Author Guidelines

Journal of Maize Research and Development

ISSN: 2467-9305 (Online), ISSN: 2467-9291 (Print)

DOI Prefix: 10.3126/jmrd
Editor-in-Chief: Jiban Shrestha
Publication Frequency: Two Issues per year
Submission E-mail:,
Nature: Print and Online
Language of Publication: English   Published by:
Government of Nepal,
Nepal Agricultural Research Council,
National Maize Research Program,
Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.
Journal Cover page-2017
Vol.3, No. 1, Dec. 2017 
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Journal Metrics: 
Papers:30, Citations:29, Years:2,
Cites/year: 14.5, Cites/paper:0.96

Author Guidelines:

From 2017, the Journal of Maize Research and Development (JMRD) requires an ORCID iD for all corresponding authors at the time of manuscript submission and the publisher encourages all corresponding authors to register and to have ORCID iD. All author ORCID iDs will be displayed on published articles both print and online version. Go to and register to get your personal iD  L_ORCID_circle_24px.gif © Springer

The Journal of Maize Research and Development (JMRD) publishes original research and review articles related to maize research. The articles from both within and outside the country is considered for publication. The author is fully responsible for the originality of the paper, its subject and formal correctness. The author’s declaration that the paper has not been submitted anywhere else should be enclosed in the electronic editorial system. The Editorial Board decides on the publication of papers, taking into account peer reviews, scientific importance, and manuscript quality. The SI international system of measurement units should be used.  The corresponding author must signed   ⇓ License to publish Agreement form at the time of submission of his/her manuscript.

Authors interested to publish their article/s in the journal are requested to submit with cover letter providing three copies of each manuscript written on one side of A4 size (8.5- × 11.0-in) paper in single space (New Times Roman, Font Size 12) in MS-Word along with electronic copy of the manuscript. The manuscript submitted to this journal for publication are not returned. The authors should include DOI in the references of their articles. Use most recent references in your articles.

Manuscript Format:All contents in article must be written in English. Papers must be an original work and should not be submitted elsewhere for the publication. Before submission, manuscripts should be reviewed critically by two peer reviewers and revised accordingly. Manuscript should be neatly typed, single spaced (along with tables, figures and references) on A4 paper with 1 inch margin at the top, bottom and left side. Manuscripts should generally be organized in the following order of Title and contact information, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods (or Methodology), Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments and finally References. The maximum length of the paper must be limited to 20 pages, including tables, graphs and references. The whole manuscript should be in 12 font size (except title of paper, abstract, tables and figures). The font should be in New Times Roman. The manuscript should be submitted to the Editors-in-Chief of the Journal.

Title of the paper: The title of the paper should be clear, descriptive and informative. The first page should contain the full title in sentence case not exceeding 16 words. The authors’ identification should include the author’s name (do not use abbreviations), title or designation, organization, address, telephone, fax and email Id. The font size of title is 16 and font is Times New Roman. The font size of author name is 12,  and font is Times New Roman. The affiliation, organization, address, telephone, fax, email Id, ORCID ID, copyright, licensing information should be in 11 font size and font is Times New Roman .

Abstract: The abstract should be clear, descriptive and not longer than 250 words. It should be citation free and should concisely state the major objective, methodology, major findings and conclusion but should not include diagram, footnotes, equations, or any parenthetical references. The font size of abstract is 10 and font is Times New Roman.

Key words:Key words should normally 4-6 keywords. The font size of abstract is 12 and font is Times New Roman.

Introduction:The introduction should be should be succinct and with no subheadings. In this section background information, relevant review of literature and objective of the research should be given. Statements must be supported by citations whenever possible. It should give appropriate background and explain the things that are proposed. It should include short introduction to justify the research and relevant reviews and state the objectives clearly (not more than 300 words).

Materials and Methods: Detail information on relevant materials and methods used including sampling methods, experimental design, treatments, plot size and any other techniques used in research as well as the year and place of conducting the research should be provided. The statistical methods and tools used in study should be clearly mentioned.

Results and Discussion:Results should be presented with clarity and precision. It should be written in the past tense when describing findings in the authors’ experiments. Previously published findings should be written in the present tense.

 Discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and past studies on the topic. The results and discussion sections can include subheadings. When appropriate, the two sections can be combined.

Conclusion: All relevant items achieved in the researched area should be mentioned in the conclusion. The conclusion should be given after the results and discussion section

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements, if any, should be given to funding agencies, organization and key person.

Reference Citation:The references should be arranged alphabetically and should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style. References should also indicate the differences in styles for books, journals, newspapers and other published and unpublished materials. The references should be cited within in the body of paper; otherwise, these references must not come under the reference list. Visit the link for APA referencing style: i) Style of referencing,  ii) Referencing guides, iii) Citation guides. Users of Mendeley Desktop can easily install the reference style for this journal by clicking the following link:
When preparing manuscript, the author will be able to select this style using the Mendeley plug-ins for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.

All authors should include the DOIs of article while writing  references in articles for JMRD Journal.

Tables: Tables should be self-explanatory. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading. Tables should be created using the table function. Tables are to be typed  single-spaced throughout, numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and supplied with a title and footnotes. The same data should not be presented in both a table and a graph or repeated in the text.  Symbol like single asterisk  and double asterisks (**) should be used to indicate statistical significance and have priority in this order to show 5 and 1% levels of significance, respectively. Do not repeat information in the text presented in charts or graph. It is preferable to use 10 font size and bold table heading. The title of Table and Figure should be in 12 font, the contents within title should be in 10 font and Times New Roman.

Figure legends:Figures should be typed in numerical and Arabic numerals should be used to designate figure numbers and upper-case letters for their parts (Figure 1A). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reference to the text of the manuscript. Graphics should be prepared with applications capable of generating high-resolution JPEG before pasting into the Microsoft Word manuscript file.Do not repeat data both in table and figures. Either use table, or graph or figure. Each Figure and/or graph with a number and the proper title heading should be drawn or prepared below the graph/figure.

Others:Heading: Center and capitalize the main heading of the paper. Sub heading should be on separate line and capitalize the first letter of the first word.

Scientific names:The scientific name must be given in italic and given with authority. The first letter of the word of cultivar must be capitalized

Trade or brand names: The first letter of trade or brand names should be capitalized.

Abbreviations and Units of measurement:

Visit below PDF link to see list of abbreviations and units of measurement for this journal

⇓ Abbreviations & Units of measurement

Periods:Do not put periods after title and key words. Periods are necessary at the end of table and figure heading.

Formulae: All formulae and equations in the paper should be worked out by means of the programme ‘WORD Equation’.  The meaning of all symbols should be given immediately after the equation where these symbols are first used. Equations should be numbered by Arabic numerals, serially in brackets, at the right-hand side. Each equation must be mentioned in the text as Eq. (1), Eq. (2), etc.

Page setup: Font: Times New Roman, Size: 12 points,  Paper: A4 size, Margin: width at 2.54 cm.                           Spacing:Single, Text Size: Not exceeding 5000 words

The author’s address:

On a separate sheet of paper, the author should include full name (co-authors’ full names), including all academic and scientific degrees and detailed address of the institution with postcode, phone, fax numbers and e-mail address. The author who is responsible for any correspondence with the journal has to be indicated clearly.


Every author will receive a free electronic offprint in portable document format (PDF), sent via e-mail as an attachment. Free reprints are also available on the website

Compliance with these instructions is obligatory for all authors. If a manuscript does not comply exactly with the above requirements, the Editorial Office will not accept it and will return it to the authors without reviewing.

Articles Retraction  Procedure: 

Articles are retracted in proven cases of scientific misconduct, major errors – including honest – and various forms of publishing malfeasance listed below. Retractions are not about punishing authors. Retractions are first and foremost about correcting the scientific literature and ensuring the integrity of published research.

Generally a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication.

  • Notices of retraction should mention the reasons and basis for the retraction, to distinguish cases of misconduct from those of honest error; they should also specify who is retracting the article. They should be published in all versions of the journal (ie, print and/or electronic). It is helpful to include the authors and title of the retracted article in the retraction heading.
  • Retracted articles should be clearly identified as such in all electronic sources (eg, on the journal Web site and any bibliographic databases). Editors are responsible for ensuring that retractions are labeled in such a way that they are identified by bibliographic databases (which should also include a link to the retracted article). The retraction should appear on all electronic searches for the retracted publication. Journals and publishers should ensure that retracted articles are clearly marked on their own Web sites.
  • Retracted articles should not be removed from printed copies of the journal (eg, in libraries) nor from electronic archives but their retracted status should be indicated as clearly as possible.

This journal considers the following reasons  for concern and potential retraction:

  • Clear evidence that findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error)
  • Findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)
  • Major plagiarism
  • The reporting of unethical research, the publication of an article that did not have the required ethics committee approval
  • Legal issues pertaining to the content of the article e.g. libellous content
  • Major authorship issues i.e. proven or strongly suspected cases of ghostwriting or sold (‘gift’) authorship
  • The singling out of individuals or organisations for attack
  • Faith issues (e.g. intelligent design)
  • Papers that have made extraordinary claims without concomitant scientific or statistical evidence (e.g. pseudoscience)

Retraction statements should be public and linked to the original, retracted article.

Plagiarism policy:

JMRD follows the plagiarism policy . Manuscripts submitted to JMRD should be original and must not be plagiarized. Every submitted article is checked for plagiarism through “iThenticate” software.

Publication Fees: This Journal offers authors no publishing charges, no proofreading charges, no page charges and fast publication times. As soon as the paper is ready, it will be appeared online.

Publication Criteria:

Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication and are accepted on the understanding that they have not been published previously, nor are under consideration for publication in any other journal. This policy on redundant publication extends to overlapping or incremental submissions (salami publication) where data from essentially the same experiment is spread across numerous papers: the practice is discouraged, and such submissions are unlikely to be considered for publication.

The criteria for an article to be accepted and published are:

  • The article should be written  in  standard English.
  • The article should be written following the “guidelines for manuscript.”
  • The article should be written in correlation with its title and abstract.
  • The results should be supported with adequate and appropriate discussion.
  • Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion.
  • The article has not been published elsewhere.
  • The article should be of interest to the broad community.
  • The article should be original research and scientifically effective.
  • The article contents must not be plagiarized.

Submission of undertaking: The all concerned authors are bound to submit an undertaking duly signed by them, which shows that this paper was not submitted elsewhere and was also not plagiarized.

Please see the Copyright section for copyright information and the license to publish agreement required for all submissions.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

No author fee for submission or publication in this journal. Without a subscription you have access to all tables of contents, abstracts, and full text searching at no cost and without having to register.

Submission of Paper: When submitting the paper,the authors should provide the contact details (names, affiliations and e-mail addresses) of at least three potential reviewers. The reviewers should be experts in the corresponding field of research, and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the paper. The peer reviewers should not be from the same institutions as the authors of the paper. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article’s publication has been approved by all the other coauthors. Authors should take responsibility for ensuring that the articles derived from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. The corresponding authors should submit their manuscript along with cover letter. ⇓ Cover letterThe paper must be submitted electronically to the following address

National Maize Research Program (NMRP), Rampur, Chitwan,Nepal.

Fax :+977-56-592548,  Phone : +977-56-591001, Cell phone : +977 9845052780

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