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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.
  • Publication cost (APC) | For Brazilian authors, the publication fee is R$ 100.00 BRL. For other authors, the publication fee is US$ 25.00. The publication fee is charged only for accepted papers.
  • The contribution is original and unpublished, and is not being evaluated for publication by another journal.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF format.
  • The text follows the style standards and bibliographic requirements described in the Guidelines for Authors, on the About the Journal page.
  • The text follows the style standards and bibliographic requirements described in Author’s Guidelines on the Submissions.

Author Guidelines

The "Cerrado: Agricultural and Biological Research" is a quarterly publication. CABR publishes in english, portuguese and spanish, original research articles, revisions, short communications and articles about agriculture and biological sciences. All the manuscripts submitted to CABR are evaluated by, at least, two reviewers (from Brazili and abroad) of recognized expertise in the field of agriculture and biology involved in the manuscript, which are responsible for the quality, relevance and originality of articles, under double-blind mode, ensuring the anonymity of both authors and reviewers, who are given the judgment format used by the journal.

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Peer Review Process

The editorial board receives the work covered by their thematic scope. The evaluation process of the articles is carried out using the "peer" system and blind to referees and authors. At the end of that process, it is made an opinion of acceptance, modification or rejection, according to a form completed by the referees and checked by the editor assigned as the subject area. This form evaluates the characteristics of the manuscript as to novelty, correspondence of experimental body and objectives with the results and conclusions of the work, as well as the fulfillment of formatting and style standards of the Cerrado: Agricultural and Biological Research. If accepted, the manuscript goes to the linguistic, style and format correction stage. The article in .pdf format is deposited at the site of the Cerrado: Agricultural and Biological Research being from the moment of free access to download and view.


Publication Frequency

The "Cerrado: Agricultural and Biological Research" is a quarterly publication.



Authors must not use the words, figures, or ideas of others without attribution. All sources must be cited at the point they are used, and reuse of wording must be limited and be attributed or quoted in the text.
CABR uses CopySpider and Crossref Similarity Check (iThenticate) software to detect submissions that overlap with published and submitted manuscripts.
Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will be rejected and the authors may incur sanctions. Any published articles may need to be corrected or retracted.


Duplicate Submission and Redundant Publication

CABR journal consider only original content, i.e. articles that have not been previously published, including in a language other than English. Articles based on content previously made public only on a preprint server, institutional repository, or in a thesis will be considered.
Manuscripts submitted to CABR journal must not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration and must be withdrawn before being submitted elsewhere. Authors whose articles are found to have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere may incur sanctions.
If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they must cite the previous articles and indicate how their submitted manuscript differs from their previous work. Reuse of the authors’ own words outside the "METHODS" should be attributed or quoted in the text. Reuse of the authors’ own figures or substantial amounts of wording may require permission from the copyright holder and the authors are responsible for obtaining this.
Redundant publication, the inappropriate division of study outcomes into more than one article (also known as salami slicing), may result in rejection or a request to merge submitted manuscripts, and the correction of published articles. Duplicate publication of the same, or a very similar, article may result in the retraction of the later article and the authors may incur sanctions.


Copyright Form

All manuscripts must be submitted with a Copyright Form signed by all authors. The form must contain the following three essential items relating to the manuscript:

A statement of responsibility, whereby the authors declare responsibility for the content of the manuscript and agree to disclose all sources of funding and declare all potential conflicts of interest. Authors must also ensure that the article is original and is not under consideration by any other journal.

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.


Average Article prorcessing time (APT) is 60 days

This journal charges the following Publication Fees and Publication Fee will be raised on the countrys economy. If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publication costs.


Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the paper.


Duties of the Editorial Board

We follow the basic concepts: Based on existing Elsevier policies, WoS, Scopus and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


Publication Decisions

The editor of the CERRADO: Agricultural and Biological Research is responsible for deciding which of the submitted manuscripts should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.


Fair Play

An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.



The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.


Journal Self Citation

An editor should never conduct any practice that obliges authors to cite his or her journal either as an implied or explicit condition of acceptance for publication. Any recommendation regarding articles to be cited in a paper should be made on the basis of direct relevance to the author’s article, with the objective of improving the final published research. Editors should direct authors to relevant literature as part of the peer review process; however this should never extend to blanket instructions to cite individual journals.


Involvement and Cooperation in Investigations

An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript and giving due consideration to the respective complaints or claims made. This process might also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.


Duties of Reviewers
Based on existing Elsevier policies, WoS, Scopus and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication, and lies at the heart of the scientific method.



Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.


Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.


Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.


Graphical Abstract

This is a single, concise, pictorial and visual summary of the main findings of the article. It could either be the concluding figure from the article or better still a figure that is specially designed for the purpose, which captures the content of the article for readers at a single glance.
For ease of browsing, the graphical abstract should have a clear start and end, preferably "reading" from top to bottom or left to right. Try to reduce distracting and cluttering elements as much as possible.
Image size: please provide an image with a minimum of 1328 x 531 pixels (w x h) using a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. If you are submitting a larger image, please use the same ratio (500 wide x 200 high).

1. Font: please use Times, Arial, Courier or Symbol with a large enough font size as the image will be reduced in size for the table of contents to fit a window 200 pixels high.

2. File type: preferred file types are TIFF, PDF, PNG or MS Office files.

3. No additional text, outline or synopsis should be included. Any text or label must be part of the image file. Please do not use unnecessary white space or a heading “graphical abstract” within the image file.


Research Involving Animals

All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines ( and Guid fot the care and use of Laboratory Animals ( The sex of animals must be indicated, and where appropriate, the influence (or association) of sex on the results of the study.


Author Contributions

For transparency, we require corresponding authors to provide co-author contributions to the manuscript using the relevant CRediT roles. The CRediT taxonomy includes 14 different roles describing each contributor’s specific contribution to the scholarly output. The roles are: Conceptualization; Data curation; Formal analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/Writing - original draft; and Writing - review & editing. Note that not all roles may apply to every manuscript, and authors may have contributed through multiple roles.



Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors can build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Otherwise, please indicate the position of footnotes in the text and list the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.


Supplementary Material

Supplementary material such as applications, images and sound clips, can be published with your article to enhance it. Submitted supplementary items are published exactly as they are received (Excel or PowerPoint files will appear as such online). Please submit your material together with the article and supply a concise, descriptive caption for each supplementary file. If you wish to make changes to supplementary material during any stage of the process, please make sure to provide an updated file. Do not annotate any corrections on a previous version. Please switch off the 'Track Changes' option in Microsoft Office files as these will appear in the published version.


Length of Manuscripts

All manuscripts (which include text, figures, tables, photos, etc.) have a limited number of pages according to its type: Review Articles are limited to a maximum of 35 pages; Original Articles must not exceed 20 pages, while Short Communications must not exceed 5 pages. Note that these page limitations where set formatting the manuscript according to Template.


Final Decision

The Editorial Board of CABR is responsible of accepting/rejecting any manuscript submitted to this journal. Their decision is final, and NO appeal can be enforced.


Biological Nomenclature

Names of plants, animals and bacteria should be in italics. Enzyme nomenclature - The trivial names recommended by the IUPAC-IUB Commission should be used. When the enzyme is the main subject of a paper, its code number and systematic name should be stated at its first citation in the paper. Spelling - These should be as in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English.


Intellectual Property

All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. The journal is published online and has open and free access to anyone.


Declaration of generative AI in scientific writing

Cerrado: Agricultural and Biological Research on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in article texts.

The below guidance only refers to the writing process, and not to the use of AI tools to analyse and draw insights from data as part of the research process.

Where authors use generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process, authors should only use these technologies to improve readability and language. CABR allows authors to use AI in their texts, however, with caution!

Where authors use generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process, authors should only use these technologies to improve readability and language. Applying the technology should be done with human oversight and control, and authors should carefully review and edit the result, as AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, and biased.

AI and AI-assisted technologies should not be listed as an author or co-author, or be cited as an author. Authorship implies responsibilities and tasks that can only be attributed to and performed by humans. Authors should disclose in their manuscript the use of AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process (Material and Methods). A statement will appear in the published work ("subtopic" in Material and Methods). Please note that authors are ultimately responsible and accountable for the contents of the study.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.