The papers to be submitted should be original, not have been published in any other conferences or technical events, domestic or foreign. After the seminar, the work can be released in another event, with prior communication to CBDB.

Only qualified professionals should be accepted as authors. Professional graduates or trainees may be accepted, provided they participate as secondary cooperate associates.

The paper should be sent via website, the link technical papers – submission

The works to be accepted for publication, should have a maximum of 20 (twenty) pages, including illustrations, diagrams and a summary in Portuguese and English. Papers that exceed this number of pages will be returned to the authors for possible reduction.

The papers to be received by the CBDB Organizing Committee should be in WORD format for Windows 1997 or higher. Separate files will not be received , that is, with the text and illustrations in separate files.

The illustrations should be grouped in the body of the works in JPEG format.

The authors and co-authors are limited to a maximum of four, that is, one author and three co-authors. Works with more than four participants will be returned to the authors in accordance to this guideline.

If there are more cooperators for the work, they can be cited in the Acknowledgments (see item 11).

The configuration page should obey the following format:

  • Margins:
    – Left: 2.5 cm;
    – Right: 2.5 cm;
    – Lower: 2,0 cm;
    – Median: 0 cm.
  • From the margin:
    – Header: 1,27 cm;
    – Footer: 1,27 cm.
  • Paper Size:
    – A4 (21 x 29,7 cm);
    – Width: 21 cm;
    – Height: 29,7 cm;
    – Orientation: Portrait in all the work.

Papers should be typed in MS Word 97 or higher, with the following font formats:

  • Font:
    – Arial;
    Size 12 in the entire work.
  • Paragraph:
    – Line spacing: single;
    – Alignment: justified;
    – Labels like this line (dash) may be used where necessary.

In the footnote, present in all pages of work, the name of the event must be included with the initials in capital letters, flush left and in Arial size 7. And the page number right-justified in Arial size 10.


  • Only the first page should include the header (see Section 8.1). The title (see item 8.2) should be written 60 mm from the top (set up just this page with margin superior to 6 cm), in capital letters, bold and centered on the page. Following should be submitted the names of authors, with their respective job titles and institution (see Section 8.3). Then, the summary and the Abstract (see item 8.4).The front page should be limited to a single page, ie, all the required information must be contained in it (title, authors name and title, summary and abstract). At the end of the front page, a page break must be inserted , so that the contents of the work always begin on page 2.The header, only to be displayed on the front page, will appear on the mask found at the website. Further details are presented in the following subclauses:

    8.1.  Header

    The header, to be presented only on the front page is indicated in the following example. The font is Arial 10, initial in uppercase and small caps or small caps (as the version of Word).

    • The first line should read: Brazilian Committee on Dams.
    • On the second line,the event name, eg XXXI National Seminar on Large Dams.
    • On the third line the date and place of the event, for example: Belo Horizonte – May 15 to 18, 2017.
    • The fourth line is reserved to the Committee (see item18).


8.2. Paper Title

The title should be typed in capital letters, bold and centered alignment. This is the only item of the Paper that is typed in bold.

8.3. Authors and co-authors

The authors’ names should be presented with only one of all surnames in capital letters. Below the name of each author should be indicated, with initial capital letters, the professional title (Consultant, Title University, Technical Director, General Coordinator, etc.) and to the side, separated by a dash, the author’s company or institution (see also item 4).

8.4. Summary / Abstract (not numbered)

Each Paper must be initiated by an Abstract in Portuguese, not to exceed 10 (ten) lines, followed by a summary (also a maximum of 10 lines), in English (Abstract), to enable its registration by international agencies. To assist in the version of the abstracts in English, please consult the technical dictionaries CBDB / ICOLDS available at

If the work is presented in Spanish or in an official language of ICOLD (see item 17), the summary must also be in the original language of the Paper in the place of the Portuguese, followed by the abstract in English.

If the Paper fails to properly present the Summary and its respective Abstract, it will be returned.

When necessary, the Abstract may have more than ten lines, if they fit on the front page and there is no disagreement with the other items of this Guideline.

The presentation of the content of the Paper always begins on page 2. The footnotes are not allowed. The main items shall be numbered sequentially, with the introduction being the No. 1,  and References receiving the final number. These should be typed in capital letters and centered on the line, with left indentation of 0.50 cm (Format Paragraph).


The side items are always aligned to the left, with designated sequence, for example: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc.., in lower case with only the first letter capitalized, using formatting in “High box”or “small caps” Depending on the version of Word. If there is a need for new itemization, it should be for example: 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, etc.. italicized, with lowercase letters and only the first letter capitalized.


The first paragraph after each item or sub-item, should start one line after the title of the item (or sub-item) with Justified alignment. The first word should begin at the left margin.

Between a paragraph and another there should always be a spacing line, and between the last line of the last paragraph and the following item there should be  two lines.

In this item (s) of author (s) shall present very succinctly the main conclusions and recommendations that resulted from his research, work or reporting a technical  event.

Works without a final conclusion will be returned to authors for corrections.

At the discretion of the author, thanks may be addressed to businesses and / or people who contributed to elaboration of the Paper after the item “Conclusions”.

After the Acknowledgments, a list of at least 3 and maximum 5 key words should be presented, to enable the location of the Paper accordingly, in the electronic version of the Annals (CD). If there are no thanks, the item key word must be presented after the item “Conclusions”.

The bibliographic references is the last item, and thus terminating the Paper. It should be positioned after the item Key Words. The standard for the presentation of the references is the same as ICOLD – International Commission on Large Dams, according to the following guidelines, with illustrative example:

  • All bibliographic referencesshouldbeindicated in the textwith respective numbers;
  • Allreferencesmust benumberedsequentially(in the ordertheyappear inthe text) and the number should behighlighted, and placed in bracketsafterthequotation;
  • Thename(s) of the author(s) shallbe presented incapital letterswiththe surname in full, followed by the initialsoffirstnameand the intermediary names, separated by a full stop.
  • Following it shouldbeindicatedin parentheses, the year ofpublication of the Annalsorof the consulted book, with a hyphenat the end;
  • Next,indicatethe titleof the Paper or the consulted bookin quotation marks,withonlythe first letter capitalized, anda commaat the end;
  • Then, provide the proceedings in which the Paper was presented, followed by the theme, the volume of the Annals and country or city in which it was conducted.

The text should be in justified alignment, and special retreat with displacement of 1.00 cm (Format Paragraph).


Any illustrations of technical Papers, such as pictures, graphs, drawings or photographs, should always be incorporated into the text and should not be presented separately. When formatting the figure, the layout should have the text aligned and the text should be with the center alignment. All these figures must be identified by the word “Figure”and numbered sequentially. The word “Figure”, their number and title must be presented immediately below the respective  illustrations also with the center alignment. The title of each figure should be written with the first letter capitalized. The reference to them in the text must be lowercase, with only the initial letter capitalized.

The photographs or other illustrations may be submitted in colors whenever necessary. If colors are used to represent drawings and figures, there must be conventions of representation that allow identification independent of color.

The illustrations can be presented with the portrait or landscape, or the page may be rotated so as to change its orientation, but only the illustrations. The page setup should always remain geared to portrait, to ensure the uniform position of footnotes throughout the document (see item 5). Thus the title of the illustration will also stay with the portrait orientation.

The illustrations will not be accepted separately or in different application other than Word.

Tables should be incorporated into the text and should not be presented separately. The table should be in centered alignment. The font size may be less than that specified for all the Paper (Arial 12), provided the content remains legible and the source is not less than 7 Arial. All those tables should be identified by the word “TABLE”, and numbered sequentially. The word “TABLE”, its number and title should be presented below it and also centralized. The title of the tables should be written with the first letter capitalized. The reference to them in the text must be lowercase, with only the initial letter capitalized.

The tables can be presented with the portrait or landscape, or the page may be rotated so as to change its orientation, but only the tables. The page setup should always remain geared to portrait, to ensure the uniform position of footnotes throughout the document (see item 5). Thus the title of the table will also remain with the portrait orientation.

All physical quantities should be expressed in units of the International Metric System. The equations and formulas must be located to the left and numbered in parentheses next to the right edge on the same line, leaving a blank line between the equations / formulas and the text. All parameters in the equations and formulae should be indicated with their respective units. The reference to them in the text should be with the word “Equation” or “Formula”and the number shown beside, or lowercase, with only the initial letter capitalized.

Papers submitted should address as basic theme, a theme chosen for the Seminar on Large Dams and Symposium on Small and Medium Hydropower — themes that are always set after consultation with members, before each event. The theme should be recommended by the author, when the Paper is forwarded to work to the Organizing Committee of the Seminar.

If the Organizing Committee does not agree with the topic selected by the author, it could eventually be shifted to another theme. If the Paper does not fit into any of the topics selected for the event and it is good technical level Paper, it can be published as Technical Contribution.

In each case, the National Seminar on Large Dams and Brazilian Symposium on Small and Medium Hydropower will set a date for the receipt of the Papers, after which they will be returned to the authors. The need for compliance of this deadline by the authors of technical papers, concerns the need of a final date for receipt of all Papers, after which it would not be possible to organize the summary of the Papers, their appreciation by the rapporteurs of the various themes, final revision and standardization of the Papers to produce the CDs, etc.

All papers to be published in the Annals of National Seminars on Large Dams and Brazilian Symposium on Small and Medium Hydropower should be prepared in Portuguese and eventually in Spanish, or in the official languages of ICOLD (English and French) as well as all illustrations accompanying them must also contain legend in one of these languages. Only papers cited as References should be in the original language in which they were produced.

The Papers eventually received by CBDB in a different language, other than those mentioned above will be sent back to the authors for their translation into Portuguese.

All papers accepted for publication in the proceedings of the National Seminars on Large Dams and Brazilian Symposium on Small and Medium Hydro Power, will be identified by symbols and txx and Axx, where “T” is the theme on which it is embedded and “A” means the sequence number of the Paper (article), according to the chronological order in which it was received by CBDB. For example the work T.92 – A.16 represents the sixteenth paper of Theme 92  of the matching Seminar or Symposium (XXV SNGB in the case of topic 92).

In the annals of Seminars and Symposia all Papers will get this identification, which will be placed on the top of first page, left aligned similarly to the annals of the XXXI National Seminar on Large Dams, above (see item 8.1).

All entries, whether by email, should be accompanied by a listing of authors and their addresses, emails and telephones so they can be contacted by CBDB if necessary.

For the paper to be accepted, it is necessary that one of the authors send the attached authorization duly completed and signed.