Guide for Authors

General

       Manuscript shall be considered for publication only with the understanding that they are neither under concurrent consideration by any journal nor have been published elsewhere. Manuscripts are subjected to peer review for their scientific merit. Accepted manuscripts will become the property of Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculture. The journal is published four times a year.

Manuscript Submission

      Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors designated as the corresponding author who has the full approval of the co-authors for handling the manuscript during submission, peer review and corrections. Submit the manuscript via online system.

 Manuscript preparation

      Manuscript should be computer typed in Microsoft Word using a 13-point Times New Roman font for English writing  and Arabic Transparent font for Arabic language writing, single-spaced throughout the text, including figure legends, tables and references. Use A4 paper for typing. The typed area should be printed out on (A4) 3 cm margins on the left side, and the other 2.5 cm. The manuscript, subdivided by one-line space between headings, should be organized as follows:

 Title page

      The first page of the manuscript includes the title (capitalize all the letters) of the article followed by one-line space and the names of all authors (no degrees) and their addresses for correspondence, including the e-mail address of the corresponding author. The first letter of each name and main word should be capitalized. The title, author's name and affiliation should be centered on the width of the typing area.

      Abstract

         The second page contains the abstract which should be 150-250 words in single paragraph and presents the main findings. For indexing purposes, a list of 3–5 key words in English and not included in the title should be typed below the abstract. An Arabic abstract is required for papers written in English. It should follow the English abstract.

Introduction

    Describes briefly the background of the investigation with updated information and states the aim of the study.

 Materials and Methods

       Provide sufficient details to enable the experiments to be reproduced. Support the techniques and methods used with references. Investigations on animals must comply with institutional and/or equivalent guides for the care and use of animals. Metric and standard international units should be used in this section and throughout the manuscript. Specify the computer software used for statistical analysis and define statistical terms, abbreviations, and symbols applied.

Results

      Present the results and their significance clearly. Graphs and tables should be self explanatory. Do not repeat in figures or in the text the data presented in tables. Tables and figures should be numbered in the order of their mention in the text.

Discussion

      Deals with critical review and interpretations of the results, and supported by relevant updated references. Repetition of data should be avoided. It should end with brief conclusions. In Short Communications, Results and Discussion may be combined.

Acknowledgements

      Include the sponsor, funding agency, provider of major facilities and the names of those who contributed substantially to the work but do not fulfill the requirements for the authorship.

 References

       References to literature should be mentioned in the text according to the system of Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculture. Titles of journals should not be abbreviated and should be in italics font, and followed by the number of Volume, number of Issue between brackets, and then the page numbers.

 Examples

Journal article:  . Abdul-Rahman, S. Y; R. KH. Abdullah and KH. H. Sultan (2011). Effect of grazing and feeding frequency on some productive characteristics and semen quality of Awassi lambs. Research Opinions In Animal & Veterinary Sciences. 1(10), 644-649.

 Book: Forbes, J.M., (1995). Voluntary Food Intake and Diet Selection in Farm Animals, CAB International, Wallingford, UK.

 Chapter in a book: Chabala JC, Miller MW. Chemistry of antiprotozoal agents. In: Campbell WC, Rew RS, editors. Chemotherapy of parasitic diseases. New York: Plenum Press; 1986. p. 25-85.

 Ph.D. thesis: Sultan, Kh. H. (2012). Effect of Feeding Systems and Hormonal Treatment on Some Productive and Reproductive Performance Aspects in Awassi Sheep PhD. Thesis, College of Agriculture and Forestry, Mosul University, Iraq.

 Journal article on the Internet: Polgreen PM, Diekema DJ, Vandeberg J, et al. Risk factors for groin wound infection after femoral artery catheterization: a case-control study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol [Internet]. 2006 Jan [cited 2007 Jan 5];27(1):34-7. Available from: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu.

 Internet Webpage: AMA: helping doctors help patients [Internet]. Chicago: American Medical Association; c1995-2007 [cited 2007 Feb 22]. Available from: http://www.ama-assn.org/.

 Chapter in Book : Mossa , J.S (1987) . Medical plants of Saudi Arabia published by king Soud University Libraries . Riyadh , PP : 244 .

 Anonymous Author :  Anonymous. (1994) .National Research Council . Nutrient requirement of poultry (9th revisited National academy press , Washington D.C.

 Abstract: Harchran, S. (1965).pachymerus chinesis, its biology and extend of damage to grain. Plant Protection Bulletin.16: 23-28 (Abstract).

 Publication cost

     Manuscripts are only accepted after payment of the publication cost by the author(s) whose name(s) appear in the paper. The current publication cost of a regular research paper is 100$ for non Iraqi authors and 125.000 ID for Iraqi authors, which payable to the Mesopotamia J. of Agri., College of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Mosul, Mosul , Iraq.

 

Papers published in the Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculture are available online as pdf files at http://magrj.mosuljournals.com

 

Publication Ethics of the Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculture.

       The Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculturefollows ethical standards for publication, the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (publicationethics.org). Special attention will be paid to as well as the detection and prevention of: plagiarism, data fabrication and falsification, redundant publications, ghost writing and improper author contribution, citation manipulation and duplicate submission.