Author guidelines

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Journal of Science Molinai (J. sci. Molinai)
 publishes two issues per year on a subject area of natural and agricultural sciences. The journal publishes high-quality papers in areas including zoology, botany, ecology, genetics, aquatic resources, agronomy, forestry, sustainability and Earth sciences. Submitted manuscripts must provide clear theoretical foundations, describes hypothesis-driven investigations supported by rigorous analysis or novel perspectives on any aspect of natural or agricultural sciences that be it pure or applied. Descriptive original works of high quality and relevance will be considered for publication. All submitted manuscripts will be evaluated by Editors to decide if the content is suitable for publication in the Journal of Science Molinai.

Article types and guidelines

The Journal publishes articles under the following main headers: 1) Research paper, 2) Short Communication and 3) Perspective. All submissions are subject to peer review.

1) Research Paper. Report the results of original research. The article must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Full-length articles are usually up to 8,000 words.
2) Short Communication. Reports on a concise study of high quality and to highlight significant preliminary findings. The results of congresses, postgraduate studies and scientific events can be presented in this section according to the journal’s instructions. The main text is no more than 3,000 words, including abstract, references, one figure or a table, and contains no headings. Short Communication begins with a brief unreferenced abstract (<125 words).
3) Perspective. It provides a forum for authors to present a novel viewpoint on any subject within the journal’s scope. Articles should be adequately supported by citations and should not exceed 2,000 words. A Perspective is intended to provide a personal viewpoint.

Manuscript submission
Please follow basic guidelines and check if your manuscript has been prepared according to the style and format of the journal.

  1. When submitting, authors should upload a single Word file (.doc or .docx).
  2. Authors must include for each manuscript, a cover letter with a statement that it constitutes original research and is not being submitted to other journals.
  3. In multi-authored articles, the author responsible for submission must declare in the cover letter that all co-authors are aware and agree with the submission.
  4. All coauthors and respective mailing addresses and active e-mails must be registered in the appropriate forms along with the manuscript submission.
  5. During submission, indicate the area to which the manuscript is referable, along with two possible referees (name, institution, country, and e-mail).
  6. The Journal will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
  7. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts by e-mail as attachments to the Editor-in-Chief (

Requirements for submission

  1. Manuscripts submitted for publication should be written in English or Spanish.
  2. Manuscripts should be prepared in English (UK spelling) and should be checked for clarity by a native English speaker prior to submission. Any manuscripts that require extensive editing for clarity of English will be rejected by the Editor-in-Chief.
  3. All manuscripts must include all figures and tables in the Word file of the manuscript. Figures and tables should not be submitted in separate files.
  4. Manuscripts should be formatted as letter size paper, double line spacing,  12-point Times New Roman and ample margins (3.0 cm left side, and 2.5 cm right side, top and down). The pages must be numbered.
  5. The Title page should include:
    • a concise and informative title;
    • the name(s) of author(s);
    • the affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s);
    • address and e-mail of the corresponding author. Use an asterisk (*) to the corresponding author.
    • a shortened title (a short running title of 3 to 4 words) must be included.
  6. All manuscripts must contain the essential elements: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions. Acknowledgements should be terse and noted as the last paragraph prior to the references.
  7. Manuscripts should be preceded by an Abstract containing a summary of the aims, the results and the conclusions of the study. Authors also will provide a title, abstract and keywords in Spanish if the manuscript is written in English and vice-versa.
  8. The abstract should not exceed 250 words and should be followed by a list of Keywords (4-5 in alphabetical order). Avoid, for example, ‘and’, ‘of’. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
  9. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and bear a legend at the top. In the text, they are referred to as “Table 1”, etc. Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  10. Figures should be cited consecutively in the text by Arabic numerals (Fig. 1). Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  11. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be saved as TIFF, PostScript or EPS files.
  12. Each figure or table should be included in the manuscript. Please place legends above Tables and below Figures.
  13. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable.
  14. The Harvard system (author, date) of referencing is used (examples are given below). Citations in the text are to appear in chronological order (Martin, 1990; Bugueño, 2005, pp. 241-2; Emulies & Kramer, 2016). Where an in-text citation includes two authors, include both authors in all citations (Armstrong & Read, 2015; Krom & Page, 2017). Where an in-text citation includes more than two authors, include only the first author, followed by et al. For example: (White et al., 2015).
  15. Each section and sub-section should be clearly labelled using a consistent notation format. Do not use sub-sub-sections. Footnotes and endnotes are not permitted. All information must be placed in the body of the manuscript.
  16. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text, giving the author’s initials and surname (e.g. Moreno, J., 2008, unpublished data). Citation of a reference as ‘in press’ implies that the item has been accepted for publication. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors. Use of the DOI is encouraged.
  17. Common names must be in lower-case except proper nouns. The scientific names of species and genus should be written by using the international system of units (SI).
  18. Manuscripts describing species or new records for species must mention the institution where the types are deposited. Nomenclature of genera and species names according to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) or the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
  19. Biochemical nomenclature should agree with “Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents” (A Compendium, 2nd edition, 1992), International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published by Portland Press, London and Chapel Hill, UK.
  20. A new nucleic acid or amino acid sequences will be published only if they are also deposited in an appropriate databank (e.g. EMBL, GeneBank, DDBJ).

References should be cited as follows:

*Journal paper:
Amin, A. (2002). Spatialities of globalization. Environment and Planning A34 (3): 385-399.
Darwin, C. (1874). The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. Second Ed. John Murray, London.
*Book chapter:
Bengtson, D.A., Leger, P.H. & Sorgeloos P. (1991). Use of Artemia as a food source for aquaculture. In: Bengtson, Sorgeloos and Trotman (Eds). Artemia Biology, CRC Press, Florida, U.S.A.: 255-285.
*Book (authored):

Cooper, Z. (1984). Principles of sustainability. New York: Basic Books. 112 pp.
*Book (edited): 
Frank, S. F., Mason, N. Z., Morisita, J. & Faber, P. (Eds.) (1998). Ecology restoration: Theory and practice. New York: Pergamon Press. 345 pp.
*Conference abstract:
Yousef, A., Rask, T.T. & Sojan, C. (2009). Molecular study in genus Halomonas from Yamira Lake. III International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology, Paris (France), 624B.

Trent, J.W. (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation, University of California.
*Internet resources:
Author (2017). Title of the websitedatabase or other resources. Publisher name and location (if indicated), number of pages (if known). Available from: (Date of access).

Review process
When a manuscript is received by the Editor, will have it reviewed by at least two peers qualified to evaluate the manuscript. A PDF file will be used in the peer-review process. Normally asks the reviewers to complete the review in one month. The reviewing process depending on the length of the manuscript and the reviewer’s responses.

The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection based on reviewers comments or editorial board decision. Normally the proof will be sent to the author for checking 1 to 2 weeks after the final files are accepted. The paper will be published with three weeks (for larger papers it will take longer) once the corrections to the proof are received. Authors must notify the Editor-in-chief of any errors or inaccuracy in their published work. Each author will be given a free e-print (PDF) for personal use, exchange with other researchers or deposition in a library/website/FTP site for public access.

Open access
Journal of Science Molinai endorses the open access and follows principles of transparency and best practice developed by Directory of Open Access Journals. Open access papers are read by more people and are expected to have higher citation rates. All open access papers are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Copyright Notice & Privacy Statement
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online for instance in institutional repositories or on their website.
The names and email addresses will be used exclusively for the purposes specified in it, and will not be provided to third parties or be used for other purposes.

Ethical Considerations
Ethical standards exist to ensure quality and originality for all manuscripts and are committed to publishing only original material, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere nor is under review elsewhere. This journal uses iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Duplicate submission, citation manipulation, data fabrication or falsification, improper attribution and redundant publications are not permitted. This journal adheres to Best Practice Guidelines of COPE.

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