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Scientific communications should be addressed to "The Editorial Secretary, Environment, Biodiversity & Soil Security (EBSS), Soil and Water Dept., Faculty of Agriculture, Kafrelsheikh Uni., Kafr El-Sheikh, Egypt.


Classes of Manuscripts

The Editorial Secretary will consider for publication in the journal manuscripts, which describe original work not previously published and if accepted, must not be published in any other journal unless permission is received from the Editorial Secretary of this Journal. Four classes of manuscripts are recognized:


(1) Original research paper:

It is a concise account of the author’s work in one of the fields of soil science. Original research findings are interpreted to mean the outcome of scholarly inquiry, investigations, modeling, or experimentation having as an objective the revision of existing concepts, the development of new concepts, or the development of new or improved techniques in some phase of soil science. They should be addressed to specialists with the intention of increasing their knowledge in the field which the research lies. The authors are required to give brief summary of their articles not exceeding 250 words stating the objective of the work and its important results.


(2) Note:

Note is an abbreviated article. No abstract is needed for the notes. Notes focus on studies of limited scope, unique observations, or research techniques and apparatus. The length of a note should be 2 to 3 published pages.


(3) Comments and Letters to the Editor:

It is intended to be preliminary publications of results which are believed to justify prompt publication. Letters contain (a) critical comments on papers published in one of the Society outlets, (b) editorial comments by Society officers, or (c) personal comments on matters having to do with soil science.


(4) Review papers:

A review is not simply a collection of papers that are all centered on a common theme. Review papers should provide a synthesis of existing knowledge and give new insights or concepts not previously presented in the literature, or at least not with the same level of detail. The review should identify knowledge gaps for future research. An author should generally be allowed more freedom to provide his/her view on a topic in a review as the papers being reviewed are presumed to already have passed some level of scientific scrutiny by peers. A good review is often one of the most important ways to advance an area of science.


General Instructions:

Manuscripts can be submitted to the Editor through the web site of the EBSS (

Only electronic submissions are accepted, the preferred format is a single MS Word file containing all text and tables.

Figures must be submitted in TIF, EPS, or PDF format. Photographs must be submitted in TIFF or JPEG format. The following information must be provided for each manuscript submitted: corresponding author with email address and other contact information; complete listing of all authors and affiliations; manuscript title; and a listing of all individuals acknowledged in the manuscript.

All manuscripts are subject to plagiarize screenings upon submission.

Manuscripts must be submitted in triplicate, type-written, double spaced and on one side only.

All pages, including tables and illustrations, should be consecutively numbered.

Spelling should be consistent throughout the paper and according to the Oxford Dictionary.

Footnotes are to be avoided as much as possible. Whenever possible, authors should arrange their material in well defined sections: Abstract, Introduction, Experimental Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion.


EBSS publication Charges

Every peer-reviewed research article appearing in this journal will be published open access. This means that the article is universally and freely accessible via the internet in perpetuity, in an easily readable format immediately after publication. The article processing charge is 100 $ (US dollars) As well as additional fees for non Egyptian paid upon the article acceptance.

 Bank name:   Erste Bank Hungary ZRT,

IBAN: HU45 11600006 00000000  81936959

A scanned copy paying receipt should be mailed to ( along with article ID.



References should be listed in alphabetic order according to the text typed after it. Note the following in preparing the references section:

1. Format the references with double-spacing and line numbering.

2. Do not number the references listed.

3. Arrange the list alphabetically by last name of the senior author and then by last name of successive authors.

4. Single-authored articles should precede multiple-authored articles for which the same individual is senior author for example:

Overstreet, R. (1952). The effect of calcium on the absorption of K by barely. Plant Physiol. 28, 583.

5. Two or more articles by the same author(s) are listed chronologically; two or more in the same year are indicated by the letters a, b, c, etc.

6. All published works cited in the text must be listed as a reference and vice versa.

7. Only literature that is available through libraries can be cited. The reference list can include theses, dissertations, abstracts, or web (URL) listings.

8. Material not available through libraries, such as personal communications or privileged data, should be cited in the text in parenthetical form.

9. Chapter references from books must include, in order, author(s), year, chapter title, editor(s), book title, publisher, city, and page range, for example: Shreve, R.N. (1945). The Chemical Processes Industries. p. 81,Mc- Graw- Hill Book Company Inc., New York.

10. Symposium proceedings should include editor(s), date and place of symposium, publisher, publisher’s location, and page numbers.

11. Software references should include the following information: Author (or company), date, name of software, version (if applicable), manufacturer, and location. For example: SAS Institute (1994). The SAS system for Windows. Release 6.10. SAS Inst., Cary, NC.



The names of periodicals should be abbreviated according to the most recent list of periodicals abstracted by Chemical Abstracts.

For economy, abbreviations rather than words are to be used, such as: ppm, cm, mm, m, km, cc, ml, g, mg, kg, min, hr, m.p., f.p., cal, kcal, %, expt., Fig., °C (no mention of C).



Do not duplicate matter that is presented in charts or graphs. Use the following symbols for footnotes in the order shown: †, ‡, §, ¶, #, ††, ‡‡, etc. The symbols *, **, and *** are always used to show statistical significance at the 0.05, 0.01, and 0.001 level, respectively, and are not used for other footnotes. Spell out abbreviations on first mention in tables, even if the abbreviation is defined in the text (i.e., a reader should be able to interpret each table without referring to the text).


Figures and Graphs

Do not use figures that duplicate matter in tables. When creating figures, use font sizes and line weights that will reproduce clearly and accurately when figures are sized to the appropriate column width. Screening and/or shaded patterns often do not reproduce well; whenever possible use black lines on a white background in place of shaded patterns. Color figures are acceptable and are the default of the electronic version. The data in the figure must be accurately represented in a grayscale version. For example, use symbols not just the differing line thickness to differentiate between data. Figures and captions should stand alone. Captions should explain the data rather than discuss the results of the data.



Proofs should be checked by the author against the manuscript. It is undesirable to make any change in the original text.




Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. 

The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations. 

While the advice and information in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date of its going to press, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.


Copyright Transfer Agreement PDF 


Contributors’ form (to be modified as applicable and one signed copy attached with the manuscript) 


Journal Title: ___________________________________________________________________________________


Manuscript Title: ___________________________________________________________________________________ 


Manuscript Number: ________________________________________________________________________________


I/we certify that I/we have participated sufficiently in the intellectual content, conception and design of this work or the analysis and interpretation of the data (when applicable), as well as the writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have my/our name listed as a contributor. I/we believe the manuscript represents valid work. Each author confirms they meet the criteria for authorship as established by the ICMJE. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under my/our authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in the covering letter. I/we certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study has been or will be published separately. I/we attest that, if requested by the editors, I/we will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributors in connection with the content of this paper have been disclosed in the cover letter. Sources of outside support of the project are named in the cover letter.


I/We hereby transfer(s), assign(s), or otherwise, convey(s) all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the Journal, in the event that such work is published by the Journal. The Journal shall own the work, including 1) copyright; 2) the right to grant permission to republish the article in whole or in part, with or without fee; 3) the right to produce preprints or reprints and translate into languages other than English for sale or free distribution; and 4) the right to republish the work in a collection of articles in any other mechanical or electronic format.

We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf.

All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, but who are not contributors, are named in the Acknowledgment and have given me/us their written permission to be named. If I/we do not include an Acknowledgment that means I/we have not received substantial contributions from non-contributors and no contributor has been omitted.


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