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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Before submitting your manuscript, confirm that your research aligns with the journal's specific focus and scope, as detailed in their 'Aims & Scope' section.
  • Include a cover letter that briefly outlines the significance of your research, its novelty, and why it is suitable for publication in Advances in BioScience.
  • To ensure your manuscript adheres to the journal's formatting guidelines, carefully review their 'Instructions for Authors' for details on structure (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion), stylistic elements (e.g., font, spacing, margins), and referencing style (e.g., APA).
  • Ensure your submission is original and not published elsewhere, and it is not currently under consideration by another journal.
  • Confirm the authorship order is correct, all authors have contributed significantly, each author's complete contact information (including full names, accurate and complete affiliations, email addresses, and ORCID IDs) is listed accurately, and obtain written confirmation from all co-authors that they agree to the submission.
  • Clearly designate the corresponding author who will be responsible for communication with the journal throughout the review and publication process.
  • Thoroughly proofread and edit your manuscript for any grammatical errors, typos, or formatting inconsistencies, and consider seeking feedback and suggestions for improvement from colleagues or experts in the field.
  • Include high-resolution figures and tables in your manuscript with clear captions and legends, ensuring that they are appropriately placed and referred to in the text.
  • Include the digital object identifier (DOI) for each reference, if available.
  • Include line numbers in the left margin to facilitate reviewing and editing.
  • Obtain and submit the necessary permissions to reproduce figures, tables or other copyrighted material in your manuscript.
  • To ensure the originality of your work, utilize appropriate plagiarism detection tools to check for any instances of unattributed content.
  • Disclose conflicts of interest and/or competing interests, as well as financial disclosures, for all authors in a dedicated section following the main text but before the references.
  • Ensure your research adheres to ethical standards and guidelines, and clearly state any ethical considerations, approvals, or permissions obtained for human or animal studies, if applicable.
  • Submit manuscripts electronically as Microsoft Word documents through the Advances in BioScience online submission system, ensuring the upload of all necessary files, including the manuscript, figures, tables, and any supplemental materials.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation

Thank you for considering Advances in BioScience for the publication of your research. To ensure a smooth review and publication process, please adhere to the following manuscript preparation guidelines.

General Formatting

  • File Format: Submit manuscripts in English in Microsoft Word (.docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files. PDF files are not accepted for initial submission.
  • Font and Spacing: Use Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced throughout the manuscript.
  • Margins: Set 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins on all sides.
  • Page Numbers: Include page numbers in the footer of each page.
  • Line Numbers: Number all lines consecutively throughout the manuscript to facilitate the review process.

Title Page Information

  • Title: Title of the manuscript.
  • Authors: Full names, affiliations, ORCIDs and contact information of all authors.
  • Corresponding Author: Clearly indicate the corresponding author with email address and phone number.
  • Running Head: A shortened version of the title, usually no more than 50 characters.

Abstract and Keywords

  • Abstract: A concise summary (typically 150-250 words) that encapsulates the main points of your manuscript, including the research question, methodology, key findings, and the significance of your contribution. Write it in clear and concise language understandable to a broad scientific audience.
  • Keywords: Provide a list of 4-6 relevant keywords that accurately describe the content of your manuscript. These keywords will help researchers discover your work through search engines.

Manuscript Types

  • Research Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Perspectives/Opinions
  • Short communications
  • Case Studies

Manuscript Structure

Academic publications come in various types, each with its own structure and required sections. Below is a list of common sections and elements for different types of academic publications:

Research Articles

Research articles are In-depth reports presenting original research findings (Word count: 4,000-10,000 words).

  • Title: Provide a concise and informative title that reflects the main focus of the research.
  • Introduction: Clearly state the research question, objectives, and significance of the study.
  • Materials and Methods: Describe the research design, materials, procedures, and statistical methods used.
  • Results: Present findings in a logical sequence, using tables and figures as necessary.
  • Discussion: Interpret results, compare with existing literature, and discuss implications.
  • Conclusion: Summarize key findings and suggest avenues for future research.
  • Acknowledgments: Include any acknowledgments for funding, support, or assistance.
  • References: Follow the journal's referencing style guide (e.g., APA). Ensure references are accurate and up-to-date.

Review Articles

Review articles provide a critical analysis of current research on a specific topic (Word count: 4,000-9,000 words).

  • Title: Concise and informative, accurately reflecting the review's scope (avoid abbreviations).
  • Introduction: Briefly introduce the topic, highlighting its significance and outlining the review's purpose and focus areas.
  • Body: Critically analyze the topic using subheadings. Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the research, and identify emerging themes.
  • Conclusion: Briefly summarize the main points, emphasize the review's contribution, and propose future research directions.
  • References: Follow the journal's referencing style guide (e.g., APA). Ensure references are accurate and up-to-date.

Case Studies

Case studies present detailed reports of individual cases that provide insight into specific phenomena (Word count: 2,000-5,000 words).

  • Title: A concise and descriptive title that reflects the case study's focus and outcome.
  • Introduction: Briefly introduce the case study subject, the challenge faced, and why it's interesting or instructive.
  • Background Information: Provide essential context about the organization, situation, or problem being addressed.
  • Analysis/Research (Optional): If applicable, outline the methods used to gather information for the case study.
  • Intervention/Solution: Describe the actions taken to address the challenge or situation in detail.
  • Evaluation/Results: Discuss the outcomes of the intervention. Use data and metrics to quantify the impact and support your claims.
  • Analysis & Discussion: Explain the significance of the findings. How do the results contribute to existing knowledge in the field? Highlight limitations, if any.
  • Conclusion: Briefly summarize the key takeaways from the case study, reiterating the challenge, solution, and impactful outcomes.
  • References: List all sources cited according to the publication's style guide.

Perspectives

Perspectives provide personal insights or opinions on a current topic of interest in the field (Word count: 2,000-4,000 words).

  • Title: Clearly convey the perspective or viewpoint being presented.
  • Introduction: Introduce the perspective and its relevance.
  • Main Content: Present the perspective with supporting arguments and evidence.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the main points and potential implications.
  • References: Follow the journal's citation style guide.

Opinions

Opinion pieces are shorter articles that present a specific viewpoint on a contentious or emerging issue (Word count: 1,000-3,000 words).

  • Title: Clearly express the opinion or viewpoint.
  • Introduction: Introduce the opinion and its context.
  • Main Content: Present the opinion with supporting arguments.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the main points and potential implications.
  • References: Follow the journal's citation style guide.

Short Communications

Short communications report concise findings that are of immediate interest but do not warrant a full-length paper (Word count: 1,500-3,000 words).

  • Title: Clearly convey the main idea or finding.
  • Introduction: Briefly introduce the context and purpose.
  • Main Content: Present the main findings or ideas concisely.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the key points and implications.
  • References: Follow the journal's citation style guide.

Citation Style

Advances in BioScience follows the American Psychological Association (APA) style of in-text citations. In-text citations in APA style (7th edition) are designed to give brief credit to sources within the text of your work, leading readers to the full citations in your reference list. Here are the main rules and examples for in-text citations:

  • In-text citations should include the author's last name and the publication year, e.g., (Smith, 2022).
  • If there are multiple authors, use an ampersand (&) before the last author's name, e.g., (Smith & Jones, 2022).
  • When citing a work with three or more authors, use the first author's last name followed by "et al." (all lowercase with a period after "al").
  • Page numbers should be included for direct quotations, e.g., (Smith, 2022, p. 45).
  • Use "a," "b," etc. to differentiate between multiple works by the same author(s) published in the same year (Smith, 2022a; Smith, 2022b).

Reference List Format

When preparing your manuscript for submission to Advances in BioScience, please format your reference list in accordance with APA (7th edition) style. Below are detailed guidelines and examples for different types of sources.

  • Your manuscript should conclude with a section titled "References" that lists all sources you've cited within the text.
  • Arrange all references alphabetically by the last name of the first author. If a reference has no author, alphabetize by title (ignoring "A," "An," and "The").
  • Use a hanging indent for each reference. The first line starts flush left, while subsequent lines are indented by 0.5 inches.
  • Include all author's last names and initials. Separate names with commas and use an ampersand (&) before the last author's name for references with multiple authors.
  • Place the publication year in parentheses directly after the author's names.
  • Capitalize only the first word of the title, the first word after a colon, and proper nouns. Titles of journals and books should be italicized.
  • After the title, include the volume number (italicized) followed by the issue number in parentheses, and page range separated by commas.
  • If available, also include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) after the page numbers.
  • List up to 20 authors by last name and initials. For more than 20 authors, list the first 19, followed by an ellipsis, and then the final author’s name.
  • Double-check all reference details for accuracy and completeness. Ensure all sources cited within your writing are included in the reference list, even if paraphrased.

Examples of Common Reference Types

Journal Articles

  • Format: Author(s) Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Year of Publication). Title of article. Title of Journal in Italics, Volume Number(Issue Number), Page range. DOI (if available).
  • Example: Smith, J. D., & Jones, A. B. (2023). The effects of light intensity on plant growth rate in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology, 123(4), 1234-1245. doi: 10.1104/pp.23.00214

Books

  • Format: Author(s) Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Year of Publication). Title of book in Italics (Edition number, if not the first). Publisher Name.
  • Example: Campbell, N. A., & Reece, J. B. (2020). Biology: A global approach (11th ed.). Pearson Education.

Book Chapters

  • Format: Author(s) Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In Editor(s) Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Ed.) or (Eds.), Title of book in Italics (Edition number, if not the first), (pp. page range of chapter). Publisher.
  • Example: Lee, M. J. (2021). The role of microbial communities in coral reef ecosystems. In A. B. Smith & C. D. Jones (Eds.), Advances in marine ecology (pp. 101-120). Springer.
Edited Books
  • Format: Editor(s) Last Name, First Initial(s). (Ed.) or (Eds.) for multiple editors (Year of publication). Title of book in Italics (Edition number, if not the first). Publisher.
  • Example: Purves, D., Augustine, G. J., Fitzpatrick, D., Katz, L. C., LaManna, A. R., & Williams, S. M. (Eds.). (2018). Neuroscience (6th ed.). Sinauer Associates.
Conference Proceedings
  • Format: Author(s) Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Year of publication). Title of the paper. In Editor(s) initials and last name(s) (Ed.) or (Eds.), Title of the Conference Proceedings (pp. page range of chapter). Publisher. DOI or URL
  • Example: Smith, J. A., & Brown, H. R. (2024). Investigating the effects of light intensity on plant growth. In A. Jones & B. Miller (Eds.), Plant Physiology in Action (pp. 101-112). Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-28471-4_8
Dissertations and Theses
  • Format: Author(s) Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Year of publication). Title of dissertation or thesis [Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis, University Name]. Database or Archive Name. URL
  • Example: Smith, A. (2022).  Investigating the role of microRNAs in plant development [Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles]. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (AAT 29875412)

Reports

  • Format: Author(s) Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Year of publication). Title of the report in italics [Report No. if available]. Publisher. DOI or URL
  • Example: National Cancer Institute. (2023, February). Cancer Trends Progress Report (NIH Publication No. 23-3941). National Institutes of Health. https://progressreport.cancer.gov/home
Webpages and Online Documents
  • Format: Author(s) of the webpage/document (Year of publication, if available). Title of webpage/document [in brackets if not the main title]. Retrieved from Website name [URL]
  • Example: National Human Genome Research Institute. (2020, October 15). Understanding human genetic variation. [National Institutes of Health website]. Retrieved from https://www.genome.gov/

Note: Use webpages and online documents judiciously for supplementary information, background details, or data sources with caution and proper evaluation. Prioritize peer-reviewed sources whenever possible.

For any references not covered above, please refer to the APA (7th edition) Publication Manual or consult the APA Style website (https://apastyle.apa.org/). Ensure all references are complete and accurate to facilitate the review and publication process.

Manuscript Submission

Authors can submit their manuscripts through our online submission system (Login or Register to make a submission) using OJS, an efficient and user-friendly online submission platform. This system allows authors to create an account, upload their manuscript, track the review process, and communicate with the editors. Steps typically include registering on the journal's website, filling out submission forms, and uploading the necessary files.

Alternatively, manuscripts can be submitted via email to editor[at]sospublication[dot]co[dot]in. Please note that email submissions may experience slight delays in processing compared to online submissions.

Please note: Regardless of the submission method, all required documents must be included in your submission package.

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