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Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

  1. The manuscript must be submitted through e mail to the Chief Editor along with a covering letter and declaration form by the corresponding author.
  2. The contributors will be provided with a registration number for the manuscript which may be referred in all future correspondence.
  3. The manuscript should be typed in double space, Times New Roman, 12 font size, A4 size paper with 1.25” margin on all sides, in MS word 2003 or 2007 format.
  4. All pages should be numbered starting with the title page through the text up to references followed by tables and figures.
  5. The title of the paper should be concise, in title format and centered.
  6. The manuscript should be arranged in the following order :  Title, names of the authors, complete  address/ affiliations and email address of the corresponding author, abstract, key words (maximum 5), abbreviations (if any), introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements, if any and references. All sub headings should be in title case. Abstract should be limited to 100 words and should convey the main theme of the paper.
  7. Critical reviews not exceeding 6000 words and with about 100 references will discuss current development in the field of research. Short communications not exceeding 2000 words will include an abstract and introductory paragraph. The text would not contain any sub heads. The same will apply for Opinions, Commentaries, Essays, Dissent views, Journey through science and Open reviews.
  8. All illustrations should be numbered and properly labeled keeping in mind that they may be reduced. Each figure should have a legend.
  9. All graphs should be in MS-Excel format. The images should in JPEG/JPG format (300 dpi).
  10. Each table should be numbered using Arabic numeral and should have a short title.
  11. The binomial names should be in italics.
  12. All symbols and abbreviations must be defined.
  13. Use international system of units preferably SI and recognized abbreviations for units of measurement. All abbreviations should be defined.
  14. Kindly also provide names of three persons related to your field of work to whom the paper may be referred.
  15. References should be numbered in superscript serially in the order in which they appear in the text followed by references in the table and figure legends. Only those references should be given which are cited in the text and have been published or accepted for publication. No unpublished work should be given in the references and may be mentioned in the text as personal communication. Do not use foot notes.
  16. References should follow the following style:


Journal article:
Van der Vorm, P D J. Uptake of Si by five plants species, as influenced by variation in Si-supply. Plant and Soil, 1980, 56: 153-156.

d’Aquino, L., de Pinto, M. C., Nardi, L., Morgana, M. and Tommasi, F. Effect of some light rare earth elements on seed germination, seedling growth and antioxidant metabolism in Triticum durum.Chemosphere, 2009, 75: 900-905.

Ideally, the name of all the contributors should be given. However, in case of more than three authors the use of et al will also be acceptable.

Book chapter:

Cumming, J. R. and Taylor, G. J. Mechanisms of metal tolerance in plants: adaptation for exclusion of metal ions from the cytoplasm. In: Stress Responses in Plants: Adaptation and Acclimation Mechanisms. (Eds. Alscher, R.G. and Cumming, J. R.) John Wiley-Liss, New York, 1990, pp 329-356.

Snedecor, G. W. and Cochran, W. U. Statistical Methods. Oxford and IBH Publishing Company, Calcutta, 1967, 593 p.

Article by DOI

Adamakis, I. D. S., Panteris, E. and Eleftheriou, E. P. The fatal effect of tungsten on Pisum sativum L. root cells: indications for endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced programmed cell death. Planta, 2011, doi: 10.1007/s00425 011-1372-5.
Online journal:

Nead, A. Is Tungsten Toxic?, 2011


Rana, D. K. Studies on the Biochemical and Physiological Aspects of Metal Stress in Certain Species of Plants. 2001, Ph.D. Thesis, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India.
  1. All papers will be reviewed by members of the editorial board and/or by external referees. The comments received from the referees will be communicated to the authors for revision, if needed. The authors should return the corrected manuscript with in a week’s time.
  2. On acceptance of the paper the authors will be sent a galley proof of the paper which may be checked thoroughly and returned to the Chief Editor within 72 hours of receipt of the paper. Otherwise the paper will be considered for the next issue of the journal.
  3. The journal would also publish critical reviews on books published on related fields. For this submit two copies of the book to Chief Editor. The books so received will not be returned.
Copyright: The copy right of the paper will be automatically transferred to IJALSE once it is published in the Journal.

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