Guide for Authors

Instruction to authors

General considerations

  1. A paper will be accepted for publication that has not been published either in a journal or as a full paper in a proceedings of a conference or symposium.
  2.  The acceptance of a paper implies that it has been reviewed and recommended for publication by at least two professional reviewers.
  3. Figures, tables and their captions should be prepared on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. No vertical lines are allowed in the tables and minimum horizontal lines are suggested.
  4. Manuscripts should be prepared in A4 sheets, using 1.5-fold line spacing with a maximum of 12 pages. The manuscript will be typed in a Microsoft Word document with Times New Roman. The font size will be as follows:

-Title of the manuscript: 13 (Bold)

-All subtitles:  11 (Bold) 

- Author’s names: 11 (bold)

-Affiliations: 10

-Abstract: 10

- Text: 11

-Titles of figures and tables and keywords: 10

-Words and numeric within the figures and tables: 8-10

-Footnotes: 9

        5- Scientific names of the species, gene symbols and Greek words should be typed in Italic.

Title Page

-          Title should be short (maximum of 15 words) and descriptive, indicating the research subject and main objectives of the work.

-          Scientific name of an organism is not necessary to be included in the title if it has a common name. Also, abbreviations and chemical formulas are not recommended in the title.

-          Name, affiliation, postal address, e-mail and telephone number of the authors (corresponding author marked by an asterisk) should be included on the title page.


-          Abstract should be prepared in one paragraph not exceeding 300 words. It will include the main objectives, brief description of the methods, results and conclusions.

-          No references are to be cited in the abstract.


-          Maximum of seven keywords, ordered alphabetically, come right after the abstract.


-          This section includes a brief description of the research subject and literature review. It will end with the statement about the objective (s) of the research program.

Materials and methods

-          Materials and methods section should provide enough information about the location of the research work, materials and instruments, methods and types of experiments and statistical methods.

-          If a method is routine, no description is needed and its reference should only be cited. However, if the method is new or a modification of an older procedure, a detailed statement is required.


-          The results section explains the findings of the study using tables and figures.

-          No materials and methods are allowed to be repeated in this section.

-          There is no need to illustrate the data in the tables extensively and important features should only be indicated.

-          Figures should not be the repetition of the information in the tables.

-          Legends of figures and tables should be descriptive and complete.


-          The discussion section represents the interpretation of the results obtained in the study with special emphasis on the theoretical and practical implications of the findings.

-           The results should be discussed about to with concerning reports of the other researchers.

-          Discussion can be combined with the results section. In case of separation, the discussion should not be the repetition of the results.

-          At the end of the discussion, significant conclusions drawn from the results should be stated.


-          A concise statement acknowledging the people or funding organizations can be included.



Citation in the text

-           To cite references in the text, the date of publication will be presented right after the surnames of the authors: (Hallauer and Miranda 1980) or Hallauer and Miranda (1980). For more than two authors, the surname of the first author will be followed by “et al.”: (Comstock et al. 1952) or Comstock et al. (1952).

-          References having the same author and year will be marked by a sequence of letters (i.e. 2009a, b, c …).

Citation in the list of references

-          References will be presented in alphabetical order without consecutive numbering.

-          No extra references are allowed if not included in the text.

-          All authors within a reference are presented with the family name, followed by the abbreviated first name.

-          In the case of citing several references from an author, the references having coauthors will be sorted alphabetically.

-          If some references have similar authors, they will be sorted chronologically.

-          If references have the same author and year they will be indicated by the letters a, b, c, …

-          Class notes should not be used as references.

Examples of literature citation in the list of references




Choat B, Gambetta GA, Shackel KA, and Matthews MA, 2009. Vascular function in grape berries across development and its relevance to apparent hydraulic isolation. Plant Physiology 151: 1677-1687.

Ellis RH and Pieta Filho C, 1992. Seed development and cereal seed longevity. Seed Science Research 3: 247-257.

Ellis RH and Roberts EH, 1981. The quantification of ageing and survival in orthodox seeds. Seed Science and Technology 9: 373-409.

Komatsu S, Konishi H and Hashimoto M, 2007a.The proteomics of plant cell membrane. Journal of Experimental Botany 58: 103-112.

Komatsu S, Yang G, Khan M, Onodera H, Toki S and Yamaguchi M, 2007b. Over-expression of calcium-dependent protein kinase 13 and calreticulin interacting protein 1 confers cold tolerance on rice plants. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 277: 713–723.

Prasanna BM and Hoisington D, 2003. Molecular breeding for maize improvement. An overview. Indian Journal of Biotechnology 2: 85-98.

 Remay A, Lalanne D, Thouroude T, Le Couviour F, Hibrand-Saint Oyant L and Foucher F, 2009. A survey of flowering genes reveals the role of gibberellins in floral control in rose. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 119: 767-781.

Yordanova R and Popova L, 2007. Effects of exogenous treatment with salicylic acid on photosynthetic activity and antioxidant capacity of chilled wheat plants. General and Applied Plant Physiology 33: 155-170.





Falconer DS and Mackay TFC, 1996.  Introduction to Quantitative Genetics. Fourth edition.

Pearson Education Ltd., Essex, England.

HallauerAR (Ed), 2001. Specialty Corns. Second edition. CRC Press, LLC, Boca Raton, FL. 479 pp.

Roberts EH, 1986. Quantifying seed deterioration. In McDonaldMB and Nelson CJ (Eds). Physiology of Seed Deterioration. Pp 101-123. CSSA, Madison, WI, USA.

Sharp RE and Davies WJ, 1989. Regulation of Growth and Development of Plants Growing

            with a Restricted Supply of Water. CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge, UK.

Varshney A, Mohapatra T and Sharma RP, 2003. Molecular mapping and marker assisted selection of traits for crop improvement. In: Srivastava PS, Narula A and Srivastava S (Eds). Biotechnology and Molecular Markers. Pp 289-330. Amanya Publishers, India.




Proceedings of conferences, symposiums, etc.


Karaba A, Dixit S, Trijatmiko KR, Aharoni A, Nataraja KN, Updayakumar M and Pereira A, 2006. Improvement of water-use efficiency in crop plants. Proceedings of the 5th Plant Genomics European Meetings, October 11-14, Venice, Italy. P. 115.

Salamini F, 2003. Geography and genetics of wild cereal domestication in the Near East. In: Mare C, Faccioli and Stanca AM (Eds). From Biodiversity to Genomics: Breeding Strategies for Small Grain Cereals in the Third Millennium. Pp. 3-6. Proceedings of the EUCARPIA Cereal Section Meeting, 21-25 November, 2002, Experimental Institute for Cereal Research, Section of Fiorenzuolaď Arda (PC), Salsomaggiore, Italy.

Copy right: After  acceptance of the article, authors will be asked to complete a journal publishing agreement.


 Conflict of Interest form


Conflict of Interest Form



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to the subject of the manuscript.




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