INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Biological research articles can be submitted through this template or the pre-designed forms found here. More information about what is accepted in the forms can be found below.
microPublication Results/Data types and categories
Articles in microPublication Biology are grouped into different Results/Data types and labeled by the nature of the findings, indicated in a green box.
Results/data types that we currently publish:
Results/data types planned in the near future:
Gene interaction data
Gene regulation data
Large-scale gene expression and regulation data
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Finding not previously shown (an unpublished result in prior publication)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.
Material & Methods
Sufficient information must be provided to allow another group to repeat the experimental analysis.
The statistical analysis that was performed must be indicated, including multiple comparison corrections.
Established nomenclature should be employed throughout, including model organism specific nomenclature and SI units. Genomic and reagent nomenclature should follow established community standards.
Accepted nomenclature sources for human and major biomedical model organisms can be found here.
We are currently accepting images in .jpg and .png format at 300 dpi or higher resolution. The image should have appriximately a 4:3 ratio.
To avoid inappropriate image manipulation, see Rossner and Yamada 2004, Journal of Cell Biology, 166:11.
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.
Follow formatting rules for GENETICS journal
- 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)
“I/we declare to the best of my/our knowledge that the experiment is reproducible; that the submission has been approved by all authors; that the submission has been approved by the laboratory’s Principal Investigator, and that the results have not been published elsewhere.* The author(s) declare no conflict of interest.”
*We do not consider publication as an academic thesis, electronic preprint, or abstract as a prior publication.
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.