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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The research paper mainly should include the four sections: Title page, abstract (150 words), main body (introduction, theoretical framework, methodology, findings and discussion, conclusion [with recommendation]), and references.

General structure

  1. The full paper should be 8 to 10 pages excluding title page, abstract, references and annex.
  2. The preferred font of the journal is Cambria. The font size and space varies from section to section.   See below.
  3. APA (American Psychological Association) is used as the method in sources citation process.
  4. All documents should be submitted as MS Word 2010 ‘doc’ file.



Title of the research article should concisely and accurately specify subject of paper.  The font size is 14pt, bold, central. No capitalization please.

See the example for your reference below the title:

Wimal Rohana *, Department of Food Science, University of Kassel


E-mail: food@imaginaryaddresss.com

(*means corresponding author)


The font size is 12pt, central. Any description of authors should be given as end note on the first page.


The abstract itself should be set in 10pt in single space. Please do not make reference citations in the abstract and please keep it within the limit of 350 words with maximum 6 key words. Key words should be bold and italic (Font size 11pt)

Main content

  1. Should have subtitles in the main contents including introduction, literature review, case study or theoretical discussion, findings and conclusion. You can use minor titles under the mentioned sub-titles.
  2. The font size of subtitle is bold in 13pt. The font size of minor title under the subtitle is 12pt and bold.   The text should be in 12pt with space 1.0.
  3. Also please avoid using footnotes. If you have endnotes for further explanations, you are recommended to place them after the conclusion.
  4. The journal language is English (UK).
  5. Authors are advised to follow citation as in APA 6th system.

You can see more details about APA 6th system from the following links.

More information on APA Style® at http://www.apastyle.org

You are highly recommended to use a citation program for better citation outlook.

For example citavi 4® at http://www.citavi.com/en/download.html

6. In the text, please set the text wrapping on the inserted figures at “In line with text” and set its alignment to centre. Please, do not use low quality photos or diagrams.

7. After the conclusion, you may add the “Acknowledgement”.

Reference list

Journal article – published or online published

Huang, B., Shi, X., Yu, D., Öborn, I., Blombäck, K., Pagella, T. F., ... & Sinclair, F. L. (2006). Environmental assessment of small-scale vegetable farming systems in peri-urban areas of the Yangtze River Delta Region, China. Agriculture, ecosystems &  environment, 112(4), 391-402. (DOI or URN)

Journal article from a subscription database (without DOI or URN )

Hatano, Takeshi. (2008). The Organic Agriculture Movement (Teikei) and
Factors Leading to its Decline in Japan, Eco system Data 54, 21-34. Retrieved from   

Newspaper article, no author, in print

Ball the ball, Football Mafia. (2014, May 15). The Times, p. A9.


Book (In print)

Lokubandara.C (2004). The Butter Factors. Sri Lanka, Colombo, MA: Iinter Publication

Book Chapter in an Edited book

Withanachchi, S. S., Köpke, S., Frettsome, D. (2013). “Building Non-Hegemonic Political Culture for Sustainable Rural Development”. In: Albrecht, S., Braun, R., Heuschkel, Z., Marí, F. & Pippig, J. (Eds.): Future of Food State of the Art, Challenges and Options for Action. pp. 231-242. München: Oekom Verlag.

Organizational report

Food and Agriculture (FAO). (2008). Climate Change, Water and Food Security.  Rome,  Italy.

Internet Data or Report

IFAD. (2014). Water Facts and Figures.

Retrieved from http://www.ifad.org/english/water/key.htm on 3 June 2014.


For more details

Please follow for further information on enriched web learning page on APA citation style by The Library of the Cornel University, USA  at



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