Author Guidelines

Article Processing Fees

The Journal of Agricultural Sciences does not charge fees for submission or processing of articles.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted by the authors are subject to a preliminary screening based on appropriateness of the theme and quality of the content of the manuscript. Those manuscripts that are cleared the initial screening then undergo a double-blind peer review process. Two reviewers in the same or related field are assigned by Editor in Chief in consultation with Coordinating Editor to carry out the review based on the evaluation criteria. Based on the evaluation report of the reviewers, the Editor in Chief and the editorial team then make a final decision for acceptance or rejection of the paper.

Conditions for submission

The language of publication is English (preferably British English). The paper should be written in clear, accessible language, which can be understood by those outside the author’s area of specialization. Submission of a paper implies a commitment to publish in this journal. Only papers, which have not been previously published, and are not currently under consideration for publication by another journal are acceptable. Exceptions may be made in case if papers published in the proceedings of a conference or translated from another language.

Each manuscript should be submitted by e-mail (agriscan@agri.sab.ac.lk or rohanap@agri.sab.ac.lk) attached to a covering letter confirming that it describes original research not submitted for publication or already published elsewhere. The main text (double-spaced with 2.5 cm-wide margins) and all Tables must be in Microsoft Word (Version 98 or newer) only. Each Figure should be attached separately and prepared as JPEG file type. Times New Roman font must be used throughout the text including table and graphs. Indicate line number throughout the text and justify all paragraphs including figure legends. Page number is at bottom right.

Assemble your manuscript in the following order: (1) Title Page; (2) ABSTRACT; (3) Main text; (4) REFERENCES; (5) Tables; (6) Figures (one per page); and (7) all Figure legends together.

Title Page (Page 1)

The title of the article should be in 14 font size, lower-case (except first letter of first word and any proper names), Times New Roman. Words like in vitro, and Latin names of plants should be in italics.

List all authors’ names with initials before surname (e.g. A. B. Smith, E. A. Van bethowan and A. B. Kotagama). Not bold.

Give full postal address(es) in upper- and lower-case. Not bold. If more than one address, indicate each appropriate author by superscripts1, 2, etc. If an author’s current address differs from that at the head of the paper, give present address as a footnote with a superscript number next to his/her name. Add a footnote on title page to identify ‘*Author for correspondence.’ using a superscript asterisk (*) in the authorship line.

ABSTRACT (Page 2)

Left-justify ABSTRACT in capitals,12 font size. Start text leaving 1 line space. Text should be Justify, italic , present as a single paragraph, normally not longer than 250 words, 12 font size. Do not repeat the title of the paper. ABSTRACT should not contain any citations or abbreviations (unless used more than once, then define in full at first use). Include information about the purpose of the work, how it was done, the main findings and their relevance.

Abstract should be written in below format.

Purpose
Please explain the purpose of the research with research problem (Maximum 60 words)

Research Method
Please describe the research method (Maximum 50 words)

Findings
Describe the Main findings of the research (maximum 90 words)

Research limitations
Describe limitations of the research (maximum 25 words)

Originality/value
Describe the practical value of the research (25 words)

Key Words
Maximum 6 key words

MAIN TEXT (From Page 3)
Divided into the main headings:

INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, CONCLUSIONS and REFERENCES
Only three types of Headings and sub-headings (left-justified) sufficient, follow the hierarchy: (i) CAPITALS (12 font size, UPPER CASE, bold) with text on next line no indent (12 font size no bold); (ii) Sub Heading (12 font size, bold, Title Case letter) with text on next line, no indented; (iii) italic sub-sub-heading (12 font size, no bold), followed by a colon, with text on same line. Leave one line space between text and next (sub-) heading.

Acknowledgements if necessary (heading; bold, title case, 12 font size) follow after the end of the main text, leaving only one extra line.

REFERENCES
Refer to the authors and year of publication within the text as follows. (Yamauchi, 2000); (David and Silva, 2010) and in case of three or more authors (Gordon et al.,2000). When two or more references are to be cited together, they should be given in the chronological order (Swano,1990; Yamauchi, 2000). All references cited in the text should be presented in the list of REFERENCES as following guide lines. References should be indicated in the typescript using the Harvard style referencing giving the author’s name, and year of publication in parentheses. If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited a,b,c, etc. should put after the year of publication. Justify. Check references against original sources, paying particular attention to correct full article and journal titles, spellings, accents etc, especially in languages other than English. The references should be listed in full at the end of the paper in the following standard form:

Book:
Matarana, H. and Varela, F. (1987). The tree of knowledge. 2nd Edition. Boston, Shimbala. 125pp.

Surname, Initial. and Surname, Initial. (Year of publication). Title of the book. Edition. Publisher, City, Country. Provide total number of pages in the book or the page range of a paper or chapter in the book (e.g., 125pp. or 95-103.). Second line 0.5cm indent.

For chapters within books or proceedings:
Elton, L.A., Narayan, A. and Perera, S. (1992). Models of collaboration and cooperation between Universities from North and south. In: Advanced Study Programmes for Key Persons and Cross-cultural Dialogue North-South-East-West. Volume 1. (Berendt, B., Lim, A. and Stary, J. Eds.). Publications Saule, Chene, France. 125-140.

Surname, Initials., Surname, Initials. and Surname, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of the chapter. In: Title of the book. Volume(if any).(Names of editors of the book. Eds.). Publisher, City, Country. page range of a paper or chapter in the book 125-140. (0.5cm indent 2nd 3rd 4th lines)

Journal article:
Cremin, L.A., Silva, A. and Kim, A. (1983). The problematic eroded soil in belihuloya, Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 9(2): 33-40.

Surname, Initials., Surname, Initials. and Surname, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Full name of the Journal (should not be abbreviated). Volume (issue if any): Page range of the article (First and last page).

Online Journal article
Benton, A.R. and James, W.P. (1978). Evapotranspiration from Water Hyacinth in Texas Reservoirs, Journal of the Water resources. 3(2): 919-930. http://www.jwr.org/doi/abs/10.1146. 17.10.2010.

Surname, Initials. and Surname, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Full name of the Journal (should not be abbreviated). Volume (issue if any): Page range of the article (First and last page). Web address. Date of reference or down load.

Internet
McFarlance, D., Chembez, D and Befecadu, J. (2003). Internet adoption and use of e-commerce strategies. http://www2. aamu.edu/saes/ SFRCdocs/ PDF/ECOMMERCE_ PAPER. pdf. 15.09.2011.

Other
Kithamura, P. and Wing, H. (1991). A checklist of North American wild flowers. Miscellaneous Publication Series of the X Research Station, Alberta, Canada. No. 22. 30 pp.

Watanabe, W. and Titt, R. T. (1982). The white willows. Annual Report of the Basketmakers’ Research Institute, 1981-82. Salixville, Australia. 106-107.

Weeping, G. J. (1986). Maran: Possible Commercial Uses. Ph.D. Thesis, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuolya, Sri Lanka. 225 pp.

For anonymous publications, quote in the text as Anon (1992), no need in the REFERENCES. Unpublished work indicates just as “unpublished” in main text.

Tables (Continue page numbering)
Start each Table on a separate sheet, double-spaced. Tables are numbered 01, 02 etc and referred to in order in the text as Table 01, etc. Headings are in bold, (e.g., Table 01.) with stop. The descriptive caption (above the Table) is brief. Capital first letter, others lower-case apart from usual exceptions, with final stop. Technical, statistical or explanatory details are presented as Footnotes to the Table using superscripts (Details of ±SE, *. **, P values units etc in footnotes with lower-case superscript indicator symbols). Only single horizontal lines are used to separate information in TABLES, usually restricted to three, rarely four. Topmost and lowest lines are in bold. All other horizontal lines are light. No vertical lines. Avoid very large, complex Tables, and use same type size and font as in main text. Title should be descriptive enough to understand the content by the reader without cross reference the text. Refer the table in the text as (Table 01. Table 02. Etc.). Indicate the position of the Table in the text in a separate line as TABLE 01, TABLE 02. Etc.

Figure captions. (Continue page numbering)
Type double-spaced with a final stop. All numbered Figure legends should be typed together on a separate sheet(s). If Figures are grouped (e.g., several photographs or graphs, histograms etc, label each Panel as A, B, C etc), give a general title and describe each Panel (A, B etc) separately in the legend. For graphs with several symbols, or different kinds of lines, include a description of these (e.g., open circles, filled triangles, dotted line) in the caption, or provide a key as part of the graph. No bold except Figure 01. (e.g., Figure 01. Rainfall pattern in the study area.). Figure caption should be descriptive enough to understand the content by the reader without cross reference the text.

Illustrations (Figures)
In text refer the figure as (Fig.01. etc.). Position of the Figure in the text should be indicate in a separate line as FIGURE 01. Etc. Illustrations should be submitted as high quality, computer-generated files (JPEG files are preferable). If there are several related photographs or drawings, assemble them into a composite Figure, and label each Panel A, B, C etc. (not a, b, c, or la, 1b). Micrographs and photographs should include clear scale bars (scale defined in legend). Labelling to describe the units on each axis should be large, parallel to each axis, even-sized, and clear. Use upper- and lower-case lettering, not all capitals, not bold. Lines of figures should be thick enough to clear visible at printing. Each Figure should be marked with its number. For histograms, use black or white or gray columns, not cross-hatching or speckled etc. No colour figures. Authors are requested to send additional high quality colour photograph related to the study to published as cover page photograph if space permit (no charges will be applied for this purpose).

Notes
Footnotes to the text should be avoided. Cut/ Copy & paste from other documents must be avoided and such things will be considered as disqualification for publishing an article in JAS.

COPYRIGHT

  • Copyright on any research article in the Journal of Agricultural Sciences is retained by the author(s).
  • The authors grant Journal of Agricultural Sciences a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher.
  • Articles in the Journal of Agricultural Sciences are Open Access articles published under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)
  • This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided it is licensed under the same terms and the original work is properly cited.

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Copyright on any research article in the Journal of Agricultural Sciences is retained by the author(s). Articles in the Journal of Agricultural Sciences are Open Access articles published under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/). The authors grant Journal of Agricultural Sciences a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided it is licensed under the same terms and the original work is properly cited.

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