Guide for authors

Authors are required to include a cover letter with their manuscripts confirming that all elements of the submission are in accordance with the journal guidelines. Papers should be submitted here.


TYPES OF PAPER: Full length articles, Invited reviews, Short communications, Perspectives.



The submission of an article implies that the described work has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and that its publication is approved by all authors.


Copyright and licensing information

JOASD is an open access journal, each paper is distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). To learn about JOASD's license terms, please click here.


Title page

• Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

• Authors names, mails and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Provide the mail of each author. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names.

• Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about



A brief summary (50-250 words) of the contents and conclusions of the paper and an indication of the relevance of new material should be included at the beginning of the paper.



Please provide a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 keywords of your choice.


The main text

Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering).


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.


Material and methods

Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.


Results and Discussion

Results should be clear and concise. This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate but they could be separated into two sections. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.





Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.


Figure & Figure caption

Do not include figures in the main manuscript file. Each figure must be prepared and submitted as an individual file. Cite figures in ascending numeric order at first appearance in the manuscript file.

Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Illustrations must be named by Fig. 1., Fig. 2., ...



Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.



Citation in text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list.

Web references

The full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed.

Reference style

All citations in the text should refer to:

1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication.

2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication.

3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.

Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.

Examples: 'as demonstrated (Ben Belgacem, 2010a, 2010b, 2013; Belkadhi, 1999). Hamza et al. (2016) have recently shown ....'

For the references list, it should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.


Reference to a journal publication:

Hajji, J., Rabeh, A.J., Risk, R.A. (2018). Date palm biology and distribution. Journal of Sciences and Communty 208, 51–59.

Reference to a book:

Hamza, H.W., Blue, E.B.  (2010). The Style, fourth ed. Longman, New York.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

Rihem, G.R., Houa, L.B. (2011). A new method invention, in: Jones, B.S., Smith , R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.

Reference to a website:

Centre technique des dattes (2016). Culture de palmier dattier. (accessed 07.07.2019).

Journal abbreviations

Journal names should not be abbreviated.


Manuscripts are screened for plagiarism before.

Peer-Reviewing Process

The process of reviewing is considered critical to establishing a reliable body of research and knowledge. The review process aims to make authors meet the standards of their discipline, and of science in general. We use a double-blind system for peer-reviewing; both reviewers and authors’ identities remain anonymous to each other. The paper will be peer-reviewed by two or three experts; one is an editorial staff and the other two are external reviewers. The editor will pass the manuscripts that are accepted for publication to a publisher who will be responsible for organizing the editorial services and online printing of the publication.

Publication Charges

All accepted manuscripts are published Free of Charges


Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors; any others may be charged to the author. Any queries should be answered in full. Please note that authors are urged to check their proofs carefully before return, since the inclusion of late corrections cannot be guaranteed.


This journal is indexed in several international databases such as CABI and THE DIRECTORY OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS (DOAJ).


A print copy of this journal is archived in the Tunisian National Library (