Instructions to Authors
Format of paper
There is no restriction on the length of paper; however, the authors are requested to keep their findings concise and comprehensive. The manuscript must contain all necessary information on methods applied so that the results may be reproduced. It is necessary that the manuscripts submitted to “ASJ” should neither be published nor under consideration in any other journal. The corresponding author/s must declare in cover letter to the Editor that the publication of article is approved by all co-authors, if any and its publication has been approved by all related authorities. After submission, the manuscript will be checked for formatting and plagiarism by the Editorial Office followed by evaluation from referees (field experts). The referee(s) opinion and decision of Editor-in-Chief will be considered final. Manuscript should be written in Microsoft word using times New Roman style, page size of document should be A4, text double spaced with 2.5 cm margin on side. Page and line numbering is compulsory, We suggest author should download sample paper and organize their manuscripts accordingly. Full-length paper must be arranged as follow.
Permissions before publication
Prior permission must be obtained to publish any data that has been published elsewhere including figures, tables and text passages etc. The Journal does not hold any responsibility of claims for any compensation. The manuscript should be divided in following sections:
The title should be specific, relevant and contain major keywords of the study. The authors should try to avoid the use of abbreviations in the title.
Running title of submissions before publication
Maximum 60 characters should also be included
Authors and affiliations
Full names of all authors must be provided along with their institutional/organizational affiliations. The name of corresponding author should be designated with an asterisk (*) and full postal as well as email address must be given.
An abstract not exceeding 300 words should be included. It should be specific and concise with major findings of the study. The use of references as well as undefined abbreviations must be avoided in this section.
Keywords The authors should include 4 to 6 keywords related to the study as well common in subject discipline. Key words should not be present in main title and vice versa
The “Introduction” should highlight the importance of study in a broad context. It should contain information on previous results in the subject and must include the hypotheses being tested. The contradictory or diverging hypotheses may be included, where necessary. The current state of knowledge should be carefully built and related to recent literature in the subject area. Specific objective of study should also be included in last paragraph of introduction.
Materials and Methods
This section must include sufficient detail of the procedures followed during the study. It is necessary to provide all information for any new methods or protocols being developed, whereas brief detail of previous methods should be included with proper citation. Details about statistical analysis and statistical package should be provided.
The “Results” must be provided as separate section. A concise detail of experimental results should be provided with interpretations as well as experimental conclusions that can be drawn from the findings.
The authors must discuss and interpret their results in context of previous studies. The major findings of the study must be discussed specifically with mechanistic reasoning and highlight the limitations of the work. The discussed results should lead to future directions in subject area. Do not use phrases i.e. “in line with” “in agreement with” etc. Results can also be discussed under different headings as well.
A brief conclusion highlighting the major findings of the study should be provided at the end of the manuscript indicating essence of work
All sources of funding should be mentioned in this section. Name of scientist can also be mentioned in this section i.e. who provided germplasm, microbial strains etc. Statement about contribution of authors: mentioning clear contributions
Conflict of Interest
The authors must declare if there is any potential conflict of interest.
A reference within the text should be quoted by the author's name and date in parentheses, in ascending order, e.g. (Munir, 2007; Adams, 2014). In case of more than two authors, use the first name followed by et al. The reference list must be given at the end after conclusion section.
Ahmad (2005); Ahmad (2005a, b); Ahmad and Munir (2003); (Kashif, 2015); (Ahmad and Mujahid, 1996; Kashif, 2004; Aslam, 2011); Ahmad et al. (2010); (Ahmad et al., 2014)
In reference list: Article in journal, magazine and serial publication:
Aslam, J., M.M. David, S.A. Javed, K.S. Khan, M. Shahid, J. Claudia, and M.A. Asad. 2011. Improving drought tolerance through silicon application. Pak. J. Agri, Sci. 4:642-649.
Books (including bulletins, reports, multi-volume works, series):
Claudia, S.J.K. and A.K. Paul. 1986. Principles of Crop Production, 1st Ed. Springer Book Co., New York.
Chapter in a book:
Nawaz, F, A. Khurram and S.A. Junaid. 2017.Croip Physiology. In: Musafazi (ed.), Plant Growth and Metabolism. Springer Nature, b. pp.191-200.
Conference, symposium or workshop proceedings:
Ahmad, S.K., A.S. Kashif, S.M. Abid and S. Saima. 2015. Improving Rust Resistance in Wheat. In: S.J. Al-Khalid, A.K. Narinder, D. Lyon (eds.), Wheat Cropping Systems in the World. American Institute for Industrial Research, Malaysia pp.229-42. Ahmad, S.K. and L.D. Phillips. 2017. Characterization of bacteria for drought resistance. Proc. Int. Soc. Agronomicae 4:146-156.
Dissertation or thesis:
Asad, K. 2012. Effect of polythelene glycol on metabolic processes of maize. Ph.D. diss., Dept. Crop Physiol. MNS-Univ. Agric., Multan, Pakistan.
Software and websites:
National Agricultural Statistics Service. 1997. Crops county data. Available online with updates at https://usda.mannlib.comell. edu/data-sets/crops/9X100. Authors are requested to carefully check the accuracy of presentation of each reference in the list Tables and Figures Should be included after reference section with proper Title, footnote and caption and also should be cited proper numbering in text, Tables should be in editable form.