Cucurbitaceae 2006: Call for Papers

Cucurbitaceae 2006

Cucumber photoThe organizing committee of Cucurbitaceae 2006 invites you to submit a paper for an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Papers will be published in a proceedings to be distributed at the conference. Full papers, including an abstract, must be submitted electronically by 5 May 2006 to Dr. Gerald Holmes (, the proceedings editor. You will receive an email confirmation from Dr. Holmes within 72 hours after the manuscript is received. Only full papers will be accepted. Authors should indicate their preference on whether to give their paper as a poster or oral presentation. All oral presentations are subject to approval by the scientific committee. Acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the Proceedings of Cucurbitaceae 2006 is contingent upon payment of the registration fee by at least one of its authors. Details regarding format specifications and submission instructions are outlined below.

Cucurbitaceae 2006 Proceedings

The complete book (pdf)

Official Language

The official language of the conference is English


5 May 2006: papers due by email to the Proceedings Editor, Dr. Gerald Holmes

Poster Preparation

Posters should be prepared to fit into an area of 48″x48″ (120 cm x 120 cm)
Posters will be mounted to the display board using pins

Manuscript Preparation

  • The paper and abstract should be combined in one document and prepared in ONE of the following digital formats:
  • Microsoft Word
  • WordPerfect
  • 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; if you select this option, be sure to FAX a hard copy of your abstract)
  • All papers should be concise and must have correct English sentence structure and usage; authors not fluent in written English must arrange to have their manuscripts prepared accordingly; all authors are encouraged to have their manuscripts language-edited prior to submission
  • Paper Size: Manuscripts should be prepared in 8 1/2 x 11 inch size (U.S. standard, 21.6 x 28 cm)
  • The title of the paper should be concise

Manuscript Format

  • 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.
  • 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.

Author Information

  • 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)
    • Biotechnology and Physiology
    • Breeding and Genetics
    • Culture and Management
    • Entomology
    • Germplasm
    • Physiology
    • Plant Pathology
    • Postharvest Handling / Fruit Quality
    • Virology
    • Example: Todd Wehner, North Carolina State University, Department of Horticultural Science, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609, USA, PH 919-515-5363, FAX 919-515-2505,, Oral, Breeding and Genetics

Manuscript Submission Instructions

  • All correspondence will be with the presenting author
  • Email the paper (as an attached file) to
  • Do not assume that your submission has been received unless you get a confirmation email within 72 hours
  • Questions should be directed to:

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).