Journal «Cultivos Tropicales»  

Ministry of Higher Education. Cuba
National Institute of Agricultural Sciences



Since 1979, the quarterly scientific journal «Cultivos Tropicales» has been issued by the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (INCA), located in San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque, Cuba. Accredite by CITMA since November 22, 2007. It publishes nonedited articles, short communications, report of new cultivars and bibliographic reviews, with the results of agricultural investigations conducted in our institution and others of Cuba and abroad within the Tropics and SubTropics.

The end result of each article is available online in PDF, HTML and EPUB format (for mobile devices).

This journal is addressed to researchers, professors, specialists, technicians and students dealing with the agricultural branch, and includes themes as:

Sustainable Agriculture
Bibliotecology applied to the agricultural sciences
Agricultural Biotechnology
Abiotic stresses
Crop Physiology and Biochemistry
Crop Genetics and Breeding
Local Agriculture Innovation
Applied Mathematics
Plant Nutrition
Bioactive Products
Irrigation and Drainage



This journal is published either in Spanish or English, always with abstracts in both languages. Papers are firstly revised by the editor, so as to check if they fulfil the patterns established for graphs, pictures, tables and an exhaustive review of bibliographic citations and all data to ensure 100 % compliance with provisions of style rules. Once they have accomplished the requirements of our journal, papers are registered in the entry book to be further subjected to a blindly peer review, a process by which authors and reviewers remain anonymous up to the end.



Arbitration involves peer review by doctors or masters of science in our center and other domestic and foreign institutions, which have the power to reject or accept the job, performing all necessary revisions to agree with the arrangements made by the authors, taking into account the suggestions made by the reviewers in order to enhance and ensure the quality of publications. Authors and referees remain anonymous. Reviewers have 30 working days for the first review of each article; 15 days for the second and 5 days for remaining revisions. Authors have a period of 10 working days to make their first corrections and 5 working days for the rest of corrections.



Authors should be placed in descending order, according to their contribution offered at work, leaving explicit the percentage of participation of each.

Only they considered authors of the work substantially to those who participated in the conception of the idea and design of the study, acquisition or analysis of the data, drafting the article or its critical intellectual review. It may include those who participate in the final approval of the document to be published, provided that this person has a high experience in the field and has contributed or oriented in some of the above points, in that case you may be placed in the last post authorship.

Names of those who have provided technical support to the work or general supervision of the research group and institutions that provided funding for the research will be placed in the acknowledgments. Only substantial contributions will be appreciated, but the fulfillment of these conditions does not justify the scientific authorship.

The author is directly responsible have properly assigned the authorship and acknowledgments, as well as there are not “invited authors”. This practice, which disapproves the journal CulTrop.



Authors don’t be concerned about the format or type of letter, because on edition process it style is defined.

In all types of contributions, tables and figures should be sent translated into English as well as Spanish version.



To create a document correctly the authors have taken into account following aspects:



Keep in mind that each of sections should be written in:


Characteristics of each section




Materials and Methods

These subtitles used to denominate areas are freely selectable by the authors: examples General conditions, Treatments, Measurements, Statistical analysis.

Results and Discussion





For the settlement of citations in the text, footnotes page and references you should preferably use the CLS processor that contains the style of the magazine and you can settle automatically the bibliography of presented papers. CLS style called the Tropical Crops available sites (sitios van aqui) (paragraph resource for authors) and installing it directly into your bibliographic manager use the address (sitio) CLS is sharing for a wide range of bibliographic managers of recognized preference and international importance as, Zotero, Mendeley, ACS Chem worx Desktop, BibSonomy, Bielefed University Library´!, colwiz, CrossRef, digi-libris Reader, Docear, Drupal, Fidus Writer, Islandora, Jekyll, Logos, Multilingual Zotero, pandoc, Peperpile, Papers, Qiqqa, ReadCube, Refeus, Talis Aspire and WordPress (Kcite and Zotpress plugins).

Once the work is published, a reprint in PDF is sent by email to the author, which will be a comprehensive review within five business days, send us your suggestions if necessary and conformity of publication.

The journal assignment agreement provides rights to authors of all articles published in it, both in print and electronic version included Internet.



In addition to the above instructions, the authors who publish in this journal should adapt their list of references according to the style adopted by our Editorial. The journal Cultivos Tropicales decided to change the bibliographic style and to adopt the specifications established in the manual of Vancouver CulTrop style for the treatment of the bibliography.

Characteristics of the bibliographic style

The main characteristics of the adopted bibliographic style are described below, but to know more about it is recommended to consult the manual available at: In any case both for the management of the citations in the text and the bibliographical references should be used the CSL style citation processor available at:

In the management of sources of scientific information, authors should bear in mind the following considerations:

Examples of permitted bibliographic reference types:

Articles Published in Scientific Journals:

  1. Falcón AB, Cabrera JC, Costales D, Ramírez MA, Cabrera G, Toledo V, et al. The effect of size and acetylation degree of chitosan derivatives on tobacco plant protection against Phytophthora parasitica nicotianae. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2007;24(1):103-12. doi: 10.1007/s11274-007-9445-0.


  1. Paneque PVM, Calaña NJM, Calderón VM, Borges BY, Hernández GTC, Caruncho CM. Manual de técnicas analíticas para análisis de suelo, foliar, abonos orgánicos y fertilizantes químicos. 1st ed. La Habana, Cuba: Ediciones INCA; 2010. 157 p.

Chapters of books:

  1. Rivera R, Fernández F, Fernández K, Ruiz L, Sánchez C, Riera M. Advances in the Management of Effective Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in Tropical Ecosystems. In: Hamel C, Plenchette C, editors. Mycorrhizae in Crop Production. Haworth Food & Agricultural Products Press; 2007. p. 151–95.

Articles in conferences (Congresses, Workshops):

  1. Cervantes BR, Marvin PK, Cid LG. Uso del modelo Breakdown and Distribution of Aggregates para la caracterización físico-estructural edáfica. In: VIII Congreso de la Sociedad Cubana de la Ciencia del Suelo. La Habana, Cuba: Instituto de Suelos - Sociedad Cubana de la Ciencia del Suelo; 2015. p. 184.

Scientific or technical reports:

  1. Cagirgan MI. Mutation techniques in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) for intensive management: confirmed mutants [Internet]. Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); 2001 [cited 2016 Jan 13] p. 31–40. Report No.: IAEA-TECDOC--1195. Contract No.: IAEA-7855. Available from:


  1. Freepons DE. Plant growth regulators derived from chitin [Internet]. United States; US4964894 A, 1990 [cited 2017 Apr 9]. Available from:


  1. Sánchez HEA. Nuevo atlas nacional de Cuba [Internet]. 1st ed. La Habana, Cuba: Instituto de Geografía de la Academia de Ciencia de Cuba-Instituto Cubano de Geodesia y Cartografía; 1989 [cited 2016 Oct 27]. Available from:

Computer program:

  1. Di Rienzo JA, Casanoves F, Balzarini MG, González L, Tablada M, Robledo CW. InfoStat [Internet]. Version 2001. Córdoba, Argentina: Grupo InfoStat; 2001. Available from:


  1. García A. Efectos fisiológicos del déficit hídrico inducido en fases tempranas del crecimiento de plantas de arroz (Oryza sativa L.) y su aplicación en la selección de variedades tolerantes [Tesis de Doctorado]. [Mayabeque]: Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas; 2009. 132 p.

If you are interested in publishing in our journal, you should strictly fulfil all these requirements

Managing postulation of articles for the journal can be operated through the OJS, advanced software under an (Open Journals System).

For delivery of your items, you must first access the site and perform the following steps:

1. Register

2. Fill all fields and at the end mark the item author.

3. Register

4. New Book (sending a new article)

5. Follow the five steps to send Article

If you have difficulty in submitting the manuscript, send your article to the email:

You can consult the requirements of the journal at the following link:
For more information, please contact us:




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