Author Guidelines

PREPARING FOR SUBMISSION

Submitted manuscripts should follow the recommendations stated in Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Please review these guidelines. In addition, manuscripts submitted to Advances in Regenerative Biology should strictly follow the specific rules and include the specific informations listed in these guidelines.

One of our highest priorities is to improve the transparency and reproducibility of the published data. To this end, we strongly recommend our authors to prepare manuscripts following the specific guidelines corresponding to each type of articles, and to follow the recommendations listed in "Reporting Biomedical Research".  During editorial consideration and peer-review process, all papers are especially evaluated for their technical aspects, research design and analytical methods.

Each submission should be accompanied by a cover letter, confidential to the editor, uploaded at the same time as the manuscript during the submission procedure and containing a brief explanation of the conceptual advance provided by the findings. A cover letter may contain suggestions for appropriate reviewers and/or for reviewer exclusions. Also in the covering letter, the corresponding author must disclose any competing interests (his/her own and those of any co-authors) that might impair the credibility of the submitted manuscript. In the covering letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article - or very similar work - has been previously published, or is under consideration elsewhere.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence throughout the peer review and proofreading process if applicable.

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TYPES OF ARTICLES

Advances in Regenerative Biology welcomes high quality research under the format of original research articles, brief communications, protocols, letters to the editor and mini-review articles. As a general requirement, all formats should include a title (250 characters or fewer), an abstract (250 words or fewer) - independently of the format. Supplementary data should be kept to a minimum. All authors are kindly invited to include in each submission a brief summary (350 words or fewer) written in a popular science fashion for a non-expert audience about the type of research, objectives and main conclusions. A brief description of each article type is provided below.

Original Research Articles are conceived for conceptual advances regarding a biological question in the area of developmental biology, stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine. They should consist of a maximum of 14.000 characters with spaces excluding abstract and bibliography, and providing new original data supporting a novel research study and involving several techniques or approaches.

Brief Communications are conceived to communicate conceptual advances regarding a relevant biological question merging the areas of developmental biology, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine that can be presented within a shorter format. They should consist of a maximum of 8.000 characters with spaces excluding abstract and bibliography, and providing new original data supporting a novel and well-focused research study. Results and Discussion sections should be combined.

Protocols are conceived to communicate step-by-step descriptions of procedures, mainly for stem cell differentiation, which scientific community can apply in their own research, and highlighting novel aspects related to regenerative medicine. They should consist of a maximum of 8.000 characters with spaces excluding abstract and bibliography. Protocols should also include a procedure section with critical steps highlighted and information about timing and a troubleshooting section.

Mini-Review Articles should consist of a maximum of 8.000 characters with spaces excluding abstract and bibliography, providing new insights and current information of a particular topic, being well-focused and as concise as possible. Mini-Reviews should reflect the view of the authors highlighting aspects related to regenerative medicine.

Letter to the Editor is presented in a flexible format that may include anything of interest to the journal’s readers. This format is not intended for full presentation of data. Correspondence should never exceed a maximum of 2.000 characters with spaces excluding bibliography, and the number of references should not exceed 10 references.

Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results. Please complete this form and attach to the submission.

Ethics and consent When reporting experiments on patients or animals, please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your local ethics committee and/or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/17c.pdf).

Authors' contributions - required The individual contributions of each author must be specified in the Authors' contributions section. Please use authors' initials and confirm that all authors have read and approved the final manuscript.

Authorship
It is understood that all authors listed on submitted manuscripts have read and agreed to its content, and meet the authorship requirements as detailed by ICMJE here. In brief, contributors can be listed as authors if they: 1) have made substantial contributions to the conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; AND 2) have been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND 3) have given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgements section, see below. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help or writing assistance, or a head of department, who provided only general support.

Acknowledgements List all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be listed under a heading such as 'clinical investigators' or 'participating investigators' and their function or contribution should be described.


Publication fee See here.

WAIVER POLICY - please see here.

WITHDRAWAL OF MANUSCRIPT If you withdraw your manuscript after it has been peer reviewed, or after it has been typeset (but not yet published) you will be charged according to the following:

For peer review: EUR 475/USD 565 per article
For peer review and typesetting: EUR 650/USD 755 per article



MANUSCRIPT LAYOUT

Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout. Begin each section, including figure and table legends, on separate sheets; insert running page numbers. To facilitate the review process, please provide a complete manuscript, preferably a PDF file including all figures, tables, legends and supplementary material (if applicable) placed at the end of the manuscript after the reference list. Microsoft Word, RTF or WordPerfect document file formats are also acceptable.

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s), and 4) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper.

The title (250 characters or fewer) should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the article.

Figures Upon acceptance please supply figures/graphics/images in at least 300 dpi. For further information please see guidelines.

If the figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author's sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/graphs/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

When figures/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the figure legend thus: (Reproduced with permission from xxx.)

Abstract Articles must include an abstract of 250 words or fewer providing sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way: Background, Objective, Design, Results, Conclusions. After the abstract, please give 5-10 key words; avoid using the same words as in the title.

In context If your article is accepted for publication it is because it is believed to enhance the understanding of your research field and move it forward. Other researchers would understand this and perhaps even use your article as a building block for their own research. But how would you describe your contribution to a layman, to a person with a general interest in science and society but without the specialized knowledge that you have? Could you please put your research in a context first and then describe what it would mean in a longer perspective? The In context should be of no more than 150-250 words.

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

References system References should follow the standard biomedical format (so-called Vancouver style).

Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text by Arabic numerals and in parentheses, e.g. (14).The references should be listed at the end of the manuscript as regular text.

Information from manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as 'unpublished observation(s)' or 'personal communication'.

For a key of how to abbreviate medical journal names, please consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus accessible at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=journals.

Journals

  1. Lehn J-M. Toward complex matter: supramolecular chemistry and self-organization. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2002; 99: 4763–8. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.072065599.
  2. Hailman E, Vasselon T, Kelley M, Busse LA, Hu MC, Lichtenstein HS et al. Stimulation of macrophages and neutrophils by complexes of lipopolysaccharide and soluble CD14. J Immunol. 1996; 156: 4384-90.
  3. Cruzan G, Corley RA, Hard GC, Mertens JJ, McMartin KE, Snellings WM, et al. Subchronic toxicity of ethylene glycol in Wistar and F-344 rats related to metabolism and clearance of metabolites. Toxicol Sci. 2004; 81: 502-11.

Books

  1. Selvin PR, Taekjip Ha. Single molecule techniques: a laboratory manual. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: CSHL Press, 2008.
  2. Crandall BC, Lewis J, editors. Nanotechnology: research and perspectives. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1992.
  3. Blaxter PS, Farnsworth TP. Social health and class inequalities. In: Carter C, Peel JR, editors. Equalities and inequalities in health. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press; 1976. p. 165-78.

Websites

European Commission. Nanotechnology. 2009 [updated 2009; cited 2010 May 3]; Available from: http://cordis.europa.eu/nanotechnology/.

Patents

Roukes ML, Ekinci KL. Apparatus and method for ultrasensitive nanoelectromechanical mass detection. US patent 6,722,200 (2004).

Theses

Feng XL. Ultra high frequency nanoelectromechanical systems with low noise technologies for single molecule mass sensing. PhD thesis, California Institute of Technology (2006).