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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.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines


The Journal of the Indian Botanical Society welcomes original research papers including short communications and critical scientific reviews highlighting present status and an overview of  the past work on topics of current  interest. All the authors of an article must be active members of the Indian Botanical society.

Submission of the manuscript: The manuscript should be mailed as a soft (electronic version) copy (virus-free  email attachment), addressed to Prof. Y. Vimala, Chief Editor, JIBS, Department of  Botany, C.C. S. University, Meerut (U.P.)- 250004, at email: [email protected]  Separate files  should be  mailed for (a) A declaration that all authors are members and (b) the manuscript contains unpublished data  in the related field of research and  (c) there is no conflict of interest among authors or with any publisher concerned and (d) plagiarism check report from authentic software (e) Title with name of authors, their affiliation should be mailed (f) Abstract and key words (g) text of manuscript without list of references (h) graph and tables in excel  (i) related figure in jpg  (j) cited references.  If accepted, revised manuscript should be submitted through email to the  Chief Editor.  For all correspondence, MS No. provided by the Chief Editor will be required.

Format of the manuscript: The manuscript should be typed in double space, Times New Roman, 12 - font size, with one inch  margin on all sides. In case of line diagram, they should be legibly scanned for good reproducibility. legends for each figure and table should be clearly mentioned in text file.

Title of the paper should be short and in all capital letters, bold (14 font size) centered near the top of the first page.

Author's (s') name (s) should be in bold, Title case  (12 font size  and affiliations in title case in italics.

A separate page with title, authors’ names with first name  followed by middle name and surname (last name)  and affilitation, followed by abstract and keywords should be added for indexing purpose, Short running title

Arrangement of the text should be-Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Observations/Results, Discussion and  Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References. All these subheadings should be in upper case (capital letters) and sub-subheadings in title case. Abstract should be in 9- font size, as brief as possible, followed by keywords (maximum 5) arranged in alphabetic order and separated by comma, followed by a short running title.

Illustrations: Figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Their legends brief and self explanatory,  should be written in text file to  fall below the figure. Tables should also be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (Table-1, 2 ... ) with a self - explanatory title, above the table.  Abbreviations should be explained in foot notes, otherwise standard abbreviations should be used, e.g.: mL (milliliter), g (gram), L (liter), kDa (kilo Dalton), kb (kilo base) and symbols e.g.: α, β, µ, etc. All Latin binomial names should be italicized.

References should not exceed 40 in number and they should  be arranged in alphabetical order in the following style:


Singh D, Chauhan SVS and Kinoshita T 1989 Effect of some gametocides on pollen sterility and anther development in cotton (Gossypium arboreum). J Fac Agric Hokkaido Uni Japan 64 75-80.


Raghavan V 1997 Developmental Biology of Flowering Plants. Springer-Verlag, New York


Sahu PK and Sahu TR 2005 Threat assessment as per IUCN. In: National symposium on emerging technologies and their Application in Assessment, conservation, management of threatened wild medicinal plants and their habitat. Pp 7 -8.

Chapter of a book: Cross JW and Schulz PL 1997 Chemical induction of male sterility. In: Pollen Biotechnology for Crop Production and Improvement, eds. Shivanna KR and Sawhney VK, Cambridge University Press, London. Pp 218-236. Please avoid the reference of Ph.D . thesis as far as possible.

In the text, references should appear as Cross and Schulz (1997) or (Cross and Schulz 1997). A comma should be placed between two references, within the same parenthesis, after the year. All papers are reviewed by members of Editorial Board or external referees. The comments of referees/ editors are communicated to the authors for revision and incorporation of suggestions, before the paper is finally accepted by the Chief Editor.

After acceptance, the corresponding author will be sent a galley proof of paper which should be carefully checked and returned to the Chief Editor within a week of receipt.

Hard copy of reprints will not be provided. Authors will be entitled to get a pdf of their paper, which will be uploaded on If hard copy is required  by authors, the charges will be informed separately depending on number of colour plates.

Book Review: Two copies of the book (non-refundable) will have to be submitted to the Chief Editor.

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Please write to Prof. Nalini Pandey, Associate Editor  (JIBS), Dept of Botany, Lucknow  University, Lucknow-226007.

 Note: Acceptance of manuscripts for publication in JIBS shall automatically mean transfer of copyright to JIBS.JIBS shall not be responsible for authenticity of the data, results and conclusions drawn by the authors.


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