INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

GENERAL INFORMATION:

African Journal of Agriculture and Allied Sciences is a scientific and periodic Journal that covers a broad field of Agriculture including Agronomy, Crop Science, Crop Protection, Entomology, Horticulture, Animal Science, Plant Breeding/Bio-technology, Soil Science, Fisheries, Forestry, Agro-forestry, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Food Science &Technology and Agricultural Education. The Environmental Science disciplines are Agro meteorology, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Impact Assessment, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology Environmental Biology, Environmental Education, Applications of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information systems (GIS), and Crop Modeling in Agriculture and Climate Change. Review articles, original research reports and short communication are welcome from authors for publication in the Journal.

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS: Manuscripts should be prepared in standard English Language and typed in double space on one side of A4 size paper leaving 0.5 cm margins on all sides of the paper. The manuscripts should not be more than 15 pages, with tables, figures and plates inclusive. However, more pages attract additional charges. Coloured prints at Author’s request will attract additional charges as decided by the Editor-in-Chief.

TITLE: The title should be concise and typed in bold capital letters. Scientific names should be used as appropriate and should be italicized. The title should generally reflect the content of the article.

AUTHOR(S) NAMES: The name(s) of the author(s) should be indicated below the title of the article in full surname(s) and initials, followed by their full addresses. The chief or the corresponding author should be so indicated. The phone number(s) and e-mail address (es) should be written after the postal address.

ABSTRACT: The abstract should be written in concise form without losing the focus and clarity of the study. The summary should be able to answer the question on the objectives of the study, how it was carried out, the results obtained, the inference drawn from the results and the conclusion. The summary should not exceed 250 words.

KEYWORDS: Keywords of not more than six that conform with the content of the article should be provided as a footnote of the abstract for indexing and other purposes.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: These aspects should contain detailed information on the methodology utilized in the study. It should contain repeatable methods which will remove any doubt in the confidence in the work of the author. In the case of universal methodology, proper reporting and citations of relevant literature should be put in place for further referencing, and any deviation should be indicated with proper justification. Also, appropriate experimental design, mode of data collection and statistical analyses should be indicated.

RESULTS: The results should be concise and clear with relevant supporting data, and transformation/aids such as tables, graphs and pictures (plates). Appropriate numbering of the data transformation (tables, graphs and plates) in the relevant sections of the text where the supporting aids belong should be put in place. The results should only be reported in the section without discussing them. Duplication between this section and the discussion must be avoided. The results section should preferably be separated from the discussion.

DISCUSSION: The discussion should be the inference drawn from the results as indicated in the previous section. Furthermore, the implications and consequences of the results reported here should be backed up with previous relevant and recent literature from past workers on the subject matter. Comparative analyses should be drawn from the inference concerning previous works.  

CONCLUSION: The contribution to scientific knowledge and suggestions for further research in line with the study should be indicated here.

REFERENCES: In the reference list, the name and initials of all the authors must be given with the year of publication (in parenthesis), article title, journal title in full, volume, number, and first and last page numbers. If there are three or more authors, the first author’s name should be followed by et al., ensuring the different references with the same name and date are differentiated by a, b, etc. For references to books (if different from authors of chapters), volume number, edition, page numbers of the chapter, publishers and town of publication should be indicated. Ensure that all references cited in the text are listed in the reference list and vice versa, and be consistent in the spelling of authors’ names, dates, etc. Note that the manuscript may be rejected, or publication delayed if it departs in any way from the required style.

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail (as an attachment in Microsoft Word) to the Managing Editor (ajaas.foa@uniabuja.edu.ng). Submission of the manuscript will be held to imply that it reports original unpublished research not under consideration for publication elsewhere and that if accepted, it will not be published again in any form either in English or in any other language without the Editor’s prior consent. A scanned copy of evidence of payment of the handling charge of five thousand Naira (N5,000.00) should be sent along with the manuscript. Upon acceptance, a publication fee of Thirty  Thousand Naira (N30,000.00) or Fifty Dollars ($50.00) only will be charged per manuscript. All payments are to be made into the AJAAS account - Zenith Bank (Acc. No: 1007468158, Act. Name: Anjorin Toba Sam). Advertisement rates can be obtained from the Editor-in-Chief.