Genomics & Computational Biology (ISSN 2365-7154) is a peer-reviewed and open-access on-line scientific publication based at the faculty of Biology of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.
Genomics and Computational Biology is an open-access journal publishing peer-reviewed articles using computational approaches to answer biological questions, especially in the field of genome biology. The journal publishes articles of the following types (journal sections): Research Articles, Resources, Analytical Workflows, Reviews or Short Comminications. These general guidelines apply to all types of articles. Please read these instructions carefully and follow them strictly so that the publication process is as efficient and rapid as possible. The Editors reserve the right to return submissions that are not prepared in accordance with the following instructions. This is an "on-line only" publication, although article length is not limited we encourage authors to be concise. We also encourage authors to make freely available their research materials (e.g. data or source code).
If you are unsure as to whether or not your manuscript meets the journal’s scope, please send a pre-submission inquiry to the Editor-in-Chief (Fontaine@GenomicsComputBiol.org).
All submitted articles require:
Upon acceptance the following files or data will be required:
Please include a the cover letter : i) a brief explanation of the background, results and the biological insight provided by the paper, ii) the type of article that you are submitting and iii) three potential reviewers including name, email address, and institutional affiliation. Potential reviewers must be scientists working independently (not recent collaborators) and have knowledge on the area. The cover letter has to be provided in simple text format directly in the online submission system as "Comments to the editors".
Articles must be submitted in English. Spelling may be done according to US English or British English, but it must be consistent throughout the entire manuscript. Please note that we do not copy-edit manuscripts, so the language in the manuscript should be clear and concise. If necessary, we will encourage authors to seek help from native English colleagues or to use a professional copy editing service. The quality of English should not detract from scientific content; therefore, we may reject submissions in which the English is insufficient to convey the scientific meaning in a clear manner.
In Genomics and Computational Biology we aim to facilitate the road to academic publishing. Authors can choose to submit articles using the Template document or to submit articles in any format or layout given that they follow a set of basic format requirements. After peer review and acceptance, the authors are required to format the article following the sections guidelines described below. Please note that before final publication, minor changes may be applied to the layout of an article by the journal team. All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines designed to ensure a clear structure and to facilitate evaluation by reviewers:
Authors can choose to submit articles following these guidelines or the basic formatting principles described above. However, upon article acceptance after the peer review proccess, the authors will be requested to submit the manuscript according to the guidelines described below.
The title (150 characters or less) should be comprehensible for non-specialists and avoid specialist abbreviations, if possible.
3.2 Author list
The author list should provide:
If the article has been submitted on behalf of a consortium, all author names and affiliations should be listed at the end of the article.
The abstract should:
3.4 Availability and requirements
This section should provide readers with relevant data about availability of a resource or an implementation of a described method. It is mandatory for Resources articles but optional for other types of articles. A bullet list should provide the following details: project name, home page, operating system(s), programming language(s), main dependencies, and license. This section is intended to provide a brief overview and more extended information should be provided in the related documentation.
A list of 3 to 10 keywords separated by semi-columns must be provided in a single paragraph.
The introduction should:
This section must explain the study design, materials used and the analysis performed. Enough methodological details must be provided to ensure that the results can be reproduced by others. If the study is using already established methods, the authors may cite articles where the methods are described in detail. However, the information provided should give a clear idea of the method independently of the previous publications.
Manuscripts involving human and/or animal studies must include an ethics statement including the name of the corresponding board or committee that approved the study. In human studies an additional declaration of informed consent is required (see editorial policies).
This section may be divided into sub-sections with corresponding sub-headers.
This section may be divided into sub-sections with corresponding sub-headers.
This section should recapitulate the conclusions from the article and explain their significance in a broader context. Relevant studies should be cited and discussed in the context of the novel results presented in the study. Limitations of the study should also be discussed.
The Acknowledgments should list the study's funding sources and all non-authors who additionally contributed to the work.
3.11 Author contributions
In this section, a statement indicating the tasks performed by each author should be included, with authors referred to by their initials.
3.12 Conflict of Interest Declaration
Authors must declare conflicts of interest on the present work (see Editorial policies). When there are no conflicts of interest, authors must declare the following statement: “The author(s) declare(s) no conflicts of interest”.
Authors should introduce abbreviations in parenthesis after the first mention of the term. If multiple abbreviations are used they should additionally be listed in this section using the following format:
Abbreviation: Full name.
Only articles that are published or in press should be included in the references. References to unpublished work or personal communications are not allowed. All references will appear in the text as consecutive numbers in square brackets and numerically sorted in the reference section. Journal abbreviations follow Index Medicus/MEDLINE. Examples below come from BioMed Central (BMC Genomics) as Genomics and Computational Biology uses the same style (based on SpringerVancouverNumber):
Article within a journal by DOI (prefered option)
Slifka MK, Whitton JL. Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Dig J Mol Med. 2000;78(2):74-80 doi:10.1007/s001090000086.
Book chapter, or an article within a book
Wyllie AH, Kerr JFR, Currie AR. Cell death: the significance of apoptosis. In: Bourne GH, Danielli JF, Jeon KW, editors. International review of cytology. London: Academic; 1980. p. 251-306.
Complete book, authored
Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.
Doe J. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. 1999. http://www.rsc.org/dose/title of subordinate document. Accessed 15 Jan 1999.
Healthwise Knowledgebase. US Pharmacopeia, Rockville. 1998. http://www.healthwise.org. Accessed 21 Sept 1998.
Supplementary material/private homepage
Doe J. Title of supplementary material. 2000. http://www.privatehomepage.com. Accessed 22 Feb 2000.
Doe, J: Trivial HTTP, RFC2169. ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2169.txt (1999). Accessed 12 Nov 1999.
ISSN International Centre: The ISSN register. http://www.issn.org (2006). Accessed 20 Feb 2007.
Dataset with persistent identifier
Zheng L-Y, Guo X-S, He B, Sun L-J, Peng Y, Dong S-S, et al. Genome data from sweet and grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). GigaScience Database. 2011. http://dx.doi.org/10.5524/100012.
Endnotes should be in lowercase letters and cited in superscript position. Please do not use footnotes.
All figures and tables must be embedded in the manuscript itself, if possible close to the location in the text in which they are being referred. Figures and tables must be either one-column wide or two-columns wide. To facilitate the insertion of figures and tables into the manuscript, please see the manuscript template.
Figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals (e.g., Figure 1, 2, 3) and panels identified by capital letters (e.g., A, B, C). Figure Legends must contain a concise title not longer than 15 words that describes the whole figure, followed by a short description of each panel. If a bibliographic reference is included in a figure legend, it must follow the journal style and be included in the references section.
Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors will be required to provide high-resolution figures (600 d.p.i. for line drawings in black and white and 300 d.p.i. for colour or grayscale). Color figures must be supplied in RGB colors. Please ensure that any text or numbers in the figures is large enough to be readable on the screen and on a printed version (with lettering of at least 2 mm). High resolution figures must be submitted in Portable Network Graphic (PNG) or Portable Document Format (PDF).
If primary experimental data are presented, such as a PhosphorImager or digital camera images, any editing or modification must be indicated. The image will be considered to be un-edited unless otherwise stated. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if applied to the whole image and if these adjustments do not eliminate or misrepresent features present in the original file. The grouping of images from different experiments or from different parts of the same experiment must be declared.
Tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals (e.g., Table 1, 2, 3). Tables should include a short title not longer than 15 words and may include a concise legend. Please avoid extensive methodological details. All abbreviations within a table must be defined in the legend. Please do not paste spreadsheet or image files (e.g., .jpg .tif) into the manuscript as tables.
All text and figures in the supplementary data should be prepared according to the journal guidelines. Preferred file formats are TXT and DOCX for text documents, and TSV and XLSX for tables or spreadsheets. Guidelines for figures also apply here. Supplementary data files must not exceed 10MB altogether. We encourage authors to make available any large dataset used in the study through public repositories or in a publicly accessible web site. In the Supplementary Data section of the manuscript, a description of each supplementary file should be provided in a paragraph with the following format:
Title. Name; Description. (e.g. Document S1. Supplementary methods and results; This file includes a detailed description of the algorithm and benchmark results for simulated datasets.)
We encourage authors to make their source code freely available under an Open Source Initiative (OSI) compliant license. Source code should be provided with appropriate documentation for developers and users. It could be deposited in a publicly accessible repository such as Github or Source Forge. If relevant, binaries for common operating systems should be provided for peer reviewers and users.
Genomics and Computational Biology provides Latex template files for formatting an article as a PDF file. Although the template may not be used for article submission and peer review, it is used to produce the final article layout. Upon acceptance authors are required to provide the source files of their article (main text as DOCX/ODT/TEX, figures in high resolution, tables and bibliography as BIB file including DOIs where available). Latex template files include a .tex file for the manuscript content, a .bst file for bibliography style, and example figures and bibliography records in a BIB file.
All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. Please read our privacy and data protection page for more details.
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