République Tunisienne

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Ressources Hydrauliques et de la Pêche

Journal of Arid Arboriculture and Olive Growing

Journal of Arid Arboriculture and Olive Growing

“Journal of Arid Arboriculture and Olive Growing” is inspired by the no longer existing “Revue Ezzaitouna” since 1983. JAAOG is an open-access scientific journal publishing two issues per year related to olive growing and arboriculture in arid environments. It covers the fields of genetic resources and improvement, molecular genetics, plant biology and physiology, soil sciences, rural economics, entomology and phytopathology. The journal publishes original research articles and short communications in English, French and Arabic. Research articles should reflect original results of international interest. Any new submission or parts of it should not have been published elsewhere or under consideration elsewhere. Short communications should be as well documented as research articles, with reference to the literature and description of experimental protocols… etc.

Historical aspect

The Olive Tree Institute of Tunisia has published since 1993 a scientific journal focused on the olive tree under the name 'Ezzaitouna'. This journal was irregular in its publication during the period 1993-2020. The editorial board decided in 2021 to renew this journal under the name 'Journal of Arid Arboriculture and Olive Growing' by giving authors the possibility of publishing on fruit species in arid areas and olive tree. Among the important changes made to the journal, emphasis was placed on the regularity of publication of the journal's issues.

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Arid Arboriculture and Olive Growing (J.A.A.O.G) is an international open access journal supported by the Olive Tree institute of Tunisia (http://www.iosfax.agrinet.tn) and explore advancements in research on fruit species in arid areas and olive tree. The purpose is to stimulate the interests in doing scientific research on olive tree and fruit species. Manuscripts must have topics on (not exhaustive): - Production, - Genetics, - Genetic resources - Fruit Biochemistry - Chemistry, - Microbiology, - Biotechnology, - Entomology, - Plant pathology, - Ecology, Soil science, - Irrigation, - Physiology, - Agriculture economics,

Publication Charges

The journal does not have an article processing charge (APCs) or article submission charges. All accepted manuscripts are published Free of Charges.

Publication periodicity

As for ‘Ezzaitouna’, the Editorial Board has decided to continue the periodicity of the J.A.A.O.G with two issues per year (June and December). Boards of the journal J.A.A.O.G has an editorial office grouping different specialists from Olive Tree Institute related to the publication process. It has also an editorial board composed of national and international researchers recognized in their areas of specialty to assist the Editor-in-Chief in the evaluation process of the articles.

Editorial office

Managing Editor : Pr Bechir Ben Rouina (Director General of Olive Institute)
Editorial office members:
- Library Head: Mrs. Safia Siala
- Responsible of valorization research achievements: Mr. Houcine Brini
- Responsible of informations and scientific documentation unit and Informatics manager: Mrs. Nadia Jmal
- Editorial Secretary : Mrs. Monia Rekhis

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief: Mr. Fathi Ben Amar
Editorial board members :
- Dr Hassouna Gouta : IO Tunisia
- Dr Ines Ksantini : IO Tunisia
- Dr Monia Ennouri : IO Tunisia
- Dr Olfa Elloumi : IO Tunisia
- Dr Yaacoub Gharbi : IO Tunisia
- Pr Mohamed Ali Triki : IO Tunisia
- Pr Kamel Gargouri : IO Tunisia
- Pr Abdeslam Asehraou : Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Oujda, Morocco
- Pr Bouzid Nasraoui : National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT), University of Carthage, Tunisia
- Pr Georgios Koubouris : Institute of Olive Tree, Subtropical crops and Viticulture, Chania, Greece
- Dr Ali Ben Dhiab : IO Tunisia
- Dr Saida Elfkih : IO Tunisia
- Dr Raul de la Rosa Navarro : Andalusian Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA), Spain
Conflicts of Interest
Peer-review process
Editing peer reviews
Edition Process and Publication
Corrections Policy
Plagiarism Policy
Digital archiving policy

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest can be described as “those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived”. Conflicts of interest can be personal, commercial, political, academic or financial. Such interests must be declared by authors, reviewers and editors. In case of uncertainty, rather disclose.

Conflicts of interest for authors
Authors are asked during the submission process to confirm that they have declared any potential conflicts of interest in their covering letter. Examples include employment, funding sources, owning of shares and payment for lectures or travel.
Should a potential conflict of interest exist, it will be included in the published version if the article is accepted for publication. A potential conflict of interest does not necessarily mean the submission will be rejected.

Conflicts of interest for reviewers
Reviewers are asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest in the manuscript review form. They include submissions by family members or students and discerning the identity of the authors. A conflict of interest does not necessarily invalidate the review report.

Conflicts of interest for editors
The same policy for authors’ conflicts of interest applies when editors are the author’s manuscripts for peer review. With regard to assigning reviewers and making a decision on a manuscript, an editor will withdraw as editor for that manuscript if there is a conflict of interest, such as in the case of a submission by a family member or student. Editorial Board members
Members of the Editorial Board are permitted to publish in the Journal. Submissions received from Board members are treated in the same manner as other submissions with respect to anonymous reviewing and confidentiality.


Authors, reviewers, assessors and editorial staff should treat all submitted manuscripts and correspondence with the Editorial Office as confidential.

Peer-review process

All research Articles are subject to peer review. Although the Editor-in-Chief may solicit an external review, items published in the front section of the journal are not subject to peer review.
• Submitted manuscripts undergo an initial assessment by the Editorial Office to ensure that they comply with the guidelines. Authors can suggest up to 5 potential Reviewers for their manuscript.
• Manuscripts are then assigned to the Editor-in-Chief to decide whether or not they fall within the scope of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief may also refer to Associate Editors for their assessment.
• Associate Editors can at this stage reject manuscripts that are too specialized or refer manuscripts back to the authors for language editing or re-writing. If a manuscript is suitable for review, the Associate Editor recommends potential Reviewers for the Editor-in-Chief who may not be in the recommended list by the authors.
• Reviewers, retained and contacted by the Editor-in-Chief, are given 30 days to submit a report. At least two reports are required to make a decision. The review process is double-anonymous, that is, both authors’ and reviewers’ identities are concealed.
• Once at least two reports have been received, the Editor-in-Chief makes a decision on the manuscript. If Reviewers’ recommendations diverge, the Editor-in-Chief can arbitrate the recommendation or refer the manuscript to a third Reviewer.
• Authors are given 10 days to revise a manuscript needing minor revisions and 30 days to revise a manuscript needing major revisions. Editor-in-Chief then makes a decision on minor revisions and refers major revisions to the original Reviewer/s for their recommendations before making a decision. Authors can appeal a decision in writing to the Editor-in-Chief.
• Accepted manuscripts are received by the Editorial Office where they enter the production queue to undergo copy-editing, layout and proofing. Research Articles are produced for publication in date order of acceptance.

Editing peer reviews

Peer review is a vital part of scholarly publishing. Reviewers are expected to be collegial and respectful in their peer review reports, in purpose, tone and language.
In respect of the independence of peer review, it is the Journal’s practice not to alter the content of a peer review report and share it with authors. In exceptional circumstances, a review report that does not meet the requirements of the Journal with respect to content (e.g. a recommendation with no substantiation), or tone or language (e.g. criticism directed at the authors and not the work or offensive language is used) may, at the discretion of the Editor, not be shared with the authors. In such a case, the Editor will notify the Reviewer that their report cannot be shared and should be modified.


Authors have the right to appeal a decision on their submission if they believe the decision was not fair. To appeal a decision, please submit a letter detailing the nature of the appeal and indicating why the decision is viewed as unfair.
The letter should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief within 10 days of the decision. The Editor-in-Chief will review all relevant documentation sent by authors relating to the submission, may consult the relevant Associate Editor or Reviewers and may appoint a new Reviewer to evaluate the submission before making a decision. The decision of the Editor-in-Chief will be final.

Edition Process and Publication

• Accepted manuscripts are received by the Editorial Office where they enter the edition process to undergo copy-editing, layout and proofing. Research Articles are produced for publication in date order of acceptance.
• Authors are given the opportunity to approve the copy-editing changes made and to address any queries at this stage. However, major text changes are not permitted.
• Edited manuscripts then undergo layout.
• Proofs are checked first by the Editorial Office and then sent to Authors for correction. Only minor corrections such as typos and corrections to layout can be made at this stage. Figures should be carefully checked as they may have been redrawn or relabeled. Final corrected proofs are not returned to authors. No changes can be made after the proof has been approved for publication. Any essential corrections can be published in a subsequent issue.
• Any delays during the edition Process as a result of missing deadlines or failure to address queries will delay the publication of the article.
• Authors will be informed as soon as their articles are published online. Articles are openly accessible from the website and may be distributed. Authors are welcome to put the final published version in institutional databases or personal archives.

Corrections Policy

Corrections to articles published
A published article forms part of the published record and will not be altered or removed.

Major corrections
A correction will be published if a published article contains a significant error that affects, for example, the accuracy of the article. Corrections are published as either Errata or Corrigenda. Both Errata and Corrigenda are published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. An Erratum or Corrigendum will be linked to the original article online. The publication of a correction will be indicated in the article title, e.g. ‘(with corrigendum)’, and on the article landing page and downloaded PDFs.

An Erratum is the correction of an error introduced by the Journal during editing or production. The Author will be given an opportunity to approve an Erratum before publication.

A Corrigendum is the correction of an error made by the author/s.

Minor corrections
Obvious typographical errors will generally not be corrected. Other minor errors may be corrected at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. In the case of minor corrections, an updated version of the article will be published alongside the original version. As readers do not need to be alerted to minor changes, the Crossmark status will reflect as ‘Current’.

Plagiarism Policy

A definition of plagiarism is included in the Guidelines for Authors and authors are referred to this policy for the consequences of an offence of this nature. All cases of suspected or alleged plagiarism will be considered seriously and on an individual basis before undergoing peer review to verify their originality.
• Suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript can be brought to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief either through the similarity report of the associate editor or through a Reviewer of the manuscript.
• When a similarity report is indicative of a potential offence, the report and manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief to determine whether or not material has been plagiarized and, if yes, the extent of the plagiarism.
• When suspected plagiarism is reported to the Editorial Office, the report will be acknowledged and all relevant documentation/evidence will be retrieved and examined by the Editor-in-Chief, in conjunction with the relevant Associate Editor, to determine whether or not material has been plagiarised and the extent of the plagiarism.
• If material has been plagiarised, the corresponding author will be informed by the Editor-in-Chief that the manuscript is rejected on these arguments.
• If the extent of the plagiarism is considered as minor, no further action will be taken. If the plagiarism is admitted to be extensive, the author’s institutions and funding entities will be informed and the submitted and plagiarised material will be sent to them by the Editor-in-Chief. Thus, authors will be notified by the Editor-in-Chief that they will be banned from submitting to the journal in the future.
• The reader or Reviewer reporting the suspected plagiarism will be informed of the outcome of the investigation.

Digital archiving policy

Authors may not deposit any version of their manuscript into a subject or institutional repository until the manuscript has been published. Authors may deposit the submitted or accepted version on personal web pages before publication, but these versions must be replaced by the published version after publication.

On the website
All digital Journal content is stored on a secure server which is backed up frequently. In the event of a problem, the back-up will be restored within 24 hours.


Submissions must strictly follow the instructions listed below. They are automatically rejected in the case of non-conformity.
Each new submission should be accompanied by a cover letter signed by all contributing authors and must contain the following informations:

- The authors have no conflict of interest.
- The article is not under consideration by another journal.
- The authors are responsible for all informations in the article that may create disputes of all kinds.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the following address:Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

The submission file must be in Word format. The author uses italics rather than underlines and places all illustrations (figures, maps, photos and tables) in their respective places in the text of the article.
The article should be presented in Calibri, single spacing, with numbered lines and 2.5 cm margins on all sides. The regular article should not exceed 20 A4 pages including all illustrations and the short paper should not exceed 8 A4 pages.
The structure of the regular article and the short communication will be as follows:

First page (Title page)

This page is reserved exclusively for the title, names of authors and their contact details in a centered position, acknowledgments (optional) and sources of funding.
The title is in lowercase, bold type and 12 point size. It must be precise, concise but complete. Abbreviations should be avoided and must appear from the first citation in the text.
The authors are presented by the full name in lower case and 9 point size and followed by a superscript number to specify their contact details at the bottom. The author to whom all correspondence will be addressed should be marked with a superscript asterisk.
The contact details of the authors (University, Institution, Laboratory or department, postal address, telephone, fax, e-mail address) are preceded by the corresponding number in lower case.
An empty line must separate the title, the list of authors, their contact details, the acknowledgments and the funding sources.

Text of the article

The text of the article must be presented in 10 point size and organized according to the following plan:
- Abstracts
- Introduction
- Material and methods
- Results and Discussion (this section can be divided in two separate parts)
- Conclusion
- References

Abstracts should contain a maximum of 300 words and 4-6 keywords. The submitted article should include an abstract in the language of the article and an English abstract with title and keywords.
Titles and subtitles will be in lowercase and bold characters and numbered in Arabic numbers (maximum three levels: 1, 1.1, 1.1.1) starting from the introduction without any withdrawal to the left. An empty line is always present before the titles.
In the text, only the Latin scientific names of plant and animal species should be presented in italics. Paragraphs should not start with a withdrawal to the left of the first line.
The experimental models and statistical analyzes must be clearly presented in the text.
Illustrations (tables, figures, maps and photos) should be included in the text of the article. They must be called in the body of the text by figure 1, table 1,… etc.

All illustrations, accompanied by legends in the language of the article, must be centered:
- Tables must be provided in a real table structure (rows, columns) with horizontal and vertical separation lines. Table’s title should be placed above the table without a space between them and footnotes should be placed below the table and indicated in the table by superscript Arabic numbers. The statistical comparison of the means in the table is made by letters in front of each value. The units of measurement, mentioned in abbreviated form and in parentheses, follow the International System of Units (SI).
- The photographs (photos and maps) must be of excellent quality, very well contrasted with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. If they are not original, it is needed from the author of the manuscript to acknowledge the source.
- Figures will be provided at a sufficient size for better clarity and the size of the letters should be proportional to the figure to accommodate any reduction.
- Mathematical and / or chemical equations and formulas must be presented clearly with careful placement of superscripts and subscripts.


References should be presented as follows:
• In the text:
The reference is cited by the name of the author in lowercase followed by the year of publication in parentheses as follows:
- Single author case: Label (2000)
- Case of two authors: Label and Mabel (2000)
- Case of several authors: Label et al. (2000)
- When the same first author has several articles during the same year, the year will be followed by letters a, b, c ... etc, to indicate the order.
- Case of several references for the same idea (Label and Mabel, 1999; Label et al., 2000).
• In the list of references:
It is requested that the list be ordered alphabetically by adopting the following models for the different types of references:

- Journal article
Grati-Kamoun, N., Lamy Mahmoud, F., Rebai, A., Gargouri, A., Panaud, O., Saar, A. 2006. Genetic diversity of Tunisian olive tree (Olea europaea L.) cultivars assessed by AFLP markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 53:265–275.

- Book
Trigui, A., Msallem, M. 2002. Catalogue des variétés authoctones et types locaux (Volume 1). Ed. IRESA (Ministère de l’Agriculture), Tunis, Tunisie, 159 p illustrées.

- Book chapter
Gregoriou, C., Ksantini, M., Serafides, N. 2010. Pest and Disease Management. In :Olive gap manual – Good agricultural practices for the near-east and north Africa countries. Ed. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations regional office for the near east.Cairo, Egypt, p 213-237.

- Thesis
Jardak,T. 1994. Contribution à l'étude de la dynamique des populations de la teigne de l'olivier dans la région de Sfax. Thèse de doctorat d'Etat des Sciences biologiques. Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Université de Sfax, 247p.

- Seminar proceeding
Kheireddine, N. 2005. L’oléiculture Tunisienne : Stratégie de développement et perspectives d’avenir. Actes du Colloque International « L'oléiculture : Productivité, qualité et accords de partenariat », 18-19 mai 2005, Sfax, Tunisie, p 1-3.

- Web site
IO, 2023. Caractérisation des Etats de Surface des Oliveraies Tunisiennes . Available at : http://www.iosfax.agrinet.tn/index.php/news/itemlist/category/14-production-scientifique (accessed 27.02.2023).


Submitted articles will be reviewed by two scientists with recognized competence in the relevant field of the article and anonymously. Articles returned to the author for correction must reach the Editorial Board no later than 10 days from the sending date for a minor revision and one month for a major revision.


Once definitively accepted, publication of the article will be scheduled in the following issues according to the acceptance order of articles. A certificate of acceptance can be delivered to authors if necessary. The publication is provided in paper mode and in free access mode on the journal's website.
The publication of an article automatically implies the transfer of copyright to the journal and the published data will no longer be used by the authors in any form.

JAAOG. Volume 2, Numéro 1 (June 2023)


JAAOG. Volume 1, Numéro 2 (December 2022)


JAAOG. Volume 1, Numéro 1 (June 2022)



Revue Ezzaitouna. Volume 16, Numéro 1 (2020)



Revue Ezzaitouna. Volume 15, Numéro 1 et 2


Postal address :
Journal of Arid Arboriculture and Olive Growing, Institut de l’Olivier, Route de l’aéroport, km 1.5, BP 1087, 3000 Sfax, Tunisia
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Adresse : Institut de l'Olivier Sfax, Route de l’Aéroport, B.P. 1087 3000 Sfax

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