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



Scope and Policy

The CBAB - CROP BREEDING AND APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY aims to publish original scientific papers that include the basic and applied research on improvement of perennial and annual plants in 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The paper must be unpublished, and it is not allowed to submit it to another journal. The opinions and concepts are the sole responsibility of the authors and it does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors. However, they reserve the right to suggest or request any necessary changes. The complete or partial reproduction of articles is permitted provided source is mentioned.

The article review will be undertaken by ad hoc expert reviewers to assist the Editors in the final decision of acceptance, modification or rejection of the manuscript.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The CBAB publishes exclusively in English, however it reserves authors the possibility to submit manuscripts in Portuguese and have them translated after approval. The onus of translation is responsibility of the author, although the Editors suggest the journal’s official translator.

Manuscripts should be inserted without the authors' names and their addresses. The author will be asked to enter this information in a separate form, during the submission process before uploading the manuscript file.

Papers should be submitted only in formats compatible with Microsoft Word (.doc) of up to 2MB in size and must have the following characteristics: format A4, with 2 cm margins, consecutive top right pagination, typed in Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced and justified alignment.

Articles should have a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 18 pages including tables and figures placed in separate pages (one per page) at the end of the text. Articles should present the following sequence: TITLE, which must be clear, concise and reflect the essence of the article, written with first capital letter and left-aligned and it should not exceed 15 words typed in Times New Roman 14, bold; ABSTRACT containing a maximum of  150 words; KEY WORDS which must contain a minimum of three and maximum of five different words from the title; INTRODUCTION which includes a brief review of literature on the subject and the research objectives; MATERIAL AND METHODS must enable other researchers to repeat the experience; RESULTS AND DISCUSSION should be presented together to more dynamic reading (the conclusions also should be insert on this topic); ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (optional) should be succinct and limited to effective co-workers and funding agencies; Title, Abstract and Key words, all in Portuguese language; REFERENCES (standards are below); TABLES and FIGURES should be included on separate pages (one per page) at the end of the article.

The citations made in the text in parenthesis should follow the examples: (William et al. 1990) (William et al. 1990, Liu 1998, Pereira and Amaral Júnior 2001).

REFERENCES should have double spacing displacement and be ordered alphabetically. The authors' names should be written only by initials in capital letters, separated by commas or "and” before the last name of the author, followed by year of publication in parentheses.

Be careful - We will not accept abstracts of events, dissertations, theses, monographs or any other unpublished references. These measures will give more credibility to the manuscript and also to the Journal. See the examples of references bellow:

1) Articles in journals: The Journal name and volume must be written in bold without abbreviations, followed by a colon and the page range.

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: The book's title should be written in bold, followed by publisher's name, city and number of pages.

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: Name of the Authors, title of the chapter, name of the editor (ed.), the book’s title written in bold, followed by publisher's name, city and range of pages.

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.

5) Electronic documents:

Cruz CD and Schuster I (2006) GQMOL: application to computational analysis of molecular data and their associations with quantitative traits. Version 9.1. Available at dbg/ gqmol/gqmol.htm. Accessed on May 3, 2009.

Important: Make sure all references are cited in the text and all citations are included into the REFERENCES item.

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

Manuscripts should be submitted via the web access by clicking Submission.

The article management system will request the e-mail and the password of corresponding author.

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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