QScience Connect

Instructions to Authors

Your submission to Qscience Connect is based on quality and integrity of research. HBKU Press is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and adheres to the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. We take publication ethics very seriously: https://publicationethics.org/about, https://publicationethics.org/files/Full%20set%20of%20English%20flowcharts_9Nov2016.pdf.

Please ensure that the paper was not published before and is not a duplication of another published work. If your paper is a replication study (i.e. using the methodology, different audience etc) you must indicate that and cite the original study replicated. There are certain guidelines when conducting a replication study, please ensure to follow them.

In order to facilitate acceptance of your paper and facilitate peer review, please ensure you have attended to the following:

Integrity: an accurate, verifiable, and complete representation of how the study/work was done and the outcome.
Content quality: the quality of the methodology, completeness of data, and interpretation of results rather than (and perhaps instead of) positive or negative results alone.
Content completeness: the research is as complete as possible, especially the description of the methodology and the results. Reporting should be in accordance with the best practice for their discipline.
Plagiarism: HBKU Press runs similarity checks on submissions, via softwares, for similarity to previously published work. When copying some sections from other sources you need to cite them properly and summarize the sections in your own words.

Submission site: https://www.editorialmanager.com/connect/default.aspx

File preparation

Prepare your manuscripts into the following files before submitting:

1) Cover page file which includes the following:

  • The title of the article, the title should reflect the content of the article. Be specific, not general. If relevant, mention the study period and location, the international scientific name of the studied organism or the experimental design (eg case study or randomized controlled trial). 
  • Authors’ names, affiliations of all authors, and email address of the corresponding author. 
  • Abstract: 200-300 words briefly explain:
    Background (why you made the study). Objectives (what questions you aimed to answer). Methods (how the study was conducted). Results (what you found out: major data, relationships). Conclusion (your interpretation and main consequence of your findings). Do not refer in the abstract to tables or figures, as abstracts are also published separately. References to the literature are also not allowed unless they are absolutely necessary
  • Keyword: 5-6 words, these words should help on the discoverability of your paper online. Think of what keywords users might use for searching the internet/databases to find studies like yours.

2) Main file: It includes the abstract with the keywords as explained above; main body of article followed by the reference list, placed alphabetically (no numbering system) and styled according to Vancouver Style). This is the file which goes to peer-reviewers, so ensure it does not reveal your names or affiliations. Journal names in the reference section can be displyaed fully not abbreviated.

3) Appendix files: Tables, images, graphs files should be clearly labelled. You can have to submit separate files for figures, images and tables or have them combined in one file. The location of tables and figures should be indicated in the body of article. Tables are needed in a text mode, not as images (create tables using the Word processing software).  If you are a Macintosh user, you must also type the extension at the end of the file name you choose All illustrations should be numbered and have clear relevant captions.  

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