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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 manuscript is registered with Science Open Reviewed and labelled there as "Posted for Publication", including with registered reviews by at least two reviewers, and 'No Conflict of Interest' declarations from both the authors and reviewers.
  • the content of the reviewed manuscript registered with SciOR is identical to the content of the manuscript submitted here.
  • submission is provided as a Word document, with extension ".doc" or ".docx".
  • the submitted work has not been published before, is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and has been read and approved by all authors.
  • the author(s) understand that, by submitting a manuscript, they automatically agree to terms stipulated in the Copyright Notice if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication.
  • the manuscript (including text, figures and tables) is formatted according to the specifications indicated under Author Guidelines.
  • the first language of the corresponding author is English; or if not, then the manuscript has been edited carefully by a qualified English-speaking editorial consultant.

Your manuscript must be registered with Science Open Reviewed and labelled there as "Posted for Publication", which will include registered reviews by at least two reviewers, and 'No Conflict of Interest' declarations from both the authors and reviewers. The content of this reviewed manuscript registered with SciOR must be identical to the content of the manuscript submitted here.

By submitting a manuscript, you are doing so on the understanding that the work has not been published before, is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and has been read and approved by all authors. Submission of a manuscript means that the authors automatically agree to the terms stipulated in the Copyright Notice (see below) if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Manuscript Specifications

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST USE THE ONLINE SUSBMISSION METHOD.  Please read the following instructions carefully; manuscripts that do not follow the guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for revision.

File Format. Manuscripts should be submitted as a single file in Microsoft Word format (please ensure the file extension is .doc) with figures and tables included.

Language. The manuscript must be well-written with high quality English and must be free from unprofessional or frivolous language or content. Authors whose first language is not English are strongly advised, before submission, to have their paper edited carefully by a qualified English-speaking editorial consultant or service - e.g. see http://www.journalexperts.com/ or http://www.enago.com/ or http://www.bioedit.co.uk or http://www.editage.com/.

Text. The following general guidelines for the text should be followed:

  • All pages should be double-spaced with 12 point font (including figure legends and table titles)
  • Use 1 inch margins on all sides; please do not use right margin justification or hyphenation
  • Number all pages starting with the title page
  • Include line numbers for all pages of text
  • Define all symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms the first time they are used
  • Italicize scientific names

Manuscripts should be assembled in the following order: title page, abstract and key words, text with tables/figures at first mention, acknowledgements, references. Specific details about each section are provided below (for general style and layout, please refer to published articles from the recent Table of Contents).

Title Page

Title
Provide a concise, informative title that contains keywords appropriate for search and retrieval purposes
List of Authors
For each author, give a relevant address (i.e. institutional affiliation). Each author's email address should be a footnote at the bottom of the title page

Abstract and Key Words

Abstract
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Literature citation should not be included.
Key Words
Follow the abstract with a list of no more than six key words or short phrases, which may include words from the manuscript title.

Body of the Article
The body of the article should be structured with meaningful subtitles that assist in the flow of the text, where appropriate. Figures and tables should be included in the text at first mention.

Formatting of subtitles should be as follows: First-order title: lower case text with first word capitalized, bold type, left justified. Second-order title: lower case text with first word capitalized, bold type, italicized, left justified.

Illustrations. All figures and tables should be embedded in the text near to where they are first mentioned, and numbered in order of their citation in the text.

Tables
Tables should supplement, but not duplicate the text. Each table should be accompanied by a short descriptive title, located at the top of the table. The first two words of the table title should be the table name (i.e., Table 1.). Avoid the use of vertical or horizontal lines, unless necessary to avoid ambiguity. To speed the publication process in the event that the manuscript is accepted, please provide all tables in an editable format.
Figures
Each figure should be accompanied by a figure legend which describes the figure, located below the figure. The first two words of the figure legend should be the figure name (i.e., Figure 1). Figure legends should be separate text, not incorporated into the figure itself, and in an editable format. Text within figures must be in Arial font.
Most figures will be reduced to single-column width for publication as a PDF; text and images in a figure should be legible at that size, if possible. For black or gray scale images, resolution should be 600 dpi; for colour images, resolution should be 300 dpi.

Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements should be a brief statement at the end of the body of text.

References. Please check every citation in the text against the References section to see that they match exactly. References should be arranged alphabetically on authors' names, and chronologically per author. Journal titles should be spelled out completely.

In the text, citations should be constructed as follows:

One author: (Ireland 1994)
Two authors: (Smith and Jones 2001)
More than two authors: (Budden et al. 2008)
Several citations: (Ireland 1994, Smith and Jones 2001)
Reference to page numbers: (Ireland 1994: 131)

Formatting of the References should follow the examples provided below:

    Journal article
    Budden, A.E., Tregenza, T., Aarssen, L.W., Koricheva, J.K., Leimu, R. and C.J. Lortie. 2008. Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 4-6.

    For articles with more than 6 authors, please list the first 6 authors (as illustrated above), followed by 'et al'.
    Book
    Lomolino, M.V., Riddle, B.R., and J.H. Brown. 2006. Biogeography. 3rd edition. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA.
    Chapter in book
    Aarssen, L.W. 2005. On size, fecundity, and fitness in competing plants. Pages 215-244 inReekie, E.G., and F.A. Bazzaz, editors. Reproductive allocation in plants.
The Process From Submission To Publication
  1. Decision to publish is based on editor evaluation of reviewer reports (registered with SciOR) and screening for fraud check and reviewer conflicts of interest (also registered with SciOR), plus any revision necessary to meet the journal’s formatting requirements and standards of quality for English and data (e.g. figure) presentation.
  2. If the manuscript is accepted, authors will be sent a copy of the Publication Agreement, and instructions on how to submit the publication fee. The Publication Agreement must be signed by the corresponding author, and mailed back to the journal. Once the publication fee payment has been received, preparation of the manuscript for publication will begin.
  3. The copyeditor will prepare a proof of the article; authors may be contacted during this time should any questions arise about typesetting in the article. The proof will be sent to the authors for review. This proof, together with any required corrections indicated, must be returned to the Journal Manager within 24 hours, or publication date may be delayed.
  4. The final article will be published within 5 days of receipt of both the returned proofs and signed Publication Agreement.
  5. Authors will receive a PDF copy of their article by email, as soon as it is available. As Proc ScOR is a completely online journal, this PDF can serve as a reprint.