Indian Journal of Animal Research

  • Chief EditorK.M.L. Pathak

  • Print ISSN 0367-6722

  • Online ISSN 0976-0555

  • NAAS Rating 6.50

  • SJR 0.263

  • Impact Factor 0.5 (2023)

Frequency :
Monthly (January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December)
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The Indian Journal of Animal Research (IJAR) is a leading international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research articles, reviews, and perspectives on all aspects of animal research. These guidelines are designed to assist authors in preparing their manuscripts for submission to IJAR, ensuring that all manuscripts meet the required ethical, scientific, and formatting standards.

The IJAR covers a wide range of topics related to animal research, including but not limited to:

•    Animal behavior and cognition
•    Animal physiology and biochemistry
•    Animal genetics and genomics
•    Animal nutrition and metabolism
•    Animal reproduction and development
•    Animal ecology and population dynamics
•    Animal welfare and ethics
•    Animal models of human diseases
•    Animal-based biotechnology and therapies

IJAR accepts the following types of manuscripts:

•    Original Research Articles
•    Review Articles
•    Short Communications

Manuscript Preparation
General Formatting

•    Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
•    The font should be 12-point, Times New Roman.
•    Text should be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides.
•    Pages should be numbered consecutively, starting with the title page.

Title Page

The title page should include:
•    The title of the manuscript (concise and informative)
•    The full names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors
•    A corresponding author's contact details, including email and postal addresses
•    A running title of no more than 50 characters (including spaces)

Abstract and Keywords

•    The Abstract needs to be introduced in three parts (Background/Methods/Results)
•    It should provide a clear and concise summary of the study's objectives, methods, results, and conclusions.
•    No literature should be cited.
•    Keywords (4-6 words or phrases)

Main Text

The main text should be divided into the following sections:
•    Introduction: Briefly outline the background, rationale, and objectives of the study.
•    Materials and Methods: Describe the experimental design, animals, procedures, and statistical analyses in sufficient detail to allow replication.
•    Results: Present the data clearly and concisely, using tables and figures as necessary.
•    Discussion: Interpret the results in the context of the study objectives, comparing them to previous research and highlighting the study's implications and limitations.
•    Conclusion: Summarize the main findings and their significance, suggesting directions for future research.


Authors should acknowledge any financial support, technical assistance, or other contributions to the work.


•    References should be formatted using the IJAR reference style.
•    Citations should be numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text.
•    The reference list should be placed at the end of the manuscript.

Editorial Insights: When you decide to cite a dissertation or thesis, you'll need to look for the following information to use in your citation:

1. Author's last name, and first and middle initials.
2. Year published.
3. Title of thesis or dissertation.
4. If it is unpublished.
5. Publication or document number (if applicable; for published work)
Citing a published dissertation or thesis from a database

If a thesis or dissertation has been published and is found on a database, then follow the structure below. It’s similar to the format for an unpublished dissertation/thesis, but with a few differences:
• The institution is presented in brackets after the title
• The archive or database name is included

Author’s last name, F. M. (Year published). Title in sentence case (Publication or Document No.) [Degree type thesis or dissertation, Name of institution]. Database name.

Examples 1:
Knight, K. A. (2011). Media epidemics: Viral structures in literature and new media (Accession No. 2013420395) [Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.
Ethics and Conflict of Interest

You should ensure that your research is conducted ethically and in compliance with relevant guidelines and regulations. You should obtain informed consent from research participants, maintain confidentiality, and avoid any form of coercion or deception. This includes obtaining ethical approval for the study and disclosing any financial or personal relationships that may have influenced the research. If your research involves human subjects or animals, be sure to follow all relevant ethical guidelines. You should also ensure that the research does.

Animal Welfare and Ethics
•    All research involving animals must conform to internationally accepted guidelines, such as the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement) principle.
•    Studies must have appropriate ethical approval from the author's institutional animal ethics committee or equivalent body.
•    Any procedures that may cause pain, suffering, or distress to animals must be minimized and justified.
•    In the manuscript, authors must include a statement describing the ethical approval obtained and detailing any relevant ethical considerations.

Research Involving Humans or Animals
•    Studies involving humans or animals must have appropriate ethical approval from the author's institutional review board or equivalent body.
•    In the manuscript, authors must include a statement describing the ethical approval obtained and detailing any relevant ethical considerations.

Tables and Figures

•    Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and have descriptive captions.
•    They should be placed within the text at appropriate points or provided as separate files during submission.
•    Authors should ensure that tables and figures are of high quality and resolution, and that any symbols, abbreviations, or units are clearly explained.

Supplementary Materials

•    Additional materials, such as large datasets, videos, or detailed protocols, may be submitted as supplementary materials.
•    Supplementary materials should be clearly labeled and referenced in the main text.

Language and Style

•    Manuscripts should be written in clear, concise, and grammatically correct English.
•    Authors may consider using professional language editing services if necessary.

Online Submission

•    Manuscripts should be submitted through the ARJ online submission system.
•    During submission, authors will need to provide information about the manuscript type, author details, conflicts of interest, funding sources, and any ethical considerations.

Peer Review Process

•    All submitted manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer review process, in which both the authors and reviewers remain anonymous.
•    Reviewers will evaluate the manuscript based on its originality, methodology, results, and overall quality.

Revision and Resubmission

•    Authors may be asked to revise their manuscript based on reviewer feedback.
•    Revised manuscripts should be submitted with a point-by-point response to the reviewers' comments.

Accepted Manuscripts

•    Upon acceptance, manuscripts will undergo final editing and formatting by the ARJ editorial team.

Proofreading and Corrections

•    Authors will receive a proof of their manuscript for final review and approval before publication.
•    Any corrections should be communicated to the editorial team promptly.

Copyright and Licensing

•    Authors will be asked to sign a copyright transfer agreement or open access license, depending on the publication model chosen.  

IJAR is dedicated to providing resources and support for authors at various stages of the manuscript preparation, submission, and publication process:

Writing Assistance

•    IJAR may offer resources, tips, and guidelines on scientific writing to help authors improve their manuscripts.
•    Authors can also find external resources or seek professional writing assistance if needed.

Statistical Analysis

•    Authors are encouraged to consult relevant guidelines and resources on appropriate statistical methods for their research.
•    If needed, authors may seek assistance from a statistician or refer to external resources to ensure the correct application of statistical analyses.

Language Editing

•    Authors whose first language is not English may consider using professional language editing services to ensure the clarity and accuracy of their manuscripts.

Graphics and Illustration Support

•    IJAR may provide guidance on the preparation of high-quality figures, tables, and illustrations.
•    Authors can also seek assistance from professional graphics and illustration services, if needed.

IJAR aims to foster a dynamic and engaged research community by facilitating communication and collaboration among researchers:

Conferences and Workshops

•    IJAR may sponsor or participate in relevant conferences and workshops, providing a platform for authors to present and discuss their research.

Special Issues and Thematic Collections

IJAR may publish special issues or thematic collections, highlighting emerging research trends or areas of particular interest to the agricultural research community.

Online Forums and Social Media

•    IJAR may host online forums, webinars, or discussion groups, allowing researchers to connect, share ideas, and collaborate.
•    The journal may also maintain a social media presence to promote published articles, share updates, and engage with the research community.

Encouraging Interdisciplinary Research

IJAR recognizes that many of the most pressing challenges in agriculture require interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on expertise from multiple fields. The journal supports and encourages interdisciplinary research by:

Broadening the Scope

•    IJAR maintains a broad scope, encompassing research from various disciplines within the field of agriculture, as well as related fields such as environmental science, economics, and social sciences.

Cross-Disciplinary Review

•    IJAR ensures that interdisciplinary research is reviewed by experts from relevant fields, facilitating a comprehensive assessment of the work's significance and impact.

Promoting Collaboration

•    IJAR promotes collaboration among researchers from different disciplines by highlighting interdisciplinary research, facilitating networking opportunities, and encouraging the exchange of ideas and perspectives.
By fostering interdisciplinary research, IJAR aims to contribute to the development of innovative and integrated solutions for the challenges facing agriculture and the broader global community.

These comprehensive guidelines are designed to help authors navigate the submission, review, and publication process at the Indian Journal of Animal Research. By adhering to these guidelines and ethical standards, authors can contribute to advancing knowledge and promoting best practices in the field of animal research.