Authors are requested to submit manuscripts electronically. We
strongly suggest that authors carefully check the final version of their
manuscripts for compliance with the format and style of the journal. In
order to simplify journal production and minimize the number of errors,
the final draft of the paper (once accepted by the Editorial Board) should
be submitted as an electronic file created by a word processor. Likewise,
authors are urged to send figures, photographs, graphs, and tables electronically,
using programs that generate interchangeable formats (Corel Draw, Excel,
Canvas, Freelance, etc.). Authors should indicate the program used to
prepare text, figures, graphs, tables, etc.
Manuscripts must be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish. However,
the journal encourages and prefers articles written in English. Whatever
the language, please make sure that its usage and grammar are correct.
3. ORGANIZATION OF MANUSCRIPT
Authors are requested to follow the instructions given below:
Manuscripts must be typed in Times New Roman, 12 cpi, with one and half
spacing throughout (including footnotes, references, tables and legends)
on paper not exceeding 30 cm in height, and a 2.5 cm wide margin on all
four sides (left, right, top, bottom). One and a half spacing is equivalent
to a maximum of 35 lines per page. All pages must be numbered in right
bottom margin. The manuscript must be presented with numbered lines.
3.2 Size of manuscript
Manuscript should not exceed 30 typewritten pages, including figures and
tables. Short communications and technical notes are limited to six type
written pages including illustrations.
Only manuscripts not exceeding 30 printed pages are published free of
charge. Authors will be charged US $ 30 for any additional printed page.
Manuscript in English, Spanish or Portuguese should be presented in the
following order: Title, name(s) of the author(s), complete address/affiliation
and e-mail address of the corresponding author, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction,
Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements
Manuscript typed in Portuguese or Spanish must also include Title, Abstract,
Keywords and captions of tables and figures translated to English in separate
3.3 Manuscript layout
The first page of manuscript should contain the following items in the
sequence given below:
- Title in English of up to 12 words (Times New Roman 16 cpi, bold, capital
letters). Spanish or Portuguese typed manuscript must also include an
English translated title (Times New Roman 12 cpi, bold, lower case letters).
- First name (initials are also acceptable) and surnames
of all authors in bold. E.g.: Carlos Ramírez or C. Ramírez
- Affiliation(s) (not abbreviated) and postal address(es)
of author(s), and the e-mail address of the corresponding author must
- Abstract should include the objectives, methods, results
and conclusions. Its length should not exceed 200 words.
- Up to six keywords. Wherever possible, use terms from
the Multilingual Thesaurus of Geosciences (Pergamon Press, 19).
3.4 Division of the text
Manuscripts should be divided into sections and subsections by headings
and subheadings up to a maximum of three levels. To differentiate them,
CAPITAL BOLD LETTERS should be used for the first order
titles, bold lower case letters for the second order,
and italic bold lower case letters for the third
order. Titles of sections and subsections should begin at the left-hand
margins, followed by the first paragraph with one blank space. From the
second paragraph in each section, the line to start a new paragraph should
The names of plant and animal species should be given in italics; for
example, Zea mays.
3.5 Quantities, units, abbreviations, nomenclature
Only SI quantities and units should be used (SI = Le Système International
d'Unités). If data with non-SI units are reported, they should
be put in parentheses behind the corresponding data with SI units. Symbols
and abbreviations used to represent variables, constants, quantities,
properties, etc. must be defined in the text at their first occurrence.
Every table must be referred to in the text. Tables are to be numbered
with Arabic numerals in the sequence in which they appear. They should
be typed on separate pages (one page per table) at the end of the manuscript.
In the text, the position at which a table appears, should be marked by
(Table ... ) in the middle of the page as an extra line. Every table must
begin with a caption that starts with, for example, “Table
3…”. The caption must explain in detail the contents
of the table. Tables must be presented in such a way that they can be
read and understood without reference to the text. All manuscript typed
in Portuguese or Spanish must include English legends of tables in separate
The size of the tables should be such that they can be reproduced directly
after reduction to a width of 85 mm. Tables of larger size (horizontally
page) can be printed only in exceptional circumstances.
Every column and line in a table must be labeled explicitly and the appropriate
units must be indicated. References to tables must be handled in the same
way as those in the text. Footnotes for tables should be indicated by
lower-case letters in parentheses and typed directly under the table.
3.7.1 General remarks
Every figure must be referred to in the text. Figures will be printed
in black and white. If special circumstances demand the use of color,
the associated costs must be covered by the authors.
The size of figures must not exceed the size of the manuscript page. Figures
should be typed on separate pages (one page per figure) at the end of
the manuscript. All figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals,
and in the sequence in which they are cited in the text. The position
at which a figure appears in the text must be marked by (Figure ... )
as an extra line.
Every figure must be accompanied by a legend which immediately follows
the figure number: “Figure 5…”. Figure
legends must contain sufficient explanatory details for their comprehension
without reference to the text. All manuscript typed in Portuguese or Spanish
must include English legends of figures in separate lines. Captions of
figures should be written on a separate sheet. In the final impression
caption will be placed below the corresponding figures.
Particular care should be taken to make sure that the
data shown in figures are explicitly labeled with regard to the units
used, and that the accompanying legends provide adequate information about
the conditions under which the data were obtained.
The quality of the figures must be such that they can
be reproduced directly after reduction to a width of 85 mm. Figures of
larger size can be printed only in exceptional cases. Numbers, letters,
and symbols in the figures must be large enough to be still 1.5 mm high
after reduction to the printed format.
Regardless of the application use, when your electronic artwork is finalized,
please “save as” or convert the images to one of the following
formats (note the minimum resolution requirements). Figures must be saved
in separated sheets in the following format: JPG of 300 dpi or TIFF of
300 dpi. Do not supply files that are optimized for screen use (like GIF,
BMP, PICT, WPG), the resolution is too low.
As this journal is printed in black and white, the use of color or gray
tones should be avoided in figures. For bar graphics, please use different
lines or fillings to differentiate them, and when presenting curves, please
use well-differentiated lines. If letters or other markers/symbols are
to be inscribed, it is advisable to use large-size letters. Always use
uniform lettering and font size (Times New Roman 12 cpi, as in the entire
Diagrams must be submitted as original drawings of excellent quality.
Photographs or photocopies of drawings are in general not suitable for
reproduction. Special symbols used should be explained in the diagram
itself rather than in the legend, as such symbols may not appear in, or
be lost during typesetting.
3.7.4 Halftones (photographs, drawings, paintings with fine
Halftones should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. For combination
of artworks (e.g. halftones containing line drawing, extensive lettering,
color diagrams, etc) a minimum resolution of 600 dpi should be used. TIFF,
JPG, PDF, MS Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) can be used in figures.
Images should approximate the desired size of the printed version. Color
reproductions are free of charge for online publication. The cost of incorporating
color photographs or graphs in the printed version is payable by the author(s).
3.8 Structural diagrams and mathematical equations
Structural diagrams of molecules as well as mathematical equations should
be drawn or written at the appropriate places in the manuscript in an
extra line. Equations should be denoted by Arabic numerals (in parenthesis)
toward the right-hand margin.
Acknowledgements of financial support, advice, and other kinds of assistance
should be made at the end of the paper under the heading "Acknowledgements".
Citations in the main text should be given by the surname and year of
publication. For example, McDonald (1962), Vera and Luzio (1987), Ellies
et al. (1995; 1999) or: (McDonald, 1962; Vera and Luzio, 1987; Ellies
et al., 1995; 1999).
The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling
of authors' names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the
References should be listed in alphabetical order, and collected in a
separate sheet at the end of the text. The final reference list should
show the name of the author(s) followed by the year of publication, full
title of article or book, journal name, volume and page numbers, as indicated
3.10.1 Journal articles
Van Ranst, E., Utami, S. R., Vanderdeelen, J., Shamshuddin, J.
2004. Surface reactivity of Andisols on volcanic asho along the
Sunda arc crossing Java Island, Indenosia. Geoderma 123, 193-203.
Alfaro, M. A., Salazar, F. S., Oenema, O., Iraira, S., Teuber,
N., Ramirez, L., Villarroel, D. 2009. Nutrients balances in beef
cattle production systems and their implications for the environment.
J. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr. 9, 40-54.
3.10.2 Unpublished work
Papers that are unpublished but have been accepted must be cited with
the journal's name followed by (in press). In all other cases, reference
must be made to (unpublished work) or (personal communication).
3.10.3 Books and monographs
Tertian, R., Claisse, F. 1982. Principles of Quantitative
X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis. Heyden, London, 385 p.
Hartge, K. H., Stewart B. A. 1995. Soil Structure: Its
Development and Function. Advances in Soil Science. CRC Lewis Publishers,
Boca Ratón, FL, 424 p.
3.10.4 Chapters from multi-author books
Wold, S., Sjöström, M. 1977. Chemometrics,
Theory and Application. In: B. R. Kowalski (ed). ACS Symposium Series
Nº 52. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, pp: 243–282.
Oades, J. M. 1989. An introduction to organic matter
in mineral soils. In: J. B. Dixon, S.B. Weed (eds). Minerals in Soil Environments,
Second Edition. Soil Science Society of America, Madison, WI, pp: 89-159.
Hassink, J. 1995. Organic matter dynamics and N mineralization
in grassland soils. Doctoral thesis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands,
Miller, B.O. 1952. U.S. Patent 2542356, Dow Chemical Company;
Chemical Abstracts 51 (1961) 2870.
The corresponding author will receive a proof to correct printer's errors.
Changes cannot be made to the proof without the authorization of the editorial
office of the journal.
Corrected proof should be returned within 5 days by e-mail. In case of
failure to comply with this deadline, the Editor in-Chief will decide
whether to publish the article without corrections (declining responsibility
for errors, which may remain) or to be considered as new submission.
The corresponding author will be supplied with the final PDF file and
the volume issue where the paper appears. The issue will be send by regular
mail to the corresponding author.
The Chilean Society of Soil Science, as joint publishers of the journal,
reserves all rights for the complete or partial reproduction of the materials
published in Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition.
The right to reproduce material that is subject to copyright must be obtained
from the authors, who should notify to the editorial office of Journal
of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition.