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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.

Author Guidelines

Submission Mandatory

The following mandatory rules must be applied for any manuscript submission at the Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management / Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada submission:

  • Articles should not exceed 7 000 words, excluding the abstract, references, author's names and affiliation, tables and figures. In case of Literature review articles, 12 000 words can be used instead of 7 000.
  • Titles should be no more than 200 characters only in the article language.
  • Text should start with a brief introduction describing the paper's significance and a short state-of-art description, followed by the objectives of the work (that must be in complete coherence with the conclusions). Also, the novelty of the work presented must be clear at the introduction of the article.
  • Abstract must be provided in English and Portuguese (maximum of 300 words)
  • Tables should be embedded directly in the manuscript file. Each table should include a legend before that table. Table's captions should be made in the same language as the article.
  • Figures should be embedded directly in the manuscript file. Each figure should include a legend in the line following that figure. Photos and graphics should be included as figures. Figure's captions should be made in the same language as the article. All tables and figures should be cited in the text in numerical order. All Figures, whose copyrights are not owned by the authors are at the responsibility of the authors themselves. Figures should have sufficient quality and resolution.
  • Symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms should be defined the first time they are used.
  • Numerical digits and decimal places: notation for decimal places is ".", for example, 1345.4
  • References should be arranged accordingly to the journal's style [see bellow]. Authors should avoid as much as possible the use of grey literature (thesis, dissertations, reports, white papers etc.). References at the text should be coloured in blue, for example, (Author, Year). All references must be cited in the text and vice-versa.
  • Foreign terms and written abbreviatures must always be in italic, for example, e.g., et al., etc.
  • Author’s contribution to the article: Each author listed on the manuscript should have made a real and concrete contribution to the submission, and each person who contributed to the manuscript should be listed. The contributions of all authors must be described (as much as possible in a short phrase). Author lists should accurately reflect contributions to the work. The contributions to the article should be stated before the Acknowledgments section, in a section called Contributions.

Only the articles complying with these rules are considered for peer-review. Articles which are not according to the submission rules will be automatically rejected.

Cover letter

The cover letter should include the following information:

    • Title (no more than 200 characters)
    • List of authors (with e-mail addresses) with affiliations that should include university, or organizational affiliation, department, address and country (do not include academic or professional qualifications)
    • Type of the submitted manuscript (Research article / Review article / Case study / Technical note)
    • Suggestion of three to five potential accredited and independent referees (whose names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses should be provided) suitable to proceed to this manuscript review. These researchers should not be from the same region and as far as possible, the major part of them should have a nationality other than the authors. In addition, authors should have not co-authored any paper with the suggested reviewers in the last 5 years.
    • Statement declaring that the manuscript:
      • is original,
      • has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or a thesis),
      • is not under consideration for publication elsewhere,
      • do not configure situations of plagiarism (even auto-plagiarism),
      • submission has been approved by all authors,
      • the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright,
      • you have read and agree with the "Publication ethics and malpractice statement" ( in what concerns the authors of articles.
      • Hint of cover letter

Citations and references

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 separated by "&" and the year of publication;
  3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by "et al." and the year of publication.
  4. Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first chronologically, then alphabetically.

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.

The name of the journals should not be abbreviated. Include the journal full name in italics. Format for volume, issue and pages is VV(ii):pp-pp (without spaces).

Journal Articles with DOI: Dias, J.A.; Boski, T.; Rodrigues, A.; Magalhães, F. (2000) - Coast line Evolution in Portugal since the Last Glacial Maximum until Present - A Synthesis. Marine Geology, 170(1-2):177-186. DOI: 10.1016/S0025-3227(00)00073-6

Journal Articles without DOI: Silva, J.S.; Costa, M. (2009) - Fisheries in Protected and Non-Protected areas: is it different? The case of Anomalocardia brasiliana at tropical estuaries of Northeast Brazil. Journal of Coastal Research (ISSN: 0749-0258), SI56:1454-1458, Lisboa, Portugal. Available on-line at

Books and Monographs: Bruun, P.; Gerritsen, F. (1960) - Stability of Coastal Inlets. 123p., North-Holland Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISBN: 978-0720416015.

e-books: Dias, J.A. (2004) - A Conquista do Planeta Azul: o início do reconhecimento do oceano e do mundo. Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal. /JAD/e_b_CPAzul.html.

Book Chapters: Widmer, W.M. (2003) - Recreational boats and submerged marine debris in Sydney Harbour, Australia. In: Narendra K. Saxena (org.), Recent Advances in Marine Science and Technology, pp.565-575, PACON International, Honolulu, HI, USA. ISBN: 978-0963434357. Available on-line at

Dissertations: Polette, M. (1997) - Gerenciamento costeiro integrado: Proposta metodológica para a paisagem da microbacia de Mariscal - Bombinhas (SC). 499p., Dissertação de Doutorado, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianololis, SC, Brasil. Unpublished.

Unpublished reports: Costa, C.L. (1994) - Final report of sub-project A "Wind wave climatology of the Portuguese Coast". Instituto Hidrográfico/LNEC, Report 6/94-A, 80p., Lisboa, Portugal. Unpublished.

Internet - reports (e-reports): Rodrigues, R.; Brandão, C.; Costa, J.P. (2004) - A Cheia de 24 de Fevereiro de 2004 no Rio Ardila. 11p., Ministério das Cidades, Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente, Instituto da Água, Lisboa, Portugal.

Internet - reports with unidentified author (web sites): Instituto de Meteorologia (s/d) - Extremos Climatológicos. Instituto de Meteorologia, Lisboa, Portugal. In:

Research Articles

Report  new results  from original research work within the scope of the journal. Manuscripts may include supplementary information i.e.  raw data that support the findings, as well as other complementary material (photographs, tables, figures, small descriptive texts, …) that facilitate better article understanding. A good research paper has a clear statement of the problem the paper is addressing, the description of the work done, and results achieved. It puts clearly the research done within the scope of  state of the art .

Review articles

Summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the scope of the journal. They should bring up the most important current topics or present interpretative and critical accounts, but not simple compilation, on subjects of general interest. They should provide a summary of the major discoveries and the work that is being done in the field.

Case studies

Are articles that can cover a wide range of subjects, from the local to regional or national level, but do not compulsorily contain new  scientific research results of broad international interest.   These articles should treated as a way of  exchange of information among the coastal stakeholders .

Technical notes

Are articles giving a brief description of novel aspects of experimental and theoretical methods, techniques or procedures relevant for scientific research on coastal zones. Manuscripts of this type should be short (a few pages only). Highly detailed and specific technical information such as computer programme code or user manuals can be included as Supplementary Information to the Technical Note.


(and replies thereon) continue the discussion of published papers. They undergo the same process of peer-review and publication. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to".


Correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR.

Book Reviews

That are intended to have two goals: to inform the reader about the content of the book, and to provide an evaluation of the book’s quality.

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