A cover letter should submitted along with the manuscript. Authors should briefly describe the content, novelty and significance of the work presented. Compliance with all ethical standards should be stated and declaration of all potential conflicts of interest or lack thereof should be made in the cover letter.
The standard organization of a research article is as follows: (a) Abstract, in less than 250 words, (b) Introduction, in less than two typed pages, (c) Materials and Methods, (d) Results, (e) Discussion, (f) Acknowledgments, (g) Author Contributions, (h) Conflict of Interest, (i) All Authors’ ORCID, (j) References. Combining Results and Discussion sections is permitted. There are no length restrictions for manuscripts.
- The title should be informative, clear and as short as possible. The numbering of parts, sections or sub-sections is not permitted.
- List full names of all authors. A footnote to an author, indicating a change of address, should be provided on the title page using numeral superscript: 1, 2, 3. The asterisk symbol * should be reserved for the author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
- List the institutions in which the work was carried out. Identify the affiliations of all authors and their institutions, departments, or organizations by using numeral superscript.
- Provide a short running title of less than 60 characters.
The abstract should not exceed 250 words, and should concisely summarize the basic content of the paper. Experimental details should not be presented in the abstract. Avoid specialized terms, diagrams, and references.
The introduction should state the purpose of the investigation and its relation to other works in the same field, but should not present an extensive review of the literature.
Materials and Methods
Materials and Methods should be brief, but sufficiently detailed to permit repetition of the work by a qualified investigator.
Refer to published procedures by citing both the original description and pertinent modifications. Do not include extensive details unless they constitute a significant new modification. A simple noting is sufficient for commonly used materials and methods (e.g., commercial media).
Describe new methods completely and give sources of unusual chemicals, instruments, or microbial strains. When large numbers of microbial strains or mutants are used in a study, include strain tables identifying the sources and properties of the strains, mutants, bacteriophages, plasmids, etc.
The Results section should describe the results of the experiments. Extensive interpretation should be reserved for the Discussion section. Present the results as concisely as possible using text, table(s), or figure(s). Avoid presenting essentially identical data in both tables and figures. Also avoid extensive use of graphs to present data that can be concisely presented in the text or tables. Limit photographs (particularly photomicrographs, electron micrographs, and photographs of gel patterns) to those that are absolutely necessary for presenting the experimental findings. Number figures and tables according to the order of citation in the text.
The Discussion section should be concise and provide an interpretation of the results in relation to previously published works and to the experimental system at hand. It should not contain extensive repetition of contents of the Results section or reiteration of the Introduction.
Acknowledge personal assistances and financial supports. The usual format for grant support is as follows: “This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean Government (2014-0009917).”
An explicit statement describing each author’s contributions to the manuscript is required in the manuscript.
Example: A.B.C. and D.E.F. conceived and performed experiments, wrote the manuscript, and secured funding. G.H.I., J.K.L., and M.N. performed experiments. O.P.Q. and R.S. provided reagents. T.U.V., W.X., and Y.Z. provided expertise and feedback.
Conflict of Interest
Conflict of interest exists when an author or the author’s institution, reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence or bias his or her actions. Such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties. These relationships vary from being negligible to having a great potential for influencing judgment. Not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. On the other hand, the potential for conflict of interest can exist regardless of whether an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, and paid expert testimony are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, or of the science itself. Conflicts can occur for other reasons as well, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion (http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/). If there are any conflicts of interest, authors should disclose them in the manuscript. The conflicts of interest may occur during the research process as well; however, it is important to provide disclosure. If there is a disclosure, editors, reviewers, and reader can approach the manuscript after understanding the situation and the background of the completed research.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
All authors are recommended to provide ORCID. To obtain an ORCID, authors should register in the ORCID web site: http://orcid.org. Registration is free to every researcher in the world.
Cite relevant published works in the text, from Introduction to Discussion. Citing styles Kim and Kang (1987) or (Kim and Kang, 1987) are both acceptable. When a paper cited has three or more authors, use the style Chung et al. (1989) or (Chung et al., 1989). Use (Park, 1983a) and (Park, 1983b) when citing more than one paper by the same author(s) published in the same year.
References should include only articles that are published or in press. Do not list the following in the References section: unpublished data, personal communications, manuscripts in preparation, manuscripts submitted, pamphlets, abstracts, and materials that have not been subjected to peer review. Refer to such sources parenthetically in the text. Do not cite abstracts of papers presented at scientific meetings as references unless they appear in publications included in the Biological Abstracts List of Serials. Please use the following style for references.
Article in a periodical:
Wildin, R.S., Ramsdell, F., Peake, J., Faravelli, F., Casanova, J.L., Buist, N., Levy-Lahad, E., Mazzella, M., Goulet, O., Perroni, L., et al. (2001). X-linked neonatal diabetes mellitus, enteropathy and endocrinopathy syndrome is the human equivalent of mouse scurfy. Nat. Genet. 27, 18-20.
Article in a book:
Daniell, H., Camrmona-Sanchez, O., and Burns, B. (2004). Chloroplast derived antibodies, biopharmaceuticals and edible vaccines. In Molecular Farming, R. Rischer and S. Schillberg, eds. (Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag), pp. 113-133.
An entire book:
Wickner, R.B., Esteban, R., and Suzuki, N. (2000). Virus Taxonomy (San Jose, CA: Academic Press).
If there are more than 10 authors, list the first 10 authors followed by “et al.” When citing as references the papers in press, the abbreviated name of the journal should be preceded by the estimated date (year) of publication and followed by the words “in press”. Abbreviate journal names as in Chemical Abstracts or Biological Abstracts List of Serials (Biosis). Include first and last page numbers. Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic references rests entirely with the author(s).
Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers in order of appearance in the text. Type each table double-spaced on a separate page with a short descriptive title typed directly above and with essential footnotes below. Footnotes to tables should be identified with the italic superscript lower case alphabet and placed at the bottom of the table.
Figures should be approximately the same size as you would like them to appear in print. Prepare and submit your figures as gif, jpeg, tif, or pdf files with more than 300 dpi resolution. Number figures consecutively with Arabic numbers.
Legends should provide enough information for the figure to be understandable without frequent references to the text. However, detailed experimental methods should be described in the Materials and Methods sections. A method that is unique to one of several experiments may be reported in the legend if it can be described very briefly (in one or two sentences). Define all symbols and abbreviations used in the figure that have not been defined elsewhere.
Units and Abbreviations
The journal recognizes the adoption of the International System of Units (SI Units) proposed in Units, Symbols and Abbreviations. Other abbreviations should be used only for unwieldy names and only when they occur frequently. Where such non-standard abbreviations are used, a glossary should be provided.
Mol. Cells accepts electronic supplementary materials to support and enhance the report. Supplementary Materials section offers opportunities to publish supporting applications, movies, animation sequences, high-resolution images, background datasets, sound clips, etc. Each type of supplementary material should be numbered independently (Figure S1, Figure S2, Table S1, etc.) and referred to in the main text. Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of your article in Mol. Cells web site. To ensure that your submitted material is directly usable, please provide the data in commonly used text, graphic, multimedia formats. Authors should submit the materials in electronic format together with the article and supply a concise and descriptive caption for each file.
The Erratum section is intended for correcting errors that occurred during typing, editing, or printing in already published article. Send Errata to the editorial office by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Corrigendum section is for correcting errors of a scientific nature or omission that do not affect the original conclusion of a published article. Send the corrections to the editorial office by e-mail (email@example.com).
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