Journal of Agriculture and Allied fields- Authors Guideline


The Journal for Reviews on Agriculture and Allied fields, a peer-reviewed, half yearly, journal is being published by the ACS publishers on behalf of the Society of Krishi Vigyan. The publication is aimed at providing access to academicians, researchers, extension workers and industry professionals from across the globe to publish their work on all aspects of agriculture and allied fields through review articles.

The editorial board welcomes the submission of manuscripts within the aim and scope of the journal for publication. The articles may be submitted via regular mail to the Editor, Journal for Reviews on Agriculture and Allied fields electronically in MS WORD format as e-mail attachments to the –, .

Please refer to the instructions for authors before submitting a review paper. 

General guidelines

It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that

1. Papers are submitted strictly as per the style and format of the journal. The articles not confirming  fully to  the  style  and format  of  journal will be returned to  author(s) by the  editorial  office  for amendment, prior to a review for its scientific merit.

2. Submission of an article is understood to imply that the article is original and has not been published previously, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and if  accepted,  it  will  not  be  published  elsewhere  in the   same  form,  in  english or  any other language.  The submission of the article has the approval of the all co-authors and the authorities of the host institute where work has been carried out.

3. The editorial board discourages the submission of more than one article dealing with related aspects from the same  study;  this includes  different aspects of data derived from one particular experiment, or cases in which the analytical techniques, animals or experimental procedures are common to all papers. If author(s) have valid reasons for separation of reports of one particular experiment or study into more than one paper, these must be submitted simultaneously.

4. The “Article submission certificate” duly signed by all the authors/head of host department / institute (optional) on a prescribed format must be furnished along with article at the time of submission. If the article is sent through e-mail, the scanned copy of certificate (signed / stamped) may be attached.

5. For publication of articles, all the contributing authors has to be the member (either life or annual) of Society of Krishi Vigyan.

6.The submitted manuscripts will be assessed from editorial points of view, at first, and if found suitable for publication, it will   be sent for peer-review. The review process will be a double-blind process where author(s) and referees are unaware of each others’ name. The author(s) must abide by the suggestions of referee and the editorial board. The final decision to publish an article will lie with the Editor and Publisher of the journal.

8. The corresponding author will be sent the PDF file of his/her published article free of cost via e-mail. No hard copies of the reprints will be provided.

9. For enquiries regarding submission, please contact the editorial office at  

Manuscript preparation

Language: Papers must be written in English. The text and all supporting materials must use UK spelling conventions. It is up to the authors to make sure there are no typographical errors in the manuscript.

Typescript: Manuscripts must be typed in Microsoft Word, using Times New Roman font at 12 points, double spaced on one side of A4 size bond paper with 2.5 cm margin on all sides. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the right corner on the top. Indent new paragraphs.

Words: Papers should not normally exceed up to 8000 words for review article.

Headings: Main Headings – Major headings are centered, all capitals, boldface in Times New Roman font at 12 points, and consist of ABSTRACT, INTRODUCTION, CONCLUSION. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (optional) and REFERENCES.

First subheadings are placed in a separate line, begin at the left margin, and are in italics. Text that follows should be in a new paragraph.

Second Subheadings should begin with the first line of a paragraph, indented and in italic. The text follows immediately after the second subheading.

Contents: The contents must be arranged in an orderly way with suitable headings for each subsection. The recommended subdivision of contents is as follows:-

Running head: The running head or short title of not more than 50 characters in title case and centered should be placed above the main title of the study.

Title: The title must be informative and brief. The initials and name of the author(s), the address of the host institution where   the work was done must follow the title.

Superscripts (1,2,3) should be used in cases where authors are from different institutions. The   superscript # should be appended to the author to whom correspondence should be addressed, and indicated as such together with an e-mail address in the line immediately following the keywords. The present postal address of authors, if currently different from that of the host institution should also be superscripted appropriately and inserted in the lines following the key words.

Abstracts: It must summarize the major objectives, methods, results, conclusions, and practical applications of the study conducted. The Abstract must consist of complete sentences and use of abbreviations should be limited.

Keywords: The Abstract is followed by three to five keywords from the title to be used for subject indexing. These should be singular (e.g. paper, not papers). The abstract, including key words should be separated by horizontal lines places before and after the text.

Introduction: This should include a statement of why the subject under investigation is considered to be of importance, a concise indication of the status quo of published work in this field and a declaration of the aims of the experiment or study i.e. the hypothesis.

Conclusion: The conclusion should consist of a short integration of results that refer directly to the stated aims of the experiment and a statement on the practical implications of the results.

Acknowledgements (optional): A brief and formal acknowledgment section, if desired, should follow the conclusion statement. Do not include titles of persons; such as Dr., Mr., or Ms., use only initials and surnames.

References: The existing relevant literature restricted to those with a direct bearing upon the findings must be appropriately cited.

References appearing in the text – References in the text should be given as : Sharma and Rao (1983). Use änd” and not “&”.  A reference by three or more authors should be identified in the text only by the first author followed by et al (in italic) and the year.

Where several references are quoted consecutively in the text, the order should be chronological or, within a year, alphabetical (by first author or, if necessary, by first and second author(s).

Where references are made to several papers by the same author(s) in the same year, the year should be followed by a, b, c, etc.

Personal communications and unpublished work should be cited in the text only and not in the reference list, giving the initials, name: for example (M S Gill, unpublished), (M.S. Gill, personal communication).

References to internet sites should be quoted in the normal way in the text e.g. FDA (2008). In the reference list, the full URL must be given, followed by the date that the website was assessed.

References appearing in reference section : All publications cited in the text should be presented in the list under Reference   section, in alphabetical order. The title of the article should be given in the reference and journal’s name should be cited in italic as abbreviated by the journal. It is the full responsibility of the authors to cross check reference in the text of the article with those in the list of references. In all cases, a reference must provide sufficient information to enables the reader to locate it.

Examples of references  – (Hanging indent 1 cm)

For journals/periodicals

Mufeed  S (1998). Evaluating employee performance: A successful instrument for human resource development. Indian J Trg and Dev 28 (2): 72-93.

For books

AOAC (1980). Official Methods of Analysis. 13th edn. Association of Official Analytical Chemists. Washington, DC.

For Chapters in book

Barnabas A  P and Lakshmiswaramma  M (1980). “Assessment of Evaluation system for Rural development”. In: Monitoring   and Evaluation of Rural Development: Some Asian Experiences. (eds Kuldeep Mathu and Inayatulloah) Kuala Lumpur U.N.  Asian and Pacific Development Centre. Pp: 121-22.

Bray R A  (1994). The leucaena psylid. In: Forage Tree Legumes in Tropical Agriculture   (eds. R C Gutteridge and H M  Shelton). CAB International, Oxford. Pp. 283-91.

For proceedings of conferences/symposia etc.

Vivero J  L P (2002). Forest is not only wood: the importance of non-wood forest products for the food security of rural   households in Ethiopia. In: Proceedings of the Fourth, Annual Conference forestry society of Ethiopia 14-15 January 2002, Ethiopia pp 102.

Elangovan A V ,Tyagi  P K, Mandal A B and Tyagi P K (2007). Effect of dietary supplementation of stain on egg production performance and egg quality of Japanese quail layers. Proceedings of XXIV Annual Conference of Indian Poultry  Science Association and National Symposium , 25-27 April, Ludhiana, India, pp. 158 (Abstr.).  

For theses

Fayas  A M (2003). Viability of self help groups in vegetables and fruit promotion council Keralam- a multidimensional analysis, MSc (Ag.) thesis, Kerala Agricultural University.

For online (internet site) citation

FDA (2008). Effect of the use of antimicrobials in food producing animals on pathogen load: Systematic review of the published literature. Accessed January 11, 2012.

Tables/Figures/Illustrations :  Tables should be self contained and complement, but not duplicate information contained in the   text. The table number (given as an Arabic numeral) should be given at the top, followed by a concise title. Give essential details as footnotes. Keep the number of columns to a minimum. Column headings should be brief, with the units of measurement clearly stated in parentheses. Where one unit applies to all the data in the body of the table include it in the title. Cite all tables in the text, in numerical order at first mention. Significant differences between means in columns or rows should be indicated by   superscript letters, and accompanied by a standard statement underneath the table, e.g. “Means in columns not sharing a common   superscript differ significantly (P<0.05)”. 

Figures: Number all figures/illustrations consecutively, in order of appearance in the text, using Arabic numerals. Keep lettering

on illustrations to a minimum and include essential details in the legend. Tables/Figures/illustrations etc. should be submitted along with the main text of the paper with each on a new page, and should take account of the page size of the journal. Wherever possible, figures should be suitable for subsequent direct photographic reproduction.

Coloured figures : Use of coloured photographs is discouraged. If found necessary, the photographs should be submitted as good quality, glossy colour prints.

Abbreviation and units: Use only standard abbreviations. The word ‘Figure’ should be shortened to Fig. unless starting a sentence. SI units (metre, kilogram etc.) should be used wherever possible. Statistics and measurements should always be given in figures; i.e. 15mm, except where the number begins the sentence. When the number does not refer to a unit measurement (e.g. 15mm), it is spelt out, except where the number is greater than nine.

Style and format of short communications: A short communication should be a maximum of 1500 words. It contains a very   brief abstract followed by a brief introduction, text including tables and figures and a brief conclusion followed by references.    No subheadings are to be included except for the abstract and reference section. Format, tables and figures must conform to the conventions of the Journal.

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