Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Bulletin of Geodetic Sciences (BCG – Boletim de Ciências Geodésicas) is intended for the publication of original articles in the following four areas of knowledge: Geodesy and Surveying; Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; Cartography and Geographic Information Science; and Interdisciplinarity in Geodetic Sciences. Articles written by students, faculty or researchers from any organization, in Brazil or abroad, are accepted.

Manuscripts must be unpublished, and should not be under review in any other journal. Manuscripts must be written in the English language. Previous related publications in other languages, if any, must be cited and discussed in the manuscript.

Ethical guidelines

BCG follows the "Code of Good Scientific Practices" published by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Policy against plagiarism and misconduct in research

In accordance with COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines BCG recommends:

1. Authors must visit COPE's website, to inform themselves about ethics in research;

2. Before submission, authors need to verify the following criteria:

  •  data or analysis of data obtained from published papers must be explicitly cited;
  •  all included authors should satisfy the authorship criteria and none of the researchers involved can be omitted from the author's list;
  •  all co-authors consent with the submission.

3. After the submission:

a) The manuscript is verified through Ithenticate Systems, aiming to identify plagiarism, duplicated submissions and possible frauds in research.
b) The Editorial Board decides whether the manuscript will be sent for review, based on the BCG scope, the plagiarism index and the paper quality/contribution.



Section Policies


Peer Review Process

Analysis of manuscripts for Publication

The Editor-in-chief and an Associate Editor, chosen based upon the manuscript's topic, verify its relevance, its adequacy for the journal's editorial scope, and originality and contribution to the area of submission. The manuscripts that are admitted during this the initial screening will be double-blind reviewed by at least two reviewers invited by the Associate Editor. The Advisory Board of the journal consist of faculty and researchers from different regions and countries.

Neither BCG nor its Editors are responsible for the opinions, ideas and concepts presented in the texts, and the manuscript content is full responsibility of the author.

The BCG Editorial Board is responsible for deciding on accepting the publication of the manuscript, considering the original text, the reviewers's comment and the modifications made by authors. Along with the modified version, corrected based on the reviewers’s comments, authors should include a rebuttal letter describing the changes and justifying technically the ones they did not consider applicable Minor changes can be expedite by the Editorial Board to make the evaluation and publication.

Rejected manuscripts may be submitted again after being thoroughly revised according to the reviewers' comments.


Publication Frequency

The BCG publishes four issues per year.


Open Access Policy

The Bulletin of Geodetic Sciences is fully commitment to Open Access. We strive to guarantee that all publications take into account the following criteria:
a. is freely accessible to every reader at no charge;
b. reaches the maximum visibility as possible;
c. is in compliance with good practices for science publishing;
d. presents no barrier to content dissemination.



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Indexed in

BCG is covered by the following databases:

  •  SciELO: Scientific Electronic Library Online
  •  Scopus – Elsevier
  •  Web of Science - Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  •  DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
  •  AGI: American Geosciences Institute
  •  Redalyc – Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal


  •  Capes/Qualis (B1)
  •  Diadorim - Diretório de Políticas de Acesso Aberto das Revistas Científicas Brasileiras
  •  LATINDEX - Sistema regional de información en línea para revistas científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal