Guidelines to Authors
OVERVIEW

Journal of Crop and Weed, published since 2005, is the official peer reviewed publication of Crop and Weed Science Society. The Crop Science editorial board consists of the Executive Editor, Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members. The Journal is available both in Online (ISSN 2349 9400) and Print (ISSN 0974 6315) version. The Journal is abstracted at CABI and AGRICOLA. The journal has been awarded a score 5.46 by NAAS in 2020 and is also ranked by Index Copernicus International (ICV 2019 74.54). The Journal has been evaluated by Infobase Index with impact factor 2.93 at 5.0 scale. The Global Impact Factor of the Journal is 0.632, Cosmos Impact Factor is 5.963 and International Scientific Index is 1.437. The Journal has been accepted at Open Academic Journal Index (CGIJ OAJI: 0.201) and added to the data base of the Electronic Journals Library. The CODEN code of the journal is JCWOAT. The Journal has also been forwarded to Thomson Reuters for Indexing. The journal is published triennially (April, August and December in a calendar year). Special issues are also published. The Journal presents a concrete repository accessible by the international user community that work on or having interest in sustainable development in agricultural and allied sector.


AIM AND SCOPE

Journal of Crop and Weed aims at a pivotal point through which researchers/investigators and others become interested in publishing their research findings of importance to the improvement, production, protection, marketing, utilization, sustainable management of environmental and natural resources for the benefit of humanity and sustainable maintenance of life on this planet. Articles in the journal are of interest to researchers, policy makers, educators, and practitioners. Therefore, the journal aims to provide a bird's eye view of the latest research and advances in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. This journal seeks to provide the latest research and the best practices in the respective fields. The journal provides theoretical and pragmatic viewpoints on rural development and also provide guidance to the user to inform their practices. The journal incorporates various advanced integrated research systems and applications.


The journal publish original research works in the form of full paper, review article and short communication relating to the study on agri-horticultural crops, weeds, soil, microbiology, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, poultry, fishery, environment, biotechnology, tissue-culture, nanotechnology, biodiversity of plants, animals and microbes, sericulture, socio-economic analysis, extension methodology, statistics, ICT, ITKs, remote sensing and GIS and other agriculture and allied topics. For consideration as full paper, the journal invites quality article based on at least two years of experimentation, particularly the articles based on field trials. Review articles are received by invitation.


The Editorial Board of the "Journal of Crop and Weed" invites recently published books for review. The books will be reviewed by the eminent teachers/scientists of the respective discipline. Authors and Publishers are requested to send the book for review to the Chief Editor, Journal of Crop and Weed, Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, BCKV, P.O. Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, Pin 741252, West Bengal, India.


GENERAL GUIDELINES
  1. Only the original research works should be presented for possible consideration of publication. A clear-cut description of the work performed, and the results obtained thereof commensuration with objective discussion of the significance of the work with reference to the previous work and the present work must be presented in holistic way. The article should be enriched with sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. The manuscript should conform to the SI system for numerical data and data should be subjected to appropriate statistical analysis. The article should preferably be relating to the research work carried out during the last five years. Review articles should be objective and comprehensive, as far as possible exhaustive in the specific area with up-to-date information. Authors are solely responsible for the scientific contents of the article.
  2. Concurrent submission and or publication of research articles based essentially the same research work in more than one journal is highly unethical and are to be discouraged at all levels. Authors should refrain themselves from submit for consideration a manuscript that has already been submitted / published in another journal. Submission of a manuscript concurrently to more than one journal is unethical publishing behaviour and unacceptable.
  3. If situation warrants, the authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study for editorial review and should be ready to make the data publicly available if practicable and deemed necessary by the editorial board. Such data should be maintained for at least 10 years after publication.
  4. The manuscript will be subjected to scan by a reputed plagiarism detecting software. Hence, authors should ensure that they have worked, written and submit original works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, including those have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the manuscript should have been appropriately cited. Plagiarism takes many forms, and any form is unethical and unacceptable.
  5. Authorship of the manuscript is ascertained by the significant contributions to (i) the concept, ii) designing the experiment, iii) execution, iv) data acquisition, v) analysis/interpretation of the study; (vi) preparation of the manuscript viii) revision of the manuscript for its intellectual quality etc. All persons who made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript must be listed. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors as per their contribution listed above and no inappropriate co-authors are included and also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication.
  6. During the submission of the manuscript the authors / corresponding author (on behalf of all the authors) should disclose any conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. Potential conflicts of interest like financial educational grants or other funding, membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, other financial, or other equity interest, and paid expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements along with personal or professional relationships, affiliations etc should clearly be disclosed.
  7. Acknowledgement of others works those have influential impact on determining the nature of the work in proper way forms the basis of any scientific communication and is included in the ethical consideration of publication. Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others, and also cited such publications properly. Information obtained through private conversation, correspondence or discussion should be reported with the permission from the source.
  8. The authors must clearly identify in the manuscript the involvement of hazards related to chemicals, procedures or equipment. In the event of involvement of animals or human, the authors should ensure the compliances with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them; the manuscript should contain a statement to this effect. Authors should also include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants.
  9. If the authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their published work, it is their obligation to promptly intimate the same to the journal’s editor and cooperate with them to either correct the paper in the form of an erratum. If the editors or publisher notice otherwise that a published work contains a significant error or inaccuracy, then it is the authors’ obligation to promptly correct or retract the paper or provide evidence to the journal editors of the correctness of the paper.
  10. The journal follows a double-blind peer review process and all articles will be subjected to peer reviewing. Research articles submitted for consideration are first reviewed by editors/ editorial board member in respective fields. The editors may reject it out either because it is not dealing with the subject matter for the journal or because of its low quality. Articles that are found suitable for review are then sent to two experts in the field of the paper Each and every article submitted for possible publication in the journal undergoes double blind peer review system; wherein identity of neither the authors nor the reviewers are disclosed. Articles are generally sent to at least two reviewers, one from outside the country and another from outside the province/state where the actual has been carried out. Reviewers are allowed a blanket to go through the content of the article without any prejudice or bindings; scientific content of the article remains the only criteria. Ethically, authors are obliged to participate in the double-blind peer review process and cooperate fully and promptly to editors’ requests for review compliances including proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions. The authors should comply to the reviewers’ comments/requirements systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal within the stipulated deadline given.
  11. Decision of the Editorial Board is final.
  12. All the authors must be the member of the Crop and Weed Science Society.
  13. Authors should provide the names and full address along with telephone and E-mail ID of minimum four experts from outside the state/province and two from outside the country in the relevant field of research.
  14. No reprints of the published article will be supplied by post to the authors. However, the corresponding author can download the soft copies of the article from journal’s website ( https://www.cropandweed.com/).
  15. If the manuscript is accepted for the publication, the author(s) have to pay a nominal article processing charge of Rs. 1000.00 (Rupees one thousand only) in form of Money Order/Bank Draft/Online Transfer on SBI Kalyani, Code No. 1082, A/C 11151098081 in favor of the Secretary/Treasurer, Crop and Weed Science Society. However, if author(s) are already members of the society, the article processing charge is waived.
  16. All communications relating to the publications in journal should be addressed to the Chief Editor, Journal of Crop and Weed, Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, P.O. Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Dist. Nadia, Pin 741252, West Bengal India or Email at editor@cwssbckv.org
  17. For any queries or clarifications, the author(s) can contact the editorial office by telephone (+91 9749158485) from Monday to Friday (11:00 AM to 4:30 PM IST) or by email (editor@cwssbckv.org).
  18. The Publication Ethics of the journal are available at https://www.cropandweed.com/ethics
  19. Author(s) should strictly follow the Article Structure while preparing the manuscript.



STRUCTURE OF A RESEARCH ARTICLE


1. TITLE PAGE

(a) Title: The manuscript title should be concise, specific and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae wherever possible. Times New Roman Font, 14 pt size, Bold, Sentence case, Double spaced, Centre alignment. A short running title may also be given.


(b) Author(s) name: All authors of a manuscript should write their full name ( Times New Roman Font, 12 pt size, Bold, Uppercase/All caps, Double spaced, Centre alignment. Where available, please also include ORCiDs of the authors.


(c) Corresponding author: The name of the corresponding author should be prefixed with an Asterisk (*). The corresponding author will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. This responsibility also includes answering any future queries about the manuscript. The active email id of corresponding author should be given at the end of the addresses. Ensure that the e-mail address and contact details given are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

(d) Address: Complete address of the institution(s) should be given for all author(s) in the same order of list of authors. The respective address of co-authors should be prefixed with superscript numerals. Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Italics, Sentence case, Double spaced, Centre alignment. If the address of any author(s) is changed during the peer review process, the updated address should be given in the revised manuscript.

N.B. Please note that no changes to name of authors, sequence of authors and their addresses can be made after the paper is accepted. All such changes (if any) should be made in the revised manuscript before a final decision to be taken by the Chief Editor.


2. ABSTRACT

(a) Abstract: A concise and factual abstract must be given after the title page. Write the heading as ABSTRACT (Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Uppercase/All Caps, Double spaced, Centre alignment). The body of the abstract (Times New Roman Font, 9 pt size, Italics, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment) should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions (not exceeding 150 words). An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if extremely essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s) and give the fill reference in the reference section. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

(b) Keywords: Start with ‘Keywords:’ (Times New Roman Font, 9 pt size, Bold, Sentence case, Double spaced, Left alignment), followed by 5-6 keywords suitable for indexing in alphabetical order (Times New Roman Font, 9 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Left alignment).


3. INTRODUCTION

A brief introductory paragraph (Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment, First line of each paragraph should have 0.2 inch indentation) without heading and explaining the rationale and objective of the paper with pertinent review of research work should be provided. No need to write the heading “Introduction”. After keywords, just start writing the introductory paragraph. The introduction should not be too lengthy.


4. MATERIALS AND METHODS

Write the heading as ‘MATERIALS AND METHODS’ ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). It should provide adequate information on the materials used and techniques followed in sufficient detail to permit the work to be repeated. The year of experimentation, location of experiment (preferably with geographical coordinates and elevation), treatment details, experimental design and statistical methods employed for the collection and analysis of data, etc. should be provided. All information (techniques, analysis protocol, experimental design and statistical methods, etc.) should be supported with references, wherever applicable. Methods that are already published should be summarized and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described. The body of the Materials and Methods should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment and First line of each paragraph should have 0.2 inch indentation. The equations/formulae (if any) should be given using ‘Equation Tab’ or ‘Text Box’ available in MS Word Menu. For more than one equation/formula, each equation/formula should be numbered as ---1, ---2, ---3 and so on. Please give the equations/formulae as editable text and not as images. All measurements should be given in SI or SI-derived units. The following examples may be followed: 10 Kg ha-1, 2.5 mg ml-1, etc. The scientific name of plants, insects, microbes, etc. should be given on their first mention in the manuscript and wherever necessary. Similarly, the active formulation of commercial products should be mentioned in this section.


5. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

(a) Results and Discussion: Write the heading as ‘RESULTS AND DISCUSSION’ ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). Subheadings (if any) should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Italics, Sentence case, Double spaced, Left alignment. The Results and Discussion part should be combined to avoid repetitions and written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment and First line of each paragraph should have 0.2 inch indentation. This should illustrate the results obtained and the logical explanation for the said results in a clear and crisp language. This section should also explore the significance of the results of the work in relation to other relevant and recent published works should be highlighted as discussion. Same data should not be presented in table and figure simultaneously. The article should end with definite conclusion drawn from the results obtained in the light of rationale of the study. The results and discussion should preferably be supported by tables and figures. The number of tables and figures should be clearly mentioned in the relevant section of the text as Table X and Fig. X.


6. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

If any, a brief acknowledgement may be given. Write the heading as ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). The acknowledgement should recognize the physical support, funding support, administrative help, analytical service, technical guidance, etc. received by the authors. The body of the acknowledgement should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment. This statement is optional.


7. DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

All authors mandatorily disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Write the heading as DISCLOSURE STATEMENT ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). The statement should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment. A sample disclosure statement is as given below:

“The author(s) declare(s) no known conflict of interests that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.”


8. REFERENCES

(a) Citation in text: All citations in the text should refer to:

  • Single author: The author's family name (without initials unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication (e.g. ….reported by Mitra (2007) Or ….with earlier work (Mitra, 2007).
  • Two authors: Both authors' family names and the year of publication (e.g. ….reported by Singh and Kumar (2011) Or ….with earlier work (Singh and Kumar, 2011)).
  • Three or more authors: first author's family name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication (e.g. ….reported by Pihur et al. (2008) Or ….with earlier work (Pihur et al., 2008)).
  • More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication (e.g. Sundaram (2015a and 2015b)).
  • Groups of references can be listed either first chronologically, and then alphabetically (e.g. …reported by previous workers (Joshi 2001a, 2001b; Sharma and Ali, 2003; Manikandan et al., 2003) Or …as demonstrated by Joshi (2001a and 2001b), Sharma and Ali (2003) and Manikandan et al. (2003)).


(b) Reference list: Write the heading as REFERENCES ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). All references should be given as per recommended style of the journal and written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Double spaced, Justify alignment, 0.28 inch hanging indentation. Unpublished results are not recommended in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text indicated as (Unpublished results). An article should not be referred as “in press’’ unless it has been accepted for publication. The reference should be cited in alphabetical order and should not be numbered. For web references, as a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the website was last accessed. Any further information, if available (e.g. DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), may also be given. The journal name should be given in abbreviated form. Please follow the abbreviation style of NLM Catalogue ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals) or CAS Source Index ( https://cassi.cas.org/no-result.jsp), wherever possible. The recommended reference styles for various categories of publications are as given below.

Reference to a journal article
Pihur, V., Datta, S. and Datta, S. 2008. Reconstruction of genetic association networks from microarray data: a partial least squares approach. Bioinformatics, 24(4): 561–568.

Reference to a journal publication with an article number
Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J. and Lupton, R.A. 2018. The art of writing a scientific article. Heliyon. 19, e00205.


Reference to an authored book
Sadasivam, S. and Manickam, A. 2008. Biochemical Methods. 3 rd Edn., New Age International Publishers, Dariya Ganj, New Delhi, India. pp 20-21.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book
Sharma, S.K., Baranwal, V.K., Roy, S.S., Kumar, P.Vignesh and Prakash, N. 2016. Interactions Among Host and Plant Pararetroviruses: An Ever Evolving Evolutionary Dogma. In: Plant Viruses : Evolution and Management (Gaur, R.K., Petrov, N.V., Patil B.L. and Stoyanova, M.I. Eds.), Springer. pp 73-87.

Reference to a chapter in a souvenir or conference proceedings
Hazra, P. 2019. Smart horticulture for livelihood and nutritional security. In: Abstracts of International Seminar on Agriskills for Convergence in Research, Industry and Livelihood. Crop and Weed Science Society, 28 November to 1 December, 2019. Kalyani, West Bengal, India. pp. 42-45.

Reference to a website
Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. 2021. First Advance Estimates of Production of Foodgrains for 2020-21. https://agricoop.nic.in/sites/default/files/FirstEstimate2020-21.pdf (Last accessed on 30 August, 2021).

N.B. For any other category of publications, closest reference style may be followed.


9. TABLES AND FIGURES

(a) Table: Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. It should be combined to avoid repetitions. Each table should be concise and given at the end of the text (after references). Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place table notes, if any (for describing the abbreviation, alphabetical notations, etc. used in the table) below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article or in the figures. Construct the table in such a way so that it should not occupy much space and can be easily understandable for the readers. Horizontal and vertical lines should not be marked within the table. Please avoid shading in table cells. Each table should contain a self-explanatory heading (e.g. Table 1: Effect of different treatments on growth and yield of paddy). The heading should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Sentence case, Double spaced, Left alignment. Download an article from journal’s website ( https://www.cropandweed.com/) and construct the tables accordingly.

(b) Figure: Provide figure in either TIFF or JPEG format. Please do not embed the figures in the text instead place the figures in separate pages after the tables. Number the figures consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Standard format of graphs should preferably be used and legends (if any) should be given. As far as possible, figure should be constructed in black & white/grayscale mode. Coloured figure should be given if it is absolute necessary. Using 3D bar charts should be avoided if 3D does not add any additional information or clarity. Ensure that each figure has a suitable caption. The caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Explain all symbols and abbreviations used (if any) after the title. If more than one figures are grouped into a single a figure, each sub-figure should be sequentially marked with alphabets as (a), (b), (c)… and described in the figure caption (e.g. Fig. 1: Visualization of the GRN using Cytoscape Software based on different scoring methods (a) Correlation, (b) Partial Least Square, (c) Principal Component Regression, (d) Ridge Regression and (e) Fisher’s weighted method). The figure caption should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Sentence case, Double spaced, Left alignment. The artwork (e.g. image, graphics) should be of minimum 300 dpi resolution. Please do not use any artwork which are optimized for screen use (e.g. GIF, BMP, WPG, etc.) and of low resolution. Please also do not submit any image that are disproportionately large for the content. All maps/satellite images should have a measure of scale (e.g. scale bar), north arrow (or directional grid), and a legend and all print should be legible after 1/4th size reduction. Download an article from journal’s website ( https://www.cropandweed.com/) and construct the figures accordingly. If required, journal may ask you to submit editable file of the figures.


10. ETHICAL STATEMENT

This section will start from a new page.

(a) Animal and clinical studies: Investigations using experimental animals must state in the Materials and Methods section that the research was conducted in accordance with the internationally accepted principles for laboratory animal use and care as recommended by the competent authority (e.g. Office of Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animal (CPCSEA), Govt. of India) along with Approval No. and Registration No. of approving authority. The Editors will reject papers if there is any doubt about the suitability of the animal procedures used.

(b) Biodiversity rights: Each country has its own rights on its biodiversity. Consequently, for studying plants one needs to follow the international, national and institutional rules concerning the biodiversity rights. The author(s) must state that they have not breached any Acts or Rules pertains to Biodiversity rights of any country or state.

The author(s) must declare that, “ The study was performed according to the international, national and institutional rules considering animal experiments, clinical studies and biodiversity rights. Necessary approval has been obtained from ___________________ Vide Approval No. ________________ dated ________.”

If the work does not involve any animal experiments or is not related to biodiversity rights, the author(s) should write “ Not applicable”.

Write the heading as ETHICAL STATEMENT ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). The statement should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment.


11. COPYRIGHT STATEMENT FOR USING THIRD-PARTY MATERIAL

The author(s) must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in the article. The use of short extracts of text citing the original authors is usually permitted for writing prior art or discussion. However, if author(s) wants to include any other material (e.g. tables, figures, dataset, artwork/photographs, diagram, design, etc.) in the paper which is protected by copyrights, they have to mandatorily obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission and the source of the materials used should be indicated in the article.

The author(s) must declare that “The article contains copyrights protected material and necessary permission has been obtained from the copyright holder”.

In such cases, the journal may request you to submit a copy of the permission letter.

If the work does not use any copyrighted material, the author(s) should mention “The article does not contain any copyrights protected material”.

Write the heading as COPYRIGHT STATEMENT ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). The statement should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment.


12. AUTHORSHIP STATEMENT

For transparency, we encourage authors to submit an authorship statement file outlining their individual contributions to the paper using the relevant roles: Conceptualization; Data curation; Data analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Literature survey; Manuscript writing, Manuscript editing; etc. Write the heading as AUTHORSHIP STATEMENT ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). The statement should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Justify alignment. The statement may be written as follows.

Name of Author A: Idea conceptualization, experimentation and manuscript writing

Name of Author B: Data analysis

Name of Author C: Literature survey and manuscript editing

Name of Author D: …….


13. LIST OF ABBREVIATION

If any abbreviations (other than standard abbreviations) or short name of chemicals/ formulations, etc. are used in the article, the author(s) should provide a list of all such abbreviation along with their expanded form to facilitate the reviewers. All such non-standard abbreviation must be defined at their first mention in the article itself. If the article does not contain any such abbreviation, the author(s) should mention “ Not applicable”. Write the heading as LIST OF ABBREVIATION ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). The list of abbreviation should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Left alignment.


14. SUBMISSION DECLARATION

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the Journal of Crop and Weed. A sample Submission Declaration is as given below.

“I/We hereby declare that

  1. That the article is an original work carried out by the authors.
  2. That the work is done within the previous five years of the submission.
  3. That the work is in no way contravenes the publication ethics of the Journal.
  4. That while preparing the manuscript copying and or plagiarizing has been avoided.
  5. That the article, in part of full, has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  6. That the article has been approved by all authors for submission to the Journal.
  7. That there is no conflict of interest among the authors or any other individual or organisation etc.
  8. That if accepted, the article will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the Journal of Crop and Weed.
  9. That all persons/establishments who have contributed to the said work in terms of financial/intellectual and other helps have been duly acknowledged.
  10. That all author(s) has/have given consent for publishing the article in Journal’s website as open access.”

Write the heading as SUBMISSION DECLARATION ( Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Bold, Upper case/All Caps, Double spaced, Left alignment). The statement should be written in Times New Roman Font, 10 pt size, Sentence case, Double spaced, Left alignment. To verify originality, your article will be checked by the plagiarism detection software, failing which the article will be rejected.

15. LIST OF POTENTIAL REVIEWERS

The author(s) are requested to provide a list of minimum four potential reviewers. However, it is not an indication that your paper will be sent to the same reviewers. The list of reviewers should be furnished in the following format.


S.N. Name Designation Institute Specialization Email ID
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STRUCTURE OF A SHORT COMMUNICATION


1. TITLE PAGE
The title page should be prepared as described in the ‘Structure of a Research Article’.

2. KEYWORDS
Author(s) should mention 5-6 keywords suitable for indexing in alphabetical order. Abstract is not required for short communication.

3. MAIN TEXT
Main text should be written within 2000 words including Tables, Figures and References. Author(s) may divide the Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, etc. into different paragraphs but without any Heading. A maximum of 2 tables and/or figures and/or artwork is allowed. The author(s) should avoid large tables or illustration and present only important results/data in tables/figures.

4. REFERENCES
A maximum of 15 references is allowed. Editor may request further reduction, if required.

N.B. Please follow the same guidelines in respect of type, size and case of font, line spacing, paragraph indentation, reference style, construction of tables/figures/artwork, etc. as given in the ‘Structure of a Research Article’.



SUBMISSION CHECKLIST


The author(s) should use the following list to carry out a final check of the article before submitting it to the journal. Please ensure that the following points have been addressed:


  1. The manuscript has been prepared in Microsoft Word and saved as ‘Word 97-2003 document (*.doc)’ format.
  2. Each page of the manuscript has been numbered at bottom centre.
  3. The name of each author has been correctly spelled.
  4. One author has been designated as the corresponding author and marked with asterisk (*).
  5. Affiliations of all authors have been clearly mentioned.
  6. Correct e-mail address of corresponding author has been mentioned on the title page.
  7. The manuscript file has been arranged in the following sequence.
    Title Page → Abstract and Keywords → Introduction (Without heading) → Materials and Methods → Results and Discussion → Acknowledgement (Optional) → Disclosure Statement → References → Tables and Figures → Ethical Statement → Copyright Statement → Authorship Statement → List of Abbreviation (If any) → Submission Declaration → List of Reviewers.
  8. All tables and figures (including titles, description, footnotes, etc.) have been constructed as per recommended style of the journal and given on separate pages.
  9. All tables and/or figure have been cited in the relevant section of the text.
  10. All measurements have been given in SI or SI-derived units and as per recommended style.
  11. All abbreviation/acronyms have been defined on their first mention in the manuscript.
  12. The scientific name of plants, insects, microbes, etc. has been given on their first mention in the manuscript and wherever necessary.
  13. The active formulation of commercial products has been mentioned in Materials and Methods.
  14. All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa.
  15. All references have been written as per recommended style of the journal.
  16. Full URL of web-references have been given.
  17. Ethical statement, if applicable, contains the name of approving authority, registration no., approval no. and date.
  18. Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (if any).
  19. The Email IDs of suggested reviewers are correctly spelled and presently active.
  20. The whole manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'.