The Journal of the Geological Survey of Brazil - JGSB publishes:

- Research Papers: Preferred and largely predominant type. Correspond to original research, implying that the work has not been published before in any other media, in full or in part, except as short notes/abstracts in conference proceedings, or as part of an academic thesis or dissertation, and that it has not been submitted concomitantly to other periodicals

Review Article: In-depth synthesis about a relevant subject. It can be proposed by the author or invited by the editorial board

Short Communication: Four to six pages - the subject or amount of information do not allow the production of a complete paper; this type includes the concise results of symposia and conferences)

Discussion-Reply:  It includes discussions, comments, or inquiries regarding a previously published article in the JGSB. Gives the right to reply to the cited or questioned author(s)

Historical Review: Refers to texts that do not qualify as original research or a review article, but which contain reports or compilations of historical matters worthy of publication.

- Field Guide: Must provide concise, but comprehensive and factual description of the geology of individual regions or geological objects. In general, includes maps, photographs, cross sections, diagrams, drawn sketches, a written description of the subject, and topics about logistics and access.


Papers are published in English. Manuscripts should be submitted preferentially in English, but submissions in Portuguese will occasionally be accepted and revised in this language (in case of acceptance, the final version will be translated by the JGSB team and published in English). 


On submitting a manuscript, the author(s) guarantee to the Journal of the Geological Survey of Brazil the rights of first publication. After publication by the JGSB (Diadorim = BlueSherpa/Romeo = Blue), authors hold the copyright without restrictions and are encouraged to disclose and distribute their work through personal website pages, social media networks, and institutional repositories.

Following definition of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the articles are published under a CC-BY Creative Commons license and are freely accessible through the website of the JGSB with no embargo period, i.e., immediately after acceptance and minimal editing (uncorrected proof, accepted version). No registration is required for users to read the content, and users can also download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose.

The content of the articles is of responsibility of the author(s). More information is available on the article submission page.


The publication is free of cost for authors, i.e., NO submission fees or Article Processing Charges (APC) are required.


All actors involved in the submission-review-publishing process (authors, co-authors, editorial board, and reviewers) must reveal any conflict (or possibility of) interest, including financial, personal, or institutional issues that can influence the evaluation-publishing process.


The JGSB uses the single-blind, peer-review system.  The submitted manuscripts will preliminary be evaluated by the Editorial Board, and if journal scope and submission conditions are met, the manuscripts will be evaluated by, at least, two specialists (reviewers/referees) on the subjects focused in the work. Please find the evaluation form and evaluation criteria here.

Editor and/or associate editor names are disclosed to both authors and reviewers. The author names are disclosed to the reviewers, whereas the reviewers' identity is hidden by default, and will only be disclosed if they so wish.

Reviewers are asked to return the reports within 30 days. The reviewers' comments/reports are transmitted to the corresponding author, who must return the corrected manuscript within 60 days (after that re-submission is necessary). Manuscripts with "revise" decisions that are not returned within four months will be archived.

The final version is approved by the Editor-in-Chief based on the recommendations of the editor responsible for the manuscript processing (Editor-in-Chief, Associate/Section Editor, Guest Editor, or ad hoc Editor).