JOURNAL PLANTARUM


A Research Journal of Plant Sciences

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Journal Plantarum

Guide Lines for Authors

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. Journal Plantarum publishes

  • Original papers
  • Short Communications
  • Quality reviews and
  • Letter to Editors of Botanical interest
  • This journal is an official publication of Department of Botany, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan. Initially it will be published biannually. These instructions will ensure your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take time to read and follow them to have quality production with this journal. A paper would normally require at least three to six months from the date of receipt for its appearance in the journal.

    Formatting and Templates

    Papers may be submitted in Word or LaTeX formats. Figures should be saved separately from the text. Font style is Times New Roman. Scientific names should be italicized.

    Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.

    Preparing Your Paper

    Research Article
    Should contain the following elements: title page; abstract; 3-7 keywords; main text introduction; experimental section, results and discussion, acknowledgments; declaration of conflict of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions.

    Short Communication
    Should contain the following elements: title page; abstract; 3-7 keywords; main text introduction; experimental section (to be supplied as supplementary materials); results and discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions

    Reviews
    Should be written with the following elements in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions

    Letter to Editors
    Should be written with the following elements in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions

    Should be between 1 and 2 pages.

    Arrangement: The different sections of the paper must be arranged as follows.

    Title: The title should be concise and informative. All capitals (Font Size 12), bold and center aligned. Authors Information: Title should be followed by complete name (s) of authors in all capitals with center alignment and Font size 10 and bold. In case of more than one authors with different Institutions, use numbering in superscripts to separate the author's affiliation. Use * for corresponding author. Next to Authors name list, there must be affiliations of authors and Email address/s of corresponding author (font size 10, center aligned, not bold, and italicized).

    Abstract: A short and comprehensive abstract (Not more than 250 words) should be provided including research problem, hypothesis, objective, brief methodology, important findings and conclusion (font size 9).

    Key words: Appropriate 6-10 Key words should be given after abstract (alphabetically arranged and font size 10)

    Introduction: Must contain Research background, Research problem to be addressed, valid hypothesis to be tested and objective. All the section of introduction must be justified properly by comprehensive and latest literature (font size 10).

    Materials and Methods: Must contain all details of the lab and field studies. In case of agriculture data of at least two years must be included. However, data of one year will be acceptable if the experiments are conducted at two different sites (font size 10).

    Result and Discussion: May be in a single section as "Results and Discussion" or if necessary, can be split into separate "Results" and "Discussion" sections. Avoid to make subsections however, if necessary, subheadings can be used in this section. Discussion should be logical and results must be discussed in the light of previous finding (preferably recent ones) justifying your findings (font size 10).

    Nomenclature Scientific plant names must be used in accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature of algae, fungi and plants. In taxonomic studies, authors names of all taxa should be provided as standardized by the International Plant Names Index

    Conclusions: can be given in a separate heading or a short paragraph containing important conclusions of the study

    Conflict of Interest: All the authors have to declared conflict of interest if there is any

    References: References must be arranged alphabetically and stick to the Journal format. In the text reference should be mentioned in the following ways In case of one author should be cited as Erin, 2018

    In case of two authors in parenthesis, both authors must be separated with "&" and not with full "and" (e.g. Khalid & Khan, 2019). In case of publications of more than two authors, the name of first author should be followed by et al. (e.g. Khan et al., 2017).

    In case of two or more citations in the text, the citation must be arranged in chronological order (Khan, 2009; Ali & Murai, 2010; Zeb et al., 2012, Wang, 2014).

    The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the Thomson Reuters Journal List (Journals in the 2018 Release of Journals).

    In case of more than one publication by the same author in the same year, the references must be separated by a, b, c etc (e.g. Khan et al., 2018a, 2018b)

    Journal article:
    Micheal, C.H. 2017. The role of biosynthesis of Thymoquinones in vascular plants: J. Exp. Bot., 52:1145-1164. Sana, K. and R. Rehana. 2018. Dynamics of the antioxidant system during seed osmo priming, post-priming germination, and seedling establishment in Spinach (Amaranthaceae). Plant. Sci., 180(2): 212-220. Sana, F., F. Khan, M. Zeb and R. Rehana. 2018. Taxonomy and species association of grass species in response to altitudinal gradient in the Potohar region. Pak. J. Bot., 50(1): 41- 49.

    Book
    Brow, E.J.H. 2017. The Seed biology. Vol: 1. Cambridge University Press, Britain.

    Book Chapter
    Aliya, S.M. 1994. Nutrient uptake by plants under salt stress conditions. In: Parasad, M. (Ed.), Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress.xxxxxx, Pakistan, pp. 227-246.

    Edited Book

    Ali, S.I. and M. Qaiser (Eds.). 2001. Flora of Pakistan. 205. University of Karachi, Karachi

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    Chief Editor,
    Journal Plantarum,
    Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan
    Lahore-53000, Pakistan.
    Phone: (042) 99203801 Ext 250