Guidelines for Contributors
International Journal of Scientific Footprints IJSF requires submission of manuscript at its online portal. New authors have to register first free of cost. Other than online submission mode will not be entertained. We assume that each manuscript or part of it receives for consideration for publication is not under consideration for publication anywhere else. Editorial correspondence should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation of Manuscript
Online submitted manuscript should be typed on A4 size paper with 1.5 inch line space. It is preferred to send the manuscript online in MS-Word 2003 format. Manuscript should be furnished by a title page bearing the title of article, full name of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address of the corresponding author, email address(s) and any additional information that the author likes to send IJSF. Title should be a brief phrase describing contents of the paper. All pages should bear their page number on top left border including the title page.
The Abstract should be revealing, entirely transparent and briefly should present the theme. It should be 100 to 250 words in length must be equipped with scope of the experiments, methodology adopted, must highlight significant data, point out major findings and conclusions. Authors are requested to use suitable verbs, complete sentences and the third person singular should be used where required. Standard nomenclature should be used while abbreviations should be avoided.
The abstract should be followed by 3 to 6 key words that will provide indexing.
Introduction section should deliver a clear statement of the problem and relevant literature on the subject strictly. The anticipated approach or solution must also be highlighted in the introduction and should be written keeping in view it is understandable to a broad range of scientific disciplines.
Materials and Methods
Materials and methods should be comprehensive so as to allow experiments to be reproduced. It is requested that only new procedures should be elaborated in detail. Previously published procedure should be cited only. In addition, important modifications of published procedures may be highlighted using subheading briefly. Subheadings should be used.
Results and Recommendations
Results and Recommendations may be stated separately or may be elaborated under the single headings. It is up to the author. Results should be highlighted with clarity, simplicity and precision and while should be written describing findings in the authors’ experiments, these, should be written in past tense. Whereas the findings that are published previously should be written in present tense. References in results must not be cited. However in case of need it may be cited without referring to the literature.
Discussion must give the findings in view of the results obtained. Must write the conclusions and put your recommendations when and wherever needed in a few sentences at the end of paper. Results and Discussion section(s) can include suitable subheadings.
A brief acknowledgment of people, grants, funding etc. must be made whenever appropriate.
Tables and Figures
Tables must be kept to a minimum amount and must be as simple as possible. Tables are required to be typed in double-spaced throughout, including the headings. Each table should be furnished in a separate page with numbers consecutively in numerals and should be supplied with a heading and a legend also. These should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. It is a pre requisite to submit the tables in original not in the picture form.
Original drawing, graphs and illustrations should be supplied in ready to print form. Each figure must have its number.
Citation and Referencing Style
Citations and references in the text must be by name and year in parentheses. Examples:
The problem of South African agriculture is that the mixed crop–livestock zone is in small scale and is more tolerant than the dry land, specialized crop zone (Nhemachena et al., 2006).
Asad (2009), (John et al., 2012), (Kulkarni, 1981), (Nazli and Hussain, 1992), (Stewart, 1999; Xin, 1987a,b; Blake, 1991, 1995).
The list of references should only comprise of work cited in the manuscript’s text and more importantly that have been published or accepted for publication. Unpublished work and personal communications may only be mentioned in the text. Never use footnotes or end notes as a substitute for a reference list. Reference list must be alphabetized by last names of first author of each work.
For Journal Article
Liu, S., X. Moa, Z. Lina, Y. Xub, J. Ji, G. Wen and J. Richey. 2010. Crop yield responses to climate change in the Huang-Huai-Hai plain of China. Agricultural Water Management, 97: 1195-1209
Article by DOI
Kang Y, Khan S, Ma X. 2009. Climate change impact on crop yield, crop water productivity and food security: A review. Progress in Natural Sciences, doi: 10.1016/j.pnsc.2009.08.001
An Online document
Abou-Allaban, Y., Dell, M. L., Greenberg, W., Lomax, J., Peteet, J., Torres, M., & Cowell, V. (2006). Religious/spiritual commitments and psychiatric practice. Resource document. American Psychiatric Association. http://www.psych.org/edu/other_res/lib_archives/archives/200604.pdf. Accessed 25 June 2007.
Chapter of Book
O’Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men’s and women’s gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107–123). New York: Springer.
Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Publication of an article in our journal means that author of the article has given the copyrights to International Journal of Scientific Footprints IJSF. This is inter alia so to ensure the efficient handling of the published material and to facilitate effective handling of the requests from third parties to reproduce articles. As IJSF is an Open Access journal, this will help in wide publication of the published material. Authors of the published material can use their article in other publications; however, they must acknowledge International Journal of Scientific Footprints IJSF as original place of publication. All requests by the third parties for permission to reprint should be addressed to editor at email@example.com.
Right of Copy-Editing
Editor reserves the right to copy-edit and can make necessary changes in the material that is contributed for publication in IJSF. Editor also reserves the right to omit or modify any material that deemed inaccurate or inappropriate for publication.
IJSF charges NO publication or processing charges from its authors/contributors. The manuscripts are also open access. The aim of IJSF is to strengthen the base of scientific knowledge in the field of Social and Agriculture Sciences.