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Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH)

Information to contributors Journal of Horticultural Sciences, an international journal, is the official publication of Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH). It covers basic and applied aspect of original research on all branches of horticulture and other cognate disciplines, which promotes horticulture in its broadest sense. Its goals are to apprise horticultural scientists and other interested in horticulture of scientific and industrial developments and extension findings. The area of research include evaluation of germplasm, breeding, agronomic practices, physiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, soils and plant nutrient, plant protection, weed control, pesticide residue, post harvest technology, economics, extension, farm machinery and mechanization, etc. which facilitate in the growth and expansion of horticulture. The journal is published twice a year, in June and December.

The Journal of Horticultural Sciences (JHS) publishes critical reviews, research papers and short communications. The manuscript should preferably pertain to the research work carried out during the last five years. Author(s) must certify that the manuscript (s) has/have not been sent elsewhere for publication. All the authors have to become the members of SPH when a paper is accepted for publication. All papers will be refereed. Short communications on significant research findings, new record / technology are welcome. Besides invited review papers, scientists with vast experience on a particular field of research can also submit review papers which will be refereed. Decision of the Editor-in-Chief / Editorial board is final. Authors are permitted to photocopy their article for non-commercial and scientific purpose. No reprints shall be provided gratis. Acceptance of manuscript for publication in JHS shall automatically mean transfer of copyright to the SPH. The Editor-in-Chief / Editorial board assumes no responsibility for the statements, opinion or facts expressed in the journal, which rests entirely with the author(s) thereof. Mention of a pesticide or a commercial or proprietary product does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation for the use.

Title: The title of the article should be bold and in running form. Use the font Times New Roman (14 point). Botanical / scientific names should be italicized. Author name(s) should be in running and bold with full address of the corresponding author including e-mail address (it is mandatory as future correspondence will be only through e-mail). The address of other authors(s), if different from the first author, should be given as footnotes and indicated by consecutive superscript numbers. A brief running title should be provided on a separate sheet.

Abstract: The abstract should not exceed 200 words. It should be suitable for indexing and publication in abstracting journal. Very pertinent keywords may be furnished.

Text: The text should be typed in double space on one side of good quality paper (21 X 29 cm) with 3cm margin on all sides without justifying the text and in clear and concise English. Use the font Times New Roman (12 point). The paper should be divided into subheadings (placed on the left margin and in upper case) such as Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References. Units and abbreviations should be in metric (SI) system. It is desirable that authors take due care on clarity and brevity of the paper. The length of the paper should not exceed 2500 words.

Tables/Illustrations/Photographs: Each table should be on a separate sheet with a short title at the end of the paper, numbered in the order in which it appears in the text. The data reported must be subjected to appropriate statistical analysis. The illustrations should be relevant to the research findings and should not be repeating of data presented in the table. Only very good photographs, mounted on hard paper to avoid folding, given on a separate sheet of paper with title, which are reproducible, will be accepted. Data to be presented in graphical from should be sent on quality glossy contrast paper without folding.

References: References should be cited in the text in the form of (Anon., 1999; Prakash, 2002; krishnamoorthy and Mani 2004). The term et al should be used when there are more than two authors. The letters, a, b, c, …. should be used following the year, to distinguish between two or more papers by the same author(s) in one year. References at the end of the text should be given in the following.

Shikhamany, S.D. and Satyanarayana, G. 1973. A study on the associated of leaf nutrient contents with poor yields in Anab. E.shahi grape (Vitis vinifera L.). Ind. J. Hort., 30:376-382

Panse, V.G. and Sukhatme, P.V. 1978. Statistical methods for Agricultural workers. ICAR, New Delhi, p 108

Srinivas, K. 1987. Response of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus Thunb. Musf) to drip and furrow irrigation under different nitrogen and plant population levels. Ph.D thesis, UAS, Bangalore

Mehta, N.K. and Sharma, S.D. 1986. Studies on flowering and fruit retention in some cultivars of peach (Prunus Persica Batch). In: Advances in Research on Temperate Fruits. Proc. Nat’l. Symp. Temp. Fruits, Solan (India), Dr. Y.S. Parmar Univ. Hort. and Forestry, pp 37-42

Krishnamoorthy, A. and Mani, M. 2000. Biological Control of Pests of Vegetable Crops. p 367-78. In: Biocontrol Potential and its exploitation in sustainable Agriculture. Vol. 2: Insect Pests. Upadhyaay, R.K. Mukerji, K.G. and Chamola, B.P. (eds.).

Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York Cover photo (s) shall be included at the discretion of Editor. Authors may submit photographs/figures/diagrams for cover page while submitting the manuscript.


  • To advance the scientific principles and practices into horticulture and to promote the profession of horticultural sciences (fruits, vegetables, ornamental crops, medicinal and aromatic crops, tuber crops including potato, plantation crops, spices, cashew, cocoa, etc.)
  • To provide scientific and technical advice to government and industry organizations engaged in regulating horticultural trade.
  • To promote close relationship with the International Society for Horticultural Sciences and other related societies both national and international in the field of horticulture.
  • To publish a Journal in English called ‘Journal of Horticultural Sciences’. This shall include original research papers on any aspect of horticulture.
  • To provide a medium for the exchange, discussion and dissemination of current development in the field of horticultural sciences by holding meetings, Symposia, etc.
  • To publish catalogues, bibliographies, checklists, monographs, books, reviews, etc., in the field of horticultural science.
  • To recognize the contribution of outstanding researchers all aspects of horticultural science and to institute suitable annual or biennial awards.
  • The benefits of the Society shall be open to all irrespective of caste, creed or religion, whose interests comply with the objects of the society.

Governing Body


Dr. M.R. Dinesh

Vice Presidents

Dr. R.Chithiraichelvan Dr. R. Veere Gowda

General Secretary

Dr. C. Aswath

Joint Secretaries

Dr. B. Varalakshmi Dr. T.H. Singh


Dr. K.S. Shivashankara


Dr. Leela Sahijram


Dr. G.S. Prakash Dr. Lalitha Anand
Dr. A. Krishnamoorthy Dr. Umesha
Dr. Mukunda Dr. B.M.C. Reddy
Dr. V.V. Sulladmath Dr. P.C. Tripathi
Dr. T.S. Aghora Dr. H.S. Vageesh Babu
Dr. C.K. Narayana Dr. Praksh Patil