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Policy for Publication Fees
As an Editorial board decision, papers submitted on or after 01st May 2021 to the Journal of Agricultural Sciences Sri Lanka will be charged a publication fee as follows. 15,000 Sri Lankan Rupees from the authors from Sri Lanka and 150 USD from the authors of the rest of the world. An author has to pay this publication fee, only if the paper will be selected for publication. Author will be informed of the mode of payment with the paper acceptance mail.
An article plagiarized more than 10%, observed by editors, peer reviewers or by editorial staff at any stage of publication process would be rejected and authors are notified the same.
Types of Manuscripts Accepted
The Journal of Agricultural Sciences - Sri Lanka is an international, peer reviewed journal provides a forum to publish authoritative and well referenced articles in agriculture and related disciplines. The journal publishes original research works, reviews, short communications and comparative articles.
The journal accepts manuscripts based on research projects, reviews, and short communications on Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agri-Business Management, Livestock Production, Food Science, and other related fields on agricultural sciences. Research papers submitted for publication should have a sound disciplinary basis, although cross disciplinary contributions are also accepted.
Papers submitted for publication are strictly double blind peer reviewed.
Peer Review Process
Manuscripts submitted by the authors are subjected to a preliminary screening based on appropriateness of the theme and quality of the content of the manuscript. Manuscripts which are not according to the author guidelines will be returned to the author without processing further.
Those manuscripts that are cleared the initial screening then undergo a double-blind peer review process. Two reviewers in the same or related field are assigned by Editor in Chief in consultation with Coordinating Editor to carry out the review based on the evaluation criteria. Based on the evaluation report of the reviewers, the Editor in Chief and the editorial team then make a final decision for acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.
Peer review process normally takes from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. However, in some cases it may take lesser than 12 weeks or more than 16 weeks. It is assured that the whole process will not take more than 20 weeks.
If the manuscript is accepted with reviewers’ comments, the manuscript will be sent to the author with comments and the author will be given a maximum period of 4 weeks to pen the suggested improvements and resend to the Coordinating Editor. Authors are kindly requested therefore, to follow the guidelines for the authors when submitting the manuscript initially and finally, the improved manuscript before the deadlines as mentioned above.
Conditions for submission
The language of publication is English (preferably British English). The manuscript should be written in clear, accessible language, which can be understood by those outside the author’s area of specialization. Submission of a manuscript implies a commitment to publish in this journal. Only manuscripts, which have not been previously published, and are not currently under consideration for publication by another journal are acceptable. Exceptions may be made in case if abstract published in the proceedings of a conference or translated from another language.
All the authors who submit manuscripts to the Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka are strongly requested to follow the author guidelines strictly. Manuscripts not submitted according to the author guidelines will be rejected without further processing.
Each manuscript can be submitted by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or online attached to a covering letter confirming that it describes original research not submitted for publication or already published elsewhere. The main text (double-spaced with 2.5 cm-wide margins) and all Tables must be in Microsoft Word (Version 98 or newer) only. Each Figure should be attached separately and prepared as JPEG file type. Times New Roman font must be used throughout the text including table and graphs. Indicate line number throughout the text and justify all paragraphs including figure legends. Page number is at bottom right. No indents, line breaks, section breaks and unnecessary spaces in text, justify the paragraph.
Assemble your manuscript in the following order: (1) Title Page; (2) ABSTRACT; (3) Main text; (4) REFERENCES; (5) Tables; (6) Figures (one per page); and (7) all Figure legends together.
Title Page (Page 1)
The title of the article should be in 14 font size, lower-case (except first letter of first word and any proper names), Times New Roman. Words like in vitro, and Latin names of plants should be in italics.
List all authors’ names with initials before surname (e.g. A. B. Smith, E. A. Van bethowan and A. B. Kotagama). Not bold. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author using a superscript asterisk (*) in the authorship line. Give full postal address (es) in upper- and lower-case. Not bold. If more than one address, indicate each appropriate author by superscripts1, 2, etc. If an author’s current address differs from that at the head of the paper, give present address as a footnote with a superscript number next to his/her name. Include e mail address of corresponding author. Please include ORCiDs of all authors. More about ORCID's find here (https://orcid.org/). Add a footnote on title page to identify ‘*Author for correspondence’.
Author’s requirement to sign in ORCID
Authors need to sign up for ORCID and submit these to the journal in the time of submission of the manuscript. More information on ORCID is available is at https://orcid.org/
Additional Information: (Mandatory)
ABSTRACT (Page 2)
Left-justify, ABSTRACT in capitals,12 font size. Start text leaving 1 line space. Text should be Justify, present as a single paragraph, normally not longer than 250 words, 12 font size. Do not repeat the title of the paper. ABSTRACT should not contain any citations or abbreviations (unless used more than once, then define in full at first use). Include information about the purpose of the work, how it was done, the main findings and their relevance.
Abstract should be written in below format under the given sub headings
Please explain the purpose of the research with research problem (Maximum 60 words)
Please describe the research method (Maximum 50 words)
Describe the Main findings of the research (maximum 90 words)
Describe the practical value of the research (25 words)
Maximum 6 key words, italic, in alphabetical order
Authors are requested to follow the format of abstracts strictly and an example of correct form of ABSTRACT is available at https://jas.sljol.info/articles/abstract/10.4038/jas.v13i2.8335/
MAIN TEXT (From Page 3)
Divided into the main headings:
INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, CONCLUSIONS and REFERENCES
Only three types of Headings and sub-headings (left-justified) sufficient, follow the hierarchy: (i) CAPITALS (12 font size, UPPER CASE, bold) with text on next line no indent (12 font size no bold); (ii) Sub Heading (12 font size, bold, Title Case letter) with text on next line, no indented; (iii) italic sub-sub-heading (12 font size, no bold), followed by a colon, with text on same line. Leave one line space between text and next (sub-) heading.
Authors' statement of any conflicts of interest and acknowledgement of sources of funding
Authors' statement of any conflicts of interest and acknowledgement of sources of funding for the research if necessary (heading; bold, title case, 12 font size) follow after the end of the main text, leaving only one extra line.
Refer to the authors and year of publication within the text as follows. (Yamauchi, 2000); (David and Silva, 2010) and in case of three or more authors (Gordon et al.,2000). When two or more references are to be cited together, they should be given in the chronological order (Swano,1990; Yamauchi, 2000). All references cited in the text should be presented in the list of REFERENCES as following guide lines. References should be indicated in the typescript using the Harvard style referencing giving the author’s name, and year of publication in parentheses. If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited a,b,c, etc. should put after the year of publication. Justify. Check references against original sources, paying particular attention to correct full article and journal titles, spellings, accents etc, especially in languages other than English. Include DOIs for references. The references should be listed in full at the end of the paper in the following standard form:
Matarana, H. and Varela, F. (1987). The tree of knowledge. 2nd Edition. Boston, Shimbala. 125pp.
Surname, Initial. and Surname, Initial (bold). (Year of publication). Title of the book. Edition. Publisher, City, Country. Provide total number of pages in the book or the page range of a paper or chapter in the book (e.g., 125pp. or 95-103.).
For chapters within books or proceedings:
Elton, L.A., Narayan, A. and Perera, S. (1992). Models of collaboration and cooperation between Universities from North and south. In: Advanced Study Programmes for Key Persons and Cross-cultural Dialogue North-South-East-West. Volume 1. (Berendt, B., Lim, A. and Stary, J. Eds.). Publications Saule, Chene, France. 125-140.
Surname, Initials. Surname, Initials. and Surname, Initials (bold). (Year of publication). Title of the chapter. In: Title of the book. Volume (if any).(Names of editors of the book. Eds.). Publisher, City, Country. page range of a paper or chapter in the book 125-140.
Gunadasa, H. & Dissanayake, P. (2012). Optimization of quality in exported Polyscias balfouriana "Marginata" by using different shade levels. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 7 (2 ), pp. 58–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v7i2.4403
Surname, Initials. Surname, Initials. and Surname, Initials (bold). (Year of publication). Title of the article. Full name of the Journal (italic, should not be abbreviated). Volume (issue if any): Page range of the article (First and last page). DOI
Online Journal article
Brownlie, D. (2007). Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. European Journal of Marketing, 41, 1245-1283. DOI: 10.1108/03090560710821161
Surname, Initials. and Surname, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Full name of the Journal (italic should not be abbreviated). Volume (issue if any): Page range of the article (First and last page). Web address. Date of reference or down load.
Note: If no DOI is listed, use the periodical's homepage URL (e.g., Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/ (ISSN) 1936-2706
McFarlance, D., Chembez, D and Befecadu, J. (2003). Internet adoption and use of e-commerce strategies. http://www2.aamu.edu/saes/SFRCdocs/PDF/ECOMMERCE_PAPER.pdf. 15.09.2011.
Kithamura, P. and Wing, H. (1991). A checklist of North American wild flowers. Miscellaneous Publication Series of the X Research Station, Alberta, Canada. No. 22. 30 pp.
Watanabe, W. and Titt, R. T. (1982). The white willows. Annual Report of the Basketmakers’ Research Institute, 1981-82. Salixville, Australia. 106-107.
Weeping, G. J. (1986). Maran: Possible Commercial Uses. Ph.D. Thesis, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuolya, Sri Lanka. 225 pp.
For anonymous publications, quote in the text as Anon (1992), no need in the REFERENCES. Unpublished work indicates just as “unpublished” in main text.
Authors need to include DOIs for references used in reference section.
Tables (Continue page numbering)
Start each Table on a separate sheet, double-spaced. Tables are numbered 01, 02 etc and referred to in order in the text as Table 01, etc. Headings are in bold, (e.g., Table 01.) with stop. The descriptive caption (above the Table) is brief. Capital first letter, others lower-case apart from usual exceptions, with final stop. Technical, statistical or explanatory details are presented as Footnotes to the Table using superscripts (Details of ±SE, *. **, P values units etc in footnotes with lower-case superscript indicator symbols). All the content must be in a table with all boarders. No indents [Tabs] should use to create a table Avoid very large, complex Tables, and use same type size and font as in main text. Title should be descriptive enough to understand the content by the reader without cross reference the text. Refer the table in the text as (Table 01. Table 02. Etc.). Indicate the position of the Table in the text in a separate line as TABLE 01, TABLE 02. Etc.
Figure captions. (Continue page numbering)
Type double-spaced with a final stop. All numbered Figure legends should be typed together on a separate sheet(s). If Figures are grouped (e.g., several photographs or graphs, histograms etc, label each Panel as A, B, C etc), give a general title and describe each Panel (A, B etc) separately in the legend. For graphs with several symbols, or different kinds of lines, include a description of these (e.g., open circles, filled triangles, dotted line) in the caption, or provide a key as part of the graph. No bold except Figure 01. (e.g., Figure 01. Rainfall pattern in the study area.). Figure caption should be descriptive enough to understand the content by the reader without cross reference the text.
In text refer the figure as (Fig.01. etc.). Position of the Figure in the text should be indicate in a separate line as FIGURE 01. Etc. Illustrations should be submitted as high quality, computer-generated files (JPEG files are preferable). If there are several related photographs or drawings, assemble them into a composite Figure, and label each Panel A, B, C etc. (not a, b, c, or la, 1b). Micrographs and photographs should include clear scale bars (scale defined in legend). Labelling to describe the units on each axis should be large, parallel to each axis, even-sized, and clear. Use upper- and lower-case lettering, not all capitals, not bold. Lines of figures should be thick enough to clear visible at printing. Each Figure should be marked with its number. For histograms, use black or white or gray columns, not cross-hatching or speckled etc. No colour figures. Authors are requested to send additional high quality colour photograph related to the study to published as cover page photograph if space permit (no charges will be applied for this purpose).
Footnotes to the text should be avoided. Cut/ Copy & paste from other documents must be avoided and such things will be considered as disqualification for publishing an article in JAS.
Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka does not allow any kind of plagiarism, manipulation of data or figure, provide incorrect information consciously and any kind of copyright breach. All the manuscripts will undergo complete plagiarism check before sending for peer reviewing.
Author’s requirement to sign in ORCID
Authors need to sign up for ORCID and submit these to the journal in the time of submission of the manuscript. More information on ORCID is available is at https://orcid.org
All the authors who submit manuscripts to the Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka are strongly requested to follow the author guidelines strictly. Manuscripts that will not submitted according to the author guidelines will be rejected without further processing.
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.
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