Author Guidelines

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The APA Guide for New Authors is a helpful resource for information on manuscript preparation. Authors for whom English is not their first language or who have limited experience with APA style are advised to seek input from a skilled and knowledgeable English reader familiar with APA style.

An abstract must be entered during the submission process to facilitate review.

Cover Page

The cover page should include the title, all authors’ names and affiliations (including departments), and full contact information for the corresponding author.


The abstract should be on a separate page and be no longer than 150 words. Three to five relevant keywords should be listed directly under the abstract on the same page.


The introduction should explain the rationale behind the current study, placing the research topic and study within the context of the current research landscape. Authors should summarize and cite previous research relevant to the current study and highlight the gap in knowledge being filled by the present research. The introduction should clearly pose the research question, describe the experimental design, and outline the authors’ hypothesis.


This section should contain a clear and concise description and, when needed, justification of the conditions and procedures of the study, as well as the analytical tools or methodology used. All excluded observations, independent variables/manipulations, and dependent variables/measures must be reported, and authors should be sure to explain how the sample size was determined.


This section should present the collected data and analysis. Results for all measures should be reported in a concise, straightforward manner, using tables or figures when appropriate. Duplication of information that is presented in tables or figures should be minimal in the text, and all results should be reported in the text, rather than figure captions. We encourage authors to include effect sizes accompanied by 95% confidence intervals rather than standard deviations or standard errors. Authors should be particularly attentive to APA style when typing statistical details and mindful to exclude interpretation and discussion of the findings or any details related to methodology from this section.


This section should discuss the findings in the context of the research question initially posed and the authors’ hypothesis. The Discussion should also explore the broader implications and significance of the findings, as well as specific recommendations for the direction of future research on the topic.


Every citation in the text should be listed in the reference list, and vice versa.  Note that online sources should be cited in the same manner as print sources (i.e., author and date in parentheses).  Be sure to cite sources for specialized/obscure equipment and software (e.g., eye trackers, software for analyzing fMRI data) either by adding the manufacturer with location (or URL) in the text or by adding a reference entry. References should be formatted in accordance with APA style.

Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

Papers submitted to Journal of Agriculture and Sustainability will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck / iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. Apart from that we check with Copyscape for plagiarism. Journal of Agriculture and Sustainability will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.