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), font size of 10 points in Times New Roman, justified with vertical line numbers in double line spacing with at least 2.5 cm margins, to:

Editorial Secretariat, The Agricultural and Food Science Journal of Ghana. CSIR - Crops Research Institute, Ghana. E-mail:

All pages must be numbered consecutively in the bottom-centre. English spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Manuscript length must not exceed 7000 words.

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

(i) Title: This should be concise and informative and a short running title should be provided.

(ii) Authors: names, and Institute(s) or laboratory (ies) of origin, indicating author for correspondence with his/her email address. Arrangement of name(s) of author(s): initials first, followed by surname with full stop separating the initials e.g., S. K. Thomson

(b) Abstract: This should provide a concise statement of the scope of the work and principal findings. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

(c) Keywords index: This is to contain not more than five keywords or phrases to enable retrieval of indexing by modern searching techniques. The keywords should be separated by semi-colon (i.e. ;). Keywords should be arranged in alphabetical order. Scientific names should be italicized.

(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 replication.

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

(g) Discussions: This should highlight the significance of the results and place them in the context of other work. The Results and Discussions section may be separated 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 persons 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, and number (project/funding number), equally stated.

(i) Conflict of Interest: Authors must declare any conflicts of interest (or their absence) in the manuscript, before the References section.

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

(k) Illustrations: Illustrations should be labelled with the Figure numbers in black and white. Colour photographs must be of excellent quality.

(l) Tables: Each Table should be numbered in Arabic numerals and accompanied by a title at the top. Tables must be placed in the text. Data must not be presented in both tabular and graphical form. Illustrations and Tables should be such that even without reference to the text or other Tables and illustrations, they are self-explanatory, Footnotes to Tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the Table body.

(m) Figures: Captions, in 10 points font size, should placed at the bottom of Figures. Figures in the form of photographs must be presented in TIF format.

(n) References: 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:

(i) Journal Article: 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.

(ii) Book Chapter: 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.

(iii) Book: nd Gaugh, Jr., H.G. 1992. Statistical Analysis of Regional Yield Trials, 2 Edition Elsevier, Amsterdam.

(iv) Website: University Library 2016, University Library Home page, 26 February 2016, The University of Western Australia. Available from: [31 March 2016].

(v) Webpage: Weida, S & Stolley, K 2013, Developing strong thesis statements. Available from: [13 October 2015]. Webpage: Example

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

(p) 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 genera 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.

(q) 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: Website:

Prof. Joseph Nketiah Berchie (PhD) -, or 

The Director, CSIR - Crops Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana -, Tel. +233-0322060391/+233-0202976108/0244533482

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2821-9023
print ISSN: 0855-5591