Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews

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ALL MANUSCRIPTS submitted to Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews must be submitted solely to this journal and may not have been published elsewhere except in abstract form. No published material may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher and the author. The journal will not be responsible for the loss of manuscripts at any time. All statements in, or omissions from, published manuscripts are the responsibility of the authors who will assist the editors in reviewing proofs before publication.

Manuscripts must be in English (American spelling), double-spaced with 6” margins on all sides. Microsoft Word 6.0 is the preferred program; refrain from complex formatting, as the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications. Number all pages in sequence beginning with the title page. Begin each section at the top of a new page. The use of tables and figures is encouraged. Manuscripts should be organized in sections as follows: 1) Title page, 2) Abstract, 3) Key words, 4) Text, 5) Acknowledgments, 6) Illustrations, Legends and Tables, 7) References. Please provide contact information for two potential external reviewers of the manuscript.

Title Page. The first page of each paper should carry a brief but informative title; the names and affiliations of all authors to department level; the institution at which the research was performed; the name, address, telephone number, fax, and e-mail address for all correspondence; a short running title (48 characters or fewer); and all grant information in the following format: Grant sponsor: _________; Grant number: _________.

Abstract. This should be a factual condensation of the entire work (~250 words), including a statement of its purpose, a clear description of the findings, and a concise presentation of the conclusions.

Key Words.Supply a list of words or phrases that will adequately index the subject matter of the article; usually three to six will suffice. Call-Outs: Three to four 30–40 word call-out quotations from the text should be highlighted to emphasize important aspects of the article.

Text.Articles should be concise and occupy not more than 20 double-spaced pages, including references, figures, and tables. Authors whose "first" language is not English should arrange for their manuscripts to be written in idiomatic English prior to submission; consult Merriam-Webster´s for any spelling questions. Unusual abbreviations must be defined in the text when first used. Symbols for genetic loci must be italicized and should follow established rules of genetic nomenclature. All measurements must be in metric units. Footnotes should not be used; if absolutely essential, they should be incorporated in the text, in parentheses.

Illustrations, Legends and Tables.
Illustrations should be numbered in a consecutive series using Arabic numerals, and be keyed into the text. These must be submitted as either TIFF or EPS (with preview) files; do not submit native application formats. 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. Color illustrations must be supplied in a CMYK color space, and will be reproduced in color online free of charge; authors will be required to bear the cost of print publication ($950 for the first color page, $500 each for the next three color pages).

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Legends and Tables. A descriptive legend must accompany each illustration, so that it can be understood apart from the text, and must define all abbreviations used therein. These should be listed, in order, on a separate page. Each table must have a self-explanatory title, be numbered in order of appearance with Arabic numerals, and be keyed into the text.

References. References should be cited in the text by author and year in brackets. Where there are three or more authors, only the first author's name is given in the text, followed by et al. In the reference list cite the first three authors followed by et al. Only articles that are published or in press may be cited. When citing personal communications, list all names, including initials. If several papers by the same author in the same year are cited, they should be lettered in sequence 1992a, 1992b, etc. Abbreviations of journal titles should conform to those of Index Medicus. List references alphabetically at the end of the paper without serial numbering. The following form of citation should be used, including the complete title of each paper or book and inclusive pages:

Journal articles:

Baran GJ, Huskey RJ. 1986. Developmental changes in the sensitivity of volvox to ultraviolet light. Dev Genet 6:281–291.

Tsaftaris AS, Bosabalidis AM, Scandalios JG. 1983. Cell-type-specific gene expression and acatalasemic peroxisomes in a null Cat2 catalase mutant of maize. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 80:4455–4459.

Books: Sang JH. Genetics and development. London: Longman, 1984.

Chapters in books: Gehring WJ. 1984. Homeotic genes and the control of cell determination. In: Davidson EH, Firtel RA, editors. Molecular biology of development. New York: Alan R. Liss, Inc. p 3–22.

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