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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Title: The title of the article should be bold and in running form. Use the font Times New Roman (14 point). Botanical / scientific names should be italicized. Author name(s) should be in running and bold with full address of the corresponding author including e-mail address (it is mandatory as future correspondence will be only through e-mail). The address of other authors(s), if different from the first author, should be given as footnotes and indicated by consecutive superscript numbers. A brief running title should be provided on a separate sheet.

Abstract: The abstract should not exceed 200 words. It should be suitable for indexing and publication in abstracting journal. Very pertinent keywords may be furnished.

Text: The text should be typed in double space on one side of good quality paper (21 X 29 cm) with 3cm margin on all sides without justifying the text and in clear and concise English. Use the font Times New Roman (12 point). The paper should be divided into subheadings (placed on the left margin and in upper case) such as Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References. Units and abbreviations should be in metric (SI) system. It is desirable that authors take due care on clarity and brevity of the paper. The length of the paper should not exceed 2500 words.

Tables/Illustrations/Photographs: Each table should be on a separate sheet with a short title at the end of the paper, numbered in the order in which it appears in the text. The data reported must be subjected to appropriate statistical analysis. The illustrations should be relevant to the research findings and should not be repeating of data presented in the table. Only very good photographs, mounted on hard paper to avoid folding, given on a separate sheet of paper with title, which are reproducible, will be accepted. Data to be presented in graphical from should be sent on quality glossy contrast paper without folding.

References: References should be cited in the text in the form of (Anon., 1999; Prakash, 2002; krishnamoorthy and Mani 2004). The term et al should be used when there are more than two authors. The letters, a, b, c, .... should be used following the year, to distinguish between two or more papers by the same author(s) in one year. References at the end of the text should be given in the following.

Shikhamany, S.D. and Satyanarayana, G. 1973. A study on the associated of leaf nutrient contents with poor yields in Anab. E.shahi grape (Vitis vinifera L.). Ind. J. Hort., 30:376-382

Panse, V.G. and Sukhatme, P.V. 1978. Statistical methods for Agricultural workers. ICAR, New Delhi, p 108

Srinivas, K. 1987. Response of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus Thunb. Musf) to drip and furrow irrigation under different nitrogen and plant population levels. Ph.D thesis, UAS, Bangalore

Mehta, N.K. and Sharma, S.D. 1986. Studies on flowering and fruit retention in some cultivars of peach (Prunus Persica Batch). In: Advances in Research on Temperate Fruits. Proc. Nat’l. Symp. Temp. Fruits, Solan (India), Dr. Y.S. Parmar Univ. Hort. and Forestry, pp 37-42

Krishnamoorthy, A. and Mani, M. 2000. Biological Control of Pests of Vegetable Crops. p 367-78. In: Biocontrol Potential and its exploitation in sustainable Agriculture. Vol. 2: Insect Pests. Upadhyaay, R.K. Mukerji, K.G. and Chamola, B.P. (eds.).

Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York Cover photo (s) shall be included at the discretion of Editor. Authors may submit photographs/figures/diagrams for cover page while submitting the manuscript.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file.

    For Microsoft 2003 and previous versions, and Macintosh versions of Word:

    • Under the File menu select: Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

    For MacIntosh Word 2008 (and future versions)

    1. Under the File menu select "Properties."
    2. Under the Summary tab remove all of the identifying information from all of the fields.
    3. Save the File.

    For Microsoft 2007 (Windows):

    1. Click on the office button in the upper-left hand corner of the office application
    2. Select "Prepare" from the menu options.
    3. Select "Properties" for the "Prepare" menu options.
    4. Delete all of the information in the document property fields that appear under the main menu options.
    5. Save the document and close the document property field section.

    For Microsoft 2010 (Windows):

    1. Under the File menu select "Prepare for sharing."
    2. Click on the "Check for issues" icon.
    3. click on "inspect document" icon.
    4. Uncheck all of the checkboxes except "Document Properties and Personal information".
    5. Run the document inspector, which will then do a search of the document properties and indicated if any document property fields contain any information.
    6. If the document inspector finds that some of the document properties contain information it will notify you and give you the option to "Remove all," which you will click to remove the document properties and personal information from the document.
  3. For PDF files:

    • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

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