Guideline for authors


Advances in Molecular Biology is published biannually (March and October) and covers all aspects relating to cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology and related topics. Manuscripts must be written in English. Particular attention should be given to consistency in the use of technical terms and abbreviations.


Manuscript should be sent to editorial board by post or e-mail.

The Editorial OfficeAdvances in Molecular Biology

Istanbul Kultur Universitesi,

Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi, Atakoy Kampusu,

34156 Bakirkoy


Phone: +90 212 498 43 47 Fax: +90 212 661 92 74



Prior to submission

To avoid unnecessary delays in the review process, please consider the following policies carefully before you submit your manuscript.

The Journal Features:

Advances in Molecular Biology publishes:

  • Original papers
  • Short communications: brief and rapidly published papers making a specific well-documented point
  • Reviews: state-of-the-art overviews of hot topics and developments
  • Commentaries: a forum for discussion of statistical analysis, theory, methodology and terminology for critiques of recent papers, usually by invited contributors
  • Book reviews
  • Hypotheses and letters to the editor

Original articles should be as comprehensive as possible, between 2 and 10 published pages (about 4-32 double spaced A4 pages, excluding Tables and Figures). Your contribution should be typed and double-line spaced, with wide margins. Please number every sheet.

For gene, protein and other specialized names authors can use their preferred terminology so long as it is in current use by the community. They must give all known names for the entity at first use in the paper.


You should arrange your contribution in the following order:

  • Cover page
  • Title page including the article title, author(s), affiliation(s), keywords, and one author identified for correspondence.
  • Abstract should limited with 200 words, outlining the purpose, scope and conclusions of the paper and 3 to 6 keywords.
  • The text suitably divided under headings.
  • Acknowledgements, if any.
  • References
  • Tables (each on a separate sheet)
  • Captions to illustrations (grouped on a separate sheet or sheets).
  • Illustrations, each on a separate sheet containing no text.

Cover letter

Please include:

  • Correspondence author name, e-mail, postal address and phone/fax number.
  • The name, affiliation and e-mail address of all contributing authors
  • Suggestions for 5 potential referees, including contact information (email addresses, postal address and fax number) if known

Title Page

Please include:

  • Title
  • Running title of less than 50 characters
  • Authors
  • Affiliations
  • 3 to 6 keywords which is independent from title
  • Address/telephone/fax/e-mail of corresponding author

Main text:

Articles cover usual contents:

  • Introduction
  • Material and Methods
  • Results – The results may be subdivided by further subheadings or may be combined.
  • Discussion – The discussion may be subdivided by further subheadings or may be combined.

Materials and Methods:

  • This section should contain sufficient detail so that all procedures can be repeated, in conjunction with cited references.
  • Where genetically manipulated (transgenic or knockout) mice are used, the Materials and Methods should state the name and genotype of the founder embryonic stem cells or oocytes, primary cell lines or producer of immortalized cell lines.
  • The genotype and breeding of experimental animals and controls should be described.
  • Submission of a manuscript to Advances in Molecular Biology implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content, and that any experimental research that is reported in the manuscript has been performed with the approval of an appropriate ethics committee. Research carried out on humans must be in compliance with the Helsinki Declaration, and any experimental research on animals must follow internationally recognized guidelines. A statement to this effect must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript, including the name of the body, which gave approval, with a reference number where appropriate. Informed consent must also be documented. Manuscripts may be rejected if the editorial office considers that the research has not been carried out within an ethical framework, e.g. if the severity of the experimental procedure is not justified by the value of the knowledge gained.

Units, abbreviations and scientific names

  • Only SI units should be used. Current abbreviations can be used without explanation. Other must be explained. In case of doubt always give an explanation.
  • Latin names should be underlined or typed in italics.

Display items

Original papers typically contain 1–8 display items (figures and/or tables). Figures and images should be labeled sequentially, numbered and cited in the text. Figure legends should be printed, double spaced, on a separate sheet titled ‘Titles and legends to figures’. Figures should be referred to specifically in the text of the paper but should not be embedded within the text. The approximate position of the tables and figures should be indicated in the margin of the manuscript.


Fine drawings or images can either submitted as original drawings in high quality *.jpeg, *.tif or *.gif electronic or as clean and sharply contrasting high-glass black and white photographs. Photographs must be supplied as black and white, high contrast, glossy prints, trimmed at right angles. Each illustration should have the title of the paper and the figure written on the back in soft pencil. The top of the figure should also be indicated on the back.

Graphs, Histograms and Statistics

  • Captions for figures should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. Each caption should be identified as Figure 1 etc. and be complete, clean and concise, so that each figure and its caption should be comparable of being understood without reference to the text. Do not give magnification on scales in the figure titles; instead draw bar scales directly on the figures.
  • Error bars must be described in the figure legend
  • Axes on graphs should extend to zero, except for log axes
  • Statistical analyses (including error bars and p values) should only be shown for independently repeated experiments, and must not be shown for replicates of a single experiment
  • The number of times an experiment was repeated (n) must be stated in the legend


These should be labeled sequentially as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Each table should be typed on a separate page, numbered and titled, and cited in the text. Reference to table footnotes should be made by means of Arabic numerals. Tables should not duplicate the content of the text. They should consist of at least two columns; columns should always have headings. Authors should ensure that the data in the tables are consistent with those cited in the relevant places in the text, totals add up correctly, and percentages have been calculated correctly. Unlike figures or images, tables may be embedded into the word processing software if necessary, or supplied as separate electronic files.


Original papers may not exceed 40 references. Only articles that have been published or are in press may be included in the references. Citation in the text should take the form: Smith and Robinson (1990) or (Smith and Robinson, 1990). If several papers by the same author in the same year are cited, they should be lettered in sequence (1990a), (1990b), etc. When papers are by more then two authors they should be cited as Smith et al. (1990) or (Smith et al., 1990). In the list, references must be placed in alphabetical order. The following models for the reference list cover all situations. The list of literature must be typed double space throughout and checked thoroughly before submission. In the list, references must be placed in alphabetical order. The following models for the reference list cover all situations. The punctuation given must be exactly followed:

Redford IR. Evidence for a general relationship between the induced level of DNA double strand breakage and cell killing after X-irradiation of mammalian cells. Int J Radiat Biol . 49: 611- 620, 1986.

Taccioli CE, Cottlieb TM and Blund T. Ku 80: Product of the XRCCS gene and its role in DNA repair and V (D) J recombination. Science. 265: 1442-1445, 1994.

Ohlrogge JB. Biochemistry of plant acyl carrier proteins. In: The Biochemistry of Plants: A Comprehensive Treatise. Stumpf PK and Conn EE (Eds). Academic Press, New York. 137-157, 1987.


Guideline for referees

General information

Contributions submitted to Advances in Molecular Biology are selected for peer review are usually sent to two or more, independent referees. Authors are welcome to suggest suitable referees.

Journal scope

Articles from across the whole of molecular biology can be published in Advances in Molecular Biology, providing they are of high quality and likely to be of interest to a broad readership.

Publishing criteria

The criteria for selection are:

? Scientific excellence

? Originality

? Potential interest to a wide spectrum of molecular biologists

The Editorial board keep time from submission to publication as short as possible. Therefore, we ask referees to report back within 15 days of receiving the manuscript. In certain instances, an extension to this time may be granted by the Editorial Office, but should be agreed in advance. Please send your comments and appropriate form to

If referees are unable to report, it is requested that the Editorial Office is informed as soon as possible so that the assessment process is not delayed. Where referees find they are unable to review the assigned manuscript, the Editor welcomes suggestions of alternative referees competent to review it. These suggestions should be passed to the Editorial Office.

Resubmissions policy:
For some rejected manuscripts, the authors will be invited to submit a revised version. In these cases, one or more of the original referees will be sent the revised manuscript and asked to review it and comment on authors’ replies to their criticisms of the original version. This allows the referees to monitor changes made to the manuscript from the previous version.

Authors have the right to appeal a rejection decision if they regard it as unfair. In this circumstance, referees may be asked by the Editor to comment on issues raised by the authors.

Notification of final decision
When requested by referees we will provide notification of the Editor’s ultimate decision