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Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition (IJAN)

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be written so that these are intelligible to professional readers. The Editor or the Publisher reserves the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity, repetition and improve communication between author (s) and readers. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the authors for revision.

Types of articles

The journal accepts original research papers, review papers, short communications and book reviews.

Covering letter

Manuscripts are accepted for publication in the Journal with the understanding that the contents have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the covering letter. Any experiments involving animals must be demonstrated to be ethically acceptable for animal usage in research.


The acceptance criteria for all manuscripts are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are peer reviewed by one/two anonymous reviewers. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, the Chief Editor being the final authority.


The original manuscript should be submitted online at
For further details, please contact
Dr. Asit Das

Chief Editor, Indian Journal Animal Nutrition
Animal Nutrition Division
National Dairy Research Institute Karnal-132001
Haryana, India
E-mail: editoransi@gmail.com
If a manuscript is returned to the author for revision, it must be resubmitted within three weeks. Please do not forget to mention the manuscript number in all correspondences.

Main format

Submission should be typed in double space using MS word format (Windows 2007). The top, bottom and side margins should be 30 mm All the pages should be numbered consecutively in the bottom of right-hand corner beginning with the title page.


The Journal uses spellings according to the latest edition of Oxford or Chamber's Dictionary. All measurements must be given in SI units. Abbreviations should be used sparingly and only where they ease the reader's task by reducing repetition of long technical terms. Initially, use the word in full followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter, use the abbreviation. 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 only be used. At the first mention of a chemical substance, give the generic name only. The words like in vivo, in vitro, et al., ad lib. etc. should be in italics. Trade names should not be used or avoided. Drugs should be referred to by their generic names rather than brand names.

Parts of the manuscript

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) TITLE PAGE, (ii) ABSTRACT and Key words (iii) INTRODUCTION (iv) MATERIALS AND METHODS (v) RESULTS AND DISCUSSION (vi) CONCLUSION (vii) ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (s) if any (viii) REFERENCES (ix) TABLES (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (viii) FIGURE LEGENDS and FIGURES. Except Title, all the major heads may be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS.

Title page

The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper MAY BE TYPED IN TITLE CASE (Capitalise each word except helping verbs) along with SHORT TITLE (ii) the full names of the authors (iii) the addresses of the institutions where the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and e-mail address plus facsimile and telephone numbers of the author to whom correspondence should be made. The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. The title should be as: Feed Intake, Growth and Blood Parameters in Sahiwal Female Calves Varying in Residual Feed Intake

Abstract and key words

Articles must have a structured abstract that states in within 300 words, the purpose, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. Abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Five or fewer key words (for the purpose of indexing) should be given below the abstract.


In the text, give the author's name followed by the year in parentheses: Sharma (2000). If there are two authors use ‘and’: Sharma and Mudgal (2001); but if cited within parentheses: (Sharma and Mudgal, 2001). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: Thakur et al. (2002). In the list, references should be listed in alphabetical order. Cite the name of all authors. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith, A., 2000, unpublished data). The latest relevant references should only be cited.

Books and Articles within Edited Books

AOAC. 2005. Official Methods of Analysis. 18th edn. Association of Official Analytical Chemists. Washington, D.C., USA.

NRC. 2001. Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle. 7th rev. edn. National Academiey of Sciences. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., USA.

Handbooks, Technical Bulletins, Theses and Dissertations

Goering, H.K. and Van Soest, P.J. 1970. Forage Fiber Analyses (Apparatus, Reagents, Procedures and Some Applications). Agric. Handbook No. 379. ARS-USDA, Washington, D.C., USA.

Kumar, A. 2011. Efficacy of Pentasulphate Mixture and Arsenic in Alleviating Chronic Selenosis and Expression of Glutathione Peroxidase Genes in Buffaloes. M.V.Sc. Dissertation. ICAR National Dairy Research Institute (Deemed University), Karnal-132001, Haryana, India.

Journal Articles and Abstracts

Chander Datt, Datta, M. and Singh, N.P. 2008. Assessment of fodder quality of leaves of multipurpose trees in subtropical humid climate of India. J. Forestry Res. 19: 209-214.

Conference Proceedings

Akash Mishra, Chander Datt, Sawati Shivani, Veena Mani, Goutam Kaul, A.K. Mohanty and Avinesh Sharma. 2018. Effect of supplementation of nano zinc on in vitro rumen fermentation parameters. In: “Proc. XVII Biennial Animal Nutrition Conference on Nutritional Challenges for Raising Animal Productivity to Improve Farm Economy” (Chander Datt, A.K. Tyagi, H.H. Savsani, Nitin Tyagi, Sachin Kumar, J.A. Chavda, Raman Malik and N.K. Ribadiya; eds.) held at Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh, Gujarat from Feb. 1-3, 2018. p 71.

Electronic Publications

FDA. 2001. Effect of the use of antimicrobials in foodproducing animals on pathogen load: Systematic review of the published literature. http://www.fda.gov/cvm/antimicrobial/PathRpt.pdf, Accessed Dec.14, 2001.

Faciola, A.P. and Broderick, G.A. 2013. Effects of feeding lauric acid on ruminal protozoa numbers, fermentation, digestion and on milk production in dairy cows. J. Anim. Sci. DOI: 10.2527/jas.2012-5169.


Tables should be self-contained and should not duplicate the information contained in the text. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each table should be presented on a separate sheet of A4 paper with a comprehensive but concise legend above the table. Tables should be brief with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations should be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: 1, 2, 3, should be used (in that order) and *, ** should be reserved for P-values. The table and its legends/footnotes should be understandable without reference to the text.


All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Figures should be sized to fit within the column (82 mm), intermediate (110 mm) or the full text width (17 mm). Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution, i.e. GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PPT format before pasting in the MS word manuscript file.

Figure legends

Legends should be self-explanatory and typed on a separate sheet. The legend should incorporate definitions of any symbols used and all abbreviations and units of measurement should be explained so that the figure and its legend is understandable without reference to the text. (Authors must provide a letter stating that copyright authorization has been obtained if figures have been reproduced from another source).

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