You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Guide for Authors for more details.
Before submission of your manuscript, make sure:
Confirm the following items are present in the manuscript:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
All essential files have been uploaded:
Supplementary data (materials) may be published with your article. If supplementary data is required or author wants to publish supplementary data, they should submit supplementary data with proper caption.
|Article type||Word limit||Abstract||Table/Figures||References (max of)|
|Full Length Research Paper
Complete report of original research. It is based on findings and methods in sufficient details.
|5000, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures||250||Max of 8||50 Please use as current as possible|
|Full length Review
A comprehensive synthesis and/or analysis of specific topics. A short Introduction giving the rationale for the review should be followed by sections with appropriate subheadings, followed by a conclusions section at the end.
|5000, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures||250||Max of 8||150|
A brief synthesis and/or analysis of specific topics. A short Introduction giving the rationale for the review should be followed by sections with appropriate subheadings, followed by a conclusions section at the end.
|3000, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures||200||Max of 6||80|
|Short communication (Short Research Paper)
A concise report of research of high quality and broad interest to a journal’s target audience. Usually a short report of interim work or final report of research that does not warrant a full research paper publication.
|1500, excluding references||100||Max of 3||15|
|Manuscript||A4 page, double spaced, MS Word, single column, Font Times new roman, Font size 12 point. 1 inch margin on each side. Page number should be included at bottom of page in centre. All lines are to be numbered (for review process)|
|Charts, Tables, Graphs||MS excel or MS word, Preferably JPEG, TIFF format; High quality|
|Images||JPEG, TIFF format; Using maximum possible 150dpi resolution|
Full length Review and Mini Review
Title, authors, affiliations, abstract, keywords, introduction, other sections (depends on each review), conclusions, acknowledgments, references, tables and figures.
Full length Research Paper and Short Communication
Title, authors, affiliations, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusions, acknowledgments, references, tables and figures.
Title: A short, informative title and of 150 characters or less. Avoid abbreviations. It must be Bold, 14 size font size.
Author names and affiliation: Complete name of author (s), spell check names. Write affiliation of authors below author names with a lower case superscript letter. Italic and font size 12.
Corresponding author: Corresponding author must be identified with the asterisk. Ensure email address is given for correspondence with corresponding author.
Present/permanent address: If an author moved from the place where originally work was done, a present address may be given as a footnote to that author’s name. Font size 12.
Abstract: A brief and factual abstract is needed. Abstract should be 100-250 words. Abstract must state aim of the study, main results and major conclusions. Abstract should be able to stand alone. Try to avoid references in abstract.
Keywords: Provide 3-6 keywords. Avoid “and” in keywords. Use detectable and established keywords.
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1, then subsection 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ), 2. then subsection 2.1, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering).
2. MATERIALS AND METHODS
3. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Provide adequate background of the study and present aims of the study. Avoid summary of results or detailed literature.
Complete details must be provided for reproducibility. If a method is already published, only reference is enough.
A combined results and discussion section is appropriate to avoid repetition of results. Only relevant results should be provided. Discussion explains the importance of results in context of existing literature.
The main conclusions drawn from results should be presented in a short Conclusions section (Maximum 100-250 words). Conclusions must not contain references.
Acknowledgments section must be added after conclusions. Mention here those who have helped in research funding, in write up manuscript and in research.
Each figure/illustration must have caption, it must not be attached with the figure. In text figure must be denoted as Fig.1. Figure caption must be denoted as “Fig.1.”. Maximum number of figures must be 8. Multiple figures can be expressed as one figure. Figures must be placed at the end of manuscript after references. All figures must be of high quality.
Maximum number of tables allowed is 8. In text table must be denoted as Table 1. Tables must be placed at the end of manuscript. All tables must be of high quality.
Based on CSE style manual 7th edition. Style can be downloaded from endnote styles. Each reference is numbered and sequentially ordered as they appear in the text. In text, reference numbers should be written in line with text. Published conference abstracts, numbered patents and proceedings may be included in reference list. A DOI can be used to cite and link to electronic articles where an article is in-press and full citation details are not yet known, but the article is available online.References in Text:
The style advocated by CSE suggests that numbers appear in superscript, and appear before punctuation marks (commas or periods).Example:
These infections may arise from the external auditory meatus in otitis externa, or from the middle ear cavity in otitis media 1. While gram negative bacilli are commonly associated with chronic otitis media particularly Pseudomonas and Proteus sp. 2,3. The effect of CEBs is much better for the mitigation of biofilm compared to that reported by Celin et al. 4. Kim et al. 5 demonstrated that the bacterial strain AH4 degraded.List of references
Number the references in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.Article Reference:
1. Xu H, Liu Y. Reduced microbial attachment by d-amino acid-inhibited AI-2 and EPS production. Water research 2011;45(17):5796-5804.Book Reference:
2. Andrews K, Miller K, Hoschler O, Stanford P, Hardelid M, Zambon N. Chapter: Book Name. year of publication; volume: pages. PublisherWebsite Reference:
References to websites should mention authors (if available), title of the cited page, full URL, and at date accessed.Conference proceeding:
Vivian VL, editor. Child abuse and neglect: a medical community response. 1st AMA National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect; 1984 Mar 30-31; Chicago. Chicago: American Medical Assoc; 1985. 256 p
A Signed cover letter in Word or PDF format or scanned copy must be uploaded separately with the manuscript. Cover letter must include:
It is certified that this manuscript has not been previously published, in whole or in part, and that it is not under consideration by any other journal.
The manuscript files should be submitted online by uploading at the Submit Manuscript. If one finds difficulty in uploading, then one can contact the journal staff. It is mandatory to include a signed covering letter to the editor.
Response to reviewers’ comments or responses to the initial check can be submitted with the revised manuscript.
Files to be uploaded:
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Abasyn journal of life sciences is an Open Access journal. Open access allows all interested readers to view, download, print, and redistribute any article without a subscription, enabling far greater distribution of an author's work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model.
AJLS follow Ethical guidelines of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan and the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE). AJLS also follow mutually agreed Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing by COPE and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). AJLS uses COPE’s procedures and HEC guidelines for dealing with potentially unethical behavior by authors, reviewers or editors.
Ethical issues raised by readers will be investigated by the editorial office following procedures recommended by COPE and HEC guidelines. Disputes on the validity of research reported in published papers can be settled by the editorial board. For disputes around authorship, data ownership, author misconduct, etc., where necessary we will refer to external organizations such as a university ethics committee. The authors are asked to respond to any substantiated allegations made against them.
Plagiarism, data fabrication, and image manipulation
Plagiarism is not acceptable in AJLS. Plagiarism is commonly defined as the representation of the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic work (Rutgers University, Academic Integrity Policy, Section 2C). In scientific writing and publishing, plagiarism most often occurs when ideas or key phrases are taken from a literature source and the source is not cited. Copying a sentence from another work and merely replacing a few words in that sentence also is considered plagiarism.
Plagiarism is prohibited because it is dishonest. Authors who do not credit the original sources of ideas and phrases are guilty of stealing the original authors’ scientific contributions. Scientific discoveries and progress build on the previous accomplishments of other scientists. They deserve—and receive—proper recognition when their contributions used in current works are acknowledged with proper citations. Reuse of text that is copied from another source must be between quotation marks and the original source must be cited. If a study's design or the manuscript's structure or language has been inspired by previous studies, these studies must be explicitly cited.
Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving credit to the original source. All submissions will be subjected to plagiarism evaluation before editorial processing. Authors should be experienced enough to differentiate ethical behaviors (e.g. citation and quotation) from unethical ones (e.g. general plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and copy-and-paste). Manuscripts that cannot pass the plagiarism (<19%) evaluation pre-screening, will be automatically rejected without review and the plagiarism evaluation will not be provided to authors and strict action will be taken against the author. All papers submitted must pass through an initial screening and will be checked through the advanced plagiarism detection software (Turnitin). If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may publish a Correction or retract the paper.
Multiple, redundant and concurrent submission
An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical behavior and is unacceptable.
In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a paper that has been published previously, except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint.
Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g. clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.
Submission declaration and verification
Authors must accept full responsibility for the content of their articles. The Members of the Editorial Board and the Publisher of the journal are not responsible for the statements and opinions expressed by the authors in their articles/write-up published in the journal. To use the copyrighted material (for example table, figure, etc.), the author/s must seek permission from the Author/s and Publisher of the material and send a copy of the permission letters via e-mail to the Administrative Editor for records. In case, if it is not possible then do not use that material.
While submitting the paper the author (s) must give a declaration in the cover letter that “the article has not been published or sent for publication elsewhere”. And the authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it.
AJLS operates double-blind peer review, meaning that the author and reviewer do not know the identity of each other.
At least two review reports are collected for each submitted article. Suggestions of reviewers can be made by the academic editor during pre-check. Alternatively, Chief Editor or editor will use qualified Editorial Board Members, qualified reviewers from our database, or new reviewers identified by web searches for related articles.
Checks applied to all reviewers:
Invited reviewers will be asked to:
As part of the assessment, reviewers will be asked:
to rate the originality/novelty, significance, quality of the presentation, scientific soundness, interest to the readers, overall merit and English level of the manuscript;
Manuscripts submitted to AJLS should meet the highest standards of publication ethics:
If reviewers become aware of such scientific misconduct or fraud, plagiarism or any other unethical behavior related to the manuscript, they should raise these concerns with the in-house editor immediately. Reviewers must not recommend citation of work by themselves or close colleagues when it is not clearly necessary to improve the quality of the manuscript under review.
To assist academic editors, AJLS staff handles all communication with reviewers, authors, and the external editor; however, Academic Editors can check the status of manuscripts and the identity of reviewers at any time. Reviewers are given 14-21 days to write their review. For the review of a revised manuscript, reviewers are asked to provide their report within 5 days. In both cases, extensions can be granted on request.
A paper can only be accepted for publication by an academic editor, editor or chief editor based on expert reviewers' comments.
Journal editors will check to make sure that there is no conflict of interest before contacting reviewers and will not consider those with competing interests. Reviewers are asked to declare any conflicts of interest. Authors can also enter the names of potential peer reviewers they wish to exclude from consideration in the peer review of their manuscript, during the initial submission progress. The editorial team will respect these requests so long as this does not interfere with the objective and thorough assessment of the submission.
Declaration of conflict of interest
A Conflict of Interest is defined as a set of conditions in which professional judgment concerning a primary interest, such as the validity of research, may be influenced by a secondary interest. A Conflict of Interest (sometimes called a Disclosure Statement) is a notification from the author that there's no financial/personal interest or belief that could affect their objectivity, or if there is, stating the source and nature of that potential conflict. Authors must declare personal relationships with others or any financial with organizations that could inappropriately effect (bias) their work and this publication can result in a gain or loss financially. Examples of conflict include consultancies, employment, stock ownership, paid expert testimony, honoraria, Patent applications, patent registrations, direct academic competition, and funding or other grants. The corresponding author is expected to obtain relevant information from all authors. The declaration must be included in cover letter. Declaration statements will be published after the acknowledgment section.
It is important to take permission for reproducing material from other published sources (figures, tables, text, etc.) that do not fall into the public domain, or for which they do not hold the copyright. Any part of the article accessed from another source should be accompanied by a signed letter of consent from the copyright holder, which may be the author, journal or the publisher.
Permission is required for:
Permission is not required for
Research involving animals and human subjects
When reporting experiments on human subjects, please indicate whether the procedures were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) or with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 (as revised in 1983). Include Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committee approvals. Also, authors must have informed consent from patients or guardians. If a patient is dead, then the data protection act does not apply but the author must seek permission from a relative. If an animal is used in experiments, authors must seek permission (clearance certificate) from the bioethics committee of the department/institute or university.
AJLS follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines which state that in order to qualify for authorship of a manuscript, authors must satisfy the following:
Those who contributed to the work but do not qualify for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments. More detailed guidance on authorship is given by the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Any change to the author list during the editorial process or after publication should be approved by all authors, including many who have been removed. The corresponding author should act as a point of contact between the editor and the other authors and should keep co-authors informed and involve them in major decisions about the publication. We reserve the right to request evidence of authorship, and changes to authorship after acceptance will be made at the discretion of AJLS.
Changes to authorship
Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
For all articles published in AJLS, the copyright is retained by the author(s), provided proper credit is given to AJLS and it is properly cited.
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Articles published in AJLS are Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY NC). All content is freely available without any charge to the user or his/her institution. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from AJLS or the author for non-commercial purposes.
Use of inclusive language
Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Articles should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of race, sex, culture or any other characteristic, and should use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias.
The authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation.
Articles published in AJLS can be distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY NC). All content is freely available without any charge to the user or his/her institution. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from AJLS or the author for non-commercial purposes.
Article withdrawal, retraction, and correction
AJLS has the same policy regarding corrections and retractions. We differentiate between Addendum, Erratum, Corrections, Retractions, Comments, and Expressions of Concern. For any paper that is updated, the previously published version remains available from the abstract page, except for Retractions where the original PDF remains available but is prominently water-marked as retracted. Articles will only be completely removed from the website when there is a legal requirement to do so.
Complaints made against papers or requests to update are thoroughly investigated by the Editorial Office with the support of the Editorial Board and final approval by the Editor-in-Chief. Other persons and institutions will be consulted as necessary, including university authorities, or experts in the field.
If crucial information was omitted from the original publication, an Addendum can add new content to the paper. In this case, the existing content does not change.
Erratum is used to fix formatting, technical and other non-scientific errors (including changes to authorship).
Any changes after publication that affect the scientific interpretation of a paper made to a paper are announced using a Correction.
An article needs to be completely removed from the research literature if either the content or authorship is misleading, or if it failed to comply with legal or ethical requirements, especially related to the protection of research participants. AJLS follows the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for retraction. The primary purpose of retraction is to correct the publication record; it is not used as a sanction against authors and readers must be careful in interpreting motives behind actions that lead to retraction.
Replies/responses and comments to published work
Comments are short letters from readers about the results reported or the experimental methods used in a published article. When a Comment is received, the authors will be approached to provide a Reply and, where possible, the Comment and Reply will be published together. Further action, such as Correction or Retraction, may follow the receipt of a Comment if deemed necessary by the Editorial Office. Comments and Replies will undergo peer review at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.
We recommend Comments where readers have a different interpretation of results to the authors, have suggestions or feedback about the methodology used, or if they would like to propose an extension of the research.
Rejected article appeal
Authors may appeal a rejection by sending an e-mail to the Editorial Office of the journal. The appeal must provide a detailed justification, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers' and/or Editor's comments. The Managing Editor of the journal will forward the manuscript and related information (including the identities of the referees) to the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, or Editorial Board member. The academic Editor being consulted will be asked to give an advisory recommendation on the manuscript and may recommend acceptance, further peer-review, or uphold the original rejection decision. A reject decision at this stage is final and cannot be reversed.
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