Instructions to Authors 

International Journal of Plant and Environment

(Published in both print and online versions)

[ISSN No.: 2454-1117 (Print) and 2455-202X (Online)]

1. Introduction

Submission of a manuscript to International Journal of Plant and Environment (IJPE) for publication implies that the same work has not been either published or under consideration for publication in another Journal. Authors, in their cover note to the Editor, have to clearly mention whether the manuscript shall be considered as a Research Paper, Short Communication or Review Article, Research Update or a hypothesis and also confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted to any other Journal for publication.

Authors desirous of submitting manuscripts for publication to the IJPE are advised to refer to the current issue of the Journal to enable them to follow the format and style of papers. Authors are also advised to go through the current set of Instructions to Authors and prepare their manuscripts accordingly. Information should be conveyed in simple language with the correct syntax. Care should be taken to avoid common errors like having abbreviations in the Title or Abstract, beginning a sentence with a numeral, adding “etc.” after a few examples, dropping articles and using “&” instead of “and” in the text. The usage of standard abbreviations and symbols is encouraged. Manuscripts that fail to conform to the requirements of the Journal, as specified under Instructions to Authors, will be rejected outright.

Manuscripts should be concisely written and conform to the following general requirements: It should be typewritten in double-space in A4 sized sheets, only on one side, with a 2 cm margin on both sides. Normally, research papers should not have more than 15-20 pages, review articles in the range of 20-25 pages and short communications, research updates or hypothesis up to 10 pages, inclusive of illustrations. Pages should be numbered consecutively, starting with the title page.

2. How to Prepare Manuscript for IJPE?

2.1. Submission of article

Original research paper/short notes/ critical reviews research updates to IJPE are submitted by email only. MS should be submitted in an editable format such as doc. or rtf. The text should be double-spaced throughout.


2.2. Address

Authors need to include their full mailing address, phone numbers and e-mail address and also to provide along with the MS, the names and addresses (phone numbers & e-mail addresses) of 4-5 experts.

2.3. Formatting

The MS should be organized in the following manner:

  • Besides providing full title of the MS the authors should provide a short running title (about 60-70 characters) as well.
  • Abstract (200-300 words), providing 4-5 key words.
  • Please provide full corresponding address with phone/mobile and email.
  • Please note that we need the full affiliation and email address with phone/mobile numbers of all the authors and their consent to be associated as one of the co-author with corresponding author too.
  • Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Conclusions; References.

2.4. References

References should be listed in alphabetical order. Names of the journals should not be abbreviated; full titles of papers, volume number of the journal and first and last page numbers should be given. All references must be cited chronologically in the text, giving author and year (Author et al., 1996; Author and Author, 2000; Author, 2010). If more than one paper published by the same author(s) is cited for the same year, letters a, b, c etc. should follow the year. For more than two authors, et al. is to be used in all citations in the text. Follow the following reference format:


2.4.1. Paper in journal (single author)

Cutchis, P. 1974. Stratospheric ozone depletion and solar ultraviolet radiation on earth. Science 184:13-19.

2.4.2. Paper in journal (more than one author)

Barnes, J.D., Su, Z., Zhi, L., Shimamoto, T., Jhao, B., Zhu, P., Li, H. and Brown, K.A. 1990. Influence of ozone and acid mist on the amount and wettability of the surface waxes in Norway spruce [Picea abies (L.) Karts.]. New Phytologist 114:531-535.

2.4.3. Authored book

Adriano, D.C. 1986. Trace elements in the Terrestrial Environment. Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 533.

2.4.4. Edited book

Alloway. B.J. (Ed.) 1990. Heavy Metals in Soils. Wiley, New York, pp. 339.

 2.4.5. Chapter in edited book

Demerjian, K.L. 1986. Atmospheric chemistry of ozone and nitrogen dioxides. In: Legge, A., Krupa, S.V. and Rao, K. (Eds.) Air Pollution and their Effects on the Terrestrial Ecosystem, Wiley, New York, pp. 105-127.

2.5. Illustrations

Figures may be line drawings, drawings or photographs and must have legends that could be understood without referring to the text.

 2.6. Tables

Tables to be submitted preferably in MS word or Excel format – separately from the text.

2.7. Figures

All figures to be printed in black and white unless a fee is paid.

3. General Information

The MS should be line numbered. Soon after the acceptance of the paper the author(s) will be asked to transfer copyright to the publisher, i.e., ISEB, CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow.

4. Potential Reviewers

Please provide 3-4 potential reviewers of related field with their full affiliations (email and phone/mobile numbers) to review the manuscript.

5. Proofs

The corresponding author will receive the page proof via. E-mail/PDF file; which may be corrected on Track and be returned. Only minor corrections/alterations should be allowed at this stage.

6. Reprints and Off Prints

Free access to the final PDF offprint of the article will be made available to the author. The paper reprints/off prints may be ordered on-line and on payment basis at the time of page proof correction.

7. International Review Board

Papers submitted to the journal are double-blind reviewed by qualified peers. An Advisory Editorial Board comprising leading experts has been constituted. Members of the Editorial Board will also be approached to review the articles. The International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB) have entrusted the following scientists with the responsibility of editing the Journal.

The Editors of IJPE reserve the right to reject papers that, in view of the editorial board, are either of insufficient quality, or are not relevant enough to the subject area.


Please read “How to Prepare Manuscript for IJPE?” before submitting your contribution.

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Dr. Rudra Deo Tripathi

CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute

Lucknow-226001, Uttar Pradesh, India

Mobile: ++91-7376679779; Tel: ++91-522-2297825 Ext: 825 (O); 0522-4233762 (R)


Dr. P.V. Sane

CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute

Lucknow-226001, Uttar Pradesh, India

Mobile: ++91-9422774972


Prof. Albert Reif

University of Freiburg, Tennenbacher Str. 4 D-79085, Freiburg, Germany Phone: +49-7612033615