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Author Guidelines

  • Publication in this journal is open to the members of Plant Protection Association of India. All authors must ensure active membership of the society at the time of publication. Processing charges are applicable with respect to all accepted articles.
  • Manuscripts should not exceeding 6000 words. Manuscripts should be typed in double space, on standard A-4 size paper and must be accompanied by a soft copy on a CD or sent through e-mail.
  • All research articles originating from Master’s/Ph.D thesis must be routed through his/her guide or any member of the Advisory board. Authors are advised to use clear and concise English while preparing the article.
  • The first page of the typescript should contain a short and informative title with initial capitals for each word together with names, addresses including e-mail and affiliations of the authors. A short running title of not more than 50 characters including spaces suitable for page headings should be given if the title is longer than this.
  • The paper should start with a brief and informative Abstract of 200-250 words, containing all keywords. Keywords should be given immediately after the Abstract under a separate heading.
  • The manuscript should be divided into four sections, viz,. Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion and References. The title (14 pt.) and all headings should appear in Arial Black and the remaining text should be in Times New Roman font (10 pt.)
  • The Introduction should be brief and state the subject of the experiment. The literature reviewed should be pertinent to the problem. Materials and methods should include the details of experimental design, treatments, replications and techniques employed. Where standard methods/ techniques are used, citation of reference is sufficient. Results and discussion should be combined and supported by Tables or Figures. The main body of the text should conform to the instructions given below. Abbreviations should be specified at first mention.
  • Headings: All headings should be clearly indicated. The primary headings (e.g. Materials and methods) should be in 12 pt, whereas the secondary headings should appear in 10 pt (e.g. Greenhouse studies.) the tertiary headings in 10 pt should run on with para, full stop and two spaces after the head before starting the text (e.g. Germplasm screening. Genotypes consisting of…).
  • References: References must follow the Harvard system and cited in the text as Singh et al., (2002) or (Singh et al., 2002). For several publications by the same author in a year, put a, b, c, etc., after the year of publication, e.g. Singh (2002a). The references should be in chronological order in the text and alphabetical order in the reference list at the end of the paper in the following format.
    Journal articles: Jena M, Dani R C and Rajamani S 1992. Effectiveness of insecticides against the rice leaf folder. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 20: 43- 46. (Name of the journal should be italicized and should not be abbreviated; Volume number should be in bold case).

Books/Proceedings: Metcalf R L 1975. Insecticides in pest management. Introduction to Insect Pest Management (eds. Metcalf R L and Luckmann W
H) John Wiley and Sons, New York, USA. Pp 235-273. Where the citation refers to the whole book, the total number of pages should be specified. e.g. 275pp.

  • Numbers and Units: Numbers and units are used for all specific units of measurements, e.g. 4 mm 15 ml, and 5 g etc. Quantities of items up to nine are spelt out, e.g. six leaves, five fields, but for double and more digit items, SI units should be used e.g., 15 leaves and 140 fields etc. Abbreviations for units should conform to British standard 1991 and are alike in singular and plural (thus g not gm or gms). Pesticide and fertilizer applications should be expressed as 1.5 kg a.i./ha.
  • Genera and species: The scientific names of genera and species should be in italics or underlined, followed by the author’s name at first mention in the
    text (e.g. gram pod borer, Helicoverpa armigera Hubner). At a subsequent mention, it should be cited as H. armigera.
  • Application of pesticides: Pesticides and other industrial products should generally be referred to by their common names. If registered trade names are unavoidable, they should have an initial capital, e.g. Bavistin. Full details must be given of techniques used to apply pesticides (e.g. type of equipment, type of nozzle, pump pressure, volume of spray etc.) and of the amount of active ingredient applied per unit area (250 g a.i./ha).
  • Tables: Each table should be on a separate sheet, and intelligible without reference to the text. Table heading should be part of the table separated by a horizontal line between the head and table text. Vertical lines should not be drawn. Authors are required to prepare tables to fit in either single column width (83 mm) or 176 mm width. Appropriate statistical tests should be applied (SE, LSD, etc.,) to the data presented. Footnotes should be minimal. Authors must indicate on the margins where tables/figures should appear. Lengthy tables should be avoided. Data should be adjusted up to single decimal level only except for those very small values, which should be represented only in decimals.
  • Figures: Graphs should be prepared in Microsoft Excel to fit in a single column width (83 mm) or two-column width (176 mm) and enclosed as separate files along with the data. The graphs should not be enclosed as pasted objects in the main article. All figure legends to be set in 9 point Times New Roman. Use a scale to indicate the size of the objects where necessary. Titles for all figures should be given separately along with the figures and kept to a minimum. The figures should be in black and white only. Also, only black & white photographs of good quality are acceptable in JPG format only.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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 Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The first page of the typescript should contain a short and informative title with initial capitals for each word together with names, addresses including e-mail and affiliations of the authors.
  • All figures (include relevant captions) and tables (including titles, description, footnotes) enclosed/uploaded in separate sheet.

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