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Author Guidelines

Only original manuscripts are accepted, which has not been previously published and which is NOT in the process of being evaluated by another journal.

 All manuscript must be uploaded using the journal submission facilities. When uploading the manuscript the manuscript title must be in CAPITAL LETTERS.

When submitting the manuscript provide the information requested for all authors. Upon publication, biographical information data requested by the journal platform will be displayed in the website next to the manuscript summary.


The original must include tables and/or graphics presented in the position intended to appear in the final version, the items must be included (pasted) in the paper. Please ensure that figures can be viewed in any PC where the program from which the figure was created is not installed.


Use the computer program default page settings, and use as less format as possible. Use italics only for scientific names and Latinized words. i.e. in vitro, in situ, et al. etc.


Use the table tools to create tables. Whenever possible tables should be presented in vertical (not landscape) page format. Table data/information can be in font size 10.


Program for Word processing. Word Windows version should be used. Figures are recommended in GIF or JPG format. Please ensure that figures can be viewed in any PC where the program from which the figure was created is not installed


Manucript structure

Single spaced text,

Font Times New Roman size 10,

page size = letter,

margin = upper, lower and right margin size = 2 cm, left margin = 3 cm.


For all items, authors from non-spanish speaking countries might request a translation for title, summary and key words.


TITLE in English and Spanish, use capital letters.  

Authors, Use bold lower case font except for the initial letter of each name which should be capital. Please write in order = name(s) surname(s).  examples:

Marcos Santos-Brown, Peter Jones

M. Santos-Brown, P. Jones


Addresses of authors (e-mail included), use italic font, lower case, capital letter where appropriate. Indicate corresponding author.


SUMMARY and RESUMEN, followed by Keywords and Palabras clave respectively. It should concise presenting a brief background, objective/hypothesis, methodology briefly described, main results and conclusion only. No detailed description of methodology is required.


INTRODUCTION (summarizing the present situation of the subject and presenting the paper's objective).


MATERIALS AND METHODS should be summarized but including all the information for reproducing the experiment.


RESULTS, although a brief description of all results is expected, this section should remark the main results of the experimental work.


DISCUSSION, Must help to understand the causes and implications of the results obtained


RESULTS AND DISCUSSION can be presented as a single section using this heading.


CONCLUSIONS obtained from the experimental work (basic, applied or both).


Acknowledgements When necessary must be included before the reference section.



The bibliographical references within text will be as follows: Ku-Vera (1990), Lee and Storey (1998), Herrera et al. (1970) (Torres-Acosta et al., 2016, Ventura and Gonzalez, 2014). The bibliographical references will be presented alphabetically by authors, by chronological order, adding a letter (1990a, 1990b, 1990c...) if there exists more than one reference of the same year.

Please note that in the references list section, year of publication is without brackets.


Reference List

Use Harvard - Anglia referencing system

Do not CAPITALIZE author names, manuscript or book or journal names, not use bold.

 Provide DOI or URL for all references (when available)



Authors, year, title, journal, volume, and first and last pages will all be indicated.

i.g. Smith, C.S., Morris, A. 2000. The agroecosystems in the tropics. Journal of Agroecosystems. 29:24-56. DOI: xxxxxxxxx.xxxx

Note: Journals names should be provided in full and not in abbreviated form.



Authors, year, title, No. of edition (from 2nd edition onwards), place of pulbicación, editorial.


Book chapter

Authors, year, title of chapter, editor, title of book, place of publication, editorial, first and last page of chapter.

e.g.Norton, B.W. 1994. The Nutritive Value of Tree Legumes. In: Gutteridge R.C. and Shelton, H.M. eds. Forage Tree Legumes in Tropical Agriculture. U.K: CAB International. pp. 177-191.



Authors, year, title, name of event, editor(s) (if appropriate), place and date of event, place of publication and editorial (if available), first and last page.



When using a valid web reference please provide: Author, year, title and in addition of the above include the www address (URL) and date when consulted.



In addition to Research papers the following are accepted:


Reviews are welcomed; the paper must be structured to allow maximum understanding of the topic exposed. However it must include; an introduction, conclusion(s) and references. It must include a summary in both languages.


Agroecosystems studies -this is a multidisciplinary section, includes multitrophic research in agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and livestock production systems. Agroecosystems studies which not solely describe de current situation but suggest methodological approaches, compare scenarios (SWOT, Ishikawa, etc.), develop models and projections, analyze historical context while giving value to current situation. Local knowledge with new applications or traditional applications with management or technological improvements. Interdisciplinary work to find solutions for natural resources and agroecosystems management. Review of policies, law, etc., novel processes or new perspectives of topics leading to the understanding and development of tropical and subtropical agroecosystems with a proper methodological or scientific support.


Short notes when presenting information based on limited datasets but still considered valuable and worth to be published: Title (Spanish and English), authors, addresses, introduction, material and methods, a joint section of results and discussion, tables and figures (if necessary) and references. Papers can be move to this section based on reviewers and editorial assessment.


Forum Editorial promoting discussion of research topics in agroecosystems. It should include a brief summary and key words. Author should clearly state the point raised/discussed. Letters to the editor will be included in this section.


All manuscripts (except Forum) will be evaluated by a peer review process (at least two reviewers).

Forum will be assessed by the editorial board and some editing/correction might be necessary before publication.



The rejected manuscripts will be returned to the corresponding author quoting the reasons for rejection.

The author must check the files posted on the web page which will be the final version of their papers, and may point out any correction needed.


Article proccessing Fee

The journal will charge $ 100.00 USD as Article Proccessing Fee. This is payable once the manuscript has been accepted and a PDF file is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading. Details for payment will be sent together with the PDF file.

Authors from countries with a Human development index (HDI Medium or Low will be charge $50 USD.


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 manuscript is original and has not been previously published or it has not been sent for consideration elsewhere simultaneosly with the submission to this journal
  2. The file is in Microsoft Word(R)
  3. The manuscript follow the guidelines/instructions for authors

    References have been properly formatted. DOI or URL have been included

  4. Details of at least two potential reviewers (name, institution, e-mail, expertize area) is provided in the presentation letter.

    (upload as supplementary file)


Copyright Notice

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


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They will not be available for any other purpose or person and will not be used for commercial purposes.