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Journal of Environmental Biology

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Guidelines for Authors

General

Journal of Environmental Biology is a broad-based, peer-reviewed open access International Journal and publishes research papers from all areas of Environmental Biology.

All the manuscripts submitted for publication to the Journal will be subjected to preliminary scrutiny and if not found as per style and format of Journal?s guidelines, they will be returned back for re-formatting. Those found in order will be sent for review to reviewers / referees for their scientific merit. Journal follows dual blind review system and the decisions are solely based on the results of peer reviews.

Authors will be notified of acceptance, need for revision or re-revision or rejection. Once rejected that manuscript cannot be resubmitted. Editor reserves the right of rejection at any stage without assigning the reason.

Rapid Publication Facility (RPF) and Technical Language Editing Facility (TLEF) are also available to authors. 

1)       Aims and Scope

Journal of Environmental Biology (JEB) publishes original research papers dealing with all aspects of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Biotechnology, Microbiology & Biochemistry, Toxicology, Agricultural Sciences including Forestry and Fish & Fisheries ? in English language.

Scientists who use English as a foreign language are strongly recommended to have their manuscripts (MS) checked by a native English proficient colleague or English Editing Services for linguistic correctness, before submission.

2)       Open access

JEB is an Open Access Journal. All research papers published in Journal of Environmental Biology are made available online Free, immediately upon publication of print version without any charges or fee.

3)       Terms and Conditions

Submission of manuscript to this journal implies that

(i)                 it has not been published elsewhere and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere,

(ii)               it does not consist of duplicate material already published,

(iii)             it does not contain plagiarized material, and that

(iv)              it has been approved by all the authors and the concerned institutions

4)     Types of Manuscripts

Submission of manuscript to this journal implies that

a)      Research papers should be original, 4000-6000 words and with at least 35 references. The text or content should be subdivided into Introduction, Materials & Method, Result & Discussion, and Acknowledgements & References.

b)      Research Reviews should be authored by a senior researcher having experience in their respective field. The review articles should have 6000-7000 words with at least 75 references and text subdivided in to subheadings and references.

c)      Short Communications should be concise with a word limit of 3000, and at least 10 references, representing significant results of exceptional interest.

 

5)       Supplement or Special Issue

Journal of Environmental Biology may consider publication of Supplement or Special Issue based on proceedings' research papers and reviews (National & International Conferences).

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript should be computer typed in double spacing on one side of A4 size white paper, leaving wide margins on both sides.

The manuscript should be prepared and submitted strictly as per following guidelines:

a)                 Page 1 of the manuscript should contain the following only:-

1. Title of the manuscript - descriptive but concise, should not exceed two lines. Number,   abbreviations, acronyms and capital letters should not be included.

2.  Author(s) name(s) - should be in following order:

First, Middle and Surname/Family-name, e.g., Ramesh Chandra Dalela. Check all names are spelled correctly. Mark the corresponding author with star (*). Do not write names in capital letters.

3.  Author(s) affiliations - Name of the department followed by Institution name (where research work has been conducted), city with postal code and country.

4.  Full postal address with Postal-code and phone number of corresponding author

5.  E-mail ID of the corresponding author

6.  Short running title

7.  Type of manuscript (Research paper, Research Review or Short communication)

8.  Total number of Tables, Figures and Pages in the manuscript

 

b)                Page 2 should contain Title of the manuscript, graphical abstract and key words. To facilitate the review process, there should be no name(s) and address (es) of the author(s) on this and the subsequent pages of the Text.

Abstract should be graphical, concise, factual and informative, not exceeding 300 words and should not contain references. It should be written under subheadings: Aim, Methodology, Results & Interpretation.

The abstract should also contain graphical figure of the paper. Please refer to: Guidelines for Graphical Abstract for the details.

Key words should adequately index the subject matter and should not be more than 5. They should be arranged in alphabetical order.

c)                 Page 3 should begin with Text proper subdivided into following sections:

                                I.        Introduction

                              II.       Materials and Methods

                            III.       Results and Discussion

                            IV.       Acknowledgments

                              V.      References

                                I.    Introduction should be subjective, informative and should specify the aim of the study/research carried out. It should be supported with relevant references. It should be concise and specific.

                              II.       Materials and Methods should be sufficiently detailed to enable the experiments to be reproduced. The standard techniques and methodology adopted should be supported with references.

                            III.       Results and Discussion should be combined. Results may be split into sub-headings. Results should be co-related and discussed. Data emerging out from the study should be included, arranged in a unified and coherent sequence and statistically analyzed with significance. Position of Figures and Tables should be indicated in the left margin of Text. The same data should not be presented both in Tables and Figures. Lengthy, confusing and irrelevant discussion should be scrupulously avoided. It should deal with interpretations and the conclusions drawn, based on results and supported by relevant latest references. Repetitions should be curtailed.

It should be ensured that the references cited should be current (beyond 2010). Unpublished papers should not be included / cited in the manuscript.

      • Use standard symbols of Units conforming to the International System of Units (SI) [http://physics.nist.gov/pubs/SP330/sp330.pdf]. Some examples are: km, m, cm, mm, ?m, ?, nm; kg, g, mg, ?g, mol (mole); l (liter), ml (milliliter), ?l (micro liter); yr (year), wk (weak), d (day), hr (hour), min (minute), sec (second), ?s (microsecond); ppm (parts per million), ?C (centigrade), SD (standard deviation), SE (standard error), CV (coefficient of variation); sc (subcutaneous), ip (intra-peritoneal), iv (intravenous); mg l-1 (milligram per liter), ms-1 (meter per second), g l-1 (grams per liter), ha (hectare).
      • For enzymes, use trivial names as recommended by IUPAC-IUB Commission      [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0003-9861(71)90054-3]
      • For abbreviations, only standard internationally acceptable abbreviations should be used. Full form of all abbreviations should be given at their first citation with abbreviations in the bracket e.g. ethyl methane sulphonate (EMS)
      • Tables should be typed in Microsoft-Word Table format on separate pages (not as images), and should be numbered using Arabic numerals. They should be supplied with headings and should be referred to as ?Table 1, 2, ??.
      • Figures should be planned to suit a column width of 8 cm or a page width of 16 cm. Figures may be combined to a maximum plate size of 16 x 23 cm. Photographs should be sharp, contrast and must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format, with a resolution between 300-600 dpi. Line diagrams (e.g. graphs, histograms, etc.) should be submitted in Coral Draw. Figures should be submitted on separate pages and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (e.g. Fig. 3). Legends for figures should be given below the figures. Explain all abbreviations and symbols used below the tables. All figures should be original (not scanned).

                                                Figures from external sources should be accompanied with source reference.   

                                                Color figures are printed at the authors' expense.

                                                Please refer to Guidelines for Figures

 

                            IV.      Acknowledgment should include the names of those who contributed substantially to the work described in the manuscript. It should also include the sponsor or the funding agency of the project of which the paper is a part.

                              V.     References should be cited in the Text by surname of the author(s) and the year e.g. Migal (2011); Luo and Hu (2013). In case of more than two authors, surname of the first author followed by et al. and the year should be cited in the text e.g. Anwele et al. (2015). If two or more papers have been published by the same author in one year, distinction of these should be made by adding a, b or c -- e.g. Chandra (2010 a, b).

                            Under Reference section, at the end of the paper, full and complete references should be given as per style and punctuations given below (see box). References should be arranged alphabetically by first author's surname. Check and be sure that every reference cited in the text must be present in the reference list and vice-versa.

 

Paper in a Journal

Bhinder, P.: Chlopyrifos induced gene mutations in Culex quinquefasciatus. J. Environ. Biol., 36, 531-535 (2015).

Dwivedi, N. and S.J.S. Flora: Sub-chronic exposure to arsenic and dicholorvos on erythrocyte antioxidant defense systems and lipid peroxidation in rats. J. Environ. Biol., 36, 383-391 (2015).

Bravo-Hernandez, E., S.S.S. Sarma and S. Nandini: Effect of malathion on the demography of Daphnia pulex Leydig and Diaphanosoma birgei Korinek (Cladocera). J. Environ. Biol., 35, 57-65 (2014).

Book

APHA: Standard Methods for Examination of Water and Wastewater. 22nd Edn., APHA, AWWA,  WPCF, Washington DC, USA (2012).

Zakrzewski, S. F.: Environmental Toxicology. 3rd Edn. Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, (2002).

Chapter in a Book

Wilkinson, C.F.: Introduction and overview. In: The effects of pesticides on human health (Eds.: S.R. Bakers and C.F. Wilkinson). Princeton Scientific Publishing Co. Inc., Princeton, NJ., p. 5 (1990).


The abbreviations et al., idem and ibid should not be used in reference section.

Unpublished research including theses and personal communications should not be cited in the Text and Reference sections.

Footnotes should be avoided.

 

If research papers originally published in languages other than English (e.g. Chinese, Turkish, Japanese, Spanish.....) are cited in the text, their references in the Reference section should be translated into English language along with the original language.

While giving the names of the periodicals, standard abbreviations listed in the International Serials Catalogue, published by International Council of Scientific Unions Abstracting Board (ICSUAB) should be used. Even if a reference contains more than two authors, the names of all the authors should be given.

 

Please Do:

  • Use uniform letters and size in text, tables and figures.
  • Use Arial Font in the text, table and figures.
  • Number the figures consecutively with Arabic Numerals.
  • Make figures size close to the desired dimensions.
  • Send each figure, each table as separate file.
  • Create figures in JPEG and TIFF format with resolution 300-400 dpi.
  • Spell check, grammar check and language check the manuscript.

 

Please Do not:

  • Supply files/pages to low in resolution.
  • Submit figures disproportionally large for the text.
  • Give unpublished reference, thesis work and web reference

 

 

6)       Manuscript Submission

Manuscript should be submitted online through E-mail to: editor @ jeb . co . in The following mandatory elements should also be E-mailed:

(i)         Soft copy of the manuscript

(ii)        Transfer Confirmation / or SWIFT copy / or NEFT UTR Number ? of the Editor Fee

(iii)       Panel of Reviewers

Hard copy of the manuscript, Panel of Reviewers and Editor Fee (SWIFT copy or NEFT UTR Number) OR Bank's Demand Draft, should also be sent by postal mail.

Acknowledgement Letter will only be issued when both hard & soft copies of the paper is received along with editor fee.

Acknowledgment of the manuscript will be sent to the Corresponding author by E-mail and a Manuscript Registration Number (MRN) will be assigned. Author should use this number for future communications.

The process of review shall start only after Editor Fee (Registration Fee) is credited to our Bank account.

A panel of four potential reviewers (experts of the field) for reviewing the manuscript should be provided on a separate page with their complete contact details including postal address, e-mail ID and telephone numbers.

 

7)       Submission of Revised Manuscript

After receiving the Reviewer Reports, the Manuscript may be sent back to the corresponding author for revision. Manuscript should be carefully revised and read twice before submission. The revised Manuscript should be submitted by email to editor @ jeb . co . in and also by post to Triveni Enterprises along with the following mandatory elements:

a.         One copy of the final revised version of the manuscript

b.         Certification and Copyright transfer agreement form ? completed and signed

c.         Author's Checklist ? completed and signed

d.         Certification regarding Plagiarism

e.         Compliance sheet

The hard copy of the final revised or re-revised Manuscript should exactly match the soft copy sent by e-mail.

Journal is published directly in page set. Authors are, therefore, advised to cite the Figures and Tables on the left margin of the Manuscript.

 

8)  Caution

Materials contained in the Manuscript represent the opinion of the author(s) alone and should not be construed as the opinion of the Editors, Editorial board or the Publisher.

The paper shall be rejected at any stage of publication if found containing plagiarised content.

Addition, deletion or re-arrangement of authors? names in the accepted papers is not allowed.

 

9)       Acceptance Letter

Revised or re-revised manuscript is subjected to compliance check of reviewers' reports and final re-check by our R&D division before releasing the acceptance letter.

 

10)       Page Proofs

Page-proofs will be sent to the Corresponding author only once for approval and for minor corrections. Excessive changes or alterations made in page proofs by Authors will be charged as per line reset. Proof reading is sole responsibility of corresponding author.

11)     Fees and Payments

There are two separate Fees that are applied to Authors: (a) Editor Fee (or Registration Fee), and (b) Page Fee

(a)     Editor Fee or Registration Fee must be submitted along with the manuscript. The acknowledgement letter will be issued only when the Editor Fee is received, and paper will then be sent for review process. The Editor Fee is Non-refundable.

(b)     Page Fee or Publication Fee is levied to authors after acceptance of paper prior to start of publication

 

Editor Fee

Page Fee

per page

per color fig / page

For India-based Authors

INR 1200

INR 1000

INR 800

For Outside-India Authors

USD 60

USD 80

USD 40

 

Page Fee invoice will be sent to the Corresponding Author after the Manuscript has been accepted for publication along with page proofs. Page Fee should be paid immediately after the receipt of the invoice. If the Page Fee is not received along with the corrected page proofs, the paper may not be published.

An extra fee may be applicable to some manuscripts depending on the extensive tables and excessive changes in page proofs. This would be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and the authors would be invoiced for it.

 

12)     Mode of Payment

India-based Authors should make all payments either in the form of Bank's Demand Draft in favor of: Triveni Enterprises, payable at Lucknow, India. or by direct transfer to our bank account.

Outside-India Authors should make all payments only by direct transfer to our bank account in India.

 

13)     Reprints

No reprints are provided to authors. However, ePrint (PDF reprint) of the published paper is sent to corresponding author by email.

 

14)     Copyright

Copyright of all the papers published in Journal of Environmental Biology belongs to Triveni Enterprises, Lucknow, India.

 

15)     Contact and Correspondence

All communication should be addressed to the Editor at the following contact:

Postal Address

Editor, Journal of Environmental Biology,

1/206, Vikas Nagar, Lucknow - 226 022 (India)

E-mail

editor @ jeb . co . in        

Telephone

+91 522  4017359     (10 am ? 2 pm India time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guidelines for Abstract preparation

Journal of Environmental Biology is introducing the concept of Graphical Abstract to attract the attention of the researchers, and to enhance the scientific merit of the research paper. Graphical Abstract consist of two parts: a) Content or Text, and b) Graphical Figure

a)      Content of Abstract :

Content of the Abstract should be concise, factual and informative, not exceeding 300 words. It should not contain references and abbreviations. It should be written under the following sub headings:

  • Aim: 2-3 lines of introductory sentences that would explain topic, objective and research question(s).
  • Methodology: 2-3 sentences describing research methods.
  • Results: 2-3 sentences mentioning significant findings.
  • Interpretation: 2-3 sentences stating conclusion, recommendation and relevance of the study.
  • Key words: Author should select 4-5 relevant Key words from the text that would serve as subject index as well. They should be arranged alphabetically. Keywords would be used for indexing purpose.

 

b)      Graphical Figure :

The graphical figure of the Abstract should be a single and pictorial depiction of the main findings of the paper. It should be designed to help the readers to capture significant findings of the study without reading the entire text.

Graphical figure should be in the form of a structure, graph, drawing, photograph or a combination. It should be original, simple, but informative. It should be distinct from the graphics or figures submitted in the research paper. It should not include data of any type and should have simple labels and sparingly text.

Requirements of Graphical Figure:

Size: The size would be 8X8 cm OR  8X16 cm (height & width) with the screen resolution of 100 dpi in jpeg or tiff format.

Font:  Arial narrow-9 point.

Preferred figure type:  Coral draw maximum X5.

Color: Authors are encouraged to use effective colors to clearly highlight substantive information.

 

 

 

 

Guidelines for Figures

Only clear and original figures will be considered. Figures should be prepared by Coral Draw as vector-based files. Such figures give flexibility in altering the size, as per need, without losing their resolution and high print-quality. Do not send figure-files which lack clarity.

1)      The width should be 8 cm OR  16 cm  and height should not exceed  23 cm with the screen resolution of 300-600 dpi in jpeg or tiff format.

2)      Symbols and lettering size should be of 9 point in Arial Narrow.

3)      Use metric units as specified in Authoring Guidelines

4)      The axis of the graph should be 0.5 point or 1.0 point.

5)      Overlapping of the symbols and data should be avoided.

6)      Avoid variations in type size in a single figure.

7)      Panels should be set close to each other. Common axis labels should not be repeated and should not extend beyond the range of data plotted. Avoid using Y axis labels on the right that repeat on the left.

8)       Use Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black (CMYK) colors rather than Red, Green or Blue (RGB) for color figures.

9)      Capitalize the first letter in label only, not every word.

10)   Use zero before a decimal number e.g. 0.3, 0.55 etc.

11)   Multipart figures should be labeled as A, B, C, D etc., and positioned at the upper left hand corner of each figure part.

12)   While preparing graphs, avoid use of light lines & screen shading, instead use black & white, hatched and cross hatched patterns for distinctness.

13)   Scanned figures/images will not be considered.

14)   If figures are assembled from multiple gels or micrographs, a line or space should demarcate the border between the two original figures.

15)   Electronic changes or manipulation of micrographs or other digital figures/images are not allowed.

16)   Linear adjustment of contrast, brightness or color must be applied to the entire image or plate equally.

17)   The legend of each figure should be given at the bottom, not inside the figure.