Write a literature review or scientific article for the AFMA Matrix
AFMA is offering a unique opportunity to all MSc and PhD Agric students at a formal South African tertiary institution, to write a literature review or a scientific article and report on recent and relevant research done in the field of Animal Nutrition at the specific institution, to be published in the AFMA Matrix magazine.

The main scope of the AFMA Matrix magazine and submission of papers should be focussed on matters relevant to animal nutrition science and industry. The scope of the article should include nutritional research dealing with livestock species (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry), feeds, feed ingredients and/or feed processing.

AFMA prize for best article
The author (registered postgraduate student) of the article that has been selected for publication in each of the quarterly AFMA Matrix editions will receive a cash prize. More than 3 000 copies of every edition of the AFMA Matrix are distributed nationally as well as internationally. The student, together with the coauthors and associated tertiary institutions, will benefit from the wide distribution of their research in the animal feed and related industries.

Annual winner and prestigious award
The AFMA Technical Committee will also select an annual winner, based on the best article from those published in the four editions of AFMA Matrix. The winning author will receive a cash prize and a prestigious award that will be presented at the annual AFMA Symposium in October.

The criteria for consideration include hypothesis, aim, relevance to science and the feed industry, the use of data and discussions.

This is not only an opportunity to present new and relevant knowledge to the formal feed industry, but also an opportunity for the researcher and potential industry member to benefit from the exposure.

For further information contact the AFMA office at admin@afma.co.za or the AFMA Matrix editor Mr Linde du Toit at DuToitCJL@tut.ac.za.

Research article contributions should be based on experimental data that have been statistically analysed using trusted models and must include the following elements:

  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results and discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • Abstract.

All research articles must follow the same format as set out by the Instructions to authors of the South African Journal of Animal Science. The research article must not exceed four typed pages in 12 pt-font size and 1.15 line spacing – excluding the reference list and abstract (a maximum of 2 500 words). The abstract may not exceed 200 words.

Literature review contributions (the same scope as for research articles) may also be submitted and the topic should be of relevance to the feed industry. A title, introduction, discussion, conclusion, references, acknowledgements (if applicable) and an abstract are required. The literature review article must not exceed four typed pages in 12 pt-font size and 1.15 line spacing – excluding the reference list and abstract (a maximum of 2 500 words). Also in this case the abstract may not exceed 200 words.

Authors are requested to strictly adhere to these requirements. It is the author’s responsibility to make sure there are no typographical errors in the manuscript. AFMA’s Technical Committee reserves the right to reject any article that does not comply with the minimum standards.

Submissions should be typed in Microsoft Word and submitted to the editor, Mr Linde du Toit at DuToitCJL@tut.ac.za before or on the deadline for the respective editions as listed below:

Jan-Mar edition – 21 October
Apr-Jun edition – 15 January
Jul-Sep edition – 19 May
Oct-Dec edition – 18 August

A technical committee within AFMA will be requested to review each manuscript and make a recommendation to the editor regarding the relevance, style, aim and proper execution of the article. Only one article will be published quarterly within each edition of the AFMA Matrix, pending the final selection of the technical committee of AFMA.

The editor will advise the corresponding authors on the outcome of the review based on the recommendation of the AFMA Technical Committee.

NB: Please note that the AFMA Matrix is a popular magazine for the feed industry; it cannot be seen as a formal journal and no research/article will be published in this regard. The article, and data upon which the article is based, should be with the consent of the research team, or anyone involved. Submission of a manuscript is understood to imply that these conditions have been met. Submission also implies that all authors have approved the submission and are in agreement with its content. The final decision to accept or reject manuscripts for publication in the AFMA Matrix resides with AFMA’s Technical Committee.

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