About the Journal

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection, is a scientific and periodic Journal that covers various aspects of plant protection, in the areas of agricultural biology, environmental biology and crop protection. It also falls into the multidiscipline of mycology, bacteriology, virology, nematology, weed science, etc, as it affects protection of agricultural crops. Review articles, original research reports and short communication are welcome from authors for publication in the Journal.   

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS:

Manuscripts should be prepared in standard English Language and typed in double space one side A4 size paper leaving 0.5 cm margins on all sides of the paper. The manuscripts should not be more than 15 pages, tables, figures and plates inclusive. However, more pages attract additional charges. Coloured prints at request will attract additional charges as decided by the Editor-in-Chief.   

TITLE: The title should be concise and typed in bold capital letters. Scientific names should be used as appropriate and should be italicized. The title should generally reflect the content of the article.   

RUNNING TITLE: A running title of not more than eight words, which is a paraphrase that gives an idea about the study should be indicated in parenthesis below the main title.   

AUTHOR(S) NAMES: The name(s) of the author(s) should be indicated below the title of the article in full surname(s) and initials, followed by their full addresses. The chief or the corresponding author should be so indicated. The phone number(s) and e-mail address(es) should be written after the postal address.   

SUMMARY: The summary should be written in concise form without losing the focus and clarity of the study. The summary should be able to answer the question on the objectives of the study, how it was carried out, the results obtained, the inference drawn from the results and the conclusion. The summary should not exceed 250 words. Uninformative sentences such as ‘the significance of the results is discussed’ are not acceptable.   

KEYWORDS: Key words of not more than seven that conform with the content of the article should be provided as footnote of the abstract for indexing and other purposes.

INTRODUCTION: This should contain brief introduction of the background information of the study, its purpose and significance. Besides, a short review of the pertinent literature should be provided

MATERIALS AND METHODS: These aspects should contain detailed information of the methodology utilized in the study. It should contain repeatable methods which will remove any doubt in the confidence in the work of the author. In case of universal methodology, proper reporting and    1  citations of relevant literature should be put in place for further referencing, and any deviation should be indicated with proper justification. Aldo, appropriate experimental design, mode of data collection and statistical analyses should be clearly indicated.

RESULTS: The results should be concise and clear with relevant supporting data, transformation/aids such as, tables, graphs and pictures (plates). Appropriate numbering of the data transformation (tables, graphs and plates) in the relevant sections of the text where the supporting aids belong should be put in place. The results should only be reported in the section without discussing them. Duplication between this section and the discussion must be avoided. The results section should not be combined with discussion.

DISCUSSION: The discussion should be the inference drawn from the results as indicated in the previous section. Furthermore, implications and consequences of the results reported here should be backed up with previous relevant and recent literature from past from past workers on the subject matter. Comparative analyses should be drawn from the inference in relation to previous works.    CONCLUSION: The contribution to scientific knowledge and suggestions for further research in line with the study should be indicated here.

REFERENCES: In the reference list, name and initials of all the authors must be given with the year of publication (not in parenthesis), article title, journal title in full, volume, number, first and last page numbers. If there are three or more authors, the first author’s name should be followed by et al., ensuring the different references with the same name and date are differentiated by a, b, etc. For references to books (if different from authors of chapters), volume number, edition, page numbers of the chapter, publishers and town of publication should be indicated. Ensure that all references cited in the text are listed in the reference list and vice versa, and be consistent in the spelling of authors’ names, date, etc. The list of references cited should be numbered and the number should be used in citing the reference within the text instead of their names and years. This information is very  important as the manuscript will be rejected if not strictly adhered to. Note that the manuscript may be rejected, or publication delayed if it departs in any way from the required style.

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail (as an attachment in Microsoft Word) to the Editor-in-Chief (nsppjournal@gmail.com). Submission of manuscript will be held to imply that it reports original unpublished research not under consideration for publication elsewhere and that if accepted, it will not be published again in any form either in English or in any other language without the Editor’s prior consent. A scanned copy of evidence of payment of the handling charge of three thousand naira (N3,000.00) should be sent along with the manuscript. Upon acceptance, a publication fee of twenty thousand naira (N20,000.00) only will be charged per manuscript. All payments are to be made into the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection account (0036642563) domiciled with Union Bank Plc. Advertisement rates can be obtained from the Editor-in-Chief.