Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science

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Edited By: J.M. Greef

Impact Factor: 2.618

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 13/79 (Agronomy)

Online ISSN: 1439-037X

Author Guidelines

1. General

The effects of stress on crop production of agricultural cultivated plants will grow to paramount importance in the 21st century, and the Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science aims to assist in understanding these challenges. In this context, stress refers to extreme conditions under which crops and forages grow. The journal publishes original papers, short communications, and reviews on the general and special science of abiotic plant stress. Specific topics include: drought, including water-use efficiency, chemical constraints, such as salinity, alkaline and acidic stress, extreme temperatures since heat, cold and chilling stress limit the cultivation of crops, flooding and oxidative stress, and means of restricting them. The Journal will give preference to field research and studies on plant stress highlighting these subsections. Particular regard is given to application-oriented basic research and applied research.

2. Submission and Acceptance of Manuscripts
Manuscripts are submitted to Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science online, i.e. electronically, from the corresponding author's JAC ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) account. You will need your files in an electronic format, an Internet connection, and a user ID and password for the site. To begin a new submission go to and log in or create an account to get your user ID and password. Full instructions are provided on the site. If you encounter technical problems when submitting your manuscript, please contact Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science ScholarOne Manuscripts Support.
phone: (434) 817-2040 ext. 167 (USA)
Electronic Submission
Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rft) files plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to a PDF document on upload and will be used for the review process. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. Figure tags should be included in the file.
Manuscripts should be formatted as described in Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science´s Author Guidelines (below). When preparing your file, please use only standard fonts such as Times, Times New Roman or Arial for text, and Symbol font for Greek letters, to avoid inadvertent character substitutions. In particular, please do not use Japanese or other Asian fonts. Do not use automated or manual hyphenation.
For more information on preparing manuscripts for online submission, please read the detailed instructions at Additional help is available by e-mailing
With your submission, you will have to complete, sign and send the Copyright Transfer Agreement. Authors may provide names of potential reviewers for their manuscript. All acceptable material submitted for publication is forwarded to the Deputy Editor in charge of the particular field who together with at least two further referees makes a judgement on the paper. The votes of the independent referees as well a preliminary suggestion of acceptance or rejection is forwarded by the Deputy Editor to the Editor-in-Chief who makes the final decision. Authors must inform the Editor of any possible conflict of interest capable of influencing their judgement, and if necessary, a disclaimer will be included.
Revised manuscripts must be uploaded within 2 months of authors being notified of conditional acceptance pending satisfactory revision. Authors resubmitting manuscripts should follow the same procedures as for submission of new manuscripts.  If accepted, papers become the copyright of the journal.
After acceptance please make sure that the final manuscript and figure files are uploaded. The figures must be high-resolution scans (TIF or EPS files). Detailed information on our digital illustration standards is available at
The Editor decides in which issue of the Journal and in what order the paper is to be published. Note to NIH Grantees: Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance.  This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication.  For further information, see

3. Requirements for Manuscripts
3.1. Language
The language of publication is English. If the author is a non-native English speaker, we recommend that the paper be checked by a native English speaker prior to submission. The author may wish to consider asking a native English speaker to check the English and be named as co-author of the paper.

3.2. Format
The first page should contain the name and address of the institute where the work has been originated, the title of the paper, name(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), the e-mail address of the corresponding author, and the number of figures and tables.
The main text shall be preceded by an abstract which is always in English and contains the background for the research undertaken, reference to the material and methods used, as well as main results and conclusions. It should not exceed 200 words. Up to six 'key words' should be added. A short version of the title (running title) should also be given.
The main text should be divided into the following sections: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements and references. Facts explained by tables or figures need no lengthy explanation in the text. Numerical material should be submitted only after statistical processing.
The manuscript comprises a printout of the text and a list of all figures and tables with their captions and titles on a separate piece of paper. In anticipation of the online edition, we ask that you convey the essential information within the first 60 characters of the captions. Each figure, table, and bibliographic entry must have a reference in the text. The preferred position for the insertion of figures and tables should be marked on the margin of the text of the manuscript. Any corrections requested by the reviewer should already be integrated into the file.
The data carriers (diskette, etc.) must be PC/Windows-compatible and may not contain any files other than those for the current manuscript. Please include a list of the files, noting the file name, the computer program and its version number. Please do not import the figures into the text file. The text should be prepared using standard software (Microsoft Word, Word Perfect) or saved in rtf format; do not use automated or manual hyphenation. Please do not include footnotes.
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3.3. Length
The manuscript should be typed double spaced with a 4 cm left margin. Manuscripts, including figures and tables, should not exceed 12 printed pages (4000 type character page). The publication of shorter papers may be given priority. Short communications should not exceed four printed pages, including figures and tables.

3.4. Units, Abbreviations and Nomenclature
All units and measures must conform to the international standard-system (SI-system). Botanical genus and species names should be set in italics.

3.5. Illustrations and Tables
The number of tables and figures should be kept to the minimum necessary. For all figures please include reproduceable artwork (marked with the author's name, short title, and figure number). Figures submitted as electronic file should be saved in a neutral data format such as TIFF or EPS, and a printout should always be included. Powerpoint and Word graphics are unsuitable for reproduction. Please do not use any pixel-oriented programmes. Scanned figures (only in TIFF format) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size. Please submit the data for figures in black and white. However, colour photos can be reproduced in black and white (with a possible loss of contrast). Figures printed in colour are subject to an added charge. A single figure in colour costs £150 plus VAT. Second, third and fourth figures cost £50 each plus VAT. For additional prices please contact the publisher. Colour print charges are explained on the form found here. Colour graphics should be created using the CMYK colour palette (print colours), not RGB (monitor colours). There is a charge for alterations to figures when carried out by the publisher.
Please note that figures will generally be reduced to fit within the column-width or the print area. This means that numbering and lettering must still be readable when reduced (e.g. maps) and that the scale might not correspond with the original (microscopic pictures), thereby invalidating references to scale in the text. If a figure is to be cropped, please mark the lines on a photocopy or tracing paper. Printouts should be made with a laserprinter at the highest resolution (> 600 dpi). If artwork is to be scanned, line drawings should only be contour drawings without halftones (shades of grey). Please do not use patterns; rough hatching is possible.
Graphs with an x and y axis should not be enclosed in frames; only 2-dimensional representations. Do not forget the labels and units. Captions for the figures should give a precise description of the content and should not be repeated within the figure.
Tables should be created using the table function.  

3.6. References
The references should be arranged alphabetically and contain: the author's name, first name (initial(s)), year of publication, title of paper, name of journal, volume number, and first and last page number of the publication. (Example: Poysa, V.W., and E. Reinbergs, 1983: The Response of Some Facultative Triticale to Extended Vernalisation. Z. Acker- und Pflanzenbau 152, 89-99.)
Bibliographic references to books or other established publications should contain: name, first name (initials), year of publication, and edition, publishing house and place of publication (Example: Schlichting, E., 1986: Einführung in die Bodenkunde, Pareys Studientexte Nr. 58. Verlag Paul Parey, Hamburg und Berlin).
Within the text should be given the name of the author and the date of publication, e.g. Müller (1980) or (Müller 1980). If more than one publication of the same author appeared in one year, these should be marked by small letters after the year, e.g. 1983a; 1983b. References to publications by more than two authors should be cited as follows: Müller et al. (1980) or (Müller et al. 1980).
We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.
EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:
Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:
4. Copyright
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into
Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

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 License 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:
5. Proof Corrections and Offprints
The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site: This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.
6. Book Reviews
Books submitted for review are forwarded by an editor-in-chief to appropriate specialists for review. The review copy remains property of the reviewer, but no royalty is paid. At the beginning of each book review, precise bibliographic details must be provided. Please use the system of punctuation as in the following example:

Singleton, L. L., J. Mihail, and C. M. Rush (eds), Methods for Research on Soilborne Phytopathogenic Fungi. St. Paul, Minnesota: APS Press, 1993. 265 pp., 125 figs, 24 tables, US$ 34.00 ISBN 0890541272.
7. Supplements
Manuscripts of scientific interest unsuitable for publication in the Journal because of their length may be considered for publication in German or English in the supplement series Advances in Agronomy and Crop Science appearing at irregular intervals. The decision as to their acceptance is made by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the Publisher. As a rule, supplements can be published only if a subsidy is provided by the author or a third party. The supplements should not exceed 96 printed pages, including figures, tables and bibliography.
8. EarlyView Publication
Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science is on Wiley Blackwell's EarlyView Service. Please click here for details.
9. Online Production Tracking via Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don't need to contact the Production Editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more..
10. Author Material Archive Policy
Please note that unless specifically requested not to, we will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted 2 months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the Editorial Office or Production Editor as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

11. OnlineOpen
OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article open access. With OnlineOpen the author, their funding agency, or institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites. In addition to publication online via Wiley Online Library, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication. If you want your article to be open access please choose the approprite license agreement when you log in to Wiley's Author Services system. Click on 'Make my article OnlineOpen' and choose the appropriate license by clicking on 'Sign license agreement now' when you log in to Wiley's Author Services system.