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Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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.
  • The contribution is original and unpublished, and is not being evaluated for publicationby another journal; otherwise,it should be justified in "Comments to the editor".

  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF format.
  • URLs for references were informed when needed.

  • The manuscript is in spacing of 1.5, lines numbered continuously and without the names of the authors, Times New Roman font size 12, 1.25 cm tab, A4 size, with 2 cm left, right, bottom and top margins, portrait orientation and maximum of 20 pages; uses italic instead of underline(except in URLs); the figures and tables are inserted in the text, not at the end of the document in the form of attachments.
  • The text follows the style standards and bibliographic requirements described in Guidelines for Authors, on the About the Journal page.

  • In case of submission to a section with peer evaluation (e.g. articles), the instructions available in Ensuring blind peer evaluationwere followed.

  • In Step 3, in the Biography Summaryfield, the identification of each author must be entered using the template below:

    Graduation, Major Title, Position, Institution and Capacity Unit, Postal Address, Other Important Information (e.g. Fellowshipof Research Productivityfrom CNPq), e-mail.

Author Guidelines

The manuscript must be original, unpublished and have not been sent or published in another journal. The scientific and grammatical quality of writing is essential because the manuscript can be rejected if it is not suitable. Plagiarism is not allowed and when research involves humans and animals, the document approved by the Ethics Committee or equivalent institution must be attached.

The manuscripts submitted to the evaluation process should contribute to the advancement of science and research and fall within the scope of the areas of Ecology and Forestry Nutrition and related topics: forest species nutrition, nutrient and carbon cycling, climate change, management and ecology environmental impacts, forest fires, forest modeling, agroforestry systems, forest physiology and ecophysiology, forest soils, soil biology, biomass and forest residues, recovery and restoration of degraded areas, forest dynamics structure, production of forest seedlings, forest implantation, soil-plant-water, atmospheric deposition and forest hydrology.

The journal Ecologia e Nutrição Florestal (Ecology and Forest Nutrition) does not apply to any submission, publication or any other nature in its processes, being a scientific vehicle aimed at the Brazilian and international scientific community.



The detailed description of the contribution of each author of the manuscript should be mentioned in a statement, to be attached in the system as "Supplementary Document" in Step 4 of the submission process. This statement should also indicate three possible reviewers, stating the name, institution, and e-mail of each one.



The manuscript can be written and published in the Portuguese, English and Spanish languages.


Types of manuscripts

Manuscripts may be submitted in the form of scientific articles, technical notes and systematic literature review. Literature review articles will only be accepted upon invitation from the Editorial Board.


Structure and format of the manuscript

The manuscript must be edited in Microsoft Word DOC, DOCX with 1.5 spacing between lines, continuously numbered lines, Times New Roman font, size 12, tab 1.25 cm, A4 size, 2 cm left, right margins, bottom and top, portrait orientation and a maximum of 20 pages. Section headings should be written only with the initial capital letter, left-aligned, and bold.

The names of authors and affiliations should not be included in the body of the text, as this information is entered on the SEER platform at the moment of submission.

Scientific articles and technical notes should follow the presentation sequence: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments (optional) and Bibliographic References. The Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion items can be divided into sections. The article of systematic review of the literature should contain: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Development, Final considerations, Acknowledgments (optional) and Bibliographic References.

Title: with a maximum of 150 characters, centered and bold, with initial capital letters only. The title should be clear, concise and objective and reliable to the main conclusions of the work. Verbs in the title should be avoid.

Abstract: presented in single paragraph, containing a maximum of 250 words. The abstract is a very important component of the manuscript and should express the contextualization and introductory referential, pointing out the motivations and justifications for the work, main results and generalized conclusion of the manuscript.

Keywords: Must be written with uppercase and left alignment, containing up to five terms, separated by semicolons (;). To use terms that could be amplified in the search for a manuscript after its publication, it is not usual to repeat the words already mentioned in the title.

Introduction: must present the importance of the study, originality of the research and motivation to carry out the work. The introduction should be written in a clear, cohesive and reliable way to the research objectives, pointing the innovations of the work to the advance of forestry science. At the end of the introduction, when applicable, enter the research hypothesis, followed by the objectives. The objective is a fundamental part of the work, which guides the results and conclusions, so the same should not express the action (methodology) but rather the idea of the research (assumptions, hypotheses).

Material and Methods: should contain, in a clear and detailed way, the main methods, materials, equations, among other tools used to carry out the study, described in such a way as to allow the complete reproduction of the work. The methodological description should follow a logical sequence and this assignment can be divided into subheadings.

Results: should contain the presentation of the main evidences resulted from the research, either in graphics mode, tables or text. Avoid writing redundancy in the form of text results already expressed in tables and graphs. The results should support the discussion and conclusion of their work, accepting or rejecting hypotheses, if any. Describe, with clarity and objectivity, what information can be extracted from the results (evidence) of the work.

Discussion: should be written in a way that supports and proves the results of the work, through arguments and demonstrations that validate the evidence. Therefore, it is advisable to use information from the literature that affirms or contests the results of the paper, avoiding mere comparisons between authors. Mention what are the practical applications of the work, implications to science and what knowledge gaps have been filled. It is recommended to discuss in the same order as the results were presented. It is not allowed to present tables and figures in this section of the manuscript. Special attention should be directed to the correct forms of quotations from other papers, avoiding plagiarism.

Conclusions: it should respond to the objectives (and hypotheses, if any) of the research, demonstrating the main evidences and applicability of the results, contributions to the scientific progress and the consequences of the study.

Acknowledgments (optional): mention funding agencies or other means of supporting research.


Bibliographical references: the references cited in the text should follow the ABNT 2002 - NBR 6023 and should be arranged in alphabetical order, by the last surname of the first author and in ascending chronological order.


References and citations in the text

At least 50% of the references must be from scientific articles of the last 10 years. The number of citations should not exceed 30.

Citations from scientific journals should account for 90% of all references in the manuscript.

Quotations of papers/abstracts presented at congresses (Annals, Proceedings, CD Roms, etc) are not accepted.

Insert at the end of the reference, URL for access, when available.

Exemplos de formatação conforme as normas ABNT 2002 - NBR 6023:


STRECK, E. V. et al. Solos do Rio Grande do Sul. 2. ed. Porto Alegre: EMATER / RS, 2008. 222p.

Chapter of books

GONÇALVES, J. L. M. et al. An evaluation of minimum and intensive soil preparation regarding fertility and tree nutrition. In: GONÇALVES, J. L. M.; BENEDETTI, V. Forestry nutrition and fertilization. Piracicaba: IPEF, 2000. p:13-64.

Scientific journals

Up to three authors

SCHUMACHER, M. V.; VIERA, M.; WITSCHORECK, R. Produção de serapilheira e transferência de nutrientes em área de segunda rotação com floresta de Pinus taeda L. no município de Cambará do Sul, RS. Ciência Florestal, v. 18, n. 4, p: 471-480, 2008.

More than three authors

SCHUMACHER, M. V. et al. Espécies predominantes na deposição de serapilheira em fragmento de Floresta Estacional Decidual no Rio Grande do Sul. Ciência Florestal, v. 21, n. 3, p: 479-486, 2011.

Dissertations and Theses

CALIL, F. N. Aspectos nutricionais de um sistema agroflorestal com eucalipto no Sul do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. 2008. 146p. Tese (Doutorado em Engenharia Florestal) – Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria. 2008.


INMET – Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia. Disponível em: Acess: 12/01/2016.

The bibliographical citation in the current text must be in low-case and quotations between brackets must be in capital letters. When there is more than one citation/reference by the same author, in the same year, they should be distinguished by a lowercase letter after the date. Ex.: Silva (2016a); Silva (2011b). The citations and references must follow the current norms of ABNT 2002 - NBR 6023:

When the citation has only one author: Silva (2016) or (SILVA, 2016).

When the citation has two authors: Silva and Santos (2016) or (SILVA and SANTOS, 2016).

When the citation has more than two authors: Silva et al. (2016) or (SILVA et al., 2016).

When the authorship of the work is an institution/company, the citation must be of its initials, in capital letters. Example: EMBRAPA (2016).


Figures and tables

Figures and tables should be self-explanatory and placed in the text immediately after the first citation. The identification of figures and tables should be expressed in two languages (Portuguese and English, when the language of the manuscript is Portuguese), with the legend of the Figure in the lower part. In the table, the legend should be allocated in the upper part. Tables must be entered in the text in an editable manner, and tables in the form of figures are not accepted. The figures (graphics and photographs) must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, preferably colored, always with portrait orientation. When including figures and tables already published in other works, the authors must mention the source and the year of the same.

Botanical Nomenclature

To present the genus and scientific name of species in italics, without bold, according to the rules of nomenclature. The first time the species is mentioned in the text, present the name of the author (for example, Eucalyptus dunnii Maiden), after that, without authors.


Mathematical equations

The equations inserted in the text must be numbered sequentially, mentioned as Equation 1, Equation 2, etc. Each equation must be numbered respectively (Eq. 1, Eq. 2), aligned to the right of the text. Formulas and equations must be entered with the Word Equation/Equation insert function. Equations will not be accepted in the form of figures.


System of units

All units of measurement shall be standardized and presented in accordance with the International S

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