Biomedical Chromatography

Cover image for Vol. 28 Issue 5

Editor-in-Chief: M. G. Bartlett

Impact Factor: 1.945

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 39/75 (Chemistry Analytical); 48/75 (BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH METHODS); 157/261 (Pharmacology & Pharmacy); 213/290 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1099-0801


Author Guidelines


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Author Guidelines


General

Biomedical Chromatography (BMC) is devoted to the publication of papers dealing with the development and application of techniques for the determination of controlled or controversial substances. Papers must clearly be of scientific value in the field and will be submitted to two independent referees. Contributions must be in English and must not have been published elsewhere, and authors must agree not to communicate the same material for publication to any other journal. It is in the author's interest to ensure accurate and consistent presentation and thus avoid publication delays. There are no page charges.

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Manuscript Submission

All papers must be submitted via the online system. Biomedical Chromatography operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bmc to navigate to the Biomedical Chromatography online submission site.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have created an account.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

INITIAL SUBMISSION

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.

REVISION SUBMISSION

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

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Online Open


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/onlineopen_order.asp.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

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Supporting Information


Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format. For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppinfo.asp.

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Copyright and Permissions

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:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

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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English Editing

Papers must be in English. Oxford English Dictionary or American spelling is acceptable, provided usage is consistent within the manuscript.

Manuscripts that are written in English that is ambiguous or incomprehensible, in the opinion of the Editor, will be returned to the authors with a request to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. This policy does not imply that all papers must be written in "perfect" English, whatever that may mean. Rather, the criterion will require that the intended meaning of the authors must be clearly understandable, i.e., not obscured by language problems, by referees who have agreed to review the paper.

English Checking Service for Authors from non-English speaking countries. A list of recommended English editing services is available for authors who want to have their paper checked and improved before submission. This list and further information on the service is available at: http://wileyeditingservices.com/en/. Please note that this is an optional service paid for by the author.

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Presentation of papers

Manuscript style. Use a standard font of the 12-point type: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript.

Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • During the submission process you must enter 1) the full title 2) the short title of up to 70 characters 3) names and affiliations of all authors and 4) the full address, including email, telephone and fax of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Enter an abstract of no more than 250 words for all articles. Please see the guidance below on acceptable abstract writing for PAT
  • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

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Writing Abstracts

An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and convey the following:

1. An introduction to the work. This should be accessible by scientists in any field and express the necessity of the experiments executed

2. Some scientific detail regarding the background to the problem

3. A summary of the main result

4. The implications of the result

5. A broader perspective of the results, once again understandable across scientific disciplines

It is crucial that the abstract convey the importance of the work and be understandable without reference to the rest of the manuscript to a multidisciplinary audience. Abstracts should not contain any citation to other published works.

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Reference Style

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within parentheses and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. All references must be complete and accurate. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. References should be listed in the following style:

Ascoli GA, Bertucci C and Salvadori P. Ligand binding to a human serum albumin stationary phase: use of same-drug competition to discriminate pharmacologically relevant interactions. Biomedical Chromatography 1998; 12 : 248-254. Beesley TE and Scott RPW. Chiral Chromatography , Separation Science Series. Wiley: Chichester, 1998; 49.

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Illustrations and ChemDraw Rules

Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

Chemical structures should be prepared in ChemDraw either 80mm (onecolumn)or175mm (twocolumn) widths. However, the one-column format should be used whenever possible as this allows greater flexibility in the layout of the manuscript.Use this ChemDraw Download or use the following settings:

Drawing settingsText settings
chain angle120°fontArial
bond spacing18% of lengthsize12 pt
fixed length17 pt
bond width2 ptPreferences
line width0.75 ptunitspoints
margin width2 pttolerances5 pixels
hash spacing2.6 pt
Bold width2.6 pt

Authors using different structural drawing programs should choose settings consistent with those above. Compound numbers should be bold, but not atom labels or captions.


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Citing EarlyView Articles

To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:

R. K. Harris, A. Nordon, K. D. M. Harris, Rapid. Commun. Mass Spec. 2007, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.21464.

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "http://dx.doi.org/" as per following example:

DOI 10.1002/BMC20941, becomes http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/BMC.20941.

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Conventions adopted by BMC

Nomenclature, units and symbols. Authors should conform to the Chemical Abstracts nomenclature for chemical names and structures. Proper or proprietary names should be used with caution. Many biomedical compounds are now referred to by acronyms and other short forms: common examples like ADP and EDTA are acceptable, but all others must be defined when first mentioned. Abbreviations are not acceptable in the title or abstract.

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Article Formats Published in BMC

Original Research papers require the following sections:

Abstract. The abstract must be a concise (up to 200 words) summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and should be understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

Introduction. A concise account is required about the background to the subject, its importance and its relationship to earlier works, with references.

Experimental. This should be presented as a clear and detailed description of experimental procedures and analytical conditions to enable readers to carry out similar work. The detail and the presentation are to be based on the ISO (International Standards Organization) recommendations No. R73. Supply sample preparation procedures, name, model and configuration details of equipment used, and data handling methods.

Results. The original and important findings should be stated. Linear response, slope, intercept and standard error should be given in the text.

Short Communications must be complete, self-contained papers, and not preliminary reports. They should not exceed two printed pages in the journal. As a rough guide, two printed pages will consist of about 800 words of main text, with an abstract, one small figure to fit a single column (width 84 mm), one small table and a short reference list.

Reviews will usually be written at the invitation of the Editors. Unsolicited reviews will be welcome but authors wishing to submit a review are requested to consult the Editors prior to commencement.

Correspondence should be a constructive comment on published work or used for putting forward new ideas and is published at the discretion of the Editors.

Rapid Communications. Experimental findings that merit very rapid publication can be submitted to the journal as Rapid Communications. The paper must be sent to the Editor-in-Chief and an accompanying letter must state clearly why the paper should be considered for rapid publication. Rapid Communications must be written in clear unambiguous English and authors must check their complete manuscript very carefully prior to submission because there will be no opportunity to revise the paper. Proofs will be sent to authors but these must be returned, correcting printing errors only, within 48 hours or the author will be assumed to have made no corrections. The corresponding author must include full contact details including telephone, fax and e-mail (or these details for an alternative contact should the corresponding author be unreachable). In order to maintain rapid publication a Rapid Communication must be no more than two printed pages in length, including figures, tables and references. This means that the submitted paper should be less than 800 words of text with a maximum combination of two figures and/or tables, and a maximum of 20 references. No colour illustrations will be accepted. All figures must be of the highest quality; photocopies will not be accepted. Each submission must include two hard copies of a double-line spaced manuscript (including high-quality artwork) and an electronic version of the whole paper saved on a PC disk, in a form compatible with MS Word 7 or lower. A signed Copyright Transfer Agreement must also be submitted. Authors will receive an immediate acknowledgement of receipt of their paper and, subsequently, notification of acceptance or rejection according to the referees’ recommendations and the Editor-in-Chief’s assessment. A paper accepted for publication as a Rapid Communication will then be published in the next available issue, ahead of normal papers.

News Items. News articles, press releases and conference diary items for inclusion in the News section should be sent by post, fax or e-mail to the News Editor, Professor Aboul-Enein at the address given on the inside front cover of the journal.

Book Reviews. The Editors will be pleased to receive books for possible review.

Potential threat to security.  Where a reviewer is concerned that an article might include information that could be a threat to security then the Editor will treat the article as possible DURC (dual use research of concern) and may consult a specialist reviewer.  Their advice will be taken into account by the Editor in making any final decision on publication.

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Further Information

For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the submitting author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Further offprints and copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.

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