|[KBCS] BioChip Journal Author’s Check List
Title: Titles do not exceed 90 characters (including spaces), and do not normally include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. They should include sufficient detail for indexing purposes but be general enough for readers outside the field to appreciate what the paper is about.
Full-length papers and minireviews should fill no more than 8 pages of BioChip J. An uninterrupted page of text contains about 300 words. A typical papers and reviews contain about 3,000 words of text and, additionally, about five display items (figures and/or tables) with brief legends. When submitting new or revised manuscripts, authors should state in a cover letter to the editor their rough estimate of the length of their paper in terms of number of pages of BioChip J. Longer papers are sometimes allowed but only if explicitly suggested by the editor. Authors of contributions that significantly exceed the limits stated here or specified by the editor will have to shorten their papers before acceptance, inevitably delaying publication. BioChip J prefers authors to be listed without details of relative status, but instead to specify the contribution made by their coauthors in the acknowledgements. BioChip J strongly encourages coauthors to specify their contributions in this way. If authors regard it as essential to indicate that two or more coauthors are equal in status, they may be identified by a symbol with the caption ‘these authors contributed equally to the work’ immediately under the address list. Present addresses appear immediately below the author list; all other essential author-related explanation is in the acknowledgements. Authors should format articles or letters using BioChip J’s Microsoft Word template, and before finalizing their manuscript should use the author’s checklist for format (applies to revised manuscripts as well as original submissions). The style tags in the template should be deleted before submission.
If brief (less than 200 words in total), they can be included in the text at an appropriate place. Otherwise, they should be described at the end of the text in a ‘Methods’ section, subdivided by short, bold headings referring to methods used. Descriptions of methods already published should be avoided; a reference number can be provided to save space, with the new addition or variation briefly stated. This whole section should not exceed 800 words and should ideally be shorter. If more space is required for Methods, the editor may suggest use of online-only supplementary information for this purpose after submission and after receiving referees’ reports. Supplementary material is peer-reviewed.
References are each numbered, ordered sequentially as they appear in the text, methods, tables, figure legends. When cited in the text, reference numbers are superscript, not in brackets unless they are likely to be confused with a superscript number. The maximum number of references, strictly enforced, is 50 for full-papers. Only one publication can be listed for each number. Only articles that have been published or submitted to a named publication should be in the reference list; papers in preparation should be mentioned in the text with a list of authors (or initials if any of the authors are coauthors of the present contribution). Published conference abstracts, numbered patents and preprints on recognized servers may be included in reference lists, but text, grant details and acknowledgements may not.
Acknowledgements are brief and follow the reference list. Authors are encouraged to include a statement to specify the contributions of each coauthor. Acknowledgements contain grant or contribution numbers, but do not contain thanks to anonymous referees and editors, or effusive comments.
Tables should each be presented on a separate page, portrait (not landscape) orientation, and upright on the page, not sideways. Tables have a short, one-line title in bold text. Upright roman (not bold or italic) type of the same size as the rest of the text is used. The body of the table should not contain horizontal or vertical rules; these will be added by BioChip J when necessary after the paper has been accepted for publication. Tables should be as small as possible. Bear in mind the size of a BioChip J page as a limiting factor when compiling a table and ensure it will reduce appropriately.
Symbols and abbreviations are defined immediately below the table, followed by essential descriptive material as briefly as possible, all in double-spaced text.
Figure legends should be listed one after the other, as part of the text document, separate from the figure files. Please do not write a legend below each figure. Each figure legend should begin with a brief title for the whole figure and continue with a short description of each panel and the symbols used. For contributions with methods sections, legends should not contain any details of methods, or exceed 100 words (fewer than 500 words in total for the whole paper). In contributions without methods sections, legends should be fewer than 300 words (800 words or fewer in total for the whole paper).