ARCHIVOS DE ZOOTECNIA. INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
1. GENERAL INFORMATION
Archivos de Zootecnea is an international research journal, which is multilengual (Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and Italian), with an anonymous review process. It publishes original works that are previously unpublished, including full-length papers, Short notes, and bibliographic review articles (these are only published in the electronic version of the journal) in the following areas:
- Feeds, forages, and preservation of forages
- Nutrition and Feeding
- Conservation of Domestic Animal Biodiversity
- Ethology, Animal Welfare, and Breed Definition
- Animal Product Quality
- Ecologic and Organic Animal Production
- Animal Health and Food Biosecurity
- Livestock Systems, Sustainability, Rural Development
- Agricultural Economics and Support of Livestock Systems
and anything generally related to animal production and livestock systems with special attention on Iberoamerica, the Mediterrenean area, local livestock breeds, and alternative animal production systems.
The Journal was founded as a scientific journal of the Institute of Zootechnology of the Veterinary College of Cordoba, and is now the official Journal of the Iberoamerican Association of Zootechnology, and the Spanish Society for the Genetic Resources of Animals (SERGA). The Journal is coedited with the University of Cordoba. It was founded in 1952, and is the oldest Animal Production Journal in Spain. It is distributed in a printed version throughout more than 70 countries, and in an electronic version with access worldwide (http://www.uco.es/organiza/servicios/publica/az/az.htm).
The Journal is primarily targeted at researchers and technicians, and is also relevant for students in Agronomy, Zootechnology, Veterinarians, Biologists, and those in Agribusiness as well as Livestock Breeders.
Archivos de Zootecnia has an International Editorial Board which has a review process for consideration of approval of works received by the Journal. The accepted works are then submitted to an external anonymous peer review by experts selected from an International Commitee of Experts of the Journal. These experts propose corrections and report to the Editorial Board regarding appropriateness for publication in the Journal.
Publication of papers in Archivos de Zootecnia is without charge, and authors receive reprints of their paper.
Submission of papers. Papers can be submitted in any of the admissable languages (Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and Italian). Any of these languages can be used, but if other than English, then the title, keywords, abstract, and figure and table legends must be translated into English. If the paper is in English then the translation of these must be into one of the other accepted languages.
Papers are preferably submitted electronically through the webpage of the Archivos de Zootecnia (http://www.uco.es/organiza/servicios/publica/az/az.htm). Alternatively they can be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or on CD through conventional mail to:
Prof. Dr. A.G. Gómez Castro.
Archivos de Zootecnia
Departamento de Producción Animal.
Facultad de Veterinaria. Universidad de Córdoba
Campus de Rabanales 14014 Córdoba, España
The authors must submit a letter that the paper meets the requirements of the Journal, signed by all authors. The letter must state that the results have not been previously published and have not been submitted to another Journal.
Evaluation Process. Upon receipt of a paper it will be evaluated for adherence to the format of the Journal, with the author required to make any changes so that the format is correct. Upon receipt of a corrected version, it will be registered as submitted and the review process will begin.
First the Editorial Board will decide on acceptance into the review process based on adequacy of content, conformity to the Journal’s objectives, and degree of interest and scientific value. An Editorial Board member will be assigned as reporter, and two evaluators will be assigned. With the intention of increasing the diffusion and impact of the Journal, the editorial board will look favorably on the citation of references from the Journal. In the same spirit, the authors may be invited by the Board to incorporate appropriate citations from the Journal in the discussion.
The paper will be evaluated anonymously, with the evaluation taking a maximum of three weeks. The evaluations will be sent to the authors, and these will also be anonymous. The authors may then submit a revised version of the paper, sending it along with a letter that indicates how they have taken in to account the suggestions of the evaluators, or why they have failed to do so. If the evaluators and reporter are in aggreement, the paper will be approved for publication in the form of a full-length article or a brief note, or will be rejected with reasons for rejection given to the authors.
Papers and short notes that are accepted will be published as quickly as possible, both in the printed and the electronic versions of the journal. In the case of revisions, only the electronic version will be published. In both cases the works are freely available, and the authors accept publication without benefit to the author beyond the benefit of the publication itself.
2. FORM AND STRUCTURE OF PAPERS
Papers can have a maximum length of 12 pages. Short notes can have a maximum of 4 pages. Review articles have no page limit, but are only published in the on-line version of Archivos de Zootecnia. In general, though, reviews should be kept to similar limits as papers. If revised papers exceed the limit the editor can shorten them if he deems appropriate.
Twelve pages are about 39,000 characters, including spaces, discounting about 50 characters for each line of a table or figure with one column, and 100 characters for each line of a table or figure with two columns. In the case of brief notes the character count is about 11,000.
The paper should be in Word, with paper size of A4. Left margin is 2 cm, upper, lower, and right margins 1.5 cm. Font should be Times New Roman 11, 14 points.
The style and use of section headings in the text should be the minimum needed to understand the heirarchy within the paper. Style includes italics for latin or foreign words. Do not use a format of all capital letters.
The entire work should be included in one file, in which the text of the work appears first, with tables and figures with their titles following, each one separated by a page break. The size of the file must not exceed 2 megabytes.
The graphs must be included as Excel files, and photographs and pictures must be of good quality in a format of WMF, BMP, JPG, or TIF.
Articles should be structured as follows:
Should be brief, and should inform the reader of the obective and contents of the work. The title must not be longer than two lines in the final format of the periodical, which is about 100 characters including spaces. A short title must also be included which is under 70 characters, including spaces.
The names of the authors are to be in lower case letters following initial capital. For the first author the order is last name, first initial. For following authors the names are to be initial of first name followed by the last name, with each author’s name separated by a comma.
Valerio, D.1 y A. García2,
1Programa de Pastos y Forrajes. Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales (IDIAF). República Dominicana. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2Departamento de Producción Animal. Universidad de Córdoba (UCO). Campus de Rabanales. 14014 Córdoba. España. Autor para correspondencia. E-mail: email@example.com
Key words are additional and not included in the title of the work. They should refer to other aspects of interest within the work. Key words should not be used unless there is a specific connection to the work. Key words have great importance in the function of search engines and data bases.
The abstract should included the purpose of the study, should succinctly indicate the methods used, and should state the main results as well as the main conclusions. The abstract should be succinct, informative, explicit, and to the level that the reader can easily understand the work without the complete text.
The introduction should be brief, and should deal with previous investigations, background, and the current situation in the subject under consideration. It should indicate why the topic is relevant to animal production, and should explain clearly the objectives of the work.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The methods and procedures should be sufficiently detailed to enable other investigators to replicate the work. Unique aspects should especially be detailed, while techniques that are previously documented in the literature may be omitted. As a minimum reference should be made to sample source, age, sex, breed or variety, origin of animals, characteristics of feeds, and experimental situation. It is important to note the measurements and controls that were used, and the ambient conditions at the time of the experiment. In the case of housed animals, details of managment (frequency of cleaning, size and composition of groups, etc) as well as the type of housing used (size, temperature, etc.). Statistical methods that were used should be included.
Include only those results that are relevant to the hypothesis as outlined by the introduction, and that is considered in the discussion. The text should support and complement the tables and figures without repeating the information.
he main purpose of the discussion (which can be joined with the Results section if that is appropriate) is to comment on the significance of the results and to relate them to previous works. The discussion should be succinct and not speculative, and should deal with the conclusions derived from the work.
Citations of previous works published in Archivos de Zootecnia on the subject of the paper is not mandatory but does help to increase the impact of the journal. The editorial board for the journal can suggest inclusion of specific important references.
Most of the Archivos de Zootecnia are available free, in complete text (http://www.uco.es/organiza/servicios/publica/az/az.htm). The following is the correct citation style: Authors, year, title, Journal, volume, page numbers. For the electronic version use: Arch. Zootec., Vol R: pp-pp followed by the date the site was consulted.
For references cited in the text refer to the names of one or two authors; indicate only the first author followed by et al. when there are three or more authors: “so indicate García et al. (2006)…” or, similarly, “method of Bliss (Sokal and Rolhf, 1981; Davies et al., 2003).
It is essential that all of the references that appear in the text also appear in the bibliography, and viceversa, and that the are all complete references with authors, year, title of work, journal, volume, pages, etc. It is especially important to verify references in foreign languages.
Arrange the references alphabetically by authors, and for repeated authors arrange them chronologically. If the references are of the same year, add a letter (a, b, c, etc). Indicate all authors, year, title, journal (abbreviated in accordance with the ISI list, available at http://www.efm.leeds.ac.uk/~mark/ISIabbr/A_abrvjt.html), volume, and first-last page.
Barrow, N.J. 1987. Return of nutrients by animals. In: R.W. Snaydon (Ed.) Managed Grasslands, B. Analytical Studies pp: 181-186. Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdan.
Nastis, A.S. and J.C. Malecheck. 1988. Estimating digestibility of oak borwse diets for goats by in vitro techniques. J. Range Manage., 42: 225-258.
For works that are accepted or in press, include authors (all), title, journal, and “en press” or “accepted” in place of the date. Works not accepted should not be listed in the bibliography.
In neither text nor in the bibliography should the format be ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
Web pages can be cited following the same principles: authors, year, title, web address, and date that the page was consulted.
TABLES AND FIGURES
Tables and figures should be as plain and simple as possible, and it should be possible to understand them without referring to the text.
Use Arabic numbers to identify the figures, and Roman numerals for tables.
The titles of tables and figures should be short but sufficient to understand their content without referring to the text.
Any additional infomration should be given in a footnote to the table or figure.
Tables should be short in order to avoid dividing them.
Tables should not contain vertical or horizontal lines.
Large tables should be narrow and long in preference to short and wide in order to adapt them to the column width of the journal.
Figures should be large enough to allow high quality reproduction, and must fit within either a single or double column of the Journal.
Symbols used to identify points in the table should be circles, squares, and triangles; either full or empty.
Figure legends and symbols should be listed within the confines of the figure.
The legend should be situated such that it permits the maximum use of the column.
The editor can redesign, edit, or ask the authors to do so when it is necessary to adapt figures and table to the style of the Journal.
The Short notes ( maximum 4 pages) consist of advances in investigative works, notices of scientific interest, or critical commentaries on works published in Archivos de Zootechnia. Their structure is adapted from that for full length paters. Brief notes need to include a title, authors, address, key words, abstract, bibliography, and their corresponding translations into a second language.
Bibliographic revisions must include title, authors, address, key words, abstract, and bibliography, each with translation into a second language. The organization of the text is not specified by the journal.