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Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a Arial 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); tables are placed at the end; each figure should be in a separate file.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

ISJ publishes open access articles under a Creative Commons (CC) BY license. The CC BY license permits commercial and non-commercial reuse of the articles, and it allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article, adapt the article as long as the author is attributed. 

For animal studies authors are encouraged to consult Arrive Guidelines (

Submission of Papers: Submission of a paper implies that it has not been previously published, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form in English or in any other language. If you need assistance with online submission or further details for questions concerning manuscript preparation, please contact the Editorial Office prior to submission (e-mail: Please check your "Spam/Junk/Bulk" folder. If you find our email there, select the confirmation message and click "Not Spam." 

All papers will be peer-reviewed. No article processing charges and no publication fees will be applied. A publication time of less than 2 months is intended. Authors are required to indicate the names and addresses (including e-mail address) of three scientists able to provide expert review of the submitted manuscripts.

Language: Only papers written in English can be accepted.

Preparation of Manuscripts

General: Manuscripts must be typewritten and double-spaced. Arial 12pt font should be used. For the corresponding author, the complete address (including phone number, fax number and e-mail) is required, while for each co-author the affiliation should be indicated. Authors should consult a recent issue of the journal for style. However, the editor reserves the right to adjust style to certain standards of uniformity. Authors are asked to retain a copy of their manuscript, as responsibility for damage or loss of papers cannot be accepted. Original files are discarded one month after publication. 

Paper length: ISJ has set no standard length for papers, but the editor requires a clear presentation of data in as concise a form as is consistent with good reporting. Fragmentation of a report into several short papers is discouraged.

Text: The following order should be used for manuscripts: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords (up to six), Main text (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion), Acknowledgements and References. Figures or Tables have not to be inserted into the text.

Units: Units of measure must be clearly indicated.

Symbols: The Latin name must be given for all animal and plant species. Trade names or abbreviations of chemicals may be used only when preceded by the chemical or scientific name. Thereafter, trade names, common names or abbreviations should be used.

Mathematical equations: Compound numbers should be in bold face Arabic numerals or underscored.

References: All publications cited in the text must be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. In the text, indicate the author's name (without initials) and year of publication (e.g.,"Since Ottaviani (1993) has shown that…." or "...neurogenesis than in pre-bilaterian axis determination (Ferrier and Holland, 2001; Long et al., 2003; Chorrout et al., 2006; Quiquand et al., 2009; Ikuta, 2011; Byrne et al., 2016)."

Arrange the list of references alphabetically by author name. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of names and dates is exactly the same in the text as in the reference list. For more than six authors, list the first six names followed by "et al.". 

Examples of references are given below:
Gupta AP. Insect hemocytes. Development, forms, functions and techniques. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1979.

Leonardi MG, Cappellozza S, de Eguileor M, Grimaldi A, Cappellozza L, Casartelli M, et al.Modification of the nutritional parameters and of midgut biochemical and absorptive functions induced by the IGR fenoxycarb in Bombyx mori larvae. Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 39: 18-35, 1998.

Nappi AJ, Carton Y. Cellular immune response and their genetic aspects in Drosophila. In: Brehelin M (ed), Immunity in invertebrates, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp 171-187, 1986.

Taylor RL. A suggested role for the polyphenol-phenoloxidase system in invertebrate immunity. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 14: 427-428, 1969.

Illustrations: All illustrations should be provided separately as individual JPEG or TIFF files. The resolution of the illustrations should be 300 dpi or higher. Submission of illustrations in ppt format is discouraged. Photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as "Fig. or Figs" and numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred.

 Tables: Tables should be typed on a separate sheet, numbered consecutively and given of suitable title and legend. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript, (e.g. in graphs).

 Proofs: Proofs in the form of a PDF file will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned by e-mail within 48 hours of receipt. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors. Any other modifications may be charged to the author. Authors are urged to check proofs carefully before return, since the inclusion of late corrections cannot be guaranteed.

Open Access Policy: This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. It releases its articles under the term of Creative Common Attribution 4.0 International License. This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). Authors who publish in this journal maintain the copyrights.

Copyright: Copyright on published articles and any material sent to ISJ is retained by the author(s).


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