Livestock Research for Rural Development 2005, Volume 17, Number 5

Editorial Procedures and Notes for Authors

Editorial policy

The mission of LRRD is to:

To this end the journal publishes both full-length papers and short communications (posters) describing the results of research that relate to the theme of sustainable rural development. Guidelines for the preparation of papers and posters are given in the section on Notes for Authors.

Submitting papers and posters to LRRD

Papers and posters should be sent by E-mail to the Senior Editor If acknowledgement is not received within two weeks then authors should send a reminder to the Senior Editor with details of the file names and dates sent.

The papers can be written with the aid of any of the principal word processing software programs and should be sent by e-mail as an attachment and with "LRRD" in the subject line. Email messages with attachments and unknown subject lines are not opened in view of virus risks.  

Editing papers for LRRD

The procedure is as follows:

Papers are coded (date of receipt [month/date/year] and first 4 letters of senior author surname) by the Senior Editor and  sent immediately to the associate-editors (or in some cases directly to two reviewers). The associate-editors are responsible for selecting reviewers and following the progress of the paper, to and from reviewers and authors. Associate-editors on the basis of advice from reviewers, and their own assessment, will recommend:

The responsibility of the reviewers is:

Reviewers' comments are received by the associate-editors who communicate with authors regarding any proposed changes. The associate-editors return the accepted papers to the Chief Editor who, together with the assistant editor, finalize the editing, and format the paper in "html".

The edited versions of the papers are then posted on the UTA Web Page so that authors can revise the formatted papers (a restricted URL is sent to the author for this purpose)

The final versions of the papers are sent to the publisher (CIPAV in Colombia) where they are posted on the CIPAV Web Page (

Issues of LRRD now appear on a monthly basis.

The members of the Editorial Committee are:

The present list of reviewers is:

Name of reviewer

E-mail address


Anderson, Simon


Arango, Jésus A


Bernet, Thomas


Botero, Raul


Chirgwin, Juan Carlos


Combellas, Jorge


Dalibard, Christophe


Dolberg, Frands


Ferraz, Jose Bento S


Finzi, Alessandro


Guèye, Fallou


Hansen, Hanne


Jensen, Hans


Kayouli, Chedly;


Ku Vera, Juan


Kyvsgaard, Niels


Liu Jian-Xin


Lukefahr, Stephen


Ly, Julio


Murgueitio, Enrique


Nguyen Xuan Trach


Perez, Rena


Plasse, Dieter


Quezado, Javier


Rosales, Mauricio


Sansoucy, René


Santos Flores, Jorge


Tadelle Dessie


Speedy, Andrew


Thorpe, Bill


Wang  Jiaqi;


Wilson, Trevor


Responsibility for posting the papers on the Home Page of LRRD is with CIPAV (Hector Osorio)

Notes to Authors

The principle tools for publishing the journal are now: Corel Office 2000 (Word Perfect), Lotus 123, Microsoft Office XP or 2000 (MS Word and Excel) and Star Office 5.2. These are the preferred formats for receiving papers and posters.

Authors should examine carefully recent papers and posters in the journal and follow the style currently in use.

Body of Text

- Use the font "Times New Roman" 12 pt.
- Do not use full word capitals for titles nor for names of authors.
- Include your e-mail address below your postal address in the Title
- Indicate the Keywords after the Abstract in alphabetical order
- Separate the Titles and associate-titles from the previous and next lines by an empty line, using the ‘return’ or ‘enter’ key
- Separate each paragraph by an empty line, using the ‘return’ or ‘enter’ key
- Make sure the paragraphs are aligned to the left not  “justified”
- Avoid to use an indent in the beginning of each paragraph

In text and tables:

Ensure that numbers contain only three digits after or before “000... ”
Eg: 234.214 becomes 234
1.2367 becomes 1.24
0.00032176 becomes 0.000322
for R2 only two digits after or before “00... ”
eg: R2 = 0.677 becomes R2 = 0.68


Where possible, please always supply the original spreadsheets and data which were used to produce graphics in the papers, since this allows us to produce a uniform look and maintain the quality of the finished journal.


Please format using the Table menu, and not Tabs and Spaces
- when using the tabular format please allot a new cell to each piece of data.
- include the title of the table as well as the notes at the bottom of table inside the Table itself not in the body of the text.


They should be set up with minimum punctuation but maximum detail of the actual citation. Abbreviations of journal titles should not be used. In the list of references, citations to "Livestock Research for Rural Development" should include the appropriate "URL" for the article. For example, for papers published prior to 2004, the citations are of the following format.

Guèye E F, Ndiaye A and Branckaert R D S 1998 Prediction of body weight on the basis of body measurements in mature indigenous chickens in Senegal; Livestock Research for Rural Development. (10) 3:

Beginning in 2004, the format is changed to:

Cerón-Muñoz M F, Tonhati H, Costa C N, Rojas-Sarmiento D and Solarte Portilla C 2004: Variance heterogeneity for milk yield in Brazilian and Colombian Holstein herds. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Vol. 16, Art. #20 Retrieved June 1, 2004, from

Check that this URL is correct and functioning by clicking on it: it should lead you to the Web site.!


- Use the Spell-Check tool in order to correct any spelling mistake, and

- Ensure that references in the text are in the reference list and vice versa.
An easy way to check this latter point is to print the reference list and then from the beginning of the text to use the "FIND" command and type "19" and then "20". This will locate all the references assuming you have cited correctly the source including the date.

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