African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 631

AJPS - Instructions for Authors



Authors should read the editorial policy and publication ethics before submitting their manuscripts.


Research Ethics

Studies involving human subjects should be conducted according to the World Medical Association (WMA) Declaration of Helsinki - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects.


Studies involving non human animals should follow appropriate ethical guidelines such as the Animal Welfare ActThe Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (Amendment) Order 1993The EU parliament directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes,  ARRP policies and guidelines, etc.


Manuscript Handling Fee

The manuscript handling fee for AJPS is $550 (USD). 


Preparing your manuscript

The type of article should determine the manuscript structure. However, the general structure for articles should follow the IMRAD structure.



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.



The abstract should be 100 to 200 words in length. Abstract may be presented either in unstructured or structured format. The keywords should be less than 10.



Abbreviation should be used only for non standard and very long terms.


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.


Disclosure of conflict of interest

Authors should disclose all financial/relevant interest that may have influenced the study.



Acknowledgement of people, funds etc should be brief.


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.



References should be listed in an alphabetical order at the end of the paper. DOIs, PubMed IDs and links to referenced articles should be stated wherever available.



Alpaslan M, Gunes A (2001). Interactive effects of boron and salinity stress on the growth, membrane permeability and mineral compo-sition of tomato and cucumber plants. Plant and Soil 236:123-128,


Ayvaz, M, Koyuncu M, Guven A, Fagerstedt KV (2012). Does boron affect hormone levels of barley cultivars? EurAsian J. Biosci. 6:113-120.


 Bonilla I, El-Hamdaoui A, Bolanos L (2004). Boron and calcium increase Pisum sativum seed germination and seedling development under salt stress. Plant and Soil 267:97-107.



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.



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.



Once proofs are received at 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 AJPS

Editorial Office: [email protected]

Helpdesk:        [email protected]



We welcome manuscripts edited by the following organizations: