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Author Guidelines

Journal of Postharvest Technology [JPHT] is a peer-reviewed international journal for the publication of original research articles, review articles, short communication, perspectives, and book reviews on postharvest aspects of agri-horticultural crops and food processing and preservation. Papers based on fundamental and interdisciplinary research will be particularly encouraged. Submitted manuscripts are reviewed and edited by two reviewers and the Editorial Board, respectively. The Journal’s full-text articles are published in online form only and are accessible electronically via journal's website www.jpht.info

The journal publishes four issues per year (January, April, July, and October). All articles should be original works and not already published, nor submitted for publication elsewhere. Author(s) is/are solely responsible for authenticity of cited literature and originality of data being reported. Editorial office will not be responsible for any plagiarism.

Review Policy

The submitted manuscripts will pass through an initial screening in the editorial office followed by internal review by Internal Board of Reviewing Editors and the manuscript will be checked for Plagiarism. Afterwards, the paper will be assigned to the Senior Editor for conducting the External Peer Review. After revision, again the paper will undergo crosscheck screening before any final decision.

Manuscript Submission

Before submission, please ensure that the manuscript is in accordance with the JPHT Policies. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editorial office of JPHT through the advanced Online Submission, Peer Review, and Tracking System available after registration and login.

Journal Language

Only English language articles submitted for publication will be considered. The language may be UK or US English but not the mixture of both.

Manuscript types

Original research article, review article, short communication, perspectives, and book reviews.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be typed single-spaced and with lines numbered in .txt file format using MS Word program. A font size of 12 points (Times New Roman) text is preferred. Manuscripts should be written in sound, clear and concise language. Page numbers should be located on the bottom-right of every page of the manuscript including the title page, references, tables etc. Figures and tables should not be embedded within the word processing document. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail removing the need for a paper trail.

Structure of Manuscripts

Title: The title must be concise, attractive, and self-explanatory. Capitalize only the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns or abbreviations that require capitalization. The title should be followed by the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and address (es) and additional contact information (e-mail). Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Abstracts: Abstract should be concise, clear and include an objective description of the contents and the major significant findings of the article. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. Each abstract should not exceed 200 words in one paragraph without references. In addition, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential, they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Key words: At the end of abstract, list in alphabetical order, up to five key words that best describe the research.

Introduction: Should reflect a brief background of the research and the purpose of its initiation. Extensive discussion of relevant literature should be included in the discussion of results, not in the introduction.

Materials and Methods: A clear description or specific original reference is required for all procedures including statistical procedures.

Results and Discussion: These can either be combined together or presented under separate sections.

Conclusion: The conclusion should not be more than 300 words in one paragraph.

Acknowledgement(s): Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

References and Citations: Citations should be referenced in the text in one of two ways, depending on the sentence structure: 1) At the beginning of the sentence [Stone et al. (2001)]; 2) At the end of the sentence [(Stone et al., 2001)]. When a citation has one or two authors, cite the reference using the name(s) and the date. The name of the first author should be used followed by ‘et al.’ when there are more than two authors in the citation. However, ‘et al.’ should not be used in the list. References should be arranged alphabetically by author’s last name then chronologically per author. Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed by year followed by the letters a. b. c. etc. (e.g. 2002a. 2002b, 2002c.).

Examples of reference listing format

Journal articles
Siddiqui, M. W., Momin, C. M., Acharya, P., Kabir, J., Debnath, M. K. and Dhua, R. S. 2013. Dynamics of changes in bioactive molecules and antioxidant potential of Capsicum chinense Jacq. cv. Habanero at nine maturity stages. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 35(4): 1141-1148.

Proceedings
Siddiqui, M. W. and Dhua, R. S. 2009. Standardization of ethrel treatment for inducing ripening of mango var. “Himsagar”. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Horticulture (ICH-2009), Nov. 09-12, 2009, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. pp. 1641- 1648.

Books and chapters within edited books
AOAC. 1990. Official Methods of Analysis. 15th ed. Association of Official Analytical Chemists, Arlington, VA.
Siddiqui, M. W., Vishwakarma, R. and Phool Chand. 2013. Trends in biofertilizer application in fruit crops. In: Soil Nutrient Management for Sustainable Agroculture (Eds. Dr. Archana Singh and Kapila Shekhawat). Pointer Publication, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, pp. 124-136.

Review articles should cover subjects falling within the scope of the journal that are of active current interest. They may be invited or submitted after consultation with the Editors-in-Chief or Managing Editor. Short Communication are short research papers which have one or two results of particular interest or importance, but not the body of work expected in a full length paper. These Short Communications should be of immediate interest and will be published in as short a time as possible. Authors are expected to keep Short Communications very concise, with a short Abstract and Introduction, Methods referenced where possible, combined Results and discussion section, and a minimum number of references. The length will be no more than 4 printed pages in total and the Short Communication must adhere to the scientific standards of the journal.

Tables: Large tables should be avoided. They should be typed on separate pages and numbered sequentially according to the order of their respective appearance in the text. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

Illustrations: Drawings and photographs should be numbered sequentially according to their respective order of citation in the text. Explanations should be given in the typewritten legend, which should contain sufficient details to permit figure interpretation without reference to the text. Colored and black and white photographs are accepted.

Publication Charges: Journal of Postharvest Technology [JPHT] levies an article-processing charge of INR 3000 (Indian Authors) and USD 150 (Others) for every accepted article, to cover the costs incurred by open access publication. Articles are accepted or rejected for publication solely based on merit. Authors will also be charged for excessive alterations on proofs and submission of revised files after the article has been transmitted to the publication division.

 

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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
    • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
    • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
    • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
    • The article submitted is in adherence to the JPHT policies listed in http://jpht.info/index.php/jpht/about/editorialPolicies section.
 

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