Submission and preparation of manuscripts:
Manuscripts must be as original research papers (original article) and contain high-quality results with novelty in the field. Normally these will be based on analytical results and experiments. Preferably the manuscript should not have more than 20 double-line spaced manuscript pages, including tables and illustrations.
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times.
Manuscripts that are accepted for publication will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style. This may not be sufficient if English is not your native language and substantial editing would be required. In that case, you may want to have your manuscript edited by a native speaker prior to submission. A clear and concise language will help editors and reviewers concentrate on the scientific content of your paper and thus smooth the peer review process.
During submission of the article, a cover letter should be included having authors full address and telephone/fax number. The corresponding author should state that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere or considered for publication by any other journal.
Different parts of Manuscripts:
Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: title page; abstract and key words; text; acknowledgements; references; appendices; figure legends; tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.
The title page should include: the name(s) of the author(s); a concise and informative title; the affiliation (s) and address (es) of the author(s) and the E-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.
Abstract have to divided into purpose (stating the main purposes and research question); methods; results; conclusions and not exceed 250 words. Four to six key words (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.
Text Formatting: Manuscripts should be submitted in Word. Use 12-point Times Roman for text and the automatic page numbering function to number the pages. PDF is not an acceptable file format.
Introduction:State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Material and methods: Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.
Results: Results should be clear and concise.
Discussion:This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
References: Please cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:
Phosphatase activity is related to soil and vegetation conditions (Herbien and Neal, 1990). Boerner et al. (2005) did not observe seasonal effects on the activities of all of enzymes. Previous classification systems of Stachys are mainly based on morphological characters (Bhattacharjee 1980, 1982; Rechinger 1982).
The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.
Examples of reference style are given below:
Journal: Benoit LF, Skelly JM, Moore LD, Dochinger LS (1982) Radial growth reductions of Pinus strobus L. correlated with foliar ozone sensitivity as an indicator of ozone-induced loss in eastern forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 12: 673-678.
Book: South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London.
Book chapter: Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York, pp 230-257
Online document: Cartwright J (2007) Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing PhysicsWeb. http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/11/6/16/1. Accessed 26 June 2007
Thesis: Trent JW (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Thesis, University of California
Tables: All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals and should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
Figure: All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals and should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations. Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).