Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- Coauthors reviewed and accepted the text
- Articles and Literature reviews: maximum thirty pages in Microsoft Word word processor in Arial font size 11, spaced 1.5. Upper and lower margins of 2.54 cm (1 inch), left and right margins of 3.05 cm (1.2 inches).
- Technical notes and Analysis and comments: maximum twenty pages with the same format that articles.
- Contains a maximum of 14 words (a higher number of words will be valued when the common and scientific names of the species studied are included).
- It is referred to in the footnote, where it is indicated if it was a thesis, project, etc.
- No papers are accepted in numbered series, or divided by a colon.
- It should not include abbreviations, chemical names or jargon.
- It should also be in Spanish
- Maximum length is 300 words. All in one paragraph.
- The objective of the work does not include activities or procedures.
- It cannot include jargon or little known acronyms or abbreviations.
- The place and period in which the study was carried out.
- Main methodology.
- Emphasis on the main results obtained. >Conclusion related to the objective and the results obtained.
The Resumen is a faithful translation to spanish of the abstract, and includes the keywords translated into spanish.
Keywords are words that are not repeated in the title. They serve to identify the subject matter; they are a maximum of five words and can be composed.
- It must not be more than eight words long.
- Full name.
- Two surnames (except if the author requests to include only one surname or if they are English, Chinese or other surnames).
- Email, P.O. Box, and ORCID of each author.
- Indicate corresponding author.
- Institution or company in which they work (full name, no initials).
- Maximum six authors
Includes the background, objectives and scope of the problem. Only research-specific, literature-backed subject matter is accepted. We do not accept wording where the literature was used as the beginning of each paragraph or for each topic.
- Phrases must be less than 20 words.
- The paragraphs have less than 120 words.
- A concordance between gender and number.
- Without circumlocution phrases "it is better to say than ...". "without a doubt it could be said that ..." "it was something complicated". "that is to say". "was an outstanding result". "in healthy conditions". "on your part....." "therefore....." "however in spite of...".
- Does not include gerunds.
- Include the purpose of the research.
- Include the importance of the problem in the framework of the study.
- Most relevant background. Must be related to previous work and research.
- Includes limitations of the research.
- The information is supported based on the bibliographic citations.
- The objective of the work is at the end (does not include activities or procedures).
- Includes the scientific name of all animals and plants (in italics; search in International Association for Plant Taxonomy, International Code of Botanical Nomenclature).
- Includes the biological classification of any animal or plant that was part of the research.
- The scientific name mentioned for the second time, only presents the initial capital letter of the genus separated with a dot of the species, which goes in italics.
- Common names without capital letter.
- Quotes written based on the APA regulations. Indirect quotations are not allowed.
- All quotations appear in the References.
- Include the objective at the end of the chapter identical to the one in the abstract.
Materials and methods:
- Includes place, institution, city, country, period and time where the work was carried out.
- The methodology should provide the possibility for another researcher to produce similar results. If this condition is not met, the manuscript may be rejected.
- Climatic or environmental conditions, when they are used in the results or in the discussion.
- Must be written in the past tense.
- Do not include gerunds.
- Do not include jargon or if necessary describe it and if possible provide a bibliographic reference.
- Physical-chemical analysis of the soil.
- Experimental design (number of repetitions, experimental unit).
- Description of the treatments and the variables evaluated.
- When evaluating diseases it must indicate if the plants were inoculated or evaluated based on natural inoculation.
- Must indicate how the measurements were made, the criteria used or bibliographic citations about the methodology used in the measurement of the variables. It includes the description of the scales used.
- Equipment and material specifications (not including trademarks) If there are differences between the patented equipment and materials, it is appropriate to indicate the commercial name.
- Scientific name and description of varieties or breeds used (origin, age type, etc.), and justification of their use. It can include bibliographic citations about the varieties or breeds. If wild species are used, a bibliographic citation or reference to the location of the respective herbarium is required.
- Cultural practices and experimental management.
- Sampling method.
- Statistical analysis.
- All quotations appear in the References.
- Check punctuation and spelling.
- Presentation of obtained data (summarized, ordered, precise, clear and concise).
- The tables and figures are named in the text. PREFERENCE TO USE FIGURES.
- No information is repeated in the tables, figures and text.
- No oversized tables (one sheet or more). They contain all the information for their interpretation (abbreviations, treatments, statistics, etc.).
- The paragraphs are not longer than 22 lines.
- Verified punctuation and spelling.
- Adequate expression of ideas.
- No Analysis of Variance tables included. Describes in the text the information obtained from these analyses.
- Personal communications are placed in the text of the document only.
- ables and figures have a title that explains their content independent of the text.
- Titles of columns and rows of tables and figures do not include abbreviations.
- The titles of the tables and figures have location (Institution, laboratory, place and country).
- The tables and figures have the date or year in which the data presented were taken.
- The tables and figures appear immediately after they are first named.
- The titles of the tables and figures are presented in English and Spanish.
- The signs in the tables and figures are explained as a footnote to the table or figure.
- Tables and figures have sequential numbering.
- The abbreviations and signs are written based on the International System of Weights and Measures.
- Avoid the beginning of a paragraph with phrases like: "As seen in the picture ...". "In the table...". "In the figure...".
- Analyze the data obtained.
- All the bibliographic citations must be in the References.
- Do not include literature review, which is located in the introduction chapter.
- Paragraphs are no longer than 120 words.
- Checked for punctuation and spelling.
- Proper expression of ideas.
- Personal communications are placed in the text of the document only.
- Abbreviations and signs are written based on the International System of Weights and Measures.
- Establishes relationships between cause and effect.
- Clarifies the limitations within which the experiment was developed.
- Indicates why it differs from previous similar experiments.
- Avoid the beginning of a paragraph with sentences like: "As seen in the picture...". "As seen in the picture...". "In the figure...".
- Includes practical and theoretical applications.
- The meaning of the results should be discussed and those not expected or contradictory should be developed.
- Commercial recommendations based on very specific work are not accepted.
- Must be presented in a clear and concise manner, indicating the evidence that supports each one of them.
- They must be consistent with the objectives of the research and respond to them.
- Summarizing results and presenting a repetition of the work developed is not allowed.
- Most recent (last ten years), and includes classic articles on its subject matter
- Follow the APA citation style
- Must be cited based on the norms of the American Society of Agronomy.
- Every bibliographic reference that is included in the text (introduction, materials and methods or results and discussion) must appear in this section.
- Every citation must include every author, year of publication, complete title of the paper, and information of the document where it was published, editing, editing house, place of publication, volume and number of pages (when it refers to a specific chapter).
- The names of the authors must be in lower case letters, last name first and then the name initial.
- Personal communications are not part of the cited literature, therefore, are included within the text.
- Citations obtained from the internet should be, preferably, periodical publications, electronic journals or books.
Tables, figures, photographs, drawings and maps
- They must have a title that explains the table, independent from the text.
- It must clearly identify the information given, place(s) where it was done (laboratories, experimental stations, agricultural farms), institution, country , period or year of execution.
- Images, photographs, drawings and map will qualify as figures.
- Tables and figures must be presented preferably in a simple and comprehensible format, instead of a complicated, hard to interpret one, or based on general information that wasn’t put through a due summarizing process.
- The best way to communicate results and to not repeat the information in the tables and figures must be employed.
- Photos must be sent in a separate file, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and in JPG, EPS o TIFF format.
- Tables, figures, photos or maps must appear immediately after they are mentioned.
- Under no circumstance they will accepted as an annex or appendix.
- Avoid the usage of abbreviations in the titles of every column in the table.
- Abbreviations of any type included in the body of the table or figure must be clarified, with the exception of the ones that are universally known.
In memoriamThey are no-formal publications, it objective is pay tribute to outstanding professionals who have had some participation in the PCCMCA. They are placed after the index, with the title of In Memoriam. The maximum length of the document in Word be 3.5 sheets. The final edition will be in charge of the Associate Editor and the Editor in Chief.
ArticlesIs the result of a profound and detailed investigation, is novel, with all of the elements of an article, including title, the authors’ full name and affiliations,, summary and rightfully translated abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and method, results, discussion, conclusion and cited literature (relevant and recent citations must not be omitted) It must include an appropriate number of charts and substantial and relevant figures that demonstrate and enhance the merits of the work for a publication in an indexed journal. It’s a text with academic character that demands the compliance of certain norms about its general structure and content. These fundamental aspects are determined by the type of readers and divulgation media. The use of specialized language and formal tone in which the article is written facilitates the access to the information and therefore, its comprehension. It must carefully be written to avoid unnecessary subjects, in order to communicate its content in a clear, summarized way, without disregarding the essential citations and references. It should include everything that was researched and not fractionated in order to originate two or more articles. The articles must not have an extension of more than thirty pages in Word.
It refers to the publication of technical development or innovating methodologies preferably, or its scientific adaptation, modification, promotion and dissemination that presents an interest for the Mesoamerican region. Among them, improvement methods, statistical analysis, field, greenhouse or laboratory instruments or apparatuses. It also refers to report of special significance, urgency or interest, but they must include relevant preliminary results. The didactic nature in the Mesoamerican context will be evaluated these publications. The document must not exceed the 20 pages in Word. It can address the results of the practical trial on a very specific problem, based in a general use procedure in the profession. The discussion in a technical note can have a more explanatory (qualitative) approach tan a critical one, while in a formal article, this is a relevant and representative section of the work (qualitative if the variables allow it, but generally quantitative).
Analyzes and Comments
It’s the analysis of a specific situation, done by a specialist with a well-known trajectory in the field and with previous publications in indexed journals. I can contain data, views, opinion, and it must include a literature review according to the nature and extension of the work. Also, it must include personal observations. It must not be longer than twenty pages in Word. Its format consists of an introduction, thematic development, and the literature review.
They are collections and syntheses of the knowledge in a specific field of interest in the agricultural sciences on the Mesoamerican area. They cannot have an extension longer than thirty pages in Word. The National and International Editorial Council can request literature reviews to authors with a well-known trajectory in the corresponding field of investigation that must include background investigation and peer reviewed publications on the subject. Reviews submitted by the same author will not be discarded, but in these cases, they are advised to send a written request that summarizes the objectives and the outreach of the literature review.
Technical InformationEs una modalidad de nota técnica, pero enfocada en aprovechar la amplia experiencia de un experto para orientar a investigadores, profesionales en el área agronómica o agricultores, sobre tema específico como el manejo de la fertilidad en potreros, requerimientos nutricionales de cabras lecheras.
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