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Scope and Policy

Rodriguesia is an open acess journal. All the papers in the journal are available freely with online full-text content. It publishes original scientific articles, reviews, opinion and scientific notes in various areas of plant biology (taxonomy, systematics and evolution, physiology, phytochemistry, ultrastructure, cytology, anatomy, palynology, development, genetics, reproductive biology, ecology, ethnobotany and phylogeography), the History of Botany and topics related to Botanical Gardens.

It's recommended that papers submitted to Rodriguésia exceed the pure descriptive approach, revealing interpretation related to morphology, ecology, evolution or conservation.

Opinion or review articles may be accepted through voluntary demand or at the request of the editorial board.

Manuscripts should be prepared in Portuguese, English or Spanish. Manuscripts submitted in English will be given priority for publication. This Journal offers free immediate access to its contents, following the principles of free availability of the woldwide scientific knowledge.

The Rodriguésia accepts manuscripts provided that all authors have approved the manuscript submitted; the results or ideas presented in the manuscript are original; the manuscript has not been submitted to another journal, unless the manuscript has been refused by that other journal or the author asks that other journal to withdraw the manuscript from the submission process; the manuscript has been prepared in agreement with the latest version of the Guidelines for Publication in Rodriguésia.

If accepted and published, the article (or its parts) cannot be published elsewhere, except with the consent of the Editor-in-chief; the reproduction and proper use can not receive any profit, presenting educational purposes only. Any other cases must be examined by the Editor-in-chief.

The scientific content, grammar and spelling within an article are the sole responsibility of its author.

Peer Review Process

Original papers submitted to Rodriguésia will be evaluated by the Editor-in-chief and assistant editors, in order to define its specific area; then the manuscript will be sent to the Area-editor, who will send it to two ad hoc reviewers. Comments and suggestions of reviewers and the Area-editor decision will be sent back to the authors for any eventual modification of format and/or content. After the manuscript is approved, the complete text with comments from reviewers and Area-editor will be evaluated by the Editor-in-chief. Only the Editor-in-chief may, exceptionally, change the recommendations made by the Area-editor and reviewers, always informing the authors.

An electronic proof will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author, for his approval. This will have to be returned in up to five working days from receivership, to the Editorial-board of the Journal.

Manuscripts that do not follow the norms below will be returned.

Following their publication, the articles will be available digitally (PDF, AdobeAcrobat) on this site. We will also provide 10 offprints of each published article.



Publicação trimestral.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Publication format

Article size is mostly limited to a maximum of 30 pages. Longer articles may be approved upon evaluation by the Editorial Board. Acceptance of the manuscripts depends on decisions from the Editorial Board.

Original Papers: only original papers will be accepted in the following areas: Plant Biology, History of Botany and Botanic Gardens.

Reviews Papers: preference will be given to articles invited by the Editorial Board, however, voluntary contributions are welcome.

Point of View Papers: letters to the editor, comments on other relevant publications and ideas, evaluations and others are welcome

Short Communication: this publication format is composed by succint and conclusive information (preliminary data are not accepted) that are not approppriately included in an original paper. New techniques or their modification can be presented.

Original and Review papers

Submitted manuscripts to be formatted in A4 with 2.5 cm margins and justified text, font Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, not exceeding 2MB. All pages (except the first one – title) must be numbered on the right hand corner. Capital letters to be used only if the words are correctly spelled with capital. Manuscripts written in capital letters will not be accepted. Words in Latin must appear in italic type-face (incl. genus and species names). Complete scientific names (genus, species and author) are to be used the first time they appear in the text, abbreviating the generic name subsequently (unless this could be a source of confusion) and not citing the author. Author’s names should be cited according Brummitt & Powell (1992) “Authors of Plant Names” or according to the IPNI website (

First page – must include the title, authors, institutes, financial support, address of corresponding author and abbreviated title. The title has to be concise nd objective, expressing the general idea of the contents. Title should appear in bold with capital letters only where needed.

Second page – must have Abstract (including title in English), Resumo (including title in Portuguese or Spanish) and key words (up to five, in English, Portuguese or Spanish, in alphabetic order). Abstracts and Resumos must contain up to 200 words.

Text – To be started on a new page, organized under the following sections: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.

When appropriate, the Results may be amalgamated with the Discussion.

Titles and subtitles must be in bold.

Figures and tables to be numbered in arabic according with their appearance in the text.

Reference citations should follow the examples: Miller (1993), Miller & Maier (1994), Baker et al. (1996) for three or more authors; or (Miller 1993), (Miller & Maier 1994), (Baker et al. 1996), (Miller 1993; Miller & Maier 1994). Papers form the same author or sequence of citations must appear in chronological order.
Citation of thesis or dissertations to be kept to the strict necessary. Work presented in conferences, meetings and symposia should not be cited.

Examined material in taxonomic papers must follow the order: place and collecting date, buds, fl. or fr. (for phenology), name and collector number (using et al. when more than two collectors are cited) and herbarium acronym(s) between parenthesis, following Index Herbariorum (Thiers, continuously updated ). When there is no collector number, the herbarium number of the specimen, together with the herbarium acronym, should be cited. Countries and state/province names should be cited in full, in capital letters and in alphabetic order, followed by the respective records.

Example: BRASIL. BAHIA: Ilhéus, Reserva da CEPEC, 15.XII.1996, fl. e fr., R.C. Vieira et al. 10987 (MBM, RB, SP).

Decimal numbers should be separated by comma in papers in Portuguese and Spanish (e.g. 10,5 m) and full stop in papers in English (e.g. 10.5 m). Separate values from their units with a space (except in percentages, degrees, minutes and seconds). Use abbreviations for metric units from the international System - Systeme Internacional d´Unités (SI) and widely accepted chemical symbols. Other abbreviations may be used as far as preceeded by their full meaning in their first mention.

Figures - Maps, drawings, graphs and photos are to be classified as figures. Photos and drawings belonging to the same figure must be organized in plates (e.g.: Fig. 1a-d – Meaning that the figure 1 has four pictures or drawings). All figures must be cited in order of appearance and must never be included in the text file.

Plates must have 15 cm wide x 19 cm tall (maximum height allowed); figures to fit a single column are also accepted (i.e. 7.2 cm wide x 19 cm tall).

Graphs must be presented in black and white.

Figure citation in the text must be as follows: “When analysing Figures 25 and 26....” “Lindman (Fig. 3a) highlighted the following characters for the species...”

Sending images to the journal:

  • INICIAL STAGE - electronic submission ( the images must be submitted as PDF or JPEG files, not exceeding 2MB in size. Graphs must be sent in Excel. If the file has been made in Corel Draw or other program, please save it as a PDF or JPEG image. Illustrations lacking any readable data will result on the return of the manuscript.
  • SECOND STAGE – only if the article is accepted for publication: at this step all images must be sent to our journal through the following options:
    • to our address (available at our site) in CD or DVD
    • through an upload site according with the preference of the author (we provide a link to a program called MediaFire as an option for sending files, just click the button below). The author must send an email to us announcing the availability of images on the site, also informing the link to access the files.

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In this case, the images must be in TIF and have a resolution of 300 dpi, according to the size indicated above. Graphs must be in Excel or Corel Draw  (up to version 12).

IMPORTANT: We need to remember you that images (photos, drawings and bmp files in general) cannot be sent inside any kind of Microsoft programs, but the graphics which were made in Microsoft Excel. All the images need to have good quality. If the original image has less than 300dpi resolution, it shouldn´t be transformed to a high resolution on programas like Photoshop. If the image has small clearness, visibility or true type fonts in small size, the scanning of these images has to be done again.

Colour images will be published only in the electronic-version.

*** Always use the last published issue to prepare your figures. ***

Captions – must follow the file with the complete manuscript. Captions of figures or graphs in articles in Portuguese or Spanish must have an English version.

Tables – not to be inserted within the text file. Include all tables in a separate file. All must be in black and white, in Word for Windows format. In the text, tables should be always cited according to examples below: “Only a few species present indumentum (Tab. 1)...” “Resultados of phytochemical analysis are presented in Table 2...” We request that the table titles, in articles in Portuguese or Spanish, be accompannied by an English version.

References – All references cited in the text must be listed under this item, in alphabetical order of the surname of the first author, with only the first letter of the surname in capital letter, followed by all other authors. If the same author(s) published more than one paper in the same year, the date should be followed by letters to indicate that. Journal titles should not be abbreviated.


De Steven, D. 1994. Tropical tree seedling dynamics: recruitment patterns and their population consequences for three canopy species in Panama. Journal of Tropical Ecology 10: 369-383.

Lee, R.E. 2008. Phycology. 2ª ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 644p.

Borges, E.E.L. & Rena, A.B. 1993. Germinação de sementes. In: Aguiar, I.B.; Piña-Rodrigues; F.C.M. & Figliolia, M.B. (eds.). Sementes florestais tropicais. ABRATES, Brasília. Pp. 83-135.

Cogniaux, A. 1883-1885. Melastomataceae. In: Martius, C.F.P. von; Eichler, A.W. & Urban, I. (eds.). Flora brasiliensis. Lipsae, Munchen. Vol.14. Pp 206-480.

Costa, C.G. 1989. Morfologia e anatomia dos órgãos vegetativos em desenvolvimento de Marcgravia polyantha Delp. (Marcgraviaceae). Tese de Doutorado. Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo. 325p.

Quinet, A.; Baitello, J.B. & Moraes, P.L.R. 2010. Lauraceae. In: Forzza, R.C. et al. (eds.). Lista de espécies da flora do Brasil. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Disponível em <>. Acesso em 22 Jan 2011.

IUCN. 2009. IUCN redlist of threatened species. Disponível em <>. Acesso em 15 Dez 2010.

Thiers, B. 2010. [continuously updated]. Index Herbariorum: A global directory of public herbaria and associated staff. New York Botanical Garden's Virtual Herbarium. Disponível em Acesso em 14 Jan 2010.

Short communication

Must be organized in a similar way to the original papers, with the following modificatons:

Text – not to be broken down into sections (Introduction, Material and Methods, Discussion). Acknowledgements appear without title, as a last paragraph. References, tables and figures are treated as for original papers.

Point of View

These must have an abstract/resumo, title, text and references (when needed). The text has to be concise, objective and figures will not be allowed unless absolutely necessary.

Conflicts of Interests

Authors should declare no conflict of interests (personal, scientific, commercial, political or economic) in the manuscript being submitted. Otherwise, a letter should be sent directly to the Editor-in-chief.

Copyright Notice

Authors will agree with: (a) the exclusive publication of the paper in this journal; (b) the automatic transfer of copyright and permissions to the journal’s publisher. Authors accept the intellectual and legal responsibility for the results and the considerations presented.

Privacy Statement

The names and addresses entered in this journal will be used exclusively for the purposes of this conference are not available for other purposes or to third parties.


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