Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Brazilian Journal of Maize and Sorghum is a continuous-flow journal of Brazilian Association of Maize and Sorghum (ABMS), with the objective to publish original papers of all areas related to the crops of maize, sorghum, and allied species which are important to the development of agriculture sciences and the agribusiness of the productive chains of these mentioned crops. The articles submitted must be original, being prohibited its simultaneous presentation in another journal.

Concepts and affirmations included in all articles are of complete responsibility of the authors.


New policy implemented from January 2020

The journal's policy as of 2020 is to publish all articles in English only, edited and published online as soon as it is approved; therefore, without expecting to complete the total number of jobs predicted for the volume, without dividing by number.

The cost of correction and/or translation of the manuscript is the responsibility of the authors. The Brazilian Journal of Maize and Sorghum will provide a sworn company to translate/review the articles.

The Editorial Committee will give authors the freedom to use the services of another company as long as it is sworn in; in this case, authors must send proof of company certification.

Therefore, every article submitted to the journal will receive the normal review process by qualified Ad-hocs and as soon as it is technically approved, it will be translated / reviewed into English, edited and published online.


Policy and ethics

 Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright holder. Written authorization may be required at the discretion of the editors. Articles and any other material published in Brazilian Journal of Maize and Sorghum represent the opinions of the authors and should not be construed to reflect the opinions of the editors or the publisher.

A submitted paper will be considered in violation of Brazilian Journal of Maize and Sorghum Guidelines, and thus potentially subject to rejection or retraction, in the event of the following: the study results are inaccurately or deceptively reported, the data from the study results cannot be produced, the paper submitted is not an original work or it has plagiarized (by copying or paraphrasing) another work, the paper has been submitted concurrently to another journal or is elsewhere published, other works discussed in the paper are improperly cited or un-cited, the list of co-authors is incomplete or contains those who have not contributed substantially to the work, any experiments involving human or animal subjects or hazardous chemicals are not ensured in the paper as having been conducted according to the appropriate guidelines, or financial or otherwise conflicts of interest are not disclosed.

Should questions of probity arise under extraordinary and controversial situations; the editors will reserve the right to subject the authors' data to independent scientific evaluation.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to sign a Journal Publishing Agreement. Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An e-mail (or letter) will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a "Journal Publishing Agreement" form or a link to the online version of this agreement. Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.

 Conflict of interest

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.


Each author is required to declare his or her individual contribution to the article: all authors must have materially participated in the research and/or article preparation, so roles for all authors should be described. The statement that all authors have approved the final article should be true and included in the disclosure.

 Changes to authorship

 This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts: Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Brazilian Journal of Maize and Sorghum Editorial Committee from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Editor to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Editor will inform the Editorial Committee of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.



Section Policies

Scientific Paper

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Scientific Communication

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The papers that are submitted to Brazilian Journal of Maize and Sorghum are blindly reviewed by members of the journal’s Editorial Board and/or ad hoc reviewers.

Steps in the peer review process:

1. When a manuscript is submitted, a preliminary evaluation is done. The manuscript is checked in terms of plagiarism and normalization (page size, font type, margins, deletion of authorial data, etc.)

2. In case the manuscript is not approved in this phase, the author(s) will be notified and the manuscript will be filed. If the reason for the manuscript not to be approved is not plagiarism, the author(s) may make the necessary changes in the manuscript and submit it again.

3. When the manuscript is approved in the prior phase, it is designated to one of the journal’s editors. S/he is responsible for the whole evaluation process of that specific manuscript.

4. The editor will select two reviewers to blindly review the manuscript. The reviewers may be members of the journal’s editorial board and/or ad hoc reviewers. The selection of reviewers solely depends on their academic expertise.

5. In case there is discrepancy in their reviews (for example, one reviewer approves the paper and the other one rejects it), the editor will select a third reviewer to blindly review the manuscript.

6. After the reviews are sent to the editor through SEER, the editors make a final editorial decision about the manuscript and send an email message to the author(s).

This evaluation process (from the moment the manuscript is submitted to the editors’ decision) is carried out within a six-month period, as suggested by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel).



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