Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, ISSN: 2457-0591, ISSN: 2231-0606 (Past),Vol.: 27, Issue.: 4


Repercussions of the Level of Shading and the Type of Container in the Seedling Stage on the Growth of Irrigated and Non-irrigated Coffee Plants in the Field


Maria Christina Junger Delôgo Dardengo1, Lucas Rosa Pereira2*, Elias Fernandes de Sousa3 and Edvaldo Fialho dos Reis2

1Federal Institute of Espírito Santo, Campus Alegre, CEP: 29500-000 - Alegre, ES, Brazil.

2Center for Agrarian Sciences and Engineering, Federal University of Espírito Santo,

Alto Universitário Street, S/no, Guararema, CEP: 29500-000, Alegre, ES, Brazil.

3Center for Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Laboratory of Agricultural Engineering, University State of the North Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro, CEP: 28013-602 Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil.

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Specific Comment

Average Peer review marks at initial stage: 6/10

Average Peer review marks at publication stage: 8/10

Peer review history

Stage Description File 1 File 2
Stage 1 Original Manuscript File 1 NA
Stage 2 Peer review report_1 (Mustafa Ünlü, Turkey) File 1 NA
Stage 2 Peer review report_2 (S. Metin Sezen, Turkey) File 1 NA
Stage 2 Peer review report_3 (Nontuthuko Rosemary Ntuli, South Africa) File 1 NA
Stage 2 Peer review report_4 (Anonymous Reviewer, Brazil) File 1 NA
Stage 2 Revised_MS_v1_and_Feedback_v1 File 1 File 2
Stage 2 Re-Review report_2_v1 (No Response) (S. Metin Sezen, Turkey) NA NA
Stage 2 Re-Review report_3_v1 (Declined) (Nontuthuko Rosemary Ntuli, South Africa) NA NA
Stage 2 Re-Review report_4_v1 (Anonymous Reviewer, Brazil) File 1 File 2
Stage 2 Re-Review report_3_v2 (Declined) (Nontuthuko Rosemary Ntuli, South Africa) NA NA
Stage 2 Revised_MS_v2_and_Feedback_v2 File 1 File 2
Stage 2 Re-Review report_4_v2 (Anonymous Reviewer, Brazil) File 1 File 2
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v1 File 1 NA
Stage 3 Revised MS v3 and Feedback v3 File 1 File 2
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v2 File 1 NA
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_2_v1 File 1 NA
Stage 3 Revised MS v4 and Feedback v4 File 1 NA