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About the journal

Basic information


The Brazilian seed program has started in the 60s with the increasing production of wheat seeds. However, soon after its beginning some barriers were detected on its development; and to overcome those barriers, the government has prepared a project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), called AGIPLAN (Governmental Action for Implantation of the National Plan of Seeds). The plan has had a strong subproject on personnel capacitation at different academic levels, including Master and Doctoral degrees. The project lasted until 1976, and has granted graduation scholarships to over 100 professionals at both Master and Doctoral degree levels, who soon began producing technical-scientific results; however, without a specific Journal to publicize their work. Thus, starting from 1979, the Brazilian Journal of Seeds (RBS - from its acronym in Portuguese - Revista Brasileira de Sementes) was founded by the Brazilian Association of Seed Technology (ABRATES – Associação Brasileira de Tecnologia de Sementes) to meet this strong and important demand.

Journal of Seed Science (JSS) is an official publication of the Associação Brasileira de Tecnologia de Sementes (ABRATES) and is intended to disseminate original scientific works on Science, Seed Technology, and related areas.

JSS is published in digital format, where the continuous flow publication system is adopted, which consists of publishing articles as soon as they have been evaluated and approved by the reviewers. This model has as its main characteristic the agility in the publication of articles. JSS Editorial Committee is composed of Associate Editors and a board of Scientific Advisors, formed by scientists working in Seed Science and Technology. Articles are directed to an Associate Editor who forwards them to one or two reviewers. Always remaining serious and committed to science and research in the field of seeds.

The abbreviated title of the journal is J. Seed Sci., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.


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The journal receives funding from:

  • FAPEMIG – Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais;
  • CNPq – Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico.
  • CAPES - Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior.


Editorial Board

Editorial Comission



  • Laércio Junio da Silva
    Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Departamento de Agronomia, Avenida Peter Henry Rolfs, s/n, Campus Universitário, CEP 36570-900 – Viçosa, MG, Brasil
  • Denise Cunha Fernandes Santos Dias 
    Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Departamento de Agronomia, Avenida Peter Henry Rolfs, s/n, Campus Universitário, CEP 36570-900 – Viçosa, MG, Brasil


Associated Editors

  • Alek Sandro Dutra – UFC
  • Alessandro de Lucca e Braccini – UEM
  • Augusto César P. Goulart – EMBRAPA Agropecuária Oeste
  • Bárbara França Dantas - EMBRAPA
  • Cândida Renata Jacobsen de Faria – UFPel
  • Ceci Castilho Custódio – UNOESTE
  • Claudemir Zucareli - UEL
  • Cláudio José Barbedo - Instituto de Pesquisas Ambientais
  • Denise Cunha Fernandes Santos Dias – UFV
  • Édila Vilela de Resende Von Pinho - UFLA
  • Eduardo Fontes Araújo – UFV
  • Edvaldo Aparecido Amaral da Silva - UNESP
  • Everson Reis Carvalho – UFLA
  • Fernando Augusto Henning - EMBRAPA SOJA
  • Francisco Carlos Krzyzanowski – EMBRAPA SOJA
  • Francisco Guilhien Gomes Junior – USP/ESALQ
  • Géri Eduardo Meneghello – UFPel
  • Gilda Pizzolante de Pádua – EMBRAPA/EPAMIG
  • Heloisa Oliveira dos Santos – UFLA
  • Hugo Cesar Rodrigues Moreira Catão – UFU
  • João Almir Oliveira – UFLA
  • José de Barros França Neto- EMBRAPA
  • Laércio Junio da Silva – UFV
  • Lausanne Soraya de Almeida – UFV
  • Marcela Carlota Nery – UFVJM
  • Maria Luiza Nunes Costa - UFMS
  • Norimar D'Ávila Denardin – UPF/CBA
  • Raquel Maria de Oliveira Pires – UFLA
  • Salvador Barros Torres – UFERSA/EMPARN
  • Silvio Moure e Cícero- USP / ESALQ
  • Sttela Dellyzete Veiga Franco da Rosa – EMBRAPA/UFLA Café
  • Wilson Vicente Souza Pereira – UFLA

International Associated Editors

  • Peter Toorop – Royal Botanic Garden’s Kew, England
  • Omar Bazzigalupi – INTA, Pergamino - Argentina
  • Anurag Dhyani - Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute, Kerala.
  • Hiroyuki Nonogaki – Oregon State University, USA



Instructions to authors




The Journal of Seed Science (JSS) is an open access magazine which circulates only online version since 2017.

It aims publish original articles in thematic areas relevant to seed science and technology and that bring a significant contribution to the knowledge of the area.

Original scientific studies and communications not yet published or submitted to another journal are accepted for publication can be submitted. The scientific note is a category of scientific manuscript which describes a technique, an equipment or observations and surveys of limited results and not definitive on a certain subject, whose publication is justified by its uniqueness and contribution to the area.

The editorial board may invite leading authors of recognized reputation to compose specific review articles about relevant and current themes.

The articles are published in order of approval and relevance. Immediately after submission, an evaluation of the manuscript by Ithenticate software for identification of plagiarism will be made. Then, Editorial Committee will make a preliminary evaluation of the manuscript and recommend it for peer review process or not, according to policy and criteria of relevance of JSS. After initial acceptance, the editor will designate an associate editor (thematic area), who will proceed to edit with the help of at least two reviewers, accepting it or not for publication.

The data, opinions and concepts issued on the articles, as well as the accuracy of the bibliographic references, are the entire responsibility of the author(s).







The articles can be submitted in Portuguese or English. For manuscripts submitted in English, the authors may provide a suitable version, rather accompanied by a translation certificate. All articles are published in English.


Each article may have the maximum of 6 (six) authors, who may inform the ORCID record – Researcher and Contributor Identifies (

Creative Commons License

All content published by Journal of Seed Science is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. This license allows others to share, remix, tweak and create from the article for non-commercial purposes. Although the new papers may award it the due credit, they do not have to be licensed under the same terms.

Policies against plagiarism

Editors will evaluate manuscripts by Ithenticate software immediately after submission. Contents of the scientific articles will be evaluated to identify any sort of plagiarism, double submissions, already published articles and possible frauds in research.

Publication fee

The publication fee is:

ABRATES members (with  annual fee on time) – up to six diagramed pages: R$30,00 per page + R$80,00 per additional page.

Non-members – up to six diagramed pages: R$60,00 per page + R$160,00 per additional page.

In case of more than one author, including members, the total value will be divided between the number of authors.





The guidelines explained in these instructions must be strictly followed by the author(s).

The manuscripts may be organized following this order: Short title (in English), Title (in English), Authors, Abstract (up to 200 words), Index terms (maximum of five, which are not in the title), Resumo (up to 200 words), Termos para indexação, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion (can be presented in a single section or in separate sections), Conclusions, Acknowledgements (optional) and References.

The manuscripts may be typed in Word text editor (DOC or RTF), in numbered pages and lines (up to 30 lines per page), with double spacing and 2 cm margins (A4 paper). The Calibri font may be used, fourteen for the title and twelve for the text, and the tables and figures may be annexed at the end of the paper. The figures may be editable in Windows’ compatible programs, in PNG, TIFF or JPEG format, with 300 DPI resolution.

The manuscript may not be longer than 20 (twenty) pages, including figures, tables and references. Review articles will only be published by invitation.

In the abstract and in the resumo, paragraphs and the presentation of data and quotations are not allowed.

The full name(s) of the author(s) and the ORCID codes may be mentioned immediately below the title. The corresponding author may be identified by an asterisk, and an e-mail may be provided. The notes may be placed on the foot of the page, which has the respective superscripted number of each author indicating his/her institutional affiliation and address, mentioning department or section, institution, post office box, zip code, municipality and country, in addition to the corresponding author e-mail.

Authors quotations in the text: they are made by the surname with only the first letter as a capital, followed by the year of publication. In case of two authors, both surnames may be included, separated by “and”; if there are more than two authors, only the first may be cited, followed by “et al.”. In case of quotations of two or more publications of the same author(s), published in the same year, they may be identified by small letters (a, b, c etc.), placed immediately after the publication year.

References: sixty percent (60%) of the references may have been listed on the database ISI Web of Knowledge, Scopus or SciELO during the last ten years. Quotations from theses, dissertations, monographs, proceedings or annals of congress, abstracts and magazines are not accepted.


  • Excessive quotes from books; . 
  • Recent articles published in JSS can be accessed at

The references may be presented in alphabetical order, by the author’s surname, without numbering; mention all authors separated by “;” and insert the link to the web page.

Some examples are presented below:

Journal articles: (the journal’s publication place may not be mentioned)

LIMA, L.B.; MARCOS-FILHO, J. Condicionamento fisiológico de sementes de pepino e germinação sob diferentes temperaturas.  Revista Brasileira de Sementes, v.32, n.1, p.138-147, 2010.

OLIVEIRA, A.S.; CARVALHO, M.L.M.; NERY, M.C.; OLIVEIRA, J.A.; GUIMARÃES, R.M. Seed quality and optimal spatial arrangement of fodder radish. Scientia Agricola, v.68, n.4, p.417-423, 2011.


MARCOS-FILHO, J. Fisiologia de sementes de plantas cultivadas. Londrina: ABRATES, 2015. 660p.

BRASIL. Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento. Regras para Análise de Sementes. Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento. Secretaria de Defesa Agropecuária. Brasília: MAPA/ACS, 2009. 399p. http://

Book chapters:

KRZYZANOWSKI, F.C.; FRANÇA-NETO, J.B.; GOMES-JUNIOR, F.G.; NAKAGAWA, J. Testes de vigor baseados em desempenho de plântulas. In: KRZYZANOWSKI, F.C.; VIEIRA, R.D.; FRANÇA-NETO, J.B.; MARCOS-FILHO, J. (Eds.). Vigor de sementes: conceitos e testes. Londrina: ABRATES, 2020. p.79-140.

Laws, decrets, directives:

País ou Estado. Lei, Decreto, ou Portaria nº ..., de (dia) de (mês) de (ano). Diário Oficial da União, local de publicação, data mês e ano. Seção ..., p. ...

BRASIL. Medida provisória nº 1.569-9, de 11 de dezembro de 1997. Diário Oficial da República Federativa do Brasil, Poder Executivo, Brasília, DF, 14 dez. 1997. Seção I, p.29514.

Technical reports:

FRANÇA-NETO, J.B.; HENNING, A.A.; COSTA, N.P. Estudo da deterioração da semente de soja no solo. In: Resultados de Pesquisa de Soja, 1984/1985. Londrina, 1985. p.440-445. (EMBRAPA-CNPSo. Documentos, 15).

Electronic documents:

BRASIL. Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento. SNPC – Lista de cultivares protegidas. Acesso em: 13 jan. 2010.


  • Do not use DE, DO, DA etc. Ex.: SILVA, Amaral (for Amaral da Silva);
  • First write the initials, then the name. Ex.: ISTA. International Seed Testing Association;
  • In the table captions, do not mention place or year;
  • In the body of the text, if a given quote has more than three authors, use et al. (without italics). Ex.: Matheus, Lopes and Corrêa, 2011 = Matheus et al., 2011. However, in the references, it is necessary to mention all authors (it is not allowed to use et al.)
  • Do not use “&”. Replace it with “and”.


The tables on picture format, numbered with Arabic numerals, may be headed by a self-explanatory title, with small letters. Vertical lines may not be used to separate the columns, and the experiment’s place and date may not be mentioned.


The figures (graphs, drawings, maps, or photographs) may be numbered with Arabic numerals in programs compatible with Word, inserted in the text preferentially as an object. The drawings and photographs may be digitalized in high quality and sent in the same size as they may be published. The legends typed immediately below the figure and initiated with the word “Figure” may be followed by their respective number and text.

Measurement units

They may be typed with a space between the number and the unit. Ex.: 10 oC, 10 mL, 10 µ, 10 mg-1; 10 g.seedling-1. The percentage symbol may be next to the numeral without any space (10%). Use the International System of Units throughout the text.





Before submitting, it is recommended that the Instructions to Authors be fully observed to ensure that the article is in accordance with JSS rules. Non-standard manuscripts, including references, will be returned.

The submission of manuscripts to the JSS may be done exclusively online at, and each file may not be greater than 1.5Kb.

The authors of the JSS’ published articles enjoy the following benefits:

  • JSS is an open access journal, with JCR (Web of Science);
  • Articles translations are free of charge;
  • The submission and revision of the articles are made online;
  • Copy of articles in PDF available free of charge on the web;
  • JSS adopts the Ithenticate software against plagiarism;
  • All articles are published with DOI.

It is recommended that the guidelines explained in these instructions are fully followed by the author (s), looking at the model in the link.

Thank you for choosing Journal of Seed Science!

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