The intent of the Introduction is to place the research described in the manuscript into a broader context and, with the obvious exception of a review article, is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the field. Authors should expect the readership to have a general understanding of nematology and nematological terms, but should explain specialist terms or concepts. Authors should cite prior research from their own and other scientists (see Literature Cited) to support their main contentions. Avoid statements and words such as important, interesting and novel that make value judgments on the work. Brevity is encouraged. The Introduction should end with a statement of the overall and specific objectives of the research, and should not recapitulate the results.
The Introduction begins on a separate page and does not have a heading. The first line of each paragraph is indented. Subheadings would rarely be used in a typical research paper, but may be appropriate in a review or other type of article.
Materials and Methods
The Materials and Methods section should provide sufficient detail to permit a skilled and knowledgeable researcher to repeat the work. Standard techniques can simply be cited, even if small modifications have been made. Authors are strongly encouraged to cite the primary sources of methods, especially those published in JON. Style conventions established by JON for Terminology, Abbreviations and Units of Measure should be followed. Authors are encouraged to read the technical style glossary.
The Materials and Methods begins directly after the Introduction (i.e., no page break), under the heading Materials and Methods, in capitals, centered on the page. The first line of each paragraph is indented and will frequently begin with a subheading.
The main purpose of the Results section, written in the past tense (except for taxonomic papers), is to provide narrative support for the Figures and Tables in which the actual results of the experiments are reported. Results not displayed in a figure or table also are presented in narrative style. Literature citations are rare in the Results section, and neither materials and methods nor discussion should be included. The combination of Results and Discussion is permitted and is encouraged for short articles.
Results begins directly after Materials and Methods (i.e., no page break), under the heading RESULTS, in capitals, centered on the page. The first line of each paragraph is indented, and will frequently begin with a subheading.
The Discussion should provide the authors interpretation of the data, in context with the state of the art of the field presented in the Introduction, and also in light of the objectives listed in the Introduction. Authors should arrive at some conclusions and not merely repeat what was stated in the Results; the Discussion should ordinarily not refer to figures or tables, except perhaps to present a model or hypothesis. The points emphasized in the Discussion should be in accord with the title of the article. Authors are encouraged to be brief, to not over-interpret their findings, and to make clear when views expressed are opinion or conjecture.
The Discussion begins directly after Results (i.e., no page break), under the heading DISCUSSION, in capitals, centered on the page. The first line of each paragraph is indented and would typically not include subheadings.