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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript's main body is submitted without the author's detail, and a separate file with names, emails, and affiliations of suggested reviewers is added.

Author Guidelines

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  1. Title page:  Title, Author names in order, Affiliations with full address and country name. Funding and Acknowledgement (if any). 
  2. Manuscript: Abstract, Keywords, 1. Introduction, 3. Methodology, 4. Results 5.Discussion, Conclusions, References, Appendix. Results and Discussion are acceptable in one section. 
  3. Cover Letter (Optional): Authors can prepare a separate file named cover letter. It must contain the statement: “The manuscript is not currently under consideration or has not been published in another journal.
  4. Suggested Reviewers: A separate word file should be added which includes three suggested reviewers, their emails and affiliations.

1. Manuscript Preparation

Cover Letter

A precise cover letter is mandatory with the submission of a new manuscript. A cover letter has to give details as to why the submitted manuscript is appropriate for publication in the Journal of Soil, Plant and Environment and to explain the significance of the work done. Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: cover letter; title page; abstract; main text; acknowledgements; declaration of interest statement (if applicable); appendices (as suitable); references; tables with captions and figures; figure captions (as a list).

  1. Manuscript style

The manuscripts have to be typed in double space with Arial font of size 11, line spacing 1.15and all margins should be ≥ 2.5 cm. Consecutive line numbering needs to be given throughout the manuscript.

2.1     Introductory material

The second page of the manuscript after the cover letter should contain the following items in the order given below:

  • Title of the paper that clearly defines the area of research;
  • Names of all authors with the given name following surname in full for every author and their affiliations including complete postal addresses and email address of the corresponding author;
  • 4–6 keywords (in alphabetical order), which reflect the key area of research (do not repeat words in the title);
  • if the paper is based on a presentation on a meeting or similar, a footnote must be given with the date (name of the month spelled out), place, and title of the meeting;
  • a footnote must also be given if the contribution is based on another publication.

2.2     Abstract

For Research Articles, the third page of the manuscript should start with the abstract not exceeding 300 words, and clearly explain the research background, aims, methodology, results and conclusion. For Review Articles, Game Changers and Viewpoints abstracts may vary, but should not exceed 350 words. Although, for Short Communications, an abstract is limited to 500 words including spaces. Moreover, authors are appreciated to also submit a graphical abstract, consisting of a figure or file identified to highlight your article. The graphical abstract will be posted on social media to enhance the readership.


2.3     Main Text

Original articles

The body of the article should contain the following sections: introduction; methods; results; discussion; conclusions.

Introduction: This section should state the relevance and background to the study, and its rationale and purpose.

Methods: This section should contain all the information that was available at the time the plan or protocol for the study was being written. You should describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants, identify the methods, apparatus and procedures in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the results, and describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable acknowledgeable readers with access to the original data to verify the reported results.

Results: Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures. Where a new parameter is reported, the results should include proper heading as appropriate.

Discussion: This should include inferences/consequences of the findings and their limitations/justifications, with reference to all other relevant studies conducted previously or ongoing published results and the possibilities these suggestions for future research.

Conclusions: This must summarize the main paper. Ensure that extrapolations are reasonable and that conclusions are justified by the data presented, and indicate if the study design can be generalized to a broader study population.

Review article

It should be structured as follows: context, objective, methods (including data sources, study selection and data extraction), results and conclusion.

2.4     References

In the main text, references are to be quoted as name and year of publication such as: . . . by John (1952), Ali and Kaleem (1977), and Ali et al. (1980; 1984); or: (Cena, 1982; Sara and Tom, 1977; Rosov et al., 1980; Fateh et al., 1978) in chronological order within the text. References must be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript under the heading “References” as the following examples of the style.

Journal articles

Ullah, S. Biochar coupled with contrasting nitrogen sources mediated changes in carbon and nitrogen pools, microbial and enzymatic activity in paddy soil. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society. (2020). 24(11), 835-849.

Ullah, S. and Jiang, L. Biochar coupled with contrasting nitrogen sources mediated changes in carbon and nitrogen pools, microbial and enzymatic activity in paddy soil. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society. (2020). 24(11).835-849.

Ullah, S. Liang, H. Ali, I. Zhao, Q. Iqbal, A. Wei, S. Shah, T. Yan, B. and Jiang, L. Biochar coupled with contrasting nitrogen sources mediated changes in carbon and nitrogen pools, microbial and enzymatic activity in paddy soil. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society. (2020). 24(11).835-849.


Finck, A.  (1982): Fertilizers and Fertilization. VerlagChemie, Weinheim, Germany.

Chapters from multi-author books

Wold, S., Sjöström, M. (1977): Chemometrics, Theory and Application, in Kowalski, B. R. (ed.):

ACS Symposium Series. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 243–282.


Sabel-Koschella, U. (1988): Field studies on soil erosion in the southern Guinea Savanna of West Nigeria. PhD thesis, University of Munich, Germany.


Miller, B. O. (1952): U.S. Pat. 2542356, Dow Chemical Comp.; Chem. Abstr.51 (1961) 2870.

2.5     Acknowledgments

Acknowledgements of financial, logistic, physical, advice, or other kinds of assistance should be made at the end of the paper under the heading “Acknowledgments”.

2.6     Supplementary material

Supplementary material as appropriate can be published with your article to enhance it. Submitted supplementary items are published exactly as they are received (Excel or PowerPoint files will appear as such online).


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