Instructions for AuthorsSee also: Copyright Transfer Form | Permissions Form | Author and Editor Discount
These instructions are for book chapters. Authors should read all the information on this page. Please submit manuscripts directly to the commissioning editor. Chapters and articles are not open access unless the author chooses to pay an Article Processing Charge.
Submission InformationManuscripts should be submitted directly to the editor within the specified timeframe.
Style and Format (Fast-Track Publication)Please submit your manuscript as a PDF file to the following specifications AND the Word file from which you produced the PDF
- Set the page size to 178 mm wide and 254 mm tall.
- Set all margins to 20 mm (top, bottom, left, and right). This results in a typing area of 138 by 214 mm. Figures and tables must not extend beyond this 138 by 214 area.
- Do NOT use page numbers, running headings or footnotes.
- Do not put anything in the margins.
- Chapter title, authors and affiliations should be placed on the first page. Indicate the corresponding author with an asterisk.
- Chapter title: Arial font; size 18; line-spacing of 1.5; aligned at the left margin (NOT centred).
- All other text: Arial font; size 11; line-spacing of 1.5 (a smaller font may be used for tables and figure legends).
- Text should be justified i.e. extend fully from margin to margin.
- There should be a blank line between each paragraph. Do not start a paragraph with a tab. Do not indent.
- All headings should be at the left margin (NOT centred).
- Headings should be lower case and in bold type. Sub-headings should be in italics. Sub-sub-headings should be in plain text.
- The text following a heading (or sub-heading) should commence on a new line but do not insert extra space, do not insert a tab, do not insert a blank line.
- Figures, figure legends and tables should be inserted in the text in the appropriate location and numbered in order of mention in the text (Table 1, Figure 1, etc). Use highest quality graphics at least 300dpi.
- Figures and tables should be numbered in order of mention in the text (Table 1, Figure 1, etc).
- Save your formatted file as a PDF using high quality settings (>300 dpi).
- Submit both the PDF file and the Word file from which you produced the PDF.
AbstractBegin with an abstract of approximately 100-200 words.
HeadingsHeadings should be at the left margin, lower case and in bold type. Sub-headings should be at the left margin, lower case and in italics. Sub-sub-headings should be at the left margin, lower case and in plain text.
References and Citations
References should be cited in the text in parentheses in order of date, as follows (Murillo et al., 2015; Jamal et al., 2016). The reference list should be in alphabetical order. Please include a DOI link for each reference, if available. Follow the style indicated:
Article in a journal:
Jamal, M., Khan, F.A., Da, L., Habib, Z., Dai, J., and Cao, G. (2016). Keeping CRISPR/Cas on-Target. Curr. Issues Mol. Biol. 20, 1-20. https://dx.doi.org/10.21775/cimb.020.001
Chapter in a book:
Tikhonov, A.N. (2016). Modeling Electron and Proton Transport in Chloroplasts. In Chloroplasts: Current Research and Future Trends, H. Kirchhoff, ed. (Norfolk, UK: Caister Academic Press), pp. 101-134. https://dx.doi.org/10.21775/9781910190470.05
An entire book:
Murillo, J., Vinatzer, B.A., Jackson, R.W., and Arnold, D.L. (2015). Bacteria-Plant Interactions: Advanced Research and Future Trends (Norfolk, UK: Caister Academic Press). https://dx.doi.org/10.1000/9781908230584
EndNote or Reference Manager: you can use the style of the journal "Cell" which is similar to ours (include the DOI link for each reference, if available).
English languageManuscripts must be written in perfect English. If English is not your first language please have your manuscript corrected professionally before submission. We do not recommend any particular company but many language correction services are available including (in alphabetical order):
American Journal Experts | Bioedit | Editage | Enago | Global English Editing | JournalPrep | LSS | Oxford Science Editing | The Expert Editor
Terms and ConditionsBy submitting a manuscript you are deemed to have granted permission to publish the manuscript. You will be required to assign copyright to the publisher. You are advised not to use any material that has been published previously. If any material, figure or table has been published previously it is your responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright owner (normally the original publisher not the author). You are also responsible for the payment of any fee that may be payable to the copyright owner.
FAQs for Authors
What are the benefits of the Fast-Track Publication scheme?
1. Rapid publication - your book will be published 4 to 6 months earlier than normal.
2. No page-proofs - your chapter will be printed from your PDF file so no need for further proof reading.
2. Fast-Track books are published in exactly the same way as standard books i.e. in both hard copy and ebook format.
Do I need to adhere to the Instructions for Authors?
Yes. They contain vital information on style, format, etc.
Do I have to assign copyright?
Yes. Please complete and return our Copyright Transfer Form. We must have a signed copyright form for each manuscript.
I am a government employee and cannot assign copyright?
Our Copyright Transfer Form contains a clause "For government employees to the extent transferable" so you are only transferring copyright to the extent that you are permitted. You should sign and return the form.
Will assigning copyright to you prevent me from using my figures or tables in subsequent publications?
No. Our Copyright Permission Policy enables you to use any of your own original material in any subsequent publication.
Do I need to include an abstract?Yes. please supply a short abstract.
Do I need to include my email address?Yes. Please provide the email address of the corresponding author on the first page of your manuscript.
Do I need to include my affiliation address?Yes. Please provide the affiliation for every author.
Where do I send my manuscript?
To your editor. Send it by email unless instructed otherwise by your editor.
Do I need to supply a hardcopy of my manuscript?
No. You do not have to send a hardcopy unless your editor has specifically requested one.
What is the deadline for submission?
Your editor will have given you a deadline for submission. If you have any questions relating to timescales or deadlines please contact your editor.
Do I have to submit by the deadline?
Yes. Sometimes with multiauthor works a situation can arise in which some authors submit their manuscript on time while others are considerably late. When the volume is eventually published the manuscripts submitted in a timely manner are noticeably out-of-date. To avoid this unfair and often contentious situation we try to adhere to a strict timescale. Therefore we ask you to facilitate this process by submitting your manuscript on time (earlier would be very much appreciated). If you have any questions relating to timescales or deadlines please contact your editor.
Can you accept LaTeX?No. At the current time we are not able to accept LaTeX files.
Can you correct my English?
No. Manuscripts must be written in perfect English. If English is not your first language please have your manuscript corrected professionally before submission. We do not recommend any particular company but many language correction services are available including (in alphabetical order):
What is the recommended length?
We suggest a maximum of 20,000 words but there is no specific limit. You should liaise with the editor of the volume.
How many figures and tables can I have?
There is no specific limit but you should liaise with the editor of the volume.
Can I have colour figures?
Can I use previously published figures or tables?
You are advised NOT to submit any material that has been published previously. If you do, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner, normally the PUBLISHER of the original article (not the author). You are also responsible for the payment of any fee that may be payable to the copyright owner.
Why can I not use previously published figures or tables?
Copyright law prevents us from publishing copyrighted material.
Can I use previously published figures or tables if there is no copyright?
Some publishers give "blanket" permission for authors to re-use or adapt their OWN work and in these cases authors do not need further permission. In addition, a small number of open access publishers allow all their published material to be freely distributed and reused. You need to check the policy of the original publisher. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not infringe copyright.
How do I get permission to use copyrighted material e.g. previously published figures or tables?
You must get permission from the copyright owner, normally the PUBLISHER of the original article (not the author). You can ask the copyright owner (original publisher) to sign our Permissions Form. Please send us the signed form. You are responsible for the payment of any fee that may be payable to the copyright owner.
Is it OK to "adapt" a previously published figure or table?
You still need permission from the copyright owner, normally the PUBLISHER of the original article (not the author). You can ask the copyright owner (original publisher) to sign our Permissions Form. Please send us the signed form. You are responsible for the payment of any fee that may be payable to the copyright owner.
What is copyright and how can I avoid infringement?
Copyright is a set of rights that includes the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. Copyright does not protect ideas, only their expression. In the case of previously published figures or tables, normally it is the PICTORIAL PRESENTATION of the information that is copyright, not the information itself. Rather than adapting the original figure, draw your own figure. Even though it presents the same data or information as the original, as long as it does not significantly resemble the original you probably will not need permission from the copyright owner. For example, a bar chart is not the same as a pie chart even though it contains the same information. If you draw your own figure (rather than "adapt") you probably will not need permission from the copyright owner; however you should reference the original article in your manuscript in the usual way.
Can you draw, redraw, touch-up or adapt figures for me?
No. We are not able to offer help with your figures. They will be printed as supplied by you.
Will my work be open access?
Authors can choose to make their chapter or article "open access" by paying an Article Processing Charge (APC). Authors that pay the APC are provided with a final PDF file of their chapter or article that they can deposit in institutional and public repositories, distribute by email, internet etc and make it freely available throughout the world. For details visit open access.
Do I get payment?
We do not offer a monetary payment, however all authors are entitled to a discount. For details visit Author Discount.
Do I get a free copy?
For most books there is an allocation of "one free copy per chapter". The free book is usually sent to the designated corresponding author by the editor. In some cases free copies are not available for authors of book chapters. Authors in Focus Issues do not receive free copies.
Can authors buy publications at a discount?
All our authors are entitled to a discount on our publications. For details visit Author Discount
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