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Guide for Authors
International Journal of Chemical and Analytical Science (IJCAS) is a quarterly peer-reviewed international journal, which publishes reviews, research articles and short communications in all aspects of chemical and analytical sciences.
Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not have been published earlier or be under simultaneous consideration for publication by any other journal. Violation may lead to a retraction of the published article by the journal and other actions as deemed necessary by the editor. All articles (including invited articles) will be peer-reviewed, followed by editing of the accepted articles according to the guidelines of the style-sheet approved for the journal. Accepted manuscripts become the property of the journal and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written permission of the editor.
Manuscripts must confirm to the instructions given below:
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
The journal only accepts online submissions in electronic format. All new manuscripts must be submitted through International Journal of Chemical and Analytical Science (IJCAS) online submission and review website (http://ees.elsevier.com/ijcas). Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and figures in electronic form to this address. Please follow the following steps to submit your manuscript:
- Open the homepage of the journal's website at http://ees.elsevier.com/ijcas.
- Register yourself for free by clicking on "Register" on the top and create a user profile with a desired username and mandatory details. On submission of the information, you will receive an E-mail confirming your registration along with the "Password".
- Click "Log In" on the main navigation menu at the top of the journal screen to open the login page.
- Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields (E-mailed to you at the time of registration).
- Click "Author Log in", this takes you to the "Author Main Menu".
- The work is original and free from plagiarism.
- It has not been submitted for publication/is not under consideration for publication in another journal.
- All authors are aware of the order of authorship. The submitting author shall be solely responsible in case any dispute arises.
- Once published, copyright of manuscript shall stand transferred to the journal.
- "Conflicts of interest" if any, must be explicitly stated at the end of the manuscript.
MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING CHARGESAll submitted manuscripts go through rigorous peer review. Each manuscript will be reviewed by two to three reviewers who are subject matter experts in the concerned field. The authors of accepted manuscripts may be required by the editors to pay the manuscript processing charges. Please note that these charges will have to be paid once an editorial decision of acceptance has already been made.
TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTSOriginal Manuscripts: Manuscripts submitted in this category are expected to be concise, well organized, and clearly written. The maximum length is 3,000 words, including the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends. The structured abstract must not exceed 300 words. The title must not exceed 150 characters. References should be limited to those critical and relevant to the manuscript and should not exceed a maximum of 30. Acceptance of original manuscripts will be based upon originality and importance of the investigation. These manuscripts are reviewed by editors and, in majority of cases, by two experts in the field. Manuscripts requiring extensive revision will be at a disadvantage for publication and will be rejected. Authors shall be responsible for the quality of language and style and are strongly advised against submitting a manuscript grammatically incorrect. The editors reserve the right to reject poorly written manuscripts even if their scientific content is qualitatively suitable for publication.
Animal Studies: In studies involving animal experimentation, authors must include a statement giving assurance that all animals received human care and that study protocols comply with the institutions guidelines.Human Studies: Manuscripts reporting data from research conducted on humans must provide assurance that (a) informed consent in writing was obtained from each patient, and (b) the study protocol confirmed to the ethical guidelines of the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki as reflected in a priori approval by the appropriate institutional review committee.
Randomized Controlled Trials: Reports of randomized controlled trials should follow the revised CONSORT statement (http://www.consort-statement.org) published in JAMA 2001;285:1987-91, as closely as possible.Review Articles: Review articles on selected basic topics of interest for the readers of the International Journal of Chemical and Analytical Science (IJCAS) will primarily be solicited by the editors. Review articles are also welcome by experts; however, any proposals for reviews should be discussed with the editor before submission. Review articles are expected to be clear, concise, and updated. Review articles must be accompanied by a title page and summary. The word limit for review articles is 4,000 words, excluding the summary, references, tables, and figures. References should not exceed a maximum of 40. The inclusions of colored, high-quality tables and figures to summarize critical points are highly desirable. Review articles are reviewed by the editors and may be sent to outside expert reviewers before a final decision for publication is made. Revisions may be required.
Editorial: This section consists of editorial comments on articles published in the International Journal of Chemical and Analytical Science (IJCAS). The length of an editorial should not exceed 2,000 words, excluding references. Please limit reference count to a maximum of 20 references. A table and a figure can be included.Case Reports: The word limit for a case report is 2,500 words; including the summary and references (a maximum of 15 references is allowed). A title page must be provided. Tables and figures can be included.
Figures/Illustrations/Photographs: Photographs may be submitted as 'jpg', or 'tiff ' files in a zipped folder. In clinical photographs, identity of the subjects should be suitably masked; in case this is not possible, a written permission from the concerned person should accompany the manuscript.Legends to Figures: The Figure number (numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals), title and explanations of the Figures should appear in the legend (not on the Figure). Type the legends on a separate page. Enough information should be included to interpret the Figure without reference to the text.
Letters to the Editor: Letters to the editor will be considered for publication only if they are related to articles published in recent issues of the International Journal of Chemical and Analytical Science (IJCAS) or are relevant brief reports of preliminary data that can be published if they provide new insights. Letters must not be longer than 500 words, and may contain only one table or figure and a total of 10 references. Letters must have a title. Please provide a title page for letters.ORGANIZATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT
General: Manuscript must be in "Times New Roman" font size 10, with double spacing throughout. Please arrange the manuscript as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. Number all pages consecutively at the bottom, beginning with the title page. Figures and tables must be cited in the manuscript (consult a recent issue of the journal for details). Only the title page should bear the names and addresses of the author(s).Title Page: In animal studies, the title should state the species; all other titles will refer to human studies. State names of authors (including first names), the departments, and the institution where the work was done. The journal reserves the right to ask for the contribution of each author to an article. A short, running title, not exceeding 40 characters, must be provided. Please provide the name, postal address with PIN code, facsimile number and E-mail address of the author to whom communications and proofs are to be sent. Acknowledgements, if any, may be mentioned on this page.
Abstract: The abstract should summarize the most important points in the study. Original articles should include a structured abstract of about 300 words under the following headings: Background/Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. References should not be included. Less than 10 keywords, not present in the title, to assist indexing, should be typed in alphabetical order below the abstract; these may be obtained from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database of "Pubmed".Introductory Statement: Do not include a heading. Provide the minimum background information that will orient the general reader.
Results: Present the major findings of the study. Do not illustrate minor details if their message is conveyed adequately by simple descriptive text. Mention all tables and figures.Discussion: Concisely present the implications of the new findings for the field as a whole, minimizing reiteration of the results, avoiding repetition of material in the introduction, and keeping a close focus on the specific topic of the paper.
Acknowledgments: These should appear at the end of the manuscript. The source of funding as well as a disclosure statement mentioning conflicts of interest, if any, should appear under this heading.References: Number the references in the order in which they appear in the text and identify the reference numbers in the text in superscript. References may be placed at the end of the manuscript. Publications as abstract and letters should be so identified in parentheses. The responsibility for accuracy of references lies with the respective authors. The journal is in agreement with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org). The general arrangement, abbreviations of journal names and punctuations followed are as per the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org). Please pay attention to the style of references and punctuations as follows:
• List all authors when six or less as shown in the example below:
George JN, Woolf SH, Raskob GE, Wasser JS, Aledrot LM, Ballem PJ. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: a practice guideline developed by explicit methods of the American Society of Hematology. Blood 1996;88:3–40.
• When there are seven or more authors, list only the first three and add et al.
Johnson RJ, Gretch DR, Yamabe H, et al. Membrano proliferative glomerulonephritis associated with hepatitis C virus infection. N Engl J Med 1993;328:465–70.
Abramson JH, Abramson ZH. Survey Methods in Community Medicine 5th ed. Churchill Livingston, London 1999.
Book ChaptersAbstract or Article in a Supplement
Cassidy JT. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. In: Textbook of Rheumatology 6th ed, Kelly, ed. Philadelphia: Saunders 2000;1297–313.
Srivastava S, Madan K, Prakash S, et al. A randomized controlled trial of terlipressin and albumin versus albumin, low dose dopamine and frusemide in hepatorenal syndrome [Abstract]. J Clin Exp Hepatol 2011;1(Suppl 1):23A.
Tables: Prepare tables on individual sheets of paper, double-spaced, and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order of their appearance in the text. Do not duplicate material presented in a figure. Tables should read vertically when possible and should have headings for each column. Necessary explanatory notes, if any, may be given below the table.Figures/Illustrations/Photographs: Illustrations should be clear enough and of appropriate size (5 inch × 7 inch or larger) for better reproduction. If illustrations are scanned, then they should be scanned at minimum of 300 dpi. Color images must be CMYK. Line art drawing must have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi. Photographs and X-rays should be sent as black and white glossy prints. Photographs may be submitted as "jpeg", or "tiff" files in a zipped folder. In clinical photographs, identity of the subjects should be suitably masked; in case this is not possible, a written permission from the concerned person should accompany the manuscript. Permission to reproduce any borrowed illustration must be obtained from the author and the publisher.
Legends to Figures: The figure number (numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals), title and explanations of the figures should appear in the legend (not on the figure). Type the legends on a separate page. Enough information should be included to interpret the figure without reference to the text.
Units: All measurements must be in metric units, preferably with corresponding SI units in parentheses.Permissions: Direct quotations, tables, or illustrations taken from copyrighted material must be accompanied with written permission for their use from the publisher and the original author. The permission is presented as a footnote or addition to the legend and must provide complete information as to source. Photographs of identifiable persons must be accompanied by a signed release that indicates informed consent.