Irrigation in UK

UK Irrigation Association - An independent organisation promoting the wise use of water for irrigation

Author guidelines

Guidelines to authors wishing to publish in UK Irrigation

UK Irrigation was first published in 1981 in order to inform members of the Association (and others) of developments in the UK irrigation industry, and issues influencing those developments and to be reference source for students, researchers, policy makers and others studying irrigation. We seek well written informative articles, normally with a UK focus, but drawing on international experience where appropriate, particularly from temperate areas where irrigation is supplementary. Occasional articles on international irrigation will also be considered for publication. Articles can cover the range of members' interests, from water supplies and legislation through to water application methods and economics. Articles can reflect all uses of irrigation including turf and landscape, horticulture, and agriculture. Papers presented at our Spring Conference will normally be published, subject to meeting our editorial quality criteria. Students of irrigation, and winners of the UKIA or Jack Wright Memorial Trust travel scholarships are encouraged to publish. There is an annual UKIA prize for the best article written by a student (alone, or in association with, project supervisor).


Articles should not normally be more than 2000-2500 words in length (4 to 5 pages A4), together with supporting tables, figures and photographs. They must be informative, free of excessive jargon and understandable. Key references should be cited in a standard prescribed format. Shorter (one or two pages) topical reports are also acceptable. Good quality photographs are always welcome. All papers submitted should follow guidelines on content, length and style and authors should refer to recent issues of UK Irrigation for guidance. Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format to the editor.

UK Irrigation is normally published once a year in October. But manuscripts will be considered at any time. Note that papers that are overtly commercial in content will not be accepted. The editor will invite referees to comment on papers when necessary.

Please submit manuscripts to the Executive Secretary click here.