Authors Guidelines​

Submission

Authors can submit their manuscripts through online manuscript submission system https://mesford.ca/pms/ or via email at submission@mesford.ca
Authors are invited to provide the names of four well qualified reviewers. Current e-mail addresses must be provided for all suggested reviewers.

Manuscripts Published

The journal publishes following types of manuscripts:

Research Articles report substantial new results and conclusions from scientific investigations and processes within the scope of the journal. These articles should be of 4000-6000 words (not including abstract, tables, figures, and references) with 75 or more references

Review Articles summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the scope of the journal. Review articles can be superseded by an updated version in order to incorporate a significant amount of new information (similar to the “living reviews” concept). The length of a published comprehensive review article is from 35000-40000 words (not including abstract, tables, figures, and references) with 100 or more references.

Case Reports summarize a unique case describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. The total number of words for a published case report is 1500 to 2000 words (not including abstract, tables and figures) with 40 or more references.

Manuscript Preparation

The manuscript file should be formatted as double-spaced, single-column text without justification. All pages must be numbered sequentially, facilitating in the reviewing and editing of the manuscript. Standard fonts are recommended and the ‘symbols’ font should be used for representing Greek characters. The manuscript should be written in English in a clear, direct and active style.

Manuscripts should include:

    • Title Page
    • Abstract
    • Keywords
    • Introduction
    • Text Organization
    • Conclusion
    • Abbreviations
    • Units
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
    • Appendices
    • Figures/illustrations
    • Tables
    • Supportive/Supplementary Material

Title Page: This page should include title, author(s) and corresponding author(s) first and last names, complete institutional addresses of all authors along with phone, fax and email.

Abstract: The abstract should briefly summarize the aim, findings or purpose of the article. Use of abbreviations should be avoided and the references should not be cited in the abstract.  Each abstract should include the following sub-headings, but these may vary according to requirements of the article.

Background
Objective
Method
Results
Conclusion

Keywords: Six to ten keywords must be provided. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Introduction: This should provide a general context for the work, explaining its significance, and indicating why it should be of interest to chemists in other areas.

Text Organization: The main text should begin on a separate page and should be divided into title page, abstract and the main text. The text may be subdivided further according to the areas to be discussed, which should be followed by the List of Abbreviations (if any), Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgements and Reference section. For review articles, the manuscript should be divided into title page, abstract and the main text. The text may be subdivided further according to the areas to be discussed, which should be followed by the Acknowledgements and Reference sections. For research articles, the manuscript should begin with the title page and abstract followed by the main text, which must be structured into separate sections as Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgements and References. The manuscript style must be uniform throughout the text and 10 pt Times New Roman fonts should be used. The full term for an abbreviation should precede its first appearance in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. The reference numbers should be given in square brackets in the text. Italics should be used for Binomial names of organisms (Genus and Species), for emphasis and for unfamiliar words or phrases. Non-assimilated words from Latin or other languages should also be italicized e.g. per se, et al., etc.

Section Headings: Section headings should be numbered sequentially left aligned and have the first letter capitalized, starting with the introduction. Sub-section headings however, should be in lower-case and italicized with their initials capitalized. They should be numbered as 1.1, 1.2, etc.

Conclusion: A small paragraph summarizing all important accomplishments achieved.

Abbreviations: If abbreviations are used in the text they should be defined in the text at first use and a list of abbreviations can be provided.

Units: Follow the internationally accepted areas and conventions i.e the international system  of units SI units. If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI.

Conflict of Interest: It should identify any financial or non-financial (political, personal, professional) interests/relationships that may be interpreted to have influenced the manuscript. If there is no conflict of interest, please include the statement “The authors declare no conflicts of interest”.

Acknowledgements: This section should describe sources of funding that have supported the work. Please also describe the role of the study sponsor(s) (if any) in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data writing of the paper and decision to submit it for publication. Recognition of personal assistance should be given as a separate paragraph: people who contributed to the work, but do not fit the criteria for authors should be listed along with their contributions. You must ensure that anyone named in the acknowledgments agrees to being so named.

References: References must be relevant and up-to-date. All references should be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text and listed in the same numerical order in the reference section. Multiple citations should be separated by commas within the square brackets. In case of more than two sequential references, ranges should be given. Reference citations should not appear in titles, headings or the abstract. Please follow Vancouver Style only. When there are six or fewer authors, all authors should be listed. If there are seven or more authors, the first three authors should be listed followed by “et al.”

See below, few examples of references listed in the Vancouver Style:

Journal Reference:

[1]  Rankovic A, Rancic N, Jovanovic M, et al. Impact of imaging diagnostics on the budget – Are we spending too much? Vojnosanit Pregl 2013; 70: 709-11.

[2] Youngster I, Russell GH, Pindar C, Ziv-Baran T, Sauk J, Hohmann EL. Oral, capsulized, frozen fecal microbiota transplantation for relapsing Clostridium difficile infection. JAMA 2014; 312(17): 1772-8.

Book Reference:

[3] Blaxter PS, Farnsworth TP. Social health and class inequalities. In: Carter C, Peel JR, Eds. Equalities and inequalities in health. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press 1976; pp. 165-78.

Book Chapter Reference:

[4]  Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, Eds. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press 1995; pp. 465-78.

Conference Proceedings:

[5] Kimura J, Shibasaki H, Eds. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier 1996.

Patents:

[6] Larsen CE, Trip R, Johnson CR. Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart. US Patent 5529067, 1995.

Thesis:

[7] Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans. PhD dissertation. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Micihigan University 2002.

E-citations:

[8]  Citations for articles/material published exclusively online or in open access (free-to-view), must contain the exact Web addresses (URLs) at the end of the reference(s), except those posted on an author’s Web site unless editorially essential, e.g. ‘Reference: Available from: URL’.

Appendices: If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

Figures/illustrations: Figures may be submitted in PDF, PNG, EPS, PowerPoint, TIFF, JPEG, Microsoft Word, or BMP and should have appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for gray scale and 300 dpi for color. All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labeled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).Figure captions must be placed at the end of the manuscript (for supplementary images you must include the caption with the figure, uploaded as a separate file).

Tables: Tables should be submitted as MS Word.

– Tables should be self-explanatory and include a concise, yet sufficiently descriptive caption.
 – Tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and referred to in the text by number.
 – Table legends should follow the main text, each on a separate page.
 – Tables must be submitted as editable text and not as images.
 – Footnotes can be used to explain abbreviations but should not include detailed descriptions of the experiment.

Supportive/Supplementary Material: It should contain relevant and complementary data to those presented in the manuscript. Supplemental material will always remain associated with its article and is not subjected to any modifications after publication. These files may be submitted in a variety of formats, but should be publication-ready, as these files will be published exactly as supplied. Material that has been published previously is not acceptable for posting as supplemental material. Their format can be: tables, graphs, spectra, films and so on. All supporting information should be referred to in the manuscript, with titles (and, if desired, legends) for all files listed under the heading ‘Supporting Information’. Supportive/Supplementary material must be provided in a single zipped file not larger than 4 MB.

Permission for Reproduction

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures previously published elsewhere. Copyright is most often held by the publisher of the journal or book in which the Figure or Table originally appeared. This should be accompanied by a letter indicating that permission to reproduce the image has been granted to the author/s. Upload this document together with your article.

Authors and Institutional Affiliations

The names of the authors should be provided according to the previous citations or as the authors would want them to be published along with the institutional affiliations, current address, telephone, cell & fax numbers and the email address. Email address must be provided with an asterisk “*” in front of the name of the principal author. The corresponding author(s) should be designated and their complete address, business telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address must be stated to receive correspondence and galley proofs.

Peer-Review

All manuscripts undergo preliminary assessment by an Editor, who may reject a paper before peer review when it is outside the journal’s scope or is of insufficient quality. Manuscripts that appear to be suitable are then subjected to double-blind peer review by, usually three, neutral eminent experts.  Authors are requested to suggest persons competent to review their manuscript.

Language

Manuscript should be written in English in understandable style and checked for correct spelling and use of grammar. Authors whose mother tongue is not English are urged to have their manuscript read by a colleague with Native English prior to submission. Incomplete or imperfect manuscripts will be returned immediately.

Proofs

The proofs are provided for the correction of printing errors only, i.e. the proof correction should not be used for language or content improvement. Make sure to proof read and make the correction diligently. Corrected galley proofs should be returned within 72 hours or in 3 business days.

Copyright

Authors retain the copyright of their manuscripts, it is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to this journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. All articles are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode), which permits the copying and redistribution of the material in any medium or format, as well as remixing, transformation and building upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided appropriate credit is given, a link to the license is provided, and provided it is indicated if any changes were made

Plagiarism

Plagiarism screening is an established part of the editorial process. All submitted manuscripts will be checked through the iThenticate software.

Reprints

Printed reprints may be ordered at a nominal cost. Electronic files of the published papers (e-reprint) can be distributed by the authors for noncommercial purposes.

Immediate Publication

Manuscripts ready for publication are promptly posted online. The manuscripts are considered to be ready for publication when the final proofreading has been performed by authors and all concerns have been resolved. Authors should notice that no changes can be made to the articles after online publication.

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