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Scientific communications should be addressed to "The Editorial Secretary, Egyptian Journal of Soil Science (EJSS), Soils and Water Use Dept., National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt.


Classes of Manuscripts

The Editorial Secretary will consider for publication in the journal manuscripts, which describe original work not previously published and if accepted, must not be published in any other journal unless permission is received from the Editorial Secretary of this Journal. Four classes of manuscripts are recognized:

(1) Original research paper, which gives a concise account of the author’s work in one of the fields of soil science. Original research findings are interpreted to mean the outcome of the scholarly inquiry, investigations, modeling, or experimentation having as an objective the revision of existing concepts, the development of new concepts, or the development of new or improved techniques in some phase of soil science. They should be addressed to specialists with the intention of increasing their knowledge in the field which the research lies. The authors are required to give a brief summary of their articles not exceeding 250 words stating the objective of the work and its important results. It is also required to give an abstract of the article in Arabic (for Arabian Countries).

(2) Note, which is abbreviated articles. No abstract is needed for the notes. Notes focus on studies of limited scope, unique observations, or research techniques and apparatus. The length of a note should be 2 to 3 published pages.

(3) Comments and Letters to the Editor, which are intended to be preliminary publications of results which are believed to justify prompt publication. Letters contain (a) critical comments on papers published in one of the Society outlets, (b) editorial comments by Society officers, or (c) personal comments on matters having to do with soil science.

(4) Review papers, a review is not simply a collection of papers that are all centered on a common theme. Review papers should provide a synthesis of existing knowledge and give new insights or concepts not previously presented in the literature, or at least not with the same level of detail. The review should identify knowledge gaps for future research. An author should generally be allowed more freedom to provide his/her view on a topic in a review as the papers being reviewed are presumed to already have passed some level of scientific scrutiny by peers. A good review is often one of the most important ways to advance an area of science.


General Instructions

Manuscripts can be submitted to the Editor through the website of the EJSS. Only electronic submissions are accepted, the preferred format is a single MS Word file containing all text and tables. Figures must be submitted in TIF, EPS, or PDF format. Photographs must be submitted in TIFF or JPEG format. The following information must be provided for each manuscript submitted: the corresponding author with an email address and other contact information; complete listing of all authors and affiliations; manuscript title; and a listing of all individuals acknowledged in the manuscript. All manuscripts are subject to plagiarize screenings upon submission.

Manuscripts must be submitted in triplicate, type-written, double-spaced and on one side only. All pages, including tables and illustrations, should be consecutively numbered. Spelling should be consistent throughout the paper and according to the Oxford Dictionary. Footnotes are to be avoided as much as possible. Whenever possible, authors should arrange their material in well-defined sections: Abstract, Introduction, Experimental, Results, and Discussion.The author(s) has to declare if there is any funding or  conflicts of interests . 



References should be listed in alphabetic order according to the text typed after it. Note the following in preparing the references section:

1. Format the references with double-spacing and line numbering.

2. Do not number the references listed.

3. Arrange the list alphabetically by the last name of the senior author and then by the last name of successive authors.

4. Single-authored articles should precede multiple-authored articles for which the same individual is senior author for example:

Overstreet, R. (1952). The effect of calcium on the absorption of K by barely. Plant Physiol. 28, 583.

5. Two or more articles by the same author(s) are listed chronologically; two or more in the same year are indicated by the letters a, b, c, etc.

6. All published works cited in the text must be listed as a reference and vice versa.

7. Only literature that is available through libraries can be cited. The reference list can include theses, dissertations, abstracts, or the web (URL) listings.

8. Material not available through libraries, such as personal communications or privileged data, should be cited in the text in the parenthetical form.

9. Chapter references from books must include, in order, author(s), year, chapter title, editor(s), book title, publisher, city, and page range, for example, Shreve, R.N. (1945). The Chemical Processes Industries. p. 81,Mc- Graw- Hill Book Company Inc., New York.

10. Symposium proceedings should include editor(s), date and place of the symposium, publisher, publisher’s location, and page numbers.

11. Software references should include the following information: Author (or company), date, the name of the software, version (if applicable), manufacturer, and location. For example SAS Institute (1994). The SAS system for Windows. Release 6.10. SAS Inst., Cary, NC.



The names of periodicals should be abbreviated according to the most recent list of periodicals abstracted by Chemical Abstracts.

For economy, abbreviations rather than words are to be used, such as: ppm, cm, mm, m, km, cc, ml, g, mg, kg, min, hr, m.p., f.p., cal, kcal, %, expt., Fig., °C (no mention of C).



Do not duplicate matter that is presented in charts or graphs. Use the following symbols for footnotes in the order shown: †, ‡, §, ¶, #, ††, ‡‡, etc. The symbols *, **, and *** are always used to show statistical significance at the 0.05, 0.01, and 0.001 level, respectively, and are not used for other footnotes. Spell out abbreviations on the first mention in tables, even if the abbreviation is defined in the text (i.e., a reader should be able to interpret each table without referring to the text).


Figures and Graphs

Do not use figures that duplicate matter in tables. When creating figures, use font sizes and line weights that will reproduce clearly and accurately when figures are sized to the appropriate column width. Screening and/or shaded patterns often do not reproduce well; whenever possible use black lines on a white background in place of shaded patterns. Color figures are acceptable and are the default of the electronic version. The data in the figure must be accurately represented in a grayscale version. For example, use symbols not just the differing line thickness to differentiate between data. Figures and captions should stand alone. Captions should explain the data rather than discuss the results of the data.



Proofs should be checked by the author against the manuscript. It is undesirable to make any change in the original text.


 Notes for payment

Upon receiving the acceptance for publication letter ,

A sum of 300 Egyptian pounds (from  Egypt ) 

A sum of 100$ (from outside  Egypt ) 

is to be delivered to National Information and Documentation Centre that is located at El-Tahrir Street , Dokki , Giza  manually  

For non-Egyptian authors : A sum of 100$ is required to be paid via the following bank account:

Bank : Central Bank of Egypt, 54 El Gomhria st., Cairo, Egypt.


Bank account: 9/450/81639/5

Organization code: 11101201

 IBAN: EG090001000100000009190447778

Beneficial: Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.



 The author has to sign A copyright Transfer Form upon accepting the manuscript :


Contributors’ form (to be modified as applicable and one signed copy attached with the manuscript)

Journal Title: Egyptian Journal of Soil Science _________________________________________________________________________________

Manuscript Title: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Manuscript Number: ________________________________________________________________________________


I/we certify that I/we have participated sufficiently in the intellectual content, conception and design of this work or the analysis and interpretation of the data (when applicable), as well as the writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have my/our name listed as a contributor. I/we believe the manuscript represents valid work. Each author confirms they meet the criteria for authorship as established by the ICMJE. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under my/our authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in the covering letter. I/we certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study has been or will be published separately. I/we attest that, if requested by the editors, I/we will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributors in connection with the content of this paper have been disclosed in the cover letter. Sources of outside support of the project are named in the cover letter.

I/We hereby transfer(s), assign(s), or otherwise, convey(s) all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the Journal, in the event that such work is published by the Journal. The Journal shall own the work, including 1) copyright; 2) the right to grant permission to republish the article in whole or in part, with or without fee; 3) the right to produce preprints or reprints and translate into languages other than English for sale or free distribution; and 4) the right to republish the work in a collection of articles in any other mechanical or electronic format.

We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf.

All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, but who are not contributors, are named in the Acknowledgment and have given me/us their written permission to be named. If I/we do not include an Acknowledgment that means I/we have not received substantial contributions from non-contributors and no contributor has been omitted.


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مواصفات كتابة البحث العلمى

للنشر فى دوريات المركز القومى للإعلام والتوثيق

1- مقاسات الصفحة وإعدادتها.

  • الصفحة A4 
  • الهوامش كلها 2.5 من جميع الجهات 
  • التذييلة السفلية والترويسة العلوية (رأس وذيل الصفحة) تحدد بـ 1.7 سم.
  • عنوان البحث، واسم المؤلف، وعنوان المؤلف، في الأبحاث العربي كلها عاليمين، والأجنبي عاليسار.
  • المستخلص العربي يزاح بمسافة 3 سم جهة اليسار، المستخلص الأجنبي يزاح لليمين بمسافة 3 سم جهة اليمين.
  • من بداية المقدمة نعمل عمودين بعرض 7.5 سم لكل عمود ومسافة بين العمودين 1 سم. مع مراعاة الأعمدة العربي تكون جهة اليمين، والأجنبية تكون جهة اليسار.
  • عنوان البحث بالإنجليزية: يكتب أول حرف في كل كلمة رئيسة حرف كبير حجم الخط 12 أسود.

Effect of Different Irrigation Levels and Mulches on Growth and Productivity of Picual Olive Trees.


2- اسم المؤلف: بالنسبة للمؤلف يكتب الحرف الأول كبير من الاسم الأول والثاني ويكتب الاسم الثالث كامل، وبالنسبة للمؤلفة يكتب الاسم الأول كامل، والحرف الأول من الاسم الثاني كبير ويكتب الثالث كاملاً حجم الخط 10 أسود.

M.A. Fathi*, Samia A. Asad*, Wesam A. Nabeel* and A. Abd El-Baree**


3- عنوان المؤلف: حجم الخط 10 مائل يكتب كامل وليس مختصر خط مائل من الخاص إلى العام كالتالي:

 القسم - الكلية - الجامعة - المدينة – الدولة أو القسم – المعهد – المركز – المدينة – الدولة.

* Department  of  Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, South Valley University, Qena  and   **Olive & Semi–arid Zone Fruits Research Department, Horticulture Research Institute, Agricultural Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt.

4- المستخلص: لا يزيد عن 250 كلمة وبعد كتابة المستخلص يكتب بعده الـKeywords  وأول حرف من كل كلمة كبير حجم الخط 9 أبيض ويراعي في المستخلص أول كلمة كل حروفها كبيرة وكذلك أول حرف يكبر بقدار سطرين ويكون أسود غامق (Bold).

Keywords: Olive, Picual, Irrigation, Mulch.


5- متن البحث: العناوين الجانبية والرئيسة ومتن البحث حجم الخط 10  - لا يتم ترقيم العناوين الرئيسة أو الجانبية.


أ - العناوين الرئيسة: تكتب جانبي أسود.

Materials and Methods                              

 ب- العناوين الجانبية: أبيض مائل أول حرف كبير فى أول كلمة.

ج- الجداول والأشكال:

* حجم خط عناوين الجداول والأشكال 9 أسود والبيانات الداخلية للجداول 9 أبيض. والعناوين التابعة أسفل الجدول بخط 8 أبيض.

* لا يتم تخطيط الجداول إلا خطين بالعرض في رأس الجدول وخط أسفله.

* كتابة عناوين الأعمدة والصفوف ببرنامج Microsoft word وليس كصورة.

* الجداول الكبيرة بالعرض يتم حفظها كصورة JPG وترفق مع ملف البحث الرئيس.

* الصور التي تحتوي على أرقام منفصلة وأسهم يتم حفظها كصورة واحدة وتوضع في مكانها في البحث.

* يوضع كل جدول أو شكل بعد ذكره في متن البحث مباشرة.

* الصور والجداول والأشكال الكبيرة توضع بالعرض جهة اليمين للأبحاث العربي وجهة اليسار للأبحاث الأجنبية.

* عناوين الجداول توضع اعلى الجدول اما الصور والأشكال اسفلهم.


6- المراجع

* المجلات التي تتبع نظام الاسم - التاريخ Name-date system))

- يتم كتابة اسم المؤلف كالتالي: الاسم الثالث كامل (اسم العائلة) ثم الحرف الأول من الاسم الأول ثم الحرف الأول من الاسم الثاني ثم السنة ثم اسم البحث ثم عنوان المجلة مع بيان رقم المجلد والعدد وعدد الصفحات.

Nabih, A., Aly, A.A and Nada, M.K. (1992) Growth, flowering and corm productivity of Fressia refracta cv. Aurora as affected by different irrigation periods and chemical fertilization. Egypt. J. Appl. Sci., 17 (6), 265-283.

المرجع الكتاب يذكر كالتالى : أسماء المؤلفين – عنوان الكتاب – العنوان الفرعي للكتاب – رقم الطبعة – دار النشر – بلد النشر

                                    عدد الصفحات المستشهد بها أو عدد صفحات الكتاب.

Snedecor, G.W. and Cochran, W.G. (1972) "Statistical Methods", 6th ed., Iowa State Univ. Press, Ames, Iowa, pp. 250-254.

* ترتب المراجع ترتيبًا أبجديًا * لا يزيد عدد المراجع عن 40 مرجع للبحث الواحد.

* مطابقة اسم المرجع في متن البحث مع المرجع المكتوب في قائمة المراجع (الاسم والسنة).

7- الملخص العربي

* يتضمن عنوان البحث وأسماء المؤلفين اسم ثلاثي وعناوينهم مطابقة للأسماء بالإنجليزية وعناوينهم بالكامل.

* يقدم البحث على الموقع الإلكتروني الخاص بكل مجلة على برنامج Word 2010 Microsoft امتداد DOCX.

* بعد القبول العلمي البحث في المجلة لا يتم إعطاء الـScientific Acceptance  للمؤلف إلا بعد تقديم البحث مستوفيًا للشروط والمواصفات كتابة البحث العلمي.

8– بيانات إضافية يتم العمل بها

تخطيط الجداول خطين في رأس الجدول وخط أسفله لا توجد خطوط طولية.

المراجع في متن البحث بخط عادى (وليس Bold).

et al  تكتب خط عادى وليس مائل.

العناوين الجانبية خط مائل (وليس Bold).

عدم ترقيم العناوين الجانبية بالأرقام أو الأحرف.

قائمة المراجع حسب المواصفات المتبعة في كتابة البحث العلمي (مراجعة رقم 6).

يتم إضافة الآتي ويوضع قبل قائمة المراجع.


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