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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.
  • One or more of the co-authors is a current member of the New Zealand Grassland Association
  • One of the co-authors will present the paper at the next NZGA Conference if the paper is accepted.
  • 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 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, figure captions, tables and table headings 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 Grasslands Guide for Authors', which is found at XXXX
  • 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.
  • High-resolution figures must be supplied separately as well being included in the manuscript.

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.

Statistical methods  

Authors should include full information on the statistical methods and measures used in their research, including justification of the appropriateness of the statistical test used (see the SAMPL guidelines for more information). Reviewers will be asked to check the statistical methods, and the manuscript may be sent for specialist statistical review if considered necessary.

Manuscript Submission   

Manuscripts should be submitted, on-line to the Editor by Friday 17 May  2019 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.

Peer-review and editorial processes   

  • The Editor and the Editorial Board make an initial assessment on the suitability of each submission. If a submission passes preliminary screening then it will be sent for peer review. 
  • This journal uses a blind peer-review process involving two anonymous reviewers with scientific expertise relevant to the topic plus the Editor.
  • Authors are required to amend their papers based on the reviewers' and editor's comments or provide detailed reasons why  these comments have not been dealt with. Amended papers are re-reviewed by the editor and, if necessary, sent back to referees for further consideration before acceptance.

Copies of each manuscript with referees’ and editor’s comments will be returned to the 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. 

Where an Editor is on the author list or has any other competing interest regarding a specific manuscript, another member of the Editorial Board will be assigned to assume responsibility for overseeing peer review.

Authors should note that even in light of one positive report, concerns raised by another reviewer may fundamentally undermine the study and result in the manuscript being rejected.



Editors and reviewers will treat all submissions in confidence except in cases of suspected misconduct where third parties may be contacted and informed of possible issues. 

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