Life Science Research -ISSN 2455 - 9636 Guidelines to Authors

Guidelines to Authors

Introduction

Life Science Research is a monthly journal in print publishing articles on basic, applied and translational research in any discipline of Life Sciences and provides a forum for discussion to academic and industrial researchers. The journal publishes research papers, reviews, case studies, tools and techniques and short communications.

Scope of the Journal

The journal covers basic and translational research in following area of life sciences:

The topics include but not limited to the following:

Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Botany, Environmental studies, Pharmacy , Pharmacology, Herbal Technology, Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Entomology , Toxicology, Fisheries, Food, Nutrition, Health Sciences, Psychology, Marine Biology, Bio Engineering, BioPhysics, Bio Nanotechnology, Bio medical science,

General instructions:

Authors should ensure strict adherance to the guidelines and the accepted format requirements. All manuscripts must be written in English with Times New Roman Font style, 12 size and double line spacing.

Title Page

The Title page should contain the main Title in 'title case’ with word count of 10 to 15 words, Author (s) names presented as expanded first name followed by initials of middle and second namealong with current affiliations and contact e-mail address, marking for corresponding author, List of tables and List of figures.

Abstract

Maximum word limits of 250 and should not contain special characters or abbreviations. The Abstract should be informative and present the overall information of the manuscript and should encompass the background, materials and methods adopted, the salient results and a concluding sentence as to the findings of the manuscript in brief.

Keywords

Authors should provide 5 suitable Keywords

Abbreviations

All abbreviation used in the manuscript should be listed with their elaboration

Introduction

This part should define the background and significance of the study by considering the relevant literature, particularly the most recent publications. The reasons for conducting the study must be mentioned in this section.

Materials and Methods

Concise but complete information about the materials and experimental protocols along with the analytical and statistical procedures used should be presented as clear as possible to enable other scientists to repeat the research presented. If unique chemicals or reagents are used, the source may be provided in parenthesis at appropriate places.

Results

Salient outcome of the study must be presented backed by relevant Tables and Figures. Repetition of Data as Text, Tables and Figures may be avoided.

Discussion

Discussion must be written with reference to the materials & methods used, the results obtained and by considering previous information from the literature. Statements made in the Introduction and Results sections should not be repeated here.

Conclusion

A suitable conclusion specifying the inferences drawn from the present work and its significance along with future implications in the particular field should be provided.

Acknowledgements

Funding agencies and individuals who contributed to the work being described in the manuscript should be duly acknowledged.

References

References should be made only to works that are published, accepted for publication (not merely 'submitted'), or available through libraries or institutions. Any other source should be qualified by a note regarding availability. Authors are requested to include most recent published work for the references and to avoid inclusion of many references of earlier than 40 years. Full reference listing should be in alphabetical order and in the following format.

Journal articles

With 2-5 authors: Johnson, R.T. and Rao, P.N. 1970. Mammalian cell fusion: induction of premature chromosome condensation in interphase nuclei. Nature 226 (5247):717-722. With more than 5 authors Smith, J.K., Jones, Mc., Sueng Chen., Selvam, P., Nagi Reddy., et al., 1988. Gapped BLAST and PSI-BLST: a new generation of proteindatabase search programs. Nuclear Geophysics Resident 25(2):3389–3402.

Books

Mandell, G.L. and Jr. Petri, W.A., 1996. Antimicrobial Agents: Penicillins, Cephalosporins, and other ß-Lactam Antibiotics. In: Goodman and Gilman`s. The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 9th (Ed.), J.G. Hardman and L.E. Limbird (Eds.). McGraw-Hill: NY. Vol. 23; PP. 1073–1101

Conference Proceedings

Ridout, C.J. and Brown, J.K.M., 1996. Fine-scale mapping of the avirulence gene Avra12 in the barley pathogen Erysiphe graminis f.sp. hordei. In Proceedings of the 9th European and Mediterranean Cereal Rusts and Powdery Mildews Conference, 2–6 September 1996, Lunteren: Netherlands. European and Mediterranean Cereal Rust Foundation, Wageningen.

Websites

The entire url as appears on the browser address bar should be presented

Figures

All illustrations including diagrams, graphs and photographs, are referred to as Figures. Photographs or drawings must have a good contrast of dark and light. Legends of figures should be complete and self-explanatory so that the reader can easily understand the results presented. Figures may be either inserted in the word file or submitted in Jpeg format as separate files duly numbered with appropriate legends. High quality Figures need to be submitted as the Cover Page Picture will be selected from one such submissions that is accepted for publication in a particular issue.. The Figures should have uniform font size and style (Times New Roman, 12) and if prepared in excel, should have sufficient clarity for the print. Colors should be avoided if not necessary and included only if the color(s) present a scientific/technical point significantly.

Tables

Each table must be given on a separate page duly numbered with a brief but complete and self-explanatory caption so that the reader can easily understand the results presented. The Tables should have uniform font size and style (Times New Roman, 12) and if prepared in excel, should have sufficient clarity for the print. Colors and shading in Tables to be avoided completely unless the color(s) present a scientific/technical point significantly.

Citations

All figures, tables and listed references should be cited in the text. References should be cited by the last name(s) of the author(s) and year of publication, for example, (Chakravarthy, 2006) or (Chakravarthy and Shah, 1999).For citation of references with three or more authors, only the first author`s name followed by et al. should be used, for example, (Shah et al., 1988) or as shown by Shah et al. (1988) and the word `et al.’ should be in italics- font. If there is more than one reference in the same year for the same author(s), then add the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, etc. to the year with out repeating the year, for example, (Shah, 1970a,b; Shah, 1989). Website should be as in the journal publication format if author(s) name(s) are present or the name of the organization with the year. All figures and tables should be cited as follows. (Fig.1) or as ( Fig.1 & 2) and (Table.1) or (Table. 1 & 2) etc.

Supplementary Material

All extensive and large datasets such as images, sequence data and videos which support the manuscript are to be submitted as supplementary material. Such supportive material which might not be of interest to all readers but to a select few will be hosted on the journal web-site and will not be processed for print issue. This is for efficient print space utilization combined with making available large data sets on-line.

Specific Categories

Research Articles

Manuscripts should contain Title, Abstract, Key Words,Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements (if necessary), References and a Conclusion section. There is not strict word or page limit but ideally, the word count should be 5000 to 7000 (excluding figures, Tables and References) with 30 to 40 references. Sections should not be numbered and should not contain subsections.

Short Communications

Manuscripts under this category will present original preliminary data/findings which can be of major impact and considered important for immediate knowledge sharing. The data/findings presented in such manuscripts are expected to initiate a novel line of thought and research process. Rapid communications should be presented in a concise manner with a word limit of 2000 to 3000 words with 15 to 20 references. Figures, Tables and references need to be limited to highlight the most relevant details. The manuscript preparation details and format requirements remain the same as for the Full Length Research Articles.

Reviews

A Review is a comprehensive, authoritative, scholarly survey of recent advances in any area of biotechnology- research, technologies, products or protocols. The word count is from 5000 to 7000 with 40 to 50 references. It should be broadly applicable to varied biotechnology sub-sectors. All reviews are subject to full peer-review process. Mere compilation of available data should not be submitted but preferably, the author (s) contribution to the over-all understanding of the topic need to be highlighted with their own relevant research inputs to the topic reviewed.

Tools and Techniques

Manuscripts in this category describe novel developments in either tools or techniques for application in stem cell research and applications. Authors can submit either adaptations or new applications of current tools, technologies, and methods, or new procedures and products of broader interest, which is (are) a result of their original research. The manuscript should give a detailed description of the protocols or products developed with suitable evidence (for e.g., as figures) in a manner that is easy to understand and reproduce by other researchers with similar areas of interest. The contributions in the category are expected to provide a means for rapid dissemination with the aim of enabling subsequent possible collaboration between academia and industry or promoting scientific dialogue. Sufficient data should be provided to bring out the strength of a particular technique. They can be between 2000 and 2500 words with 15 to 20 references. Abstracts are not required. Acronyms should be used and explained as appropriate. Other than these specifications, details given under original articles apply.

Case studies

Manuscripts under this category will present original data/findings pertaining to a highly focused area of science and technology. The manuscripts are expected to give a direction to the practitioners in the area of study for immediate implementation of a solution/approach. The study description should be translational in nature and should enable novel applications and better understanding in a focused area of practical importance. Case studies should be presented in a concise manner with a word limit of 2000 to 3000 words with 15 to 20 references. Figures, Tables and references need to be limited to highlight the most relevant details. The manuscript preparation details and format requirements remain the same as for the Full Length Research Articles.

Images in Science and Technology

Manuscripts under this category will present a technically sound image that can communicate efficiently certain types of information that might be a bit too complex to be communicated as text. These include complex pathways, multiple interactions, cellular protein expressions, etc. High quality with significant technical/scientific input images as jpg files should be accompanied by a write-up of about 200 words to be considered for publication. The images can be one illustration/image or a panel of images arranged as one entity. All submission to the ‘Images in Science and Technology’ category will be subjected to peer-review and quality enhancement process if accepted to bring out the technical details in as best a manner as possible. The published ‘Images in Science and Technology’ will have a proper citation as with any other manuscript category.

Letters to the Editor

Readers and other contributors are encouraged to send in their feedback or their view on either the previous published issue of the journal or on a current topic of interest to a general reader. Selected such communications will be published in the forthcoming issues based on an editorial review and decision

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted as E-mail attachments to editor@thescitechjournal.com. Authors are recommended to provide names of three potential peer reviewers who are experts in the areas of study that their manuscript describes. The details of the peer reviewers that are required are their current designation, affiliation with full address, their contact phone numbers and their E-Mail IDs. However, it is the discretion of the editor-in-chief to utilize the list provided by the authors for the peer review process.

Formal conditions of Acceptance

Papers will only be published in English. Authors who opt for open access online are required to pay the open access fee. Authors of the accepted manuscripts should submit a signed declaration and copy right in the prescribed ‘Copy Right and Declaration by Authors’ form giving a statement that it has not been submitted for publication or is under consideration for publication elsewhere. Also, the Declaration should clearly mention towards the originality of the work submitted and that all the co-authors have equally contributed to the work along with a brief profile of the corresponding author. Previous conference presentations of a submitted manuscript should be disclosed.

Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles published in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access

While giving a mandate for open access publishing the authors can retain the copy right of the article under ’Creative Commons Attributions license’ (http://wiki.creativecommons.org )

It is not the publisher’s prerogative to check for the authenticity of either the author’s affiliations or their original contributions to the submissions. The editorial decisions will purely be based on the suitability of the submissions and need not necessarily reflect on the authenticity of the material contained in the submission.

Open Access Online publishing fees

INR: 2000/USD50

Status of Accepted Manuscripts

The status of all accepted manuscripts will be made available through the journal website.

Pre Publication services

The journal can assist authors identify expert technical and scientific writers who can help in manuscript preparation. These services ensure that the manuscripts satisfy both the language/grammar quality and adherance to the journal format requirements.

Payments

All payment may be made by DD/Cheque favouring ‘Samanthi Publications P.Ltd, payable at Chennai. The postal address: Samanthi Publications P.Ltd, 170 Kakkan Colony, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034

 

 

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