Instructions to Authors


Communications in Plant Sciences publishes different types of papers in plant sciences and related fields, including research articles, review articles, and letters.

Submissions of original papers must be in English (the quality of English writing is the author’s/authors’ entire responsability).

The following files are required (in the submission step 2) for new submissions:
a) Cover Letter
b) Full Manuscript

Cover Letter

A brief Letter to the Editorial Board must be supplied, indicating the importance of the research and stating the manuscript reports an original work and it is not sent for publication to another journal.

Authors also must supply infomation on at least two potential reviewers. Full name, Institution, and e-mail are required.

Letter to editorial board may be supplied in MS-Word or PDF.

Full Manuscript

Manuscript must be supplied in MS-Word.

Pages and lines should be numbered sequentially.

The International Measurement System is mandatory.

The manuscript file must contain the items described below (in Preparing Manuscripts), according to the type of paper.


Manuscript structure required for Research and Review Articles

The manuscript must contain:
(1) General Information
(2) Abstract
(3) Highlighted Conclusion(s)
(4) Keywords
(5) Main Body of Text (see the type of paper as described below)
(6) Acknowledgements (optional)
(7) References
(8) Graphical Elements (tables and figures)
(9) Supplementary Material (optional)

Manuscript structure required for Letters

The manuscript must contain:
(1) General Information
(2) Main Body of Text (see the type of paper as described below)
(3) Acknowledgements (optional)
(4) References (if so)
(5) Graphical Elements (optional)

General Information includes (i) the full title of the manuscript, (ii) the full name of the author(s), (iii) the respective information on author’s institution (Institution, City, Province, Country), and (iv) the e-mail of the author for correspondence.

Abstract must contain information to draw attention of readers to get and read the full text (no preformatted structure is defined). Journal suggests to include a brief background, the central objective and the main methods and results (that give the basis for the highlighted conclusion) must be included in a short paragraph.

Highlighted Conclusion(s) – authors must supply numbered short highlighted conclusion(s) (it is mandatory for research and review articles).

Keywords – three up to six indexing terms must be supplied, preferring words not included in the title of the manuscript.

Main Body of Text divisions vary on the type of paper.
Research Articles must be divided into Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion.
Review Articles are free of formatation, so that author(s) can make your own divisions.
Letters are free of formatation, so that author(s) can make your own divisions (data in tables and figures, and references are not needed, if so).
OBS.: Subdivisions may also be included.

Acknowledgements may be included where just indispensable information must be inserted. Authors may include information on the funding sources.

References must be placed in alphabetical order according to the first author and the chronological date sequence as follow:
Bianco S et al. 2011. Determination of alfalfa leaf area by non-destructive method. Communications in Plant Sciences 1: 17-20.
Books and book chapters
Brown HY et al. 2000. Weeds. Staut: Jaboticabal.
Dock SG and Team JJ. 2000. The model of weedness. In: Brown HY et al. (Eds). Weeds. Staut: Jaboticabal. pp. 1-56.
Doll GHJ. 2000. Accumulation of nutrients in potato under weed competition. 156p. Thesis, Doctorate, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil.
Meeting abstracts
Doll HG and Blew GG. 2000. The price of weedness. In: V Annual Meeting of the WSSA. WSSA: Minessota. p.15.
Internet information
Doff FR. 2004. Weed management in coffee plantations. Available at Accessed at Jul. 11 2005.
Obs. Articles, books, monographs, and abstracts available on-line in PDF text should not be cited as an internet information, so that web address should not be informed.

Graphical Elements
– Tables and Figures must be inserted after being cited in the text.
– Graphical elements should be preferentially 8.62 cm wide, not exceeding 18 cm.
– Figures should be digitalized at 300 dpi and recorded in jpg.
– Colored figures may be published.

Supplementary Material

Additional data, figures, tables, and other material may be supplied for a better understanding of the research, however they must not be essential in the full article.

Complementary information

Citations (of references) in the text
The citations in the text must be included as follow:
– Dock (2000) or (Dock 2000), for one author.
– Dock and Team (2000) or (Dock and Team 2000), for two authors.
– Dock et al. (2000) or (Dock et al. 2000), for three or more authors.

Page limits
Research Articles and Review Articles have no page limits, but the journal encourages the publication of manuscripts containing up to 220 writing lines (up to four edited pages), not including abstract, graphical elements, and references.
Letters should have up to 100 writing lines (up to two edited pages), not including abstract, graphical elements, and references.


# Please, move into our new website.
# Alternative submission form (registration is nor required).


Papers published by Communications in Plant Sciences are available to both authors and the wider public with permitted reuse.


There are no processing or publication fees.