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Editorial Guidelines for Paper and Case Study (SRI National Symposium 2008)
The symposium is a platform to exchange knowledge amongst different stakeholders in SRI and is not an academic conference but we expect the papers for the 3rd National Symposium to meet certain standard with data. The symposium will be attended by scientists, experts in the area of rice, farmers, SRI promoters, government officials, institutions, trusts, critics and others. While we encourage writings from farmers, civil society organizations, extension personnel, government officials, we request them to apply certain standard and format as part of presenting their experiences and results in a better way. The experimentations’ and innovations’ by farmers can also be presented in a structured way so that the information can be easily read, analyzed and appreciated by the scientific community. We request you to understand that suggesting the papers to follow certain format is not to curtail the innovation, but to actually facilitate the experiences of innovation for wider reach and assimilation. Also note that papers which may not meet the requirements of a ‘research’ paper will be included as Discussion paper or a Case study.

Our aim is to (a) facilitate an interesting and productive dialogue between scientists and farmers (b) improve the presentations on the experiences of the farmers so that important findings, innovations are not lost and can reach scientists and vice versa (c) set better standards for paper presentations based on experiences of previous symposiums and (d) identification of issues for further exploration.

1. Research Articles: They should meet academic standards for publication and should be original articles which highlight a technical or institutional aspect of SRI. The paper should clearly highlight the issue to be discussed theoretically and prior learning in the field addressed. Authors are requested to kindly avoid detailed descriptions of the principles of SRI and are advised to quote necessary and standard references on SRI where ever they have been dealt with at length. The focus should be on their own modification, innovations, and experiences’ of the principles. The content size of the paper should be between 2,500 to 6,500 words.
2. Discussion Papers: These should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words long. Unlike research papers, discussion papers do not have to be full-fledged academic papers. Discussion papers should cover new and topical areas on, for example, the spread of SRI in a particular state, region, organization etc. Nevertheless, they should give clear references to all sources and give the reader indications of further reading in the same area where ever appropriate. Discussion papers are also encouraged to raise questions on conventional wisdom on SRI or rice farming. Authors are encouraged to present ‘work-in-progress’ with clear details of the methods adopted, the results obtained and inferences.

Case Studies: These should address one or more examples of SRI innovation and / or adaptation. They should be brief (less than 5 pages) and follow the following suggested format:


a. Context (origins and rationale)
b. Description
c. Risks, problems, barriers faced
d. The process
e. Benefits
f. Lessons learned
g. The Future
h. Contact details for more information

4. Format to be followed for all types of papers / case studies for submission to the symposium