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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The authors affirm that all co-authors have read and approved the final draft of the manuscript and it has been approved by your institution's editorial panel.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The corresponding author will be given an opportunity to read and correct the edited manuscript as page proofs, but if the author fails to return proofs to the technical editor of the Journal within the time specified, publication may proceed without the author’s approval of the edited manuscript.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the "Journal of New Zealand Guide for Authors', which is found in Information Page of the Associations website http://grassland.org.nz/information.php
  • Care and Use of Animals: I certify that any research that involved animals followed established standards for their care and use as approved by an Animal Ethics Committee.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation    Manuscripts should be no more than eight (8) A4 pages, (1 - 1.5 spaced typing) including title, abstract (no more than 150 words), keywords, text, tables and figures, acknowledgements and references. Manuscripts will be sent to specialist referees for constructive and confidential appraisal. Manuscripts should be thoroughly appraised by colleagues before submission to the Association.

Manuscript Submission   Manuscripts should be submitted, on-line to the Editor by Friday May 18th http://www.nzgajournal.org.nz/

Journal of NZ Grasslands Guide for Authors   NOTE: Manuscripts that do not meet the style guidelines outlined here may be returned at the editor’s discretion.

Refereeing Process and the Final Draft   Copies of the manuscript with referees’ and editor’s comments will be returned to authors by late June  for them to respond. The final draft is required within 3 weeks of receipt of these comments and should be submitted directly via the online portal http://www.nzgajournal.org.nz/ as requested. Authors must supply an accompanying note of how referees/editors comments have been dealt with. If authors do not wish to comply with recommendations made by the referees or editor, then please also supply reasons for this in a separate memo.