Instructions for authors

Submission of manuscripts

The submitted manuscript must be original, not published in any other media, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All authors and (where appropriate) the responsible authority of the centre where the work has been carried out must agree on the contents of the manuscript. The authors must state any financial or other conflicts of interest arising from publication of the manuscript.

Authors should submit their manuscripts by e-mail to the Editor of SJRD. Each manuscript will be reviewed by a member of the Scientific Committee (one of the Associate Editors) who is an expert on the topic of the manuscript. The Associate Editor will be responsible for deciding whether a manuscript will be rejected or sent to at least two independent reviewers.

Authors must transfer copyright for the publication of manuscripts, including the summary, to the Editorial Board of this journal. This protects the content of the article and enables its maximum dissemination. Once an article is published, the authors can apply to the Editor of SRJD for permission to use the article (or parts of the article).

When the manuscript is submitted for publication, also the authors must send the completed Copyright and Transmittal Forms, which can be downloaded at the following links:

Types of contributions

The Spanish Journal of Rural Development (SJRD) publishes original scientific papers (of length between 4000 and 5000 words of text, and of maximum length 8000 words), short technical notes (usually of length between 2000 and 2500 words of text). However, SJRD will also consider publication of reviews of recently published articles and books, monographs and short notes. In all cases, the article contents must be written and structured following the journal guidelines. Original scientific articles are the result of innovative research. Short technical notes are reports of original research studies with a smaller target or preliminary reports of wider studies. Article and book reviews should include critical review of recent advances in research topics within the scope of the journal. Finally, monographs or short notes should concern topical issues in accordance with the editorial line of the journal. The maximum lengths of the different types of contributions are 8 printed pages for an original scientific paper or monograph, 2 pages for a short technical note, and 8 pages for revisions (number of pages in the final format of the journal).

Congresses, Conferences and Seminars

The Spanish Journal of Rural Development aims to be a vehicle for the dissemination of scientific activity related to the main topics of interest of the journal. Special editions will be published periodically and will include selected contributions presented at different scientific meetings, congresses, conferences, seminars, workshops and another events within the field of Rural Development. Such contributions must pass the journal’s review process before publication.

Preparation of manuscripts

A - Drafting the manuscript

  1. The manuscript may be written in Spanish or English.
  2. Lines should be numbered on all pages of the manuscript (starting at 1 on each page). Wide margins (top and bottom margin: 2 cm, left and right margin: 3 cm) and 1.5 interline spacing should be used throughout. All pages of the manuscript should be numbered, but authors should not refer to the page numbers in the text.
  3. The manuscript should be organized as follows (excluding exceptional cases):
    • Title (should be descriptive and not too long).
    • Name(s) of the author(s).
    • Complete membership details of the authors. Authors belonging to different institutions should be differentiated by numerical superscripts. The name of the corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk * . Only the e-mail of the corresponding author should be included.
    • Short title
    • Abstract: The abstract should not exceed 200 words in any type of contribution, and should summarise the aims, methods, results and major conclusions. For articles written in Spanish, both Spanish and English versions of the abstract should be included.
    • Keywords: These should include between 3 and 5 valid words for indexing.
    • 1. Introduction:This section should include the general focus of the article and should outline the reasons for carrying out the work and the specific objectives pursued.
    • 2. Material and methods: his section should provide enough information to permit exact replication of the experimental work. All models and statistical analysis should be clearly described. Acronyms should be defined the first time that they are used.
    • 3. Results and discussion: The results should be presented clearly and concisely. The discussion should not be a repetition of results, but a logical interpretation of them. The main results should be referenced according to the corresponding tables and figures and should not include bibliographic references.
    • 4. Conclusions: These should be presented clearly and concisely.
    • Acknowledgementsand other information (e.g. conflicts of interest and funding).
    • References.
    • Tables.
    • Figures and Graphics.

B - Guidelines for preparation of manuscripts

  1. Titles and subtitles. These should head the paragraphs, on a different line and with no indentation. Titles should be written in lower-case bold type (with no full stop), and subtitles should be written in lower-case italics, as follows: 1. Title / 1.2. Subtitle
    • Words should not be divided at the end of a line.
    • All text should be justified on both sides.
    • Only one line space should be used to separate the title and the name(s) of the author(s), the short title and the abstract, the key words and the introduction, the conclusions and acknowledgements, and the acknowledgements and references. Spaces should not be used in the rest of the manuscript to separate paragraphs or sections and subsections.
    • The first paragraph of each section should not be indented, and the other paragraphs in the section should be indented by 1.25 cm.
    • Figures and tables should not be included in the body of the text.
  2. Use of Word Processor. Manuscripts will be preferably written using Microsoft Word. The file should be submitted in *pdf format and text format. The preferred font is Times New Roman (12 point).
  3. Abbreviations and footnotes. Abbreviations should be defined when first used in the text, but should not be used in the abstract. Footnotes should be added where an additional explanation is considered necessary (simple interlined text in Times New Roman 8-point font).
  4. Units and abbreviations. Authors should use the International System units. Units and their abbreviations should be those approved by ISO 1000:1992 standard.
  5. Numerals format. Formatting decimals and symbols:
    • English version: separate decimals with a full stop. Do not use a comma or space to separate thousands (e.g. 2318.53).
    • Use the same level of precision for numerical amounts (number of digits) throughout the manuscript, as appropriate to the magnitude.
    • Do not leave a space between the symbol % and the preceding number.
    • Leave a space between the symbol ºC and the preceding number.
  6. Formulae.  Formulae should be written as follows:
    • The meaning of all symbols should be indicated immediately after the equation.
    • Subscripts and superscripts should be clear.
    • Equations should be numbered consecutively, with the number appearing to the right of the equation, in square brackets: [1]
    • The following levels of statistical significance can be used without justification: * p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01 and *** p< 0.001
    • EIn the case of chemical formulas, the valence of ions must be shown as a number followed by a sign: Ca2 +. For chemical formulae, the valence of the ions should be shown as a number followed by the sign (e.g. Ca2+ rather than Ca++). Isotopes should be written with the atomic number as a superscript placed on the left of the chemical symbol (e.g. 18O).
    • The first time that a chemical formula is used in the text, the name of the compounds should be spelled out in full.
  7. Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements should be included in a separate section at the end of the article, before the reference list.
  8. Tables
    • Tables should be constructed using the table tool in Microsoft Word.
    • Authors should avoid making excessively large tables. Large amounts of data should be included in two or more tables. The table should not exceed the margins of the journal.
    • Tables should be numbered according to their sequence of appearance in the text and all tables should be referred to in the text, as Table 1 etc.
    • When submitting the manuscript, each table should appear on a separate page (i.e. not inserted in the text).
    • Each table should have a short explanatory title, located on the top line as follows: Table 1. Title of the table (font size: Times New Roman 10, centred, with no endpoint).
    • The column headings should be brief, but clear. Any abbreviated units should appear in parentheses below the heading.
    • Additional explanations should be included as footnotes at the bottom of the table and should be numbered with superscript numbers.
    • Columns should be separated by a space and not with vertical lines. Horizontal lines should only be used for the heading and at the bottom of the table.
    • Whenever possible, individual variables or variables with common units should be placed in columns and observations in rows.
    • The number of digits should be appropriate to the accuracy of the measure.
    • The type size should be standardized whenever possible.
  9. Figures
    • Figure should be of high quality and should be submitted as * tif or * jpg files. Each figure should be included in a single file named the same as the figure (i.e. Figure 1, etc.).
    • The size of the figures and the font size (8 point) should be standardized whenever possible.
    • Figures should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance in the text, and all figures should be referred to in the text.
    • If a scale is used, a scale bar should be included, in case the size of the figure has to be reduced.
    • Figures will generally be printed in black and white, and colour will be permitted only in exceptional cases. Figures should still be clearly visible when converted to grey scale.
  10. Graphs. All axes should include divisions. All axes should have a title and the abbreviated units should appear in parentheses next to the title of the axis
  11. References
    • All references cited in the text must be presented in an alphabetical list following the conclusions and acknowledgements, if any. The text should be revised carefully to check that the names of the cited authors and the dates of the articles are correct and that they match those that appear in the reference list.
    • The name of the author should be cited in the text, without the initial, and the year of publication in parentheses. If the reference in the text corresponds to a publication of two authors, the name of both will be used as follows: a) articles in Spanish, joined by the conjunction "y"; b) articles in English, joined by "and". If the reference corresponds to a publication with more than two authors, the name of the first author should be followed by "et al." In the reference list, each reference should include all of the authors.
    • References cited together in the text should be sorted by date. References to single author articles and articles by an author of this name and others should follow the order: single author publications (in chronological order of publication), publications by the same author with one co-author, and publications with more than a co-author. Publications by the same author (s) in the same year should be referred to as follows: 2001a, 2001b, etc.
    • For manuscripts written in English, the original title of cited articles that are written in other languages should be translated into English and placed in parenthesis after the original title. For manuscripts written in Spanish, translation of Spanish titles into English is not necessary.
    • Papers accepted for publication that have not yet been published should be cited as "in press" after the title of the paper.
    • Examples of the format that should be used in the reference list for different types of articles are provided below:

      • a) Periodical publications
        Covelo, F., Gallardo, A. 2002. Effect of pine harvesting on leaf nutrient dynamics in young oak trees at NW Spain. For. Ecol. Manage. 167: 161-172.

        Gómez-Rey, M.X., Calvo de Anta, R. 2002. Datos para el desarrollo de una red integrada de seguimiento de la calidad de suelos en Galicia: Balances geoquímicos en suelos forestales (Pinus pinaster Ait.). 1. Aporte de elementos por deposición atmosférica y hojarasca. Edafología 9: 181-196.
      • b) Congress proceedings
        Álvarez, A.J., Valera, D.L., Molina, F.D. 2005. Diseño de una herramienta informática para la caracterización geométrica de mallas de protección. En: Actas del III Congreso Nacional de Agroingeniería, Ed. Universidad de León, León: 423-424.

        Geronikolou, L., Danalatos, N.G., Archontoulis, S., Papadakis, G. 2004. An experimental study of sunflower oil production in Greece to be used as an alternative fuel. In: Proceedings of AgEng2004-Engineering the Future 1, Technologisch Instituut, Leuven: 252-253.
      • c) Books
        Walpole, R.E., Myers, R.H., Myers, S.L. 1999. Probabilidad y estadística para ingenieros, 6ª ed. Ed. Prentice Hall, Londres.

        Hardaker, J., Huirne, R., Anderson, J., Lien, G. 2004. Coping with Risk in Agriculture. CAB International, Cambridge.
      • d) Book chapters
        Torres Caballero, M.E. 2007. El diseño global de una explotación de V.L.A.P. desde la perspectiva del bienestar animal. En: Buxadé, C. (Coord.), Bienestar animal y vacuno de leche: mitos y realidades. Ed. Euroganadería, Madrid.

        Randall, J.M., Boon, C.R. 1994. Ventilation and control systems. In: Wathes, C.M. and Charles, D.R. (Eds.), Livestock Housing. CAB International, Oxford.
      • e) Websites
        Xunta de Galicia, 2011. Pladiga 2011[en línea]. Disponible en: de Marzo de 2010)

        FSC, date unknown. FSC Principles and Criteria [on line].Available at: (3 May 2010)

C) Proofs and Copies

Once the entire review process is completed (submission to the journal, review by the Associate Editor, acceptance of the work without revision or with minor or major revision), the corresponding author will be informed, by email, of the decision and whether or not any changes are required. In the latter case, the author should send the revised version of the manuscript to the Editor, within the period stipulated, along with a letter justifying the changes made. Once the manuscript is finally accepted, the Editor will send a copy of the proofs to the corresponding author in *pdf format. The corrected copies should be returned to the journal within a maximum of 2 days.

The corresponding author will receive a *pdf file, free of charge, by e-mail. The *pdf file, which is a watermarked version of the published paper, will include the terms and conditions of use. Authors may request additional paper copies. In this case, they will receive an application form, which will include the costs of the copies.