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Instructions to authors


Scope and editorial policy

Authors wishing to publish work in the Revista Industrial y Agrícola de Tucumán (RIAT), should follow attentively the instructions given in the present guidelines. If manuscripts do not respect these instructions they will be returned to authors for them to make the relevant modifications. Following these instructions will help to reduce costs, improve quality and speed up the publication of work.
1. Contributions. The RIAT publishes unpublished scientific and technological work in areas related to issues in agriculture, livestock and related industries, in any of their aspects (plant production, animal husbandry, agricultural management, soils, plant and animal health, chemistry, industrialization, economy, etc.), which imply an original contribution to the northwest region of Argentina. Conclusions should be clearly expressed in the work. Authors undertake not to send the manuscripts submitted to the RIAT to other journals.
The RIAT contains:

  • Scientific articles.  Unpublished research work, of variable length, though usually more then four printed pages (item 2.1).
  • Technical notes. Observations, work on new methodologies, preliminary experiences, contributions, etc., which are original enough to justify their publication. The length of technical notes should not exceed four printed pages (item 2.1).
  • Others.  The RIAT may include comments on conferences, congresses, researchers’ awards, scientific books or articles with great impact and obituaries of outstanding researchers in the field of agriculture, livestock and related industries. The length of comments should not exceed two printed pages (item 2.1).
  • Authors. Authors wishing to publish work in the RIAT should be on the EEAOC technical staff. Researchers from other organizations may publish work in the RIAT on payment of costs detailed in item 1.5. This includes work done outside of the EEAOC sphere, even if one or more of the authors is on the EEAOC technical staff.
  • “External” work. Must follow these stages:
  • The interested party must pay AR$25.00 for administrative costs on presenting work to be considered for publication.
  • The Editor will decide if the work presented meets the Journal’s general objectives.
  • External evaluation.
  • Acceptance or rejection.
  • Work is returned for correction by the author(s) (where necessary) or is returned because it was rejected.
  • Final acceptance.
Payment of publication costs: AR$26.00 per printed page; photochroms have different costs according to their characteristics.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

    1. Format. The manuscript text should be printed in size 12 letters, 1.5 spaced, on white A4 pages of 70g or more. Use only one side of the page and leave margins of at least 3cm. Pages should be numbered sequentially and the surname(s) of the author(s) should appear in the top right corner.
    2. Sequence of material  Authors are advised to maintain the following sequence:

Scientific articles: a) title; b) name of author(s); c) organization and address; d)  “resumen” (abstract in Spanish); e) “palabras claves” (keywords in Spanish); f) abstract (in English); g) Keywords (in English); h) introduction; i) material and methods; j) results; k) discussion; l) conclusions; m) acknowledgements; n) bibliography cited.
Scientific notes: a) title; b) name of author(s); c) organization and address; d)  “resumen” (abstract in Spanish); e) “palabras claves” (keywords in Spanish); f) abstract (in English); g) Keywords (in English); h) introduction; i) material and methods; j) results; k) bibliography cited.
2.3 Use of uppercase/lowercase. The title and text of the work should be written in uppercase/lowercase. The use of words in capitals is reserved for the section titles and subheadings (INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHOD). Subheadings should be written in uppercase/lowercase. Section titles should be placed in the centre of the page and subheadings to the left.
2.4 Scientific and common names. Names at genus and species level should take the surname of the author in the abstract and “resumen” and at least once in the text, preferably the first time it is cited. Respect the international codes of zoological and botanical nomenclature. Common names of animals and plants should go in inverted commas.
2.5 Italics and bold. Italicise scientific names at genus and species level, and the Latin terms. Do not underline titles, subheadings, authors’ names, etc. If you wish to highlight a word in the text use bold text. Write words of foreign origin in inverted commas. 
2.6. Position of figures and tables in the text and their references. Indicate  clearly the positions where you wish to insert figures and tables in the text. The text should include references to figures and tables, such as: “see Fig. 4”, “see Table I”, “Figs. 3-7”. All tables and figures should be mentioned at least once in the text.
2.7. Formulas, symbols and numbers. All formulas should be legible and symbols used should be legible and unambiguous (it should be possible to differentiate between the letter O and the number 0, the letter I and the number 1, etc.) Exponents and subscripts should be clearly indicated. In figures, the whole should be separated from the decimal by a comma when writing in Spanish. Use the same number of decimals, for example: 6,0-8,9 (not 6-8,9) or 7,89-8,00 (not 7,89-8). Abbreviations or measurements do not take punctuation (mm, m, gr,). Units of measurement should follow the International System of Units.
2.8. Bibliographical citations in the text. Bibliographical citations in the text should include the surname of the author and the year in parentheses. Mention the initials when there is more than one author with the same surname. Where there are two authors, separate their surnames with an ampersand “&” or in Spanish with “y”, and in the case of more than two authors cite the first followed by “et al.” in italics. Where various authors and works are listed, the citations should be ordered chronologically.
Examples:  Germain (1895, 1911); (Fairmare, 1895); Anderson, D.M. (1911); Anderson, W.H. (1938); Nelson & Platnick (1981: 123); Brewer et al. (1983).
The following guidelines are valid both for writing articles and scientific notes.
3.1 Title. This should specifically reflect the content of the work, and be concise and clear enough as to not hinder comprehension.

3.2. Author(s). Indicate the first name, initials of other names and surname in uppercase/lowercase. If there is more than one author, keep the same order: first the names, then the surnames.

3.3. Address and financial support. Indicate the place of work of the author(s),   postal address and if possible the e-mail address. Indicate where relevant the source of financing for the project. Indicate with asterisks the source of financing and the organization of each author.

Effects of nitrogenized fertilization on production levels of sugarcane in Tucumán. *
Federico Perez Zamora**, Jorge Scandaliaris**, Guillermo S. Fadda*** y Miguel Morandini****
*Work funded by Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, IDB 802/OC – AR.
** Sugarcane Section, *** Technical Director, **** Soils Section, EEAOC.
 3.4. Abstract. Should be written in one paragraph and reflect the content of the work. Specify the results and conclusions obtained. Do not go over 300 words for scientific articles and 200 words for technical notes. Do not include bibliographical references.

3.5. Keywords. Include up to five keywords, where possible use words that do not appear in the title of the work.
3.6. Resumen. Spanish translation of the abstract.
3.7. Palabras clave. Include up to five keywords in Spanish, if possible use words that do not appear in the title of the work.
3.8. Introduction. Include the nature, scope and importance of the subject in question, precedents, objectives and hypothesis, and the work’s relationship with other similar studies.
3.9. Material and Methods. Indicate materials studied in the work and the methods, laboratory techniques and experimental designs used.
3.10. Results and discussion. Results obtained should be expounded clearly and concisely. Use the discussion for significant comparisons with other studies and to specify the significance of the results gained.

3.11. Conclusions. Conclusions should be based on results obtained.
3.12. Acknowledgements. Include where appropriate persons or institutions who have contributed to the work.
3.13. Bibliography cited. All works cited in the text should appear in the bibliography and vice-versa. They should be ordered alphabetically by author’s surname. Collaborative work should follow the same format as single-author work, in alphabetical order corresponding to second author, third, etc. Where there is more than that one work by the same author or group of authors, order them chronologically. If they are also from the same year, use sequential letters to distinguish them. If citing more than one work by the same author or group of authors, their name should be written in full every time (do not replace with a line).
For bibliographical citations use the following model:
Periodical publications
a – Author’s surname (in uppercase/lowercase);
b – comma;
c – initiatives of names, each followed by a full-stop;
d - if there are more than two authors, the initials of the second, third, etc., before their surnames, separating the names and surnames of each author with a semi-colon and using an ampersand “&” before the last;
e - full-stop;
f – year;
g – full-stop;
h – full name of work;
i – full-stop;
j – abbreviated name of periodical publication in italics (according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals), except for those which consist of a single word, and capitalise the initial letter of each word;
k – volume (in Arabic numerals);
l – number or part, where relevant, in parentheses;
m – colon;
n – numbers of first and last page of work separated by a hyphen;
o – full-stop.
Cameron, J. W. and R. K. Soost.  1979.  Sexual and nucellar embryony in F1 hybrids and advanced crosses of Citrus with Poncirus. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 104 (3): 408 – 410.
Diez, O. A.; G. J. Cárdenas y B. S. Zossi.  1999.  Incidencia de la tierra en determinaciones de calidad industrial del jugo de caña de azúcar.  Rev. Ind. y Agrícola de Tucumán 76 (1-2): 65 - 69.            
Points a-g as for periodic publications;
h – full name of book;
i – full-stop;
j – name of publishers (abbreviated where necessary);
k – comma;
l – place of publication;
m – full-stop.
Example: Alexander, A. G. 1973.  Sugar cane physiology. Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Contributions appearing in books published by third parties
Points a-i as for periodical publications;
j – the word “In”;
k – colon;
l – surname and initials of editor(s);
m – the abbreviation ed. (or eds.) in parentheses;
n – comma;
o – full name of book;
p – comma;
q – publisher;
r – comma;
s – place of publication;
t – comma;
u – pp.;
v – numbers of first and last page of chapter or work separated by a hyphen;
w – full-stop.
Example Gauld, I. D. 1986. Taxonomy, its limitations and its role in understanding parasitoid biology. En: Waage, J. and D. Greathead (eds.), Insect parasitoids, Academic Press, Londres, pp. 1-21.
Contributions appearing in minutes of congresses or symposia.
Points a-k as for books edited by third parties;
l – abbreviated name of congress or symposium;
m – comma;
n – venue;
o – comma;
p – year (of congress/symposium);
q – comma;
r – volume or tomo (where relevant);
s – comma;
t – pp.;
u – first and last page numbers separated by a hyphen;
v – full-stop.
Example: Du Toit, J.L.  1959.  Recent advances in nutrition of sugarcane in South Africa. En: Proc.15th Congress ISSCT, Hawai, pp. 432 – 441.

Work unpublished or at press

Unpublished work includes reports, theses, manuscripts, etc. not yet accepted for publication, etc. Work at press is work accepted for publication, and in this case indicate the Journal where the work is in press.
Insert “Unpub” or “At press” instead of the year.
Example: Badía, D.  Inédito.  La materia orgánica en suelo de zonas semiáridas: caracterización, descomposición e influencia sobre las propiedades biológicas. Tesis doctoral, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, 1991, 221 pp.
 Salas, H.  En prensa (At press).  Control de ácaros en primavera.  Revista Industrial y Agrícola de Tucumán.
3.14 Personal Correspondence
Personal correspondence should be indicated with sequential Arabic numerals (superscript) if there is more than one; the reference should go in a footnote, including the name of the correspondent and the year of the information.
3.15 Tables. The term “table” is reserved to designate any group of data presented compactly. Tables should be numbered sequentially with Arabic numerals and have a title at the top indicating the information contained therein. Where possible, avoid tables with numerous columns and/or rows; if the information to be presented demands this, try to modify it, subdivide it or reduce it appropriately. Tables should be attached to the text, on sequentially numbered pages with the rest of the work.
3.16 Figures. All figures (drawings, maps, photographs, graphs, etc) should be numbered sequentially and independently with Arabic numerals. These should be cited in the text, not using in it or in the legends the names “photo”, “plate”, “graph”, etc. Legends for the figures should describe briefly the type of information presented and should be attached to the text on a separate page.
4.1. Quality. All figures should be good quality. The background should be absolutely white and without blemishes. Computer-generated illustrations should be printed with the “high quality” option. The figures should be done on onionskin paper. Photographs should be of excellent quality, with good contrast and on glossy paper. We recommend that care be taken in putting together plates with several photographs. Indivisible sets of drawings and photographs will not be accepted, as processing both for printing is different.
Original figures should be sent separately, when the work has been definitely accepted. 
The RIAT has an Editor, Publications Committee and suitable referees, who will evaluate both the scientific quality and the presentation and writing of the work. Work will be evaluated anonymously; authors will only be notified of the referees’ identity if the latter explicitly allows this.
After the Editorial Committee has analysed the referees’ opinions, it will decide whether to accept or reject the work. The opinions of the Publications Committee will be sent to the authors, who may justify their refusal to make the modifications suggested.
After evaluation, work may be:

    1. published without any modification;
    2. published after minimal modifications are made;
    3. Submitted for reconsideration, after modifications;
    4. rejected.

6.1. Order of publication
The order of publication of work will be strictly chronological, based on the time when the work was accepted. In the case of work done outside of the EEAOC, up to two works by the same author or group of authors may be included per issue of the journal. The remaining works will go into the next issue. Dates of receipt and acceptance will be included at the end of the published work.
6.2 Corrections. Authors will have a maximum of 30 days to return their work with the corrections suggested by the referees. Otherwise, they will lose their place in the publication order.
6.3. Corrections of galley proofs. Authors will receive a copy of galley proofs, in order to correct any typographical errors. Authors have 7 days to return these, otherwise they will lose their publication turn in the expected issue. 
6.4. Offprints. After returning the galley proofs, authors may request 10 offprints per work. 


Sending manuscripts

The original manuscript, two copies and three photocopies of the illustrations should be sent to the Editor and/or Publications Committee.
Authors will retain their original illustrations, which should be sent when the work has been definitely accepted, along with a printed copy of the work and a copy on a 3½ floppy disk. Copies of illustrations should be good quality so that they can be correctly evaluated by the referees. We recommend that authors keep a copy of all material sent, as the RIAT does not accept responsibility for any originals lost in transit.


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