International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
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In order to speed up the process of publishing manuscripts, the authors are requested to follow the submission guidelines.

Submission requirements and conditions of acceptance

  1. All the submissions to the journal must be made online.

  2. The authors must recommend at least three appropriate editorial board members and three reviewers outside the authors’ institute for a thorough review of the work submitted. The list of the editorial board members is available on the journals’ website. It is completely the discretion of the board to choose someone within the board or someone from outside as the reviewer.

  3. All the submissions must be made as per the journals’ submission format.

  4. Along with the submissions, a cover letter, containing the title of the paper and a statement giving the main point of the research or theme of the work done, as well as the names of the colleagues who have reviewed the paper, and any other information which can be helpful in ensuring a fair review process must be included. The revised manuscripts must mention “revised” on the cover page.

  5. The editorial board may reject a submission without reviewing if the submissions do not meet the journals’ standards and requirements or may request revisions to the authors of the papers. The papers requested for revision must be submitted for a re-evaluation within a month after the request is made by the editorial board members.

  6. Prior to sending for publication, all authors of the paper must have seen the paper and have agreed for its’ submission to the journal. Any changes in the authorship must be approved in writing by all the authors of the paper. All the authors are required to explain their individual contributions in the paper so that any specific information required at any time during the review and revision of the paper can be asked directly from the contributing author. The author must declare any conflict of interests.

  7. The authors must agree to disclose any affiliations, financial assistance sources, collaborations or management relationships with any institute or life sciences companies to the editorial board so as to have an unbiased view of the review committee and the editorial board members about their work.

  8. Any manuscript lacking originality or found to be under consideration for publication in some other journal is not acceptable.

  9. All the data required for the better understanding of the work or for extending the knowledge to the existing work must be made available to any reader of the journal. All the data in form of readings, calculations, codes, datasets obtained from different databases, experimental analysis on model organisms and other crude values must be submitted and made available to the readers as and when required once the paper is published.

  10. Informed consent must be obtained while conducting population studies on humans explaining the purpose of the study, their valuable participation, benefits to the society and importance of the work. Written ethical consent must be approved from the participating members and the ethical committee.

  11. Citations and references must be made only to the published data. Citations made to any unpublished data are not considered.

Submission guidelines for manuscripts

Submissions of the manuscripts are requested in word and pdf format only. We prefer the use of 12 point Times New Roman font for the text while for mathematical symbols, greek letters and other special characters, use of normal text or symbol font is preferable. If using word 2010 or 2007, the manuscripts should be provided in compatibility mode (i.e., as word 97-2003 document saved as .doc and not as .docx)

The manuscripts for submission must include the following:

  1. Titles: the title must highlight the research done and must not exceed 100 characters. It should bring out the subject and scope of the study or research conducted and must be able to attract readers.

  2. Authors and their respective institutes

  3. Abstracts: The referenced abstract for pre submission, not exceeding 300 words laying equal emphasis on the background, methodology/principle findings and the conclusion/significance of the work should be submitted for a clear understanding of the research.

  4. Texts: the text comprising the body of the research article, review, population or GWAS studies or any other form of communication should begin with an introduction speaking about the respective area of study, purpose of the work and its importance as well as the milestones that were important, the methodology of the research and the results obtained. Technical terms, symbols and abbreviations used should be defined and the figures or tables should be cited in an order.

  5. References and notes: the references and notes should be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text.

  6. Acknowledgements: a short acknowledgement recognizing the contributions of other workers and a brief list of the funding information must be included.

  7. Tables, figures, schemas, pathways, images: tables are to be included after the references or within the text if required and must aid in a better understanding of the work. The figures, schemas or pathways submitted must be original and act as necessary information to the readers so as to enhance their understanding of the concept. The figures must be properly labeled and the size of figures when printed would be 5.5 cm or 12.0 cm. Each part of the composite figures and diagrams must be labeled in bold as well. The figure legend should be no longer than 200 words.

  8. Graphs: appropriately labeled graphs specifying the scale and units should be submitted. Definitions of the symbols used in the graph must also be provided in the key.

  9. Sequences: it is required that the sequences submitted must have 120 characters per line and spaces between each line for a sequence occupying the full width of the printed page.

  10. Conclusions and Discussions: the manuscripts should be well concluded making the readers understand the contributions made by the work in the field of study. It must clearly emphasize on the relevance of the research. Discussions on the issues being addressed by the paper and the contributions that may provide a useful insight for future research in that area are also communicated through the manuscripts.

  11. References: the references should appear at the end of the manuscripts in accordance with the way in which they are cited within the text. Only the published references are considered. Published conference abstracts are also accepted as a reference. The maximum number of references for articles is restricted to 60 and for any other short communication, it is restricted to 40.

The references must follow the following style:

  1. While listing the references, author name (with the surname first, followed by a comma and initials of the given names) should be followed by the title of the article, (the title must be in upright and not in italics and ending with a fullstop), journal name in italics, volume number in bold and the year of publication.

  2. Book titles should appear in italics and the publisher of the book should also be mentioned in the references.

  3. References to web-only journals should give the above mentioned information followed by the URL in full and the DOI if known.

  4. References to websites should mention the authors if known, title of the page, URL and the year of posting within the parenthesis.

  5. In case of more than 5 authors, only the first five should be specified; rest all should be referenced using “et al”.

Submission guidelines for figures

  1. The figures and drawings should be submitted electronically as .pdf, .doc, .eps, .prn, .tiff and JPEG files. Any required changes to be made in the figures would be communicated to the authors as and when required.

  2. The size of the properly labeled figures when printed can be altered as per the requirements. Certain images like bar graphs, simple graphs, gel images or microscopic images may be reduced to a smaller size.

  3. All the figures, tables, diagrams or any other supporting material should be mentioned by properly numbering within the text.

  4. Merged images submitted should also have along with them the separated images of the same.

  5. The figure legend should be no longer than 200 words. Titles and legends for the figures must be included within the main article file only and not within the figure files separately. At the end of the references, the following information for each figure must be provided:

    • A figure number, using Arabic numerals only e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3 etc.

    • A short figure title of 20 words maximum along with the figure number is required. Example, Figure 1. Factors leading to loss of bone tissue.

    • A detailed figure legend of no more than 200 words should follow the figure title.

  6. Recommended graphics software packages:

    • Adobe photoshop
    • Powerpoint
    • CorelDraw
    • Microsoft Visio Drawing
    • GIMP ( freely distributed at www.gimp.org)

    In case the author uses any different software than the ones mentioned, then the author must list the image acquisition tools and image processing software packages.

  7. The figure files submitted should be named as per the following convention: “corresponding author name_fig1.jpeg”.

  8. Figures should be of either 89mm width (a single column width) or 183mm width (a double column width).

  9. The author must preserve the actual images of the manipulated ones so as to present them to the editor as and when asked for. This ensures a fair analysis of the manuscript. In case the author fails to provide the actual images, the evaluation will be terminated and retained only when the actual images are provided.

  10. All the digitized images submitted with the final revision must be of medium to high resolution of 300 dpi for color, 600 dpi for greyscale and 1200 dpi for line art.

  11. For electrophoretic gels and blots, positive and negative controls as well as molecular markers must be specified within the image or must be mentioned as expanded information.

  12. Cropped images of gels and blots improving the quality and presentation of the image are encouraged and should retain at least five band widths below and above the band.

  13. Quantitative comparisons of the samples on different gels or blots are not acceptable but in case it is required the figure legend must mention that the samples derive from the same experiment and the gels and blots were processed parallel.

  14. High contrast gels/blots are not recommended. In case the background is faint, the immunoblots should be surrounded by a black line to indicate the borders of the blot.

Submission guidelines for tables

  1. Tables should be presented on a separate page and in portrait orientation.

  2. Tables should have a short title in bold at the beginning and the symbols, units and abbreviations used at the end.

  3. For X-ray and NMR data, standard table formats are available and these only must be used by the authors.

  4. In case of more than one table being talked about in the manuscript, the tables should be numbered according to their occurrence within the text.

  5. Tables must be cell based, editable, and not larger than a page and should not include images and hyperlinked text. Larger tables can be published as online supporting material.