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International Journal of Agriculture and Biology (IJAB) publishes peer reviewed papers on all aspects of agriculture and biology, as reviews (solicited or submitted), research articles (full length and short communications). Contributions are considered for evaluation on the understanding that they are original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Upon preliminary evaluation and checking for plagiarism and format by the Editorial Office, the papers are sent to referees (experts in the field) for evaluation. The decision of the Editor-in-Chief to publish a paper in concurrence with referee(s) opinion is considered final.


Although IJAB considers broad spectrum of submitted papers for publication, it is a prerequisite that the contributions have close relevance to experimental work in agricultural and biological disciplines. For the convenience of authors, the priority areas Include: Life Sciences, Agricultural Chemistry, Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Environmental Sciences (papers related to life sciences only), Medicine and Health Sciences, Precision Agriculture


Contributions in English may be sent by online submission using: Upon receipt, the manuscripts are allocated an identification number and reviewed initially by the Editorial Board, and if found suitable is sent out for review. The manuscripts not on the format are returned to authors. Authors are discouraged to cite references from IJAB/JASS in order to avoid self-citations. Review of a paper normally takes about two months, and decision, whatsoever, is conveyed to the corresponding author. After acceptance, correction of proofs and transfer of copyrights to FS publishers, a paper is published on its turn. Reviews: IJAB encourages the submission of reviews by the authors who have considerable attainment in their fields of specialization. Before submission of reviews, the authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief at


Except in the case of reviews, contributions should be no longer than the equivalent of six printed journal pages inclusive of tables, illustrations and references. Short communications should follow the requirements for original research papers but the text must not exceed 1000 words. A typical page of text in the journal contains ~520 words. Manuscripts should be typed on one side of A4 paper, double spaced, with 3 cm margin on each side and paginated. All contributions are subject to editorial revision. To strictly follow the style, authors should download sample paper and organize their papers strictly in line with it. A full-length paper must be organized as:

Title page containing following fields:

a. Manuscript type: Original Research Article/Review article/shot communication

b. Title: Complete title of your manuscript (species names without authority’s name)

c. Running Title: Should not be more than 60 characters with spaces)

d. Authors: Full names of the contributors along with their affiliation (please do not use abbreviations)

e. For correspondence: e-mail address of the corresponding authors MUST be given

f. Novelty statement (4-5 points) highlighting scientific merit of the work reported in the manuscript

Abstract (no more than 200‒250 word emphasizing objectives, important results, conclusions and practical implications)

Keywords: (four to six)

Introduction (must highlight background of the problem in the light of recent literature, hypothesis to be tested and specific objectives)

Materials and Methods (should be to the point and explicit)

Results (should include statistical significance of treatment effect etc.)

Discussion (should be logical and reflecting the originality of the contribution and findings discussed in the light of most recent literature)

Conclusion (should be brief and reflect the essence of the work)

Acknowledgement (should be as brief as possible)


Style of references for text quotation is: a) with date in parentheses, e.g. as demonstrated by Chirnside (1992); or (b) with names and dates in parentheses, e.g. according to recent findings (Chirnside, 1992); (c) Basra and lqbal (1999); (d) as described previously (Basra and lqbal, 1999); (e) Rikihisa et al. (1999) or (I) as described previously (Rikihisa et al., 1999). If more than two authors the first author should be given followed by et al., where lists of references are cited. In the text two or more references should be placed in chronological order, e.g., (Jones, 1967; Chirnside, 1992). If more than one reference by the same author(s) published in the same year are cited, they should be distinguished from each other by placing a, b, etc. after the year, References at the end of paper should be alphabetically arranged. Names of all authors should be included. References should be set as follows:

Journal reference

lqbal, Z., 1992. Prevalence of helminths in sheep and goats. Pak. Vet. J., 5: 1–8

Khan, A.S. and A. Rizwan, 2000. Combining ability analyses of wheat. Int. J. Agric. Biol., 2: 77–79

Akhtar, J., M.A. Qureshi, A. Naseem, M.S. lqbal and M.A. Masood, 2000. Differential response of rice cultivars against salinity. Int. J. Agric. Biol., 2: 10–13

Kene, D.R., 1976. Falling wheat production need for micro-nutrients to correct this situation. Nagpur Agric. Coll. Mag., 48: 1–7

Book reference

Taiz, L. and E. Zeiger, 2006. Plant Physiology, 4th edition, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA

Multiauthored edited book reference

Gorham J. and R.G. Wyn Jones, 1993. Utilization of Triticeae for improving salt tolerance in wheat. In: Towards the: Rationale Use of High Salinity Tolerant Plants. pp: 27–33. H. Leith and A.A. Massoum (eds.). Kluwer Academic Publications, The Netherlands


Pandey, R.K., D. Kumar and K.M. Jadhav, 2011. Assessment of determinants for reducing HCN content in Sorghum used for ruminant in Gujarat, India. Available at: (Accessed: 23 March 2012)

For convenience of authors, lists of abbreviated countries names, measurement units, and abbreviation of words used in journals names are provided in the sample paper

Tables and Illustration (to be arranged at the end): Tables should be typed on separate sheets and numbered in Roman numerals. Lower-case superscript letters should indicate footnotes to tables. All tables and figures must be cited in the text. Illustrations (referred as photographs, line graphs or bar charts) should be either in black and white or patterned (use of colored line graphs or bar charts is highly discouraged). Scan of photographs may be supplied using Tiff or JPG file separately or inserted in the text. Legends for illustrations should be numbered consecutively to correspond with the figures.


Upon satisfactory revision, acceptance and receipt of publication charges, the manuscripts are typeset. Proofs are prepared and sent to authors for correction, which should be sent back immediately. Only minor corrections (no more than 5% of the data or text) are allowed at this stage. If the corrected proofs are not received by due date, the Editorial Office will make corrections and send the papers for final printing. Handling of proofs is done electronically


Foreign: US$ 400 for each accepted paper. All these charges can be paid: Foreign: (a) Through Western Union Bank addressed to Dr. Zafar lqbal. Send bank receipt through e-mail or just e-mail the Money Transfer Control Number (10 digits) and complete name and address of sender OR (b) Friends Science Publishers through International Bank Account Number (IBAN) PK 45 NBPA0549 002200 109324 National Bank of Pakistan, Agriculture University Branch, Faisalabad, Pakistan. (send proof of all transactions); Inland: Pak. Rs. 20,000 as bank draft in favor of “International Journal of Agriculture and Biology” addressed to Dr. Zafar lqbal, Department of Parasitology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-38040, Pakistan; Reprints: Upon final publication, an issue will be made available online at: about 15‒20 days before the original publication date. Corresponding author will receive only PDF; no hard copies of the reprints or journal copy will be supplied.



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