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Guidelines to Contributors

The Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding is a periodical for the publication of records of original research in all branches of genetics, plant breeding and cytology, including human genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology, and other cognate sciences of sufficient importance and of such a character as to be of primary interest to the geneticist and plant breeders.

Submission and preparation of manuscript:

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript through e-mail (isgpb@rediffmail.com) in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Word 2000 or later. Please note that the manuscript will be processed only if the copy through e-mail is received. If the facilities of internet are not available, the manuscript should be sumbitted in triplicate to the Editor, The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, F-2, First Floor, NASC Complex, D.P.S. Marg, Post Box # 11312, IARI, New Delhi 110 012. On receipt of an article an acknowledgement giving the registration number of the paper is sent to the author. This number should always be quoted while making further enquiry about its publication.

Each full length research paper must not exceed 3000 words including tables and illustrations. Short communications should be restricted to about 1000 words but not exceeding two printed pages including tables, figures and references. Manuscripts should be typed in double space on one side of bond paper (A4 size), and thoroughly revised before submission. No editing or material changes at the proof stage will be permitted. While the short communication will have only title, author's name and address, followed by text and references, the full length paper should have the following headings.

Short Title:

A short title, not exceeding 35 letters, should be typed at the top of the first page in first letters capital and underlined.


The title should be short, specific and informative typed in first letters capitals, Latin names in italics underlined.


Names of authors to be typed in first letters capitals unaccompanied by degrees, titles etc.


Address of the institution where the work was carried out. Present address of correspondence should be given as footnote.


A brief abstract, not exceeding 150 words, of the principal points and important conclusions should be typed after address in double spacing entirely indented on both sides, without additional paragraph indentation.

Key words:

The Abstract should be followed by not more than five key words indicating the contents of the research paper.

Main headings:

Each full-length research paper will be divided into the following main headings which are to be typed only the first letter capitals in left of the page: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion, Acknowledgements, References.


Typed flush left in first letters capital, underlined/italicised.

Paragraph heading:

Typed indented, only the first letter capital, ending with a period, underlined.


Should be brief and limited to the statement of the problem and aim of the experiment. The literature reviewed should be pertinent to the problem under study.

Materials and Methods:

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 will suffice.

Results and Discussion:

Should preferably be combined to avoid repetition. Statistically analysed data which are essential for drawing main conclusion from the study and not presented in tables and figures form only to be given.


Generic and species names should be italicised/underlined and the first reference to the latter should be accompanied by the authority.


Tables should be typed on separate sheets, each with a heading. Tables should be typed with the first letter (T) only capital, table no. in Arabic numerals, followed by a period. All measurements should be in metric units.

Figures/Line drawings:

Only good quality figures that are essential shall be accepted. The illustrations should not repeat the data presented in tables and vice versa. Text figures should be used in preference to plates. Should be clearly drawn in black Indian ink on good tracing paper and should be of the size: width 12 cm, height 9 cm to a maximum of 18 cm. Figures meant for reduction should have multiple dimensions of the above size. Letters, numbers, dots, lines etc. in the drawing should be large enough to permit reduction without loss of details. Text figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals in order of their reference. Captions and legends to illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet of paper.


Should be of high contrast on glossy paper. Photograph number and title of the article with author’s names should be given on the back of each photograph. Half-tone/ coloured plates will be accepted only, if they are paid for by the authors. Coloured plates processing charges are Rs. 4,000/-per page to be paid in advance.


Should mention only assistance received in real terms, and financial grant provided by an agency.


To be cited as specified below:

(a) Text citation by numbers in square brackets

(b) Listing of references by S. No. in accordance with their order of text citation

(c) Author’s names to be written in normal sequence, with surnames first, followed by initials (in double space) a period, and year (followed by a period)

(d) Journal names in standard abbreviations and book titles in expanded form in first capitals

(e) Volume of Journal underlined, followed by No. in parentheses (not underlined), colon and page numbers

(f) Volume or part of serialised books to be printed as vol. 2 or pt. III (not underlined), followed by a colon, and page numbers. Name of publishers not to be abbreviated

(g) Only S. No. in the list of references projecting out on the left. Remaining text in same alignment (without further indentation of second line onward)


  1. Miller P. A. and Marani A. 1963. Heterosis and combining ability in diallel crosses of upland cotton Gossypium hirsutum. Crop Sci., 3: 441-444.
  2. Weber D. F. 1967. On the Interaction of Nonhomologous Segments of Chromosomes in Zea mays. Unpubl. Ph. D. Thesis. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. (For Indian universities, country name not to be indicated.)
  3. Sunderland N. 1977. Nuclear cytology. In: Plant Cell and Tissue Culture, vol. II (ed. H. E. Street). University of California Press, Berkeley, California, USA: 171-206. (For Indian publishers, country name not to be indicated.)
  4. Chase S. S. 1974. Utilization of haploids in plant breeding: breeding diploid species. In: Haploids in Higher Plants: Advances and Potential. Proc. I Intern. Symp., 10-14 June, 1974, University of Guelph (ed K. J. Kasha). University of Guelph, Canada: 211-230.
  5. Falconer D. S. 1960. Introduction to Quantitative Genetics. The Ronald Press Co., New York, USA: 365.
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