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Instructions to Authors

Journal of Food Legumes (formerly Indian Journal of Pulses Research) publishes original papers, short communications and review articles by renowned scientists, covering all areas of food legumes research. The paper should not have been published or communicated elsewhere. Authors will be solely responsible for the factual accuracy of their contribution. Language of publication is English (British).

Please send your manuscript to following address:
Journal of Food Legumes
Indian Institute of Pulses Research
Kalyanpur, Kanpur 208024, India
E-mail: isprd.editor@rediffmail.com

Please submit your manuscript in duplicate. Manuscripts must conform to the Journal style (see the latest issue). Correct language is the responsibility of the author. After having received your contribution (date of submission), there will be a review process before the Editor-in-Chief makes the definitive decision upon the acceptance for publication (date of acceptance). One copy of the revision together with a CD-ROM and the original manuscript must be returned to the Editor-in-Chief. You can also submit your paper electronically via E-mail as one complete word document file comprising a title page, abstract, text, references, tables, figure legends and figures. When preparing your text file, please use only Times New Roman for text (12 point, double spacing) and Symbol font for Greek letters to avoid inadvertent character substitutions. Upon acceptance of your manuscript for publication, you will be required to supply your manuscript and figures on disk or CD.


Every original paper should be divided into the following five sections: ABSTRACT, Key words, INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, and REFERENCES. The manuscript should be typed on one side of the paper only, double spaced, and with 4-cm margins with page and line numbers.

At the head of the manuscript, the following information should be given: the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), the institute where the research was carried out, the present addresses of the authors and of the corresponding author (if different from above Institute). Please also supply an E-mail address for the corresponding author.

The abstract should contain at least one sentence on each of the following: objective of investigation (hypothesis, purpose, aim), experimental material, method of investigation, data collection, result and conclusions. It should not exceed a total length of 175 words. Up to 10 key words should be added at the end of the abstract and separated by comma.

Each figure, table, and bibliographic entry must have a reference in the text. Any correction requested by the reviewer should also be integrated into the file.

The data carriers (CD) must be PC/Windows-compatible and must not contain any files other than those for the current manuscript. Please do not import the figures into the text file. The text should be prepared using standard software (Microsoft Word); do not use automated or manual hyphenation. Please do not include footnotes.


Manuscripts should not exceed a final length of 15 printed pages, i.e., 20,000 words, including spaces required for figures, tables and list of references (short communications 3 printed pages, with not more than a total of 2 figures or tables).

Units, Abbreviations and Nomenclature

For physical units, unit names and symbols, the SI-system should be employed. Biological names should be given according to the latest international nomenclature. Botanical and zoological names, gene designations and gene symbols are italicised. Yield data should be reported in kg/ha.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be limited to the necessary minimum. Please submit reproducible artwork. It is essential that figures are submitted as high-resolution scans.


The list of references should only include publications cited in the text. They should be cited in alphabetical order under the first author’s name, listing all authors, the year of publication and the complete title, according to the following examples:

Becker HC, Lin SC and Leon J. 1988. Stability analysis in plant breeding. Plant Breeding 101: 1-23.

Sokal RR and Rholf FJ. 1981. Biometry, 2nd Ed. Freeman, San Francisco.

Tandon HLS. 1993. Methods of Analysis of Soils, Plants, Water and Fertilizers (ed). Fertilizer Development and Consultation Organization, New Delhi, India. 143 pp.

Singh DP. 1989. Mutation breeding in blackgram. In: SA Farook and IA Khan (Eds), Premier Publishing House, Hyderabad, India. Pp 103-109.

Takkar PN and Randhawa NS. 1980. Zinc deficiency in Indian soils and plants. In: Proceedings of Seminar on Zinc Wastes and their Utilization, 15-16 October 1980, Indian Lead-Zinc Information Centre, Fertilizer Association of India, New Delhi, India. Pp 13-15.

Satyanarayan Y. 1953. Photosociological studies on calcarious plants of Bombay. Ph.D. Thesis, Bombay University, Mumbai, India.

In the text, the bibliographical reference is made by giving the name of the author(s) with the year of publication.

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