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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 in single column format
  • The text is single-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.
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    NO SUB-HEADING WITHIN THE MAIN HEADING IS ACCEPTED. If the MS is not in this format it will be immediately rejected .
    2. Title should be short, clear and should be in line with the MS without scientific name of the crop
    3. Keywords should be carefully chosen, and must mention the scientific name of crop
    4. MS should be written in English with short and simple sentences having clarity of expression.
    7. Data presented in the mnuscript should be recent one and relevant on the date of publication.
    8. Introduction should be kept minimum (Not more than 2 paragraph ) focusing on the importance of the study, research gaps and objectives. PL FOLLOW THE WORD LIMIT
    9.Point wise reply on action taken on the comments raised by reviewer, editor and editor-in-chief in a separate page.
    10. Follow the strict GENERAL guidelines on citation of references in the MS mentioned below
    a. Style of citing references in Indian Journal of Horticulture
    Research Paper: Scaffer,B. and Guaye, G.O. 1989. Effects of pruning on light interception, specific leaf density and chlorophyll content of mango. Sci. Hortic. 41:55-61.
    Thesis: Laxmi, D.1997. Studies on somatic embryogenesis in mango (Mangifera indica L.). Ph.D. Thesis, P.G. School, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
    Book Chapter: Sunderland, N. 1977. Nuclear cytology. In: Plant Cell and Tissue Culture, Vol. II. H.E. Street (Ed.), University of California Press, Berkeley, California, USA, pp. 171-206.
    Proceedings of Symposium: Chase, S.S. 1974. Utilization of haploids in plant breeding: breeding diploid species. In: Haploids in Higher Plants: Advances and Potential. Guelph. K.J. Kasha (Ed.),Intl. Symp. 10-14 June, 1974, University of Guelph, Canada, pp. 211-30.
    Book: Panse, V.G. and Sukhatme, P.V. 1978. Statistical Methods for Agricultural Workers, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, 381p.
    b. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the references. To minimize citation errors, authors should verify references against the original documents. All listed references must be cited in the text.
    c. References should be limited to pertinent works or papers that have been published recently or accepted for publication in journals covered by major scientific databases (MAXIMUM UPTO 16)

    d. An abstract or paper published in conference proceedings, research reports, or theses may be cited only when it is the sole source. An internet address as source for a reference is only allowed when it points to a peer reviewed electronic journal. In case a reference points to a foreign language journal, the language should be provided in square brackets (e.g. [publication in French]). This is also only allowed when it is the sole source.
    e. Avoid citing a personal communication unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. Authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication.
    f. The list of references should be alphabetically by the last name of the first author, and numbered serially. Appropriate numbers in square brackets should identify citations in the text and consecutive references should be concatenated (e.g. [7, 12-15]). The names of all authors should be listed. References by the same author or group of authors should be listed in chronological order
    g. Journal titles should be properly abbreviated according to ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see
  • This is to certify that the MS has been submitted/revised in light of all the points mentioned in the checklist mentioned above and I undertake the responsibility of rejection of MS due to not following the above guidelines.

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Author Guidelines

Manuscript submission

The manuscript is to be submitted online ( strictly in the format of the journal. Files should be in docx or doc format with 12 font size of Times New Roman. The automatic page and line numbering function should be used. On receipt of a manuscript, an acknowledgment with a registration number of the paper is sent to the corresponding author. This number should always be quoted while making further correspondence about the manuscript. All correspondence regarding the manuscript should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences (IAHS), Society Block, F-1, First Floor, NASC Complex, D.P.S. Marg, IARI P.O., Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110 012. Submission of manuscript implies that the work submitted has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication anywhere else. Further, the publication has been approved by all the co-authors and responsible authorities where the research work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims of compensation.

Manuscript guidelines

Review/Strategy paper: The review article is through invitation but regular submission can also be considered based on merit. It should be comprehensive, up-to-date, and contain critical review on a recent topic of importance. The maximum page limit is of 25 double-spaced typed pages or 6000 words including tables and figures. It should cite the latest literature and identify some gaps for the future.

Research paper: Each full-length research paper must not exceed 3500 words including tables, illustrations and references. Manuscripts should be typed in double space, Times New Roman 10 font size and thoroughly revised before submission. Line numbering should be done for easy reviewing. Short communications should be restricted to about 1200 words but not exceeding five typed pages including an abstract (150 words), tables, figures, and references. Extra pages will be charged as per the prevailing rates from time to time.

Title: The title should be short, specific, and informative and  only the first letter of the title should be typed in capital letters, Latin names in italics.

Authors: Names of the author(s) to be typed in first letters capital. The name should be devoid of degrees, designation, etc. Changes of authorship or in order of the authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript. The manuscript should be approved by co-authors.

Address: Address of the institution(s) where the work was carried out should be given. The corresponding author should be indicated by an asterisk (*), and his/her e-mail should be given as a footnote.

Abstract: A concise summary (maximum of 250 words) of the entire work done along with the justification of study, results and main highlights of the findings and a concluding statement should be given.

Key words: A maximum of five keywords should be given indicating the contents of the paper.

Headings: Each full-length research paper should have the following main headings, which are to be typed only the first letter capitals on left of the page: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion, Acknowledgements (optional) and References.

Introduction: It should be brief and highlight the importance of the topic under study. A brief review of the literature citing the latest research in the field should be given. The introduction shall be able to justify the need for research work done.

Materials and methods: It should describe the experimental materials, year of experimentation, experimental design and the statistical methods used. Further, the software used for statistical analysis should be quoted. Also describe the methods employed for the collection of data in short along with the statistical details. For well-known methods, citation of relevant reference(s) will suffice. For inserting equations, formulae, etc. equation editor function should be used

Results and Discussion: This segment should focus on the fulfillment of stated objectives as given in the introduction. Should contain the findings presented in the form of tables, figures and photographs. As far as possible, the data should be statistically analyzed following a suitable experimental design. Same data should not be presented in the table and figure form. Mention only pooled data in Tables, if recorded for more than one year, except in rare cases where authors are willing to show some specific trend for the given seasons/ years. Use the metric system units only to express the data. Also, follow proper style for units: ml, l, µl l-1, kg, g, mg, kg ha-1 etc. Similarly, use proper symbols for degree (°), plus-minus sign (±), percent (%), more than (≥), less than (≤), alpha (α ), beta (ß), gamma ( γ)  etc. Write the name of variety/ hybrid/ individual genotype in inverted commas like ‘Amrapali’. Avoid the use of numerical values in findings, rather mention the trends and discuss them with the available literature.

Tables: Tables should be typed on separate sheets, each with a short heading. Tables should be typed with the first letter (T) capital. Table function should be used for making a table and should be numbered in Arabic numerals followed by a period. All measurements should be in metric units. All tables should be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order. Source of already published materials included in the table, if any, should be given. Footnotes to Tables should be indicated by superscript, lowercase letter (or an asterisk (*) for significance value or other statistical data) and included in the bottom of the Table.

Figures/Line drawings: Only good quality figures essential for the manuscript shall be given in JPEG or TIFF format. The illustrations should not repeat the data presented in tables and vice-versa. Text figures should be used in preference to plates. All the figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals and cited in the text in consecutive numerical order. All figures must have descriptive captions and patterns and/or colour to be used for clarity. All the legends to illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. Prior permission must be taken from the copyright owner(s) for use of figure(s) from already published articles. For such permission, costs involved, if any, are to be borne by the authors.

Photographs: The photographs should be of high quality in JPEG or TIFF format. All photographs should carry descriptive caption and number in Arabic numerals. Processing charges of Rs. 5,000/- per page for authors from SAARC countries and $100 for other countries are to be paid in advance for coloured photograph in the print version

Authors’ contribution

The contribution of each author is to be mentioned in the following heads. The name of the authors to be given in abbreviated form within the parenthesis against each head.

Conceptualization of research ( ); Designing of the experiments ( ); Contribution of experimental materials ( ); Execution of field/lab experiments and data collection ( ); Analysis of data and interpretation ( ); Preparation of the manuscript ( ).

Declaration: The authors should declare that they do not have any conflict of interest.

Acknowledgments: Should mention only assistance received in real terms, and financial grant provided by an agency.

References: Reference to literature should be arranged alphabetically and numbered according to the author’s names, should be placed at the end of the article. Each reference should contain the names of the author with initials, the year of the publication, title of the article, the abbreviated title of the publication according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals, volume and page(s). In the text, the reference should be indicated by the author’s name, followed by the serial number in brackets. A maximum of 15 key references are permissible for citation in a full length manuscript.


(a)   Text citation by name followed by number of reference: Singh (1); Khar et al. (2); (Sharma and Singh, 5; Saxena et al., 8; Sharma et al., 9).

(b)  Listing of references should be in alphabetical order.

(c)   Author’s names to be written in normal sequence, with surnames first, followed by initials, a period, and year (followed by a period).

(d)   Journal names should be written in standard abbreviations and the book titles in full.

(e)   Volume of Journal should be in bold face followed by colon and page numbers/DOI numbers.

(f)   Volume or part of serialised books to be printed as vol. 2 or pt. III (not bold), followed by a colon, and page numbers. Name of publishers not to be abbreviated.

Research Paper

  1. Scaffer,B. and Guaye, G.O. 1989. Effects of pruning on light interception, specific leaf density and chlorophyll content of mango. Scientia Hor 41: 55-61.


  1. Laxmi, D.1997. Studies on somatic embryogenesis in mango (Mangifera indica L.). Ph.D. Thesis, P.G. School, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

Book Chapter

  1. Sunderland, N. 1977. Nuclear cytology. In: Plant Cell and Tissue Culture, Vol. II. H.E. Street (Ed.), University of California Press, Berkeley, California, USA, pp.171-206.
  2. Chase, S.S. 1974. Utilization of haploids in plant breeding: breeding diploid species. In: Haploids in Higher Plants: Advances   and Potential. Intl. Symp. 10-14 June, 1974, University of Guelph. K.J. Kasha (Ed.), University of Guelph, Canada, pp. 211-30.


  1. Panse, V.G. and Sukhatme, P.V. 1978. Statistical Methods for Agricultural Workers, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, 381p.

General instructions

  • Article forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief for publication is understood to be offered to INDIAN JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURE exclusively. It is also understood that the authors have obtained a prior approval of their Department, Faculty or Institute in the case where such approval is necessary.
  • l  Acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the Indian Journal of Horticulture shall automatically mean the transfer of Copyright to the Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences. At the time of acceptance of a manuscript, all the authors should be the life member / individual subscribers of the academy.

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