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

Author Guidelines


SAARC Agriculture Centre invites research and review papers to be published in the SAARC Journal of Agriculture (SJA). It is half yearly journal, i.e. two issues in a year, first issue at June and second at December of each year.


SAARC Journal of Agriculture is an international half yearly peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research articles, review papers and short communications in the fields of agriculture, animal sciences, fisheries, natural resources management and allied disciplines. It is an official journal of SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC). The scientists and researchers from SAARC countries are encouraged to submit their research and review papers for publishing in this journal.


Authors are requested to submit their manuscript to managing editor through electronic submission process via email-

Copyright on any research article is transferred in full to SAARC Journal of Agriculture upon publication in the journal. The copyright transfer includes the right to reproduce and distribute the article in any form of reproduction (printing, electronic media or any other form).

Creative Commons Licence
Articles in the SAARC Journal of Agriculture are Open Access articles published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License] CC BY License.

This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Terms of Submission

The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by any other publisher. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other co-authors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office confirms the date of receipt. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. It is a condition of submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability. All enquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts text should be within 4000 words including references. Manuscript should be written in English in Microsoft Word using font “Times New Roman” and font size 12. The manuscript must be double-spaced. The double-spacing requirement applies to all written material, including footnotes, references, tables, and figure captions. Authors are requested for limited use of italics, bold, and superscripts and subscripts, however, scientific names should be typed in italics. Word processing features such as automatic footnoting and outlining must be avoided and if numbered list is required to place in the manuscript enter the numbers and use appropriate tabs and indents by hand instead of using automatic outlining.

Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order:

  1. Title, Running title and byline.
  2. Author–paper documentation (addresses/affiliations, email address of the corresponding author, etc.).
  3. Abstract.
  4. Introduction.
  5. Materials and Methods.
  6. Results (sometimes combined with the discussion).
  7. Discussion
  8. Conclusion
  9. Acknowledgments (optional).
  10. References.
  11. Figure captions, then tables, then the figures themselves.


The title should represent the content of the article. The terms in the title should be limited to those words that give significant information about the content of the article. It is discouraged to start title with ‘Study on’, ‘Effect of’, and ‘Influence of.’ An ideal title briefly identifies the subject, indicates the purpose of the study, and introduces key concept. Scientific names may be given where necessary.


There should be a cover page which includes title and all the names of authors. It is encouraged to use full names of authors in bylines. The first person listed in the title is considered as the senior author. An asterisk (*) follows the name of an author denotes the corresponding author and is matched to the words “*Corresponding author” at the bottom of the cover page. In this place addresses for all authors, email address and phone number for the corresponding author are included.

Peer Review Policy

Manuscripts will be sent to reviewers via e-mail for review the manuscripts electronically using track change mode. All manuscripts are subject to peer review and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. All articles are initially screened by the managing editor/ associate editor solely or with the help of members of editorial board. If the article is found to be in order as per the ‘Guidelines’ and there is adequate original information, it is sent to an expert for peer review. On the contrary, the articles that contain inadequate information or are not conform to ‘Guidelines’ are rejected as such or returned to the author for revision. After the article has been examined by the reviewer or followed by over viewer, it is also suitably edited by a relevant member of Editorial Board. Both reviewer/ over viewer and editorial board comments along with the manuscript are passed on to an author, who resubmits it after incorporating suggestions and comments. The thoroughly revised article will be checked by the editorial board and managing editor in the light of review/ over viewer comments whether it would be worth for publishing or not. The articles accepted for publication by editorial team are checked by a professional editor for English language, uniformity and any other ambiguity before sending to the press for composing. Proofs are mailed to the corresponding authors if needed and are also gone through by the managing editor/ associate editor/ member of editorial board.

Article Processing Charges

Articles are published in the SAARC Journal of Agriculture (SJA) free of charge.

Title and Authorship Information

The following information should be included

  • Paper title
  • Full author names
  • Full mailing addresses
  • Email addresses


The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free, single paragraph and should not exceed 200/250 words. An ideal abstract may contain background, rationale, objectives, materials & methods, results and conclusions.



Up to 10, in alphabetical order and separated by comma.


This section should be succinct, with no subheadings.

Materials and Methods

This part should contain sufficient details so that all procedures can be reflected. It can be divided into subsections if several methods are described. It should include year and place of study.


The content of this section should permit full comprehension of the data reported in figures and tables.

A comprehensive discussion section is required to justify the results. Normally a comparison between your results and results from previous works should be given in the Discussion. The Results and Discussion could be merged in a single section if necessary.


This should clearly explain the main findings of the work highlighting its importance and relevance.


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full. Please check this section carefully before publication, as amendments or corrections are not allowed after publication


Short Communications typically describe research techniques, apparatus, and observations which were not confirmed normally by repetition (preliminary findings based on a single experiment). These articles are usually shorter than research papers and there are no individual abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion. Instead, they are written in continuous form without any sub headings.



  1. In general, not more than 10-15 references would be required. Recent and relevant not more than 20 years old references are encouraged.
  2. There is no need to give references for standard procedures of soil and plant analysis, as well as for routine statistical analysis; only the methodology may be indicated.
  3. All references quoted in the text must appear at the end of the article and vice-versa. The spellings author’s names and dates or years at the two places should be carefully checked.
  4. The references should include names of all authors, years (not within brackets), full title of the article, full name of the journal (in italics) (no abbreviations), volume number, issue number, and pages. 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 or mentioned as ‘Personal communications’ in the text. These need not be given in the reference list. A few examples for correct citation of references in the list are given below:


Journal Article

Buhler, D.D. and Mester, T.C.1991. Effect of tillage systems on the emergence depth of giant and green foxtail. Weed Science, 39: 200-203.

Mowla, G.M., Mondal, M.K, Islam, M.N. and Islam, M.T. 1992. Farm level water utilization in an irrigation project. Bangladesh Rice Journal, 3 (1&2): 51-56.

Rahman, M.M. 1990. Infestation and yield loss in chickpea due to pod borer in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Research, 15(2): 16-23.


Bhuiyan, S.I. 1982. Irrigation system management research and selected methodological issues. IRRI research paper series no 81. Los Banos, Manila.

De Datta, S. K. 1981. Principles and practices of rice production. Los Banos, Manila.

International Rice Research Institute. 2000. International rice trade: a review of 1999 and prospects for 2000. International Rice Commission Newsletter, IRRI, Manila.

Steel, R.G.D. and Torrie, J.H. 1980. Principles and procedures of statistics: A biometrical approach. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Westerman, R.L. (ed.) 1990. Soil testing and plant analysis. 3rd ed. SSSA Book Ser. 3. SSSA, Madison, WI.

Chapter in a Book

David, H. and Easwaramoorthy. 1988. Physical resistance mechanisms in insect plant interactions. p. 45-70. In T.N. Ananthakrishnan and A. Rahman (ed.), Dynamics of insect plant interactions: Recent advances and future trends. Oxford and IBH Publication, New Delhi.

Johnson, D.W. and D.E. Todd. 1998. Effects of harvesting intensity on forest productivity and soil carbon storage. p. 351–363. In R. Lal et al. (ed.) Management of carbon sequestration in soils. Advances in Soil Science. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Conference/Symposium/ Proceedings

Joshi, B.K. 2004. Crossing frequency and ancestors used in developing Nepalese mid and high hill rice cultivars: Possible criteria for yield improvement and rice genes conservation. p. 502-523. In Proc. National Conference on Science and Technology, 4th, Vol. 1. 23-26 Mar., 2004. NAST, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ramanujam, S. (ed.) 1979. Proceedings of International Wheat Genet Symposia, 5th, New Delhi, India. 23–28 Feb. 1978. Indian Soc. Genet. Plant Breeding, Indian Agric. Res. Inst., New Delhi.


Singh, A.A. 2005. Weed management approaches and modeling crop weed interaction in soybean. M. Sc. (Ag.) thesis. Tamil Nadu Agricultural Univ., Coimbatore.

Software and Software Documentation

Minitab. 1998. MINITAB 12. Minitab, State College, PA.

Online publication

Venugopal, D. 2000. Nilgiri tea in crisis: Causes consequences and possible solutions. Retrieved October 11, 2000 from

Online journal article

Doerge, T.A. 2002. Variable-rate nitrogen management creates opportunities and challenges for corn producers. Crop Manage. doi:10.1094/cm-2002-0905-01-RS.


  1. Each table must be typed on a separate sheet (not to be included in the text) and numbered consecutively in the same order as they mentioned in text.
  2. The title should fully describe the contents of the table and explain any symbol or abbreviation used in it as a footnote, using asterisks or small letters viz. a, b, etc.
  3. Tables should be self-explanatory, not very large (< 10 columns in portrait and <14 columns in landscape formats respectively) and may cover space up to 20-25% of the text.
  4. Maximum size of table acceptable is that can be conveniently composed within one full printed page of the journal. The large sized tables should be suitably split into two or more small tables.
  5. Standard abbreviations of units of different parameters should be added between parentheses.
  6. The data in the tables should be corrected to minimum place of decimal so as to make it more meaningful.
  7. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Similarly, horizontal lines should be used only where these are necessary, not in the body of the article.
  8. All tables should be tagged with the main body of the text i.e. after references.


  1. Figures may be given in place of tables where a large number of values are presented that can be interpreted through figures. In no case the same data should be presented in both tables and figures.
  2. Originals of the figures should be no larger than twice the final size, of good quality and printed clearly in black on plain white paper or in color. The figures may be sized to fit within the columns of the journal (8 cm width for single column or 17 cm for columns i.e. full page).
  3. Lines should be bold enough to allow the figure to be reduced to either single or double column width in the journal.
  4. Black and white photographs are also accepted if these are necessary to improve the presentation and quality of the article.

Some useful hints

  1. All scientific or technical names as well as all data and facts must be rechecked carefully before submitting the manuscript.
  2. Dates and years may be mentioned as 28 May 2007, 28 May to 7 June, and 28-30 May instead of May 28, 2007, 28 May-7 June, and 28 to 30 May, respectively.
  3. Avoid numerals and abbreviations at the beginning of a sentence; spell out or change the word order if necessary.
  4. A comma may be used for data in thousands or more such as 10,000 or 2,30,000 etc. Alternatively, these data can also be presented as 10.0 or 230.0 if a common expression such as ‘ x103’ is used in tables or figures. Avoid expressing data in ‘lakhs’, instead use ‘thousand’ or ‘million’.
  5. Only standard abbreviations should be used and these should invariably be explained at first mention. Avoid use of self-made abbreviations such as Rhizo., Azo., buta, isop. etc. for Rhizobium, Azotobacter, butachlor, isoproturon, respectively.
  6. For names of plant protection chemicals, the first letter of the name need not be capitalized for scientific names but should be capitalized for trade names. All the names should be checked very carefully.
  7. Use of unnecessary abbreviations and treatment symbols such as T1, T2 etc. under Materials and Methods or tables without actually using these under Results and Discussion should be avoided.
  8. All weights and measurements must be in SI or metric units. Use kg ha-1, or t ha-1 but not q ha-1. Do not follow the style g/ha, mg/kg, mg/l, mg/g, ml/l or g per ha, etc
  9. 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 30, 100, 170 and 300C; 20 or 30% more instead of 30C, 100C, 170C and 300 °C; 20% or 30% more.
  10. Numeral should be used whenever it is followed by a unit measure or its abbreviations e.g. 1 g, 3 m, 5 h, 6 months etc. Otherwise, words should be used for numbers one to nine and numerals for larger ones except in a series of numbers when numerals should be used for all in the series.
  11. For the composition of fertilizers, manures, crops or soil, the elemental forms (K, P, Mg etc.) should be used and not the oxides.
  12. Statistical analysis of data in the standard experimental design should be sound and complete in itself with both ±SE (Standard Error of means) and CD (Critical Difference) or LSD (Least Significant Difference) (P=0.05) values given for comparison of treatment means in tables and figures.
  13. Use multiplication sign (×) not a alphabet x for indicating multiplication, crossing, etc




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  • Published personal data that accompanies an article or a book forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

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  • Author names, affiliations and emails are required for publication and will become part of the permanent cited record.

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)