1. Papers are expected to be submitted in English. All manuscript considered for submission must be sent online.

2. Authors must send the article including the Title page with full names, titles and affiliations of authors, figures, tables and the Main document.

3. Submissions will be acknowledged automatically by the journal systems.

4. Papers submitted should be original and not under consideration by another journal.

5. The suggested limit for papers is 25-35 pages (word formatting) including figures, tables, footnotes and references. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use a 12-point readable font.

6. Footnotes are incorporated into the text and numbered consecutively throughout the article.

7. Tables and figures should be included separately at the end of the document. They should be consecutively numbered indicating their title and source, as well as their approximate position in the main text. Round correlations to two decimal places in text and tables. Usually round means to whole numbers or to one or two decimal places.

8. References will be cited in text with an author-date system. Citations will be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. Please ensure that every reference cited has a corresponding citation in the text and vice versa.

9. Manuscript lanes should be numbered.


Title page information

  • Manuscript title
    This page contains the title which should be concise and informative. Please avoid abbreviations and formulas where possible
  • Author names and affiliations
    Please indicate clearly each author’s first name(s) and family name(s) and check that they are accurately spelled. Please indicate below authors names and first names each authors affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done). Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter or number immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name.
  • Corresponding author
    Clearly indicate the email address of the author who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication.

Abstract page

  • Abstract The abstract should be concise and factual (maximum 300 words). The abstract should be written in two versions (english and french) and state briefly the purpose of the research and the principal results.
  • Keywords
    Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords that should make your article easily searchable

The introduction

Clearly state the problem to be addressed in the article through an update and relevant litterature review. Background of the study should be clearly and concisely stated and demonstrate the originality of the work. The introduction should also state the objectives of the work.

> Materials and méthods

Materials and methods should be clearly presented to allow the reproduction of the experiments. Indicate the suppliers of chemicals and equipment if this may affect the results.


The results should be clearly presented and reflect the materials and methods described in the previous section. The results should be presented in tables and/or graphs.


In this section your results should be compared with previous findings. The significance of your results and their impacts should be explained using existing findings.


Authors might if appropriate give an overall conclusion of their findings

Tables and figures

Tables and Figures should be numbered and have a descriptive caption placed immediately at the bottom left for the figure, and on the top for the tables.


Abbreviation should be used if a word appears more than three times. It must be defined the first time it is mentioned in the Abstract and in the main text of your article, as well as in any figure or table legends.


Acknowledgements should be in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (language help, writing, proof reading the article, etc.).


List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements.


References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper. DOIs links to referenced articles should be stated wherever available. Names of journals should be presented in full or abbreviated. All listed references must be cited in the text, tables, or figure legends.

  • Examples of references

Nsofor CA (2014). DNA Microarrays and Their Applications in Medical microbiology. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews 9 : 1-11. doi.org/10.5897/BMBR2013.0216

Saharan P, Duhan JS, Gahlawat SK (2015). Detection of Pseudomonas fluorescens from Broth, Water and Infected Tissues by Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Method. African Journal of Biotechnology 14 :1181-1185. doi.org/10.5897/AJB2014.14360

Gbongue LR, Lalaymia I, Zézé A, Delvaux B, Declerck S (2019). Increased Silicon Acquisition in Bananas Colonized by Rhizophagus irregularis MUCL 41833 Reduces the Incidence of Pseudocercospora fijiensis. Frontiers in Plant Sciences doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01977

Sery DJMC, Tuinen DV, Drain A, Mounier A, Zézé A (2018). The Genus Rhizophagus Dominates Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Communities in Contrasted Cassava Field Soils in Côte d’Ivoire. Rhizosphere 7 : 8-17. doi.org/10.1016/j.rhisph.2018.06.007


Articles reporting new sequence data (DNA or PROTEIN) must include an accession number from public databases.


Deposit important strains in a recognised culture collection and to refer to the collection and strain number in the article.

Acceptance acknowledment

Upon acceptance, authors are issued an email for manuscripts that have been accepted for publication.

Publication of accepted manuscripts

Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the article is fully published. However fees should be paid before. A final version of the accepted manuscript will replace the published manuscript after correction.

Payment of article processing charge

Upon acceptance, the corresponding author will be contacted to make the necessary payment of the article processing charge. Please note that the payment option is only enabled for manuscripts that have been accepted for publication.


Prior to publication, a proof is sent to the corresponding author. Authors are advised to read the proof and correct minor typographical or grammatical errors. Authors should promptly return proofs to the editorial office.


Once proofs are received by the editorial office, the manuscripts are usually included accordingly in the current or next issue of the journal. The article will thereafter be published on the journal’s website

Publication notification

After the article is made available on the journal’s website, a publication notice is sent to the corresponding author with links to the issue and article.

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