Author's Guidelines

Guidelines to Authors for manuscript preparation


Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically as a single MS Word file to by email ONLY. All manuscripts shall undergo a strict peer review process. When submitting a manuscript to the Journal, authors must choose a section (Chemistry, Environmental or Pharmaceutical) that best describes their manuscript.

Reviewers list

It is highly recommended to submit a list of at least Three (3) experts who can act as potential reviewers. Please provide the names, addresses, and email addresses of these experts in the field of your paper who are personally unknown to you or any of the co-authors, are not members of the Editorial Board, are not from your or any of the co-authors' institution and at least two of whom must be from a different country from you. The list of potential reviewers should be sent together in the manuscript submission email message.


Corresponding author

Clearly indicate who is responsible for correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, including post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. The corresponding author should be identified with an asterisk and footnote. All other footnotes (except for table footnotes) should be avoided.

Original material

Submission of an article in the Journal implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.

Manuscript Preparation

General - Editors reserve the right to adjust style to certain standards of uniformity. Original manuscripts shall be discarded two month after publication unless the Publisher is asked to return original material after use. An electronic copy of the manuscript on disk should accompany the final accepted version. Please use MS Word for the text of your manuscript.

Structure - Follow this order when typing manuscripts: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussions, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if any), Appendix (if any), References, Figure Captions, Tables and Figures.

Text Layout - Use 1.5 spacing and wide (3 cm) margins on white paper and full justification. Ensure that each new paragraph is clearly indicated. Present tables and figure legends on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Number all pages consecutively and all line numbers starting afresh on each page; use 12 pt font size and standard fonts.

Length - For above text layout, maximum page length should be 15 pages for Original article and 25 for review papers, including text, references, tables and figures. Each figure and table must be put separately on a single page.

Abstract - Each paper should be provided with an Abstract of about 100-200 words, reporting concisely on the purpose and results of the paper.

Keywords - Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of six keywords (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible.

Symbols - Abbreviations for units should follow the suggestions of the British Standards publication BS 1991. The full stop should not be included in abbreviations, e.g. m (not m.), ppm (not p.p.m.), '%' and '/' should be used in preference to 'per cent' and 'per'.

Units - Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If, in certain instances, it is necessary to quote other units, these should be added in parentheses. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. The unit 'billion' is ambiguous and must not be used. It is preferred that units be of the format like mg/L and not mgL-1.

Mathematical notations and equations - Authors should make clear any symbols (e.g. Greek characters, vectors, etc.) which may be confused with ordinary letters or characters. Duplicated use of symbols should be avoided where this may be misleading. Symbols should be defined as they arise in the text and separate Nomenclature should also be supplied. All equations should be word processed using the Microsoft Equation 3.0 wizard from the 'Insert- Object' option.

References - References should be arranged alphabetically .All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references (maximum 30 references for original research paper and 60 for review papers) following the text of the manuscript.

The references should be written as-

Reference to a journal publication - Cordoba P., Sanchez R., Sineriz F., Biotechnolology Letters 6 (1984) 753. In case of two or more authors: you may use first author's name followed by 'et al.'

Reference to a book - Strunk Jr., W., White, E.B., 1979. The Elements of Style, third ed. Macmillan, New York.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book - Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B., 1999. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B.S., Smith , R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281-304.

Colour Figures - For colour illustrations, a colour printing fee will be charged to the author per colour page. Further information concerning colour illustrations and costs will be communicated to the author by the Publisher through the Editor-in-Chief at proof preparation stages.

Tables - Tables should be numbered consecutively and given suitable captions and each table should begin on a new page. No vertical rules should be used. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript (for example, in graphs). Footnotes to tables should be typed below the table and should be referred to by superscript lowercase letters.

Figures - All figures should be numbered consecutively and given suitable captions and each figure should begin on a new page. Authors should also send all figures as high resolution JPEG figures (minimum 300 dpi) along with their MS Word single file manuscript.

Notification - Corresponding authors will be notified of the acceptance of their paper by the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor.

Copyright - All authors must sign the Transfer of Copyright Agreement before the article can be published. This transfer agreement enables the Publisher to protect the copyrighted material for the authors, but does not relinquish the authors' proprietary rights. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations. Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce any figures for which copyright exists.

PDF Proofs - One set of page proofs in PDF format will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author, to be checked for typesetting/editing. The corrections should be returned within 72 hours. No changes in, or additions to, the accepted (and subsequently edited) manuscript will be allowed at this stage. Proofreading is solely the author's responsibility. Any queries should be answered in full. Please correct factual errors only, or errors introduced by typesetting.