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Instructions to Authors


Papers submitted to the journal must be previously unpublished and if using previously published figures, tables, or parts of text, the copyright-holder's permission must have been obtained prior to submission and/or properly cited. Further information is provided below.

Submission: submit your paper to [email protected]
Before submitting your paper please refer to the File Preparation section below.

Article  Processing Charges: US$ 995

Ethical Policy: HBKU Press is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) https://publicationethics.org/about/our-organisation, and adheres to the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers https://publicationethics.org/core-practices / https://publicationethics.org/files/Full%20set%20of%20English%20flowcharts_9Nov2016.pdf.

We take publication ethics very seriously. 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.
Authorship: must be limited to those who have made a substantial contribution to the manuscript (conception, design of the study, data collection, analysis, and drafted the manuscript or revised it critically for content).  The corresponding author should confirm that all co-authors have approved the final version submitted to the journal. Authors who are concerned about the editorial process may refer their concerns to COPE. All authors are asked to complete a declaration of competing interests. A person should not be listed as an author if they do not fulfill all of the above criteria. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or supervision of the research group are not enough to justify authorship alone, however, these contributions should be listed in the acknowledgment section.
Competing interests: All potential conflicts of interest must be listed in the manuscript. Any personal or financial relationship with an individual or an organization that may influence your interpretation of the results should be disclosed.

For the purpose of article archiving, CLOCKSS system has the permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.

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: This file can include the whole article but without the names of the authors, their affiliations, and their contact details. This is the copy that goes to reviewers and the authors identity should not be revealed.  The reference style is Vancouver Style: References are numbered as superscript in the body of the paper and arranged as a numbered list at the end of the paper according to their numbers which they appear in the article text.  We do not require journal titles to be abbreviated in the references section. Headings and subheadings should be numbered. Please refer to some of our recently published articles to follow the headings numbering format, references format, and the other sections of the paper. This file can include tables and figures.

3) Appendix files (optional): Tables, images, graphs files should be clearly labeled. 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 the 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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