AIM AND SCOPE
The Journal of Agricultural Research (JAR) is an Open Access Quarterly online journal being published by the Directorate of Agricultural Information, Agriculture Department Punjab, since 1963. JAR is fully funded by Government of Punjab, Agriculture Department. JAR is a firm and effective voice in the world of scientific knowledge for narrowing the gap between research and practice, with the basic aim of meeting information needs of agricultural scientists at national and international level. All areas of agricultural research and its allied disciplines come in purview / scope of JAR i.e. plant breeding and genetics, agronomy/crop physiology, agricultural biotechnology, soil and environmental sciences, plant pathology/entomology, horticulture, food science, forestry and range management, irrigation/ water management, agricultural engineering, veterinary and animal science, zoology, aquaculture, agricultural extension, agricultural economics and rural sociology. JAR entertains all types of research papers including full length research articles research notes, short communications and review papers.
TIMELINE OF PUBLICATION
JAR is published quarterly with four issues every year including January – March (Issue 1), April – June (Issue 2), July – September (Issue 3) and October – December (Issue 4).
AUTHORSHIP OF THE PAPER
The names and affiliations of authors should be given at first page of research paper clearly mentioning the name of corresponding author. The authorship once communicated at the time of paper submission will be considered as final and no request for change in authorship will be entertained afterwards. The maximum number of authors for each research paper is preferably 10 with well defined role.
ORIGINALITY AND PLAGIARISM POLICY
The Editorial Office vigilantly monitors plagiarism in content of manuscript through Anti Plagiarism Software as per HEC guidelines. The plagiarized content having similarity index more than permitted limits is not acceptable. Only manuscripts with less than 19% overall and less than 4% from single source similarity index are entertained.
PEER REVIEW POLICY
All research papers to be published in JAR have to go through a double blind double peer review process. The peer review is masked in both directions as the identities of author and reviewers are kept confidential from each other. Each research article is necessarily got reviewed from two reviewers of international repute. The comments of reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author for modification accordingly and the final opinion of reviewers is taken about the articles modified by authors. The final decision about suitability of the research paper is taken by the editor of JAR in pursuance of referees’ opinion.
ARTICLE PROCESSING/PUBLICATION/MEMBERSHIP FEE
The JAR aims to provide a free platform to the scientist’s community for disseminating information based on their latest research findings. Therefore, no paper publication fee is charged from the authors. However, subscription of JAR is mandatory for all local authors/co-authors who are required to pay Rs. 600/- per author against which four issues of JAR are supplied to each of them.
DISCLOSURE AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Each manuscript is required to explicitly carry a statement to show the conflict of interest of any type i.e., among author, with the institution of authors, with previous publication etc.
CORRECTIONS AND RETRACTION OF RESEARCH ARTICLE
If there is suspicion of misbehavior or alleged fraud, the journals and/or Publisher will carry out an investigation following COPE guidelines. If, after an investigation, there are valid concerns, the authors concerned will be contacted under their given email address and given an opportunity to address the issue. Depending on the situation, this may result in the journal and/or Publisher’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
- If the manuscript is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
- If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction:
- An erratum/correction may be placed with the article.
- An editor’s note or editorial expression of concern may be placed with the article.
- or, in severe cases, retraction of the article may occur.
POLICY AND PRINCIPLES ON RESEARCH DATA
In case any part (e.g. table or figure) of the submitted manuscript has been taken from previously published work, it is responsibility of authors to obtain permission either from those publishers or from the authors depending on the copyright ownership.
CONTRIBUTION OF EACH AUTHOR WITH DETAILS
It is obligatory for the manuscript to show an explicit statement that each author has made the specific contribution in conceiving, planning, review, execution and/ or write up.
ETHICS OF PAPER SUBMISSION
While submitting the manuscripts authors must furnish a certificate to the effect that:
- The manuscript is not being considered elsewhere for publication.
- All authors have agreed/approved the publication of this manuscript.
- The relevant institution has granted permission for publication, if required.
- The article is based on the research conducted under a research programme or a research project at concerned institution/university.
- Research paper cannot be withdrawn after issuance of acceptance letter.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES
The paper submitted for publication should contain original unpublished material in MS Word format. Before submitting the research paper, click the link (jar.punjab.gov.pk/guidelines) and structure/format the manuscript accordingly. It must be submitted by one of the authors only through ‘Online Submission’ option of website www.jar.com.pk. For online submission of the paper, authors must follow the given steps.
- Open the link www.jar.com.pk.
- Click “online submission form”.
- Create the account by giving necessary information.
- Save the username and password for future use.
- Login the account and upload the document in the specified format.
- Submit the article and remember the system generated JAR ID. No. for future correspondence.
ACCEPTANCE OF ARTICLES FOR PUBLICATION
The JAR entertains all types of manuscripts i.e. full length research articles, research notes, short communications and also review papers on a particular topic. However, the reviewed period of published research work should not be less than five years. After complete review of articles by the reviewers, acceptance letter is issued immediately after final comments of reviewers. The author is required to submit author agreement form after acceptance letter is issued. The author agreement form must be received to editorial office before tentative date of paper publication. However, the Editor/Chief Editor has the right to change the publication schedule of any research paper if any ambiguity/short-comings are found in the manuscript during editing process.
EDITING & PROOFING
Research papers after undergoing preliminary scrutiny and review process are sent to authors for necessary improvement. Upon satisfactory revision, the manuscripts are typeset and proofs are prepared to make minor corrections. The Editorial Office carries out editing, page making/layout, formatting and final printing of the journal.
In the manuscript the authors will provide brief information (including project details) on the acquisition of funds for carrying out the research to publish their data in JAR.
APPEAL TO DECISION
In case the paper is rejected by editor/reviewer, the authors have the right to appeal/defend against editor/reviewer’s decision in writing to the Editorial Office stating the reasons/arguments with evidence and supporting data/document.
DOUBLE-DEALING BY AUTHOR
Author cannot publish his/her paper in any other journal after submitting it for publication in JAR. In case of any violation, author shall be blacklisted and proceded against under the law as per COPE guidelines.
COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING
All the research work published in Journal of Agricultural Research (JAR) is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use. Authors hold full copyright in their work, and retain publishing rights without restriction.
OPEN ACCESS STATEMENT
JAR is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the users or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.
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