Information For Authors

Author Guidelines





  1. Submission declaration
    Authors are requested to submit a declaration that the work described has not been published previously or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that its publication has been approved by all authors.Previous publication in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis is permitted.

  2. Copyright
    This journal offers authors an Open Access publication.      

  3. Open Access
    All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.
    Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete an  Exclusive License Agreement

  4. Language and Editing Services
    Manuscript must be written in English. Either American or British English is accepted, but not a mixture of these.
    Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscripts checked by an English-speaking colleague prior to submission. Upon request, Journal of Tropical Crop Science editors will direct Authors to a third party for editing to conform to correct scientific English and to eliminate grammatical or spelling errors.
    Please follow this link for further English editorial services information.

  5. Submission and Correspondence
    Submission to this journal proceeds online. Please submit your article via
    All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, will be conducted through the Journal platform and by e-mail.

  6. Referees
    Authors may suggest three (3) reviewers and only ONE reviewer can be from your own country. Please include full contact details and e-mail addresses of all suggested reviewers.
    Editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.


  • A sample of manuscript can be downloaded here
  • Please submit your manuscript using Microsoft Word 2003 or above
  • Do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. Using bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts are permitted.
  • Manuscripts should be prepared in single-column format, with numbered lines and double spacing throughout, including abstract, footnotes and references.
  • Every page of the manuscript must be numbered.
  • Activate the 'spellchecker' function to avoid unnecessary errors.

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscript should be organised in the following order:

Name(s) of author(s)
Complete postal address (es) of affiliations
Full telephone and E-mail of the corresponding author
Corresponding address to which the proofs should be sent
Key words
Material and Methods
Figure captions

Editor reserves the privilege of returning submitted manuscripts to the author for revision.


Title should be clear, concise and informative as Titles are used in information-retrieval systems.


The abstract should be clear, descriptive and contain about 400 words.


Provide a maximum of six keywords. Keywords should not repeat words in Title. Avoid using ‘and’ and ‘of’.  These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Running Title

Running title must be not more than 55 characters.


Introduction should state the reasons for doing the work. Please provide an adequate and clear background and state the objectives of the work. Avoid a detailed literature review or a summary of the results.

Materials and Methods

Methods should include sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods that are already published should be indicated by a reference.


Results should be presented clearly and concisely.


Discussion section should highlight the significance of the results of the work. Do not repeat Results section.  Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


Provide clear and concise conclusions of the work.


Provide acknowledgements to those who have provided significant contribution, including information concerning research grants (if applicable).


  • every reference cited in the text must present in the reference list, and vice versa
  • unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but should be mentioned in the text
  • The use of Reference Links is recommended to increase discoverability by online links to the sources cited. Use of DOI is encouraged.
  • When using Web References, the full URL and the date when the reference was last accessed should be provided.

Reference style 

All citations in the text should refer to: 
1. Single author: the author's name (without initials) and the year of publication; 
2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication; 
3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication. 

All citations in the Reference List should be arranged first alphabetically. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. 

Please follow the ADVANCE AGRONOMY STYLE (Agriculture) for referencing to a journal, a book and a chapter in a book.

Reference to a journal publication: 

Hipi, A., Surahman, M., Ilyas, S., Giyanto. (2013). Seed genetic purity assessment of maize hybrid using microsatellite markers (SSR). International Journal of Applied Science and Technology 3, 66-70.

Reference to a book:

McMahon, R. W. (2000). "An Introduction to Greenhouse Production". Ohio State University, 2nd edition. Ohio.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book

Bonga J. (1987). Clonal propagation of mature trees, problems and possible solution. In “Cell and Tissue culture in Forestry: General Principles and Biotechnology” (J. Bonga and D. Durzan, eds.), pp 249-271. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.



  • Use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row, and do not use vertical lines to separate columns.
  • Tables should be numbered according to their sequence in the text.
  • The text should include references to all tables.
  • Each table should be typed on a separate page of the manuscript, not be included in the text.
  • Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
  • Explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given as a footnote at the bottom of the table.
  • Tables must be single line spacing.

Figure/Electronic illustrations

  • Supply high-quality printouts of graphic, picture and other artworks
  • Save text in illustrations as "graphics" or enclose the font.
  • The following fonts in your illustrations are preferred: Arial, Courier, Helvetica, Times
  • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
  • Provide all illustrations as separate files.
  • Provide captions to illustrations separately.
  • Produce images near to the desired size of the printed version.
  • Do not embed 'graphically designed' equations or tables; please use the word processor's facility.
  • Do not import the figures into the text file but, instead, indicate their approximate locations directly in the electronic text and on the manuscript.

Regardless of the application used please "save as" or convert the images to one of the following formats:

TIFF: Colour or greyscale photographs: always use a minimum of 300 dpi.
TIFF: Bitmapped line drawings: use a minimum of 1000 dpi.
TIFF: Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (colour or greyscale): a minimum of 500 dpi is required.


Binomial Latin names should be used in accordance with International Rules of Nomenclature. In the title after the Latin name of the species the name of its author should be included. Latin names must be typed in italic in the manuscript.

Measurement Units

SI-system should be used for indicating the measurement units. Use mg L-1 or µM instead of mg/l