COPYRIGHT FORM (PDF downloadable)
- Authors are required to download, sign and submit the copyright form as soon as possible, otherwise their manuscript will not be sent to the reviewing process.
- After acceptance (or when you are requested to submit your final revised manuscript) you need to place all figures and tables at the end of manuscript, consecutively.
Instruction to Authors
Very Important: Authors must provide a cover letter as the first page of their manuscript, including manuscript’s information, name and contact details (affiliations and emails are necessary) of at least 2 referees. Reviewers must be in different universities or institutions than author’s.
1) The journal‘s language is English
British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used in article. Please provide your manuscript in double-spaced, Times and New Roman or Arial font (size 12) justified alignment, Word format. Contributors who are not native English speakers are strongly encouraged to ensure that a colleague fluent in the English language, if none of the authors is so, has reviewed their manuscript. The journal has an option to facilitate language correction on manuscripts if the Authors are not sure about the correctness of manuscript grammar and spelling.
2) Style of papers
Original research papers should generally not exceed 8 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures (one page of printed text = approx. 600 words). A manuscript for a research paper should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s) (if the senior author is not the corresponding order, this is indicated) Keywords, Abbreviations, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion (Results and Discussion may be combined), Conclusion (if applicable), Acknowledgments, References. Tables and figures (JPEG/75 DPI) should be cited in the appropriate area in the text (just with the legend) and numbered consecutively (eg. for figures, Fig 1., Fig 2…… and for tables Table 1., Table 2. etc.). Please place tables and figures at the end of manuscript consecutively.
Research notes should not exceed four pages of printed text (one page of printed text = approx. 600 words), including references, tables and figures. A manuscript for a research note should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author(s), Affiliation (s) (if the senior author is not the corresponding order, this is indicated) Key words, Abstract, Abbreviations, Manuscript text, Acknowledgements, References. Tables and figures (JPEG) should be cited in the appropriate area in the text with the legend and numbered consecutively (eg. for figures, Fig 1., Fig 2….. and for tables Table 1., Table 2. etc.) Review papers should not exceed 15 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures. A manuscript for a review should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author(s), Affiliation (s) (if the senior author is not the corresponding order, this is indicated) Keywords, Abstract, Abbreviations, Manuscript text, Acknowledgements, References. Tables and figures (JPEG) should be cited in the appropriate area in the text with the legend and numbered consecutively (eg. for figures, Fig.1, Fig.2….. and for tables Table.1, Table.2 etc.).
Please provide 5 to 10 key words in alphabetical order separated with semicolons, not included in the title. Scientific or systematic name of plants and fungi etc. should be written in italic. eg. Oryza sativa; in vitro; in vivo.
Abbreviations and their explanations should be collected alphabetically arranged in a list. Examples: BA- 6-benzylaminopurine; NAA-naphthaleneacetic acid. Some commonly used abbreviations (e.g., DNA; PCR) do not have to be explained.
Please provide a short abstract between 150- 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Usually, the abstract summarises the work reported and does not contain background information or speculative statements.
This section should argue the case for your study, outlining only essential background, but should not include either the findings or the conclusions. It should not be a review of the subject area, but should finish with a clear statement of the question being addressed. Please provide a context for the report with respect to previous work done in the field. The literature should be cited. Please do not insert page number in your manuscript with MS Word insert page facility.
Materials and Methods
Please provide sufficient methodological details to allow a competent person to repeat the work.
Results and Discussion
This should highlight the results and the significance of the results and place them in the context of other work. The final paragraph ought to provide a resume of the main conclusions. Normally a comparison between your results and results from previous works should be given in the Discussion.
Tables, Graphs and Figures
Tables, Graphs and Figures should be cited in the appropriate location of text with the legends and numbered consecutively. For Figures and Graphs or illustrations just use Fig.1, Fig.2 …………etc. For Tables Just use Table.1, Table.2…………etc.
Just mention a quick thanks to the fund providers, supporters, etc.
In the text, a reference identified by means of an author’s name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses. When there are more than two authors, only the first author’s name should be mentioned, followed by ‘et al.‘. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter. All the below examples can be used in the text: According Mark (1986); (Smith, 1987a, b), (Jones, 1986; Elders et al., 1988), (Bullen and Bennett, 1990).
Only published articles (journals and proceedings) or books may be cited. In addition, articles with evidence of journal acceptance are considered as “in press” and are also citable. The reference list should be arranged alphabetically. Authors should be referred to in text by name and year (Havard system). Examples:
For journal’s list as:
Meaza, M., Seyoum, T. and Woldetsadik, K. 2007. Effects of preharvest treatments on yield and chemical composition of tomato. African Crop Science Journal 15 (3):149 – 159.
Within the text, references should be given as: Meaza et al. (2007), or … similar results have been obtained……….. (Meaza et al., 2007).
For proceedings list as:
Legesse, B.W., Myburg, A.A., Pixley, K., Twumasi-Afriyie, S. and Botha, A.M. 2007. Genetic diversity of maize inbred lines revealed by AFLP markers. African Crop Science Conference proceedings 8:649 – 654.
For books list as:
DeVries, J. and Toenniessen, G. 2001. Securing The Harvest: Biotechnology, Breeding and Seed Systems for African Crops. The Cromwell Press, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, UK. 208pp.
For electronic resource materials (online publications) list as:
Zachary, G.P. 2008. Africa plays the rice card. Foreign Policy. May/June 2008 (web-exclusive story). http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story id=4306. Accessed 26 August 2008.
For thesis list as:
Surname and initials of author, year of submission, title of thesis, degree for which the thesis was submitted. Name of University.
Personal communication may be cited only in the text, giving names, date, and institution or organization of source of information and should not appear in the reference list.
There is a fee of 100 US$ for online publications. To request hard copy of journal and reprints please contact Executive Editor of the journal through the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The authors must pay 2000 (for home) and US$ 100 (for abroad) for both full-length papers and review articles. Other wise the articles will not be processed further.