ISSN 1984-7033 on-line version
ISSN 1518-7853 printed version



Scope and Policy

The CBAB - CROP BREEDING AND APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY (ISSN 1984-7033, on line version) – is the official quarterly journal of the Brazilian Society of Plant Breeding  (, abbreviated CROP BREED APPL BIOTECHNOL. It is indexed in ISI Thomson Reuters, Scopus, AGRIS, CAB International Abstracts, Biosys, Latindex, Periódica, Chemical Abstracts Service, Agricola, Agrobase, Wilson, Ebsco, DOAJ, Acervo Documental da Embrapa and Portal da Capes. It publishes original scientific articles which contribute to the scientific and technological development of plant breeding and agriculture. Articles should be to do with basic and applied research on improvement of perennial and annual plants, within the fields of genetics, conservation of germplasm, biotechnology,  genomics, cytogenetics, experimental statistics, seeds, food quality, biotic and abiotic stress, and correlated areas.

The paper must be unpublished, Simultaneous submitting to another periodical is ruled out. Authors are held solely responsible for the opinions and ideas expressed, which do not necessarily reflect the view of the Editorial board. However, the Editorial board reserves the right to suggest or ask for any modifications required. The journal adopts the Ithenticate software for identification of plagiarism. Complete or partial reproduction of articles is permitted, provided the source is cited. All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY. All articles are published free of charge. This is an open access journal.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The CBAB publishes exclusively in English, The author can monitor the manuscript’s stages of proceeding by his/her e-mail and personal password. Expert ad hoc reviewers evaluate the manuscripts to assist the Editorial Board with the final decision of approval, modification, or disapproval.

The complete manuscript should comply with the following sequence: title, abstract, key words, introduction, material and methods, results and discussion, acknowledgements, references, and tables and figures. The manuscript must be typed in Word for Windows, in times new roman 12, double spacing, format A4, with 20 mm margins and consecutive top right numbering. The double spaced text must not exceed 18 pages, including separately placed tables and figures (one a page) in the end of text. All the equations, models and simbols should be made in Microsoft Equation. The title should be clear, concise, and express the gist of the article. It should not surpass 15 words, be typed in bold, left, with initial upper case letters. The authors’ complete names, and their institutional addresses should be entered in the proof read. The abstract should not contain more than 150 words. A maximum of 5 key words, different from the title, are allowed. The introduction should include a brief literature review on subject and aims of the study. Material and Methods must enable other researchers to repeat the experience. Preferentially, Results and Discussion should be presented together for easiness of reading. Acknowledgements should be succinct, and limited to effective co-workers and financing agencies.

Be carefull about the references. Never cite summaries of events and theses, or any other unpublished literature. These measures will help shape a manuscript that will be a credit both to your article and to the journal. Citations mentioned in the text by the last name of the author and the year (for instance, Liu 1998, Pereira and Amaral Júnior 2001, William et al. 1990) are to be alphabetically listed in the item References, according to the following examples:

1) Articles in periodicals:

Pereira MG and Amaral Júnior AT (2001) Estimation of genetic components in popcorn based on the nested design. Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology 1: 3-10.

Knapp SJ, Stroup WW and Ross WM (1985) Exact confidence intervals for heritability on a progeny mean basis. Crop Science 25: 192-194.

2) Book

Ramalho MAP, Ferreira DF and Oliveira AC (2000) Experimentação em genética e melhoramento de plantas. Editora UFLA, Lavras, 326p.

Liu BH (1998) Statistical genomics. CRC Press, New York, 610p.

3) Book chapter

Sakiyama NS, Pereira AA and Zambolim L (1999) Melhoramento do café arábica. In: Borém A (ed.) Melhoramento de espécies cultivadas. Editora UFV, Viçosa, p. 189-204. 

McClean P, Gepts P and Kami J (2004) Genomics and genetic diversity in common bean. In: Wilson RF, Stalker HT and Brummer EC (eds) Legume Crops Genomics. AOCS Press, Champaign, p. 60-82.

4) Congress:

Frey KJ (1992) Plant breeding perspectives for the 1990s. In: Stalker HT and Murphy JP (eds.) Proceedings of the symposium on plant breeding in the 1990s. CAB, Wallingford, p. 1-13.

The CBAB publishes, besides articles, other text forms, equally subjected to the discretion of ad hoc reviewers.

Leading authors of certain topics will be asked for a Review by the Editorial Board (also restricted to 18 pages), which should shed light specifically on stirring subject matters that deserve a deeper analysis into their stage of development.

Notes are limited to 12 pages and designated to inform about new studies or observations, wherefore the analytical tools are not required. They may focus on a matter of broad interest; briefly describe an original study; report on participatory research; express observations of special interest in the fields of research, teaching, and applied sciences; or comment on the release of new software in a plant breeding-related area.

Plant breeding programs

Outstanding breeding programs regarding innovation, efficiency, impact, and/or continuity can be portrayed in the CBAB, restricted to 18 pages.

Cultivars release

New cultivars deserve special attention for their key role in plant breeding, and consequently, for domestic agriculture. A contribution to this section should comprise an abstract of maximally 50 words, key words, an introduction, mention the applied improvement methods, performance characteristics, foundation seed production, and contain a minimum of references (follow examples of articles references), tables, and figures. The entire text should not exceed 12 pages.

Book review

This new section was created to announce new books related to plant breeding. A contribution to this section should comprise two copies of the book sent in by the Author. The book will be revised by an expertise referee chosen by the Editorial Board to edit a brief.

At invitation of the Editorial Board, viewpoints will be - as reviews - worked out for the CBAB, to outline topics which interest plant breeders and society.

Short letters of general interest are also welcome for publication, subject to changes by the Editorial Board for reasons of space limits or clearness of expression.


Send of the manuscripts

Authors of articles in CBAB - CROP BREEDING AND APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY have the following benefits:

• Submission and review of papers electronically;

• Fast publication;

• Articles available in pdf on the WEB.

The submission and publication of articles in this journal is free of charges.

There are no fees for submission and review articles.
The on line journal has open and free access.


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