Focus and Scope

The Journal publishes, with no charges, original scientific articles, reviews, opinion and scientific notes in various areas of plant biology (taxonomy, systematics and evolution, physiology, phytochemistry, ultrastructure, cytology, anatomy, palynology, development, genetics, reproductive biology, ecology, ethnobotany and phylogeography), the History of Botany and topics related to Botanical Gardens.
It's recommended that papers submitted to Rodriguésia exceed the pure descriptive approach, revealing interpretation related to morphology, ecology, evolution or conservation.
Opinion or review articles may be accepted through voluntary demand or at the request of the editorial board.
Manuscripts should be prepared in Portuguese, English or Spanish. Manuscripts submitted in English will be given priority for publication.

The Rodriguésia accepts manuscripts provided that:

If accepted and published, the article (or its parts) cannot be published elsewhere,

Any other cases must be examined by the Editor-in-chief.

The scientific content, grammar and spelling within an article are the sole responsibility of its author.

Peer Review Process

Original papers submitted to Rodriguésia will be evaluated by the Editor-in-chief and assistant editors, in order to define its specific area; then the manuscript will be sent to the Area-editor, who will send it to two ad hoc reviewers. Comments and suggestions of reviewers and the Area-editor decision will be sent back to the authors for any eventual modification of format and/or content. After the manuscript is approved, the complete text with comments from reviewers and Area-editor will be evaluated by the Editor-in-chief. Only the Editor-in-chief may, exceptionally, change the recommendations made by the Area-editor and reviewers, always informing the authors.

An electronic proof will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author, for his approval. This will have to be returned in up to five working days from receivership, to the Editorial-board of the Journal. Manuscripts that do not follow the norms below will be returned.

Following their publication, the articles will be available digitally (PDF, AdobeAcrobat) on this site. We will also provide 10 offprints of each published article.

Publication Frequency

Quarterly publication

Open Access Policy

This Journal offers free immediate access to its contents, following the principles of free availability of the woldwide scientific knowledge.

Author Guidelines

Submission of manuscripts:

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the site
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Publication format

Article size is mostly limited to a maximum of 30 pages. Longer articles may be approved upon evaluation by the Editorial Board. Acceptance of the manuscripts depends on decisions from the Editorial Board.

Original Papers: only original papers will be accepted in the following areas: Plant Biology, History of Botany and Botanic Gardens.

Reviews Papers: preference will be given to articles invited by the Editorial Board, however, voluntary contributions are welcome.

Point of View Papers: letters to the editor, comments on other relevant publications and ideas, evaluations and others are welcome

Short Communication: this publication format is composed by succint and conclusive information (preliminary data are not accepted) that are not approppriately included in an original paper. New techniques or their modification can be presented.

Original and Review papers

Submitted manuscripts to be formatted in A4 with 2.5 cm margins and justified text, font Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced. All pages (except the first one – title) must be numbered on the right hand corner. Capital letters to be used only if the words are correctly spelled with capital. Manuscripts written in capital letters will not be accepted. Words in Latin must appear in italic type-face (incl. genus and species names). Complete scientific names (genus, species and author) are to be used the first time they appear in the text, abbreviating the generic name subsequently (unless this could be a source of confusion) and not citing the author. Author’s names should be cited according Brummitt & Powell (1992) “Authors of Plant Names” or according to the IPNI website (

First page – must include the title, authors, institutes, financial support, address of corresponding author and abbreviated title. The title has to be concise nd objective, expressing the general idea of the contents. Title should appear in bold with capital letters only where needed.

Second page – must have Abstract (including title in English), Resumo (including title in Portuguese or Spanish) and key words (up to five, in English, Portuguese or Spanish, in alphabetic order). Abstracts and Resumos must contain up to 200 words.

Text – To be started on a new page, organized under the following sections: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.
When appropriate, the Results may be amalgamated with the Discussion.
Titles and subtitles must be in bold.
Figures and tables to be numbered in arabic according with their appearance in the text.
Reference citations should follow the examples: Miller (1993), Miller & Maier (1994), Baker et al. (1996) for three or more authors; or (Miller 1993), (Miller & Maier 1994), (Baker et al. 1996), (Miller 1993; Miller & Maier 1994). Papers form the same author or sequence of citations must appear in chronological order.
Citation of thesis or dissertations to be kept to the strict necessary. Work presented in conferences, meetings and symposia should not be cited.
Examined material in taxonomic papers must follow the order: place and collecting date, buds, fl. or fr. (for phenology), name and collector number (using et al. when more than two collectors are cited) and herbarium acronym(s) between parenthesis, following Index Herbariorum (Thiers, continuously updated ). When there is no collector number, the herbarium number of the specimen, together with the herbarium acronym, should be cited. Countries and state/province names should be cited in full, in capital letters and in alphabetic order, followed by the respective records.

Example: BRASIL. BAHIA: Ilhéus, Reserva da CEPEC, 15.XII.1996, fl. e fr., R.C. Vieira et al. 10987 (MBM, RB, SP).

Decimal numbers should be separated by comma in papers in Portuguese and Spanish (e.g. 10,5 m) and full stop in papers in English (e.g. 10.5 m). Separate values from their units with a space (except in percentages, degrees, minutes and seconds). Use abbreviations for metric units from the international System - Systeme Internacional d´Unités (SI) and widely accepted chemical symbols. Other abbreviations may be used as far as preceeded by their full meaning in their first mention.

Figures - Maps, drawings, graphs and photos are to be classified as figures.
Photos and drawings belonging to the same figure must be organized in plates (e.g.: Fig. 1a-d – Meaning that the figure 1 has four pictures or drawings). All figures must be cited in order of appearance and must never be included in the text file.
Plates must have 15 cm wide x 19 cm tall (maximum height allowed); figures to fit a single column are also accepted (i.e. 7.2 cm wide x 19 cm tall).
Graphs must be presented in black and white.
Figure citation in the text must be as follows: “When analysing Figures 25 and 26....” “Lindman (Fig. 3a) highlighted the following characters for the species...”

Sending images to the journal:

Colour images will be published only in the electronic-version.

*** Always use the last published issue to prepare your figures. ***

Captions – must follow the file with the complete manuscript. Captions of figures or graphs in articles in Portuguese or Spanish must have an English version.

Tables – not to be inserted within the text file. Include all tables in a separate file. All must be in black and white, in Word for Windows format. In the text, tables should be always cited according to examples below: “Only a few species present indumentum (Tab. 1)...” “Resultados of phytochemical analysis are presented in Table 2...” We request that the table titles, in articles in Portuguese or Spanish, be accompannied by an English version.

References – All references cited in the text must be listed under this item, in alphabetical order of the surname of the first author, with only the first letter of the surname in capital letter, followed by all other authors. If the same author(s) published more than one paper in the same year, the date should be followed by letters to indicate that. Journal titles should not be abbreviated.

Tolbert, R.J. & Johnson, M.A. 1966. A survey of the vegetative shoot apices in the family Malvaceae. American Journal of Botany 53: 961-970.
Engler, H.G.A. 1878. Araceae. In: Martius, C.F.P. von; Eichler, A.W. & Urban, I. Flora brasiliensis. Munchen, Wien, Leipzig, 3: 26-223.
Sass, J.E. 1951. Botanical microtechnique. 2ed. Iowa State College Press, Iowa. 228p.
Punt, W.; Blackmore, S.; Nilsson, S. & Thomas, A. 1999. Glossary of pollen and spore Terminology. Available in <>. Access on 15 October 2006.
Costa, C.G. 1989. Morfologia e anatomia dos órgãos vegetativos em desenvolvimento de Marcgravia polyantha Delp. (Marcgraviaceae). Tese de Doutorado. Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo. 325p.

Short communication

Must be organized in a similar way to the original papers, with the following modificatons:

Text – not to be broken down into sections (Introduction, Material and Methods, Discussion). Acknowledgements appear without title, as a last paragraph. References, tables and figures are treated as for original papers.

Point of View

These must have an abstract/resumo, title, text and references (when needed). The text has to be concise, objective and figures will not be allowed unless absolutely necessary.

Conflicts of Interests

Authors should declare no conflict of interests (personal, scientific, commercial, political or economic) in the manuscript being submitted. Otherwise, a letter should be sent directly to the Editor-in-chief.

Copyright Notice

Authors will agree with: (a) the exclusive publication of the paper in this journal; (b) the automatic transfer of copyright and permissions to the journal’s publisher. Authors accept the intellectual and legal responsibility for the results and the considerations presented.

Privacy Statement

The names and addresses entered in this journal will be used exclusively for the purposes of this conference are not available for other purposes or to third parties.


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