Aim & Scope
Food Agricultural Sciences and Technology (FAST) is a peer-reviewed international journal with open access that is published by the Division of Research Facilitation and Dissemination Mahasarakham University. The aim of the journal is to provide a platform for researchers, academics, professionals and practitioners to publish and share knowledge in the form of high quality original research and review papers.
We strongly encourage youth researchers to share their new discoveries, inventions, and innovations.
The journal publishes online versions. It publishes papers in the fields of science and technology focusing on agricultural technology and agricultural sciences.
Manuscript Preparation and Submission
The manuscript should be clear and concise. It should use the same font throughout the manuscript of at 12 points (Times New Roman), 1.0 line spacing with all margins at least 2 cm and with page and line numbering. Manuscripts must be in either British or American English, but not a mixture of both, and all measures should be reported in SI units. The manuscript must be saved as a DOC or DOCX or RTF file before submission.
Number of a manuscript’s words limit to :
7,500 words for research article and limit to 10,000 words for review article.
1. Cover Letter
A cover letter should be attached that states the category of the manuscript being submitted and confirms that it is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. The corresponding author must provide complete contact details (with email address) and confirm that all authors have agreed with the submission. If there is any conflict of interest or any third-party copyrighted material, it must be mentioned in the cover letter.
NOTE : Authors can recommend the manuscript’s reviewer, but the right to select reviewers are reserved for the editorial board.
2. Manuscript and Accompanying Files
Food Agricultural Sciences and Technology (FAST) publishes three types of manuscripts: research articles, review articles and short communications. The general guidelines below apply to research articles, which should follow the guidelines closely.
Review articles and short communications are also based on the general guidelines below but the format with regards to the sections is more flexible to take into account the different nature of review articles and short communications. Both review articles and short communications need to contain sections, but the section headings should be appropriate for the topic and not necessarily include the same ones as for a research article. In addition, short communications should have a limited number of figures and tables (two in total unless approval for more is given by the editorial office of FAST).
General Manuscript Guidelines
The title should be short, simple and easily understood The title should be representative of the whole paper and be an accurate reflection of the contents.
List of Authors
Full names and affiliations of all authors that contributed a significant input into producing the experimental results reported as well as the writing of the paper should be included. All authors who are listed will be required to take public responsibility for the work presented. One of the listed authors should be designated as the corresponding author, and it is their responsibility to manage the publication process on behalf of the other authors. The full postal address, phone number and email address of the corresponding author must be included.
The abstract must be no longer than 250 words and should clearly present the study’s aims, methods, main findings and significant conclusions. It should be written as a single paragraph that has a focus on the novel aspects of the work presented. It should be able to stand alone without reference to the rest of the paper and should not contain any citations. Minimize the use of non-standard abbreviations.
Following the abstract, 5 keywords or phrases is maximum. These should represent the paper as they will be used for indexing. Authors are reminded that any terms that do not appear in the title, abstract or keywords will not be used with reliability by search engines to find the article.
The main body of the text should be divided into sections such as 1. Introduction, 2. Materials and Methods, 3. Results, 4. Discussions and Conclusions, Acknowledgements and References. Long articles may need subheadings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion sections) to clarify their content. All headings must follow:
– Subheading: in bold type with numbering as “.1”, “.2”, etc., such as “4.1 Sedimentation rate and sea-level fluctuation”.
– Sub-subheading: typed in italics and numbered “.1”, “.2”, etc. such as “4.1.1 Sedimentation rate in the peritidal environment”.
All data and results should be presented in a clear and logical order. The tables and the figures should each be numbered sequentially in the order that they are first referred to in the text. In the text do not restate all the information from the tables and figures, just highlight the most important observations.
Discussions and Conclusions
This should focus on presenting the new and important aspects of the work. The conclusions should be presented clearly at the end of this section. This section should only contain new information related to the interpretation of the results and not be a restating of the information from the Introduction or Results sections. Possible areas for future related work should be considered in this section.
This section should include the names of anyone who contributed to the work presented but does not qualify to be an author. In addition, material and financial (with grant number) support should be identified.
Tables should be included in the text of the manuscript where they are first cited. They should be numbered in the order that they appear in the text, and each table should have a legend that gives a brief title. Each column should have a heading. Do not include tables that are not cited in the text. If any data is used that has been published previously it is the Author’s responsibility to get permission to use it and fully acknowledge the source.
Figure captions should be written as Figure 1 Text. All figures must be saved as TIFF or EPS files (with resolution at least 300 dpi for color or gray scale, more than 1,000 dpi for line drawings and more than 600 dpi for combination figures) Figures should be professionally drawn, photographed or digitized. Letters, numbers and symbols should be clear and even throughout and of sufficient size. Shading and hatches should be used with care and consideration of the final size of the image being made. All figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the main text. (Do not include figures that are not cited in the text.)
If any data are used that have been published previously it is the Author’s responsibility to get permission to use it and fully acknowledge the source. Data presented in graphs should be in an appropriate format and error bars should be included. All lines and data points should be of a suitable size so that they will be easily identifiable in the final version. In histograms, the use of pattern or gradient fills should be avoided. Do not include figure numbers nor captions of the figure within the figure.
The figure captions must be listed at the end of the main text such as “Figure 1. Photograph of the study locality in Saraburi, Thailand” or “Figure 2. (a) Photomicrograph of microfossil observed in the thin-section. (b) Magnification of the microfossil in (a)”.
References should be cited in the text using APA style (Edition 7). For a complete listing of the standard, please visit : https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples.
Additional examples are as follows :
In text Citation
Early onset results in a more persistent and severe course (Kessler, 2003).
Arnett (2000) suggests there is an emerging adult stage in the lifespan of humans, covering young people between the ages of 18 and 25 years.
This is clearly indicated in (Figure 1),…
…as shown in (Table 1), no compensation…
Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem
mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness.
E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. http://ojs.lib.swinedu.au/
Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185.
Duckworth, A. L., Quirk, A., Gallop, R., Hoyle, R. H., Kelly, D. R., & Matthews, M. D. (2019). Cognitive and noncognitive predictors of success. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 116(47), 23499–23504. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1910510116.
Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000168-000.
Kesharwani, P. (Ed.). (2020). Nanotechnology based approaches for tuberculosis treatment. Academic Press.
Published Dissertation or Thesis References
Kabir, J. M. (2016). Factors influencing customer satisfaction at a fast food hamburger chain: The relationship between customer satisfaction and customer loyalty (Publication No. 10169573) [Doctoral dissertation, Wilmington University]. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
Zambrano-Vazquez, L. (2016). The interaction of state and trait worry on response monitoring in those with worry and obsessive-compulsive symptoms [Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona]. UA Campus Repository. https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/620615.
Edited Book Chapters and Entries in Reference Works
Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.
Thestrup, K. (2010). To transform, to communicate, to play—The experimenting community in action. In E. Hygum & P. M. Pedersen (Eds.), Early childhood education: Values and practices in Denmark. Hans Reitzels Forlag. https://earlychildhoodeducation.digi.hansreitzel.dk/?id=192.
Newspaper and Online newspaper
Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The
New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com.
Reports and Gray literature
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. (n.d.). Asbestos in your environment: What you can do to limit exposure [Fact sheet]. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/docs/limitingenvironmentalexposures_factsheet-508.pdf
Lipsey, M. W., Farran, D. C., & Hofer, K. G. (2015). A randomized control trial
of a statewide voluntary prekindergarten program on children’s skills
and behaviors through third grade. Vanderbilt University, Peabody
an Gogh, V. (1889). The starry night [Painting]. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States. https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/vincent-van-gogh-the-starry-night-1889/.
Gates, B. [@BillGates]. (2019, September 7). Today, it’s difficult for researchers to diagnose #Alzheimers patients early enough to intervene. A reliable, easy and accurate diagnostic would [Thumbnail with link attached] [Tweet]. Twitter.
Webpages and Websites
Bologna, C. (2019, October 31). Why some people with anxiety love watching horror movies. HuffPost. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anxiety-love-watching-horror-movies_l_5d277587e4b02a5a5d57b59e.