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Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors

ATTENTION AUTHORS:

WE RECOMMEND THAT AUTHORS THOROUGHLY CONSULT THE GUIDELINES, SINCE PAPERS THAT ARE NOT PREPARED RIGOROUSLY ACCORDING TO THE STANDARDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

After 02/19/2015, the submission fee for new articles will be R$ 100,00. If the article is rejected, this fee will not be returned.

Articles submitted after 02/19/2015 that are accepted and approved for publication will be subjected to a Publication Fee, adjusted according to the number of pages in the manuscript.

Up to 10 pages: R$ 300.00
From 11 to 15 pages: R$ 400.00
From 16 to 20 pages: R$ 500.00
From 21 to 25 pages: R$ 600.00

If the article is accepted for publication, the amount of R$ 100.00 paid for the submission fee will not be deducted from the publication fee.

The proof of deposit should be scanned and annexed as a supplementary file in the electronic system.

The deposit should be made in the name of the Instituto de Tecnologia e Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (ITEDES), CNPJ: 00.413.717/0001-65, in one of the three bank accounts below:

Banco do Brasil (001)
Branch: 1212-2
Current account: 43509-0  - Brasil

Caixa Econômica Federal (104)
Branch: 3076
Current account: 0033-4
Transaction: 003  - Brasil

Itaú (341)
Branch: 3893
Current account: 29567-9 - Brasil

Editorial standards for publishing in Semina: Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Estadual de Londrina  (UEL)

Articles can be submitted in Portuguese or English, but will only be published in English. Articles that are submitted in Portuguese, if accepted for publication, will have to be translated into English.

Articles sent to the journal by march 31, 2014 and those that are still being processed may be published in Portuguese; however, priority for publication will be given to the articles that are translated into English.

All articles, after being accepted for publication, must be accompanied by a proof certificate of translation or correction (as a supplementary file) from one of the following translation services:

American Journal Experts

Editage

Elsevier

http://www.proof-reading-service.com

http://www.academic-editing-services.com/

http://www.publicase.com.br/formulario.asp

http://www.stta.com.br/

The lead author must attach the document that provides evidence of this translation or correction in the electronic system on the submission page in “Docs. Sup.”

COMMENTS:

1) Original manuscripts submitted for review are initially assessed by the Editorial Committee of Semina: Ciências Agrárias. In this assessment, quality requirements for publishing with the journal will be evaluated, such as scope of the article, suitability with regard to the journal standards, quality of writing and theoretical foundation. Additionally, it is also considered literature review update, consistency and accuracy of the methodology, contribution of the results, discussion of the data observed in the study, table and figure depiction, and originality and consistency of conclusions.

If the number of submitted manuscripts exceeds the assessment and publication capacity of Semina: Ciências Agrárias, a comparison between submissions will be made, and the works considered to have the highest contribution potential to scientific knowledge will be directed to ad hoc advisors. The manuscripts that are not approved by these criteria are archived, whereas the remaining manuscripts are subjected to assessment by at least two scientific advisors who are experts in the subject area of the manuscript, without identifying the authors. The submission fee will not be returned to authors who have their manuscripts archived.

2) Where appropriate, if the research project that originated the article was performed according to biosafety and ethics technical standards under approval from an ethics committee involving humans and/or an ethics committee involving animals, the commission name, institution, and process number should be stated.

MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WHEN:

a)  The attached main article file has the names of the authors and their respective affiliations.

b)  The complete registration of all authors has been added to the metadata during submission; Example: Full name; Institution/Affiliation; Country; Summary of Biography/Title/Role.

c)  Text explaining the relevance of the work (importance and distinction from previously published works), with a maximum length of 10 lines, is included in the field COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR.

d)  The submission is accompanied by a document proving payment of the submission fee as a supplementary file in the “Docs. Sup.” section.

e)  The main article is accompanied by supplementary files, including graphs, figures, photos, and other documents, IN THEIR ORIGINAL VERSION (JPEG, TIFF, or EXCEL formats).

f)  The following information is included in the original manuscript: title, abstract, keywords in Portuguese and English, tables, and figures.

RESTRICTIONS BY SUBJECT AREA:  

FOR THE AGRONOMY FIELD, MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN CASE OF THE FOLLOWING:

a) The experiments conducted with an in vitro culture are limited to the improvement of protocols already standardized or do not provide new information about the subject area;

b) The field experiments do not include data corresponding to at least two years or to diverse locations within the same year;

c) The experiments refer only to tests about the efficiency of commercial products against biotic and abiotic agents or physiological stress;

d) The experiments involve only bioassays (screening) on the efficacy of methods for controlling insects, mites, or diseases in plants, unless they contain an important contribution about the action mechanisms under the perspective of a frontier of knowledge; or

e) The objective is limited to registering the occurrence of a species of a plague or pathogen or associations with hosts in new locations within geographical regions where the species is already known. Documenting already known species or associations will only be considered if they are described in new ecological areas. The distribution records should be based on ecosystems and not on political boundaries.

FOR THE VETERINARY FIELD, THE MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN CASE OF THE FOLLOWING:

a) Publication of case reports is restricted; only articles with great relevance and originality that make a real contribution to the advance of knowledge in the field will be selected for processing.

Work Categories

a) Scientific articles: maximum of 20 pages, including figures, tables, and bibliographic references

b) Scientific communications: maximum of 12 pages, with bibliographic references limited to 16 citations and a maximum of two tables, two figures, or a combination of one table and one figure

c) Case reports: maximum of 10 pages, with bibliographic references limited to 12 citations and a maximum of two tables, two figures, or one table and one figure

d) Review articles: maximum of 25 pages, including figures, tables, and bibliographic references

Presentation of the Work

Complete original articles, communications, case reports, and reviews should be written in Portuguese or English using Microsoft Word for Windows, on A4-size paper, with  lines numbered per page, 1.5 spacing between lines, Times New Roman font, size 11 normal, 2 cm margins on all sides, with pages numbered on the upper right corner and following the guidelines for the maximum number of pages according to the category of the work.

Figures (drawings, graphics, and photographs) and tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals, should be included at the end of the work immediately after the bibliographic references, and should be cited within the text. In addition, the figures must be of good quality and must be attached in their original format (JPEG, TIFF, etc.) in Docs Sup on the submission page. Figures and tables will not be accepted if they do not comply with the following specifications: width of 8 cm or 16 cm with maximum height of 22 cm. If the figure has greater dimensions, it will be reduced during the editorial process to the above-mentioned dimensions.

Note: Figures (Ex. Figure 1. Title) and tables (Table 1. Title) should have a width of 8 cm or 16 cm with maximum height of 22 cm. Those with greater dimensions will be reduced during the editorial process to the above-mentioned dimensions. For any tables and figures that are not the author’s original work, a citation to the source consulted is mandatory. Place this citation below the table or figure and indicate using a smaller font (Times New Roman 10).

Ex: “Fonte”: IBGE (2017), or Source: IBGE (2017).

Manuscript preparation

Scientific article:

Scientific articles should report results of original research on the related areas, with the sections organized in the following way: Title in English; Title in Portuguese;  Abstract in English with keywords (maximum six words, in alphabetic order); Abstract in Portuguese with keywords (maximum six words, in alphabetical order); Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results and Discussion, with Conclusions at the end of the Discussion or Results (Discussion and Conclusions should be written separately); Acknowledgements; Suppliers, if applicable; and Bibliographic References. The headings should be in boldface without numbering. If there is a need to include a sub-heading within a section, it should be placed in italics, and if there are further sub-topics to include under a sub-heading, these should be numbered with Arabic numerals. (Example: Materials and Methods, Areas of study, 1. Rural area, 2. Urban area.)

The submitted work cannot have been published elsewhere with the same content, except in the form of an Abstract in Scientific Events, Introductory Notes, or Reduced Format.

The work should be presented in the following order:

1. Title of the work, accompanied by its translation in Portuguese, if appropriate.

2. Abstract and Keywords: An informative abstract with a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words must be included, in the same language used in the text of the article, accompanied by an English translation (Abstract and Keywords) if the text has not been written in English.

3. Introduction: The introduction must be concise and contain only the review that is strictly necessary to introduce the topic and support the methodology and discussion.

4. Materials and Methods: This section may be presented in a continuous, descriptive way or with sub-headings to allow the reader to understand and be able to repeat the methodology cited with or without the support of bibliographic citations.

5. Results and Discussion: This section must be presented in a clear way, with the aid of tables, graphs, and figures, so that it does not raise any questions for the reader with regard to the authenticity of the results and points of view discussed.

6. Conclusions: These must be clear and presented according to the objectives proposed in the work.

7. Acknowledgements: People, institutions, and companies that contributed to the work should be mentioned at the end of the text, before the Bibliographic References section.

Note:

Notes: Each note regarding the body of the text must be indicated with a superscripted symbol immediately after the phrase it concerns and must be included as a footnote at the end of the page.

Figures: The figures that are deemed essential will be accepted and should be cited in the text by their numeric order, in Arabic numerals. If any submitted illustrations have already been published, the source and permission for publication should be stated.

Tables: Tables should be accompanied by a header that will allow understanding of the data collected without the need to use the body of the text for reference.

Quantities, units, and symbols:

a)  Manuscripts should be in agreement with the criteria established in the International Codes for each subject area.

b)  Use the International System of Units in all text.

c)  Use the negative power format to note and present related units: e.g., kg ha-1. Do not use the forward slash symbol to relate units: e.g., kg/ha.

d)  Use a simple space between units: g L-1, not g.L-1 or gL-1.

e)   Use 24-hour time representation with four digits for the hours and minutes: 09h00, 18h30.

8. In-text author citations

Citations must be followed by the year of publication, and multiple citations should follow the alphabetical order system, according to the following examples:

a) The results by Dubey (2017) confirmed that .....

b) According to Santos et al. (2017), the effect of nitrogen .....

c) Beloti et al. (2017b) assessed the microbiological quality .....

d) [...] and inhibit the test for syncytium formation (BRUCK et al., 2017).

e) [...] compromising the quality of its derivatives (AFONSO; VIANNI, 2017).

Citations with two authors

In citations of sources that have two authors, the authors’ names are separated by a semicolon when citing them within parentheses.

Ex: (PINHEIRO; CAVALCANTI, 2017).

Use and when the authors are included in the sentence rather than cited in parentheses.

Ex: Pinheiro and Cavalcanti (2017).

Citing more than two authors

Indicate the first author followed by the expression et al.

Within parentheses, separate references with a semicolon when more than one reference is cited.

Ex: (RUSSO et al., 2017) or Russo et al. (2017); (RUSSO et al., 2017; FELIX et al., 2017).

Citing multiple documents by the same author, published in the same year

Add lowercase letters, in alphabetical order, after the date and without a space.

Ex: (SILVA, 2017a, 2017b).

Citing multiple documents by the same author, published in different years

Separate the dates with a comma.

Ex: (ANDRADE, 2015, 2016, 2017).

Citing various documents by various authors, mentioned simultaneously

Place the citations in alphabetical order, separated by a semicolon.

Ex: (BACARAT, 2017; RODRIGUES, 2017).

9. References: The references, according to the standard NBR 6023, Aug. 2000, and reformulation number 14.724 of the Brazilian Technical Standards Association (ABNT), 2011, must be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript. All the authors participating in a referenced study must be mentioned, regardless of the number of participants. The accuracy and adequacy of references for works that have been consulted and mentioned in the text of the article, as well as opinions, concepts, and statements, are entirely the responsibility of the authors.

Note: Consult recently published issues of Semina: Ciências Agrárias for more details about how to format references in the article.

The remaining categories of works (Scientific Communication, Case Report, and Review) must follow the above-mentioned standards but with the following additional directions for each category:

Scientific communication

Scientific communications must be presented in a concise manner but with a complete description of the term research or ongoing research (Introductory note), with complete bibliographic documentation and methodologies, similar to a regular scientific article. Scientific communications must contain the following sections: Title (in Portuguese and English); Abstract with Keywords in Portuguese; Abstract with Keywords in English; and Body of the text. The body of the text should not be divided into sections but should follow this sequence: introduction, methodology, results and discussion (tables and figures may be included), conclusion, and bibliographic references.

Case report

A case report should be a brief description of clinical and pathological cases, unprecedented results, reporting of new species, or studies on the occurrence or incidence of plagues, microorganisms, or parasites of agronomic, zootechnical, or veterinary interest. The case report must contain the following sections: Title (Portuguese and English); Abstract with Keywords in Portuguese; Abstract with Keywords in English; Introduction with a literature review; case report(s), including results, discussion, and conclusion; and bibliographic references.

Bibliographic review articles

Review articles must involve relevant topics within the scope of the journal. The number of review articles per issue is limited, and authors can only write review articles of interest to the journal, following an invitation by the editorial board members of the journal. If a review article is submitted by an author, the inclusion of relevant results from the author or from the group involved in the study is required, along with bibliographic references demonstrating experience and knowledge about the topic.

A review article must contain the following sections: Title (Portuguese and English); Abstract with Keywords in Portuguese; Abstract with Keywords in English; Development of the proposed topic (the text may be divided into sections, but this is not required); Conclusions or Final Considerations; Acknowledgements (if applicable); and Bibliographic References.

Other important information

1. The publication of articles depends on the favorable opinion of ad hoc advisors and the approval of the Semina: Ciências Agrárias UEL Editorial Board.

2. Reprints will not be given to the authors, since the issues will be available online at the journal’s website (http://www.uel.br/revistas/uel).

3. Copyright transfer: The authors agree with the transfer of publication rights of the manuscript to the journal. Reproduction of the articles is only allowed when the source is cited. Commercial use of the information is forbidden.

4. Unforeseen questions about or problems in the present standards will be addressed by the Editorial Board of the subject area in which the article was submitted for publication.

5. Number of authors: There is no limit to the number of authors, but people included as co-authors should have effectively participated in the study. People with limited participation in the study or the article preparation should be cited in the Acknowledgements section, as should institutions that granted scholarships and other financial resources.

Submission conditions

As part of our submission process, the authors should verify that the submission conforms to all of the items listed below. Submissions that are not in compliance with the standards will be rejected and the authors informed about the decision.

  1. The authors should state that the contribution is original and new and that it is not being assessed for publication elsewhere; any exception(s) should be justified in the “Comments to the Editor.”
  2. The authors should also state that the material is correctly formatted and that the Supplementary Documents are attached, BEING AWARE that the incorrect format will result in the SUSPENSION of the evaluation process WITHOUT EVALUATION OF MERIT.
  3. Authoring data for all of the authors should be entered in the Metadata field during the submission process.

Use the button “include author.” 

  1. In the following step, please fill in the metadata in English.

In order to include the data, after saving the submission data in Portuguese, click on “edit metadata” at the top of the page. Change the language to English and insert the title in English, the abstract, and keywords. Save and continue to the next step.

  1. The authorship identification of the work should be removed from the archive and from Word using the “Properties” option in order to ensure the anonymity criteria of the journal, in case the article is subjected to peer review, according to the directions available at Ensuring a blind peer review.
  2. The files for submission should be in Word, OpenOffice, or RTF format (as long as they do not exceed 2 MB).

The text should be typed on A4 paper, with numbered lines, 1.5 line spacing, and Times New Roman size 11 font.

  1. Confirm that all ethical standards were followed if the research was performed with living beings. Include proof documents of approval by an institutional ethics committee involving humans and/or an ethics committee involving animals, if these documents are requested.
  2. Include the payment of the Submission Fee, and attach the proof of payment as a supplementary document in Docs. Sup.”

Copyright Declaration

The Copyright Declaration for articles published in this journal is the author’s right. Since the articles published in this journal are open access, the articles may be used freely, with their own attributions, for educational and non-commercial purposes.

The journal has the right to make changes on a normative, orthographic, and grammatical level in the original articles, with the aim of maintaining proper standard use of the language and the credibility of the journal. Nevertheless, the writing style of the authors will be respected.

Alterations, corrections, or suggestions at a conceptual level, when necessary, will be directed to the authors.

The opinions expressed by the authors of the articles are their exclusive responsibility.

Privacy Policy

The names and affiliations reported in this journal are used exclusively for the services provided and are not made available for any other purpose or to third parties.

 

Semina: Ciências Agrárias
Londrina - PR
ISSN 1676-546X
E-ISSN 1679-0359
semina.agrarias@uel.br 

 

 

Submission conditions

As part of our submission process, the authors are obliged to ensure that the submission conforms to all of the items listed below. Submissions that are not in compliance with the standards will be returned to the authors.

  1. The authors state that the contribution is original and new and that it is not being assessed for publication in another journal; any exception(s) should be justified in the “Comments to the Editor.”
  2. The authors state that the material is correctly formatted and that the Supplementary Files were uploaded, BEING AWARE that the incorrect format will result in the SUSPENSION of the evaluation process WITHOUT EVALUATION OF MERIT.
  3. In the next step, fill in the metadata in English.

To include metadata, after saving the submission data in Portuguese, click on “edit metadata” at the top of the page. Change the language to English and insert the title in English, the abstract, and keywords. Save and go to the next step.

  1. Authorship data from all authors should be filled in during the submission process.

Use the button “include author.

  1. Verify that the authorship identification of the work has been removed from the archive and from Word using the Properties option in order to ensure the anonymity criteria of the journal, if the article is submitted to peer review according to the directions available at Ensuring a blind peer review.
  2. The files for submission are in Word, OpenOffice, or RTF formats (as long as they do not exceed 2 MB).

The text is written with 1.5 line spacing and in Times New Roman size 11 font. Use italics instead of underline (except for URL addresses).

The text follows the style patterns and bibliographic requirements described in Guidelines for Authors under the heading “About the Journal.”

  1. Confirm that all ethical standards were followed if the research was performed with living beings. Provide documentation of the approval of an institutional ethics committee and proof of informed consent if these documents are requested. Compliance with the applicable ethical precepts should be cited in the text body.
  2. A text indicating the relevance of the work (importance and distinction with respect to other works already published), with a maximum length of 10 lines, must be included in the field COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR.

Copyright Declaration

The Copyright Declaration for articles published in this journal is the author’s right. Since the articles that are published in this journal are open access, the articles may be used freely, with their own attributions, for educational and non-commercial purposes.

The journal has the right to make changes on a normative, orthographic, and grammatical level in the original articles, with the aim of maintaining proper standard use of the language and the credibility of the journal. Nevertheless, the writing style of the authors will be respected.

Alterations, corrections, or suggestions at the conceptual level, when necessary, will be directed to the authors. In these cases, after being changed, the articles will be subjected to a new assessment.

The opinions expressed by the authors of the articles are their exclusive responsibility.

Privacy Policy

The names and affiliations reported in this journal are used exclusively for the services provided and are not made available for any other purpose or to third parties.

 

Semina: Ciências Agrárias

Londrina - PR
ISSN 1676-546X

E-ISSN 1679-0359

semina.agrarias@uel.br 

 


Should they be both highlighted and in boldface? Or should this just read “The headings should be in boldface”?

It seems this sentence and the following sentence (after “1.”) should perhaps be switched for clarity, as follows:

 Using the following steps, please fill in the metadata in English.

 1.      Use the button “include author.”

Please review the headings and the ordering/numbering of steps in this section carefully to ensure the steps are numbered clearly in the order authors should follow them.

Since the sentence indicates “in case the article is subjected to peer review,” it seems unnecessary to include (ex.: articles) here. Please consider deleting this.

Should there be a separate numbered item with an explanation of the submission fee? If so, please provide the appropriate information. If not, please consider deleting this.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The contribution is original and unpublished, and is not being considered for publication in another journal; otherwise, it should be justified under “Comments to the Editor.”
  2. I inform that the text is correctly formatted and that the Supplemental Material will be uploaded, BEING AWARE that incorrect formatting will imply result in a SUSPENSION of the evaluation process WITHOUT MERIT ASSESSMENT
  3. The submission files are in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF format (as long as it does not exceed 2MB).

    The line spacing should be set to 1.5; the font is Time New Roman, size 11; uses italics instead of underlining (except for URL addresses);

    The text follows the style and reference requirements described in “Authors Guidelines” under the section “About the Journal.”

  4. In the subsequent step, the metadata should be provided in Portugues.

    • To include them, after saving the submission data in English, click on “edit metadata” on the top of the page – change language to Portuguese and insert: title in Portugues, abstract, and key words. Save and proceed with the next step.
  5. Authorship information for all authors should be provided upon submission.

    Use the option “include author.
  6. Author identity was removed from the file and from the “Properties” option in Word, therefore assuring the journal’s confidentiality criteria is met, in case it is sent for peer review (e.g., manuscripts), according to the instructions listed under “Ensuring a Blind Peer Review.”
  7. I declare that all ethical regulations were followed, in case of research with living organisms, and I am in possession of the documents that shows approval by the Ethics Committee and the Informed Consent Forms, in case they are requested. Compliance with the applicable ethical principles should be cited in the text.
  8. Text, up to 10 lines, indicating the relevance of the work (importance and differential relative to previously published works) must be included and written in the field “COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR.”
  9. Submission fee for articles

 

Copyright Notice

The Copyright of the published manuscripts belongs to the journal. Since they are published in an open access journal, they are freely available, for private use or for use for educational and non-commercial purposes.

The journal has the right to make, in the original document, changes regarding linguistic norms, orthography, and grammar, with the purpose of ensuring the standard norms of the language and the credibility of the journal. It will, however, respect the writing style of the authors.

When necessary, conceptual changes, corrections, or suggestions will be forwarded to the authors. In such cases, the manuscript shall be subjected to a new evaluation after revision.

Responsibility for the opinions expressed in the manuscripts lies entirely with the authors.

 

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The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.