Irrigation and Drainage

Cover image for Vol. 65 Issue 4

Edited By: Kristoph-Dietrich Kinzli, P. E. and Prof. Jiusheng Li

Online ISSN: 1531-0361

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission. Irrigation and Drainage operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the Irrigation and Drainage online submission site.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, docx, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.


Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

Electronic Enhancement/Supporting Information. Data that are (i) not amenable to presentation in a traditional print format, (ii) of interest primarily to specialists and do not require Journal page space, or (iii) particularly useful to the community in electronic (downloadable) form can be published online as supporting information hosted within Wiley Online Library.

Online Open

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Copyright and Permissions

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For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Submitted manuscripts may not have been previously published and may not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by Wiley. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

Permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form.

Manuscript style

Pre-submission English-language editing: Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

The language of the journal is English. Résumés are published in French. 11-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files. The approximate position of figures and tables need to be indicated in the text by the author, for example:


General Points:

  • During the submission process you must enter the full title in English and French, short title and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • British spelling should be used rather than American spellings.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Supply an abstract of up to 200 words for all articles in English and French. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
  • Submit papers not exceeding 10 printed pages (6000 words), or less than 16 manuscript folios including tables, figures and references.
  • Please follow closely the on-screen instructions present in ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Reference style. References from international sources are expected. References need to be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al., 1998)

All references need to be complete and accurate. Where possible include the DOI for the reference at the end of the reference. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References would have to be listed in the following style:

Ferguson RI. 1985. Runoff from glacierized mountains: a model for annual variation and its forecasting. Water Resources Research 21 (4): 702-708. DOI: 10.1002/wrr.675.

Hillel D. 1980. Applications of Soil Physics. New York: Academic Press.

Cite Early View Articles

To link to an article from the author's homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "" as per following example:DOI10.1002/wrr.675, becomes The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c need to be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering needs to be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site. It is the responsibility of the author to clarify whether or not the colour figures are required in print when submitting the manuscript for review.


Further Information. Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only (unless otherwise stated). Please sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Reprints of your article and copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.

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