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Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for active consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
For all authors: First name, middle initial and last name; email address
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details: E-mail address and telephone number
The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
- Full Title of Article or Column: no more than 250 characters in length; specific, descriptive, concise, understandable by those outside the field
Short Title: no more than 50 characters, states topic of the study
Cover letter: No longer than 1 page. Specify the type of article, suggest potential reviewers, briefly describe the manuscript’s impact to the current body of knowledge in the field.
- Manuscript files (including tables, figure captions, references).
Manuscript has been ‘spell-checked’ and ‘grammar-checked’ and prepared with the template file and guidelines. Authors are responsible for editing grammar and spelling.
References: all references mentioned in the Reference List follow the proper formatting guidelines, are cited in the text in the proper order, and vice versa.
- Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources.
Figures, videos, tables, and charts are properly formatted and numbered (author last name_Figure1).
- Authors may suggest the names and email addresses of qualified reviewers. These proposed referees should NOT be directly affiliated with the author. Please use the "Comments for the Editor" box found below to indicate any suggested reviewers.
License agreement and author copyright
Access to the full text of JBC articles is free and unrestricted on jbiocommunication.org. Authors are required to assign one of two types of licenses when a manuscript is accepted for publication. Under the terms of that agreement, authors retain copyright to their text and figures, but grant the JBC a perpetual license to publish the manuscript. The JBC offers authors a choice in publishing and licensing of their article:
- Exclusive License to Publish: Articles are freely available to the public to read through JBC online platforms, but this traditional license does not grant the public any reuse or derivatives. Permissions must be obtained from the author for any third party use.
- Open Access License: Articles are freely available to the public to read AND also to reuse without permission or fees as defined by a Creative Commons license.
For open access licensed articles, permitted third party (re)use is defined by either a Creative Commons user license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (abbreviated: CC BY-NC-ND), or by a Creative Commons user license: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY). This reuse is for non-commercial purposes, and it lets others distribute and copy the article, and include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.
JBC’s policies are compatible with all major funders open access and self-archiving mandates. Authors at their discretion, or in compliance with a funder-mandated open access policy, may grant to the general public the nonexclusive right to copy, distribute, or display the manuscript subject to the terms of the Creative Commons license.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal, and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.