Types of Articles
Journal of Research on Crop EcoPhysiology publishes the results of fundamental and applied
research articles on ecological, physiological and ecophysiological
aspects of plants growth and development. Studied Crops can include Cereals, Industrial
crops, Pulse crops, Forage crops, etc.
Submitted manuscripts shall provide new facts or confirmatory data. Papers
dealing with experimental design, teaching, extension endeavors, or those of
historical or biographical interest may also be appropriate. A limited number
of review papers will be considered for publication if they contribute
significant additional knowledge, or synthesis of knowledge, to a subject area.
Papers that have been, or are scheduled to be, published elsewhere will not be
accepted. Publication of a preliminary report, such as an abstract, does not
preclude consideration of a complete report for publication as long as it has
not been published in full in a proceedings or similar scientific publication;
appropriate identification of previously published preliminary reports should
be provided in a title page footnote. Opinions or views expressed in papers published
by Research on Crop EcoPhysiology are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily
represent the opinion of the editor-in-chief.
Original Research Articles should report the
results of original research. The material should not have been previously
published elsewhere, except in a preliminary form. They should not occupy more
than 12 Journal pages.
Review Articles should cover subjects falling
within the scope of the journal which are of active current interest. Reviews
will often be invited, but submitted reviews will also be considered for
publication. All reviews will be subject to the same peer review process as
applies for original papers. They should not occupy more than 12 Journal pages.
Short Communication is a concise but complete
description of a limited investigation, which will not be included in a later
paper. Short Communications may be submitted to the journal as such, or may
result from a request to condense a regular paper, during the peer review
process. They should not occupy more than 5 journal pages (approximately 10 manuscript
pages) including figures, tables and references.
Technical Note is a report on a new method,
technique or procedure falling within the scope of Research
on Crop EcoPhysiology. It may involve a new algorithm, computer
program (e.g. for statistical analysis or for simulation), or testing method
for example. The Technical Note should be used for information that cannot
adequately incorporated into an Original Research Article, but that is of
sufficient value to be brought to the attention of the readers of Research on Crop EcoPhysiology. The note should
describe the nature of the new method, technique or procedure and clarify how
it differs from those currently in use if cannot be incorporated. They should
not occupy more than 5 Journal pages.
be written in English. The text and all supporting materials must use American
or British, but not a mixture of these.
whose primary language is not English are strongly encouraged to use an
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on Crop EcoPhysiology has not an interest in these services, and neither
endorses nor takes responsibility for these services, which are commercial,
In addition, use of any of these services does not guarantee the
acceptability of a manuscript for publication.
Editorial Review and Acceptance
criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its
significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are
peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or
rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any
material for publication.
should be written so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who
is not a specialist in the particular field. They should be written in a clear,
concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for
publication on the basis of scientific content, the Editor and the Publisher
reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition
and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations
are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a
'Journal Publishing Agreement'. In signing the form
it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or
previously published material. All authors must read and agree to the
conditions outlined in the form, and must sign the form. Articles cannot be
published until a signed form has been received.
Manuscripts should be submitted online http://journals.khuisf.ac.ir/roce or to roce @khuisf.ac.ir . Authors must supply an email address as all correspondence
will be by email. Two files should be supplied: the covering letter and the
manuscript (in Word format). All articles submitted to the Journal must
comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the
manuscript and possible delay in publication.
accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content
has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be
stated in the covering letter. The covering letter must also contain an
acknowledgment that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all
authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript. Authors must
declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of
Preparing the Manuscript
should be typed double-spaced, with lines and pages numbered consecutively,
using Times New Roman font at 12 points. All margins should be at least 30 mm. All special characters
(e.g., Greek, math, symbols) should be inserted using the symbols palette
available in this font. Equations created using the new Equation Builder
feature in Microsoft Word 2007 may not be compatible with earlier versions of
Word or other software used in our journal composition system. Tables and figures
should be placed in separate sections at the end of the manuscript (not placed
in the text). Failure to follow these instructions may result in an immediate
rejection of the manuscript.
Headings. Major Headings are centered (except
ABSTRACT), all capitals, boldface, and consist of ABSTRACT, INTRODUCTION,
MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION), ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (optional), and
REFERENCES. First Subheadings are placed on a separate line,
begin at the left margin, the first letter of all important words are
capitalized, and the headings are boldface and italic. Text that follows a
first subheading should be in a new paragraph. Second Subheadings begin
the first line of a paragraph. They are indented, boldface, italic, and
followed by a period. The first letter of each important word should be
capitalized. The text follows immediately after the final period of the
Parts of the Manuscript
Manuscripts should be presented in the following
order: title page, abstract and key words, introduction, materials and methods, results,
discussion (or results and discussion), acknowledgments (optional), references,
tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and figures.
Title Page. The title page
includes a running head or
short title (not more than 45 characters, No abbreviations should be
used); the title (boldface and capitalized, as brief as possible, including the species involved and numbers must be
given in words rather than in numerals); names
of authors (first
name, last name; no title, positions, or
degrees) and affiliation: Affiliations
will be footnoted using the numbered. The corresponding author should be
indicated with *, affiliation including the
department, city, state and country (all with first letters capitalized).
Abstract. The Abstract consists of no more than 300 words, in one
paragraph and it
must summarize the major objectives, methods, results (with statistical evidence; i.e., p-values), conclusions, and practical
applications of the research. The Abstract must consist of complete sentences
and use of abbreviations should be limited. References to other work and
footnotes are not permitted. The Abstract and Key Words must be on a separate
sheet of paper.
Key Words. List
up to 6 key words or phrases including the species, variables tested, and the
major response criteria. The first letter of each key word is lowercase (unless
a proper noun); key words are separated by commas; and no abbreviations should
Introduction. The Introduction, while
brief, should provide the reader with information necessary for understanding
research presented in the paper. Previous work on the topic should be
summarized, and the objectives of the current research must be clearly stated.
Materials and Methods. All sources of
products, equipments, and chemicals used in the experiments must be specified
parenthetically at first mention in text, tables, and figures [i.e., (model
123, ABC Corp., Provo, UT)]. A clear description or specific original reference is
required for all biological, analytical, and statistical procedures. Also,
provide a publication reference for the methodology used in kits. Centrifugal
force should be provided in × g, not rpm, and duration and temperature
of centrifugation must be included. Include volume of blood collected,
container used, and amount of preservative or anticoagulant (e.g., heparin).
Statistical analysis: Appropriate statistical methods should be used, although
the biology should be emphasized. Statistical methods commonly used in the
animal sciences need not be described in detail, but adequate references should
be provided. The statistical model, classes, blocks, and experimental unit must
be designated. Any restrictions used in estimating parameters should be
defined. Reference to a statistical package without reporting the sources of
variation (classes) and other salient features of the analysis, such as
covariance or orthogonal contrasts, is not sufficient. A statement of the results
of the statistical analysis should justify the interpretations and conclusions.
The experimental unit is the smallest unit to which an individual treatment is
imposed. Measurements on the same experimental unit over time also are not
independent and should not be considered as independent experimental units.
Provide a validation for assays [e.g., mean and CV for repeated analysis of a
sample (both between and within-assay if available) and the sensitivity
(minimum amount or concentration detectable)]. The pooled standard error of the mean is the preferred
estimate of experimental error.
Results. The results are presented in the form of tables or
figures when feasible. The text should explain or elaborate on the tabular
data, but numbers should not be repeated within the text. Sufficient data, all
with some index of variation attached (including significance level; i.e., p-value),
should be presented to allow the reader to interpret the results of the
experiment. Reporting the actual p-value is preferred to the use of the
terms significant and highly significant. Thus, the observed
significance level (e.g., p = 0.027) should be presented, thereby
allowing the reader to decide what to reject.
Discussion. The discussion should interpret the results clearly and
concisely in terms of biological mechanisms and significance and also should
integrate the research findings with the body of previously published
literature to provide the reader with a broad base on which to accept or reject
the hypotheses tested. A stand-alone discussion section should not refer to any
tables or figures, nor should it include p-values (unless citing a p-value
from another work).
In Journal of Research on Crop EcoPhysiology authors
have the option of combining the Results and Discussion into one section.
Acknowledgments. The source of
financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank
declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution
of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and
thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.
References. The Harvard (author,
date) system of referencing is used.
Citations in Text: All citations in the text should refer to the
author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
Smith (1992), Smith
and Jones (1992) or Smith and Jones (1990, 1992). If the sentence structure
requires that the authors’ names be included in parentheses, the proper format
is (Smith and Jones, 1982; Jones, 1988a,b; Jones et al., 1993). Where there are
more than two authors of one article, the first author’s name is followed by “et
al.” : Smith et al. (1993). More than one article listed in the same sentence
of text must be in chronological order first, and alphabetical order for two
publications in the same year.
author’s own unpublished work should be listed in the text as “(J. Smith, unpublished
data).” Personal communications and unpublished data must not be included in
the References section.
section: To be listed
in the References section, papers must be published or accepted for publication
(“in press”). In the References section, references are listed alphabetically
by the author(s)’ last name(s), and then chronologically. The year of publication
follows the authors’ names. More than one reference from the same
author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c',
etc., placed after the year of publication. All authors’ names must
appear in the References section.
Sample references are as follows:
1. Journal articles
Moore GN, Luoma
SN. 1990. Hazardous wastes from large-scale metal extraction. Environment Science
Sio-Se Marde A, Ahmadi A, Poustini K,
Mohammadi V. 2006. Evaluation of drought resistance indices under various
environmental conditions. Field Crop Research, 98:222-229.
Novotny V, Chesters V. 1981. Handbook
of Nonpoint Pollution: Sources and Management. Van
Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York.
Mahallati M, Koocheki A, Rezvani Moghaddam P, Beheshti A. 2001. Agroecology.
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Publicatioin. [In Persian].
3. Chapter in
Nooden LD. 1988.
The phenomena of senescence and aging. In: Nooden LD, Leopald AC (eds), Senescence
and Aging in Plants, pp. 1–50. Academic Press, San Diego, CA,USA.
Van der Werf JHJ. 1990. A note on the use of
conditional models to estimate additive genetic variance in selected
populations. Proceedings of the 4th World Congress
on Genetics and Applied Livestock Production,
Edinburgh, Scotland, pp: 476–479.
5. Electronic publication
A. 2000. Mitigation of drought stress by crop management [homepage on the
Internet]. Retrieved June 15, 2010.Available from URL: http://www.plant
ME, Rosenboim I. 2004. Method to enhance reproductive performance in poultry.
University of Minnesota, Assignee, US Patent, No. 6,766,767.
must be created using the MS Word table feature and inserted in the manuscript
after the references section. Author-defined
abbreviations must be defined (or redefined) in each table. When possible,
tables should be organized to fit across the page without running broadside. Each column must have a heading. Units should
be separated from headings by a comma. Limit the data field to the minimum needed
for meaningful comparison within the accuracy of the methods. In the body of
the table, references to footnotes should be numerals. Each footnote should begin
on a new line. To indicate significant differences among means within a row or
column, superscript lowercase letters are used; the preferred statement in the
footnotes is: “Within a row (or column), means without a common superscript
differ (P < 0.05).” Do
not use vertical lines and use few horizontal lines. Use of bold and italic
typefaces in the table body should be done sparingly; such use must be defined
in a footnote. Each table must be on a separate page.
Figure. Figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript
and each figure should be placed on a separate page (separated by section
breaks) and identified by the figure number. Figure captions should be typed
double spaced on a separate page. The use of color in figures should be avoided
unless it is essential to understanding the figure.
Additional Usage Notes
All measurements must be given in SI units.
names. Upon its first use in the
title, abstract and text, the common name of a species should be followed by
the scientific name (Genus, species and authority) in parentheses. However, for
well-known species, the scientific name may be omitted from the article title.
If no common name exists in English, the scientific name should be used only.
abbreviations should be defined at first use in the abstract and again in the
body of the manuscript. The following
abbreviations should be used in Journal of Research on Crop Ecophysiology;
plural abbreviations do not require a final “s”. Use of 3-letter abbreviations
for amino acids (e.g., Ala) and use of standard abbreviations for elements
(only can be used with a prefix)
(concentration; preferred over mol/L)
ton (1,000 kg)
Units of Time
symbols and abbreviations
analysis of variance
degree(s) of freedom
simple coefficient of
multiple coefficient of
standard error of the
standard error of the
probability of Type I
probability of Type II