Instructions to Authors

The Journal of Biological Control, published quarterly, accepts papers based on original research in aspects relating to biological suppression of crop pests (insects, mites, nematodes, vertebrates, pathogens and weeds) and vectors of plant and animal diseases.


Two copies of the manuscript and illustrations should be submitted in the 'proof ready' form to the Chief Editor. The manuscript should not exceed 3500 words or 10 typed pages. The manuscript should preferably pertain to research work carried out during the last five years. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere. Short research notes (not exceeding 1500 words) on a significant finding or a description of new species of natural enemies or a new technique is welcome. All papers will be refereed. The decision of the Editorial Board is final. The authors are requested to furnish names, addresses and email of at least three referees in their respective fields. The editorial committee has full right to alter/modify the content of the manuscript accepted for publication without any intimation to the authors. In view of the shortage of time, the editorial committee will not be able to send the galley proof to the authors before printing.


The text should be typed in double space on one side of the bond paper (22 x 28 cm) with 3 cm margin on all sides and in clear and concise English. The title should be provided separately for running headlines. The byline should contain author (s) name (s) and address of the first author. Address (es) of the other author (s) should be given along with consecutive superscript numbers. The paper should be divided into subheadings such as Abstract, Key Words, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. The abstract should not exceed 200 words. It should contain a very brief account of the Materials and Methods and Results and Discussion. It should be suitable for indexing and publication in abstracting journals. Key Words numbering 5-7 should be included. The Materials and Methods should include the name of the place, year and duration of the study besides experimental design and the techniques employed. Where the methods are well known, citation of the standard work is sufficient. The statistical methods used should be clearly stated. The results should be supported by brief but adequate data in GUIDELINES TO AUTHORS tabular or graphical or pictorial form. The discussion should relate to the limitation or advantage of the author (s) experiments in comparison with the work of others. All scientific names of species should be qualified at first mention by the full Latin name and authority followed by the order and family in parentheses. Pesticides should be referred by their accepted common names. The trade name may be used with the chemical formula given in parentheses. All units should be in metric (SI) system. Dates should be in the form of December 15, 1995 (15.12.95 in table). Names of countries and organizations may be abbreviated to capitals without stops, but given in full at first mention.


Each table should be on a separate sheet. The data should be arranged in such a way so that the table would fit in the normal layout of the page. Tables should carry a short title and standard abbreviations for common headings. The data reported must be subjected to appropriate statistical analysis. Avoid duplication of data in tables and figures.


Illustrations should be relevant to the article. Line drawings should be in Indian ink or laser print and large enough to permit reduction by 50 per cent. The legends should be typed on a separate sheet. Plates are only accepted where the description can not be illustrated in text.


References should be cited in the text as Nordlund and Sauls (1981) or (Metcalf et al., 1992). References at the end of the text should be given in the following format: Nordlund DA, Sauls A. 1981. Aggregation in field parasitoid population: foraging time allocation by a population of Diadegma (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Eco Entomol. 8: 447-453. Kaya HK. 1993. Entomogenous and entomopathogenic nematodes in biological control, pp. 565-591. In: Evans K, Trudgill DL. and Webster JM. (Eds.). Plant Parasitic nematodes in Temperate Agriculture. Commonwealth Agriculture Bureaux International, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. Metcalf RL, MetcaIf ER. 1992. Plant kairomones in insect ecology and control. Chapman and Hall, New York, USA. 550 pp.