The authors are suggested to abide following guidelines while preparing the manuscripts' for submission-
1. Text formats
- The authors are suggested to submit manuscripts in any underlying formats-
- Microsoft Word (doc or docx)
- Rich Text Format (RTF)
- Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Open Document Format (ODF)
- Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
- Your entire submission (including references) should be 1.5 spaced in font type- Times New Roman or Calibri with font size- 11 point. The margin of the document should be one inch. The pages of the manuscript must be numbered.
- Prepare manuscripts in Standard English.
- We suggest you to consider using an English language editing service prior to submission.
- Your writing should be comprehensible to editors and reviewers and your writing style should ideally be concise and accessible.
3. Title Page
- Front page should contain title, forenames and surnames of all authors and each author's affiliations with a clear indication of who is associated with which institution.
- Supply a short title of no more than 50-80 characters.
- Authors are suggested to avoid specialist abbreviations
- Authors are suggested to make the title a clear and concise summary of their specific findings.
- Provide a brief summary of not more than 250 words and do not include references in it.
- The summary should succinctly and clearly introduce the topic of the paper.
- Summary should highlight the most important results and explain any conceptual advances arising from them.
- Ensure that Introduction should not contain subheadings.
- Introduction should succinctly provide the background information that is required to set the results into their proper biological context.
- This section should describe the results of the experiments performed
- This section can be broken up by subheadings.
- Ensure that the distinction between new results and published findings/established facts is clear.
- This section should explain the significance of the results and should place them into a broader context.
Please note- In case of research reports, the Results and Discussion sections should be combined into a single section.
- Acknowledgements should be grouped into a single paragraph placed after the Discussion section.
- Authors are advised to acknowledge only people who have made substantial contributions to the study, and provide the affiliation of those you name.
- Provide the names and affiliation details of members of collaborating bodies.
- Financial support for the study should be acknowledged in a separate support statement.
9. References citing guidelines
Each reference cited in the text must be listed in the References section.
Authors are advised to list the citations in References section in Vancouver format according to the following specimen style:
Journal Reference format-
Author details (surname and initial(s)): Article title. Abbreviated form of the Journal name (if known) year, volume no:, page numbers, details of publisher(if any)
Matlin, K. S. and Caplan, M. J.: Epithelial cell structure and polarity in the Kidney, IJOR, 1992, vol: 1 pp. 447-473. New York: Raven Press Ltd.
Book Reference format-
Author details (surname and initial(s)): Chapter Title, Details of Edition (if any), Title of the Book, Year, page no's
Milkman, R: 'The aquaculture in Australia', P Thompson & C Warhurst, Macmillan Press, London, The Handbook of Aquaculture, 1998, pp. 22-34.
Authors are advised to use bold for authors' names used in references.
Initials should follow all surnames in the list of authors; insert a full stop and space after each initial and place parentheses round the date followed by a full stop.
If there are more than three authors, you may use 'et al.' after the third author.
- Insert tables into the main text document using the Table function in your word processing package.
- Please do not supply tables in a separate file.
- Number the tables consecutively.
- Limit data to a sensible number of significant figures.
- Avoid large tables if possible.
- Provide a clear footnote for each table, making sure all abbreviations and symbols used are defined.
- Include tables as part of the manuscript file.
- Supply line-art figures and photographic images in JPEG, TIFF, Adobe Illustrator or PDF format.
- Graphs or bar charts may be supplied in Excel or similar spreadsheet format.
- Don't embed images in the main manuscript file. Supply them separately.
- All submitted figures must be clearly named and numbered.
- Whether for images, drawings or graphs, avoid using more than four panels for a single figure. These should be labelled as a), b), c) and d).
- Label your images such that all important details are clearly marked, but avoid obscuring large areas of the images with excessive labelling.
- Ensure that bar charts and graphs have a white background, with no shading or gridlines.
- Provide a clear caption for each figure.
- Captions should be brief and should not be repetitive of information given in the text.
- All abbreviations should be expanded.