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INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS – BEMS Reports (2014-2015)

About Biology, Engineering, Medicine and Science Reports (BEMS Reports).

BEMS reports (ISSN number: 2454 - 6895) will consider original scientific and non-scientific contributions for publication in an Open access format. Research articles, Review articles, Letters to editor, Brief communications, Case reports, Book reviews, Technological reports, and Opinion articles in the areas of biology, engineering, medicine and science will be considered. It is published Semiannual and serves the need of scientific and non-scientific personals involved/interested in gaining knowledge.

Journal URL: www.bemsreports.org

All manuscripts submitted to BEMS reports will be editorially reviewed and published following declaration from authors about the originality, honesty and authenticity of the work. All the published manuscripts will be open to post publication open access public review for a period of four months. Post this open peer review process the manuscript will be evaluated by our editorial panel for assigning manuscript ID and its archiving in suitable journals. Author/s is/are responsible for all statements made in their work and obtaining necessary permission to republish any previously published illustrations and/or other relevant materials.

Editorial Policy

Authors should prepare their manuscripts submitted to the journal exactly according to the instructions given here. Manuscripts which do not follow the format and style of the journal may be returned to the authors for revision or rejected. The journal reserves the right to make any further formatting changes and language corrections necessary in a manuscript accepted for publication so that it conforms to the formatting requirements of the journal.
Manuscripts and figures are not returned to the authors, not even upon rejection of the paper

Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts must conform to the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” http://www.icmje.org/. Contributions and Manuscripts must be written in English and submitted exclusively to BEMS reports. Manuscripts must be typewritten (times new roman, double-spaced) with 1 inch margins and space at the top and bottom of the page. We highly encourage authors to submit manuscripts by e. mail (See submission); and contact the editors for any necessary instructions/clarifications.

Covering Letter

Disclose all possible conflicts of interest (e.g., funding sources for consultancies or studies of products). A brief indication of the importance of the paper to the concerned field of research is helpful in gaining appropriate peer review.

Manuscript Disclosure Form

Download fill form from www.bemsreports.org

Copyright Form

All manuscripts are considered to be the property of BEMS reports from the time of submission. If BEMS reports is not publishing the paper, BEMS reports releases its rights therein at the time the manuscript is rejected following editorial/peer review or retracted by the authors. Manuscripts published in BEMS reports become the sole property of, with all rights in copyright reserved to BEMS reports.

The corresponding author, on behalf of all authors, signs a Manuscript disclosure form which includes copyright transfer to BEMS Reports.

Download Manuscript disclosure form - www.bemsreports.org

Preparation of Manuscript

Your Manuscript should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized – paper (8.5" x 11") with 1" margins on all sides. You should use 12 pt Times New Roman font.  Authors should take care over the fonts which are used in the document, including fonts within graphics. Fonts should be restricted to Times New Roman, Symbol and Zapf Dingbats.

Title :  Should be in Title Case ; The first character in each word in the title have to be capitalized.

A research paper typically should include in the following order

  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements (If any)
  • References
  • Figure legends
  • Tables
  • Appendixes (if necessary)
  • Abbreviations (if necessary)

Abstract – Limit of 250 Words

A brief summary of the research.  The abstract should include a brief introduction, a description of the hypothesis tested, the approach used to test the hypothesis, the results seen and the conclusions of the work.

Key words

Please, write no more than six keywords. Write specific keywords. They should be written left aligned, arranged alphabetically in 12pt Times Roman, and the line must begin with the words Keywords boldfaced. 

Introduction

Description of the research area, pertinent background information, and the hypotheses tested in the study should be included under this section.  The introduction should provide sufficient background information such that a scientifically literate reader can understand and appreciate the experiments to be described. The introduction MUST include in-text citations including references to pertinent reviews and primary scientific literature. The specific aims of the project should be identified along with a rationale for the specific experiments and other work performed.

Materials and Methods

Materials and/or subjects utilized in the study as well as the procedures undertaken to complete the work. The methods should be described in sufficient detail such that they could be repeated by a competent researcher. Please include the company sources for all uncommon reagents (kits, drugs, etc).  Illustrations and/or tables may be helpful in describing complex equipment or elaborate procedures. The statistical tool used to analyze the data should be mentioned. All procedures involving experimental animals or human subjects must accompany with statement on necessary ethical approval from appropriate ethics committee.

Results

Data acquired from the research with appropriate statistical analysis described in the methods section should be included in this section.  The results section should describe the rational for each experiment, the results obtained and its significance. Results should be organized into figures and tables with descriptive captions. The captions, although brief, should tell the reader the method used, explain any abbreviations included in the figure, and should end with a statement as to the conclusion of the figure. Qualitative as well as quantitative results should be included if applicable.

Discussion/Conclusion

This section should relate the results section to current understanding of the scientific problems being investigated in the field. Description of relevant references to other work/s in the field should be included here. This section also allows you to discuss the significance of your results - i.e. does the data support the hypotheses you set out to test?  This section should end with new answers/questions that arise as a result of your work.

Tables and Figures

Tables 

Each table must start on a separate sheet. They should be numbered with Roman numerals according to their sequence in the text, and have a short self-explanatory heading.  Use SI units. Tables should include vertical rules, but horizontal rules should separate column headings from the content. Authors should keep in mind the page layout of the journal when designing tables.  Tables that fit onto one printed page are preferred.  Detailed explanations of symbols, units, statistics and abbreviations should follow below the table.

Illustrations 

Figures for final production should be submitted as electronic files and hard copy so that the editorial office can ensure that the output of electronic files matches the hardcopy. Please pay particular attention to the guidelines below.  The editorial office cannot undertake preparation of manuscripts and illustrations not conforming to journal style. Manuscripts of insufficient quality will be returned immediately without refereeing. A high standard of illustration (both line and photo) is an editorial priority. All illustrations should be prepared for printing to fit 80 x 240 mm (column width) or 169 mm by up to 240 mm (full page) size.  It is preferred that the full-page length is not used and that authors keep in mind that the caption will be placed underneath the figure.  In the event that full-page length is necessary for plates, captions will have to appear on adjacent pages.  Figure(s) must be numbered consecutively in the text. Compound figures with more than one micrograph or photo should be referred by a single figure reference (e.g. Figure 1), and individual parts should be labeled with capitalized letters in the lower left-hand corner.  Lettering should be of a sans-serif type (i.e. fonts without serifs such as Arial) with a minimum published size of 4.2 mm (12 pt).  Descriptive labeling in the figures should be clearly readable, and all lettering should have a minimum published size of 6 pt (2.1 mm) for labeling items on photographs or in line art is recommended and a maximum size of 10 pt is suggested.  Use a scale bar to indicate magnifications and place in the lower right corner if possible.  Computer prepared photographic images must be at a minimum of 350 dpi at the final publication size.  Lower resolution will result in pixilation and poor quality images.  These should be submitted as JPEG, TIFF or PPT files, but encapsulated postscript (EPS) format is also acceptable. 

Computer drawn figures are accepted provided they are of high quality.  Please note that graphs produced by many statistic packages are rarely adequate. In particular, letter quality on axes and captions are often poor.  Such figures should be exported into an accepted graphics package and lettering rendered using a text function. Authors should note that .dot, .bmp, and .pat fills should be avoided.  Do not use postscript fill patterns as these are often based on bit map patterns that result in screening patterns during final reproduction.  When filling illustrations, use fills such as lines, tints or solids.  Line width minimum is 0.25 pt (0.09 mm). Also avoid the use of bitmap scans to render text and detail.  Text should be saved as text at a minimum text size of 6 pt (2.1 mm). Please submit line art as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, or EPS files. These must be at a minimum resolution of 800 DPI at publication size. High resolution may be necessary where fine line detail is present.

For graphs Excel graphs are also acceptable. Note that vertical axes must all be at the same scale especially where the paper compares between them. Otherwise they should be produced as separate figures. Avoid 3D plots when presenting 2D data. Where electronic figures are submitted, please submit a hard copy also at final acceptance stage so that it can be checked against the electronic files during proof preparation.

Table and Figure legends

Figure and table legends should be included at the end of the manuscript.  Figure legends should include a statement at the end of each legend about reproduction size (e.g. at full page width, at column width). They should be double spaced and typed in the journal format.  Explanations should be brief and authors should keep in mind that legends will be placed below figures.

Acknowledgements – Limit of 100 Words

This is a brief section crediting the people who have helped make your manuscript possible and who aided you in your work but are not part of the authorship. Please mention all applicable grants and other funding that supported your work.

Page layout  & styles

Page size 

Letter Portrait 8 X 11 inch

Margins

All Margins, 1 inch

Page numbers

Numbered at bottom right

Footer / Headers

None

Title 

12 pt Times New Roman, bold, centered.

Author and co-authors

12 pt Times New Roman centered, bold - author and all co-authors names in one line. The corresponding author should include an asterisk*.

Authors affiliation

12 pt Times New roman centered - giving each authors' affiliation (i.e. Department/Organization/Address/Place/Country/email). Followed by single line spacing.
Author for Correspondence: 10pt Times New roman centered - giving a valid e-mail of the corresponding (main) author is a must. It should be indicated as*  followed by two line spacing.

Abstract 

12 pt Times New roman, full justification Normal - maximum 250 words

Text 

12 pt Times New roman, full justification – 1.5 line spacing between paragraphs. No indentation

Headings and numbering

Major headings (ABSTRACT, KEYWORDS, INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, REFERENCES, FIGURE LEGENDS, TABLE/S) in upper case left-justified, 12 pt bold, Intermediate headings should be in italics, sentence case, left justified, 12 pt

Tables

To be incorporated at the end of Manuscript 

Correct

“Table 1 : Serum enzyme levels………”

Incorrect

“Table No. 1 : Serum enzyme levels………”

Figures /Graphs

Figures may be embedded in your word document but they should be created with a program that allows you to save them as gif, jpg or tiff format.

For any figures or other materials directly extracted from previously published materials, you must have written permission from the publisher of that material for reprint use. A copy of that permission release must be submitted with your article.

It is the individual author's responsibility to attain this permission.

To be incorporated at the end of the manuscript with proper labeling

Correct

“Figure 1 : Serum enzyme levels………”

Incorrect

“Figure No. 1 : Serum enzyme levels………”

Graphs

To be included from excel, it should be editable.

Non – editable graphs will not be accepted.

All text should be fully justified. Please put all primary section titles in UPPER CASE letters and subheading in both Upper and Lower Case letters. Do not number your titles (for example, 1.0 Introduction; 2.0 Background). Do not use the tab key to indent blocks of text such as paragraphs of quotes or lists because the page layout program overrides your left margin with its own, and the tabs end up in mid-sentence.

References

In-text citation

Correct / Acceptable Format

Natural products have proven to be a great source of new biologically active compounds. Thus, in an effort to discover new lead anti-malarial compounds, several research group screen plant extracts to detect secondary metabolites with relevant biological activities that could served as templates for the development of new drugs. Flavonoids have been isolated and characterized from many medicinal plants used in malaria endemic areas [10]. However, controversial data have been obtained regarding their antiplasmodial activity, probably because of their structural diversity [11-13]. More recently, several flavonoids have been isolated from Artemisia afra [14] and Artemisia indica [15], two plants related to Artemisia annua, the famous traditional Chinese medicinal plant from which artemisinin is isolated.

Reference List: Author/Authors

JOURNAL REFERENCES

Single Author

  1. H. Barry. Antioxidant effects a basis for drug selection. Drugs. 42: 569-605 (1991).

Multiple Authors

F. Lamchouri, A. Settaf and Y. Cherrah. Anti-tumour principles from Peganum harmala seeds. Therapie. 54: 753-58 (1999).

Authors with more than one initials

  1. A. Caceres, L.M. Giron and A.M. Martinez. Diuretic activity of plants used for the treatment of urinary ailments in Guatemala. J Ethnopharmacol. 19: 233-45 (1987).
  2. P. Dharmani, P.K. Mishra, R. Maurya, V.S. Chauhan and G. Palit. Desmodium gangeticum: a potent anti-ulcer agent. Indian J Exp Biol. 43(6): 517-21 (2005).
  3. S. Biondi, S. Scaramagli, K. M. Oksman-Caldentey and F. Poli. Secondary metabolism in root and callus cultures of Hyoscyamus muticus L.: the relationship between morphological organization and response to methyl jasmonate. Plant Sci. 163 (3): 563-69 (2000).
  4. J. Berlin, L.  Feeker, C.  Rucgenhagen, C. Sator, D. Strack and L. Witte. Isoflavone glycoside formation in transformed and non transformed suspension and hairy root cultures of Lupinus polyphyllus and Lupinus hartwegii. Z Naturforsch C.  46: 725-734 (1991).

Organization as Author

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (2008).

International Society of Ethnopharmacology (2004).

Unknown Author

  1. Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. (1993).
  2. “Guidance document on acute oral toxicity testing” Series on testing and assessment No. 24, 1996. Organisation for economic co-operation and development, OECD Environment, health and safety publications, Paris (www.oecd.org/ehs).

Note:

  • Plant and Micro-oranism Names should be in italics.
  • Journal Name or abbreviations should be in italics
  • List by their initials followed by their names. Use the “and” before the name of the last author instead of "&"

Thesis

  1. N. Khoshakhlagh. The compositions of volatile fractions of Peganum harmala seeds and its smoke. Pharm. D. Thesis, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. 2002.

BOOKS

Editor as Authors

  1. S.K. Kulkarni, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, (Vallabh Prakashan, New Delhi, 2002) pp148.
  2. B.N. Sastry, The Wealth of India (Raw material), Vol III, (Council of Industrial and Scientific Research, New Delhi, 1952) pp. 34.

Chapter in Books

  1. S.L. Marklund, Pyrogallol autoxidation. In: R.A. Greenwald ed. Handbook of methods for oxygen radical research. CRC Press Inc, Boca Raton Florida; pp. 243–47(1985).

WEBSITES

Website information

Malaria Foundation International resource page. Roll Back Malaria. http://www.malaria.org/RBM.html  Accessed May 10, 2008.

Non-Journal Articles from Authors

Rick Allen, DC Natural Remedies - Part 2: Adaptogens - Herbs for Additional Energy Better health leads to better dancing." Oct (1999). Available at http://www.cascadewellnessclinic.com/ Accessed June 10, 2003

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT

Manuscripts should always be sent electronically via www.bemsreports.org/submissions. Hard copies along with CD having manuscripts may also be submitted if requested by the Editor.

All submissions are peer reviewed by the editorial board and a select group of reviewers. Please make sure that all guidelines are followed carefully. All the accepted articles will be queued for publication and will appear in the futures issues based on the priorities set by the editorial board.

E MAIL SUBMISSION

Format for email submission of manuscript: 

  • Please place all your documents in one file.  It should be titled: FIRST NAME, LAST NAME of corresponding Author.

E.g. Manuscript - sonali_kapoor.doc ; Subsequent files - sonali_kapoor_1.doc

  • In case of figures, it should be titled:   FIRST NAME, LAST NAME of corresponding Author followed by the number in chronological order.

E.g. Figures - sonali_kapoor_2.jpeg ; Subsequent files - sonali_kapoor_3.xls ; sonali_kapoor_4.tiff

BEMS Reports

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Other correspondence         : editor@bemsreports.org

Acknowledgements

All messages and reviews sent electronically will be acknowledged electronically upon receipt. Please supply any information you think may be helpful in replying electronically. If you do not receive an acknowledgement one week after submission, assume that the message did not reach the editorial office of BEMS Reports. Please wait and do not send multiple messages, because it takes much work to eliminate double mail.

Note : e-mails with the forcibly consideration, multiple queries on status, vicious language, offensive writings to Editor/Associate Editors will lead to rejection of Manuscript.

Status of Manuscript

BEMS Reports team will inform the status of submitted manuscript every 15th day of month directly to the corresponding author’s inbox.

AUTHOR CHECKLIST FOR SENDING PROOFS TO EDITORIAL OFFICE

In order to maintain quality and consistency in BEMS Reports publications, we ask you to perform the following checklist prior to submitting your final proof for publication:

  • Include the original, hard copy of Author’s  Transfer of Copyright signed by each author
  • Thoroughly check the reference style as mentioned above.
  • Thoroughly check the article for correct grammar, in particular: spelling of names, affiliations, any symbols, equations, etc.
  • Provide laser printed hard copies of all figures and graphics in black and white or colour (If any)
  • Submit a proof corrected with RED INK ONLY/track changes or as directed by the editor handling your manuscript.

Send the Corrected Proof, Manuscript Disclosure Form, Subscriptions (If any) with covering letter in a single envelope to the following address

Editorial Office
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# 27, Bore Bank Road, 
Harris Main Road, Benson Town,
Bangalore 560 046, INDIA
journals@scibiolmed.org

Important Contact Details

Contact Editor :
The Editor in Chief,
BEMS Reports
Arun HS Kumar,
University College Dublin
Belfied, Dublin, Ireland
Email : arun.kumar@scibiolmed.org

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