Author Guidelines

Asian Journal of Plant Science & Research is the peer-reviewed journal of choice for Plant research. Authors may submit their manuscript via online Editorial Manager System www.editorialmanager.com/openaccessjournals or via e-mail to [email protected]

Article Publication Charges: 

Asian Journal of Plant Science & Research is an Open Access publisher and the standard charge for publishing is 1519 USD, payable on acceptance of each paper. However, a fee waiver may be possible in some circumstances. Please contact the editors for further information.

Types of Articles:

Full Length Research articles
Review articles
Short and Rapid Communications
Mini Reviews
Commentaries
Opinion and Case Reports,
etc.

General:


All material submitted for publication will be subject to external peer review. Papers are assumed to be submitted exclusively to the journal. Papers that are outside the remit of the journal, that do not comply with the guidance here or are judged to be unsuitable by the editor will be rejected without peer review. Reviewers advise on the originality and scientific merit of the paper and the editor, with advice from the editorial board, will decide on publication.
The turnaround time for papers will be up to eight weeks from submission to decision and up to 12 weeks from decision to publication with a fast-track process also available. This process will be audited.
The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments and, if necessary, to shorten the article without changing the meaning.
All manuscripts should be typed in double-line spacing on one side only of A4 paper, with a margin of 3cm all round and a pages numbered consecutively.
The first page of the paper should contain the title, author(s), name(s) and an address for correspondence. Each author should indicate his/her professional discipline, current appointment and qualifications. The address of the corresponding author will be printed with the paper (if published) unless you request that it is omitted.
When first using abbreviations in the text, the term the author wishes to abbreviate should be spelt out in full with its abbreviation in brackets. Thereafter the abbreviation in capital letters and unpunctuated should be used.

Ethical issues:

Authors are asked to declare that the paper has not been submitted elsewhere for publication and that duplicate publication has been avoided.
The following declarations should be made at the end of the article before the references: ‘ethical approval(s)’, ‘acknowledgements’, ‘source of funding’ for the study, and any ‘conflict of interest’.
This includes ownership of shares, consultancy, speaker's honoraria or research grants from commercial companies or professional or governmental organizations with an interest in the topic of the paper. If in doubt, disclose.
Once submitted authors are assured that the material under consideration will be kept confidential.
Misconduct is investigated and acted on accordingly

Length and structure of articles:


Articles should normally be up to 3000 words excluding (usually up to 30) references. Short reports should be up to 1000 words. However, when authors are invited to submit a specific article, the editorial staff will specify the proposed length.
Subheadings are encouraged, when suitable, to break up the text as well as to improve readability.
A structured abstract up to 300 words to include background, aim(s), methods (include design, setting, subject and main outcome measures as appropriate), results and conclusion should be included.
The abstract should be followed by up to five keywords.
Authors should also include a box headed ‘How this fits in with Plant Research’ with text under the following subheadings summarizing the article: What do we know? What does this paper add?

Tables, figures and illustrations:

 As far as possible articles should be suitably illustrated but not contain more than five tables.
Tables should not duplicate but rather supplement information given in the text. They should be typed on a separate sheet and have a caption. Do not use vertical rules in tables.
Tables should only be used when data cannot be expressed clearly in any other form. Figures should not duplicate information provided in the text.
Illustrations may be line drawings or black-and-white photographs of good quality, preferably with a gloss finish. Illustrations will not be returned after publication unless specifically requested. All illustrations are submitted at the owner’s risk, the publisher accepts no liability for loss or damage while in possession of the material.

References:  

The style of referencing used is the Vancouver system (http://www.wame.org). References should be numbered in the text and listed consecutively at the end of the article in the order that they appear in the text. They should be assigned superscript numbers, outside any punctuation.
The list of references should include: names and initials of all authors (unless there are more than six, in which case the first three should be mentioned followed by et al.). The format of references is as follows:
Example 1: Journal article Rao, M, Clarke A, Sanderson C and Hammersley R. Patient’s own assessments of quality care compared with objective based measures of technical quality of care. Cross sectional study. British Medical Journal 2006: 333:19 – 22.
Example 2: Author of whole book or other publication Coulter A. The Autonomous Patient. Ending paternalism in medical care. London : The Stationery Office, 2002.
Example 3: Chapter in a book Marshall EJ and Bhugra D. Services for the mentally ill homeless. In: Bhugra D (ed). Homelessness and Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, pp. 99 – 109.

Information taken from unpublished papers, personal communications and observations should only be included in the text and not referred to as a formal reference.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.
Proofs:

Proofs will be sent to the author submitting the paper and must be returned promptly. This will allow correction of printers’ and similar errors. Major changes will not be entertained and authors may be charged for excessive amendments at this stage.

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