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Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscript checked by a language editing service, or by an English mother-tongue colleague prior to submission.
The first page must contain: i) title (lowercase), without acronyms; ii) first name and family name of each author, separated by commas; iii) affiliation(s) of each author; iv) acknowledgments; v) full name and full postal address of the corresponding author. Phone, fax number and e-mail address for the correspondence should also be included; vi) three to five key words.
The second page should contain: i) authors’ contributions, e.g., information about the contributions of each person named as having participated in the study; ii) disclosures about potential conflict of interests; iii) further information (e.g., funding, conference presentation ...). If tables are used, they should be double-spaced on separate pages. They should be numbered and cited in the text of the manuscript.
If figures are used, they must be submitted as .jpg files, with the following digital resolution: i) color (saved as CMYK): minimum 300 dpi; ii) black and white/grays: minimum 600 dpi; iii) one column width (8.5 cm) or 2 column widths (17.5 cm). A different caption for each figure must be provided at the end of the manuscript, not included in the figure file.
If abbreviations are used in the text, authors are required to write full name+abbreviation in brackets [e.g. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)] the first time they are used, then only abbreviations can be written (apart from titles; in this case authors have to write always the full name).
Original Articles (3500 words max, abstract 180 words max, 30 references max, 3/5 tables and/or figures): In general, this kind of publication should be divided into an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and References. A maximum of 10 authors is permitted and additional authors should be listed in an ad hoc Appendix.
Reviews (4000 words max, abstract 250 words max, minimum 40 references, 3/5 tables and/or figures): They should be introduced by a general summary of content in the form of an Abstract. Following a short introduction, putting the study into context and defining the aim, reviews will concentrate on the most recent developments in the field. A review should clearly describe the search strategy followed (key words, inclusion, exclusion criteria, search engines, ...). No particular format is required; headings should be used to designate the major divisions of the paper.
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Book Reviews (no abstract, no references needed): They should be ashort critical analysis and evaluation of the quality, meaning, and significance of a short book which addressed at least one of main topics of the Journal (the authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief of the journal for his/her approval before submitting a Book review).
References should be prepared strictly according to the Vancouver style. References must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first cited in the text (not alphabetical order), and they must be identified in the text by Arabic numerals in superscript. References in the main text must always be cited after dots and commas. References to personal communications and unpublished data should be incorporated in the text and not placed under the numbered references [Example: (Wright 2011, unpublished data) or (Wright 2011, personal communication)]. Where available, URLs for the references should be provided directly within the MS-Word document.
References in the References section must be prepared as follows:
i) more than three authors, cite 3 authors, et al. If the paper has only 4 authors, cite all authors (a few journals cite 6 authors, et al.;)
ii) title style: sentence case; please use a capital letter only for the first word of the title;
iii) journal titles mentioned in the References list should be abbreviated according to the following websites:
a. ISI Journal Abbreviations Index (http://library.caltech.edu/reference/abbreviations/);
b. Biological Journals and Abbreviations (http://home.ncifcrf.gov/research/bja/);
iv) put year after the journal name;
v) never put month and day in the last part of the references;
vi) cite only the volume (not the issue in brackets);
vii) pages have to be abbreviated, e.g., 351-8.
Al-Awadi NA. Gas Phase pyrolytic reaction. J. Chem. Soc. 1990: 2: 2179-89.
Waked A. Energy conversion measures in Kuwaiti buildings. Proceedings of the First Regional Symposium in Thermal Insulation in the Gulf States. Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait. 1980. pp 182-91.
Verklig AJ, Schat H. Mechanisms of metal tolerance in plants. In: Shaw, A.J. (Ed.). Heavy Metal Tolerance in Plants. CRC Press, Boca Raton: 1990. pp 179-193
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