Special issues

You can download here: the PDF Guide for Special Issues and the template for special issue articles

Download here the editors’ Guide for special issues.



Authors must send a single file with the article to Agrociencia Uruguay (agrociencia@fagro.edu.uy), identifying the special issue to which it belongs and following the format established by the journal.

The manuscripts will be assigned to the editorial committee of the special issue (who will declare no conflict of interest with the authors) and sent to at least two external reviewers (peer review) in a double-blind system, according to the code of ethics of "COPE". For more information, we recommend consulting the following link: Editorial process.



Manuscripts may fall into the following categories:

Editorial: a brief introduction/analytical comment on some current and relevant topic in the journal’s subject area. 

Observations: This modality is only accepted by invitation.

Length: 1000-1500 words.

Research article: it presents original research results. It can be presented as a short communication.

Length: up to 7000 words (research article); up to 3500 words (short communication).

Review: it corresponds to the analysis and systematization of research results in a field in which the author or authors have a proven track record. 

Observations: This modality is only accepted by invitation.

Length: up to 9000 words.

Technical note: it includes the results of interpretative and critical perspectives on a specific topic, from original sources. Some examples can be the description of a region, a rural socioeconomic problem or the situation of agricultural production items.

Length: up to 3500 words.

Remarks: The number of words may vary according to the editorial committee of the special issue.



Contributions in the special issues may be published in English, Portuguese and Spanish. However, it is up to the editors of the special issue committee to select the language.

For those articles that opt for translation, you can consult our team of translators here. For more information or help with the translation fees, consult agrociencia@fagro.edu.uy.


Form of presentation

Manuscripts will be sent in electronic format, with extension .doc or .docx.; Arial Narrow size 12 and single line spacing. Paragraphs should be spaced by 6 points. Pages shall be numbered in the lower right margin on odd pages and in the lower left margin on even ones and should start at 1. The format must be submitted according to the journal’s template.

Abbreviations should be defined when they are first mentioned, in the abstract and in the text. The use of common biological names is preferred, indicating the scientific name the first time the species is mentioned.

The use of superscripts, bold or underlined text should be avoided. Reserve the use of italics for terms written in another language or bibliographical titles. Footnotes should be avoided and, in any case, expressed in Roman numerals.



The International System of Units (SI) and its abbreviations are used, in addition to derived units frequently used in the subject area. There should be a space between the figure and the abbreviation of the unit (for example, 89 kg, 37 °C).


Title, abstract and keywords

The title of the article should not be longer than 15 words and should follow the format established in the journal template.

Abstracts will be presented in Spanish, English and Portuguese of up to 250 words each, followed by up to 5 keywords, in lowercase and separated by commas.


Structure of the article

The text for scientific articles will be organized into the following sections: introduction, material and methods, results, discussion and conclusions. The acknowledgment section is optional and should be placed after the conclusions.

The introduction should identify the key points of the study, present the state of the art of the subject and the most important references, which constitute the fundamental basis of the study. The introduction should also clearly identify the relevance and the problem to be addressed, raising the hypotheses of the study.

The author must include sufficient data so that the procedures of the study can be reproduced. Methods that have been previously published in detail should not be described, they should be referenced. Authors should specify the name of the manufacturer of the reagents and products used, and the source of the materials, equipment and instruments used in the study. Any chemical used in the study should be identified by name and composition. Authors should note that all observations, independent variables/manipulations, and dependent variables/measures should be reported, and they should explain how they were determined.  These must be properly cited in the text and included in the list of references. Authors should also provide sufficient details of the design used in the study, as well as quantitative or qualitative procedures.

In the discussion, authors should interpret the results and present the conclusions that support the data clearly. They should emphasize the relevance of the findings, cite suggestions for future research, comment on the practical implications of the study, and identify the limitations of the study.

Conclusions should be strictly based on the objectives, hypotheses and problem formulated in the introduction and on the results that emerge from the study.

In all other cases, the sections are subject to the author's decision.


Tables and figures

Tables and images must be incorporated into the template, with good quality. If the table or image is larger than the width of the column, please try to include it without greatly affecting the formatting.

The image header should be centered and below for figures and above for tables. The use of tables with editable format is preferred over tables with image format.

Two notes should be written before the references: a) Data transparency and b) Individual contribution of the authors.


Data transparency

To comply with data transparency, the author must indicate one of the following options:

Data not available. The dataset supporting the results of this study is not publicly available.

Available data. The dataset supporting the results of this study is available at [where available]. 


Individual contribution of the authors

This section is mandatory and should appear before the references. Please indicate the contribution each author has made to the manuscript with the CRediT form. To see different roles, we recommend accessing the following link https://credit.niso.org/contributor-roles-defined/.


AX: Conceptualization; Investigation; Writing – original draft
BZ: Conceptualization; Methodology; Writing – review & editing



Bibliographical citations must follow the sequential numerical system in order of appearance in the text. For example, if the first appointment is "Rodriguez", it will correspond to the number 1 and will be in first place in the list of references. The numbers should be placed in superscript format and in parentheses:  ⁽¹⁻²⁾. Bibliographical references will be made according to Vancouver standards.

Journal articles

Author AA, Author BB, Author CC. Title of the article. Abbreviated journal title. Year of publication; volume(number): page-page. 

Example: Zhang C, Laurent S, Sakr S, Peng L, Bédu S. Heterocyst differentiation and pattern formation in cyanobacteria: a chorus of signals. Mol Microbiol. 2006;59(2):367-75.

Online journal articles

Example: Kaul S, Diamond GA. Good enough: a primer on the analysis and interpretation of non inferiority trials. Ann Intern Med [Internet]. 2006 [cited 2007 Jan 4];145(1):62-9. Available from: http://www.annals.org/cgi/reprint/145/1/62.pdf.

Book chapters

Author AA, Author BB. Chapter title. In: Editor AA, Editor BB, editors. Title of the book. City of publication: publishing house; year of publication. Pages consulted.

Example: Barbulova A, Chiurazzi M. A procedure for in vitro nodulation studies. In: Márquez A, editor. Lotus japonicus Handbook.  Berlin: Springer; 2005. p. 83-6.

Presentation at congresses

Author AA, Author BB. Title of the contribution. In: Editor AA, Editor BB, editors. Title of the congress; date of the congress; place of the congress. City of publication: publishing house; year of publication. Pages consulted.

Example: Rice AS, Farquhar-Smith WP, Bridges D, Brooks JW. Canabinoids and pain. In: Dostorovsky JO, Carr DB, Koltzenburg M, editors. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Pain; 2002 Aug 17-22; San Diego, CA. Seattle: IASP Press; 2003. p. 437-68.


Supplementary material

This section can present all the material relevant to the conclusion of the article, that, due to its size or format, cannot be included in the body of the article. The elements must be clear and contain all the necessary information, without the reader having to order the material in relation to the article. The material may contain large data files, graphs, or tables.