Reach and editorial policy
editorial policy of the Pastos y Forrajes journal is to publish original
papers, technical notes and reviews that contribute significantly to the
knowledge of agricultural sciences. Preference will be given to the original
papers that report recent knowledge. The publication of the work will
depend on the approval of the Editorial Council, which will be based on
the opinion of the referees from the Editorial Committee. The works will
be double-blind peer reviewed.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Types of contributions. The papers will be sent in Spanish language, and three types of contributions are considered:
Manuscript submission. The papers must be sent via e-mail, accompanied by a letter in which the author and co-authors state that it is an unpublished paper and that it has not been simultaneously sent for its publication in another journal. The signature of the author for correspondence must be included in the letter.
process: Los artículos recibidos se someterán a unThe articles
received will be initially analyzed by the editorial committee, and, if
the established requisites are complied with, they will be subject to
double-blind peer review. These specialists will be selected based on
their experience on the topic of the paper and their academic training.
The revision results will be emitted in no more than a month and they
will be immediately sent to the author so that he/she adapts the paper
to the referees’ suggestions. The author will highlight the changes
made in another font color, and will send the article back to the committee.
Responses by the author regarding corrections or additions to the manuscript
will be accepted; likewise, the referees’ considerations will be taken
into consideration; and the editorial committee will finally decide the
acceptance or rejection of the contribution. The author will have a month
to send his/her changes. The communication between the Editor-in-Chief
and the author will be maintained until the paper is approved to go into
the edition process or is rejected, which will be officially reported
to him/her. If there were no response after the period granted for sending
the changes, the paper would be left out of the work flow; and, after
60 working days, it would be rejected under the criterion of not complying
with the journal policies. If the revision process is delayed, due to
the editorial committee’s fault, the author will be asked whether he/she
agrees to wait more time, or he/she can withdraw the article.
Presentation form of the papers: The articles must be typed in Microsoft Word® text processor, with size-11 Arial font, 1,5 cm between lines and 2-cm margins. No effects will be applied to the text (such as italic, bold, underlining, space over or below the paragraph, indentation, table format, among others), in order to facilitate the later design applying the predefined styles. The papers must comprise the following parts:
Title. The title should be concise and not exceed 15 words; the following phrases should be avoided: “Studies of …”, “Research on …”, “Observations about …”, and other similar ones. It will not include meaningless words.
full name and affiliation. PAs general rule, no more than six
authors should appear. Only those who participated in sufficient degree
to assume the public responsibility for the paper content, because they
participated in the conception or design of the study, in obtaining the
results or in their analysis and interpretation; as well as in the writing
or the intellectual critical revision, will be considered as authors.
The full postal addresses of the involved authors’ institutions and
the corresponding author’s e-mail address should be included.
Abstract. The abstract will not exceed 250 words and it will be written in only one paragraph. It must include the objective of the research, main methodological aspects, experimental design, most important results and conclusions.
words. A minimum of three key words and a maximum of five will
be included, which can be compound and they should not appear in the title.
As reference, the AGROVOC Thesaurus of the FAO (http://www.fao.org/aims/ag_intro.htm?searchtext=),
and the Tesauro agrícola of the National Agricultural Library –of the
Department of Agriculture of the United States– (http://agclass.nal.usda.gov/
Materials and methods. The use of subtitles is suggested to separate the different aspects of the section of materials and methods. It will include the site where the study was conducted, the period and the climate conditions –if necessary–, the detailed description of the materials used (soils, seeds, plant and animal species, etc.) and the experimental procedure. The methods should clearly indicate the variables to be measured and their accuracy, for which the experimental design, treatments, experimental unit, sampling methods and type of statistical analysis should be included.
Results and discussion. The results should be presented concisely, with the aid of tables and/or figures (the data that originated them will be included in an additional file, to adequate their design to the defined styles in the journal template), and the duplication of information between them and the text should be avoided. Likewise, the information obtained from the variance analysis will be described. In the discussion the author’s criteria and the references to other works directly related to this one, should be reflected. The conclusions and recommendations should appear at the end of this section.
figures, photographs, drawings and maps. They should have a self-explanatory
title, independent from the text; and they must appear immediately after
they are mentioned, not as annexes. The graphs, photographs, drawings
and maps will be considered as figures. In them, the title will be at
their foot; while that of tables will be on top of them. The information
in the tables should be logically structured, regarding the heading and
the different columns and rows. The photographs should be sent in separate
file, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and in .jpg, .eps or .tiff
format. The abbreviations included in the tables and figures, with the
exception of those of universal use, must be clarified in a legend at
citations and references. They should contribute to the knowledge
about the topic and be as updated as possible. The citations that appear
in the text of the paper should indicate the author’s last name and
the year of publication. In the case of the cited works which have more
than two authors, the last name of the first author, followed by et al.
will be used. Each citation included in the text must appear in the section
of “Bibliographic references”, at the end of the paper, in alphabetical
order according to the last name of the first author. They will include
the authors’ last names, initials of the names (in the bibliographies
with more than six authors the first six will be mentioned followed by
et al.), the full title of the work and information of the document
in which it was published (article, book chapter, thesis, etc.) and the
year of publication. In the case of periodic publications (journals, newspapers)
their title, volume, number and page range should be indicated; non-periodic
publications (books, pamphlets, event proceedings, theses) will also include
the institution or publishing house, city, country –if the city is little
known– and the total pages (or the page range if it is a chapter).
1. An explanation
of the models and methods used in the statistical analysis should be included
in “Materials and methods”.
9. The SE
will be included in the regression equations.
Other aspects of interest.
• The authors
of the submitted contributions have the right to present their papers
in public events, to prepare manuscripts derived from them, to reproduce
them and distribute them.
Abbreviations, symbols and acronyms
and Forages journal will only accept the symbols of the International
System of Units and the official regulation of the international system
of weights and measures; and with regards to abbreviations, the indications
of the Royal Spanish Academy.
Delivery of manuscripts
Directly and through e-mail .
The papers should be sent by e-mail to the following addresses:
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