Instructions to Authors

Instructions to Authors

Are you interested to submit to SABRAO Journal? Read this document to help you write your journal article. This should be read carefully prior to manuscript submission.

Version date: January 2015


Articles submitted to the SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics must be original reports of merit dealing with any aspect of plant breeding or genetics not previously or simultaneously submitted to, or published in, any other scientific or technical journal.

Articles should be submitted by email directly to the Editor-in-Chief:

Authors should indicate ‘SABRAO manuscript submission’ in the subject heading. Processing of manuscripts is only initiated after terms and conditions have been accepted:
1. Publication fee to be paid after the article has been published
2. That the manuscript is not currently being reviewed by another journal
3. All authors have agreed to submit the article to SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics
4. Copyright is assigned to SABRAO
5. Potential reviewers are nominated.


The journal mainly publishes articles for SABRAO members and it is strongly preferred that at least one author should be a current member of the society. There is a publication fee FOR ALL
ARTICLES – including SABRAO members – which must be paid before publication after
acceptance of the article. This requirement is to cover journal processing and editing costs, and
to maintain the website. Payment can be made to the Regional Secretary in local currency
equivalent, or by contacting the Editor-in-Chief.

In 2015, the fee structure is as follows:

Category Developing country Developed country
SABRAO member* US$ 100 US$ 125
Non member US$ 150 US$ 200

*At least 1 author should be a current SABRAO member

Current SABRAO members with a record of at least 3 years of membership or SABRAO life membership will receive a further discounted rate of US$ 60 per article for authors who work in developing countries (US$ 80 per article for developed countries).

Please also note that a mandatory fee of US$25 will be charged for articles that need extensive revisions to improve the quality of English. For such articles requiring editing, this additional fee is compulsory because manuscripts are sent to Editorial consultants.

The philosophy of the journal is that publication fees will be kept minimal in order to ensure publication is available to scientists in developing countries. Therefore journal publication fees are reviewed annually.

Nomination of reviewers
In order to speed up the reviewing process, authors should nominate up 5 potential reviewers for your article and provide their email and institutional address. The only condition is that the senior and corresponding author should not have published with these reviewers within the last 3 years.

The reviewing process is initiated AFTER the above terms and conditions are accepted. Each manuscript will be assigned a 4 digit manuscript number (e.g. SABRAO MS15-06) usually within 7 days. Authors may contact the Editor-in-Chief if they do not receive a manuscript number after this time. The corresponding author should clearly indicate by email that the terms and conditions have been accepted.

The following types of articles are acceptable to the SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics:

    • research articles describing research that expands the existing knowledge in a specific
    • short communications (concise articles describing preliminary findings )
    • reviews or mini-reviews (thorough review of literature with interpretations)
    • commentaries (opinions or personal reflections)
    • methods (description of methodologies that can be used in plant breeding or research)
    • tutorials (clear descriptions of topics to communicate specific research topics to a broad

Review articles should be discussed with a member of the Editorial Board prior to submissions.

The official language of the Journal is English. It is expected that manuscripts are clearly written
with a high standard of English. Manuscripts may be written using British or US English
provided the style is consistent throughout the article.

Authors should follow the Journal format as closely as possible with respect to headings,
formatting and references. The corresponding author’s email addresses should be included on the
manuscript. After acceptance of the article, it is expected that the corresponding author will resubmit
the manuscript following the SABRAO J. Breed. Genet. template format, which is
available from the Editorial Board or from the website.

Parts of a research article
Usually, a full-length paper contains the following parts:
1. TITLE – as concise and descriptive as possible, usually less than 20 words long. Include the
scientific names of the species studied if one or two are involved.
2. AUTHOR’S NAMES – each followed by a superscript number referring to the respective
addresses of the author(s). The current email address should be indicated for the corresponding
3. KEYWORDS – Six to eight keywords allowing the subject to be classified in databases. The
words may occur in the title, and may occur in pairs, e.g., acid soils.
4. SUMMARY – should be completely self-explanatory and should be about 250 words. The
purpose, methods, major findings, and at least one conclusion of the study should be included.
The summary should clearly state the benefits of the study to plant breeders or geneticists.


A separate short statement (1-2 sentences) should also be prepared highlighting the benefits of
the research to breeders or crop scientists.

1. INTRODUCTION – should briefly describe the subject area, with a summary of previous
reports, including citations of the most significant ones. Point out the deficiencies in knowledge
left by previous studies, then state which experiments have been designed and conducted to add
new knowledge.

2. MATERIALS AND METHODS – describe the origin and nature of the materials used.
Procedures used, experimental design, and methods of data analysis should be presented. This
section can be concise citing appropriate references instead of lengthy descriptions of methods
used. Statistical software packages used for data analysis (indicating the version and software
distributor) should be indicated in this section.

3. RESULTS – present the key parts of the experimental data, referring to figures and tables as
necessary. Do not repeat information in the text if it is shown in a table or figure. Use only the
metric system of measurements. Place figures and tables on separate pages at the end of the
paper, giving captions for figures and headings for tables which make them self-explanatory.

4. DISCUSSION – should be separate from the Results section, and should not repeat
information already presented elsewhere. It should start with a sentence or two stating the main
new findings of the research. This section should also include comparisons made with the results
and inferences of previous, related studies. Criticisms of earlier studies are appropriate if they
clarify the field. The remaining gaps in knowledge may be briefly pointed out, with or without an
outline of future experiments which may provide some of the answers.

5. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – should be included if they are due to any person or organization,
especially funding sources.

6. REFERENCES – Examples of text citations are: (Yoshida, 1996); Smith and Jones (1993);
(Lucas et al., 1997). In the References section, the citations should be arranged alphabetically by first author, then by second and later authors, and then by year. The references should be given in
the format shown below. Note that the author’s surname (or family name) should always be
indicated first followed by initials with no full-stops or periods. Abbreviations should follow
abbreviations described by ISI Thomson Reuters

Journal articles:
Yoshida M, Smith AB, Jones DB (1989). Title of article. SABRAO J. Breed. Genet. 21: 105-122.
Finlay KW, Wilkinson GN (1963). The analysis of adaptation in a plant breeding program. Aust.
J. Agric. Res. 14: 742–754.

Books and book chapters
Yoshida M, Smith AB, Jones D B (1989). Title of chapter. In: A. Lucas. B. Mason, and C.
Baker, eds., Title of Book. Publisher, City, pp. 45-70.


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