INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Information about what is accepted can be found below.
Articles in microPublication Biology are meant to be short and limited to reporting data from a single experiment. All data used to support a concluding remark should either be reported within the article or from the cited literature. We discourage any reference to “data not shown” or “unpublished data”.
Articles in microPublication Biology are categorized by field, species and Data Type (e.g., Expression Data, Phenotype Data, New Methods, Software, etc.). In addition, articles are labeled by the nature of the findings (New Finding, Negative Result, etc). These categories and labels will be used to inform editorial staff of the type of data being reported and guide assignment of the article to the appropriate curators at collaborating databases. These labels will continue to expand as needed.
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Finding not previously shown (an unpublished result in prior publication)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.
Software written, or adapted, and used by the authors in the manuscript is considered data that must be archived along with the article itself. If the software code is not included within the article, authors should include a link to a released and tagged version of the code. For examples of how to release and tag software in a github repository go here.
Authors should provide a license for the software. A list of software licenses can be found at https://opensource.org/licenses. The selection guide at https://choosealicense.com may also be helpful in determining which license to use. The software release should be compliant with institutional sharing policies.
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 formats with a minimum 500 DPI. The image should have approximately a 4:3 ratio.
Within your image please ensure:
- Solid lines are not broken up.
- Image areas are not pixilated.
- Text is legible and of high quality.
Video and Movie files
microPublication Biology will support video and movie files in the future. Acceptable formats will include MP4, MPG, MOV, WMV up to 1GB in size.
References need to be entered one reference at a time. Authors should provide the PubMed ID (PMID) in the submission form when available. If no PMID is available, a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) should be entered. Exceptions will be made when needed. The PMID and DOI will be added and hyperlinked to the reference citation during publication processing.
References should be arranged alphabetically and formatted following the Council of Scientific Editors (CSE) guidelines.
For printed and online journal articles:
Author(s). Date. Article title. Journal title. Volume(issue):location. PMID
Author(s) of article. Date of publication. Title of article. Title of journal (edition). [date updated; date accessed];Volume(issue):location. Notes. DOI
For online journals without Volume information:
Author(s) of article. Date of publication. Title of article. Title of journal. DOI
Kaneuchi T, Sartain C.V., Takeo S, Horner V.L., Buehner N.A., Aigaki T, Wolfner M.F. (2015). Calcium waves occur as Drosophila oocytes activate. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112(3), 791–796. PMID
Hu, Q; Vélez-Avilés, AN; Wolfner, MF (2020). Drosophila Plc21C is involved in calcium wave propagation during egg activation. microPublication Biology. 10.17912/micropub.biology.000235
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.
Once an article has been submitted, a managing editor and Science Officer will do a quick evaluation of the article for moving on to peer-review. If the article passes this initial evaluation, the article will be sent to a reviewer. During any of these reviews, the authors may be asked to address comments and revise the article. To speed this process, authors should address all comments and questions and list/explain all changes made to the manuscript to simplify evaluation by the editors and reviewers.