INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Information about what is accepted can be found below.
microPublication Results/Data types and categories
Articles in microPublication Biology are categorized into different Results/Data types (e.g., Expression data, Phenotype Data, New Methods, Software, etc.) and labeled by the nature of the findings. These can be perused by section on our site.
Nature of microPublication findings
New finding – including new reagents
Finding not previously shown (an unpublished result in prior publication)
Replication – successful
Replication – unsuccessful
We support the use of the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) to state the contributions of each author on your manuscript. CRediT was defined by the CASRAI (Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information) organization with partnering entities PLoS and NISO (National Information Standards Organization). Please use CRediT terms to note each author’s contribution to the submitted work, visit the site to see the terms and definitions.
microPublication Biology works directly with curators at authoritative community knowledgebases (e.g. WormBase, FlyBase, Saccharomyces Genome Database, etc.) to validate biological entities reported in submitted articles. Authors must adhere to community standards in reporting these reagents, and bioentity names such as gene, strain, variation names etc. Reported reagents and names of bioentities will be quality controlled for accuracy by a curator at a collaborating knowledgebase or by automated methods set up by microPublication in conjunction with the knowledgebase to ensure that these objects adhere to these standards.
Accepted nomenclature sources for human and major biomedical model organisms can be found here.
Materials & Methods
Sufficient information must be provided to allow another group to repeat the experimental analysis.
Any statistical analysis that was performed must be indicated, including multiple comparison corrections. Standardized nomenclature for reporting statistical analyses, e.g., SI units, must be followed.
We accept images in .jpg and .png format at 300 dpi or higher resolution, we also can accept .svg. The image should have approximately a 4:3 ratio.
Video and Movie files
microPublication Biology supports video and movie files. Acceptable formats include MP4, MPG, MOV, WMV up to 1GB in size.
References should be arranged alphabetically and formatted as they appear on microPublication Biology, adhering to NCBI formatting. For example:
Sieburth D, Madison JM, Kaplan JM. PKC-1 regulates secretion of neuropeptides. Nat Neurosci. 2007 Jan;10(1):49-57 PubMed PMID: 17128266.
See more examples here.
- For citations with two authors, include both authors’ names.
- Example: (Ricardo and Lehmann 1999)
- For citations with three or more authors, list only the first author’s name followed by et al.
- Example: (Kim et al. 1999)
- Cite references chronologically.
- Example: (Chen et al. 1997; Scott and Rogers 1998; Isaacson 1999)
- For multiple citations with the same first author, list single-author entries by year using 1996a, 1996b, etc.
- Example: (Chen et al. 1996a)
Authors are expected to make biological materials described in their article available upon reasonable request from researchers. Authors are encouraged to deposit biological materials to public repositories such as Addgene, Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center, Caenorhabditis Genetics Center, European Xenopus Resource Centre and other appropriate repositories.
Article Submission agreement
By submitting an article to microPublication Biology, all authors agree to the following:
- All curatable data in the article will be shared with relevant and appropriate databases collaborating with microPublication journals.
- All experiments discussed in the article are reproducible.
- The results have not been published elsewhere.*
Further, the following must be true:
- The submission has been approved by all authors.
- The submission has been approved by the laboratory’s Principal Investigator.
- There is no conflict of interest for any author.
*We do not consider publication as an academic thesis, electronic preprint, or abstract as a prior publication.