Login or Register to make a submission.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Lesotho International Journal of Agricultural Sciences (LIJAS) is a double blind peer reviewed journal that publishes high quality original research work, short communications and book reviews. The journal is multidisciplinary; hence, it accepts manuscripts under the broad divisions of Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science, Environmental Sciences, Agroforestry, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Food Sciences, Consumer Science/ Home Science Management, and other related disciplines.


Manuscripts, which must be written only in ENGLISH, will be accepted only on the understanding that they have not been previously published elsewhere or are not being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors are to submit only ELECTRONIC copies through journal submission page.  Peer reviewed manuscripts may be returned to authors for revision. Revised manuscripts should be returned to the editor-in-chief within two months. However, the LIJAS is not obliged to return manuscripts that are not accepted for publication. The journal publishes two issues in a year.


Full length research papers should be accommodated in a maximum of 15 pages (inclusive of Figures, Tables) in A/4 size, written in WORD format, Times New Roman Font size 12 and double line spaced.  A paper should have the following sections:

TITLE: should be bold and in title case, concise and sufficiently informative.

AUTHOR/S NAME/S:  Surname/s first, with institutional address and corresponding or main author’s e-mail (Corresponding or main author should be identified as the Corresponding Author with asterisk),

ABSTRACT: Should be in Italics, concise and be not be more than 200 - 250 words. It should report the research problem, objectives, materials and methods/methodology, results and conclusion. 

KEYWORDS: Four or five words with fist letter of only the first word capitalized, except any of the other words is a proper noun. The words should be bold.


NOTE: Only Chapter headings should be in capital letters. Sub-headings should be in title case, bold and in italics.

TABLES AND FIGURES: To be numbered consecutively and located appropriately within texts after the point of first mention and presented in Times New Roman, Font size 11. Authors should ensure that a table does not contain vertical columns and should not spill over to the next page.  LEGENDS to ILLUSTRATIONS should be placed appropriately within the body of the paper and authors should ensure that they are in camera ready form.

TABLES are labelled at the top while FIGURES are captioned underneath.


Citation within the text should be as follows: Abiodun (2009) found that ................... On the other hand, after stating the findings, the author's name and year of publication can be inserted; for example, “income was positively correlated with educational attainment” (Abiodun, 2009). In the case of 2 authors: Abiodun and Mshelia (2007) found  that ……………or, “income was positively…………………..” ( Abiodun and Mshelia, 2007). If several papers by the same author in the same year are cited, they should be lettered in sequence (Abiodun, 2009a, 2009b, 2009c,…). When papers have more than two authors, e.g. Abiodun, Mshelia and Lerato (2017), reference should be written as Abiodun et al, (2017). References to unpublished data are not normally accepted.

List of References

Referencing should follow the American Psychological Association [APA] Publication Style. They must be stated with names of authors alphabetically arranged. Family name/surname should be first followed by the initials. If there are many authors, then all the names should be written as family names first followed by the initials. Then the details of reference should be given in the following order:

Journal Article

Mpiti, W. (1996). A Study of Reproduction in Angora Goats. Lesotho Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol. I, No 1, pp1-10.

Book Article

Babbie, E. (1986). The Practice of Social Research. Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, California. Fourth Edition. Pp 1 – 12.

Chapter in a Book

Mpiti, W. (1995). Nutrition of the Angora Goats in Lesotho. In: Goat Production in Lesotho (Eds. Mpiti, W. and Sello, F.). National University of Lesotho Press, Roma, Lesotho. Pp 160-170.

Monographs and Technical Papers

Cleaver, K. M. (1993). “A Strategy to Develop Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and a Focus for World Bank”. World Bank Technical Paper 203, Washington, D.C.

Internet Citation

Cook, P. and Fabella, R. V. (2001).  “The Welfare and Political Economy Dimensions of Private Vs State Enterprise”. Internet:

Authors are encouraged to cite only published, significant, recent and up-to-date references in their papers.

FOOTNOTES should be avoided as much as possible. Acknowledgements should appear after Conclusion before the Reference list.

Research Articles

Section default policy

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.