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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

Aims and Scope

Ife Journal of Agriculture (IJA) (ISSN 0331-6351) deals primarily with original scientific papers in all fields of Agriculture written in English Language with track record of over 3 decades of publishing high profile journal articles in all field of agriculture. It also publishes commissioned reviews and theoretical papers in agricultural development in the tropical world. Occasionally, special issues dealing with particular themes are also published.


  1. GENERAL: Manuscripts (MS) should be written in English Language and the manuscript must not have been offered for prior or simultaneous publication elsewhere. The article should be a minimum of 14 and maximum of 20 pages of A4, double-line spacing, Times New Roman font size 12, including tables, figures and references are acceptable.

TEXT: Manuscripts should be typewritten, double-spaced throughout (including abstracts, footnote and references), on each side of the paper with at least 2.5cm margins at the left side, top and bottom.  Every page should be numbered in the lower right-hand corner, including title page, references, tables etc.  Text figures should be cited as “Fig. 1” or “Fig 5-7' etc.  Citation of references in the text should be chronological and in the form, “Adebayo (2017) reported…. “Or “This was reported to be the opinion of (Adebayo, 2017; 2017) or (Adebayo, 2016; Aina, 2017).  If the authors are more than three, et al. in italics should be used after the name of the first author. Footnotes should be minimized, typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer, and separated from the text by a line. 

Organization of the text should be in the following order.

  1. Title Page- Title of paper should be in capital letters and in font size 14. No abbreviation of authorities, and must be brief but reflective of all important aspects of the manuscripts.

Names of authors written as Surnames first, followed by initials and asterisk before the name of corresponding author. Authors affiliations with E-mail address(es) and Telephone Number(s) of the Corresponding Author should be in italics and not in bold letters.

  1. Abstract (in italics) should not be more than 250 words and follow this pattern (Introduction, Objectives, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Recommendation is optional. Authors should provide 3-5 keywords at the end of the abstract arranged in alphabetical order, which can be used for indexing purposes.
  2. Introduction: This section should provide information on the background of the study, scope and limitation, a brief review of pertinent literature leading to justification and statement of the research problem, and research hypothesis(ses). Statement(s) of objective(s) of the work should also be included under this section.
  3. Materials and Methods: This should be sufficiently detailed with references where possible.

This section should provide a detailed description of the location/site of the study (providing coordinates i.e., latitude and longitude) where necessary. The materials used for the research and methods to achieve each objective should be described stating experimental design (where necessary) and statistical analysis carried out. For enumeration and measurements, use numerals whenever a number is followed by a standard unit of measurement e.g. 1g, 9 days; otherwise, use words for one through nine and numerals for larger numbers.  Report all data in metric unit and provide at least a measure of variability (e.g. standard error or standard deviation) when reporting quantitative data. Abbreviations of commonly used terms should follow the CBE style manual. Other terms may be spelled out with the abbreviated form first mentioned. The complete scientific name with the appropriate authority should be given at the time first mention for organisms, but this is not required for common species of domestic animals, pesticides (including antibiotics etc.) should be referred to by their approved common name throughout the text but the proprietary information should be provided as a footnote on first mention.

Underlining: Words to be italicized such as scientific names of Latin phrases, certain headings as well as names of series and periodical, should be underlined once. Words that will be printed in capital (e.g. authors' names beneath titles and certain headings), should have a wavy line beneath them.


  1. Formulae should be typewritten, if possible. Leave ample space around the formulae.
  2. Giving the meanings of all symbols immediately after the equation in which they are first used.
  3. Levels of statistical significance which can be mentioned without further explanation are * = p. 0.05, ** = p, 0.01 and *** = 0.001.
  4. In the chemical formulae, valency of ions should be given as, w.g. Ca2+ and CO e.g Ca2+ and CO2-3- not as Ca++ or CO3-
  5. Isotope numbers should precede the symbol. e.g. 14C
  1. Results: These must be clear and concise with the help of well laid out tables, figures and illustrations.


Tables should be as simple and as few as feasible for the presentation of the essential data. Large tables should be avoided.  d. Drawn Tables, from which blocks need to be made, should be folded. Tables should be numbered according to their sequence in the text.  The text should include references to all Tables. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns.  Leave adequate space between the columns instead.

Each Table should stand alone with a brief but self-explanatory title and table/column headings must be in bold letters. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Unit of measurements should be added in parentheses.

Asterisks or letters next to values indicating statistical significance should appear in the same cell as the value, not an adjacent cell (i.e., they should not have their own column).

Use the following symbols for footnotes in the order shown: †, ‡, §, ¶, #, ††, ‡‡, etc. The symbols *, **, and *** are always used to show 0.05, 0.01, and 0.001 probability levels, respectively, and are not used for other footnotes. Footnote symbols should not be set in superscript type, and all footnotes should be set on separate lines.

Illustrations and Figures

Illustrations and figures should be numbered according to their sequences in the text. References should be made in the text to each figure. Each illustration should be accompanied by caption.  Explanation should be given in a typewritten legend. 

Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.  Sharp and glossy copies are required. Reproduction of photographs already printed is not acceptable.

  1. Discussion: This section should relate the findings with existing relevant studies. It should cover the implication of findings. Discussion section should not be a repetition of the Result, but should relay the implications in the light of relevant literatures. Ife Journal of Agriculture prefers that the Results and Discussion section be written separately. However, Results and Discussion section can be written together for certain cases.
  2. References: All literature citations should be presented in a list of references following the text of the MS. The list should be arranged alphabetically on authors' names, and chronologically per author.  Where an author is also cited with co-authors, the following order should be adopted in the reference list; publication of the single author arranged, chronologically, publications of the same author with a single co-author, publications of the author with more than one co-author.  Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed as 2016a.etc.  The full title for each reference must be given, as well as the complete paging for all items.  Abbreviations of serial periodicals must follow the world list of scientific periodicals or the union list of serials.  Examples of citations are as followed:


Article in Periodical

Ogunyemi, E.A. (1979).  The effect of plant population on sunflower (helianthus annus L.) seed yield in south western Nigeria. Ife. J.  Agric., (I): 51-58 Steel, R.G.D. and Torrie, J.H. (1960). Principle and Procedures in Statistics. McGraw-Hill, New York, 481 pp.

Contribution to a book

Burkholder. W.E. (1970). Pheromone research with stored-product (Coleoptera., pp 1-20. In D.L. Wood, R.M. Silver and M. Nakajims (Eds). Control of insect behavior by natural products. Academic press New York, and London. 345pp.


Croft, B.A. and McGroaty, D.L. (1977).  The role of Amblyseius fallacis (Acarina: Phytoselldae) in Michigan apple Orchards. Michigan State. Univ. Res. Rept. 333. 24pp

  1. Submission of manuscript     

Papers for consideration should be submitted to  with evidence of the payment (scanned copy of teller) of ₦4000 as handling fee for the review process.

  1. Publication Charges

A typewritten, A4, double line spacing, font size 12 paper page attracts a page charge of N1,500. 00 only.


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