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  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The manuscript is in *.DOC, *.DOCX or *.RTF file formats.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca).
  • The manuscript follows all text formatting specifications and all Figures and Tables are uploaded individaully.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

Author Guidelines

- By e-mail The entire submission and review process for Ciências da Terra is handled by e-mail to the following address: cterra@fct.unl.pt Please respect the procedure described below when submitting your manuscript by e-mail: Subject: CTERRA – Submission of an article Please send the following files as attachments: - one file with the title page - one file for the complete manuscript (without the title page and without the figures) - one file for each figure - By post Authors who cannot submit their manuscript by e-mail can send a paper version to: CIÊNCIAS DA TERRA, Dep. Ciências da Terra, FCT/UNL, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal NOTE: the paper version MUST be accompanied by a CD-ROM with an electronic version, with the same structure of files described in the previous paragraph (for file types see instructions below) Presentation of the manuscript Manuscripts should be written in English or Portuguese. Manuscripts in French or Spanish are also accepted. Typescripts should be single-sided and double space. The only fonts accepted are Times New Roman and Symbol for equations. We encourage authors avoid equation editors; instead, insert equations as pictures. Don’t use any special formatting: indentation, superscript, subscript, special characters, etc. ONLY universal RTF file format will be accepted. The text should include, in the following order: 1 - the title, 2 - the English abstract (no more than 500 words) with key words (no more than 6), 3 - the abstract written in one of the other languages accepted for publication (no more than 500 words), with the title and key words (no more than 6 key words), 4 - the text itself, 5 - bibliographical references, 6 - tables and legends, 7 - figures and legends of figures. In the case of papers written in other language than English, the English summary MUST have between 1500 and 2000 words. Title page • The title should be short and informative and should be written in English (and, if different, also in the language used in the text); • the first name and name of the author(s); when the authors belong to different laboratories, their names are followed by numbers corresponding to their laboratories or addresses; • complete addresses of laboratories or organizations the author(s) belong to; telephone numbers and fax must be mentioned, as well as the corresponding author's e-mail address - to whom correspondence concerning the article must be sent, as well as the right to publish and orders for offprints; Summary and keywords For size and languages of abstracts see previous section; it is expected that they are concise and informative stating the methods, results and conclusions presented in the article. Key words should conclude the abstract and obey the same language rules as for the abstract and title. Text Drafting. The text is written in a clear, concise and precise style. The names of genera and species should be typed in italics; other rules for presentation of the author(s) of species and genera and the name of suprageneric taxa should respect the criteria used in Ciências da Terra in previous volumes that can be consulted and downloaded through the site http://www.dct.fct.unl.pt/cterra/ References should be cited by the author's name and the date of publication Choffat (1886, 1904a, 1904b), Teixeira & Pais (1988), Antunes et al. (1996). The orders of headings and subheadings should be represented in the typescript as for example: 1, 1.1, 1.1.1., 1.2. Only SI units should be used. For manuscripts written in English language, decimal points should be used (e.g. 5.6 mm) instead of decimal commas for the other languages accepted (e.g. 5,6 mm). Symbols have no final point, nor bear any marks of plural. Authors should conform to the rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature and the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. When a new species is erected, type specimen(s) must be designated by the author(s), registered, the name and location of the institution should be clearly indicated. The abbreviation for new taxa are nov. gen., nov. sp., etc. The list of synonymies should be limited to essential references. References to previously published figure and plate numbers that were originally given in Roman numerals should be transliterated into arabic numerals, e.g. 1948. Schizoneura algarbiensis nov. sp. - Teixeira, p. 17, Pl. 3, fig. 5-11 2007. Crestaites meneghinii (Bonarelli) – Elmi, Mouterde, Rocha & Rulleau, p. 90, Pl. 1, fig. 1a-b References All the works cited in the text (and only them) should be listed in the references. When the author's name (e.g. Rocha R. B.) also appear in co-authored publications, the order should be alphabetical, as follows: Rocha R. B. (1977) Rocha R. B. (1980a) Rocha R. B. (1980b) Rocha R. B., Mouterde R. & Tintant H. (1972) Rocha R. B. & Tintant H. (1975) Sharpe D. (1850) Articles published in periodicals Boehm J. (1903) - Description de la faune des couches de Pereiros. Com. Serv. Geol. Portugal 5 (1), 1-48. Dommergues J.-L. & Meister C. (1986) - Une espèce nouvelle de Fuciniceras du Domérien des Causses - Fuciniceras fontaneillesi nov. sp. Geobios 19 (5), 653-660. Perilli N. & Duarte L. V. (2003) - Dating of the Toarcian succession from the Lusitanian Basin based on calcareous nannofossil. Ciências Terra (UNL) esp. V, CD – ROM, A122-A125. Books and chapters in books Kullberg J. C., Rocha R. B., Soares A. F., Rey J., Terrinha P., Callapez P. & Martins L. (2006) – A Bacia Lusitaniana: estratigrafia, paleogeografia e tectónica. In Dias R., Araújo A, Terrinha P. & Kullberg J. C., Geologia de Portugal no contexto da Ibéria. Univ. Évora. Ribeiro A. (2002) - Soft plate and impact tectonics. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. Haq B. U., Hardenbol J. & Vail P. R. (1988) - Mesozoic and Cenozoic chronostratigraphy and cycles of sea-level changes. In WILGUS C. et al. (Eds.), Sea-level changes: an integrated approach. SEPM Sp. Publ. 42. Reports and proceedings of meetings Rey J. & Dinis J. L. (2004) - Shallow marine to fluvial Lower Cretaceous of central Portugal: sedimentology, cycles and controls. 23rd IAS Met. Sediment., Coimbra, Field Trip Guide Book 2, 7-35. Terrinha P., Ribeiro C., Kullberg J. C., Lopes C., Rocha R. & Ribeiro A. (2001) - Fases compressivas de curta duração durante a fase extensiva mesozóica da Bacia Algarvia: a causa da interrupção da comunicação marinha ao longo da ponta SW da Península Ibérica no Jurássico. Proceed. 3º Simp. Margem Ibérica Atlântica, Faro, 187-188. Thesis MacSotay O. (1981) - Mollusques benthiques du Crétacé inférieur. Une méthode de corrélation entre la Téthys mésogéenne et le domaine paléo-Caraibes (Venezuela). Thèse doctorat Univ. Lyon (unpublished). Kullberg J. C. (2000.) - Evolução tectónica mesozóica da Bacia Lusitaniana. Tese Univ. Nova Lisboa (unpublished). Terrinha P. (1998) - Structural geology and tectonic evolution of the Algarve Basin, South Portugal. PhD dissert. Imperial College, London (unpublished). When the title of a publication has been translated or transliterated, the original language should be stated in brackets at the end of the reference. Grunt R. E. (1980) - Atirididy Russkoi platformy [Athyridids of the Russian Platform]. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Paleont. Inst., Trudy 182, 1–163 (in Russian). Wang J. Q. & Zhu M. (1996) - [An Ordovician vertebrate from Inner Mongolia]. Chinese Sc. Bull. 42, 1187–1189 (in Chinese). Internet sites Amador F. (2006) - A 7ª cadeira na Escola Politécnica. In Blogue “Histórias da Geologia”, http://historiadageologia.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_archive.html (consultado em 15/04/2008). Figures Drawings, diagrams, figures and photographs are called figures and are numbered as such. All figures should be of excellent quality. Photographic illustration: photographs should be sharply focused and printed on glossy paper. They should be of medium contrast avoiding extremes of black and white and poorly contrasting tones. When preparing a composite photographic illustration, authors should make sure that all prints are of even tone and contrast. Spacing should be as uniform as possible. Photographs can be mounted on a white or black background. Empty spaces should be avoided numbers (Arab numerals) should normally run consecutively from left to right and from top to bottom of each figure. Scale bars (simple black or white lines) should accompany each figure (e.g. maps, stratigraphic columns, composite figure with photographs of outcrops, fossils, thin sections, etc.) All descriptive lettering should have a minimum size of 1 mm on reduction. Framing of figures is not accepted. Explanations of figures should be complete and informative, written in English or in the language of the text and in English. ALL FIGURES SHOULD BE CALLED IN THE TEXT BY ORDER. The minimal resolution of the figures must be of 300 DPI for the photographs in black and white or color, and from 500 to 1000 DPI for the graphs or diagrams. For photographs only JPEG (maximum quality) or TIF format are accepted. The same is valid for line drawings and diagrams; in this case original files in Adobe Illustrated or CorelDraw are encouraged to be send to the editor. Only ARIAL and SYMBOL fonts will be accepted. Don’t use font sizes under 8 pt.