Guidelines for Authors

1. Manuscripts:
The full-length research papers and review articles written in English are welcome for publication in the following journals:

  1. Crop Research (Print ISSN 0970-4884; Online ISSN 2454-1761). The abbreviated title is ‘Crop Res’.
  2. Research on Crops (Print ISSN 0972-3226; Online ISSN 2348-7542). The abbreviated title is ‘Res. Crops’.
  3. Farming & Management (Print ISSN 2455-4065; Online ISSN 2456-8724). The abbreviated title is ‘Farm. Manage’.

2. Aims and Scope
These journals are providing a forum for the global scientific community to publish their latest research findings. These are peer-reviewed international journals publishing original research on basic and applied aspects of agronomy, soils and crop sciences including agricultural water management, agro-climatology, agro-forestry, crop production, crop protection, cropping systems, genetics & plant breeding, horticulture, plant biotechnology, plant nutrition, post-harvest management of crops, seed science, soil management & tillage, vegetables, weed science, agricultural engineering, environmental science, nano-technology, food science and technology, agri-business, agricultural economics, etc.

  1. The full-length research papers should be typed in one column on A4 size page leaving 2.5 cm margins on all sides. The manuscripts should be typed in MS Word format using Times New Roman 12 pt. font with 1.5 space between lines. Normally, the research papers containing more than 10 typed pages excluding tables and figures are not considered for publication in these journals.
  2. The tables/figures should not cover more than 30% space of the text.
  3. The full-length research papers submitted for publication should not contain data older than 3 years on the date of submission.
  4. The papers written on the basis of one season/year field research are considered for publication in ‘Crop Research’ or ‘Farming & Management’ journals.
  5. The authors who are interested to publish field research in ‘Research on Crops’ journal should write their papers on the basis of minimum two seasons/years field research data.
  6. The papers written on the basis of one season/year laboratory/controlled conditions research are considered for publication in ‘Research on Crops’ journal.
  7. The review articles should be written on the basis of minimum 100 latest references which should be relevant to the topic. Normally, invited review articles are considered for publication in ‘Research on Crops’ journal.
  8. The articles submitted for publication in these journals should not be submitted elsewhere simultaneously for publication in another journal. The contents of papers should not carry any copyright material without prior permission of copyright holder.
  9. The articles should present a complete picture of the investigation made and should not be split into parts.
  10. The papers should be typed in one column on A4 size page leaving 2.5 cm margins on all sides. The manuscripts should be typed in MS Word format using Times New Roman 12 pt. font with 1.5 space between lines. Normally, the research papers containing more than 10 typed pages excluding tables and figures are not considered for publication in these journals.
  11. The articles should be divided into the sub-sections: ABSTRACT, INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, CONCLUSIONS and REFERENCES. Tables and figures should be appended separately at the end

3. Submission of Manuscripts:

  1. Authors can submit their manuscripts through online submission system at: www.indianjournals.com
  2. Manuscripts may also be submitted through e-mail attachment addressed to the Managing Editor at: info@cropresearch.org; cropresearch1@gmail.com; researchoncrops@gmail. com; aricindia@hotmail.com; fmeditor@outlook.com
  3. Submission Ethics: Submission of manuscript implies that (i) the research work described has not been published before, (ii) it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else and (iii) its’ publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, and by the concerned authorities particularly at the institute where the research has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible, if there is any claim for compensation or otherwise.
  4. Peer Review and Editorial Process: All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, who may be members of the Editorial Board or outside experts. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the overall editorial process and coordination. He/she is assisted by Associate Editors, who will coordinate the review process of manuscripts dealing with subjects of their respective expertise.

4. Arrangement of the Manuscript: 
(A) Title page (Separate)

  1. Title of article should be informative but concise and should not contain abbreviations. It should be set in small and bold letters.
  2. The title should indicate the scientific name of the crops or organisms studied, wherever relevant.
  3. A short title, not exceeding 60 characters should be given for running headlines.
  4. Byline should contain, in addition to the names and initials of authors (in capital letters), the place where research was conducted (in italics), and not where the authors are currently working. Change of address for any author should be given as a footnote. Complete address including the name of laboratory/department, institution/university, city/town/district, state, PIN code and e-mail id should be mentioned.

(B) ABSTRACT

  1. Second page should start with the ‘ABSTRACT’. Abstract should include the description of the experiment in brief, including main objective, season, year and place of the study, materials and methods used in brief, main finding and the most important conclusion/recommendation.
  2. Abstract should not have reference to literature and tables/figures.
  3. Abstract should be as concise as possible and limited to maximum 400 words.
  4. Key words (5-8) should be given at the end of ABSTRACT in alphabetical order separated by comma.

(C) INTRODUCTION

  1. The introductory part should be brief and to the point.
  2. Introduction should set the work in present context, giving only essential background. However, give a brief reference to previous relevant research.
  3. It should briefly describe the latest and current available information on the subject, duly supported by relevant and recent references.
  4. Do not use more than 10 years old references except landmark references in that field.

(D) MATERIALS AND METHODS

  1. This section of the manuscript should contain the materials and methods used in the experiment and statistical analysis adopted.
  2. This part should begin with details relating to place of study, period/season/year, climate or weather conditions, experimental materials used and other details as relevant to the study.
  3. Treatment details along with techniques and experimental design, replications, plot size etc. should be clearly indicated.
  4. Use of symbols for treatments should be fully explained at its’ first mention.
  5. This section should specify the methodology for application of experimental treatments.
  6. The specific observations recorded during the experiment should be described properly.
  7. Avoid detailed description of known methods of analysis. However, any new technique developed and followed should be described in detail.
  8. References for methods used in the study should be cited.
  9. All statistical comparisons among treatments may be made at P=0.05 level of probability. Correlation and regression analysis should be given in appropriate cases.

(E) RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

  1. Results should be reported under suitable sub-headings and discussed together to avoid duplication.
  2. Do not mention the data as such in the text. Interpret it suitably by indicating in terms of per cent/ absolute changes or any other derivations.
  3. While discussing, the results should be related to the objectives.
  4. Discussion should be strengthened by explaining treatment effects in terms of cause-and-effect relationship. Explain how the results relate to previous findings.
  5. When the results differ from previously available information, possible explanations should be given. Controversial issues should be discussed clearly and fairly.
  6. The relevant references should be suitably mentioned for discussion of the results.

(F) CONCLUSION

  1. This section should clearly summary the results obtained and their impact in solution of the practical problems and contribution to scientific knowledge. Suggest areas for further investigation.
  2. The word ‘Conclusions’ should be typed as a separate heading. It should not be written in more than 8 sentences.

(G) ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  1. If necessary, the authors may place on record the help and cooperation or any financial help received from any source, person or organization for the study. This should be very brief.

(H) REFERENCES

  1. The references cited in the text of a manuscript must appear at the end of the article under the heading ‘REFERENCES’ and vice-versa.
  2. The spellings of names and years in the text and references list should be carefully checked.
  3. The references should include names of all authors, years (within brackets), full title of the article, name of the journal (abbreviated) in italics, volume number (in bold) and page range.
  4. For book or monograph, the name of the publisher should also be given as well as its volume, edition and relevant pages.
  5. The references cited together in the text should be arranged chronologically. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically on author’s names, and chronologically per author.
  6. References from standard scientific journals should be preferred, while those concerning unpublished data are generally to be avoided. A few examples for correct citation of references in the list are given below:
    1. Proceedings:
      • Anandkumar, V., Nagangoud, A. and Patil, B. V. (2002). Management of brinjal shoot and fruit borer, Leucinodes orbonalis (Guen.). In: Proc. National Seminar on Integrated Pest Management in the Current Century, November 29-30, Department of Agricultural Entomology, B. C. K. V., West Bengal, India. pp. 238-48.
    2. Research papers:
      • Nguyen, H. L. and Tran, D. H. (2019). Performance of salt-tolerant rice cultivars under different soil salinity levels in Central Vietnam. Res. Crops 20: 461-67.
      • Patil, A. S., Patel, H. K. and Chauhan, N. P. (2014). Yield, quality and monetary returns of summer pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum L.) as influenced by integrated management and sowing methods. Crop Res. 47: 24-28.
      • Singh, V. P. and Maiti, R. K. (2017). Research trends in growth and productivity of pearl millet as influenced by biotic factors–A review. Farm. Manage. 2: 89-95.
      • DeGreeff, R. D., Varanasi, A. V., Dille, J. A., Peterson, D. E. and Jugulam, M. (2018). Influence of plant growth stage and temperature on glyphosate efficacy in common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album). Weed Technol. 32: 448-53.
    3. Book:
      • O’Brien, R. D. (2008). Fats and Oils: Formulating and Processing for Applications, 3rd edn. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. pp. 680.
    4. Book chapter:
      • Maiti, R. K., Singh, V. P., Sánchez Arreola, E., Wesche Ebeling, P. and Zavala Garcia, F. (2002). Potato Growth and Productivity. In: Advances in Potato Science (Eds. Maiti, R. K. and Singh, V. P.). Gaurav Society of ARIC, Hisar, India. pp.109-47.
    5. Thesis:
      • Singh, Ramanjeet (2008). Effect of nitrogen management through organic and inorganic sources in sole and intercropped Bt cotton-wheat system. Ph.D. Thesis, Division of Agronomy, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. pp. 99 + xi.
    6. Tables:
      • Each table should be typed on a separate page (not to be included in the text) and numbered consecutively in the same order as they are mentioned in text.
      • The title must describe the contents of the table fully and explain any symbol or abbreviation used in it as a footnote, using small letters viz. a, b, c and so on or asterisks
      • Tables should be self-explanatory but not very large (< 10 and 14 columns in portrait and land scape formats, respectively).
      • The large sized tables should be split into two or more small tables.
      • Use standard abbreviations of units of different parameters in tables.
      • The data in the tables should be corrected to minimum place of decimal.
      • Vertical lines in tables should not be used to separate columns.
      • Horizontal lines in tables should be used only where necessary.
      • All the tables should be tagged with the main body of the text after ‘References’.
  7. Figures:
    • Instead of tables, figures may be given where a large number of values/data are presented. The same data should not be presented in both tables and figures.
    • Originals of the figures should not be larger than twice the final size, of good quality.
    • The figures should be sized to fit within the columns of the journal.
    • Extremely small font and great variation in text sizes within figures should be avoided.
    • Only standard abbreviations should be used. For pesticides names, the first letter should not be capitalized. The trade names should be capitalized.
    • All weights and measurements must be in SI or metric units.
    • Use kg/ha, or t/ha (if more than 999 kg/ha). Similarly, prefer use of g/ha, mg/kg, mg/l, mg/g, ml/l etc. rather than % or ppm. Do not follow the style kg ha-1 or t ha-1.
    • Use % after numbers, not per-cent, e.g., 7%.
    • In a series or range of measurements, mention the units only at end e.g., use 20, 60, 100 and 2000C; 30 or 40% more, instead of 20C, 60C, 100C and 200C; 30% or 40% more.
    • Statistical analysis of data in the standard experimental design should be sound and complete in itself with both Sem+ and CD (P=0.05) values given for comparison of treatment means in tables and figures.

(5) Submission ethics

  1. Submission of manuscript implies; that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, and by the concerned authorities particularly at the institute where the research has been carried out.
  2. The publisher will not be held legally responsible if there is any claim for compensation or otherwise.

(6) Peer Review

  1. Peer-Review is an important element in the scientific publication process to ensure the quality of research.
  2. It helps in making the research more effective, error-free and verified in terms of ethical standards.
  3. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, who may be members of the Editorial Board or outside experts.
  4. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the overall editorial process and coordination. He/ She is assisted by Editorial Board, who will coordinate the review process of manuscripts dealing with subjects of their respective expertise.
  5. All the manuscripts received for publication are given an identification number.
  6. The articles which are containing original information and written properly as per the ‘Guidelines’ are forwarded to an subject expert for peer review.
  7. The articles that are poorly written are rejected as such or returned to the author for revision.
  8. The revised articles are also checked by editorial board members and placed before Editor-in-Chief for a final decision.
  9. The acceptance letter of a suitable peer reviewed article will be sent through email to corresponding author.
  10. The galley proofs (pdf) are mailed to the corresponding author for correction before final publication/printing.
  11. The pdf copies of published articles are supplied to corresponding author free of cost.

(7) Article Processing/Publication Charges:

      1. All the Indian authors whose papers accepted for publication in CROP RESEARCH and RESEARCH ON CROPS are required to pay article processing/publication charges @ Rs. 1000/-per printed page of the journal. The special discount of 25% in processing charges is allowed to bona-fide Indian students.
      2. The article processing/publication charges in US dollars are applied to foreign authors depending on the size of papers. The rate list is supplied to foreign authors along with the acceptance letters of the papers. The discount of 25% in article processing charges is allowed to authors of low-income countries. The special discount of 50% in article processing charges is allowed to authors of SAARC countries.
      3. No article processing/publication charges for ‘Farming & Management’ journal. It is free to publish articles in this journal.
      4. The suitable research or review articles submitted by Indian authors for publication in ‘Farming & Management’ journal during 2022 will be awarded Rs. 4000/- per article as a token of encouragement for writing quality articles.

(8) Publishers of CR, ROC and F & M journals takes no responsibility for facts or opinions expressed in manuscripts published in this journal.

(9) For enquirers, if any, please contact at: info@cropresearch.org; researchoncrops@gmail.com; cropresearch1@gmail.com; fmeditor@outlook.com

(10) Website: www.cropresearch.org ; www.indianjournals.com

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