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Instructions to authors


Editorial Scope and policy


Agriscientia publishes original and unpublished contributions ─written in Spanish or English─ concerning agronomic matters. The contributions include original research articles, short communications, review articles and brief notes.

Submission to Agriscientia should be send to the journal e-mail address. Authors should send the contributions in a Word file together with a publication request letter (Download model here). The letter should be signed, scanned and sent as an attachment together with the contribution.

The papers should be clear and concise. The text should be in Arial or Times New Roman 12 pt. with 1.5 spacing. Pages and lines should be numbered. All contributions should conform to the requirements hereby established.


Format and preparation of manuscripts


The papers should be structured according to the following sequence of sections:

Title (in Spanish and English)

Authors (This section should include authors’ affiliation (name, address and postal code)

a) Abstract (not more than 200 words)

b) Keywords

c) Summary

c) Introduction

d) Materials and Methods

e) Results and Discussion

f) Conclusions (if needed)

g) Acknowledgements (if any)

h) References

Sections titles should be centered and subtitles should be placed against the left margin.

References to authors should be arranged following these guidelines.

Sánchez, 2008 ─ for one author.

López & Araya, 2011 ─ for two authors.

Iglesias et al., 2010 ─ for three or more authors.

References cited together in the text should be arranged chronologically. Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed by adding a letter, for example, (Sánchez, 1008a, b). In-text direct quotes should include the author’s name and should be written between inverted commas.

Personal communications will be included only if they supply essential information which cannot be obtained in public sources. They will appear in the text between parentheses, with name and year, for example, (Andrés Fermi, 2010, comunicación personal). Authors who cite a personal communication should have a written authorization from the person mentioned.

The complete scientific names of plant and animal species should be acknowledged at their first mention. Later, genus initial and species should be used. When a common name is used, it should be accompanied by the scientific name at the first mention. All Latin names as well as any words in a foreign language without a Spanish equivalent should be written in italics. (e.g. et al., in vitro, dumping off).

Chemical symbols can be used (e.g. N for nitrogen, C for carbon). Chemical formulas are not allowed and the elements’ full name should be used instead. (e.g. water instead of H2O). Common abbreviations are allowed. (E.g. ATP, DNA, RNA)

A word should be used to write numbers from zero to nine except when accompanied by a unit of measurement or by bigger numbers in the same mention (e.g. 3, 8 and 15 plots). Decimals should be separated by a comma in Spanish and a point in English.

The results of the papers can be presented in tables and graphs which should be placed at the end of the article with their corresponding titles. Tables and graphs should be numbered independently, in Arabic numbers and according to their sequence in the text. Due to the limitations set by the lay-out of the journal, the tables should be 7 cm wide (for one column) or 15 cm wide (for two columns).The maximum height should be 20 cm. Tables and graphs should be submitted in a separate .jpg or .tif file with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. Photographs should be submitted preferably in black and white and they should also comply with the above mentioned size restrictions. Photographs are only acceptable if they are of good quality. Color photographs and figures will be included only if necessary.

Only authors cited in the text should be alphabetically presented in the list of references. When an author(s) is cited several times the name should be repeated for every occurrence and papers should be arranged chronologically. All references will begin with the main author’s surname and his/her initials followed by the initials and surnames of the co-authors. After the first author listed semi-colon should be used and from the second author forwards, surnames should be separated by commas. The last surname should be separated by the conjunction and in the original language of the paper and then the year separated by a comma.

References should include the following information:

For periodical publications


Year of publication (without parenthesis, in Arabic numbers)

Title of the article

Name of the journal where it was published

Volume and issue of the journal

Initial and final page numbers of the article

For example, Ortega, R.J.; H. Garay, M.E. Orlando, D. Freytas y S. Montserrat, 2010. Efectos de los sistemas de labranza en el contenido de materia orgánica del suelo. Acta Agrotécnica 33:104-121.

For non-periodical publications


Year of publication (without parenthesis, in Arabic numbers)

Title and edition number


Place of publication

Page number (pages consulted should be preceded by p. or pp. if they were several or a posteriori if it refers to the full pagination)

For example, Roland, J.L. y F.L. Scott, 2002. Cultivos bajo cubierta. 4ta. edición. Editorial Barayon, Barcelona, pp. 265-298.

Powell, B.; E. Johnson, G. McFarland and A. Gilbert, 2008. Applied statistics in biotechnology. Manne-Kessel, London, 333 pp.

For book chapter with an author or authors who are not the editors of the publication. You should cite authors following the criteria explained above and add the name of the editors and the title of the book.

For example, Palacios Allende, P.; G. Lancioni, T. García Araya, G. Salazar Coloma y B.M. Biondi, 2008. La familia Pentatomidae en cultivos del estado de Sinaloa. En Righetti, C. y G. De Mateo (Eds.): Plagas agrícolas en México. Mulligan Inc., pp. 215-256.

Internet references should include the basic requirements for any other reference (see above), the complete URL and the retrieval date. (Retrieval date --/--/---)

For example, SAGPyA, 2009. Cultivo de soja. Santiago del Estero. Departamento Moreno. <http://www.siia.gov.ar/index.php/series-por –tema/agricultura> Consultada el 12/10/2010.

Short communications should include title in both Spanish and English, resumen, palabras clave, summary and key words. It will not have an specific organization structure; however, all the sections required for papers should be respected. References and acknowledgments should be included at the end.

The journal editor may request to highly recognized scientific researchers to submit reviews on topics of their expertise for publication. In turn, potential review authors can contact the Scientific Director to suggest topics and approaches for contributions.


Sending manuscripts


For enquiries relating to publication guidelines please consult the latest issue of AGRISCIENTIA or contact the editor by e-mail.

The contributions submitted undergo an initial revision where they are evaluated in terms of publication requirements and their adequacy, originality and scientific quality.

If these criteria are met, contributions are sent to national and international consultants selected by their experience and expertise. They work anonymously and their reviews determine the acceptance or the rejection of a paper. Whichever the reviewers’ decisions, they are sent to authors.

Prior to publication, a set of page proofs will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author for them to check potential typographic mistakes.

AGRISCIENTIA has a page charge of U$S 25 (or its equivalent in Argentinean pesos considering the currency exchange rate at payment date). When colour figures or photographs are included, the page cost may vary accordingly and should be previously consulted. The payment should be made on return of the proof pages. This payment, entitles the author to a journal issue and 15 reprints.



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