Guide for Authors

All journal information and instructions compiled in one document (PDF) in just one mouse-click Author information pack

• Page Charges
• Ethics in publishing
• Submission declaration
• Authorship Policy
• Role of the funding source
• Funding body agreements and policies
• Language (usage and editing services)
• Submission
• Article Structure
• Essential Title Page Information
• Abstract
• Keywords
• Acknowledgments
• Artwork
• Tables
• Video data
• Supplementary material
• Submission checklist
• Use of the Digital Object Identifier
• Proofs

Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics publishes papers from all over the world in the fields of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. The Journal aims to achieve fast science broadcasting by publishing efficiently. For manuscripts submitted to GPB, direct rejection, direct acceptance or further review will be decided within 5 days. Besides, GPB offers Article-in-Press, by which all the accepted manuscripts can be freely accessible online ahead of its printed issue print for fast dissemination. Featured areas and particular interests of GPB include but are not limited to:

•Genomics: functional genomics, evolutionary genomics, comparative genomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics

•Proteomics: protein expression profiling, protein complexes in terms of structure, function, properties and interactions, metabolomics

•Bioinformatics: genome analysis, sequence analysis, genetic and population analysis, phylogenetics, gene expression, database, web server, algorithm, tools and software, with emphasis on large-scale data analysis based on high-throughput sequencing technologies

GPB welcomes submissions from all over the world in the following types:

•High-quality research papers presenting novel data and ideas •Papers describing innovative methods, tools and techniques as well as resources providing primary scientific information to a broad readership •Comprehensive reviews either as full articles or mini-reviews related with author's own research •Commentaries and opinions about new discoveries, scientific policies, and research proposals


•Editorials •Essays •Commentaries •Reviews •Research Articles •Letters •Methods •Application Notes •Research Resources

Page Charges

Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics is an open access journal: all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Beijing Institute of Genomics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Genetics Society of China charges a publication fee of USD 50 per published page, color print will be charged extra USD 100 per page for international submissions while Yen 200 per print page and extra Yen 800 per color print page will be charged for submissions from China excluding taxes (also known as an article publishing charge APC) which needs to be paid by the authors or on their behalf e.g. by their research funder or institution. If accepted for publication in the journal following peer-review, authors will be notified of this decision and requested to pay the article processing charge in due time when proofreading is requested after the accepted manuscripts are typeset by Elsevier. Following payment of this charge, the article will be published by Beijing Institute of Genomics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Genetics Society of China in Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics which is made freely available at no further charge through ScienceDirect (Open Access). No article will be published until page fees are paid in full and proof of payment has been received by the Editorial Office. The page charges may be waived under some circumstances, subjected to the editorial justification case by case. The completed form is required for further processing.

Genomics Proteomics and Bioinformatics is under the CC BY license, however if necessary, the authors have a choice of CC BY-NC-ND for their article. The licenses give users the following rights:

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY): lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

Ethics in publishing

For information on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication see and


A declaration of Conflict of Interest section must be included in the manuscript. A conflict of interest occurs when an individual’s objectivity is potentially compromised by a desire for financial gain, prominence, professional advancement or a successful outcome. GPB Editors strive to ensure that what is published in the Journal is as balanced, objective and evidence-based as possible. Since it can be difficult to distinguish between an actual conflict of interest and a perceived conflict of interest, by declaring no conflict of interest, the Journal requires authors to disclose all and any potential conflicts of interest including:

Section I

The authors certify that they have NO affiliations with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers’ bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements), or non-financial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs) in the subject matter or materials discussed in this manuscript.

Section II

The authors report the following details of affiliation or involvement in an organization or entity with a financial or non-financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. Please specify the nature of the conflict on a separate sheet of paper.

By submitting to GPB

By submitting to GPB, the corresponding author certified that all Authors have seen and approved the manuscript being submitted. Authors warrant that the article is the Authors' original work. Authors warrant that the article has not received prior publication and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. On behalf of all Co-Authors, the corresponding Author shall bear full responsibility for the submission. Authors attest to the fact that all Authors listed on the title page have contributed significantly to the work, have read the manuscript, attest to the validity and legitimacy of the data and its interpretation, and agree to its submission to Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics (GPB). All authors agree that author list is correct in its content and order and that no modification to the author list can be made without the written acceptance of all authors and the formal approval of the Editor-in-Chief. All authors accept that the Editor-in-Chief's decisions over acceptance or rejection or in the event of any breach of the Principles of Ethical Publishing in Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics (GPB) being discovered, of retraction are final.

Submission declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, see, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Authorship Policy

All persons who meet authorship criteria are listed as authors, and all authors certify that they have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content, including participation in the concept, design, analysis, writing, or revision of the manuscript. Furthermore, each author certifies that this material or similar material has not been and will not be submitted to or published in any other publication. The manuscript must include the Author Contribution section, which includes the specific contributions made by each author (list the authors’ initials and contributions). The name of each author must appear at least once in each of the three categories below.

Category 1

Conception and design of study; acquisition of data;analysis and/or interpretation of data.

Category 2

Drafting the manuscript;revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content.

Category 3

Approval of the version of the manuscript to be published (the names of all authors must be listed).

Changes to Authorship Policy

This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of all submitted manuscripts:

Before the manuscript is accepted by journal editor: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Editor from the corresponding author of the submitted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Editor to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: Further process of the manuscript will be halted until authorship has been agreed.

Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Please click to download the Authorship Change Agreement ( Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.

After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.

Role of the funding source

You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.

Funding body agreements and policies

Elsevier has established a number of agreements with funding bodies which allow authors to comply with their funder's open access policies. Some authors may also be reimbursed for associated publication fees. To learn more about existing agreements please visit

The open access publication fee for this journal is , excluding taxes. Learn more about Elsevier's pricing policy:

Language (usage and editing services)

Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's WebShop ( or visit our customer support site ( for more information.


Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. The system converts your article files to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process. Editable files (e.g., Word, LaTeX) are required to typeset your article for final publication. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

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Article Structure

General manuscript format: Manuscripts must be written in English. Manuscript sections should be presented in the following order: title page, Abstract (less than 200 words), Introduction, Results, Discussion, Conclusions (optional), Materials and methods, Authors' contributions, Competing interests, Acknowledgments, References, followed by Figure legends and Supplementary materials (if any). Please provide each table and figure separately. A manuscript template for research articles is available.

Original Article

Identification of A Novel SBF2 Frameshift Mutation in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 4B2 Using Whole-exome Sequencing

Structure samples for other article types:

Life-time Achievement Review

My Journey to DNA Repair

Comprehensive Review

N6-methyl-adenosine (m6A) in RNA: An Old Modification with A Novel Epigenetic Function


Systems Approaches to Biology and Disease Enable Translational Systems Medicine

Resource Review

Web Resources for Stem Cell Research


Complete Sequence of pABTJ2, A Plasmid from Acinetobacter baumannii MDR-TJ, Carrying Many Phage-like Elements


FunMod: A Cytoscape Plugin for Identifying Functional Modules in Undirected Protein-Protein Networks

Application Note

nuMap: A Web Platform for Accurate Prediction of Nucleosome Positioning


Systematic Characterization of Cell Cycle Phase-dependent Protein Dynamics and Pathway Activities by High-content Microscopy-assisted Cell Cycle Phenotyping


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.


Results should be clear and concise.


This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand a

Essential Title Page Information

A title page should include: the title, all authors' names and complete affiliations, the corresponding author's complete contact information, a running title (50 characters or less, including spaces), 2-6 key words, and sources of grants or funding supports and personal acknowledgments).


A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript (e.g., technical help, writing and editing assistance, general support), but who do not meet the criteria for authorship, are named in the Acknowledgments and have given their written permission to be named. If no Acknowledgements was involved, it indicates that no substantial contributions from non-authors were received.


Electronic artwork
General points
• Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
• Embed the used fonts if the application provides that option.
• Aim to use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, Symbol, or use fonts that look similar.
• Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
• Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.
• Provide captions to illustrations separately.
• Size the illustrations close to the desired dimensions of the published version.
• Submit each illustration as a separate file.
A detailed guide on electronic artwork is available on our website:
You are urged to visit this site; some excerpts from the detailed information are given here.
If your electronic artwork is created in a Microsoft Office application (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) then please supply 'as is' in the native document format.
Regardless of the application used other than Microsoft Office, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please 'Save as' or convert the images to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones, and line/halftone combinations given below):
EPS (or PDF): Vector drawings, embed all used fonts.
TIFF (or JPEG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones), keep to a minimum of 300 dpi.
TIFF (or JPEG): Bitmapped (pure black & white pixels) line drawings, keep to a minimum of 1000 dpi.
TIFF (or JPEG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale), keep to a minimum of 500 dpi.
Please do not:
• Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;
• Supply files that are too low in resolution;
• Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.

Color artwork
Please make sure that artwork files are in an acceptable format (TIFF (or JPEG), EPS (or PDF), or MS Office files) and with the correct resolution. If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable color figures then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in color online (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article. Please indicate your preference for color: in print or online only. For further information on the preparation of electronic artwork, please see

Figure captions
Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.


Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules.

The reference style for GPB is Vancouver system. In order to follow the Vancouver system for references, the typesetters requires the full author name list of references in order to implement for your article.

Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Reference Style

Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.

List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.


Reference to a journal publication: [1] Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2010;163:51-9.

Reference to a book: [2] Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 4th ed. New York: Longman; 2000.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book: [3] Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E-Publishing Inc; 2009, p. 281-304.

Reference to an ebook or online pdf: [4] Smith K. A brief history of NCBI's formation and growth. In: The NCBI handbook [Internet]. Bethesda: National Center for Biotechnology Information; 2013,

Please do not put webpage links into the reference section. The links can be added in a parenthesis right after the citing materials in the main text.

Note shortened form for last page number. e.g., 51-9, and that for more than 6 authors the first 6 should be listed followed by 'et al.' For further details you are referred to 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals' (J Am Med Assoc 1997;277:927-34) (see also A GPB reference style for Endnote is available for downloading

Video data

Elsevier accepts video material and animation sequences to support and enhance your scientific research. Authors who have video or animation files that they wish to submit with their article are strongly encouraged to include links to these within the body of the article. This can be done in the same way as a figure or table by referring to the video or animation content and noting in the body text where it should be placed. All submitted files should be properly labeled so that they directly relate to the video file's content. In order to ensure that your video or animation material is directly usable, please provide the files in one of our recommended file formats with a preferred maximum size of 150 MB. Video and animation files supplied will be published online in the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect: Please supply 'stills' with your files: you can choose any frame from the video or animation or make a separate image. These will be used instead of standard icons and will personalize the link to your video data. For more detailed instructions please visit our video instruction pages at Note: since video and animation cannot be embedded in the print version of the journal, please provide text for both the electronic and the print version for the portions of the article that refer to this content.

Supplementary material

Elsevier accepts electronic supplementary material to support and enhance your scientific research. Supplementary files offer the author additional possibilities to publish supporting applications, high-resolution images, background datasets, sound clips and more. Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect: In order to ensure that your submitted material is directly usable, please provide the data in one of our recommended file formats. Authors should submit the material in electronic format together with the article and supply a concise and descriptive caption for each file. For more detailed instructions please visit our artwork instruction pages at

Submission checklist

The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.
Ensure that the following items are present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:
• Keywords
• All figure captions
• All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
Further considerations
• Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'
• All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
Printed version of figures (if applicable) in color or black-and-white
• Indicate clearly whether or not color or black-and-white in print is required.
For any further information please visit our customer support site at

Use of the Digital Object Identifier

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information. Example of a correctly given DOI (in URL format; here an article in the journal Physics Letters B):
When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.


Accepted articles will be published online on ScienceDirect as an article in press and assigned an issue at a later date. You can track the status of your accepted article throughout this process in our production tracking system ( using the reference No (e.g. GPB12) we sent to you in the acknowledgement e-mail.
As soon as your article has been typeset, a page proof in the form of a PDF file will be sent to the corresponding author(s) for checking and correction of typographical errors and should be returned before the date specified. This usually happens 4-5 weeks after we receive your completed article. Accurate proofreading and clear marking of corrections are essential for the production of a quality article. Please note that careful proofreading is solely your responsibility. We will do everything we can to have your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication.

You can track your submitted article at You can track your accepted article at You are also welcome to contact Customer Support via