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Type of articles

a. Review articles Mini-review articles of about 12 typed pages (1.5 or double-space, single column) are accepted by invitation at this stage. However, if the prospective author would like to submit a review article, he/she must first send the concept paper containing the main content (half to full page) accompanied by his/her cv and a list of previous publications related to the submitted review article, to be considered. Please send to the journal email address at editor@scienceasia.org.

b. Regular Research articles should be limited to 16 typed pages (1.5 or double-space, single column), including no more than 8 Figures and/or Tables.

c. Short reports have similar subject scope to the regular research article, except that they are relatively short, containing no more than 10 typed pages (1.5 or double-space single column) with the maximum of 4 Figures and/or Tables. They are accepted as short but essentially complete works.

Scope of articles

- Only the manuscripts in Science areas are accepted. Social science is not in our scope. Manuscripts are classified into four sections: Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Chemistry and Material Sciences, Environmental and Applied Sciences, and Mathematics and Physical Sciences. (Please read “About ScienceAsia” and “Journal Policy”.)
- Manuscripts reporting new compounds should show results on essential spectroscopic characterization and/or elemental analyses.
- Manuscripts reporting known compounds will only be published if there is interesting new data on their distribution, structure, and/or function.
- Manuscripts describing biological screening of crude extracts without identification of active principle(s) should not be submitted.
- When plant constituents have been chemically identified, voucher specimens of the plant used should be deposited in a recognized herbarium and the identification number quoted.
- Manuscripts with data obtained from only literature search, interview and questionnaire are not accepted.

In all cases, authors will be expected to supply high-quality manuscript with originality and appropriate citation. Submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently is unacceptable in scientific community and considered an unethical publishing behavior.

A checklist can be downloaded to help prepare the manuscript.

Manuscripts submitted to ScienceAsia must conform to the guidelines of the journal. The authors must send a cover letter along with your submission (see example here) and suggest 3 names of reviewers with affiliation and email address in the page provided after you submited the manuscript. The manuscripts must be written in good English, professional language editing service is recommended in case English is not your native language. The manuscript should be divided into

(1) Title page - contains title of the article, names of all authors, and indexing term. Title should be short, descriptive, and should not contain any abbreviations or subtitles. List the names of all authors (preferred given names, initial(s), and surnames), affiliations, complete addresses, and email address of the corresponding author. Please also provide 3-5 indexing terms or keywords.

(2) Abstract - should be a concise summary of the manuscript of not more than 250 words. It should include a brief description of the methods, main results, and conclusions, and emphasize what is novel in the work. It should preferably not contain any citations. However, if a citation is essential, the details of the reference must be given as follows [authors, journal abbreviation, volume, page]. A well-written abstract will help potential referees to decide whether or not to review the manuscript based only on viewing the title and abstract.

(3) Introduction - gives short review of literature with general background of the subject, current stage and remaining gap of knowledge, reason for carrying out the study and its relationship to reported works in the area, aim of the present study, etc.

(4) Materials and Methods - provides brief but sufficient information for others to be able to reproduce the experiments. Use bold font for different subsections. Describe in detail any truly new methods/procedures, but cite in references if the procedures are already published. If the previously published procedures are modified, describe how you modified them and cite the references of the original published procedures. SI units of measurement should be used.

(5) Results - presents results in text, figures, tables and graphs. Avoid redundant presentation in the text of the data already shown in tables or figures, nor use both figure and table to show the same data. Subsections may be used as necessary.

(6) Discussion - should be concise and not verbose. Discussion should contain interpretation of results, and comparison with other published works. Results and discussion can be merged.

(7) Conclusion – may be a separate section or write as the last paragraph in Discussion. This part present conclusion of the work, the importance and future word could also be mentioned.

(8) Supplementary data - supplementary materials may be provided in the appendix section e.g. extensive experimental data, graphical or spectral data, which are not the main result and cannot be included in the paper due to space limitations.

(9) Acknowledgements – to individuals who helped the work, funding unit, and institution, etc.

(10) References - should be indicated in the text by numerals in square brackets in consecutive order. When references are mentioned by authors’ names in the text, they should still be designated by the numeral system. Proper citation is important, authors should cite proper and up-to-date references. Maximum number of references should not exceed 40 for regular research articles or 70 for mini-review articles.

A reference to ScienceAsia article should begin with the author's surname followed by forename or initials (more than eight authors, use et al), year in full (in bracket), the title of the article, journal name (italic and abbreviated, see http://journalseek.net or http://www.library.ubc.ca/scieng/coden.html#A for Science and Engineering Journal Abbreviations), followed by volume number (bold) and page numbers. The styles of references for the journal and book are shown below:

       Fucharoen S, Winichagoon P, Siritanaratkul N, Chowthaworn J, Pootrakul P (1998) Alpha and beta thalassemia in Thailand. Ann NY Acad Sci 850, 412-4.

       Book Chapters:
  Farrell HM (1980) Physical equilibria: proteins. In: Webb BH, Johnson HM, Alford JA (eds) Fundamentals of Dairy Chemistry, 2nd edn, AVI Publishing Company, Westport, Connecticut, pp 442-73.

  Press WH, Flannery BP, Teukolsky SA, Vetterling WT (1992) Numerical Recipes in C, 2nd edn, Cambridge Univ Press, Cambridge.

       Lawson LJM (1969) The multiplicative semigroup of a ring. PhD thesis, Univ of Tennessee, USA.

Note: Web page should not be given as reference unless there is really no alternative.

(11) Tables and figures - Each table must be prepared on a separate page (type 1.5 or double-space), with a short descriptive title and sufficient details in the legend immediately following the title. Symbols and abbreviations should be defined in the legend. Footnotes must be used to define a, b, c, in the Table. Figures must be submitted in a suitable form for high quality reproduction (see below). Use (a), (b), (c), etc to label sub-figures. Lettering in the figures should be clear with adequate size to be legible after reduction. Half-tone illustrations could be accepted, provided that they have sufficient contrast. A scale should appear on photomicrographs. Color plates are welcome if color is necessary for contribution to the understanding of the information. For the hard copy version, the authors will have to pay the charge for color plates (contact editor@scienceasia.org for rate to print color figures). Figure legends should be typed 1.5 or double spaced at the end of the text, not on the figures. All Figures (graphs and maps) should be supplied as vector format file types (EPS or PDF) which can be generated directly from the graph or map drawing program used.

(12) Ethical Use of Animals - Manuscript reporting studies that involve use of animals MUST be accompanied by a statement from Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee, or similar body approving that animals received humane care according to the guidelines specified by the institution.

Manuscripts can be prepared as LaTeX (.tex), OpenDocument (.odt), or MSWord (.doc) files. They must be submitted via the online submission system as .tex or PDF files. The PDF files should include all figures and tables. If the PDF file is larger than 2MB, please try to reduce the size by decreasing the resolution of the included figures. We only require high resolution figures if your article is accepted. Manuscripts with a heavy mathematical content will only be accepted as LaTeX files. LaTeX users must use the ScienceAsia class file (and, if they wish, the BibTeX style file) which can be downloaded from here. For the convenience of the referees, figures and tables may be included at the appropriate places within the text, provided the size of the resulting file is not excessive.

Preparing manuscripts using OpenDocument or MSWord formats
(1) Use one-and-a-half spacing.

(2) Times New Roman with font size 12 is preferred.

(3) To create section and subsection headings, use the pulldown menu to select heading type, instead of selecting bold font yourself.

(4) Add line numbers to the manuscript from start to finish (continuous format - do not reset the numbers on each page).

(5) Try to avoid using MathType for displayed equations in your document unless it is absolutely necessary. Do not use MathType for mathematical expressions inside the text. [If you think that you need to use MathType a lot, then you should be using LaTeX instead of MSWord.]

(6) Include figures and tables at convenient places within the text. If they are high resolution figures, reduce the resolution before including them, so that the file size is not too large.

(7) Export as PDF file. [Click here to download freeware for creating pdf file]
Preparing manuscripts using LaTeX (for Math MS)
Click here for detailed guide on preparing manuscripts using LaTeX.
To prepare a manuscript using LaTeX, you will need to carry out the following steps:

(1) Click here to download the latest version of the zip file which contains the ScienceAsia class file (scias.cls), the ScienceAsia BibTeX class file (scias.bst), other style (.sty) files which are needed, and the template file (scias_template.tex).

(2) Unpack the zip file. Put the contents of the zip file in the same directory (folder) as your manuscript .tex file (or somewhere else where LaTeX can find it).

(3) Copy the file scias_template.tex to a name of your choice, for example, ms.tex and open it with your favourite editor.

(4) You will see that the first line says
The next few lines are just comments (remember that anything on the same line following a % is a comment)

(5) Place your title inside \title{}

(6) Find the line that starts with \author{}
and put the name of the first author inside the curly brackets.
For example, \author{Frederick R. Bloggs}

Do the same for each additional author. For example, if the second author is Joe Soap, add \author{Joseph Q. Soap} below.

(7) If there is more than one author, you will need to specify who the corresponding author is. To do this, insert [*] before the curly brackets enclosing the author name. For example, if Joe Soap is the corresponding author, then you will need to have \author[*]{Joseph Q. Soap}

(8) Use \address{} to specify the address. For example, \address{Mathematics Department, Camford University, Camford, CM7 6TY, UK}

(9) If there is more than one address, give additional address commands. For each you will need to indicate which author is associated with which address by adding [a], [b], etc. before the curly brackets for both author and address. For example, if Fred Bloggs is from Camford and Joe Soap is from CalSci, you would need
\author[a]{Frederick R. Bloggs} \author[b,*]{Joseph Q. Soap}
\address[a]{Mathematics Department, Camford University, Camford, CM7 8QT, UK}
\address[b]{Mathematics Department, California School of Science and Technology, Oxnard, California 93030, USA}

(10) Use \ead{} to give the email address of the corresponding author.

(11) Place your abstract inside \abstract{ }

Note that you do not need to write the word ABSTRACT: - this is generated automatically.

(12) Place a list of keywords separated by commas inside \keywords{ }

(13) You should now run latex on the file to see it has worked so far. The output should show the 'frontmatter' part of the paper.

(14) Put the rest of your manuscript after \section{Introduction} in the usual way.

(15) The line numbers are added automatically, but normally you will you need to run latex more than once before they look OK.

Note : The manuscript created this way will be single-spaced. You do not need to change this.