International Sugar Journal

Guidelines for authors

International Sugar Journal offers analysis, reviews and discourse to keep its international readership up to date with latest developments in cane and beet production, sugar technology and sugar industry.

The agricultural research focus is mainly on field or farm experiments/trials which have been repeated over time or space to demonstrate that similar results can or cannot be obtained in different environments.

As for sugar technology, the focus is on the application of innovative research and technical advances. Papers on economic and political issues informing international trade and developments are also welcome.


Main topics include:

Cane and Beet Research


  • Breeding and genetics
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Protection
  • Plant physiology and biochemistry
  • Environmental factors
  • Soil management
  • Harvesting
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Information communication technologies




Sugar production and Refining


  • Front end operations
  • Cane  and beet sugar manufacture
  • Sugar refining
  • Biofuels and biorenewables
  • Alternative sweeteners
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Analysis – chemical, microbiology and instrumentation
  • Environmental issues
  • Byproducts and co-products
  • Food and non-food uses of sugar
  • Economics, trade and legislation


Paper Selection

Papers are critically reviewed by referees. On their advice, the Editor accepts or rejects the paper, or returns the paper for revision. Authors are normally supplied with referee’s comments within 6 weeks.


  • General. All papers must be in English. (Occasionally, Spanish versions of accepted English papers are also published.) Those whose first language is not English and do not have a good command of English are advised to seek assistance. Papers requiring a great deal of editorial work may be sent back to authors for revision. Authors are advised to study a recent issue of ISJ and must ensure that the paper to be submitted follows the pattern of published papers.
  • Length. Articles should be in the region of 2000 and 3500 words (excluding an abstract).
  • Title. This should be concise, specific and informative with the maximum number of relevant keywords to facilitate retrieval and indexing by bibliographic searching techniques.
  • Authors’ names. Each must have a surname in full and initials. Give the full address(es) where the work was done. If the present address(es) of author(s) has changed than this should be given in a footnote.
  • Abstract. Provide a concise factual statement in around 150-200 words why the work was done and what are the principal findings. A well-written abstract will be intelligible without reference to the paper itself. Acronyms and abbreviations must be avoided.
  • Text. An introductory statement should briefly describe the aims of investigation, presenting only essential background without summarising the work itself. Technical terms should be defined. Symbols, abbreviations and acronyms must be defined the first time they are used. In research papers, present techniques used in sufficient detail to allow them to be repeated.
  • Units of measurement. All data must be presented in metric units, although equivalent local units may be given in parentheses.
  • Currency. Where economic analysis is made, aim to express values in US$. Where local currencies are noted, US$ equivalent must be stated in parenthesis.
  • Graphics  Graphs are preferred to tables, and in most cases, two- instead of three-dimensional graphs are best.
  • References The Harvard system referencing is preferred. Source the guide for reference.

Publication fee

It is imperative that the author/s institution has a subscription to the journal or will take one out prior to the publication. To avoid ambiguity, where there are multiple authors, the first author’s institution needs to have a subscription.

Submission of papers

All papers must be submitted in an electronic format, with text in MSWord, figures in Excel and images in Tiff, Jpeg or EPS file (300 dpi minimum). Please use standard fonts (Arial or Times New Roman) whenever (or wherever) possible, otherwise make sure that non-standard fonts used are embedded in the document/image (with all formats) or we will be unable to use file, and the paper will most probably be delayed for publication. Papers should be sent to the editor via email (or several emails if it is a big file).