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Submission of a manuscript to the editor involves the assurance that it is original and that no similar paper, other than an abstract, has been or will be submitted for publication elsewhere without the consent of the Editorial Board.
Research papers from original investigation and reviews or invited articles which are critical evaluations of existing knowledge in a specialised field are accepted for editorial consideration. Short communications of sufficient importance to merit publication in advance of a full paper are also accepted by the journal.
The language of publication is English. Every paper will be refereed by at least one referee familiar with the field of research covered by the paper, who will be nominated by the Editorial Board. Papers are edited to increase clarity and ease of communication.
Preparation of manuscripts
No restriction is laid on the length of manuscript, provided it is written clearly and concisely. All unnecessary descriptions, figures and tables must be eliminated. The impersonal form should be used in the text.
The style of setting out, sub-division of text and lay out of tables in the manuscript should in general be organized in the form adopted in this issue.
Manuscripts should be submitted through online submission system (http://vingnanam.sljol.info) which is straight forward, secure and user friendly. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts via online submission system to minimize the processing time. For the first time, users can create an account by registering in the website http://vingnanam.sljol.info/register/. By entering the requested information into this web site users can get a username and pass word. Upon successful registration users can click the ‘login’ button and login to the system. Then the manuscript can be submitted and the progress can be tracked through the system. The system, after initial registration, will guide through the submission process.
A wide range of submission file format is supported, including: word, rtf, txt, tiff, gif, jpeg, excel and power point. Pdf is not an acceptable file format.
Manuscript should be typed throughout in double spacing; adequate margins (4 cm) should be left with liberal spacing at the top and bottom to each page. The typescript should be free of corrections. Each page of the manuscript should be numbered in the bottom right hand corner.
The manuscript should contain the following:
Tables, figures and illustrations
Authors should anticipate the limitations set by the size and layout of the journal, while presenting the data. Large and complex tables should be avoided. Table should be self-explanatory and contain synthesized (not primary) data. Data shown in graphs should not be repeated in tables and vice versa. Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Tabulated matter should be clearly set out and the number of columns in each table kept as low as possible. Tables should have legends which make their general meaning clear without reference to the text and all table columns should have explanatory headings. Units of measure should be indicated in parentheses in the heading of each column. Vertical lines should not be used and horizontal rules used only in the heading and at the bottom. Footnotes to the tables are to be placed directly below the table.
Figures and Illustrations
All illustrations are considered as figures and each graph, drawing or photograph should be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals. Only well reproducible figures can be published. Figures should be planned to fit the proportions of the printed page. The maximum space available on a page is 140 x 190 mm. Colour illustrations will be published free of charge only in the electronic version of the Journal (pdf files).
Drawing should be lettered with a lettering set; lettering should be kept large enough to be clearly legible after a reduction of 50 to 60%. Each figure should carry a legend so written that the general meaning of each illustration can be understood without reference to the text. The amount of lettering on drawing should be reduced as far as possible by transferring it to the legend. Figure legends should be typed on a separate sheet and placed at the end of the manuscript.
Graphs should be submitted with high resolution. The caption of each axis should be lettered parallel to its axis. Each figure should be identified numbered with figure number.
The revised manuscript must be accompanied by high-resolution photographs (if any), figures or graphs as additional files. The resolution of photographs must be at least 300 dpi at print size (original extension: jpg or tif).
In the case of photographs clear, sharp contrasts between black and white areas should exist. The size should be such that when the print is reduced to the normal size for reproduction (140 mm x 190 mm maximum) the detail is still clear. Magnification should be indicated with a scale line on the photograph.
All references to publications made in the text should be presented in a list of references following after the text of the manuscripts. The manuscripts should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of authors’ names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list. In the text refer to the author’s name (without initial) and year of publication, followed, if necessary by a short reference to appropriate pages. E.g. "Since Peterson (1967) has shown that..." This is in agreement with results obtained later (Kramer 1969, pp 12 -16). If reference is made in the text to publications written by more than two authors, the name of the first author should be used, followed by "et al". This indication however, should never be used in the list of references, where the name of authors and co-authors should be mentioned instead. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically on authors' names, and chronologically per author. If an author's name in list is also mentioned with co – authors, the following order should be used: Publications of the single author, arranged according to publication dates, publications of the same author with one co–author and publications of the author with more than one co-author. Use the following style when typing the references.
Selman, I.W and Kulasegaram, S (1967). Development of the stem tuber in Kohirabi. Journal of experimental Botany 18, 471 – 490. Journal name should not be abbreviated.
Slatyer, R.O (1967). Plant Water Relationships. Academic press, Lond. 366 pp.
SECTIONS OF BOOK
Skoog, F and Miller C.O. (1957). Chemical regulation of growth and organ formation in plant tissue cultured in vitro, pp. 118-131. In: Selman, A.E. (Ed.) Symposia for the society of experimental Biology XI. The biological action of growth substances. University Press. Cambridge.
In referring to a personal communication the two words are followed by the year, e.g. (J. McNary, personal communication, 1969).
Formulae should be typewritten, if possible, leaving ample space around the formulae. Subscripts and superscripts should be set off clearly. Greek letters and other non-Latin or handwritten symbols should be explained in the margin when they are first used. Take special care to clearly show the difference between zero (0) and the letter, and between one (1) and the letter I. Give the meaning of all symbols immediately after the equation in which they are first used. For simple fractions use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line.
Parentheses and square brackets are preferred in formulae. Accolades should be used only when they are absolutely necessary. Equations should be numbered serially in the right-hand side and in parentheses only equations explicitly referred to in the text need in general be numbered. The use of fractional power instead of root signs is recommended. Also power of 'e' are often more conveniently denoted by exp. In the chemical formulae, valence of ions should be given as, e.g. Ca2+ and CO2- and not as Ca++ or CO2-. Isotope numbers should precede the symbols, e.g. ’80. Use of superscripts added to superscripts and subscripts added to subscripts should be avoided, if possible.
The journal may include a limited number of short communications. Authors should submit short communications only when they believe that rapid publication of their result is of the utmost importance. A short communication must not exceed 1200 words, should be complete in its own right and suitable for citation.
Corrected galley proofs must be returned to the editor without delay. Failure to do so will result in delay in publication. Correction of proofs by authors must be restricted to the printer’s and similar errors. They should be marked in pencil. Any modification of the original text is to be avoided. Responsibility for correction proofs rests entirely on the authors though editorial assistance will be provided.
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.