Guide for Authors


Copyright Transfer Form

Conflict of Interest Form


Publication Charges

For the time being, there is NO charges for publishing in JSSSI.


Guides for preparing and writing a publication

The Journal of Soil Science Society of Iran (JSSSI) publishes bi-annually research papers in the subject areas of:

  • Soil Biology, Chemistry, Genesis and Physics (Mechanics)
  • Soil Environment (Plant, Water and Salinity)
  • Other Related Areas
  1. It is necessary that the submitted articles have not been previously published or have not been reviewed and judged in other scientific journals. Of course, research that has been presented in seminars and scientific conferences or published in the framework of monthly, annual and similar reports can also be reviewed and published in this journal. Submitted articles will be judged and, if approved, will be published in order of priority of receipt and acceptance.
  2. The responsibility for the article and the order of the authors' names (with their written consent) is with the person who submits the article to the journal (corresponding author) and all correspondence will be done with him/her.
  3.  Graduates of master's and doctoral students must also obtain the written consent of their professor or supervisors in order to submit an article extracted from the dissertation.
  4. Articles should be submitted electronically through the website ( This allows the authors to submit articles quickly and easily, to conduct the judging process and subsequent correspondence between the author (s), the judges, and the editors of the journal. It is also possible for the author (s) to be informed for the status of their article at any stage by referring to the relevant section.

The steps for submitting an article electronically follows as:


1- Filling out the registration form and enter the website with a special username

2- Submit / Track Paper

3- New Manuscripts:

   Submit a New Manuscript:

  • Select Manuscript Type
  • Enter Manuscript Title
  • Add/Remove Authors
  • Enter Abstract
  • Enter Keywords
  • Select Related Subjects
  • Additional Comments
  • Suggested Reviewers
  • Attach Files
  • Finish Submission


If there are problems in submitting the article through the website, the file can be sent to the e-mail of

Files required at the time of submission:

  1. Copy-right Transfer Form: The assignment form is the right to publish the article, which is completed after receiving it from the authors' guide and is uploaded in the relevant section.
  2. Conflict of Interest Form: It is a conflict of interest form that is completed after receiving it from the authors' guide section and is uploaded in the relevant section.
  3. The main file of the article: After judging, the reply letter to the authors should be placed at the beginning of the said file.


  1. After registration, the authors are obliged to complete the "Copyright Transfer Form" and upload it as a prerequisite file in order to prevent possible violations and protect their intellectual property rights.
  2. The responsibility of the article and the order of the authors' names is on the responsible author and all correspondence will be done with him. The responsible author (marked with an asterisk) cannot be a student and must be a faculty member or researcher at a research institute.


Manuscript Preparation:


  1.  Articles should be prepared textually, keeping 2.5 cm of margin on each side, and by inserting the page number and line and line spacing of 1.5 cm in MS Word software with Times New Roman 10 English font.
  2.  Arrangement of different parts of the article: Article specifications, title, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusion, thanks, sources used.


Description of different parts of the article and technical guide:

Covering Sheet: This section will be on a separate page including the title of the article, first and last name, academic rank and address of the author or authors of the article, e-mail and contact number of the Corresponding Author.

Title: The title of the article is up to 20 words and reflects the content of the article.

Abstract: The abstract of the article consists of 200 to 250 words, expressing the problem, purpose, method and results obtained and the general conclusion of the research to be presented continuously.

Keywords: It is 4 to 6 separate words that are the subject of most research and are not mentioned in the title of the article.

Introduction: In this section, the research topic should be introduced and the desired hypothesis should be defined. The most important previous research works in this case should be mentioned and the necessity and purpose of the research should be explained.

Materials and Methods: Includes materials used and descriptions of new methods and formulas used or citation of common and known methods. Equations and formulas are numbered and should not be pictorial but prepared with the Math type 6 tool or later.

Results: Contains the results of the research in the form of text, table, figure and image. Duplication of results in multiple forms (table, figure, etc.) should be avoided.

Discussion: In this section, the causes and relationships between them in creating the results, using other scientific sources, are discussed, analyzed. If necessary, the results and discussion sections can be presented simultaneously under the heading "Results and discussion".

Conclusion: This section contains a final conclusion from the research and mentions its possible application (or applications).

Acknowledgments: This section introduces individuals, organizations, and institutions, in general, natural and legal persons who are effective in conducting research and thanking and appreciating them.

Sources used: The sources mentioned in the text of the article must already be in the form of a book or article in a scientific journal and be accessible to the reader. The list of sources used at the end of the article should be only from the sources mentioned in the text and should be prepared by the number and alphabetical order of the author's name. All Persian and English sources cited in the text of the article must be written in the list of sources in English. Therefore, the whole solar year of Persian sources should be converted to the Gregorian year and in translating the names of the people, it should be ensured that their spelling and the year of publication are correct.


References: References in the text are made through the number in parentheses, and if more than one number is mentioned, the order of the numbers in parentheses should be from left to right and from small to large. For example, for simultaneous reference to sources with numbers 1, 5, 12 and 10, do the following: (1, 5, 10 and 12). If the authors are mentioned, depending on their number, three cases are possible: one person = Jones (source number), two people = Jones and Brown (source number) and more than two people = Jones et al. (Source number).



Journals and books of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA follow the APA reference style as found in the Publication Manual of the APA, 7th edition (APA, 2020).


Arrange the list alphabetically by the surnames of authors. All single-authored arti­cles of a given individual should precede multiple-author articles of which the individual is senior author. Alphabetize entries with the same first author according to surnames of succeeding coauthors and then by year, when the names are repeated exactly. Two or more articles by the same author (or authors) are listed chronologically and then by title. Articles by the same author or authors published within a single year by adding lowercase letters, a, b, c, etc., to the year. Example:

Shotwell, C. A., & Smith, G. W. (2001).

Shotwell, O. L. (1998a).

Shotwell, O. L. (1998b).

Shotwell, O. L., Goulden, M. L., & Hesseltine, C. W. (1994).

Shotwell, O. L., Hesseltine, C. W., & Goulden, M. L. (1993).

Shotwell, O. L., Hesseltine, C.W., & Goulden, M. L. (1997).

Shotwell, O. L., Hesseltine, C. W., Vandegraft, E. E., & Goulden, M. L. (1992).


An author can be a person, committee, organization, or other party responsible for the work. Only when no author can be determined for a document should "anonymous" be used. For web pages, it is most common to use the name of the organization as the author. Examples:

University of Wisconsin Extension. (2012). University of Wisconsin automated weath­er observation network.

Food and Agriculture Organization. (1994). Production and trade yearbook, 1993. FAO.

The author's name is listed by last name first, followed by initials (Smith, J. R.). For works by more than one author, all authors' names are inverted (Smith, J. R., Li, L., & Rosen, C.). For works by two authors, use an ampersand (&) between the names. For works by 3 to 20 authors, list all authors, with an ampersand before the final author. For works by more than 20 authors, list the first 19. After the 19th author, use an ellipsis (...) in place of the author names. Then provide the final author's name. There should be no more than 20 names (Basso, B., Dumont, B., Maestrini, B., Shcherbak, I., Robertson, G. P., Porter, J. R., Smith, P., Paustian, K., Grace, P. R., Asseng, S., Bassu, S., Biernath, C., Boote, K. J., Cammarano, D., De Sanctis, G., Durand, J.-L., Ewert, F., Gayler, S., Hyndman, D. W., ... Rosenzweig, C.).

Style of the Reference List

American Society for Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and Crop Science Society of America (ASA CSSA SSSA)

APA Style guide

Technical guide

Text structure: The font of the article title and the main titles of the article structure (including introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, general conclusion and list of sources used) should be bold. The use of subheadings (subheadings) is not prohibited, but the use of multiple subheadings should be avoided.

The tables should be numbered in the order referred to in the text. Units of each attribute or attribute should be listed in parentheses. Statistical themes should be observed in tables and figures and letters, symbols, units, etc. showing statistical comparisons should be written below the table or in the title of the figure. Letters and statistical symbols on the right side of the numbers should be written in superscript. These letters and symbols should be clearly stated and defined below the table. An example of presenting a table in an article is as follows:


Table 1. Mean comparisons of soil organic carbon (SOC), basal soil respiration (BSR), percent of water-stable aggregates (WSA), water dispersible clay (WDC) and water repellency index (RI) as affected by application rate of plant residues




(g kg–1)


(mg CO2 kg–1 soil)




(g kg–1 clay)





















In each column, numbers with similar letters are not significantly different (LSD, p < 0.05).

The figures should be numbered in the order referenced in the text. The titles of the figures should be written below them in the middle format and should indicate the results presented in them. The shapes have no frame lines and are sharp enough. As much as possible, the shapes should be shown in two dimensions with black and white patterns. Statistical letters and symbols must be clearly defined and defined below. The unit for the axes should be listed in parentheses in each diagram. Graphs are copied to the article file so that they can be edited. The axes of the shapes start from zero and English numbers are used in grading the horizontal and vertical axes. An example of presenting a shape in an article is as follows:


Fig. 1. Mean comparisons of interaction effect of soil air-filled porosity (AFP) and tall fescue genotype (75B and 75C) on soil stability ratio (SR); Bars with similar letters are not significantly different (LSD, p < 0.05).

The number of decimals related to the data of each of the measured properties should be in accordance with the accuracy of the measurement method and the device used. In the case of a property, numbers with the same number of decimal places should be uniform throughout the article. Numbers greater than 100 should be given without decimals. Numbers between 10-100 with one decimal place and numbers less than 10 with a maximum of two decimal places should be provided. Avoid using more than two decimal places as much as possible.

9- To express the unit of quantities, attributes and parameters, use the units of SI International System, which are given in the following examples:

Length: m, mm, µm, nm

Level: ha, m2

Volume: m3, L

Mass: kg, g, mg, µg, ng

Yield: kg ha–1

Energy: J

Water pressure and potential: hPa, kPa, MPa

Temperature: ºC

Transpiration: mmol H2O m–2 s–1

Photosynthesis: µmol CO2 m–2 s–1

Concentration: g per liter (g L–1), mol L–1, mmol L–1, µmol L–1, nmol L–1



  1. The responsibility for the opinions and theories contained in the article lies with the author (s).
  2. The publication of soil-plant relations is free in editing the contents.
  3. The received articles are judged by the editorial board of the journal with the cooperation of experts and if accepted, they are published in turn.