Aim & Scope

Pesticide Research Journal is an international journal published half yearly by the Society of Pesticide Science India. The journal publishes original full length research articles, short notes, short communications, reviews, special reports and the likes. Papers submitted are peer reviewed. On the basis of reviewer’s comments, authors will be asked by the editor to revise the paper and/or repudiate queries. Papers are accepted on the understanding that the work described is original and has not been published elsewhere and that the authors have obtained necessary authorization, as applicable in different organizations, for publication of the material submitted.

All authors must become members of the Society once paper is accepted for publication. Membership fee: Life – Rs. 6000/- ; Annual – Rs. 1000/- . Annual membership is valid only for 1 year. The membership and processing fee for foreign contributors can be waived off under special circumstances.

Subject matter

Articles on all aspects of pesticides and allied agrochemical research such as chemistry and development of synthetic and natural pesticides, molecular structure-activity relationship, formulation, packaging and delivery systems, biotechnological developments, bio-pesticides, toxicology, bio-chemical mode of action, environmental chemo-dynamics including persistence, degradation and interaction with the ecosystem, safety evaluation studies, effect on non-target organisms, bio- efficacy, bio-control, resistance, environment pollution, decontamination and disposal, quality etc. are considered.

Articles on bioactive molecules in the allied areas such as:

  • Bioactive / nutritional / therapeutic constituents of natural or artificial foods, food crops, feeds and related materials.
  • Food and feed additives including preservatives, shelf life and appearance promoters, contaminants, etc.
    • Additives - food colours, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives.
    • Residues – veterinary drugs including antibiotics, heavy metals, others.
    • Contaminants – mycotoxins, phycotoxins, plant toxins, PCDDs/PCFDs, PCBs, PAHs, acrylamide, 3-MPCD and contaminants derived from food packaging.
  • Agrochemical delivery systems
    • Broad field of delivery science and technology, particularly innovative approaches for targeted application of pesticides, nutrients, nutraceuticals, microbes and others.



Manuscript should be written in clear concise English, typewritten in double space continuous line numbered with at least 2.2 cm margin. The research papers should ordinarily not exceed 20 typed pages including tables and figures and should contain abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, acknowledgement, if necessary, and references. Papers of 12-20 typed pages will be considered as research papers while short notes will be of 10-12 typed pages. Short communications (6-8 typed pages) can also be sent on novel and innovative aspects which need immediate publication. The review, as far as possible, should not exceed 30 typed pages. It should feature recent developments from the author’s laboratory or his own field of specialization and include results of various workers in the given field. Review article authors may contact the editor before submission of the manuscript. All articles should be submitted either by online submission procedure using or by E-mail to editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submitted papers will be acknowledged. 

Title page

The first page of the manuscript should include title, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, mailing address (affiliation and mailing addresses should give full names and not abbreviations e.g Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and not IARI alone, New Delhi 110012, India. If considered necessary abbreviation may be given additionally in parenthesis, as indicated in the example above) including E-mail of the corresponding author (preferably of all the authors).


Don’t write the word ABSTRACT as heading to this section. A crisply written, brief informative abstract should clearly bring out the scope of the work and focus on its salient outcomes. It should be single paragraph of not more than 150 words. Abstract should follow immediately after the mailing address and not from a separate page.

Key words

The abstract should be followed by key words, which can be included in various indexes. While arranging keywords, give chemicals first followed by the others.


It should be brief, crisp and introduce the work in clear terms. Key references related to the work must be cited. Don’t write the word INTRODUCTION as a heading to this section but indicate clearly the start of introduction by leaving two doible space.

Materials and Methods

Write the word MATERIALS AND METHODS as a heading to this section. If using any literature reported method, it must be clearly given or cited. Any modification of the original method must be duly highlighted.

This section should be subtitled for clarity. For subtitles use second level heading style (Initial capital and then lowercase letters for each main word e.g. Collection of Fly Ash:). For sub-subtitles third level heading style (Capital first letter for the first word only; all lowercase letters thereafter e.g. Sorption studies:) will be used.
Use standard abbreviations of the various units. When mentioned first time in the text or in the abstract all abbreviations should be spelled out. When mentioned first time in the text or abstract the chemical names (IUPAC) of the compound/pesticides etc. should be given in parenthesis.
While describing pesticides, give IUPAC names in parenthesis alongwith the formulation used and its manufacturer. The purity and source of reference standards must be given. The source and brand of all reagents and chemicals alongwith the grade e.g laboratory or analytical or any other should be stated. The statistical treatment of the data must be clearly described under a separate sub-title.

Results and Discussion

Write the word RESULTS AND DISCUSSION as a heading to this section. This section should be subtitled for clarity. The salient results must be highlighted and discussed in relation to related works. Undue and vague claims and stretched explanations may be avoided.

Figures and Structures

All figures including structure drawings, graphs and diagrams should be uniformly sized and if possible, planned for 50% reduction. Art should be saved in either a .tif or .JPEG file for superior reproduction. All figure must be numbered with bold Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3…) and their approximate position in the text indicated. It is author’s responsibility to provide suitable figures and drawings which can be suitably reduced or enlarged in size during reproduction. For coloured photographs author has to bear the cost. Acceptable file format for structure is CDX (ChemDraw file), other formats will not be accepted. For bar diagram, use of different patterns rather than different colours will be preferred.


Tables should be typed on separate sheets and numbered consecutively within the text with Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3…). They should bear a descriptive heading in lower case, which starts with the word “Table”. Table caption should be typed above the table.

The standard SI unit system should be used for all data. Use L to express volume, i.e. mL , ìL , mg L-1 etc. and not ml or ìl or mg/l etc. throughout the manuscript including tables and figures.


Write the word REFERENCES as a heading to this section. Every text citation should be listed under reference section in alphabetical order at the end of the text. Conversely, all listed references must be cited in the text. In the text refer to the authors name (without initials) and year of publication (eg. Adityachaudhury, 1985). For two authors, first author & second author followed by year of publication (eg. Rembold and Forster, 1987). For more than two authors, first author et al should be used (eg. Sharma et al., 2008). References to unpublished work, citation from abstract may be avoided.

Name of the journal should be typed in italic; the Volume of the journal should be typed in bold; provide names of all authors, et al. is not acceptable. For article title - Initial capital letter for the first word and then lowercase letters for all word.

  1. Sharma RK, Kumar A, Joseph PE (2008) Removal of atrazine from water by low cost adsorbents derived from agricultural and industrial wastes. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 8: 461–464.
  2. Anonymous, (2003) ( SOFTDRINK.pdf) Accessed on 30th  July, 2013.
  3. Rembold H, Forster Hand Czoppelt CH (1987) Structure and biological activity of azadirachtins A and B. In: Proc 3rd Int Neem Conf Nairobi 1986, pp 149-160.
  4. Adityachudhury N (1985) Investigations on some plants in search of pesticidal constituents. In: Pesticides, Crop Protection and Environment, S Walia and BS Parmar (Eds), Oxford & IBH Co Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, pp 89-98.
  5. Finney OJ (1971) Probit Analysis, 3rd Edn, Cambridge University Press, UK.
    (Reference 1 is for the journal. 2 is for web site, 3 is for conference proceedings, 4 is for book chapter and 5 is for book.)
    Please submit the entire manuscripts including all the items noted above, in only one WORD file. Acceptable file format for structure is CDX (ChemDraw file), which should be incorporated in the manuscript.

(Reference 1 is for the journal. 2 is for web site, 3 is for conference proceedings, 4 is for book chapter and 5 is for book.)

Submission of manuscripts should be done by using website of the society, or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Communications relating to publication of papers should be mailed to:
The Editor, Pesticide Research Journal E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Publication Ethics

While publishing an article it is important to follow the ethical standard. It is pertinent in today’s era of internet to strictly follow the publishing ethics. Publication ethics starts with the research ethics and so on.

Following ethical issues needs consideration while publishing:

Authorship: Authorship should be given to those who has contributed significantly. It must be limited to those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of data in a particular research study.

Research data: Authors must ensure that the data presented in the manuscript should be the outcome of the experiments done by following right research ethics.

Originality: All the authors must ensure that submitted piece of study is original work. Appropriate acknowledgement is prerequisite if the authors have used/reported others’ work.

Redundant or concurrent publication: Publishing more than one manuscript(s)from a single study with overlapping data must be avoided. Similarly, publishing the same research in more than one journal doesn’t falls under right publication ethics.

Acknowledgement: Relevant acknowledgment is also important for any publication.

Conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure that there is no conflict of interest among all the authors.

Errors in published works: If an author discovers a significant error in the published work, it is expected that the author will inform the journal for retraction or correction the paper.