Why publish with SciEP?
Science and Education publishing (SciEP) is an ideal outlet for the publication
of your significant research findings. SciEP’s main goal is to increase the importance
of science worldwide, to give all researchers equal opportunity to share ideas,
develop their career and for their work to have impact around the world.
Publication of your significant research findings in Journals of SciEP will enable
your research to reach the widest available audience in your field of expertise.
Your published papers will be available online with Open Access Policy and will
be available for immediate citation.
Open Access – All the journals in SciEP are free from all access barriers,
allowing for the widest possible global dissemination of your work, leading to more
Online Submission System – An efficient, easy, and user friendly online
submission system reduces the overall time from submission to publication.
Rapid Publication – Online submission, rapid peer review and production
make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient.
Peer-reviewed – All SciEP journals have a high standard of peer review.
Extensive Indexing – All articles published in SciEP journals are included
in some major bibliographic databases so that your work can be found easily and
cited by researchers around the world.
Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. Plagiarism is the
copying of ideas, text, data and other creative work (e.g. tables, figures and graphs)
and presenting it as original research without proper citation. We define plagiarism
as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 25% similarity
and without citation.
If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after publication
of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments
are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author
sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible
Instructions to Authors
Online submission of manuscript is now mandatory for all types of paper.
Please prepare your manuscript following the instructions for authors given below
before submitting it online at
http://mts.sciepub.com. If submission is completed successfully,
a paper ID will be allocated to you and an e-mail acknowledgement will follow. All
subsequent correspondence should be sent to the Assistant Editor,
David Rain, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word format only.
Preparation of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be in English and written in a concise, straightforward style.
Authors not fluent in English are advised to have their manuscript checked by a
colleague with a good command of the language. The manuscript should present scientific
findings which are essentially new and which have not been published or submitted
for publication elsewhere. Review papers are also welcomed.
Prior to submission, authors who believe their manuscript would benefit from professional
editing are encouraged to use language-editing and copyediting services. Obtaining
this service is the responsibility of the author, and should be done before initial
submission. A template (download) is available to
guide authors in the preparation of the manuscript.
Although there is no page limit for a Regular Paper, it is strongly suggested that
a complete manuscript be no less than 5 pages and no more than 25 pages (10 pt,
double-spaced, including figures, tables, and references).
3. Sections of Manuscript:
Articles should be organized into the following sections:
Reviews and Mini-reviews
Article Title, Authors’ names and institutional affiliations, Abstract and Keywords,
Introduction, Main text (divided into subheadings), Conclusions, Acknowledgements
(if any), Statement of Competing Interests, List of Abbreviations (if any), References.
Article Title, Authors’ names and institutional affiliations, Abstract and Keywords,
Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements
(if any), Statement of Competing Interests, List of Abbreviations(if any), References
3.1. Title (20 words or less)
The title should accurately, clearly, and concisely reflect the emphasis and content
of the paper. The title must be brief and grammatically correct. Titles do not normally
include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. They should include sufficient
detail for indexing purposes but be general enough for readers outside the field
to appreciate what the paper is about. The title should be no more than 20 words
3.2. Authors’ names and institutional affiliations
This should include the full author names (with no titles or qualifications), institutional
addresses (Department, Institute, City, Post/Zip code, Country), and email addresses
for all authors. Authors and affiliations must be linked using superscript numerals.
The corresponding author should also be indicated.
3.3. Abstract and Keywords
The abstract should be comprehensive but concise consisting of no more than 300
words and should be structured to give a brief introduction to the study, main findings
of the study, conclusions drawn from the study and their significance. Do not include
references, headings and non-standard abbreviation. While the abstract is conceptually
divided into three sections (Background, Methodology/Principal Findings, and Conclusions/Significance),
please do not apply these distinct headings to the abstract within the article file.
Please do not include any citations and avoid specialist abbreviations. Also provide
5-7 carefully chosen keywords.
Here authors should make a case for the study, providing a brief literature survey
(avoid citing literature older than ten years, unless absolutely necessary) and
background to the study, the hypothesis and the significance of the presented research.
3.5. Materials and Methods
Experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail to allow these to be
replicated by other researchers. The source of the various reagents and materials
used in the study should be given, where possible.
The results section should provide details of all of the experiments that are required
to support the conclusions of the paper. There is no specific word limit for this
section, but details of experiments that are peripheral to the main thrust of the
article and that detract from the focus of the article should not be included. The
section may be divided into subsections, each with a concise subheading. Large datasets,
including raw data, should be submitted as supporting files; these are published
online alongside the accepted article. We advise that the results section be written
in past tense.
This section should present comprehensive analysis of the results in the light of
any previous research. Discussion may also be combined with results.
Conclusion section should bring out the significance of your research paper, show
how you’ve brought closure to the research problem, and point out remaining gaps
in knowledge by suggesting issues for further research.
The authors should first acknowledge the source of funding for the research presented
in their article followed by any personal credits.
3.10. Statement of Competing Interests
Include an explicit disclosure of any competing interests (financial or others)
that may have influenced the study or the conclusions drawn from the study. If none,
state 'the authors have no competing interests'.
3.11. List of Abbreviations
Define all non-standard abbreviations in parenthesis on their first appearance in
the text as well as provide a list. Standard abbreviations need not to be included
in the list.
The reference list appears at the end of your paper. It provides the information
necessary for a reader to locate and retrieve any source you cite in the body of
the paper. Each source you cite in the paper (with the exception of personal communications)
must appear in your reference list; likewise, each entry in the reference list must
be cited in your text. Only published or accepted manuscript should be included
in the reference list. Papers that have been submitted but not yet accepted should
not be cited. Limited citation of unpublished work should be included in the body
of the text only as "unpublished data".
As you write your report, you will cite your references. A citation to a reference
in the body of the text is indicated by a bracketed number corresponding to the
reference number in the References section. Example: During high stress periods,
individuals should focus on the situation-specific tasks rather than rely on general
knowledge structures. 
A complete reference should contain the name(s) of the author(s) and/or editor(s),
the title of the article, the name of the book or conference proceedings where appropriate,
and bibliographic information about the article such as the name of the publisher,
the city of publication, and the page numbers. The basic concept is that the reference
should be sufficiently complete so that the reader could readily find the reference
and can judge the authority and objectivity of the reference.
All author names appear as Last name, Initials. For example, if Kirsten Patrick
is the primary author and Alice M. Agogino is the second author, the correct appearance
of the author names would be: Patrick, K., and Agogino, A.M.
Authors, Title(in italics), Publisher, City of Publication, Year of
Publication, page numbers(if appropriate).
1. Fogg, B.J, Persuasive technology: using computers to change what we think
and do, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Boston, 2003, 30-35.
Authors, “Title of the article,”Journal name(in italics), Volume (Issue),
Pages, Month Year.
Hirsh, H., Coen, M.H., Mozer, M.C., Hasha, R. and Flanagan, J.L, “Room service,
AI-style,” IEEE intelligent systems, 14 (2). 8-19. July 2002.
Authors, “Title of the article,” in Title of conference(in italics),Publisher,
Leclercq, P. and Heylighen, “A. 5,8 Analogies per hour: A designer's view
on analogical reasoning,” in 7th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
in Design, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 285-303.
Authors, Title of E-book(in italics),Publisher, Date of original publication.
[Format] Available: Source.
T. Eckes, The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender, Lawrence Erlbaum,
[E-book] Available: netLibrary e-book.
Authors, "Title of Article," Title of Journal(in italics), Volume (Issue),
pages, month year.
[Format] Available: Database Name (if appropriate), article number (if given), internet
address. [Accessed date of access].
A. Altun, "Understanding hypertext in the context of reading on the web: Language
learners' experience", Current Issues in Education, 6(12), July 2003. [Online].
[Online]. Available: http://cie.ed.asu.edu/volume6/number12/. [Accessed Dec. 2,
The table title should be concise, no more than one sentence. The rest of the table
legend and any footnotes should be placed below the table. Footnotes can be used
to explain abbreviations.
Tables must be cell-based, such as would be produced in a spreadsheet program or
in Microsoft Word. Do not provide tables as graphic objects. Tables must be no larger
than one printed page (7inches x 9.5inches). Larger tables can be published as online
supporting information. Bold and italics formatting will be preserved in the published
version; however, more extensive formatting will be lost. Do not include color,
shading, lines, rules, text boxes, tabs, returns, or pictures within the table.
All tables must be numbered consecutively (in Arabic numbers). Table headings should
be placed (centered) above the table. Place tables as close as possible to where
they are mentioned in the main text. All Tables should be referred to in the text
as Table 1, Table 2, etc.
Figures should be as small and simple as is compatible with clarity. The goal is
for figures to be comprehensible to readers in other or related disciplines, and
to assist their understanding of the paper. Unnecessary figures and parts (panels)
of figures should be avoided: data presented in small tables or histograms, for
instance, can generally be stated briefly in the text instead. Avoid unnecessary
complexity, coloring and excessive detail.
All illustrations should be original drawings or photographic prints of originals.
Photographs should be glossy prints. Photocopies are often not good enough and should
be avoided. All illustrations must be numbered consecutively, as Fig. 1, Fig. 2.
Center figure captions beneath the figure. Do not assemble figures at the back of
your article, but place them as close as possible to where they are mentioned in
the main text. No part of a figure should go beyond the typing area.
3.15. Figure Legends
The aim of the figure legend should be to describe the key messages of the figure,
but the figure should also be discussed in the text. Each legend should have a concise
title of no more than 15 words. The legend itself should be succinct, while still
explaining all symbols and abbreviations. Avoid lengthy descriptions of methods.
Number equations consecutively. Equation numbers, within parentheses, are to position
flush right, as in Eq. (1) or equation (1), using a right tab stop.
Note that the formula is centered using a center tab stop. Be sure that the symbols
in your formula have been defined before or immediately following the equation.
Use “Eq. (1)” or “equation (1)”, not “(1)”, in the sentences.
Notation. Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard
usage. In general, acronyms should be defined at first use.
Variables and Vectors. Set single-letter variables in italics (e.g. m). Set vectors
in boldface (e.g. E). Derivative "d," abbreviations, and multi-letter identifiers
should be set in roman (plain) type (e.g. cos, ∫...dx).
4. Submission self-checklist
Before submitting your manuscript online, please check that all style and format
requirements have been carefully followed.
- English spelling and punctuations are used throughout the paper.
- The paper is original, not submitted anywhere else.
- The length of the paper is commensurate with content.
- The title and headings are brief and catchy.
- Names and affiliations (including postal codes) of all authors are correct and complete.
- Figures are of sufficient quality for printing, with clear resolution of detail.
- Abstract and keywords are provided.
- All table captions and figure legends are provided.
- Tables/Figures are properly placed and numbered with brief titles/ captions.
References are in standard style.
The following sections summarize the journals' publishing processes and describe
how manuscript are handled from submission to publication. At all stages of the
process, you can access the online submission system and find the status of your
1) Author submits a manuscript
2) Journal editor screens manuscript
Within one week of being submitted, each journal paper undergoes a preliminary review
by the journal editor. The journal editor decides among three options for routing
The journal editor decides among three options for routing the paper:
Send out for review.
The manuscript meets the basic requirements of SciEP. At least two reviewers will
be located by the journal editor, who will send each reviewer a copy of the paper.
Return for revision If your manuscript has not passed the preliminary review, the
review comment will be returned to you for revision.
Rejection without peer review While manuscript have to go through the peer review
process in order to be published, they can be rejected without peer review. For
high-impact, general science journals, the majority of submitted papers may be rejected
in this manner. While this may appear surprising or disturbing, it is essential
to understand the underlying reasons and the inevitability of this undesired aspect
of the research publication process.
There could be many reasons for rejection without review:
- Content of the article is not within the scope of the journal.
- Non-conformity with journal style, format or guidelines.
- Duplication or large overlap with existing work or apparent plagiarism.
- Results are not novel or significant enough; lead to only an incremental advance
- Article is too specialized/in-depth or superficial.
- Limited interest to journal target audience.
- Poor quality of research.
- Results or interpretation are too preliminary or speculative.
Lack of clarity/conciseness in presentation.
3) Manuscript is peer reviewed
4) Journal editor/editorial board decides whether to publish
Once peer review has been completed, the original author(s) of the article will
modify their submission in line with the reviewers' comments, and this is repeated
until the editor is satisfied.
Review Decisions by Reviewers and Editors:
1. Accept in present form
The reviewer will decide that the manuscript is ready for publication in its present
form when at least two reviewers are in agreement. The associate editor will sum
up the results of the review and report them to the chief editors. The secretary
will then send an acceptance letter to the author on behalf of the chief editors.
The paper will be moved to final editing for online publication.
2. Revision Required
The reviewer will decide that the paper is not ready for publication and needs revision
when at least two reviewers are in agreement. The associate editor will send the
reviewers’ comments to the author for revision. The author should include with his(her)
resubmitted version a new cover letter that includes a point-by-point response to
the reviewers' and editors' comments, including an explanation of how you have altered
your manuscript in response to these, and an estimation of the length of the revised
version with figures/tables.
3. Declined final
The reviewers will decide that the paper is inappropriate for publication when at
least two reviewers are in agreement. No revisions will be requested for further
consideration. The paper may not be resubmitted without substantial revision.
5) Copy Editing and Typesetting
Copy editing seeks to ensure that an article conforms to the journal's house style,
that all of the referencing and labelling is correct, and that there are no spelling
or grammatical errors. Typesetting deals with the appearance of the article — layouts,
fonts, headings etc., both for print and online publication.
Copy editing and typesetting are carried out by copyeditors (also called subeditors),
who refine it so that the text and figures are readable and clear to those outside
the immediate field; choose keywords to maximize visibility in online searches as
well as suitable for indexing services; and ensure that the papers conform to house
style. The copyeditors are happy to give advice to authors whose native language
is not English, and will edit those papers with special care.
6) Proof Reading
The typeset first proofs are sent to the author electronically as a PDF. Corrections
to the proofs should be minor – authors should not rewrite or make substantial additions.
The final text and cover proofs will undergo a thorough editorial review before
they are accepted and sent to print. All papers are published in the print edition
and, in PDF and HTML format, in the online edition of the journal, in full.
ISSN and EISSN
The international standard serial numbers (ISSN) for
Research in Plant Sciences is
2333-8512, and the electronic international
standard serial number (EISSN) is