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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.

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  • Paper in text processor format (*.doc or *.docx).
  • Authorization and conflict of interest form duly completed in PDF.

Ciencia y Agricultura accepts unpublished manuscripts result of research, revision or reflection with original content that contribute to consolidate the disciplines related to the agricultural sciences. Submitted manuscripts are expected to comply with the necessary coherence, cohesion, clarity, concretion, relevance and centrality to make them communicable.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to accept or reject submissions based on the principle of not publishing manuscripts that may be offensive or that fail complying with the publication norms.

By submitting a manuscript, authors certify they are complying with copyright laws and that such manuscript is not being considered for publications anywhere else. To guarantee this, authors must send the editor a signed letter stating specifically that the submitted manuscript neither has been published previously, nor has been submitted to any other journal, and that the authors have no conflict of interest.

All submitted manuscripts are peer-reviewed using a double-blind system and are analyzed with an anti-plagiarism software.

If you are interested in publishing in Ciencia y Agricultura, for your information, the journal’s rejection rate for 2018 was 32%.


The manuscript must be written in a word processor and cannot exceed 15 letter-size pages. Use a 12-point Arial font, single spaced, with all margins at 3 cm.

The writing must follow the international norms for scientific manuscripts, which regulate abbreviations, literature cited, symbols, and atomic, zoological, botanical and chemical nomenclature, among others. Values must be given in the metric system according to the International System of Units (SI). Initials and acronyms must be defined the first time they appear in the manuscript.

The writing must be concise and technical. The manuscripts must include:

  • Title (in English and Spanish): Precise, informative and of 15 words maximum.
  • Author(s): Full names of all authors should be included, along with E-mail address, last academic title obtained, ORCID, and professional affiliation (complete name of the institution, city, and country).
  • Abstract (in English and Spanish): It should be analytic, with minimum 250 words and maximum 300. It should present a clear idea of the article’s content, integrating objectives, methods, results and conclusions.
  • Key Words (in English and Spanish): They are terms that help classifying the article. We suggest using between four and eigth key words, based on the thesaurus of the research topic (DeCS, BIREME, NLM, UNESCO).
  • Introduction: It should pinpoint the aim of the study clearly, while highlighting the pertinent literature. Do not include data or conclusions of the study in introduction.
  • Methods: In this section, the procedures, experimental design and data analysis methods employed in the study are described. It should describe the study type, place (including geographic coordinates), geoclimatic conditions, plants or animals studied, laboratory methods, analytical methods and ethic aspects.
  • Results: In this section, the main findings of the study are presented in a logic, objective and sequential way, using text, tables and figures, and avoiding redundancy. Tables and figures should be self-explanatory.
  • Discussion and conclusions: The discussion should describe the most important contributions of the study; it should be complete and exhaustive, and should compare the results with the current literature on the topic, highlighting limitations and avoiding speculations.
  • Acknowledgment: If necessary, a section listing and thanking the institutions that help with the study may be included.
  • References: They should be sorted alphabetically at the end of the manuscript, following the APA style. If a reference has a DOI, please include it at the end of each reference.

Main sections must be numbered with roman numbers; second level sections, with letters; and third level sections, with arabic numerals; if a fourth level is required, use punctuation bullet points.

All section titles must be in bold, aligned to the left and only with the first letter of the first word capitalized. Tables and figures must follow the following formatting:

  • Tables: They must be numbered consecutively with roman numbers. The legend must go on top of the table; abbreviation and symbols must be explained in a footnote.
  • Figures: They include maps, photographs and graphics. Figures should be cited in the text and must be numbered consecutively with arabic numerals. The legend must be concise and descriptive and must go below the figure.
  • Equations: The use of an equation editor and the adoption of the International Notation System is encouraged. Within the text, equations must be centered and numbered with arabic numerals within parenthesis at the right of the equation.

In any case, the manuscript must be adapted to the described structure.


All assertions throughout the manuscript that come from another document or publication must have a citation. References must be sorted alphabetically at the end of the manuscript; all literature listed in the reference section should be cited in the manuscript.

Since 2019, Ciencia y Agricultura adopted the APA style for references; that is, it uses the author-date system. Within the text, references must be cited in the following format:

  • One author: (Last name(s), year of publication). For example: (Pulido, 2009).
  • Two authors: (Last name(s) of leading author and Last name(s) of second author, year of publication). For example: (Pulido and Medellín, 2010).
  • Three or more authors: (Last name(s) of leading author et al., year of publication). For example (Pulido et al., 2001).
  • When several references are cited, they must be sorted alphabetically and separated by semi colon (;): (Last name(s) of author, year of publication; Last name(s) of publication, year of publication). For example: (García, 2010; Pulido, 2008; Pulido & Medellín, 2016).

Special cases:

In case two or more authors share the same last name, put before the last name the initial of the first name (Initial name. Last name(s), year of publication). For example: (P. Medellín, 2017), (O. Medellín, 2014).

In case the author is an institution, write the name or acronym and the year (Institution, year of publication). For example: (UPTC, 2001).

Below, there are examples of how to present the references.

  • Journal article

 Author(s) (year). Title. Name of the journal, volume (number), first page-last page. DOI or URL (without DOI in case of electronic journals)

For example:

Patiño-Alcalá R. I., Martínez-Gutiérrez H., Peña-Castro T., Rosero-Martínez F. G., García-Díaz J. M. y Medina-Rojas L.F. (2001). Factores asociados a la presencia de Neospora caninum en vacas Holstein de Boyacá. Ciencia y Agricultura, 9(2), 98-104. DOI: https://doi.org/10.19053/01228420.v15.n1.2018.7753.

  • Thesis (Undergraduate, Masters PhD)

Author(s) (year). Title (Type of thesis). University. Source: URL (if available).

For example:

Moreno J. (2008). Factores asociados a la presencia de Neospora caninum en vacas Holstein de Boyacá (Tesis de Maestría). Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia.

  • Legal documents

Title of the document, issue date, subject (if available). Publishing medium, number, publication date, pages, URL.

For example:

Bill 17/2008, of June 4th, for the management of medication in Colombia. Boletín Oficial del Estado, num. 346, June 7th of 2008, pp. 101-104.

For additional examples, we suggest to review the documentation by Western Sydney University.

To make sure your references are used properly, you can use a reference data validation service online.

Note that the editorial board reserves the right to immediately reject articles that fail complying with the requested reference format.


Manuscripts should be sent to OJS System, including a submission letter, and any other additional material.