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The primary style manual for the Journal of Agriculture and Development is Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (8th edition, 2014).

Full-length research articles should be arranged as follows:

1. Title Page

Provide the manuscript title, name and affiliation of each author, any current or additional affiliations, and corresponding author email need to appear on the first page in the manuscript file.

2. Abstract

The abstract must not exceed 250 words. 

3. Keywords

Provide 3 - 10 keywords.

4. Introduction

5. Materials and methods

6. Results

7. Discussion

8. Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments and funding sources.

9. References

References should be arranged alphabetically without numbering. The in-text citation should consist of the author's name and year of publication, e.g., “according to Nguyen et al. (2015)”.

Citations in the reference section should be listed in alphabetical order.


Journal article

Sorooshian, S., K. Hsu, X. Gao, H.V. Gupta, B. Imam, and D. Braithwaite, 2000: Evaluation of PERSIANN System Satellite-Based Estimates of Tropical Rainfall. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 81, 2035–2046.

Book chapter

Linsley, R. K., M. A. Kohler, and J. L. H. Paulhus, 1975: Hydrology for Engineers. McGraw Hill, 508 pp.

Conference proceedings

Idowu, A. O., 2007: The impact of an earthquake-generated tsunami on the earth-atmosphere system: Year 2004 Indian Ocean case history example. 21st Conf. on Hydrology, San Antonio, TX, Amer. Meteor. Soc., JP1.1,

Technical reports

Anderson, E. A., 2002: Calibration of conceptual hydrologic models for use in river forecasting. NOAA Tech. Rep. NWS 45 Hydrology Laboratory, 247 pp.


Hirschberg, P., 1988: The saline flow into the Atlantic. M.S. thesis, Dept. of Oceanographic Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 207 pp.

Web sites

NOAA, 2015: Elusive El Niño arrives. Accessed 12 March 2015,

Graphic components


Tables must be included in the text at the appropriate points and must also be submitted as separate, editable files. 


Figures must be included in the text at the appropriate points and must also be submitted as separate, editable files. Provide figure images in TIFF, EPS, high-resolution PDF, JPEG, or GIF format.