Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research

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Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research The Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research publishes research articles, reviews and short communications ISSN: 2171-9292 (ONLINE) ISSN: 1695-971X (PRINT) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    The Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research publishes research articles, reviews and short communications. Research articles and short communications must report original work not previously published in any language, nor under consideration for publication elsewhere.
    After peer review and approval by the editorial board, SJAR publishes papers reporting research findings dealing with twelve topics: agricultural economics; agricultural engineering; animal breeding, genetics and reproduction; animal health and welfare; animal production; environment and ecology; plant breeding, genetics and genetic resources; plant physiology; plant production; plant protection; soil science; and water management.

  • Editors


    Dr. Carmen de Blas

    Principal Contact

    Mrs. Gemma Pérez Rivera
    Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA)

  • Guide to authors

    Paper submission

    Manuscripts will be directly submitted electronically in A completed manuscript submission will be confirmed by e-mail.

    Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word, DIN-A4 pages, letter «Times New Roman» size 12, with 1.5 spacing, 25 mm margins on each side, page and line numbers. They should be no longer than 30 pages, tables/figures included. Tables and figures should be submitted on the same document, one per page, following the References section. Please upload a unique file including the entire manuscript. Separate figure files will be supplied once the manuscript is accepted. Additional information that may be required by the editors, as reviewers’ suggestion, may be uploaded in the box "Comments for the Editor".

    Manuscripts should be written in concise, legible English, which must be careful reviewed by the authors to eliminate all possible mistakes in content and/or in grammar.

    Manuscript preparation

    The following layout is recommended:

    1. First page. The first page must include:

    − Title of the work. This must be clear, short and concise; avoiding terms such as «Studies about...», «Observations...», «Contribution to...» The title should preferably not exceed 25 words.

    − Name(s) of author(s), being the corresponding author marked with an asterisk (*). When authors belong to different centres, each author will carry a superscript number indicating the corresponding author's mailing address. We advise spelling out authors names in English-alphabet and avoid accents. It will allow you to find your name easier in databases, which usually do not support foreign lettering.

    − Name and full postal address of the institution(s). Institutions will preferably be in their original language.

    − E-mail address and telephone number of the corresponding author.

    − Number of figures and tables.

    − The short title of the work, used in the heading of the pages of the printed article, should not exceed 90 characters (letters plus spaces).

    − Topic. As the journal is multidisciplinar, authors are invited to select the main topic of the submitted paper from the following: agricultural economics - agricultural engineering - animal breeding, genetics and reproduction - animal health and welfare - animal production - environment and ecology - plant breeding, genetics and genetic resources - plant physiology - plant production - plant protection - soil science - water management

    2. Text of the article. This should contain the following sections:

    — Abstract. With a maximum of 250 words, the abstract must be specific, not containing references. The abstract structure can be as follows: (1) one sentence defining the relevance of the subject, (2) set the goal or directly the specific objectives which should be repeated at the end of the introduction, (3) describe briefly materials and methods; crops or organisms involved must be identified, as well as soil type, chemicals, or other details which can be important for the interpretation of the results, (4) list and discuss relevant results [numeric values of experimental results should be involved in abstract section], and (5) one or two closing sentences with most relevant conclusions and implications.

    — Additional key words. A maximum of seven and arranged in alphabetical order. They should not repeat words appearing in the title.

    — Abstract in Spanish. This will include translation of the title and the key words.

    — Abbreviations used. Include a list of all nonstandard abbreviations used in the paper and their meaning. Arrange them in alphabetical order.

    — Introduction. This should contain sufficient information about the background to the work so that this can be placed in context with other research, for the reader to understand the objectives proposed and evaluation of the results. It should not be too generalised or too detailed. It should conclude with one or two sentences that define the objectives and the essence of the article.
    — Material and methods. Sufficient information should be given to enable the experiments to be repeated. For routine methods, a brief description and a literature reference will be sufficient enough. New methods must be described in detail and, in the case of little used chemical products or equipment, the manufacturer’s name and address should be given.

    — Results. In general, these should not include literature references but only the results of the experiments. Interpretations of the experimental data should be reserved for the Discussion section. The explanations given in the figure and table captions should not be repeated in the text. Avoid joining Results and Discussion in a single section.

    — Discussion. This should not be limited to describing the experimental results and to drawing conclusions. It should also be constructive, interpretative, analytical, and establish an association between the results obtained and other published works. It can describe conflicting opinions and results of other authors and indicate the value of the results for future works. The Discussion at its end should contain one or two closing sentences with most relevant conclusions and implications. Do not write conclusions in enumerated paragraphs. Concluding paragraphs usually do not contain references but are a general, short restating of the main experimental results and their importance to the reader or subject being discussed.

    — Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements should be made to individuals or institutions that have provided technical support for the work and the sources of funding should also be mentioned.
    —References. The literature references will be cited in alphabetic order of the authors. Articles by the same author should be given in chronological order and if more than one of the articles has been published in the same year, a letter will be added after the year by which the reference can be identified (for example, 1985a,b).

    When references are cited in the text, the authors surname will be given in parentheses followed by a coma and the year of publication, for example: «... (Denamour, 2003)...». If there are two authors, the surnames will be followed by «and», for example “(Robertson and Castell, 2007)...”. If there are more than two authors, include the surname of the first author followed by et al. and a comma, for example «... (Leffort et al., 1999b)...». When several authors are cited, order them from oldest to most recent. If they are of the same year, sort them alphabetically (e.g., Abushita et al., 2000; Raffo et al., 2002; George et al., 2004, 2007; Spagna et al., 2005; Adalid et al., 2007; Zapata et al., 2007; Odriozola-Serrano et al., 2008; Favati et al., 2009).

    Examples are given below of literature references.

    —Appendix. If an appendix is needed, it comes after the references.

    —Figures and tables. These will be numbered independently with Arabic numerals and should be self-explanatory. Tables and figures should be submitted on separate sheets, one per page, following the References section.

    The tables will be headed by a number and title. Explanatory notes that facilitate their interpretation will be included at the foot of the tables. The Word table feature should be used. That is, the table created should have defined cells. Tables must not been created by using the space bar and/or tab keys.

    Figures can correspond to diagrams or photographs. The figure number and legend will be given at the foot of the figure. Send the photographs separately as an image file (jpg, tiff or similar) with at least 300 ppp in the finished size. Only under well justified circumstances colour photographs will be admitted. Figures prepared with program Excel or similar shall be sent separately in their source program (*xls file), with their source of data.
    The figures and tables must be very high quality and must, therefore, be received in a suitable form and condition to be reproduced.

    Examples of literature references

    Journal articles

    Standard article

    FLOWERS W.L., ESBENSHADE K.L., 2003. Optimizing management of natural and artificial matings in swine. J Reprod Fert Supp 48, 217-228.

    Author unknown

    ANONYMOUS, 2002. The extraction of soil water by the suction-cup method: a review. J Soil Sci 42, 83-93.

    Chapters of books

    DOREFLING R., TIETZ D., 1993. Methods for the detection and estimation of abscisic acid and related compounds. In: Abscisic acid (Addicortt F.T., ed). Ed Mundi-Prensa, Madrid, Spain. pp. 23-77.


    Individuals as authors

    MILTHORPE F.L., MOORBY J., 1999. An introduction to crop physiology. CAB Intnal, Wallingford, UK. 244 pp.

    Editor(s) as author(s)

    MADSEN E. (ed), 2007. Effect of CO2 concentration on morphological, histological and cytological and physiological processes in tomato plants. State Seed Testing Station, Denmark. 246 pp.

    Institutional author

    MARM, 2008. Anuario de estadística agroalimentaria. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino, Madrid, Spain. [In Spanish].
    Doctoral thesis

    FLORES M., 2000. Las técnicas biomoleculares en el diagnóstico y tipificación de los patógenos vegetales. Doctoral thesis. Universidad Politécnica, Valencia, Spain. [In Spanish].
    Master thesis
    FERNÁNDEZ J.L., 1998b. Estudio agroecológico del cultivo del maíz y sus potencialidades en la sustentabilidad de pequeñas fincas campesinas en la provincia Granma, Cuba. Master’s thesis. International University of Andalucía, Spain. 143 pp. [In Spanish].
    Conference proceedings
    SANZ P., AYERRA J.C., CALVO F., 2000. Nonpoint sources of water contamination and their impacts on sustainability. Proc. V Intnl. Rangeland Congress. Rabat, Morocco, Sept 13-16. pp. 187-192.

    Electronic sources

    The following should be provided when referencing electronic sources:
    - Author's name and initials, or responsible body (if there is more than one, list them).
    - Year of publication.
    - Title of the document being cited. The title of a web page will normally be the main heading on the page, or in the strip at the top of the screen.
    - The title is followed by the electronic medium, e.g. [online] or [CD-ROM].
    - Place of publication - URL, ftp address, etc – This is the information necessary to locate the document.
    - Date accessed and date of last update for web pages.

    An example:

    CASLER M.D., JUNG G., BUGHRARA S., HAMBLIN A., WILLIAMSON C., VOIGT T., 2007. Development of creeping bentgrass with multiple pest resistance. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research. Available on line in [15 February 2009].
    Work documents
    COMITÉ DE GESTIÓN DE CÍTRICOS, 2009. Report 2000/2001. Work document for internal use.
    MIRAVETE E.J., 1999. Aplicación de los modelos de elección discreta al análisis de la adopción de innovaciones tecnológicas. Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas. Valencia, Spain. EC work document 90-04. [In Spanish].

    Legal documents

    BOE, 1996. Royal decree 2210/1995, of 13 November, that modifies the organic structure of the Health and Safety Board. Boletín Oficial del Estado No. 21, 24/1/1996. [In Spanish].
    OJ, 1990. Directive 90/429/CEE of the Council of June 26. Official Journal of the European Union L 224 18/08/1990. p. 62.

  • Contact

    Principal Contact

    Mrs.Gemma Pérez Rivera
    Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA)
    Servicio Programación Editorial Científica y Publicaciones

    Autopista A-6, km 7.5.
    28040 Madrid (Spain)

    Phone: 34-913473945
    Fax: 34-913478765

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