A useful resource that could help to learn about general tips and best practices to increase awareness of journals’ editorial requirements, submission processes, publication ethics, peer review and effective communication with editors is The Authors’ Submission Toolkit: A practical guide to getting your research published (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1185/03007995.2010.499344).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Molecular Life publishes 4 (four) issues a year, except for the first year, when only 2 issues will appear. Its editorial team, composed of highly experienced editors, is building a tight collaboration with all the involved parties – authors, reviewers and editorial board – to keep the standards of the journal and to allow access to the results of high quality scientific work for a wide readership.
Editorial evaluation timetable
• Decision on whether to peer-review: maximum 5 working days after submission
• Decision after review: maximum 3 weeks after submission
• Time allowed for revision: maximum 2 months
• Time to online publication: maximum 3 weeks after acceptance
Authorship and contributorship
An explicit contributorship statement should make clear who has contributed what to the planning, conduct, and reporting of the work described in the manuscript.
Conflict of interest
Studies that involve humans and animals
Research article formats
Original research articles
To whom the manuscripts should be addressed: Molecular Life requires authors to submit manuscripts via our online submission system ….
Preparation and submission of research articles
The final text should be provided as one document, which may also contain the tables. Figures should be provided individually. The total character count of the main text, including all sections should not exceed 55,000 (including spaces). An article may contain maximum 7 figures and/or tables. Gene symbols should appear in Italics, which should not apply to protein products of the loci. Non-standard abbreviations should be defined when first used in the text. Excessive use of abbreviations should be avoided (they should not exceed 5). Manuscript file types that can be accepted for submission include Word and RTF. Required items differ for each article type and are specified during the submission process.
The text should be 1.5 or double spaced and pages should be numbered. Although summaries need to be entered as text files separate from the body of the manuscript during the online submission process, they should also be included within the manuscript file.
Manuscripts that do not conform to the format guidelines may be returned to the authors for reformatting.