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Scope and editorial policy

Arquivos do Instituto Biológico aims to publish in Portuguese, English or Spanish original high quality scientific articles, which contribute significantly to the development of the Agricultural Sciences, in the field of animal and vegetal sanity, related to agribusiness and its implication in the agri-environment, including quality and food safety. It is also accepted papers on urban pests.
The journal supports and follows the principles and standards recommended by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), an international organization reference on integrity and ethics in scientific publishing. Thus, the entire process, selection criteria and journal publication follow the conduct rules and ethics in accordance with

A cover letter should come along with the manuscript describing the importance of the work in the field, qualifying it for publication in Arquivos do Instituto Biológico.
In addition, a statement signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors, must be attached as a supplementary document in the designated area in the online system where the authors state that:
a) the data contained in the manuscript is original and authentic, so there is no fraud and/or plagiarism derivations (all received manuscripts are subjected to a software to detect plagiarism); b) the manuscript was not submitted for publication in any other printed or electronic vehicle; c) the manuscript content is authors' responsibility, who assume they have contributed significantly to research and must provide retractions or correct mistakes if necessary. In case of doubt, see the Singapore Statement; d) in case of conflicts of interest, they will be manifesting, which will subsequently be examined by the Editorial Committee.

Additional information:
Studies involving: 1- animal experimentation and/or genetically modified organisms must be approved by the Ethics and Biosafety Committee, mentioning the process number in the paper and a copy of the approval provided by the correspondent responsible Committee of the author's home institution must be forwarded;2- plants must have the prior registration and deposit of this material (vouchers) in registered collections and accessible to the public, with the inclusion of its identification number on the manuscript. 3- DNA sequences must have the accession number in enabled databases informed in the manuscript.

The manuscripts submitted to Arquivos do Instituto Biológico are preliminarily analysed by the Editorial Comittee. During the pre-analysis, the Comittee checks if it fits in the scope and merit for publication. The manuscripts that do not match the editorial requirements or that need to be redrafted will be rejected without a review. The preselected manuscripts with be submitted to critical analysis of at least 2 Scientific Consultants (ad hoc) chosen by specialists in the field of the submitted article. The Scientific Consultant also fills an evaluation form. The acceptance of the article is in agreement with the Editor-in-chief of the Editorial Comittee. In case the article is rejected by part of the Scientific Consultants, the Associate-Editor will issue his conclusive technical opinion. The reviews and the conclusive technical opinion will be forwarded to the authors for corrections, justifications and presentation of the new version of the draft, which is compared to the original version by the Editor-in-chief of the Editor Comittee. Once it is accepted, the article is forwarded to reference, abstract and vernacular review. After the layout change, the text is submitted to final corrections by the authors and by the Editorial Comittee. All articles are published following the approval order.

The fare for publication in the journal Arquivos do Instituto Biológico is R$ 60,00 (sixty Brazilian reals) per diagrammed page.

After the work is accepted, as communicated by the editor-in-chief, the authors must deposit the total amount of this fee to the account Fundação de Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa do Agronegócio - FUNDEPAG (CNPJ 50.276.237/0001-78) [Banco do Brasil (001), bank branch 4328-1, bank account 30.200-7 or Banco Santander (033), bank branch 0637, bank account 13-001316-9]. A copy of the proof of deposit must be sent by fax or e-mail, mentioning the work’s publication ID number, to:+(55-11) 5087-1790 or Email:


Form and preparation of manuscripts

To be considered for publication, the work must be either a scientific article or scientific communication, although the Editorial Committee will also accept review articles, at its discretion.

Scientific article: consists of the following items: title, name(s) of the author(s), address of the corresponding author and place of origin of the other authors, abstract, keywords, translated title, translated abstract, translated keywords, followed by the introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, acknowledgments and references.

Scientific communication: consists of the following items: title, name(s) of the author(s), address of the corresponding author and place of origin of the other authors, abstract, keywords, translated title, translated abstract, translated keywords, followed by the text without subdivisions, acknowledgments and references. Scientific publication is a brief report, its publication is immediate as this is an relevant original fact but its content is insufficient for a scientific article.

Review article: consists of the following items: title, name(s) of the author(s), address of the corresponding author and place of origin of the other authors, abstract, keywords, translated title, translated abstract, translated keywords, followed by the text without subdivisions, and references.

Presentation: the works must be submitted in Microsoft WORD format (.doc or .docx), page-size A4, margins 2.5 cm, size 12 Times New Roman font, double spaced, with continuous page numbering using the Layout tool in the Page Setup or Page Layout menu item. The maximum number of pages is 25 for review articles, 20 for scientific articles and 10 for scientific communications, including tables and figures.

Language: the work can be written in Portuguese, English or Spanish. When written in Portuguese, the translated title, abstract and keywords will be in English. When written in English or Spanish, the translated title, abstract and keywords will be in Portuguese.

Title: although brief, the title should tell precisely what the article is about, focusing on its main purpose.

Name (s) and Address (es) of the author(s): should not be included in the manuscript body because Arquivos do Instituto Biológico uses double blind peer review. This information should be inserted in the specific field of the online submission system.

Abstract: should concisely present the aim of the work, the materials and methods and conclusions, in a single paragraph. The length must not exceed 250 words.

Keywords: under the abstract and separated by a space, provide at most five keywords separated by commas. Avoid terms that appear in the title.

Translation of title, abstract and keywords: works in Portuguese must provide a translation of the title, abstract and keywords in English. Works in English or Spanish must provide a translation of the title, abstract and keywords in Portuguese. The length of the abstract must not exceed 250 words.

Introduction: describe the nature and the purpose of the work, its relation with other research studies in the context of existing knowledge, along with the reason why the present study was carried out.

Material and methods: present a description that is brief yet sufficient to allow for the repetition of the work. Previously published techniques and processes, except when modified, should be merely cited. Scientific names of species and of drugs should be cited in accordance with international standards.

Results: accompanied by tables and/or figures when necessary. The tables and figures should be inserted after the references.

Discussion: discuss the results obtained, comparing them with those of other published works (results and discussion may be combined within a single section).

Tables and figures: include a clear and concise title that allows the table or figure to be understood without consulting the text. The tables should not contain vertical lines. In the text, use the abbreviated word (e.g.: Fig. 3). The figures must be in the format jpg (photos) or gif (graphics and diagrams), of a size less than 500 Kb. The original or higher-definition figures will be requested after the submission is approved for publication. These should be sent in individual files and named according to the number of the figure, for example Fig1.gif, Fig2.jpg.

Conclusions: presented in their order of importance. They can be given in a separate section or as part of the discussion.

Acknowledgments: these may refer to people and/or institutions. In case of funding agency, the financing process number must be included.

References and citations in the text: the citations in the text and references are directly linked. It is recommeded around 25 references to articles and scientific communications. All of the authors cited should be included in the references. The citation of authors should be presented in the format of author's last name and the year of the publication, and should be in small caps, for example: one author Allan (1979) or (Allan, 1979); two authors – Lopes; Macedo (1982) or (Lopes; Macedo, 1982); more than two authors – Besse et al. (1990) or (Besse et al., 1990); coincidences of authors or year of publication – (Curi, 1998a), (Curi, 1998b) or (Curi, 1998a, 1998b). The references should be formatted according to NBR 6023/2002, of the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT), and be in alphabetical order by first author, as in the examples in the following link:

The following examples will serve as a guideline for the formatting and presentation of references:

a) Periodical article
ANDRÉA, M.M. ; PETTINELLII JÚNIOR, A. Efeito de aplicações de pesticidas sobre a biomassa e a respiração de microrganismos de solos. Arquivos do Instituto Biológico, São Paulo, v.67, n.2, p.223-228, 2000.

b) Article in periodical published on Internet
FELÍCIO, J.D.; SANTOS, R. da S.; GONÇALES, E. Componentes químicos de Vitis vinifera (Vitaceae). Arquivos do Instituto Biologico., São Paulo, v.68, n.1, p.47-50, 2001. Disponível em:<>. Acesso em: 5 mar. 2002.

c) Dissertations and Theses
PERES, T.B. Efeito da aplicação de pesticidas na atividade microbiológica do solo e na dissipação do 14C-Paration Metílico. 2000. 75f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Ciências - Área de Tecnologia Nuclear - Aplicações) - Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares, São Paulo, 2000.
SIMONI, I.C. Utilização de diferentes linhagens celulares para propagação do vírus da doença infecciosa da bursa. 2001. 77f. Tese (Doutorado em Genética e Biologia Molecular - Área de Microbiologia) - Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, 2001.

d) Dissertation/Thesis published on Internet
BATISTA, A.S. Saccharomices cerevisae em milho armazenado e o efeito na redução de aflatoxicoses. 2001. 96p. Dissertação (Mestrado – Microbiologia Agrícola) - Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz" Universidade de São Paulo, Piracicaba, 2001. Disponível em: <> Acesso em: 28 jun. 2005.

e) Entire books, brochures, etc.
BECKMANN, N. (Ed.). Carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy of biological systems. San Diego: Academic Press, 1995. 334p.

f) Part of a book (chapter, passage, fragment, etc.)
Chapter or part without specific authorship – author of the part is the same author as the overall work
ALBERTS, B.; BRAY, D.; LEWIS, J.; RAFF, M.; ROBERTS, K.; WATSON, J.D. Cell junctions, cell adhesion, and the extracellular matrix. In: ______. Molecular biology of the cell. 3th.ed. New York: Garland Publications, 1994. 1294p. Chap. 19.

Part with specific authorship

BANIJAMALI, A. Thyroid function and thyroid drugs. In: FOYE, W.O.; LEMKE, T.L.; WILLIAMS, D.A. (Eds). Principles of medicinal chemistry. 4th. Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincot Williams & Wilkins, 1995. chap.30, p.688-704.

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