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Submission Checklist

  • Read the Aims & Scope to get an overview and assess if your manuscript is suitable for this journal;
  • Refer to the “Guidelines for Authors” for writing the manuscript. Use Microsoft (MS) Word to prepare your manuscript and submit the MS Word file with main text, Figure, table, and any other supplementary materials;
  • Ensure that one author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details (E-mail address; Full postal address, mobile number). The affiliations of other authors must be mentioned.
  • The manuscript is to be written in English language [English (India)] and typed in double space in single column on A-4 size page.
  • Ensure that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript.
  • Make sure that the issues on publication ethics and policies of the journal, copyright, intellectual property rights, ethical oversights, authorship, plagiarism, conflicts of interest are duly satisfied. Information on these is available on the ISAE website. While submitting online on ISAE website, the “Journal Publishing Agreement Form must be submitted.

Submission of Manuscript

Soft copy of the manuscript in Microsoft (MS) Word, along with a request letter, should be submitted to the online editorial systems of JAEI at

Authors may kindly note that submitting a manuscript to the journal does not guarantee its acceptance and publication in the JAEI. A decision on acceptance / non-acceptance of a manuscript is normally taken after completion of peer-reviews and examinations by the editors.

Preparation of Manuscript

Soft copy of the manuscript should be prepared in MS Word using Times New Roman Font using the specified font size as mentioned below.

  • Language: English (India)
  • Font size: Title heading: 18 pt. bold upper lower; Author name: 11.5 pt. italic bold u/L; Abstract heading: 11pt bold cap, Abstract text: 9 pt. normal, Text: 10.5 pt. normal, Sub-heading: 9 pt. Cap bold centre, Fig/ table caption: 10.5 pt. Bld. u/l centre, Conclusion and References: same as textFootnote: 8 pt. italics.
  • Use the equation editor or Math Type for equations
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets to make tables
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar
  • Always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units (SI units). Only SI units are accepted.  All units should be written as in the style kg.m-2
  • Manuscript should be ‘spell checked' and 'grammar checked’ using English (India) as proofing language
  • Ensure all references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).

Manuscript should be well structured and arranged as follows

  • Title: The title should be concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae in the Title.
  • Short title of not more than 80 characters
  • Author name(s) and Affiliation(s): Provide name, designation and affiliation, full postal and email addresses for each author. All author affiliations related to the work should be indicated. The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved, the current address may also be stated.  Please also indicate who the corresponding author is. The e-mail address of the corresponding author must be mentioned for further correspondence. Corresponding Author acts on behalf of all co-authors and ensures that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately addressed.
  • Abstract: The Abstract of not more than 200 words should state the problem investigated specifying the aims of the work, outline the methods used and summarise the main results obtained and the conclusions drawn. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. Citations should not be included in the Abstract.
  • Keywords: Up to 6 keywords in alphabetical order should be given to enable subsequent abstracting or information retrieval systems to locate the paper. Words used in title should not be used as keywords.
  • Main text:For clarity this should be sub-divided into:
    • IntroductionThis should explain the problem investigated and provide an adequate background, review earlier work to identify the research gap etc, and clearly state the objectives of the work and the intention of the present manuscript.
    • Theoretical considerationsIt may be appropriate to explain or develop a theory to shed light on a problem or to correlate experimental results. Authors should not repeat the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction Section, but should lay the foundation for further work.
    • Materials and MethodsThis section should provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarised, and indicated by a reference. Any modifications to the existing methods should also be described. Authors should briefly describe the place of study and year, detail experimental layout, equipment/ instrument and models, major specifications, make and settings of instruments during experiments etc. used.
    • Results and Discussion: Results should be presented and discussed with reference to appropriate figures and tables. The most appropriate presentations should be chosen, and tabulated data should not duplicate that is shown graphically. Results should be clear and concise. The discussion must include the comparison of findings with the previous work done, and should explore the significance of the results of the work. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature. Any limitations etc. of the present study should also be briefly mentioned and discussed.
    • Conclusions: Research and Review papers must have this final section, but it is optional in Research Notes. Conclusions emerging from the work should be succinctly summarised. These conclusions must have been discussed in the manuscript, and new material must not be introduced at this stage. The contents of the Abstract and Conclusions should not be repetitive.
  • List of symbols: Optional, but all symbols must be defined wherever used in the text.
  • Supplementary Materials: Optional, depending upon the cases. Supplementary material such as figure, tables, video, spreadsheets etc can be published with the article to enhance it. Describe any supplementary material published online alongside the manuscript (figure, tables, video, spreadsheets, etc.). Please indicate the name and title of each element as follows Figure S1: title, Table S1: title, etc.
  • Funding: All sources of funding of the study should be disclosed. Clearly indicate funding that you have received in support of your research work. Please add: “This research received no external funding” or “This research was funded by [name of funder] grant number [xxx]” etc.
  • Authors Contribution: For research articles with several authors, a short paragraph specifying their individual contributions must be provided. The following statements should be used "Conceptualization: X. and Y; Methodology: X; Software: X; Validation: X, Y. and Z.; Formal Analysis: X; Investigation: X.; Resources: X.; Data Curation: X; Writing – Original Draft Preparation: X; Writing – Review & Editing: X. etc.
  • AcknowledgmentOptional, depending upon the cases. In this section Authors can acknowledge any support given which is not covered in the author contribution or funding sections.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Authors must identify and declare any personal circumstances or interest that may be perceived as influencing the representation or interpretation of reported research results. If there is no conflict of interest, please state "The authors declare no conflict of interest."
  • Data Availability Statement: Please provide details regarding where data supporting reported results can be found, including links to publicly archived datasets analysed or generated during the study. Authors may state “Data will be made available on request” or “The authors do not have permission to share data” or “The data used in this study are available from the links provided in this manuscript or upon request from the authors” or “No data was used for the research described in the article” as the case may be.
  • ReferencesAuthor are encouraging to cite latest references (preferably of last ten years) as far as possible, except for some basic/fundamental research papers/books etc, and also should include at least two relevant references from the Journal of Agricultural Engineering. All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa.  Citations of references in the text should be in the format of surnames of authors, followed by the year of publication of the appropriate reference, separated by a semi colon. The artifice “Leading author et al.” should be used in the text for multiple (more than two) authorship papers. Each reference should give the names of all authors (or, if anonymous, the abbreviated name of the organisation), the year of publication, the title, publisher, volume and issue/ Publication number, page numbers, in that order. Authors are also encouraged to provide Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the article in the reference list. Some examples of references are given below.

           In the text: “Previous work has shown (Kumar et al., 2014; Modi et al., 2020).”

           In the references 1ist (to journals):

  • Obeid at M; Awawdeh M; Al ‐ Hantouli F. 2021. Morphometric analysis and prioritisation of watersheds for flood risk management in Wadi Easal basin (WEB), Jordan, using geospatial technologies. J. Flood Risk Manage., 14(2), 1-19.
  • Reference list (to books): Kepner R A; ` of Farm Machinery. Third Edition, The AVI Publishing Company Inc., USA, 368-382.
  • Web references: As a minimum, the full URL and the date when the reference was last accessed should be given. Any further information, if known (DOI, author name(s), date, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.
  • Appendices: It may be appropriate to place detailed mathematical derivations in appendices, rather in the main body of the text.
  • Figures: All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals; Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order; Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.). Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type. Figure captions should be placed beneath each figure ( 1: Moisture ratio and drying time of onion slices under fluidised drying). Also identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption. All graphs should be prepared in MS EXCEL (with graph lines in matching colours and axis title units mentioned after the title separated by a comma) and embedded in the Word file of the manuscript. Each figure must be placed on a separate page after References.
  • TablesEach table must be placed on a separate page after References, and numbered consecutively throughout the text (with Arabic numerals), and referred to as Table 1, Table 2, etc. There must be a caption explaining the components of the table. (Table 1. Performance parameters of bullock drawn sprayer) at the bottom of each Table. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body

Other Important Guidelines

Cover letter: The corresponding author must state explicitly in a paragraph how the manuscript fits the Aims and Scope of the journal, while submitting the manuscript.

Maintaining transparency and integrity: Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration. The submitted work should be original, and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of a previous work. Please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the concerns about text-recycling/ ‘self-plagiarism’. Self-duplication and similarity index of any other’ manuscripts should not be more than 20% (with cross-referencing) and 15%, respectively.

Publishing Ethics: All parties [author(s), journal editors, peer reviewers, publisher (ISAE)] involved in publications are expected to follow the publication ethics and practice the same. This includes all parties treating each other with respect and dignity and without discrimination, harassment, bullying or retaliation. The journal is committed to maintain the highest level of integrity in the published content. While submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India), the authors will give an undertaking for maintaining transparency and integrity and practicing publishing ethics by submitting the “Journal Publishing Agreement Form” (Click here to download).

Authorship: Authorship should be limited to those who have made significant contribution to (1) the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software/ model used in the work; or drafting the work or substantively revising it; (2) finalising the submitted version (and any substantially modified version that involves the author's contribution to the study). The authors must agree to be personally accountable for their own contributions and for ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work, even ones in which an author was not personally involved, are appropriately investigated, resolved, and documented. All those who have made substantial contributions should be listed as co-authors. Those who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the manuscript (e.g., language editing, etc.) should be recognised in the acknowledgements section.

For transparency, authors shall submit an “Authors Contributions” statement outlining their individual contributions to the manuscript using the relevant roles as: Conceptualisation; Data generation; Data analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project guidance; Software  development and validation; Writing of manuscript for presentation of work and  editing [guideline: CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy)].  The corresponding/ submitting author is responsible for including the contributions of all authors in the manuscript before the REFERENCES section at the time of submission.

Changes in authorship: Authors should carefully consider the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Request for any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list under exceptional circumstances should be made before the manuscript is accepted for publication. To request such a change, the Editor-in-Chief must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) specific reason(s) for the requested change in author list, and (b) written confirmation (e-mail / letter) from all (original submission and proposed) authors that they agree with the addition, removal, or rearrangement without any conflict of interest. The decision of the Editor-in-Chief on the matter would be final.

Preprint Policy:  The authors are required to include details of a preprint posting, including DOI or other persistent identifier, while submitting their manuscript. Upon receipt of acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the JAEI, the corresponding author must agree to the terms of the relevant publishing agreement. After publication of the final version of the work in the JAEI, the preprint shall be immediately linked with the published version (the ‘Version of Record’) by the corresponding author(s).

Submission of revised manuscript: While submitting a revised manuscript, the authors should submit a list of changes or a rebuttal against each point raised by the Reviewers/ Editor/ Editor-in-Chief along with the revised manuscript. Authors are also advised to use the “track change option” of MS WORD to indicate the changes made in the revised manuscript, and submit the revised manuscript in track change mode along with a corrected version without track change corrections/edits, with all corrections written in RED COLOUR.

Print proof: The corresponding author will be notified via email when proofs are ready, and he/she is responsible to carryout proof reading very carefully within given time frame to avoid errors in the final published article. Any corrections marked with annotations must be returned within given time and should only cover typesetting errors/minor corrections. No new additions of text / major changes are allowed at this stage. 

Copyright Information: Upon acceptance of an article for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India) (JAEI), authors will be advised to complete a “Copyright Transfer and Publication Ethics Agreement Form” (Click here to download). An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming acceptance of the manuscript together with a “Copyright Transfer and Publication Ethics Agreement Form” or a link to the online version of this agreement. A manuscript is published after receipt of the above agreement form.

If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included in the manuscript, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) suitably in the manuscript. Kindly refer to the Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy adopted by the journal for detail information.

Appeals and Complaints: Any complaint and appeal on editorial decisions, long procedural delays and publication ethics is handled by the Editor-in-Chief and/or the Editor who handled the manuscript. On receiving an appeal against a decline to publish, the Editor-in-Chief or handling Editor considers the authors’ argument, the reviewer reports / Editorial Board comments, and any other relevant information to decide whether (a) the appeal should be considered; (b) the decision to decline publication should stand; or (c) another independent technical opinion of a subject-matter expert is required. The complainant, if appropriate, is informed of the decision with the required information. On receiving complaint about publication Ethics, the Editor-in-Chief or handling Editor decides on a course of action and provides feedback to the complainant as per the policies and guidelines of the journal.

Submission Preparation Checklist

  • Read the Aims & Scope to get an overview and assess if your manuscript is suitable for this journal;
  • Use Microsoft (MS) Word to prepare your manuscript and submit one MS Word file with the main text, Figure, table, and any other supplementary materials.
  • Ensure that one author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details (E-mail address; Full postal address etc)
  • Make sure that issues about publication ethics, copyright, authorship, figure formats, data, and references format have been appropriately considered, and have submitted the “Journal Publishing Agreement Form” while submitting the manuscript.
  • Ensure that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Submission is an original piece of work of the author(s).
  • Submission is not a modified version of a published paper.
  • Publication is approved by all authors.
  • If accepted for the publication in JAEI, the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in the same form or in any other language, including electronically without the written permission of JAEI/ISAE. If the same or similar article found published during review/publication process, even after and before that, JAEI will lodge complain to that publisher and employers of the authors. They may also be banned from ISAE publication.
  • Authors agree to inform during submission on any preprint submission of the manuscript, and also ensure that the preprint record is later updated with a DOI and a URL link to the Version of Record, if their manuscript is accepted and published in the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India).
  • Authors should submit a signed copy of the Journal Publishing Agreement Form (Click here to download) while submitting the manuscript.

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