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Author Guidelines


All manuscripts must be in English (and in MS Word format) and should be submitted via our online system following the instructions under the Submit Manuscripts tab.

Full Disclosure: 
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all the authors. The cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript has not been previously published in any language any where and that it is not under simultaneous consideration by another journal.

Original Research Articles:
Typical research papers should be between 6,000 - 7,500 words excluding figures. Papers should be arranged into the following sections:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract and key words
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and Methods
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. References
  9. Tables

1) Title page 

Include the title, authors’ names and affiliations, running title, address for correspondence including e-mail address and also the total number of pages, figures and tables. 
Title: 
Must be informative, specific and short. It should not exceed 150 characters.  
Authors and affiliations: 
The names of authors and their affiliations should be given. It should be made clear which address relates to which author.  
Running title: 
It is a short title printed in the journal at the right top corner of right hand page of the article (except the lead page). It should be not more than 50 characters in length.  
Address for correspondence:
The corresponding author’s address should be given on the title page. The e-mail ID of the corresponding author or the contact e-mail ID must also be provided. 

2) Abstract and keywords 
Abstract: 
It must start on a new page carrying the following information: (a) Title (without authors’ names or affiliations), (b) Abstract, (c) Key words, (d) Running title. It should not exceed 250 words excluding the title and the key words. The abstract must be concise, clear and informative rather than indicative. 
Keywords:
Provide 3-5 keywords which will help readers or indexing agencies in cross-indexing the study. The words found in title need not be given as key words. 

3) Introduction: 
It should start on a new page. Essentially this section must introduce the subject and briefly say how the idea for research originated. Give a concise background of the study. Do not review literature extensively but provide the most recent work that has a direct bearing on the subject. Justification for research aims and objectives must be clearly mentioned without any ambiguity. The purpose of the study should be stated at the end.  

4) Materials and Methods:  
This section should deal with the materials used and the methodology (how the work was carried out). The procedure adopted should be described in sufficient details to allow the experiment to be interpreted and repeated by the readers, if desired. The number of subjects, the number of groups, the study design, and statistical methods must be mentioned under the section. The data collection procedure must be described. If a procedure is a commonly used, giving a previously published reference would suffice. If a method is not well known (though previously published) it is better to describe it briefly. Give explicit descriptions of modifications or new methods so that the readers can judge their accuracy, 

5) Result
The results should be stated concisely without comments. They should be presented in logical sequence in the text with appropriate reference to tables and/or figures. The data given in tables or figures should not be repeated in the text. The same data should not be presented in both tabular and graphic forms. Simple data may be given in the text itself instead of figures or tables. Avoid 
discussion and conclusion in the result section.

6) Discussion  
This section should deal with the interpretation, rather than recapitulation of results. It is important to discuss the new and significant observations in the light of previous work. Discuss also the weaknesses or pitfalls in the study. New hypotheses or recommendations can be put forth.  

Avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data. Repetition of information given under Introduction and Results should be avoided. Conclusions must be drawn considering the strengths and weaknesses of the study. They must be conveyed in the last paragraph under Discussion. Make sure conclusions drawn should tally with the objectives stated under introduction.


7)Acknowledgements  
These should be typed on a new page. Acknowledge only those who have contributed to the scientific content or provided technical support. Sources of financial support may be mentioned.  

8) References
It should begin on a new page. The number of references should normally be restricted to a maximum of 25 for a full paper. Papers which have been submitted and accepted but not yet published may be included in the list of references with the name of the journal and indicated as “In press”. Information from manuscript “submitted” but “not yet accepted” should not be included. Avoid using abstracts as references. 

References are to be cited in the text by author and date. Use the style of the examples below for writing references:

Journal Articles

Ray, M, Adhikari, A, Sur,TK, Besra, SE, Biswas, S, and Das, AK (2017). "Evaluation of Anti-Inflammatory Potential of Ethanolic Extract of the Leaves of Rhizophora Mucronata, A Sunderban Mangrove." Int. J. Res. Dev. Pharm. L. Sci. 6(2): 2510-2511.

Books 
Singh VK: “A Text Book of Numerical Chemistry”, CBS Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi, Edition Ist , 2005. 

The references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. 

9) TABLES
Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading. Vertical rules should not be used.

Check list for Tables 

  • Serially numbered in Arabic numerals? 
  • Short self explanatory heading given? 
  • Columns have headings? 
  • Units of data given? 
  • ‘n’ mentioned? 
  • Mean ± SD or Mean ± SEM given? 
  • Statistical significance of groups indicated by asterisks or other markers? 
  • P values given? 
  • Rows and columns properly aligned? 
  • Appropriate position in the text indicated? 

10) Figures:  

Each figure must be numbered and a short descriptive caption must be provided. A computer drawn figure with good contrast is acceptable. Sometimes, raw data for graphs may be required in Excel sheet when the article is accepted for publication. Graphic files for diagrams and figures may be converted to *.pcx, *.tiff, *.jpg format. These files should not exceed 2 MB in size. 

Check list for Figures 

  • Serially numbered? Self explanatory caption given? 
  • X and Y axes graduated? 
  • X and Y axes titled (legend)? 
  • Units mentioned (if necessary)? 
  • Different symbols/markers for different groups given? 
  • SD or SEM represented (graphically)? 
  • Statistical significance indicated? 
  • Approximate position in the text marked?

 

PAPER LAYOUT DETAILS:
The details about page setup and manuscript layout are as follows:

Page setup details

Particulars

Specifications

Margins

Top = 0.5, Bottom = 0.5, Left = 0.5, Right = 0.5, Gutter = 0,

Gutter Position = Left

Orientation

Portrait

Paper Size

8.5” x 11”

Headers

0.3”

Footers

0.49”

Space within a paragraph

1.5

 

Manuscript layout details:

Particulars

Specifications

 

Font  type

Font Size

Text Alignment

Text pattern

Title

Times New Roman

20

Left

Normal

Author(s) Name

Times New Roman

10

Left

Normal 

Affiliation 

Times New Roman

09

Left

Normal

E-mail

Times New Roman

10

Left

Normal +  Underline

Abstract Heading

Times New Roman

9

Left

Normal + Bold

Abstract Body Text

Times New Roman

10

Justify

Normal

Keywords Heading

Times New Roman

10

Left

Normal + Bold

Keywords

Times New Roman

10

Justify

Normal

Main Heading

Times New Roman

10

Left

Normal + Bold

First Subheading

Times New Roman

10

Left

Normal + Bold + Italic

Body Text

Times New Roman

10

Justify

Normal

References

Times New Roman

09

Justify

Normal

 
Revised Manuscript: 

The authors should revise the manuscript immediately after receipt of the comments from the EPOJ. A note mentioning the changes incorporated in the revised text as per referee’s comments (point by point) should be sent. The revised manuscript has to be submitted online within the stipulated time. Calling for revision does not guarantee acceptance. A revised manuscript which underwent major changes is likely to be sent to referees for re-review. If the authors have substantial reasons that their manuscript was rejected unjustifiably, they may request for reconsideration.  

Proofs: 
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for final checking. It is the authors’ responsibility to go through the proof meticulously and correct errors if any. Corrections should be restricted to printer’s error only and no substantial addition/deletion should be made. 

 

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