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Instructions for authors

The “Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana” are published in quarterly volumes. The size of each volume is 21 X 29,7 cm (A4) and the printed portion is 18,5 x 24,4 cm, in two columns of 9 x 24,4 cm.
All Authors may submit to the journal original scientific contributions, both in Italian and English, concerning all aspects of geosciences. The instructions described below should be strictly followed by the authors. The non-compliance with these instructions may delay or prevent publication. Text and figures accepted for publication are copyright of the journal.

Types of contributions
The Rendiconti Online host three types of contributions: “abstracts”, “short notes”, and “articles”.
Abstracts - These are very short contributions (up to 3000 characters, without figures or tables) submitted to national or international conferences. Abstracts will be included in supplements to ordinary volumes.
Short notes - These are short reports (3-4 pages, plus three figures or tables and no more than 15 references). Short notes, if accepted following a peer-reviewing process, will be published faster than articles.
Articles - These are original research peer-reviewed papers. They should not exceed 15 printed pages, including references and figure captions. There are no limits for the number of figures, even if it should be in due proportion with the length of the text.

Manuscript formatting
Manuscripts must be submitted in digital format, using the ROL template.
The text may be in English or Italian. It is, however, recommended to adopt English language to enable and promote a wider dissemination of the articles. Title of the manuscript, abstract, key words and figure captions must be bilingual. Manuscripts written in English should have an extended abstract in Italian and viceversa.
The manuscript, including references and figure captions, must be double spaced.
Submit the text in the following order: Title, authors' names and addresses, telephone, fax and e-mail of the corresponding author. Below abstract/riassunto, key words/parole chiave, text, acknowledgements, references. Figures, captions and tables should be inserted using the format provided by the editorial office.

References and quotations in the text
References should be inserted in parentheses in the text in full for single- and dual-authored papers (e.g. Lyell & Bertrand, 1987), but using first author and “et al.” for multiple-authored papers (e.g. Lyell et al., 1988). Authors should be written with uppercase initials. The order in the text should be chronological, then alphabetical. List all references cited in alphabetical order at the end of the article in the following standard form:

Journal article
Baker V.R. (2006) - Water and the evolutionary geological history of Mars. Boll. Soc. Geol. It., 125, 357-369.

Article in volume
Martini I.P., Sagri M. & Colella A. (2001) - Neogene-Quaternary basins of the inner Apennines and Calabrian arc. In: Vai G.B. & Martini I.P. (eds.), Anatomy of an Orogen: The Apennines and Adjacent Mediterranean Basins. Kluwer Academic Publisher, 375-400.

Ramsay J.G. & Huber M. (1987) - The techniques of Modern Structural geology. Volume 2: Folds and Fractures. Academic Press, London, 500 pp.

Ghinassi M. (2000) - Il passaggio tra la prima e la seconda fase fluvio-lacustre del bacino del Valdarno Superiore nei pressi di S. Giovanni Valdarno. Unpublished Master thesis, University of Florence, 110 pp.


Maps and explanatory notes

Servizio Geologico d'Italia (2011) - Carta Geologica d'Italia alla scala 1:50.0000, F. 99 Iseo. ISPRA, Roma.


Pantaloni M., Pichezzi R., D'Ambrogi C., Pampaloni M.L., Rossi M. (2016) - Note Illustrative della Carta Geologica d'Italia alla scala 1:50.000, F. 280 Fossombrone. 96 pp., S.EL.CA. Firenze.

Please use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations:  If you are unsure, please use the full journal title.

Please use a maximum of three levels of headings, hierarchically arranged as outlined below.

Capital letters, centered, bold.
The first sentence after the heading begins after a blank line.

Capital letters, left margin.
The first sentence after the heading begins after a blank line.

Third order headings
Italic, left margin. The first sentence after the heading begins after a blank line.

Footnotes are not allowed.

All abbreviations used in the text must be clearly explained the first time they appear.

The maximum available space for an illustration is 185×244 mm (full page) or 90×244 mm (column). Figures should be prepared with lettering and symbols of sufficient size and clarity to be reduced (Arial, 6-8 pt. minimum). After reduction the smallest lettering should be a minimum of 2 mm high. Figures should be provided as .tif or .jpg format (at least with a resolution of 500dpi). Tables can be submitted as .xls or .doc files. Figures in the text must be quoted as fig. or figs., plates as pl. and tables as tab. (tabs).
It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that permission is granted for reproduction of any copyright material (reproduced figures, tables, text passages) and that this permission is acknowledged in their articles.

The corresponding author will receive a single copy of the proof in PDF format. PDF proofs can be annotated using Adobe Reader version 11. The proof must be sent after correction to the Editors within five days. Text or figure changes can be also listed in a .doc file.

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