ISSN 0104-7760 printed version
ISSN 2317-6342 online version



Scope and Policy

Cerne is a journal edited by the Federal University of Lavras, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, which quarterly publishes original articles that represent relevant contribution to Forestry Science development (Forest ecology, Forest Management, Silviculture, Technology of Forest Products).

Submitted manuscripts must be written in English, be original, and be in accordance with the journal's standards and not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Its content (data, ideas, opinions and concepts) is the sole responsibility of the author(s). When necessary, it must be attested that the research in question was approved by the Ethics and Biosafety Committee of the institution to which the author responsible for the manuscript submission is linked to.

By submitting the article, the authors agree that the copyright of the same is automatically transferred to the Journal Cerne. Authors can use the article after publication, without the prior permission of Cerne, as long as publication credit is given to the Journal.

In the process of publication, the submitted manuscript is evaluated preliminarily by the executive editor that checks whether it meets the scope of the magazine and follows the guidelines of the journal. In this pre-analysis, the manuscript may not be accepted for publication or be preliminarily accepted and forwarded to the analysis of the scientific editor. The scientific editor reviews the merit of the work, and if it is considered with potential to be published, it is sent to the evaluation of at least two reviewers (referees). Based on the reviewers’ advice, the scientific editor recommends or the manuscript acceptance to the editorial board. Finally, the editorial board decides whether or not the article should be published.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

We publish two types of papers: Research Articles and Review Articles. Only original work should be submitted to Cerne.

The submitted manuscript should be typed in the Microsoft Word for Windows processor, obeying the following specifications:

Spacing of the text: double spacing;

Margins: lateral, lower and upper margins three cm;

Indent of the first line: 12.5 mm;

Paper: A4 format;

Font: Arial, size 11.

Number of pages: up to 25 pages for Research Articles and up to 30 pages for Review Articles including figures and tables. The pages, lines, tables and figures should be numbered consecutively.

Tables: Tables should be part of the body of the paper and they must be presented in Word or Excel. The title should be above the table. Vertical lines separating the columns should not appear.

Graphs/Figures/Photographs: should be presented in black and white (in color only if extremely necessary), inserted in the text after citation and also in a separate file saved in “tif” or “jpg” extension, with 300 dpi resolution. Graphs should also be presented in a separate Excel file. The title should be below the figure. The figure’s text should clear and with contrast.

Symbols, mathematical equations, abbreviations and chemical formula: must be presented using a word processor that permits formatting, and not inserted as a figure. Whenever possible, should follow as closely as possible the guidelines presented in:

International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. The standardization of symbols in forest mensuration. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 15. 1965.

Structure and organization

The article should be presented in the following sequence:

Title: containing no more than 15 words in capital letters and bold.

Abstract: should be informative and should explain the objectives, material and methods, results and conclusion of the work in a maximum of 250 words all written in one paragraph. The abstract must not contain citations.

Key words: minimum of three and maximum of five. They should not repeat words that are already in the title. These may include short phrases as well as individual words and should be separate by commas.

Introduction: should present a concise vision of the current level of knowledge that has been achieved within the subject area that the paper will discuss. It should neither give an extensive review nor should it include details about the results and discussion. It should clearly indicate the objectives of the research that was carried out. This section may not be subdivided.

Material and Methods: this section can contain subdivisions, with subtitles in bold print.

Results and Discussion: this section can be subdivided in sections with concise, descriptive titles in bold print. Results and discussion may be presented as two separate sections.


References: they should follow citation norms presented below.


Authors citations in the text should be made according to the following examples:

a) Pereira (1995) or (PEREIRA, 1995)
b) Oliveira and Souza (2003) or (OLIVEIRA; SOUZA, 2003)
c) In case of more than two authors, only the last name of the first one is mentioned, followed by et al. (no italic): Rezende et al. (2002) or (REZENDE et al., 2002)


Must be current and mainly from periodicals: at least 70% of the references must be 10 years old or newer and at least 70% must be from periodicals. They should be presented in the following way:

a) Research papers
OLIVEIRA, G. M. V.; MELLO, J. M.; LIMA, R. L.; SCOLFORO, J. R. S.; OLVEIRA, A. D. Tamanho e forma de parcelas experimentais para Eremannthus erythropappusCerne, v. 17, n. 3, p. 327-338, 2011.

APGAUA, D. M. G.; COELHO, P. A.; SANTOS, R. M.; SANTOS, P. F.; OLIVEIRA-FILHO, A. T. Tree community structure in a seasonally dry tropical forest remnant, Brazil. Cerne, v. 20, n. 2, p. 173-182, 2014.

b) Book
BURKHART, H. E.; TOMÉ, M. Modeling Forest Trees and Stands. Springer, 2012. 457p.

c) Book chapter
FLEURY, J. A. Análise ao nível de empresa dos impactos da automação sobre a organização da produção de trabalho. In: SOARES, R. M. S. M. Gestão da empresa. IPEA/IPLAN, 1980. p. 149-159.

d) Dissertation and Thesis
MAESTRI, R. Modelo de crescimento e produção para povoamentos clonais de Eucalyptus grandis considerando variáveis ambientais. 2003. 143 p. PhD thesis. Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba.

e) Citation of papers published in Congress, conferences and similar proceedings Not accepted.
f) Electronic documents (only from renowned institutions and organizations)

PLANT RESOURCES OF TROPICAL AFRICA. Khaya ivorensis A.Chev. Available at: Accessed in: 10 abril 2015.


Send of the manuscripts

The manuscripts are submitted through Cerne's on-line submission system:

The items Abstract and key-words should be located in the beginning of the left margin of the text and the other items must be centralized. The sub-items should initiate with capital letters and be positioned in the left margin of the text.

Review papers may have a more flexible structure, the sections material and methods, results and discussion and conclusions are not mandatory. Review papers must have numbered sections.

To guarantee an anonymous peer review process for articles, do not insert author names or acknowledgments in the manuscript file. Please remove any authorship identification from the Word files before submission.

We only accept submissions in English.


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Universidade Federal de Lavras
Departamento de Ciências Florestais
Cx. P. 3037
37200-000 - Lavras
Minas Gerais - Brasil
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