Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico




Editorial Board


Editor [or Editors]

  Editor in-Chief

Executive Editors



Associated Editors



Editorial Production

  • Editora Cubo



Instructions to authors


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 should be submitted in English following the author’s guidelines. Papers should also contain Title, Abstract and Keywords in Portuguese. The translation of papers to English is of the author’s responsibility.

The submitted manuscript must not be submitted to another journal or publication and must not have been previously published, except in the form of a summary at a scientific event.

The manuscript should be sent by internet to the following address: http://www.abrh.org.br/RBRH according to the instructions for use. 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 when the manuscript is sent:

1) Commit to paying a deposit concerning for the publication fee charged after the decision to accept its publication in RBRH;

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


This file should include, for each author:

  • The name(s) of the author(s);
  • The affiliation(s) and address (City, State and Country)
  • E-mail address of all authors
  • The 16-digit ORCID of the author’s
  • Author's contribution to the manuscript


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: ABRhidro and SciELO or other databases the RBRH - Brazilian Journal of Water Resources is indexed. Total or partial reproduction of the work is permitted, if the source is explicitly indicated.

After acceptance of the article for publication, the agreement form for the transfer of copyright to the RBRH / ABRhidro will be requested.

Additional Information

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

Articles are sent to two reviewers for evaluation and must be unpublished and present a technical and scientific contribution to the community.

Both the reviewers and the authors, during the entire article processing process, can be identified by the other party.

The works received will follow the procedures established by the Editorial Committee of the Journal.

The article arbitration process is described below.

Technical review: the works will be initially evaluated in relation to the fulfillment of the publication and documentation norms required in the submission of the manuscripts. If they do not agree with the instructions, they will be returned to the authors for proper adjustments before being submitted for evaluation by the associate editors and reviewers.

Pre-analysis: the manuscripts approved in the technical review will be sent to the Associate Editors to assess their suitability for the journal. If the manuscript is not within the expected parameters, it will be returned to the responsible author by the Editor-in-Chief.

Analysis of merit and content: the articles approved by the Associate Editors will be evaluated in relation to the merit and scientific method by at least two ad hoc rapporteurs from units other than the origin of the work, in addition to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief will decide on the acceptance of the manuscript. When the revision of the original is necessary, the manuscript will be returned to the corresponding author for modification. A revised version with the changes made must be re-submitted by the authors, and this will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and reviewers as necessary. The revised manuscript should highlight the changes made. A reply letter to the reviewers and editors should be attached to the manuscript file. The rejected manuscripts, but with the possibility of reformulating the work, may return as a new work, to start another evaluation process.

After approval on scientific merit, the papers will be submitted to a final review by a freelance professional indicated by the journal. The payment of this service will be the responsibility of the author (s) and the necessary procedures, the value of the service and the form of payment to the professional will be sent directly to the corresponding author. In cases of inappropriateness, the work will be sent to the authors for their review.

The concepts issued in the published works will be the sole responsibility of the authors, not necessarily reflecting the opinion of the Editor-in-Chief or the Editorial staff.

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.

Conflict of interest

The public trustworthiness of the peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how conflicts of interest are managed during writing, peer review, and decision-making by editors.

When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial or other conflicts that may have influenced their work. Authors must acknowledge in the manuscript all financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections in relation to the research. The ad hoc reviewer must disclose to the editors any conflicts of interest that could influence their opinion of the manuscript, and, where appropriate, must declare themselves unqualified to review it.

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.

Publishing Fee

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, a publication fee will be charged, in order to assist in reducing the cost of publishing and marking the text in XML.

The publication fee is fixed according to the framework of the corresponding author of the manuscript submission.

Publication fee value as follows:

  1. Corresponding author associate ABRhidro: R$ 250,00 (US$ 65)
  2. Corresponding author not associate ABRhidro: R$ 600,00 (US$ 156)
  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 publishing fee.

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

The process of publishing will begin only after the payment is identified by the ABRHidro system.

Similarity analysis

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



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);
  • Text in one column with 15cm width;
  • Double spacing between lines;
  • Space after paragraphs turned on;
  • Tables, Figures and Equations must not exceed the width of the page;
  • Number all the pages and do not use headers, footers or footnotes;
  • Number continuously the lines of all pages;
  • The name of the document that contains the article in a Word format should not contain parts or complete names of the main author and/or co-authors
  • Fonts:
    • Text and tables: 12-point Times New Roman font;
    • Titles of tables and figures; 10-point Times New Roman bold;
    • Sessions and other titles 12-point Times New Roman bold.

Figures and tables

  • Figures and Tables must not exceed the width of the page;
  • 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;
  • 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.
  • Be careful to present all the information within the Figures or Tables in English form.
  • Use “dot” for decimal separation and “comma or space” for thousands separation.


  • Whenever possible, prepare mathematical characters using the equation editor available in recent versions of Word. Do not use Figures.


  • All references must be cited in the text and vice versa;
  • Citations in the text should be in small 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, abstract, and keywords (in English) título, resumo and palavras-chave (in Portuguese), The peer analysis will be single-blind.
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 manuscript preparation 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. All internal elements of Figures and Tables must be in English. 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 normalized according to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 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.

AUTHORS CONTRIBUTION: The authors must present the individual contribution in the manuscript (in English, after the References).

APPENDICES AND SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL: Appendices should be identified as A, B, etc at the end of the manuscript. It is also possible to add supplementary information on-line in different files.
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 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 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 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.

The number of authors should be as small as possible, considering only the people who actually participated in the article, and who are able to answer for it in full or in essential parts. Authors must present full affiliation, indicating the institution, city, state and country and email address of all authors. It is necessary to explain the presence of the authors in the work, through the description of each author's contribution. The identification of authors and their contribution will be described in a specific document, attached during the manuscript submission phase.

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 or more authors:
In paragraph: Melo et al. (2012)
Between parentheses: (Melo et al., 2012)

Documents by the same author, published the same year:
In paragraph:  Brasil (2000a, 2000b)
Between parentheses: (Brasil, 2000a, 2000b)
Citation with page number
One page: Santos & Luz (2010, p10)
Page interval: (Santos & Luz, 2010, pp. 11-21)

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 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Brown, A. E., Western, A. W., McMahon, T. A., & Zhang, L. (2013). Impact of forest cover changes on annual streamflow and flow duration curves. Journal of Hydrology, 483, 39-50. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.12.031
Vaz, C. A. B., & Silveira, G. L. (2014). O modelo PEIR e base SIG no diagnóstico da qualidade ambiental em sub-bacia hidrográfica urbana. RBRH, 19(2), 281-298. Recuperado em 20 de setembro de 2019, de: https://www.abrh.org.br/SGCv3/index.php?PUB=1&ID=165&SUMARIO=4757

Ioris, A. A. R. (Ed.). (2012). Tropical wetland management: the South-American Pantanal and the international experience. Farnham: Ashgate.

Ruiz, H. A., Ferreira, P. A., Rocha, G. C., & Borges Junior, J. C. F. (2010). Transporte de solutos no solo. In Q. J. van Lier (Ed.), Física do solo (pp. 213-240). Viçosa: Sociedade Brasileira de Ciência do Solo.

Renner, L. C. (2010). Geoquímica de sills basálticos da formação Serra Geral, sul do Brasil, com base em rocha total e micro-análise de minerais (Tese de doutorado). Instituto de Geociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina.

Costa, L. (2014). Contribuições para um modelo de gestão da água para a produção de bens e serviços a partir do conceito de pegada hídrica (Dissertação de mestrado). Escola Politécnica, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo. Recuperado em 20 de setembro de 2019, de http://www.teses.usp.br/teses/disponiveis/3/3136/tde-29122014-170217/fr.php

Berlato, M. A., Martins, E. J., Cordeiro, A. P. A., & Oderich, E. H. (2007). 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 Anais do XV Congresso Brasileiro de Agrometeorologia [CD-ROM]. Campinas: CBAGRO.

Fechine, J. A. L., & Galvíncio, J. D. (2010). 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 Anais do XVI Congresso Brasileiro de Meteorologia. São José dos Campos: INPE. Recuperado em 20 de setembro de 2019, de http://www.sbmet.org.br/cbmet2010/artigos/42_65198.pdf 

Brasil. Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente – CONAMA. (2005, 18 de março). Resolução CONAMA nº 357, de 17 de março de 2005. Dispõe sobre a classificação dos corpos de água e diretrizes ambientais para o seu enquadramento, bem como estabelece as condições e padrões de lançamento de efluentes, e dá outras providências. Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília.

Agência Nacional de Águas - ANA. (2019, 08 de outubro). Recuperado em 20 de setembro de 2019, de https://www.ana.gov.br/




Send of the manuscripts


Authors interested in submitting their manuscript to RBRH, should visit www.abrh.org.br/RBRH or https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/rbrh-scielo and follow the Instructions to Authors.




Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500, CEP: 91501-970, Tel: (51) 3493 2233, Fax: (51) 3308 6652 - Porto Alegre - RS - Brazil
E-mail: rbrh@abrh.org.br