Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy
ISSN: 1556-6560 (Print); EISSN: 1556-6579 (Online)
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|Instructions for Authors|
|The goal of the creation of a biobased economy is challenging to agriculture, forestry, academia, government and industry. The extractable resources of the Earth are finite, regardless of the quibble over when they will be depleted. The economic, political and social demands for biobased chemicals, materials and energy are expected to radically transform the materials industries, particularly the plastics industry as well as the biofuel industry. These changes will be based on the principles of sustainability, eco-efficiency, industrial ecology, and green chemistry and engineering. In keeping with the growth of knowledge in this field, there is a strong need for a forum to share original research related to biobased materials and bioenergy. The Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy (JBMB) has been created as an international peer-reviewed periodical to fulfill the need for communication in these research areas. This journal will encompass related research activities in all fields of science, engineering and the life sciences. JBMB publishes original, full length papers using timely state-of-the-art reviews (with author's photo and biography) and short communications encompassing fundamental and applied research.|
|JOURNAL POLICY: It is JBMB policy to publish only original and unpublished research work therefore JBMB does not wish to receive any papers on research work that has already been reported in parts or contains already published text, data, figures, tables or other illustrations or any copyright materials whatsoever that has been submitted or accepted for publication either in a journal or conference proceedings elsewhere in any form, in print or in electronic media. Authors work should contain no form of plagiarism (i.e. ideas, data, words, figures, etc.). When submitting a manuscript, authors should make a full statement to the Editors that the research work contained in their manuscript is completely original and unpublished. If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs authors should expect immediate editorial action to be taken including prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. Submission of any manuscript that contains redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar research work violates the policies of this journal.|
|SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT: Authors are kindly advised to read JBMB policy before submitting their manuscript to JBMB Editors. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality original research work that has not been published or nor under consideration by other journals or conference proceedings elsewhere. Authors should submit manuscript online to the Manuscript Tracking System. Authors are highly encouraged to submit manuscript electronically as a PDF file (preferred) or MS Word file to save time for the reviewing process.|
|Authors should submit a list of FIVE (5) potential referees accompanied with their designation and affiliation of the referees, complete mailing address, telephone, fax and email address, who may be contacted for reviewing the manuscript though refereeing, is done by anonymous reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief. Also please include that when submitting a list of 5 potential referees that they are from different regions. i.e. North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia etc."|
|COVER ART: JBMB features new cover art time to time. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality color figure/illustration to have their published paper featured.|
|COMMUNICATIONS: Highest priority will be given to the communications reporting important new scientific and technological findings. Rapid publication is provided for concise and up-to-date reports. These articles should not exceed three-four published pages. No section headings should be used for these short communications.|
|RESEARCH ARTICLES: Full length papers that report original research work on new ideas in the fields of bio-based materials and bioenergy.|
|REVIEWS: The state-of-the-art review articles with author's short biography and photo are published. Reviews are limited to a maximum length of 35 journal pages having more than 100 references. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions to reproduce any copyright materials from other sources. Authors are advised to cite proper references in figure/tables captions of all previously published figures/tables/illustrations including their own published work and obtain copyright permissions from appropriate publishers and authors.|
|TYPING:All manuscripts must be in English, typed double-spaced on one side of the page throughout (including footnotes, references, tables, legends) on 8.5" x 11" or A4 white paper leaving at least 1 inch left hand margin.|
|INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL: The first page of the manuscript should have a concise title limited to about 15 words and the names of all authors, complete mailing address for correspondence, telephone, fax numbers and email address. Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the author to whom correspondence regarding the manuscript should be directed.|
|ABSTRACT: All manuscripts must contain an informative 150 to 300 words abstract explaining the essential contents of the work, key ideas and results.|
|FIGURES: It is very important to supply high quality figures in a form suitable for reproduction. All figures, tables, illustrations, photographs should be prepared in such a way that they could be printed in a single column size with a width of 3 1/4 inches or 8.25 cm. Use 14 ARIAL BOLD font for legends and 12 ARIAL font for numbering/wordings in figures, use the same font for all figures. Only if absolutely necessary should figures/tables/photos occupy double columns. Each figure must be referred to in the text and will be printed in black and white unless otherwise instructed by the authors. Each Figure should be submitted on a separate sheet and marked with the name of the author, title of manuscript and figure number. All formulae and figures should be carefully drafted and never drawn freehand. High quality original figures and glossy prints of all photographs are required. Photocopies of the figures and photographs are not acceptable.|
|FREE COLOR PRINTING: Color illustrations are most welcome by the journal as they are effective in conveying complex graphs and photographs. Free color printing at the Editor-in-Chief's discretion, will provide an opportunity to publish color figures/illustrations in print at NO COST to the authors.|
|PHOTOGRAPHS: Half-tone illustrations should be supplied as clear, glossy, unmounted prints. The author's name, title of manuscript and figure number should be written on the back.|
|TABLES: Each table must be referred to in the text. Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and identified sequentially by Arabic numerals corresponding to the order in which they appear in the text. Each table should have a brief explanatory title, which should be labeled unambiguously. The position of each table should be clearly marked in the text.|
|UNITS: Internationally accepted units of measurement must be used. The units of measurement are used in conjunction with their numerical values; the units should be abbreviated as suggested below. If more commonly used units are adopted, conversion factors should be given at their first occurrence. Greek symbols may be used.|
|%, ºC, nm, µm (not m), mm, cm, cm3, m, h (or hr), min, s (or sec), µg, mg, g (or gm), kg, cal, kcal, in. (or write out inch), ml [write out liter(s)].|
|The APS style guide can be used as a general reference on matter of units, grammar and formatting.|
|ABBREVIATIONS: No abbreviations are allowed in the title and abstract and should be defined the first time they are used within the text. The "Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy should be abbreviated as J. Biobased Mater. Bioenergy, for the citation purpose.|
|REFERENCES: References should be in the proper format on a separate page, numbered in the sequence in which they occur in the text. Cite references numerically as superscripts in the text and list at the end of the manuscript. References should be listed in the following style:|
C. D. Scott and R. E. Smalley, J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 3, 75 (2003)
3. Chapter in a Book
4. Conference Proceedings J. Kimura and H. Shibasaki, Editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology, (1995) October 15-19; Kyoto, Japan
|Do not use the phrases "et al." and "ibid." in the reference section. Instead, the names of all authors in a reference must be listed.|
|ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: These should be brief and placed at the end of the text before the references.|
|PROOFS: Page proofs for the correction of printer's errors only will be dispatched to the corresponding author denoted with an asterik (*) unless otherwise requested. Alterations at this stage are not allowed as they are expensive and may have to be charged to the authors. The proofread copy and reprint order form must be returned within 72 hours.|
|OFFPRINTS: Authors may order offprints of articles with a minimum of 100 from American Scientific Publishers (ASP) prior to publication. An order form accompanying the page proofs will be sent directly to the corresponding author (*). Please return your offprint order form with the page proofs.|
|ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors should submit to the publisher a diskette or CD containing the final version of the manuscript accompanied by a hard copy printout to improve the accuracy and speed up the typesetting process. The disk or CD should be clearly labeled with the author's name, manuscript title, the date, and the hardware and software package used in preparation. The preferred medium is 3.5-inch diskette or a CD in Windows/MS-DOS or Macintosh having TeX. We are also able to accept line artwork/graphics on disk or CD if you supply us the source files to enables us to modify the artwork as required for the journal format.|
|REFEREEING: If you are interested in reviewing the manuscripts for JBMB, please send 15-20 keywords in the field of your research expertise, your short biography and your complete mailing address, phone, fax and email address to the Editor. Reviwer's report can be submitted by e-mail to the editor.|
|To speed up the reviewing process, editors will communicate with authors and the referees via email. ASP or Editors will not return manuscripts to authors and keep any records whatsoever after a formal decision has been made about the manuscript. Editors have the right to reject the manuscript.|
|COPYRIGHT: All authors are responsible for
the complete contents of their manuscript. The author(s) warrant that
the work contains no unlawful or libelous statements and opinions and
liable materials of any kind whatsoever, do not infringe on any
copyrights, intellectual property rights, personal rights or rights of
any kind of others, and contain any materials, instructions, procedures,
information or ideas that might cause any harm, damage, injury, losses
or costs of any kind to person or property. It is authors'
responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions from other
sources for reproduction of any figures, tables, photos, illustrations,
text or other copyright materials from previously published work. It is
the policy of American Scientific Publishers to own the copyright of all
contributions it publishes. To comply with the U.S. Copyright Law, a
Copyright Transfer Form that transfer copyright of the article to the
publisher must be completed by the authors prior to publication of an
accepted article in this journal. Authors must submit a signed copy of
this form with their manuscript.
ETHICAL ISSUES: Authors cannot submit a manuscript for publication to other journals simultaneously. It is waste of valuable resources because editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscripts. It is also unethical to republish similar research articles (text/figures/tables) again because journals have limited page space and it most likely violates copyrights which have already been transferred to the first journal. Therefore, all journals require a signed author's copyright transfer agreement stating the originality of the research work submitted through a manuscript. As stated above that authors should submit original, new and unpublished research work to the journal. The ethical issues such as plagiarism, fraudulent and duplicate publication, violation of copyrights, authorship and conflict of interest are serious issues concerning ethical integrity when submitting a manuscript to a journal for publication.
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