The scientific journal Agricultura Tropica et Subtropica is dedicated to publication of Original Research Papers (the first report of the author´s own research) and Review Articles (preferably invited reviews). Short Communications are published as well. Book reviews and Letters to the Editor are published occasionally (TYPES OF CONTRIBUTIONS).
The objective of the journal is to promote the science and development of:
- plant and animal production,
- animal health and welfare,
- issues of sustainable agriculture,
- agriculture technology,
- land and water protection,
- agricultural economics and
- regional development in tropical and subtropical areas.
There is no publication fee.
Papers are published in English only and using UK spelling. The responsibility for the contents and formal correctness of a manuscript rests with the authors. The contributions should present information on original research and must not have been published anywhere else, unless only in the form of abstracts. Please, honour the authorship criteria as follows: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html.
Please, include the following signed documents along with your manuscript: Open Access Licence, Declaration, Submission form ATS Journal. In case of multiple authorship, it is understood that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors.
The Editorial Board will decide on acceptance for publication after considering the scientific importance, peer-reviews and overall scientific and technical quality of the manuscript. All suitable contributions will be reviewed bytwo international referees, and if need be, additional opinion will be sought. No plagiarism, self-plagiarism or any other form of academic misconduct will be tolerated in manuscripts submitted. The manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism. Code of Ethics has to be observed. The journal is using blind peer review.
The authors are also advised to follow the Author Guidelines issued by the European Association of Science Editors at http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines . For reporting the results of animal studies, please consult https://www.equator-network.org/.
This journal places premium on original research and primary data. The research variables should be vigorously conceptualised, defined and measured both in the theses and their derivative published articles in the journal. Research problems should be in line with needs of the local environment. Research has to be theory-driven and there should be a clear statement provided to this effect. Research problem should indicate relevant literature suggesting the problem areas as for further research. Literature should preferably be no older than ten years (except for seminal papers) and from credible, peer-reviewed sources, including this journal. Avoid non-peer-reviewed and dubious internet materials as well as predatory (toxic) journals, see https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tjem.2017.11.001.
The manuscripts should be thoroughly copy edited before their submission to ATS. Before submission, kindly use the Self-assessment test.Questionnaire studies should be follow the recommentations at
Manuscripts have to be be submitted to the Editorial Office through the Editorial Manager system www.editorialmanager.com/ATS. The manuscripts have to meet the criteria of correct English syntax and spelling, as accepted for scientific publications. Receipt of the submitted manuscript will be confirmed by e-mail. A revision of a manuscript will be required during the peer-review process. If the deadline for re-submission is missed, the paper will be removed from the reviewing process.
Manuscripts will not be filed by the editorial office if its layout does not comply with the instructions.
If any abbreviations are used in the main text, they must be explained appropriately when used for the first time. Uncommon abbreviations should not be used in the paper title. In the abstract the abbreviations can be used only when explained. Tables, graphs and pictures (graphs, diagrams and photographs should be titled as Figures) have to be self-explanatory and submitted separately from the text. All material to be included in a paper should be referred to in the text.
Original paper should not exceed 20 000 characters with spaces – including tables, references, and figure captions. Review article extent is not limited. MS Word editor should be used for creating the text (Times New Roman, 12, lines 1.5; 2.5 cm margins). Write the text in non-formatted style. Manuscript lines should be numbered in the left-hand margin.
Manuscript sections for Original Research Articles
The manuscript should follow the IMRAD structure, i.e. consist of the following sections: Title page,Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Conflict of interest statement, References, Tables, Figures with legends.
It should contain an informative title, complete name(s) of all author(s), the name(s) and their affiliations,address and e-mail of the corresponding author. The title should be concise and informative, preferably up to 15 words.
It is an abbreviated, accurate presentation of the contents of the paper. It should be structured (i.e. present the background and aim of the study, the materials and approaches used, the main results and their importance for science), self-explanatory and it should not exceed 250 words.The abstract of a review paper is an indicative one (up to 250 words) or 150 words for short communications. No references are to be cited in the abstract. It should be written in full sentences, and comprise basic numerical data including statistical significances.
They follow the abstract; they should be ranked from general to specific terms, and written in lower case letters and separated by semicolons. A list of up to10 key words should be supplied, in alphabetical order, suitable for indexing, not repeating words from the title.
The main text should have the following headings:
It should consist of a brief review of the literature, consisting of preferably refereed journals and books, and state the objectives of the authors. Citations of grey literature (e.g. reports, conference proceedings, non-refereed internet miscellaneous materials) should be limited to a minimum. Based on cited literature, the hypothesis and aims of the study should be presented.
Materials and Methods
All materials, experiments conducted, their extent, conditions, and course should be described in detail in this section. The description of experimental plants, animals and procedures should be sufficient to allow replication. All original procedures that were used for the processing of experimental material and all analytical methods used for evaluation should also be detailed. Only original method should be described in full, in other cases, it is sufficient to cite the author of the method employed and to explain its modifications. Methods of statistical analyses, including the software used should also be given. For reliable evaluation of manuscripts in agricultural economics raw data should always be provided by authors, e.g. in the form of excel sheets.
In case of animal studies, the breed, age, sex, numbers of animals, health state and feeding regimen should be given along with the statement of the institutional Ethics Committee. Animals must be treated in consent with animal care and use regulations of the respective country and any unnecessary suffering, and pain must be prevented. Methods of anaesthesia or euthanasia must be reported.Good laboratory practices and ethical standards have to be observed, seehttp://www.who.int/tdr/publications/laboratory_practice/en/.
Abbreviations can be used if necessary; first use of an abbreviation should be just after its complete name or description. The International System of Units (SI) and their abbreviations should be used, seehttp://www.bipm.org/
Use the minus index (m, l, h, ha) except in such cases as "per plant", "per head" etc. Standard chemical symbols and abbreviations for chemical names may be used if they are widely accepted. The complete scientific names (genus, species, breed, cultivar,etc.) must be cited for every organism on first mention and written in italics.
should be presented clearly and concisely. The results obtained in the experiments, including their statistical evaluation should be presented graphically or in tables in this section, and explained/commented without repeating numbers from tables or graphs. Tables, figures and graphs should be used where necessary with statistically significant differences indicated by symbols. Recommended are levels of signifcance p < 0.05, pp < 0.001.
Tables and Figures: These should be enclosed separately. Each of them must be referred to in the text.
Tables should be formatted in MS Word (not acceptable as an image file). Each item must be placed into a separate cell. Tables are to be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order in which they belong in text, and have a brief, self-explanatory title. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript letters (or asterisks for significance values). Abbreviations or symbols used in the tables must be explained either in the table title or as a footnote. For explaining abbreviations or symbols used in tables, it is not possible to refer to the main text.
Figures should be restricted to material essential for documentation and understanding. Duplicate presentation of data both in tables and figures is not acceptable. All illustrative material must be of publishable quality. Both line drawings and photographs are referred to as figures. Each figure should be accompanied by a concise, descriptive legend. Electronic versions of your figures in optimal resolutions (300 dpi.) must be supplied, preferably in black and white format. Photos and diagrams should be submitted in TIFF or JPG format.
Graphs should be provided in MS Excel and should be stored with original data. Centered captions, parallel to the axes, are used to indicate the measured attributes and their dimensions (in brackets).
Tables should be on separate sheets following the text, figures and graphs should be supplied as separate documents, preferably as jpg. and identified properly, e.g. Smith_Fig.1.
The authors should interpret their results, beginning with the most important ones, without unnecessary repetition and compare them with data published by other authors, whose names and year of publication are to be cited by including them in the text directly, e.g.: as published by Payne (1987), Welsh and McClelland (2001) as reported…..Research by Jenkins and Davis (2001) supported......Davis et al. (2012) argued………
Diacritical signs of national Latin-based alphabets should be preserved. Names in non-Latin alphabets should be transcribed according to international standards. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spellings of authors' names and publication years are the same in the text as in the reference list. The citations should be limited to items really needed for placing the paper into a proper context. The discussion should also present author´s view of findings different from theirs, exploring the possible reasons for the differences.
Conclusion and recommendations should be concrete, based on author´s own presented results, and generally known facts should be avoided.
The author(s) should briefly identify all funding sources, and these should follow the main text and precede the references.
Conflict of interests: If any, should also be declared.
All References should follow the house style of the ATS.
All sources included in the References section must be cited in the paper and vice versa. Source material must be includedin the body of the article by citing the author(s) and date(s) of the sources.
Examples of references:
Book in print:
Author A.A. (2012): Title of Work. Publisher City, Publisher.
Thomas J. (199): Food Production in Tropical Areas. New York, NY, Simon and Schuster.
Strige W., Davidson E. B. (2002): Crop Production and Food Security. (3rd ed.). New York, Macmillan.
Book in print, more than six authors:
Davis M. et al. (1979): Crop Production in Africa. (2nded.). New York, Macmillan.
An e-book from an e-reader:
Author A.A. (Year of Publication): Title of Work [E-Reader Version]. Retrieved from http://xxxx or doi:xxxx
Eggers D. (2008): The Circle [Kindle Version]. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/
Book chapter in an edited book:
Mettam G. R., Adams L. B. (1994): How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, R. Z. Smith (Eds): Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281–304). New York, E-Publishing Inc.
Citing a book found in a database:
Author A.A. (Year of Publication): Title of Work. Retrieved from http://xxxx or doi:xxxx
Sayre R. K., Devercelli A.E., Neuman. M.J., Wodon Q. (2015): Investment in early childhood development: Review of the World Bank’s recent experience. doi: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0403-8
Journal article in print:
Author A.A. (Publication Year): Article title. Periodical Title, Volume, p.–p.
Novak A. (2005): The animal breeding and sustainable agriculture. The Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 13: 147–148.
Journal article found online (doi should be provided if available):
Author A.A. (Publication Year): Article title. Periodical Title, Volume(Issue), pp.-pp. doi:XX.XXXXX or Retrieved from journal URL
Jameson J. (2013): Analysis of cocoa (Theobroma cacao) production in Africa: The Nigerian experience.Journal of Tropical Agriculture 44: 889–915.
Author A.A. (Publication Year): Conference paper title. In Editor First Initial. Editor Surname (Ed.), Proceedings Book Title (pp. page range of paper). Place of Publication: Publisher.
Armstrong D. B., Fogarty G. J., Jonathan D. (2007): Scales measuring characteristics of small business information systems. In W-G. Tan (Ed.): Proceedings of Research, Relevance and Rigour: Coming of age: 18th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (pp. 163–171). Toowoomba, Australia: University of Southern Queensland.
Magazine article in print:
Author A.A. (Year, month of Publication): Article title. Magazine Title,Volume(Issue), pp.–pp.
Tumulty K. (2006, April): Should they stay or should they go? Time 167(15): 3–40.
Magazine article found online:
Author A.A. (Year, Month of Publication): Article title. MagazineTitle,Volume(Issue). Retrieved from http://xxxx
Tumulty K. (2006, April): Should they stay or should they go? Time, 167(15) Retrieved from http://ti.me/2oYxSOY
A newspaper article in print:
Author A.A. (Year, Month Date of Publication): Article title. Magazine Title, pp. xx-xx.
Thomas S. (2004, March 31). Coffee production and trade.The New York Times, p. D5.
A newspaper article found online:
Author A.A. (Year, Month Date of Publication): Article title. Newspaper Title,Retrieved from newspaper homepage URL
Rosenberg G. (1997, March 31): Electronic discovery proves an effective legal weapon.The New York Times, Retrieved from http://nyti.ms/IL5QBs
Author’s Last name F.M. (Year published): Title of article or page. Retrieved from URL
Pevta C. (2017).: Facing the robotic revolution. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39028030
Website with no author or date of publication:
Census data revisited. (n.d.). Retrieved March 9, 2009, from Harvard, Psychology of Population website, http://harvard.edu/data/index.php
There should be a list of citations preferably from refereed periodicals, including only publications quoted or cited in the text. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by authors' names, and chronologically per author.Literary sources should be cited in English. If English is not the original language, the original language should be mentioned at the end of the citation (e.g.: in Czech).
For correct citations of different formats, please consult the document named Example References available at www.agriculturaits.mendelu.cz
It should include the postal address, telephone, fax numbers and e-mail address of the corresponding author.