Write a literature review or scientific article for the AFMA Matrix
AFMA is offering a unique opportunity to all MSc and PhD Agric. students within a formal South African tertiary institution, to write a literature review or a scientific article and report recent and relevant research done in the field of Animal Nutrition at your 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 within 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 post graduate student) of the article that have been selected for publication in each of the quarterly AFMA Matrix editions will receive a cash prize. More than 3000 prints of the AFMA Matrix are distributed nationally as well as internationally each quarter and the student, together with the co-authors and associated Tertiary institutions, will benefit from the wide distribution of their research in the animal feed- and related industries.

Annual winner & prestigious award
The AFMA technical committee will also select an annual winner, based on the best article from those published within the 4 Matrix editions. 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 Matrix editor Mr Linde du Toit at DuToitCJL@tut.ac.za.
Research article contributions should be based on experimental data that has been statistically analysed using trusted models and must include a Title, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, References, Acknowledgements (if applicable) and an 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 12pt font size and 1.15 line spacing – excluding the reference list and abstract (a maximum of 2500 words). The abstract may not exceed a maximum of 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 will be required. The literature review article must not exceed four typed pages in 12pt font size and 1.15 line spacing – excluding the reference list and abstract (a maximum of 2500 words). The abstract may not exceed a maximum of 200 words.

Authors are requested to strictly adhere to these instructions. It is the author’s responsibility to make sure there are no typographical errors in the manuscript and AFMA’s technical committee reserves the right to reject any article which do 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 D-days 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 and 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.
Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA)
2014Käte van der Walt
2015Gert Coertze
2016Josef van Wyngaard
2017Not awarded
2018Not awarded