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Author Guidelines

Submission of manuscripts and review

Manuscript should be submitted electronically in MS Word files to or by online system. The authors should inform names and e-mail of at least five researchers of recognized competence who may be considered as reviewers.

Preparation of manuscripts

This journal publishes original research articles, short communications and reviews, in English only.

Original research articles:

Sections: Manuscripts should be divided into the following sections: Title page, abstract, introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, captions to figures, tables.

Formats: All sections of the manuscript must be typed using MS Word (or compatible), letter Times New Roman 12, double-spaced on A4 paper with 2.5 cm margins. To aid reviewers, number the lines of the text (go to files, page setup, layout, lines numbering). Pages should be numbered consecutively (at bottom right-hand corner) and footnotes must be avoided. Mark the position of each figure and table in the margin. The full Latin names of all species used in this study must be supplied.

Length: Authors should keep the length of research papers below 10 journal pages (approximately 3.2 double-spaced typewritten pages equal one page of printed type) and limit the number of references (maximum of 40), figures and tables.

Title pages: The title should be sort, concise and informative. Consult a recent issue of EEC for author format. The author’s name should be followed by his/her department, institution, city, and country. Indicate the author to whom correspondence and full postal address and e-mail.

Abstract: The second page of the manuscript must contain only the abstract and the key words. The abstract should be a single paragraph not exceeding 200 words. Non-standard abbreviations and reference citations should be avoided.

Key words: Up to eight key words, which may or may not appear in the title, should be listed in alphabetic order after the abstract.

Tables: Each table, including headings and legend (at the top), should be on a separate page. Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Do not duplicate information in the text or data presented in graphic forms. Very long tables are discouraged and very short ones should be combined, when possible. Insert rules at the head, below column headings and foot of each table.

Illustrations: Photographs, charts and diagrams (limited to 6) are to be referred to as “Figures” and should be ordered consecutively. Figures should not duplicate information found in tables. Include titles and explanatory legends for all illustrations on a separate sheet placed before the figures. Label multipart figures with consecutive letters of the alphabet. Line drawings should be intensely black on white. Halftones do not reproduce well and must be submitted as photographs with good contrast and sharp focus throughout. Avoid small dotted lines, shading, and stippling, which do not reproduce well. Be certain that symbols and lettering will be legible after reduction.

The format of the units should be standardized in the text, figures and tables. Standardizations of abbreviation requested are: mg L-1; mL (to milliliter); L (liter); Kg (to kilogram)

References: All publications cited in the text should be presented in alphabetic order in a list following the manuscript. In the text refer to the author’s name and year of publication (i.e. Reis (1998) or (Reis, 1998)). For two authors, use the ampersand (&); for more than two authors the name of the first author should be followed by “et al.” (in italic). References cited together in the text should be arranged chronologically. The List of references (on a separate sheet) should be arranged alphabetically on authors’ names, and chronologically per author. Names of all authors must be included. Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed as 2000a, 2000b, etc. Unpublished work will not be listed in this section unless it is “in press”. Abbreviations should follow the “World List of Scientific Periodicals” published by Butterworks, London.

References must follow the relevant examples below.

SOTERO-SANTOS, R.B., ROCHA, O. & POVINELLI, J. 2007. Toxicity of ferric chloride sludge to aquatic organisms. Chemosphere, 68(4): 628-636.

Should be included at the end of the reference, the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) in the following standard format:

HUGGETT, R.J., KIMERLE, R.A., MEHRLE JR.P.M. & BERGMAN, H.L. 1992. Biomarkers. Biochemical, Physiological, and Histological Markers of Anthropogenic Stress. Lewis Publishers, Chelsea, MI. 347p.

CASTELLO, J.P. 1985. The ecology of consumers from dos Patos Lagoon estuary, Brazil. In: Yanes-Aranciba, A. (ed), Fish Community Ecology in Estuaries and Coastal Lagoons Towards an Ecosystem Integration. México: UNAM Press, pp. 383-406.

SANTOS, J.A. 2005. Determinação de Cu e Zn em fazendas produtoras de camarão do litoral leste do estado do Ceará. PhD Thesis. Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, 64p.

FERRARO, M.V.M. 2003. Avaliação do efeito mutagênico do tributilestanho (TBT) e do chumbo inorgânico (PbII) em Hoplias malabaricus (Pisces) através dos ensaios: Cometa, Micronúcleo e de Aberrações Cromossômicas. MSc. Dissertation. Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, 54p.

USEPA (Environmental Protection Agency). 1996. Ecological Effects Test Guidelines OPPTS 850.4200 Seed Germination/Root Elongation Toxicity Test, Washington DC.

Review articles:

A review article is a scientific paper which provides a synthesis of current state information on specific research topic. The review consists of an abstract and keywords plus a continuous free-style section. The manuscript should not exceed 20 pages including the figures and tables.

Short communications:

(a) The average length of a short communication should not exceed 4 pages in print (approx. 2000-2100 words, including abstract, captions and references). A maximum of 2 illustrations (figures or tables) is allowed. It should be arranged as follows. First page: title (not exceeding 85 characters including spaces between words); surname(s) of author(s), preceded by one name spelled out in full; name and address of the establishment where the work was done; name, full postal address and e-mail. Next page (2): abstract and keywords (indexing terms: normally 3-6 items); Pages 3 to end: 1. Introduction; 2. Materials and methods; 3. Results; 4. Discussion; Acknowledgements; References; figure legends and figures; tables.

(b) Abstract and keywords: and abstract not exceeding 75 words and stating what was done, what was found, and what was concluded should be typed on a separate sheet. Below the abstract, type 3-6 keywords. These terms will be printed at the end of the abstract.

(c) Legends of illustrations and footnotes should be typed on separate sheets, lines double spaced. Footnotes, to be numbered consecutively in superscript throughout the text, should be used as little as possible.

Proofs: The corresponding author will receive proof by e-mail. Proofs must be checked immediately and returned to the EEC. Corrections to the proofs should be restricted to printer’s errors only. Substantial alterations may be charged to the author. The EEC will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Subsequent corrections will not be possible, so please ensure your first sending is complete.


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.

  1. Is the manuscript in accordance with the norms of the Journal? Remember that the manuscript cannot contain the names of the authors.

  2. Were all the authors registered, including email of contact for each one?


  3. Are the references in the indicated format and are all mentioned?


Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2006 ECOTOX-Brasil

Copyright notice: It is a condition for publication that manuscripts submitted to this journal have not yet been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published of elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that copyright for their article is transferred to the Sociedade Brasileira de Ecotoxicologia (ECOTOX-Brasil) if and when the article is accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute articles, including reprints, photographic reproductions or any other reproduction of a similar nature, including translations. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without permission of the publisher.

Notice: While every effort is made by the EEC, editors and editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the contents of the articles and advertisements published herein are the sole responsibility of the contributors or advertisers concerned. Accordingly, the EEC, the editorial board and editors and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement.


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