Instructions To The Authors


Where to submit?

The Society of Soybean Research and Development publishes full paper, short communications, and review articles related to soybean research and development in its official journal “SOYBEAN RESEARCH”. The journal is published twice in a calendar year at present. All submissions should be addressed to: The Editor-in-Chief, Society of Soybean Research and Development (SSRD), Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 001, India (Email:

The submissions of the manuscripts may preferably be done on line on Society’s website:

Editorial Policy

  • All authors in a manuscript (MS) for publication in Soybean Research should be member of the society.

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  • MS must be original and contribute substantially to the advancement of knowledge in soybean research and development.
  • MS should have unpublished data and not submitted elsewhere (wholly or in part) for publication.
  • MS are subjected to ‘peer review’ by two experts in the relevant field and by the members of Editorial Board. The decision of Editor-in Chief in accepting the MS with major/minor revision or rejecting the paper would be final. MSs sent for revision to authors, should be returned within four weeks.
  • All submission must accompany a self-addressed appropriately stamped envelope for sending the MS for revision/change if any or the proof for corrections or send through email to the Editor-In-Chief  (

Manuscript Format

Manuscript should be initially submitted on line on E-mail address ( or web-sites ( or of the Society/journal. The manuscript should also carry the E-mail address of the corresponding author in addition to the postal address. MS should be formatted in double space on A-4 size paper in Times New Roman with font size 12 with a 4 cm margin at top bottom and left. All pages including text, references, tables and legends to figures should be numbered. MS should be concise and devoid of repetition between Materials and Methods and Results or Results and Discussion. Revised and corrected MS should be also be submitted on line.

Full Paper

  • A full paper should not exceed 4000 words (up to 15 typed pages, including references, tables etc.) Its contents should be organized as: Title, Author(s), Address, Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.

Title: It should be short, concise and informative, typed in first letter capital, Latin name Italicized.

Authors: Name of the authors may be typed in all capitals.

Abstract: This should not exceed 150 words and should indicate main findings of the paper, without presenting experimental details.

Key words: There should be 4-5 key words indicating the contents of the MS and should follow the abstract. Invariably the name of host and pest should be included in key words.

Results and Discussion: Data should be presented in text, tables or figures. Repetition of data in two or three forms should be avoided. All quantitative data should be in standard/metric units. Each table, figure or illustration must have a self-contained legend. Use prefixes to avoid citing units as decimals or as large numbers, thus, 14 mg, not 0.014 g or 14000 μg. The following abbreviations should be used: yr, wk, h, min, sec., RH, g, ml, g/l, temp., kg/ha, a.i., 2:1(v/v), 1:2 (w/w), 0:20: 10 (N:P:K), mm, cm, nm, cv. (cvs., for plural), % etc.

References: References should be cited by authors and year: Ansari (2000) or Ansari and Sharma (2000) in the text. References should be arranged in alphabetical order and listed at the end of the paper as follows:

Ansari M M and Sharma A N. 2000. Compatibility of Bacillus thuringiensis with chemical insecticides used for insect control in soybean (Glycine max). Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 70: 48-9. (Journal)

Joshi O P, Billore S D, Ramesh A and Bhardwaj Ch . 2002. Soybean-A remunerative cropfor rainfed forming. In: Agro technology for dry land forming, pp 543-68. DhopteAM (Eds.). Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur. (Book chapter)

Ansari M M and Gupta G K. 1999. Epidemiological studies of foliar diseases of soybeanin Malwa plateau of India. Proceedings, World Soybean Research ConferenceVI, Aug 4-7, 1999, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 611p. (Symposium/ Conf./Workshop)

Pansae V G and Sukhatme P V. 1978. Statistical Methods for Agricultural Workers. IndianCouncil of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. pp.186. (Book)

Table: Each table should be typed on separate page and numbered sequentially. Tables should have descriptive heading. Authors are advised to avoid large table with complex columns. Data are restricted to only one or two decimal figures only. Transformed values should be included if these are discussed in the text.

Illustrations: Number all illustrations consecutively in the text. Line drawing should be made in undiluted black ink on smooth white card or tracing paper. Original and two Photostat copies should be drawn approximately twice the size of reproduction. Original should not be labeled and should also not be numbered. Line diagrams of plants, fungi etc. should indicate the scale.

Photographs: Photographs should be on glossy paper and have good contrast. Trim unnecessary areas. Three copies of the photographs should be provided. On the back of the photographs write names of authors, figures numbers and indicate top of the photographs with an arrow using a soft pencil. Show magnification with a bar scale.

Coloured photographs can be printed on payment of full printing cost by the authors. Legends for figures should be typed separately and numbered consequently.

Short research notes

They should not exceed more than 1300 words (total 5 typed pages, which deal with (i) research results that are complete but do not warrant comprehensive treatment, (ii) description of new material or improved techniques or equipment, with supporting data and (iii) a part of thesis or study. Such notes require no heading of sections. It should include key words. Figures and tables should be kept to a minimum.

Review articles

Authors with in-depth knowledge of the subject are welcome to submit review articles. It is expected that such articles should consist of a critical synthesis of work done in a field of research both in India and/or abroad, and should not merely be a compilation.


Authors should correct the proof very critically by ink in the margin. All queries marked in the article should be answered. Proofs are supplied for a check-up of the correctness of the type settings and facts. Excessive alterations will be charged from the author, Proof must be returned immediately to shorten the reproduction time.