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Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


The fundamental aim of the Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis is to publish contributions dealing with all aspects of sedimentology , sedimentary rocks, basin analysis sediment dynamics and related disciplines, such as stratigraphy, paleoecology, paleogeography providing a timely forum to the advance of the entire field. The Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis is published twice a year in July and December. Papers must be original, will present data, interpretations and/or synthesis that are unpublished and/or have not been submitted elsewhere. If accepted, the papers become copyright of the Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología.

Official languages of the Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis are Spanish, Portuguese and English. However, considering the future expansion of the Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis (LAJSBA) we will consider favourably those papers submitted in English. Papers in Spanish or Portuguese will have a RESUMEN in both languages and, with the objective to insure its maximum diffusion, they will also include an EXTENDED ABSTRACT in English. Papers in English will have an ABSTRACT in this language and a RESUMEN EXPANDIDO in Spanish and Portuguese. For papers in Spanish or Portuguese all figures and tables captions will be bilingual (with English as second language), as well as the keywords.



Form and preparation of manuscripts


Authors may submit papers in any of the following options:

Research Papers: they are original contributions within the general subject of the LAJSBA.

Short Notes: short contributions of important discoveries, new techniques, or significant data that require immediate publication. Short notes will have less than 4 pages typed in double space, including figures and references.

Discussions and Replies: comments and discussions about papers published in the LAJSBAwill be encouraged as they are a demonstration of remarkable concern for the progress of science, but with respect and tolerance for the diversity of opinions. A copy of the Discussion will be sent to the first author of the paper being discussed for his/her reply. Both the Discussion and Reply will be published together in the next available issue of the LAJSBA.

Book Reviews: they are technical analysis of recent published books of interest to the objectives of the Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis.

Sedimentologic Photos: The cover will include an original photo of high quality and of general interest for the Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis related to any of the papers published in the corresponding number. The Editor will select the photo from those submitted. A brief description of the photo, including author, place and date must accompany the submission.


Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic format through the Sistema Editorial Electrónico (SEE) implemented in the web page of the Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología following these instructions. To submit a manuscript click here.

The electronic files of the manuscript must be structured and named according to:

  • One file with the text, including abstracts, references, tables, and figure and table captions prepared in a text editor such as WordPerfect o Word. File name will include the name of the first author and the word “Text” (if more than one author use “et al”): Pérez et al Texto.doc (or .wpd).
  • One file for each figure, preferably in format Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, jpg or tif. The name of the file will follow the same format indicated for the text file, but include “Fig” and the number of the figure: Pérez et al Fig 1.cdr (or .jpg or .tif)
  • One file where the text, figures and tables (with their respective captions) are integrated in the place with the authors suggested location in format Acrobat Reader. The name of the file will follow the same format indicated for the text file, but include “Ms”: Pérez et al Ms.pdf. In the case that the author has no access to software that allows generating a pdf file, the integrated files should sent in either Wordperfect or Word format.


Number all pages consecutively according to the following order:

First Page:

  • Title and authors including addresses and secretariaaas@gmail.coms

Second and following pages:

  • Resumen and Extended Abstract (papers in Spanish or Portuguese)
  • Abstract and Resumenes in both Spanish and Portuguese (papers in English)
  • As much as five (5) Palabras claves and keywords
  • Text
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Bilingual captions of the tables
  • Tables
  • Bilingual captions of the figures
  • Figures

Title page must include the paper title, authors and their institutional addresses with their secretariaaas@gmail.coms. Indication of the corresponding author , if other of the first author, must be given. It is advisable to have the telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.

Resúmenes and abstracts will be less than five hundred (500) words.

Extended Abstracts may have from two to four pages typed in double space. The objectives of the EXTENDED ABSTRACT are to provide the maximum international diffusion of the papers. It must be a synthesis of the paper, long enough as to allow any non-Spanish/Portuguese speaking reader to understand the objectives, methods, results and conclusions of the paper. Bilingual captions of tables and figures will contribute to this end . All figures and tables and those references vital to this aim should be cited in the EXTENDED ABSTRACT.

The author that could not send directly the EXTENDED ABSTRACT in English, ready for review, he/she could send the text in Spanish or Portuguese which will be sent for translation by the Editor to a Public Translator with specialization in Geology. Any cost in this regard will be charged to the author. Same is applied if English speaking authors require a translation to the Resumen.

Up to five (5) palabras claves and keywords must be included. A list of suggested keywords will be soon included in the web page of the Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología. Keywords should be arranged in order of importance, with the geographical area always last.

Text can be divided in primary, secondary and tertiary headings.

PRIMARY HEADINGS are full capital letters, bold and centred in the page. Secondary Headings are in upper and lowercase, bold and left justified. Tertiary Headings are in upper and lowercase, bold and incorporated in the text. Headings will not include numbers or letters.

The purpose of the paper must be clearly stated in the introduction. Acknowledgements will go immediately after the text with a Tertiary Heading.

Footnotes are not allowed.

All non-standard terms or acronyms must be defined at first use.

The International System of units is required for reporting measurements. Other units may be reported in parentheses or as primary units when conversion is not possible.


At the end of the text an alphabetic list of the cited references will be included with a Primary Heading REFERENCIAS BIBLIOGRAFICAS for Spanish/Portuguese papers and, REFERENCES for papers in English.

Citations in the text must follow the format:

"...(Orfeo, 1992a,b; Barrio and Coffield, 1992; Mazzoni et al., 1991)."
" acuerdo con lo manifestado por Flint and Elliot (1992)..."
"...(Cf. Bercowski et al., 1991)..."
"...(ver Fig. 3 de Zuffa and Ori, 1992)..."

When more than two authors, the citation will use "et al.” However, in the REFERENCES all authors must be written out. The use of “(op. cit.)" will not be accepted.

Citations must be ordered alphabetically, without leaving extra lines in between, giving the names in the original language, without abbreviations, without replacing last names by hyphens and according to the following formats:

Friedman, G.M. and J. Sanders, 1978. Principles of sedimentology. John Wiley, New York, 792 pp.
Bokuniewicz, H., E. Kontar, M. Rodríguez and D.A. Klein, 2003. Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) patterns through fractured rock: a case study in the Ubatuba coastal area, Brazil. Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología 11:9-16.
Lancaster, N., 1992. Relations between dune genaration in the Gran Desierto of México. Sedimentology 39:613-629.
Marcolini, S., G. Parker, R.A. Violante and J.L. Cavallotto, 1991. Estructuras sedimentarias actuales de la plataforma interior y media del NE de la provincia de Buenos Aires. IV Reunión Argentina de Sedimentología, Actas III:1-8, La Plata.
Matheos, S.D., 1988. Sedimentología y geoquímica de las sedimentitas carbonáticas jurásicas del sector sur de la cuenca neuquina. Tesis Doctoral 47, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 223 pp. (inedit).
Odom, I.E., T.N. Willand and R.J. Lassin, 1979. Paragenesis of diagenetic minetals in the St. Peter Sandstone (Ordovician), Wisconsin and Illinois. En P. Scholle and P. Schluger (Eds.), Aspects of Diagenesis. Society of Economic Paleontologists & Mineralogists, Special Publication 26:425-443. Tulsa.
Walker, R.G.,1985. Geological evidence for storm transportation and deposition on ancient shelves. En R.W. Tillman, D.J.P. Swift and R.G. Walker (Eds.), Shelf Sands and Sand Reservoirs. Society of Economic Paleontologists & Mineralogists, Short Course Notes 13:303-342. Tulsa


Tables should be reduced to a minimum including only information with a concrete relevance to the objectives of the paper. Simple listing of data, unless highly justified, will not be acceptable.

Tables must be numbered consecutively with arabic numbers and provided in a separate page. In case that the table expands more than one page, this must be indicated in each page.

Tables are cited in the text as: “... en Table 1", or “...(Table 1)”

Once the paper is accepted, the author must provide an electronic version of the tables according to the editorial criteria of the LAJSBA. Printed tables will not be accepted.

Table captions must be bilingual , typed in double space and in a list at the end of the text.

Figures and Equations

All figures must be designed having the page and column sizes of the Journal in mind. Maximum printed size of the figures is 172 x 220 mm for full page or 84 x 220 mm for column width. The figure captions must be included in these dimensions.

Figures must be compact, avoiding large free spaces o lacking information. Maps and geological profiles must have both graphic scales and geographic coordinates.

Computer drawings must be of the highest quality preferably made with Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator or equivalent. When reproduced, letters and numbers in figures should be larger than 1 mm. Parts of one figure must be named with capital letters (e.g., A, B, C, etc.). In the figure caption every part of the
figure must be described but with lower case letters (e.g., a) Description of the figure 1a.

Composed figures must be integrated in such a way as they form one unique figure. In the case of photos, no blank space in between must be allowed.

Photos cannot be wider than 84 mm either portrait or landscape. Photos must have some kind of scaling that can be referenced in the caption.

Colour plates can be published to a minimum cost to the author. Further details might be requested to the Editor before submitting the manuscript.

All printed figures must have on the reverse the name of the author and the figure number.

Printed manuscript must include high quality copies of the original figures clearly marked with the author name and number. Originals will not be returned unless requested by the author.

Figure captions must be bilingual , written in double space and in a list at the end of the text. All illustrations are Figures and should be referred in the text as, e.g.: " the figure 1..." or "...subsidence cycles (Fig. 1) common in other facies". Figures must be numbered consecutively with arabic numbers.
Citation of figures with several part must be as "...figure 1a..." or "(Fig. 1a)". When more than one figures must be cited use "(Figs. 1-3, 5)" or "(Fig. 1a-c, f)".

Equations should be prepared preferable with the equation editor of the selected text editor. All of them must be numbered consecutively between parentheses and right justified. They will be cited in the text as: “ec. (1)”



Editorial Criteria


All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the Editorial Board and/or external referees of recognized prestige. Based on the reviewers opinions, the Editor will take the final decision about it.

When the paper is accepted, the author will receive the electronic format of the galley proofs to check for possible mistakes or minor modifications to the text. Major changes to the paper at this stage will only be accepted at the sole discretion of the Editor, with any possibly resulting extra expenses covered by the author.

Papers based on data obtained within the República Argentina must be in accordance with the rules of the Código Argentino de Estratigrafía.

There is a fix charge per paper defined by the Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología. However, this charge is waived if one or more of the authors is a member of the Asociación.

The Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología will provide one pdf file of the paper at no charge to the first author. Printed reprints must be requested during the galley proof review period and must be paid at the values indicated by the Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología.



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