Instruction to Authors

    The Madras Agricultural Journal is published quarterly by The Madras Agricultural Students’ Union (MASU).  Papers submitted will be peer reviewed. On the basis of referee’s comments, author(s) will be asked by the editor to revise the paper / answer the queries. All authors must be members. Papers are accepted on the understanding that the work described is original and has not been published elsewhere and that the authors have obtained necessary authorization for publication of the material submitted.

     Subject Matter: Articles on all aspects of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, agricultural engineering, home sciences and other allied sciences with research and developments on basic and applied aspects of crop improvement, crop management, crop protection, farm implements, agro-technologies, home needs, socio-economics, rural developments, extension activities and other suitable topics.

     Manuscript: It should be in clear concise English, typewritten in double space on one side of A4 size white paper with at least 2.5 cm margin. Full research paper should not exceed 20 typed pages including tables and figures and should contain abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, acknowledgement and reference. Short notes, not exceeding 6 typed pages, may also be divided into different sections with a short abstract. Review articles, as far as possible, should not exceed 30 typed pages. It should feature recent developments from the author's own field of specialization and include results of various workers in the given field. For review article authors may contact the editor before sending the manuscript. All pages should be serially numbered. All articles should be sent in triplicate. Submitted papers will be acknowledged. MASU reserves the right to accept/reject the article. 

     Title page: The first page of the manuscript should include title, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, and mailing address including e-mail of the corresponding author.

     Abstract: A brief informative abstract should follow on the second page of the manuscript.  It should clearly bring out the scope of the work and its salient features.  It should be single paragraph of not more than 150 words.

     Key words: The abstract should be followed by the important words of the article, which can be included in various indexes.

     Introduction: It should be brief, crisp and introduce the work in clear terms.  Key references related to the work must be cited.

     Materials and Methods: Standard and already reported method must be clearly given or cited.  Any modification of the original method must be duly highlighted. This section may be subtitled for clarity. Use standard abbreviations of the various units. ISI units should be used for measurements.

 Results and Discussion: This section can also be subtitled for clarity. Salient results must be highlighted and discussed with related works. A brief conclusion of the research finding and future line of work may be given at the end.


 Figures and Structures: Structure drawings, graphs and diagrams should be given in JPEG preferably through MS Word or MS Power Point. Photographs must be on glossy paper or in high resolution softcopy. Colour printing of the photographs will be charged separately. Figures/structures must be numbered with figure numbers like Fig.1, Fig 2., and their approximate position in the text indicated. It is author's responsibility to provide suitable figures and drawings.

 Tables: Tables should be typed on separate sheets and numbered consecutively within the text in Arabic numbers. They should bear a descriptive short heading in lower case, which starts with the word "Table".  Their place in the text should be indicated.

 Reference: Relevant references shall be quoted under each section and must be cited in full in the reference section. References to unpublished work and abstract citation may be avoided.  The following style should be followed:

Raguraman, S. and Singh, R. P. 1998. Behavioural and physiological effects of neem (Azadirachta indica) seed kernel extracts on larval parasitoid, Bracon hebetor J. Chem. Ecol., 24: 1241-1250

 Veeraragavathatham, D. 2002. Hybrids in vegetable crops:  Potentials and problems. In New Dimensions and Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture, S. Kannaiyan, S. Uthamasamy, Ravi Kumar Theodare and S. Palaniswamy (Eds.), Directorate of Extension Education, Tamil Nadu Agric. Univ., Coimbatore, India, p. 1-14.

 Rembold, H, Forester, H. and Czoppelt, C. H. 1987. Structure and biological activity of azadirachtins A and B.  In Proc 3rd Int. Neem Conf., Nairobi 1986.  p. 149-160.

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 Manuscripts and communication:

  • Give your e-mail address for fast communication.
  •   Provide names of three reviewers who are experts in the same field.
  •  Send three copies of the manuscript along with a soft copy in a CD-ROM to

The Chief Editor,
The Madras Agricultural Journal,
The Madras Agricultural Students' Union,
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,
Coimbatore-641 003,
Tamil Nadu, India
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