In this editorial, the principles of a scientific publication, the editorial procedures and communication guidelines between authors and the Ambiente & água journal’s Editorial Committee are discussed in order to improve the publication pipeline. Ambi-Agua is a completely open access journal, with no charges for submission, editing or publication and it is in a consolidation phase with just five years of circulation. Our staff is restricted to a few people that work part time in the journal sharing their task with several other chores imposed by their jobs at the University of Taubaté. Additional support to cover doi registration, Internet domain and hosting is granted by the Institute for Environmental Research in Hydrographic Basins (IPABHi). Therefore, it is important that communication is kept in a smooth and efficient way to maximize productivity.