A total of forty one young and budding academics (young lecturers and graduate students) attended a one day Workshop on “Steps to writing sound scientific papers in Organic Agriculture” (March 13, 2018).


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Photo: Cross section of participants at the Workshop

Participants were drawn from Nigerian Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) such as University of Ibadan, Ibadan; Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB); Osun State University (LAUTECH), Osogbo; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU); Abia State University, Umuahia and Kwara State University, Ilorin amongst others. The workshop was aimed at addressing the immediate and remote causes of high rate of rejection of manuscripts emanating from the tropics by the Organic Agriculture Journal with a view to teaching the participants how to write publishable articles in high impact factor journals.

The workshop was organised under the auspices of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (formerly NOAN) at the Department of Agronomy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. The main resource person was Prof. Victor Olowe (FUNAAB). The workshop underscored the need to publish in high quality scientific journals, discussed extensively the reasons for high rejection rate of papers from the tropics, shared the recommended format for paper preparation, deliberated on the minimum expected requirements before a paper can be accepted for publication and finally highlighted the various steps to writing sound scientific papers. The modalities for writing Conference papers and preparing Conference posters were also discussed at the workshop. Highpoint of the workshop was the practical session during which the participants reviewed two abstracts of published articles, learnt how best to respond to reviewers’ comments and the need to promptly return reviewed manuscripts.



Prof. Dr. Victor Olowe

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta


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