ISSN 2007-0934
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Instructions for Authors

The Mexican Journal in Agricultural Sciences, offers to the investigators in agricultural sciences and compatible areas, means to publish the results of the investigations. Writings of theoretical and experimental investigation will be accepted, in the formats of scientific article, notice of investigation, essay and cultivar description. Each document shall be arbitrated and edited by a group of experts designated by the Publishing Committee; accepting only original and unpublished writings in Spanish or English and that are not offered in other journals.

All the contributions propose to publish themselves in the Mexican Journal in Agricultural Sciences, must be written in double-space (including tables and figures) and using “times new roman” size 11 in all the manuscript, with margins in the four flanks of 2.5 cm. All the pages must be numbered in the right inferior corner and numbering the lines initiating with 1 in each page. The sections: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, acknowledgments and mentioned literature, must be in upper case and bold left aligned.

Scientific articles. Original and unpublished writing which is based on researching results, in which the interaction of two or more treatments in several experiments, locations through many years to draw valid conclusions have been studied. Articles should not exceed a maximum of 20 pages (including tables and figures) and contain the following sections: 1) title, 2) author(s), 3) working institution of the author(s), 4) address of the author(s) for correspondence and e-mail; 5) abstract; 6) key words; 7) introduction; 8) materials and methods; 9) results and discussion; 10) conclusions and 11) cited literature:

Notice of investigation. Writing that contains transcendental preliminary results that the author wishes to publish before concluding its investigation; its extension of eight pages (including tables and figures); it contains the same sections that a scientific article, but interjections 7 to 10 are written in consecutive text; that is to say, without the title of the section.

Essay. Generated summarized writing of the analysis of important subjects and the present time for the scientific community, where the author expresses its opinion and settles down its conclusions on the treated subject; pages must have a maximum extension of 20 (including tables and figures). It contains sections 1 to 6 and 11 of the scientific article. The development of the content of the essay is questioned in sections according to the topic, through this discussion conclusions or concluding remarks should be generated.

Cultivar description. Writing made in order to provide the scientific community, the origin and the characteristics of the new variety, clone, hybrid, etc; with a maximum extensions of eight pages (including tables and figures), contains sections 1 to 6 and 11 of the scientific article. The descriptions of cultivars is in consecutive text, with relevant information about the importance of cultivar, origin, genealogy, obtaining method, agronomic and phonotypical characteristics (climatic conditions, soil type, resistance to pests, diseases and yield), quality characteristics (commercial, industrial, nutritional, etc.) and availability of seed.

Writing format

Title. It should provide a clear and precise idea of the writing, using 13 words or less, must be in capital bold letters, centered on the top.

Authors. Full names must be submitted (name, surname and last name). Justified, immediately underneath the title, without academic degrees and labor positions; at the end of each name it must be placed numerical indices and correspondence to these shall appear, immediately below the authors; bearing, the name of the institution to which it belongs and official address of each author; including zip code, telephone number and e-mails; and indicate the author for correspondence.

Abstract. Submit a summary of 250 words or less, containing the following: justification, objectives, location and year that the research was conducted, a brief description of the materials and methods, results and conclusions, the text must be written in consecutive form.

Keywords. It was written after the abstract which serve to include the scientific article in indexes and information systems. Choose three or four words and not include words used in the title. Scientific names of species mentioned in the abstract must be register as key words.

Introduction. Its content must be related to the specific subject and the purpose of the investigation; it indicates the issues and importance of the investigation, the bibliographical antecedents that substantiate the hypothesis and its objectives.

Materials and methods. It includes the description of the experimental site, materials, equipment, methods, techniques and experimental designs used in research.

Results and discussion. To present/display the results obtained in the investigation and indicate similarities or divergences with those reported in other published investigations. In the discussion it must be emphasize the relation cause-effect derived from the analysis.

Conclusions. Drawing conclusions from the relevant results relating to the objectives and working hypotheses.

Cited literature. Preferably include recent citations of scientific papers in recognized journals, do not include conference proceedings, theses, internal reports, website, etc. All citations mentioned in the text should appear in the literature cited.

General observations

• In the original document, the figures and the pictures must use the units of the International System (SI). Also, include the files of the figures separately in the original program which was created or made in such a way that allows, if necessary to make changes, in case of including photographs, these should be originals, scanner in resolution high and send the electronic file separately. The title of the figures is capitalized and lower case, bold; in bar and pie graphs, filling using clearly contrasting textures; for line graphs use different symbols.

• The title of the tables, must be capitalized and lower case, bold; tables should not exceed one page, or closed with vertical lines; only three horizontal lines are accepted, the head of columns are between the first two lines and the third serves to complete the table; moreover, must be numbered progressively according to the cited text and contain the information needed to be easy to understand. The information contained in tables may not be duplicated in the figures and vice versa, and in both cases include statistical comparisons.

• Literature references at the beginning or middle of the text use the surname(s) and year of publication in brackets, for example, Winter (2002) or Lindsay and Cox (2001) if there are two authors(as). If the reference is at the end of the text, put in brackets the name(s) coma and the year, eg (Winter, 2002) or (Lindsay and Cox, 2001). If the cited publication has more than two authors, write the surname of the leading author, followed by “et al.” and year of publication.

Literature citation

Articles in journals. Citations should be placed in alphabetical order, if a leading author appears in several articles of the same year, it differs with letters a, b, c, etc...

1) Write the surname complete with a comma and initial(s) of the names with a dot. To separate two authors the “and” conjunction is used or its equivalent in the language the work it is written on. When more than two authors, are separated by a dot and coma, between the penultimate and the last author a “and” conjunction it is used or it’s equivalent. If it is an organization, put the full name and the acronym in brackets;

2) Year of publication dot;

3) title of the article dot;

4) country where it was edited dot, journal name dot and

5) journal number and volume number in parentheses two dots, number of the first and last page of the article, separated by a hyphen (ie 8 (43) :763-775).

Serial publications and books.

1) author(s), just as for articles;

2) year of publication dot;

3) title of the work dot.

4) if it is translation ( indicate number of edition and language of which it was translated and the name of the translator dot;

5) publisher name dot;

6) number of edition dot;

7) place where the work was published (city, state, country) dot;

8) for pamphlet, series or collection to place the name and number dot and

9) total number of pages (i. e. 150 p.) or various pages (i. e. 30-45 pp.).

Articles, chapters or abstracts in collective works (books, abstracts, reports, etc.).

1) author(s), just as for articles;

2) year of publication dot;

3) title of the article, chapter or memory dot;

4) Latin expression In two dots;

5) title of the collective work dot;

6) publisher(s), compiler(s) or coordinating(s) of the collective work [written just like the author(s) of the article] dot, at the end of this, the abbreviation is placed between parenthesis (ed. or eds.), (comp. or comps.) or (cord. or cords.), according to is the case dot;

7) if it is a translation (just as for serial publications and books);

8) number of the edition dot;

9) publisher name dot;

10) place where it was published (city, state, country) and

11) pages that includes the article, placed by a hyphen and lowercase pp (i. e. 15-35 pp.).


Any material intended to be published, and the correspondence related to the magazine editorial production and distribution should be sent to:

Editor in chief

Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Agrícolas.
Campo Experimental Valle de México.
Carretera Los Reyes-Texcoco, km. 13.5. INIFAP.
C. P. 56250. Coatlinchán,
Texcoco, Edo. de México. Tel. 01 (595) 92 12681


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