Microscopy Research and Technique

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Edited By: Alberto Diaspro

Online ISSN: 1097-0029

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Microscopy Research and Technique is now receiving submitted manuscripts online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mrt.

Authors are encouraged to check for an existing account. If you are submitting for the first time, and you do not have an existing account, then create a new account. Once you have logged in, you will be presented with the Main Menu and a link to your Author Center. Enter your Author Center to submit your manuscript.

Submit manuscript and all figures as separate files. You do not need to mail any paper copies of your manuscript. At the end of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with manuscript number will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If this does not happen, please check your submission and/or contact tech support at support@scholarone.com.

Categories of Manuscripts Considered for Publication

In addition to Original Research Articles and Review Articles, Microscopy Research and Technique is now accepting submissions for its new rapid publication format, "MRT Letters."

1. Original Research Articles. An abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion sections are required. The literature review should be succinct. There are no restrictions on the number of pages or figures.

2. Review Articles in which a specific field is reviewed through an exhaustive literature survey. An abstract is required. A Materials and Methods section and a Results section are not required. There are no restrictions on the number of pages or figures. Review articles are usually invited, but submitted review articles will be considered.

3. MRT Letters will be placed at the front of each issue and will be reserved for important results and breakthroughs in any area of microscopy that need to be published rapidly. These short papers, no longer than 3 typeset pages, will use the same structure as the longer original research articles. MRT Letters should be sent directly to an associate editor in your field to facilitate its review within a week. Authors submitting letters deemed unsuited for the MRT Letters section may be invited to submit a longer original research article.

All manuscripts, whether invited or regular submissions, are peer reviewed. Articles intended for Special Issues should be designated as such during the submission process.

Manuscript Preparation

General Instructions.

The author needs to submit the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of 5 scientists who can impartially review their manuscript.

Number all manuscript pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. The manuscript should have a uniform style and be submitted in the correct journal format, carefully proofed for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It should consist of subdivisions in the following sequence.

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Text
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. References
  6. Footnotes
  7. Tables
  8. Figure legends

Note: Start each subdivision on a new page.

Ethics Guidelines. Microscopy Research and Technique abides by Wiley's ethics guidelines and by the guidelines produced by the Committee on Publication Ethics. Please contact the editorial office with any questions on ethics or authorship.


Conflict of interest.
MRT requires all authors to disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.
If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter (if applicable) to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (in the footnotes, Conflict of Interest or Acknowledgements section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Title Page. The first page of the manuscript should include:

  • Title of paper
  • Full name of author(s)
  • Institutional affiliation and complete mailing address
  • A running title not to exceed 45 letters and spaces
  • Individual, address, and telephone number to whom correspondence concerning the manuscript should be sent

Key Words. Key words (not used in the title) should be included and should not exceed 85 characters and spaces.

Abstract. Submit an abstract of 250 words or less that will serve in lieu of a concluding summary. The abstract must be written in complete sentences and succinctly state the objectives, experimental design of the paper, principal observations, and conclusions; and be intelligible without reference to the rest of the paper.

Text. The text should be presented in the following order: INTRODUCTION; MATERIALS AND METHODS; RESULTS; DISCUSSION.

References. In the text, references to the literature should be made by author's name followed by year of publication arranged by alphabetical order first, then by year of publication:

. . . studies by Briggs (1975) reveal . . .

. . . earlier reports (Anderson and Stevens, 1977; Mahler, 1976; 1977), . . .

When references are made to more than one paper by the same author, published in the same year, they are to be designated in the text as (Hinck et al., 1994a, b) and in the reference list as follows:

Hinck L, Nathke I, Papkoff J, Nelson W. 1994a. Dynamics of cadherin/catenin complex formation: novel protein interactions and pathways of complex assembly. J Cell Biol 125:1327-1340.

Hinck L, Nelson WJ, Papkoff J. 1994b. Wnt-1 modulates cell-cell adhesion in mammalian cells by stabilizing beta-catenin binding to the cell adhesion protein cadherin. J Cell Biol 124: 729-741.

References are to be arranged alphabetically in the following style: Author's name (or names), year of publication, complete article title, abbreviated journal title, volume, and inclusive pages as follows:

Journal article

King VM, Armstrong DM, Apps R, Trott JR. 1998. Numerical aspects of pontine, lateral reticular, and inferior olivary projections to two paravermal cortical zones of the cat cerebellum. J Comp Neurol 390:537-551.


Voet D, Voet JG. 1990. Biochemistry. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1223 p.

Book chapter

Gilmor ML, Rouse ST, Heilman CJ, Nash NR, Levey AI. 1998. Receptor fusion proteins and analysis. In: Receptor Localization. Ariano MA, editor. Wiley-Liss, New York, pp 75-90.

Footnotes. Number footnotes to the text with consecutive arabic numerals. The corresponding reference numbers must be clearly indicated in the text. Additional references to the identical footnote must be numbered with the next consecutive number; for example:

1 Material used for this experiment was

2 Provided by . . .

Type footnotes to a table directly beneath the table and number them 1, 2, 3, etc. They must not be numbered in sequence with text footnotes.

Tables. All tables must be cited in the text and have titles. Number them consecutively with arabic numerals. Table titles should be complete but brief. Information other than that defining the data should be presented as footnotes. Since tabular material is expensive to reproduce, it should be simple and uncomplicated, with as few vertical and horizontal rules as possible.

Digital Illustrations

Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations when the color conveys essential scientific information. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. A charge of $500.00 per figure will be billed to the authors to cover the cost of print publication. One or more pages of complimentary color may be granted by the Editor.

Scaling, cropping, and rotating should be performed in the originating application. We recommend Adobe Photoshop for generating pixel-based graphics and either Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia's Freehand for generating vector-based graphics. Black and white (B/W) line art is either pixel based (typically generated by scanning the image) or vector based (generated using a drawing program such as Freehand or Illustrator). Pixel-based artwork should be supplied in TIFF format and at a resolution of not less than 1,000 dots per square inch (dpi). Vector-based artwork should be supplied as EPS files. B/W halftones should be supplied in TIFF format. The halftone should be provided at the proper resolution. The finished resolution should be at least 300 dpi. Color artwork should be provided as an EPS or TIFF file. Files should be converted from RGB to CMYK. The finished resolution should be at least 300 dpi.

Note that these file formats are not acceptable for printing: JPG, GIF, ONG, PCX, PNG, XBM, Word, and Excel. We recommend creating your graphics in Photoshop, Illustrator, or Freehand and importing them into your page applications as TIFFs with all fonts included. Do not scan figures as JPEGs and convert to TIFFs. For further guidance on preparing digital figure files, authors are encouraged to visit http://cjs.cadmus.com/da/applications.asp.

To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print purposes, please go to Rapid Inspector at http://rapidinspector.cadmus.com/RapidInspector/zwi/index.jsp. This free, stand-alone software application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations right on your computer.

3D Figures: MRT accepts 3D interactive models or figures that can be embedded in PDFs. See http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jemt.20618/pdf for examples and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1097-0029/homepage/Basic_3D_PDF_Adobe_Acrobat_9_Pro.pdf for basic instructions. Authors are responsible for 3D image assembly. Each 3D image should be submitted in an individual PDF file, and for each 3D image the author must also provide a normal figure in TIF format. The TIF figure will appear in the print version and will also serve to activate the 3D functionality in the online version. Please indicate any 3D figures in your cover letter during the submission process to ensure appropriate handling.

Copyright/Licensing: If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.
For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement:
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
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If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

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