Instructions to Authors
The Journal publishes original research reports, authoritative reviews and case reports involving a wide variety of experimental and clinical sciences.
The Journal will accept papers that reach a high standard of scientific endeavour as judged by international peer review.
Contributions are normally published within two weeks of receiving an acceptable manuscript.
Papers will be reproduced directly from authors' copy, which therefore must conform to a standardised house-style, be accurate, clear and well laid out. No proofs will be printed and final responsibility for accuracy rests with author(s).
Manuscripts should be single spaced in the format (European) A4. The text should be in Times (New) Roman 12-point font. Electronic submission is invited, or if paper copy is submitted, it should be accompanied by an electronic disc.
The title page should have:
The TITLE in BOLD CAPITALS CENTRED (14-point font) with a 25 mm top margin, followed by the names of Author(s) separated from the title by a single line space, centred and indicating by an asterisk* the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. To assist information retrieval, titles and abstracts should be specific and informative.
The full correspondence addresses, left adjusted, should be separated by a single line space from the author names.
An informative Abstract (250 words) with centred Bold, capital heading
Up to six Keywords: (heading left adjusted as shown) continuing the same line as the heading
- The text should normally be divided into conventional Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and References. These headings should be BOLD, CAPITAL and CENTRED, and separated from the text by one line above and below.
Acknowledgements: (heading left adjusted as shown) if any, should appear after the text continuing the same line as the heading.
The text should be fully justified and continuous with no spaces between paragraphs, the first line of which should be indented approximately four spaces. Subheadings should be in lower case regular italic with Initial capital.
Tables and figures (numbered Table or Figure 1…n in Regular Arial font) should be included in the text. All tables (with preceding titles, table entries, and following footnotes) and figure labels, axis labels, keys and legends (situated below the figure) should be clearly distinguished from the main text by changing to a sans-serif font such as 10-point Arial (this is an example), and separated by at least one line from the text above and below. Figures, graphs, structural formulae, etc., should be computer-generated, and line drawings should be sufficiently bold to remain clear after 10 % reduction. If you use schemes, graphs, structural formulae etc. do not indicate them as schemes or anything else, but as figures and continue with counting them in order of the other figures you have in your text.
Photographs should be submitted either on glossy paper, or as electronic images the same size as they are to appear. Authors should note that the page size before reduction is 160 X 250 mm and the photograph plus legend must fit within that area. If at all possible, photographs should be grouped together, bearing in mind the maximum possible size. Good contrast is imperative. Labelling should be black or white according to maximum contrast. For micrographs, a scale bar indicating magnification should be shown on the print. We invite authors to particularly submit color illustrations, that will be published free of charge.
Units: SI units are preferred. Consistency is essential.
- References should be referred to
in the text by number in parenthesis (Schmitt et al., 2000) and should be
arranged after the text in alphabetical order in the form indicated by the
following examples (all authors should be listed; if there are more than
six authors, list the first six authors followed by et al.).
Note that, to save any redundant work for the authors, no numbering of the references is required and the punctuation strongly corresponds to the Pubmed citation style. Please follow the guidelines precisely.
Buerke M, Murohara T, Skurk C, Nuss C, Tomaselli K, Lefer AM. Cardioprotective effect of insulin-like growth factor I in myocardial ischemia followed by reperfusion. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1995;92:8031-5.
Hengstler JG, Bogdanffy MS, Bolt HM, Oesch F. Challenging dogma: Thresholds for genotoxic chemicals? The case of vinyl acetate. Annu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol 2002;134:234-67 .
Muller B, Zulewski H, Huber P, Ratcliffe JG, Staub JJ. Impaired action of thyroid hormone associated with smoking in women with hypothyroidism. N Engl J Med 1995;333:964-9.
The Journal maintains its high standard by means of expert refereeing by an international panel. After review, if considered worthy of publication the manuscript will normally be returned for revision as recommended by the referees.
Declaration and Assignment of Rights
From 2015 onwards all articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
- Declaration and Assignment of Rights for 2016 can be downloaded here.
Conflict of Interest
- Authors must indicate whether or not they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research. This note should be added in a separate section before the reference list. If no conflict exists, authors should state: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Statement of Informed Consent
- Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.
Statement of Human and Animal Rights
- When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate
whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards
of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and
national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000
and 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance
with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale
for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body
explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting
experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional
and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
Publication of raw, unprocessed data
- It is expected that authors of EXCLI J agree to share their raw, unprocessed
data with other scientists. Moreover, it is strongly encouraged to make
raw data available as an electronic supplemental. This could be an EXCEL
file with numbers, including comprehensive legends explaining how the
raw data have been used to generate the material shown in the main manuscript.
Although strongly recommended, publication of a supplemental with raw
data is not yet obligatory. However, reviewers and the editorial team
may ask either for publication of raw data or to make them available for
the reviewing process. Should authors not be able or willing to share
their raw data, the corresponding manuscripts will be rejected. The editors
are convinced that availability of raw data will improve transparency.
By the latest in January 2020, publication of raw data will become obligatory
for manuscripts submitted to EXCLI J.