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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission must be original, as yet unpublished and not be under evaluation for publication in another journal. If this is not the case justify to the editors why your submission should be considered publication in the Comments to the Editors section.
  • Files should be in Microsoft Word format and not exceed 8MB size.

  • All URL addressed material in the text (e.g. should be active and readily accessible.
  • The text should be 1.5 spaced, use 10-point Arial font. Italics are to be used instead of underlining (excepting URL addresses).  Figures, maps and tables should be inserted in the text and also sent in individual compacted files as Additional Documents.
  • The text must follow the style and bibliographic norms detailed in the Instructions to Authors and in the General Information on the journal.
  • Identification of the author must be removed from the file, including in the Properties of Word option concerning who created the file so guaranteeing anonymity. In the case of citing the work of the authors in the text, footnotes and references, only “the author” and year should be given and not the name of the authors, title of the documents, etc.

Author Guidelines

Journal of Sedimentary Environments (JSE) is an open access online international journal published by the Faculty of Geology, of University of State of Rio de Janeiro. This Journal accept papers that are comprehensive, interdisciplinary and synthetic that are significant contributions to knowledge contribution to the field. Papers are based on important regional studies are accepted but they must demonstrate new findings of international interest related to the scope of this journal. We encourage papers that address emerging new fields. We insist that the papers are concerned with the present and past Environmental Sedimentology sciences and that they deal with geological processes that affect that sedimentary environment, with rocks, sediments, and physical, chemical, biological and climatic processes affecting them and that affected them in the past. Our target audience are students and researchers working on issues related to the scope of this journal. Papers based on highly descriptive data compilations or papers that deal on subjects not related to the environmental sedimentology are not accept and should be submitted to other journals. Papers on laboratory or modelling studies must demonstrate direct relevance to understand sedimentary processes or deposits. The primary criteria for acceptance of papers is that the science is of high quality, novel, significant, and of broad regional and international interest.

Expectation of authors to undertake reviewing duties

The editors provide peer review assistance in making editorial decisions and through editorial communications with the author. The editors may assist the authors in the paper improving aiming to be published with high quality. Peer review is an essential component of the publishing process. Reviewers are international specialists selected according to the subject of the submitted manuscript.


Types of papers

Research Papers: The majority of the articles published in the ES journal are original Research Papers. Research papers should report new and original research of high quality that meet the criteria of being of broad of regional and international interest, significant and novel. Authors must warrant that the material has not been previously published and declare in a covering letter any related manuscripts that are submitted or in press. A research paper is typically structured with a brief introduction which must include the aim of the work which may if necessary a section on the characteristics of the study area followed by methods, results, discussion and conclusions. The length should be commensurate with the significance of the work and is usually not more than 10000 words.

Review Articles provide a comprehensive and novel assessment of an issue or significant region in Environmental Sedimentology and should be of interest to a wide readership. A Review Article should provide a balanced, integrated and critical summary of previous work and should evaluate potential controversial issues. Important new data may be presented, but are not the focus of the review. Illustrations should where possible integrate existing data into new comprehensive figures rather than duplicating published work. Length should not normally exceed twice that of a typical Research Paper. Potential authors are invited to consult informally with one of the Editors before preparing a Review Article, to do this we request that authors send an email to Virginia Martins (email) in order to get the consultation process started. The editors may wish to categorize such articles as "Invited Review Article" in the published version. All other reviews will be categorized as "Review Article". Please note that an invitation from the Editors to submit a review article to the journal does not guarantee that it will be accepted for publication.

The Letter section of Journal of Sedimentary Environments is intended to provide rapid publication of immediate results (which will normally arise from fieldwork, but may include significant new laboratory results). The criteria for acceptance of a Letter is that it presents exciting and significant new results, for which the interpretation is clear, and which will have an important impact on the international Environmental Sedimentology community. Authors must warrant that the material has not been previously published and explain in a covering letter how the Letter meets the criteria in terms of a new result, its significance and its impact. A letter is not normally more than 4000 words (including abstract and references) and 3 figures.

A Special Issue of Journal of Sedimentary Environments is a coherent set of papers on a single scientific theme. The papers must meet the normal criteria for acceptance in Journal of Sedimentary Environments. Although scientists intending to propose a Special Issue may consult the Editor-in-Chief. A formal decision is taken by the Editors on receipt of a completed written proposal. Formal proposals for Special Issues must include the following:

1. A one page text by the Guest Editor(s) outlining the reason for the Special Issue, what is the scientific theme and its significance, why it is timely and needed, and why a Special Issue is necessary rather than individual papers.

2. The proposed time schedule, taking into account that usually several months are required for both reviewing and revising of papers.

3. A list of the proposed contributions (titles, authors, institutions)

4. Once all of this material is received, the Editors will evaluate each proposal on its significance, novelty and timeliness. The proponents will act as Guest Editors, with the Editor-in-Chief assigned at an early stage to ensure that the proposal agree with the Journal of Sedimentary Environments criteria and to provide advice where required. Guest Editors are expected to obtain independent reviewers who are un-associated with the Special Issue and are able to assess the quality of the manuscripts in an unbiased manner. The assigned Editor-in-Chief will handle the review process for any manuscripts for which the Guest Editors have a conflict of interest. All manuscript submissions, reviewing and editorial decisions are handled through the Editorial System.

Ethics in publishing

The journal is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in publication and takes all possible measures against any irregularities.

All authors, by submitting their papers to the journal for publication as original articles, attest that the presented works represent contributions of their authors and do not consist of plagiarism in whole or in part, other works.

Any deviations from the above rules should be reported directly to the Editor in Chief, who is committed to providing quickly solutions.

The journal is committed to keeping in line with the guidelines stipulated by the Commission on Integrity in the Scientific Activity of CNPq ( and the ethics recommendations in publication for authors, editors and reviewers of the Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE (

Submission declaration and verification

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The authors must inform the Editors that their manuscript is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Plagiarism is not permitted. The originality of the article is checked.


All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be submitted.

Changes to authorship

This addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship is accepted during the revision of the work. After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.

Language (usage and editing services)

Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use a proofreading service.

The journal can give support to manuscripts proofreading and the translation from Portuguese and Spanish language to the English of the accepted manuscripts if necessary.


Special Issues can be published in Portuguese language.


Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files.

Manuscripts for JSE can be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish or English but are only published in English. The journal can give support to the manuscripts proofreading and the translation from Portuguese and Spanish language to the English of the accepted manuscripts if necessary.

O tempo médio para os processos de avaliação e publicação são de três meses (90 dias).

A taxa média de rejeição anual é de 15%.


Submit your article

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Please submit, with the manuscript, the names and addresses of 4 potential referees.

Preparation of manuscript

The manuscripts must be submitted in a Word file, Arial 10 and spacing of 1.5, justified, using A4 paper, margins with 2.5 cm.

The manuscript must be organized using the following elements per order:

Title page: List title, authors, and affiliations as first page of manuscript



Materials and Methods






Figures and tables captions (if applicable)

Supplementary supporting information captions (if applicable)


First page of manuscript essential information: Title, authors list, and affiliations.

Title. Concise and informative and consistent with the content

Author names and affiliations. Complete name(s) of author(s) without abbreviations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript number immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address.

The affiliation includes department, university, or organizational affiliation and its location, including city, state/province (if applicable), and simplified postal address(es), including zip code, city, state, and country and the e-mail address of each author. Abbreviations or acronyms can be adopted for states and institutions/companies, if easy to identify. If an author has multiple affiliations, enter all affiliations on the title page only. In the submission system, enter only the preferred or primary affiliation.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.  Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author, namely E-mail address, Full postal address: Phone numbers

Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

Article structure

Subdivision - numbered sections

The article must be organized in clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering).


A brief abstract is required. The abstract must summarize the main objective(s) of the study, the explanation how the study was done, without methodological detail, the principal results and major conclusions. References should be avoided in this section as well as abbreviations, if possible. However if necessary it can be cited in the abstract in full. Not exceed 300 words


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords.

1. Introduction

Provide background that puts the manuscript into context and allows readers outside the field to understand the purpose and significance of the study.

Define the problem addressed and why it is important

Include a brief review of the key literature

Note any relevant controversies or disagreements in the field

Conclude with a brief statement of the overall aim of the work and a comment about whether that aim was previously achieved.

1.2. Study area

For papers that focus on an area, provide a brief synopsis of the physical and geological characteristics of the area, sufficient to give the new work context, but again avoid a detailed literature survey.

3. Materials and methods

Provide sufficient detail on methods to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. Samples should normally be positioned on a map or in a table. However, lengthy tables of precise positions should be submitted as Supplementary Material (see below).

Detailed protocols for newer or less well-established methods should be submitted as “Supporting Information”.

4. Results

This section should highlight the key results (and not repeat material already in figures or tables) without interpretations.

This section may be divided into subsections, each with a concise subheading. Large datasets, including raw data, should be submitted as supplementary files, these are published online alongside the accepted article.

The Results section should be written in past tense.

5. Discussion

This section should explore the interpretation of these results and the inter-relationships of different data sets and the broader significance of the results. It may include limited speculation that will not appear in the conclusions. It can be supported by references.

6. Conclusions

The short Conclusions section should summarise the conclusions of the study that have been firmly established. It should not duplicate either the Abstract or the Discussion.


The acknowledgements must be in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. It must list the individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing technical aid for instance in field work, samples collection and analysis, providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

This section also must include the acknowledgment to institutions or programs who gave financial support to the work, for instance, who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, in the writing of the report, and in the decision to submit the article for publication.

7. References

Reference style Citation Style Language (CSL)

Citation in text

Unavailable and unpublished work and personal communications, including thesis and manuscripts that have been submitted but not yet accepted (e.g., “unpublished work,” “data not shown”) are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication and are online.

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

References in a special issue

Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Reference style

All citations in the text should refer to:

1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication,

2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication,

3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by "et al." and the year of publication.

Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first chronologically, then alphabetically.

List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.


Reference to a journal publication:

Martins, M.V.A., Perretti, A.R.,Salgueiro, E., Frontalini, F., Moreno, J., Soares, A.M., Mahiques, M., Silva, S., de Azevedo, C.A., Dias, J.A., 2015. Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures Estimated from Planktonic Foraminifera Off the Iberian Margin Over the Last 40 Ka BP. Marine Geology 367, 191-201.

The full name of the Journal must be provided.

Deposited articles (preprints, e-prints, or online articles)

Martins, M.V.A. Zaaboub, N., Aleya, L., Frontalini, F., Pareira, E., Miranda, P., Mane, M., Rocha, F., Laut, L., El Bour, M. 2015. Environmental quality assessment of Bizerte Lagoon (Tunisia) using living foraminifera assemblages and a multiproxy approach. PLoS ONE. doi.10.1371/journal.pone.0137250

Reference to a book:

Pereira, S.D., Rodrigues, M.A.C., Bergamashi, S., Freitas J.G. (eds.). O Homem e as Zonas Costeiras, Tomo IV da Rede BrasPor, Rio de Janeiro.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

Clemente, I.M.M.M., Laut, L.L.M., Martins, M.V.A., Silva, F.S., Fontana, L.F., Pinto, A.F.S., Miranda, P., Pereira, E., Mendonça Filho, J.G., Rodrigues, M.A.C., 2015. Impacto da poluição e qualidade de matéria orgânica nas assembleias (totais) de foraminíferos - Ria de Aveiro, Portugal. In: Pereira, S.D., Rodrigues, M.A.C., Bergamashi, S., Freitas J.G. (eds.), O Homem e as Zonas Costeiras, Tomo IV da Rede BrasPor, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 32-46.

Web pages

World Register of Marine Species: WoRMS. URL: Access 14.01.2016.


Tables and Figures

  • Tables and figures should be numbered and cited sequentially in the texts, appearing with an abbreviated reference and initial capitalized only when cited in parentheses (ex. Fig. 1; Tab. 1).
  • Each table, figure or charts should come in a separate file. Each should have titles or subtitles, with the information needed to understand the data.
  • Tables, figures, charts and all the graphics should have their texts formatted in Times New Roman or Arial. The use of specific fonts and symbols must be mentioned to the editors.
  • Tables and charts should be reformatted for standard presentation of JSE.
  • Maps and vector graphics containing legends should come in two versions, one with text typed in Arial and another version with the text converted to curves.
  • There are no restrictions on the use of color images
  • All pictures and tables should be separately sent in electronic print format, as acrobat files (PDF files), in addition to the regular TIFF file format (see below).

Figure and table captions

Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately at the end of the paper, after the references, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum. In the figure caption explain all the used symbols and abbreviations.


Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and supply each table in a separated file. Tables’s footnotes can be placed below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. The use of tables must be limited. Avoid to duplicate results presented in tables and thoroughly described in the text.


Supplementary data

Electronic supplementary material to support and enhance the scientific research should be provided (excel files, figure).

Supporting Information

Authors can submit essential supporting files and multimedia files along with their manuscripts. All Supporting Information will be subject to peer review. All file types can be submitted, but files must be smaller than 10 MB in size. Authors may use almost any description as the item name for a Supporting Information file. For example, “Appendix 1”.

Nomenclature and units

Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI.

Species names

Write in italics (e.g., Homo sapiens). Write out in full the genus and species, both in the title of the manuscript and at the first mention of an organism in a paper. After first mention, the first letter of the genus name followed by the full species name may be used (e.g., H. sapiens).

Paleontology and archaeology research

Manuscripts reporting paleontology and archaeology research must include descriptions of methods and specimens in sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Data sets supporting statistical and phylogenetic analyses should be provided, preferably in a format that allows easy re-use.

Specimen numbers and complete repository information, including museum name and geographic location, are required for publication. Locality information should be provided in the manuscript as legally allowable, or a statement should be included giving details of the availability of such information to qualified researchers.

Mathematical formulae

Present simple formulae in the line of normal text where possible.


Do not include figures in the main manuscript file. Each figure must be prepared and submitted as an individual file.

  • Only use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Courier, Times, Symbol.
  • Number of Figures according to their sequence in the text.
  • Provide captions to illustrations separately.
  • Produce images near to the desired size of the printed version.
  • Submit each figure as a separate file, preferably TIF or JPEG.
  • All maps must have geographic referencing (UTM or latitude and longitude).
  • Please do not Supply files that are too low in resolution.
  • Please do not: Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.

Colour artwork

The web version of your article is in full color at no cost and this is the version seen by almost all readers. There is a charge to the author for color reproduction in the print version. If greyscale figures are provided for the print version, the caption will note that a color version is available on the web.

Please make sure that artwork files are in an acceptable format (TIFF, JPEG files) and with the correct resolution (>300 dpi).


Please inform the Editor if this publication has any conflict of interest.


General article

Covering current trends in research in sedimentology, environmental sciences and related subjects

Research article

Covering research work of scientific excellence.

Review article

Focusing on current advancements in the given field.

Short communication

Containing important, interesting and noble findings.

Case report

It includes case reports related to for instance toxicology, etc.

Historical note

Includes famous scientific personalities or institutions or events of the past related to science history.


Views on scientific activity.

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