ISSN 0375-1589 printed version
Scope and policy
Scope of the Journal
The South African Journal of Animal Science is a peer-reviewed journal for publication of original scientific articles and reviews in the field of animal science. The scope of the journal includes reports of research dealing with farm livestock species (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, poultry and ostriches), as well as pertinent aspects of research on aquatic and wildlife species. The main disciplines covered are nutrition, genetics and physiology. Papers dealing with production aspects of animal products and sociological aspects of well-defined livestock production systems are also invited, provided that they are scientific by nature and have been carried out in a systematic way.
The South African Journal of Animal Science is published in paper format and electronically at http://www.sasas.co.za. Four issues are published annually. Details of requirements for different categories of manuscripts and of the peer-review process are given in the Instructions to Authors which may be downloaded from the website address given above. A publication fee will be charged per article: For 2010 it is R380.00 for members of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS), and US$ 175.00 where none of the authors is a member of SASAS. Prospective authors should adhere strictly to the guidelines detailed in the Instructions to Authors, as manuscripts that do not fully comply with the style and format of the journal will not be accepted for review. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the editor-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org). In all cases, submissions should represent original contributions to current scientific knowledge of the principles and of the application of principles governing the functioning of animals and their relationship to the social or physical environment. Once accepted, papers become the copyright of the South African Society for Animal Science and may be reprinted only on written permission of the Council of the Society.
Editorial policy (Revised: March, 2011)
The South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) welcomes the submission of manuscripts from members of the South African Society for Animal Science and from scientists in Africa and abroad on all matters germane to the science of animal production for publication in the South African Journal of Animal Science (SAJAS). The scope of the journal includes reports of research dealing with farm livestock species (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry), as well as pertinent aspects of research on aquatic and wildlife species. The main disciplines covered are nutrition, genetics, physiology and production aspects of animal products. Papers dealing with sociological aspects of well-defined livestock production systems are invited, providing they are scientific by nature and have been carried out in a systematic way. Papers dealing with routine, repetitive testing or economic evaluation of specific products, feeds or cultivars, case studies or matters dealing with agricultural extension or consumer issues are discouraged unless the results so derived are used to develop or elaborate scientific concepts in the field of animal science. Papers that form part of a series are discouraged: this includes different aspects of data derived from one particular experiment, or cases in which the analytical techniques, animals or experimental procedures are common to all papers. Where authors have valid reasons for separation of reports into two manuscripts, these must be submitted simultaneously; delayed or staggered submissions will automatically be rejected. In all cases, reports should represent original contributions to current scientific knowledge of the principles or the application of principles governing the functioning of animals, production aspects of their products and their relationship to the social or physical environment.
Publication fee per article published (2011)
SASAS member is one of the authors: R 500.00 (US$ equivalent) (SASAS
members may apply for exemption of the publication fee);
This will be levied upon acceptance of manuscript.
No reprints are supplied.
Revising / editing language of manuscript
Can be arranged at a fee of US$ 100.00.
Types of articles
All submissions will be subjected to the peer-review process.
Results from a limited investigation, work still in progress and new techniques can be submitted as a short communication. It should not exceed five printed pages. (See Instructions below).
Proceedings of Congresses, Conferences or Symposia
Proceedings of presentations delivered at congresses of the South African Society for Animal Science, international conferences held under the auspices of SASAS or other symposia of regional branches or interest groups of the Society can be published as separate "Conference proceedings" issues of the journal. Contributions will be subjected to the same peer reviewing as required for SAJAS, and a publication fee will be charged (to be negotiated). Organisers of such events should contact the editor-in-chief to ensure that peer-review procedures and formatting of abstracts are compliant with those of the journal.
The South African Journal of Animal Science is published electronically via the Internet, and can be accessed from the following address: http://www.sasas.co.za/publications or through http://www.sasas.co.za
One volume will be published per year, consisting of at least three issues, published at approximately 3- to 4-month intervals. Articles will, however, be placed on the Internet as soon as the copy-ready version has been approved by the submitting author.
Copyright resides with the authors in terms of the Creative
Commons Attribution 2.5 South African Licence. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/za/
Once an article has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author will receive an Agreement document between SASAS and the authors, which has to be signed by all authors and returned (electronically) to the editor-in-chief. The corresponding authors will also receive the final proof of the article.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Style and Form
Manuscripts will not be admitted to the peer-review process until they are fully compliant with the style and format detailed in the instructions to authors.
Authors are requested to adhere strictly to the following directives and consult the most recent editions of the journal for issues not specifically mentioned here. The manuscript must be written in English, using the UK English spell check. (i.e. do not express units in calories, pounds, miles, etc.). It is up to the authors to make sure there are no typographical errors in the manuscript.
The abstract is followed by a list of Keywords: - Keywords preferably ones not used in the title.
Main text: Font size 11 pt. The settings
for the paragraph text should be as follows: format > paragraph >
indentation: special; first line, and the alignment of all paragraphs
is set as 'justified' so that there are no ragged edges on
the right-hand side of the page.
Tables are numbered consecutively in bold Arabic numerals (e.g. Table 1 note that there is no following colon or full stop) and should bear a short, yet adequate descriptive caption (i.e. the caption should enable interpretation of the data presented if the table and caption were to be separated from the text). Example: inadequate: "Table 1 Feed intake effects"; correct: "Table 1 Mean (± SE) voluntary intake (g/d) of two diets differing in crude protein content by early-weaned (21 d) piglets". (Font size: 11 pt). Measures of variance (e.g. SE or SD) included in tables should be clearly defined in the caption as in the preceding example. Metric units are to be clearly shown, symbols and abbreviated must be in accordance with international procedure. Explanatory notes to table elements are designated by superscripts, and the explanation should appear on the lines directly below the table. Differences between table means should be designated using superscripts (superscript should follow the mean in the table and not the SE) and the following conventional explanatory note which should appear on the line directly below the table: a,b,c Row means with different superscripts differ significantly at P <0.05". Tables should be centred on the page. Authors should pay special attention to the format for tables regarding lines, i.e. no vertical lines and horizontal lines before and after the heading and the last row of data only (see recent journal articles for examples). Each entry in a separate cell in table. Tables should be inserted at the appropriate place in the text (do not append tables at the end of the article). Table contents (including table footnotes) should be typed using Times New Roman 10 point font.
Do not import tables from other packages. Write them in MS WORD! Tables must fit on a single page, according to the Page set-up instructions. Large tables will not be accepted.
Illustrations and diagrams. These
should be inserted into the text at the appropriate position. Graphs*
that have been scanned in are not acceptable. Graphs
could be constructed using MS Excel and inserted into the text. All lettering
and numerals that appear on figures should be set in Times New
Roman 10 point font in "regular" not "bold".
Coloured lines should not be used; sequence differences should
be indicated by symbols. Point means should, where possible, be accompanied
by standard error bars. Tic marks on axes should face towards the inside
of the graph. Figures should be numbered consecutively in bold Arabic
numerals (Figure 1). Avoid the use of "shading"
Terminology, abbreviations and formulae:
Use the SI metric system (US Metric Association) (http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/correct.htm)
for units of measurement and use a decimal point. Spell out numbers
from one to nine; use numerals for larger numbers, groups of numbers,
fractions or units, e.g. four; 8 - 16; 4 kg/ha; 42 ewes, 67%. Note the
spacing in the following text: P <0.05 (note P in
italics); 5 min. For litres, use the abbreviation L or mL. When reporting
concentrations of, for instance, the chemical composition of diets, use
g/kg and not %; mg/kg and not ppm; mg Cu/kg and not mg/kg Cu; do not use
the word "content" when specifying a concentration in terms of, for instance,
g/kg or %. Use percent mainly to indicate relative changes.
Express nutrient concentrations of feeds preferably on a dry matter (DM) basis and indicate the basis clearly in the table.
Do not use the word 'significantly' where the level of significance is declared: e.g. use 'Treatment A differed (P <0.01) from treatment B' and not 'Treatment A differed highly significantly (P <0.01) from treatment B'. Where means do not differ significantly, the appropriate level of probability could be stated e.g. "---did not differ (P >0.05)". Note the following syntax "variables differ between treatments" not "variables differ among treatments". For standard error use the abbreviation SE, for standard deviation, use SD and for standard error of the mean, use SEM.
Statistical preparation of Response trials
Where applicable animal experimentation must be conducted within standard ethical norms. A statement indicating compliance to that must be included in the Materials and Methods section.
References appearing in the text
References appearing in the list, "References", at the end of the article:
AOAC, 1984. Official methods of analysis (14th ed.). Association of Official
Analytical Chemists, Inc., Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Yalçın, H., 1997. Central North Anatolian zeolite occurrences
related to Eocene submarine volcanism in Turkey. Bull. Eng. Fac. Cumhuriyet
Univ. Serie A-Earth Sci. 14, 43-56 (in Turkish, English
Cloete, S.W.P., Van Schalkwyk, S.J. & Brand, Z., 1998. Ostrich breeding
– progress towards a scientifically based strategy. Proc. 2nd Int.
Ratite Cong, Oudtshoorn, South Africa. pp. 55-62.
Deriving a preliminary breeding objective for commercial ostriches. Aust. J. Exp. Agric. 48, 1247-1256.
Style and format of Short Communications
A short communication should be a maximum of five pages. It contains a very brief abstract followed by a brief introduction, text including tables and figures and a brief conclusion followed by references. No subheadings are to be included except for the Abstract. Format, tables and figures must conform to the conventions of the Journal.
SUMMARY OF FORMAT
Submissions will not be accepted unless formatted as follows:
Page size: A4
File > Page Setup> Margins
File > Page Setup>Paper size
Insert > Page numbers
For main text (excluding headings) use the following:
Format > Paragraph
Symbols: Whenever possible, use "normal text".
Title (Maximum 110 characters, Font size 14 pt, bold, centred (no period))
S.S. Authors# & T.T. Co-author (Font size: 12 pt, bold, centred(no period))
Affiliations, including country (Font size: 10 pt, centred)
Headings (e.g. Abstract, Materials) (Font size: 12 pt, bold)
Keywords: Words not in title (Font size: 11 pt)
# Corresponding author: email@example.com (Font size: 10 pt)
Submission and the review process
The data upon which all types of manuscripts are based should be original (except review articles), should not have been published previously in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submission of a manuscript is understood to imply that these conditions have been met. The context and/or detail of the new findings must be sufficiently different to merit addition to the matrix of knowledge through publication.
Submission also implies that all authors have approved the submission and are in agreement with its content.
If figures, tables or parts of other copyright material not owned by the authors are included in articles submitted for publication in the journal, it is the sole responsibility of the authors to obtain permission to republish such items.
A sub-editor with the assistance of reviewers will be requested to review the manuscript and make a recommendation to the editor-in-chief.
Authors may suggest a list of experts whom they consider especially suitable to referee their paper, especially if the subject is highly specialized.
The editor-in-chief will advise the corresponding author on the outcome of the review based on the recommendation of the sub-editor.
Resubmitted manuscripts will follow the same process of evaluation as the first submission. Any resubmittal should be accompanied by a summary of the changes made and a brief response to all recommendations and criticisms.
NB: Initially a paper is accepted provisionally. The final decision to accept or reject manuscripts for publication resides with the editor-in-chief. If the editor-in-chief considers it necessary, the paper may be referred to the journal's editorial sub-committee for a final decision regarding acceptance.
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