Author's Guide

Instructions to authors


The Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops (JOSAC) is an open access journal, which publishes critical reviews, original research articles and research notes on all aspects of spices and aromatic crops. Unsolicited book reviews are not generally published. Experiments conducted with banned pesticides will not be considered. JOSAC accepts manuscripts through the online submission portal only ( Manuscripts received by email will not be considered for processing.

Authors need not be a member of the Indian Society for Spices (ISS) for publishing their articles in JOSAC. However, authors are encouraged to become members and actively involve in various activities of the society. For details regarding the society and membership please visit,

Manuscript preparation

Articles published or submitted elsewhere will not be accepted. Authors must ensure that their work is original and the work of others is cited properly. More details about the plagiarism policy of the journal can be found at Manuscripts should be written in standard English (adopting either British or American spelling), typed in Times New Roman 12 point, double spaced with page and line numbering consecutively.

Authors are advised to consult, Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 8th Edition, 2014, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, for general guidelines regarding preparation of manuscripts.

Authors are advised to follow the guidelines strictly, while submitting the manuscript to avoid delay in processing and publishing. Articles not adhering to author guidelines will be rejected without refereeing.

All articles submitted to JOSAC will be subjected to peer reviewing and will be sent back to the authors along with the referees’ comments for revision. Review articles should not exceed 25 pages of printed text including tables, figures and references. Research articles and notes should not exceed 10 and 5 pages of printed text, respectively, including tables, figures and references (1 page of printed text = approximately 500 words). In the case of research note, only three tables or figures or their combination is allowed.

Organization of manuscript

The manuscript should be organized in the following format:

A short running title (including the authors surnames).

The main title should be brief and informative (avoid vague and generalized title). The complete scientific name (genus and species) should be used for organisms mentioned in the title.

Name(s) of author(s) (indicate corresponding author with superscript numerals along with e-mail address).

Address(es) should be complete with postal code and country.

Abstract should be brief (not exceeding 150 words) indicating the scope, key results and conclusions of the study. Abbreviations should be avoided in the abstract. Names of organisms must be written in full (genus and species) at first mention.

Keywords (a maximum of six) suitable for indexing should be given in alphabetical order.

Introduction should be brief and define the scope of the work without an exhaustive review of literature.

Materials and methods should provide adequate information on the location, year, materials used and the techniques followed in the study.

Results and discussion should be combined and should not be a routine statement of information presented in the tables/figures. The significance of the results in relation to other relevant published work should be highlighted in the discussion.

Literature citations in the text should indicate the authors name and year of publication. Examples: Jones (1999); Rani & Grover (1999) or (Jones, 1999); Rani & Grover, 1999). When there are more than two authors, the first author should be named followed by et al. Example: Prakash et al. (1999) or Prakash et al., 1999. More than one citation in the text should be arranged in chronological order (Example: Saji et al., 2001; Josephrajkumar et al., 2002; Thankamani et al., 2008). Avoid citing personal communications and unpublished data unless it provides essential information related to the paper. Personal communications and unpublished data should be cited only in the text (Example: Ananthakrishnan T N, personal communication).

Abbreviations must be defined in full at first mention (with the abbreviation in parenthesis), in title, abstract, and within the text. Always use ha-1, mL?1, L-1, etc., instead of per ha, per mL or per L, throughout the manuscript.

Acknowledgments should be brief.

References should be listed alphabetically.

References should include name(s) of author(s), followed by initials, year of publication, title of article, name of the journal (using standard abbreviations), volume and page numbers. Abbreviation of journal titles should be according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations. For details, visit: Books must include name of the publisher, location and page numbers.


Yao C, Moreshet S, Aloni B & Karni L 2000 Effects of climatic factors and water stress on the diurnal fluctuation in diameter of bell pepper fruit. J. Hortic. Sci. Biotechnol. 75: 6–11.


Ravindran PN, Nirmal Babu K, Sivaraman K2007 Turmeric, the Genus Curcuma, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, 484p.

Chapter in a book

Kirk W D J 1997 Distribution, abundance and population dynamics. In: Lewis T (Ed.) Thrips as Crop Pests (pp. 217–257). CAB International, Wallingford.

Paper presented in symposium or seminar

Bhatt S S & Sudharshan M R 2000 Effect of pollen loads on growth and development of vanilla (Vanilla planifolia Andr.) fruits. In: Ramana K V, Eapen S J, Babu K N, Krishnamurthy K S & Kumar A (Eds.) Spices and Aromatic Plants, Challenges and Opportunities in the New Century. Contributory Papers, Centennial Conference on Spices and Aromatic Plants, 20–23 September 2000, Kozhikode (pp.13–16). Indian Society for Spices, Kozhikode.


Senthil Kumar C M 2000 Economic production of NPV of Spodoptera litura (Fabricius). MSc (Agri.) Thesis, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

Online resource

FAO 2020 Accessed 2 June 2020.


Each table should be typed on a separate page. Tables should be numbered serially (in the order in which they appear in the text) with Arabic numerals, followed by the title, which should be self-explanatory. Vertical rules should not be marked within the table.


Figures (photographs, graphs and diagrams) should be numbered serially (in the order in which they appear in the text) with Arabic numerals followed by the title (legend). Legends for figures should be typed on a separate sheet. Bar scales should be directly drawn on the figures to indicate magnification. Photographs should be submitted as black and white/colour high contrast high resolution electronically. Accepted formats of figures include: TIFF or JPEG with a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. The journal undertakes printing of colour photographs, in case the authors are willing to pay the cost of the same. The rates of printing of colour photographs would be informed at the time of acceptance of the manuscript and the authors should pay the cost of the same in advance. When multi-part figures (including photographs) are submitted, each part should be clearly identified in the legend with lower case letters.


The final proof will be sent to the corresponding author for correction which should be returned within 48 hours. The corrections should be limited to errors in typesetting.


No reprints or copies of the journal will be supplied. However, a PDF version of the article would be sent to the corresponding author.

Publication charges

There are no publication charges for publishing in JOSAC

Print copies

Print copies of journal will be supplied to members only upon request at no extra cost.