Instructions to Authors
Authors should consult the Publication Style Manual of the Journal of Applied Horticulture, the primary guide for authors who prepare manuscripts and articles for a consideration of publication. The instructions to authors presented here are part of the manual and are intended to provide authors with JAH publication policies and general manuscript preparation to submit manuscripts in English.
Manuscript Submission. Two
manuscripts should be sent to the
Society for Advancement of Horticulture retains the copyright for all publications of JAH. Permission to reprint, republish, or reproduce individual contributions or parts of contributions must be obtained from the Society.
Review Policy and Procedure. All manuscripts must be submitted in English. Manuscripts submitted for publication may be reviewed by colleagues (internal review process) and revised. Rejection of submitted manuscripts that do not conform to the JAH will be informed to authors for correction. A manuscript number is assigned to each manuscript, which will be sent to the corresponding author with the acknowledgement and date of receipt. Always refer to the manuscript number in all correspondence thereafter.
Manuscripts submitted for publication are reviewed by an executive editor and two additional peer reviewers. Reviewed manuscripts are sent back to the corresponding author along with comments from reviewers. Some revision is usually necessary after the reviews, and final acceptance generally depends on extent of revision. In submitting revised manuscripts, authors are requested to submit explanations on how the revisions were made and the reason why they do not agree with the reviewers for those points on which they have no revision.
Alternatively, for quick processing, author may get the paper refereed through scholarly/experienced person in the field of research related with the paper and mail the attachment of revised paper along with his comments to reduce time required for pre-printing process. The reviewing is mandatory and sometimes may require more time at our level (as compared authors end). In case the reviewing is satisfactory JAH may not wait for the comments of other referees and paper will go for preprinting process. Authors may please request scholarly/experienced persons on behalf of JAH. Download Review form and instructions.
Proof as PDF file is sent to the corresponding author. Authors must proofread carefully, correct if necessary, and return as soon as possible. If case of minor corrections, authors may communicate the corrections in MSWord/text file through email mentioning page and para number along with original text and revised text.
Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal must not have been published previously and submission implies no concurrent submission elsewhere. Two copies of manuscripts should be sent to the:
Manuscripts should be double spaced and use single quotes around cultivar names except when they would modify the word cultivar. The number system for references will be used. Tables and graphs should be camera ready with lines and type adequate size to be easily read when reduced for publication. Manuscripts should be organized as follows: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion. Results and Discussion can be combined if that is most appropriate.
Submitted manuscripts are sent to two reviewers familiar with the subject. Acceptance depends on the evaluation by the reviewers and the editor. Reviewed articles are then returned to the author, revised and the finished article returned to the editor as a hard copy and on computer disk marked with the software program used.
Two copies of a manuscript with original figures should be submitted to JAH Editorial office. All manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two scholars for a decision on acceptance, revision or rejection, within three months. After acceptance a paper will be published mainly in chronological order.
Contributions to JAH must be original, clearly and precisely presented in English, and submitted in duplicate exclusively to the Journal of Applied Horticulture. Observational, experimental or applied papers on any aspect of horticulture are welcomed. Original articles should not normally exceed 20 typed pages. Short communications can be submitted but these must contain significant results and should not be viewed as an alternative publication route for papers previously rejected. Reviews should not exceed 20 typed pages and Short Communications must be restricted to five pages. Authors should provide e-mail and postal addresses, fax and telephone numbers. Papers text on floppy disk (1.44 MB), processed in WordStar/ Word Perfect/ MS Word will be helpful in early publication and omission of errors.
Online Submission: Please submit article in IBM format to: . The size of the attached files should be less than 2 MB. Please submit large files/images on CD. Inquiries about other acceptable file formats should be directed to the same email address.It is also presumed that the authors have obtained the approval of their department, faculty or institute where such approval is essential. Journal or Editorial Board takes no responsibility for the facts or opinion expressed, which entirely rests with the authors of the paper. Reprints will be supplied to authors only on order. Text must be typed on one side of white opaque paper, using double spacing throughout, with at least 30 mm of margin on all sides. Elaborately word-processed or typeset layouts should be avoided. On all points of style regarding text and tables follow a current copy of the Journal. Words to be italicized should be underlined or typed in italics. The title should be concise, specific and informative. Please suggest a short running title of six to ten words. The abstract must not exceed 300 words. A list of up to 12key words, including the complete botanical name and common name (if any) of the plant material, must be supplied. Other key words should include the topic investigated and any special techniques used. The list of key words should be complete in itself. Title, abstract and key word list should be informative without reference to the remainder of the paper. The complete scientific name (Genus, species and authority), and cultivar or strain where appropriate, must be cited for every organism on first mention. The generic name may be abbreviated to its initial thereafter, except where reference to other genera could cause confusion. Vernacular names may be added, but should be used alone only when they are unambiguous.Introduction should be brief, limited to the statement of problem or the aim of the study.Materials and methodsshould include relevant details of materials, experimental design, techniques employed and statistical methods used. Results and discussionshould be relevant, critical and supported by published evidence. Tables should be typed on separate sheets with title stating its contents clearly and concisely. Authors should write as clearly and concisely as possible, and in the third person. Large bodies of primary data should not be presented, and data may not be presented in both tabular and graphical form. Metric measurements in SI units should be used. If, non-SI units have to be used, the SI equivalents should be added in parentheses on first mention. Units should be spelled out except when preceded by a numeral, when they should be abbreviated g, mg, ml, d, h, ha etc. (not followed by full stops). Use the minus index (m-1, I-1, h-1) except in such cases as 'per plant' or 'per pot'. Numbers up to ten should be given in words except when referring to measurements: give 11 and upwards as numerals, except at the beginning of a sentence. Fractions should be expressed as decimals. Use '%' not 'per cent' in the text. Dates should be as: 1 Jan, 1999.
In acknowledgement, please be brief, 'We thank...' (not 'The present authors would like to express their thanks to…..'). Citations in the text should take the form: Hamson and Noirot (1974) or (Jones, 1990, Smith 1998 a, b). When papers are by two authors, use all names. For papers by three or more authors use et al. throughout. Publications in the text should be cited by- author, year of publication and multiple citations should be in chronological order. Underline only Latin and generic names and the titles of books / journals. Refrences must be typed with double spacing throughout. Each entry must conform as exactly as possible to one of base three styles, according to the type of publication cited:
A.O.A.C. 1975. Official Methods of Analysis. Association of Official Analytical Chemists, Washington, D.C., 12th Edn.
Shü, Z.H. 1993. Chemical pruning and induction of panicles in mango. Acta Hortic., 341:199-205.
Chadha, K.L. 1995. Advances in Research and Development in Horticulture for Export. Proceedings of National Symposium on Advances in Research and Development in Horticulture for Export, held at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar from 28-30th January, 1995
Citations such as papers 'in press' may appear in the list, but not papers 'submitted' or 'in preparation'. In the text refer to a paper ‘in press’ by the expected year of publication. Avoid 'unpublished work'. A 'Pers. comm.' may be cited in the text, but not in the list.
Only scientifically necessary illustrations should be used. Illustrations must be sent flat and unfolded. Good figures and black and white photographs are encouraged where they enhance significantly the clarity of scientific information. Only original line drawings will be reproduced. If, computer drawn, these must be of the highest quality. Please comply exactly with the following instructions. No lettering, shading or hatching should be done on original drawings; indicate these on accompanying photocopies. Draw in black ink on white card, white paper, tracing film. Supply two photocopies with each figure. Do not exceed twice the linear dimensions desired in final reproduction. Draw small figures to reproduce within the width of one text column, which is 80 mm, or group several together into labelled parts for two-column reproduction (Download a Sample Reprint). Be sure to draw all lines and symbols boldly. For reduction to 50% linear, a suitable thickness for axes is 0.35 mm and for other lines 0.5 or 0.6 mm.
Black and white photographs must be of excellent quality in copies of the submitted MS and printed on glossy paper. Black and white prints may be submitted up to twice linear size of final reproduction. Several photographs may be grouped together by mounting them on white card with a narrow gap between them to produce a pleasing symmetrical layout. The same requirements apply as for line drawings regarding type area, column width and the labelling of groups. No lettering, arrows, scales, etc. should be done on original prints; indicate these on mounts or on accompanying photocopies. A typewritten, double-spaced list of legends to all figures must be included. Each legend should be explanatory and meaningful without reference to the text.
Please insure the following before submission of the research paper
Author Page charges: Author charges that completely cover the costs of peer-reviewing, copyediting, and publishing manuscripts. Accepted manuscripts will be published with the understanding that the author will pay a charge of US$ 10 per printed page. For authors, in India, this charge is Rs. 150.00 per page. Ten reprints of a paper are provided to the authors ex-gratis.
Reviews on recent publications pertaining to or of interest
to Horticulture will also be accepted.