How to submit an article
The corresponding author of the article, after Register on the journal’s website (https://jame.um.ac.ir), should enter the Submit a New Manuscript section and fill in all the requested information carefully.
When submitting your article, you need to upload the following files:
- Title page: (including Authors’ name, academic position, and affiliations in English language and Persian (only for Farsi manuscript), corresponding author’s email and phone number). The title page must be uploaded separately from the main text.
- Main manuscript: (in *.doc or *.docx format) prepared according to the journal’s requested format.
- Authorship Statement Form: While submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Agricultural Machinery, all contributing authors must complete, sign and submit an Authorship Statement Form to verify that the manuscript represents authentic and valid work and that neither this manuscript nor one with significantly similar content under their authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in other languages, without the written consent the copy right holder. All authors have agreed to allow the corresponding author to serve as the primary correspondent with the editorial office, to review the edited manuscript and proof. In addition, the corresponding author is required to specify all authors’ contribution to the work described in the manuscript.
- Conflicts of Interest Form: Conflict of Interest is defined as a set of conditions in which professional judgment concerning a primary interest, such as the validity of research, may be influenced by a secondary interest, such as financial gain. A Conflict of Interest Disclosure is an agreement or a declaration by the author(s) that they have not been paid for the work, or if they have, stating the source of their payment. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure provides the readers of the manuscript with information about authors’ interests that could influence how the authors receive the work. The author(s) are obliged to submit a Conflicts of interest form and take responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the submitted manuscript. Conflict of Interest Disclosure form would be signed by all authors and it must be stated that the permission has been received to use any material in the manuscript such as tables, figures etc. or no permission is necessary to publish the authors’ work.
Ethics in Publishing
Read Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement for the Journal of Agricultural Machinery (JAM) here
See Peer Review Process in the Journal of Agricultural Machinery here
In this journal, articles can be reviewed in three types of Research article, Short article and Review article and in two optional languages, Persian or English. Manuscripts must be written as a word document (*.doc or *.docx) to be used in the refereeing process. The submitted manuscript must be written in single column (not double column) format. All figures, tables and supplementary data should be embedded and included in the main manuscript file. All manuscripts must contain the essential elements including Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References. It is necessary to send an extended abstract in English for the articles written in Persian. See more information here.
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). To submit an errorless manuscript, the authors are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' tools. Authors whose first language is not English should make sure their manuscript is written in idiomatic English before submission. This can be accomplished by seeking help and advices from English editing companies.
The importance of abstract is clear, as it is the section that reader gets a general view at first. The abstract of the article should be written in a single paragraph and not exceed 250 words. The abstract should state the main purpose, methodology and findings of the study and appear as standalone writing.
Please provide three to five keywords which can be used for indexing purposes. Keywords should not repeat the words of the manuscript title or contain abbreviations and shall be written in alphabetical order and separated by comma.
The introduction should have two to three paragraphs depend on the type or category of information delivered, as well as the study's motivation and objectives. It is essential to present adequate background of the field of research. Please highlight the main reasons and objectives of the research in this section. Date and location of the research carried out might be mentioned at the end of this section.
Materials and Methods
An overview of the research design should be clearly reported. The previous published procedures would be cited and methods used in the paper should be described in details. Types of analysis should be also mentioned in this section. This section includes subheadings for materials, method or procedure employed, location and region of study, analytical procedure, etc. and should be written in the past tense with passive voice. Avoid stating any study findings in this section.
Results and Discussion
The Results and Discussion section should describe the outcome and adequate interpretation of the study results. Data should be presented as concisely as possible, if appropriate, in the form of tables or figures, although very large tables should be avoided. The Discussion should be an interpretation of the results and their significance with reference to the works of others. Please note that SI units and symbols must be used throughout the manuscript.
The results and discussion should be included the followings:
- It should be brief but well-represented without being overly wordy.
- To organize all of the data in a methodical way, use Tables and Figures: Tables are used to show exact values, while figures are used to depict patterns or the effect of variables.
- The figures and tables should be standalone i.e the readers should be able to understand them without referring to the text.
- Do not display the same data in both Table and Figure.
- It is frequently instructive to give a discussion of the interpretations potential flaws.
- Show how your findings and interpretations align with (or differ from) previously published works.
- Discuss both theoretical and practical implications.
- The various works in the literature that cover this topic and how this work contributes to the larger field of research are discussed at the end of this section.
Do not submit tables and graphs as photograph or image. Tables should be embedded in the text. Do not use internal horizontal and vertical lines. Tables should have a clear and rational structure along with consecutive numerical order (1, 2, 3, etc.). Give enough information in subtitles so that each table is understandable without referring to the text. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining its components. Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption. 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.
Figures and illustrations should be in high quality. Figures also must be embedded in the text; do not submit and upload them as separate file into account dashboard. Ensure that figures are clear, labeled, and of a size that can be reproduced legibly in the journal. Following remarks should be applied to the figures:
- Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions as text of the manuscript, and not embed in the figure.
- Figure captions begin with the term “Fig.”
- Do not use punctuation at the end of caption.
- Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
The introduction to the work, followed by a concise description of the results found, and the discussion points are the most crucial element of the conclusion. The conclusion section further includes the research's uniqueness, limitations, and recommendations for future research. Finally, the authors should convey and highlight the entirety of research, with no references to literature.
Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds with official number, etc. should be compulsory placed in this section. The names of financing organizations should be written in full, and the statement should follow the funding institution's criteria. Financial support affiliation of the study, if exists, along with the Grant number must be mentioned in this section.
The list of all abbreviations as well as the symbols which are used in the manuscript text they should be defined in the text at first use (Avoid abbreviations in the abstract). The list of abbreviations (nomenclatures) must be provided alphabetically.
All the references should be cited throughout the manuscript text as well as in the Reference section organized in accordance with the APA reference style. Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically and in English language. It is also substantially recommended to the authors to refer to recent references in last 10 years rather than old and out of date ones. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list. The authors are strongly advised to use a reference management tool such as “EndNote” for preparing bibliography and citation within the text.
See more information and examples in Author Guide.