Journal of Hill Agriculture (JHA)

Journal of Hill Agriculture (JHA) is an international journal and the official publication of Indian Society of Hill Agriculture (ISHA). It publishes the original research papers in all branches of agriculture and allied science which are of primary interest to the agricultural development in hill and mountain regions of the whole world.

The publication is open to the members of Indian Society of Hill Agriculture but it also accepts papers from non-members if all authors become the annual/life member when a paper is submitted / accepted for publication and intimated after a review.

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Aims and Scope of Journal of Hill Agriculture:
Journal of Hill Agriculture (JHA) is an international journal and an official publication of Indian Society of Hill Agriculture (ISHA). It publishes the original research in all branches of agriculture and allied science (as mentioned below) that is of primary interest to the agricultural development, especially in hill and mountain regions of the world. The publication is open to the members of Indian Society of Hill Agriculture but it also accepts papers from non-members if all authors become the annual/life member when a paper is submitted / accepted for publication. The journal publishes various types of articles, i.e. (i) Strategy / Policy paper (exclusively by invitation from the personalities of eminence), (ii) Review papers (full and short), (iii) Research papers and (iv) Short communications (v) First Record. The manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief (JHA) by e-mail ( as MS Word file or by online submission through our website or through The status of manuscripts can also be checked online. Each manuscript must be typed doubled spaced on one side of an A4 size page. Clearness, brevity and conciseness are essential in form, style, punctuation, spelling and use of English language. Manuscripts should conform to the SI system for numerical data and data should be subjected to appropriate statistical analysis. On receipt of an article at the Editorial Office, an acknowledgement giving the manuscript number is sent to the corresponding author. This number should be quoted while making any future enquiry about its status.


a) Plant Improvement with reference to genetics, plant breeding, production, cytogenetics, physiology, biotechnology and biochemistry of various crops including fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinal plants and forest plants.

b) Plant Protection including entomology, plant pathology, nematology, microbiology and agro-chemicals

c) Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences including Natural Resource Management, Soil Sciences, Water Management, Environmental Sciences, Agronomy, Seed Science, Meteorology and Agroforestry.

d) Animal Sciences including Veterinary Science and Fishery

e) Agricultural Engineering including Farm machinery, Soil & Water Conservation Engineering, Energy Management, Postharvest Technology, Food Technology and Dairy Processing

f) Social Sciences including Statistics, Economics, Extension, Home Sciences, Nutrition, Research Management


a. Strategy paper. These papers are invited exclusively by invitation from the personalities of eminence to give their opinion on the trends of agricultural development and future of various sectors of agriculture and allied disciplines and related development issues all over the world especially in hill and mountain regions.

b. Review paper It should be comprehensive, critical and updated on a recent topic of importance. The maximum page limit is of 14 double spaced typed pages including Tables and Figures. It should cite latest references and identify some gaps for future. It should have a specific Title followed by the Name(s) of the author(s), Affiliation, Abstract, Key words, main text with subheadings, Acknowledgements (wherever applicable) and References.

c. Research paper. The paper describes new and confirmed findings, not generally exceeds 12 typed pages including Tables/Figures etc and has the following features. Please consult previous issues of JHA for your reference and help. -- Title followed by author (s) and affiliation: address of the institution (s) where the research was undertaken and e mail address of corresponding author. -- Abstract: Entire work along with the highlights of the findings must be given concisely in 200 to 300 words. -- Key words: About 5- 6 keywords to be indicated. -- Introduction: This must highlight importance of the problem and its relevance to hill agriculture including pervious work done and gaps thereof. -- Materials and Methods: Describe the materials used in the experiments, year of experimentation, site etc. Describe the methods employed for collection and analysis of data in short. -- Results and Discussion: This segment should focus on the fulfillment of stated objectives as given in the introduction and contain findings presented in Tables, Figures and photographs. Data should be statistically analyzed following suitable experimental design. Same data should not be presented in the table and figure form. Avoid use of numerical values in findings, rather mention the trends and discuss with the available literatures. At the end give short conclusion. -- Acknowledgements: (wherever applicable). -- References: Reference to literature should be arranged alphabetically as per author's names, should be placed at the end of the article. Each reference should contain the names of the author with initials, the year of the publication, title of the article, the abbreviated title of the publication according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals, volume and page(s). In the text, the reference should be indicated by authorsíŽ name and year of publication in brackets. eg. (Smith 1979, Sharma and Nautiyal 2009, Raghav et al. 2010). If there are more than two or more references mentioned together in one bracket they should be written in chronological order. d. Short communication: The text including Table(s) and Figure(s) should not exceed 5 pages. It should have a short title, followed by name of author(s) and affiliation and References. There should be no subheadings, i.e. Introduction, Materials and Methods etc. The manuscript should be in paragraphs mentioning the brief introduction of the of the topic and relevance of the work, followed by a short description of the materials and the methods employed, results and discussion based on the data presented in 1 or 2 table(s)/figure(s) and a short conclusion at the end. References should be maximum seven at the end.

e. First Record: This mentions the occurrence of disease or pest incidence in a particular area for the first time, reported in any publication. Paper contains generally text only, without subheadings in 2-3 pages.

Standard Reference Writing Pattern for Journal of Hill Agriculture (w.e.f 1 Jan 2015)
Research and Review Papers
--Sharma KD, Kumar R, Kaushal BBL 2004. Mass transfer characteristics, yield and quality of five varieties of osmotically dehydrated apricot. Journal of Food Science and Technology 41(3): 264-274. --Ponnuswami V, Kumar AR 2009. Crop improvement and management strategies in paprika íV a review. Journal of Hill Agriculture 5(1): 460-466.
Books and Book Chapters --Sharma SK 2010. Postharvest Management and Processing of Fruits and Vegetables íV Instant Notes. New India Pub Agency, New Delhi, 395p.
--Babu A, Gupta HS 2006. Approaches to improvement in maize. In: Sustainable Production from Agricultural Watersheds in North West Himalaya. Gupta HS, Srivastava AK, Bhatt JC (eds). Vivekanand Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora, Uttaranchal, pp 124-138.

Symposium / Seminar/ Conference Publications
--Dhillon BS, Rana JC 2004. Temperate fruits genetic resources management in India íV issues and strategies. In: Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Temperate Zone Fruits in the Tropics and Subtropics. Jindal KK,
--Sharma RC, Rehalia AS (eds), International Society of Horticultural Sciences, Belgium, pp 139-146. Mohsin F, Singh O 2010. Studies in intercropping of cash crops in Populus deltoides plantation. National Symposium on Conservation Horticulture, 21-23 March, 2010, Dehradun, India, Book of Abstracts, pp 131.
Arora VPS 2010. Indian horticulture íV marketing and export issues. National Symposium on Conservation Horticulture. 21- 23 March, 2010, Dehradun, India, Souvenir, Singh SS, Singhal V, Pant K, Dwivedi SK, Kamal S, Singh P (eds), pp 80-87.

Patent --Schmidt GR, Means WJ 1986. Process of preparing algin/calcium gel-structured meat products. US Patent 4 603 054.
--Bisht R 2007. Studies on the multiplication and utilization of Seabuckthorn (Hippophae salicifolia D.Don), M Sc Thesis, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, US Nagar, Uttarakhand, India.
Website --Kumar S 2009. Rearing rabbits in the mid hills of Himalaya. Accessed March 10, 2009.

General instructions to the authors -- All the manuscript should be typed double spaced on one side of A4 size paper with proper margin of 1 inch on all 4 sides.
-- Generic & specific names should be italicized throughout manuscript. Similarly, the vernacular/ local names are to be italicized.
-- Tables should be typed on separate sheets, each with a heading. Tables should be typed with the first letter (T) only capital. All Tables and Figures should be properly numbered. All measurements should be in metric units.
-- Each illustration must be referred to in the text.
-- On the first page address of the corresponding author and E-mail Id. etc. may be specified.
-- Revised manuscript is acceptable only as soft copy (attached file in MS Word) of the corrected version through e mal sent to Editor-in-Chief.
-- The paper after publication shall be sent as pdf file version of the whole issue of the journal to the authors.
-- Article forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief for publication is understood to be offered to JOURNAL OF HILL AGRICULTURE exclusively and not for any other journal.
-- It is also understood that the authors have obtained a prior approval of their Department, Faculty or Institute in case where such approval is a necessary.
-- Submission / Acceptance of a manuscript for publication in Journal of Hill Agriculture shall automatically mean transfer of all types of copyrights to the Indian Society of Hill Agriculture. The authors shall also have to provide a copy of the Copyright Transfer Statement duly signed by all or the corresponding author on behalf of all the authors.
-- The Editorial Board takes no responsibility for the fact or the opinion expressed in the Journal, which rests entirely with the author(s) thereof.
-- All the authors of a paper have to become annual/life member of the ISHA for publication of paper.
-- All papers should be sent to Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Hill Agriculture, through e mail as attached file to

Check List
1. Complete manuscript in MS Word format
2. Names and details (including complete postal address alongwith Phone No. and e mail) of at least three potential referees who might be interested to review your paper.
3. Copyright transfer statement on separate page. Download from
4. Membership Number (if fee is paid already)/ Membership fee and

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