Australian Journal of Crop Science   AJCS

Submission Instruction for Authors

Consent to Publisher Form (PDF Download)

Very Important: 

Authors must provide a Cover letter, which will be inserted as the first page of manuscript, including manuscript's information, name and contact details (brief affiliations, reviewing interests, and emails are necessary) of at least 3 qualified- active referees. Reviewers must preferably be in different universities or institutions than author's. In the cover letter, authors must clearly indicate that they (and their institution) have read and are fully aware of the journal policy (read below carefully).

Editorial Policy: 

1) All submitted manuscripts will be rigorously reviewed by 2 external peer-reviewers. 2) An initial decision will be made within 5 days from the submission date to see whether the manuscript should be proceeded further to the peer-reviewing process or not. In the initial process editor checks the the minimum English language and scientific quality of content. 3) After receiving all reviewers comments, a final decision will be made and notified to authors (by editor) exactly based on reviewers recommendations. 4) It is entirely authors responsibility to check their institutional requirements (with the research department) to find whether the AJCS does match their criteria for publication. Upon submission, AJCS presumes that authors are fully aware and agree with the editorial policy and; therefore, does not accept any responsibility after submission. 

English Language Editing Service Prior to submission:

Authors who believe their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing, especially from non-English speaking countries, are encouraged to use a language-editing service. A sample list of English language editing companies can be found here: <>. 

Preparation of Manuscript and Style:

Full Research Papers

1) The journal language is English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used in article. Please provide your manuscript in double-spaced (or 1.5), Times and New Roman font (size 12) left alignment, Word format. Contributors who are not native English speakers are strongly encouraged to ensure that a colleague fluent in the English language, if none of the authors is so, has reviewed their manuscript. The journal has an option to facilitate language correction of manuscripts, if the authors are not sure about the correctness of manuscript grammar and spelling. 

2) Style of papers Original research papers should generally not exceed 12 pages of printed text, excluding references, tables and figures legends (one page of printed text = approx. 600 words). A manuscript for a research paper should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author (s), Affiliation(s) (if the senior author is not the corresponding author, this is indicated) Keywords, Abbreviations, Abstract, Introduction, Results, Discussion (results and discussion may be combined), Materials and methods, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, References. Tables and figures (JPEG/75 DPI or even higher) should be placed at the end of manuscript, after reference section, and numbered consecutively (eg. for figures, Fig 1., Fig 2...... and for tables Table 1., Table 2. etc.). Please place tables and figures at the end of manuscript consecutively. Please make sure that the total size of your manuscript is not more than 2 MB for review purposes. 

-----------------------IMPORTANT FOR SUBMISSION PROCESS----------------------- 

A) During the submission process, when authors entered the abstract and clicked OK to proceed, if submission system asked to enter the abstract again, please ignore that message and click OK again to proceed. Please contact, if you faced any problem during submission process.

B) The file size SHOULD NOT be more than 2 MB, otherwise you will encounter problems to submit. If so, please submit figures as supplementary data or turn your MS to PDF. This will reduce the file size. 

C) Authors will be asked to download, sign and submit the copyright form (Consent to Publisher) as soon as they received the review report, when revisions requested by reviewers. Upon receipt of consent to publisher (the signed copyright form) authors are not allowed to withdraw their submission. 

D) Papers are only considered for publication on the understanding that no substantial part has been, or will be, submitted/ published elsewhere. Publication of a paper in Australian Journal of Crop Science implies that papers will be distributed freely to researchers, for non-commercial purposes without any limitations. By submission of manuscripts to AJCS, authors agree to transfer consent to the publisher although a signed copyright form will be sought later (upon acceptance). 


Research notes should not exceed six pages of printed text (one page of printed text = approx. 600 words), including references, tables and figures. A manuscript for a research note should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s) (if the senior author is not the corresponding author, this is indicated) Key words, Abstract, Abbreviations, Manuscript text, Acknowledgments, References. Tables and Figures (JPEG) should be cited in the appropriate area in the text with the legend and numbered consecutively (eg. for figures, Fig 1., Fig 2..... and for tables Table 1., Table 2. etc.) 

Review papers should not exceed 15 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures. A manuscript for a review should be assembled in the following order: Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s) (if the senior author is not the corresponding order, this is indicated) Keywords, Abstract, Abbreviations, Manuscript text, Acknowledgments, References. Tables and figures (JPEG) should be cited in the appropriate area in the text with the legend and numbered consecutively (eg. for figures, Fig 1., Fig 2. ..... and for tables Table 1., Table 2. etc.). 

Keywords: Please provide 5 to 10 key words in alphabetical order separated with semicolons, not included in the title. 

Scientific or systematic name of plants and fungi etc. should be written in italic. eg. Oryza sativa; in vitro; in vivo.  Abbreviation: Abbreviations and their explanations should be collected alphabetically arranged in a list. Examples: BA_6-benzylaminopurine; NAA_naphthaleneacetic acid. Some commonly used abbreviations (e.g., DNA; PCR) do not have to be explained. 

Abstract: Please provide a short abstract between 150- 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Usually, the abstract summarizes the work reported and does not contain background information or speculative statements. 

Introduction: This section should argue the case for your study, outlining only essential background, but should not include either the findings or the conclusions. It should not be a review of the subject area, but should finish with a clear statement of the question being addressed. Please provide a context for the report with respect to previous work done in the field. The literature should be cited. 

Results: This should highlight the results and the significance of the results and place them in the context of other work. The final paragraph ought to provide a resume of the main conclusions. 

Discussion: A comprehensive discussion section is required to justify the results. Normally a comparison between your results and results from previous works should be given in the Discussion. Materials and methods Please provide sufficient methodological details to allow a competent person to repeat the work. Tables, Graphs and Figures Tables, Graphs and Figures should be placed at the end of manuscript, after reference section, with the legends and numbered consecutively. For Figures and Graphs or illustrations just use Fig 1., Fig 2. ............etc. For Tables Just use Table 1., Table 2. ............etc. 

Acknowledgments: Just mention a quick thanks to the fund providers, supporters, etc. 

Cross-referencing: In the text, a reference identified by means of an author's name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses like Xue et al. (2011). In the text when there are more than two authors, only the first author's name should be mentioned, followed by 'et al.,' eg. al., (2016). In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter. 

All the below examples can be used in the text: According Mark (1986); (Smith, 1987a, b), (Jones, 1986; Elders et al., 1988), (Bullen and Bennett, 1990). 


A) Journal article: Smith J, Jones MJ , Houghton LD (1999) Future of health insurance. N Engl J Med. 965:325–329. 

B) Journal issue with issue editor: Smith J (ed) (1998) Rodent genes. Mod Genomics J. 14(6):126–233. 

C) Book chapter: Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York. 4. 

D) Paper presented at a conference: Chung S-T, Morris RL (1978) Isolation and characterization of plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid from Streptomyces fradiae. Paper presented at the 3rd international symposium on the genetics of industrial microorganisms, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 4–9 June 1978. 

E) Proceedings as a book (in a series and sub-series): Zowghi D et al (1996) A framework for reasoning about requirements in evolution. In: Foo N, Goebel R (eds) PRICAI'96: topics in artificial intelligence. 4th Pacific Rim conference on artificial intelligence, Cairns, August 1996. 

F) Lecture notes in computer science (Lecture notes in artificial intelligence), vol 1114. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, p 157. 6. Proceedings with an editor (without a publisher): Aaron M (1999) The future of genomics. In: Williams H (ed) Proceedings of the genomic researchers, Boston, 1999. 

Publication charges: There is a fee of 400 AUD (Australian $) per article for online publication. A small bank transaction fee might be charged to authors/payments from overseas. Publication of manuscripts will not be restricted to the authors ability to make the publication fee. The manuscripts of Australian authors may be published free of charge, if the project has been done or funded by Australian universities/institutes. To request the hard copy of journal and reprints or ask questions about the publication fee, please contact journal's managing editor: