Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology

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Editor-in-Chief: David Crews, Ph.D.

Impact Factor: 1.349

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 50/152 (Zoology)

Online ISSN: 1932-5231


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Correspondence.

Address correspondence to the Editor-in-Chief:

David Crews
Ashbel Smith Professor of Zoology and Psychology, Department of Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
2405 Speedway, C-0990
Austin, Texas 78712
crews@austin.utexas.edu

Submission. Submit all new manuscripts online. Launch your web browser and go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jeza-wiley. Check for an existing account. If you are submitting for the first time, and you do not have an existing account, create a new account. Follow all instructions.

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Submit manuscript and all figures as separate files. You do not need to mail any paper copies of your manuscript.

The manuscript should have a uniform style and be submitted exactly as it is to appear in print. It should consist of the following subdivisions, each starting on a new page.

  1. Title Page
  2. Abstract
  3. Text
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Literature Cited
  6. Footnotes
  7. Tables
  8. Figure legends

Cover Images.
Authors of manuscripts submitted to JEZ are encouraged to submit figures and corresponding descriptions for consideration as cover art of an issue. Every effort is made to use cover art related to an article within an issue, and thus authors are encouraged to submit images with the final manuscript submission. These images should be emailed directly to the Editor-in-Chief (crews@mail.utexas.edu), who will make the final decisions on cover illustrations.

Conflict of interest.
JEZ 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 the following:

  1. Complete title of paper
  2. Author's name or names. We request that authors use full names in order to avoid errors caused by the use of initials. Each author's name should carry a superscript number. The corresponding author should be indicated by an asterisk.
  3. Institutional affiliation(s) with city, state, and Zip code. Each distinct affiliation should be listed as a separate entity, with a superscript number that link it to the individual author(s).
  4. Total number of text figures, graphs, and charts
  5. Abbreviated title (running headline) not to exceed 48 letters and spaces
  6. The correspondence address should appear as an asterisked footnote, worded as "Correspondence to:..." This should consist of the author's name and complete mailing address, even if identical to the one given above. The telephone and telefax numbers and the e-mail address should also be provided.
  7. Supporting grant information should appear as a footnote on the title page and should include the grant sponsor and the grant number.

Abstract. An abstract of 250 words or less should be prepared. It will serve in lieu of a concluding summary and when published will precede the introductory section of the text. The abstract should be written in complete sentences and should succinctly state the objectives, the experimental design of the paper, the principal observations and conclusions, and be intelligible without reference to the rest of the paper. Abbreviations should be used sparingly in the abstract and must be spelled out completely the first time they are used. References to the literature should not be cited in the abstract without the complete citation.

Literature cited. Each reference in the text must appear in the literature list, and each reference in the literature list must be cited in the text. References in the text to the literature should be cited by author's name followed by year of publication:
. . . studies by Tucker ('91) reveal . . .
. . . studies by Desvages and Pieau ('91) reveal . . .
. . . studies by Hara et al. ('92) reveal . . .
. . . an earlier report (Tucker, '91) . . .
. . . earlier reports (Desvages and Pieau, '91; Hara et al., '92) . . .

References should be listed in chronological order. Beginning with 1901, and thereafter, references in the text to the literature are made by an abbreviated date of publication after author's name: ('01), ('04), ('94) not (1901), (1904), (1994). Reference in the text to papers published before 1901 or after 1999 should not be abbreviated: (1784), (1889), (1900); (2004).

When more than one is cited:..."earlier reports (Bunt et al, '80; Briggs and Porter, '85, Laemle, '90) suggested that..."
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 (Tucker, '91a,b) and in the literature list as follows:

Tucker RP. 1991a. The sequential expression of tenascin mRNA in epithelium and mesenchyme during feather morphogenesis. Roux's Arch Dev Biol 200:108-112.

Tucker RP. 1991b. The distribution of tenascin and its transcript in the developing avian central nervous system. J Exp Zool 259:78-91.

Literature Cited is to be arranged alphabetically by authors in the following style:

Author's name (or names), year of publication, complete title, volume and inclusive pages, as follows:

Desvages G and Pieau C. 1991. Steroid metabolism in gonads of turtle embryos as a function of the incubation temperature of eggs. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 39:203-213.

Hara K, Fujiwara S, Kawamura K. 1992. Retinoic acid can induce a secondary axis in developing buds of colonial ascidian, Polyandrocarpa misakiensis. Dev Growth Differ 34:437-445.

Larsen RJ, Marx ML. 1990. Statistics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Pörtner HO, Grieshaber MK. 1993. Critical Po2(s) in oxyconforming and oxyregulating animals: gas exchange, metabolic rate and the mode of energy production. In: Eduardo J, Bicudo PW, editors. The Vertebrate Gas Transport Cascade: Adaptations to Environment and Mode of Life. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p 330-357.

Tucker RP. 1991a. The sequential expression of tenascin mRNA in epithelium and mesenchyme during feather morphogenesis. Roux's Arch Dev Biol, 200:108-112.

Tucker RP. 1991b. The distribution of tenascin and its transcript in the developing avian central nervous system. J Exp Zool 259:78-91.

Vetter RD, Powell MA, Somero GN. 1991. Metazoan adaptations to hydrogen sulphide. In: Bryant C, editor. Metazoan Life Without Oxygen. London: Chapman and Hall. p 109-128.

Abbreviations of journal titles should follow those used in Index Medicus; never abbreviate the year in the list of Literature Cited.

A paper that is "In Preparation" or "Submitted" is not considered a legitimate reference and will not be included in the Literature Cited section. (Such work can be cited in the text as a Personal Communication.)

Footnotes. Number footnotes to the text consecutively with corresponding reference numbers clearly indicated in the text. Additional references to the identical footnotes are to be numbered with the next following consecutive number; for example:
2 Material used for this experiment secured through the courtesy of . . .
3 See footnote 1, page . . .
Footnotes to a table should be typed directly beneath the table and lettered 1,2,3 etc. They should not be numbered in sequence with the footnotes in the text. Asterisks are used for P values.

Tables. All tables must be numbered and cited consecutively in the tect, and they should have titles that are complete but brief. Since tabular matter is expensive to reproduce it should be simple and uncomplicated, with as few vertical and horizontal rules as possible and no vertical rules. The text should indicate where the tables are to appear in the text. Tables should be numbered with arabic, not Roman, numerals. Information other than that defining the data should be presented as table footnotes.

Legends. All figures (including charts and graphs) must be numbered and cited consecutively in the text. Figure legends are to be numbered consecutively, as follows:
Fig. 1 . .
Fig. 2 . .
Fig. 3 . .
Reference to relevant text passages can often reduce the length of legends and avoid redundancy. Figures may extend across two or more pages, but each figure requires a separate legend, except for a plate of figures that can be described in a single legend.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations pertaining to the labeling of figures should be listed once alphabetically and placed before the first figure containing these abbreviations:

cytcytotrophoblast
endendothelium
eryerythrocyte
megmegakaryoblast

General Manuscript Instructions. The manuscript should be double-spaced throughout with a 1" (2.5 cm) margin on all sides. Submitters can indicate preference of division for the review and publication of their work.

Number all pages of the manuscript consecutively.

Do not divide words at the end of a line, for if they are unfamiliar to the printer they may be incorrectly hyphenated. Manuscripts should not be right-hand justified.

Do not begin sentences with abbreviations or Arabic numerals -- always spell out numbers when they stand as the first word in a sentence; do not follow such numbers with abbreviations. Use Arabic numerals to indicate time, weight, and measurements when followed by abbreviations (e.g., 2 mm; 1 sec; 3 ml). Numbers applicable to the same category should be treated alike throughout a paragraph (e.g., 2 male rates and 4 female rates). In general, the numbers one to ten should be written in the text; all numbers over ten should be given in Arabic numerals (12, 27, 42, etc.).

The word "Figure" is not abbreviated in the text except when appearing in parentheses: Figure 2 (Figs. 4-6).

Spell nontechnical terms according to the current Webster's International Dictionary.

Dates should be written as follows:
October 11, 1994 –or– 11th of October

Label any Greek letters in your manuscript which could be confused with English alphabet characters. For example, µ is easily confused with u.

The sections on Materials and Methods should include a clear description of the method of killing of any animals that may be used. Research involving vertebrate animals must have been approved by the author's institution's animal care and use committee and should conform to NIH guidelines. A statement to this effect must be included in the Materials and Methods section.

The manuscript should be accompanied by a statement by the submitting author certifying that all the authors have read the paper and have agreed to having their names listed as authos. A similar statement should be appended for the names of colleagues who are acknowledged in footnotes as having contributed to or criticized the paper. Either American or British spelling is acceptable so long as one usage is maintained thoughout the paper.

Supplementary Material. Authors are encouraged to submit supplementary material that could aid readers in understanding the authors' findings and where appropriate to ensure that the page limits are met. Supplementary material for articles published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A will be available in the online version of the journal. This accompanying information may include (but is not limited to) figures, tables, video clips, large sections of movies (QuickTime or mpeg), data sets, program code, and electronic graphical files. Supplementary material must be submitted at the time of peer review, although the reviewers and editors may also suggest that figures or table(s) be provided as supplementary material during the review process. Each piece of supplementary material should be referenced within the text, and files should be no larger than 50 MB. Supplementary material should be numbered in order, but independently of figures in the main article, e.g. S- Figure 1 would indicate a figure that follows Figure 1 in the main text. Please note that supplementary material is NOT edited by the publisher after final acceptance by the editors, and is posted online in the format in which it is supplied.

Measurements. Express all measurements (weight, etc.) according to the metric system. Metric abbreviations, as listed below, should be lowercase without periods. Temperatures should always be expressed in degrees Celsius (centigrade).

LengthVolume
kmkilometerkm 3cubic
mmeterkilometer
cmcentimeterm 3cubic
mmmillimetermeter
µmmicrometercm 3cubic
(micron)centimeter
nmnanometermm 3cubic
pmpicometermillimeter
ÅAngstrom unitµm 3cubic
(10 Å = 1 nm)micrometer
nm 3cubic
nanometer
Areaklkiloliter
km2squarelliter, always
kilometerspell out
m2square-mlmilliliter
meterµlmicroliter
cm2squarenlnanoliter
centimeterplpicoliter
mm2squarekgkilogram
millimetergmgram
µm2squaremgmilligram
micrometerµgmicrogram
mm2squarengnanogram
nanometerpgpicogram

Symbols. When preceded by a digit, the following symbols are used:
% for percent
º for degree (temperature)

Illustrations

General Instructions. Figures must be submitted as TIF or EPS files; Word, JPG, and GIF files are not acceptable.

Resolution. Journal quality reproduction will require greyscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 ppi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600-1200 ppi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly.

File names. Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (i.e., .tif, .eps).

Color illustrations. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations. Color reproduction is free for the first page, and $500 for each subsequent page. Once a paper has been accepted, the author will have the opportunity to approve costs and proofs prior to printing.

Lettering and labels. Consideration must be given to achieving greatest contrast between the label or letter and its background, placing white labeling over dark backgrounds and black labeling over light backgrounds.

Numbering. Figures, including charts and graphs, are to be numbered consecutively. Plates of photomicrographs are preferably labeled as a single figure with panels labeled as A,B,C,D, etc. (lower or uppercase).

Services for Non-native Speakers

The Journal of Experimental Zoology offers a service for contributors whose native language is not English. Contributors who are not at ease with the English language sometimes find it difficult to prepare acceptable manuscripts. Our service called Revise is intended to help authors in such instances. Revise works in the following way. Authors wishing to avail themselves of this service will so indicate when they submit manuscripts. A Revise manuscript accepted for publication on scientific merit will then be judged on the basis of its English grammar and composition. If a manuscript requires Revise editing, the manuscript will be sent to a professional English language editor. Type should be double-spaced and no less than 14 points in size. Corrected manuscripts will be returned to authors to assure that revisions have not altered the original scientific intent of the manuscript.

We believe this service is advantageous in a number of ways. Namely, it helps authors to prepare superior text, it frees the reviewers from this task so they can confine themselves to a consideration of the scientific content of manuscripts, and finally it shortens the publication time of articles requiring grammatical revision.

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