Instructions for Authors
Asian Journal of Plant Biology (AJPB) is an open access, online-only, peer-reviewed journal publishes research papers, short communications, mini review and review articles. AJPB considers scientific papers in all fields of plant biology that include plant agriculture, plant physiology, plant genetics, plant molecular biology, plant cell biology, plant physiology, plant systematics, plant ecology, plant-microbe interactions, phytoremediation, phytochemistry, phytomedicine, plant biotechnology, plant biochemistry, plant microbiology, mycology and plant pathology. Authors wishing to submit their manuscript to this journal please click the For Authors tab for further instructions.
Currently, the manuscript needs to be sent directly to the Editor-in-Chief. Send manuscript and cover letter via email attachment to email@example.com.
Length of manuscript
Type of manuscript
4000 – 5000
2000 – 3000
4000 – 5000
6000 – 7000
The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes the following FIVE statements:
- All authors concur with the submission.
- The work has not been published elsewhere.
- The manuscript has not been submitted to another journal and will not be published elsewhere except in the form of abstracts and posters in symposiums, conferences or seminars.
- The manuscript does/does not contain experiments using animals or humans. If it does then the permission from national or local authorities is needed. Please attach a copy of the permit letter. If your country does not have such permissions, this must be stated.
- The work has undergone plagiarism detection software with less than 30% (excluding references).
All manuscripts are reviewed by at least two reviewers. Authors are encouraged to suggest up to three reviewers. Final decisions will be made after authors have carried out all of the corrections recommended by the reviewers.
Format and Style of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be submitted in English. British spelling should be used throughout. We prefer to receive manuscripts in Microsoft Word's .docx or .doc format. Manuscripts must be typewritten with double spacing (including references, tables, legends, etc.) using a page setup that leaves margins of 2.54 cm (1 inch) on all sides. Add line numbers to the manuscript.
Title page of manuscript
The title page of the manuscript should contain only the following:
- Title of the paper.
- Full names of the authors and the name of their institute(s). Authors having several institutional affiliations use superscript numbers after the name and before the institute.
- Keywords (3 to 5) and separated by a “;”.
- Name, title and full postal address of the author to whom all correspondence (including galley proofs) is to be sent. This should include fax and telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
- A list of abbreviations used in the paper.
The second page of the manuscript should contain the abstract only. The abstract section should be unreferenced and contain a brief introduction followed by a summary of the results. A short conclusion should end the abstract. The abstract should not exceed 250 words.
Division of the manuscript
Full paper-manuscript should be divided into the following sections:
- Materials and methods
- Acknowledgement (If any)
Sections 3 and 4 may be combined and should then be followed by a short conclusion.
The Vancouver system of referencing should be used. Hibiscus journals encourage authors to use the freely available reference management software Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/). Hibiscus journals use the journal template style of “Vancouver (brackets)”. References, including those in tables and figure legends, should be numbered sequentially in the order in which they appear in the text. The numbers should be set in square brackets in the text
i.e. [1, 2] or [1-5]. In the reference list only the first six authors followed by 'et al.' should be written if a reference has many authors. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data), and not appear in the reference list. All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list. References should also be typed with double spacing throughout.
References should also be typed with double spacing throughout.
Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to standard practice (see http://library.caltech.edu/reference/abbreviations/). If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. The DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. If no print reference is available. Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic references rests entirely with the author. References should be cited in alphabetical order.
Please note the following examples:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002; 347(4):284-7.
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed.St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
Chapter in an Edited Book
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer.NewYork: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.
Papers in conferences, proceedings and symposiums
O'Connor J. Towards a greener Ireland. In: Discovering our natural sustainable resources: future proofing; 2009 March 15-16;Dublin, Ireland. Dublin: Environmental Institute; c2009. p. 65-69.
Theses and dissertations should not be referred to, unless necessary.
Conflict of Interest
Generally, members of the editorial board are not encouraged to publish in JBRB. Manuscripts authored by members of the editorial board will be supervised by a senior editor who will review the decision of the assigned decision editor for objectivity before a final decision is taken. (See WAME Publication Ethics. http://www.wame.org/resources/publication-ethics-policies-for-medical-journals#conflicts).
Legends, Illustrations and Tables
- Figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in order of mention in the text. Include Figure captions at the bottom of the Figure.
- Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Table caption should be on the top of the Table.
- The text of the article should refer to figures as "Figure 1", "Figure 2".
- Tables and Figures should be included in the manuscript file. Authors should supply Figures in excel format preferably that would allow the layout editor to easily scale down or up the Figures.
- Color figures should be in RGB format and supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi. Authors would have to pay for colored Figures in the print versions (USD 300).
- Monochrome (bitmap) images must be supplied at 1200 dpi. Grayscale must be supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi.
Authors should use systematic names similar to those used by Chemical Abstract Service or IUPAC. SI units must be used throughout.
Authors who require information about English language editing services pre- and post-submission, please contact us.
The journal adheres to the Diamond Open Access Policy where there is no fee for publication in the open access format. Publication process generally takes between 2 to 4 months from submission to publication.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).