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Author Guidelines


The Jordan Journal of Agricultural Sciences (JJAS) is an international refereed scholarly journal published in both English and Arabic. It is the official peer-reviewed publication of the Deanship of Academic Research and Quality Assurance of the University of Jordan, under the sponsorship of the Board of Directors of Scientific Research Support Fund of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. . It is a continuation of Dirasat: Agricultural Sciences.

The purpose of the JJAS is to enhance the research and knowledge base in agriculture and related sciences from an international perspective. The JJAS is interdisciplinary in scope and content. It publishes articles broadly relating to agricultural sciences. These include plant and animal production, plant protection, food sciences, land and water, environment, range and forestry, agrobiotechnology, agribusiness, agricultural economics, and extension and rural development. Articles must be original, and should contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

Article Types
The JJAS accepts submission of manuscripts of the following types:
Regular research articles: These should contribute new knowledge to the field in which the research was conducted and focus on current or emerging issues.The article can also describe the methodologies and practical application of specific research and appropriate technologies, which have general implications. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly and no longer than 15 printed pages. The manuscript should include a title page, abstract, introduction, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusions, acknowledgments and references.
Research Note (4 to 8 pages): a short note (communication) presenting the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. It is a short article having all the features of a regular research article with 2500 words limit.
Review Article (normally 5-10 printed pages): A critical synthesis of literature in a particular field on a certain topic of current interest written by eminent scientist(s) .

Manuscript Peer Review Process
Manuscripts should follow the style of the journal and are subject to both review and editing. Manuscripts that do not conform to these requirements and the manuscript format may be returned to the corresponding author prior to review for correction.

Reviwers evaluate manuscripts content and ensure readability. The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to the wide interests of the readership. The reviewers' recommendations determine whether a paper will be accepted / accepted subject to minor changes / subject to resubmission with significant changes / rejected if the manuscript contains major defects which may or may not be correctable. Authors are expected to react positively and must address those changes recommended by reviewers objectively and scholarly. The Board reserves the right to reject any manuscript, and to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication.
Submission Guidelines to Authors
When prepering a maniscript for submission, author (s) are required to adhere to the following:
1. The manuscripts should be prepared as Microsoft Word files, not more than 30 pages (7,500 words) and submitted electronically through the e mail (jjas@ju.edu.jo). Lines should be double spaced, except between paragraphs and tables. Times New Roman font, 12 or 13 point type is used for all text in the manuscript, with 2.5 cm (1.00 inch) margins on all sides. All major headings should be in Bold with first letter caps only for each word. Indent the first line of each paragraph, and prepare all copy flush left; do not use full justification. Number all pages after the title page in the top right hand corner. Create Line numbers for each page. Limit the use of numerical and/or bulleted lists in the manuscript. Textual material should be explained fully in the body therefore footnotes or endnotes are not necessary and should not be used.
2. Tables feature should be used, rather than using tabs or spacing to align data. Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text or in a figure. All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, and must be included in the manuscript body immediately following the paragraph where it was first mentioned. Column headings for tables should be brief, with metric units of measurement in parentheses, and all abbreviations should be defined in footnotes to the table.
3. Figures and other graphic material should be sent electronically in any common file format, provided that quality and resolution are assured. Only scientifically necessary illustrations should be included. The table and its footnotes, or legends of the figures should be self-explanatory and understandable without reference to the text.
4. The manuscript should be presented in the following order:
a. Covering letter and Copyright: By submitting a manuscript, authors certify that they are reporting original work that has not been published fully or partially, or be under consideration for publication by another journal. Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest in the covering letter. Copyrighted data may not be submitted to JJAS. Previous publication of part of the data in conference proceedings must be cited in the manuscript.
b. Title page: The title page should include, the Manuscript title in bold with the first letter of all major words capitalized of no more than 80 characters. It should include also the Authors’ full names, in Arabic and English academic rank(s) affiliation(s), complete mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mails.
c. Abstract: All manuscripts must include brief Abstracts in English and Arabic (with identical information) on separate sheets of no more than 200 words. Abstracts should be organized in a single paragraph and must contain objectives, methods, and informative digest of the significant findings and conclusions of the paper that are intelligible without reference to the main text. Key words or phrases (6-10 words) should be provided below the Abstract and be selected from the body of the text and not a duplicate of the title words to describe the paper and to assist with indexing of the article.
d. Introduction: This section should include sufficient background information to describe the issue addressed in the manuscript, a clear aim of the study and a relevant literature review which discusses similar research published on the topic. The introduction serves as a theoretical, conceptual or operational framework which helps to put the research work into context. The purpose and the specific objectives of the manuscript should be clearly stated, and be supported by the theoretical/conceptual framework.
e. Materials and Methods: Methodologies or experimental procedures should be concise but provide sufficient detail for others to verify the work or to allow the work to be repeated by others. The essentials of methods/ procedures of the study and its duration should be reported. These inculde experimental design/ sampling procedure, tools of data collection and the performed statistical tests. References for established methods and statistical procedures should be cited. The validity of the methods is a key criterion in the referee process.
f. Results and Discussion: Results should be presented in a proper format and in logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. This section summarizes all the collected data and mention relevant results, even those that were not expected. Repetitive presentation of the same data in different forms should be avoided (e.g., tables and figures). Any measurements or other information that may require explanation should be defined. Levels of statistical significance should be indicated, as well as any other factors crucial to the outcome of the study. Discussion includes the author’s interpretation of the results and considers the results in relation to any hypotheses advanced in the introduction and place the study in the context of other works.
g. Conclusions: Conclusions must be supported by the results of the study. The relationships/ differences between the conclusions and the research foundation contained in the theoretical base should be discussed. Based on conclusions, reasonable recommendations or the practical application of specific research and appropriate technologies, which have local or general implications should be presented, as well as suggestions for future research.
h. Acknowledgment: The source of financial grants, other funding and technical assistance must be acknowledged.

5. References
a. A reference is cited within the text by the author’s last name and year of publication between two brackets; for examples: for one author (Duwayri, 2001); for two authors (Nather & Shibi, 2007). For three or more authors, the first author is cited followed by et al., and the year (Al-Shawabkeh et al., 2009)
b. In the event that an author or reference is quoted or mentioned at the beginning of a paragraph or sentence or an author who has an innovative idea, the author’s name is written followed by the year between two brackets. Example: Shatanawi (2008).
c. Multiple publications by the same author(s) in the same years should be designated by the letters a, b, ..etc. Example: (Battikhi, 2004a), (Battikhi, 2004b).
d. List of references should be structured as follows at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name:

Books: Moore, D., 2009. The Basic Practice of Statistics (5th ed.). New York, USA, W.H. Freeman & Co.

Chapter in a book: Escott-Stump S. and Earl R., 2008. Guidelines for dietary planning. in L.K. Mahan, S. Escott-Stump, eds., Krause's Food, Nutrition, and Diet Therapy, 12th ed., pp. 337-361. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.

Periodicals: Al-Shawabkeh, K., Herzallah, S., Al-Fataftah, A. and Zakaria, H., 2009. Effect of aflatoxin B1 contaminated feed on broiler chickens performance and meat content of conjugated linoleic acid. Jordan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 5 (3): 314-323.

Conferences and Meetings: Datko M., Zivcak M., and Brestic M., 2008. Proteomic Analysis of Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) leaves as affected by high temperature treatment. In "Photosynthesis. Energy from the Sun": Proceedings of the 14th International Congress on Photosynthesis, Glasgow, UK, July 2007, 1523-1527.
Dissertations: Elmatwah, B.M. 2008. In vitro propagation of citrus volkamerana (ten and pasq.) as influenced by certain plant growth bioregulators, M.Sc. thesis, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

Online Sources: Seyring, M., Ewald, A. and Mueller, A. 2009. Screening for propagation suitability in vitro of different Cyclamen species. Journal of Biotechnology. Retrieved from http://www.ejbiotechnology.info/content/vol12/issue4/full/7/index.html

In Press: Al-Nsour, A., Mansour, A. Al-Bana, L. and Salem, N. 2009. Detection of tomato ringspot virus on stone fruit trees in Jordan. Accepted for publication, Jordan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

6. Abbreviation and Units: Abbreviations may only be used if they will make the manuscript easier to read. Unless the abbreviation is widly used as a word (such as LSD, kg), it should be written completely the first time used followed immediately with the abbreviation in parentheses. Abbreviations for units of measurement should be the metric system, such as 15-20 cm, 45 mm except where the number begins the sentence.

7. Copyright: If and when themanuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

Publication and Offprints
Manuscripts accepted for publication shall be published according to the final date of acceptance.The corresponding author/authors will recieve one copy of the issue in which the work appears, and a pdf offprint of the paper will be provided free of charge.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  4. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed
 

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