Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia
Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia

Guidelines and Policies

Scope and Policy

Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia is a journal by the ‘Associação Brasileira de Limnologia’ (Brazilian Association of Limnology) which publishes original articles, short notes, review articles, opinion articles and methods articles aiming to contribute to the scientific development of Limnology.

The Journal covers a broad spectrum, including any theme of the ecology of continental waters from ecosystems such as streams, rivers, lakes, floodplains, swamps, reservoirs and estuarine zones. The scope of Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia comprises all aspects of theoretical and applied continental aquatic ecology, management and conservation, ecotoxicology, and pollution. Taxonomic works may also be accepted, provided that they contain ecological and geographic distribution information. Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be original with no simultaneous submission to other periodicals. The authors assume the intellectual and legal responsibility for the results and the considerations presented.

Authors are entire responsible for manuscripts and its do not reflect the opinion of the journal editors. The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of the information and citations. The academic plagiarism at any level is a crime.

Submitted manuscripts will first be checked for language, presentation, and style. Scientists who use English as a foreign language are strongly recommended to have their manuscript read by a native English−speaking colleague.

Authors should prepare their papers for submission following the instructions listed below. Manuscripts are initially evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief. As long as it adheres to the journal’s standards, the Editor in Chief forwards it to an Associated Editor, which indicates the paper for two peer reviewers. The journal uses the double-blind procedure. The reviewers submit their reviews to the Associate Editors that also elaborates a review based on the reviewer’s reviews. After that, the Associate Editor can accept the submission with minor revisions, accept with major revisions, decline the submission or decline with the possibility of a new submission. After examination of the content of the work, the editor sends the reviews to the author’s reformulation. The Associate Editor notifies the Editor in Chief his decision, which then takes his final decision. After a paper has been accepted, a “proof print” of the article is sent (online) to the authors for a final revision.

Doubts and questions about the paper’s workflow may be sent through de e-mail

There are six categories of contributions to Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia:

1. Primary research papers (generally comprising up to 25 printed pages (including tables, figures and references). See below “Form and preparation of manuscripts”.

2. Short research notes, 2-4 printed pages, presenting concise information on timely topics. Abstract (English and Portuguese), keywords (English and Portuguese), and references are required; the remainder is presented as continuous text.

3. Review papers. Review articles should cover subjects falling within the scope of the journal which are of active current interest. They may be submitted or invited.

4. Opinion papers. These articles should approach academic discussion on a topic relevant to the journal scope. The opinion articles should contain up to 3000 words and express views on theoretical, methodological or current topics in limnology and should be supported and justified by bibliographic elements. At the Editorial Board criterion, the journal will publish responses or considerations of other researchers stimulating discussion on the topics. The views expressed in the opinion articles are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the view of Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia.

5. Methods. These articles should approach new methods regarding data sample and analysis, regarding the journal scope.

6. Thematic sections. Sections regarding a specific theme proposed by the journal’s Editorial Board or by a Limnologist. It may be referring to a specific event in the area.

Form and preparation of manuscripts          

Manuscripts submitted to Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia should be original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission should be done in a single file by SciELO Publication System in the journal link: Manuscripts should be submitted in English, and a title, abstract and keywords in Portuguese must also be included. We strongly recommend that authors whose native language is not English to have their manuscript checked by an English-speaking colleague prior to submission.



The following order must be used. First page: title in English (in bold type) and Portuguese, authors’ full name (e.g., Antonio Fernando Monteiro Camargo), affiliation, address, email address and ORCID address of all authors. All the authors should be identified by a superscript number. Second page: Abstract (in English and Portuguese), Keywords and a graphical abstract. Third and following pages: text of the article (Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References). The text should be in Times New Roman font, size 12, 1,5 spaced throughout. The following information should accompany all species cited in the text: a) for zoology, author name and the publication date of the original description should be given the first time that species is cited in the article; and b) for botany, only the name of the author who made the description should be given the first time that species is cited in the article.



The concise abstract (250-300 words) should be structured and itemized into the following topics: aim, methods, major results, and conclusions. The topics should be highlighted in bold. Abstracts should be written in English and Portuguese. Four to five keywords (also in English and Portuguese) should be supplied and should be distinct from those used in the title.

Optionally, a graphical abstract should be elaborated in English including the main findings and ideas regarding the paper. It should be placed after the Portuguese abstract (minimum resolution of 300DPI).


Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (Table 1, 2, 3 etc. and Figure 1, 2, 3, etc.). In the first version, the tables and figures should be inserted in the text as they are cited. In the final version, the tables and figures should be inserted after the references. Figures should be in high resolution (300 DPI or more). Tables should follow the model below, with lines between the header and the data and at the top and bottom of the table. We encourage the use of colored figures by the authors, as we only publish in digital version. Tables and figures must be mentioned in the text.


Supplemental Material

Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia does not publish supplemental material, as it is only published online. We encourage authors to include external links with raw data at the end of the article.



Citation from dissertations, theses, undergraduate monographs, technical reports or abstracts for congresses should be avoided as much as possible and only in exceptional circumstances and with the reviewers and the Editors consent may be used.

Citation in the text: Use the name and year system:

Schwarzbold (2009), (Carneiro & Bini, 2020), (Faria et al.,  2021), (ABLimno, 2016), (Brasil, 2021); for more than two authors use “et al.”. Citations from the list of references should follow the American Psychological Association - APA 7th Edition (modified). All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically according to the first authors. References should start on a separate page.



The academic paper references must be presented in the correct established way: name of the author abbreviated (surname, given name), year of publication, title of the work, journal title abbreviated, volume, edition number and page numbers (if available) and DOI, without omission of any relevant information.

Carneiro, F.M. & Bini, L.M., 2020. Revisiting the concept of longitudinal gradients in reservoirs. Acta Limnol. Bras. (Online), 32, e8.

Faria, L., Frehse, F.A., Occhi, T.V.T., Carvalho, B.M., Pupo, D.V., Disaró, S.T. & Vitule, J.R.S., 2021. Occurrence of non-native species in a subtropical coastal River, in Southern Brazil. Acta Limnol. Bras. (Online), 33, e101.


Chapter or Section in Book

Thomaz, S.M. & Esteves, F.A, 2011. Comunidade de macrófitas aquáticas. In: Esteves, F.A., ed. Fundamentos de limnologia. Rio de Janeiro: Interciência, 461-518,3 ed.



Tundisi, J.G. & Matsumura-Tundisi, T, 2008. Limnologia. São Paulo: Oficina de Textos.


Web documents and sites

Associação Brasileira de Limnologia – ABLimno, 2016. Breve Histórico da ABLimno (continuidade da SBL) [online]. Rio Claro: ABLimno. Retrieved in 2021, July 19, from



Juridic documents: laws, decrees, resolutions

Brasil. Agência Nacional de Águas – ANA, 2021. Declara situação crítica de escassez quantitativa dos recursos hídricos na Região Hidrográfica do Paraná (Resolução ANA nº 77, de 1º de junho de 2021). Diário Oficial da União [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Poder Executivo, Brasília, DF. Retrieved in 2021, July 19, from


Number of authors per article

There is no limit on the number of authors per article. However, simple articles with a modest amount of information and within a single specialty are expected to have few authors (two or three). Articles with data from different geographic regions sampled by different research groups and with the need for specialists in different knowledge areas (taxonomy, mathematical modeling, bioinformatics, landscape ecology, etc.) are expected to have a large number of authors (eight, 10 or more). For example, in the preparation of a scientific article, there are five steps to be completed, as following: 1. Elaboration of the question (what one intends to answer) and elaboration of the project with the sampling or experimental design. 2. Sampling or execution of the experiment. 3. Data analysis (laboratory determinations, preparation of tables and graphs, application of statistical analyses, etc.). 4. Interpretation of the results regarding the existing scientific knowledge. 5. Writing of the work itself. Only those who actively participate in at least three of the five steps must be in the authorship of the work.


Cover letter

Submit a cover letter including the work principal contributions, suggesting three potential reviewers (full name, e-mail and why you suggested them). Inform in the letter the contribution of each author in the five steps of the preparation of the paper mentioned above (1. Elaboration of the project; 2. Execution of the experiment; 3. Data analysis; 4. Interpretation of the results; 5. Writing the paper).


Ethics committee approval

If necessary, submit the ethics committee approval.

Send of the manuscripts

The manuscripts prepared according to the aforementioned instructions need to be sent in Word for Windows by SciELO Publication System ( Brazilian Association of Limnology does not charge any fee for submission and evaluation of manuscripts.

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