Instructions for Authors
Journal of Research in Weed Science is a peer-reviewed international journal that founded in 2018 and is published quarterly in English. JRWS welcomes submissions from scientists around the world under a broad scope of topics relevant to timely, high quality original research findings, especially up-to-date achievements and advances in the entire field of Weed science studies dealing with weed biology and management, ecology, herbicides, invasive plant species, population and spatial biology, modelling, genetics, diversity, parasitic plants and weed/crop management systems. Papers submitted to JRWS must be sent out for double-blind in-depth peer review by the Editorial Committee, which is composed of worldwide weed scientists, and by its scientific review panel composed of many of internationally invited experts prior to acceptance for publication. JRWS's audience: Scientific and technical researchers and workers as well as university and college teachers and students related to weed science, agricultural and environmental science, bioscience, forestry, etc.
All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the web-based online manuscript submission, tracking, peer-review, and editorial management system of JRWS, which can be accessed at http://www.jrweedsci.com
2. Copyright/ Permissions
It is important to have a reasonable and defensible copyright and permissions policies in order to protect the rights of the authors and societies whom we serve. It is a condition of publication that, on acceptance of the article by the journal editor, copyright must be assigned to the publisher. An Assignment of Copyright Form will be issued with author proofs or can be downloaded from an individual journal’s instructions for authors.
Individuals (authors, readers, …) can use the articles for a range of scholarly purposes without seeking additional permission from JRWS, so long as no commercial use is made of the article:
- Authors can share their articles with colleagues and research associates.
- Authors can post (archive) in an institutional or subject based repository after printing.
- Authors can use for teaching purposes in the author’s institution.
- Authors can use at a conference after printing.
- Readers are free to download, print, copy, link to, distribute, and display the articles, as long as it is for noncommercial use.
- JRWS is not liable for any content or for the integrity of the articles.
3. Plagiarism screening policy
Journal of Research in Weed Science does not allow any form of plagiarism. In accordance with our journal policy, submitted manuscripts are screened with plagiarism software to detect instances of overlapping and similar texts by editors and reviewers.
The primary criteria for acceptance and publication are scientific rigor and potential to advance the field. It is essential that authors prepare their manuscripts according to established specifications. Failure to follow them may result in papers being delayed or rejected. Therefore, contributors are strongly encouraged to read these instructions carefully before preparing a manuscript for submission. The manuscripts should be checked carefully for grammatical errors. All papers are subjected to peer-review.
4. Start Submission
• Launch your web browser and go to the journal's online Site: http://jrweedsci.com
• Log-in or click the Register option if you are a first-time user.
• If you are creating a new account: After clicking on Register, enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next'. Your e-mail information is very important. Enter your institution and other information as appropriate, and then click and then enter a username and password of your choice.
• Log-in and select 'Author Link' to start submission.
5. Double Blinded Review
All manuscripts submitted to JRWS will be reviewed by two experts in the related field weed science uses double-blinded review process.
6. Suggesting Reviewers
JRWS attempts to keep the review process as short as possible to enable rapid publication of new scientific data. Our average time to first decision is two months. In order to facilitate this process, you may suggest the names and current e-mail addresses of up to 3 potential international reviewers (preferred) whom you consider capable of reviewing your manuscript.
7. Types of paper
JRWS accepts full-length research papers (3-10 pages), review or mini review papers (4-20 pages) and short communications (2-5 pages). Authors should indicate the type of manuscript when they submit it. The manuscript must be written in English and should have been neither published nor submitted for publication elsewhere. All articles will undergo double-blind peer review prior to acceptance. The Editorial Committee reserves the right to make the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the contribution. Manuscripts should be uploaded as word (.docx) plus separate figure files. Use 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced and one column text.
8. Publication Charges
There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.
9. Submission checklist
You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Guide for Authors for more details.
Ensure that the following items are present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details including E-mail address and full postal address.
All necessary files have been uploaded:
- Title Page
- Manuscript (Main document without author’s names)
- Cover Letter
- Completed copy right form (Download Here)
10. Article structure
All manuscripts submitted to JRWS should include: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion and References.
Title Page: This should give the title of the article, the names and initials of each author, the department and institution to which the work should be attributed, the name, address, international telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address of the author for correspondence.
Should be short, specific and informative and should not exceed 15 words.
Abstract should be on a separate page and should not exceed 250 words. A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions.
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of').
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. It should be specific, telling why and how the study was made, what the major results were, and why they were important.
10.5. Material and methods
Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.
10.6. Results and Discussion
It should be combined to avoid repetitions. The significance of the results in relation to other relevant published works should be highlighted in the discussion. Same data should not be presented in table and figure simultaneously. Results should be clear and concise. The authors are requested to pay particular attention to the use of appropriate statistics throughout the text. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of Results and Discussion section.
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).
10.9. Conflict of Interest
Any potential conflicts of interest must be noted. This information will be a requirement for all manuscripts submitted to the Journal. Please include this information in the Acknowledgements section, prior to the References. If the author does not include a conflict of interest statement in the manuscript then the following statement may be included by default: “No conflicts of interest have been declared”.
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication. The reference should be cited in alphabetical order. The following examples may be followed.
Text: All citations in the text should refer to:
- Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
- Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication;
- Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.
Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.
Examples: “as demonstrated (Jones, 2000a, 2000b; Ahsan and Jones, 1999). Kah et al. (2010) have recently shown …”
List:References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. 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.
Reference to a journal publication:
Kah M, Brown C.D. 2007. Prediction of the adsorption of ionizable pesticides in soils. J Agric Food Chem. 55: 2312-2322.
Reference to a book:
Koner S, Pal A, Adak A. 2000. The Elements of Style, fourth ed. ongman, New York.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Mettam G.R, Adams L.B. 2009. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones B.S. Smith R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.
Reference to a website:
Cancer Research UK, 1975. Cancer statistics reports for the UK. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/aboutcancer/statistics/cancerstatsreport/ (accessed 13 March 2003).
10.11. Tables, Figures, Figure Legends
Tables: should only be used to clarify important points. Tables must, as far as possible, be self-explanatory. The tables should be numbered consecutively as they are referred to in the text with Arabic numerals.
Figures: All graphs, drawings and photographs are considered figures and should be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing.
Last updated: 25 July 2018