Instructions to Authors
Instructions to Authors
Instructions to Authors for
Preparation of Manuscript for the Journal of Oilseeds Research
Prospective author(s) are advised to consult Issue No. 37(2) June, 2020 of the Journal of Oilseeds Research and get acquainted with the minor details of the format and style of the Journal. Meticulous compliance with the instructions given below will help quick handling of the manuscript by the reviewers, editor and printers. Manuscripts are considered for publication in the Journal only from members of the ISOR.
Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation
Full-length articles, short communications, book reviews and review articles are published in the Journal. Review articles and book reviews are published usually by invitation. Apart from the regular articles, the journal publishes – meeting reports, research accounts, correspondence, technical notes, meeting reports,
commentaries, research news, book reviews, opinions, historical comments, and education point – as and when such articles are received. For details of the types of manuscripts published please refer to ‘Categories of Manuscripts’. Full length articles and short communications should report results of original investigations in oilseeds, oil bearing plants and relevant fields of science. Choice of submitting the paper(s) either as full length paper or short communication rests with the authors. The Editor(s) or Reviewer(s) will examine their suitability or otherwise only in that specific category. Each article should be written in English correctly, clearly,
objectively and concisely. All the statements made in the manuscript should be clear, unambiguous, and to the point. Plagiarism is a crime and therefore, no part of the previously published material can be reproduced exactly without prior permission from the original publisher or author(s) as deemed essential and the
responsibility of this solely rests on the authors. Also, authors shall be solely responsible for the authenticity of the results published as well as the inferences drawn thereof. Telegraphic languages should be avoided. The data should be reported in a coherent sequence. Use active voice. Active voice is clear, unambiguous and takes less space. Use past tense while reporting results. Do not repeat ideas in different forms of sentences. Avoid superfluous sentences such as `it is interesting to note that’, `it is evident from the table that’ or `it may be
concluded that’ etc. Use % for percent, %age for percentage, / for per, @ for at the rate of hr for hours, sec for seconds. Indicate date as 21 January 2010 (no commas anywhere). Spell out the standard abbreviations when first mentioned eg. Net assimilation rate (NAR), general combining ability (GCA), genetic advance (GA), total bright leaf equivalents (TBLE), mean sum of squares (MSS).
Language of the Journal is English. Based on the category, the number of words of the manuscript would vary and this is brought out under ‘Categories of Manuscripts’ section. As a general principle, completeness of information is more important than the mere length of the manuscript. Each half-page table or
illustration should be taken as equivalent to 200 words. It is desirable to submit manuscript in the form of soft copy either as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred because of ease in handling during
review process) or in a compact disk (CD) (in MS Word document; double line space; Times New Roman; font size 12). In exceptional cases, where the typed manuscript is being submitted as hard copy, typing must be done only on one side of the paper, leaving sufficient margin, at least 4 cm on the left hand side and 3 cm on the other three sides. Faded typewriter ribbon should not be used. Double space typing is essential throughout the manuscript, right from the Title through References (except tables), foot note etc. Typed manuscript complete
in all respects, is to be submitted to the Editor, Journal of Oilseeds Research, Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500 030. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc. should be numbered. Punctuation marks help to show the meanings of words by grouping
them into sentences, clauses, and phrases and in other ways. These marks should be used in proper manner if the reader of a paper is to understand exactly the intended meaning. Receipt of the manuscript (in the form of either
soft or hard copy) will be acknowledged by the editorial office of the Society, giving a manuscript number which should be quoted in all subsequent correspondence regarding that particular article.
3. Detailed guidelines for preparation of the Manuscript
Before reading the instructions given below, the author(s) would better have a close look at the latest issue of the Journal.
Full-length article comprises the following sections.
(a) Short title (g) Materials and Methods
(b) Title (h) Results and Discussion
(c) Author/Authors (i) Acknowledgments (if any)
(d) Institution and Address with PIN (postal) code (j) References
(e) Abstract (along with key words) (k) Tables and figures (if any)
Guidelines for each section are as follows:
All these headings or matter thereof should start from left hand side of the margin, without any indent.
A shortened title (approximately of 30 characters) set in capital letters should convey the main theme of the
The title should be short and should contain key words and phrases to indicate the contents of the paper and be attractive. Jargons and telegraphic words should be avoided. In many cases, actual reading of the paper may
depend on the attractiveness of the title.
The name(s) of author(s) should be typed in capital letters a little below the title, starting from the left margin. Put an asterisk on the name of the corresponding author. Give the Email ID of the corresponding author as a footnote.
Institution and Address
This matter will come below the name(s) of the author(s). Name of the Laboratory/Department, followed by the name of the Institution/Organization/University where the work reported in the paper was carried out shall come below the name(s) of author(s). Complete postal address, which should include city/town, district, and state, followed by PIN (postal) code is to be furnished. In case any author has left the above address, this should be
indicated as a footnote.
The paragraph should start with the word Abstract (in bold font). The abstract should comprise brief and factual summary or salient points of the contents and the conclusions of the investigation reported in the paper and should refer to any new information therein. As the abstract is an independent entity, it should be able to convey the gist of the paper in a concise manner. It will be seen by many more people than will read the paper. The abstract, as concise as possible, should not exceed 250 words in length. Everything that is important in the paper must be reflected in the abstract. It should provide to the reader very briefly the rationale, objectives or hypothesis, methods, results and conclusions of the study described in the paper. In the abstract, do not deflect the reader with promises such as ‘will be discussed’ or ‘will be explained’. Also do not include reference, figure or table citation. At first mention in the abstract, give complete scientific name for plants and other organisms, the full names of chemicals and the description of soil order/series. Any such names or descriptions from the
abstract need not be repeated in the text. It must be remembered that the abstracting journals place a great emphasis on the abstract in the selection of papers for abstracting. If properly prepared, they may reproduce it
verbatim. “Key words” should, follow separately after the last sentence of the abstract. “Key words” indicate the most important materials, operations, or ideas covered in the paper. Key words are used in indexing the articles. Introduction
(To be typed as side-heading, starting from the left-hand margin, a few spaces below the key words)
This section is meant to introduce the subject of the paper. Introduction should be short, concise and indicate the objectives and scope of the investigation. To orient readers, give a brief reference to previous concepts and research. Limit literature references to essential information. When new references are available, do not use old references unless it is of historical importance or a landmark in that field. Emphasis should be given among other things on citing the literature on work done under Indian conditions. Introduction must include: (a) a brief statement of the problem, justifying the need for doing the work or the hypothesis on which the work is based,
(b) the findings of others that will be further developed or challenged, and (c) an explanation of the approach to be followed and the objectives of the research described in the paper. If the methods employed in the paper are new, it must be indicated in the introduction section.
Materials and methods
(To be typed as side-heading, starting from the left-hand margin, a few spaces below the introduction) This part of the text should comprise the materials used in the investigation, methods of experiment and analysis adopted. This portion should be self-explanatory and have the requisite information needed for understanding and assessing the results reported subsequently. Enough details should be provided in this section to allow a competent scientist to repeat the experiments, mentally or in fact. The geographical position of soil site or soils
used in the experiment or site of field trial should be identified clearly with the help of coordinates (latitude & longitude) and invariably proper classification according to Soil Taxonomy (USDA), must be indicated to the level of Great-group, Suborder or Order as far as possible. Specify the period during which the experiment(s)
was conducted. Send the article after completion of the experiment(s) not after a gap of 5 years. Instead of kharif and rabi use rainy and winter season respectively. Please give invariably the botanical names for local crop names like raya, bajra moong, cholam etc. Botanical and zoological names should confirm to the
international rules. Give authorities. Go through some of our recent issues and find out the correct names.
Give latest correct names from authentic source. For materials, give the appropriate technical specifications and
quantities and source or method of preparation. Should a product be identified by trade name, add the name and
location of the manufacturer or a major distributor in parenthesis after the first mention of the product. For the
name of plant protection chemicals, give popular scientific names (first letter small), not trade names (When
trade name is given in addition, capitalize the first letter of the name). Known methods of analysis should be
indicated by referring to the original source, avoiding detailed description. Any new technique developed and
followed should be described in fair detail. When some specially procured or proprietary materials are used,
give their pertinent chemical and physical properties. References for the methods used in the study should be
cited. If the techniques are widely familiar, use only their names in that case.
Results and Discussion
(To be typed as a side-heading, a few spaces below the matter on “Materials and Methods”)
This section should discuss the salient points of observation and critical interpretation thereof in past tense. This
should not be descriptive and mere recital of the data presented in the tables and diagrams. Unnecessary details
must be avoided but at the same time significant findings and special features should be highlighted. For
systematic discussion, this section may be divided into sub-sections under side-heading and/or paragraph side
heading. Relate the results to your objectives. While discussing the results, give particular attention to the
problem, question or hypothesis presented in the introduction. Explain the principles, relationships, and
generalizations that can be supported by the results. Point out any exceptions. Explain how the results relate to
previous findings, support, contradict or simply add as data. Use the Discussion section to focus on the meaning
of your findings rather than recapitulating them. Scientific speculation is encouraged but it should be reasonable
and firmly founded in observations. When results differ from previous results, possible explanations should be
given. Controversial issues should be discussed clearly. References to published work should be cited in the text
by the name(s) of author(s) as follows: Mukherjee and Mitra (1942) have shown or It has been shown
(Mukherjee and Mitra, 1942)….. If there are more than two authors, this should be indicated by et al. after the
surname of the first author, e.g., Mukherjee et al. (1938).
Always conclude the article by clearly crystallizing the summary of the results obtained along with their
implications in solution of the practical problems or contribution to the advancement of the scientific
(To be typed as given above, as a side-heading, well below the concluding portion of Conclusions)
The author(s) may place on record the help, and cooperation, or financial help received from any source, person
or organization. This should be very brief, and omitted, if not necessary.
(To be typed as above, as side heading below Acknowledgement)
The list of references must include all published work referred to in the text. Type with double line spacing.
Do not cite anonymous as author; instead cite the name of the institute, publisher, or editor. References should
be arranged alphabetically according to the surnames of the individual authors or first authors. Two or more
references by the same author are to be cited chronologically; two or more in the same year by the letters a, b, c,
etc. All individually authored articles precede those in which the individual is the first or joint author. Every
reference cited in the article should be included in the list of References. This needs rigorous checking of each
reference. Names of authors should not be capitalized.
The reference citation should follow the order: author(s), year of publication, title of the paper, periodical (title
in full, no abbreviations, italics or underlined), volume (bold or double underlining), starting and ending pages
of the paper. Reference to a book includes authors(s), year, title (first letter of each word except preposition,
conjunction, and pronouns in capitals and underlined), the edition (if other than first), the publisher, city of
publication. If necessary, particular page numbers should be mentioned in the last. Year of publication cited in
the text should be checked with that given under References. Year, volume number and page number of each
periodical cited under “References” must be checked with the original source. The list of references should be
typed as follows:
Rao C R 1968. Advances in Statistical Methods in Biometrical Research, pp.40-45, John Wiley & Sons, New
Kanwar J S and Raychaudhuri S P 1971. Review of Soil Research in India, pp 30-36. Indian Society of Soil
Science, New Delhi.
Mukherjee J N 1953. The need for delineating the basic soil and climatic regions of importance to the plant
industry. Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science, 1 : 1-6.
Khan S K, Mohanty S K and Chalam A B, 1986. Integrated management of organic manure and fertilizer
nitrogen for rice. Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science, 34 : 505-509.
Bijay-Singh and Yadvinder-Singh 1997. Green manuring and biological N fixation: North Indian perspective.
In: Kanwar J S and Katyal J C (Ed.) Plant Nutrient Needs, Supply, Efficiency and Policy Issues 2000-
2025. National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, India, pp.29-44.
Singh S, Pahuja S S and Malik R K 1992. Herbicidal control of water hyacinth and its effect on chemical
composition of water (in) Proceedings of Annual Weed Science Conference, held during 3-4 March
1992 by the Indian Society of Weed Science, at Chaurdhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural
University, Hisar, 127p.
AICRP on Soybean 1992. Proceedings of 23rd Annual Workshop of All-India Co-ordinated Research Project on
Soybean, held during 7-9 May 1992 at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka,
National Research Centre for Soybean, Indore, pp.48.
Devakumar C. 1986. Identification of nitrification retarding principles in neem (Azadirachta indica A.Juss.)
seeds. Ph D Thesis, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
Reference to unpublished work should normally be avoided and if unavoidable it may be mentioned only in the
Tables should not form more than 20% of the text. Each table should be typed on separate sheet and should have
on the top a table number (in Arabic numerals viz. 1, 2, 3 etc.) and a caption or title which should be short, but
sufficiently explanatory of the data included in the table. Information in the table should never duplicate that in
the text and vice versa. Symbols (asterisks, daggers, etc. or small letters, viz., a, b, etc.) should be used to
indicate footnotes to tables. Maximum size of table acceptable is what can be conveniently composed within one
full printed page of the journal. Over-sized tables will be rejected out-right. Such tables may be suitably split
into two or more small tables.
The data in tables should be corrected to minimum place of decimal so as to make it more meaningful. Do not
use full stop with CD, SEm±, NS (not C.D., S.E.m±, N.S.). Do not put cross-rules inside the table. Tables
should be numbered consecutively and their approximate positions indicated in the margin of the manuscript.
Tables should not be inserted in the body of the text. Type each table on a separate sheet. Do not use capital
letters for the tabular headings, do not underline the words and do not use a full-stop at the end of the heading.
All the tables should be tagged with the main body of the text i.e. after references.
Figures include diagrams and photographs. Laser print outs of line diagrams are acceptable while dot-matrix
print outs will be rejected. Alternatively, each illustration can be drawn on white art card or tracing cloth/ paper,
using proper stencil. The lines should be bold and of uniform thickness. The numbers and letterings must be
stenciled; free-hand drawing will not be accepted. Size of the illustrations as well as numbers, and letterings
should be sufficiently large to stand suitable reduction in size. Overall size of the illustrations should be such
that on reduction, the size will be the width of single or double column of the printed page of the Journal.
Legends, if any, should be included within the illustration. Each illustration should have a number followed by a
caption typed/ typeset well below the illustration.
Title of the article and name(s) of the author(s) should be written sufficiently below the caption. The
photographs (black and white) should have a glossy finish with sharp contrast between the light and the dark
areas. Colour photographs/ figures are not normally accepted. One set of the original figures must be submitted
along with the manuscript, while the second set can be photocopy. The illustrations should be numbered
consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. The position of each figure should be
indicated in the margin of the text. The photographs should be securely enclosed with the manuscript after
placing them in hard board pouches so that there may not be any crack or fold. Photographs should preferably
be 8.5 cm or 17 cm wide or double the size. The captions for all the illustrations (including photographs) should
be typed on a separate sheet of paper and placed after the tables.
4. Expression of Plant Nutrients on Elemental Basis
The amounts and proportions of nutrient elements must be expressed in elemental forms e.g. for ion uptake or in
other ways as needed for theoretical purposes. In expressing doses of nitrogen, phosphatic, and potassic
fertilizers also these should be in the form of N, P and K, respectively. While these should be expressed in terms
of kg/ha for field experiments, for pot culture studies the unit should be in mg/kg soil.
5. SI Units and Symbols
SI Units (System International d ‘Unities or International System of Units) should be used. The SI contains three
classes of units: (i) base units, (ii) derived units, and (iii) supplementary units. To denote multiples and submultiples of units, standard abbreviations are to be used. Clark’s Tables: Science Data Book by Orient
Longman, New Delhi (1982) may be consulted.
Some of these units along with the corresponding symbols are reproduced for the sake of convenience.
Names and Symbols of SI Units
Physical Symbol for SI Unit Symbol Remarks quantity physical quantity for SI Unit
Electric current I
Plane angle radian rad
Solid angle steradian sr
cubic centimetre cm3
cubic metre m3
degree-Celsius 0C [= (F – 32) × 0.556]
joule J (=107
erg or 4.19 cal.)
kelvin K (= 0C + 273)
square centimetre cm2
square kilometre km2
6. Some applications along with symbols
adsorption energy: J/mol (= cal/mol × 4.19)
cation exchange capacity: cmol (p+)/kg (= m.e.
electrolytic conductivity: dS/ m (= mmhos /cm)
evapotranspiration rate: m3
/s or m/s
heat flux W/m2
gas diffusion: g/m2
/s or m3
/s or m/s
water flow: kg/m2
/s (or) m3 m2
gas diffusivity: m2
hydraulic conductivity m/s
(per kg of dry plant material): mol/kg
leaf area m2
nutrient content in plants μg/ g, mg/g or g/kg
(dry matter basis)
root density or root length density m/m3
soil bulk density Mg/m3
specific heat J /kg/K
specific surface area of soil m2
thermal conductivity W/m/K
transpiration rate mg/ m2
water content of soil kg/kg or m3
water tension kPa (or) MPa
While giving the SI units the first letter should not be in capital i.e cm, not Cm; kg not Kg. There should not be a
full stop at the end of the abbreviation: cm, not cm. kg, not kg.; ha, not ha.
In reporting the data, dimensional units, viz., M (mass), L (length), and T (time) should be used as shown under
some applications above. Some examples are: 120 kg N/ha; 5 t/ha; 4 dS/m etc.
7. Special Instructions
i. Data on field experiments have to be at least for a period of 2-3 years
ii. Papers on pot experiments will be considered for publication only as short communications
iii. Giving coefficient of variation in the case of field experiments Standard error in the case of laboratory
determination is mandatory. For rigorous statistical treatment, journals like Journal of Agricultural Science
Cambridge, Experimental Agriculture and Soil Use and Management should serve as eye openers.
iv. In a series or range of measurements, mention the unit only at the end, e.g. 2 to 6 cm2
, 3, 6, and 9 cm, etc.
Similarly use cm2, cm3 instead of sq cm and cu m.
v. Any unfamiliar abbreviation must be identified fully (in parenthesis).
vi. A sentence should not begin with an abbreviation.
vii. 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.
viii. Do not abbreviate litre to` l’ or tonne to `t’. Instead, spell out.
ix. Before the paper is sent, check carefully all data and text for factual, grammatical and typographical errors.
x. Do not forget to attach the original signed copy of `Article Certificate’ (without any alteration, overwriting or
pasting) signed by all authors.
xi. The referee process is as enumerated below. On revision, please answer all the referees’ comments point-wise,
indicating the modifications made by you on a separate sheet in duplicate.
xii. If you do not agree with some comments of the referee, modify the article to the extent possible. Give reasons
for your disagreement, with full justification so that the article would be examined again.
xiii. Rupees should be given as per the new symbol approved by Govt. of India.
xiv. Please go through the ‘Submission Preparation Checklist for Authors’ (given below) before you submit the
manuscript for ease of processing at editorial level
Submission Preparation Checklist for Authors:
All the authors who have contributed to the work have been included in the authorship.
Only those authors who have contributed to the work have been included in the authorship.
Required permissions from the respective institutions of authors’ affiliations have been obtained before submitting the article
by following the prescribed procedures of the institutions.
The affiliations provided have been thoroughly checked.
All the authors have read the article and agree to facts of the contents as well as disclosure thereof in the manuscript.
The overall structure of the format given in ‘Instructions to Authors’ has been followed while preparing the manuscript.
The references have been cross checked.
The listed references are in the prescribed format.
Each of the figures and tables (if any) included is necessary to present the information.
All the figures and tables (if any) are labeled and described properly and quoted in the text.
Photographs (if any) illustrate/depict the intended scientific fact(s)/data precisely and clearly.
In respect of all the figures and tables that have been borrowed from other published material, appropriate consent(s) from the
original copyright holders (authors/publishers) have been properly obtained and that original authors/publishers are duly
Due care has been taken that no text/figures, tables or part(s) thereof are previously published or submitted for any other
publication by the authors.
The manuscript is checked for the spelling and grammatical correctness.
There is no conflict of interest.
8. The typical period of time allowed for reviews: Four (Weeks) and the time taken for first decision is about 5
9. Journal’s Copyright Policy: The Journal of Oilseeds Research reserves all the copy rights of the published articles and prior
permission is to be taken from the journal office if any part of the published articles is to be reproduced in any form in any
10. Open Access Policy: Immediate Open Access Online
The Chief Editor,
Journal of Oilseeds Research,
Indian Society of Oilseeds Research,
Hyderabad 500 030
Phone No. 040 24598113