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Instruction to Authors

Description  Journal of Integrative Agriculture (JIA), formerly Agricultural Sciences in China (ASC), founded in 2002, is sponsored by Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), co-sponsored by Chinese Association of Agricultural Science Societies (CAASS).  JIA is a peer-reviewed and multi-disciplinary international journal and published monthly in English.  JIA Editorial Board consists of 260 well-respected scholars of agricultural scientific fields.  Prof. Tang Hua-jun is the Chairman of the Board, and Prof. WAN Jian-min is the Editor-in-Chief.  JIA has been published by Elsevier B.V. since 2006 and is a leading academic journal in agricultural sciences in China.  As released by JCR, the latest IF of the journal is 1.042.

Published articles of JIA are available both in print and electronic copies.  The electronic full texts are available on ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/20953119).

Mission  JIA promotes research and exchange of novel scientific discoveries and ideas for the advancement of agricultural sciences.  The journal emphasizes inter-disciplinary and systematic approaches addressing agricultural life science, agricultural sustainability, food science, agricultural environment, ecology and energy, therefore to concern for human health and development around the globe.

Aims & Scope  JIA seeks to publish those papers that are influential and will significantly advance scientific understanding in agriculture fields worldwide.  JIA publishes manuscripts in the five categories focusing on the core subjects listed

Commentary section is a platform to exchange viewpoints, praise and criticism each other in the agricultural science community.  Authors may submit comments in regard to the contents published previously in JIA or bring up other issues that may be of interest and relevant to JIA.  Commentary will appear at the beginning of the issue with no abstract or keywords.

Review describes new development and highlight future directions of a specialized or interdisciplinary significance in agriculture sciences.  They should be focused on providing insights and summary/context on the published findings and introducing some new concepts or viewpoints for solving the important unresolved questions by presenting the research background, approach, and outlook of the field.  Only invited Reviews are considered.

Research Article presents important new research results through reproducible experimental design, using genetic, biochemical, cell and molecular biological methods, statistical analyses, and other scientific methods. 

Short Communication is for a concise, but independent report representing a significant contribution to agriculture sciences.  It is intended to publish these results that are exceptional interest and particularly topical and relevant, but the preliminary results. It should be limited to 2 500 words, and could include no more than two figures or tables.

Letter discusses materials published in JIA previously or issues of general interest.  It should be no more than 400 words.

Core Subjects
  — Crop Genetics • Breeding • Germplasm Resources
  — Physiology • Biochemistry
  — Cultivation • Tillage
  — Horticulture
  — Plant Protection
  — Animal Science
  — Veterinary Science
  — Soil and Fertilization
  — Irrigation
  — Plant Nutrition
  — Agro-environment & Ecology
  — Food Science
  — Agricultural Economics and Management
  — Agricultural Information Science

Indexing  JIA has been indexed by SCI, Abstract Journal (AJ), Zoological Record (ZR), Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA), CABI, Scopus, and the main periodical databases in China.

Copyright © 2017, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).  All rights reserved.  Submission of a manuscript implies that the submitted work has not been published before (except as part of a thesis or lecture note or report, or in the form of an abstract); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors as well as by the authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out; that, if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors hand over the transferable copyrights of the accepted manuscript to CAAS, and that the manuscript or parts thereof will thus not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the copyright holder.  Copyrights include, without spatial or timely limitation, the mechanical, electronic and visual reproduction and distribution; electronic storage and retrieval; and all other forms of electronic publication or any other types of publication including all subsidiary rights.

Acceptance  The acceptance of a paper implies that it has been reviewed and recommended by at least two reviewers, of which one is from the Editorial Board as a super reviewer.  Authors will generally be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within two months of receipt.  The accepted papers will be published in a chronological order.

Submission  An electronic file of a manuscript with original figures, along with a cover letter to the editors, should be submitted online to JIA by accessing http://www.ChinaAgriSci.com.  And for any question involved, please feel free contact us:

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Potential reviewers  Authors are encouraged to provide a list of potential reviewers.  Reviewers must not be subject to a conflict of interest involving the author(s) or manuscript(s).  The editors of JIA are not obligated to use any reviewer suggested by the author(s).

Creating the manuscript  Microsoft Word files are required for all manuscripts. Generally, the manuscript should be
arranged in the following sections and appear in order: Title, Abstract and Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, and References.

All manuscripts must be written in clear and grammaticaly correct English.  Scientific language, nomenclature and standard international units should be used.

The title page should include: title of the article, full name, institution(s) and address(es) of author(s); the first author’s professional title and degree; and correspondence’s detailed postal and e-mail addresses and phone and fax numbers.  For authors in China, the information mentioned above in Chinese is required.

Acknowledgements should be a brief statement at the end of the text and may include source of financial support.  The contract No. should be provided.

References  Author-year citations are required.  Give the author’s name followed by the year of publication in the text, i.e., (Crews and Davies 1986).  Where there are more than two authors, only the first should be named followed by et al., i.e., (Cataldo et al. 1983).  Where there are more than one citation in the parentheses the “;” should be used (Obata and Umebayashi 1997; Yang et al. 1998), but if it is the same author, the “,” should be used (Smith 2000, 2002).  Reference to unpublished data and personal communication should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g., Clarke J M 2015, personal communication; Wang G P 2017, unpublished data).  In the reference list, the references should be listed in an alphabetical order.  Names of journals should be in italic in full titles rather than the abbreviation.  The following examples are for guidance.
Chen W F, Xu Z J, Zhang L B, Zhang W Z, Ma D R. 2007. Theories and practices of breeding japonica rice for super high yield. Scientia Agricultura Sinica, 40, 869–874. (in Chinese)
Clifton-Brown J C, Long S P, Jorgensen U. 2001. Miscanthus productivity. In: Jones M B, Walsh M, eds., Miscanthus - For Energy and Fibre. James & James (Science Publishers), London. pp. 46–67.
Cousins I T, Mackay D. 2001. Strategies for including vegetation compartments in multimedia models.Chemosphere, 44, 643–654.
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). 2015. Online statistical database: Food balance. FAOSTAT. [2015-12-02]. http://faostat3.fao.org/download/FB/*/E
GB/T 17891-1999. 1999. High Quality Paddy Rice. National Standard of the People’s Republic of China. (in Chinese)
Zhang H M, Wang B R, Xu M G, Fan T L. 2009a. Crop yield and soil responses to long-term fertilization on a red soil in southern China. Pedosphere, 19, 199–207.
Zhang H M, Xu M G, Zhang F. 2009b. Long-term effects of manure application on grain yield under different cropping systems and ecological conditions in China. Journal of Agricultural Science, 147, 31–42.
Wu Y, Taliaferro C M. 2012. Switchgrass Cultivar. U.S. Patent, Application No. 8278500. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C., USA.

Tables should be numbered consecutively and accompanied by a title at the top.

Illustrations  Do not use figures that duplicate matter in tables.  Figures can be supplied in digital format, or photographs and drawings, which can be ready, or with source data, for reproduction.  Label each figure with figure number consecutively.  Figure legends should be grouped on a separate page.  Authors can publish colour photos, firgures, or maps at their own expense.

The publishing fee of CNY550 per printed page, and CNY1500 per color plate will be charged for all the manuscrips accepted.  No charge for B/W figures. The handling fee of CNY300 is charged for each paper.

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail as PDF files for checking and correcting of typographical errors. To avoid delay in publication, proofs should be returned in 72 hours.

Free providing  Two copies of the printed journal will be provided to authors free of charge.

Reprints may be purchased by ordering in advance when sending back the proof by e-mail as CNY2 for each copy. 

Disclaimer  No responsibility is assumed by Publisher (Elsevier B.V.), nor by the Organization (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences), nor by the Editors for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a result of any actual or alleged libellous statements, infringement of intellectual property or privacy rights, or products liability, whether resulting from negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any ideas, instructions, procedures, products or methods contained in the material therein. The publication of an advertisement in the Journal of Integrative Agriculture does not constitute on the part of Publisher or the Organization a guarantee or endorsement of the quality or value of the advertised products or services described therein or of any of the representations or the claims made by the advertisers with respect to such products or services.

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