In this work pure and doped LMO were prepared using modified Pechini method from lanthanum and manganese citrates. Lanthanum citrate was prepared starting from La2O3, while manganese citrate was prepared from Mn(NO3)2. Valence state of the manganese was controlled by adjusting pH value of the solution and confirmed by EPR and UV/VIS analysis. Thermal treatment conditions for preparation of LMO powders were determined from TG/DTA of dried precursors. XRD results confirmed that pure perovskite phase was successfully prepared in single LMO and Cadoped LMO. SEM and measurements of specific surface area of the powders showed the existence of large agglomerates consisting of submicronic primary particles.