Luminescence

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 4

Editor-in-Chief: Professor X. Zhang

Impact Factor: 1.518

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 238/290 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1522-7243


Author Guidelines


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Author Guidelines


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MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Thank you for your interest in Luminescence. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/BIO

We look forward to your submission.

EDITORIAL AND CONTENT CONSIDERATIONS

Aims and Scope

Luminescence provides a forum for the publication of original scientific papers, short communications, technical notes and reviews on fundamental and applied aspects of all forms of luminescence, including bioluminescence, chemiluminescence, electrochemiluminescence, sonoluminescence, triboluminescence, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence and phosphorescence. Luminescence publishes papers on instrumentation, mechanistic and synthetic studies, basic biology and biochemistry, assays and analytical methods. Luminescence also publishes details of forthcoming meetings, information on new products, and book reviews. A special feature of the journal is surveys of the recent literature on selected topics in luminescence.

Editorial Review and Acceptance Criteria

Papers must clearly be of scientific value in the field. Papers are single-blind reviewed by 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.

USING THE ONLINE SUBMISSION SYSTEM

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.

Revised 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.

ARTICLE CATEGORIES

In addition to Original Research Articles, Luminescence also publishes the following article types:

Short Communications must be complete, self-contained papers, and not preliminary reports. In style and presentation they should conform to that laid down for manuscripts but length 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. They will be given preference over papers in speed of publication although the author should inform the Editor why priority is warranted.

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.

Book Reviews. The Editors will be pleased to receive books for possible review. Please send them to the Editor-in-Chief.

PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Language requirements

Papers must be in English. English 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.

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

Manuscript style

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) names and affiliations of all authors and
3) 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).

Abstract. Enter an abstract of no more than 250 words for all articles. 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. Please see the guidance below on acceptable abstract writing for BIO.

• Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

• The text should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Experimental, Results, Discussion and References. Sufficient experimental detail must be provided to allow repetition of the work, and for specific materials and equipment the manufacturer's name and location should be provided. New compounds should be adequately characterised.

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.

Reference Style

References: All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance. In text citations should be superscript numbers in square brackets. Sample references follow:

Journal article:

[1] S. Matosevic, B.M. Paegel, Nat. Chem. 2013, 5, 958.

Book:

[2] R. McWeeny, Coulson’s Valence, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979.

For more information see the Materials Science Journals House Style Guide.

Conventions adopted by BIO

Quantities, Units, Abbreviations and Nomenclature.

• Use only SI quantities and units (SI: Système International d’Unités). If data with non-SI units is used, then also include, in parentheses, the corresponding data with SI units.

• Symbols and abbreviations used to represent variables, constants, quantities, properties etc. must be defined in the text at their first occurrence. In addition compile a list of all symbols and abbreviations at the end of the text under the heading 'Symbols and Abbreviations'.

• All nomenclature should follow established rules where these are available.

• Abbreviations are not acceptable in the title or abstract.

• Non-standard units must be defined.

Tables

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.

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

Chemical structures should be prepared in ChemDraw either 80mm (one column) or 175mm (two column) 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 settings

Text settings

chain angle

120°

font

Arial

bond spacing

18% of length

size

12 pt

fixed length

17 pt

bond width

2 pt

Preferences

line width

0.75 pt

units

points

margin width

2 pt

tolerances

5 pixels

hash spacing

2.6 pt

Bold width

2.6 pt

Cover Image

If you have any images related to your article that you would like to suggest to be printed on the journal cover, you may email them to the Wiley Editor (shhuang@wiley.com) as attachment files in .psd, .jpg or .eps format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The journal does not accept .ppt images. Please note, a fee of £500 for the outside front cover, and £400 for the inside front or outside back cover will be charged for production costs. Authors paying for covers will receive additional benefits: images of their work, a framed copy and optional poster.

Supporting Information

Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppmat.asp

Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.

COPYRIGHT, LICENSING AND ONLINE OPEN

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. 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.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.

PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE

Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article throughout the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit www.wileyauthors.com/track for more details on online production tracking.

Proofs

Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at http://www.doi.org/faq.html.

POST PUBLICATION

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