Instructions to authors
Before proceeding to submit your abstract, please read the following Submission guidelines to ensure you have all of the information that will be needed to complete the submission process. Please pay particular attention to these instructions as abstracts that do not conform may not be accepted by the editors of the proceedings.
Manuscript style – general
Manuscripts are to be prepared in MS Word. Please do not submit a PDF.
Margins: top, bottom, left and right: 2.5cm each
Header and footer: 1.0 cm each. Do not enter anything in the header and footer; these will be used by the editor for running page headers and line numbers
Font size: 11 point except in cases specified below
Papers should include title, introduction, methods, results, discussion/conclusions and references (should any be cited).
Please restrict your title to a maximum of 20 words. The paper title is to be centred, have a font size of 14 point and be in bold style.
Type all headings in lower case letters (sentence case) with only the first letter of the first word plus any proper name capitalised.
Headings (Introduction, Methods, etc.) are on a separate line, start at the left margin, have 12 point font size, bold style and no full stop at the end.
Separate all headings, except the paper title, from the previous section by one blank line.
Author organisation and location
Author names are to be typed centred under the paper title, separated by one blank line from the title, in 12 point font size and italic style. Capitalised alphabetic superscripts (A, B, etc) after each name are to be used to indicate locations and corresponding author.
Author organisation and location are to be typed centred under the author names, separated by one blank line, in 11 point font size and normal style. Each location and the corresponding author are to be proceeded by the appropriate superscript relating them to the author.
Include an email address at bottom left of the paper of the author to be contacted for further information. Remove the hyperlink from the email address, if present.
Maximum length of the abstract submission is one A4 page.
- Justification: full (left and right)
- Line spacing: single (no additional spacing before and after)
- Footnotes: place these in the text area of the page, not in the page footer
- Numbers: In the text, type all numbers as numerals except at the start of a sentence. In headings, spell out the numbers from 1 to 9.
Each figure should be embedded in the appropriate place within the manuscript. A caption containing the figure number and legend should be placed below the figure and separated from it by a blank line. In both the text and captions refer to the figures using the abbreviation “Fig.” and Arabic numerals (e.g. Fig. 1). The captions, including figure label, are to be left and right justified in 11 point font size. The figure labels are in bold style and followed by a full stop (e.g. Fig. 1.). Continue the legend on the same line with the keys to symbols used appearing in the legend and not on the face of the figure. Do not rely on colours to distinguish lines or areas in the figures as printed editions of the proceedings may be in greyscale.
Tables should be inserted in the appropriate place in the text. Each table is to have a title comprising the table number (e.g. Table 1.) and a description ending with a full stop, all in bold, 11 point type. The table is to be separated from its title by one blank line. Content in the body of the table is to be in 10 point type. Only the first letter of the first word and proper names of row or column headings, or in table entries, should be in capitals. The dimensions of units should be shown in the headings in brackets. However, if this is not possible, they may be inserted into the body of the table. Where the measure of variation is presented in a separate column or row, ± should not be repeated before each value. There should be no vertical rulings between columns. Superscripts (alphabet capitals) should be clearly indicated, with notations being immediately below the table. When tables are referred to in the text they should be typed with a capital e.g. Table 1.
Nomenclature and units
Present all results in metric (S.I.) units
Time of day must be indicated by the 24 hour clock.
Use kg/ha, g/m2, kg/ha.day etc.
The format for dates is 30 November 2006.
Time units should be expressed in full, e.g. day, second (not d, sec).
Within the text references should be restricted to the authors’ names followed by the year of publication. They should conform to the following examples. (Smith 1984), (Smith et al. 1986), (Smith 1984a, 1984b; Smith and Jones 1990; Robert et al. 1992).
A complete list of references cited in the text must be arranged alphabetically at the end of the text and preceded by the first order heading References.