The journal Cytokine has an open access mirror journal Cytokine: X which has the same aims and scope and peer-review process. To submit to Cytokine: X visit https://www.editorialmanager.com/CYTOX/default.aspx.
Cytokine will publish studies that report on the molecular biology, signal transduction, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, genome-wide association, pathobiology, diagnostic, clinical, and therapeutic applications of all known and emerging cytokines, cytotoxins, interferons, chemokines, adipokines, matrikines, hematopoietic factors, and growth factors. Studies reporting all signaling molecules from the pathogens and host-endogenous sources, metabolic products/adducts that mediate inflammation and immunity, either influence and/or operate under this broad class of "biological response modifiers" as they relate to host defenses and immune responses will be considered for publication.
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We now differentiate between the requirements for new and revised submissions. You may choose to submit your manuscript as a single Word or PDF file to be used in the refereeing process. Only when your paper is at the revision stage, will you be requested to put your paper in to a 'correct format' for acceptance and provide the items required for the publication of your article.
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Cytokine has an open access mirror journal, Cytokine: X. An official journal of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS)
Cytokine is devoted exclusively to the study of the molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, diagnostic and clinical applications of all known interleukins, hematopoietic factors, growth factors, cytotoxins, interferons, and new cytokines, Cytokine provides comprehensive coverage of cytokines and their receptors, 12 times a year, by publishing original high quality refereed scientific papers from prominent investigators in both the academic and industrial sectors.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
New requirements:Authors must provide the name, position, institution, and e-mail contacts of at least 5 potential reviewers, who are not the collaborators, friends and relatives, and are working at the authors' organization/institution.Authors cannot use broad terminologies, such as Cytokines, Chicken, Human, etc., at the time of submission of their manuscripts. Such terms are not useful for identifying potential reviewers. They should provide at least 6 keywords based on the content of the study. For example, if an author is submitting a paper, "Interleukin-6 effects on arthritis and the study describes therapy with a new drug and the discovery of biomarkers for the action of the said drug" they must provide some keywords like the following: IL-6, arthritis, transcriptome, signal transduction, inhibition, B-cells, macrophage, therapeutics.
Revisions:To accelerate the speed of review and publication of data, we limit the reviews to a maximum of 3 rounds per manuscript (original submission+ 2 rounds of revision). The first revision must address all major concerns (e.g., new data and experiments are needed). After that we will allow only one more revision, that addresses any minor concerns (e.g., display of graphs, tables, missing statements and grammatical mistakes). Please revise thoroughly and check the manuscript for any mistakes before submitting the revised version.Author response(rebuttal) to review comments must be complete. Responses such as, "Done", "Completed", "Changed", "Modified as suggested' are no longer acceptable. The rebuttal must indicate the details of all modifications made in response to each question/concern raised in the review. Such details must include the exact page numbers, paragraphs, figure or table numbers, subsection of a manuscript. They also must detail all data changes (deleted or added) to the revised manuscript and references (added or deleted), the subpanels of a figure, or the columns and rows of the revised manuscript where the new data are presented. Manuscripts not adhering to these instructions will not be considered.
Redundant publication policy:We will not consider papers if the data in your paper are already published online websites before peer-review. Papers submitted under this category, violate the norms of publication ethics, as noted in our instructions to the authors. "Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis, see 'Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication' for more information). Since all of the data and text can be publicly viewed and directly accessible to the public at large, we will consider the data as "published." Re-submission of such data for publication in another journal is regarded as a "redundant publication."
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Author Instructions on data quality checks(December 2020)
To ensure the authenticity and reproducibility of the data, we require the authors to include the following in their papers as applicable.
- Inferences drawn basing on results from a single-cell line can be misleading. Authors must ensure to reproduce their fundamental observations in 2-3 cell lines of a similar cell and tissue type. It does not mean that every experiment in the study must be repeated in all cell lines, authors are also encouraged to provide in vivo evidence for better reality check of an appropriate disease or physiology insight model.
- Mycoplasma contamination of cell lines produces spurious data. Authors should certify in the Material and Methods section in written statement that cell lines in their study have been tested and found free of Mycoplasma.
- A significant concern worldwide is the contamination of cell lines with other cell types or cancer types. Authors should certify that the cell lines' authenticity was verified using STTR markers, whole-genome sequencing, or an equivalent method. Disclose details of analysis in the Material and Methods section.
- Several antibodies for the same protein for different applications are commercially available, e.g., Western blot, Immunoprecipitation, Immunohistochemistry, ELISA, and Chromatin Immunoprecipitation analyses. Many are not suitable for all/some of the applications. In light of these, authors should mention the Source of the antibody, Catalog number, the intent (e.g. Western) and dilutions used in their study.
- All primers, their sequence and the expected PCR product sizes must be presented in a tabular format. The application for which a primer set was used (for example RT-PCR, or ChIP assay, mutational analyses) should be indicated in the table legend.
- Unless there are large data sets that cannot fit into a standard figure or table, all relevant supplementary data should be part of the main paper for an easier understanding.
- The importance of a protein involved in a given biological process must be validated using RNAi technology. shRNA expression vectors for many genes are commercially available. A control shRNA and a gene-specific shRNA must be included when validating the data. Exogenous add-back of knocked-down gene product could be used for better validation controls of phenotypes as well. Authors must evaluate quantitatively the efficiency of knockdown in their experimental system.
- Studies using animal models should include both equal/comparable numbers of females and males to establish a global relevance to both genders. Some exceptions to this requirement are: 1) the disease is gender-specific (e.g., breast cancer in females and prostate cancer in males); and 2) the genetic model produces the disease only in a gender-specific manner. The authors should make explicit statements in case only one gender was mainly used for experimental read out. Power calculations for choosing the numbers of animals per each experimental group, Statistical methods used, the exact significance of the differences must be indicated for each experiment.
Types of paper
Review Articles are comprehensive appraisals of research and clinical outcomes in a field of current interest related to cytokine biology. All reviews are subject to the normal peer review process. Reviews are mostly invited by the Editor-in-Chief. Interested authors may contact Dr. Dhan Kalvakolanu at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ideas or present an outline.
Research Articles are full-length descriptions of original research. The scope may include basic science, clinical results, or applications. These manuscripts will undergo standard review.
Cytokine Stimulus Cytokine stimulus articles describe significance and how it explains or contradicts the reported literature. Manuscripts should not exceed 1500 words plus one figure and a maximum of 10 references.
CYTOKINE policy on papers using cell lines In light of increasing evidence that many cell lines grown in some labs previously (Bian et al, A Combination of Species Identification and STR Profiling Identifies Cross-contaminated Cells from 482 Human Tumor Cell Lines. Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 29;7(1):9774; Ye et al, Genetic profiling reveals an alarming rate of cross-contamination among human cell lines used in China. FASEB J. 2015 Oct;29(10):4268-72) may have been cross-contaminated (https://iclac.org/databases/cross-contaminations/), ?Cytokine? is concerned about the validity of the data obtained using such cell lines. Therefore, all studies that report cell line-based data should authenticate the cell lines used. Some recommended methods for authenticating cell lines can be found here: https://www.atcc.org/en/Services/Testing_Services/Cell_Authentication_Testing_Service/Cell_Line_Authentication_Test_Recommendations.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4907466/ The authors should make an explicit statement in the Materials and Methods section that their specific cell lines have been verified using one of the above methods.
1) All genetic polymorphism ( such as Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) analyses must include at least 400 individual samples.2)SNP data must be accompanied with the measurement of specific immunological parameters such as cytokine measurement, flow cytometry, cellular responses, etc., demonstrating a comparison of biological data between subjects with the genetic variant and those who lack the genetic variant being studied. Expression of cell surface receptors by flow coupled with the genetics of that receptor, or looking at TH1/TH2 skewing or cellular maturation in the setting of particular variants are recommended.
3)Papers lacking such data will not be considered for review.
Types of paper
New policies following an editorial meeting at Vienna, Oct 20, 2019:
Since many manuscripts are taking longer than the usual time to publish from the date of first submission and it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit reviewers, the editorial board in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief, and the publisher, made the following recommendations. These guidelines will be updated at the submission website too.
- Manuscripts will be reviewed to a maximum of 3 rounds (i.e., original+ 2 rounds of revision). A revision of manuscript is indicated by the letter R. After the original review is completed, reviewer comments will be provided to authors. The authors must complete all major revisions in the R1 version. Major revisions include providing data from additional experiments, data presentation and analyses, and quality of the images and the correct use of scientific English. Only minor revisions such as modification of an interpretation, missing references, replotting the data or order of figure presentation(if necessary), and inclusion of a missing control will be allowed in the R2 version. If a manuscript is not suitably modified by the R2 stage, editors can reject a further review.
- Author response(rebuttal) to review comments must be complete. Responses such as, "Done", "Completed", "Changed", "Modified as suggested' are no longer acceptable. The rebuttal must indicate the details of all modifications made in response to each question/concern raised in the review. Such details must include the exact page numbers, paragraphs, figure or table numbers, subsection of a manuscript. They also must detail all data changes (deleted or added) to the revised manuscript and references (added or deleted), the subpanels of a figure, or the columns and rows of the revised manuscript where the new data are presented. Manuscripts not adhering to these instructions will not be considered.
- Authors must provide the name, position, institution, and e-mail contacts of at least 5 potential reviewers, who are not the collaborators, friends and relatives, and are working at the authors' organization/institution.
- Authors cannot use broad terminologies, such as Cytokines, Chicken, Human, etc., at the time of submission of their manuscripts. Such terms are not useful for identifying potential reviewers. They should provide at least 6 keywords based on the content of the study. For example, if an author is submitting a paper, "Interleukin-6 effects on arthritis and the study describes therapy with a new drug and the discovery of biomarkers for the action of the said drug" they must provide some keywords like the following: IL-6, arthritis, transcriptome, signal transduction, inhibition, B-cells, macrophage, therapeutics.
You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Guide for Authors for more details.
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:
• Include keywords
• All figures (include relevant captions)
• All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
• Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
• Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print
Graphical Abstracts / Highlights files (where applicable)
Supplemental files (where applicable)
• 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)
• A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare
• Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
• Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements
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Studies in humans and animals
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans. The manuscript should be in line with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and aim for the inclusion of representative human populations (sex, age and ethnicity) as per those recommendations. The terms sex and gender should be used correctly.
Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines and should be carried out in accordance with the U.K. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and associated guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments, or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of Laboratory animals (NIH Publications No. 8023, revised 1978) and the authors should clearly indicate in the manuscript that such guidelines have been followed. The sex of animals must be indicated, and where appropriate, the influence (or association) of sex on the results of the study.
Declaration of competing interest
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Authors should complete the declaration of competing interest statement using this template and upload to the submission system at the Attach/Upload Files step. Note: Please do not convert the .docx template to another file type. Author signatures are not required. If there are no interests to declare, please choose the first option in the template. This statement will be published within the article if accepted. More information.
Submission declaration and verification
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis, see 'Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication' for more information), 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 in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service Crossref Similarity Check.
Please note that preprints can be shared anywhere at any time, in line with Elsevier's sharing policy. Sharing your preprints e.g. on a preprint server will not count as prior publication (see 'Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication' for more information).
Use of inclusive language
Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, stereotypes, slang, reference to dominant culture and/or cultural assumptions. We advise to seek gender neutrality by using plural nouns ("clinicians, patients/clients") as default/wherever possible to avoid using "he, she," or "he/she." We recommend avoiding the use of descriptors that refer to personal attributes such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition unless they are relevant and valid. These guidelines are meant as a point of reference to help identify appropriate language but are by no means exhaustive or definitive.
For transparency, we encourage authors to submit an author statement file outlining their individual contributions to the paper using the relevant CRediT roles: Conceptualization; Data curation; Formal analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/Writing - original draft; Writing - review & editing. Authorship statements should be formatted with the names of authors first and CRediT role(s) following. More details and an example
All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be submitted.
Changes to authorship
Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, 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.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.
Article transfer service
This journal is part of our Article Transfer Service. This means that if the Editor feels your article is more suitable in one of our other participating journals, then you may be asked to consider transferring the article to one of those. If you agree, your article will be transferred automatically on your behalf with no need to reformat. Please note that your article will be reviewed again by the new journal. More information.
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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.
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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 Author Services.
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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Authors must submit the names of 5 potential referees with relevant expertise, but not belonging their home institutions, who are not the collaborators, friends, or relatives. The information should include name, position, institution, and e-mail address. Referees working in countries like the USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Korea, China, India and Australia with expertise in the authors' work may be nominated.
Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files. The system automatically converts your files to a single PDF file, which is used in the peer-review process.
As part of the Your Paper Your Way service, you may choose to submit your manuscript as a single file to be used in the refereeing process. This can be a PDF file or a Word document, in any format or lay-out that can be used by referees to evaluate your manuscript. It should contain high enough quality figures for refereeing. If you prefer to do so, you may still provide all or some of the source files at the initial submission. Please note that individual figure files larger than 10 MB must be uploaded separately.
There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Elsevier at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct.
There are no strict formatting requirements but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.
If your article includes any Videos and/or other Supplementary material, this should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.
Divide the article into clearly defined sections.
Figures and tables embedded in text
Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.
This journal operates a single blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. More information on types of peer review.
Manuscripts will be reviewed to a maximum of 3 rounds (i.e., original+ 2 rounds of revision). A revision of the manuscript is indicated by the letter R. After the original review is completed comments will be provided to authors. The authors must complete all major revisions in the R1 version. Major revisions include providing data from additional experiments, data presentation and analyses, and the quality of the images and the correct use of scientific English. Only minor revisions such as modification of an interpretation, missing references, replotting the data or order of figure presentation(if necessary), and inclusion of a missing control will be allowed in the R2 version. If a manuscript is not suitably modified by the R2 stage, editors can reject a further review. Author response(rebuttal) to review comments must be complete. Responses such as, ?Done?, ?Completed?, ?Changed?, ?Modified as suggested? are no longer acceptable. The rebuttal must indicate the details of all modifications made in response to each question/concern raised in the review. Such details must include the exact page numbers, paragraphs, figure or table numbers, the subsection of a manuscript. They also must detail all data changes (deleted or added) to the revised manuscript and references (added or deleted), the subpanels of a figure, or the columns and rows of the revised manuscript where the new data are presented. Manuscripts not adhering to these instructions will not be considered.
Use of word processing software
Regardless of the file format of the original submission, at revision you must provide us with an editable file of the entire article. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. The electronic text should be prepared in a way very similar to that of conventional manuscripts (see also the Guide to Publishing with Elsevier). See also the section on Electronic artwork.
To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor.
Subdivision - numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Material and methods
Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.
To enable reproducibility of the research, we encourage authors to submit a Key Resources Table, which helps make the resources clear to readers. The Key Resources Table highlights the genetically modified organisms and strains, cell lines, reagents and other resources essential to reproduce the results presented in a paper. More information.
A Theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lay the foundation for further work. In contrast, a Calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis.
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 alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.
Essential title page information
• Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
• Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. You can add your name between parentheses in your own script behind the English transliteration. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
• Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about Methodology and Materials. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
• Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
Highlights are mandatory for this journal as they help increase the discoverability of your article via search engines. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that capture the novel results of your research as well as new methods that were used during the study (if any). Please have a look at the examples here: example Highlights.
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.
Although a graphical abstract is optional, its use is encouraged as it draws more attention to the online article. The graphical abstract should summarize the contents of the article in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership. Graphical abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the online submission system. Image size: Please provide an image with a minimum of 531 × 1328 pixels (h × w) or proportionally more. The image should be readable at a size of 5 × 13 cm using a regular screen resolution of 96 dpi. Preferred file types: TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files. You can view Example Graphical Abstracts on our information site.
Authors can make use of Elsevier's Illustration Services to ensure the best presentation of their images and in accordance with all technical requirements.
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. Authors cannot use broad terminologies, such as Cytokines, Chicken, Human, etc., at the time of submission of their manuscripts. Such terms are not good for identifying potential reviewers. They should provide at least 6 keywords based on the content of the study. For example, if an author is submitting a paper, ?Interleukin-6 effects on arthritis and the study describes therapy with a new drug and the discovery of biomarkers for the action of the said drug? they must provide some keywords like the following: IL-6, arthritis, transcriptome, signal transduction, inhibition, B-cells, macrophage, therapeutics. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).
Formatting of funding sources
List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements:
Funding: This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA [grant number zzzz]; and the United States Institutes of Peace [grant number aaaa].It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards. When funding is from a block grant or other resources available to a university, college, or other research institution, submit the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding.
If no funding has been provided for the research, please include the following sentence:This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Nomenclature and units
Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI. You are urged to consult IUPAC: Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry for further information.
Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article.
• Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
• Preferred fonts: Arial (or Helvetica), Times New Roman (or Times), Symbol, Courier.
• Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
• Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.
• Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image.
• For Word submissions only, you may still provide figures and their captions, and tables within a single file at the revision stage.
• Please note that individual figure files larger than 10 MB must be provided in separate source files.
A detailed guide on electronic artwork is available.
You are urged to visit this site; some excerpts from the detailed information are given here.
Regardless of the application used, 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 the font or save the text as 'graphics'.
TIFF (or JPG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones): always use a minimum of 300 dpi.
TIFF (or JPG): Bitmapped line drawings: use a minimum of 1000 dpi.
TIFF (or JPG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale): a minimum of 500 dpi is required.
Please do not:
• Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); the resolution is too low.
• Supply files that are too low in resolution.
• Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.
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) in addition to color reproduction in print. Further information on the preparation of electronic artwork.
Elsevier's Author Services offers Illustration Services to authors preparing to submit a manuscript but concerned about the quality of the images accompanying their article. Elsevier's expert illustrators can produce scientific, technical and medical-style images, as well as a full range of charts, tables and graphs. Image 'polishing' is also available, where our illustrators take your image(s) and improve them to a professional standard. Please visit the website to find out more.
Ensure that each illustration has a caption. 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 and shading in table cells.
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.
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.
References in a special issue
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.
Reference management software
Most Elsevier journals have their reference template available in many of the most popular reference management software products. These include all products that support Citation Style Language styles, such as Mendeley. Using citation plug-ins from these products, authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their article, after which citations and bibliographies will be automatically formatted in the journal's style. If no template is yet available for this journal, please follow the format of the sample references and citations as shown in this Guide. If you use reference management software, please ensure that you remove all field codes before submitting the electronic manuscript. More information on how to remove field codes from different reference management software.
Users of Mendeley Desktop can easily install the reference style for this journal by clicking the following link:
When preparing your manuscript, you will then be able to select this style using the Mendeley plug-ins for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.
There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Elsevier at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. If you do wish to format the references yourself they should be arranged according to the following examples:
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.
Example: '..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones  obtained a different result ....'
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:
 J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, The art of writing a scientific article, J. Sci. Commun. 163 (2010) 51–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.Sc.2010.00372.
Reference to a journal publication with an article number:
 J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, 2018. The art of writing a scientific article. Heliyon. 19, e00205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00205.
Reference to a book:
 W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
 G.R. Mettam, L.B. Adams, How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: B.S. Jones, R.Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age, E-Publishing Inc., New York, 2009, pp. 281–304.
Reference to a website:
 Cancer Research UK, Cancer statistics reports for the UK. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/aboutcancer/statistics/cancerstatsreport/, 2003 (accessed 13 March 2003).
Reference to a dataset:
[dataset]  M. Oguro, S. Imahiro, S. Saito, T. Nakashizuka, Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1, 2015. https://doi.org/10.17632/xwj98nb39r.1.
Journal abbreviations source
Journal names should be abbreviated according to the List of Title Word Abbreviations.
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 file in one of our recommended file formats with a preferred maximum size of 150 MB per file, 1 GB in total. 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. 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.
Include interactive data visualizations in your publication and let your readers interact and engage more closely with your research. Follow the instructions here to find out about available data visualization options and how to include them with your article.
Supplementary material such as applications, images and sound clips, can be published with your article to enhance it. Submitted supplementary items are published exactly as they are received (Excel or PowerPoint files will appear as such online). Please submit your material together with the article and supply a concise, descriptive caption for each supplementary file. If you wish to make changes to supplementary material during any stage of the process, please make sure to provide an updated file. Do not annotate any corrections on a previous version. Please switch off the 'Track Changes' option in Microsoft Office files as these will appear in the published version.
This journal encourages and enables you to share data that supports your research publication where appropriate, and enables you to interlink the data with your published articles. Research data refers to the results of observations or experimentation that validate research findings. To facilitate reproducibility and data reuse, this journal also encourages you to share your software, code, models, algorithms, protocols, methods and other useful materials related to the project.
Below are a number of ways in which you can associate data with your article or make a statement about the availability of your data when submitting your manuscript. If you are sharing data in one of these ways, you are encouraged to cite the data in your manuscript and reference list. Please refer to the "References" section for more information about data citation. For more information on depositing, sharing and using research data and other relevant research materials, visit the research data page.
If you have made your research data available in a data repository, you can link your article directly to the dataset. Elsevier collaborates with a number of repositories to link articles on ScienceDirect with relevant repositories, giving readers access to underlying data that gives them a better understanding of the research described.
There are different ways to link your datasets to your article. When available, you can directly link your dataset to your article by providing the relevant information in the submission system. For more information, visit the database linking page.For supported data repositories a repository banner will automatically appear next to your published article on ScienceDirect.
In addition, you can link to relevant data or entities through identifiers within the text of your manuscript, using the following format: Database: xxxx (e.g., TAIR: AT1G01020; CCDC: 734053; PDB: 1XFN).
This journal supports Mendeley Data, enabling you to deposit any research data (including raw and processed data, video, code, software, algorithms, protocols, and methods) associated with your manuscript in a free-to-use, open access repository. During the submission process, after uploading your manuscript, you will have the opportunity to upload your relevant datasets directly to Mendeley Data. The datasets will be listed and directly accessible to readers next to your published article online.
For more information, visit the Mendeley Data for journals page.
Data in Brief
You have the option of converting any or all parts of your supplementary or additional raw data into a data article published in Data in Brief. A data article is a new kind of article that ensures that your data are actively reviewed, curated, formatted, indexed, given a DOI and made publicly available to all upon publication (watch this video describing the benefits of publishing your data in Data in Brief). You are encouraged to submit your data article for Data in Brief as an additional item directly alongside the revised version of your manuscript. If your research article is accepted, your data article will automatically be transferred over to Data in Brief where it will be editorially reviewed, published open access and linked to your research article on ScienceDirect. Please note an open access fee is payable for publication in Data in Brief. Full details can be found on the Data in Brief website. Please use this template to write your Data in Brief data article.
To foster transparency, we encourage you to state the availability of your data in your submission. This may be a requirement of your funding body or institution. If your data is unavailable to access or unsuitable to post, you will have the opportunity to indicate why during the submission process, for example by stating that the research data is confidential. The statement will appear with your published article on ScienceDirect. For more information, visit the Data Statement page.
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