Manuscript Submittal Instructions
Cucurbitaceae 2002
December 8-12, 2002
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club l Naples, Florida, USA

Manuscript Submission Deadline: June 15, 2002
NOTE: The official language of the conference is English.

Manuscript Preparation Instructions

The paper and abstract should be combined in one document and prepared in ONE of the following digital formats:
  • Microsoft Word (2000 or below)
  • WordPerfect (v 6.x or below)
  • Rich Text Format (an available "save as" option on most current word processors)
  • ASCII text file (use this if you cannot save the document in one of the above formats -- Please note: If you select this option, be sure to FAX a hard copy of your abstract to OCI at 352-392-4044.)
  • All papers should be concise and written in grammatically correct English. If English is not your native language, you should seek the help of a colleague or professional translator. 
  • The title of the paper should be concise.
  •  Paper Size: Manuscripts should be prepared in 8 1/2 x 11 inch size (U.S. standard) 

  • (21.6 x 28 cm).  
Papers should be formatted as follows:
  • Set margins at 1.5 inch (3.8 cm), top, bottom and sides on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper size. Abstract should be no longer than 200 words and the complete paper should be no longer than EIGHT (8) pages, including the abstract, figures, graphs and Literature Cited. (See graph/figure instructions below).
  • Use Times Roman font (or other serif, proportional font) at a size of 12 points.
  • Type abstract title flush left on a line without any formatting. Type title in upper and lower case, standard title format.
  • SI units must be used.
  • List senior author first.
  • Bold presenting author.
  • Group authors by affiliation. Do not include professional titles. Type affiliation below author lines. Include ONLY the affiliation name, city, state, and country in this listing.
  • Type body single-spaced without any indents or tabs. DOUBLE SPACE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS.
  • Apply bolding, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in your main text, as you want them to appear in your final paper.
Graph/Figure Instructions:
  • Embed graphs or figures into the word processing document as independent objects; do not dynamically link from other programs.
  • Avoid the use of shading in graphs. If possible use cross-hash marks or dots, etc.
  • Additionally, you should attach separate files of all your graphs or figures in high resolution JPEG (.jpg) or TIFF (.tif) to your email -- (300 dpi or better). EPS (.eps) files may be accepted only if any fonts have first been converted to outlines.
IMPORTANT: At the end of the paper, include the following information, separated by commas: Presenting author’s FIRST NAME, presenting author’s LAST NAME, Presenting Author’s Affiliation, FULL Mailing address, City, State, ZIP/Postal Code, COUNTRY, Telephone number, FAX number, Email address (Do not type the word email in front of the address), Oral or Poster (specify which), Topical Category* (specify which)
*Topic Categories:
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Germplasm
  • Biotechnology
  • Phytopathology
  • Entomology
  • Virology
  • Crop Physiology
  • Culture and Management
  • Fruit Quality and Postharvest Management

EXAMPLE of Author Information to Appear at End of Paper:

Don, Maynard, University of Florida IFAS, Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, 5007 60th St East, Bradenton, FL, USA, 34203, PH 941-751-7636, FAX 941-751-7639,, Oral, Breeding and Genetics 

All Correspondence will be with the presenting author.

Manuscript SUBMISSION Instructions(Follow these instructions carefully to ensure your paper is recorded correctly. If these format specifications are not followed, your paper will be returned for correction and resubmission.)

(1.) Email the paper (as an attached file) by 15 June 2002 to:
[You may do that now from a properly configured web browser. Simply click on the above email link and attach the file to your email.]

(2.) Prepare the SUBJECT: line of your email header EXACTLY as follows:

Presenting Author Last Name-Cucurbits-Oral/Poster(specify)-Category(specify)-GFC*
(*Include the letters GFC in email subject line if a graph, figure or chart appears in the manuscript.)
EXAMPLE of Email subject line:

    Subject: Maynard-Cucurbits-Oral- Breeding and Genetics-GFC

3.) Each manuscript MUST be submitted via a separate email message.

NOTE: If clicking on the above link to Beth Miller-Tipton’s email address does not bring up an email window in your browser, simply send an email to her at: from your normal email program.

Any questions concerning paper submissions should be referred to:
Beth Miller-Tipton 
PHONE: 1-352-392-5930
FAX: 1-352-392-4044 

Cucurbitaceae 2002 Manuscript Preparation 

General Guidelines
Follow the format and customs found in HortScience for layout of the manuscript and table construction.

The title should be concise and informative.  Avoid the use of phrases like ‘influence of’, ‘results of’, ‘studies on’, ‘factors involved’, etc.

Additional Index Words
A list of five to seven key index words or phrases, not already used in the title, follows the byline.  Include scientific names (without the name of the authority) and common names of plant species, common names of chemicals used, and physiological and pathological terms.  Spell out the same genus, even if it is mentioned more than once.  Do not use general words such as “yield” or “growth.” 

The abstract should be a concise, self-explanatory, one-paragraph summation of the findings, not to exceed 200 words. 

Include objectives of the study, the full scientific names (including the name of authority) of organisms (unless already in the title), materials used, effect of major treatments, and major conclusions.  Use specific rather than general statements.  Include only information presented in the text. The abstract must be consistent with statements in the article. 

The introduction (without a heading) should state clearly and concisely why the research was conducted and should include a statement of the problem that justifies doing the research or the hypothesis on which it is based, the findings of (and reference to) earlier work (if applicable) that will be challenged or developed, and the general approach and objectives.  The introduction must answer the question: “Why was the work done?”

Materials and Methods
The technical and experimental methods must be described so that the work may be replicable.  For materials, give the appropriate technical specifications and quantities and source or method of preparation.  Give enough information to indicate how the research was conducted.  Well-known tests or procedures should be cited but not described in detail.  Describe any controls and statistical procedures.  Methods papers should be detailed enough to permit replication of the work.  When specific equipment is mentioned in the text, include the name and location (city and state/country) of the manufacturer in parentheses.

Results and Discussion
Present results succinctly in a format consistent with experimental design, with emphasis on main effects and significant interactions.  The text and tables should discuss the topics in the same sequence.  Interpret results in the discussion.

Report and discuss only those results that are relevant to the study.  The discussion should compare and explain any differences in the results within the experiment or those contrary to previous studies.  Discuss practical applications of the study and areas for future research.  Speculation is encouraged, but must be firmly founded in observation and subjected to tests, and identified apart from the discussion and conclusions.  Close the discussion with a brief, pertinent conclusion or interpretive statement; complex conclusions should form a separate section but generally are not necessary if the information is included in the abstract.  The section on “Results” can be combined with the section on “Discussion” or they can be separate.

Literature Cited
The references section should include only published, significant, and relevant sources accessible through a library or an information system.  These include journal articles, books, theses, dissertations, proceedings, bulletins, reports, and published abstracts of papers presented at meetings.

Unpublished work, privileged data, or information received personally should be noted parenthetically in the text [e.g., (“E. D. Brown, unpublished data)” or “(J. B. Smith, personal communication)”].  Papers or manuscripts submitted to a publisher may not be used in a literature citations unless the work has been accepted for publication, in which case the work may be cited as “(In press.)” at the end of the citation.

Citation format
The Harvard system, with the last name(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication cited in the text, will be used. 

List citations alphabetically (letter by letter not word by word) by names of authors and chronologically if duplicated author names appear.  Authors are listed first by senior author (last name first followed by initials) and then additional authors (initials first).  If a name is followed by “Jr.” or a Roman numeral, the correct form is “Smith, B. F., Jr.” or “Smith, B.F.,II.”  Do not included professional or honorary titles.  All authors of a reference must be listed.  If an author is cited more than once, repeat the author’s name – do not substitute an underline for the author’s name.  Names of foreign authors retain their native spellings and diacritical marks.

Specific Examples of Citations
Commonly used citations follow.  Note punctuation and abbreviation in each case.

Walters, S. Alan. 2001.  Influence of rowcovers on reducing WMV incidence in zucchini squash.  HortScience 36(3): 439(Abstr.)

Maynard, D. N. (ed.).  2001.  Watermelons.  characteristics, production, and marketing.  ASHS Press, Alexandria, Va.

Book Chapter
Wien, H. C. 1997.  The cucurbits: cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin, p. 345-386.  In: H. C. Wien (ed.).  The physiology of vegetable crops.  CAB International, New York.

Castetter, E. F. and A. T. Erwin.  1927.  A systematic study of squashes and pumpkins.  Iowa Agr. Expt. Sta. Bul. 244.

Paris, H. S. 2000.  First two publications by Duchesne of Cucurbita moschata (Cucurbitaceae).  Taxon 49:305-319.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1997. Agricultural statistics for 1996. U.S. Dept. Agr., Washington, D.C. p. 307.

Thesis or Dissertation
Reeder, J.D. 1981. Nitrogen transformations in revegetated coal spoils. PhD Diss., Dept. of Horticulture, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins. (Diss. Abstr. 81-26447)


Color images may be ordered at the discretion of individual authors at a charge of $600 per image. Authors will be invoiced directly by ASHS. Mail the ORIGINAL photograph along with a hard copy of the manuscript to the attention of:

Cucurbitaceae 2002 Manuscript
c/o UF/IFAS  Office of Conferences and Institutes
Building 639 Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611
PH 352-392-5930

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