ISSN 0102-0536 printed version
ISSN 1806-9991 online version



Scope and policy

Horticultura Brasileira is the official journal of the Brazilian Association for Horticultural Science. Horticultura Brasileira publishes papers on vegetable crops, medicinal and condimental herbs, and ornamental plants that represent a significant contribution to the scientific and technological development in the use of these plants. Horticultura Brasileira appears quarterly and accepts and publishes papers in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Papers are eligible for publication if the first author is member of the Brazilian Association for Horticultural Science (ABH) or affiliated to a National Horticultural Association which ABH has a Reciprocity Agreement, with the annual fee paid in any of these situations. In case first author does not fill these conditions, papers may be still submitted. In this case authors are requested to pay the Full Proceeding Fee as soon as the manuscript is considered accepted for reviewing.

Horticultura Brasileira publishes original papers, which have not been submitted to publication elsewhere. It is implicit that ethical aspects and full compliance with the copyright laws were observed during the development of the work. From submission up to the end of the reviewing process, partial or total submission elsewhere is forbidden. With the acceptance for publication, publishers acquire full and exclusive copyright for all languages and countries. Unless the publishers grant special permission, no photographic or electronic reproduction of a similar nature may be made of the journal, of individual contributions contained therein or of extracts therefrom.

Horticultura Brasileira has the following sections:

1. Invited paper: papers dealing with topics of interest, invited by the Editorial Board;

2. Letter to the Editor: sent by authors’ initiative to the editorial board, dealing with a subject of general interest. The Editorial Board makes a preliminary evaluation and can accept or reject it, as well as submit it to the reviewing process;

3. Research: paper describing an original study, carried out under strict scientific methods. The reproducibility of studies should be clearly demonstrated;

4. Scientific Communication: communication or scientific note, reporting field observations or results, but still original less complexes studies, carried out under strict scientific methods. The reproducibility of studies should be clearly demonstrated.

5. Grower's page: original communication or short note describing information readily usable by farmers, as for example, results from studies regarding the evaluation of pesticides or fertilizers, or cultivar comparative performance . Such studies must have been carried out under strict scientific methods and their reproducibility should be clearly  demonstrated;

6. New Cultivar: communications or scientific notes reporting recent cultivar and germplasm release. It must include information on origin, description, seed availability, and comparative data.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Prepare your text in Word® or compatible software, in 1.5 space, font Calibri Light 12 points, and number pages and lines. Add figures and tables at the end of your text and make a single file. Format the document for A4 page, 3-cm margins. Low-resolution images, below 600 Kb, are not accepted for publication. The file must not exceed  30,000 characters, excluding spaces. Use the on line submission system ( If further information is needed, please, follow on line instructions, contact the Editorial Board or refer to recently released issues.

A paper will be eligible for the reviewing process if:

1.      It is in full compliance to these guidelines;

2.      It falls into the journal scope and presents a technical-scientific standard compatible with Horticultura Brasileira;

3. It is accompanied by a written description of the relevance of the work (importance and distinctiveness in relation to the existing literature), not longer than ten lines. Insert the text in the field “Comments to the Editor” available on line;

4. It is accompanied by a written specification of each author’s individual contribution to the paper (consult the headline Authorship below). Include the text in the submission metadata, in the field Biostatement, available on line;

5. It is accompanied by the nomination of at least two persons (name, address, email and phone), from institutions other than those authors are affiliated to, who can act as peer reviewers. Insert the text in the field “Comments to the Editor”, available on line;

When accepted for reviewing, the corresponding author will receive an e-mail with instructions for paying the processing fee (US$ 50.00; E$ 40.00, plus US$ 20.00 or E$ 20.00 for covering the fees of international money transference), when first author is affiliated to ABH or sister-associations and has no debts with it, or the Full Processing Fee (US$ 200.00; E$ 150.00, plus US$ 20.00 or E$ 20.00 for covering the fees of international money transference) when first author is not affiliated. Before entering the reviewing process, all co-authors must have expressed their agreement-on-publishing. There is no refund of processing fees.

Paper format

We strongly suggest authors to consult the Guide of Style & Format, available in

1. Title: limited to 90 characters, excluding spaces. Use plant scientific names only when the paper deals with species that do not have a common name in the idiom used in the paper;

2. Name of authors: Author(s) name(s) in full. Abbreviate only middle family names. Do not abbreviate given names. For example, Anne Marie Sullivan Radford should appear as Anne Marie S Radford. Use superscript numbers to relate authors to addresses. Please refer the most recent issues of Horticultura Brasileira for formatting (please refer to the headline Authorship in these guidelines to define who should be granted the status of Author);

3. Addresses: Name of the Institution and Department, if applicable, with full corresponding post  address for all authors. Include author's e-mail addresses. Use superscript numbers to relate addresses to authors. Please refer the most recent issues of Horticultura Brasileira for formatting;

4. Abstract and keywords: abstract limited to 1,700 characters (excluding spaces). Select up to six keywords or indexing terms, compulsoring starting with the scientific name(s) of the organism(s) the study deals with.  Do not  repeat words that appear in the title;

5. Abstract, title and keywords in Portuguese or Spanish: abstract, title and keywords in Portuguese or Spanish must be adequate versions of their similar in English. Horticultura Brasileira will provide Portuguese versions for non-Portuguese speaking authors;

6. Introduction;

7. Material and Methods;

8. Results and Discussion;

9. Acknowledgements;

10. References: authors are asked to not exceed 25 bibliographic references. If additional references are needed, authors will be charged US$ 1.00 or E$ 1.00 (to be paid along with the page charge) for additional references, to cover the expenses of converting them into metafiles. Make sure that at least half of the references were published not longer than 10 years ago. Avoid citing conference abstracts. Exceptional cases will be considered, regarding that authors state their reasons at the on line field “Comments to the Editor”;

11. Figures and tables: tables and figures are limited to three each, with a total limit of five per paper. Exceptional cases will be considered, regarding that authors state their reasons at the on line field “Comments to the Editor”. Please, make sure that tables and figures are not redundant. Titles and footnotes must be bilingual. Titles should compulsory finish by indicating, in this sequence, place, responsible institution, and year(s) of data gathering. For figures and table formatting, please refer to recently released issues. Do not insert graphics as figures. Allow access to the original content of the figures and tables, as well as to the embedded text.
This script should be used for preparing manuscripts to sections Research and Scientific Communication. For other sections, please refer to the most recent issues of Horticultura Brasileira, available also at www.horticultura and;

References (bibliography and software)

Bibliographic references within the text should be cited as (Resende & Costa, 2005). When there are more than two authors, abbreviate the Latin expression et alli, in italics, as follows: (Melo Filho et al., 2005). References to studies carried out by the same authors in the same year should be distinguished in the text and in the Reference list by the letters a, b, etc., as for example: 1997a, b. In citations involving more than one paper from the same author(s) published in different years, separate years with commas: (Inoue-Nagata et al., 2003, 2004). When citing papers in tandem in the text, sort them chronologically.

To cite software, mention its name and version between brackets, as follows: (Genes, v. 3.0).

In the section References, order citations alphabetically, according to first author's family name, without numbering. When there is more than one paper from exactly the same authors, list them chronologically. References should appear accordingly to the following format:

a) Journal

GARCIA-GARRIDO, JM; OCAMPO, JA. 2002. Regulation of the plant defense response in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Journal of Experimental Botany 53: 1377-1386.

b) Book

BREWSTER, JL. 1994. Onions and other vegetable alliums. Wallingford: CAB International. 236p.

c) Book chapter

ATKINSON, D. 2000. Root characteristics: why and what to measure? In: SMIT, AL; BENGOUGH, AG; ENGELS, C; van NORDWIJK, M; PELLERIN, S; van de GEIJN, SC (eds). Root methods: a handbook. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. p. 1-32.

d) Thesis

DORLAND, E. 2004. Ecological restoration of heaths and matgrass swards: bottlenecks and solutions. Utrecht: Utrecht University. 86p (Ph.D. thesis).

e) Full papers presented in conferences (when not included in referred journals. Avoid citing conference abstracts)


van JOST, M; CLARCK, CK; BENSON, W. 2007. Lettuce growth in high soil nitrate levels. In: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NITROGEN USE IN HORTICULTURE, 4. Annals… Utrecht: ISHS p. 122-123.


LÉMANGE, PA; DEBRET, L. 2004. Rhizoctonia resistance in green asparagus lines. In: EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM OF VEGETABLE BREEDING, 17. Proceedings... Lyon: Eucarpia (CD-ROM).

f) Papers published in electronic media


KELLY, R. 1996. Electronic publishing at APS: its not just online journalism. APS News Online. Available in Accessed in November 25, 1998.

Full papers presented in conferences (to be cited only when stricktly necessary)

DONOVAN, WR; JOHNSON, L. 2007. Limits to the progress of natural resources exploration. In: International congress of plant genetic resources, 12. Annals… Adelaide: ASGR. Available in Accessed in January 21, 2008.

Electronic Sites

USDA - United States Department of Agriculture. 2004, November 15. World asparagus situation & outlook. Available in

For further orientation, please contact the Editorial Board or refer to the most recent issues of Horticultura Brasileira.

The reviewing process

The Editorial Board carries out a preliminary evaluation of the manuscripts, looking at adherence to the journal scope and publication guidelines, scientific relevance, and command of language in the text. The Editorial Board decision (eligible, not eligible) is uploaded in the submission system. If modifications are needed, the authors may submit a new version. If the manuscript is adequate for reviewing, authors are requested to pay either the Simple or the Full Processing Fee. Following, the manuscript is evaluated by at least two peer reviewers of that specific theme and then by the Scientific Editor. The Scientific Editor can either (1) recommend for publication, (2) ask for modifications, or (3) do not recommend for publication. In situations 1 and 3, the manuscript is reviewed by the Associate Editor, who holds the responsibility for the final decision. In situation 2, the manuscript is returned to the author(s), who produce and upload a new version in the submission system. The Scientific Editor checks the new version and recommend it or not for publication. In both cases, the new version is evaluated by the Associate Editor, for the final decision.

No modifications are incorporated to the manuscript without author’s approval . Once the paper is accepted, an electronic copy of the formatted version is sent to the correspondent author who should make any necessary corrections and send it back within 48 hours. Extensive text corrections, whose format and content have already been approved for publication, will not be accepted. Alterations, additions, deletions and editing imply in a new examination of the manuscript by the Editorial Board. Authors are held responsible for any errors and omissions present in the text that has been returned to the Editorial Board.


To define the manuscript authors, consider the following criteria, based on

Authors are those who participated intensively in the work and therefore can take public responsibility for the manuscript contents.

Authors are those who have made substantial contributions to the work conception, design of experiments or gathering, analysis and interpretation of data.

Authors are also those who were strongly involved in writing the manuscript or changed it decisively during the reviewing process.

The simple collection of data; transference of genotypes, seeds or other inputs; discussion about the experiments and/or results; as well as the general supervision or funding of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship and should be included in the Acknowledgements

The publishing idiom

In any point of the reviewing process, authors can indicate their will on publishing the paper in English, Portuguese, or Spanish independent of the idiom originally used to write it. For example, a paper may be submitted and reviewed in Portuguese and published in English. In this case, authors can either produce a translated version or authorize the Editorial Board to forward the manuscript to translating. If the translated version provided by authors is below the idiomatic standard required for publication, the Editorial Board will redirect the text for specialized reviewing. All costs related to translating and idiomatic reviewing are charged to authors.

Page charge

Horticultura Brasileira charges US$ 30.00 or E$ 25.00 per page, plus US$ 20.00 or E$ 20.00 for covering the fees of international money transference.

Color Printing

Horticultura Brasileira charges US$ 260.00 or E$ 220.00 per page printed in colors, plus US$ 20.00 or E$ 20.00 for covering the fees of international money transference.


Sending of manuscripts

The original paper should be sent to Horticultura Brasileira through the electronic submission system or, if necessary, to the email address

Change in address,  membership into the Brazilian Association for Horticultural Science (ABH) and payment of fees related to the ABH should be addressed to:

Associação Brasileira de Horticultura

A/c Tiyoko NH Rebouças
UESB - Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia
Caixa Postal 95
45083-900 Vitoria da Conquista-BA
Tel.: +55 (77) 3425 9350 and 3425 9351


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