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Abstracts and Proceedings

Abstract Booklet

A booklet of the abstracts on the first day of the conference. Please submit an abstract for both oral and poster presentations (one abstract per paper or presentation) to the Conference Organizing Committee at:

Guidelines for the abstract can be found in the enclosed attachment. Submit the abstracts not later than December 15, 2021 (Please reserve the date in your calendar).

Please see abstract guidelines in the attached document.

N.B. Please register with the following electronic forms directly through the Conference’s website,

  1. Registration Form
  2. Abstract Form
  3. Visa Form
  4. Accommodation Form


Proceedings of full papers will also be published after the conference. You are encouraged to submit a full paper. Only peer reviewed papers will be published. All presenters are requested to submit their paper digital copy through the conference’s website:, preferably in Microsoft Word) by 15 January, 2022 to: (Please reserve the date in your calendar).

Details on submitting the manuscript

Will be provided in the second announcement.


Seventh International Date Palm Conference

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 14 - 16 March, 2022

Guidelines for the preparation and submission of abstracts.

Authors are requested to adhere to the following rules:


  • The English abstract should be as informative as possible, containing:

a) The title of the presentation in Bold Letters and name(s) of the author(s). First names, address etc. in upper and lower case;

b) Statement of the specific objective of the study;

c) Results with sufficient details to support conclusions;

d) Conclusions.


  • Abstract must be typed in single line spacing in English, using type size equal or larger than 10 pts, on the abstract form provided.


Abstracts are to be sent not later than 15 December 2021 and addressed to be sent to

Annex 1: Details on submitting the manuscript

Preparing a Paper for publication in the SIDPC proceedings


The Proceedings of the SIDPC, will be published in collaboration with the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), where this will be the third time to collaborate with ISHS to publish the conference’s Proceedings (2006, 2010).

  • Submission

Submit papers both as hard copy (printout preferably on A4 size paper) and on CD containing the text of the article in a commonly used word processor format (MSWord). Electronic submission is possible as enclosures but be aware that some units are imperfectly transmitted. In the event of differences between the printout and the electronic copy, your printout will be used as reference.

  • Length of the Printed Paper

Selected conference verbal and poster presentations will be published in the proceedings if a suitable manuscript is prepared according to this Authors Guide and submitted on time to the Convener of the meeting. The convener will send the manuscript to the Editorial Board for reviewing.

As a general rule the maximum recommended length of an invited paper is 16 pages and of a submitted oral paper or poster is 8 pages, including figures and tables. An average page of text will contain about 800 words. Manuscript reviewers will cut unnecessary information and will advise on the number of pages each manuscript should have taking into account its content and characteristics.

  • Language

English is the official language of the proceedings.

  • Spelling

We have no preference whether English or American spelling is used although uniformity within each paper is required. Latin words or phrases are in italics, with the exception of very common expressions such as "i.e.," "e.g.," "et al.," "in vitro," "ex vitro" and "etc. The expression "etc." for "and so forth" should be used only with series, such as 1, 2, 3, etc.

  • Units

Use the metric system exclusively. Use abbreviation L for liter, ml for milliliter, and t for tonne (metric ton). SI units can be used where appropriate.

  • Font and Type Size

Use Times New Roman font exclusively. Titles are printed in 14 point but the rest of the manuscript, including tables should be 12 point. When italic typeface is required use italic type, not underline.

  • Plant Names

Scientific names are to be included for all plant species and are to be in italic font except for the abbreviations “var.”, “subsp.”, “f.”, etc. which indicate rank at infraspecific level (e.g., Cedrus libani subsp. atlantica, Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae).

Author citation should only be used when helpful for historical or taxonomic reasons, and then it should only be used when the name is first mentioned in the body of the text (do not use author citation in the abstract or title). Author names are to abbreviated in accordance with the international standard provided by Brummitt, R.K., & Powell, C.E., “Authors of Plant Names”, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 1992. An on-line version of this work may be consulted via

Cultivated varieties which are the product of selection and/or breeding are to be referred to as “cultivars” and not “varieties”. Cultivar names are to be written in accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants.

  • Headings Ranks and Format.

Papers contain one to four headings, all aligned at the left hand margin, as follows: Rank One: Use boldface and all capital letters. Use a space before this rank but subsequent paragraph(s) continue without a space. Subsequent paragraphs within this section are indented without spaces between paragraphs. Headings such as INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION are Rank one headings. Do not use a period after this heading.

Rank Two: This heading subdivides RANK ONE headings, thus there must be at least two or more Rank Two subheads. Titles are boldface with the first letter of important words in capital letters and the others in lower case. Rank Two headings are separated by a space above the heading as in RANK ONE headings. No period after Rank Two headings. The paragraph starts on the first line after the Rank Two heading and is indented.

Rank Three: This heading may be used to divide Rank Two headings. Initiate this heading with Arabic numerals (1,2,3 etc.). with numbers and title in boldface with the beginning of each word in capital letters. The subheading ends with a period. The paragraph continues on the same line. Do not separate this heading with blank lines.

Rank Four: This heading subdividing Rank Three headings will be used rarely. Align left, end with a period, and continue on same line. The font is italic, non-boldface, with the beginning of each word in capital letters. Do not separate with blank lines.

  • Paper

Use first quality white paper for your printout. The printable area on your sheet of paper is strictly fixed (15.3 x 23.5 cm = 6.02 x 9.25 inches) irrespective of paper size. For A4 size paper this printable area is obtained by entering following margin settings in the "page set-up" of your word-processor: top: 2.7 cm (1.06"); bottom: 3.5 cm (1.38"); left: 2.8 cm (1.10"); right: 2.9 cm (1.14").

Papers should be printed preferably on laser-writers but Ink-jet printers also give satisfactory results. Papers produced on a type-writer will not be accepted.

  • Spacing and Indentations

The final text should be single spaced but a double spaced manuscript may be submitted for editing by the convener. Titles of subheadings should not be underlined. Text should be "justified" in order to fill the entire printable area.

Provide a hanging indent (0.6 cm) on the second line of the Keywords and Literature Cited references. First lines of all paragraphs should have a 1.25 cm indentation except those that immediately follow rank three and rank four subheadings. Do not include blank lines between paragraphs within a section.


  • Title

Titles are printed in English and in boldface (14 point type). Use capital and lower case for the first word in the titles except for articles ("a" and "the"), prepositions ("of," "in" "on." "during," "between"), and conjunctions ("and" and "but"), except when they are the first word. Gene symbols, which normally begin with lower case letters are not capitalized in titles nor is the first word of specific epithets in binomials. Do not include authorities for binomials in titles. Keep titles as concise as possible. Binomials will be in boldface Italics.

  • Bylines

The byline under the title includes the name of author(s) (without titles) and affiliations. The given name of authors may be either written out in full or listed by initials. Initials are followed by a period. If two initials are listed, do not include a space between them but provide a space before the family name. The family name is always presented after the given name, even for those countries that use a different sequence (Spanish names are alphabetized by the paternal family name. Accents should be kept in names so as not to violate their spelling rules). The affiliation or address of author is included below the name. The address of the author may be in the language of the country, but spell out the country name in English.

For multi-authored papers keep the affiliation of each author separately; when space permits, these can be listed side by side; if not, underneath each other. If there are two authors, separate the author name by "and," e.g. A.B. Smith and C.D. Jones; three authors would be A.B. Smith, C.D Jones and E.F. Brown. Do not use footnotes in the bylines.

Footnotes should be avoided in bylines. They might be appropriate when there are two departments in one institution.

  • Journal Paper Numbers

Journal paper numbers, or reference numbers, if needed, are placed in the Acknowledgement section (see below).

  • Keywords

This is a rank 2 heading followed by colon (Keywords: apple, pear). List five to seven key words not used in the title. Remember that electronic search engines focus on Title and Keywords. The second line of keywords is a hanging indent (0.6 cm).

  • Abstract

Use a rank 2 heading for Abstract. An abstract in English, limited to 200-300 words in a single paragraph, all boldface, is required in all cases. Indent the first line of the abstract. The abstract should contain a concise but comprehensive statement of the problem and results. The entire abstract should be in boldface.

  • Introduction

This should include a statement of the problem, a brief survey of previous work, and the scope and purpose of the investigation. References to previous work should be included.

  • Materials and Methods (Experimental Procedures)

This section should be included in papers describing experiments but may not be required in review papers. Describe concisely the plant materials, the growing technique, methods used, and lay-out of experiments. Include the name of all chemicals and compounds. An indication of the statistical methods used to analyze data should be included

  • Results and Discussion

This is the heart of the paper. The section(s) may either be presented as a single section or divided into separate Results and Discussion sections. If separate, describe experimental results in the Results section and reserve interpretations, speculations, and conclusions for the Discussion section. At the end of the paper attempt to answer questions formulated in the introduction and conclude with a summary of results and an assessment of future research or prospects.

  • Acknowledgements

This is reserved for journal paper numbers, source of funding, and name of project, if required. Acknowledgement of help from colleagues or professional associates is appropriate but avoid acknowledgement of routine secretarial help or family members.

  • Citations and Literature Cited

1. Format. Citations to references in the text are listed chronologically surrounded by parentheses with the following format: (Peters, 1950; Jones and Smith, 1990; Brown et al., 1999a). If there are two authors with the same name that have published in the same year, initials may be used to avoid confusion. Note: "et al." is used for three or more authors.

Citations to personal communications include the surname or initials of the person and are only to be included within the text, not in the Literature Cited section. The date is optional. Thus: (A.B. Peters, pers. commun.) or (A.B. Peters, pers. commun. 2001).

Consider Literature Cited as a Rank 2 heading. Literature cited should only include references used in the paper. List the authors in alphabetical order, letter by letter, and in chronological order for publications of the same author(s). Do not use a comma before "and" after the penultimate author. Do not use an issue number if the journal uses consecutive numbers for each volume. In the format that follows, note that in all cases the given name or initials follow the family name.

  • Journal Paper:

Navazoi, J.P. and Simon, P.W. 2001. Diallel analysis of high carotenoid content in cucumber. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 126:100-104.

Van Os, E. and Benoit, F. 1999. Stare of the art of Dutch and Belgian greenhouse horticulture and hydroponics. Acta Hort. 481:765-767

  • Book:

Darrow, G.M. 1966. The Strawberry: History, Breeding and Physiology. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York.

  • Chapter in Book:

Daubeny, H.A. 1996. Brambles. p.109-190. In: J. Janick and J.N. Moore (eds.), Fruit Breeding, Vol. 3, Nuts. Wiley, New York.

Chapter in Conference Proceedings: Aviram, M. and Fuhrman, B. 1998. Tomato lycopene and (-carotene inhibit LDL oxidation. Proc. Tomato and Health Seminar. Pamplona, Spain 25-28 May. p. 45-52.

  • Website:

Food and Agricultural Organization. 2002.

2. Abbreviations. Do not abbreviate single word journals. Do not abbreviate states or provinces of countries.

  • Tables and Figures

Tables and figures are normally included at the end of the article in that sequence. Prefix the table section with the word Tables and the figure section with the word Figures. Captions are provided directly above each table and below each figure with hanging indents. They are numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers, and aligned with the width of the Table or Figure, or to the full width of the page if the figure or table occupies more than half of the width of the page. Thus, Table 1, Table 2 etc. and Fig. 1, Fig. 2. etc. If the table or figure is not original, give the source at the end of the caption, e.g. Source: Jones et al. 2001.

1. Tables. Use tables sparingly. Titles of tables go above the table. Place all headings to the center of their column. The size of the table should not exceed the standard page width and length, but tables may be placed portrait or landscape format. Solid lines are used in the heading and in the bottom of the table but are to be avoided in the body, but, if necessary, use dotted lines. The units of the data must be indicated in parentheses in the table headings. If table footnotes are needed, use superscript Arabic numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. The sources of tables should be in the caption (see model).

Proper format for tables in FIDPC proceedings should include 4 parts:

(1) caption, (2) masthead, (3) body, and (4) footnotes. This can best be demonstrated with two examples, listed as Table 1 and Table 2 in the sample article file.

Caption. The caption should be understandable without recourse to the paper itself. The caption has only the first word capitalized (except for proper names) and ends in a period. The caption may be more than a single sentence. The source of the table, if necessary to include, is indicated in the caption (see Table 2).

Masthead. In general, tables are best read up and down. Each column of the table must be explained by a masthead heading. The masthead is enclosed top and bottom by two lines extending to the each edge of the table (see Table 1 and 2). Horizontal lines within the masthead can be used to separate groups under a common heading (see Table 2). The units of each column need to be clearly indicated, e.g., No. fruit; Fruit wt. (g); Harvest index (%). Masthead headings should be located on the bottom of the masthead cell.

Body. Avoid internal lines in the body of the table. Center values under the masthead heading. Use rounding to avoid unwarranted precision. Means may be separated by using lower case letters (5% significance) or upper case letters (1% significance). Indicate statistical tests and significance by footnotes, preferably superscript 1, 2, 3, etc. [If letters are used, start at the end of the alphabet (z, y, x, etc.).] The body of the table is enclosed in a line.

Footnotes. Footnotes go underneath the body of the table. Put each footnote on a separate line.

2. Figures. Titles of figures go underneath the figure. Figures may be submitted electronically but provide a hard copy since resolution may be imperfect. If a figure is outsized it may be reduced photographically. Be sure to include clear, sharp pictures. Figures, graphs and drawings normally should be all in black and white, not color.


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