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African Crop Science Journal
Instructions to authors…/ Instructions aux auteurs…
Submit original and two copies of the manuscript to: Editorial Secretariat, African Crop Science Journal, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda. Electronic submissions may be sent to: email@example.com. African Crop Science Journal has no page charges for papers accepted for publication. Papers published in the Journal should be based on original research or continuation of previous studies that are reproducible. Papers to be published in the Review and Forum Sections should have international relevance.
Manuscripts should be typewritten, on white 8 1/2 x 11 in (216 x 279 mm) paper, double-spaced with wide margins (1 in) and line-numbered where possible. Complex mathematical equations should be hand-written.
Should appear in the following order: Title, Authors' names, Address of authors, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figure Legends, and Figures. Main section headings should be bold, centered and of uppercase letters. Do not underline the title or section headings. Subsections (also bolded) may be included and only the first letter of the subsection should be capitalized. Avoid excessive fragmentation of the paper.
Use SI units of measurement, and underline all Latin words and scientific names. Use numerals before standard units of measurements, e.g. 3 g, 9 days, 36 hr; otherwise use words for numbers one to nine and numerals for larger numbers. For commonly used terms and abbreviations, consult the latest edition of Council of Biological Editors. Non-standard abbreviations should be avoided, and where used, they should be explained at their first mention.
Should be brief and reflect the main theme of the paper.
Authors' names should appear below the title and below which the address should be typed.
An Abstract in English should preferably be accompanied by a French translation. It should include key words, arranged alphabetically with only the first letter of the first key word capitalized. Key words should be separated by commas. Abstracts should be limited to < 200 words, and should contain salient features of the study, briefly indicating method of study, results, and the main conclusion. Single solid lines should separate the by-line material from the Abstract, and the Abstract from the main text. A short running title should be included.
Provide a survey of literature and clearly justify the need for study.
Materials and Methods
This should be informative enough to enable readers to interpret the results obtained. Particular attention should be paid to the design, analysis and statistics.
Should be concise. Avoid reproducing information already in the Tables.
This section may be combined with results but generally should be separate. It should indicate clearly the significance and implications of the results obtained. Inferences and opinions should be distinguished from facts, and should not duplicate results except to introduce or clarify points. Reference should be made to published literature.
Financial contributors, pre-paper reviews. etc. should be acknowledged.
Only articles or books published or are "in press" may be cited. Copies of the publishers' letters of acceptance should accompany all such citations. The reference list should be arranged alphabetically. Authors should be referred to in text by name and year (Harvard system).
Islam, M.S. and Morison, J.I.L. 1992. Influence of solar radiation and temperature on irrigated rice grain yield in Bangladesh. Field Crops Research 30:13-28.
Within the text, references should be given as: Islam and Morison (1992), or ... similar results have been obtained with irrigated rice in Bangladesh (Islam and Morrison, 1992); and if many citations. cite as Okello, 1981; Atim, 1993.
For books list as:
Campbell, C.L. and Madden. L.V. 1990. An Introduction to Plant Disease Epidemiology. John Wiley & Sons, New York. 532pp. or:
Skylakis, G. 1987. Changes in composition of pathogen populations caused by resistance to fungicides. In: Populations of Plant Pathogens, Their Dynamics and Genetics. Wolfe, M.S. and Caren, C.E. (Eds.), pp. 227237. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.
Personal communication may be cited only in the text, giving names, date, and institution or organization of source of information.
Tables and Figures
Tables and Figures should be self- explanatory, without reference to the text or other tables and figures. Captions should be brief but should adequately describe contents. The word Table should be in uppercase letters, and should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Figure captions should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. In the text spell out the word Table but abbreviate Figure to Fig. Capitalize the first letter of table column and row headings. Footnotes are designated with superscript lowercase letters.
Graphs should be boxed and ordinates and abscissions marked with index lines. Illustrations should be in black and white and of a size that allows a reduction of up to 50%. If color prints are necessary, the cost of production will be charged to the authors. Figures should be numbered on the reverse side with authors names, shortened title, and the top indicated.
An author receiving editorial recommendations for revision should submit the revised manuscript within 6 months; otherwise longer intervals will be treated as new manuscripts.
Page proofs will normally be sent to the author for corrections if time permits.
For style and format, authors are advised to consult the most recent issue of African Crop Science Journal.