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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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Please check all author's name, working e-mail address, ORCID, authorship contributions, and scientific institutional or similar affiliation before to submitt your paper. Warning: Do not miss any requested information to validate your submission.
  • We are asking you to identify five suggested reviewers to accelerate the process. There is no acceptably guarantee that your article will be evaluate with those reviewers. This action depends on our Scientific Editor and we will check the professional relationship between the authors and suggested persons. We also remember that our system is double blind review with anonymous peer review process. The reviewer’s information required are name, working e-mail address and scientific institutional or similar.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Please remove the entire personal information from your paper file to ensure the double blind evaluation process;
  • The illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • The upload files requested in our system: a) Author's affiliation; b) Cover Letter; c) Original paper; d) Reviewer; and e) Images and tables.


The main objective of this section is guiding the authors to reach a fast and successful submission process. Before submitting your manuscript we invite you to read carefully all rules, format style, and other instructions. The first one is about the themes, which include all Forest Science subjects: Forest Ecology, Forest Management, Silviculture, and Wood Technology. We publish Research Articles and Review Articles. The latter has more flexible rules, but both must be original work. The submitted manuscript must be typed in the Microsoft Word for Windows processor. Warning: If any CERNE’s instruction is not followed by the Authors the manuscript will be denied immediately


The files that must be uploaded to our system are described below:

a) Author's information

Information requested: a) full author’s name; b) working e-mail address; c) ORCID number; d) authorship contributions; and e) scientific institutional or similar affiliation. The ORCID is a non-profit organization supported by a global community of organizational members, including research organizations, publishers, funders, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. (see more: https://orcid.org/). Authorship collaboration: We encourage authors to describe the individual author contributions and credit roles: Project Idea (PI), Funding (F), Database (D), Processing (P), Analysis (A), Writing (W), Review (R), and All (AL). The Authorship should be credit with a set of role combinations for each author name. Eg.: author1: AL; author2: P, W, A; author3: P, D, F.

b) Cover letter

Write a letter to provide additional information on your paper to be reviewed and published. The maximum characters number allowed is 3,000.

c) Original paper

Please, check the Author’s Guideline in the next sections before submitting. This upload file section will receive your original manuscript. 

d) Potential of 5 Reviewers Suggestion

Please suggest potential Reviewers for this submission. It is mandatory to submit the full contact details of four reviewers including email addresses. Two of the referees should preferably be from any one of the authors' country of residence. Referees should be from institutions other than those of the authors.

Information requested: a) full reviewer’s name; b) working e-mail address; c) scientific institutional or similar affiliation.

e) Images and tables

High resolution and quality.

The maximum file upload size is 20 Mb per file.


The manuscript should be presented in the following sequence:

Title: containing no more than 20 words, in capital letters and bold.

Highlights: Highlights are short topics with the most relevant findings from your research. The structure of this announcement should cover only core results or conclusions with maximum of 90 characters (including spaces) per highlight. Each manuscript submission must be accompanied by four highlights, included before the abstract section. Highlights will be displayed in your online paper.

Abstract: The text should be descriptive takes into account three sections:  a) Background, b) Results, and c) Conclusion.They must be informative ONLY ENGLISH VERSION and a maximum of 250 words.

Key words: minimum of three and maximum of five. They should not repeat words that are already in the title. These may include short phrases as well as individual words, be separated by commas and be ordered alphabetically.

Introduction: should present a concise vision of the current level of knowledge that has been achieved within the subject area that the paper will discuss. It should neither give an extensive review nor should it include details about the results and discussion. It should clearly indicate the objectives of the research that was carried out. This section may not be subdivided.

Material and Methods: this section can contain subdivisions, with subtitles in bold print.

Results: this section can be subdivided in sections with concise, descriptive titles in bold print. The text should be descriptive and associated only with the results without speculation. We expected a logical sequence of concise results and fundamental arguments.

Discussion: this section can be subdivided in sections with concise, descriptive titles in bold print. We expect an excellent overview to define the answers to fill the hypothesis. Avoid mere speculation and irrelevant references.

Conclusions: One paragraph written with logical structure and related to your findings.

Acknowledgements: should be brief and concise.

Authorship contribution: Project Idea (PI), Funding (F), Database (D), Processing (P), Analysis (A), Writing (W), Review (R), and All (AL). The Authorship should be credit with a set of role combinations for each author name. Eg.: author1: AL; author2: P, W, A; author3: PI, D, F. 

References: they should follow the citation norms presented below.

The items Abstract and key-words should be located in the beginning of the left margin of the text and the other items must be centralized. The sub-items should initiate with capital letters and be positioned in the left margin of the text.


We summarized the rules about format and style to prepare your manuscript:

a) Spacing of the text: double spacing;

b) Margins: 3 cm for the lateral, lower and upper margins;

c) Indent of the first line of each paragraph: 12.5 mm;

d) Paper: A4 format;

e) Font: Arial, size 11.

f) Number of pages: up to 25 pages for Research Articles and up to 30 pages for Review Articles, including figures and tables numbered consecutively.

g) Tables: Tables should be part of the body of the paper and must be presented in Word or Excel. The title should be above the table. Vertical lines separating the columns should not appear.

h) Graphs/Figures/Photographs: should be presented in black and white or in colour inserted in the text after citation and also in a separate file saved in “tif” or “jpg” extension, with 300 dpi resolution. Graphs should also be presented in a separate Excel file. The title should be below the figure. The figure’s text must be clear and with contrast.

i) Symbols and mathematical equations: must be presented using a word processor that permits formatting, and not inserted as a figure. We also suggest the MathType software to write all formulas.

j) Units: Whenever possible, should follow as closely as possible the guidelines presented in: International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. The standardization of symbols in forest mensuration. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 15. 1965.

k) Review control: every line and page must be numbered consecutively.


Author’s citations in the text should be made according to the following examples:

a) One author: Pereira (1995) or (Pereira, 1995)

b) Two authors: Oliveira and Souza (2003) or (Oliveira and Souza, 2003)

c) More than two authors: In case of more than two authors, only the last name of the first one is mentioned, followed by et al. (no italic): Rezende et al. (2002) or (Rezende et al., 2002)

The references must be current and mainly from periodicals: at least 70% of the references must be 10 years old or newer and at least 70% must be from periodicals indexed on the database Scielo, ISI - Web of Knowledge or Scopus. They should be presented in the following way:

a) Research papers:

OLIVEIRA, G. M. V.; MELLO, J. M.; LIMA, R. L.; SCOLFORO, J. R. S.; OLIVEIRA, A. D. Tamanho e forma de parcelas experimentais para Eremannthus erythropappus. Cerne, v. 17, n. 3, p. 327-338, 2011.

APGAUA, D. M. G.; COELHO, P. A.; SANTOS, R. M.; SANTOS, P. F.; OLIVEIRA-FILHO, A. T. Tree community structure in a seasonally dry tropical forest remnant, Brazil. Cerne, v. 20, n. 2, p. 173-182, 2014.

b) Book:

BURKHART, H. E.; TOMÉ, M. Modeling forest trees and stands. Springer, 2012. 457p.

c) Book chapter:

FLEURY, J. A. Análise ao nível de empresa dos impactos da automação sobre a organização da produção de trabalho. In: SOARES, R. M. S. M. Gestão da empresa. IPEA/IPLAN, 1980. p. 149-159.

d) Dissertation and Thesis:

MAESTRI, R. Modelo de crescimento e produção para povoamentos clonais de Eucalyptus grandis considerando variáveis ambientais. 2003. 143 p. PhD thesis Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba.

e) Citation of papers published in Congress, conferences and similar proceedings Not accepted.

f) Electronic documents (only from renowned institutions and organizations):

PLANT RESOURCES OF TROPICAL AFRICA. Khaya ivorensis A.Chev. Available at: http://www.prota4u.info/downloads/Khaya+ivorensis/Khaya+ivorensis.pdf. Accessed in: April 10th 2015.


The manuscripts are submitted through Cerne's online submission system: http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/about/submissions

Review papers may have a more flexible structure, the sections material and methods, results and discussion and conclusions are not mandatory. Only Review papers must have numbered sections.

To guarantee an anonymous peer review process for articles, do not insert author names or acknowledgments in the manuscript file. Please remove any authorship identification from the Word files before submission.

We are publishing yearly only 60 papers. All papers received are analyzed and judged by the Editorial Board. Manuscripts approved in the first stage are sent to scientific referees for evaluation, at least two or three reviewers.

The review phase is essential to guarantee the quality of every published paper. If your manuscript is returned after the reviewer’s suggestions stage, we request you to answer every question pointed. This new document should be attached with the name “answer to reviewers” in our system. The revised version of the manuscript should be prepared using another document with every change properly documented. Please, use red color font or the review option “Track Changes” to mark all changes in the text.

Only for researches involving non-human animals or genetically modified organisms, the authors need to declare the ethical control information. This document should be attached in “other” file section.   

CERNE does not charge fees for publication, submission nor the manuscript evaluation. Further information can be obtained by e-mail cerne@dcf.ufla.br or in our website: http://cerne.ufla.br/site

We only accept submissions in English.