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. Papers  must represent a significant contribution to the scientific and technological development  of these crops. Horticultura Brasileira is published 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 of a National Horticultural Association that has a Reciprocity Agreement with ABH, in both cases with the annual fee paid. In case first author does not fall into the previous categories, papers may be still submitted, regarding that the broad processing fee is paid 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 fully 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 reproductions, microform, andother 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 that arouse interest, invited by the Editorial Board;

2. Letter to the Editor: deals 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 established;

4. Scientific Communication: communication or scientific note, reporting field observations or results less complex, but still original 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 Times New Roman 12 points, with pages and lines numbered. Add images, figures, tables, and charts in the end of your text and compile all files (text, figures, tables, and charts) in  a single document. Format the  document for A4 page, 3-cm  margins. Send an email to the electronic address of Horticultura Brasileira, by attaching de file of your manuscript. Low-resolution images, below 600 Kb, will not be accepted for publication. The file must not exceed  36,000 characters, excluding spaces. If further information is needed, please 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 signed agreement-on-publishing from all authors. A signature on the first page of the original paper or on the cover letter is accepted. In case one or more authors can not sign it,  the reason(s) must be stated in the cover letter. In this case, the corresponding author takes the responsibility. Electronic messages or their hardcopies with the agreement-on-publishing are accepted when sent from an electronic account unequivocally managed by the agreeing author;

4. 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, at the cover letter or message;

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 impartial peer reviewers.

When accepted for reviewing, the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert 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 and sister-associations and has no debts with it) or the broad processing fee (US$ 185.00; 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. Rejected papers will not be returned.

Paper format

1. Title: limited to  90 characters, excluding spaces. Use scientific names for the species only if the paper deals with plants that do not have 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 Christian 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;

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,  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, when applicable;

10. References: authors are asked to not exceed 30 bibliographic references. Make sure that at least half of the references were published recently (up to 10 years). Exceptional cases can be considered, regarding that authors  state their reasons at the cover letter. Avoid citing conference abstracts;

11. Figures and tables: tables, figures, and charts are limited to  three each, with a total limit of  five. Exceptional cases  will be considered, regarding that authors  state their reasons at the cover letter. Please, make sure that tables, figures, and charts are not redundant. Titles and footnotes must be bilingual. Titles should always be finished by presenting, in this sequence, place, responsible institution, and year(s) of data gathering. For table formatting, please refer to recently released issues. Do not insert graphics as figures. Allow access to the original content.

This structure will be used for manuscripts of the sections Research  and Scientific Communication. For other sections, please refer to the most recent issues of Horticultura Brasileira, available also at  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 done 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, 1997b. 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 international format, as follows:

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 (Avoid citing conference abstracts)

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

Manuscripts are submitted to the Editorial Board for a preliminary evaluation (scope, adherence to the publication guidelines, scientific relevance,  technical quality and command of language). The Editorial Board decision (eligible, not eligible) will be e-mailed to the correspondence author. If modifications are needed, the author may submit a new version. . If modifications are needed, the author may submit a new version. If the manuscript is adequate for reviewing, the Editorial Board forwards it to at least two ad hoc reviewers of the specific research area. As soon as they evaluate the manuscript, it is sent to a related Scientific Editor. The Scientific Editor analyzes the manuscript and forwards it back to the Editorial Board (1) recommending  for publication, (2) asking for modifications, or (3) do not recommending for publication.  In situations 1 and 3, the manuscript is reviewed by the Associate Editor, who holds the responsibility for the final decision. 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 produces a new version, which is forwarded to the Editorial Board. Following, the Scientific Editor checks the new version and recommend it  or not for publication. In both cases, it is sent to the Associate Editor, for the final decision. The Editorial Board informs authors about the final decision.

No modifications are incorporated to the manuscript without the approval of the author(s). Once the paper is accepted, an electronic copy of the galley proof is sent to the correspondence 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 that a new examination of the manuscript will be made by the Editorial Board. Authors are held responsible for any errors and omissions present in the text of the corrected galley proof that has been returned to the Editorial Board. No offprint is supplied.


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

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

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

c.      Authors are those who participated in drafting 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; as well as the general supervision or funding of the research group 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 a language other than the one originally used to write it, considering that the choice falls into one of the three idioms used in Horticultura Brasileira, namely English, Portuguese, and Spanish. For example: a paper may be submitted and reviewed in Portuguese and, even though, it may be published in English. In this case, authors can either produce a translated version of the approved paper, or authorize the Editorial Board to forward it 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$ 22.00 per page, plus US$ 20.00 or E$ 20.00 for covering the fees of international money transference.

Color Printing

Horticultura Brasileira charges US$ 220.00 or E$ 180.00 per page printed in colors, plus US$ 20.00 or E$ 20.00 for covering the fees of international money transference.


Sending of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be addressed to:

Horticultura Brasileira
Caixa Postal 190
70351-970 Brasília DF
Tel.: 00 55 (61) 3385-9049
Fax: 00 55 (61) 3556-5744

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

Associação Brasileira de Horticultura
UESB - Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia
Caixa Postal 95
45083-900 Vitoria da Conquista-BA
Tel/Fax.: +55 (77) 3425 9350 y 3425 9351


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