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Editorial Policies and Procedures

The mission of the Animal Genetic Resources Information Bulletin (AGRI) is the promotion of information on the better use of animal genetic resources of interest to food and agriculture production, under the Global Strategy for the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources. All aspects of the characterization, conservation and utilization of these resources are included, in accordance with the Convention on Biological Diversity. AGRI will highlight information on the genetic, phenotypic and economic surveying and comparative description, use, development and maintenance of animal genetic resources; and on the development of operational strategies and procedures which enable their more cost-effective management. In doing this AGRI will give special attention to contributions dealing with breeds and procedures capable of contributing to the sustainable intensification of the world’s medium to low input production environments (agro-ecosystems), which account for the substantial majority of the land area involved in livestock production; the total production of food and agriculture from livestock; and of our remaining farm animal genetic resources.

Views expressed in the paper published in AGRI represent the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions which the authors are affiliated, FAO or the Editors.

The suitability of manuscripts for publication in AGRI is judged by the Editors and reviewers.

Electronic publication

AGRI is available in full electronically on the Internet, in addition to being published in hard copy, at:

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Types of Articles

The following types of articles are published in AGRI.

Research articles

Findings of work on characterization, conservation and utilization of farm animal genetic resources (AnGR) in well described production environments, will be considered for publication in AGRI. Quality photographs of these genetic resources viewed in the primary production environment to which they are adapted, accompanying the manuscripts are encouraged.

Review articles

Unsolicited articles reviewing agro-ecosystems, country-level, regional or global developments on one or more aspects of the management of animal genetic resources, including state-of-the-art review articles on specific fields in AnGR, will be considered for publication in AGRI.

Position papers

Solicited papers on topical issues will also be published as deemed required.

Other published material

This includes book reviews, news and notes covering relevant meetings, training courses and major national, regional and international events and conclusions and recommendations associated with the outcomes of these major events. Readers are encouraged to send such items to the editors.

Guidelines for Authors

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts prepared in English, French or Spanish with an English summary and another summary in either French or Spanish, should be submitted to AGRI Editor, AGAP, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy. Additionally the manuscript must be sent as a WinWord Electronic Mail attachment to <[email protected]>. Photographs, coloured or black and white, and figures must be always sent by mail.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced and with lines numbered in the left margin. All pages, including those of references, tables etc., must be consecutively numbered. The corresponding author is notified of the receipt of a manuscript.

For manuscripts that are accepted after revision, authors are encouraged to submit a last version (3½” disc format) in Word 6.0 for Windows of their revised manuscript along with the printed copy.

Preparation of the manuscript

The first page of the manuscript must include the running head (abbreviated title), title, names of authors, institutions, full addresses including postal codes and telephone number and other communication details (fax, email, etc.) of the corresponding author. The running head not exceeding 45 characters plus spaces, should appear at the top of page 1 of the manuscript entirely in capital letters. The title of the manuscript is typed in upper and lower case letters. The title should be as brief as possible not exceeding 150 characters (including spaces) with species names when applicable. Authors, institutions and addresses are in upper and lower case italics. There is one blank line between the title and the authors. Addresses are typed as footnotes to the authors after leaving one blank line. Footnotes are designated numerically. Two lines are left below the footnotes.


Headings of sections, for example Summary, Introduction, etc., are left-justified. Leave two blank lines between addresses footnotes and Summary and between the heading Summary and its text. Summary should not exceed 200 words. It should be an objective summary briefly describing the procedures and findings and not simply stating that the study was carried on such and such and results are presented, etc. Leave one line between the summary text and Keywords which is written in italics as well as the keywords themselves. All headings of sections (14 regular) and sub-sections (12 regular) are typed bold and preceded and succeeded by one blank line and their text begins with no indention. The heading of a sub-subsection is written in italics, and ends with a dot after which the text follows on the same line. Keywords come immediately after the summaries. They should be no more than six, with no “and” or “&”.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures must be enclosed with the paper and attached at the end of the text according their citation in the document. Photos will not be returned


Tables, including footnotes, should be preceded and succeeded by 2 blank lines. Table number and caption are written, above the table, in italics (12) followed by a dot, then one blank line. For each column or line title or sub-title, only the 1st letter of the 1st word is capitalized. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables and captions should be left justified as is the text. Use horizontal or vertical lines only when necessary. Do not use tabs or spacebar to create a table but only the appropriate commands.


Figures including titles and legends should be preceded and succeeded by two blank lines. Figure number and title are written, below the figure, in italics (12) and end with a dot. The term figures includes photos, line drawings, maps, diagrams etc.

All the submitted diagrams, must be accompanied with the original matrix of the data used to create them. It is strongly advised to submit diagrams in Word 6.0 or Excel 5.0. Figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.


Every reference cited in the text should be included in the reference list and every reference in the reference list should have been mentioned in the text at least once. References should be ordered firstly alphabetically by the first author’s surname and secondly by year.

Example for reference in a periodical is: Köhler-Rollefson, I., 1992; The camel breeds of India in social and historical perspective. Animal Genetic Resources Information 10, 53-64.

When there are more than one author: Matos, C.A.P., D.L. Thomas, D. Gianola, R.J. Tempelman & L.D. Young, 1997; Genetic analysis of discrete reproductive traits in sheep using linear and nonnlinear models: 1. Estimation of genetic parameters 75, 76-87.

For a book or an ad hoc publication, e.g., reports, theses, etc.: Cockrill, W.R., (Ed), 1994; The Husbandry and Health of the Domestic Buffalo. FAO, Rome, Italy, pp 993.

For an article in the proceedings of a meeting:

Hammond, K., 1996; FAO’s programme for the management of farm animal genetic resources. In C. Devendra (Ed.) Proceedings of IGA/FAO Round Table on the Global Management of Small Ruminant Genetic Resources, Beijing, May 1996, FAO, Bangkok, Thailand, 4-13.

Where information included in the article has been obtained or derived from a World Wide Web site, then quote in the text, e.g. “derived from FAO. 1996” and in the References quote the URL standard form:

FAO, 1996; Domestic Animal Diversity Information System <>, FAO, Rome

For all future manuscript dispatch and correspondence regarding

AGRI, please use the following mailbox:

[email protected]

Thanks for the collaboration

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