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About the Journal


Basic Information


Advances in Weed Science, e-ISSN 2675-9462 (Formerly Planta Daninha) is an Open Access scientific journal continuously published by the Brazilian Weed Science Society (Sociedade Brasileira da Ciência das Plantas Daninhas – SBCPD). The authors are responsible for the concepts described in the manuscripts submitted to publication, which do not reflect the opinion neither the journal editors or society. The articles accepted for publication become property of the journal and may be reproduced only with permission of the Editor-in-chief.



Indexed In

  • Web-of-Science - WOS
  • Scopus – Scopus
  • Directory of Opens Access journal – DOAJ    
  • Agricola - United States of Agriculture – USDA 
  • Biosis
  • Biological Abstracts (on Web-of-Science)
  • International System for Agricultural Science and Technology - AGRIS




Intellectual Property


All the content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY





The journal is support by:

  • The Brazilian Weed Science Society/Sociedade Brasileira  da Ciência das Plantas Daninhas - SBCPD  
    Phone: +55 943) 3344-3364
    Address: Rua Santa Catarina, 50 - 13º. Floor – Room 1302
    Londrina, PR, Brazil.
    Zip code: 86.010-470




Editorial Board




Bhagirath Singh Chauhan - University of Queensland, Australia

Carl Frederick Reinhardt -  North-West University, South Africa.

Chaoxian Zhang - Weed Research Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China.

Do-Soon Kim - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea.

Edivaldo Domingues Velini – Universidade Estadual de São Paulo – USP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.,

Franck Dayan - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.

Guido Plaza - Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.

José Ferreira da Silva – Universidade Federal do Amazonas, UFAM, Manaus, AM, Brazil.,

Mithila Jugulam - Kansas State University, USA.

Nilda Roma-Burgos - The University of Arkansas, AR, USA.

Paul Neve - Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board – London, UK.

Per Kudsk - Aarhus University, Flakkebjerg, Slagelse, Denmark.

Rubem Silvério de Oliveira Júnior. – Universidade Estadual de Maringá, UEMA,  Maringá, PR, Brazil.,

Stephen O. Duke - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, USA.

José Luis González-Andújar - Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible (CSIC), Spain.





Aldo Merotto Jr – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil., 1581-0669

Anderson Luis Nunes – Instituto Federal de Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Sul, IFRS, Sertão,  RS, Brazil.,

Carlos Eduardo Schaedler - Instituto Federal de Educação,Ciência e Tecnologia Sul-rio-grandense, FSul, Bagé, RS, Brazil.

Carol Ann Mallory-Smith - Oregon State University, OR, USA



Associated Editors


Bianca Assis Barbosa Martins - BASF, Global Herbicide Research - Herbicide Tolerance Trait Development, Limburgerhof, Germany.

Edinalvo Rabaioli Camargo – Universidade Federal de Pelotas, UFPel, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.,

Grace Bolfrey-Arku – CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana.

Jingxu Zhang - Anhui University, China.  

Josef Holec - Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague.

Leandro Galon – Universidade Federal da Fronteira do Sul, UFFS, Brazil. ,

Leonardo Bianco de Carvalho – Universidade de Sao Paulo, USP, Jabotical, SP, Brazil.,   

Madonna Casimero - International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos,  Philippines.

Patricia Andrea Monquero – Universidade Federal de São Carlos – UFSCAR – São Carlos, SP, Brazil.,

Rafael Munhoz Pedroso - Universidade de São Paulo, ESALQ/USP, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.,

Sheng QIANG(强胜) - Nanjing Agricultural University.

Te Ming ‘Paul’ Tseng -  Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, USA.  

Veronica Hoyos Universidad del Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia.  0002-2313-7419

Ali Ahsan Bajwa - NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia

Sarah Lancaster - Kansas State University, KS, USA

Maria Luz Zapiola - Argentinean Council for the Information and Development of Biotechnology, Argentina

Silvia Fogliatto - The University of Torino, Torino, Italy

Cristiano Piasecki - the University of Tennessee (UT) (Knoxville, United States)

Hudson Takano - Corteva Agrisciences, IN, EUA

Daniel Valadão Silva - Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido, Brazil

Guilherme Braga Pereira Braz - Rio Verde University, Brazil

Caio Brunharo - Oregon State University, OR, USA

Arthur Arrobas Martins Barroso - Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

José Barbosa dos Santos – Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri – UFVJM. Campus Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Marcos Yanniccari - Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina



Guest Editors



Editorial Production

  • Revisão
    Luis Antonio de Avila
  • Composição
    INGROUP – Editoração Científica
  • Arte Final
    INGROUP – Editoração Científica
  • Developed by CABOVERDE


Intructions to the authors


Scope and Policy


Advances in Weed Science (Formerly Planta Daninha) is an Open Access scientific journal continuously published by the Brazilian Weed Science Society (Sociedade Brasileira da Ciência das Plantas Daninhas – SBCPD).  The journal publishes articles covering all aspects of Weed Science, Agriculture,  Agronomy, Crop Science and Crop Protection.

The Journal was launched in 2021 as the sequence of the Planta Daninha.

Advances in Weed Science publishes articles covering all aspects of weed science, including:

  • Weed taxonomy, biology, ecology, and genetics;
  • Herbicide-resistant weeds and crops;
  • Chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology of herbicides;
  • Herbicide selectivity in crops;
  • Herbicide mixture interaction at biological and biochemistry level;
  • Environmental aspects of weed science, including herbicide fate, environmental factors affecting weed biology, ecology, or management;
  • Biological and ecological aspects of weed control tools, including biological agents and herbicide-resistant crops;
  • Effect of weed management on soil, air, and water;
  • Integrated weed management;
  • And characteristics and challenges of existing and new methods of weed control.



  • The total number of authors should not be more than eight (8) authors. An exception can be made based on a request with justification to the editors on the cover letter. Changes in authorship are not possible, with exceptions accepted upon request based only on the inclusions of new experiments or specific data analysis.
  • Authors’ names must each have one surname in full and initials for any further forenames (e.g., John C Smith). Give the full address(es) where the work was, done and the name, address, phone, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. All authors must be registered with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) at
  • The authors’ list should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how (At the end of the manuscript, each author’s contribution must be presented). All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:
    • Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and data interpretation;
    • Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
    • Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have contributed sufficiently to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content;
    • Agreed that authors are accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
  • Providing records of data associated with the study if requested by the editor.
  • Ensuring copyright transfer to the journal.
  • Informing journal’s editor when an important error is found in the study and providing all information need for publication correction, errata, and retraction.
  • Anyone who does not meet these criteria but had other participation in the work (for example, partial data collection, in review the manuscript, scientists who helped in the acquisition of funding, chair of department or laboratory head) should be listed, with permission, in an Acknowledgements section. Example: The authors acknowledge Dr. Paul D. Silva for sharing space and equipment in his laboratory to conduct the experiment.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


Preparations of manuscripts

  • Articles must be submitted in English. If the author’s native language is not English, the quality of scientific writing in English must be certified by a verified editorial certificate provided by a professional service;
  • Alternatively, if the authors have experience in scientific writing in English (e.g., native speaker, proficiency certificate, the graduate diploma obtained in an English-speaking institution, and other proof of English skills), they need to include a statement stating that in the cover letter.

Types of articles

  • Research articles: This kind of article should present novel and unpublished data with proper statistical analysis and preferable be repeated either in time or space (year, growing season, or locations). The final text, excluding tables and figures, should not exceed 7.000 words;
  • Review articles: Review articles should be based on a critical description and analysis of the literature, presenting results from other experiments, and criticizing and comparing results presenting new insights into important issues within the Journal scope. The final text, excluding tables and figures, should not exceed 8.000 words;
  • Short Communication: brief communications where immediate publication is justified because they report a remarkable fact, with no sufficient volume of information to constitute a full scientific article.  The text should not exceed 3.000 words;
  • Opinion: This kind of article should present a novel method, groundbreaker technology, or important issues related to the journal’s scope. The text should not exceed 2.000 words;
  • Special Issue: Special Issues present a collection of articles (any kind of article described above) by different research groups on a theme of interest to the Journal readers. These special issues can be requested by the Chief Editors or by a Guest Editor who is an expert in the specific theme. If any expert wants to suggest a topic and can serve as Guest Editor, the expert can send an e-mail to the chief editor suggesting the special issue’s title.

Abstract and keywords

  • Abstract: Maximum of 250 words, including the following subtopics:
  • Background: State the importance of the research and present previous findings. The hypothesis must be clear in this part of the abstract.
  • Objective: State the goals of the manuscript.
  • Methods: Summarize the methodology, treatments, and experimental design. Inform if the experiments were replicated in time/growing season.
  • Results: Explain the main findings that lead to the conclusion.
  • Conclusions: List the main conclusions of the manuscript.
  • Graphical Abstract: A graphical abstract is a visual summary of the main findings of the research.  The graphical abstract is used in the Journal webpage and in the social media to promote the manuscript. The authors should build the abstract with the main take-home message the authors want the readers to take. The figure should be formatted in JPG, PNG, or TIFF in high resolution figure and should measure (265 x 220 pixels).
  • Keywords:
    • Keywords must not repeat the title’s words, and the scientific name of the species studied must be included. They must be separated by commas and be in lower case, including the first term. Authors should include three to six terms, considering that a term may consist of two or more words




Presentation of Documents

  • The manuscript should be formatted in page size A4 with a left margin of 3 cm and remaining margins of 2.5 cm; font type Arial, size 11; 1.5 line spacing; pages and lines numbered sequentially. Tables and figures should be included in individual pages at the end of the manuscript.
  •  Authors must submit in separate files editable figures.
  •  The text must be submitted in a Word file document (The system cannot handle another document format).
  •  Author and co-authors’ names should be entered into the submission form in the same order they appear in the paper.
  •  The total number of authors should not be more than eight (8) authors. An exception can be made based on a request with justification to the editors on the cover letter. Changes in authorship are not possible, with exceptions accepted upon request based only on the inclusions of new experiments or specific data analysis.
  •  The review is single-blinded, meaning that the author’s name and affiliation need to be included in the submitted manuscript.
  •  A maximum of 30 references will be allowed per article, except for literature reviews, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  •  Following international recommendations for Journal self-citation, only up 15% of the total number of citations in the manuscript can be from publications from Advances in Weed Science or the former name Planta Daninha. We recommend all the authors check the percentage of the references from Advances in Weed Science before submitting them to the system.
  • Tables and equations must be editable. Equations should be typed in the Equation Editor (MS Word) or compatible software.
  • Line numbers must be continuous throughout the text.

Tables and  Figures

  • Authors can include only figures and tables which are properly cited in the manuscript;
  • Figures and graphics must be cited in the text in numerical order, without abbreviations; if the figure is identified with a lowercase letter (for example, Figure 1a), it should be cited in the text with the same format;
  • Each table and figure should be placed in a separate page at the end of the manuscript;
  • The table or figure and its respective caption should be self-explanatory, without the need for using the main text for their understanding.
  • The titles of tables and figures should be clear and complete and include the species’ name (common or scientific) and dependent variables.
  • Units of the variables analyzed must follow the International System of Units and are positioned at the top of the columns in the tables, outside the table header. In composite units, quantities must be separated by space, and the denominators must be indicated in superscript. Examples: µmol m-2 s-1; mg (g MS)-1.
  • Values represented in tables and figures are indicated according to the English format, with a period (.) separating decimals and with commas (,) separating groups of thousands (1,000 = one thousand; 1,000,000 = one million).
  • Tables must be provided with their respective captions with a period (.) at the end of the caption.
  • Tables should be formatted as follows:
  • Titles must be self-explanatory and contain all the information necessary for understanding the values presented and the statistical analyses used;
  • The content must be editable in the Table option of Microsoft Word, without lateral borders or separation lines between columns;
  • The tables must have only three continuous lines borders (two to mark the table header and one at the end of the table). If necessary, a fourth dashed lines borders can be included to separate the necessary statistical parameters, as shown below:
  • Numbers in the tables must be aligned with the decimal separator in the column;
  • Graphs, drawings, maps, and photographs used to illustrate the text are considered figures;
  • Figures formatting: Figures should be square rather than rectangles. The square format will fit better in a single column in the published paper. We encourage the authors to use colors in the figures. After acceptance, it will be reformatted to the standard colors of the journal (Green/Gray);
  • Figures must be included in the text as JPG, PNG, or TIFF in high resolution ( at least 300dpi). Figure labels must be typed in Arial font, size 8, regular (not bold). Authors should avoid colors in figures, except for photographs. In the case of composite figures, each section (for example, each graph) should be marked as a separate item (“a, b, c…”), in lower case letters;
  • Scanned figures and tables will not be accepted;
  • Each table and figure need to be uploaded in the system in separate files; the figures must be sent in the original editable file (the original format the authors used to create the figures).  


  • Literature citations should follow the Vancouver (author-date) style, i.e., they should be in lowercase followed by the year of publication. In the case of references with three to six authors, cite the first author in the main text followed by “et al.”, and list all authors in the references section, separated by commas. If there are more than six authors, list the first six authors, followed by the expression “et al.” In the case of several works by the same author, with the same date, lowercase letters are used in the reference, in alphabetical order, following the date, to differentiate the several publications in the bibliographic list, as follows: (1992a,b). Personal communications and unpublished papers or reports should be cited in footnotes and should not appear in the References. Citation of articles published in proceedings of scientific events will no longer be accepted.

    Only references strictly necessary for understanding the article should be cited, up to a maximum of 30 references. The list of references should start on a new page.

    References should be formatted following the models below, presented in alphabetical   order of authors and, within this, in chronological order of publication; the titles of journals should be abbreviated. Include only works cited in the text, tables, or figures, as follows:

a. Journal articles:

Articles with up to six authors: Cite all authors
In the text: (Gaines and Sam, 2011)

  • In the references:
  • Author(s). Title. Journal abbreviated name, year;volume(issue):pages.

Gaines TA, Sam M. The quick and the dead: a new model for the essential role of ABA accumulation in synthetic auxin herbicide mode of action. J Exp Bot. 2020;71(12):3383–5. Available from:

  • Articles with more than six authors:
  • In the text: (Vero et al.)
  • In the references:
  • Author(s). Title. Journal abbreviated name, year;volume(issue):pages.

Viero JLC, Schaedler CE, de Azevedo EB, Dos Santos JVA, Scalcon R de M, de David DB, et al. Endozoochorous dispersal of seeds of weedy rice (Oryza sativa L.) and barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli L.) by cattle. Cienc Rural. 2018;48:e20170650. Available from:

   b. Books:

  • Citation of books and book chapters should be avoided. However, when such a citation is unavoidable, it must be made as follows:
  • Author(s) of the book. Title. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher; year of publication.

Senseman S.A. Herbicide handbook. 9th ed. Lawrence: Weed Science Society of America; 2007.

c. Dissertations and Thesis:

  • Citation of dissertations and theses should be avoided. Try to cite instead their resulting articles published in full in indexed journals. Cite only very recent dissertations/theses, when articles have not yet been published, as follows:
  • Author. Title [Type of document]. Place: Institution where it was presented; year.

Ribeiro D.N. Caracterização da resistência ao herbicida glyphosate em biótipos da planta daninha Lolium multiflorum(Lam.) [dissertation]. Piracicaba: Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz Armando de Queiroz”; 2008.

d. Citing publications original in other languages

When citing publications original in other langues the authors should cite the title in English between square brackets and the language at the end of the citation.  

Avila LA, Marchezan M, François T, Cezimbra DM, Souto KM, Refatti JP. [Injury      caused by the formulated mixture of the herbicide imazethapyr and imazapic in ryegrass as affected by soil moisture]. Planta Daninha. 2010; 28(spe):1041–6. Portuguese. Available from:


Article Processing Charge

  • As the Advances in Weed Science is open access journal to the readers the journal charge the authors an APC to cover the cost of publication. The article processing charge (APC) will be calculated based on the Microsoft™ Word formatted page (Final number of pages after review and corrections); values are presented in Table 1. The journal uses the word formatted manuscript as a base to calculate the APC for two reasons: first, to speed up the publication process; second, to allow the authors to estimate the APC before submission.
  • There is a special discount for SBCPD members; to be eligible for the member’s discount, both the first author and the correspondent author must be a member of the SBCPD. For payment options  and others instructions see

Cover Letter to the Editor

  • When submitting the article, the corresponding authors must include a Cover Letter in the Comments to the Editor space of the submission form. In the letter, the authors should present their work and explain its main contribution to advancing knowledge in weed science. The cover letter should indicate that the manuscript has not been submitted or under review in another journal. The letter should also include any statements regarding the processing of the article, English quality (see section 2 of this Instructions for Authors document), conflicts of interest, and a statement that all authors are aware and agree with the submission of the paper.
  • In the cover letter of the returning manuscript after reviewers, the authors must state all changes in a point-by-point response. Each major request must be described followed by the response to question or suggestion and indicating in which line of text the question was addressed.    

    The authors are fully responsible for the concepts described in the manuscripts submitted to publication, which do not reflect the opinion of the journal editors. The articles accepted for publication become property of the journal and may be reproduced only with permission of the Editor-in-chief.

Copyright Transfer

All manuscripts must be accompanied by unrestricted copyright transfer letter. A copyright transfer form, signed by all authors, must be uploaded as a complementary file as soon as the manuscript is submitted.


General Information

  • The documents must not have been previously published and cannot contain information published in another Journal or Book. An exception is made to those abstracts in conference proceedings, with a maximum of 250 words.
  • The corresponding author, who submits the paper, is responsible for obtaining the co-authors’ agreement if there are any.
  • Make sure to read and to follow all the instructions to avoid affecting the speed of the process.
  • Failure to return the correction or other requests within the established deadline will result in the manuscript rejection, regardless of the decision made in their processing.
  • Suggestion of three reviewers is required. The suggested reviewers must not be co-author of other manuscripts in the past or have any conflict of interest with the authors.  This information will be requested during the submission process.
  • Regarding the need to maintain the single-blind evaluation policy, at this point the journal will not publish articles that have already been deposited in preprint repositories. 
  • Although Advances in Weed Science supports open science communication practices, our journal will remain using its current blind peer review model, and will not require research data to be made available in repositories, until the progressive implementation of a reviewing plan and the updating of the journal’s editorial policies.


Send of the manuscripts





Manuscript evaluation policy



The journal Advances in Weed Science develops its work in accordance with the ethical principles of the Publications Ethics Committee (COPE)  of the American Educational Research Association Code of Ethics - the Code of Good Scientific Practice  - FAPESP and the Council of Scientific Editors (CSE)  regarding publication. To promote the integrity of research, the strengthening and transparency in the process, all the material published is in accordance with the Guide to Good Practices for Strengthening Ethics in Scientific Publication 



Conflict of interests


In the cover letter the authors must be state if they have any conflict of interest to declare regarding the research.

The conflict of interest can be of a personal, commercial, political, academic or financial nature. Conflicts of interest may occur when authors, reviewers or editors are likely to occur when generating or evaluating manuscripts. During the submission process the authors state any conflict(s) of interest in     relation to the review of the paper. If not, applicable they should be state “none”.



Plagiarism and Editorial Misconduct


To promote the integrity of research, the strengthening and transparency in the process, all the material published in is in accordance with the Guide to Good Practices for Strengthening Ethics in Scientific Publication and the Open Science Compliance Form 



Submission check list


Do the Title, Abstract and keywords represent the content of the article and arouse scientific interest?

Is the Introduction not just a literature review and contextualizes the problem in a scientific way?

Is the Discussion related to the data obtained and is it not just a comparison with other works?

Is the manuscript innovative and has advances in the Weed Science area?

Is the grammar ad scientific writing adequate? Is the paper to descriptive, i.e. not advancing a hypothesis?



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