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Archivos de Zootecnia

versión On-line ISSN 1885-4494versión impresa ISSN 0004-0592

Arch. zootec. vol.60 no.229 Córdoba mar. 2011 



Archivos de Zootecnia. Editorial report 2010

Archivos de Zootecnia. Informe editorial 2010



Gómez Castro, A.G.1*, López de Bustamante, M.C.1, Perea Muñoz, J.1 y Arcos Castejón, J.1

1Editorial Office of Archivos de Zootecnia. Animal Production Department. University of Cordoba. Campus Rabanales. 14071 Cordoba. España. *




The editorial process of Archivos de Zootecnia during 2010 is reported below. A total of 384 manuscripts were received from 33 countries, mainly from Brazil (66.9%). Consequently, the language most frequently used in the manuscripts was Portuguese, followed by Spanish and English. The mean time between submission and publication of a manuscript was 836.3 days. The rejection rate was 50.8%. In 2010, 49 articles, 21 short notes and 10 reviews (total 83) were published by authors coming from 15 countries.

Key words: Scientific journals. Scientific manuscripts.


Se analiza el proceso editorial de Archivos de Zootecnia durante 2010. Se recibieron 384 manuscritos procedentes de 33 países, principalmente de Brasil (66,9%). Consecuentemente, el lenguaje más frecuentemente usado fue el portugués, seguido del español y el inglés. El tiempo medio entre recepción y publicación de un manuscrito fue elevado ( 836.3 dias). La tasa de rechazo fue del 50,8%. En 2010 fueron publicados 49 artículos, 21 notas breves y 10 revisiones (83 trabajos en total) cuyos autores pertenecían a 15 países diferentes.

Palabras clave: Revistas científicas. Trabajos científicos.



In the editorial reports of previous years, excesive long times from submission to printing, were reported. As the economic crisis scene remains, budgetary reasons continue avoiding the increase of number of pages published yearly, and, therefore, to achieve shorter editorial times is a persistent, and resistent, task.


Methodological considerations

The editorial report of 2010 follows the same methodology described in the 2009 editorial report ( (Gómez Castro et al., 2010).


Received manuscripts

Figure 1 shows the annual progress of manuscripts received since the creation of our web site (May 2005). The annual number of manuscripts received and managed by Archivos de Zootecnia has remarkably increased ever since.


The number of manuscripts went from 342 received in 2009 to 384 in 2010, which suggests that appeal of Archivos de Zootecnia among researchers is still increasing. The 384 manuscripts received in 2010 were classified in 291 original research articles, 53 short notes, and 40 literature reviews. Most of the manuscripts submitted (66.9%) came from Brazil (table I), a figure which is some lesser than the previous year, probably due to negative effect of the long editorial times although the increasing positive evaluation of Archivos de Zootecnia, maintains this high preference. Studies originating from Mexico, Nigeria, and Spain, represented an additional 22.0%, and the remaining 9.1%, came from other 30 countries, in proportions very similar (all lower than 2,0%) and generally within the scope of projection of the journal. It is remarkable that the spectrum of countries is amplified to 10 new countries respect 2009. As shown in table II, the origin of the manuscripts is reflected on the language used. However the Portuguese represents 57.8%, which is lower than the percentage of items of Portuguese origin. Spanish was used in 25.9% of the manuscripts and English in 15.0%, which is similar to the previous year, but the contributions write in spanish have an important increase. Only very few manuscripts received (1.3%) were written in French. As in previous years, there were no articles in Italian.



Each manuscript submitted to Archivos de Zootecnia is first reviewed by members of the Editorial Board and Advisory Council. Subsequently, the Editorial Board at its plenary session, analyzes each submitted manuscript and decide if it must be reviewed (in which case at least two and up to four reviewers are assigned) or rejected. Reviewers are chosen from a repertoire of nearly 900 international experts from many different countries.

Archivos de Zootecnia is grateful to the 322 experts to whom at least one manuscript was sent to for review during 2010, as indicated in annex 1.

As shown in table III, the average review time of 105.0 ± 7.8 days improved as compared to 109.9 days in 2009, 133.6 days in 2008 and 260.9 days in 2007. However, the time from acceptance to publication has increased from 414.2 in 2008 to 491.3 days and 629.9 ± 31.8 in 2010. Consequently, the time between submission of a manuscript and its publication has increased to 836.3 ± 31.1 which means a considerable delay over 2009. These waiting times are too high and, although causes for this are attributed to all stages, frequently the authors themselves caused large delays during the correction of their manuscripts. However, the constraint in the page number that can be published yearly, and the growing number of manuscripts received, are the principal reasons for this delay. A more detailed analysis of these data shows that the management of the reviews and feedback from reviewers has substantially improved, however, there is still a lot that can be done to further decrease delays. The accumulation of delays during the publication phase originates from the large number of manuscripts received and approved, which far exceeds the maximum number of pages published yearly due to budgetary reasons. The potential to shorten the waiting time to publication is scarce, especially in the current economic climate. A solution, which Archivos de Zootecnia is currently implementing, is the uploading of an early online publication. At the moment this early online publication, is being released on average three months before the manuscript printing.

The acceptance and rejection rate of manuscripts received, and completed, in 2010 reached 4.2 % and 50.8% respectively. While the acceptance rate has decreased compared to 2009, the rejection remains similar. The sum of these rates does not imply that only 44.8% of the manuscripts received during 2010 are pending a decision, since in fact there are many more manuscripts in revision received during precedent years.


Published papers

The journal Archivos de Zootecnia, published 83 manuscripts during 2010 (table IV), less than those published in 2009, because of no supplement was published during this year. The manuscripts were published mainly in Portuguese (63.9%) and Spanish (24.1%). Regarding the manuscripts received, the Portuguese ones increased as the Spanish ones decreased (table I). About 71.5% of the authors were Brazilians followed by, Mexican (10.4%) and Spanish (8.3%) authors and finally, the remaining authors are from other 12 countries (table I). There were authors of more one country in aproximately 10% of received, or published, articles. Interestingly, as shown in table V the percentage of manuscripts published in which at least an author comes from the University of Cordoba (the publisher) or is any of the 26 members of the Editorial Board, or Advisory Council does not exceed 0.8% or 0.1%, respectively.


The topics covered in the manuscripts published by Archivos de Zootecnia are shown in table VI. The animal species studied were mainly, cattle (16.3%) followed by poultry, swine, and aquaculture (11.3% each), and sheep and goats (8.8% each); also received some attention (7.7%) other less conventional species. The studies mainly focused on feeding (31.3%) and foods, mainly forage (17.5%), and genetics and reproduction (11.3% each). Regarding the various animal products, most attention was focused on carcass and meat (6.3%).



Archivos de Zootecnia (online and paper editions) is included in about 400 directories or electronic databases (Agricultural BIOSIS, CAB abstracts, Latindex, Scopus, Scielo ...), making the journal readily found. If the word zootecnia is used as search criterion in the search engine Archivos de Zootecnia appears as the second entry of 1950 000 results. If the query is Archivos de Zootecnia there are 54900 results, and if the search is done by Arch. Zootec. there are 19 000 results listed, most of which are citations of manuscripts published in the journal.

There are 1830 manuscripts available at the Archivos de Zootecnia website these have been donwloaded 1331277 times. During 2010, the online edition of Archivos de Zootecnia received more than 430 000 hits (compared with about 400 000 in 2009), reaching 1898316 (since 2005). This represented a total of 533 251 page views in 2010 with an average of 1207 visits (almost 1460 page views) per day. Volume 59, in its electronic version contains 10 reviews (168 pages) that have been downloaded 949 times. Among the 122 different origins detected, most of visits (about 75%) to the web page of Archivos de Zootecnia are of unknown origin (.com .net, .org, etc. domains). Among the countries that can be identified, Brasil is the country with the highest number of visitors (8253, aproxi-mately 2% of total visitors) followed by Mexico (1%) and Spain (0.9%).

In conclusion, during 2010 Archivos de Zootecnia has reinforced its role as an outlet for scientific research regardless of the increase in editorial times. The problems detected in previous reports regarding the delay in publication remain (have increased), however, the management time, as in previous years, has been shortened. Archivos de Zootecnia during 2011, inevitably, must make a decision to reduce the delay in publication, and so, a greater number of pages will be published.



Gómez Castro, A.G., López de Bustamante, M.C., Perea Muñoz, J. and Arcos Castejón, J. 2010.        [ Links ]

Archivos de Zootecnia. Editorial report 2009. Arch. Zootec., 59: 3-10.        [ Links ]



From Argentine: A Dr. Enrique Yañez, Dr. Ernesto Morici, Dr. Alfredo Ohanian, Dr. Carlos Fernando Barioglio, Dr. Daniel Pavetti, Dr. Diego Rochinotti, Dr. Jorge Oscar Azcona, Dr. José Ignacio Arroqui, Dr. Juan Pablo Roux, Dr. Julio César Gomez, Dr. Marcelo Benvenutti, Dr. Marcelo de León, Dr. Marcelo J. Schang, Dr. Pablo Maldonado Vargas, Dr. Telmo Pereyra and Dra. Natalia Aguilar.

From Bélgica: Dr. Ch. Hanzen

From Brazil: Dr. Adolpho Marlon Antoniol de Moura, Dr. Alex Martins Varela de Arruda, Dr. Alex Poeta Casali, Dr. Alexandre Carneiro Leão de Mello, Dr. Alfredo Sampaio Carrijo, Dr. Allan Kardec Braga Ramos, Dr. Ana Paula Kipnis, Dr. Anderson de Moura Zanine, Dr. Andrea Caetano da Silva, Dr. Antonio Ferriani Branco, Dr. Arnildo Pott, Dr. Aureo Evangelista Santana, Dr. Bruno Borges Deminicis, Dr. Bruno Almeida, Dr. Carlos de Sousa Lucci, Dr. Daniele Matos, Dr. Dante Pazzanese Duarte Lanna, Dr. Dilermando Miranda da Fonseca, Dr. Dirlei Antônio Berto, Dr. Douglas Emygdio de Faria, Dr. Edgard Cavalcanti Pimenta Filho, Dr. Eduardo O. Melo, Dr. Elias Tadeu Fialho, Dr. Euvaldo Ferreira Cabral Júnior, Dr. Evandro Vasconcelos Holanda Júnior, Dr. Fernando Alvarenga Reis, Dr. Fernando Guilherme Perazzo, Dr. Flavio Medeiros Vieites, Dr. Francisco Duarte Fernandes, Dr. Francisco Fernando Ramos de Carvalho, Dr. Geraldo Luiz Colnago, Dr. Gleidson Giordano Pinto de Carvalho, Dr. Glesser Porto Barreto, Dr. Guilherme Ferreira da Costa Lima, Dr. Gustavo Freneau, Dr. Humberto Pena Couto, Dr. Iran José da Silva, Dr. J. Radünz Neto, Dr. J.R.G. Parra, Dr. Jayme Aparecido Povh, Dr. João Pedro Barbas, Dr. Jose Carlos Batista Dubeux, Dr. Jose Henrique Stringhini, Dr. José Humberto Vilar Da Silva, Dr. José Neuman Miranda Neiva, Dr. Jose Nildo Tabosa, Dr. Juan Ramon Olalquiaga Pérez, Dr. Julio Hermann Leonhardt, Dr. Levy de Carvalho Gomes, Dr. Luciano de Andrade Silva, Dr. Lúcio A. de Miranda Gomide, Dr. Luís Antonio Kioshi Aoki Inoue, Dr. Luís Gustavo Tavares Braga, Dr. Luiz Gustavo Bruno Siqueira, Dr. Luiz Gustavo Nussio, Dr. Marcelo De Andrade Ferreira, Dr. Marcelo Luis Rodrigues, Dr. Marcelo Simão da Rosa, Dr. Marcilio Azevedo, Dr. Marcio Vieira da Cunha, Dr. Marco Aurélio Rotta, Dr. Maria de Lourdes Pires Bianchi, Dr. Maria do Carmo Ludke, Dr. Mario de Andrade Lira Junior, Dr. Mateus José Rodrigues Paranhos da Costa, Dr. Maude R. de Borba, Dr. Norberto Rocha Silva, Dr. Odilon Gomes Pereira, Dr. Omer Cavalcanti, Dr. Onofre Mauricio de Moura, Dr. Paulo César de Aguiar Paiva, Dr. Pedro Muniz Malafaia, Dr. Pedro Pierro Mendonça, Dr. Raphael Pavesi Araujo, Dr. Ricardo Cavalcanti Martino, Dr. Robélio Leandro Marchão, Dr. Roberto de Oliveira Roça, Dr. Roberto Germano, Dr. Roberto Soares de Castro, Dr. Rodolfo Carlos Stahringer, Dr. Rodolfo Luzbel de la Sota, Dr. Rogério de Paula Lana, Dr. Samuel Rezende Paiva, Dr. Saulo Alberto do Carmo Araújo, Dr. Sergio Lucio Salomon Cabral Filho, Dr. Sérgio Raposo de Medeiros, Dr. Stélio Bezerra Pinheiro de Lima, Dr. Sthefane D Avila, Dr. Vanderlei Folmer, Dr. W.R. Boscolo, Dr. Walter Motta Ferreira, Dr. Wanderley dos Santos Roberto, Dr. Wilson Massamitu Furuya, Dra. Adriana de Souza Martins, Dra. Adriana Evangelista, Dra. Ana Eliza Baccarin Leonardo, Dra. Ana Luiza Costa Cruz Borges, Dra. Andréa Luciana dos Santos, Dra. Anita Brumer, Dra. Arminda Moreira de Carvalho, Dra. Betina Raquel Cunha dos Santos, Dra. Catarina Ginja, Dra. Cecilia José Verissimo, Dra. Cristina Bressan, Dra. Daniella Jorge de Moura, Dra. Débora Machado Fracalossi, Dra. Eliana Jerónimo, Dra. Eliane Vianna Costa, Silva, Dra. Elis Regina Moraes Garcia, Dra. Emiko Resende, Dra. Ines Andretta, Dra. Janaina Azevedo Martuscello, Dra. Juliana Correa Borges, Dra. Lia de Alencar Coelho, Dra. Lucia Galvão Alburquerque, Dra. Lucia Helena Brasil, Dra. Maria Celia Portella, Dra. María Clorinda Soares Fioravanti, Dra. Maria Cristina Thomaz, Dra. Maria da Conceição Silva, Dra. Maria da Graça Morais, Dra. Maria das Graças Rua, Dra. Maria Luiza Nicodemo, Dra. Maria Luiza Rodrigues de Souza, Dra. Maria Norma Ribeiro, Dra. Marta Pereira da Silva, Dra. Marta Verardini, Dra. Rosângela Maria Brito Lima, Dra. Sandra Gesteira Coelho, Dra. Sandra Mara Crispim, Dra. Suzana Maria Salis, Dra. Terezinha Domiciano Dantas Martins, Dra. Thaís Basso Amaral and Dra. Thea Machado.

From Colombia: Dr. Angela Rocio Poveda Parra, Dr. Carlos Jaime Tobon, Dr. Gustavo Garcia and Dr. Pablo Cuesta.

From Chile: Dr. Luis Alberto Raggi Saini, Dra. Paula Toro Mujica.

From Camerun: Dr. Alexis Teguia.

From Cuba: Dra. Marta Elena Herrerera Alvarez.

From España: Dr. Carlos Pérez Marin, Dr. Agustín Blasco, Dr. Alberto Horcada Ibáñez, Dr. Alfonso Abecia, Dr. Alfonso Gutiérrez Adan, Dr. Alfredo Calleja Suarez, Dr. Amadeu Francesch Vidal, Dr. Anastasio Arguello Henriquez, Dr. Andrés L. Martínez, Dr. Angel Poto Remacha, Dr. Antonio German Torres Salvador, Dr. Antonio González, Dr. Antonio González de Bulnes, Dr. Carlos Fernández, Dr. Carlos Fernández Delgado, Dr. Carlos Gonzalo Abascal, Dr. Carlos Sañudo Astiz, Dr. Cecilio Barba Capote, Dr. Clemente López Bote, Dr. Cristofol Peris, Dr. Daniel Montero, Dr. Daniel Patón Dominguez, Dr. David Sola-Oriol, Dr. David Yáñez, Dr. Eduardo Aguera Carmona, Dr. Eduardo Sevilla Guzmán, Dr. Emilio Martínez, Dr. Ernesto Gómez Blasco, Dr. Felipe Leco, Dr. Felipe Ruiz de Huidobro A. de Villapadierna, Dr. Fermín López, Dr. Fernando Estelles Barber, Dr. Francisco Antonio Arrebola Molina, Dr. Francisco Ignacio Hernández García, Dr. Francisco Padilla, Dr. Francisco Puerta Puerta, Dr. G. Santoma, Dr. Ignacio Ferre Pérez, Dr. Ignacio García Bocane-gra, Dr. Javier Cañón Ferreras, Dr. Javier Morales Socuellamos, Dr. Jesús Dorado, Dr. Jesús Pelaez García de la Puerta, Dr. Joaquín Uriarte Abad, Dr. Jordi Jordana Vidal, Dr. José Antonio García Paloma, Dr. José F. Aguilera Sánchez, Dr. José Felix Pérez Gutiérrez, Dr. Jose Folch Pera, Dr. José Luis Vega Pla, Dr. José M. León Jurado, Dr. José Martos Peinado, Dr. Josep Gasa Gasó, Dr. Juan Altarriba Farrán, Dr. Juan Carlos Gutiérrez Estrada, Dr. Juan Carlos Navarro, Dr. Juan Carlos Parejo Rosas, Dr. Juan García García, Dr. Juan Luis Maldonado, Dr. Juan Manuel Afonso López, Dr. Julián Santiago Moreno, Dr. Julio de la Fuente, Dr. Luis Alabart, Dr. Luis Bermejo Dr. Luis Fernando Gosálvez Lara, Dr. Luis Ortega, Dr. Luis Revuelta, Dr. Manuel Delgado Pertiñez, Dr. Manuel Fondevila Camps, Dr. Manuel García Gallego, Dr. Manuel Hidalgo Prieto, Dr. Manuel Juarez, Dr. Manuel Lainez Andrés, Dr. Manuel Sánchez Rodríguez, Dr. Marcel Amills, Dr. Mariano Gómez Fernández, Dr. Mariano González Alcorta, Dr. Miguel Angel González García, Dr. Miguel Angel Toro Ibañez, Dr. Miguel Fernández, Dr. Miguel Jover Cerdá, Dr. Oriol Franquesa, Dr. Oscar Pintado, Dr. Pedro García Herradon, Dr. Pedro González Redondo, Dr. Pedro Luis Rodríguez Medina, Dr. Pere Albertí Lasalle, Dr. Rafael Caballero, Dr. Rafael Ginés, Dr. Raul Moral Herrero, Dr. Ricardo Cepero Briz, Dr. Ricardo García González , Dr. Rodrigo Peláez Suárez, Dr. Vicente Rodríguez Estevez, Dra. Adela Martínez Fernández, Dra. Alicia Estevez, Dra. Amparo Martínez, Dra. Ana Barroeta Lajusticia, Dra. Ana Freixas Ferre, Dra. Aránzazu Villagrá García, Dra. Belén Huerta, Dra. Concepcion Cervera Fras, Dra. Diana Vaamond Martin, Dra. Esperanza Camacho Vallejo, Dra. Fuensanta Hernández Rupérez, Dra. Guadalupe Rodríguez Galván, Dra. Inmaculada Martín Burriel, Dra. Ma Antonia Chaso Criado, Dra. Ma del Rosario Fresno Vaquero, Dra. Ma dels Dolors Izquierdo Tugas, Dra. Ma Dolores Pérez Murcia, Dra. Manuela Jodral Villarejo, Dra. María Cambra López, Dra. María del Carmen Hidalgo Jiménez, Dra. María Francesch Olle, Dra. María Jesús Alcalde Aldea, Dra. María Jesús Villamide, Dra. Mercedes Valera Córdoba, Dra. Myriam Rodríguez Ventura, Dra. Nieves Nuñez Sánchez, Dra. Olga M. González, Dra. Olivia Barrantes Díaz , Dra. Pilar de la Rúa, Dra. Pilar Molina Pons, Dra. Pilar Zaragoza Fernández, Dra. Rosa M. Nieto, Dra. Rosario Moyano Salvago, Dra. Setefilla Martínez Cruz, Dra. Susana Dunner Boxberger, Dra. Teresa de Jesús Roy Pérez and Dra. Teresa Muiño Blanco.

From Italy: Dr. Vincenzo Landi and Dra. Francesca Perella.

From México: Dr. Angel Sierra Vázquez, Dr. Jorge Quiroz V., Dr. Jose Segura Correa, Dr. Luís A. Medina Medina, Miguel Angel Galina Hidalgo, Dr. Oziel Montañez Valdez, Dr. R. G. Ramírez and Dr. Ricardo Ake López.

From Nigeria: Dr. A.J. Omole, Dr. Obafemi Awolowo and Dra. A.A. Aganga.

From Portugal: Dr. A. Teixeira, Dr. Alfredo Pereira, Dr. António Andrade Vicente, Dr. Claudino Pereira Matos, Dr. Gustavo Carneiro, Dr. José Ribeiro, Dr. José Santos Silva, Dr. Luis Telo da Gama, Dra. M.I. Carolino and Dra. Maria del Mar Oom.

From Republica Dominicana: Dr. Daniel Valerio.

From Uruguay: Dr. Walter Ayala and Dra. Silvia Llambi Dellacasa.

From Venezuela: Dr. Vasco De Basilio and Dra. Zuleima Chirinos

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