The International Rice Research Notes
Instructions to Contributors
IRRN welcomes three types of submitted manuscripts: research notes, mini reviews, and “notes from the field.” All manuscripts must have international or pan-national relevance to rice science or production, be written in English, and be an original work of the author(s), and must not have been previously published elsewhere. By submitting the manuscript, the author automatically assigns the copyright of the article to IRRI.
Research notes submitted to IRRN should
Preliminary research findings. To reach well-supported conclusions, field trials should be repeated across more than one season, in multiple seasons, or in more than one location as appropriate. Preliminary research findings from a single season or location may be accepted for publication in IRRN if the findings are of exceptional interest.
Preliminary data published in IRRN may later be published as part of a more extensive study in another peer-reviewed publication, if the original IRRN article is cited. However, a note submitted to IRRN should not consist solely of data that have been extracted from a larger publication that has already been or will soon be published elsewhere.
Multiple submissions. Normally, only one report for a single experiment will be accepted. Two or more items about the same work submitted at the same time will be returned for merging. Submitting at different times multiple notes from the same experiment is highly inappropriate. Detection will result in the rejection of all submissions on that research.
Manuscript preparation. Arrange the note as a brief statement of research objectives, a short description of project design, and a succinct discussion of results. Relate results to the objectives. Do not include abstracts. Up to five references may be cited. A list of three to five key words should be supplied. Restrain acknowledgments. Limit each note to no more than two pages of double-spaced type-written text (approximately 500 words).
Each note may include up to two tables and/or figures (graphs, illustrations, or photos). Refer to all tables and figures in the text. Group tables and figures at the end of the note, each on a separate page. Tables and figures must have clear titles that adequately explain contents.
Apply these rules, as appropriate, to all research notes:
Mini reviews should address topics of current interest to a broad selection of rice researchers highlight new and developments that are shaping current work in the field. Authors should contact the IRRN managing editor before submitting a mini review to verify that the subject is appropriate and that no similar reviews are already in preparation. Because only one to two mini reviews can be published per issue, IRRN will require high quality standards for manuscripts accepted for publication. The reviews should be 2,000–3,000 words long, including references. Refer to the guidelines for research notes for other aspects of writing and content.
Notes from the field
Notes from the field should address important new observations or trends in rice-growing areas, such as pest outbreaks or new pest introductions, or the adoption or spread of new crop management practices. These observations, while not the result of experiments, must be carefully described and documented. Notes should be approximately 250 words in length. Refer to the guidelines for research notes for other aspects of writing and content.
Review of manuscripts
The IRRN managing editor will send an acknowledgment card or an email message when a note is received. An IRRI scientist, selected by the editorial board, reviews each note. Depending on the reviewer’s report, a note will be accepted for publication, rejected, or returned to the author(s) for revision.
Submission of manuscripts
Send manuscripts, correspondence, and comments or suggestions about IRRN by mail or email to:
The IRRN Managing Editor E-mail: email@example.com
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