Author Guidelines

GENERAL: The Agricultural and Food Science Journal of Ghana publishes papers describing original research, observational or experimental and critical reviews in agriculture and food science.

An electronic copy of the manuscript should be submitted, in English (UK), in double line spacing with at least 2.5 cm margins to: Editorial Secretariat, The Agricultural and Food Science Journal of Ghana, Crops Research Institute, Box 3785, Kumasi, Ghana or e-mail account All pages must be numbered consecutively in the bottom-centre.  English spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English.

Manuscript Format The following format is designed for all papers but should be modified to suit particular circumstances.  The typescript should be arranged as follows, with each section beginning on a separate page:

(a)     Title page

Title: this should be concise and informative and a short running title should be provided.

List of authors: names, and Institute(s) or laboratory (ies) of origin, indicating author for correspondence with his/her email address.

(b)         Abstract: This should provide a concise statement of the scope of the work and principal findings.  The abstract should not exceed 250 words.

(c)         Keyword index: This is to contain not more than 5 key words or phrases to enable retrieval of indexing by modern searching techniques.

(d)         Introduction: This should contain a clear statement of the reason for doing the work, outlining essential background, but should not include either the findings or the conclusions.

(e)         Materials and methods: This should provide sufficient details of the technique(s) used to allow them to be repeated.

(f)          Results: This should only state the results as obtained, describing interesting trends with tables, etc.

(g)         Discussion: This should highlight the significance of the results and place them in the context of other work.  The Results and Discussion sections may be combined if desired, but in this case, the final paragraph ought to provide a resume of the main conclusions.

(h)         Acknowledgements: This should be a brief formal statement of gratitude to institutions and person who contributed to the research. Persons who provided encouragement or moral support, non-scientific services are not appropriate for acknowledgment in a scientific paper. Where funding was provided, the name of the funding agency should be written out in full.

Title Case: All titles and sub-titles must begin with an uppercase letter with the rest of the words in lower case letters.


Illustrations: Illustrations should be labelled with the figure numbers Black and white or colour photographs must be of excellent quality.

Tables: Each table should be typed on a separate page, numbered with Arabic numerals and accompanied by a title and explanatory caption at the top.  Each table must be referred to in the text and an indication of preferred position in the text should be given.  Data must not be presented in both tabular and graphical form.  Illustrations and tables should be self-explanatory, without reference to the text or other tables and illustrations.

Reference: References in the text should use the Harvard System (i.e. author, year).  If there are more than two authors, et al. should be used throughout.  The reference list should be in alphabetical order and include the full title with the name of the journal given in full and italicised thus:

Atkin, O.K., Botman, B. & Lambers, H. 1996.  The relationship between the relative growth rate and nitrogen economy of alpine and lowland Poa species. Plant, Cell and Environment 19: 1324-1330.

Schjoerring, J.K. 1991.  Ammonia emission from the foliage of growing plants.  In Trace Gas Emissions by Plants (Eds. T.D. Sharkey, E.A. Holland & H.A. Mooney), pp. 267-292. Academic Press, San Diego.

Gaugh, Jr., H.G. 1992. Statistical Analysis of Regional Yield Trials, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Units Authors are required to use the International System of Units (S.L., Systẻ me Internationale d’Unitẻs) for exact measures of physical quantities.

Scientific names: The complete scientific name (genus, species, authority and cultivar, if appropriate) should be cited for every organism when first mentioned.  Subsequently, the generic name may be abbreviated to initials except where intervening references to other general would cause confusion.  Common names of organisms, if used be accompanied by the correct scientific name on the first mention.  Latin names should be italicised.

Abbreviations Chemical symbols may be used in the text, together with the widely accepted abbreviations of longer chemical terms.  Other abbreviations may also be used but the full term should be given on the first mention.

For further information:

Dr. Joseph Nkatiah Berchie:

Tel. +233-0322060391/+233-0202976108/0244533482

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