Manuscripts are only be processed which are prepared strictly according to journal’s format. To avoid un-necessary delay and minimize the publication time, it is requested to read author’s instructions very carefully before preparing the manuscript for JEA.
All manuscripts should be in MS Word format, typed at double-space with a margin of 2.5 cm on all sides. The use of pages with numbered lines is compulsory. The manuscript length should not exceed 25 pages including figures and tables. All manuscripts must accompany a covering letter with title of article, statement indicating authors consent and manuscript is not published or being processed elsewhere.
Articles are full-length original research papers or review articles and should be divided into the following sections:
The title should be short and informative, and should not contain any abbreviation (for example, Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition should not be abbreviated to EMT). However, commonly used gene or protein acronyms are acceptable. The total length of the title should not be exceeding 25 words.
The full name of each author should be given. Numbers in superscript should be used to indicate author affiliation (Department, Institution, City with Postal Code and Country) for each author. Any change in author address must be communicated to editorial office before galley proof. A running title of no more than 50 characters including spaces should be given. Email address of all authors must be mentioned below their affiliations. The name of corresponding author must be mentioned by adding an asterisk after name (e.g. M Jamil*).
Abstract should not be more than 300 words and described under headings of Background and aims, Methodology, Results and Conclusion. The abstract should be comprehensible to readers before they have read the paper, and abbreviations should be avoided. Reference citation within the abstract is not permitted.
Up to six keywords which are not preferably appearing in the title should be given in alphabetical order.
Introduction should be succinct and without subheadings. It should provide only the necessary background information, rather than comprise a comprehensive review of the field. Citation of the primary literature is required where appropriate.
Methodology section should contain sufficient details so that all experimental procedures can be repeated by others, in conjunction with cited references. Reagents must be described in such a way as to allow readers to identify them unequivocally and/or reproduce them. Equipments used should be mentioned with model and manufacturing country.
Results section and associated figures, tables as well as supplementary information must accurately be described to communicate the findings of the study. Figure order should follow the text. Detailed methodological descriptions should be restricted to the methodology section. All significant data should be displayed in the main figures, tables or supplementary information and ‘data not shown’ should be avoided.
The discussion should accurately interpret the results, but not be repetitive with the results section. Authors are encouraged to discuss their work in the broader context. Related published data must appropriately be discussed and cited. Describe the results and discussion sections separately.
In conclusion section, results should be concluded very briefly but precisely, without any reference citation. It must include a take home message for researchers, planners and policy makers.
These should be placed at the end of the text and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies. Grant numbers are permissible. Dedications are discouraged.
Only those articles that have been published or accepted for publication can be cited in the reference list. In the text of manuscript, a reference should be cited by author and year of publication; no more than two authors may be cited per reference; ‘et al’ should be used if there are more than two authors (i.e. Akram 2015; Smith and Jones 2003; Smith et al. 2000). In the reference list, citations should be listed in alphabetical order and then chronologically, with the authors’ surnames. Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be identified with a, b, c after the year of publication. References should be listed and will subsequently appear in print as follows:
Shahzad SM, MS Arif, M Riaz, Z Iqbal, M Ashraf (2013) PGPR with varied ACC-deaminase activity induced different growth and yield response in maize (Zea mays L.) under fertilized conditions. European Journal of Soil Biology, 57: 27‒34.
Article in an online Journal
Tahimic CGT, Y Wang, DD Bikle (2013) Anabolic effects of IGF-1 signaling on the skeleton. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 4: doi: 10.3389/fendo.2013.00006
Khan MS, A Zaidi, J Musarrat (2009) Microbial Strategies for Crop Improvement. 2nd Ed. Springer-Verleg, New York, P 481.
Arshad M, A Khalid, SM Shahzad, T Mahmood (2010) Role of ethylene and bacterial ACC-deaminase in nodulation of legumes. 1st (Eds.) In: Microbes for Legume Improvement. Springer Wien, New York, pp 103‒122.
Gresshoff PM, RJ Rose, M Singh, BG Rolfe (2003) Symbiosis signals. Todays’ life science. http://cirl.rsbs.anu.edu.au/ News/tls0503Gresshoff HR.pdf. Cited May/June 2003.
Figure legends should contain sufficient information to allow the reader to follow the data presented without referring back to the text, but should not be redundant with the results section. Each figure must contain a heading, and each panel a subheading. All symbols and abbreviations used in the figure must be defined, unless they are common abbreviations or have already been defined in the text. Experimental details should, where possible, be given in the methodology section, and not repeated in the figure legends. Legends should be limited to maximum of 350 words in length.
Images submitted with a manuscript for review should be minimally processed (for instance, to add arrows to a micrograph). Authors should retain their unprocessed data and metadata files, as editors may request them to aid in manuscript evaluation. If unprocessed data are unavailable, manuscript evaluation may be stalled until the issue is resolved. All digitized images submitted with the final revision of the manuscript must be of high quality and have resolutions of at least 300 dpi for color, 600 dpi for grayscale and 1,200 dpi for line art.
Tables should be presented in separate file and numbered consecutively with Roman numerals (1, 2, 3, 4). Tables should be self-explanatory and include a brief descriptive title. Footnotes to tables indicated by lower-case superscript letters are acceptable but they should not include extensive experimental detail.
Page proofs will be forwarded as PDF files by email to the corresponding author. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that no errors should present in the final version. Authors will receive a PDF file of page proofs by email, and will be asked to return corrected proofs within seven days. Only essential corrections should be made and authors will be charged for excessive modifications at the proof stage. Authors should be aware that large modifications in proof may lead to the paper being returned to reviewers for approval, delaying publication, in addition to incurring costs associated with making the changes. Once proofs have been returned, no change will be allowed. Errors remaining in these proofs after author correction are the author’s responsibility.
The author of an accepted manuscript will receive a free PDF upon publication. Authors will be offered the opportunity to order paper offprint’s by using the form supplied at proof stage.
Article Publication Fee
Articles will be published in JEA without charging any fee. But authors are required to provide good quality articles for publication in this journal.