New issue released

The October-December 2020 issue brings the 2020 Victor de Mello Lecture by Prof. Oscar A. Vardé, 10 articles, 3 technical notes, and 1 case study. Check out!


In July 21th 2020 the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) celebrates its 70th anniversary and Soils and Rocks published a special issue to commemorate this milestone. Prof. Waldemar Hachich is the invited editor for this special issue.


As part of the commemorative program of the 70th anniversary of ABMS, Soils and Rocks launches the new journal website. Fully redesigned, the new website brings several new features, including a modern visual, which provides increased functionality. Be our guest and explore our new website.

About the Journal

The first issue of the journal was released in 1978, under the name Solos e Rochas. The journal was originally published by the Graduate School of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1980, the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering took over the editorial and publishing responsibilities of Solos e Rochas, increasing its reach. In 2007, the journal acquired the status of an international journal, being since then published by the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and Portuguese Geotechnical Society under the title Soils and Rocks.

Aims And Scope

The aim of Soils and Rocks is to publish and disseminate basic and applied research in Geoengineering. Soils and Rocks publishes original and innovative peer reviewed articles, technical notes, case studies, reviews and discussions in the fields of Soil and Rock Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology and Environmental Engineering.

The Journal is published quarterly, in March, June, September and December in printed (ISSN 1980-9743) and electronic (ISSN-e 2675-5475) version.


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY. The online journal is free and open access. As an open access journal, the authors agree to publish the article under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Reusers have the permission to share, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format as long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use.

Submissions to the journal are completely free and all published papers are fully open access. Articles do not require transfer of copyright as the copyright remains with the author.


Manuscripts submitted to Soils and Rocks cannot have already been published or submitted elsewhere. All authors have to approve the manuscript prior submission.

Soils and Rocks operates a single blind review process. All contributions are initially assessed by the editor. Papers deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor´s decision is final.


The authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. These should be declared in the cover letter of the submission. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, payment fees, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.

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Latest Issues

14 Jan 2021

Lessons learned from dam construction in Patagonia, Argentina (Victor de Mello Lecture)

Oscar A. Vardé

Three case histories of large dams built in North Patagonia which experienced unforeseen problems during construction, or after several years...

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14 Jan 2021

Evaluation of the accuracy of the cubic law for flow through fractures using Lattice Boltzmann method

Ali Ghassemi, Javad Abbaszadeh, Ali Pak

In this study, a particle-based approach is employed to simulate the fluid flow through single fractures considering detailed geometrical cha...

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14 Jan 2021

The influence of the fluid dielectric constant on the shear strength of a unsaturated soil

M.S.S. Almeida, S.L. Machado, H.M.C. Andrade

Results of triaxial tests performed in saturated and unsaturated compacted soil sp...

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14 Jan 2021

Mass movements in the Northeast region of Brazil: a systematic review

Bruna Silveira Lira, Maria Natália de Melo Sousa, Olavo Francisco dos Santos Junior, Carina Silvani, Edilza Rakel Nóbrega, Gustavo Clementino Santos

Mass movements are one of the main causes of loss of people and environmental assets. Several factors contribute to mass movements, such as t...

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14 Jan 2021

Experimental study on particle size effect on mechanical behaviour of dense calcareous sand

Du-min Kuang, Zhi-lin Long, Jie Wang, Xu-tong Zhou, Piao-yi Yu

To investigate the effect of particle size on mechanical properties of calcareous sand, a series of consolidated drained triaxial tests were ...

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14 Jan 2021

A predictive model for the peak shear strength of infilled soft rock joints developed with a multilayer perceptron

Ana Raquel Sena Leite, Silvrano Adonias Dantas Neto

Several analytical methodologies help estimate the shear strength of rock discontinuities whose main limitations are the difficulty to obtain...

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Guidelines for authors

Soils and Rocks is an international scientific journal published by the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) and by the Portuguese Geotechnical Society (SPG). The aim of the journal is to publish original papers on all branches of Geotechnical Engineering. Each manuscript is subjected to a single-blind peer-review process. The journal´s policy of screening for plagiarism includes the use of a plagiarism checker on all submitted manuscripts.

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The Journal is published quarterly, in March, June, September and December. The journal is open access

The members of ABMS and SPG can receive the printed version of the journal after subscription