General

AgroEconomist is an International Journal published by SAESS and Printed by R Publishers. At the same time, it appears in electronic format in website: (http://agroeconomistjournal.com) giving free access to the full text, for a greater international visibility of the authors and the journal. The manuscripts must be written in English. The Editorial Committee and referees are all outstanding national and foreign researchers. The Editorial Board decides on the acceptance or rejection of a paper, and appeals are not accepted.

Original articles should represent a valid contribution to scientific knowledge and should not be submitted simultaneously to other journals. Writing style should be clear, concise, and precise. The length must not exceed 18 pages for the RESEARCH ARTICLES and REVIEWS sections ,10 pages for SHORT COMMUNICATION and 2-4 pages for POPULAR

ARTICLE/FARMERS COLUMN. Manuscripts must be electronically submitted. Use letter size paper, 11 point Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing, 2.5 cm margins, page numbers at the bottom right-hand corner and continuous line numbers.

The Editorial Process

A Manuscript submitted to AE will be gone through review procedure for possible publication considering that it is submitted to one journal at a time and has not submitted to other journal simultaneously, have not been published or accepted for publication in other journals either in part or full.

  • Editorial
  • Original Research (Not more than 3000-5000 words excluding abstract & References)
  • Review Articles (Not more than 3000-5000 words excluding abstract & References)
  • Short Discussion (Not more than 1500-2000 words excluding abstract & References)

Plagiarism

We have been screening manuscripts for plagiarism with authenticated software for the same. Stern action would be taken against handful of authors found involved in ethical misconduct. The screening and decision on articles cost huge time and resources of the Journal.

Conflict Of Interest

Prior to submission of manuscript all the authors involving in manuscript must have to disclose any and all conflict of interest they may have with the submitting manuscript in AE with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/

Duplicate Submission And Redundant Publication

AgroEconomist follow closely ethical instructions provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), have set standards and provide guidelines for best writing literature and practices in order to meet these requirements for a journal and editor.

Manuscripts that are not submitted in fulfillment with our journal instructions and guidelines are more likely to be rejected. The manuscript, including the title page, abstract and keywords, text, references, figure captions, and tables should be typewritten, double-spaced in 12-point font with 1-inch margins all around and saved as one file.

Redundant publication, the inappropriate division of study outcomes into more than one article (also known as salami slicing or salami publications), may result in rejection or a request to merge submitted manuscripts, and the correction of published articles. Duplicate publication of the same, citation manipulation, fabrication or falsification or a very similar, article may result in the retraction of the later article and the authors may incur sanctions.

Research Articles

The problem or topic to be studied should first be identified. Then, existing knowledge about the topic is gathered to judge its importance and discover the current state of the issue. Afterward, the researcher defines the objectives and applies the methods best suited to test his/her hypothesis; hence, the main function of the results is to evaluate hypothesis(es).Significant contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge, following standard experimental designs, statistical analysis, and discussion of results supported by an up-to-date literature review, it should include the following sections:

Title

Title should not exceed 18 words. It should identify the subject, study objectives or significant findings. Avoid abbreviations.

Author(s)

Include name and last name of every author, affiliation, indicating institution, faculty or experimental center, postal and e-mail address of the “Corresponding author” identified by an asterisk. Every co-author must approve the final version. According to international and ethical norms, the author has participated in the design, execution, and analysis of the experiments, as well as writing the paper, and being able to answer any questions about the study. Persons who contributed to the research, by obtaining resources, in field work, laboratory analyses, etc., can be mentioned in the Acknowledgements

Abstract

The most widely-read section of an article. Maximum length: 250 words. It includes values and quantities, and not only describes results. Clearly states: the importance of the research subject, objectives, treatments, results expressed in numbers and statistical significance, and conclusions.Keywords: used to build databases and content indexes; do not repeat title words.

Introduction

Emphasizes the importance of the research, places it in a context, presents related literature, and gives enough information to understand the authors’ goals. It ends with a paragraph stating the objectives of the study.

Materials and Methods

There should be sufficient information to allow other researchers to repeat the experiment by clearly defining the experimental design. A precise description or an explicit reference to all biological, analytical, and statistical procedures is required. All procedure modifications must be explained.

Results and Discussion

Results and analyses should be clear and concise, supported by tables and figures, statistical analyses, and reports from other researchers. Results should be analyzed in the text without repeating table or figure values. Do not indicate more than two decimal places. The Discussion should clearly and precisely interpret results supported by statistical analyses.

Conclusions

In accordance with research objectives, the conclusions should clearly state the main experimental results without using abbreviations, acronyms, or references.

Acknowledgements

This section appears before Literature Cited and allows thanking institutions, organizations, laboratories, and persons that have contributed to all or part of the research.

References

Single references are shown as name-year in the text, and chronologically for various references. When there are three or more authors, cite the primary author followed by the expression “et al.” If there is more than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year, they should be differentiated by adding a letter (a, b, c, d, etc.) to the year in both text and Literature Cited.

Tables

Tables should be self-explanatory without having to refer back to the text. The title must be brief and illustrative. Tables are numbered in sequence as they are mentioned in the text, and must be included at the end of the manuscript after the Literature Cited. A footnote to the table should explain every abbreviation used. The style for tables and figures should be uniform, especially for units, dates, and abbreviations.

Figures

The data must be included at the end of the manuscript after the Literature Cited. Graphs, photographs, diagrams, drawings, and maps, should illustrate essential data, not found in the text or tables, and numbered in the order they are cited. Titles must be brief, clear, and self-explanatory. Figures are black and white, avoid using color or gray tones.

Review Paper

This section includes papers developing a related topic, strongly supported by relevant and updated bibliography. They are reviewed according to the same norms as research articles.

Short Communication

These are brief presentations on various subjects, such as new cultivar reports, current research, species determination, method descriptions, etc. Title, footnotes, tables, and figures are presented according to the same norms as research article.

References

One indicator of research quality is cited literature and current references must not exceed 10 years from publication. Authors must correctly note full references verifying that all text references are included in Literature Cited and vice versa.

Journal papers

Sen, L., and F. Cuesta. 2008. Use of laccaseproducing microorganisms in membrane systems for polluting agents removal: consideration and perspectives. International Journal of Agriculture Environment and Biotechnology 68:401-411.

Roy, S.M., G. De, M. Mora, P. Peirano, and H. Zunino. 2002. Balance and distribution of sulphur in volcanic ash-derived soils in India. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 34:1355-1362.

Bulletins, special publications

Soil Survey Staff. 1994. Keys to soil taxonomy. Agric. Hand. 436. 306 p. 6th ed. United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, Washington, D.C., USA.

Books

SAS Institute. 1992. STAT Guide for personal computers. 704 p. 8th ed. SAS Institute, Cary, North Carolina, USA.

Chapter in a book

Singh, D., and D.Banerjee. 1998. Effects of harvesting intensity on forest productivity and soil carbon storage. p. 351-363. In R. Lal et al. (eds.) Management of carbon sequestration in soils.Advances in Soil Science. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

Chapter in a proceedings volume

Ray, G., C. Srivastava. 2005. SRI cultivation in IGP Plains of UP, India. In Proceedings of 56th Science Congress 11-14th October 2005.Indian Society of Agronomy,Kolkata, India.

Thesis

Sen, H. 2003. Effect of Organic matter on soil properties. Thesis M Sc (Ag). Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Agriculture, Varanasi, UP, India

Electronic references

ODEPA. 1999. Estadísticas agropecuarias. Disponible en http://www.odepa.minagri.gob.cl .

Measurement units

Results should express in International System of Units (SI); if other units used, they should be in parentheses after the SI unit. It is suggested to use an exponential form instead of a slash, e.g., kg ha-1.

Abbreviations and symbols

save space and time, but excessive use impedes understanding the text. Some widely-used and well-known abbreviations such as SI units or chemical elements need not be defined. All abbreviations should be written out at their first mention, in abstracts, texts, tables, and figures; afterwards use the abbreviation consistently.

Citing references in the text

When a reference has one or two authors, cite the last name(s) and the year. When the same author(s) has two references in different years; write them in chronological order (e.g., De et al., 1988; 1990). When the reference has three or more authors, use the Latin expression “et al.” and include the year. For two or more articles using the same within-text citation, add a distinguishing letter (a, b, c, etc.) to the year in both text and Literature Cited.

Peer Review Policy

The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our referees play a vital role in maintaining the high standards

Initial manuscript evaluation

The Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is possible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to at least 2 experts for review.

How the referee is selected?

Whenever possible, referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise and our database is constantly being updated.

Referee reports:

Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: - Is original - Is methodologically sound - Follows appropriate ethical guidelines - Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions - Correctly references previous relevant work.

Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees may, if so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.

How long does the review process take?

The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees. Should the referee’s reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. In rare cases for which it is extremely difficult to find a second referee to review the manuscript, or when the one referee’s report has thoroughly convinced the Editor, decisions at this stage to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision are made on the basis of only one referee’s report. The Editor’s decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.

Final report

A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees

Editor’s Decision is final

Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

After Acceptance And Prior Publication(Galley Proof)

After completion of editorial and peer review process if the manuscript is accepted for publication it is sent to technical person for final publication. Prior to publication a galley proof will be sent to author for final approval before making the manuscript online.

After final approval of authors, the manuscript is sent for final publication and make is online visible for our readers, students and researchers.

Tables, Figures: Please submit all images of manuscript in minimum 600 dpi original resolution.

Abbreviations, Symbols and Nomenclature: Use only standard abbreviations; use of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on first mention unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement.

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