Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 submission has not been previously published and is not under consideration by another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Office Word format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and appendices (if relevant), tables and figures (with legends, captions, relevant description, footnotes) are added at the end of manuscript.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- The author declares no conflict of interest.
Thematic Issue (COVID-19)
Guidelines for Special/Thematic Issues
BioScientific Review will publish a thematic section of a regular issue (<10 articles) or a special issue (<15 articles). These issues should must explore the advances in scientific knowledge.
The topic of issue would be identified by the Editor-in-Chief of the journal or proposals submitted by the Guest Editor(s). Special Issue/thematic issue proposals are then sent to the journal’s Editorial Board for approval.
1. How to Submit a Proposal for a Thematic Issue/Special Issue
Note: The implementation of the proposals for the thematic issues/special will be only after receiving initial approval from the Editor. The author of the accepted proposal will be the Guest editor of the issue. The proposal should be filled out on the proposal form.
- Names of organizers who will serve as guest editor(s), with full affiliation (Name, Department/Faculty, University, Country, official email address, contact number)
- A concise title of the proposed special issue/thematic issue
- A short presentation identifying the theme of the special issue/Thematic issue, rationale of how it fits within the aims and scope of publication of the journal, the advances and contribution provided by the papers to the existing knowledge,
- A list of the committed articles with abstracts
- A list of the names of potential contributors
- An outline timetable, with expected deadline for publication of issue and number of expected articles.
The proposal should be submitted directly to the Editor in Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Editorial Board of the journal, under the responsibility of the Editor, will assess the quality of the proposal and the fit of the proposed topic for the journal. Typically this assessment takes four to five weeks from submission of the proposal. Upon acceptance of the proposal, the Managing Editor, Editor and Guest Editor will set-up a time-line for the submission of draft papers. The Editor and Managing Editor are also responsible for the administration of the peer review process and the communication of recommendations of peer reviewers to the Guest Editor.
If the thematic issue is identified by the Editor in Chief, the guest editors will be suggested by the Editors and advisory board of the journal. They will be contacted by manager thematic issues. Upon their approval, they will sign a letter of agreement to serve in the capacity of guest editor(s).
2. Peer Review Process and Editorial Process
After approval of the proposal/theme for a thematic issue/special issue, the Guest Editor invites contributions and obtains papers of sufficient quality to support peer review. Before the formal peer review, the Guest Editor is responsible for providing comprehensive editorial comments on each paper, and can add additional papers or reject those which are inappropriate (in quality and scope) for the thematic issue. When satisfied with the quality and coverage of each paper, the Guest Editor forwards the entire issue to the Editor of the journal along with any suggestions they may have for referees. Final editorial decisions on all Special/Thematic Issue submissions will be made by the Editor-in- Chief/Editors. All the policies and publication process followed by the journal for regular issues will be applicable on the special issue. The guest editor and authors of thematic issue should familiarize themselves with the Policies and guidelines of the journal.
BSR follows an open-access publishing policy and full text of all published articles is available free, immediately upon publication of an issue. The journal’s contents are published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) license. Thus, the work submitted to the journal implies that it is original, unpublished work of the authors (neither published previously nor accepted/under consideration for publication elsewhere). On acceptance of a manuscript for publication, a corresponding author on the behalf of all co-authors of the manuscript will sign and submit a completed the Copyright and Author Consent Form.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.