African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 5784

AJAR - Instructions for Authors

Aims & Scope
The African Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR) welcomes the submission of manuscripts for publication. Manuscripts should be within the scope of the journal such as arid soil research and rehabilitation, agricultural genomics, stored products research, tree fruit production, pesticide science, post-harvest biology and technology, seed science research, irrigation, agricultural engineering, water resources management, agronomy, animal science, physiology and morphology, aquaculture, crop science, dairy science, forestry, freshwater science, horticulture, soil science, weed biology, agricultural economics and agribusiness.
 
Manuscripts should be submitted online via the Academic Journals Manuscript Management System http://ms.academicjournals.org
 
Types of Articles
Full length research
Short communications
Reviews
 
Research Ethics
 
Publication Ethics
The journal requires authors to adhere to the ethical standards required of researchers and scientific writing. Specifically, the journal requires all authors to adhere to the ethical standards as prescribed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM).
 
Authorship
Inclusions of a person who do not meet authorship requirement as specified by the editorial policy or the exclusion of a person who meets the requirement is a violation of ethical requirements of the journal.
 
Plagiarism
The journal considers plagiarism a serious offense. Submitted manuscripts should be the original works of the author(s). AJAR will follow COPE guideline in suspected cases of plagiarism.
The Merriam Webster Online dictionary defines plagiarizing as:
  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
The journal is committed to eliminating manuscripts with possible cases of plagiarism from its review and publication process. The journal uses the iThenticate plagiarism detection application to check each manuscript for possible cases of plagiarism. Plagiarism check is the first step in the manuscript review process. Manuscripts that are found to contain unacceptable level of similarity with other published works are immediately rejected. See Peer Review Policy.
 
Duplicate manuscripts
It is unethical for authors to submit a manuscript to the African Journal of Agricultural Research and at the same time, submit the same manuscript to another journal either within Academic Journals or any other publisher. This includes the submission of manuscripts derived from the same data in such a manner that there are no substantial differences in the manuscripts. Duplicate submission also includes the submission of the same/similar manuscript in different languages to different journals.
 
Fabrication and falsification of data
Fabrication, manipulation or falsification of data is a violation of this publication ethics. The journal shall employ the COPE guidelines in suspected cases of fabrication and falsification of data.
 
Citations manipulation
Authors should use only citations that are relevant to their manuscripts.  Addition of references which are not relevant to the work is strongly discouraged. Similarly, irrelevant self-citation to increase one’s citation is unethical.
 
Peer Review Policy
The African Journal of Agricultural Research employs a rigorous peer review system. All submitted manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer review process before publication. See Peer Review Policy
 
Preparing your manuscript
 
Title
The title phrase should be brief.
List authors’ full names (first-name, middle-name, and last-name).
Affiliations of authors (department and institution).
Emails and phone numbers.
 
Abstract
The abstract should be 100 to 200 words in length. The keywords should be less than 10.
 
Abbreviations
Standard abbreviations should be used all through the manuscript. The use of non-standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and must be well-defined in the text following their first use.
 
The Introduction
The statement of the problem should be stated in the introduction in a clear and concise manner.
 
Materials and methods
Materials and methods should be clearly presented to allow the reproduction of the experiments.
 
Results and discussion
Results and discussion maybe combined into a single section. Results and discussion may also be presented separately if necessary.
 
Tables and figures
Tables should be kept to a minimum.
Tables should have a short descriptive title.
The unit of measurement used in a table should be stated.
Tables should be numbered consecutively.
Tables should be organized in Microsoft Word or Excel spreadsheet.
Figures/Graphics should be prepared in GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint.
Tables and Figures should be appropriately cited in the manuscript.
 
Disclosure of conflict of interest
Authors should disclose all financial/relevant interest that may have influenced the study.
 
Acknowledgments
Acknowledgement of people, funds etc should be brief.
 
References
References should be listed in an alphabetical order at the end of the paper. DOIs links to referenced articles should be stated wherever available.
Examples:
 
Hassan, N. & Krepl, V. (2015). Population growth and its environmental impact in Syria: A case study of Lattakia region. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 10(4), 161-169. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2014.9390
 
Gao, M., Huam, J., Moallic, C., Ashu, GM., Xia, Q., Stewart, L., Njiti, V., James, M., Lu, G., & Bhatnagar, D. (2014). Structure-related properties of sweetpotato critically impact the textural quality of fried chips. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 9(14), 1113-1123. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2013.7336
 
Mireku, KK., Blay, J., & Yankson, K. (2016). Reproductive biology of Blackchin tilapia, Sarotherodon melanotheron (Pisces: Cichlidae) from Brimsu Reservoir, Cape Coast, Ghana. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture, 8(4), 42-54. https://doi.org/10.5897/IJFA2015.0511
 
Acceptance Certificate
Authors are issued an Acceptance Certificate for manuscripts that have been reviewed and accepted for publication by an editor.
 
Payment of manuscript handling fee
Once a manuscript has been accepted, the corresponding author will be contacted to make the necessary payment of the manuscript handling fee. Kindly note that on the manuscript management system, the payment option is only enabled for manuscripts that have been accepted for publication.
 
Proofs
Prior to publication, a proof is sent to the corresponding author. Authors are advised to read the proof and correct minor typographical or grammatical errors. Authors should promptly return proofs to the editorial office.
 
Publication
Once proofs are received by the editorial office, the manuscripts are usually included in the next issue of the journal. The article will thereafter be published on the journal’s website
 
Publication Notification
After the article is made available on the journal’s website, a publication notice is sent to the corresponding author with links to the issue and article.
 
Contacts AJAR
Editorial Office: [email protected]
Helpdesk:        [email protected]