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Types of contributions
- Original research papers (regular papers)
- Review articles
- Short Communications
- Book Reviews
Original research papers should report the results of original research. The material should not have been previously published elsewhere, except in a preliminary form.
Review articles should cover subject falling within the scope of the journal which are of active current interest. They may be submitted or invited.
A Short Communication is a concise but complete description of a limited investigation, which will not be included in a later paper. Short Communications should be as completely documented, both by references to the literature and description of the experimental procedures employed, as a regular paper. They should not occupy more than 2 printed pages, including figures, tables and references.)
Book reviews will be included in the journal on a range of relevant books which are no more than 2 years old.
Submission of manuscripts
Submission of an article is understood to imply that the article is original and unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
Papers for consideration should be submitted to:
Editor in Chief,
Journal of Food and Agriculture
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
For the initial submission of manuscripts for consideration, hardcopies are sufficient. For the processing of accepted papers, electronic versions are preferred. They can be submitted as either PDF or Word files. After final acceptance, an electronic version plus two, final and exactly matching printed versions should be submitted together.
Preparation of manuscripts
- Manuscripts should be written in English.
- Submit the original and two copies of your manuscript. Enclose the original illustrations and two sets of photocopies (three prints of any photographs.)
- Manuscripts should be typewritten using a laser printer or other high quality output device, typed on one side of the paper, with 3.5 cm margins on all sides and double spacing throughout, i.e. also for abstracts, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc. should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Avoid excessive usage of italics and bold type and underlining to emphasize part of the text.
- Manuscripts in general should be organized in the following order:
Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long) Name(s) of author (s) Complete postal address(es) of affiliations Full telephone and Fax No. of the corresponding author (and e-mail if applicable) Present address(es)of author(s) if applicable Abstract
Keywords (indexing terms), normally 3-6 items Introduction Material studied, area descriptions, methods, techniques Results Discussion Conclusion Acknowledgements and any additional information on research grants, etc. References Tables Figure captions
- In typing the manuscript, section headings should not be run within the text. They should be typed on a separate line, without indentation. Use lower-case letter-type.
- SI units should be used.
The abstract should be clear, descriptive and not longer than 300 words.
- Authors should take notice of the limitations set by the size and lay-out of the journal. Large tables should be avoided.
- Table should be numbered according to their sequence in the text. The text should include references to all tables.
- Each table should be typewritten on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should never be included in the text.
- Each table should have a brief and self- explanatory title.
- Column heading should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
- Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
- Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given as a footnote at the bottom of the table.
- All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) should be submitted separately, unmounted and not folded.
- Illustrations should be numbered according to their sequences in the text. References should be made in the text to each illustration.
- Each illustration should be identified on the reverse side by its number and the name of the author. An indication of the top of the illustrations is required in photographs of profiles, thin sections, and other cases where doubt can arise.
- Each illustration should have a caption. The captions to all illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.
- Explanations should be given in the typewritten legend. Text should be kept to a minimum.
- Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity. Reproductions of photographs already printed cannot be accepted.
- All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of author's names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list.
- In the text refer to the author's name (without initial) and year of publication, followed -if necessary -by a short reference to appropriate pages. Examples: "Since Peterson (1983) has shown that ..... " "This is in agreement with results obtained later (Kramer, 1984,pp. 12-16)".
- If reference is made in the text to a publication written by more than two authors the name of the first author should be used followed by "et al.". This indication, however, should never be used in the list of references. In this list names of first author and co-authors should be mentioned.
- The list of references should be arranged alphabetically on authors' names and chronologically per author. Publications by the same author (s) in the same year should be listed as 1974a, 1974b, etc.
- Use the following system for arranging your references:
- For periodicals
Murphy, D.J., Richards, D., Taylor, R., Capdevielle, J., Guillemot, J-C., Grison, R., Fairburn, D. and Bowra, S.,1994. Manipulation of seed oil content to produce industrial crops. Industr. Crops products, 3: 17-27.
- For edited symposia, special issues, etc., published in a periodical
Benetits, J.R. and Ofori, C.S., 1993. Crop Production through conservation-effective tillage in the tropics.In R Lal(Editor), Soil Tillage for Agricultural sustainability. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of ISTRO, 8-12 July 1991, Ibadan, Nigeria. Soil Tillage Res., 27:9-33
- For books
Russel, E.W., 1973. Soil Conditions and plant Growth.10th edition, Longmans, London, 849 pp.
- For multi -author books
Shahidi, F. and Naczk, M., 1990. The maturity gene of sorghum. In: Norman, A.G., (Editor), Advances in agronomy XIX. Academic Press Inc., New York, pp 267-305.
- Web DATA bases
NAPRALERT (the Natural Product Alert database), Pseuderanthemum genus. Available online at http://www.stn-internatioanl.de/stndatabases/ napraler.html (verified 7th Jun. 2000)
- Abbreviate the title of periodicals mentioned in the list of the references according to the international List of Periodical Title Word Abbreviations.
- Work accepted for publications but not yet published should be referred to as "in press".
- References concerning unpublished data and "personal communications" should not be cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text.
- Statements supported by Web-references should be included in the text itself and should not include in the reference list. Example, This observation is supported by Rhodococcus sp. Strain RHA1 (http://www.rhodococcus.cal/, verified 20/04/2006).
- Formulae should be typewritten, if possible. Leave ample space around the formulae.
- They should be numbered at the right hand end. Example
V= U+ fT (1)
- Subscript and superscript should be clear and not too small.
- Greek letters and other non-Latin or handwritten symbols should be explained in the margin where they are first used. Take special care to show clearly the difference between zero (0) and the letter O, and between one (1) and the letter I.
- Give the meaning of all symbols immediately after the equation in which they are first used.
- In chemical formulae, valence of ions should be given as, e.g., Ca2+ and CO32-, not as Ca++ or CO3--
- Isotope numbers should precede the symbols e.g., 18O, 32P.
- The repeated writing of chemical formulae in the text is to be avoided where reasonably possible. Instead, the name of the compound should be given in full.
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. If used they should be numbered in the text indicated by superscript numbers, and kept as short as possible.
- Authors and editors are by general agreement, obliged to accept the rules governing biological nomenclature as laid down in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria, and the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.
- For chemical nomenclature, the conventions of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the official recommendations of the IUPAC-IUB Combined Commission should be followed.
- Although in general an author may quote from other published work, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, figures, plates etc,
- A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.
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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-line-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, which is found in About the Journal.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.