Instruction to Authors
Revised : January, 2011 - www.srbce.org
JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY AND REPRODUCTION (JER), published biannually, one issue in June and the other in December, is the official organ of the Society for Reproductive Biology and Comparative Endocrinology (SRBCE), Chennai, India. The Journal publishes review articles (both invited and contributed; in the latter case, in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief)), papers on original investigations, short communications and letters to the editor, related to all aspects, including methodological innovations, of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. Reputed senior scientists will write the review articles, mostly based on the invited talks at the annual meeting of SRBCE, but reviews are welcome from other authors as well. Any scientist may communicate original article(s). The short communications shall be small articles but cover original discoveries. The letters to the Editor (limited to 4 A4 size printed pages) will be short communications covering the salient discoveries in the award-winning oral and poster presentations at the annual meetings of SRBCE. The authors of letters to the editor are free to publish full-length papers later, if they desire so. The aim of the journal is to disseminate high quality information related to basic and applied aspects of Endocrinology and Reproduction. The Editorial Board will put all effort to ensure rapid publication. At least one of the authors of the article should be member of SRBCE. Enrollment form to become member of the Society can be downloaded from its website, www.srbce.org.
JER is indexed in Current Contents, Biological Abstracts, Biosis and Chemical Abstracts and Google Scholar. Efforts are taken to get it covered in PubMed.
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
The manuscript, written in English, is to be sent to Dr. M.A. Akbarsha, Editor-in Chief, JER, Mahatma Gandhi -Doerenkamp Center (MGDC) Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, India. Original papers, short communications and letters to the editor will be considered for publication only on assurance that a substantial part has not already been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Two independent reviewers, who will be experts in the field and/or Members of the Editorial Board, will review the manuscripts. The decision to accept, subject to revision or reject the article will be taken by the Editorial Secretariat on the basis of the reviewers’ comments. The Editorial Board reserves the right to improve the style and grammar and make corrections in the paper, as may be found necessary, before publication or return it to the corresponding author for revision.
The manuscript should be typed in Word format with double spacing, with at least 3.5 cm margin on the left and clear margin on all other sides. The figures must be in TIF format. The manuscripts, thus prepared, may be sent as email attachment to the Editor-in-Chief to his mail id firstname.lastname@example.org
The submission must be accompanied by a declaration to the effect that the MS is not under submission to any other Journal and will not be submitted to any other Journal until the decision of the Editor of JER is heard.
FORM OF MANUSCRIPT
The first page of each paper should carry the title, name of the authors, complete address(es) and a short running title, not exceeding 80 characters. In the case of authors from different labs, the same may be indicated with superscript Arabic numerals, and the addresses indicated in that order. In the case of authors whose present address(es) is/are different from the one from where the paper riginates, the same may be indicated in superscript alphabets, and the address(es) indicated in that order. The name, address, telephone number, fax number and email id of the corresponding author should also be indicated separately. The second page should carry the summary covering the major findings and conclusion(s) (limited to 300 words) and key words (not exceeding 5, in the alphabetical order). In the case of original investigations, short communications and letters to the editor the text should follow from the third page onwards, with introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion including conclusion(s), acknowledgement(s), if any, and references. In the case of reviews, there shall be an introduction, followed by the subject matter under headings, as the authors may deem fit, and end with conclusions, acknowledgements and references. Footnotes should be avoided. The name of the species should be italicized. The genus name should be expanded at the first mention and abbreviated subsequently. Words should not be hyphenated. Materials and Methods should be described and referenced in sufficient detail so that other workers can repeat the study, if necessary. The authors are requested to consult an authentic statistician in selecting appropriate statistical methods for analysis of data. When data are expressed as standard error of a mean (SEM) or standard deviation (SD), the number of observations (n) must be given. The Figures must be indicated in the text as Figure 1, and so on, if not in parenthesis, and as (Fig. 1), and so on if within parenthesis. Italics and boldfaces should be typed so. The numbers must be spelt out when they stand as the first word in a sentence. Units must be abbreviated as mm for millimeter, s for seconds, min for minutes, hr for hours, ml for milliliters, mg for milligrams, etc.
The list of References should be double-spaced. In the text, references should be cited by author’s surname followed by year of publication:
. . . studies by Maitra (2003) reveal . . .
. . . studies by Smita and Oommen (2005) reveal . . .
. . . studies by Aruldhas et al. (2004) reveal . . .
. . . an earlier report (Shivanandappa, 2005) . . .
. . . earlier reports (Rai and Haldar, 2006; Balasubramanian et al., 2006) . . .
Unpublished data should be referred to as personal communication. An example would be... studies by Oommen V. Oommen (personal communication)...In this case mention the full address in the acknowledgments, not in the literature. When references are made to more than one paper by the author published in the same year, they should be designated in the text as (Vinod Kumar et al., 2006a, b).
The reference list must be arranged alphabetically by author’s surname in the following style:
Author’s name (or names), year of publication, complete title, volume, and inclusive pages as follows:
Aruldhas MM, Subramanian S, Sekhar P, Hasan GC, Govindarajulu P, Akbarsha MA (2004) Microcanalization in the epididymis to overcome ductal obstruction caused by chronic exposure to chromium – a study in the mature bonnet monkey (Macaca radiata Geoffroy). Reproduction 128:127-137.
Chapter in book
Akbarsha MA, Subramoniam A, Madhavachandran M (2003) Male reproductive dysfunction. In: Mishra LC (Ed), Scientific Basis of Ayurvedic Therapies, pp 459-477, CRC Press, Washington DC.
Turner CD, Bagnara JT (1971) General Endocrinology, ed 5, WB Saunders, Philadelphia.
References to papers by two authors follow those by the senior author. If there is more than one paper with a second author, these are listed alphabetically. References by three or more authors follow those by the senior author and are arranged chronologically independent of the order of the second and third authors.
The number of references should be kept to a reasonable minimum; to this end, appropriate recent reviews only should be adopted, wherever possible. The citation of unpublished observations and manuscripts in preparation or submitted for publication will not be entertained. The citation of manuscripts in press (i.e., accepted for publication) is permitted under the references, provided the name of the journal and copy of the letter of acceptance is furnished. If reference to personal communication is made, written permission of the investigator concerned the manuscript should accompany the manuscript. If it is necessary to cite an abstract, since it contains highly relevant data not published elsewhere, it must be designated at the end of the reference (e.g….68: 313 abstract). The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. In the case of letters to the editor, the same pattern of listing should be followed, but the title of the paper/chapter shall not be included.
Photographs should be, preferably, in black and white, sharp and printed in glossy papers in the first copy and may be laser-printed in the other 2 copies. Illustrations should be limited to page size 22.3 cm height and 15.5 cm width. Photographs should be grouped with relevance and numbered 1A, 1B…, 2A, 2B, and so on. The labels should be prominent such that the plate provides for reduction in size. Each photomicrograph should carry a scale mark at the right bottom, and the size indicated in the legends. The photographs in the first copy and those in the CD version should be press-ready such that the editorial office need not lay the hands on them.
Each figure or group of figures in a plate should be accompanied by a title and self-explanatory legends. The labels must be expanded in the legends in the alphabetical order. The legends should be typed separately and added to the manuscript ahead of the plates. Identify all figures on the back, in soft pencil, with the name of first author and figure number and an indication for the TOP. Graphs and diagrams must be drawn with sharp drawing pens using Indian ink or tracing papers, or computer printouts.
Tables must be simple and submitted in the form of laser prints. Each table must have a concise heading and be constructed as simply as possible; it must be intelligible without reference to the text. Tables that duplicate text or figures will not be accepted. In preparing tables, the width of the table must be in relation to the size of the Journal page (22.3x15.5 cm).
The proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. The corrected proofs should be returned expeditiously. In case of minor corrections only, the list of such corrections may alone be communicated as a mail attachment.
There is no page charge for articles. Color prints of photographs will be done at the request of the corresponding author, and will be charged at the rate of Rs. 2000/- ($100/-) per page.
Reprints: The system of printed reprints is dispensed with. Instead, a printable pdf will be made available as mail attachment to the corresponding author. It will be charged Rs. 1000/- or US$ 50/- in case of reviews or full length articles and Rs. 500/- or US$ 25/- in case of Short Communications and Letters to the Editor. It is obligatory that the corresponding author purchases the pdf version of reprint.
All payments must be made by cheque / demand draft, drawn in favor of Treasurer, SRBCE, payable at Chennai, and sent to the Editor-in-Chief much before the paper is taken up for print, and immediately after receipt of intimation of acceptance of the paper for publication.
Copyright. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that the contribution is to JER only. If it is accepted for publication, exclusive copyright of the paper and illustrations shall be assigned to the Publisher. The authors’ of an article, accepted for publication, should give an undertaking to this effect, signed by all authors. The Publisher will not put any limitation on the personal freedom of the author to use the material contained in the paper or in other works, which may be published. However, the letter to the editor will not come under the purview of the copyright.
India : Rs. 250/- per annum and Rs. 1000/-for 5 years. Institutions Rs. 1500/- per annum.
Other countries: U.S. $ 50/-, U.S. $ 200/- and U.S. $ 250/-respectively.
The provision for life subscription is discontinued. However, those who have already paid life subscription will continue to receive the journal.
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Outside back cover- Multicolor (Size 24 cm height; 21 cm width) : Rs.5000.00
Inside cover- Single color (Size 28 cm height; 20.5 cm width) : Rs.4000.00
Inner, full page- Single color (Size 22.3 cm height; 15.5 cm width) : Rs.3500.00
Inner, half page- Single color (Size 11.0 cm height; 15.5 cm width) : Rs.3000.00