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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • A Cover Letter has to be uploaded along with the submission. You may mention why your article is important for the journal and mention the important finding or conclusion of the paper. The cover letter shall include (i) names, affiliation and e-mail ids of all the authors, and (ii) name, affiliation, areas of expertise and email ids of 3 experts who can review the manuscript.
  • Submission file should be a Text Document (Microsoft Office, Open Office, LibreOffice, MacWrite, etc). Abstract (about 200 words) and keywords (followed by semicolons) have to be provided in the manuscript. Tables and Figures may be inserted after References.

Author Guidelines

Article Processing Charges (APC)

If a paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay Article Processing Charges (APC)* to cover part of our expenses including those of journal production (copy editing, proof reading, layout preparation, etc), indexing, DOI numbering, online hosting, etc.  The APC for all papers including transaction charges is given below:

Regular APC: US$300

Authors from developing countries: INR2000 (or equivalent)

Upon submission of an original research paper, authors will be asked to confirm that they take responsibility for payment of the APC. By paying this fee, authors are permitted to post the final, published, PDF of their article on websites, blogs, academic or social media sites, institutional repository or other free public servers immediately on publication. Contact us if you have any query.

* Fee waiver policy

Our fee waiver policy offers to fully waive or further reduce the publication fees for authors who cannot pay the full amount charged for publication, remains in effect. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.

Impact Factor

We have not received official impact factor yet from Thomson Reuters.

Estimated impact factor based on the Google Scholar citations have been worked out as 0.37 till January 2016 (read more).


Manuscripts does not require formatting in journal's style at the time of submission. 

Provide names of all authors, their affiliations, email ids and short biography at the time of submission (in the first page of the manuscript main text file).

Manuscripts of all categories are to be submitted online.

A cover letter containing

  1. A letter of transmittal, giving (i) names, affiliation and e-mail of all the authors, (ii) title of the manuscript and (iii) contact details (including email ids) of 3 experts who can review the manuscript, and (iv) most importantly state why Plant Science Today publish your paper?

Declarations to be made regarding ethical issues
Manuscripts that deal with clinical findings should be enclosed with a statement on informed consent of the patients under study.

If humans and animals are the subject of a clinical study, it is essential for the study to have been carried out in accordance with the ethical standards of the country/countries where the research described in the article has been conducted. A declaration to that effect must accompany the manuscript.

Supplementary material
Detailed tables can be submitted as supplementary material. Any details and queries regarding supplementary material should be addressed to the corresponding author of the paper. The published material cannot be reproduced without permission from the author.

Author's declaration
Authors must acknowledge the organizations that have provided financial support for their work in the manuscript. 

Competing Interests
Plant Science Today requires authors to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must accompany ‘competing interests’ statement listing all competing interests.

You must read and agree all Editorial Policies before you submit your manuscript. 


Categories of Manuscripts

General articles discuss current trends in research in a field that would be of interest to readers outside the field. These include interdisciplinary topics and policy, etc. The articles should include an abstract, introductory paragraph, brief subheads at appropriate places, illustrations that will help a general reader, and references.

Review articles are expected to survey and discuss current developments in a field. They should be well focused and organized, and avoid a general ‘textbook’ style.

Mini Review articles are short review articles describing research carried out in a specific area. It may be 3 to 5 pages long including references (maximum 3500 words with optionally 1-2 tables/figures)..

Research articles report research results of major significance. They should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, and brief subheads.

Research communications (not exceeding 2000 words) contain important new findings that are novel and of fairly broad interest. They should include a brief abstract and an introductory paragraph. Text should NOT be broken up under subheads.

Correspondence includes letters that are of general interest to scientists and technical comments, including those on articles or communications published in Plant Science Today within the previous six months. Short letters are preferred. Letters may be reviewed and edited.

Research Data papers are considered academic publications no different than other types of papers. It can offer descriptive information on related dataset(s) focusing on data collection, distinguishing features, access and potential reuse rather than on data processing and analysis. 

Book reviews may be a opinion piece, summary review or scholarly review of a book, either printed or published online. A book review's length may vary from a single paragraph to few paragraphs see details and sample format.



Follow the instructions carefully to format your manuscript in accordance with PST's policies. 

For proper referring and fast publication all manuscript should be grammatically correct.

The manuscript should be prepared in English using "MS Word" or similar work processing software. “Times New Roman” or similar font (size 12) should be used; single line spacing may be used.

Title: Centered, Bold font.

Names of Author(s): Centered.

Author affiliation needs to be given below author names in order of appearance. Relation between author listing and affiliation needs to be indicated as superscripted numbers to the right of name in author listing and to the left in affiliation. Include Email id of each of the authors.

Abstract: Justified, not less than 200 and maximum 250 words.

Keywords: 4-6 keywords, separated by semi colon (;) should be written after the abstract, which can identify the most important subject of the manuscript. 

TEXT: The manuscript text may be devided into:

Introduction: A brief and clear description of the purpose of the investigation relating the previous research and essential arguments should be mentioned.

Materials and Methods: This section should be written well defined to understand the steps of investigation done which allows other researcher to reproduce the result.

Results and Discussion: The findings of the manuscripts should be presented with appropriate evidences and discussions in a single heading or may be presented in separate headings depending on the requirement and need of author(s).

Subsection title: Bold and italics.

Reference: The journal uses Vancouver reference style which is a citation style that uses numbers within the text that refer to numbered entries in the reference list. Your reference list should appear at the end of the manuscript with the entries listed in roman numbers and in the same order that they were cited in the text. 

Tables and Figures: Tables need to have title above the table and figures need to have title below the figure.

Place Tables and Figures after References in the manuscript file itself (all text, tables and figures in one file).

Equations need to be left aligned; equation numbers should be right aligned; equations quoted in manuscript need to conform to this form.  (Eqn. 1)

Taxonomy manuscripts
Make sure that the names of the author(s) of the plant names are abbreviated as per the "Authors of the Plant Names" by 'Brummit & Powell (1992)' and its subsequent online version of 2010.

Image Raw Files
You may submit original raw files as supplementary material. A raw file is the image as seen by the camera's sensor. You may think of it like unprocessed film. Depending on the camera setting, it may be saved as JPEG, TIFF or other formats. You may submit it as supplementary material or keep it with you for verification by the PST editors/reviewers.

Competing Interests
Plant Science Today requires authors to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must accompany ‘competing interests’ statement listing all competing interests. Where authors have no competing interests, the statement should read “The author(s) declare(s) that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions
Please include an Authors' contributions section before the Acknowledgements.

For the Authors' contributions we suggest the following kind of format (please use initials to refer to each author's contribution): AB carried out the molecular genetic studies, participated in the sequence alignment and drafted the manuscript. JY carried out the immunoassays. MT participated in the sequence alignment. ES participated in the design of the study and performed the statistical analysis. FG conceived of the study, and participated in its design and coordination. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

An "author" is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. To qualify as an author one should 1) have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) have been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) have given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support.


In the Vancouver Style, a number is assigned to each reference as it is used. Even if the author is named in your text, a number must still be used. The original number assigned to the reference is used each time that reference is cited in the text. The first reference you cite will be numbered 1 in the text, and the second reference you cite will be numbered 2, and so on. If you cite reference number 1 again later in the text, you will cite it using the number 1.

References are listed in numerical order in a bibliography at the end of your manuscript. The references in the bibliography must follow a set format: there are examples of this below.

The number can be placed outside the text punctuation to avoid disruption to the flow of the text.

The titles of journals should be abbreviated according the style used in Medline. Abbreviated titles can be found in the PubMed Journals Database or ROAD directory.

Use numbered citations in your text

Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses, like this: (1), (2). Do not use [square brackets] and do not make the citations superscript.
If you are citing more than one source at the same point, do this: (1-3), (1, 4)

How to add page numbers to citations
The style does not allow for this and so you cannot do it in reference manager tools like RefWorks. If you do want to include a specific page number (for example if you have quoted or used a figure or table), put the page number in your text, for example:
John Sulston says “Natural justice urges that they should be used in an equitable way to benefit all, not only for profitable ends but also for work on the diseases of the poor” (p.400) (1)
And in your bibliography:
1. Sulston J. Beyond release: the equitable use of genomic information. Lancet.  2003 Aug 2;362(9381):400-2.

References in the bibliography
Only include something in the bibliography if you have cited it.

Journal articles
Stannard W, Rutman A, Wallis C, O'Callaghan C. Central microtubular agenesis causing primary ciliary dyskinesia. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004;169:634-7.
Titles of journals are abbreviated and are followed by a full stop. Use the abbreviation used in Medline and PubMed. There is a list at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=journals or http://road.issn.org/en

If the journal is not listed, you should use the full journal title. Do not make up your own abbreviation!
2004 is the year of publication, 169 the volume number and 634-7 the page numbers, that is, pages 634-637 - the second page number can be shortened in this way. You can omit the part number (unless the journal starts numbering the pages of each part at page 1 or the part is a supplement). You can also omit the issue date (e.g. Mar 1). However, it is acceptable to keep the part number and issue date.
List up to six authors. If there are more, then list the first six and et al.
If there are no authors, leave the author field blank. Do not use “Anon.” or “Anonymous”. For example:
Coffee drinking and cancer of the pancreas (Editorial). Br Med J. 1981;283:628
If you read the journal article online strictly speaking you should include the date you accessed it and the URL. For example:
Edelstein M, Pitchforth E, Asres G, Silverman M, Kulkarni N. Awareness of health effects of cooking smoke among women in the Gondar region of Ethiopia: A pilot survey. BMC Int Health Hum Rights [Internet]. 2008 Jul 18 [cited 6th June 2014];8:10. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-698X/8/10.

If the book has one author or set of authors throughout: 
Thalange N. Essentials of paediatrics. 2nd ed. Oxford: Saunders; 2012.
If the book is an edited book: 
Greenwood D, editor. Medical microbiology: A guide to microbial infections : Pathogenesis, immunity, laboratory diagnosis and control. 18th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book needs details of authors and title of chapter and editors and title of book:
Peiris JSM. Coronaviruses. In: Greenwood D, editor. Medical microbiology: a guide to microbial infections : pathogenesis, immunity, laboratory diagnosis and control. 18th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2012. p. 587-93.
Include the first six authors or editors. You may find, if you have imported the book details from the Library, that only the first three authors or editors are present.

Medecins sans Frontieres. South Sudan: bringing diabetes treatment home [Internet].; [cited 27th February 2017]. Available from: http://www.msf.org/en/article/south-sudan-bringing-diabetes-treatment-home.

Images, tables, figures
If you have used an image, table or figure, you must cite a reference so that your readers know where you obtained it from.  Add a caption, for example:
Figure 1. The clavicle, from Nockels, 2015 (1)
Table 1. Length of stay by patient age, adapted from Briggs, 2015 (2)
Numbering your figures and tables makes it easier to refer to them in your text.  You can right click on the image and use Word’s “Insert Caption”.
Please note that there may be a problem inserting the citation if the caption is in a text box.  Citations may be numbered out of order.   To avoid the problem, put the caption outside the text box. 
If you need to include a page number in your citation, see “Adding page numbers to citations” above.

How often to cite a source?
If you have used a single source many times in one paragraph, do you need to cite the source each time you have used it?
It needs to be clear from your referencing which pieces of information you have taken from the source. However, it is best to avoid citing the same source many times in one paragraph. So, rather than this:
Primary glomerular disease affects only the kidney (2). Secondary disease affects other tissues (2).
Do this:
O’Callaghan (2) summarises the classification of glomerular disease. Primary disease affects only the kidney, but secondary disease affects other tissues in addition.

For more details, visit http://www.indjst.org/public/journals/5/images/Vancouverstyle-references.pdf


Kindly put the DOI of each referred article at the end of each references. Author may take help from the following link to get DOI of the articles after sign up once to get free account. Thereafter, enter the registered email and retrieve the DOI of article according to instructions provided on the site. The link is as follows: http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery.


Revision of a manuscript

Microsoft Word's Track Changes Under Tools in the menu bar, the feature Track Changes enables the copy editor to make insertions (text appears in color) and deletions (text appears crossed out in color or in the margins as deleted). The copy editor can posit queries to both the author (Author Queries) and to the editor (Editor Queries) by inserting these queries in square brackets. The copyedited version is then uploaded, and the editor is notified. The editor then reviews the text and notifies the author. The editor and author should leave those changes with which they are satisfied. If further changes are necessary, the editor and author can make changes to the initial insertions or deletions, as well as make new insertions or deletions elsewhere in the text. Authors and editors should respond to each of the queries addressed to them, with responses placed inside the square brackets. After the text has been reviewed by editor and author, the copy editor will make a final pass over the text accepting the changes in preparation for the layout and galley stage.