Guide for Authors

Types of contributions

Borneo Journal of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (BJAFS) accept research articles that reports of original research which contribute to the tropical agriculture and forestry sciences, social, economics, and technology.

 Preparation of research articles

Title page should include title, author(s) and affiliation(s). The title should be specific and informative. The title, author name, affiliation, address of institution, email, telephone number, and fax number should be provided for corresponding author.

Abstract must be on a separate page. It should be a clear and concise one-paragraph summary (less than 250 words) of the paper.

Keywords (5 words separated by commas) are intended for literature retrieval. To widen search, the keywords should be other than those already present in the title.

Text should have the following headings: introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion. Print headings in bold type and sub-headings in italics. Authors should use SI units and appropriate symbols. Keep footnotes to the minimum.

Literature Cited should be cited in the text as follows: ‘Leong (2015) ….’ or ‘…. (Leong & Pau, 2015)’. All references cited in the text must be listed in alphabetical order on separate pages. For the list of references, adhere closely to the following examples for journal, proceedings and book citation:


Ashton, P.S. (1988). Manual of the non-dipterocarp trees of Sarawak. Volume II. Selangor Darul Ehsan: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Ashton, P.S. (1995). Biogeography and ecology. In: Soepadmo E. & Wong K.M. (Eds.). Tree flora of Sabah and Sarawak. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: Ampang Press Sdn. Bhd.


Forest Department Sarawak (2014). Heart of Borneo Initiative. Available at


Aiba, S.-I. & Kitayama, K. (1999). Structure, composition and species diversity in an altitude-substrate matrix of rain forest tree communities on Mount Kinabalu, Borneo. Plant Ecology 140: 139-157.


Jumaat, A. & I. Kamarudin. (1992). An enumeration of one hectare of lowland dipterocarp forest at Danum Valley Field Centre, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia. In: Nik Majid M.N.A., Adenan I.A.M., Hamzah M.Z. & Jusoff K. (Eds.). Proceedings International Symposium on Rehabilitation of Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem: Research and Development Priorities. 2nd – 4th September, 1991, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Serdang: Universiti Pertanian Malaysia Press.


Pearce, K.G. (2006). The flora of Pulong Tau National Park. ITTO Project PD 224/03 Rev. 1(F) Transboundary Biodiversity Conservation-The Pulong Tau National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia. International Tropical Timber Organization, Japan and Sarawak Forest Department, Malaysia.

Tables, figures and photographs should be compiled on separate sheets and numbered consecutively and referred to in the text. Draw graphs using Excel. Make sure figures are clear. The page format of the journal should be considered in designing the drawings. Keep footnotes to the minimum. Details given in the text should not be repeated in the tables and figures.

Acknowledgements should be brief with essential credits, without title(s) of the person(s).


Authors are responsible for the content of submitted work, including acknowledgements and changes done during editing. For paper with joint authorship, one author must accept the responsibility for all correspondence and has the authority to act on behalf of the contributing authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to be checked for printer’s errors.