Information For Authors


Manuscripts submitted for publication in Geochimica Brasiliensis should not have been published previously or being considered for publication in any other scientific journal. The content of research articles, reviews and notes is the sole responsibility of the respective author(s) including any conflict of interests with other researchers or organizations.

All contributions are subject to double-blind peer review.

The originality of manuscripts will be verified by checking for plagiarism using available softwares.

On submitting a manuscript, authors agree that the copyright of the article is transferred to the Sociedade Brasileira de Geoquímica (SBGq) when the article is accepted for publication. Articles accepted by Geochimica Brasiliensis are published online and are freely available to the wider public with permitted reuse.

Geochimica Brasiliensis is an open access journal. The articles are licensed under Creative Commons License CC-BY.


Research Articles are submitted by researchers and are based on the analysis and interpretation of data gathered by original geochemical research. Research Articles are limited to 40 pages and must be organized as detailed in STRUCTURE AND FORMATING (Item 6 below)


Review Articles are published by invitation. Their purpose is to communicate progress in a specific field of geochemistry, with the objective of providing a critical account of the state of the art from the point of view of the highly qualified and experienced specialist. Review articles are limited to 40 pages and must be organized as a Research Article (see STRUCTURE AND FORMATING - Item 6 below).


Book Reviews are published by invitation and must not be longer than one page.


The main purpose of a Note is to convey short communications, which deserve quick publication. They must have the same structure of a Research Article (see STRUCTURE AND FORMATTING Item 6 below) and must not have more than 10 pages.


For the initial submission, the manuscript must be sent in two pdf files:

1) One file containing the title, full name, affiliation (Institution) and full address of all authors with clear indication of the corresponding author, who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing publication and also post-publication.

2) A second pdf file containing the main text of the manuscript (the name of the authors and their addresses must be omitted here). This file will be used in the peer-review process.

Lines must be sequentially numbered. Tables and Figures must be included in the text body in the appropriate place of insertion, numbered in crescent order and centralized. Ensure that the size of Tables, Figures and Graphs are sufficient for correct reading and comprehension for the reader. Table captions must be placed above it and the captions for figures and graphs must be placed below it. Captions must be justified. It is advisable that files do not exceed 10Mb.

The introduction of accurate data of ALL authors (full name, affiliation, address, e-mail, etc) in the submission session is the responsibility of the corresponding author.

Sending the initial submission file: pdf files (the two ones mentioned in the first paragraph of this session) must be sent through the submission system of the Geochimica Brasiliensi homepage (


The submission process is divided into two phases. In the first one, the manuscript will be submitted as two pdf files (see Item 5 above). In the second phase, upon acceptance of the manuscript, editable files (doc or docx) must be sent as separate files: front page, manuscript, figures and tables (see item 7 below)

Language: Research Articles, Book Reviews and Notes written in Portuguese or in English will be accepted.

Manuscript Organization: The Geochimica Brasiliensis Editorial Board suggests the author(s) to present the text (main body of the manuscript – see Item 5 above) in one pdf file with the following sequence:

1) Title (Portuguese and English) – it must be concise and informative.

2) Abstracts (Portuguese and English) - The author(s) should provide two abstracts of 150 to 250 words in one paragraph, one of them written in Portuguese and another in English, using font Times New Roman, size 10, line space 1, text justified. For non-Portuguese speakers a translation of the Abstract can be provided, on request, by the Editors.

3) Keywords: The author(s) should provide 3 to 5 keywords, separated by commas

4) Full Text: The full text should cover at least the following themes:


     Materials and Methods

     Results and Discussion


even with different titles which must be sequentially numbered, 1, 2, 3…. The use of sub-items should be avoided, but when absolutely necessary they should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc.

For the main text, use font Times New Roman, size 11, line space 1.5, paper size A4, picture orientation and edited in one column. Lines must be sequentially numbered. Margins: superior 2.0; inferior 2.0; left 3.0 and right 2.0.

Figures: Graphical illustrations, photos and photomicrographs must be numbered in sequence as they are mentioned in the text and will be all considered as Figures. They must be separated from the text by one blank line. Maps must contain a graphical scale and the indication of North.

Symbols and texts on figures must have adequate dimensions to allow legibility. All symbols must be clearly explained as a legend or in the caption.

Pictures from outcrops must contain a graphical scale.

Tables: Use the text processor to write up tables. Tables must be self-explaining, with open sides, concise and sequentially numbered. Do not paste figures in their place.

Abbreviations: Must be avoided or kept to a minimum. If used, they must be defined the first time they are mentioned and must not be used in the title or abstract, unless absolutely necessary. 

Equations: They must be sequentially numbered with Arabic numerals between brackets, on its right side.

Citations in the text: All references must be cited in the text, identified by their author(s) and date of publication. See item 8 below for details.

5) Acknowledgments. It must be in a separate paragraph just before the References

6) References See Item 8 Below for details


Once accepted by the Reviewers as well as by the Editor-in-Chief, the corresponding author will receive specific instructions concerning the final version design and how to send the files.

The main text must be sent as an editable file (doc or docx) - pdf files will not be required at this stage.

Text and tables must be sent as separate editable files (doc or docx).

Figures (colored, black and white and shades of gray) must be saved as tiff or jpg files with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. In bitmapped line drawings, use a minimum of 1000 dpi. In color or grayscale photographs (halftones), use a minimum of 300 dpi. Colored figures must be as cmyk (not rgb) and shades of gray must be in gray-scale.

Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.

Sending the final version: Text, figures and tables must be sent as separate files through the submission system of the Geochimica Brasiliensis homepage (


References must be written with Times New Roman font size 11, line space 1. Automatic spacing must be used between paragraphs. References must be ordered in alphabetical order of the first author surname. We encourage authors to include DOI link, whenever possible, in the references. Use the following examples as guidelines. Ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). 

1) Citation in the text

in sentence:

Smith (1997) suggests that… (one author)

Smith and Jones (1997) suggest that… (two authors)

Smith et. al. (1997) suggest that… (three or more authors)

post- sentence:

Mercury is widespread in the sediments of the river (SMITH, 1997)

Mercury is widespread in the sediments of the river (SMITH; JONES, 1997)

Mercury is widespread in the sediments of the river (SMITH et al., 1997)

The occurrence of mercury in the soil is registered in the literature (SMITH, 1997; MANFRED, 2003)

The occurrence of mercury in the soil is registered in the literature (SMITH; JONES 1997; MANFRED, 2003)

The occurrence of mercury in the soil is registered in the literature (SMITH, et al., 1997; MANFRED, 2003)

2) Reference List


CRISIGIOVANNI, F. L.; LICHT, O. A. B.; FERRARI, V. C.; PORTO, C. G. Geochemical mapping based on regularly spaced composite stream sediment samples produced from stored aliquots - State of Paraná pre-Cambrian Shield, Brazil. Geochim. Bras. 33(3):234-259, 2019. 10.21715/GB2358-2812.2019333234

Articles in Serial Publications

BARBOSA O.; BRAUN O. P. G.; DYER R.C.; CUNHA C. A. B. R. Geologia da região do Triângulo Mineiro. Rio de Janeiro, DNPM/DFPM, Boletim 136, 140 p. 1970


BROWNLOW, A. H. Geochemistry. Prentice Hall. New Jersey. 2nd Edition. 580 p. 1996

Book Chapter:

POLLACK H.N. Thermal characteristics of the Archean. In: DE WIT, M.; ASHWAL, L. D (Eds.) Greenstone belts. Oxford Monographs on Geology and Geophysics, 25, Oxford University Press, p.: 223-232. 1997

Theses and Dissertations

RESENDE, L. Estratigrafia, petrografia e geoquímica da sequência sedimentar do greenstone belt de Pilar de Goiás, GO. Dissertação de Mestrado, Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de Brasília, 124 p. 1995.

GONÇALVES, J. A. C.  A Contaminação natural por arsênio em solos e águas subterrâneas na área urbana de Ouro Preto (MG). Tese de Doutorado, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, 102 p. 2011

Official Report / Technical Report

CETESB – Companhia Ambiental do Estado de São Paulo. Qualidade das águas interiores no Estado de São Paulo. CESTEB. São Paulo. 2018. Série Relatórios.

Articles published in conferences: 

LACERDA, D.; VERGILIO, C. S.; OLIVEIRA, B. C. V.; RANGEL, T. P.; ALMEIDA, D. Q. R; ALMEIDA, M. G.; THOMPSON, F. L.; REZENDE, C. E. Impactos imediatos e de longo prazo nas concentrações de metais no sedimento e no material particulado em suspensão após o rompimento da barragem de Fundão em Mariana – MG. In: XVII CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE GEOQUÍMICA, 2019, Fortaleza. Anais… Fortaleza. Sociedade Brasileira de Geoquímica. 2019.  p 90.

Aerial Photos

IGC - INSTITUTO GEOGRÁFICO E CARTOGRÁFICO. (São Paulo). Projeto Lins Tupã. Foto aérea. Escala 1:25.000, São Paulo, Fx28, n. 15. 1986


BRASIL. Departamento Nacional da Produção Mineral. Mapa geológico do Estado de Santa Catarina. Brasília: DNPM, 1986. Escala 1:500.000.


Minitab 17 Statistical Software [Computer software]. State College, PA: Minitab, Inc. ( 2010.

Internet Pages:.

INPE - INSTITUTO DE PESQUISAS ESPACIAIS 2000. El Ninho. Available at http://www.inpe.dpi/ elninho.html. Accessed on 14 June 2000.  

Internal reports will NOT be accepted as references, except those which are broadly known by the scientific community and with the Geochimica Brasiliensis Editorial Board authorization.