Instructions to authors


1. Submissions


All manuscripts must be submitted online at




2. Types of articles


The Journal publishes full-length research papers, short communications, invited review articles and letters to the editor.

Standard research papers: Should report complete and original work, in which the reproducibility of results is clearly established. The full text should not exceed 25 pages, including references, figures and tables.

Short communications: Should report conclusive results and not preliminary data. It is an alternative format to describe, more concisely, partial results of a larger work, or reporting conclusive results based on a smaller amount of data. The full text should not exceed 15 printed pages, including references, figures and tables.

Reviews: Should be an in-depth report on the state-of-the-art of a particular topic written at the invitation of the Editorial Board, with unlimited number of pages.

Letters to the Editor: Should present, in an informal way, technical and scientific topics of interest to the agricultural and biological sciences community. Their publication will be determined by the Editorial Board.



3. Structure of the article and short-communications


Manuscripts should have the following format:

a. Title
The title should have no more than 20 words, centered on the page and in bold. Only the first word should be with the first letter capitalized and the others in lowercase, except the necessary cases (for example, scientific names; Phaseolus vulgaris). When needed, the footnote is introduced at its final using superscript Arabic number (see footnote item).

b. Abstract
The word “ABSTRACT” should be written in upper case letter, aligned to the left and in bold type. This section consists of no more than 200 words in one paragraph. The text should contain hypothesis, objectives, material, and methods; the achieved expressive results and conclusion. The abstract should start on the line following the title of this section.

c. Keywords
Key words should not exceed a minimum of three words and a maximum of six words and should be cited in the paragraph following the abstract. The first letter of the key word is written in lowercase (except scientific names) and separated by a semicolon, without repeating the words contained in the title of the paper.

d. Introduction
The title of this section “INTRODUCTION” should be written in the uppercase letter, aligned to the left. The introduction should be in the study itself, situating the reader on its importance, hypothesis of the study and the objectives, which are expressed at the end of the introduction.

e. Material and methods
The title of this section "MATERIALS AND METHODS" should be written in capital letters, aligned to the left. The "MATERIAL AND METHODS " section should be written in sufficient details so that the work can be repeated. Revista Ceres requires that the statistical procedures be specified in the article, including the design used, the number of repetitions and the statistical technique used. When no design was used, the article should describe how the experiment was conducted, and which statistical technique was used for data analyses. When the treatments are made up of quantitative factors with three or more levels, the response variables should be submitted to analysis of regression. If the comparison of the levels of the standard or control is of interest, the Dunnett test of  should be used. The Editorial Board will evaluate special cases.

f. Results and discussion
The title of the section "RESULTS AND DISCUSSION" should be written in capital letters, aligned to the left. The text should be clear and concise, supported by the relevant literature. Results and Discussion are sections that may be written together or separate.

Note: The sections Material and Methods and Results and Discussion may contain subsections, indicated by subheadings written in italics and bold. The first letter should be capitalized and centered.

g. Conclusions
The title of the section "CONCLUSIONS" should be capitalized, aligned to the left. The conclusions should be concise and derived from the data presented and discussed. Each conclusion must be state in a new paragraph.

h. Acknowledgements, financial support and full disclosure
The title of the section “ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND FULL DISCLOSURE” should be capitalized and aligned to the left. Authors must inform if they were granted with financing or support from institution.

Authors must inform whether there is – or no – any conflict of interests in carrying the research and publishing the manuscript.

i. References
The title of the section "REFERENCES" should be capitalized, aligned to the left. References should be listed alphabetically. The formatting requirements are shown, also on this page, in STANDARDS FOR REFERENCES.



4. Text Formatting


The text should be double-spaced in Microsoft Word, justified, Times New Roman font at 12 points. Page format should be A4, within 3-cm margins. Text lines must have continuous numbering.

a. Article size
Papers should have no more than 25 pages, including references, illustrations, and tables. Short communications should have no more than 15 pages, including references, illustrations, and tables.

b. Authorship
Articles and communications should have no more than six authors. All authors must have the ORCID identification number, as this will be required when submitting the article.

c. Language
Revista Ceres accepts submission only in English. The quality of writing in English is also a fundamental criterion for the evaluantion of the manuscript. Therefore, we suggest that authors who are not proficient in English to send the manuscript to a competent reviewer to review the article. Authors who want suggestions from English reviewers / translators should send an email to



5. Attaching files


When submitting the article, authors must send the following files:

a. The article (containing the text without authorship)

bTitle page
The title page should contain the title of the article, the authors (just below the title, in sequence and centered) and footnotes related to each author.

FOOTNOTES should have the following information:
The first note should provide information on the manuscript (whether it was extracted from a thesis, dissertation, etc., and financing source) and the others, information on affiliation of each of the authors, according to the following order: Institution, department (whether there was one), city, state, country and email. Do not use any abbreviation of any information on the footnote. For authors affiliated with the same institution and department, the same footnote should be used.

In the last line of the footnotes, an asterisk must be inserted and the corresponding author's email must be indicated. Ex: * Corresponding author:

c. Author contribution (authors must specify the contribution of each author in the development of the research).      
The article must be sent as "main document" and the other files as "supplemental file not for review".



6. Guidelines for references:


The title of the "REFERENCES" section should be capitalized, aligned to the left. References should be listed alphabetically. The following are the examples:

a) Journal articles:
Pinto JD (2006) A review of the new world genera of Trichogrammatidae (Hymenoptera). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 15:38–163.

Possenti JC & Villela FA (2010) Efeito do molibdênio aplicado via foliar e via sementes sobre o potencial fisiológico e produtividade de sementes de soja. Revista Brasileira de Sementes, 32:143–150.

Martinez HEP, Poltronieri Y & Cecon PR (2015) Supplying zinc salt tablets increased zinc concentration and yield of coffee trees. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 38:136-140.

Stefanello Júnior GJ, Grützmacher AD, Spagnol D, Pasini RA, Bonez C & Moreira DC (2012) Persistência de agrotóxicos utilizados na cultura do milho ao parasitoide Trichogramma pretiosum Riley, 1879 (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Ciência Rural, 42:17-23.

b) Books:
Mengel K & Kirkby EA (2001) Principles of plant nutrition. 5ª ed. Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 849p.

c) Book chapters:
Martinez HEP, Neves JCL, & Alvarez VH (2017) Mineral Nutrition and Fertilization. In: Adriana Farah (Ed.) Coffee: Chemistry, Quality and Health. London, Royal Society of Chemistry. p.99-999.

d) Works in Annals of Congress:
Junqueira Netto A, Sediyama T, Sediyama CS & Rezende PM (1982) Análise de adaptabilidade e estabilidade de dezesseis cultivares de feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) em seis municípios do sul de Minas Gerais. In: 1ª Reunião Nacional de Pesquisa de Feijão, Goiânia. Conference Proceedings, EMBRAPA/CNPAF. p.47-48.

e) Thesis and dissertations:
Fritsche-Neto R (2011) Seleção genômica ampla e novos métodos de melhoramento do milho. Doctoral Thesis. Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa. 39p.

Hanauer JG (2011) Crescimento, desenvolvimento e produtividade em cultivo de cana-planta e cana-soca de um ano em Santa Maria, RS. Master Dissertation. Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria. 81p.

f) CD-ROM:
França MHC & Omar JHDH (2004) Estimativa da função de produção do arroz no estado do Rio Grande do Sul: 1969 a 1999. In: 2° Encontro de Economia Gaúcha, Porto Alegre. Conference Proceedings, FEE. CD-ROM.

g) Internet:
Darolt MR & Skora Neto F (2002) Sistema de plantio direto em agricultura orgânica. Available at: Accessed on: April 24th, 2013.

h) Technical bulletin:
Bastos DC, Scarpare Filho JA, Fatinansi JC, Pio R & Spósito MB (2004) A cultura da lichia. Piracicaba, DIBD/ESALQ. 23p. (Technical Bulletin, 26).

Cruz I (1995) A lagarta-do-cartucho na cultura do milho. Sete Lagoas, Embrapa/Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Milho e Sorgo. 45 p. (Circular, 21).

i) Statistical software:
R Development Core Team (2010) R: A Language and environment for statistical computing. Vienna, R Foundation for Statistical Computing. Available at: Accessed on: January15th, 2012.

SAS Institute Inc. (2002) Statistical Analysis System user's guide. Version 9.0.  Cary, Statistical Analysis System Institute. 513p.

Universidade Federal de Viçosa (2007) SAEG: Sistema para Análises Estatísticas e Genéticas. Versão 9.1. Viçosa, Fundação Arthur Bernardes. CD-ROM.

j) Legislation:
Brazil (2000) Normative instruction number 01 of January 7, 2000. General Technical Regulamentation for fixation of identity and quality standards for fruit pulp. DOU, 01/10/2000, Section 1, p.259.

Brazil (2001) Resolution RDC n. 12 of January 2, 2001. Approval of technical regulamentation on microbiologial standards for food. DOU, 01/25/2001, Section 1, p.174.



7. Norms for citing references in the text


Citation in the text
References should be cited in the text, following the format: (Author, Year), (Author & Author, Year), (Author et al., Year) or (Silva, 1999; Arariki & Borges, 2003; Santos et al., 2007), always in ascending chronological order. Reference should be cited at the end of a period expressing a complete idea. When the authors' names are an integral part of the text, the date of publication is cited in parentheses, just after the author's name is mentioned, according to examples: Fontes (2008), Borges & Loreno (2014), Batista et al. (2016).

Citation of a citation
Every effort should be made to consult the original document. However, this is not always possible. In this case, information already mentioned by other authors may be reproduced. The following procedure can be used: the last name of the author of the document not consulted is cited in the text with the year of publication, followed by the expression “cited by” and the last name of the author of the document consulted with the year of publication; the complete reference of the source consulted should be included in the list of references.

Personal communication
Personal communication is not part of the list of references, so it is placed only in a footnote. The author’s last name is followed by the expression “personal communication,” the date of the communication, name, state, and country of the Institution to which the author is linked



8. Norms for figures and tables


Figures and tables must be placed after their citation in the text. They should be numbered with Arabic numerals, with the caption positioned below the figures and above the tables.

Figures and tables should not repeat the same data. Figures submitted in electronic format must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, in JPG format. Any illustration that has already been published must contain, below the legend, data on the source (author, date) from which it was extracted.

The full bibliographic reference related to the source of the illustration should appear in the References section. 

a. Tables
The term refers to the set of alphanumeric data ordered in rows and columns. It should be constructed only with horizontal separation lines in the header and at the end of the table. The caption initially receives the word Table, followed by the order number in Arabic numerals, separated from the table statement by two points and is referred to in the text as Table. Columns made up of fractional numbers; these should be aligned with the comma.

b. Figures
The term refers to any illustration consisting of or presenting lines and dots: drawing, photograph, graphic, flowchart, layout, etc. The drawings, graphs, etc. should be very clear. The captions initially receive the word Figure, followed by the order number in Arabic numerals separated from the figure sentence by a colon and is referred to in the text as "Figure".



9. Costs


The paper will be published after the payment of a fee of BRL 500.00. Payment must be made when the corresponding author receives the typographic proof and will be done exclusively in the form of Electronic Billing. In possession of the printed billing, you will simply pay it in a bank agency or automatic teller and send a copy to the email used to send the proof. For deposits made with not identified authors (resources of agreements, departments, secretaries, etc.), it is requested to inform, by e-mail, the date, and the billing number.



10. Privacy Policy


Names and addresses informed in this journal are exclusively used for services provided by this publication. They are not made available for other purposes or third parties.



11. Areas and sub-areas of publication


01 - Plant biotechnology, molecular biology and genomics
01.01 - Biosafety
01.02 - Plant biotechnology
01.03 - Tissue culture
01.04 - Genomics
01.05 - Plant pathogen interaction
01.06 - Plant-pest molecular interaction
01.07 - Molecular markers
01.08 - Morphoanatomy
01.09 - Plant propagation

02 - Agricultural Engineering
02.01 - Precision agriculture
02.02 - Agrometeorology
02.03 - Irrigation and drainage
02.04 - Environmental impact of technologies
02.05 - Agricultural mechanization
02.06 - Pesticide application technology

03 - Plant physiology and morphology applied to agriculture
03.01 - Botany
        03.01.01 - Reproduction Biology of cultivated plants
        03.01.02 - Structural Botany (morphology and anatomy of cultivated plants)
        03.01.03 - Floristics of cultivated plants
03.02 - Physiology of cultivated plants
03.03 - Metabolism and growth regulators

04 - Plant health
04.01 - Agricultural Entomology
        04.01.01 - Agricultural acarology
        04.01.02 - Insect Behavior
        04.01.03 - Biological control of pest insects
        04.01.04 - Forest Entomology
        04.01.05 - Insect-plant molecular interaction
        04.01.06 - Integrated pest management
        04.01.07 – Semochemicals
        04.01.08 - Resistance of plants to insects
        04.01.09 - Molecular biology
04.02 - Phytopathology
        04.02.01 - Biological control of pathogens
        04.02.02 - Chemical control of pathogens
        04.02.03 - Soil fungi
        04.02.04 - Integrated management and control of pathogens
        04.02.05 - Plant genetic resistance to pathogens
        04.02.06 - Nematology
        04.02.07- Virology
04.03 - Matology
        04.03.01 - Biology and weed management
        04.03.02 - Dynamics of herbicides in the environment
        04.03.03 - Phytosociology of weeds
        04.03.04 - Weed resistance to herbicides
        04.03.05 - Herbicide selectivity to crops

05 - Plant breeding applied to agriculture
05.01 Conservation and use of germplasm
05.02 Evolution of Tropical Plants
05.03 Plant Genetics
        05.03.01 - Quantitative Molecular Genetics
        05.03.02 - Molecular Plant Genetics
        05.03.03 - Quantitative Genetics
05.04 Plant Breeding
05.05 - Plant genetic resources
        05.05.01 - Genetic resources of native forest species
        05.05.02 - Genetic resources of forage plants
05.06 - Resistance of plants to diseases
05.07- Somaclonal variation

06 - Vegetative propagation and seminar
06.01 - Vegetative propagation
06.02 Seminiferous Propagation
        06.02.01. - Seed quality control
        06.02.02. - Seed physiology
        06.02.03. - Seed dormancy
        06.02.04.- Seed pathology
        06.02.05.- Seed production
        06.02.06.- Seed post-harvest technology
            - Drying
            - Processing
            - storage
06.03 - Seedling production

07 - Vegetable Production
07.01 - Organic Agriculture and Agroecology
        07.01.01 - Green fertilizers and organic fertilizers
        07.01.02 - Management of organic crops
07.02 - Bioenergy
07.03 - Cereals
        07.03.01 - Rice
        07.03.02 - Corn
        07.03.03 - Wheat
07.04 - Fruit growing
        07.04.01 - Temperate fruit growing
        07.04.02 - Tropical climate fruit growing
        07.04.03 - Fruit growing in a subtropical climate
07.05 - Great Cultures
       07.05.01 - Cotton
       07.05.02 - Coffee
       05.05.03 - Sugarcane
07.06 - Legumes
       07.06.01 - Bean
       07.06.02 - Soy
07.07 - Vegetables
        07.07.01 - Protected Cultivation and Cultivation Without Soil
            - Protected cultivation
            - Hydroponic cultivation
         07.07.02.- Vegetable production
07.08 - Medicinal plants
         07.08.01 - Chemistry of natural products
         07.08.02 - Essential oils
07.09 - Ornamental plants
         07.09.01 - Production of ornamental plants
         07.09.02 - Landscaping
07.10 - Post Harvest
        07.10.01 - Post Harvest of Vegetables
        07.10.02 - Post Harvest of fruits
07.11 - Seedling Production

08 - Soils and plant nutrition
08.01 - Fertilizers and fertilization
08.02 - Soil Fertility
08.03 - Soil Physics
08.04 - Geoprocessing
          08.04.01 - Remote sensing
          08.04.02 - Geographic information system
08.05 - Soil and Water Management and Conservation
          08.05.01 - Soil erosion and conservation
          08.05.02 - Conventional and minimum cultivation systems (no-till)
          08.05.03 - Ground pollution
          08.05.04 - Recovery of degraded areas
08.06 - Organic matter
08.07 - Microbiology and Biochemistry of Soil
08.08 - Mineralogy, genetics, morphology and classification
08.09 - Mineral Plant Nutrition
08.10 - Land use planning
08.11 - Pedology and soil classification
         08.11.01 - Pedometry
08.12 - Soil Chemistry