Instructions to Authors


Communications in Plant Sciences publishes different types of papers in plant sciences and related areas, including research articles, reviews, and communication notes.

Research Article refers to a publication with basis on a proper scientific research on recent issues in plant sciences and related areas.
Review refers to a publication with basis on a literature review on relevant issues in plant sciences and related areas.
Communication Note refers to a short publication in that authors can express their critical opinion on some activity or finding, or they can make technical considerations on some important issue in plant sciences and related areas.


General Instruction
# Communications in Plant Sciences publishes original papers in English (the quality of English writing is the author’s/authors’ entire responsability).
# Manuscripts must be written in MS-Word or compatible software.
# Pages and lines should be numbered sequentially.
# The International Measurement System is mandatory.

Manuscript structure
The content of manuscripts must be arranged as follows:
(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)
# 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).
# 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.
Reviews are free of formatation, so that author(s) can make your own divisions.
Communication Notes 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 (optional) may be included where just indispensable information must be inserted.

Citations and References
# 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.
# 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 References.
# 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.

Complementary Information
# Research Articles and Reviews 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. Communication Notes should have up to 100 writing lines (up to two edited pages), not including abstract, graphical elements, and references.
# Data, concepts, opinions, and the preciseness of works cited are the author’s/authors’ entire responsability.
# Commercial trade marks of chemicals should not be mentioned.


# Manuscripts must be previously submitted by the Submitting Form.
# A brief letter to the Editorial Board must be supplied, indicating the importance of the manuscript and at least three possible reviewers.
# Author(s) should state that the manuscript, reporting original work, was not sent, in part or in a whole, for publication to another journal.
# Existence or not of conflict of interests should be reported.
# The manuscript received by the Submitting Form must be sent to in the form of a Full Text File (doc, docx, or compatible) for further evaluation by reviewers.


There are no processing charges or any other publication fees.

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