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Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research

International journal of agricultural and food science published by Teagasc

The Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research is listed in Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences (CC/A&ES)

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Aims and Scope

The Journal is published twice yearly by Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Ireland. Papers on any aspect of research of direct relevance to temperate agriculture, including plant and animal sciences, food science, soils, engineering, buildings, economics and sociology, will be considered for publication. Notes will also be considered. Papers published or offered for publication elsewhere will not be accepted, but the publication of an abstract does not preclude publication of the full paper in this Journal. Opinions expressed in papers are those of the contributors.

Editorial Board

Senior Editor
A. Moloney
Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath

O. Fenton
Teagasc, Environment and Land Use Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford
J. Finn
Teagasc, Crops, Environment and Land Use Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford
J. Finnan
Teagasc, Crops Research Centre, Oak Park, Carlow, Co. Carlow
K. Hanrahan
Teagasc, Rural Economy and Development Research Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway
D. Hennessy
Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork
K. Jordan
Teagasc, Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork
D. Ó hUallacháin
Teagasc, Environment and Land Use Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford

Production Editor
Catriona Boyle
Teagasc Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow, Co. Carlow

Ann Tiernan
Teagasc Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow, Co. Carlow.

All papers are subject to peer review prior to acceptance. The editors have used their best endeavours to ensure that the results and conclusions are consistent with the data but no responsibility is accepted for fraud or inaccuracy on the part of contributors. The use of trade names in this publication does not imply endorsement by the publisher nor criticism of similar products not mentioned. The publisher accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage arising from any use of methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein.

Instructions to authors

Manuscripts in Microsoft Word or compatible format should be e-mailed in a single document (including all Tables and Figures) to the Production Editor. E-mail:


Papers must be in English and it is the responsibility of authors to ensure that the English is of a standard suitable for publication. Format the document for A4 paper, double spaced with left and right margins of 25 mm. Page and line numbering must be used. Notes should not exceed 2,000 words or the equivalent, inclusive of tables and illustrations.

Authors should consult a recent issue to make themselves familiar with the layout and style of the journal. The spelling of the current Shorter Oxford English Dictionary should be used.

The following format, though not absolutely rigid, is recommended:

  1. Title, author(s) name(s), full address(es)
  2. Abstract
  3. Text of paper - (a) Introduction, (b) Materials and Methods, (c) Results, (d) Discussion, (e) Acknowledgements
  4. References
  5. Tables (one per page) with captions
  6. Figures (one per page) with number included. Captions on a separate page
  7. Captions for figures and photographs

Abstract should be intelligible without reference to the paper. Outline the purpose and methods of the work, and important findings and conclusions. Do not exceed 250 words for papers or 100 words for Notes.

Units: The International System of Units (SI) should be used.

Standard abbreviations: Chemical and mathematical symbols should be used without definition; the following statistical symbols may be used without explanation: s.d. = standard deviation, s.e. = standard error, s.e.d. = standard error of difference, R = multiple correlation, r = sample correlation coefficient, b = regression coefficient.

Other abbreviations: Use of ad hoc abbreviations in the text should be avoided unless the expression involved occurs frequently and they must be defined at first usage.

Keywords: Authors must include a list of not more than five keywords or two- to three-word phrases. They must also supply a short title of not more than 50 characters.

References: In the text a reference should be quoted by the author’s name and date (in parentheses). Where there are three authors, all names should appear at the first mention; thereafter, and at all times if there are four or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used.

The list of references at the end of the text should be in alphabetical order and set out as in the following examples:

Byrne, E. 1979. "Chemical Analysis of Agricultural Materials". An Foras Taluntais, Dublin, 194 pages.

Cunningham, E.P. 1990. Quantitative approaches to animal breeding. Proceedings of the 4th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Edinburgh 13: 4-14.

Reeds, P. 1988. Regulation of protein metabolism. In: "Control and Regulations of Animal Growth" (ed. J.F. Quirke and H. Schmid), Pudoc, Wageningen, pages 25-44.

Sheehan, W. and Fitzgerald, J.J. 1977. Effects of method of herbage conservation on performance of store lambs. Irish Journal of Agricultural Research 16: 83-94.

Authors must ensure that all references in the text appear at the end of the paper and vice versa, and that names and dates correspond in the two places.

Tables Authors are asked to consult a recent issue of the journal for guidance on layout. Numerous small tables or unduly large and complex ones should not be used. Avoid the overuse of significant digits which may suggest false or unwarranted precision. The level of experimental error and the statistical significance of the results should be given. Levels of statistical significance should be indicated as follows without explanation:

* = P<0.05, ** = P<0.01, *** = P<0.001

Figures and photographs: Draw figures in black on white or colourless medium with captions on a separate page. Avoid use of heavy-weight lines. Conform to dimensions of journal page (133 x 184 mm), allowing for the caption and margins.

Submit black and white or colour photographs on glossy paper, with strong contrasts. Electronic images of good quality can be embedded in the Word file.

Tables, Figures and photographs should be intelligible without reference to the text.

The latest table of contents and PDFs of papers

Volume 53, No. 1, 2014

Full PDFs from Volume 53, No 2 2014 available here.

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