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SKUAST Journal of Research is a biannual periodical for prompt publication of original research papers and short communications related to Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Sericulture and allied fields. Reviews of paramount importance may also be considered. There shall be no membership or any other charges for the publication in SKUAST Journal of Research.

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts including illustration can be submitted through email at chiefeditor-sjr@skuastkashmir.ac.in or by surface mail in the form of three hard copies along with one soft copy to the Editor-in-Chief, SKUAST Journal of Research, SKUAST-Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar - 191 121 (Jammu and Kashmir), India. Manuscripts should be concise and not exceed ten printed pages of the Journal in case of full length paper and four printed pages in case of short communications. The responsibility for statements, whether of fact or opinion, lies entirely on the authors thereof.


Submission of a manuscript implies that the:

  1. Work described has neither been published before (except in the form of abstract or as a part of lecture or thesis) nor is under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  2. This publication has been approved by all authors as well as by the responsible authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out.

  3. If and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

  4. The manuscript or any part of the manuscript, table or figure etc. will not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the copyright holder.

  5. Written permission for the materials used from other copyrighted sources has been obtained by the authors and that any costs associated with obtaining this permission shall solely be the responsibility of authors.

The manuscript submitted for publication should invariably be accompanied by a certificate from authors reflecting the above points. The papers without above certificate will not be published in the journal.

Review process

All manuscripts shall be reviewed by the editorial board as well as by qualified reviewers from the concerned field.

Format of the paper

Manuscript should be in English and may be organized as:

Manuscript should neatly be typed in double space on one side of a good quality paper of 30 cm x 20 cm, double spaced with 4 cm margin at the top, bottom, left- and right-hand sides.

Title: The title should be short, specific and informative, typed in capital and Latin names italicized. A short title, not exceeding 35 letters, should be typed at the top of the first page.

Authors: The names of authors should be in small letters without any mention of degree, title, etc.

Address: Address of the institution where the work was carried out may be given first followed by the present address (if required). Telephone No., fax and email address of the corresponding author may also be given.

Each full length paper should be divided into the main headings in following order.

Abstract: A brief abstract, not exceeding 250 words, containing one line objective, summary of findings and conclusions of the study should be typed after address in one paragraph.

Key words: Not more than six key words indicating the contents of research may be given after abstract.

Introduction: It should be brief and limited to the statement of problem with brief review of the literature pertinent to the work and the objectives of the study.

Materials and Methods: It should include relevant details on the nature of material, experimental design, the techniques employed and the statistical methods used. For well known methods, citation of reference is sufficient.

Results and Discussion: Results and discussion should be combined to avoid any repetition. It should include the important findings discussed briefly with relevant literature support or reasoning. State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper. Acknowledgment should mention only guidance or assistance received in real terms, and financial grant provided by any agency.

References: Text citation as well as listing of references should be given at the end of the article. In running text, the reference citation may be mentioned as Khan (1980), Khan and Ahmad (1980) and Khan et al. (1980) in case of one, two and more than two authors, respectively. Listing of the references may be done in alphabetical order. Authors names to be written in normal sequence with surname followed by initials (in double space), and (followed by period). This should followed by the title of article and journal name (abbreviated in accordance with the World List of Scientific Periodicals, Butterworths, London), volume, issue if any, and page number of the journal. In case of book reference, author(s) and year of publication be followed by the book title (in expanded form in first capital), publisher, city and country. Volume or part of serialized books may be given after the title of the paper, followed by a colon and page numbers. This may be followed by the name of the publisher, city and country where from the book/ serial has been published. Text of the references may be given in the same alignment (with further indentation of second line onward). The examples of mentioning of the references are given as under:

Dar, G.H. 1995. Effect of heavy metals (Cu, Cr, Ni and Pb) on soil microbial biomass carbon mineralization and enzyme activities. Int. J Ecol. Enviro. Sci., 21:87-95.

Parry, D.A., Molina, R. and Amaranthus, M.P. 1987. Mycorrhizae, mycorrhizosphere and reforestation: Current knowledge and research needs. Can J. For. Res., 17: 929-40

Jhangran, V.A. 1975. Fish and Fisheries of India. Hindustan Publication, New Delhi, India, p 203. Nayayan, N.S. and Madhyashta, M.N. 1985. Heavy metal pollution in India - A review, pp. 272-284. In: Current Pollution Research in India (Eds. R.K. Trivedi and P.K. Goel), Environmental Publications, Karad, India.

Nomenclature: Generic and species names should be italicized and the first mention of any generic/species name should be accompanied by the authority.

Table: Tables should be typed on separate sheets, each with a heading, stating its contents clearly and concisely. All weights and measures should be in standard international units. Tables should be typed with only first letter capital. Table number be mentioned in Arabic numerical followed by period.

Figures: Only good quality figures that are essential to clear understanding of the paper shall be accepted. The information in illustrations should not be repeated in tables and vise versa. The figures and illustrations with legends should be of good quality. Original art work (at least one set)/ photographs must accompany the paper.

Computer disks

Author(s) have also to submit a computer disk containing soft copy (typed in Microsoft Word) of the paper to the editorial office.

Please observe the following criteria:

  1. Send hard copy (print-out) in triplicate along with soft version of paper.

  2. After reviewing, revision if necessary and acceptance send a disk containing the final version with the final hard copy. Make sure that the disk and the hard copy match exactly.

  3. Include the text file and separate table and illustration files, if available.

  4. The file should follow the general instructions on style/ arrangement and, in particular, the references style of this journal as given in the “instructions to the authors”.

  5. The file should be single spaced and should use the wrap-around end-of-line feature i.e. no returns at the end of each line. All textural elements should begin flush left. Place two returns after every element such as title heading, paragraphs, figures and table call-outs.

Keep a back-up disk for reference and safety.

Proof: The gally proofs of the accepted paper must be returned to the Editorial Office within the shortest possible time not exceeding a week.

Reprints: No reprints shall be supplied free of charges. A minimum of 25 reprints will be supplied against the cost fixed by the Editorial Board.

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