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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines


“Advancements in Science” publishes original theoretical, experimental and technical contributions in the various fields of Science at diverse levels of integration. Opinions expressed in the journals are the sole responsibility of the authors and publication does not imply the editors' agreement.

Open access
Advancements in Science’s journals are Open Access journals. All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Open access publishing is not without costs. Advancements in Science is a new journal publisher and publication fees are fully waived (free of charge) for papers submitted in 2014.

Types of papers
1. Original papers (Regular Papers) should report the results of original research. The material should not have been published previously elsewhere, except in a preliminary form.
2. Reviews should cover a part of the subject of active current interest. They ay be submitted or invited.
3. A Short Communication is a concise, but complete, description of a limited investigation, which will not be included in a later paper. Short Communications should be as completely documented, both by reference to the literature and description of the experimental procedures employed, as a regular paper. They should not occupy more than 6 printed pages (about 12 manuscript pages, including figures, etc.).
4. In the section 'Comments', short commentaries on material published in the journal are included, together with replies from author(s).
5. The section 'News and Views' offers a forum for discussion of emerging or controversial ideas, or new approaches and concepts, in all areas covered by the journal. Contributions to this section should not occupy more than 2 printed pages (about 4 manuscript pages).

Conflict of interest
Advancements in Science requires all authors to disclose any financial conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. Authors must declare any such conflict in the cover letter accompanying the manuscript and in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript itself.

Manuscript Submission
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).

Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files.

Title Page

The title page should include:

    The name(s) of the author(s)
    A concise and informative title
    The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
    The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author


Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.


Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

    Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.
    Use italics for emphasis.
    Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
    Do not use field functions.
    Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
    Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
    Use the equation editor or Math Type for equations.
    Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

 Reference list

Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Reference links
Increased discoverability of research and high quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as Scopus, CrossRef and PubMed, please ensure that data provided in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors. Use of the DOI is encouraged.

Web references
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

References in a special issue
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Reference style

Text: All citations in the text should refer to:
1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication;
3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.
Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.
Examples: 'as demonstrated (Allan, 2000a, 2000b, 1999; Allan and Jones, 1999). Kramer et al. (2010) have recently shown ....'

List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.
Reference to a journal publication:
Sheets, R., 2006. Assaying potency of novel vaccines. October 11-12, 2005, Bethesda, MD, USA. Expert Rev Vaccines 5, 315-318.

Shepherd, S.M., Shoff, W.H., 2014. Vaccination for the expatriate and long-term traveler. Expert Rev Vaccines 13, 775-800.
Reference to a book:
Bewley, R., 1994. Prehistoric and Romano-British settlement in the Solway Plain, Cumbria. Oxbow Books, Oxford.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Gleba, Y.Y., Giritch, A., 2012. 29 - Vaccines, antibodies, and pharmaceutical proteins. In: Altman, A., Hasegawa, P.M. (Eds.), Plant Biotechnology and Agriculture. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 465-479.

Journal abbreviations source
Journal names should be abbreviated according to the List of Title Word Abbreviations: http://www.issn.org/services/online-services/access-to-the-ltwa/.

Tables and Figures

    All tables and figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
    Tables and figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
    For each table and figure, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table and figure.
    Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
    Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
    Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).

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