Focus and Scope

Journal of Nepal Agricultural Research Council is a peer reviewed journal published by Nepal Agricultural Research Council, NARC abbreviated as J. Nep. Agric. Res. Counc. publishes original (not published or submitted for publication elsewhere) research and review or feature articles written in English from all over the world in all aspects of agricultural research particularly in the fields of agronomy, plant breeding, horticulture (vegetable/fruit science, spices, beverages, floriculture), entomology, plant pathology, soil science, animal science (pasture and forage, breeding, nutrition, health),fisheries and aquaculture (warm, cool, cold water fisheries and aquaculture), agro-forestry, weed science, food science, seed science, agricultural engineering, agricultural environment, agricultural botany, agricultural economics, agricultural ecology, agro biodiversity, post-harvest technology, agriculture policy, market, socio-economics, outreach and agri-extension education.

Besides main research articles or critical review papers, research notes including characterization notes of stable genotypes/landraces having accession number from the National Genebank and opinion papers may also be published in the journal

All submissions will be checked by iThenticate before publication of manuscripts. The journal is published in both print and online versions is available for free. Each paper published in this journal is assigned a DOI number.

Peer Review Process

The Journal of Nepal Agricultural Research Council is peer review journal. Peer review is the collaborative process that allows manuscripts submitted to a journal to be evaluated and commented upon by independent experts within the same field of research. Upon receipt, manuscripts are assessed for their suitability for publication by the editorial staff. Only the manuscripts meeting the journal’s general criteria for consideration are sent out for review.

Conducting the Review

Authors are welcome to suggest potential reviewers; however, it is the editor's decision whether or not to honor such requests. All submitted manuscripts are read by the editorial staffs, only those papers that seem most likely to meet editorial criteria are sent for formal review. For peer review process usually two or more, independent reviewers, were selected by the editors. The Reviewers treat the review process as being strictly confidential. The editors make a decision based on the reviewers' advice. This journal reserves the right to contact funders, regulatory bodies and the authors’ institutions in cases of suspected research or publishing misconduct.

Each manuscript submitted to the editorial committee is registered and reviewed by at least two peer reviewers. Manuscripts that need improvement as suggested by reviewers and editorial committee will be returned to corresponding author for correction and incorporation of the comments made the corrected version of the manuscript should be submitted promptly to the Managing Editor.

Authors are encouraged to have colleagues review a manuscript before submitting it for publication. Additional authorities are consulted as necessary to confirm the scientific merit of any part or all of the manuscript. A reviewer is asked to review the manuscript and to transmit within 3 weeks. Each reviewer makes a specific recommendation for the manuscript based on the following aspects that are applicable:

  • Importance of the research
  • Originality of the work
  • Appropriateness of the approach and experimental design
  • Adequacy of experimental techniques
  • Soundness of conclusions and interpretations
  • Relevance of discussion
  • Clarity of presentation and organization of the article
  • English composition

Publication Frequency

The journal is published annually.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Editorial Board 2018

Patron
Baidya Nath Mahto, PhD
Executive Director
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Singh Durbar Plaza, Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: ednarc@ntc.net.np

Editor-in-Chief
Tek Bahadur Gurung, PhD
Principal Scientist
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: tek_fisheries@hotmail.com

Associate Editor-In-Chief
Bal Krishna Joshi, PhD
Senior Scientist
National Genebank,
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7848-5824
Email: joshibalak@yahoo.com

Managing Editors
Hari Krishna Upreti
Principal Scientist
Communication, Publication and Documentation Division
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal
Email: hariupreti2077@gmail.com

Jiban Shrestha
Scientist
National Commercial Agriculture Research Program
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Pakhribas, Dhankuta, Nepa
Email: jibshrestha@gmail.com

Editorial Assistant
Rishi Ram Adhikari
Computer Officer
Communication, Publication and Documentation Division
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal
Email: adhikari_rishi@yahoo.com

Previous Editorial Boards

Editorial Board Vol.3,  2017

Editorial Board Vol. 2, 2016

Editorial Board Vol. 1,  2015

Ethical Guidelines for JNARC

Publication Ethics
Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics 2011).

Responsibilities of Editors
The Chief editor/editor is responsible for making decision on paper publication. The publishing decision is based on the recommendation of the journal’s reviewers. Current legal requirements regarding copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered. The editor and any editorial staffs must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent. Editors should aim to ensure timely peer review and publication and should avoid unnecessary delays. Editors should consider how best to share information with authors about any delays that occur.  Editors or board members should not be involved in editorial decisions about their own scholarly work. If chief editor/editor contributes his/her papers, these papers will be reviewed by those reviewers which are outside the journal team.

Responsibilities of Reviewers
The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.  Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations or arguments derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers will notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

Responsibilities of Authors

Ethical Declaration
I/we ethically declare my/our main role in this research paper writing and submission to the journal office from my organization where I am working and posted.

Authors Statement on Contribution
The paper is exclusively written by the author/ and his/her team with most data used in the text, tables and figures were collected from own experiments / or various published sources. I/we declare that the data used in the MS will kept intactuntil next 3 years. These data might be made available to anyone who desires to
see them.

Funding Source Declaration
Authors are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication.

Authors Information
Author(s) should provide his/her/their information in 2-3 sentences. He/She/They should provide their given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. The authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) should be below the names. Author(s) should provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Reviews and other articles should also be accurate and objective, and should unfailingly cite the work on which they are based.

Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
Authors should ensure that submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed. Plagiarism in any form, including the touting of material contained in another paper (of the same authors or some other author) with cosmetic changes as a new paper; copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), and claiming results from research conducted by others are among the numerous forms of plagiarism. In all its forms plagiarism constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration to another journal a previously published paper, or the one under consideration with another journal, without the written consent of the two journals involved.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written, permission from the source.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Changes in Authorship
Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted. The addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors is not possible after the manuscript has been accepted.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the authors obligation to promptly notify the journal Chief Editor/Editor or publisher and cooperate to retract or correct the paper.

If the Chief Editor/Editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the Chief Editor/Editor of the correctness of the original paper.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (7 March 2011). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf