Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology

Essential Information for Contributors

Submission of a paper will be taken to imply that it describes original research not submitted for publication, or already published in whole or in part elsewhere. Submission will also be taken to imply that all the co-authors agree to the work being peer-reviewed and possibly published, and that they have no undeclared competing financial interests. The Editor’s decision is final.

To facilitate an editorial decision on the acceptability, or otherwise, of your manuscript, and to speed-up subsequent publication, authors are strongly advised to consult the format of papers in a recent issue of The Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, and to read the more detailed “Checklist for Preparation of Scripts” accessible by clicking “INSTRUCTIONS” on the homepage of the Journal website ( There is also a template to assist authors in formatting their manuscript correctly prior to submission (available by clicking on the left side-bar of the home page on the website above). There are no page charges for publishing a paper in The Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology.

Manuscripts (double-spaced in 12-point size Times New Roman font with 2.5 cm-wide margins) must be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments to As a guide, manuscripts should not be longer than approx. 4,500 words in length, including Title, Authors’names and addresses, Summary, Main Text, References, and Figure legends, and have up to five Figures or Tables in total. Please indicate the total word count and numbers of Tables or Figures on the Title page. Text files should be in Microsoft Word (Version 98 or newer). Figures should be supplied as separate Tiff files, without compression, as follows: half-tones (300 dpi at finished/printed size); line-work (1,200 dpi at finished/printed size).

Increasing pressure for Journal space requires that only substantial contributions to new knowledge in horticultural science and biotechnology can be accepted. Common causes for papers being rejected are: (i) the study is too preliminary, for example it reports only one season of data from field trials; (ii) the work represents a single small or incomplete experiment that makes only a minor or uncertain contribution to new knowledge or understanding; (iii) the data are statistically insignificant and/or do not support the claims being made; or (iv) the paper is written so poorly and without reference to the detailed instructions for authors, that it is linguistically or scientifically incomprehensible. In some research areas, such as plant micropropagation, only papers of wide general interest that describe novel methods or report unexpected discoveries are likely to be accepted for publication. Papers that simply compare known chemicals, rootstocks, cultivars, accessions, or landraces using routine methods, including PCR-based DNA-marker techniques for genetic diversity studies, are unlikely to be accepted unless they are judged to make a significant contribution to new knowledge, to be of wide general interest, or to contain additional valuable and novel information.

The same data should not be presented in both Tables and Figures. A short phrase (Running Head) of four-to-six words is required (in italics) for use as a page header. Each paper must start with a brief and broadly understandable Summary giving the rationale for the work, the main quantitative results, and the conclusions. All previous work cited should be quoted in full in the References section. Colour photographs or Figures may be included, free of charge, but only when the Editor, Associate Editor and referee(s) agree that this is necessary to present the experimental evidence clearly. Unclear, poor quality Figures and Tables will be returned for re-working, assuming that the paper is otherwise considered acceptable for publication.

Only the *Author for correspondence of each finally accepted paper will receive an electronically scanned and editorially annotated set of page proofs for final checking and approval. These must be checked carefully to correct any remaining factual errors and to respond to any questions or requests for more information from the Editor. The proofs (with your responses and final corrections) should then be re-scanned and e-mailed back to the JHSB Office within 3 working days of receipt. Extensive corrections or any further changes to the text at the proof stage are extremely expensive and, if excessive, will be billed to the author prior to publication. The proof stage is NOT an opportunity for the addition of new (non-peer reviewed) text or data by the author.

The copyright of all articles and illustrations published in The Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology becomes the property of the Journal. Editorial permission is required to reproduce more than a brief summary of the text, or to reproduce Figures etc in further publication(s), or for commercial purposes.

A pdf file of the published paper will be sent, free-of-charge, to the corresponding author only.

Publication of a paper in The Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology does not imply responsibility for, or agreement with, any opinions, hypotheses or statements expressed by the author(s). Nor is it an endorsement by the Trustees, Editors or Publishers of the Journal for any materials, cultivars, equipment, or protocols described in the paper. Publication merely signals that the paper has been judged, by independent peer-review, to be of sufficient scientific quality, merit, and interest to justify inclusion in the Journal.

T.M.A. Wilson, Editor

August 2013

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