ISSN 0034-737X printed version
ISSN 2177-3491 on-line version



Scope and Policy

Revista Ceres is a scientific journal bimonthly published by the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (CNPJ: 25.944.455.0001/96). The journal is devoted to publish original papers related to plant production and biotechnology, veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, food science and technology, agricultural economics and rural extension, agricultural engineering and forestry The journal is intended for researchers, professors, students and other professionals of Agricultural and Biological Sciences and aims to publish scientific articles of interest to the scientific community linked to the Agricultural and Biological Sciences.

Manuscripts submitted to Revista Ceres will go through a pre selection process by the Editorial Committee before beginning the peer review evaluation. This pre selection will be based on: agreement with the scope and norms of the journal, novelty of the subject, objectives and conclusions aligned, quality of language and figures, recent references. The selected manuscripts will be then, reviewed by two referee experts in the area, from academic and/or research institutions distinct from those of the authors. It will then be sent to an Associate Editor. In case of one unfavorable review, the manuscript can be rejected by the Associate Editor or by the Editorial Committee. The manuscript will only be definitely accepted after performing all the required adjustments. The Editorial Committee, in any case, will be themaximum authorityfor acceptance or rejectionof an article.When in disagreement with the reviewer’s opinion authors may submit justifications and counter arguments, which will be refereed by the Editorial Committee.

Copyright of manuscripts accepted for publication will be assigned to Revista Ceres. The journal does not accept responsibility for statements, information or opinion made by the authors. All submitted manuscripts must be original work that is not under submission elsewhere. All manuscripts must be submitted online at

To proceed with submission, the corresponding author must apply for registration via e-mail sent to, stating full name, Social Security Number, article title and area off expertise. Co-authors should send e-mails to the same address, indicating their agreement to manuscript submission. Once registered, the manuscript must be sent by following the instructions listed on the "manuscript submission" icon at the home page. Manuscripts that do not comply with journal standards will be immediately returned to authors.

When it comes to Animal Science, the journal only accepts articles that are approved by an Ethics Committee. Papers that have not been submitted to a committee evaluation will be analyzed by the Viçosa University's Veterinarian Department's Ethics Committee which maintains partnership with the Revista Ceres.  

Published articles are available online at the journal's website. Access is free and unrestricted.


The Journal publishes full-length research papers, short communications, invited review articles and letters to the editor.

Standard research papers: Should report complete and original work, in which the reproducibility of results is clearly established. The full text should not exceed 25 pages, including references, figures and tables.

Short communications: Should report conclusive results and not preliminary data. It is an alternative format to describe, more concisely, partial results of a larger work, or reporting conclusive results based on a smaller amount of data. The full text should not exceed 10 printed pages, including references, figures and tables.

Reviews: Should be an in-depth report on the state-of-the-art of a particular topic written at the invitation of the Editorial Board, with unlimited number of pages.

Letters to the Editor: Should present, in an informal way, technical and scientific topics of interest to the agricultural and biological sciences community. Their publication will be determined by the Editorial Board.

Open-Access Policy
The journal Revista CERES offers free digital access to its content quickly and securely. In line with our values, we believe that freely available scientific knowledge to the whole (national and international) community provides greater dissemination and democratization of knowledge, resulting in faster and consistent technological advances

Anti-Plagiarism Policy
The Revista CERES is one of the oldest and most traditional journals in Brazil. Therefore, we are concerned about the quality, integrity, and originality of the publications. In this sense, the works sent to Revista CERES must be original. Texts, tables, and figures may not have been previously published in other scientific dissemination vehicles. Thus, authors should ensure that the articles submitted are original and do not contain parts of text, data, tables, or figures previously published.

In order to ensure the originality of published works, the journal Revista CERES uses advanced plagiarism-detection tools, such as the softwares AntiPlagiarist, CopySpider, Plagiarisma online, and Plagium online in order to avoid any kind of plagiarism before forwarding them to the evaluators. Finally, in the final review stage, the Editorial Board performs a final filtering to ensure the originality of the publications


Form and preparation of manuscripts




  • The paper file should be submitted in Microsoft Word format (version 97-2003), justified, double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Page size should correspond to A4, with 3cm margins.
  • Pages must have lines sequentially numbered (On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Line Numbers. To number consecutively throughout the document, click Continuous.)


  • Articles should be no longer than 25 pages, including references, figures and tables.
  • Communications should have a maximum of 15 pages, including references, figures and tables.

The journal Revista Ceres receives and publishes articles in Portuguese, English and Spanish. From 2016, regardless of the language in which the article has been submitted, at least 50% of the articles will be published in English. Which articles should be published in English Language will be matter of the Editorial Committee decision. The Editorial Committee will use as decision criteria the global scope of the topic and the increasing visibility of Brazilian science. Once chosen the articles to be published in English, if they have undergone in another language, it is up to the authors provide its translation and send the translated version to Revista Ceres, accompanied by the translation certificate issued by the responsable, in a maximum period of one month.

The following translators will be accepted:

Natural person:

(Portugueses/English – English/Portuguese)
Evelyn Jardim de Oliveira -
Isabel Rademaker Valença -

(Portuguese/Espanish– Espanish/Portuguese)
Leidy Yibeth Deantonio Florido -

Legal person:

Articles and Communications should have a maximum of six authors.


Title: Should be center justified, in bold and not exceed 15 words, with only the first letter of the first word capitalized and the other words lowercased, except in appropriate cases (eg., scientific names: Phaseolus vulgaris). When necessary, insert a footnote at the end, using superscript Arabic numerals.

Authors' names: The authors' names should be listed in sequence and centered below the title, written in full and capitalized. Each name should be followed by an identifying superscript Arabic numeral associated with the appropriate information about the authors' professional training, highest degree, affiliated department and institution, address (street, number, district, zip code, city, state, country and e-mail) to be entered further down the page. The corresponding author must be indicated.

Footnote: Should provide information about the work (whether it was from a thesis or dissertation, etc.. and funding source) and the author's information.

Abstract, Resumen or Resumo: The words ABSTRACT, RESUMEN or RESUMO should flush to the left margin, all capitalized and bold. It must be written in the language chosen by the author(s). The text of this section should start with one or two introductory lines, be one-paragraph long and not exceed 250 words.

Key words, Palabras clave ou Palavras-chave: At least three and at most six terms, in a paragraph subsequent to the ABSTRACT, preferably without repeating same words used in the title.

Abstract or Resumo: If the article is written in Portuguese or Spanish, the abstract in this section must be submitted in English. If it is written in English, the abstract in this section must be submitted in Portuguese. The words ABSTRACT or RESUMO should flush to the left margin, all capitalized and bold. The title in Portuguese or English should be placed on the next line to the heading of this section, centered, in bold and with the first letter of the first word capitalized. The text of the Abstract or Resumo should correspond to the Resumo or Abstract previously submitted

Key words or Palavras-chave: In a paragraph subsequent to the Resumo. They must correspond to the key words of the Abstract and vice-versa.

Introduction: The word INTRODUCTION should flush to the left margin, all capitalized and bold. The introduction should emphasize the scientific problem to be solved in the work, inform the reader the importance of the research and present its relation with other published works on the subject. The final paragraph must contain a statement which clearly and explicitly states the objectives of the study.

Material and Methods: The heading of this section, MATERIAL AND METHODS, should flush to the left margin, all capitalized and bold. This section should describe in detail how the work was performed in such a way that another researcher may be able to replicate it.

Results and Discussion: The heading of this section, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, should flush to the left margin, all capitalized and bold. The text must be clear, concise and supported by the literature. Results and discussion are sections that can come together or separate.

NOTICE: The sections Material and Methods and Results and Discussion may contain subsections indicated by headings written in italic and bold, capital and small letters and centered.

Conclusions: The word CONCLUSIONS should flush to the left margin, all capitalized and bold. The conclusions should be concise and present new findings of the research based on data presented and discussed in the study.

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgments, if any, should be placed after Conclusions and before the References.

References: the word REFERENCES should flush to the left margin, all capitalized and bold. References should be listed in alphabetical order. Use the format as in the following examples:

a) Journal articles:

Anselme KL (2000) Review: Osteoblast adhesion on biomaterials. Biomaterials, 21:667-681.

Davies JE & Baldan N (1997) Scan electron microscopy of the bone-bioactive implant interface. Journal of Biomedical Material Research, 36:429-440.

Conz MB, Granjeiro JM & Soares GA (2005) Physicochemical characterization of six commercial hydroxyapatites for medical-dental applications on bone graft. Journal of Applied Oral Sciences, 13:136-140.

b) Books:

Orefice RL, Pereira MM & Mansur HS (2006) Biomateriais. Fundamentos e aplicações. 3ª ed. Rio de Janeiro, Cultura Médica. 538p.

c) Book chapters:

Costa EF, Brito RAL & Silva EM (1994) Cálculos e manejo da quimigação nos sistemas pressurizados. In: Costa EF, Vieira RF & Viana PA (Eds.) Quimigação. Aplicação de produtos químicos e biológicos via irrigação. Brasília, EMBRAPA. p. 183-200.

d) Conference proceedings articles:

Junqueira Netto A, Sediyama T, Sediyama CS & Rezende PM (1982) Análise de adaptabilidade e estabilidade de dezesseis cultivares de feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) em seis municípios do sul de Minas Gerais. In: 1ª Reunião Nacional de Pesquisa de Feijão, Goiânia. Anais, EMBRAPA/CNPAF). p.47-48.

e) Theses and dissertations:

Wutke EB (1998) Desempenho do feijoeiro em rotação com milho e adubos verdes. Tese de Doutorado. Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz", Piracicaba, 146 p.

f) CD-ROM:

França MHC & Omar JHDH (2004) Estimativa da função de produção do arroz no estado do Rio Grande do Sul: 1969 a 1999. In: 2º Encontro de Economia Gaúcha, Porto Alegre. Anais, FEE. CD-ROM.

g) Web site:

Darolt MR & Skora Neto F (2002) Sistema de plantio direto em agricultura orgânica. Available at: <>. Accessed on: 23 April 2009.

h) Technical Bulletins:

Bastos DC, Scarpare Filho JA, Fatinansi JC, Pio R & Spósito MB (2004) A cultura da lichia. Piracicaba, DIBD/ESALQ. 23p. (Boletim técnico, 26).

Any citations made in the manuscript text must be presented in the format: (Author, Year), (Author & Author, Year), (Author et al., Year) or (Silva, 1999; Arariki & Borges, 2003, Santos et al., 2007), always in ascending chronological order. The reference should be cited at the end of a sentence that expresses a complete idea. When the authors` names are part of the text, the date of the cited publication comes in brackets after the author`s name, as in the examples: Fontes (1999), Borges & Loreno (2007), Batista et al. (2005).

Citing indirect sources: All efforts should be undertaken to consult the primary source, the source of the original information; however, if it is essential, secondary source can be used as follows: in your in-text citation, cite the last name of the author of the primary source and the year of publication followed by the phrase "as cited in" and the last name of the author of the secondary source and the year of publication, as in the example: According to Borges (2003) as cited in Smith (2007) or According to Borges (2003, as cited in Smith, 2007). The full citation of the secondary source must be included in the reference list.

Personal communication: Do not include personal communication in the reference list, only in a footnote. Cite the communicator's last name followed by the phrase "Personal communication", the date of the communication, and name, state and country of the institution to which the communicator is linked.


The figures and tables should be added as individual pages at the end of the document, numbered with Arabic numerals and captions should be placed below the figures and above the tables. Figures and tables should not repeat the same data. Figures submitted in the electronic version must provide a minimum resolution of 300 dpi in TIFF or JPG format. Figures that have already been published must contain, under the captions, information on their source (author, date). The full bibliographic reference of the figures' source must be included in the reference list. Authors will be charged for costs of color figures.

Table: The term refers to the set of alphanumeric data arranged in rows and columns. Tables should not contain any vertical lines; draw horizontal lines to separate the head and the foot of the table. The title comes after the word Table, sequentially numbered in Arabic numerals and is introduced in the text as Table.

Figure: It refers to any diagram, picture or a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible shape: drawings, photographs, maps, graphs, diagrams, charts, scatter plots etc. Figures should allow high quality reproduction and be self-explanatory. The caption comes after the word Figure sequentially numbered in Arabic numerals and is introduced in the text as Figure.


The Journal charges a publication fee of US$ 112 (€86) (plus an additional US$ 67 / €42 per color figure), on the return of the printing proofs. Payment must be done by Electronic Invoice generated by the Ceres website The printed invoice can be paid in a bank or ATM and sent via FAX (0XX 31 38992136) to Revista Ceres. Inform via e-mail the date and invoice number when deposits do not identify the authors (various funding sources).

Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed

The journal Revista CERES does not charge submission fees, aiming to promote the universalization of knowledge and allow equal conditions for all researchers.
However, for articles approved and selected for publication, a R$ 250.00 (two hundred and fifty Reais) fee will be charged, considering the articles printed in black and white. For articles that require color printing, an increase of R$ 150.00 (one hundred and fifty Reais) will be charged per color page.
The payment of the publication fee should be done through a bank slip generated in the FUNARBE website ( Authors will be informed about the issuance of the slip when they receive the printing proof.
Please be advised that our journal is not for profit. Therefore, these fees are charged solely to fund the publication


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